I had hoped to get this up last month but we had so much going on that it was impossible! I honestly wasn’t sure if this vacation was actually going to happen but I am happy to report that we were able to get away and spend a whole week in Oregon! Unfortunately, as you may (or may not) have seen on the news, there were terrible, heartbreaking fires and the smoke was pretty bad, but we still managed to get out and enjoy what we could!
Here’s the recap!
Where: Seaside, Oregon
When: Tuesday, September 8th – 12th
(we spent a couple days in Canby, Oregon first to visit some friends. We were so busy hanging out and having fun that I didn’t end up documenting that part of the trip – although I’m sad because we took Gryffin to the Oregon zoo for the first time but somehow didn’t mange to get a single picture.)
After being in Canby for 3 days, we made our way to the beach!
Day 1: Playground, The Ocean, and The Beach House!
We made it in to Seaside around 3:30 in the afternoon. Check-in wasn’t until 4:00, so we headed to the park that was directly across the street from the house. We went with some friends who also have small boys and they had a blast playing together and getting their energy out.
After they were done with the park we walked down to the beach. It was smoky but there was relief by the water! The weather was in the 80’s and perfect!
After running around in the waves and watching Gryffin make “snow angles” in the sand, we headed back to the beach house to check in.
The house was small for 6 adults and 3 little boys and a baby but not overcrowded. It was just a couple blocks from the beach access and the perfect distance away from downtown – close enough to walk, but far enough not to have crowds.
The layout was a little weird, but I definitely would stay here again!
Day 2: Downtown Seaside and More Beach
After making breakfast (cinnamon rolls, sausage, and orange juice) and getting ready for the day we walked to downtown for some fun and shopping.
First stop was the Carousel Mall. All the boys got to ride and it was pretty fun hearing Gryffin yell “ye-hawww!”, haha.
We went back for naps and then a little more beach time.
Day 3: Cannon Beach
I honestly can’t believe it’s been 8 years, going on 9 since we left (For those who don’t know, Mikey and I lived in Cannon Beach for 7 years. It’s where we met, dated, and lived during our early married years)! It was crazy to see how much had changed and how much the little town had grown.
We walked around a bit and I got to see one of my favorite people I used to work with. It was so nice to catch up! After visiting for a while, we did a little bit of shopping before stopping at Fultano’s Pizza for lunch and then headed back to our beach house where we got in the hot tub since it was freezing outside (I realized I also forgot to get a picture of the hot tub outside)! It was wonderful!
Day 4: Aquarium, Beach, and Buried Treasure
We spent the last day much like the second, except it was so cold that we drove to downtown Seaside instead of walked. We walked around a bit and then ended up at the aquarium where Gryffin got to feed the seals! Yet another memory missed with my camera, but we had been soaking in the moment!
After the aquarium we walked to the beach where the boys dug for buried treasure. This was an amazing idea our friends came up with! We had spent the previous few days finding and purchasing little trinkets to put in the boxes. Our friend, David, left to bury the treasure and then the boys came over to dig it up. They had a blast and were so excited! We will definitely be carrying on that tradition for every beach trip we take.
Once they dug up their treasure we headed back to the beach house and rested before soaking in more time on the beach again.
Day 5: Going Home
Before we knew it our time at the beach had come to an end. It was sad to go but we were ready to be home at the same time. I missed our dog and being in our own space. The drive felt long and the smoke made it really difficult! I felt so bad for everyone who had to evacuate their home and for those who lost so much! There was definitely a heaviness throughout the week as we knew of the devastation that was happening around us. Praying for all who were affected by the fires everywhere.
We recently took a stayacation vacation and it was soooo good! It was a perfect mix of relaxation, home projects, and fun.
We had previously talked about a road trip to the beach, but when you have a little boy who gets extremely car sick (he will puke on a 10-15 minute drive!) all we could imagine was a nightmare. So stay home we did. We made sure to do a little bit everything though to make the most of it.
Gryffin had come down with a stomach bug the week before, so the first weekend we did mostly normal things – cleaning and laundry and such (not so much fun). Sunday I had a coffee date with one of my best friends and then a birthday party in the afternoon for one of Gryffin’s daycare friends. Once Monday came along though things finally started feeling a little more relaxed – I consider that day 1 of our vacation.
Since we had to pay for it anyway, we did take Gryffin to daycare for part of the week, but we still kept him home a couple days to do some fun things with him too!
Day 1 – Gryffin’s Room Makeover!
Since we had moved into our house 2 years ago, poor Gryffin had a plain and super boring bedroom. We had some fun Sesame street bedding for him, but that was about it. His room has been on our list of things to do and having the week off gave us the perfect time to work on it! As you can see, we went with an outer space theme.
Gryffin’s thoughts on it? He loves it!! I wish I would have recorded his reaction. Seeing the big smile on his face was completely priceless! Every single day since he asks to go down and see his room. Before he would only go in there to sleep, now he loves to play in it too.
We’re not all the way done, so I plan on doing a more in depth post on his room decor when it’s all finished.
Day 2 – Movie and Shopping Date
This day felt super, super lazy. We pretty much lounged around the house and took our time getting ready. I had been wanting to see the movie Aladdin so we went to the 11:40 a.m. showing.
Going into it, I knew I would like it, but I didn’t know just how much. I ended up loving it! When watching the previews I wasn’t sure how I felt about the cast they chose, but after seeing the movie I honestly can’t picture anyone else! Before the movie I was skeptical of Will Smith as the Genie. There’s no replacing Robert Williams, but Will Smith did a fantastic job and truly made it his own. We plan on buying the movie when it comes out, and the sound track.
After the movie we took advantage of the time we had before getting Gryffin from daycare and went to the mall and Barnes & Noble since we were right there. We shared a pretzel and cheese and walked around. It was just nice to spend time together just the two of us.
Day 3 – Family Day!
We had made plans with friends of ours and their two little boys and went Jump and Bounce, an indoor trampoline park. I say trampoline park, but really it was a bunch of giant bounce houses and a huge blow-up slide.
Gryffin is a pretty timid child so he was pretty skeptical of everything at first. I took him on the giant bouncy with a basket ball hoop and threw some balls around for a while, then he went in the small child play area for a while, and then “drove” in a pink car.
I couldn’t get him to go down the giant slide until the very I end. I decided I would suck it up and carry him all the way to the top (I myself am afraid of heights, but I didn’t want him to miss out on something I knew he would have fun with!). I carried him up the first time and went down with him. He was still a little nervous, but willing to go up again – he finally smiled that time! Next thing I know he was happy to climb up the “stairs” all by himself with me behind him. Finally by the end he was going up and down all by himself and having the time of his life!
We went to get some McDonald’s and headed back to our house to hang out for a bit longer. Our friends had to leave mid-afternoon, so after nap time I called up my brother to see if he and the boys (boys being my nephews) wanted to go to the park with us. Yes! So, we went and got Subway on the way and ate at the park. It was a great way to end the day!
This was, by far, the funnest day of the week! It was our first time there and I only wish that we had gone sooner! We had a blast! Unfortunately we didn’t get a single picture, but that just means we were truly in the moment and soaking up our time there together.
**Just a note: since Mikey and I didn’t take a single picture, all photos are from Silverwood and their website.
After walking around a while and trying to figure out what was where (I totally regret not picking up a park map), we rented a locker to put our stuff in and headed straight for the lazy river.
I mean, what better way to start off, right?! After two rounds we figured it was time to hit up something bigger/better.
This was a fun one! Since you can fit 4 people in the tube we were actually able to cut in line since there was another couple ahead of us that needed two more people. The more the merrier right?! I liked this one!
Next we decided to explore a little more and went to the other side of the park for the more traditional rides. Next up…
Roaring Creek Log Flume
Obviously with only a 40 foot drop, this was a milder ride, but it was fun! You better believe I screamed my head off going down that little drop right there. Honestly, you would have thought I was on the corkscrew ride…
Lunch – Subs & Spuds
This was the most disappointing part of the day. We were only the 4th/5th people in line and we waited about 30 minutes for a practically pre-made sandwich. The people in front of us were being difficult and changing their mind on what they wanted and, to top it off, the poor kid working the stand was clearly new – not that it was his fault at all, I actually felt bad for him, it just didn’t help.
Next we went and got back into the lazy river. Clearly this was our favorite part. It was so relaxing just floating by. *happy sigh*
Next we headed to another tube ride. This was a bit more intense than I was expecting. First, it was a really long line (felt like a 45 minute wait, give or take) and I quickly regretted not getting in line earlier that morning right after Avalanche Mountain, but it was fine, lines are inevitable.
When it was my and Mikey’s turn, we climbed in and they pushed us off (just the two of us this time). Unfortunately the tube immediately turned so my back was facing down the slide, so I had absolutely no idea what was coming up. The first was a very small corner but I made sure to scream at the top of my lungs. I wish I could have taken a picture of the girls faces who were next, because their mouths dropped open and had a slight look of doom. Ha!
So down we went, we were up one side and down the other, I couldn’t see a blasted thing except for Mikey’s face. After a minute of literally ricocheting down Mikey yells “Oh no! Watch out!” Then I heard loud gushing water and just in time I close my eyes and held my breath. I couldn’t breath for a split second as my head was under the “waterfall”. I started feeling motion sick but quickly realized I had my eyes still closed. The second I opened them I immediately felt better but it was a challenge keeping them open because I was paranoid we were going to run into another waterfall as I couldn’t see what else was coming. A split second later we shot out of the tunnel and we were done. I was glad that was over.
I might do that ride again…but I also might not lol.
There were more rides we wanted to go on but we were also getting short on time, so we decided just to walk around and explore some more. We ended with a couple Slurpee’s and strolled back to the car.
Our car was a sauna! Our car registered the temperature at 104 degrees, what a great day to spend in the water! We happily drove home and changed before picking our little boy up from daycare.
We wanted to make sure to squeeze in at least one more fun day with Gryffin so we planned a day to go to the new aquarium that opened. In the grand scheme of aquarium’s it’s a pretty small one, however, considering its location in a mall, it’s a decent size.
Gryffin really liked looking at all the colorful fish, especially the clown and angle fishes. My personal favorite part was petting the stingray’s. They also had some lizards and a turtle you could pet. Not to mention a bird exhibit as well.
Gryffin especially liked the fun water tables they had.
He had missed his nap time otherwise I think his reacations to everything would have been a bit more animated, but I could tell he liked it!
Ending the Weekend
Saturday came and I was exhausted, so between doing laundry and napping we didn’t do much else. Sunday was pouring rain pretty much all day so we stayed in and just got ready for the week.
Overall we had a great time. Not quite your typical vacation, but definitely not bad! Can’t wait for our next one!
They say time goes by even faster after having kids (just one in my case), and it couldn’t be more true. I’m so happy to be back in the blog world!
So let me reintroduce myself!
My name is Cami! I’m a wife and mom from Washington state.
I love to travel and I often plan virtual vacations just for the heck of it. I love photography but forget to actually take pictures all the time. And, of course, I love reading and watching blogs and vlogs.
I am an administrative assistant and work full-time outside the home.
I spend most of my time playing with my little boy and trying to keep up with housework (ha. ha.).
My husband and I have been married since 2008! We met at a conference center where we worked in Cannon Beach, OR.
After being introduced, we just kept hanging out together. Before we knew it, we were official “boyfriend and girlfriend”. 2 years later we got engaged. 7 months later we were married, and *bam!*, just like that it’s been 11 years.
We have since moved to Washington state and now have this little guy right here.
Gryffin, just turned 2 years old this past March! So far he is our only baby (aside from our fur baby). He’s rather shy at first, but also has been known to wave and loudly say hi to every single person he sees in the store and parking lot.
This is Kahlua – the above referenced fur baby.
We adopted her from an animal shelter after we were married for 2 years. This girl gave us a run for our money (oh, the stories we have) but she has turned into the sweetest dog. She took a while to warm up to Gryffin, but she’s come a long way!
So, what’s this blog about? Well, it’s about life and sharing it with all of you!
Work life, home life, mom life – it’s all overwhelming! I plan on sharing my routines, advice, the good days, the bad days, and everything in between.
I love the “What’s in my bag?” posts, and seeing what’s on your cleaning list, and what you do on the weekends. This is my place to share it all!
Welcome to my little corner of the world!
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Hello again! Here I am with my recap of last month! I know we’re halfway through March, but better late than never! Seems to be the story of my life lately. I honestly can’t tell if the month of February went fast or slow?? Gryffin started his new daycare – talk about a challenging transition. The first day was awful! I don’t think he’s ever cried so hard before, which of course made me cry too (I at least made it out the door before I lost it). It seriously took everything in us not to turn around and go back to get him. Honestly, it felt like I was dropping him off for the first time. My husband and I both were contemplating just quitting our jobs right then and there. Thankfully it only took about a week for Gryffin to adjust at Julie’s daycare. We love Julie. We loved her from the first day we met her. She runs an in-home daycare with 2 other ladies. There are 12 kids total (including her after school kids) and there are 2 other babies Gryffin’s age. It’s evident that she loves each of her kids and she genuinely cares about the parents as well.
Mikey and I also celebrated our 10 year anniversary, which brings me to the goals for this month!
Since Valentines Day was just 2 days before our anniversary I thought it would be fun to celebrate both days this year instead of just our anniversary. Also, with a baby, our date nights have been almost none-existent and I knew we needed to do something about that. So here is what I planned for this month.
1.1– Celebrate Valentines Day Fail. Valentines day landed in the middle of the week and it was Gryffin’s first week at daycare, which meant Gryffin wasn’t sleeping well at all and I was beyond exhausted. Thankfully Mikey was in agreement that we would skip it this year. There’s always next year and we felt that our anniversary was more important.
Mikey still ended up surprising me with a stuffed animal though, so I will be making up for that!
Solution: Try again next year! Also, since I didn’t get him anything for V day I plan on getting him an Easter basket this year – which we’ve never done in the past for each other.
1.2 – Celebrate Our Anniversary Thankfully we planned for this in advance…sort of. Our anniversary was on Saturday, February 16th, and I took the Friday before off of work so we could have a day together while Gryffin was at daycare. In addition, we also planned for my brother to watch Gryffin for the afternoon on Saturday so we could go see a movie.
So what was our big plan for Friday? We went got our taxes done (insert hand to forehead emoji here)! Honestly, it was just so much easier to do without a squirmy 10 month old. We then went to HuHot Mongolian Grill, which is one of our favorite restaurants and then just came home and relaxed. We were seriously laughing though, because over the years we talked about going on an exotic trip or doing something super fun for our 10 year anniversary. Funny how having a baby changes things, but we wouldn’t trade it for the world! We hadn’t had a relax together day with just the two of us since we had Gryffin, so honestly, even with getting our taxes done it was glorious.
What about Saturday? Gryffin ended up getting sick with a cold so we rescheduled our movie date.
2- Reestablish Date night We ended up going on two dates within a month, which is just so rare. The first one was the Friday we got to spend together to celebrate our anniversary. The second was when my brother watched Gryffin a different weekend. The original plan was to go to a movie, but since we couldn’t agree on a movie we went furniture shopping instead and then out to dinner at Mackenzie River Grill. We both love to shop and eat so we were happy.
The hard part about date nights at this stage in life is that it’s just not really possible for us to have a date night very often. We’ll go out just the two of us when we’re able, but we don’t have family or friends that are available very often, so that makes it difficult. For now our date nights look like an evening at home, eating brownies on the couch and playing Mario Kart, and we’re ok with that.
Solution: Keep doing what we can.
Book of the Month: The 5 Love Languages by Gary Chapman. To be honest, this book hadn’t been at the top of my to-read list. I had heard about the 5 love languages and I knew what they were, so I wasn’t sure I wanted to spend the time reading something I thought seemed pretty straight forward to me. After searching for what I should read this month I went ahead and downloaded the audio book anyway. Guys, I am so glad I listened to this book. Yes, I did know what the 5 love languages were, but I didn’t fully understand them until I read this book. I ended up learning more about myself as well. One thing I really appreciated about this book was that there was no threat of “you better do this or else…” type of thing. I ended this book knowing what ways I can improve my marriage and help Mikey feel more loved. I’m sorry if that sounds ridiculously cheesy – it’s just that it felt like a lightbulb had gone off and I finally understood.
Stay tuned for the March update! Let’s just say spring cleaning is *suppose* to be happening around here! :)
Hope you all had a wonderful February and are having a great March!
Thanksgiving is the one holiday that seems to change for us. With family being spread out all over the country and with our schedules being a little tricky to work around, we never seem to know what we’re going to do, but something always works out and we’ve been blessed to be able to spend Thanksgiving with family and/or friends.
This year I slept in, spent some quality time with God reading my Bible and in prayer, talked on the phone with my parents in Chicago, and sister in L.A., then we did some more unpacking and organizing (for those of you who don’t know, we just moved into a new house!), then we headed over to my brother’s house to spend the afternoon/evening with him and his little family. It was definitely a great way to celebrate the holiday.
With thanksgiving in mind I am grateful to God for so much. Here is just a list of a few things I’m thankful for.
God and his unconditional love, faithfulness, mercy, grace, and forgiveness
Fresh beginnings daily
A new home for our little family (huge blessing)
Kahlua, our lab, and the goof ball that she is
A small yard for Kahlua to be able to run around in
Our kitty, even though she has given us a ton of grief, she’s still my little baby
That I was born into a Godly family
For deep, meaningful friendships
God’s constant provision
the blessing of my job
for my husband’s job
Turkey’s being 50% off the day after Thanksgiving (woohoo!!)
Food – I love food
Safety and protection
For our cute little car that has been reliable ever since we bought it about 7 years ago
For the people that inspire me
For awesome technology to be able to stay in touch with long distance family (yay Skype!)
For rest and relaxation
Books and blankets – and how well they go together (along with hot chocolate)
Electricity – being without makes you appreciate it sooo much more
For the things we get to look forward to (Christmas, a new year, vacation…)
For this blog – it’s been a fun little journey on here, but I’m also thankful for blogs in general, because it’s fun being able to look into other people’s lives and receive inspiration and encouragement. So thanks to you guys out there too! :)
I hope and pray you all will continue the rest of the year with many blessings and continue to give thanks through it all.