My family has a long-standing tradition of spending New Years at the Coast in the same funny little motel apartment with the most amazing view out of the windows! (The only exception to this tradition is if the Oregon State Beavers go to a bowl game, in which case, my parents will be at said bowl game.) The itinerary is pretty much the same: Guys watch football, my mom does a puzzle, & I read; Everyone eats junk food! We had to find some things to occupy the kids, but overall still a relaxing time!
Watching a movie
Enjoying the beach with the cousins
Digging in sand is always so much fun!
Running near the surf with Daddy
Our “Home away from home”!
A beautiful sunset!
Headed down to the beach the next day – wanting to keep the pants somewhat dry!
“Our beach” has done a strange thing since last year: this little “river” has always run from the embankment straight out to the ocean, but at some point it changed direction & now runs parallel to the water for a ways before heading out to sea!
My kids can’t avoid the water – it’s like a magnet!
On the 31st, we joined our friends at their lake house nearby for a fun ‘Christmas’ Party – the sunset over the lake was incredible!
The kids celebrated the new year at about 7:30!
Ezra’s first 300-piece puzzle! (He had some help!)
The view from our apartment
The very important junk food corner!!
I went for a walk on our last evening & saw this cool ‘squiggle’ drawn in the sand. Then I noticed that the shell at the end of it was still moving!
We had a wonderful time & all too soon it was time to leave & head back to normal life. It’s always sad to go, but we’re already looking forward to next year (unless, of course, the Beavers make it to the Rose Bowl!)