Since we were up in Portland already, we had planned to spend all day Saturday hiking around some of the local falls with the kids, but then Josh got called out to Newport for an emergency job, so we headed off to the beach instead. But not before having breakfast out of the back of the car. (Refrigerator oatmeal, blueberries, peaches, etc.)
And then we got on the road.
And then we made a quick pit-stop for Cheese-Its and water and clean teeth.
And then we stopped in Eugene so Josh could pick up some parts for the job he was going to be working on.
And then we headed back up towards Corvallis where we stopped for lunch.
The kids had been fighting all morning, but it escalated enough during lunch that I stopped taking pictures. (Annie and Courtney fighting over whose feet were touching each other in the car, Cole making rude comments, Annie and Courtney fighting over chalk, Cole and Courtney fighting over everything under the sun, Cole and I talking about his bad additude, and eventually, Josh and I getting cranky with each other because we were both so stinking tired of fighting kids.)
By the time we got back into the car though, we had all somehow managed to turn it around and everyone had a good attitude again.
And then we dropped Josh Downs off to work and headed to the beach.
It was overcast and a bit rainy, but it was one of the best times I've ever had at the beach. (For hours, my kids laughed together, and jumped waves together, and played in the sand together, and told stories to one another, and acted like friends, and hugged me, and apologized for their bad behaviour, and thanked me for such a fun afternoon - it was the kind of magical afternoon spent with my family that I always picture in my head, but so rarely comes to fruition, and I loved every single second of it.)
And since Josh had called to say that his work was going to take a bit longer than planned, we had time to stop the the ice cream shop as well, where my children continued to laugh, and tell stories, and act like best friends.
And then we picked up Josh Downs, and got back on the road just in time for the fighting to start back up.
The magic sure was fun while it lasted though.