How I Spent My Summer “Vacation”

Wow – we have been a little dark lately!  We have been falling into the trap of spending all our time taking care of our possessions.  I knew downsizing would be a big job.  I just didn’t realize how much work it would be.  While necessary, it just doesn’t feed my soul.

We have made time for catching up with friends, attending beer events and meeting up with lots of traveling nomads, friends, and family.  Those events have been highlights of our days in Bend.  I love to sit around the fire pit and have deep conversations that teach me new things and help me learn more about my friends and family.

Throw into the mix a family wedding, followed by organizing an internationally attended birthday party and we find ourselves spending all the available time on ‘chores’.

The birthday party — or as we called it ‘The Norwegian Invasion’ was an event that took 2 years to plan.  In the end, it went off without a hitch.  My aunt, her kids, their spouses and kids all made it to Bend for the first time from Norway.  In addition, my U.S. based family came from Washington, Oregon, and California.  So all told, it was 60 people for the big event.  With daily functions for 4 days and guests in town for a total of 3 weeks before and after the event.

To prep for the event, we kicked our renters out of our house and cleaned up the mess.  We had to replace a kitchen sink (first time I have ever heard of a renter ruining a sink), rearrange furniture, find more beds and bring back the yard in 2 1/2 weeks.  I think Dave was out talking to the lawn every night and commanding it to stand at attention.  It worked and the lawn was amazing.  We wrapped up the house prep just in the nick of time!

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Cycle Pub – riding around Bend with 12 people visiting pubs, drinking and singing.

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Deschutes Brewery – The original microbrewery of Bend

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Family – New and old

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Family

For several days we enjoyed family time as we peddled through Bend on the Cycle Pub. Attended an English Beat concert in the park.  Had a happy hour above the river with a professional photo session and a barbecue to end all barbecues (that ended at 4:30am).   During the day there were restaurants, river tubing, hiking, mountain biking, trips to the top of Mt. Bachelor and the High Desert Museum.  Even the Paulina plunge (a bike ride that includes jumping in and sliding down a few waterfalls).  Evenings were spent around the fire pit solving the world’s problems.  It was amazing!  Check out singing on this clip! IMG_4052           IMG_4062 2

The best part – we got a vacation from working on the house for the entire week and were able to enjoy family time.  Then the event wrapped up, the last guests left and we are back to the daily grind.  No rest for the wicked.

Taking care of possessions is definitely not what I want to spend my time on.  Making memories, exploring and enjoying the company of others is so much more valuable.  Things take time and money to maintain and the reward is so little.  While we are rewarded for taking good care of our house – with rental income.  It doesn’t warm my heart, teach me new things, or change the world.

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Party Aftermath – Thankful for family help with the cleanup

The house is prepped and currently listed for rent.  The yard looks great and we are madly selling off the furniture and other major items on Ebay and Craig’s list.  There is a light at the end of the tunnel!

Here are some pictures from all the memories we had a blast making in July.

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Drake Park – Enjoying friends, family and music

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Drake Park – Family dancing!

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