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The "Long" Weekend Lens

Swing.

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.

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Adventure.

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

Siblings.

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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.

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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).

Dinner.

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

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

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Peter & Anna

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I love, love, love the beach too.

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Shore Acres State Park

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

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112 thoughts

  1. Marie says…
    05/29/2012

    These photos are beautiful, what a nice week-end you all had!

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  2. dawn says…
    05/29/2012

    Oh my goodness Ali, these are all precious, love the ones of you and lilly, you and Anna, always Simon outdoors he just lights up, Anna and your mom. Between all of you taking photos there is a lot of good ones and sweet stories to tell.

    Love the peeks of the house in the swing pictures, how beautiful it is. All those windows would be so fun to have, could just sit and stare out them all day. Everyone needs a place like this to go and play and relax at.

    I always want a extra person with us on outings to take pictures for me, you are so lucky to have many people to do this with you.
    Seriously loved this Ali, thanks for sharing. So happy all 3 of you had a great weekend.

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  3. Toni says…
    05/29/2012

    Love love love! This is life! Thanks for sharing, inspiring and making life seem good. Really beautiful x

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  4. Sarah says…
    05/29/2012

    Wonderful pictures Ali. Thank you for sharing your life through these pictures.

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  5. JeanD says…
    05/29/2012

    Great photos and Simon is getting SO tall. Looks like a wonderful weekend.

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  6. christen says…
    05/29/2012

    wonderful photos! thanks for sharing.

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  7. Sarah Jane says…
    05/29/2012

    LOVE, LOVE, LOVE that precious one of Anna sleeping at the end of your exciting weekend. (And the 3 generation photo with your mom, yourself and Anna is lovely, too.) AWESOME PICS!

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  8. Marcie says…
    05/29/2012

    What a joyous image!

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  9. Ilona says…
    05/29/2012

    Precious memories! Awesome pictures!
    Thank you for sharing Ali!

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  10. heidig says…
    05/29/2012

    Wow! What a beautiful setting for pictures. Looks like everyone had a blast!

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  11. Deb says…
    05/29/2012

    Hi Ali, I normally don't comment but these photos moved me to. I think these are the best photos you have posted. Big call I know. The joy on Simon's face, Anna's happiness, Lily, you and your mum with Anna, each and every photo is a joy to look at. Thank you for sharing xx

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  12. Betty says…
    05/29/2012

    I see you when I look at your mum, she's beautiful as are you and your amazing little family. You share so much and I love your pictures and words more than any other. Thankyou. x

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  13. McAmy says…
    05/29/2012

    awesome! i know what you mean about being thankful for your parents. i think one of the best parts of being a parent, is seeing our parents be grandparents and it draws us closer to them as well.

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  14. mel says…
    05/29/2012

    Great photos and that swing is fantastic - I want one!

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  15. Lisa W. says…
    05/29/2012

    WOW...super sweat:) That picture of Anna and your Mom is priceless. The beach looks chilly but man it looks beautiful. Is this in your parents back yard. OH how I love the beach too!!! You just feel peace when your there!

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  16. Becky M. says…
    05/29/2012

    Love the Harry Potter pictures!!

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  17. Tina says…
    05/29/2012

    These are really a beautiful set of photos Ali! I love them all. I get the when it's good, it's really good thing - melts your heart. And your parents do seem to be amazing, the glimpses of them we get through your your blog! Hope the wknd was as wonderful as it looks!

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  18. Janie says…
    05/29/2012

    Thanks for sharing... I am also blessed with wonderful parents who love my kids and are actively involved... not all people are so blessed.

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  19. Carlie says…
    05/29/2012

    I agree with Deb, that these are some of your best photos- they all tell a story, just love the collection and can see happiness shining through everyone. Thanks for sharing Ali

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  20. Allison M. says…
    05/29/2012

    Stunning photos Ali! They evoke so many emotions - looks like you all had a really lovely week-end.

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  21. Susan J says…
    05/29/2012

    beautiful photos...where are these beaches? Oregon coast? My daughter would love to explore in an area like this. Thanks for sharing :)

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  22. Alida says…
    05/29/2012

    Oooo something to love about each one...that is an awesome beach, Simon's hat is really cool, and is he starting to look like a teenager?..., the one with the 3 generations of girls is very sweet...and yes, the different angles!

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  23. laura g. says…
    05/29/2012

    what a fun weekend!! wonderful photos..your kids will love looking at these for years to come!

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  24. Karina k says…
    05/29/2012

    I loved all the pictures but my favorite was with you a Lilly, she looks do so happy. My dog also loves the beach!

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  25. Robyn says…
    05/29/2012

    Wow, your parents live right on the beach!? How cool is that! Love the beach too. Love that picture of you and Lilly. Looks like a great time! What great memories for Simon and Anna.

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