This morning is the lowest tide possible while I am in Bandon and the hour is accommodating at 7:30 am!!! I was going to head down a little earlier, but it was drizzling and didn't look very inviting. I'm glad I went!! I was able to walk around the ocean side of Tunnel Rock and find STAR FISH and ANENOMES!!! It made me feel better to know that they hadn't ALL disappeared! The sun looked like it would break through the clouds at one point, but when I turned to head back south to the house, I discovered the sun had disappeared and the mist was from the south! Yes, I once again got wet!! Oh well!
Our morning is then spent lazily playing a few games as we assemble a menu and shopping list and then grocery shopping while Rick repaired a leak in the front gutter. We also installed a handtowel rack in the guest bathroom. Ready for Tom and Heather and Matty to arrive!!
|Uncle Rick spends some time with Matty|
|Grandma Mac with one of her new great-grandsons!|
|Tom is a pretty proud papa!|
Lasagna dinner and a little time for Rick to play with Matt - and finish getting Rick ready to leave in the morning. We took a short walk on the beach to introduce Matt to the ocean, but he fell asleep by the time we hit the bottom of the stairway!
|I tried a new setting on the phone for Saturday's sunset so I|
could capture ALL the sky!
|Tom and Matty|
We played Heather's family game, Kings in the Corners, which was fun. This is NOT my trip to do well in games other than Quiddler! Mom has been winning everything!
|Tom and Matty reading a book.|
|Grandma Mac gets another chuckle.|
Mom and I picked up peaches and made the pie recipe Mac used with peaches instead of strawberries. It didn't set up quite as well, but it sure tasted good!!
|Matty just chillin' in Grandpa's|
Random pictures from the past two days:
|Sunday night sunset from lower lawn.|
|That sun is really bright, Mom!|
|Tom gets Matty's feet wet in the Pacific!|
|Posing on the beach!|
|Mom and our peach pie|
|Matty gets to dance on the table!|
|Sunset Monday night|
TUESDAY, July 1
|Matty ready to play on the beach!|
|Velella MESS piling up!|
|Coquille River lighthouse from jetty road|
My weigh in was not particularly good, so I came home and made another salad! (No jello for me!) Time to get this in line!
WEDNESDAY, July 2
|Taylors and Mom Mac - obligatory departure photo!!|
Tom and Heather and Matty left this morning around 9am, after the obligatory picture in front of the fireplace! Matty was in very good humor this morning! Hopefully that will hold for a good drive over to Roseburg and then home.
|"Maid's Quarters" all ready to go! Love it!|
Visited with Liz to confirm arrival times and Marg called Mom at the same time to check in after their trip to Russia. Susie came to clean the house this morning which saved us a little vaccuming, dusting, etc. I did ask Susie about the shower and she said Mom's showers were the easiest she has to clean, so I will wax them both this afternoon perhaps after she has cleaned them! Apparently the wax helps alot....in fact, Susie wanted to know about it to recommend to others!
|Seals on the rocks|
|Helping Susie scrub a spot on the kitchen floor! |
Mom took a picture with a phone!
So we took advantage and played some Spite and Malice (I actually closed the gap up to just a 2 point difference!), a round of Kings in the Corner (dismal showing on my part!), and finally finished off the evening with Quiddler, at which I finally championed! Whew! Downstairs now in my little room watching the crescent moon sink into the ocean. Awesome. G'night.
|Tonight's sunset redeemed the skies from last night's dismal showing!|
Thursday, July 3
Lull Between the Storms....
|Mom Mac and Tyler|
|Finally! At the beach!|
|Tucker carries a velella on|
his sand shovel back to the sea
|Tucker and his|
little bro' Tyler
Friday, July 4
Independence Day Fun!
|Gretchen & Tyler (with Tucker photobombing!)|
|Gretchen, Mom Mac, and Liz|
A good parade and the boys made a pretty good 'haul' in candy! Tommy got into the spirit of the parade once he figured out what was happening! I managed to mess up my camera, so I don't have many picture of the parade and activities in the park. We went to the park for hamburger lunch, courtesy of the Lions Club, a visit to the craft show in The Barn (I bought a baby gift for Andrea Conklin and Gretchen got Tyler a cute camo hat!) The boys played on the equipment in the playground and took a turn in the bouncy house!
|Mom Mac with Tyler|
|Gretch helps cook the spaghetti!|
Drove down to the church and parked to walk out to the old hospital grounds and the overlook across the river channel to the lighthouse. They fire off the fireworks from the north side of the river. But we got there about an hour early. Lots of local fireworks being shot off. Tommy didn't like the noise and went to sleep in Doug's arms long before the real thing started. We had a nice chat with a couple from Santa Fe (and originally near Cleveland, OH) who are renting the flattop white house just below us! But....the show was worth the wait, and I should text Luke and tell him I appreciated the flashlight app on my phone
|Tommy, Liz, and Tucker play in the surf|
|Tucker borrowed my snake for a turn!|
|Tyler gives Grandma Liz the eye....Yes, he did get sunburned today!|
|All set up for the fireworks!|
|Sunset today is over the south jetty area - tide is still close to high!|
Farmer's Market and Beach Time!! Sparklers!
Today was a gorgeous summer day at the beach with gentle breezes, temps in the mid 60's, and a low tide around noon. Clear blue skies! We got up leisurely enjoying cinnamon rolls and fresh cantaloupe. The guys took the boys to the Cheese Factory while the gals went to the Farmer's Market, the grocery store, The Creamery and the Quilt Shop! Fun morning picking up a few items and checking out the crafts at the market. Liz had a credit at the quilt shop so we picked up a couple of patterns and some fabric (Liz, not me! I cannot BUY fabric!)
After lunch Liz and I headed down to the beach with Tucker and Tommy. Doug joined us for a short while and then went to do some school work. We built a castle, used our snake for a moat creature (perfect size!), and the boys got soaked in the ocean waves! Tommy just laid down on his belly, and Tucker was trying to put his head into the water upsidedown! Quiet time when we got back! In the meantime, Gretchen and Grandma Mac went down to the dog show. Gretchen had a friend who was showing her malamute. They had fun.
Sparklers after dinner and then a game of dominoes to close out the night. I talked with both Luke and Rick during the evening also. I'll share most of the day with pictures....
|Tucker and Shawn sample Face Rock Creamery ice cream!|
|Liz joins Tommy and Doug at the Creamery.|
|Grandma Liz and her grandsons play with 'The Snake".|
|Doug helps Tommy and Tucker with the castle.|
|Tucker and Liz get the castle blocks just right.|
|Tucker defends his castle!|
|Tommy just enjoyed the beach!|
|Completed sandcastle. The Snake just fit into the moat circle.|
|Silly Tucker....getting a fine view!|
|Dave explains the safety necessary for sparklers.|
|Tucker shows off his sparkler.|
|The Sparkler Gallery! Tommy wasn't too sure about them.|
|Tommy finally gets into the show.....|
|Cheesy grin from Tucker!|
|Tommy wanted to dump the bucket of water....so we let him!|
|Doug and his nephew Tyler. Nice Tie-dye, Ty!|
SUNDAY, July 6
Departure day for the Simmons clan
So....this wild party ended after church today, as the two cars of Simmons/Walkers headed north to Portland area. But we had to kick into high gear to get the house ready for Karen and Tom and boys! But before everyone left, we did get some group pictures!! Mandatory!!
|Grandma Mac and her grands and great-grands:|
Tucker, Shawn, Gretchen, Tyler, Doug, and Tommy
|Mom Mac and kids: Ginger, Liz and Dave|
|Doug and son Tommy|
|The whole crew minus Ginger (that picture was out of focus!)|
Back: Shawn, Dave, Liz
Front: Tucker, Gretchen with Tyler, G-Mac, Doug, Tommy