I may have been born in Ontario, but my parents moved us West, to the north coast of BC  when I was but a few months old. I grew up on the edge of the ocean, going fishing with my Dad on our wee boat and hiking along rugged coastlines covered in barnacles and seaweed and listening to the ocean roar on a daily basis. When I decided to leave home and make my break for a big city, I chose Vancouver. Beautiful, engaging and right on the edge of the ocean. I moved many times when I lived there but almost every apartment I rented was within walking distance of the ocean. I remember proudly declaring that I could never live away from the coast.

This, of course, was before I met Matthew and we decided to leave the craziness of the city for the chance at owning a big house on a large property so that our (future) children could have space to run and play. If he’d wanted to move anywhere other than here, there may have been some resistance on my part. Thankfully, the vast Lake Okanagan is as close as you can get to be an ocean while actually being on a lake.

Lake Okanagan

It’s like the little lake that could.

The second half of our family vacation was spent at Cannon Beach, for those of you who aren’t Twitter/Facebook friends and/or have been too busy holidaying yourself to pay attention to the minor details. Why Cannon Beach? Well, we spent but an afternoon there last fall on our annual stateside shopping trip and fell in love. Having the chance to see my Kerri Anne yet again was an added bonus.

(Speaking of Kerri, please tell me that you read this post. Please make sure that you’re not drinking or eating while you read it, lest you choke. Consider yourselves warned. )

I mentioned that the first part of our vacation was not what you would call restful. We left Vancouver a day early (to escape the gnomes, and) in order to spend a night in Seattle so that we could be that much closer to our final destination on the day we got to check in to our cabin. We booked it to the Coast, unloaded our stuff and looked at the view and then made the three-minute trek down to the water.

Pretty, right?
Cannon Beach

Breathtaking, beautiful and BITTERLY COLD. I mean, I knew we wouldn’t be having the high temperatures that we’re used to in the Okanagan, but that ocean wind was pretty biting.

Nothing that a hoodie couldn’t remedy.

Thursday morning we woke up to gloomy, misty weather but the winds had stopped and it was a lot warmer.
My babies and I

With Daddy

The Three

The kids played in the sand and the mud while we watched the waves roll in and then Matthew decided to write in the sand. He started with my name, finished his creation and then stood up proudly, only to see my standing there laughing.


He quickly did an edit.

The final product
There was only so much mist and gloom that we could take and so we treated the kids to a movie (Despicable Me – my new favorite animated movie). The rest of the evening was spent in the cabin, teaching the kids how to play Scrabble, reading and just hanging out.

Friday, we headed into the city of Portland. We spent a couple of hours at Powell’s buying books, then fall clothes for the kids and then ended up at our ultimate destination: dinner at Deschutes with some of my good blog friends. Kerri’s been to my house before, so she’s met the family, but nobody else had. I got to see friends and friends got to meet the four biggest loves in my life. Win, win.

The PDX Crew

In the back with me is Amanda. Front row, left to right: Sarah, Vahid, Rhi and Kerri.

Miss Kerri and her little pug Iggy (he loves me) came to spend the delight of everyone. We talked, we walked, we sat, we took photos.

Playing at The Beach

Emily and Iggy

This one that that Kerri took of Emily and I makes me smile every time I even think about it.

Kerri and Iggy headed home in the late afternoon and the family and I headed down to the beach to take our family photo.

After supper, I went on a solo mission down to the beach to capture the sunset.

Sunset at Cannon Beach

Sunset at Cannon Beach

Sunset at Cannon Beach

Sunset at Cannon Beach

I was so amazing to just stand on the edge of the water and soak in the beauty.

So, yeah. Our family vacation was even more than we hoped for and our kids did so amazing (TWELVE HOUR drive home and not a single meltdown. NOT ONE) that we’ll definitely be going on another road trip next year. Will it be back to Cannon Beach? Yes. No. Maybe.

*More photos of our trip in this Flickr set

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  1. C @ Kid Things July 29, 2010 6:43 am edit

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  2. Sizzle July 29, 2010 7:17 am edit

    There is nothing like standing at the ocean watching the sun set (or rise). It’s so gorgeous there! I need to visit again. I usually go in the off season.

    It sounds like a wonderful trip.
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  3. Ashley July 29, 2010 7:24 am edit

    Looks like a wonderful trip! Great pictures as usual :)

  4. Ashley July 29, 2010 7:25 am edit

    Ps. I love Emily’s poses in those pics. You have a future model on your hands – or comedian.
    .-= Ashley´s last blog ..The Night My World Caught Fire =-.

  5. Shelly July 29, 2010 8:21 am edit

    Love your pictures! The vacation sounded amazing. I love that Matthew does little things to make you smile, like writing in the sand. The picture of Emily with the dog is fantastic, kind of reminds me of the Coppertone kid in the old commercials, modernized! :)
    .-= Shelly´s last blog ..Summer Storms =-.

  6. Kami's Khlopchyk July 29, 2010 8:36 am edit

    Wow, what a beautiful location! I snorted when I saw the missing letter in your name – reminds me of my dad – he named our camper van the Wandering Spirt instead of Spirit. Cracks me up to this day!
    .-= Kami’s Khlopchyk´s last blog ..Photos and Rants for Phun =-.

  7. hillary July 29, 2010 9:36 am edit

    I’m so glad that you had a wonderful holiday :)
    Your pictures make me want to go back to Oregon.
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  8. Her Bad Mother July 29, 2010 12:32 pm edit



    .-= Her Bad Mother´s last blog ..Thus Spake The Soon-To-Be-Soaked Toddler =-.

  9. Hannah July 29, 2010 1:18 pm edit

    Looks like a beautiful place!! I am soooooooo envious of your summer … can I wait another 5 months for ours?!
    .-= Hannah´s last blog ..For art’s sake =-.

  10. Kerri Anne July 29, 2010 5:15 pm edit

    Last weekend with you guys was seriously one of my favorites of the summer, and I can’t wait to do it again soon. I totally know it’s my turn to come up to your neck of the woods (and I’m planning on it, I promise!), but as to whether or not you guys come back to CB for next year’s vacation? I vote a hearty YES YES and MORE YES.

    (I’m so glad you got your lovely beach sunset, too. Those pictures are stunning.)
    .-= Kerri Anne´s last blog ..Weekend Update- And They Call It Coastal Love Edition =-.

  11. Camels & Chocolate July 29, 2010 9:28 pm edit

    Um, best blogger meet-up EVER. How jealous am I??? Also, all these beach photos are absolutely stunning!
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  12. Elizabeth July 29, 2010 11:57 pm edit

    Twelve hours with no meltdown sounds heavenly. Great pics!!
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  13. Kristabella July 30, 2010 8:42 am edit

    Those sunset photos are amazing! Glad you had a wonderful vacation!
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  14. Mama in the City July 30, 2010 5:45 pm edit

    Awe, not all the pics showed up for me. I love how Cannon Beach is so obvious to pick out in pictures. ‘There it is!’ It’s so nice to be able to spend a little family time together on a vacation. Love it.
    .-= Mama in the City´s last blog ..Theatre Under The Stars- Vancouver Style and Giveaway =-.

  15. Ninabi July 31, 2010 6:33 am edit

    These are just lovely and I’m glad you had a good time despite the chilly beaches.

    Your post brings back so many memories- we lived in Seattle from 1993 to 1996 and our children were about the same ages as yours. We made sure to see as much as we could and we went down to Portland and up to Canada (via the Canadian ferry system which others said was much more efficient) and enjoyed Victoria.

    The smell of the ocean- I miss it so, along with the culture of Seattle and Portland, which is so very unlike the Sonoran desert where I live now.

    I’m glad you had a good time with your dear family and friends and what’s not to like about the tax free shopping of Oregon? :)

  16. Jason August 1, 2010 2:11 pm edit

    Man, what beautiful pics…looks like a really great place to visit or live!
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