Regrouping

We got back home yesterday and today I’m hunkered down inside. It’s nearly a triple digit temperature day and I’m just not up for it. In fact, I was in my jammies until after lunch and Rex has spent most of the day naked or nearly so*. I’m in the process of uploading pictures and sorting through them. I’ll try not to bore you with too many vacation photos, but fair warning, a few are coming.

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*Rex showed an interest in his little potty today, so he went nude for a bit.

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OCF 2014

Last weekend, we made our annual trip to Veneta for the Oregon Country Fair.  It is an amazing and magical place with an event like no other.  You spend all day there, but it seems like you hardly were there at all. When it’s over, you’re exhausted and dirty and can’t wait to go again.

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Like last year, Rex especially favored the drum circle.  Sam was kind enough to lug his little drums around with us, so our little musician could drum along. He found the half-naked, painted, horned woman and aged tie-dyed hippie dancing together to be just fascinating.  I felt like it perfectly embodied the Fair.

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The weather was quite warm, and while his cheeks were rosy, we kept him pretty cool. Multiple applications of sunscreen and bug spray kept our little guy protected and we poured water down and on him as often as he would tolerate.

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Of course, what he really wanted was to play in the dirt. He came home with a piece of grass, picked from the field we parked in. His favorite souvenir.

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We are very lucky because we know folks who work and camp at the Fair.  Because of this, we were able to take a couple quiet breaks, off the path.  This allowed Rex to air out a bit and stretch his legs (we packed him the Ergo for most of the Fair).

This was Rex’s third fair and he seemed to really enjoy it. We can’t wait to go again next year!

Food & Attractions

As an aside, we stayed in Eugene and visited several nice local places. Obviously, we had breakfast at Off the Waffle (we like the new downtown location). We were pleasantly surprised at the delicious menu of Falling Sky Brewing.  We were less than wowed with the menu at Hop Valley Brewing, but the food was good and the beer was excellent. Don’t waste your time at Morning Glory* unless you’re a vegan who enjoys a pretentious atmosphere and terrible service.

*I could write an entire post ranting about that restaurant, but I’m going to take a deep breath, pull out my polite card, and leave it at that.

Packing

I’m preparing to visit my best friend and her new baby in Louisiana, which means flying (and ridiculous rules on liquids and baggage sizes as well as invasive searches). Thankfully, I’m staying with said friend and she has a washing machine. That means, a carry on and a purse is all I need (yay for not spending $50 to check a bag!). So, lo and behold while shopping for a few trip essentials (travel sized tissue, anyone?), I should find this!

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I couldn’t help myself, I had to buy it. (Bonus, it was on sale!) I think I’ll be able to find my case. What do you think?

Rainy Stitches

I cannot believe how much it has rained since we got to California.  What happened to the sunshine state?  Well, at least we’re indoors working at Stitches West!  As usual, I’m at the Oregon Woodworker’s booth selling fabulous swifts.  I’ve already spotted a few famous bloggers wandering about.  Jenny and Nichole from Stash & Burn wandered past the booth.  And then I saw IrishGirlie with an adorable little girl.  (Of course I was busy working and could only smile.)

There are fantastic things to see at the market.  My goal this year is to find great crocheted items to bring back to the yarn shop.  So far I’ve been really impressed with the crochet (and knit) designs from Kira K.  I picked up a pattern from Green Mountain Spinnery called Kristy.  StitchDiva also has some great crocheted hats that are calling to me.  Plus I picked up some great stitch markers with an adorable case from Miss Purl.  I still haven’t gotten a chance to see the entire show, but I’m working on it…

Tomorrow, I’ll be at booth #904.  So if you’re at the show, come say hi!

Labor Day Beach Party

Sunday, we decided to do a last minute Labor Day weekend beach trip.  Mom and Dad, my sis and her hubby and the nephew and I all packed up and drove to Crescent City (Sam had to work.. Harumph!).  We drove through the redwoods on a winding road that makes you feel a bit queasy.

(Tyler took this picture.  His photo skills are wildly awesome for a four year old.)

We took Ty to Ocean World where he got to pet a shark!

That was followed by a trip to the beach for kite flying with Papa.

And a romp in the waves.

We had a great day and it was definitely worth the drive.  It was so much fun to be with my family on such a perfect summer’s day.  I leave you with one last photo… My favorite of the trip.

You can see all the photos from the trip here.