Sunday, October 4, 2009

Vacation and more

Last week, my family took our first-ever family vacation! Papa, the boy, and I drove down and spent four days on the Oregon coast. It was so much fun! I thought I'd share a few pictures. (But not to worry, there's a little craftiness to follow...)

papa and boy on the beach at sunset
We arrived on Sunday, just in time to walk to the beach and see the sunset.

boy checking out the ocean
It was the Boy's first time seeing the "big blue water" (aka-- the ocean). He was entranced. Rather, he was entranced until he fell into the very cold water the next day. After that, it was kind of a fascination best appreciated from a distance.

sleeping arrangements involved a little dude face-down on the family room floor
Sleeping arrangements were a challenge. The Boy had a tough time settling down in the new environment. Every evening pretty much ended sometime between 9 and 10, with a little dude face-down on the family room floor. At that point we could pick him up and put him in bed, where he would sleep fine. So, it worked out in the end.

boy eating ice cream at the Tillamook Cheese Factory
Mmmm... Tillamook ice cream!!!

mama and boy on beach
We didn't end up with too many mama/boy pictures (I think because I was the one taking most of them)-- but here's one of them.

I did manage to visit a couple of quilt shops on our trip. I only made a purchase at one of them though, Creative Fabrics in Wheeler, Oregon.

a little bit of quilty loot from Wheeler, Oregon
They had a sample of this pattern hanging in their window that was just spectacular. I wish I had gotten a picture of it. Actually, I was really impressed by just how many wonderful samples this store had hanging (and even more impressed at how current and fresh they were as well-- some of them featured brand-spankin' new collections). They also had a wonderful fabric selection. I just had to pick up a few greens. If you're ever in the area, this is a shop well worth visiting!

All in all, it was a wonderful vacation. It was so good to get away for a little bit, and be somewhere new. The weather wasn't ideal, but it didn't stop us from having a great time. When we came home on Thursday, I was tired but at the same time felt so refreshed and energized. It was awesome!

Today, I actually spent a little time at the sewing machine and finally got my Project Linus quilt top put together. I even got a back prepared and basted it all together.

Project Linus quilt all basted
Who knows? Maybe I'll even get it quilted soon!


  1. looks like you had a blast! lol, I never have pictures of myself for the same reason :)

  2. Wonderful! I love the Oregon coast.

  3. Love that picture of the boy passed out. :) That quilt looks awesome too! Can't wait to see how you quilt it...

  4. looks like you guys had an awesome time! i love family vacations ... getting away from my mess is always fun!! :)

  5. Great blocks in the previous posts as usual. Always nice work from you.
    So glad you enjoyed your vacation. I was wondering if that was the first time your son had seen the ocean.