I flew home a few days ahead of Jeff so I could spend some extra time with the family. Being home during the summer is unbeatable and we arrived just before the 4th of July so we wouldn't miss the fireworks and inevitable party. The family hosted a big barbeque and we all watched the fireworks from the back patio after stuffing ourselves with Dad's famous ribs and my almost famous apple pie.
|Great sunset views from the patio.|
|Morgan was happy to show off her new bike skills decked out with streamers, horn, basket, and of course a flag.|
|Just before the nausea set in.|
|Quick trip to Virginia City for some sightseeing and target practice.|
|What a view!|
Next up we headed up to Portland and went to a Hops baseball game with Dalena and Ivan and enjoyed dinner at the ballpark (which included surprisingly tasty Mexican food), beers, and a great sunset view.
After spending a day running errands including the dreaded DMV, we had a family day and enjoyed lunch at a food cart pod and Nike shopping. In the evening we headed out to Edgefield for a concert on the lawn. My favorite part was the homemade Oregon marionberry ice cream. Jeff seemed most excited about all the McMenamin's beers. Dalena was excited not to be driving for once and splurged on 2 cocktails bringing her 10 year count up to 3. Ivan was super pumped about seeing his absolute favorite band, The Decemberists (haha jk Ivan).
|Of course we haven't been drinking.|
|White Rose winery|
|Fancy picnic time - olives, cured meats, local cheeses, Oregon fruit, and of course wine!|
|Our last winery of the day. By this time none of us could stop laughing.|