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).


  • 51.
    Ellie A. said…

    AMAZING memories LOVE then & those smiles of Simon & Anna SUPER LOVE.. How could you not just want to smile yourself. FYI now I want to get on that swing :) Thank you so much for sharing!

  • 52.
    Anita J said…

    Awesome pictures … what a wonderful time. Love the pictures of Anna & your mom & the three of you. As many have already said, Simon is getting so tall! His smile says it all … it couldn’t get much bigger.

  • 53.
    borcherding said…

    AWESOME stuff Ali! Love that you have so many picture takers in your family. Sadly, I am the ONLY one!!

  • 54.
    Liz Sawyer said…

    Truly priceless moments. Don’t we all become young at heart at the beach? your post is making me so anxious for my own trip around the corner…

  • 55.
    Maureen said…

    Was this from this weekend? Where were the pictures taken that you need coats and blankets? Cuz I’m moving there! It’s 80 degrees here in MA with about 120% humidity. It’s gross!!

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Hello Oregon :) .

  • 56.
    Leilani said…

    Absolutely adore your post. It’s wonderful seeing you sharing a fantastic memory filling weekend with your family. I wish you the best as you tackle this short week!

  • 57.
    Susan Sherrer said…

    What great pictures these are — so glad that your sweet Lily got to enjoy herself with you all again on the coast. The picture of your mom and Anna…I think they share the same smile with you. Your mom helped me with a cross-stitch project one time and I’ve never forgotten her kindness — please tell her thank you again for me. Thanks for sharing the pictures — it looked like everyone had fun!

  • 58.
    Verona said…

    I love the way you are keeping joy in your life, and your pictures prove it We are striving for this too after an unexpected terminal cancer diagnosis for my husband, a “healthy” 77 year old on vacation in Phoenix to see spring training baseball games, when he needed emergency care and tests. We have had such peace about it and are thankful that chemo can prolong his life up to 11 months. We had already bought tickets for a family cruise from Montreal to Boston and I hope we can capture the happiness you have in our pictures, as the eleven of us celebrate our 55th anniversary the last week of June. We will have to take him in a wheel chair, because he can’t stand for long, or walk very far, but we hear there is an up-side even in that–wheelchair cruisers get to go to the front of the line! My word for the year is “gratitude” and what a help it has been to my attitude. Thank you again for doing “One Little Word”. Verona

  • 59.
    Becks said…

    Seeing these photos made my eyes a little moist, for some reason. It’s so nice to have a nice, fun family who love your kids, isn’t it?

    I also laughed when I saw someone packed nice glasses (the glass you were holding) for a beach trip lol!

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Those are glasses from my parents house – it’s right there on the beach :) .

  • 60.
    jennifer olson said…

    Jennifer Olson said

    are going go to put the Oregon coast in your project life and does your Mom go project life with you where did you guys go in Oregon coast

  • 61.
    deborah said…

    Glad you were able to get away and enjoy a weekend with your family. Love the photo of your lovely mother with sweet little Anna.

  • 62.
    Megan Smith said…

    Awesome photos Ali! Where on the Oregon coast were these taken? Just curious…some of them look familiar but of course, there are many areas of the coast that look familiar.

    • ….
      Ali said…

      The actual beach ones were taken on the beach at Shore Acres State Park.

  • 63.
    Christine said…

    Sounds and looks like a wonderful weekend. So nice to see many pictures of you. I always trying to remind myself to be in photos more. My favorite is of you and your dog Lily.

  • 64.
    Deborah J said…

    What more can I say? But just had to comment as they are just such beautiful pictures of a wonderful time!

  • 65.
    kate Adderley said…

    wow, wow wow, Ali what amazing photos, and memories, so love where your parents live, and love that miss lily was in the photos, the one of you on the beach where lily has her head on your leg is so beautiful, l just love animals, they are so faithful and loving, so glad you had a great weekend,

  • 66.
    sherry said…

    awesome weekend and awesome photos, I love it when my kids smile, so I am sure these photos are very dear to you. :)

  • 67.
    Karen Walker said…

    Such gorgeous photographs, and wonderful memories. We just visited the Oregon coast for the first time this month and were wowed by its beauty!

  • 68.
    Julie said…

    I LOVE generation pictures….LoVE, Love them.

    Looks like a wonderful time was had by all!

  • 69.
    Susan Ott said…

    Beautiful photos. I would never leave that place. You and your children are so lucky to have your parents. I miss my parents so much.
    I am loving 31 things!

  • 70.
    Susan Ott said…

    Oh, and adding the Blizzard taste test to our summer to do list!

  • 71.
    Cindy Welch said…

    What I see in these pictures is Happiness! Spark back in your eyes.

  • 72.
    Jenny B. said…

    So beautiful… I’ve never been to that part of the country. Your photos make me want to go right now. That, and it was a humid 91 degrees here in Arkansas today. :)

  • 73.
    Ruth G said…

    Wonderful! I’m glad to see that Simon allowed you to catch his joy this weekend! I’m amazed that you were all so bundled up! I realize that your weather usually preceeds ours and with the ocean temps probably felt a LOT cooler than just the air temperature. We had record setting highs in the 90s this weekend and then tomorrow’s supposed to drop into the 60s, so perhaps tomorrow starts your weather from the weekend coming here to Illinois?! Thanks for sharing! I’m so glad that everyone seems to have had a magical time!

  • 74.
    Rachel said…

    What beautiful photos, Ali!

  • 75.
    Christine said…

    Looks like fun was had by all!!

    What beach do you guys go to? I love it!

    • ….
      Ali said…

      This time we were at Shore Acres State Park.

  • 76.
    Paula said…

    Thanks for sharing your awesome weekend, your photos are precious.

  • 77.
    Heather H. said…

    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.

  • 78.
    Lisa said…

    Sooo many treasured moments. Good for you! :)

  • 79.
    J3SS1C4 said…

    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…?

    • ….
      Ali said…

      My parents found it at a second-hand store. It’s a swing that looks like a chair – you can buy them new.

  • 80.
    patty said…

    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!

  • 81.
    Liz said…

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

  • 82.
    Wendy Orme said…

    Anna is SO adorable!

  • 83.
    Anna Aspnes said…

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

  • 84.
    Jakki said…

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

  • 85.
    Kareen said…

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

  • 86.
    Elisabeth Costa said…

    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!

  • 87.
    Heather said…

    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.

  • 88.
    Tracy said…

    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.

  • 89.
    Mel said…

    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!

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Hi Mel – just peeked at your blog – what a cool adventure you are living (and love that you went to Bellarmine too).

    • ….
      Mel said…

      Thanks Ali! Hahaha…everyday is certainly some kind of a new adventure. I’m really looking forward to photographing it all! Your photos always inspire me to pick up my camera more often!

  • 90.
    Debbie G said…

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

  • 91.
    Karen Watson said…

    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! :(

  • 92.
    Jonnelle said…

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

  • 93.
    Carolyn K said…

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

    • ….
      Ali said…

      It was so fun – we all kept talking about how fun it was :) .

  • 94.
    Wendi said…

    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.

  • 95.
    glee said…

    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.

  • 96.
    Sue said…

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

  • 97.
    fancyscrapper said…

    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!

  • 98.
    Teresa said…

    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.

  • 99.
    Jan said…

    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.

  • 100.
    ChrisMG said…

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

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