Friday, July 24, 2009

I Heart Oregon (Part I)



This might be my favorite picture in all the world. More for what it represents than for what is actually captured. Those are Henry's chuggy little hands. Those green and blue stripes are his pajamas. He was bathed and bed-ready when Halley came in and asked if we wanted to go gather eggs from the hen house. How could we possibly say no?

The siren song of dirt was irresistible. The dogs barked, begging more rocks be hurled for their retrieval. The "binoclears" on top of the play house enticed him up for a peek. The trampoline coaxed a few bounces.

And finally, dirty and distracted, we lifted the peppery hen from her roost to reveal 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 freshly laid eggs. Brown and warm. He carried them so gently in his otherwise clumsy hands. He chuckled heartily at his dirty feet. "Look, mom! My feet are almost as brown as my flip-flops!"



When the sun sunk below the silhouette of the distant mountains, we went inside for bath #2.



6 comments:

  1. Oh fun. You are so lucky!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  2. I love dirty little boy feet.

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  3. And it was worth it! Yay for special memories with family!

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  4. I love Oregon, too (because of you). And I've never been there. It sounds like a heavenly place, and with family there...it must be heaven.

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  5. I heart Oregon too, but I'm sure you know that already :) There is going to be a big fight when my husband finally says he's had enough of the grey winter weather.

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  6. That warms my heart. :) Way to be willing to give 2 baths in one night. We miss you guys!

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