We were the closest family possible. Our world was turned upside down on 05/03/09 when my best friend, the person I love most next only to our children, my sister Trina was diagnosed with stage IV breast cancer. Her body gave out on her on 01/09/10 but she will ALWAYS be a part of our daily life and will continue to be in my posts. I started my blog to chronicle our daughter's international adoption from Guatemala and have continued to use it as a journal.

What you will find is my family trying to adapt to our new lives that were handed to us.



Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Sunriver Personal

Yesterday I posted my review of the cabin we stayed in at Sunriver. This post is going to be about us, what we did and what got us to the cabin. 

A few months ago Norm told me he needed to go to Sunriver for some meetings/conferences and asked if we wanted to go along. I kept forgetting the dates he was going and never gave him a concrete answer. When I finally found out when he was going (about 2 weeks before we went) we had a few things already planned during that time frame. Valentina had ballet camp all that week and Asa was leaving a few days prior  to that to go on his summer trip with Joshua. Norm was going to make his hotel reservation and asked if I wanted him to see if he could get a suite or something and I told him if he could get a room with 2 beds great, if not that was fine too since we most likely were not going to be able to make it. A few days later Norm called me from work and said "well I hope all of you plan on coming with me because I got us a 3 bedroom cabin!" It turns out by the time he got around to booking his hotel room the block of rooms they had reserved for the meetings were filled up so the wonderful reservation specialist offered him a cabin at the same rate. SCORE!!!! Needless to say all of our other plans fell by the wayside. I promptly informed Valentina that she would be missing the last two days of ballet camp. When I showed Valentina the "cabin" (I think it was much nicer than a cabin per se!) we would be staying in she didn't care about ballet camp, she was just so excited to be somewhere with STAIRS!!! I'm not kidding, she was totally psyched about having stairs in our room. Of course we were all sad that Asa wouldn't be able to go with us since he and Josh left several days prior but it was also a way to pass some of the time and make Valentina feel a little special too. She always feels left out when Asa gets to go on trips with his dad and she can't tag along. When it was all said and done the timing was perfect and we had a nice little holiday. 


This was when we got to the cabin on the first evening. Keep in mind that we left shortly after she got done with ballet camp that day. Yes, that is a 4th of July outfit she was wearing......to ballet camp.....no it wasn't 4th of July.....no she wouldn't wear a cute 4th of July outfit ON the 4th of July.....that's my girl!


The first full day we headed to the Sunriver Village, a quaint little downtown area at the resort with several restaurants, shops and even a cute little train kids can ride around on to see the village. Aren't my parents precious?! I love my mom and papa so much. I'm so thankful they came along to help me out and just to be with me. I can't imagine taking a trip without them. I'm also very grateful that I have a husband who automatically plans on them coming with us wherever we go as I know not every husband would be so open to not just having his in-laws going on holiday with him but to live with him also. Norm knows how important my family is to me and in turn they have become just as important to him.


This is a crappy view of part of the village from where we were seated at lunch.


I was a bad mom and waited a bit too long to feed Valentina that morning so she was very crabby and not very nice when we got to the restaurant. As usual she just wanted to go swimming and didn't want to go out to eat. The strawberry smoothie was a good start to her meal and our dining experience!



Not only did Valentina get a smoothie but they also had her beloved lettuce wraps!!! She LOVES lettuce wraps!


Although Valentina would have preferred to have had Asa with us she did feel pretty special to be an only child for a bit.


On our last night we decided to drive to take the 15 minute drive to Bend and go out for Mexican food. Asa hates Mexican cuisine so we rarely have it even though it's Valentina's favorite.


My beautiful parents again.



You're never too young to have a (non-alcoholic) drink or "cheers" in our family!


Valentina was one happy camper with her salsa and guacamole! Note how her bows from Aunt Holly......


.....perfectly match the shoes she was wearing!



The water bottle left at our table was a giant Patron bottle. I would love to have one of these at home! We asked the waiter if they sold them and sadly he said no. The restaurant buys them full for about $150, uses the tequila and then recycles the bottle as a water pitcher.


I missed the photo op where Valentina was feeling up the bronze cow.


You can see she looks like she thinks she is doing something a little naughty.


On our way home we stopped at a bear themed cafe where I snapped these pictures.




That was our mini holiday. We desperately missed Asa but were able to talk to him pretty much every night. I couldn't help but think that the 3rd bedroom we had should have been filled by sissy, Joshua, Asa and the baby but we did our best to have fun and make it a happy trip and it was.