Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Staycation, all I ever wanted

I decided a few weeks ago that I wasted too much time playing spider solitaire. I started thinking of all the things I should be doing while I was sitting on my bum being lazy. So I did it. Walked away. Cold turkey.

Now I play Mahjong.

Anyway, as you know, we just celebrated our 5 year anniversary, and while a romantic dinner which included broccoli being thrown at our heads and picking cheerios up off the floor was nice... we thought such a special occasion could have probably used a little more pizazz.

Speaking of pizazz, our first anniversary Tyson took me to Snowbird where we spent the night, ate at a delicious bistro, rode a tram to the top of the mountain, did a zip line, and alpine slide. Way fun.

This year our gifts to each other included a door stop and towel bar.

So, you know, things change. I'm not complaining though. Now I don't have to drip all across the bathroom floor!

Ok, where was I? Pizazz. We needed more of it. So we decided last minute to go to the beach.

Too bad no one told us there was going to be an 800 team volleyball tournament there that weekend and it would be nearly impossible to find a hotel room. But, by calling 12 hotels and spending more money than we were originally intending (whoops!) we were able to finally secure a room right on the ocean at Cannon Beach.

As soon as we got there (after spending a torturous hour and half in the car with a baby who would not sleep) we went straight to the beach to have lunch.

My first order of business (after trying to roll the stroller across the sand, um, no) was to immediately nerdify myself by rolling up my pants and rolling down my socks. Logan didn't even have the decency to pretend my legs weren't blinding him.

I look forward to the day when he makes fun of me/pretends I'm not his mom.

We wandered around town for awhile after that then called to hotel to see if we could get into our room a little early. I made sure to have Logan near the phone so they would understand how desperately we needed to get him down for a nap. His screams were heard by all and we got in.

Ah, the view!

I danced and sang on the balcony for a good 10 minutes before I remembered that I had to chill out and put Logan down for a nap.

After nap time we hit the beach! I'm sure you can imagine Logan's reaction to the water, although he did enjoy "walking" around on the sand. I about cried too though when the waves hit my feet and they went numb. Warm air does not equal warm water, especially in the northwest.

Tyson was excited to get in the water though. After his skim boarding success in Michigan...

...he wanted to get one of his own for the water here.
I didn't get a picture of it, but he actually did really well. Didn't even fall in once. The fear of hypothermia would make me a better skim boarder too.

We were excited the next day because low tide coincided perfectly with Logan's awake time before his first nap. There were some tide pools around Haystack rock that we were excited to explore. Mostly I wanted Tyson to distract a ranger while I touched a starfish.

If only I had a mermaid costume. The rocks behind us were perfect for luring mortals into the sea with a song.

And with that...

Our vacation abruptly ended.

We intended to walk around town after Logan's nap, exploring and getting food before heading home around the time Logan would be ready to sleep again. Unfortunately it was so crowded we couldn't find parking anywhere and before we knew it we were out of town. That wouldn't be such a problem except that traffic was so bad coming back in that we would be in a jam if we tried. So we headed to Seaside about 10 minutes north of Cannon Beach.

4 miles outside of Seaside the traffic stopped. We couldn't get in there either!

And that's how we accidentally left our vacation four hours early.

Logan was thrilled that we waited for him to nap, only to strap him into his car seat immediately after. We did our best to pacify him with graham crackers and Wilson Phillips.

"someDAY someBODY'S gonnamakeyouwannaturnaroundandsaygoodbye-eye!
'til then smphdifhaoifjiemafeagnlpurphyaieh make you cry!"

Overall, staycation was a success!


  1. And a good time was had by all..... ;)

  2. Yay for spontaneous vacations! Did tell you we are going to Utah sans Cardon for our 5 yr? I told Chris I wanted to come up and see you! But, he thought that was less than now I am saving my pennies so Cardon and I can come. :)

  3. awesome staycation! how lucky to have to get a room right on cannon beach. logan is still so adorable. we miss you guys! i really could use a craft day lunch right now.

  4. Happy Anniversary! That beach is incredible!!!

  5. any tips on how to get your child to actually like the sand?

  6. that is TOTALLY an ariel rock. hands down.

  7. This makes me wish my anniversary were in the summer!