It’s hard to believe we have reached this point, but we traveled to Utah for Raven’s wedding. This is us before Raven took out her endowments at the Draper Temple.
Outside the Salt Lake Temple on the west side.
I was asked to choose the father/daughter dance song. I chose It Won’t Be Like This For Long by Darius Rucker. It has always reminded me of how fast Raven has grown up. We are excited and relieved that Raven found a great guy in Bryon. And she has great in-laws. It was fun to get to know them.
This trip was also a time to see old friends and spend time with family. It gave us time to reflect and evaluate what we need to change individually and as a family. This week was full of many great memories.
The sea lions at Newport were a big hit. Some of them had a big bubble, so they didn’t like others trying to take up dock space.
This was one of the ships that was visiting several cities along the Oregon coast.
We spent time at the Hatfield Science Museum in Newport. It was definitely worth the visit. We had a great time with Steve and Amy and the new locations and adventures. We are all looking forward to the next trip.
We spent the weekend at Yachats with Steve, Amy and their three kids. This is us after we were attacked by waves getting down from a big rock at Smelt Sands. We spent hours looking for agates. This beach yielded the best results.
Most of these were green, so this pink one caught my eye.
This is Bob Meyer, a glass blower in Waldsport. We had a great time watching my make glass balls and vases.
I found the Bat Cave.
Mason turned 14 a few days ago. Today I ordained him a Teacher in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. I remember when my dad ordained me at 14. I’ve put on a lot of miles since then. The older I get the more I just want to spend time with my family. I have a lot of flaws, but I’ve always tried to be a good example to my kids of doing the right thing and helping people, just like my dad did for me. I go to Church every week because I know that is what God wants me to do. He created the hills behind us, the trees, clouds and birds. He created us in His image. We are His children, and He has a plan for each of us.
My uncle Paul died on March 9th, so I headed down to California for the services. This is Paul and Debbie at Cari’s wedding in Utah in October.
Paul was buried at the Oakmont Cemetery. It was a warm sunny day.
We think this was the first time the 24 cousins have been together. We think Jacob wasn’t born the last time we were together.
Jacob and I are the bookend cousins. This was at the family lunch after the memorial service on Saturday.
Shalene and I drove down together from Oregon to California. We had a great time. This is at Russ and Sue’s house after the burial on Friday night.
We found a little time to hang out and be Smith boys.
We spent some time at the rope swing in Pleasant Hill being awesome. It was a sad occasion, but it was a great opportunity to see family.
Mason went to Eugene for a birthday party and the rest of us went to Bandon. This is the covered bridge on Highway 42. There was a 50% chance of rain, but we lucked out.
We saw eight seals. They followed us as we walked along the beach. And they ducked underwater when I tried to take their picture. That’s fraudulent.
It felt weird to only have four of us today. Six if we count the dogs.
There was a seal right over Sidnee’s left shoulder. After this we headed to the blue shack for popcorn shrimp, calamari and clams. It was fantastic. It’s nice to live so close to the coast.
Harbor Freight just opened in Roseburg, so Mason, Jaxon and I got some glow-in-the-dark rope for our hammocks. We continued our quest to explore new waterfalls, hiking just under a mile to Susan Creek Falls. This is just passed Tioga bridge, which is one of our favorite spots. We set up our hammocks close to the waterfall. We wished he had a fire and some hot dogs, but it was fun to relax and listen to the water. Hammocks were our Christmas experience, and everyone seemed to like it. We will be adding more pictures and the year progresses and we explore other areas.
We woke up to more snow this morning, so we went to Tioga bridge to check it out. Max and Bay loved it.
This is looking toward Bob’s Butte. We thought we left the snow when we left Utah, but apparently it followed us.
Raven wanted to take Max and Bay to the ocean since they have never been there. Bay loves to stick her head out the window.
Sidnee bought me a fish taco and Fish & Chips Chowder Shack. It was really good.
This is a bench on the pier. Max is our black male and Bay is the chocolate female.
Raven and I are brave. It was 42 F outside.
Raven and Sidnee got me crazy socks. I only wanted two things this year- to have Raven come home and crazy socks. I got both. It was nice to go to Church and spend the rest of the day playing games and visiting. This was a great Christmas.