Saturday, October 29, 2011

a coastal rock around the clock.

This past week was Andy's week off before he starts student teaching. We both agreed that it would be nice to "get away", so we booked a hotel room at the coast and crossed our fingers that we could actually pull it off.

Manzanita is a beautiful little beach town about an hour and half from Portland. Supposedly, it sits inside a "weather donut" (scientific, I know) that allows it to be sunny and gorgeous even when other parts of the coast are wrapped up in fog. We were lucky enough to experience this phenomenon on Tuesday! It was just beautiful. We cozied the girls up and strapped them into their buggy and off we went. The sound of the waves crashing was like their noise machine, only better, because it was real, and they fell to sleep pretty quickly.

Beach collage
 (still loving our Mountain Buggy Duet Stroller!)

Despite the sun, it was chilly, and after the sunset it was downright cold. We put the girls in their wraps, zipped up jackets over them, and went in search of some dinner. The one restaurant I had wanted to try was closed...the pub wouldn't let us in because of the No Minors policy, and the cafe at the top of the road would have worked if Ruthie and Afton would have stayed asleep...but they started fussing as we looked at the menus, so we bundled back up and decided that take out in the hotel room was our best bet. Andy walked across to the pub once more and ordered ribs to go. The sign of a good rib, to me, is when I can actually eat all of the meat off the bone. These were absolutely delicious. The homemade coleslaw was great too - made with cilantro!

Now came the fun part. We relaxed in our little room and at 10 p.m., all four of us went to bed. At 11, one of them woke up. At 12, another woke up. We then saw 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8 and finally 9 a.m. At 10, we were going to go crazy if we had to stay one more minute in the room. Check out was at 11, and at 10:59 we managed to get everything out. We were starving. We put the girls in their wraps once again and went to breakfast. They fell asleep because, of course, they were just as tired as we were, and they slept through our breakfast and coffee at Bread and Ocean.

We wanted to make the best of the trip, so we dutifully walked through the shops and admired the ocean view once more, but we were ready to leave. Coast trips are usually very restful and relaxing, and this just wasn't. Reality check! Of course not, I have two 15 week olds! I don't really know what we were thinking.

But it is funny to look back on, and a good "first" memory of our first trip as a family. How boring if it had all gone smoothly! I can see us, in a few years, telling the girls, "Once, we took you to the coast, and you woke up every single hour, except 5am!" And they'll love that story, because it was about them. 


1 comment:

  1. First of all GOOD FOR YOU!!
    Just taking on the challenge and going for it! Awesome!
    It ain't gonna always be pretty, or exactly like you imagined, and it will probably always be downright exhausting...but you did it and you have pictures and memories forever!
    SO proud of you guys!


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