Saturday, July 11, 2015

Fathers Day Road Woes and Flooring Update

Friday July 10, 2015
I'm having a hard time being productive today. Maybe it's the heat. Maybe it's because it's Friday. Tonight we do hope to move a few things into a downstairs bedroom in the new house because that's the only room in the house that won't have flooring in it. It has everything else and it's done. It'll be an office/hobby room, so we'll move some things in there to hopefully accomplish more. 

As for the flooring in the rest of the house, more has been done and we also got downstairs pictures this time. 

HOWEVER, before I post more house pictures, in an effort to not go off the bend like the previous post, here is the next leg of our Oregon trip. 

Crescent City, California to Waldport, Oregon

We woke up on Fathers Day, June 21st in Crescent City (just south of the Oregon/California border). It was refreshing to finally be on that leg of the trip. It would be a beautiful coastal drive all the way up and we knew we wouldn't arrive late at night. We wouldn't even arrive in the evening. This would be an afternoon arrival! 

Mikelle was already in Waldport of course and she was also wanting us to arrive as it had been three days since we put her on the plane to Oregon.

But every action has an equal and opposite reaction. In this case, this easier and shorter drive would mean the two boys would go total bat-crap crazy in their fighting and issues that seem to escalate from spending so much time in the car. That would complicate the "easy" drive and lengthen it. Instead of an early afternoon arrival it would be a later afternoon arrival.

I'm not sure what happened first - the boys and their fighting or the traffic ticket Chris was gifted in Bandon. Either way, it played out something like this: Alexander would annoy Christian. Christian was overly frustrated with Alexander. Then Christian would micromanage and overreact to every infraction Alexander was guilty of committing. Christian also would get angrier and angrier. Alexander would add to it by continuing to bother Christian.

Mikelle kept texting us asking us to hurry up. Between the ticket and the boys' crap, we had to slow it down. I would text her back our location and she would ask where that was. Frustrated, I told her to please look it up. Look, I'm not expecting her to have my same interest and aptitude for maps and geography. But I would at least like for her to use Geography. 

In the midst of all that, apparently at a stop at a convenience store along the way in some town, Chris said a guy in line behind him was laughing at me outside as I appeared very frustrated with the boys. Laughing, the guy said, "Someone has been on the road for awhile...!"  I walked inside the store and the guy greeted me in line as if he was a friend for life. At least I could laugh and vent. He was glad to hear that after three days on the road, we were "almost there".

As we creeped up the coast, I looked up a park in Florence (which was coming up) so Alexander could run around and play. However, before we got to Florence, we saw the Honeyman State Park. Even better! We stopped off there for some walking around and appreciating nature. We saw a bunch of people swimming. Being from Arizona, Chris and I laughed. It seemed like it would be too cold to swim! But there on the coast, it's probably as warm as it gets. Man, I wish I could live there! Grrrrrr! 

I'm not that impressed with the whole sand dune region of the central coast (maybe because I live in AZ and I've seen the sands of Tatooine, I mean, Yuma, a million times and I associate it with sun and heat), but this state park is an exception to that. So gorgeous! 

Honeyman State Park Photos:
Let's stretch our legs! Okay, sit there. We'll stretch our legs...
Cute wildlife on the trail...
More wildlife spotted on the trail...
Lush, shady, green trail!
Pink, in bloom, cool air... Love!

So gorgeous! Can that be my backyard please? Imagine a wedding or something here...
The dunes across the water...
Christian wasn't too happy to be walking around. Alexander even had a negative opinion about it. :sigh: (that's just a little idea of what I deal with on a daily basis and how nothing is good enough...unless it's a tech museum...) 

However, it was better than what was going on in the car.

Our next stop that I can remember was a late lunch in Yachats. We wanted to wait for dinner with the family, but we skipped lunch. Our late lunch at the Blue Whale didn't go very smooth either, but at least we were fed. Plus, we were practically at our destination. I have a picture below of Christian there when he and I went on our solo trip to Oregon in 2009!
This is NOT Alexander! This is Christian at the Blue Whale in June 2009!
Anyway, we finally arrived in Waldport. I think it was before 5pm. We were now in a spot we wouldn't have to pack up and move from for 3 days! 

The next posting will contain more Oregon Family Reunion pictures. Now for the house update...

Saturday July 11, 2015
After the sun went down last night, things became more productive. Yesterday was probably the coolest day for awhile at only 100 degrees. Isn't that sad? A 100 degree day is the coolest? Well, it is since it's going to be 110 by this time next week. Therefore, we loaded more boxes and took them to the garage of the new house. And because one bedroom downstairs won't have flooring, we already put the office shelves in there. 

Here are some photos from the flooring from this week that also contains downstairs photos. It was tough to get downstairs photos last time due the flooring in progress.
Master Bath
Looing into Master Bath. I messed up though with the vanity counter. More details on that later....
Downstairs Kids/Guest Bath
Downstairs Great Room

Downstairs Great Room

Until next time...

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