Spring Break snuck up on me this year. Seriously: where did February and March go? How can it be that we are only two days away from April?
We kicked off Spring Break on Friday night (the 21st) with a last minute visit by a cousin I haven’t seen in a while. Although our time together was brief, it was nice to see her and her family, and to have Bliss Girl hang out with some girl cousins. She is constantly surrounded by boy cousins on a regular basis, which is great, but I think she definitely appreciated having someone else to sing Frozen songs with ;)
Saturday we had a leisurely day and attended a cellar club wine pick-up event at Cooper Mountain Vineyards.
It’s such a fun, family-friendly vineyard with lots of open space and picnic tables. We always pack a picnic and bring some soccer balls for the kids to kick around when they’re done eating so they don’t get bored while the grown ups enjoy the apps and wine.
Sunday we were invited to a media event featuring several Oregon Craft Beverage companies at Sake One. I’m saving the photos from that event for Mixology Monday tomorrow. Can’t wait to share information about great local craft beverage companies like Sake One, Vertigo Brewing, Big Bottom Whiskey, Reverend Nat’s Hard Cider, and more. Be sure to check back here for tomorrow’s post on the Oregon Craft Beverage event!
We decided to take advantage of the babysitting time and also stopped by Ponzi Vineyards to pick up our February shipment (we are always behind!) and enjoy the gorgeous views.
Monday March 24th was our 13th wedding anniversary. We already had a huge trip to Sonoma last November to celebrate 20 years of togetherness, so we didn’t plan anything for our wedding anniversary this year. We spent it with good friends who were in town visiting from Boise, Idaho. They have two sons who are in the same grades as our kids, so it was great to be able to hang out and catch up while the kids got to know each other again. We enjoyed a delicious lunch at Ecliptic Brewing, then the kids had fun swimming in the afternoon, and we ended up just hanging out and catching up over pizza and beer and wine that night. It’s always great to see old friends!
Tuesday morning I got up bright and early to attend an intimate media breakfast with the great group from the Oahu Visitors Bureau. Mother’s Bistro once again delivers a delicious way to start the day. If you’re visiting Portland, Oregon anytime soon, be sure to eat at least one meal at Mother’s Bistro — every single dish I have ever eaten here has been fantastic!
I loved meeting with representatives from Disney Aulani, Polynesian Cultural Center, Ala Moana Center, and Outrigger hotels. My family is definitely due for a sunny Hawaiian vacation! I’m in love with the idea of taking them to Disney Aulani. They’ve never ever wanted to go to Disneyland (and they still don’t have the urge — I just asked again and they still said no), but they LOVED seeing photos and videos from the Aulani website. To them, vacation is about two things: swimming pools and beaches.
The rest of Tuesday consisted of me working like crazy to finish up projects before our last minute trip to the Oregon Coast.
Luckily, I can pack quickly for these short little vacations of ours. We packed up the kids, the dog, and stuffed the car, and hit the road!
The Pacific Ocean greeted us with gorgeous sunshine and near empty beaches when we arrived.
It never fails: as soon as I see the waves and smell the ocean air, all of the stress and worries of daily life melt away. I am madly, deeply, obsessively in love with the Oregon coast. There is no place in the world like it. It is my sanity, my heart, my soul.
Luckily for me, my family feels the same.
Including our dog, Kirby, who LOVES the beach!
Seriously: look at how happy this dog is!
When I realized the Thursday night before Spring Break that we had no plans for the week and suddenly Spring Break was upon us, a very lucky online search landed on Olivia Beach Cottage Rentals. As luck would have it, one of the only houses still available during Spring Break was a dog friendly beach house called the Dog Paddle. I booked it immediately.
Lo and behold, it turned out to be even more adorable, comfortable, and just plain perfect than I could have imagined.
My family is in love with this beach house. I’m going to do a full write-up on Olivia Beach cottage rentals in the future, but here’s a peek at the adorable, cozy sitting area of our beach house:
It was three days full of beach fun, board games, catching up on reading and television, naps, and many, many family snuggles.
We dined at some cute restaurants in Lincoln City, Oregon, like the Wildflower Grill. The kids pancakes were huge, fluffy, and delicious.
And the crab benedict I enjoyed was a HUGE portion full of fresh Oregon crab and a tasty hollandaise sauce.
Eventually, the skies rumbled with thunder and pounding rain at night, and wind and drizzly rain took over the days.
That doesn’t stop us Oregonians.
We returned home renewed, recharged, refreshed.
Friday – Sunday
On Friday we bought Bliss Girl a new trundle bed from IKEA and hubby spent most of the day putting it together. Now she’s all ready for her sleepover birthday party!
The rest of our weekend we wanted the kids to have time to just chill out and play, while hubby and I catch up on house projects, laundry, and work. I am still plowing through hundreds of emails and have a bajillion articles to write, posters and ads to design, some social media campaigns to kick off, Biss Girl’s birthday party to plan, two workshops to develop, etc. etc. I also need to start working on my syllabus for the Social Media Branding Course I am teaching at The Art Institute of Portland next term.
Next term is in two weeks. Yikes.
See how quickly real life comes rushing back? But then, it helps to realize that “real life” is also all of this: the beach, family, adventure, laughter, memories.
That’s our week in a nutshell on this Soul Sunday. It was a good one, and we still have today left to enjoy before it’s back to school for the kiddos. And now I’m recharged and ready for a busy work week ahead!
How was your week?