Holiday Weekend

Not that there is much difference between a weekend and a weekday during my summer vacation in Oregon, but we have had a great last couple of days. My brother and his family came down from Seattle, and there was a constant influx of noise, commotion, and chaos, combined with love, laughter, and happiness. When the two of our families are at my parents house (minus Ken, who is working in New York but coming out on Friday!), there is A LOT going on, but we all love being together so much. Here is a look at what we did. A lot of outdoor activities, as normal:

We set up a tent in the backyard for the cousins to sleep in.

We set up a tent in the backyard for the cousins to sleep in.

The tent was a built in babysitter. tent = awesome.

The tent was a built in babysitter. Tent = must buy item for kid entertainment.

We made popsicles.

We made popsicles. Delicious combination of greek yogurt and blueberries.

Theme of the weekend was rocket ships. We also played with a rocket ship in the backyard.

Theme of the weekend was rocket ships. We also played with a rocket ship in the backyard.

More popsicles were consumed.

More popsicles. Check out the eyes on cousin Alagna. My brother is going to have TROUBLE on his hands when she is a teenager. Holy shmoly.

City girl finds an insect.

City girl finds an insect. Buh-bye Manhattan, and hello caterpillars.

Water park in local playground.

Water park in local playground.

Euro swim trunks.

Euro swim trunks are the only route to go for little boy swimsuits.

Bike ride.

Bike ride which may or may not have lasted for a mere 3 minutes.

Tandem + trailer = efficient mode of transportation.

Tandem + trailer = efficient mode of transportation. Or a good photo opp.

We went on a hike.

My favorite activity: hiking. Especially with a little one snuggled up to me.

Fireworks in the alley.

Fireworks in the alley. A hit with all the cousins.

Mt. Pisgah. A walk to the river.

Mt. Pisgah. A walk to the river.

River swim!

River swim!

Beach bum cousins, Axel and Alagna.

Beach bum cousins, Axel and Alagna.

Like brother, like sister. Hello hip pose.

Like brother, like sister. Hello hip-holding pose.

Our favorite activity of all: eating. Especially, Key Lime Pies.

Our favorite activity of all: eating. Especially, Key Lime Pies.

Family meal. Pure chaos and happiness.

Family meal. Pure chaos and happiness. Sorry, pups for the bald shot.

I also started AND finished an amazing book, “And the Mountains Echoed” by Khaled Hosseini. It was one of those books that I read till the wee hours of the morning and then woke up again before the sun was up so that I could read more of it. Overall, a typical and fun-filled weekend in Eugene, Oregon with the family. Have a great week!

Anika Yael Natori, aka, The Josie Girl

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4 Comments

  1. Hope you had a great 4th. New York was beyond miserably hot.. Looks like fun!

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