Earlier this week the Macy/Anderson/Williams family enjoyed four days out at the Oregon Coast. We know the weather can be beautiful out there—as in blue skies, sun, mild temps—because that’s what we always get on the day we leave for home! No worries. Our less-than-perfect weather doesn’t dampen the joy of family togetherness.
With all the photographers*, both amateur and professional, shooting and sharing digital memories (*John & Erin / Rachel & John / Mauri & me) of our time together, I hope you can appreciate my self-control in posting only 67 pictures. Ready?
On Sunday, the Andersons (who arrived late the night before after driving from Denver), joined me in our tradition of walking to church down the middle of School Street.
Our view of the Twin Rocks from the Lighthouse at Harbor Villa.(Some day I’ll tell the story behind this property.) The ocean looks especially calm, don’t you think? Each night Mauri and I moved our sleep pads and bags out to the deck and slept with the sounds of the ocean, which sounded anything but calm.
One of many games of soccer played with the aunts and uncles.
Nothing could take the place of the individual attention the aunts and uncles give each of the kids. We feel so blessed.
Mauri has a knack for shots like this one.
And once the sun goes down, we head inside for games.
Dusty is proficient at solving those pesty 9-piece puzzles.
Sometimes we just sit around and chew the fat.
After sleep, the kids join the game fun. Do you recognize what they’re playing? It’s a game some children taught John and Erin when they were in Cambodia—a little bit like Jacks.
They’re both experts! Can you name this one?
This grassy area rarely got a breather.
And despite the weather, we had some beach time.
Rachel got surprised by a sneaker wave.
And we went exploring! Who’da thought there’d be a rain-forest-like jungle trail just blocks from the beach?
Whew! We found our way to the other side of the jungle!
On a different day we explored with geocaching. Mauri and John both had gadgets to help us locate the nearest caches.
John spotted the first one, and the kids enjoyed exchanging trinkets with what others had left in the cache.
Paul found the next one.
I don’t remember who found this one, but when you’re searching as a team, everyone shares the victory.
Marissa signs the log.
Our trusty navigators.
We ate, of course. John serves up a big pan of French toast.
Rachel and Linsey bake chocolate brownies for a birthday celebration.
Happy Birthday, Erin!
We divvied up the cooking and the KP.
A trip to the coast wouldn’t be complete without stopping at the Tillamook Cheese Factory for samples…
…and ice cream!
The traditional shrimp boil.
We switched up the s’mores tradition and tried “s’moreos” to mixed reviews.
…and the traditional sparkler finale.
The whole gang.
Gus and her six grands.
A couple of miscellaneous favorites…
Sixty-seven! The end.