After my grandma Mariah died unexpectedly, we booked tickets to America three days before we left. THREE DAYS! It was a whirlwind, and one of the perks of planning with such short-notice is that you don’t really get to plan 🙂 Kyle came with us (LIFESAVER) and spent the week in Oregon with us. It was so wonderful. The weather was perfect, and it was so great to have all of our family together again.
Oregon has always been a place of refuge and peace for me. Growing up, it was the perfect escape from friend drama and school work, the place to relax and visit with some of my favorite people. I spent a few days unsure if we should/could make the journey back, but I felt an overwhelming feeling that I needed to be there.
It was exactly what I needed during this hard time, to be in Oregon with my family. We rarely get photos of just the two of us, but man, I seriously love this guy.
Amelia was so interested in Tennyson’s blonde hair that looked just like her.
So fun hanging out with Papi.
Love those curls and these faces.
Our cute cousins!!! It was the best time ever spending time with them.
this babe is my sister!
dangggg that guy is my husband. // drawing on the Oregon coast.
girl cousins! fun to have a photo like this, even though the wind was fierce that day.
these girls are obsessed with dad.
quick stop for ice cream at the cute town in Cannon Beach!
Since our entire family is rarely ALL together, we capitalized on our time together and spent a day doing touristy stuff in Portland that we don’t typically do. It was fun to explore downtown and try some new things.
ice cream for the little babies.
Stopped at the infamous International Rose Test Garden in Portland. It was stunning! We made it just barely in time for the last glimmer of light before it went behind the mountains.
My cute parents.
My littlest brother is nine years old, and my little girls adore him. Clearly!
we went full tourists and stopped at Voodoo donuts. Consensus was good, but not amazing.
berry picking! clearly we’re from Arizona because we all thought this was sooo fun 🙂
went to dinner at our dear friends farm. It was so fun!
Little stinker eating some dirt!
Love this image because that pink bucket symbolizes food to the sheep, so Ryan had to hold it over his head as the sheep crowded him.
This sweet girl leaned in for a kiss right as we snapped this image. She seriously is such a love.
so I let her try a little dirt. eek!
Ry climbing to the top of a pole.
water balloon fight!
I especially love having these little portraits in Mariah’s home. It was so special to us, and I love capturing a bit of that.
park time with the little ladies.
my dad teaching Amelia how to pump her feet on the swing. SO CUTE!
playing in Mariah’s backyard. Perfect view, perfect little forest.
my little bestie girls.
I love them.
This trip was so special and had so many great moments to it. It is hard to say goodbye to someone we love so much, but being together as a family was perfect. Until we meet again, Oregon.