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Just two days. Two days that felt like two years and also two minutes. River time is fairy time. You don't know what hour or even what day it is, unless you can tell time by the sun. And who really cares what time it is. There's nowhere to go, nothing else to do. The sun and the stones and the water are everything. They're all there is, all you need. Three nights and two days. If only we were there for longer! I honestly did not want to come home! I wanted to stay in the sun with the stones and the minnows and the water-skippers, with the eagles and the sparrows and the ducks, with the wind and the water and the people floating by with their radios and their super-loud conversations and their silly, cartoony tubes. I wanted to stay right there, with my book and my basket and my baby catching crayfish, and my husband skipping rocks, and my legs plunged into the cold, clear water, and then go up to the house for tacos for dinner and s'mores at the firepit and Taylor Swift on repeat and checkers before bed and baths together in the giant tub. I wanted to stay on the porch with my loves, drinking coffee by dawn-light, listening to owls hoot in the gloaming, looking for deer and rabbits in the grass, and watching the water roll and roll and roll on by. Time, mystical time, cutting me open then healing me fine. Oh, no, no, I did not want to come home. . . .

68 comments

Beautiful photos! I loved The Year of Wonders, I hope you do, too!

Great photos of your little holiday away. Amelia looks so tall now and with the cutest freckles. I have a Grand -daughter same age, growing up so fast.Thank you for sharing x

I appreciate you sharing these wonderful photos. It took me back to my years of taking my 3 kids down to the Sandy River, we'd raft from Oxbow to Dabney.. there was an island we'd stop at and spend the day and have our picnic and swim. My sisters would go with me. Those were the good ol' days. You are having those now. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

Amanda Schnabel says: August 05, 2020 at 11:27 AM

Thank you SO MUCH for sharing your beautiful photos and thoughts! It's like you gave all of us the gift of your two days away!! And that photo of your baby girl in her hat with the fuzzy pillow--STUNNING!!!

That made my morning on the computer. Just beautiful. Thank you.

I felt like I was there, just by looking at your beautiful pictures! Where are your lovely blue mugs from?

lovely! I am so very glad you had this time!

oh, i wouldn't want to leave either. i'm enchanted just with your photos. so good you had this time out of time together...
blessings
~*~

what a sweet family adventure...as always, your captures are beautiful and magical

Sue Collins says: August 05, 2020 at 07:44 PM

Lovely photos...

Went and camped in the woods in the Gorge this weekend. We didnt have a creek but were in the shade all day and played games. Laying in the tent I read a whole book. I didnt want to come back.

Almost like being there. You make the most of every little good thing.

I read Year of Wonders a long time ago and I was, honestly, scared to revisit it during the pandemic. But maybe I should! Looks like a wonderful time you have had.

Everyone should spend a few mystical, magical days away with family.
Is that a heart shaped rock little miss discovered? 💜
Too wonderful ✨✨🤗

Am I the only one wondering how that OJ and S’mores combo worked out? ❤️🤣🥴

Susan from Tsawwassen, BC says: August 07, 2020 at 10:44 AM

Love your post, photos and description. Also love Amelia's freckles!!

I've followed you for years and don't comment often, but that photo of Amelia in the hat is so beautiful I just had to congratulate you on your lovely photography! Thanks for a little getaway for those of us that can't get away.

ellen patton says: August 07, 2020 at 11:49 AM

It sounds like a magical few days. I hope there are more like it to look forward to.

Julie Smith says: August 07, 2020 at 06:35 PM

Love, love, love that second pic. She's so big (and so little).

I live in Iowa and as you know we don’t have slugs like I remember growing up in Washington! I loved that picture of the slug, even got a little misty eyed! Amelia’s long beautiful ballerina legs! What a joy!

Oh my . . .
Sun
Water
Play
Feel
Discover
Bliss
Thank you for this beautiful post . . .
Happy the camera was with you.

Suleika Malcolm says: August 08, 2020 at 01:20 PM

Thank you for sharing with us your lovely pictures and your thoughts which are always so meanful and such a joy! Keep enjoying those precious moments. Stay safe and stay happy! Sending you all lots of love!❤️❤️❤️

Such a peaceful post! I'm glad you and your family were able to get time away from chaos to breathe. Lovely photos. Your daughter is beautiful!

Oh, my ... for a brief moment, I was sitting by the river.
Thank you for that.

Commenter Erin asks about the book you are reading. I don't see a book in any of the photos, but if you finished it in a day and a half I would love to know what book it is! I just finished my latest read (Sunburn by Laura Lippmann) and I'm excited to choose what will be next.

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My name is Alicia Paulson
and I love to make things. I live with my husband and daughter in Portland, Oregon, and design sewing, embroidery, knitting, and crochet patterns. See more about me at aliciapaulson.com

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Since August of 2011 I've been using a Canon EOS 60D with an EF 18-200mm kit lens and an EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro lens.