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Summer Family Road Trip

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

A couple weeks ago we headed out on our first real road trip as a family of three. We had gone back and forth about what to do for our summer vacation and decided on a road trip. Our goal has been to explore more of Oregon the last few years, and it felt like this summer we were finally doing just that. Plus it sounded a lot easier logistically to rent a house instead of a hotel so that Harper would have space to play and move around and she'd also have her own room to nap and sleep in so that we wouldn't have sit silently in a hotel room every time she was asleep. Once we settled on the idea of a road trip, it didn't take us long to decide on one of our favorite places in Oregon, Sunriver.

We booked a two bedroom house that we had stayed in before and were excited to spend 6 days together! During our trip we went hiking, saw lots of waterfalls, went bike riding, watched movies, played cards, went swimming and really enjoyed nearly a whole week as a family. It was Harper's first time swimming and going bike riding, and she loved both . . . clearly!
This trip and time off just the three of us couldn't have come at a more perfect time. Over the 6 days we were away together, Harper changed and grew so much. It's like she knew we were all together and she'd have our undivided attention. Before we arrived she was taking a couple steps at a time, and by the time we got home she was walking all over. She started talking and noticing everything around her and just really grew up in those few days away. I am so thankful that we were all together to witness that growth over the week and to be able to experience that trip together.
So many of the things we did and explored were places or ideas that had been on my Pinterest board for years, so it was fun to be able to check some of those bucket list items off. We had such a fun week together! I'm so glad we made time for a vacation with just us three and got to explore parts of Oregon we'd never seen before. I'll share some of our favorite family friendly hikes and places to visit in Central Oregon soon! Until then, let me know any places or parts of our trip you'd like to hear more about!

What's your favorite type of family vacation?


  1. 6 days is like a lifetime together with work and life! So great you guys got to do this. You all look happy and relaxed!

  2. That forest hike you guys did looked fun! Gotta try this one day with my daughter :)