Saturday, July 26, 2014

San Diego and Legoland (before Oregon)

Do before our big trip to Oregon a few of our friends were headed to San Diego for camping, beach time, and legoland. We just thought that sounded like a good way to get out of Tucson and have a fun little vacation. On the way, we stayed a night a the hilton in Yuma (where, of course, it is not high season) with our friends. It was right next to the river and although very hot, it was a lot of fun.

The next morning we were off to San Diego. We stopped along the way at a great fish taco place in Oceanside where they had this cool car inside.

Our campground turned out to be ... Slightly less than ideal. Campsites were tightly packed in on a little strip in between the ocean (we did have a nice view, but no beach) and the train tracks and I-5. Noisy! But we still have a good time with the two other families and their kids.

lightsaber battle. Sorry other campers who were two feet away on either side...

We had a great day at Legoland. It's the perfect amusement park for kids this age. Noah was tall enough for even the biggest roller coaster, which he was super happy about. I don't know where this usually cautious child gets his love for roller coasters! They was some pretty big ones too. Big enough not to have a camera while riding them for sure. Below is Noah on the fairy tale ride.

And a selfie of Wes and I on the lego boats.

Noah at Lego New York City. Pretty amazing how much detail. They also had all the planets from Star Wars in Lego.

Wes' favorite part may have been the giant tree house playground with the giant foam legos in the back.


It is just amazing how much quiet, focused time these boys will spend mixing food colors, vinegar, and various household powders. Well worth the mess.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

We Want to Live in Oregon

Okay, the title of this post should have been something more along the lines of, "Oregon Trip" -- my titles are not that creative, okay? -- but we spent the week and a half enjoying trees, beaches, friendly people, and all things Oregon, only to return home to a broken shed, stolen bikes and most things from the backyard. Yeesh. We really want to move to Oregon.

Nana pushes Wesley at the playground in Kilchis state park

Uncle Gordon lived up to his old nickname from when I was little, "uncle goo-goo," when he started the water fight at the beach with all 7 kids. The family reunion included my cousins from Oregon, from Hawaii, my brother (also from Hawaii), and all three of my mom's brothers and two of their wives. It was great fun to see everyone!

Beach parties are the best. Sandy hot dogs, smores, and all.

Let's go fly a kite...

Wes and Nana kite flying at the beach party.

And after the sandy hot dogs were eaten, most of the family headed down toward the waves for a serious game of soccer.

Next, a beach called  Short Sands with tide pools. I was impressed by how flat the beaches are in Oregon. Low tide made the waves so far away!

And an awesome photo of my brother, Colin, on the jetty near our house. I couldn't see the sun that way when I was taking the photo, although I'd love to claim it. It was mostly luck, but beautiful.

A few more from uncle Gill's birthday party. He and Aunt Nancy have a lovely house up on the hill. The ocean is out there beyond the trees, even though it's a little bright to see in the picture.

And one of the whole family.

 And after the beach we drove all the way down to Southern Oregon to visit my other brother. The blackberries were more ripe there in the warm weather and we had a great time seeing Gaelen and picking tons of berries.

In Portland, where I was mostly taking photos with my phone and will have to share later, we visited the Japanese Garden. It wasn't SanFrancisco... but still beautiful. I love this photo of Noah on the bridge. 

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Summer Ice excavation

Of course, I saw this on Pinterest. A Tupperware filled with little toys and things and then filled with water and a few drops of food coloring. Put it in the freezer and out comes an hour or so of fun playtime even on a day when it's 105'    or so outside. The hot day actually helped it soften up enough to make it fun. If you live somewhere cold, you might need some more sophisticated tools.

We've been all over the place already this summer and I know I haven't been keeping up here. Off again tomorrow. Promise to take lots of photos at legoland!