Last weekend we went to my most favorite place in the world.
I know, I know. It’s not Kauai. It’s not Tahiti. It’s not anything tropical — but it is always the most relaxing place on earth to me.
I’m lucky enough to have spent many summer vacations there, as two sets of aunts and uncles live there. One set still lives at the base of Mt. Hood in Rhododendron. Which, coincidentally, is where Mark and I got married nearly three years ago. Sadly it had been three years since we were last there, and I was dying to go. In February I found an amazing deal and we booked our trip. And my goodness, we had amazing weather. It was in the high 70’s when its usually raining the whole month of May.
My Uncle Dennis and Aunt Diane have literally built a little piece of paradise over the last twenty-something years there. Literally. They built their house. On their own (they had help, obviously, but they put up the walls, did the wiring, tiles, and all that crazy stuff that goes into home building).
I really don’t think I can do their home justice, so here’s a few pics that my good friend Gabriel (well, photographer turned good friend) took at our wedding in August 2010. You can also visit his blog to see the pics he posted on our wedding.
Honestly, this place is simply downright magical. It’s really stupid how magical it is.
This time when we went, we had this little rascal along….
We are so lucky to have such awesome friends family in our lives. For the wedding, my family all helped to get the home ready for the wedding, while Mark’s entire family flew out (that’s three siblings plus all the kids, and his dad and stepmom), and then an amazing number of friends (as you can see) and extended family came to help us celebrate. And let me just tell you, it was a damn good party.
Oregon and my aunt and uncle’s home will always, always hold a special place in my heart. I’ve made so many memories there over the years — rafting down the Sandy, countless BBQs, my aunt and uncle’s wedding, childhood friends we’d make each summer, snowboarding, camping, boating, cross-country skiing, my uncle’s countless dogs, and now, our wedding.
So, here’s to Oregon and to awesome friends and family. We love you.