Happy Independence Day

Blog Update

We are about halfway through our summer vacation in Central Oregon. This is a trip we have been taking for the last few years. I was hoping to have many beautiful blue sky photos to share with everyone, unfortunately that has yet to happen. We just aren’t getting the wonderful weather we usually see in July here. We’ve had four afternoons that brought thunder, lightning and hail to our campsite.B247EB48-EB78-4C38-A275-A577EA3ACF66DEEB0341-4461-43B4-ACCD-BF0D0B0AA041669D0A66-6C44-47EA-B0F6-BB317AD35170

Despite the weather we have still been having a wonderful time. We have seen over 80 deer, 3 elk, a bald eagle and a mink while kayaking. We’ve had one long kayak trip down the Deschutes, a few bike rides through the trails in Sunriver, played in the pool, BBQ’d, roasted marshmellows over the campfire, played boardgames and I’ve finished a few good books. We also took a day trip to Crater Lake and went on a tour of the Deschutes Brewery.


I haven’t wrote a personal blog for a few months now and I sure miss making the time to blog. When we get back from our trip I am hoping to make it more of a priority. I am sure you all know how time consuming keeping your blog going can be. I won’t be going back to a daily blog but at least I’d like to add a weekly Sunday update.0FAAFCA9-3807-403A-B57A-CD05D439DAD3

Since I last blogged we finally purchased two tandem kayaks! I have been wanting kayaks for a few years now and we have been having so much fun with them! We can’t wait to explore more of Oregon from our kayaks. The float we took a few days ago was the longest of our trips and was almost cut short by the weather. Luckily the hail and thunder held off till we were out of our kayaks.


I finished a few NetGalley ARC’s this week that were both very enjoyable. Secrets of the Chocolate House by Paula Brackston, which is the sequel to The Little Shop of Found Things. This story takes you back to the 17th century.  And also The Widow of Pale Harbor by Hester Fox (stand alone), which was the right amount of spooky, gothic mystery just like in her debut novel The Witch of Willow Hall. Both of these were wonderful historical novels that I would recommend, especially The Widow of Pale Harbor.

Here are the books I hope to still read on vacation…

Mrs. Everything By Jennifer Weiner

Roll With It by Jamie Sumner

Circe by Madeline Miller ( I can’t believe I still haven’t finished this one yet)

How are you enjoying your holiday? The boys are in a parade through camp this morning…and then we are off to a celebration.


Drop me a message below… I hope to be online more often now! Have a wonderful holiday!




21 replies »

  1. Hello Lana! So good to see you guys having fun. I’m loving Ryan’s beard, although I’m sure that’s not shocking HA! Love the kayaks, it’s one of my favorite activities we’ve ever done. Hope life is going great, I know sometimes it can just all seem to catch up with you. But that beautiful family makes it all worthwhile 🙂 Take care guys, hope you get some good weather your way!

    • Thanks so much for the comment Nina! I was worried I’d been away too long! 👍🏻😁Ryan says thank you for the compliment! 😃I will have to catch up with your blog soon! Hope your all having a wonderful summer!❤️

  2. Welcome back and Happy 4th of July to you and your family Lana. I’ve missed you. Hope your weather is better than ours was on Canada Day. Allan

    • Thanks Allen! It is beautiful today, but we’ve had thunderstorms all week. Lol I’ve missed you all too!

  3. Hi Lana. So happy I saw your post. It’s been really busy around here lately and I don’t get to read as much as I would like. Glad you’re having a good time with the family. We have had a quite 4th at home and I have mostly stayed in the air conditioned house, but all the kids (with hubbies and grand kids) are supposed to be coming over Saturday. We’re hoping for great weather and it should be lots of fun. ☺

    • So Glad to hear from you Ruth! I’m glad your keeping busy! Like you, I am looking forward to seeing more family over the weekend!!.. I have one of my adult son’s coming tomorrow for the weekend.
      I will have to catch up with your post soon! Enjoy your family time!😊☀️

  4. Welcome back! I hope you’re online more often, too. I had a super 4th. Sorry about the bum weather you encountered. Ours has been cooler and wetter than normal, too. I love yor family picture. <3

    • Thanks so much Jan! I am so glad I took the time to post that update! I’ve really missed blogging. I will check in on your blog in the morning. I’m glad you had a super holiday, despite the unusually cooler temps. I don’t want the weekend to come, lol, we go home on Sunday. ☀️😁

    • Hi Kim! Ryan does love his beard and says thanks! we just got back from our morning drive… we saw 3 coyote pups! So adorable! Hope you are doing well!!

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