Wednesday, May 5, 2010
He really wanted to shoot it, but we had to discourage him from doing that. It happened to be Josh's nieces birthday so we met up with all of his family members and away we went. It was nice being with the family, but I would much rather go with a small group. I find it easier to see everything that I want to see that way. I'm the type of person to get in, get out, get it done and go home. One of our stops was at the farm yard. There are lots of farm animals that you can pet and feed. This awesome tractor was for kids to sit on.
After waiting his turn Logan finally got to get on the tractor. I figured it was perfect timing for a picture!
I could not believe that the weather was cooperating with us! Every time I have ever been to the Zoo it has rained, but not today! We were lucky.
I am really glad we did! This was one of the best "free" events we have been to in a long time! There were tons of games for the kids, and adults alike. Logan just loved the bounce house. Josh and Logan had a "sword" fight.
Finally we could smell the salty air, we were there! We searched for our motel. For the first night of our trip we stayed at the Shilo Inn in Newport Oregon.
We were eager to see the beach so as soon as we got our bags upstairs we
headed down there. It was cold and windy and the sun was begining to set but it was totally worth braving it. It was the most beautiful sunset I have witnessed in a long time.
Josh and I woke up the next morning not feeling so great. A massive cold was upon us both. After our Zicam we were off to breakfast, and then off to the Oregon Coast Aquarium. It had been a few years since Logan and I had been there, and it was the first time for Josh. It was another sunny day (at least for the moment) and we enjoyed all of the outside attractions.
One of my favorites was the sea lions. Not only was the water a beautiful color, but I just loved watching them swim.
Logan really loved the sharks. There was a tunnel that you can walk through and you are surrounded by sharks! They were even swimming under us. Logan was scared for a moment, but then he really enjoyed himself. It was so peaceful in there.
Later that day we visited a "Pirate" store. Logan was allowed to pick out a few pieces of Pirate treasure. He was so excited about getting to keep his gold.
The next morning after getting some much needed rest we headed up the coast. We stopped at a Cape Foulweather. This lookout was really worth stopping at. Not only was the view totally amazing, but they also had a little shop inside. I was a little terrified of going to close to the window on one side because I felt like the whole side of the shop was going to fall off into the Ocean.
Logan found a fortune teller machine and begged and pleaded for a dollar to get his fortune read. This being vacation and all we gave in and handed over a dollar. We took a video clip of it. It was cute, and at the end it spit out a small fortune card. I found this card two years later in Logans room. He really enjoyed the fortune teller.
We had rented a cottage for the rest of our stay at the Ester Lee motel in Lincoln City. The cottage was really cute. It was a one bedroom with a gas fireplace and full kitchen. There was a pull out sofa for Logan. I would LOVE to go back! The view was beautiful! The cottage sat upon a bluff so every where you looked was ocean.
This being our first vacation together we tried to make it as fun as possible. We took many walks on the beach and searched for our own treasure. The sun was shining and we took full advantage of it. We also looked in tidepools for creatures. You never know what you are going to find at the beach!
We ended our trip by taking the self guided tour of the Tillamook Cheese Factory. It was neat to learn how cheese is made, and of course wonderful to eat the ice cream!
Our first vacation together was a success! Sure there were sneaker waves that almost washed my little boy out to sea, and Josh and I were miserable most of the time with a horrid cold. But all in all we had a fun time together. This is a vacation that needs repeating!
It was a chore shoving a dozen mylar balloons into my car and even worse trying to see around them. By the time I picked Logan up from daycare the car was full.
When Josh got home the fun began! All three of us had a Valentines Day balloon war. We ran around the house chasing each other and hitting eachother with the balloons. It was a blast!
I was worried that Josh would be put off having to share this romantic day with Logan. But that was really silly of me, he loves Logan like he would his own child. Josh makes sure to include him in everything we do. Why would Valentines Day be any different?
Those balloons stuck around for 5 or 6 months. As they lost their helium they would slowly drift down and find some out of the way spot to rest. I would find them one by one and relive that wonderful day in my memory. Balloons are not just for kids!