Sunday, March 27, 2011

Spring beach break, Part 1

This year we decided to save some money and head to the beach for the week. It's the first time we've done that in I don't know how long. We are incredibly fortunate to have a beautiful beach house to visit, courtesy of my parents. The forecast called for RAIN all week, but fortunately we had sun breaks on most days. We went down on Saturday, since both Kieran and Chris had rehearsals (Kieran for martial arts and Chris for the spring musical). Saturday night the boys spent assembling Nicholas' new lego train. Here are some more photos of that evening:

Helping Nick put it together (mostly Chris)

Nick's favorite part about the set is the Toy Story characters!

Finished product
On Sunday our friends Kristin and Roger and their kids joined us for a few nights, and on Monday we celebrated Mike's birthday with them and some other friends (Tina, Gerald, and grandson Avery) who were staying in Oceanside. I made mulligatawny for dinner, followed by flourless chocolate cake for the adults (and brownies for the kids):

Birthday boy with his flourless chocolate cake (yummy!)

Avery and Chris (mouth full)

Kieran and his buddy Jonah--they are 3 months apart and thick as thieves

Tina and Gerald (so happy they relocated from Alaska!)

Chris and me

Roger, Aimee, and Kristin
Mike seemed to enjoy his birthday gathering. I gave him tickets to see "Sweet Honey in the Rock" in concert in a few weeks. Can't wait!


  1. What a beautiful post! Thank you for sharing!

  2. "Seemed to enjoy?" Glad I didn't make it too obvious I was BASKING in the attention...

  3. Well, I thought I'd better not speak for you on MY blog!

    Thanks for your comment, Magnolia!

  4. Hi - Just blog jumping over from Typewriter Man. LOL It is nice to see the human side of the writing machine. :) I'm envious of your ability to stay at the beach. We're taking a trip to Florida next week and will get a day or two in the sand, but most of the time will be spent touring college campuses with our daughter. Still, even a little beach is better than no beach at all! Happy birthday, Mike!

  5. Thanks for stopping by, Lisa. Have fun in Florida. At least it will be warm there (unlike the Oregon coast)!