Saturday, July 20, 2013

Family Day!

Yesterday, Gregg was able to take a day off of work. We decided to do a family outing...(missed you Sarah and Benjamin!). So, we started off at our favorite (and local) coffee shop,  Old Town Battle Grounds:

Then we headed to the beach. When we go to the beach, we try to pack a snack of "sausage tarts and marmelade rolls" as the quote from Chitty Chitty Bang Bang goes. This trip we used a recipe off of Pam's blog. I used a non sweetened dough for the sausage and the one as written for the plum jam.

We have affectionately called these little homemade poptarts, PamTarts. They are delicious! and this is now our 'keeper' recipe!

We stopped and bought a frisbee on the way, and played w/ it as best we could in the wind!

(Sarah!!! Where are you? Can you believe NO ONE even got wet enough to need to change clothes? AND we finally brought everyone a change of clothes!!! Oh Sarah, without you we cannot get wet! - and as a result, the drive home was....strangely pleasant!)

The day was cloudy and cool and VERY FUN! Notice the blue sky trying to break thru! It finally did by our next destination!

 We stopped at a Costco and got some pizza, and then headed to.........
                                                                                                          photo credit
                                                                       the Astoria Column.
There are 164 steps up to the top, and then you get a beautiful view of the mouth of the Columbia River as it empties into the Pacific Ocean. We climbed to the top, and then ate our pizza on the grounds.
That is our beautiful state, Washington on the other side of the river!

If you are ever in our neck of the woods, we'd sure love to show you 'round!


  1. That was so much fun! It wasn't even too cold at the beach! :)

  2. I think that is just about the saddest thing I ever heard - you guys didn't get wet???
    WE went to the beach today (had weather in the 80 s at least) and WE got soaking wet!
    On a different subject, luv the pics! You guys will have to take me to the Astoria Column sometime...I haven't been there yet! :)

  3. Oh, I have enjoyed the photos of your sweet family and tagging along on this fun family outing! :)

  4. Great photo's of your lovely family. We love the beach!

  5. What a delightful outing. Love the pictures and we would love to come over some day. You never know!!!

  6. Looks like a great day out. I've got those tarts of Pam's on my to-do list too.

    I took Sarah to a beach last week and we didn't get wet either! We weren't there for long though, I suppose!