beards, outbacks, &dutch ovens.

we had so much fun on our trip to oregon! from the time we walked out the front door to the time we walked back in. it was a 14-hour drive. we stopped about 1/2 way there, in pendleton, &slept in our car in the parking lot of the red lion hotel. it wasn't the best nights sleep. so we got up at 5:30, got parfaits, &soon we arrived at lincoln city, oregon! we stayed in devil's lake state park. our site was a minutes walk from the lake &a couple minutes drive from the beach! oh, and a couple minutes from a huge outlet mall. i met a lot of dan's family for the first time so that was fun &interesting. i tried to put my best foot forward. hopefully they liked me:]. dan &i made t-shirts for the reunion. we each designed our own. it was such a blast. [special thanks goes out to the cute girl at the t-shirt shop next to little caesars!] we stopped at 3 really pretty waterfalls, multonomah falls, on the way. we loove the scenic routes in oregon! the family is soo cute &soo funny. we played a lot of bocci ball, croquet, had the most DELICIOUS dutch oven meals, played football at the beach, the ladies and me worked on our sewing projects, smores, lots of campfire talk and surf watching, the most hilarious dance game [thanks to margi, sydney, &mom] where we had a playlist of all sorts of music and called people up 3 at a time out of a hat and those people would dance for about 20 seconds to their song. it was so funny. the mulders have got the moves! jason &kristal have the most beautiful kids we've ever seen and we might have gotten a little baby hungry through the week. just sayin. dan got to surf a few times [the waves were okay, he caught some good ones]. we played in devils lake for a long time one day on the island. it's the funnest huge floaty! we journeyed to the tillamook cheese factory &got the MOST delicious ice cream!! we spent one morning in the best tide pools, ate at the cutest 60's diner, went shopping at the outlet factory [mom &dad bought dan the best nautical shoes and me the most BEAUTIFUL dress that looks like it's from pretty woman. it's TOO pretty]. we didn't leave until late friday night so we stayed at the same red lion hotel on the way home. except this time we actually paid and got a room, and swam and hot tubbed overlooking the wheat fields and blue mountains. it was p l u s h . &we saw a FULL rainbow on the way home. TEH best! we stopped at the boise temple &cabelas on the way home. &to top it all off.. stopped at connor's cafe by burley. most cutest and picturesque idaho cafe straight out of a movie. truck drivers stoppin in for some home cookin, the cute farmers sitting at the bar with their coffees, and the sweet old couple with their matching meals. we were in love with it.

we love our family soo much. they are so sweet and so kind and so fun and sooo good to us. we have so much fun with them. we are excited to spend thanksgiving with them! thank you for the wonderful trip!

ps- oregon is the best. it's all about subaru's and saving the earth and earthy people. we loved them.

&you! thanks for reading :].


  1. hey, I agree with this post 100%. This was my 1st and 2nd time to meet most of the family and I've been a Mulder for almost 9 years. I thought it was soo fun, and trust me, the whole family loves you! I was telling Tami, everyone was talking behidn your back, you know the ole, "whatta ya think of Rachel?" They ALL LOVE you!
    Um, and just get pregnant! our kids love you! They call you guys their "new cousins".
    And that first picture is soo painful, I have to steal it.
    Anyway, hopefully we can see you guys again soon!!!!

  2. hello!! i just found your blog through kristals and im super excited about it!! it was really fun to see you guys and hang out a little, we love you guys. i love how you put "fun and interesting" , its the perfect description. anyway, we are in spokane and may possibly go down through idaho when we leave, we'll have to have lunch or somethin. :)

  3. you mulders are the CUTEST! sounds like the funnest trip filled with the most wonderful adventures and costumes. i love you!

  4. So Rachel you probably don't know who I am but i'm one of Dan's friends from high school so i added you on my blog friends list. Looks like you 2 have been having a blast since you've been married. We just got back from a trip to oregon too and it was beautiful and fun. Hope all is well. Take care!