weekend

Christmas at the Beach

Over the weekend our family had a nice little getaway. My family is pretty big (on my mom’s side) and we used to do a summer camp out party and then a Christmas party every year. This year my cousin Di organized and coordinated a fantastic new Christmas party!

She found a giant house on the beach in Rockaway, OR. It was a giant house, big enough for the majority of people to stay there. I think there was something like 4 or 5 bedrooms (several rooms had bunk beds) so tons of people could sleep there.

We decided to rent a house in Rockaway with my parents. Our house that we rented was on the north side of town, the other house was south but it was literally 7 minutes to drive to the party, so no big deal.

You can see pictures of the vacation house we rented on my Instagram. It was really cute! It was big with two bedrooms, two bathrooms, the garage was converted to another bedroom/playroom. There was a fenced yard for Bella (fabulous) with a fire pit and picnic bench. The decor was super cute and kind of modern/retro. Check out the photos I took.

Plus, there was a GIANT closet stuffed full of toys for kids of any ages! Logan had SO much fun playing with the toys. What a great surprise!

Our house was one block from the beach, too! We had easy access to the beach. The weather was perfect this week–sunny and not windy and fairly warm. It was in the 30’s in the mornings, though!

We all arrived at the house Friday afternoon and then went for a walk on the beach. It was gorgeous and we basically had the beach all to ourselves.

After Logan went to bed, my Dad and Michael went to pick up pizza and Caesar salad for dinner and the four of us had pizza (Michael and I had beer from Buoy) and we played card games. It was so much fun!

Saturday morning my parents played with Logan and Michael and I went for a run. It was a very cool, cold morning but the sun was out and we warmed up pretty quickly. The sun felt nice! We ran around the neighborhood and by the beach. I ended up running around 2.75 miles. Then while Michael was making his famous mac n’ cheese for the potluck, my dad and I went for a long walk on the beach while Logan napped.

Bella was LOVING the beach! I have some cute videos on my Instagram if you want to see.

After lunch on Saturday we packed up the stuff we needed for the party and went down to the party house.

Here is a video of the BIG house everyone else was staying in! It was huge and right on the beach! It had a hot tub and a fabulous view. Lots of room for a big group.

How nice is that deck?! What a cool place to stay in the summer time. The party was fun. My cousin brought her 14 month old twins so Logan had a BLAST playing with his little cousins! It was so cute!

Logan is all about giving high-5’s and fist bumps. 😀

Logan did so good. There were a LOT of people (30? ish?) and he was a bit shy and unsure at first but he warmed up and had so much fun. It was so cool to see him spending time with family we don’t get to see often.

How cute (and hilarious) is the below photo?! HAHA

There was a potluck dinner. After dinner my dad and I took Logan back to the house we rented because he was fading fast. My dad stayed with the baby and I went back to the party for the white elephant gift exchange.

This is the gift I brought for the gift exchange. 😀

Have to say, the sweater might be the best gift!

Then a bunch of us went down to the beach for a bonfire. Nothing better than that!

The next morning we had breakfast and packed and then went for one last walk on the empty beach.

I didn’t want to leave. I love the beach. We checked out of the house and headed home. Rockaway is about 2 hours from Portland. Logan slept for a good chunk of it, which was nice.

Home to unpack and I went swimming. It was a great weekend!

Too Short

My weekend was TOO SHORT. What about you??

Saturday

Saturday morning Michael surprised me by making a delicious breakfast! Scrambled eggs with sweet potato hash and bacon. Delish! Then it was time for the gym. I did about 40 minutes of weight lifting — mostly upper body– chin ups, shoulder presses, push-ups, lateral raises, chest press, pec-fly, planks, etc. Then I did some squats and finished up with a run on the treadmill. I use the term “run” loosely. It was jog/walking mostly. I’d run at a fairly slow pace until my heart rate was getting close to 150 and then I’d walk for a few seconds to let the heart rate get back down.  It sucks to be so slow but honestly running is getting a little bit harder.

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After the gym I met up with my friend Erika for a much-needed pedicure. We hadn’t hung out in awhile and it was really nice to spend some time together and catch up. And getting some pampering is always good. 🙂 I get pedicures about every 5-7 weeks. It’s one of the little splurges I do for myself that make me feel good. It started as a reward for myself as I lost weight and just kept up with it! Sometimes it’s the little things. And I know as I get bigger this winter and I eventually won’t be able to SEE or REACH my toes, it will be a nice treat.

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Then Michael and I went to a friend’s house for dinner and games! Michael’s friend recently started teaching him pinochle so Friday night he gave me a crash course in the basics and the plan was for the four of us to play. Dinner was delicious– kobe beef burgers with bleu cheese mixed into the patty, grilled and on the most amazing buns– Maui Onion buns! I’ve never had these before and MUST find them for the next time we do burgers because they were so tasty. Sweet and savory and wonderful.

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Loved those buns! Dinner was great and then we got started with the game. We played a few rounds open-handed so I could learn. Then we got started for real.

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It was a lot of fun! Kind of a hard game to learn. I struggled with the scoring, betting and melding but understood the “how to play” part. If that makes sense. By the end of the evening I was starting to get the hang of all of it but I definitely need more practice. I’ve played a lot of card games, Spades being my favorite, and I think knowing how to play Spades or Hearts helped understand the concept of this game a little easier. Still, I need practice for it to really stick.

Sunday

Saturday was a late night (like 11pm! lol) and I was a bit tired when I got up. I was feeling really unmotivated but got my butt to the gym anyways. I did 4.5 miles on the elliptical and then went home to be lazy!

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It was a raining Sunday and I wasn’t feeling like doing much! So…lots of Netflix. 🙂 I do want to mention that last weekend we finally saw The Martian! It was REALLY GOOD!! I was a little nervous because I loved the book and they rarely do as good a job with the movie version…but I felt almost like the movie was better than the book! The cast was superb. The action was great. It was really well done. I highly recommend it!

Okay, back to the weekend. Sunday evening it was time for my Book Club meeting.

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I got a mozzarella/tomato/pesto panini for dinner. It was pretty tasty. I don’t eat pesto very often because it’s such a calorie-bomb, but it is one of my favorite type of sandwiches. We ended up just hanging out and chatting and only talking about the book minimally. 🙂 That was okay. It was nice to just hang out.

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The rest of the evening was low-key (watched the Walking Dead, wasn’t a fan of the episode) then early to bed. I’ve been feeling tired lately and trying not to get too run down. I have a jam-packed week this week (that I was kind of dreading) and I’m already looking forward to next weekend…

Seen any good movies lately?