My parents built a beautiful beach house in Nedonna Beach, near Rockaway, Oregon, and once upon a time we told ourselves we needed to go there once a month. Alas, as children have arrived and our schedules have become ever busier, we don't get to the beach nearly as often as we need to.
It is a sad state of affairs to note that Christopher's first visit to the beach was when he was 4 months adjusted, Kieran was 2 months old, and Nicholas' first official visit occurred when he was nearly 9 months old!! Our last official beach visit (not counting a marriage retreat in April, where we didn't get down to the beach) was the 4th of July, when I was still pregnant with Nicholas.
We had a lovely long Memorial Day weekend, where we saw some friends and just generally had a great time hanging out. Nicholas decided that he is another beach lover in the family!
We went to the recently renovated (3 years ago) Cape Meares Lighthouse--lovely views; had dinner and ice cream at the Tillamook Cheese Factory (I had Oregon blackberry ice cream, Mike and Kieran had root beer floats, and Chris had a double-scoop cone with Mud Slide and chocolate chip cookie dough); and hung out with friends at their house in Manzanita.
Here are some photos from Nicholas' first official beach trip:
Nicholas, Mike, and Chris on the beach--Chris rode his bicycle all the way down to the jetty!
Kieran and Chris posing by a huge old gnarly bundle of roots on a felled tree
Collecting beach sticks in his bucket
Our big 10-year-old!
Happy boy loving his beach walk!
With my three little beach bums
View from the Cape Meares Lighthouse lookout
The whole "famdamily" at the beach!