Ali Edwards Capture life. Create art.

January 31, 2011

AE | The Weekend Lens

A grading day + a furlough day (not a good time for schools around here right now) = a four-day weekend. For us that meant a Friday afternoon trip over to the coast to visit my parents.


Saturday began with Anna doing a little reading in our bed. She was chattering right along.

Before heading out there’s usually at least one lap around the tall grass.

Our main outing was a short walk at the South Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve.

It’s a really beautiful area. Trees, water, wildlife.

Pretending to be trees.

Back at the house we ran around a bit in the tall grass before heading out to dinner.

And a round of hide & go seek.


Mornings at the beach are often for watching movies or surfing (on the computer rather than in the waves).

And conversation.

In the afternoon, on a sunny day like this, it’s all about the beach.

In my own opinion it really wasn’t warm enough for swim trunks, but I remember that I had a completely different sense of temperature when I was a kid.

And this kid, well, he’s an experienced beach-goer and knows just what he likes.

There were definitely moments we felt bathed in light.

And moments of sheer delight.

Back at the house there was time for a swing.

This place is such a gift.


  • 1.
    dawn said…

    I love your weekend pictures. They are full of fun, laughter, love, tons of priceless pictures. I think we all need a place like this to go to on weekends. Love seeing how tall Simon looks with Anna looking so tiny next to him. Love that swing also. Thank you for sharing.

  • 2.
    Gaele said…

    Seems you had a great time and that place over at your parents looks wonderful! I so wish I had such a nice weekend but I spent my time grading papers (181 papers to be precise) and working on my classes for this week. I didn’t get to spend any quality time with my boys as I usually do on my weekends and I was feeling really frustrated. I find it so hard sometimes to be able to handle it all, be a good mother, a good teacher and a good wife. Well, the kids didn’t complain but my husband did!

    • ….
      Ali said…

      It comes and it goes doesn’t it? I’m familiar with all your frustrations :) .

    • ….
      Gaele said…

      Well, I made it up tonight with the boys. After school we baked a cake and read books, now they’re in bed and I’m off to my office (at the other end of the hallway!) for more papers to grade!

  • 3.
    Lori R said…

    ohh. i totally enjoyed those pics. It looks wonderful. The weather! Wow! We are getting another snow storm here tomorrow then an ice storm.. yuk. I cant believe how nice it is there right now. Great pics for scrapping. Enjoy!
    Lori R

  • 4.
    Allison said…

    beautiful place, beautiful family and beautiful pictures. thank you so much for sharing those. it made me warmer on this cold, cold day!

  • 5.
    Krys72599 said…

    Thanks for that photo of Anna reading Jonathan Livingston Seagull – two of my favorites in one photo: children reading, AND that book!!!
    I collect quotes and use many of them in my scrapping. I think Jonathan Livingston Seagull is probably one of the most quoted books in my collection!!!
    I also picked up an old hardcover copy at a garage sale for $2 and have used pages as background for my art journaling…

  • 6.
    Lee said…

    This is just what I needed! We’re in the midst of an extreme cold alert and the furnace went out last night. Your bathed-in-light photos are the perfect remedy. To warm up this weekend I was listening to the Jonathan Livingston Seagull soundtrack – I like Anna’s reading material :)

  • 7.
    Tracey Holdyk said…

    being with family is truly a gift from god.

  • 8.
    Teresa said…

    This post makes me so happy- what a wonderful gift, indeed! :) It also makes me desperately miss my in-laws’ beach house we visited so often before having kids and moving 1/2 way across the country (no beaches for hours). My girls would (and will) love to experience it someday! Thank you for sharing!

  • 9.
    Bec Kilgore said…

    I love getting to share your adventures. Brightens my day.

  • 10.
    Pam said…

    Your pictures are great. But what struck me most was how some people really live in beautiful places. I want to live where your parents do!!! How beautiful.

  • 11.
    Liz said…

    Beautiful pics and stories Ali – and the place where your parents live looks gorgeous!

  • 12.
    Michelle L said…

    I wanna ride on that swing! =)

  • 13.
    Jennifer Levin said…

    Ali, these photos are just gorgeous! Thank you so much for sharing them with us. These pictures make me want to visit the Pacific Northwest so much! ~Jen

  • 14.
    linda said…

    Beautiful thanks for sharing

  • 15.
    amy said…

    Love the pictures, what a perfect weekend! You all look so sweet, like someone I would be friends with IRL. Thanks for sharing your life and beautiful pictures with us.

  • 16.
    Cathy said…

    As the snow continues to fall here, I dream of enough degrees to warrant shorts of any kind. : )

  • 17.
    Amy Albert said…

    A bit jealous! Its so cold here in Maine, we have lots of snow and more on the way! My seven year old daughter saw the picture of Simon in swim trunks and said “no way, it must be nice, thats not really around here is it”? Great pictures and family time! Thanks for sharing!

  • 18.
    Lisa W. said…

    oh YUMMMMMMMMMMMM those pictures are priceless. You will HAVE to add a 2 page layout in that project life for these awesome pics…lol. You children are darling. love that:) Thanks for sharing

  • 19.
    Sarah said…

    Looks like a lovely weekend spent with those you love. BEAUTIFUL PICS & MEMORIES! I think kids have a different set of thermal-regulators in them… because you look bundled up and slightly chilly as Simon wears swim trunks. Brrrr!

  • 20.
    JillT said…

    “This place is a gift.” I would have to agree with you. . .just from these few pictures. Beautiful!

  • 21.
    christy a said…

    These are beautiful!! Love all that you captured.

  • 22.
    Sue TR said…

    What a lovely weekend! My favorite pix is the one of all of you…you in a coat, and Simon in his swim trunks…you can just tell he’s saying “i’m not cold, i’m not cold…” We went to the beach in Maine a few weeks ago to see the snow on the sand…we were wearing parkas & snowpants and even the dog couldn’t wait to get back in the car! More snow and ice on the way for Boston this week…keep those non-snow pictures coming!! Love the quality of light you have up there in Oregon!

  • 23.
    Deb J said…

    What a blessing to have a place like that to go. What a great weekend. Great pictures too. happy for you.

  • 24.
    Ann said…

    Wow I can’t believe how green it is there!! It’s solid snow and very cold here so it’s just a shock to think someone not that much further south is enjoying it so much warmer… send some our way LOL

  • 25.
    Laney said…

    Wow, you had a lovely week-end! Anna is so cute, how old is she now? And I can tell that Simon is going to be super handsome.

    • ….
      Ali said…

      She’ll be two on the 10th of February.

  • 26.
    Suz said…

    What a beautiful “light” filled weekend you had Ali! Great pics! TFS.

  • 27.
    Jackie O. said…

    Beautiful photos of a lovely weekend Ali. I am sure that you all must have had a wonderful time!

  • 28.
    Anna Aspnes said…

    Reminds me of the English coast Ali! Beautiful.

  • 29.
    Doris said…

    OH your photos capture love, life and childhood delights so beautifully Ali.

  • 30.
    Mikki McGehee said…

    Your pictures are positively stunning! Looks like a great weekend getaway.

  • 31.
    Nancy M said…

    I have always thought it obvious Simon looks just like his daddy, but for goodness sake. Look at their “tree’s” …. exactly the same!!!!

  • 32.
    Gioconda said…

    what an a amazing place to make memories. it looks like a good time.

  • 33.
    young c-m said…

    What a great way to spend the weekend. :) Can you tell us more about the swing chair? It looks so fun!

    • ….
      Ali said…

      My Dad found that at a Goodwill in Coos Bay and fixed-it up to hang from a tree right out over the ocean.

  • 34.
    Tina said…

    Wow, looks like a fantastic place and wonderful wknd! Love your pics and following your adventures. thanks for sharing!

  • 35.
    Kendra said…

    Gah! I’m so jealous that you can be out on the beach and that there is NO SNOW! Tired of the white stuff around here already. Your pictures shout “the other side of winter is coming!”

  • 36.
    Jamie said…

    I’m pretty sure that your parents live at the most beautiful place on Earth. Wow.

  • 37.
    jackie said…

    such wonderful pics…thank you for sharing.

  • 38.

    Hi Ali,
    Noticed Anna was reading “Jonathan Livingston Seagull”. Oh how I loved that book back in the day. I was in graduate school and many of Jonathan’s quotes found their way into my papers, lol. And I also admit I adored the Neil Diamond album as well. Anna and I are indeed kindred spirits.

  • 39.
    Heidi said…

    I love Oregon soooooo much and I miss it, so different from Mexico. This is one of the reasons I love your blog because you are from Oregon.

  • 40.
    Gina Crowley said…

    Sadly, I haven’t had my camera out in weeks…I feel like there is nothing new to photograph. These are great. I need a vacation. :)

  • 41.
    Brenda said…

    I totally know where you were this weekend! My friend for the past 25 years used to live next to the South Slough, and we used to go down there all the time. I actually was at Bastendorf Beach on Sunday. My son had his first Pinewood Dirby race, and then we headed out to the beach. It was later in the afternoon so I didn’t let him go in the water. There are some beautiful houses along the ocean! Btw, I greatly admire your work! Hope you guys had an awesome weekend here!

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Thanks Brenda – yep, we were very close.

  • 42.
    Carolin said…

    What a beautiful place! My heart skipped a beat when I looked at your photos, Ali! You are so blessed to live in an area that is so breathtakingly beatutiful. I want to go there too… Thank you for sharing your pictures!

  • 43.
    Brenda said…

    Love climbing those rocks, too!

  • 44.
    Rosslyn Weigelt said…

    LOVE this post. We used to live in Coquille, OR and have visited the same paths, even have some pics!! Really miss the amazing green that is ONLY in Oregon! Thanks for sharing.

  • 45.
    Sarah Stegall said…

    Thank you for sharing the beach with your children! I spent every summer at the beach, and even a few magical Christmases. Thankfully, my husband shares the same love and we have agreed to pass it on to our children. There is something in the salty air and sand between your toes that is unmatched!

  • 46.
    Kayleigh Wiles said…

    Looks like a fun weekend Ali – love the photo of Simon in the Muskoka chair.

  • 47.
    tetcy said…

    So great!

    We’re getting ready to hunker down for a major winter storm. Pictures like this are an awesome contrast to the busyness of everyday…and the opportunity to get away. We won’t be getting away BUT we WILL be together. I’m going to put some photos of our last holiday together for a slide show, put the laptop on the counter, and do battle with the wind howling around the house.

    Bring. It. On.

  • 48.
    Ashley said…

    Beautiful family, beautiful photos.
    I always love how gratitude flows from your posts, especially the ones about your family. It always lifts me up when I read them.
    Thank you.

  • 49.
    Rosa said…

    Wow, what a beautiful area! Your photos are full of life, living, today, the moments. It’s also nice to see children in bathing suits and just a diaper and jacket too. :) We are in wintry weather with zero degrees as our high today and dipping down into -20s at night… your photos were a breath of fresh air for me. Thanks for sharing the bits and pieces of your life. My favorite pic, if I had to choose just one, your husband and Anna looking at each other… the contrast in heights and just the whole father/daughter thing. nice.

  • 50.
    Nancy Wyatt said…

    What an amazing time you all must have had and yes, what a gift that place must be! THanks for taking us with you! hugs from Conroe, TX

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