Girls’ trip to the beach






































News flash: It is utterly awesome to bring friends for your children on vacation.

How did I not know this?

Were you all holding out on me? Some kind of clandestine-mom-trick that has been hidden from us newbies?










The girls, two of their buds and I headed to Manzanita on the Oregon Coast, home to my dad and bonus-mom, Holly. They graciously accomodated us while we descended upon them like locusts. It really is a sort violent landing with food/books/electronics/pillows/flip flops hailing down from all directions and then “Poof!” we’re gone in a flash…with only carpet remnants of sandy cookie crumbs left behind. I think Pablo, their dog, was waiting with bated doggie breath for us to hit the road, yet he was very hospitable to the cranky chiahuaha and food-obsessed beagle invasion of his beach cottage…also probably a little happy to be solo with said cookie crumbs.

First of all, I love this little town. It makes me feel all beach-girl-strolling-through-town-for-produce and I fantasize about what it would be like to live such quiet beach life. Then I remember the 9 months of rain they get on the Oregon Coast (worse than our home two hours away) and  I am slammed back into reality….only to further my Hawaii fantasies. Yet, in August there is no other place to be than right in the middle of Laneda Avenue with quaint shops, eco-friendly clothing boutiques, yuppie urban vacationing Portlanders and earth muffins playing the bongos in freezing cold Pacific Ocean waves. Yes, friends, we’re not putting on a South Beach vibe (nor do we pretend to be), but it uniquely Pacific Northwest in these parts.

It is not unusual for the whole fam damily to be clad in fleece from head to toe on our yearly 4th of July visits to Manzanita. Fortunately this weekend it was warm enough for light pants and a hoodie. I took advantage of a sheltering beach grass dune and plunked myself down to watch the girls in soccer-playing/castle-making bliss. I think I even fell asleep…and drooled a little (thankful to be hidden in the grass). My point here of setting this relaxing scene for you, lovelies, is that not once did I hear, “I’m bored” or “Katie won’t play with me” or “Yes, I ate 15 minutes ago, but I’m hungry again” or “Why is the water so cold? I want to boogie board.”

There was solitude.

There was reading without interruption (!).

There was even time to hang with my dad and Holly individually.













(picture taken after leaving nothing but crumbs and preparing the minivan pack mule)

How about you? Have you discovered this phenomenon yourself?

Hoping August is a wonderful month for you and your family, lovelies~



P.S. Final post on “4 Myths of Suburban American Life” comin’ at ya on Wednesday.



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7 Responses to Girls’ trip to the beach

  1. karen says:

    Looks like a fun vacation! I have a chihuahua and a beagle too, that is too funny! karen….

  2. Kerstin says:

    Heading there today! Manzanita or Pop-bust!

  3. Kath says:

    I wish we were w you too….and yes, there is power in numbers! You all look fun and tan ( is it Hawaiian or have you been bombarded w unusual amount of sunshine this summer?!) the girls look so lovely. Hannah took one look and said we’re going out next summer no matter what – so be prepared !!! Xoxo

  4. Pam says:

    Your beaches are so different than ours, I soo want to see them someday. EARTH MUFFINS! I love it! We call them “granola bars” or “Crunchies” here! That made me crack up, especially since waaay back in college I thought it would be fun to incorporate granola into my e-mail address….not everyone gets it, but I’m not so Crunchy anymore 😉

  5. Junebug says:

    What memories of my favorite little town! I lived there for awhile and so loved it, but job opportunities are few. So to the valley I live but still love Laneda Ave!! Oh,The Sand Dune Taco Tuesday and, oops! Best stop, I can get carried away!!! Did you see my buddies green VW Bug with the eye lashes in the parade, hee-hee??? Okay, I think you get it I love Manzanita!!!

  6. Holly says:

    So much fun!

  7. Jane says:

    Hi Lara,
    My name is Jane and I’m with Dwellable.
    I was looking for blogs about the dog festival in Manzanita to share on our site and I came across your post…If you’re open to it, shoot me an email at jane(at)dwellable(dot)com.
    Hope to hear from you soon!

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