Christmas at the Beach

Over the weekend our family had a nice little getaway. My family is pretty big (on my mom’s side) and we used to do a summer camp out party and then a Christmas party every year. This year my cousin Di organized and coordinated a fantastic new Christmas party!

She found a giant house on the beach in Rockaway, OR. It was a giant house, big enough for the majority of people to stay there. I think there was something like 4 or 5 bedrooms (several rooms had bunk beds) so tons of people could sleep there.

We decided to rent a house in Rockaway with my parents. Our house that we rented was on the north side of town, the other house was south but it was literally 7 minutes to drive to the party, so no big deal.

You can see pictures of the vacation house we rented on my Instagram. It was really cute! It was big with two bedrooms, two bathrooms, the garage was converted to another bedroom/playroom. There was a fenced yard for Bella (fabulous) with a fire pit and picnic bench. The decor was super cute and kind of modern/retro. Check out the photos I took.

Plus, there was a GIANT closet stuffed full of toys for kids of any ages! Logan had SO much fun playing with the toys. What a great surprise!

Our house was one block from the beach, too! We had easy access to the beach. The weather was perfect this week–sunny and not windy and fairly warm. It was in the 30’s in the mornings, though!

We all arrived at the house Friday afternoon and then went for a walk on the beach. It was gorgeous and we basically had the beach all to ourselves.

After Logan went to bed, my Dad and Michael went to pick up pizza and Caesar salad for dinner and the four of us had pizza (Michael and I had beer from Buoy) and we played card games. It was so much fun!

Saturday morning my parents played with Logan and Michael and I went for a run. It was a very cool, cold morning but the sun was out and we warmed up pretty quickly. The sun felt nice! We ran around the neighborhood and by the beach. I ended up running around 2.75 miles. Then while Michael was making his famous mac n’ cheese for the potluck, my dad and I went for a long walk on the beach while Logan napped.

Bella was LOVING the beach! I have some cute videos on my Instagram if you want to see.

After lunch on Saturday we packed up the stuff we needed for the party and went down to the party house.

Here is a video of the BIG house everyone else was staying in! It was huge and right on the beach! It had a hot tub and a fabulous view. Lots of room for a big group.

How nice is that deck?! What a cool place to stay in the summer time. The party was fun. My cousin brought her 14 month old twins so Logan had a BLAST playing with his little cousins! It was so cute!

Logan is all about giving high-5’s and fist bumps. 😀

Logan did so good. There were a LOT of people (30? ish?) and he was a bit shy and unsure at first but he warmed up and had so much fun. It was so cool to see him spending time with family we don’t get to see often.

How cute (and hilarious) is the below photo?! HAHA

There was a potluck dinner. After dinner my dad and I took Logan back to the house we rented because he was fading fast. My dad stayed with the baby and I went back to the party for the white elephant gift exchange.

This is the gift I brought for the gift exchange. 😀

Have to say, the sweater might be the best gift!

Then a bunch of us went down to the beach for a bonfire. Nothing better than that!

The next morning we had breakfast and packed and then went for one last walk on the empty beach.

I didn’t want to leave. I love the beach. We checked out of the house and headed home. Rockaway is about 2 hours from Portland. Logan slept for a good chunk of it, which was nice.

Home to unpack and I went swimming. It was a great weekend!

Presents Presents Presents

We had a busy and productive weekend! Michael’s dad and stepmom came to visit from Texas. We all went out to dinner Friday night at WayfinderSince Michael’s dad works in the beer business, we try and find good breweries for him to check out when he visits. The beer at Wayfinder is really good.

The wait for a table wasn’t too bad for a Friday night, but the place was pretty packed. We checked out the brewery area, had beers, let Logan run around a bit and then got a table.

We shared an appetizer of the fried cauliflower with buffalo sauce and blue cheese. It was SO amazing! I seriously could have eaten that whole plate by myself. It was super spicy and so delicious. Big hit. We also got an appetizer of shaved Brussels Sprouts that were just ok.

For my entree I got a salad. I didn’t love my salad, but it was alright.

The next morning we all went to a new (to us) breakfast place in Oregon City, Yvonne’s. It was a really cute, small, place with good reviews. It was pretty busy when we got there but we got a table almost immediately, which is unheard of in Portland. 😛

Coffee, yes please!

I got the breakfast sandwich. It came on a homemade buttermilk biscuit and it was really yummy.

After breakfast we tried to go see Santa. It turned out to be a debacle, unfortunately. Last year we went to the 7 Dees Nursery for their “Reindeer Magic” event. I bought a “fast pass” last year and it was the best thing ever! For $5 we didn’t have to stand in a super long line to see Santa and got pictures. It was great. So this year we wanted to do it again. I marked my calendars and looked on Facebook for the announcement of the fast pass tickets (they sold out really fast last year). I got a ticket and we planned on going to meet Santa.

Well, we got there and it was a total shit-show. There wasn’t much parking in Lake Oswego (new location) so people were parking all over the place and then walking on a really busy street to get there (not safe) because there wasn’t a better way to do it.

We arrived 20 minutes after they opened and there was already a line about 2 hours long. We got to the entrance and apparently they were charging admission for each person (annoying, but whatever), so the four of us fork over more money to get in and I ask where the line is for the fast pass. Apparently they aren’t doing that this year! I was SO livid. Nowhere on the website did it say they got rid of the fast pass option. Had I known that, I wouldn’t have bought the ticket.

We stand in line, in the pouring rain (they didn’t set up tents for people standing in the rain outside!!!), pissed off. After about 10 minutes of the line not even moving a little bit, I go inside to get some kind of idea of how long the wait was and it was seriously going to be 2 hours–in the cold, rain. Logan was getting fussy and squirmy and didn’t want to be held. So we got our money back and left furious.

Other people in line were angry too. I talked to two friends who were there later and one said they waited 90 minutes to see Santa (her kids were older, so they couldn’t leave after she’d hyped up seeing Santa) and another friend said that they waited over an hour and decided to just leave. What a rip off! Lots of unhappy customers, lots of grumpy, wet kids. What a mess!

Do I need to even say how disappointed and angry I am? 😛 Anyways, we made an appointment at the mall to see Santa in 2 weeks–no LINE! Screw that other place!

The day felt like an entire bust. We got back to the house and dried off. Michael’s dad and stepmom left for their weekend getaway to Bend, I went to the gym, Logan took a nap. I was really frustrated with how the day went and I was disappointed by such a bad experience at 7 Dees.

But, we managed to salvage the night. After dinner we put Logan to bed and Michael and I started a new tradition for Christmas. We drank eggnog, listened to Christmas records, ate donut holes, and wrapped presents together! It was so much fun and we got everything wrapped.

Sunday morning Logan slept in super late (I wish I had!) so I got up and got more stuff done. Sorting through things to donate to the Vietnam Veterans, and then I got all our Christmas cards done and ready to send out. It was a very productive weekend.

I ordered the cards from a Black Friday sale on Printerpix and they turned out really nice.

Anyways, that was our weekend. Hope you had a good one!