We just returned from a super fun overnighter at the beach with my sister, her family, and her husband's family. It had been WAY too long since I have seen Michelle, Eric and the kids... it so great to get to spend time with them. The Johnson clan is a hoot and we always enjoy our time with them!
We drove up yesterday early afternoon, grabbed a hotel near the Johnson's beach rental, and drove home early this evening. A whirlwind 24 hours or so.... but so worth it!
Sisters reunited!! Shell and I took Stella for a walk to the beach when we arrived.
Stella!! Such a sweet pup!
Cloudy and drizzly, but still my happy place!
We hung out, caught up, watched TV, colored and played games throughout the afternoon and evening. Steve and Linda (Eric's parents) love the kids and had special things for them to do also.
A rare photo with my nephew!
Matthew had SO much fun playing with Stella!
How awesome it is that one of the Johnson family traditions is to watch Doug's favorite movie on Thanksgiving?? So great!
He loves her... for reals!
Loved getting to hang with my niece Abby!!
It was a "seafood: themed weekend for the Johnson's. The fresh clams were amazing!! Evelyn even tried them and like them!
We headed back to the hotel after dinner so the kids could swim... something they had been looking forward to. Abby joined them, too!
The kids LOVE LOVE LOVE their cousin, and they had so much fun with her in the pool!
So, Lincoln City has a tradition of hiding beautiful glass orbs made by local glassmakers on the beach during different times of the year. This weekend was one of their biggest for that. All of us wanted to go search, but that meant getting up early this morning. No one complained! :)
A big elk walking on the road to the beach. We saw so many deer on this trip!
Dark and rainy.. but smiling!
Here comes the sun.....sort of!
My three favorites...
Baby, it's cold and windy and rainy outside!
The wind almost knocked him off this stump!
We didn't find any orbs, but we had fun looking!!
After getting cleaned up and checked out of our hotel, we headed back over the the Johnson's place for the rest of the day.
The rain stopped and the sun appeared after we ate, so we headed back down to the beach.
Steve and Linda, Eric's parents. They are the best hosts!
Like I said, deer were plentiful!
The desserts were amazing!!
This is where Stella planted herself when it was time for us to leave. We will miss that face!
We headed home late afternoon with full tummies and happy hearts. Thankful for time with my sister and for a fun little trip for the family.
Always give thanks.......