Anyway, it was tons of fun! There were 15 children (all of Larry & Marilyn's grandchildren) there, ranging in age from about 1 - 17. Three of the girls are not in the above picture though.
The kids rode their bikes a lot.
There was this cool loop outside the house and the kids would ride around it, over and over again.
Inside the paved loop was some fun "off-road" riding.
Last year, this guy learned to ride his bike without training wheels during our Sunriver vacation.
This year, it was this one's turn.
We drove to the top of Lava Butte and hiked around the rim. It had amazing views of Mt. Bachelor and Three Sisters mountains.
Deschutes National Forest
Logan at the fire lookout tower on Lava Butte, with Bachelor and Three Sisters in the background.
Taylor with one of her favorite buddies at the top of Lava Butte.
Grandpa, surrounded by grandchildren.
Logan with one of his favorite buddies on the trail through the lava beds.
Taylor and Logan on the lava beds trail with Mt. Bachelor in the background.
Taylor clearly didn't hike enough, she still had energy at the end to pose for the camera. Both hikes we went on were fairly easy walks. It was perfect for people with young children.
A few of the younger cousins working on a puzzle, including Taylor. We didn't get too far on the puzzle. I think it was missing lots of pieces. Next time, I plan on bringing a few puzzles. It's a great evening time activity.
Another activity the kids enjoyed was playing and watching others play electronics. The kids weren't on them very long though, with so many other things to do.
One of the kids' favorite things to do was their race around the house. They ran so fast all the pictures are blurry. They would run down these stairs
across the dining room,
between a log pole and kitchen island with chairs,
behind the front room,
down the entry way towards the front door, taking a sharp right and high-tailing it up the stairs,
then run past this balcony and through the entertainment room,
and down another set of stairs, back to where they started. It's taken me longer to type out the route than it took them to run it. It was taking them about 15 - 20 seconds, (less for many of them).
I love this last picture because it shows the excitement they all had for one another. They were cheering and chanting for each other and were genuinely happy for each others' successes. It was super sweet. We could all learn a thing or two from their example.
What were the parents and grandfather doing while the children were tearing through the house? Taking pictures and timing them, of course!
Taylor shucking corn.
Each night a different family was in charge of the meals for the entire day, but everybody was always pitching in wherever they could.
Sunset over the golf course, that was right outside our backdoor.
A view of the front room, enormous fireplace and dining room from the balcony above.
It was hard to say goodbye to all our cousins. We soooo hope we get to do this again next year!