Bella

Beverly Beach Camping

I used to go camping all the time. Growing up, we went backpacking as kids with my parents. At the time I didn’t like backpacking–it was a LOT of work! But looking back at those experiences, they were pretty amazing things.

Michael and I really want to give Logan lots of experiences we had as kids–like camping. BUT we are both old. Like dang, the idea of camping in a tent, sleeping on the ground……….I just don’t know. Over the weekend we did go camping (in a YURT!) and it was fantastic!

If you’ve never camped in a yurt, I highly recommend it. It’s a fun experience and keeps you out of the elements a little bit, which is a nice thing in Oregon when you can’t really guarantee what the weather would be (even in August). The downside is that you have to book them very far in advance. I think I booked our yurt 9 months ago.

We stayed at Beverly Beach about 20 minutes north of Newport, OR. It was a REALLY nice park. We’ve never been there before. It was really nice. Since it’s early in the season, it wasn’t too packed. It was pretty quiet.

The yurt was nice and had electricity for charging stuff 😉 and a heater–which was nice because it was pretty cold at the beach over the weekend.

On Friday I had the day off work and took Logan to daycare for the morning so I could go to the gym and the grocery store and pack the car. Then Michael got home after lunch and we hit the road. It was perfect timing, too, because Logan took his nap for most of the drive to the beach!

We unpacked and got settled and built a campfire. Then Logan was raring to go to ride his bike. Logan and Bella were super excited exploring our little campground. There weren’t a ton of people there. There were probably like 40% full–most of them were RVs but there were quite a few tents!

Logan had SO MUCH FUN. He was excited about exploring everything. He helped me pick up twigs for starting the fire. We could hear the frogs in the ponds arounds us (you can hear them on video on my Instagram if you want).

It was a weekend full of BBQ’ed hot dogs, s’mores and getting super dirty!

So…the downside? I thought I was super smart and got dry ice for the cooler. Except we discovered that the beer and eggs…basically everything…froze! So Michael went to the nearby store to get unfrozen stuff. We had eggs and sausages for breakfast on Saturday.

Then I took Bella with me for a run. We ran around the campgrounds and explored the different camping loops and then headed down to the beach. We ran on the beach and it was a really nice run! I was slow after being sick the previous weekend, and Bella is not QUITE coordinate to run but she did well. 😉

I got back to the campsite to find Logan napping. LOL

After my run I showered (the showers were REALLY nice and hot, so that was good). I took a short nap–unplanned). Then Logan woke up and we drove to Newport for lunch. We ended up at Rogue Brewery. I got a sandwich that was a little too much of everything–so big you couldn’t even take a bite–with a bowl of clam chowder and Michael got an AMAZING burger with caramelized onions and fried cheese curds on it plus beer. 😀

Logan’s lunch was a grilled cheese sandwich with fries and it came on a frisbee! (Which we ended up playing with for most of the afternoon back at the site.)

Then it was back to the campsite. Logan wanted to take another nap so he and Michael went to sleep and Bella and I went for a long walk on the beach.

Saturday night we had dinner and s’mores and then to bed fairly early. One of the downsides of a yurt is that there is a skylight, which does NOT make it toddler friendly! Logan was up at dawn both days. Needless to say we were both tired.

On Sunday we had breakfast and then packed everything up and went to the beach for a bit.

It was a nice day. A little gloomy but the sun was poking out of the clouds. It wasn’t as cold as it was on Saturday. Beverly Beach was nice and not too crowded and not windy at all. So it was a good beach to play on.

Logan and Bella had a blast playing in the sand (and getting even more filthy than ever). It was such a nice, relaxing, chill weekend where we were able to unplug a little bit. We didn’t have great service, so it kind of forced us to unplug. It was fun to just hang out as a family and do nothing!

After the beach trip, we headed home (with a pit-stop in Wilsonville for pizza for lunch). I hosed both Logan and Bella down immediately (ok, not really, but they both had very soapy baths to get the filth off!). We unpacked, Logan and I went grocery shopping and then I got to go swimming. It was nice to have a little me time to unwind. It was a fun, awesome weekend, but a lot of work! By Sunday night Logan was SO overtired he could barely make it to bedtime. 😉

I think we are going to try and go camping (IN A TENT!) this summer. I think Logan will LOVE it. 😀

No More Ugly Bathrooms!

We are slowly making progress on the house remodel. I absolutely hate the bathrooms! They are so old and dated. A few years ago I painted the main bathroom (gray) and we replaced the sink in there. I really like what we picked. It’s kind of a dark greyish brown with a white countertop.

We decided to bite the bullet and hire someone to do the flooring in both bathrooms. The guy that did our deck did a great job and he does interiors so I reached out to see if he could do it. I knew that the bathroom floors would be hard to redo ourselves (and not just because of Michael’s recent back issues) so it made sense to hire a professional. I knew that the subflooring needed to be replaced and I wanted the tile to look nice and be level so it was just a smart thing to hire it out.

I REALLY wish we had photos of the original bathroom but Michael lost the photos he had on a computer that crashed. Basically, the hall bathroom had teal everything–the walls, the ceiling, the toilet fuzzy cover. I think the vanity was white with flowers on it and there was some yellow in there, too. The vanity was small and dated and I think the countertop was yellow? It’s hard to remember. Basically, it was hideous!

The downside is that we wouldn’t have a bathroom at all for about two days. Bella went to her boyfriend’s house for the night: 🙂

And we booked a small cottage in North Portland on AirBnB for the night.

The cottage was super cute. Small but good enough for us for one night. Plus there was a hot tub! After Logan went to sleep, we had a glass of wine and hung out in the hot tub outside, surrounded by a bamboo fence. It was super cute.

I was SO excited to go home and see the new bathrooms.

BEFORE:

GOD I HATE THAT LINOLEUM!

You can see the subflooring under the new sink vanity in this photo:

The old vanity was small and short in a weird way, so it was nice to replace it. Plus we got something that was a little bit bigger and held more stuff. We got two new vent registers and went with white for both since we chose white tiles for the bathroom remodel.

DURING:

AFTER:

I LOVE IT!!!!!! The floors look so amazing! I didn’t get fantastic photos because the light wasn’t great, but trust me, it looks great in person. The tile is white with gray accents. The backsplash matches the gray in the tiles. The sink is attached the wall (finally).

The room looks bigger, too. We need to put in new toilets and then finish the baseboard trim and paint all the doors in the house, and the bathrooms are DONE!

Michael’s Bathroom

The master bath is really small. It’s basically just the shower and toilet in the bathroom area. There is a sink in the bedroom by the walk-in closet. But since this house is from the 70’s it’s all really old, small and just not cohesive for two people to use. So this is basically Michael’s bathroom and I use the other one.

BEFORE:

During (You can see the yellow that the walls used to be in the below photo!):

AFTER:

Michael’s bathroom has white tile with black accents. This was what I was originally going to use for my bathroom, but I think it looks better in the small bathroom instead. And it is similar but not the same as mine, so it is a nice difference and ties everything together.

We need to paint Michael’s bathroom (I think white is best), install a new toilet, and put in the baseboards and then that room is done! It looks so nice! We are super happy with how everything turned out!