Saturday, March 31, 2012

Spring Break

This past week was Spring Break in Oregon. Nate had some vacation days left from Thanksgiving that he needed to use before April 1, so he used those days and we headed out to the coast for a few days. (I absolutely love being 1 1/2 hours from the coast!!). We drove out on Monday and came back on Wednesday. Monday was beautiful with blue skies and sun. So we made sure to have a picnic at the beach and let the girls play until they were exhausted.

We enjoy going to Cape Kiwanda in Pacific City.

We expected Tuesday to be a washout since the forecast said there was an 80% chance of rain. We began our day by eating breakfast out at our favorite place, Greatful Bread. It was not a relaxing breakfast. The food was great, but our girls were only content for about 5 minutes. During breakfast Nate and I remembered why we don't eat out at restaurants unless we have grandparents with us.

After breakfast we headed back to the beach since it wasn't raining yet. Once we arrived there was a light drizzle, but the girls didn't mind one bit. The drizzle passed while we looked for seashells and it just stayed cloudy. So we got to spend the entire morning at the beach exploring and playing in the sand. It was cool (low 50's with a breeze), but again, that doesn't stop our girls.

Nate and Sanaa climbed 3/4 of the way up the huge sand hill. If you look at the picture above you can see the sand hill behind Sanaa. Below is a shot of Nate and Sanaa about 1/2 way up. I had to zoom in so that they didn't look like tiny ants. 

Layla and I did not make the climb. Instead Layla splashed in puddles.

A face drawing Sanaa made in the sand.

Sanaa made a friend at the beach and they built a small dam together. Sanaa was very sad to leave her friend (Brendan) and kept asking when we could play with him again. I love how fast she makes friends and isn't afraid to play with any kids that she sees.

Eating dinner at our cabin. We had planned to eat at the table but both girls thought the chair stools and bar area was much cooler to eat at. Even Layla was able to climb up by herself.

After nap time on Tuesday we headed back to the beach. It rained during nap time, but stopped once Layla woke up. So we got to spend part of the afternoon at the beach as well.

Nate and Layla. I couldn't get Layla to look at the camera.

Sanaa and me. Nate couldn't get Sanaa to look at the camera.

While at the cabin we also got to do some bird watching. The cabin was located right on a river that led to the ocean and we could watch the tide go in and out. We also got to watch a lot of seagulls and ducks.

I was continually amazed at how much fun the girls could create for themselves at the beach. Below, they spent a good amount of time sliding down sand hills.

Layla thought it would be a great idea to push the small kids table up to the couch and jump from the table to the couch.

Wednesday was a washout and it poured all morning as we packed up to leave. But we were very thankful that we got to spend so much time Monday and Tuesday at the beach. On Thursday we took the girls the Portland Children's Museum and then on Friday I had a baby check up. Spring break week flew by, but it was a lot of fun!

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