Sunday, May 27, 2012

Memorial Day Weekend Adventures!

The weather today in Maupin, Oregon was just so perfect...sunny with a light breeze. What a great day for a holiday. I woke up thinking about Memorial Day or as it used to be called, Decoration Day.
A day when we should remember all those who served in our military and especially all who gave their lives for freedom. We tend to forget that when we get to have a fun holiday weekend! I've been watching several PSB shows about WWI recently. It's hard to watch them but it makes you realize the sacrifices that were made in that war and all the others that have followed. Sobering.... It's also a day to remember our loved ones who are no longer with us. So many good memories.
Jim and I began this journey last Thursday when we left home for central Oregon. We like to stop at the Pastime Saloon in Dufur...yes, Dufur! Love their hamburgers.

We arrived in Maupin about 3:30 PM and I was delighted to visit with my dear friend Marni and her boys...Zane and Eli. I got to see Sam the new bunny, the garden, the club house and just had fun catching up on everything. Oh, so good to spend time with friends.  This is what greeted us when we walked into our cabin #5...

Don't you love the flower beds? Actually, I guess they would be called veggie beds! A cute idea.

It was fun to watch the boys playing outside in their club house and just being kids, running around, playing games and just having a great time outside.

I love this one of Eli....pretty good life! Here he is hanging upside down inside the club house.

And then there's Zane....5th grade, all boy and funnier than all heck!

Jim and I are honorary Aunt and Uncle to these kids and we love them! We've been around them from their beginnings and they have been so much fun to for us! We love ya guys!

Friday was spent with Peggy and Al up in Pine Hollow. I forgot to take pictures, but I can share the fun. Peggy and Al took us for a little tour of the area, which is beautiful, and we had lunch at the Anglers. We had time to sit and talk and get caught up too. Peggy had hip surgery in April and she's doing really well with her recovery. Jim's been through that and it's a long recovery.We were happy to see her progress and wish her a very speedy recovery. We got to go to some garage sales and had a blast. The day went by so quickly!

It was up early on Saturday morning to meet my niece Desi and her husband Don and their two darling kids Isabelle and Peyton for breakfast at the Pine Hollow Grange Hall. We used to meet them
there before they had kids on Memorial Day. It's a fund raiser breakfast and it's always yummy and lots of fun. It was also Don birthday! Here's a great bunch of pictures that capture the fun we all had!

Here's Uncle Jim being funny and Aunt Linda loving having a little one to cuddle up to!

The city of Maupin was having their annual River Rest festival, so we wanted to take the kids.
I'm sorry that I missed getting a photo of Peyton hanging from a rope at the top of the rock climb! No fear at all! I was busy shopping with Isabelle. Here's the kids with a giant snow cone-oh, to be a kid!

 After a fun time at the festable (as Peyton called it) we headed back to Pine Hollow to visit with Desi's grandparents Leon and Peggy.  My other niece Anna and her husband Matt were there too so we really enjoyed a short visit with them.

This is the lake on Leon and Peggy's property! Their place is just beautiful. This is Desi's picture that I "borrowed" off of Facebook.

Later that evening, Jim and I went back to River Fest for dinner. It just poured rain and we had to take shelter under the tents to eat our meal. The rains finally let up and we had such a great evening chatting with Mike and Gloria McLucas. They will be celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary on June 9th. Congrats to you both! You are the cutest couple we know...keep it up you two love birds!
We met their granddaughter Emi and what fun we had with her! She is Zane and Eli's cousin. We certainly had our kid fix this weekend. JOY JOY JOY!
PS...Gloria posted a picture of her granddaughter and her with their face painting on Facebook, so I'm "borrowing" another picture again. Hope you don't mind Gloria, it's just so cute and I want to share!


MarniMcL said...

Soooo Cool! I FINALLY know what a blog is! How sweet that you wrote about Maupin and RiverFest and the kids! Love the pics!
Your blog is adorable Linda. So flattered that our little Maupin life was featured in it.
Had such fun with you today. Hoping I might lure you back to the patio for some more artsy-fartsy time tomorrow. Hugs!

GardenofDaisies said...

Looks like you had a WONDERFUL time visiting with your friends!! And I love those garden beds!!! :-)