Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Another Weekend, Another Beach.

We met the Wilcox family when we were both newlyweds.  Kassandra and I served in the primary together at church and Cameron and John were soon bound for life as they discovered their mutual love for Dodge trucks and fishing. Boys are funny that way. They have been great friends ever since and despite living apart for four years, they still talk often. The Wilcoxes were part of a group of friends we had while we lived at Park Place in Rexburg- that was one of the funnest groups and I just hold all those friends in a special place in my heart. When the boys would go play paint ball on Saturdays, I remember going to Kassie's house and watching BBC Jane Austen renditions. Such fun memories.
We were so excited for our internship in Washington because we knew we would be able to see this awesome family.
They lived closer the the Canadian border so we journeyed up there for a weekend getaway.
Our girls clicked, which was so fun since the last time we saw each other, they were just babes.
We got to see there new house (!) and had a barbecue and played games.  The boys went fishing and talked about cars and the outdoors.
One day, we went to one of their favorite beaches close by. I'll hand it to them, it was gorgeous.  There was this half mile or so hike down to the actual beach. It was like a jungle, as soon as you got on the path, the sunlight almost completely disappeared!
 There were berries along the way that we snacked on. Every time we saw a bridge, the girls would stomp and give salutations to the troll that lived under the bridge.
 It was so cold, but so beautiful on the actual beach.  It was like this little oasis hidden from the world.  It was fun looking for life under all the rocks.  We found crabs among other creepy crawly things that Johnny and Caity found fascinating while I squirmed.  It was just a lot of fun exploring though. We went clam digging and star fish hunting, played in the sand, and had a picnic. 

The Wilcox family setting up our picnic- they were awesome hosts! 







Star fish!


Isn't it gorgeous??

Mom! I found clam shells! She clutched those shells for the rest of the summer!


Clam diggin'!





Cute family.

It was such a fun reunion and was a total highlight of our summer. Hopefully there won't be so much time in between our next get together!

Friday, June 21, 2013

Ready to Party

Today we went to a family friend's reception, so I get to head back to my old stomping grounds in the good ole Federal Way! 
Before we took off, I realized my kids' faces weren't dirty, so it was worth pulling out a camera. Some occasions are just too special to pass up.





These kids are so much fun. I am glad I get to be their mom and enjoy their youth! Speaking of which, I got my first gray hair, people! Oy vey!
Here are a couple of pictures from the reception:
It was such a fun night.  I am so grateful for all the wonderful people in my life.  Since my parent moved to Salt Lake, it had been a long time since I had seen such familiar faces.  Caity had so much fun hanging out with Melita's kids, it made me wish we lived closer! 
But alas, we are basically nomads and move so often these days we just don't know where we will end up next.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Oregon Coast

We are living in Washington this summer.  John has a good friend that lives right on the Southern Oregon Coast, so we decided to take Highway 101 right along the coast. It was gorgeous!  Our camera battery died the first day of the trip so all I have to document the adventure is a million pictures of the Tillamook Factory and the visit to our first beach and then some from our friend's phone.  It was definitely a trip to remember though! 
(excuse the pictures being so out of order.)
This was at a The Simpson Garden Park- it was so pretty.  Back in  like the 1800's some wealthy family  owned the grounds and made this garden that led to a beautiful private beach. It was breathtaking.

Some beach, somewhere- we went to like twenty.
Another Beach
I put this one up for the sole purpose of proving to John I don't only put up picturs I look good in! haha!

We found star fish!

At the Tillamook Factory:





First beach we saw in Oregon.

The lighthouse keeper's house.

The first thing Johnny did when he saw the ocean was look for a rock to throw in it. This kid is OBSESSED with rocks...and throwing them in water. It was so funny.
He was really proud of this one.



The first thing Caity did when she saw the beach (aside from taking off her shoes) is grab a stick to mark her territory. Caity was here!
She is so cute, I can't stand it.
The lighthouse.

Caity and the Lighthouse.
So, the next series of pictures were at the Portland, Oregon Temple.  I had to include every one of Johnny because he has been making the weirdest faces lately when we ask him to smile.  It cracks me up and frustrates me at the same time!



Highlights of the trip:
  1. Visiting our friend!
  2. The beautiful scenery! The way the forest went straight up to the beach was so beautiful
  3. Tillamook National Forest, if we were closer we would go back and explore more. It was fun hiking down the river for a quick break from the car.
  4. Eating real fish and chips! 
  5. John got to go Clamming and found some oysters and crabs.
  6. Visiting the Portland Temple then "house hunting" for when we are multi-millionaires! ha!
  7. Caity getting blind sighted by a huge wave- I still laugh just thinking about it. Poor girl was dancing and singing the ocean with her back to a huge (as tall as she was) wave.  It completely knocked her over- poor thing was terrified!  John and his friend went running to help her, but another wave came and they didn't want to get their shoes wet so they just watched.  Oh- John just corrected me, they actually "yelled for her to hurry and come." Men. Just kidding. And she wasn't in any extereme danger, but in her little 4 year old eyes I am sure it was a near death experience.  Just ask her about it.  She just kept rolling around in the water trying to stand up and she had sand every where.  The next day though, she was up and at it again dancing with the tide.  Cute girl.  I felt so bad, but it sure is funny to laugh about later. 
  8. John and I visited this cute Cranberry Chocolates shop- it was like a giant tea party! 
  9. Seeing all the lighthouses! So pretty! We traveled the entire Oregon coast so there are only a couple that we missed.

It was a fun trip, I am glad we got to go!

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