Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Beach Trip

Two weekends ago, the three of us went to the Oregon Coast. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday were spent at Camp Magruder with the Metro Church youth group. Rusty was the main speaker for the weekend and he did a great job -- the theme was "burdens -- laying 'em down and taking 'em up." Christ calls us to lay down our burdens at his feet and rest in his love... but as Christians, we are also asked to bear one another's burdens. Good stuff -- even for the "old folks" who were there!

Sunday night, we took advantage of a free night's lodging at the Tolovana Inn in Cannon Beach. This was something Rusty's mom had purchased at a benefit auction for Columbia Christian Schools and never used. It was expired, but we called and they said they would still honor it. So we enjoyed some much needed r&r... playing on the beach... swimming in the pool... soaking in the hot tub... eating Mo's clam chowder... enjoying the gorgeous view from our balcony. And my personal favorite -- since our room was a suite, we put Alex to bed early in the back room and Rusty and I slept on the hide-a-bed in the living room. We stayed up late talking, watching Part 1 of the season finale of Battlestar Galactica (boy, have we missed a lot -- can't wait for it to come out on DVD!), and fell asleep with the window open listening to the sound of the waves. Heavenly!

Enjoying the view from up high

Eating sand... YUM!

Alex was not afraid of the water at all. In fact, when we set him down on the sand, he ran straight towards the waves, yelling the whole way!

Alex and Mommy

Chasing the waves

The rock in the background is called Haystack Rock (for, um, obvious reasons).

This was Alex' first time in the pool. Although you can't tell from the picture, he really loved it!

Alex and Daddy


  1. Ahhh...the Oregon Coast. Ear muffs, gloves, and winter parkas while walking in the sand. :-) I hear the coast can be warm sometimes...but I've never actually experienced that warmth! We LOVE Cannon Beach! I love the view of the ocean from the coziness of the hotel room...
    And Mo's Clam doesn't get better!
    So glad you had fun!

  2. That rock sure looks an awful lot like a haystack in the picture.

    I love that Alex is fearless about the waves . . . and eating sand.

    We're looking forward to hanging together with your family soon.


  3. So fun! Great pictures. Happy Birthday! I tried calling you on your cell, knowing you were on your way to Memphis for the week and couldn't reach you. I miss spending our birthday together! Love you tons!

  4. Rebekah Brown9:16 AM

    Hi Laura! I love reading your blog! Alex is absolutely adorable-he always makes me giggle. :) Shawn and I went to Cannon Beach for our 9 year anninversary-- it was absolutely beautiful and there was some fluke weather-- 80 degrees one day while we were there! Anyway, someday if we ever get out of the dark ages and get high speed internet I'm going to set up a blog and you can see pictures of Hannah! I can't believe we both have children now . . .

    Love, Rebekah