Sunday, July 25, 2010

Beverly Beach

Our first week at home with Mom was pretty great. I went to Vacation Bible camp in the mornings and Mom, Grace and I played in the afternoons...
loads of crafts and playing with our toys and the camera. VBS has proved an education for the folks, I have come home with some interesting interpretations to stories like when the apostles are told to go fishing for people, I informed Mom that it meant there were lots of dead people out there and some live ones in the ocean and we needed to take nets out and go get them. There was also a story about a tax collector, we had a treasure hunt and turns out I was the BEST tax collector. We took the week off early and headed out to Beverly Beach for a great long camping trip! Mom, Val and Li Fong were brave and took us kids out early so the fellas could work a little longer and more importantly go to the Portland International Beer Fest. I love camping with these guys. I was super excited and we had great time. Our first night we hit the windy windy beach, not that it stopped us from digging holes in the sand and finding fossil shells in the rocks. We kicked things off properly with a great campfire by val and li fong, veggie sushi, hot cocoa and smores! YUM. I LOVE smores. The next morning the dads showed up and we headed into Newport to check out the aquarium. It was pretty cool. There was a neat swam exhibit and some really impressive tunnels through the aquarium with kelp forest animals and then with sharks! Sooo cool to be able to walk through the exhibit and see the critters swim all around. Val made us a great chili dinner that night and a great blackberry cobbler. (Grace liked to poach blueberries). Saturday we headed to Agate Beach... no agates to speak of but lots and lots of sand! There were awesome dunes to run, roll and play in. It was my favorite part of the trip. While Joaquin and I had a great time though Grace and Esme (and Dad and Val) spent most of the time trying to hide from the blowing sand. We went on a fun hike in the afternoon with lots of big trees and logs to climb on. Dinner was Dad's green curry and Mom's campfire pies (with bananas, chocolate & marshmallows as a homage to camp food she learned from Carolyn as a kid and with leftover blackberry cobber! both went over well).Grace and Esme had a good effort for a first camping trip... Grace slept well in the tent, and had a good time playing in her crib when we were hanging out at camp, she did okay except for waking up super early this morning. Joaquin and I did some crafts and read lots of books as well as many walks and running around.
What a wonderful camping trip.
We left first thing this morning so we could make it to Alice's birthday party.
Our sweet friend is 3!!
We had fun crafts, balloons, bubbles, friends and cupcakes!
Happy birthday Alice!

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