Monday, August 1, 2016

Beach Trip 2016

Guess where we just were? :)

With Doug starting a new job and having less vacation time, and because we got to spend almost a week in Idaho enjoying the lake and celebrating my sister's wedding, we actually thought about NOT going to the beach for our annual get away. The kids, however, we not liking that idea one bit, so we decided to go just for the weekend. And although it was a short trip, it was a lovely time away together.

We left Friday morning and headed to Lincoln City. We had lunch and then hit the outlet mall until it was time to check in to our condo.

Silliness abounds with these two!!
Checked in and ready to hit the beach!

It was windy, a little cloudy, but a lovely afternoon spent on the sand.

Pool time before bed was super fun!

I could watch him sleep for hours! Love my boy!

The kids were up early the next morning, ready to go see the tide pools!

We saw all sorts of interesting creatures and got some good exercise (it's about a 1/2 mile walk to where the pools are).

The afternoon was sunny, warm and windy and we spent a very fun time on the beach! 

My girl is growing up. Sigh....
My silly boy....

Matthew hunting seagulls.... :)'s cold. But they still were soaked by the end of the day!

Love him!
My beautiful artist! 

We took an evening walk to one of our favorite areas..

This path thru a wetlands leads to the D River campground. Its an easy walk and there is lots to see. The kids always enjoy it... we do too!
It wouldn't be a beach trip without movie night! This year was "Snow White". :)

This place is beautiful!

We headed  home Sunday, thankful for our time away and looking forward to spending a longer time here next year!

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Evelyn's First Movie/Red Carpet Fanfare

Last spring, Evelyn was invited to be in a movie! Her best friend Ellie's dad was interested in making a movie depicting the stories his dad told him and his brother growing up. The stories told of the "Stenehjem Detective Agency" where Andrew (Ellie's dad) and brother would solve mysteries. Of course, Evelyn was more than happy to participate, playing the part of the "rich cat lady who loses her cat". After lots of hours making and editing this short film, Andrew finished it and he and his lovely wife Jenn had a "Red Carpet Event"  and movie premier for all those involved making the movie

There was a movie poster made for each of the kids... so cool!
Evelyn and Ellie... so thankful for their friendship!
The Stenejhem's had a red carpet and all the works set up for the party. Andrew interviewed each actor/actress as they walked the red carpet! :)

My movie star! :)

All the kids signed one of the movie posters

Tori... one of the other kids in the movie...enjoying her moment in the spotlight! :)

Jenn and her youngest Ivy.. Jenn is a treasure!

All the kiddos. Matthew has a small part in the next installment of "Stenejhem Detective Agency" so he got in the photo, too!" The movie turned out so good and we are so grateful for all the work Andrew put in to make this short film possible!