Forrest and Eric come to Washington!

Patrick’s sister and her boyfriend were the third round of guests we’ve received up here in Washington! Forrest and Eric came to visit in the middle of September and we did the usual round of activities: beach, gardens, general roaming about. We were able to hang out a little bit more in downtown Portland, which Patrick and I haven’t done since our honeymoon, and it was really fun. Aside from sleeping on couches, I think they had a pretty good time too 🙂 Unfortunately, the only thing I documented was our beach trek but since we saw lighthouses and seals, it’s totally worth posting about!

First of all, we get to Cannon Beach and it’s only 57 degrees. And the first thing Patrick does is tell Forrest to lay down in the grass for pics.

And then fail to help her up…

Thank goodness for boyfriends!

So to be fair, we had Eric pose for some shots too.

Very fancy. And the only one who tried climbing on top of that pole.

Now for some beach photos!

All of these pictures with the light house took place in Newport at Yaquina Head. And the photo above is of all the seals attempting to sunbathe on their little island. It was so adorable! There was one little guy bobbing about in the sea just watching us. It was ridiculous!


This little guy above was flitting about while I climbed the stairs back up to the lighthouse. It was nearly impossible to get a shot of him. Seriously. Lots of flitting.

And so that statement makes more sense, when you arrive at this place on the coast you pull into a national park. You park your car on the same level as the lighthouse and then they have, like, 5 sets of stairs you can climb down so you can go to the tiny beach at the bottom of the “cliff”. The first and only other time I had been here was on our honeymoon. In January. And it didn’t look any different then as it did in September 🙂 BUT I love this lighthouse. I love the cloudy skies in the background and the overall creepiness that it exudes. It’s pretty much my favorite. And exactly how I picture a “lighthouse” (why does that need “quotes”?). So, that’s why there are too many photos of it. It’s awesome. And I’m letting you know that it’s awesome by posting the same picture. Over, and over again. Are you feeling the awesomeness? You should be! Or I’ll just have to post 12 more pictures…

OMG! A lighthouse!

So there was actually a really great view from the lighthouse. These telescopes were behind Yaquina and what you can see in the right corner is another rocky island. There were birds flocking all around it and we wanted to know if the seals congregated over there as well. They didn’t…

So that’s it! Next time around, which will probably be sometime this weekend, I’ll show you the few pictures of our leaf-filled yard. It’s fall people! And it’s raining… BUT for the first time since this summer, our yard looks AWESOME! It’s finally green! And very overgrown. But that’s irrelevant. It’s green! Just in time for it to start dying. Also irrelevant! Enjoy your weekend, and think of me while I try to figure out our health insurance options…Yay?

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New state, new adventures

A word to those who know me:

Yes, I am blogging. And no, I don’t think that I am so important that you will be anxiously anticipating every Times New Roman word that arrives on your softly glowing computer screen. BUT I figured for those who aren’t in daily contact with my mom, this may be something interesting to glance at every few months just to see what’s going on in our distant world.

I only ask one thing of you: don’t judge my poor grammar and excessive use of run-on sentences.

We did it! We made our move official over a month ago and the house still isn’t fully unpacked… it’s amazing how time consuming re-organization can be (or rather, organization in general). Our two bedroom house is getting there though. We have a basement full of boxes that can stay put while I sit on the floor of my little office and wonder “Where did all of this come from and where am I going to put it?” Ah, the joys of hoarding (on a very small scale, mind you). My husband told me I should take before and after pictures of that one room but to be honest, it’s a little embarrassing! I figure the before and after photos of our garden would be more interesting and less humiliating for me. We’ll see if that happens! I’ve been remiss on the ‘before’ photos and the ‘after’ photos don’t have the same impact if you haven’t seen what we had to work with… ‘sigh’. I’m sure there will be something disastrous to showcase at some point. Meanwhile, I have one photo of our house that my old computer deigned to upload (that’s a whole other story). Unfortunately, it only shows the chimney…

By this time next week (I’m crossing my fingers) I’ll be writing on a new computer, and with that working luxury will come a world of photos! Plus, more updates on the adventures we have already had (illustrated of course).

So I leave you with the joy of knowing that it is 76 degrees here, breezy, and sunny. But don’t be jealous my fellow Texans, I’m storing up the sunshine for the 6 months of damp darkness that will inevitably come. And then you can gloat that it’s 76 degrees and sunny where you are! Until next time, enjoy your weekend and that summer heat~

On a side note, I don’t plan on blogging on a daily basis. I’m thinking with my propensity for procrastination, once a week is a much more attainable goal. Plus, I don’t do many interesting things and I seriously doubt a recount of my two cats daily activities qualifies as ‘interesting’.