Saturday, August 13, 2011

a good start


So, I kind of had a birthday week. We went to the beach with some of the best people ever--my sister Johanna and her two babies, plus my beautiful and muchly-missed friend Beka. It was perfect.


At least, the weather was. There were some unfortunate incidents involving a screaming infant with diaper rash, who, being freed from her diaper for her comfort and happiness, was standing on my lap. Which resulted in... what happens when you're holding a baby without a diaper.


Good times. :P


We defied the bone-debiliatingly-icy ocean, we dared each other to poke the sea anemones in the tide pools, we ran as far as we could along the beach (let's just say it was a really long way), and, as always, we talked about anything and everything.


I showed Katie how to make drippy-wet-sand-trees, which she pronounced "pretty! for your birthday!"


Katie is already madly in love with the beach and the water. She was very eager to "run! run! run!" straight into the ocean.



Newport is a scrumptious town to poke around in and eat good food.





On the way back, we stopped by a gelato place. By the way: gelato is positively amazing. If you've never experienced it, grab some at the next opportunity.




My birthday was delightful, punctuated by terribly unhealthy deliciousness at every opportunity.





We went downtown, where I bought my beautiful new laptop on which I know type. : ) More on that later.




The waterfront park was helpfully covered in goose poo. A bit of a downer for our picnic, but we managed to eat huge burritos and blueberry pie and rip open presents.







You know how blueberry pie can be really lame? My mom's is, hands-down, the best blueberry pie of all time. Forever and ever amen.


I have this thing about eating pie with my hands. It's inappropriate and messy and socially unacceptable, but it's one of my favorite things to do.



After getting to Krispy Kreme after they'd closed and given mercy and provided with donuts by the wonderful and lovely Rosita, we ended up with two dozen. So, once again, I was rolling in donuts. ♥





We had some more people over this morning for a birthday breakfast, which included donuts, lots of leftover cinnamon rolls, and french toast.


Also, whip-cream-from-a-can. One of the top ten life essentials.




My laptop. He's a 15-inch Macbook Pro. Skinny and silver and shiny and super-fast. A whole new world.


picture by Sam. : )

I'm absolutely in love with him and Mac in general. Thank you all for your advice! I never even considered Mac until about ten days ago, and then I up and bought one and love it to death already.


I also went to my friend Melinda's house (she has seven boys and just had a beautiful baby girl. I actually photographed the birth) and got to snuggle with Baby.




And then I got to hang out with my niece Virginia.


All in all, a good start to my eighteenth year. :) And thank you all for your birthday wishes! Tomorrow morning, Benjamin and I leave early for Moscow, Idaho, since Bethany only had a one-way ticket and we need to get her back. ;)

ROADTRIP.

37 comments:

  1. Those pictures of donuts are getting me hungry! :P

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  2. Which beach did you go to? Because I just got back yesterday from Virginia Beach! And I know it's a huge place :) I love the donut pictures!!!

    Emily

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  3. That beach is beautiful so is your niece Virginia , and your birthday weekend and you moms pie and your Macbook, I have the 13 inch and I LOVE it.
    I don't really have any tips for you just enjoy it to death.

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  4. LUCKY!!! Why does everyone have to get a MacBook Pro? When you're done with it can you give it to me? Haha, just kidding.
    Looks like you had an awesome birthday! *reaches into the screen and grabs a sticky bun* Yup. It was awesome :))
    -Jocee <3

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  5. That pie looks incredible! <3 I'm so glad you had a wonderful birthday!

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  6. Looks like you had a good time :)

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  7. This might have been the best post of all time!

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  8. Oh,those doughnuts look,oh,so good!!!

    I was wondering what type of DSLR you have? I know you have a nikon and I was wondering if you think they are a better brand the canon? I'm trying to decided to go with a Canon or A nikon and then try to find a perfect DSLR for me.

    Thanks.

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  9. Looks like you had a blast! :) Happy birthday!
    And I love that picture of the sprinkle doughnut. Such a cool angle. :)

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  10. Happy Birthday and AMEN to your mom's blueberry pie. I don't even like blueberry pie. Unless of course it's the world-famous (and by world I mean RCC, of course) Pam Pie! Yum!

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  11. hey i think you were in my town when u got the gelato! i recognize that pic of francescos in corvallis!

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  12. That looks like a great birthday! Lots of cute babies, Delicious food, and great presents! Thanks for all of the good pictures!

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  13. Happy Late Birthday! Oh my gosh, Newport looks and sounds amazing. I've been wanting to go to California lately and you just made me love it even more! :D

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  14. Looks like a fun birthday, dear!! Oh, and speaking of which, I love gelato too! We eat it all the time:) Delish!
    Lovely pictures:)

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  15. Yay, Macs! Just a tip: don't drop it. It will survive, but even its durable aluminum casing *might* get dented. :-( It happens when there is a multitude of small children and laptop cords laying around.

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  16. I'm glad you had a fabulous birthday!! :) A great way to start a big year, huh? :)
    Also, I have to say I really LOVE the photos you take!! I always look forward to new posts with more wonderful pictures. I am a very amateur photographer, but am really interested in learning more about all that. I had emailed you a while back with a few questions...wondering if you got it, or if you just want me to comment with them or you could even shoot me an email @ ourfamilyview@gmail.com
    :)
    Thanks!
    ~Sarah

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  17. What a great blog! :) I became a follower! :) Erin

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  18. 1) happy birthday and welcome to the 18 club! :D
    2) your photography and witty-ness has caused me to place visiting Portsmouth and/or Newport, Oregon on my bucket list.
    3) #2 is possible because i actually have a bucket list now, because of your blog. :)
    4) i love your blog. you have so much joy in life that is contagious even though the internet.thank you!

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  19. What a great post- glad you had an awesome birthday week! :) It's totally acceptable! And all that yummy healthy (haha) food looks delicious!
    I recently got a MacBook Pro as well! And I have no idea how to work it. (other than Internet and itunes and the photobooth! lol) I actually just posted about the help I need figuring stuff out on there so if you have any tips they would be greatly appreciated!!!

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  20. Ohh happy birthday! It sounds like a wonderful time with wonderful people...and wonderful food of course. =)

    You bought yourself a Macbook?! Aghh, that is SO EXCITING! I want to buy myself a laptop sometime, and a Mac is my dream, though the cost is a bit of a downer. =P It looks awesome...you must name it, you know.

    Hey, that shirt you're wearing in the photo that appears to have been taken the reflection of your aviators? The greenish/turquoise one? I totally have that shirt. ;) Great minds think alike (or so they say).

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  21. Wow that food looks really good! Lol!
    I really like your beach picture!;) I've never seen the ocean though. The one of you in the reflection of your glasses is really cool!

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  22. Wonderful post, wonderful shots, wonderful day! Enjoyed this.

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  23. That's the exact same computer as the one I am on right now! Best. computer. ever. and Virginia is SO cute! she has beautiful eyes <3

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  24. I want a doughnut SO BAD now. ;)

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  25. *gasp* those cinnamon rolls, those kispy kreme doughnuts, that blueberry pie & those gorgeous blue eyes :D

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  26. Awww, looks like you had a wonderful birthday week! Thanks for sharing your pictures and stories! They made me want to eat doughnuts on the beach :)

    xo,
    melissa

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  27. Love the photos... I'm so glad you had a great birthday filled with so many wonderful people and friends!!

    I came across this photo the other day and it made me think of you! *grin*
    http://pinterest.com/pin/55226729/

    ~AnneGirl~

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  28. I am first time visitor to your blog. I loved these pics - yummy dough nuts, the beach, snowy mountains and playing on the beach. remembered my home town Mumbai, waiting for my trip next month. Also thanks for the tips on how to get readers on your blog. I am new at blogging and trying to pick up things

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  33. Happy belated birthday! You have birthday the same day my sister does. Who knew? :-)

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  34. Ach! You had a birthday! I was off doing senior school stuff and was out of the loop.
    Happiest birthday wishes for your eighteenth year. :)

    Elyse

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