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Oregon Coast {2016}


We're home from our (10th) annual Halverson Family beach trip and I'm here to tell the tales and show the pics! This year was FAB-U-LOUS. Beautiful weather, successful crabbing, kayaking, seal watching, ultimate frisbee, board games and movies, pizza night out, tide pools, a day trip to Newport, and my first time playing "gray wolf" out on the sand dunes in the dark. (It's freaky. And FUN.) 

Off the back deck. Hellooooo Pacific!
And out the side window of our rental house... the Alsea Bay and town of Waldport.

The girl cousins... Debby, Lizzy, Maddy, Mandy, and Kendall

Crab time! My amazing in-laws make this trip happen every year. I'm so grateful for them! 
100% chance they're watching some kind of hunting clip on youtube. 

Our nephew Mark is such a good sport :)
All the cousins! This shot was an attempted recreation from this one taken in 2008...
Awwwww, just little babies back then!
All of us

Visiting Seal Rock Beach

S'mores (and for some reason the national anthem) around the campfire on our last night there.

So many more pictures but I'll restrain myself :)
Bottom line: I love family vacations because I love our family so much. These trips are PRICELESS. 

Summering along {life lately}


The kids have been on summer break for two weeks now, and things have not been more calm and relaxed hectic and chaotic!

(Celebrating the last day of school totally in sync.) 

Baseball continues on (forever and ever until I die.)

Summer league basketball has finally taken over ALL of our lives. The last two weekends in a row were 3-day tournaments and with a daughter on the team I finally had no excuse to avoid helping out down there.  (Look. I PAY MY DUES during the regular season. I like to pretend summer league isn't actually a thing and stay home and do more useful things like read and watch Netflix ;) That being said, I have to admit I really enjoyed myself. It's a fun environment!

Even more fun though is watching the African Children's Choir! They visited our church to perform on a Wednesday night and my own excitement was only surpassed by Blake's, who would join the choir in a heartbeat if they would let him. He helped entertain the front row but sitting on the floor up front and doing his best to copy every dance move they made. Don't grow up, Blake!

This is the breakfast the kids made Russ for Father's Day last Sunday. They are stepping up their game! Kendall made the apple flower (dipped in melted butter and cinnamon) while Coop cooked the bacon and eggs and Blake toasted and buttered the bread :)

We found Dory! We were all enchanted! We ate at Five Guys! It was a great Father's Day. 

And then Kendall left for team camp in Eastern Washington (at 6:30 in the morning) and I promised her I wouldn't watch When Calls the Heart without her for the next 4 days and it was VERY, VERY HARD. 

At yet another baseball game (remember: till I die), Blake decided to bring me "flowers" in the form of a whole weed bush. They were... pungent. I gave him a hug and a kiss and then made him take them far away from me. 

They came, they came! I am now a crunchy, granola, Birkenstock wearing mama! Miley approves. 

Taken at 7:08pm this week. A good sign we've been playing hard this summer! 

Next up: Halverson family beach trip! Weeeeee!

What I Wore No. 293


No. 1
Kira tee, Loft skirt, Fossil purse, Guess sunglasses, Fred Meyers sandals

No. 2 
TJ Maxx top, Old Navy cardigan, Target shorts, Fred Meyers sandals

No. 3 
Target tee, Maurice's jeans, Trend Shoes canvas loafers, gifted scarf

Just the three outfits this week because SUMMER. 
Happy Wednesday! 

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Awkward & Awesome


- when your mom takes a picture of you running a relay race in girls clothes during school field day and plans on saving it for that perfect moment down the road (graduation, getting married... so many options!) SORRY NOT SORRY, COOPER.

- when your very firm and often declared anti-birkenstock stance that lasted all through the 90's and remained strong during their recent comeback suddenly crumbles and you find yourself surfing the internet till 1:00am searching for the color and style you want in your size. (Victory was found at Hallelujah.)

- being part of this darling girl's life through college and now the start of a new career. We love you, sweetlewie xoxo

- husband's new state champion ring. It's faaaaannnncy! 

- discovering the Hallmark channel TV series When Calls the Heart on Netflix with your daughter and having nightly living room dates to watch it together after the boys are in bed. It's cheesy and predictable and WONDERFUL... we are so, so hooked.

- when Russ comes home while we are watching said show and within 2 minutes is making horrible fun of it, rolling his eyes dramatically before tuning out to watch hunting clips on his phone, but 10 minutes later we notice his phone is forgotten in his lap and he's been sucked in completely, and at the 35 minute mark suddenly HE'S CRYING and Kendall and I have to pause the episode because we are laughing so hard at him.


I love that guy.

What I Wore No. 292


No. 1
Target dress, Fred Meyer sandals, gifted scarf from Budapest

No. 2 
Maurice's shirt, American Eagle jeans, Walmart cardigan, Fred Meyer sandals

No. 3 
Old Navy cardigan, Target tank top and shorts, Nike slides

No. 4 
Old Navy shirt, American Eagle jeans, Trend Shoes booties, Nickel & Suede earrings

Proof that I have, in fact, dressed this week ;)
Happy Wednesday, y'all! 

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