Friday, March 08, 2019

The Coast

After a weeks of sickness in the household (earlier this year) and week and a bit of snow... we knew we needed to "break out" of the house... everyone probably could have stayed in for a few more, but this Mama's sanity depended upon "getting out" of the house. Mid-winter break fell the week right after the week off from school from the snow, so I planned an escape to the decision EVER.

We haven't ventured too far since the twins were born. It wasn't on the top of our list, especially with so much nearby to keep us busy and explore... plus that first year, we were in complete survival mode, I mean, the hubby and I are GREATLY outnumbered in our household. However, with more and more trips we do locally, we noticed that our sweet babes, aren't such babes anymore, and boy do they have a heart for adventure as well.

We left super early in the morning... cereal bags packed for the littles to munch on along the way, book cd's for the drive to listen to, a thermos full of coffee for Mom and Dad... and made it to the western coast of Washington in 2 hours and 45 minutes. A state park, Cape Disappointment, in Longbeach, WA was our stop for the first day. We spent all day there, exploring the beach, walking to views over the water, eating our packed lunch in the dreamiest driftwood collection overlooking the lighthouse. It was a beautiful day, and the weather was completely favorable... we finished it off with a swim in the indoor pool at the lodge we stayed at, street tacos and the dreamiest sunset we've seen in awhile.

The next morning we took off to head into Oregon for a little bit before heading back to our neck of the woods. We wanted to just do a quick drive through some places that we hope to come back to, and explore in more depth. Those places were Astoria (yes yes, where they filmed "The Goonies") and Cannon Beach. We will for sure head back and explore more... but just taking in the sights was jaw dropping. We did stretch our legs at Cannon Beach... the coldness, the wetness (it had been raining), and the wind totally got to all of the kids (they only lasted for a few minutes). Their faces while snapping a few photos there, ACCURATELY depict their feelings towards Cannon Beach... BUT, hopefully our next trip there (a warmer time from now), will change their minds about it.

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Thursday, February 28, 2019

Snowmageddon 2019

The winters tend to be fairly mild here in the PNW... so when we saw that snow was in our forecast, for multiple days... we got a little taste for being back east. There are two distinct types of people... the kind that stock up on just about anything and everything at the grocery store believing that a snowpocolypse is on its way.... and the kind that do their normal grocery shopping and anticipate the possibility of a quarter of the amount of what's predicted, will fall from the sky... We fall in the latter category of people. I did my normal grocery run a couple of days before (stocked up on a couple of extra just in case items)... but were hopeful we'd get a little bit of something... and ended up getting more than what we anticipated...

We had a little bit of snow fall early in the week, which caused a delayed opening... but the majority of the snow that was supposed to fall, was scheduled to arrive on a Friday afternoon... and it came. The girls were let out early from school (before the roads got too slick), and we had a decent amount fall before the sun set that day... the next day we woke up to a wonderland of snow around us, and more falling by the minute. We received even more the following week on Monday, and had a few snow days... in fact, the week of Valentine's Day, the girls were mostly off from school... just Thursday and Friday were delayed openings. According to the news, we accumulated the most snow in February since 1923!

Here are the things I'd like to remember:

- The kids were SO excited about the falling snow... the novelty of the snow, lasted for about 1 full day, and then they were over it.

- We have absolutely NO snow gear... so I'm sure that played a part in the kids not wanting to play in the snow, a bit. They could only hang for about 1 hour max outside, before they wanted to come inside... we can totally do rain, SO much better than snow.

- Finn wins an award for being outside the MOST in the snow.

- This snow was pure packing snow, snowball fights with snowballs the size of our heads, were happening.

-  We lost power a few times... we had loads of branches and a few trees around us come down thanks to holding onto all that snow. You can hear them cracking before the big "boom" happens... scary and crazy... God's way of pruning those trees for sure. The kids surprisingly embraced the power outages... thankfully none lasted more than 5 hours.

- Mable just looked at the snow, and exclaimed, "Mum, 'ook... SNOOOOOOOOOOW." every time she peeked out the windows or played outside. It was literally all she said, on repeat.

- The one morning, when none of the kids wanted to go out and play, Jo still went outside and enjoyed her pancake breakfast. She loves being outside, and the snow didn't stop her.

- We had the flu, and then a viral bug, and then something else on top of one another, back to back... it was awful. Everyone but Charlotte was affected... she's got that Russian tank immune like system.

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