Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Happily Ever After

Sammy and I went to our friends' Aaron and Ana's wedding yesterday. It really was the most gorgeous, rustic wedding I have ever been to. It was held outside at Bridal Veil Lake and Ana, the stunning bride, was canoed across the lake by her father to meet her groom. I'm not kidding. It was the most amazingly sweet ceremony I have ever been so privileged to attend. 

The drinks, dinner, and dessert were delicious, and the decor was simple, yet eloquent. It was so nice to sit around chatting with friends, listening to music, breathing in the fresh air, and watching the sun set....all while celebrating the marriage of our friends. 

I thought about bringing my camera so I could take photos, but I didn't want to lug the big 'ol thing around. I wanted to enjoy the night without being focused on getting a good shot. Instead I relied on my friend's cell phone to capture a few pics.

Aaron and Ana, the happily wedded couple. 

 Sammy and I

Tracie and I....and photo bomb creepers! LOL! No wonder it takes so many shots just to get a "good" one!

A lovely evening spent with lovely friends. Congratulations, Aaron and Ana, on your Happily Every After!

With love,
Mama Hauck

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Sentimental To-Dos

I have a 3 page to-do list that I've been trying to accomplish while the kids have been gone with my Mom on The Island having some summer fun. I've chipped away at it daily, with the exception of when I was on the Coast, but I still feel like I haven't accomplished much, lol. And the kids will be home tomorrow or the next day! I'm running out of time to cross things off the list! 

At least I've managed to go through, sort, organize, and update their memory boxes. They each have two; one for school items I've kept, and one for every day items like cards, drawings, love notes, etc. Throughout the year all the stuff we decide to keep just gets thrown into a spot in my closet. Every August when the kids are away with my Mom, I put in the hours to get their boxes organized for them. I might be a memory hoarder, but at least I'm an organized memory hoarder! They'll thank me later. ;)

I've also managed to update all the kiddos' baby books. Again, this is something I do once a year and it takes fooooorever, lol. I love it though, taking the time to look back on old photos totally takes me down memory lane. I usually cry while working on them, hahaha, so it's a good thing I do it while everyone's away. It's a labor of love I know they will cherish in the years to come; they already look at their baby books all the time!

Look at these oldies but goodies, you'll see what I mean.....

*sigh* Darn these sentimental to-dos! I'm missing my babies....I think I'm ready to have them home; to-do list done or not!          

With love,
Mama Hauck

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Oregon Coast Beach House Trip 2016

Our Oregon Coast trip was different this year, we didn't get to go in July for Garibaldi Days and the Evans' crab boil like we usually do. Life got busy. However, Sam and I were still able to make it out that way sans kiddos for some adult time with some friends; Tommy, Tim, and Danielle, this past weekend. 

We felt a little guilty and sad for being there without the kids, but we truly had a great time. Lots of laughs and relaxation.

Saturday we took a drive out to Cape Kiwanda and trekked up the huge sand hill to the edge of the sandstone cliff to take in the views. It was very overcast and foggy, so unfortunately we didn't get to see much, but it was still enjoyable. Getting up the hill was a pain; I thought I was going to die. Not to mention the amount of sand I got in my shoes was ridiculous!

Back at the house, we rested, lounged around, and got the ribs going on the smoker for dinner.


While we waited on the ribs, we hit up the Ghost Hole for a drink  and some video poker. Sam won $45, and with that we called it quits. Quit while you're ahead is my motto, lol. Before heading back to the house, we walked around down town Garibaldi for a bit, stopping in at the nice antique stores they have there.

Saturday night we enjoyed delicious food, a nice fire, music, and great company. The ribs were amazing! It was a beautiful night.

Sunday  morning we made our way to the Tillamook Cheese Factory! We go every time we are in the area. It's a tourist trap, I know, but I just can't resist buying some extra sharp Tillamook cheese and a Tillamook ice cream waffle cone! Even though we've done the tour a million times, we did it again. It never gets old.

Finally, the moment I wait all year for; my visit to Cape Meares Beach. I just love it there! The weather was beautiful out, sunny and clear. I took a nap in the sand while the others walked around a bit. When Sammy got back, we made sure to take our cliche beach photos and a group one too! I could stay there forever. My happy place.

After our time at the beach, we headed to a small town called Wheeler to browse the amazing antique shop they have there. After antiquing, we stopped for a drink before heading back to the beach house for a dinner of homemade fish and chips. We rounded off the night with watching a scary movie: Hush.

Monday morning was lazy. We slept in, ate blueberry waffles, watched the Olympics, then got on the road at 11.  I love lazy mornings.

I'm feeling thankful for another wonderful weekend away at the Evans' beach home! 

With love,
Mama Hauck