We arrived at our Friends' home in Oregon after our salt flat stop in Utah - but it was pretty late. It was dark out and we were ready to be out of the van for a LONG time!! The kids played late into the night and Jessica and I talked and talked and talked... I reminded her again that I know that guests and fish have something in common - they both start stinking after about 3 days! So, we could stay for a short time and then move on and do some other things, or our schedule would allow us to be there for FIVE nights!! She graciously said we would have so much fun and we would not wear out our welcome. So, we gave it a whirl!!
The night we arrived was dark and picture-less! The next morning we got up a little groggy, but Jessica made some yummy apple puff pancakes to get us going for breakfast! Pops and Bud went salmon fishing and Jessica's "Captain" and "Rascal" went to a birthday party for most of the day (that worked out just right - they had plans and Bud could go fishing without thinking he was missing out on playing with his pals!). While they went to town, I stayed back with my younger three and two of Jessica's girls, "Twinkle Toes" and "Chiquita" and one of her sons, "Snuggles." It wasn't long before the kids spotted some deer for photographing!
But, I had more fun photographing the kids playing outside!
My Branch and Jessica's Twinkle Toes have so much silly fun together!
We think that they should move to Nebraska to the house down the street that is for sale... They think we need to move back to Oregon!
I think SOMETHING needs to make us able to see each other more often!
Bump had fun climbing on their play structure...
And liked climbing and playing with anyone who was available! With soooo many kids running around all the time, no one ever had to be without a playmate!
Branch loves their wonderful yard. Lots of trees, a tree swing, a great play structure, regular deer visitors - only dislike is its distance from our house and all the neighborhood dogs that come "visiting" at full speed ahead!!
While we were there, the weather was blistering in Nebraska and we were so thankful to be comfortable playing outdoors! I was actually surprised by how green things already were! There had been a little bit of rain and it was making the grass perk up just a little bit!
Bump had tons of fun with his friend, "Snuggles." I chuckled often at their size similarity! Bump is 3.5 and Snuggles is 6!! They were matched well even with what they enjoyed doing! Playing cars, swords, chasing and exploring in the yard!
Not certain about what was so intriguing out there, but I have a feeling it was sticks and leaves... ;)
But, then there was something else drawing Bump in... Golf Balls!!!!
My little Blossom and Jessica's "Chiquita" were giggling inside, where they escaped to when I pulled out my camera.
This is Ferdinand. He is doing exactly what I needed to be doing after being up late chatting and getting up early to the chatting and giggling of happy children!
We'll visit Crater Lake National Park here at the Treehouse next week. It is too beautiful to miss!!!
See you then!