A Day at the Beach

It is that time again and while the water by me will NEVER be warm, you can’t help but want to splash around while you are hanging out in the sun as a way to cool off. Here are some items that might help a day at the beach be more enjoyable.

It’s All Worth it if the Kids are Having Fun

This week I have been thinking a lot about summer vacations when I was a kid. My parents really went above and beyond to ensure we did fun things, but I am not sure if we as kid really understood the sacrifice that went into those vacations. So here are 5 things that I am grateful to my parents for as an adult.

  1. Camping: We camped a lot as kids and one trip I remember in particular had all of us kids throwing up in the tent one night. It wasn’t the most pleasant experience and it required a deep cleaning the next morning and a trip into town with sleeping bags to the local laundromat. But I don’t remember my parents complaining and later that day we continued on camping like nothing had happened.
  2. Disneyland: Seriously need to give a HUGE shout out to my parents for being willing to plunk down the cash for this exorbitantly priced theme park. Make no mistake; we LOVE Disneyland but the amount of money it takes to get in, purchase food, and a memento to take home at the end of the day is a little on the ridiculous side of spending.
  3. Beach Trips: Yes, we could just show up at the beach with a towel and call it good. In fact, that is how I do the beach as an adult but my parents were too nice and they thought of and brought everything. We would lug down to the water a cooler with food and drinks, blankets to sit on when our towels were wet, shade in the form of an umbrella or canopy so we could stay ALL day, plus toys to play with in the sand when we were worn out from the surf. I realized my dad was a pretty strong “pack horse” after these excursions.
  4. National Parks: I grew up in Southern California and was very fortunate to live near some national parks but there were MANY summers that we spent in Yellowstone and the Grand Tetons. That required a 16 hour drive each way and many hotel reservations not to mention all of the reservations my parents had to make when in the parks to ensure we had places to stay or camp. Then there were the reservations for outdoor recreational activities like renting boats and horses. (Please keep in mind that my first real memory of this kind of trip was when I was 9—I am the oldest of 4 kids). I think my parents are pretty much superheroes.
  5. Weekend Getaways: Yes, my father and mother would work 12-16 hours day for 5 days, drive home, load up the car (including the family) and then drive that night so we could spend a 3 day weekend in some awesome city like San Francisco. I am here to tell you that as an adult, I really dread leaving for trips when I have been crazy busy at work all week.

Make sure you thank your parents if you have spent any summer doing something fun without much thought to the time and resources it took for them to provide the entertainment.

A Day at the Beach

Last Saturday was so wonderful! I was at the beach by 6:30am to enjoy the quietness before the crowds came and to watch the full process of building sand castles. It was amazing to watch! Except for two downpours at the beginning and the end of the day; it was great weather. In fact, I even took a nap on the beach in, what for it . . . warm sand. It was almost a warm beach. In fact my excursion sent me home Saturday night with a pretty bad sunburn. Thank heaven I had some lavender oil on me.

Since this is the places I’ve been post–I decided to just share pictures of the 2016 Cannon Beach Sand Castle Festival. What fun things have you done when at the beach?

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Bonus: Enjoy the pictures of all the dogs at the beach enjoying the festival as well!

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What It is That I Like

Hello on the flip-side!!

I have officially made it to my new home (actually what I mean, is that I am living in the area of where I would like to start looking for a new home). So I have a dilemma . . . I have moved to the beautiful Northwest and now I need to find a home but I am having trouble with that.

For instance: do I want to live in Oregon or Washington? I have a list of pros and cons on both sides. Heaven help me figure this one out. 🙂 But my other problem is reconciling what I want with what is available (and I do mean literally and monetarily). Does everyone know how much this sucks?

So for my five favorites this week; here is my top five items on my list let’s see if any of you have the savviness of figuring this one out for me!! 🙂 (BTW–the cheaper the better)

  1. I would love to live on the beach in a setting like this one however I am 1.5-2 hours away from it so that commute into work wouldn’t work.
  1. I want an older home or at least a home with character that also has up to date plumbing, electricity, foundation, etc like this one.

  2.  I would like a small home but large enough to house all of my holiday decor including Halloween like this one. (Halloween Village anyone?) 🙂

  3. I want a house that is in the “country” but only a few miles outside of the city like this one. A girl has to have options!!

  4. I want a place that feels like home as soon as I walk in because I want all of my family and friends to be comfortable when they come over not to mention myself feeling cozy every time I walk through the door.

Wish me luck finding something!!!  🙂