We all cheered as we made it past the point we had to turn around last week. We were in for a fabulously fun day. Elizabeth got to rule the day and the first stop on the list was Tillamook Cheese Factory.
It was neat because usually not much is happening at the factory on a Saturday, but this time it was really busy, and the kids were fascinated watching all that was going on. Elizabeth was especially interested. And of course once we were done in the viewing area there were delicious cheese sample for everyone to be had. And a package of Squeaky Cheese (cheese curds – we call them squeaky cheese because they squeak against your teeth as you eat them) for everyone to share.
Of course you can’t pass up the Tillamook icecream either. A round of junior cones for a dollar and a quarter were definitely a highlight of the day.
James even enjoyed himself
After the cheese factory every one was STARVING – or so they told us, so we drove out to Cape Mears and stopped at our favorite lighthouse/octopus tree spot for a very windy and chilly picnic. Alvin decided to picnic with us, which had everyone very excited. At one point Jacob couldn’t contain it any longer and yelled, “I love you chipmunk!” hee hee
Then Dad and the kids walked up to the Octopus tree while I fed baby. Paul had the kids running races around the tree to get out energy when Jacob saw a couple taking a picture at the front of the tree. He quickly ran up and stood by the girl, posing for the camera. The man laughed, “Say cheese then!” Which he did, and promptly ran off again after the photo was done.
We opted out of seeing the lighthouse this time as everyone was excited to get to the beach. A short drive later and we were running down to a very windy playtime on the beach. Which was great for flying a kite – though it was hard to keep it up in the air as the currents were rather wild up there.
We also tried soccer, but the wind kept catching the ball and it would roll, and roll, and roll, and roll, and roll…. We gave up after chasing it for ages a few different times.
After the beach our tired clan headed home for hot baths and warm beds. It might have been windy and rather cold, but at least it didn’t rain! 🙂
Grandma and Grandpa came for a visit, which required a trip to the beach. Fortunately we were granted a gorgeous sunny day for the occasion…
Encyclopedia of Me Meme
I have very fond memories of a trip my family once took from Pennsylvania to Oregon when I was 7. That was the year I went on my first 10 mile hike. That was also the year I remember discovering the most amazing beach on the Oregon Coast. It was south of Coos Bay and it was called Garden Acres. There were beautiful botanical gardens with a path leading down into a fascinatin cove. The rocks were in the most fascinating formations – we called them peanut rocks because some of the had big dents the shape of peanuts on them. They were big enough for my brothers and I to sit in and curl up in.
We also found great pieces of kelp that we stuck in the back end of our shorts and paraded around like we had tails – my Dad has slides of that one, and we laugh and remenisce whenever we see those slides.
Just before we left for Montana we went to the beach with Paul’s parents. Laying on the beach we found a huge peice of bull kelp – perfectly intact. It looked like a giant whip.
“Just what I need to keep you in line,” I teased Paul as I pretended to whip it through the air.
Paul laughed as I handed it over to him – it was heavy and very long, so I couldn’t get a very good swing on it. But Paul just whipped that thing through the air,
“Everyone get in line!” he shouted teasing the kids as we all giggled.
A little while later I snuck this shot of Jacob – always eager to do everything that Daddy does.
“Yeah, do what he said!”
February is a hard month. Spring feels like it is on the doorstep, and we are sick of being cooped up and winter. The kids get antsy to play outside, and the parents are antsy to send them out more to limit the bickering from living in close quarters for a few months. So, in this state we sat when we got a call from Paul’s Aunt saying that her beach house was available weekend before last. We were estatic, the perfect getaway from the winter duldrums. We loaded up the children Friday afternoon after school and by 5:00 we were speeding happily on our way to the coast.
Hotdogs roasted in the fireplace along with s’mores were the order of the night as we huddled together on the couch, warming up with the rest of the house, as we watched a movie. Morning arrived quickly and with excited kids hopping about we started the events of the day. There was playing, relaxing, a bit of snooing, some gallavanting, and definitely beach walking.
Our gallavanting took us to Depoe Bay, home of many tourist shops and mouth watering salt water taffy.
We picked up a flock of seagulls somewhere along the way -heh 🙂
We made sure to stop in at the Whale watching station and learn about the whales that travel the Oregon Coast. We got to watch a reall cool video and the kids were fascinated with the binoculors provided. Though there were no whales to be sighted this time of year, the coast guard was out doing training. It was fun to watch as one boat towed the other across the bar, under the bridge and into the bay.
Soon it was lunch time and kids were beginning to rub their eyes so we headed back for lunch, and naps. But, before we had to return home we made sure we headed out to the beach in between rain showers.
Too soon it was time to go back home, but it relieved the cooped in feeling and was a blast. 🙂