Kids at camp.
PH on a business trip.
Me on my knees in my closet tossing baubles, boots and gyspy skirts into a ridiculous pile….going on a girl adventure. I couldn’t think of a better partner for an escape—Elida is fun, spontaneous, pure of heart and makes me laugh. Plus we had a lot of planning we needed to do for our retreat schedule this year.
Smith Rock and a perfectly sunny day…it was a dreamy landscape for taking portraits of each other. We met the sweetest couple from Portland who snapped one of us together. Later they found us at the cafe’ where we lunched…they drove ten miles back just to come eat and talk with the crazy photo girls. It was a highlight. The world becomes so small when you’re looking for good things on the road.
Next stop: Off ramp to Highway 97…totally random pull-over and a funny spilling out of gear onto the road as we rummaged our way into different outfits. I have to commend our Eastern Oregon friends who drove by—no honks or rude gestures. Good manners demonstrated with smiles and thumbs up…not sure that would be the case at home.
Just drop me from a helicopter into the scrub trees in this terrain. I adore it out there…dry…warm..bright…moutains looming in the background in every direction.
I am home.
I think one of things I love the most about living in the post-40 side of life is that “why not?” pops up again and again. After a family trip in Bend in June, I was picturing a photo escursion out there as I watched the desert zoom by on our way home. The thoughts that “it could be fun” and “let’s find a block of time” were the only requirements for making something happen. It helps to know people in your life that are able to release and just go. Elida is one of those people for me and I adore her for it.
They say that “Every summer has a story”….I’m enjoying every single minute of this one. It’s about taking back the writing of my own story and relishing every family moment I can pull my to my chest.
Show up. Explore. Discover.
All is as it should be.
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We were lucky enough to stay with Elida’s sister’s family while on our adventure. They have the most amazing girls (one is a teen and is missing here)—blond beauties with smarts and talents galore. I fell in love with all four of them as we sat on the grass in their yard talking. Their aunt was snoozing next to us because I got her up at the BCOD (Blair family acronym butt crack of dawn).
We went to a horse race outside of their town. The people watching was a “ten” for sure. I was trying to be discreet with my long lens, but was caught a couple of times. Luckily, these folks were smiley and open to having their picture taken.
This was a funny…I walked by these girls and said, “Hold up, now! Ladies, let’s have your best princess smiles.” Seriously, anyone passing by me with a crown and a sash is fair game. Too darn cute.
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The drive home was just as fun, but at the very end I was sad to see our time together end. Our lives with our kids and businesses are very full. Sometimes too full to take a break and see what’s out there. I just have to remember that it doesn’t have to be summer to take on an adventure.
‘Holding on to this as long as I can!
Hoping your summer is full of adventure and family love, lovelies~