The "Long" Weekend Lens


Things I know to be true:

Swing Simon.

The swing at Grandma & Grandpa's is the best.

Oh yes.

Oh yes.

The Scene.

The kids love swinging and I'm actually pretty sure my parents really love pushing them too. The mutual joy there is a favorite thing.

Wrap up.




Simon loves, loves, loves being at the beach. And if there are smores available there, well, all the better.




These two. Well, there's lots of "he won't let me be the line-leader" and "she's touching me" and "he/she isn't sharing" but when it's good, it's really good.

Grandma & Anna.

The word thankful doesn't even begin to describe how I feel about my parents.


My sweet dog Lily is pretty close to 12 and when she gets to the beach she thinks she's 2.

Blizzard taste test.

A blizzard taste-test is a really fun thing to do on a Sunday afternoon. The winner seemed to be a tie between the strawberry cheesecake and the banana split (my personal favorite).


I have super fun friends and family who get the photo-taking, crab-eating, long-walking, margarita-drinking, and adore my kids.


That the adventures my Dad has taken my kids on will be remembered their whole lives.



Peter & Anna


I love, love, love the beach too.


Shore Acres State Park


Photos above were taken by me, my Mom, and Katie (which makes it fun as we all get different angles).

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  1. Heather H.

    2012-05-29 23:41:26 -0400

    Love the photos of your mom. Her beautiful smile and hair remind me so much of my great-aunt Della who was a wonderfully hip and outdoorsy woman herself.

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  2. Lisa

    2012-05-30 00:30:47 -0400

    Sooo many treasured moments. Good for you! :)

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  3. J3SS1C4

    2012-05-30 07:36:30 -0400

    Awesome pics, Ali! Looks like you guys all had an amazing weekend!

    That swing looks so fun! Did your family actually make it? It looks like it was done out of an old chair...?

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  4. patty

    2012-05-30 08:54:27 -0400

    WOW...what a spot your parents have! it is absolutly breathtaking!
    i love . love . LOVE the beach too! looks like a good time was had by all!

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  5. Liz

    2012-05-30 10:56:18 -0400

    This looks like loads of fun! Glad Katie and Peter and Paolo got to join in!

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  6. Wendy Orme

    2012-05-30 10:59:12 -0400

    Anna is SO adorable!

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  7. Anna Aspnes

    2012-05-30 11:16:38 -0400

    Love your patents Ali! Always great to see you together.

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  8. Jakki

    2012-05-30 12:07:15 -0400

    Ilove sweet sweet dear memories like this! You cant get memories like this on a game!

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  9. Kareen

    2012-05-30 12:44:43 -0400

    Such great pics! Anna looks just like your mom and your sister too!

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  10. Elisabeth Costa

    2012-05-30 13:30:13 -0400

    gorgeous photos! so glad you enjoyed your long weekend...really makes me want to visit the Oregon coast:) Family and friends are the truest treasures, so glad you are blessed with both!

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  11. Heather

    2012-05-30 16:34:08 -0400

    What a blessing to have other picture takers around you. This past weekend I spent the day painting faces at my daughters school funfair while my husband took them around to all the rides/games/etc.

    It was a great day. But guess what? Not a single picture. I could have taken a camera for my husband to use but I still would likely only have gotten a handful of pics. He isn't one to get right in there and start shooting.

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  12. Tracy

    2012-05-30 16:52:03 -0400

    2 things I know

    1. Grandparents are the best friends your children will ever have. I lost both of mine to cancer. But I am so glad that we lived in the same town as my parents, because my children spent countless hours with their grandparents. I was reminded of this when my daughter graduated from high school last Friday. She gave me two roses in the rose ceremony. One for me, and one in memory of my mom.

    2. Labradors never lose their puppiness gene. Our Molly turned 10 on September 11, 2011. She still likes to run and play with the younger dogs. Molly is the other best friend to our kids - even though they are 23 and 18.

    You are so fortunate to have grandparents to be friends to your children. Cherish them.

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  13. Mel

    2012-05-30 17:22:59 -0400

    A few things:
    1. That swing is absolutely awesome. I want one!
    2. The Harry Potter photo of Simon is even more awesome.
    3. I think you've captured the spirit of the Pacific Northwest beautifully with your photos. I'm from Washington (I went to Bellarmine too!), but haven't been home in awhile. Your photos made me miss it! I think I'll love the PNW till the end of my days!

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  14. Debbie G

    2012-05-31 01:04:15 -0400

    We would like to travel to oregan's coast. What is the laceration of your shots? Do you have any recommendations?

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  15. Karen Watson

    2012-05-31 04:58:10 -0400

    The photos are amazing Ali! What a beautiful spot your parents live in!I'd be visiting as often as possible. :)
    Just a quick question, I notice that you often stamp straight onto photos. What ink do you use when you do this? Everthing I have tried seems to smudge! :(

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  16. Jonnelle

    2012-05-31 09:00:28 -0400

    It looks like a magically relaxing time was had by all!

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  17. Carolyn K

    2012-05-31 11:39:58 -0400

    Best three words ever: BLIZZARD TASTE TEST!!!
    I'm puttin' that on my summer manifesto right now.

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  18. Wendi

    2012-05-31 16:52:34 -0400

    What absolute beauty. What a treasure you have in your family and friends. The rock/land formations at the beach are breath taking. If your favorite is banana split, try it next time with m&m's. Mmmmm!!!! My absolute favorite.

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  19. glee

    2012-05-31 17:33:15 -0400

    I didn't realize their house is right on the water. How do you ever leave?! Tell Simon he looks like a pirate in that striped bandana.

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  20. Sue

    2012-05-31 18:34:03 -0400

    Thanks for sharing your joyful weekend. The photos were fab. These candid shots inspired me to document our lives, not just vacations.

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  21. fancyscrapper

    2012-06-01 00:02:55 -0400

    I love to see the West Coast from your perspective. I grew up there, but now live on the East Coast. Thank you for sharing your life with us here in the East!

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  22. Teresa

    2012-06-01 08:53:11 -0400

    Thanks for sharing. Great photos! I hope your children get to spend lots of time with their grandparents. Those will be some of their greatest memories. I would love to ge where you were at it looks so beautiful.

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  23. Jan

    2012-06-02 03:12:22 -0400

    Love the photos and the area in which they have been taken...magnificent...can see where your good looks come from, great swing by the way.

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  24. ChrisMG

    2012-06-03 20:34:25 -0400

    Beautiful photos and a beautiful visit. Waves, family & good weather-what more you ask?

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  25. Bev Mascara

    2012-06-09 08:49:18 -0400

    Great photos...Love them!

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