We all look forward to our annual summer trip over to Eagle Crest. We usually go towards the end of August, so it's a great way to cap off our summer. This year more than ever before, I felt like our time was so relaxing and rejuvenating. Our life is often hectic and rushed, so to be able to just relax and be together felt like a true gift! The way the juniper smell welcomes us, the deer that we see throughout the day, the constant sun and warm weather and just the slower paced days, it was a slice of heaven! I love that the kids are in play clothes, hair usually askew or in a swim suit begging to go to the pool. Everything about our trip is laid back and I love it! It's always fun to be with family and this type of trip is so conducive to a big family gathering. Our days were lazy, mostly filled with outdoor activities and our evenings always included a big dinner together. It is the perfect ways to spend a few summer days and we are so grateful for the opportunity to go each year with Kyle's parents.
Kennedy was Auntie Val's shadow for most of the trip! She sure loves her auntie!
loves her daddy, too!
and this was an hour of my afternoon ~ pure heaven!
Grandma arranged to take Carter golfing one afternoon. He was so excited! They had a great time together on the Challenge course. Grandma commented that Carter played well and also had very good manners (music to my mama ears!)
my little man is growing up so fast!
Brady is quite the little golfer, too! The kids took advantage of the grassy area behind our condo and played throughout the evening!
my boys. my loves.
I know I have said it before, but it's worth repeating ~ I love that the kids have cousins close to them in age. They always have so much fun together!
Brady can't get enough of Carter and Kennedy and they are so sweet to him, as well.
love this free spirited one.
love to see her running free, laughing from her toes, living and loving.
There were a few fawns outside one morning. Carter was able to get fairly close and take a few pictures.
It never gets old seeing deer up close and this is another thing that I love about Eagle Crest.
a few of Carter's pictures
Papa took the littles up to feed the horses ~ Kennedy was a little timid but still managed to give the horse a couple of carrots.
Brady was happy to give the horse a snack!
The weather was a little cooler on my last day but we still made a trip to the pool. I absolutely love this picture of Brady ~ he was so happy! Kyle is such a great uncle!
Carter doing a cannon ball!
Kennedy with a diving assist
Unfortunately, I had to go home a few days early so that I could go to work but the kids and Kyle stayed and enjoyed the weekend. Ken and Diane were headed to a wedding, so I was able to bum a ride back to Portland. It worked out nicely but I was sad to have to leave.
The kids on a hike
Brady feeding the ducks
a very happy girl!
And a very happy time at Eagle Crest this year!