Oh, the beach!

If you can believe it, it’s been over a year since we have made a trip to the Oregon Coast.  Which is awfully pathetic considering we live so close.  People who live within two hours of the ocean should visit at least every couple months, that’s my opinion.  Of course, I’ve never done this, but I think it’s a good goal to set?  We went to Lincoln City this past weekend with our family to celebrate my nephew’s 6th birthday.  And on that Friday, my darling Dad turned 60, so there was celebrating to be had for him as well!

I have had busy weeks at work, more stressful than normal and had been fighting a headache for about 4 days.  But it disappeared about 10 minutes after my Dad arrived at our house on Thursday evening.  Coincidence?  I don’t think so.  Especially not, since it came back at promptly 9pm that Sunday night as my mind drifted towards the work week ahead.  Ugh.

So getting out of town was exactly what the doctor would have ordered, had I asked him.  It was a beautiful weekend, a little on the chilly side and quite windy but it didn’t matter.  The house we stayed in, Ebb Tide, was fantastic and had everything we needed for a relaxing weekend with good food and adorable family!  My parents enjoyed having the grandkids all under one roof (except for Veda, who was sorely missed, but it was her weekend with her Mom).  I enjoyed getting to spend time with my nephews and hearing the littlest one, Hunter, do some talking, since in the time it usually takes him to warm up and start jabbering our visit is usually up and we miss out.  But not this weekend, he and his big brother Wyatt were entertaining, and super photogenic!  Many opportunities to capture their darling faces on film and I did just that!

We had a wonderful time, so thank you to Amanda and my Mother for putting the whole thing together!  And as always, I took way too many photos and here they are for your viewing pleasure!

Claire with her Auntie Andi headed down to the beach...
Claire with her Auntie Andi headed down to the beach...
Papa Ron and Wyatt, the birthday boys!
Papa Ron and Wyatt, the birthday boys!

We asked the waitstaff at Mo's to sing Papa Ron happy birthday, it was a great addition to the already hilarious experience there!
We asked the waitstaff at Mo's to sing Papa Ron happy birthday, it was a great addition to the already hilarious experience there!
Hunter got to help Papa with his birthday ice cream!
Hunter got to help Papa with his birthday ice cream!
The view from the house...
The view from the house...
Yes, that's right, they had an air hockey table on the 3rd level, which we played.  Only a few fingers were pinched, and we got to see the competitive side of Claire!
Yes, that's right, they had an air hockey table on the 3rd level, which we played. Only a few fingers were pinched, and we got to see the competitive side of Claire!
Papa Ron and Wyatt looking pretty chill..
Papa Ron and Wyatt looking pretty chill..
We tossed around the football, look at the spin on that baby!  Ah yeah!
We tossed around the football, look at the spin on that baby! Ah yeah!
Claire took this, yes I did make it into a few pictures...
Claire took this, yes I did make it into a few pictures...

And this is what I like to call my “Up Close” series…

Amanda, my fab sis-in-law
Amanda, my fab sis-in-law
My brother, Paul (what more can I say, that this picture doesn't already say for me?)
My brother, Paul (what more can I say, that this picture doesn't already say for me?)
My sweet nephew, Wyatt (seriously, this kid does not take a bad photo ever, he looks adorable no matter what he is doing!)
My sweet nephew, Wyatt (seriously, this kid does not take a bad photo ever, he looks adorable no matter what he is doing!)
The always huggable littlest nephew, Hunter
The always huggable littlest nephew, Hunter

My darling sister, Andi...
My darling sister, Andi
my easter egg-holding daughter, Claire (we did some easter stuff too, since we didn't gather this year on the actual holiday)
my easter egg-holding daughter, Claire (we did some easter stuff too, since we didn't gather this year on the actual holiday)
My incredibly handsome husband, Mark
My incredibly handsome husband, Mark
My rarely-not-talking-while-someone-is-trying-to-take-her-picture Mother, Trudie (and look! she's not talking!!)
My rarely-not-talking-while-someone-is-trying-to-take-her-picture mom, Trudie (and look! she's not talking!!)
My amazing and adoring dad, Ron
My amazing and adoring dad, Ron

And here are just a few more of the kiddos and birthday fun!

the world's largest birthday card!
the world's largest birthday card!
Hunter with his best pal, Bun Bun (in fact, they are so good of friends that his parents had him cloned (thanks Build a Bear!) so that if he is in the wash, Hunter still has one to drag around with him, that's real friendship yo!)
Hunter with his best pal, Bun Bun (in fact, they are so good of friends that his parents had him cloned (thanks Build a Bear!) so that if one is in the wash, Hunter still has one to drag around with him, now that's real friendship yo!)
Happy Birthday Wyatt!
Happy Birthday Wyatt!
Claire and Wyatt, self portrait in the car on the way to look for seashells...
Claire and Wyatt, self portrait in the car on the way to look for seashells...
He's even adorable under a cement picnic table!
He's even adorable under a cement picnic table!
Wyatt, king of the tree stump...
Wyatt, king of the tree stump...
Papa Ron, illustrating where we all get our sillyness from...obviously.
Papa Ron, illustrating where we all get our sillyness from...obviously.

We hope you all enjoyed your weekend!  I am a little bummed that we missed out on the hot day that happened, but I’m sure we’ll get others here soon (I hope! Like, really soon?  Like, go away rain!!!)  Our yard and garden are enjoying this wet weather, that’s for sure!

Until next time, xoxo!


2 thoughts on “Oh, the beach!

  1. everybody looks like they are having a beach blast! any time you need another beach break, come bunk down with us! the invitation is always open. the weather has been incredible!

    xo,

    sophia

  2. It looks like you guys had a good time. I clicked on the link to the house you stayed in and it’s so cute! I will have to remember that for any family weekends we have.

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