Wednesday, July 23, 2008

An Oregon Vacation









Ok this is a challenge post for me lol. I have 10 minutes until I need to be getting dinner on the table but I am quickly going to try to sum up our Oregon Family Vacation. We drove 1800 miles in our now bug covered/snack and sand dirty van. This was quite challenging at times over the week and I often just wanted to be ALONE for a minute or two and not just when in the shower. I realized how much I thrive on my own quiet time. Still we had a fabulous time. We traveled to Lincoln City, Oregon where we met up with Clayne's family. Five out of the six siblings were able to be there as well as his parents. All together there were 14 grandchildren present - sometimes it felt more like 30 lol when we all gathered for family meals at dinner time. If you count Kami's twins then there were actually 16 grandchildren there. She is quite a trooper for attending a family vacation week when she has only 30 days more in her pregnancy. That poor girl is all belly! We spent lots of time on the beach which was right outside our back door of the condo unit. We were there in a little bay and there were seals right there on the opposite shore and they would swim in the bay to feed in the evening when the tide was high and then they would sun bathe all day on the beach. The kids were captivated with them as well as splashing in the water and playing in the sand. The only tourist sites we visited were the aquarium, the outlet mall, Mo's for some famous clam chowder and Tillamook cheese factory. Anyway that is where I was all of last week and why I didn't get any posting done for so long. I hope that you all have had a chance to enjoy a vacation and spend time with family this summer - even extended family. We made memories that we will always cherish. Oh and a side note: A special thanks to Jen Johnson and her family for letting us drop in on our way out to the coast. It was wonderful to see you and the food was delish! And a special thanks to my SIL, Courtney for letting us stay a night on our way home. Such wonderful hospitality! Ok dinner needs doin' here so that is all for now.

10 comments:

ChrissyW said...

loooove the pics!! - and lol at your kids posing - too cute!! looks like a great time!

Emily said...

I absolutely love vacation. It is the greatest time. Sounds like you had a fun time and I love the beach pictures. It looks beautiful.

Heather said...

Ahhhhhhh, welcome back! Love all the pics, I love Carson's starfish (or sea star as they now call them) pose!

Looks like a great time. Glad you made it back safely!

Hilary said...

What a great trip! Your kids look like they had a ball. I can so relate to that feeling of needing time alone after all that togetherness!!

Natalie said...

Looks like you had a ball! I love the beach and your pics!

Ellis Family said...

That is one of my favorite places on EARTH! I have some really great memories of sand dune rides in Lincoln City, food at Mo's, YUMMY ice cream at Tillamok (we still talk about a flavor called "SUPER MIX" and how amazing it was). And my mom and I took Gabe to the aquarium last spring before Hunter was born and it included some of my favorite memories. OHHH....now I want to head to the coast!!! I would LOVE to see and hear more about it if you have a chance!

Janiel said...

Look so fun and I LOVE all the pictures!

Tami said...

Fun! Fun! Fun! The beach looks beautiful.

Carina said...

looks like an awesome vacation! I love the pics of the kids in the sand and your daughter holding the shell (clam?)!

Lori Ann said...

Vacations with the family are the best, and the beach looks so nice. How cool that you were right in the bay so you could walk right out to the beach. Welcome home!