Summer is still ‘for reals’ in my world. I will not let go easily!

K and I slipped away for a couple days during the week earlier this summer. What a joy it was to stop and go when we felt like it, exploring new places.

Camp photography - girl walking on log in woods

I’d been to Smith Rocks plenty of times before, but never went up and over the ridge. What an awesome view!

Lifestyle photography - girl at Smith Rock State Park - Misery Ridge
Crooked River - Kids in the outdoors

Later, the whole family went on the shortest backpacking trip ever. But that was because we wanted to bring the paddleboards along. Yet who needs paddleboards if there is dirt and ashes to play in?

kids and camping - ashes

Zoe was an antsy passenger. She loved swimming too much to stay on the bow for long.

dog on paddleboard - tower paddleboard - camping with kids and dog

And after swimming FOREVER, she finally tired out and slept hard. That only lasted until the next time someone walked toward the lake though, since her love for the water is insatiable.

Camping dog - tired dog - golden retriever
camping kids - kids in the woods - camp photography

Kids these days. Heidi and Lacey like to add drama to the photos.

camping kids - kids in the woods - camp photography
dog swimming in lake - golden retriever

The latter part of the summer is so pretty in the backyard, as the sun shines through the orchard near the end of the day.

kids on swing - girl swinging - hazelnut orchard in background

Watch out!

jumping out of a swing

Lacey’s birthday was a big biking bash of a party. We toured the parks by bike along with a simple obstacle at each stop.

bike party - lacey

Everyone got involved because I had candy prizes.

obstacle course - Avery Park - dinosaur bones

Sometimes sunsets just keep on giving. This one seemed to last for an hour, changing for the better.

sunset from Crater Lake

It’s not often that I get Craig and the ‘big’ kids in one shot.

dad and three daughters with sunset

This particular evening was hot and with no breeze. The big sprinkler turned on just at the right time to cool off and make pretty pictures with the golden light.

camping kids - kids in the woods - camp photography
camping kids - kids in the woods - camp photography
camping kids - kids in the woods - camp photography - playing in mud
camping kids - kids in the woods - camp photography
camping kids - kids in the woods - camp photography

Zoe gives us a run for our money. So when she has to put up with a little inconvenience, it makes me smile.

Ona Beach - burying a dog in sand - kids playing with dog on beach

Doing the grapevine.

girls dancing on beach - golden light
girls dancing on beach - golden light

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