weekend

Birthday Boy, 2!

We had Logan’s 2nd birthday party this weekend! The little guy isn’t quite 2 but my mom was going to be out of town for his actual birthday so we did it early this year.

This year the theme was cars. He’s obsessed!

My little Superman. 🙂

I pre-ordered pizza from Domino’s the day before to have it delivered at a certain time. I was a little nervous because I’ve never done that before but it turned out great. The pizza arrived piping hot right on time. I am really impressed and will definitely do that again for parties.

We had an assortment of beers, hard cider, hard root beer plus lots of different sodas.

This year was so much fun! The party was a huge success and Logan knew what was going on and he was having a great time. It was so fun to watch him understand the party was for me and to see him smile.

My friend Star made her amazing birthday cake. Dark chocolate with homemade cream cheese frosting. She decorated it especially for the birthday boy.

Last year he cried during cake time. LOL This year, he LOVED it. He didn’t quite understand that blowing-out-the-candles part, but that’s ok.

Cake is now his favorite thing. 😀

I think everyone knew that cars were his favorite currently. He opened presents and got lots of cars and a new playmate for his cars. He got a bunch of cool books and clothes and new shoes! He was super excited.

The golf set is from my dad. My mom told me that he picked it out himself for Logan.

Finally, we showed Logan the gift from us. A balance bike and helmet! He’s still might be a little bit young for it, but we are going to give it a try.

It was a great party. Fun and exciting and so great for Logan. It was a nice weekend with my mom visiting. We got time to visit and I got some time for myself. It was a good balance of everything.

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!