This post is about a week overdue, but I had a few more things to say about our recent trip to Southern Oregon. We went straight from being in school to being on vacation, so this week has been the challenging transition to having everyone home. All day. Making messes, arguing, looking for things to do — and that’s just what I’ve been doing!
I’ve been reflecting on our trip to my “home,” and realized two things:
One, as much as I love having my mom wait on me, I love even more having her wait on my children. In that sense, this was a true vacation. She sees them infrequently enough that she has plenty of patience for their not-always-polite requests. And they love her for it, and also because she buys them all of the horrible cereals that I only buy on their birthdays. (See above for happy Nana cereal pictures.)
Two, going to Oregon is a totally organic experience. It’s all about the land. The ranch with its fields and animals, my parents’ home with their beautiful garden, the cabin on a beautiful mountain lake. All of it is so beautiful, and being there is fulfilling in a very deep and physical way. My brother Steven is interested in (and writes about) the concept of “place” and I think I’m getting it, more and more.
As for the rest of our vacation, there were two days at the lakeside cabin with our Utah cousins. The dads rented a canoe and very patiently took every single child for a ride:
Jill came up and took all of the kids fishing also (no pictures of that, predictably). Having two sets of our cousins together provoked some brief genealogical confusion. (If Sam is my cousin and Andrew is his cousin, why isn’t Andrew my cousin? Very cute.)
Robin decided to do this very insane jigsaw puzzle, and always one for a challenge, I got sucked in. This picture is a little misleading — she actually did most of it, and 6-year-old Brianna showed an amazing attention span and persistence as she tried to help. (Please notice that’s it’s almost all sky and water!):
The cozy cabin is a great place for coloring:
Back home at Nana’s house, we spent our last couple of days relaxing, shopping on Nana’s dime (another favorite Medford activity), and having a last hurrah with cousins at the park:
We loved our trip — when are you coming to see us, Nana and Grandpa?