The Beach, and Stuff

The garden here is a little crazy, but lovely in the sun. Actually, everything looks nicer in the sun. Funny how that works.
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We went to the beach yesterday; pictures follow. I think somebody’s going to be very sad when our vacation is over. Benji might miss it, too.

Oh, I should also mention that Benji is fascinated with Grandpa Gary’s coffee bean grinder, and waits eagerly for bean grinding in the morning. Then he periodically tells us about it with great enthusiasm during the day.

Also still receiving great enthusiasm is the story of following a street sweeper around, a memory Benji continues to remind us of daily. He and Mom saw this almost a week ago, and still he gets excited. No memory issues for this boy, that’s for sure.

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Benji has started calling Gary “Papa,” which hardly seems fair for my dad, who somehow became “Boo-boo”… But at least now we know when Benji talks about them. He still can’t/hasn’t said “Grammy,” despite our diligent efforts to teach him. The “gr” sound seems to continue to stymie him. Other new words include cracker, uh-oh (often accompanied by an intentional drop), apple, all gone (usually for all done), ice, car, blue, red, big, doggie, truck, bus, and bleck or my personal favorite variation, bleck-a-bleck-a-bleck.

Even More Seaside Vacation!

Earlier this week, we found a park on the south end of town that never had any other kids, but does have a really fun rock wall to climb.

As an added bonus, blackberries grow profusely behind the building next door. Benji enjoys picking and eating them, but still has to practice sharing. Mom asked him to give her a berry, do he picked one, put it in her hand, then immediately snatched it back and popped it into his mouth.

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We’ve also made it to the beach a few more times; despite low, misty clouds plaguing us every morning, must afternoons fine up and allow us some play time.

This coming weekend (I think) is a big sand volleyball tournament, with 2,000 teams and 140 nets. I mention this because we got to watch the Bobcat tractors with giant drill bit thingies drilling holes for those 280 poles. Benji’s been talking about it (using primarily elaborate charades supplemented with sound effects) for days.

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Yesterday Ian’s parents came down to join us for a couple days. Here are some miscellaneous pictures from these days.

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Seaside Vacation: Day 3, Tillamook Head Hike

Ian and I did our fourth or fifth annual Tillamook Head hike, from Cannon Beach to Seaside. It’s eight or nine miles, and this time felt easiest and most fun for both of us. Benefits of walking lots with Benji, for me, and getting more in shape for Ian.

It’s been pretty dry on the cost the last few weeks, so we hoped for less mud than previous years. Well – at least this year it was a dry mud.

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Seaside Vacation: Day 1

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Here we go! A four-hour drive followed, and although he looked extremely droopy and ready for a nap, Benji did great. He loved seeing all the trucks on the freeway.

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We made it, and it was sunny and warm (as warm as the Oregon coast ever gets)! Benji went straight down for a 4-hour nap, and Ian and I left my parents to watch the house while we checked out the beach. It was still there.

After nap time, we took Benji to the beach. Initially we set up a long ways from the water, thinking he’d just want to play in the sand. How wrong we were! He insisted on walking all the way to the water, and then spent a long time wading and scooping at the water with a shovel.

He did dig in the sand some, but every time his hands got gritty, had to dash over and rinse off in the ocean. …Which only made more sand stick later. We have a lot still to learn about beaches.

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