21 October 2014

Of Birthdays + Beaches

As always I stressed out the night before,
 trying to pick out the very best beach for her birthday celebration.
The timing of the high and low tides weren't what I had hoped for;
the expected arrival of the next storm system made outside adventures a bit iffy too...
I shouldn't have bothered with all that planning--
this girl knew EXACTLY where she wanted to go
 and her choice, though unexpected,
was perfect and a MUCH better one than I would have chosen.
And the other worries?
Totally a waste of time too.
You see--
God answers the prayers of little girls
(and their stressed out Grandma's).
A few drops of light rain at first, then a few drops towards the end,
with a whole LOT of dry
and even some sun in between!
And the timing of the tides?
Well it did mean we had to wade through the creek
 to get to the main part of the beach...
but that just made the trip all the more memorable.
Down by THE rock,
 waves were a bit wild and beautiful as they crashed against the island and then flowed around it!
(The waves and different currents around the rock and up the creek fascinate me)
The birthday girl.
At times, blowing sand created some very neat effects on the northern section of the beach.
It did sting the bare legs a bit though. Ouch!
Perhaps it's time to put away summer's cropped pants?

The smaller castle 'cousin' of one built further up the beach by Small One and her Papa
(the huge one I didn't take a photo of--sigh).
I called this one a hobbit castle.
Love all the windows...
hobbits need to be able to watch for those wild incoming waves too.
No whole sand dollars here but all beaches have 'treasure' if one is willing to look.
A very adorable toddler we saw found a 'palm tree' and was happily carrying it up the beach:)
One of the many gulls who were visiting the beach on this autumn day. 
Poor hubby; poor quilt...
good thing both washed up well:)
At times the clouds parted and the sun lit up the waves. Pretty!
 Looking southwards towards the headland and 'the rock'.
A whole different perspective from this direction.
A great walk--a great day!
Is it possible to have a bad day when you're surrounded by such beauty?
Nope, not for us it isn't.
Happy Birthday (not so) Small One!
Love you always:)
Neskowin Beach, Tillamook County, Oregon


moonstruckcreations said...

What an amazing place, and such a wonderful way to spend a special birthday with loved ones.


Linda W. said...

Your granddaughter is adorable! Nice photos of her. Any day at the beach is a good day.

Betsy said...

Gorgeous pictures Aimee! What a wonderful birthday gift. A day at the beach. We also love tThe Oregon coast. Maybe after the new year and the big move for Mandy we'll be able to visit it again too. You are indeed blessed to be able to visit the Ocean so often. (And thanks for taking us dry landers along with you.)

Lorrie said...

Gorgeous beach photos, Aimee. I love the one with the waves crashing around the island rock. Such power and grace. Happy Birthday to your "not-so-small" One.

Teresa Kasner said...

*H*A*P*P*Y* * *B*I*R*T*H*D*A*Y*!*!*!* Small One! A great day on the beach for you all. We're heading for our weeklong camping spot above Depoe Bay on Sunday! I'll be sharing some similar photos then.
((hugs)), Teresa :-)

aimee said...

Thank you! It truly is a beautiful, beautiful place!
Blessings, Aimee

Thanks! I will let her know you said that:) I totally agree--in fact I wish I was at the beach right now (despite the wind and rain).
Blessings, Aimee

Thanks! We missed her regular birthday party (due to illness), so thought she'd enjoy a beach outing to make up for that. I KNOW you'll have many outings to the beach one day and hopefully we'll be able to meet too.

Thank you! It is a very beautiful beach. That photo was one of my favorites too--I really love watching the waves against Proposal Rock (or any rocks) for the reasons you listed. I will pass on your birthday wishes to our granddaughter:)

Thank you Teresa! I will make sure Small One knows you wished her happy birthday:) It'll be great to see your photos of the beach! Have a wonderful, safe trip -- Depoe Bay is one of my favorite places!
Blessings, Aimee

Sam said...

A very nice day, we'd agree.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

That beautiful young lady knows how to celebrate a birthday! A perfect day for her and for grandma and grandpa. (Well except maybe for the seagull thing -- if I had been anywhere near you that day, it would have been me who got bombed -- and yet I still like gulls).

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

I was having trouble commenting on my laptop, so not sure if this is a repeat not. Your beautiful granddaughter sure knows how to celebrate a birthday! That would be my idea of perfection too. Great day for all three of you.

Beaches are wonderful for treasure collecting!

aimee said...

Thanks Sam! You would have loved the dogs we saw that day:)
Blessings, Aimee

That she does:) I like gulls too, despite their lack of proper etiquette--LOL.

Terri said...

Happy Belated birthday to the small one- she's a cutie. Your beach trip looks like a ton of fun. Have a blessed day!

Willow said...

Ahh Aimee beautiful shots as always .
How sweet is this , the photos you have taken of "small one" who is growing up before our eye ( don't they grow so fast) ~ are adorable.

aimee said...

TY SO much! I will pass on your birthday greetings to Small One when I see her next! Wishing you a blessed week also:)

Ah! Thanks SO much! We do love the beach and enjoy sharing it with Small One and others! She sure is growing up-way too fast:)

Cathy at Wives with Knives said...

I don't think it's possible to have a bad day at the beach. What a great place to celebrate a birthday. Wow, what crazy weather we are having. The leaves are coming off the trees lickity split

Bethany Carson said...

Happy birthday to your granddaughter! She has an awesome smile! Your photos of the day are gorgeous! I love the shots of the ocean; they bring back wonderful memories!

aimee said...

Totally agree with you! Yep! Our autumn weather has been quite interesting (and a bit crazy too). Hope you are doing well:)
PS: Sorry for being so late in getting your comment posted. I've not been on my laptop as much lately.

Thanks! I will let her know you said that! I agree--she has a great smile! SO happy you enjoyed the beach pix and that they brought back some good memories for you!
PS: Sorry about the late posting of your comment. As I told Cathy, I have been on my laptop less as of late (but in my Bible more). :)

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