Wednesday, April 11, 2012

How I spent two days singing, "Surrey with the fringe on top."

Hey ya peeps!  It's been so weird being intentionally away from my blog all week.  Good weird though.  I did miss  you guys but I really needed a break.  There's a couple things I want to post on, but I feel like I need to do a quick vacation recap first, even though it was basically two days away instead of a week like we'd planned.  Two days in which I had the song "Surrey with a Fringe on top" in my head and couldn't stop singing it.  The reason for this, was that the little ocean side town we were staying at, had surrey rentals everywhere and all I could think about was that scene in When Harry met Sally where he's trying to get her to sing with him in that store.  (Show of hands- does anyone else out there love that movie as much as I do?) I was desperate to rent one!  It looked so fun.  (We had planned on doing that later in the week...)  I might need to go back just for the surrey ride.  And they all had fringes on the top.  I know, because I looked.  I might sing the song while riding in one too. 
Vacationing with my man is just about the most fun you can have.  He is a true adventurer at heart and way more spontaneous than I am.  (Of course, I can be spontaneous too.... I just need a little time to plan it out first. Ha!)  If he's at the wheel, you can expect the car to stop frequently, and mad scrambles out to go explore many a random roadside attraction, aquarium, or historical site marker. We get lost a lot and it becomes a kind of treasure hunt.  We almost hit a flea market in a big barn but it was getting late so we didn't stop.  Dangit.
 One thing I was dying to do with my family, was have a beach fire and roast marshmallows.  We were planning on doing that later in the week as well.  I almost joined a big group sitting around a roaring beach fire but my kiddos were pulling me along to see their beachy treasures.  I'm pretty sure if I had joined those strangers, I'd have been able to sweet talk them into letting me roast a marshmallow!  
 This is a beachy treasure.  A shell, broken in the shape of a heart. It's beachy... and treasure-ish.
 Child A is always running and child B is always finding sticks.  Typically child B is also running with those sticks...


 It was super windy.  We had plans to buy a kite, as that seems to be a local attraction on this beach.  Again... one of the things we never got to... and as you can see it was chilly... but it was still so fun!  (I do think the next beach we vacation to needs to be warm.  I'm just saying.)
The week prior to vacation I hurt my back so severely that I almost couldn't even walk at times while we were gone.  I'm just now feeling a tiny bit like my old active self.  It sucks being out of commission.  I'm a go-er so it's hard when I am forced to lay around.  I'm pretty sure God does that as a means of forcing relaxation on me.  I didn't want to make my back pain any worse than it already was, so I sat out while the hoodlums did bumper cars, (Not a good thing for a hurting back)  rode the tilt a whirl (I was totally okay missing out on that one) and mini golfed with their Daddy.

 Oh and they rode on a carousel.  By the way... Is anyone besides me totally creeped out by carousels? 
 Children always end up being kidnapped or something in movies with carousels.  Or is that just me?  Adrain thought my fears were hysterical and kept asking me if I wanted him to stand on the other side, "just in case."  I'm glad I can make that boy laugh... but seriously... I kinda did want him to go over there "just in case." 
 This is classic JJ right here. I'm pretty sure JJ got every possible sensory perception fix known to man, on this ride. Well, except for getting to go upside down. 


 Isn't this gorgeous?  It was so muddy we couldn't do the actual hike for fear of my slipping in the three inch thick mud and falling or wrenching my back. (I'll be honest, having a gimpy back was starting to get really old at this point.  I like DOING THINGS for Pete's sake!!  And I hate being no fun.)





 (I think this is the "I really have to go potty but I don't want to pee in the bushes" pose.  It's also the "I'll shoot your eye out with my cannon, Matey" pose.)
We discovered this cave and I wanted to go explore it so badly!!  If I'd been 100%, we'd have been scrambling down the hillside and checking it out before the tide came in.  I could see that my man and the hoodlums were holding back for my sake, but they really wanted to head down.  Next time...


Isn't that old lighthouse gorgeous?  I don't know what it is about them, but I love lighthouses.  I would have loved to go out in a boat and get a closer look at this one.

Well friends, that's it for my vacation recap.  Two days of fun, and I was happy and thrilled to have even those two days.

Have any of you been on a fun vacation recently or have plans for an upcoming vacation? 

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21 comments:

  1. So glad you are back! Your trip looks fun; sorry it had to be cut short. We are going to New Smyrna Beach, Florida in about 6 weeks. We've been going there for the last 13 years with my hubby's family. That definitely qualifies as a hot beach...sometimes too hot! Being from Colorado, I'm not so used to the humidity! :)

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  2. I THOUGHT I knew which beach-side "town" you went too when you described the kite flying...but after seeing the carousel and the tilt-a-whirl I know EXACTLY where you went! lol :) We go EACH and every single summer for a week. Rent the same huge house one block up from the beach - and yes, have at LEAST one campfire/marshmallow/weanie roast on the beach!! It's lovely! We always go in the summer though - admittedly, the weather is nicer than! :) Glad it was fun, even if it was sadly cut short...hope all is healing in 'that department' :(

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    1. Aww thanks girly. I SO wish we could rent one of those houses. Oh man they are so cute!!! Loved checking them all out!!

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    2. If HOPE you get a chance to go again in the future...I'm going to email you a link to a DARLING little house that we rented one summer that is PERFECT for a family of four...we have stayed in it before and it seriously less than the cost of any hotel in the area and still walking distance to the beach and prommenade! We are on a Ramsey budget so I have researched them ALL! ;)

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  3. Glad you enjoyed some family time. JJ is in sensory heaven in that pix! And Ava in the cannon picture is hysterical! Sending you ~healing~ thoughts.

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  4. Sasha, after looking at your pictures, I feel as though I have been on vacation, as well. I absolutely LOVE the picture of you and your husband on the beach, looking at each other. You can see the love and adoration you have for each other.

    It is so much fun watching your family through your blog. Thank you for the opportunity to "know" your sweet family.

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  5. Love, love, love your pictures! What a nice, albeit short, vacation. Hope your back is 100% soon! As for the carousel feelings...ditto!

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  6. It looks like the time you got to spend there was lovely! :)
    I sure hope you feel better soon. xo

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  7. Looks like you had a fantastic holiday! Welcome back!

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  8. What a wonderful few days you were able to enjoy. I'm so glad it was refreshing for you all. Hope things are going well after your break from blogging. ((Hug)) for the sad moments today.- Oh, and speaking of today, I just posted your comments about your book club and friendship over on Vignettes. Thanks so much for sharing those!

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  9. Those two days looked like you had fun, you shot some great photos. Good to see you back!

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  10. I feel the same way about carousels! Lol! Great photos! Glad you had fun with your family! Welcome back!

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  11. is that Seaside, Oregon?! drove through there last summer. next time, make sure you stop in Canon Beach if you haven't already! a little south but wonderful for the mama's {aka, shopping in adorable little stores}. if this has nothing to do with oregon, and you wer ein washington, promptly ignore all previous:D

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  12. Beautiful! Looks like y'all did a lot of fun stuff those two days!

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  13. Looks like a great time was had by all! Can I ask where the aquarium with the tube is? We have been trying to figure that one out for awhile so we can visit - is it Lincon City? Welcome Back :)

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  14. Looks like you packed a lot into those 2 days and had enough fun for a whole week!

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  15. I recognized it too! My family spent a week there once when I was growing up....It was about the sane time of year. I definitely had a fun time and have always wanted to go back. Since I am used to the beaches of the SE USA, I was disappointed with the cold, wind, and rain. It was a different beach experience, but one I still look back on with happy memories! Hope your crew gets to go back to do all the things you missed out on this time around.

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  16. Boys and sticks! Mine is the same way! Looks like a fun trip!

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  17. look at your windblown hair! foxy lady! your hair is getting long. gorgeous pictures. i'm glad it was fun while it lasted. : )

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  18. loved seeing these pictures from your trip!
    this is a random thing I noticed, but your man is way taller than you....is he really tall or are you really short or a little bit of both? (told you it was random!)

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  19. I LOVE When Harry Met SallY! Your short but sweet holiday looks wonderful :) The beaches you visited remind me of my honey moon. I also let my husband's spontaneity guide our trip, and am so glad I did!
    I really enjoy reading about you and your family and your photos are beautiful - thank you for sharing them! So sorry for your family's loss. I grew up with a darling beagle named Lucy and still think of her often. Definitely a part of the family <3

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