I always have this crazy idea that I’m going to have all this free time for blogging and crafting and visiting cool shops, then I actually go ON vacation and realize that vacations are NOT more restful than my everyday life; they’re just DIFFERENT ; ) It’s being DIFFERENT that makes it a vacation, not getting to sleep in, be more creative, and blog more (because I certainly don’t get to do any of those!). Today is a rare lazy day, so let’s see if I can get caught up on our latest adventures!

Friday we drove a little farther from home to visit a less touristy beach. The air was cooler and the wind rather crazy, so by the the end of the day all of us had sand well-embedded in our pores! But the scenery was beautiful, there was an amazing fallen tree to climb, and I think we lugged home about a bushel of pretty rocks!

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Our family tree ; ) Where is this when you need a good family picture?! Wouldn’t this make an amazing prop and backdrop for Christmas pictures?

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Bitty Girl enjoyed her first tree-climbing experience!

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Sweet Girl scrambled up like a pro. I love watching her climb things. She’s so nimble and confident then so proud of herself when she succeeds : )

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Saturday was a sleep-in then eat-pancakes day. Grandma and Grandpa had other commitments, so the kids and I hung out together at the house catching up on laundry, working in the kitchen, and putting together the new Lego sets Daddy had hidden in the guest bedroom. Is it just me, or are the Lego Friends sets just about the coolest thing EVER to arrive on the Lego scene?! These are what I always dreamed of when I was a little girl, stuck making up my own cool houses and markets and parks! I’m glad I have a couple of sweet girlies to live vicariously through ; )

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When the housework was done and afternoon temperatures started to rise, we packed up and headed for cooler breezes on the coast. It was a sunny, breezy 72*! Perfect day to buy a fresh cookie and sit on the beach savoring every last crumb. Do you know how long it’s been since I had a real cookie that wasn’t altered to conform to multiple dietary limitations?! Neither do I! I decided I deserved a splurge and indulged in an oatmeal raisin cookie (I figured it would have LESS gluten since it is mostly oatmeal, which is naturally gluten-free). It was quite tasty! My Bitty Girl was quite pleased with her peanut butter cookie as well. IMG_5603

After our cookies and a short walk on the pier, we couldn’t think of anything else to do. The water looked pretty inhospitable. Call me old-fashioned, but sloshing through that tangle of kelp didn’t exactly spark my imagination. Or maybe it was that it DID spark my imagination a little too much… kelp tangling around your ankles can feel like any number of creepy things! Yes, I’m a bit of a wimp when it comes to wild water; I prefer a swimming pool ; )  IMG_5605

So we killed a little more time meandering through a couple of souvenir shops, decided we don’t qualify as tourists, and headed home for supper. This picture is a perfect end to the day; my baby all tucked into bed with her new stuffed Reindeer, Sven, and a new book (thank you, Daddy!).

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