Ali Edwards Capture life. Create art.

May 29, 2012

AE | 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).


  • 1.
    Marie said…

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

  • 2.
    dawn said…

    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.

  • 3.
    Toni said…

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

  • 4.
    Sarah said…

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

  • 5.
    JeanD said…

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

  • 6.
    christen said…

    wonderful photos! thanks for sharing.

  • 7.
    Sarah Jane said…

    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!

  • 8.
    Marcie said…

    What a joyous image!

  • 9.
    Ilona said…

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

  • 10.
    heidig said…

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

  • 11.
    Deb said…

    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

  • 12.
    Betty said…

    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

  • 13.
    McAmy said…

    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.

  • 14.
    mel said…

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

  • 15.
    Lisa W. said…

    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!

  • 16.
    Becky M. said…

    Love the Harry Potter pictures!!

  • 17.
    Tina said…

    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!

  • 18.
    Janie said…

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

  • 19.
    Carlie said…

    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

  • 20.
    Allison M. said…

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

  • 21.
    Susan J said…

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

  • 22.
    Alida said…

    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!

  • 23.
    laura g. said…

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

  • 24.
    Karina k said…

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

  • 25.
    Robyn said…

    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.

  • 26.
    Laura A said…

    Looks like a fabulous weekend. I love the multiple perspectives you get with multiple cameras!

  • 27.
    Stacy said…


  • 28.
    melbourne liz said…

    What a wonderful place to live! And to visit! Love how you sit outside all rugged up. And, I’m a teeny bit envious. Lucky you!

  • 29.
    Jesa said…

    Beautiful pictures of the coast! It looks looks like you had a lovely fun filled weekend.

  • 30.

    I have never commented on your posts in the past (not that I didn’t want to) simply because I receive them via email…but I had to stop over at your “blog” to tell you that this post made my heart happy. Seeing you and your children so happy and enjoying your weekend with your Mom and Dad was a pure delight. Thank you.

  • 31.
    Debby said…

    Ali, what a beautiful display of love and joy in each other and nature. Great captures with the camera and what a gorgeous place to visit.

  • 32.
    Jennifer A said…

    Looks like a fantastic weekend…. I love the beach, but never seem to be able to get there!

  • 33.
    Melissa said…

    Such beauty! Love how Simon’s look ranged from wizard to pirate. Anna looks like such a doll. The photo of you and your mom took my breath away.

    Happy weekend.

  • 34.
    Debbi G. said…

    I love memories made with Grandmas & Grandpas :)

    Love the blizzard taste testing! Friday is our last day of school. I think that’d be the perfect way to start summer!

    Thanks for the idea :)

  • 35.
    Janet K said…

    Love, Love, Love these photos…what great memories your childrens will have and you and your parents too! I was able to get to Cape Cod this weekend to visit my family and it was the best!!

  • 36.
    Michele B said…

    Wonderful photos Ali! Moments with family should be cherished, and I’m so looking forward to seeing mine this summer. I love the mention about when it’s right with the kids, it’s great. I have two boys and as much as they fight and argue, there are also the times when they are best friends, and those moments melt my heart.

  • 37.
    Mary in IL said…

    These are beautiful pictures Ali. God has blessed you with wonderful friends and family! I particularly love the picture of your mom and Anna as I can really see the resemblance between them now that Anna is a bit older. Thank you for sharing your beautiful weekend with us.

  • 38.
    Tammy B said…

    Love, Love, Love!! I am so jealous that you are able to go to the Oregon coast, I LOVE it there. We are heading there this summer and I can’t wait. I adore all of your pictures, what a precious time you can spend with family and friends. Wonderful memories for all. The beach does amazing things for everyone, so theraputic, makes us all turn into kids again (even dogs). Thank you for sharing

  • 39.
    julie macneil said…

    i echo what everyone else has said! i think my favorite is Simon on the green rocks! i love photos taken from above and from behind, it looks like a cave! love the rocky coast so much!!!! just beautiful, thanks so much for sharing. xoxo

  • 40.
    ale said…

    lovely photos, ali! each one of them brings a smile to my face :)
    your kids are growing so fast – simon is starting to look like a teenager!

  • 41.
    Mary Beth said…

    It looks like you all had a wonder-ful time. We spent the weekend on the other coast, along a tidal river in Maine. Beautiful, warm, sunny, cool, foggy Mmmmaine.

  • 42.
    brandy m. said…

    i covet that swing!! it looks awesome!! and i am so glad to see a smile on your face…you deserve it!! really enjoyed them!! that place is gorgeous!! what state is it in? (if you dont mind saying) and i also love the harry potter pics!! =))

  • 43.
    Mary Jo said…

    I love this post!
    My children are five years apart (Evan ten today) and Erin getting ready to turn five. And I love the moments they are so sweet together, but then there are those other moments. And I cherish those, too :)

  • 44.
    Krystyn said…

    beautiful pictures. looks like everyone had so much fun!!

  • 45.
    DeAnn said…

    Sunny days at the Oregon coast. No better place to be.

  • 46.
    Suz said…

    Gorgeous captures Ali! I so want to visit there someday! Keep showing my Mick your pics and telling him, ” I wanna go there please!”

  • 47.
    Mandy Szeto said…

    have you considered mixing the strawberry cheesecake and banana split to get one ultimate flavor?

    • ….
      Ali said…

      I bet it would be delicious.

  • 48.
    Karina said…

    Gorgeous pictures, Ali. Wonderful weekend to remember. I can see it in all the faces. Beautiful !!! I would love to visit Oregon someday. It’s my brother’s family favorite place to go … Believe me,they ALWAYS talk about Oregon !!!
    ALi, I have a question for you : what size your pictures are ? I have a Nikon 5000 and the size I pic is 3M. Is that ok? Are they too big ? I pick that size because I download them in an external hard drive, so I don’t have problems with how much memory left I have. I am from Argentina, I hope you can understand my english…

    Thanks !!!

    • ….
      Ali said…

      That’s about the size of my photos I think – they are Large JPG photos.

  • 49.
    Felicia Young said…

    Ali, are these photos of the Oregon cost? I love the beach myself and have been traveling to different beaches to get some of the best scenery. Just recently went to Bodega Bay and got some awesome photos!

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Yes – Oregon coast.

  • 50.
    Deb J said…

    What great photos. I love the beach too. I miss it terribly. I’m so glad you can go and enjoy it so often.

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