Sorry to hear about your not so epic day, better luck next week! Sucks when you accidentally ditch the person you're with, whenever I get ditched I'm always wondering am I the ditcher or did they just totally ditch me?? it's almost always by accident, right? Or am I just no fun to ride with?
Oregon is a great place to raise kids, and be raised for that matter. I've lived in Central Oregon my entire life, so obviously I don't know it any other way, but I LOVE IT! Everything my husband and I love to do is here, snowboarding, snowmobiling, rafting, camping, hunting, ect... But, we've also got a huge support system here, with his family and our best friends only 20 minutes away and my family not too much farther we realize how lucky we are to have it all in one place.
I know my daughter really benefits a lot from being so close to "Mamaw & Poppy" but I also know that if we ever decided to move she'd be just as well off. She has us, her parents to give her guidance and love. Also, we'd never go too long with out coming back to visit family and friends.
Having kids does entail sacrifices, heck I didn't snowboard for the first year my daughter was alive because I was pretty attached to the little thing and realized my priorities had totally changed at that point. But, I don't think it's neccessary to move somewhere you're not going to be happy. Kids need happy parents.
There are great schools where we live. Our furry family members (the doggies) have room to roam here. My husband has a great job that supports us and I get to stay home and raise our child to be one of the coolest one year old's you'd ever meet! & that's where our priorities lie, having our family close is one perk that we definitely love, but as long as the above remains true, we can move almost anywhere and still be happy.