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Jackson is here. And everything has changed!

Since our little man has joined us, we’ve decided to start our bloggie blog back up. Beware, future posts will most likely contain a million pictures of Jackson.

He came pretty quick on November 5th at 1:03 am. Seriously, our doctor arrived 4 minutes before he was born! Jackson weighed 6 pounds, 11 ounces and was 20 inches long. I was on bedrest for almost 3 weeks beforehand because they were concerned he would be really small, fortunately that wasn’t the case.

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Obviously we fell in love with him right away.

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My mom came and stayed with us for a bit which was a huge help. Then my siblings came down to visit and we hosted our first Thanksgiving with both sides of our family. It was really nice to have everyone under the same roof!

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Jackson has been eating, pooping, and growing like a champ. We’re almost to the one month mark now and just figuring out how to do life, go places, and bring him along!

Finding Fun in Royal City

Hello everyone!

We’ve spent a few weeks here in Royal City and it has just FLOWN by. It’s dark by the time Geoff is done with work, so most of our fun things happen over the weekend. Although it doesn’t feel like we’ve done a lot, the pictures say otherwise.

Picking grapes for my cousins wine. I think he’s making it in to a Riesling?

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Hiking at the Columbia National Wildlife Refuge from the Blythe Lake entrance.

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And a second time at Drumheller Channels.

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Lots of dog walks with Borgi and Buddy.

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Working with the dog

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Hiking with Kaylee at Lake Lenore Caves

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Dry Falls scenic point. Back during the Missoula Floods, it was three times as big as Niagara Falls!

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Duck hunting

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Columbia River

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And a puppy. Named Milly. How precious is that face?!

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Geoff becoming an expert with the chainsaw.

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It’s been a fun few weeks. We’ve gotten a lot done work-wise and are really excited to go on vacation. Yes, through this whole trip Geoff hasn’t taken any vacation time so we are heading off to use it all up!

We are still praying about where we should be and are getting closer to a decision. We will let everyone know when we come to a final decision!

Our Short Time in Bend

We really had a great time in Bend. It was short, but definitely a lot of fun and so gorgeous!

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After a beautiful 11 hour drive with amazing views of Mt Shasta, we arrived late Saturday in Bend. Since the place we were staying was relatively close to downtown, we stretched our legs and walked to find some dinner. Of course, we found ourselves at the Deschutes Brewery & Public House.

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It was a lot colder at night than we expected while walking on the way back. We packed in July and for some reason didn’t bring too many warm clothes…

The next morning we attended a nice little church and went hiking at Tumalo Falls.

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It started out great, but ended with snow after less than a mile. So, we didn’t actually hike as much as go on a quick walk.

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So we drove around and looked at neighborhoods and available houses. Then we found Pilot Butte, a huge hill that has a great view of Bend.

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And found ourselves with more beer. Did you know there are 16 breweries in Bend? Kind of awesome.

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After Geoff finished work on Monday we went for a tour of the Deschutes Brewery. It was pretty interesting and similar to our New Belgium tour.

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Tuesday after work, we went for a drive and mini hike on the Cascade Lakes Scenic Byway. The road goes up to Mt. Bachelor and around the back of the mountain, curving back towards Bend.

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On the way up, we stopped at Todd Lake for a mini hike.

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There was no one out there! It was so quiet on the lake and the roads too.

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No one for miles.

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And Wednesday we left for Royal City, but stopped at a popular rock climbing destination on the way, Smith Rock.bend-16 bend-17 bend-18

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We didn’t see any rock climbers, but we also didn’t take too much time there since we had to drive 5 hours. And we made it by 10pm! And since it was dark, we managed to miss our last state sign.

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We made it: Bend, OR

One of our last fun activities in SLO was driving behind Lake Lopez. The road that crosses a creek about a million times before ending at a trailhead. It was getting dark, so we didn’t get to do much hiking, but the drive was pretty and fun.

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Geoff and I left Saturday at 4:45 AM for Bend.

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We had a pretty sunrise and great views of Mt. Shasta. After almost 11 hours, we finally arrived.

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And I couldn’t help but post pictures of Dan’s dog. We’re staying at his house and his dog is sooo fluffy!

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His name is Chowder, but Geoff calls him Cottonball.

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