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February 24, 2014

AE | The Weekend Lens


This weekend the Oregon coast was calling us as it often does.


My Dad just finished building a set of stairs that go straight down to the beach from their house. This guy totally makes things happen.

My Mom sent this shot a few weeks ago when the whole project was in progress:


And then she sent this one last week when the stairs were complete:


Super inspiring.

Previously we’d walk down the road a few houses to access other stairs. This makes it so much more convenient to get down to the beach. And going up and down those stairs is awesome exercise.

It’s also a whole lot easier to get back to the house when the kids get cold, tired, hungry, etc.

On Saturday we were greeted with sunshine.



Later that afternoon we drove down to Bandon Dunes to meet up with my Dad, my brother John and my cousin Rob who were in town for the weekend playing golf.



Simon got to putt a few on the last hole and he was pretty darn happy about that.


Might be time to sign him up for some lessons.



That’s my brother John standing next to me in the back and my cousin Rob sitting next to Simon on the bench. It was great to get to connect with them and share dinner at Bandon Dunes.


Sunday ended up being an overcast day which was still perfectly wonderful.









Special times that we never take for granted.


All shots this weekend taken with my Canon 5DMKII.


  • 1.
    Jane said…

    Amazing! Really enjoyed reading and looking, thanks for sharing.

  • 2.
    iHanna said…

    Beautiful photos, especially love the hand-holding photo with Anna, what a cool photo angle!

  • 3.

    It’s posts like these that made me such a great fan of yours Ali. The photography is super inspiring, but so are the words of gratitude. Cherish these days Ali. Having three generations spend time together is one of life’s greatests pleasures. AND how awesome is your Dad?

    • ….
      Ali said…

      His is awesome. Seriously handy.

  • 4.
    Michelle t. said…

    Lovely family photos. Enjoyed them. That is awesome your dad building the steps. Beautiful views. Michelle t

  • 5.
    RitaQ said…

    Have been fortunate enough to play Bandon a few times. Love the Oregon coast. Fab photos Ali.

  • 6.
    Brooke said…

    Oh wow, those stairs are amazing! Go your Dad!

    Each time I write about my kids I keep coming back to “Brian is totally Brian and Simon is totally Simon”. I’ve never met Anna but I’ve been reading long enough to see those photos are totally Anna. So awesome to see.

  • 7.
    Linda Fisher said…

    The shots are beautiful. I totally see a nice big canvas print of the picture with Simon and Anna. So, so cool.

  • 8.
    Silvia said…

    Seems like you all had so much fun!
    Love the last picture :)

  • 9.
    P.J. said…

    Wonderful photos. It makes me wish for warmer weather. Simon is getting SO tall. When did that happen? Thank you for sharing..

  • 10.
    Jo-Anne said…

    Thanks for sharing your beautiful photos and story!!

    Always such a lovely time for me to read your blog….one of those GOOD things in life:-)

  • 11.
    Susan lew said…

    It is amazing to me that your dad built those stairs! Wow! Your pictures of the beach make me want to visit Oregon. Thanks for sharing

  • 12.
    Linda Markarian said…

    Thank you for sharing your weekend with us. Looking at the photographs and reading about your weekend brought back fond memories of spending time with my grandparents. Have a wonderful week.

  • 13.
    Michelle said…

    Gosh Ali, I feel so emotional reading and looking at these photos, just magical and captured perfectly as you always do. Its awesome to have a soft place to land, for your children to be so loved and embraced, to go home with your heart. Thank you.

  • 14.
    Megan said…

    Looks like you had a wonderful time! Lots of moments of thriving!

  • 15.
    Kaysie said…

    I live in Wisconsin but spent a week last year with our kids, grandkids, our kids in laws… on the Oregon coast. We rented a house and it was beyond magical and a place that we plan to revisit. Your photos Ali…..really did bring tears to my eyes…to be so fortunate to have the Oregon coast at your fingertips and have family gather….life does not get any better.

  • 16.
    Keianna said…

    Your dad is pretty awesome. Great photos.

  • 17.
    LIsa W. said…

    WOWWWWWWWWWW Ali them stairs are awesome!!!!!!!!!! Isn’t it wonderful how your Dad can still do that type of manual labor. Just awesome. Those pictures of your kids are nothing short of PRICELESS! It just looks so beautiful there. Did you grow up at this house? If so that must of been amazing!!! Just beautiful. And your Mom and Dad are so cute, just seem to be beautiful people…lucky girl:) When I see the pictures with your kids and them my heart sings!!! Thank you for sharing!

    • ….
      Ali said…

      I didn’t grow up in this house (I grew up outside of Seattle). But this house is special because it is right down the street from where my Dad spent a lot of his growing up years (from 12 until his senior year in high school). Definitely a wonderful place for my parents.

  • 18.
    Alida said…

    Love your seaside visits. (I’m a seaside girl myself now living 8 hrs away from the beach.) Love the mood of the beach captured in your pictures and I’ll agree with everyone: Your Dad is so awesome!

  • 19.
    laura g. said…

    love these pictures and I love the beach…Oregon beaches are the best! hope to go over at least once this year…

  • 20.
    Doris said…

    Arko and I are blown away that he did that. So amazing! He looks great. Say hi to him and Patti for us!

    • ….
      Ali said…

      I will! You guys need to come down for a visit – they would love that.

  • 21.
    Gina said…


  • 22.
    Audrey V said…

    ahhh, brings back long forgotten memories of how much I love the Oregon coast. You are so lucky to have this place in your life!

  • 23.
    cinback said…

    These are amazing photos Ali! And your dad sounds a lot like mine!

  • 24.
    Cynthia H said…

    awesome photos! I especially like the one of your whole family after golf and Anna holding hands with your Dad.

  • 25.
    Stacy said…


  • 26.
    Liz Ness said…

    Love this and loved seeing your family together (hi Pati!).

  • 27.
    Patti L said…

    wow! i would never want to leave there

    • ….
      Ali said…

      I feel like that when I’m there!

  • 28.
    Maria said…

    Great photos of a great Weekend!

  • 29.
    Leslie S. said…

    Wow, you dad is amazing! Looks like you had a really fun weekend. Nothing like time with family.

  • 30.
    young said…

    Lovely photos! Love the ones of A. running around. :)

  • 31.
    roni hunt said…

    lovely weekend…love anna’s little toes!

  • 32.
    carlajinar said…

    amazing photography! Cherish the pics of the kids and their grandfather!

  • 33.
    Candyw said…

    Ali- How lucky you are!!! Loved your photos!!!

  • 34.
    Allison Rust said…

    I first visited the Oregon coast around this time last year and completely get the draw of it. I’m ready to return.

  • 35.
    Teri H. said…

    Wow! Your parents have a really special place there. Are they looking to make new friends…say to a 35 -year-old Canadian woman and her husband and kids? ;)

    Such great shots.

    • ….
      Ali said…

      I bet they would be happy to meet your family! They are very hospitable :) .

  • 36.
    Julierose said…

    I have a question…how do you determine which pictures to scrap and print? As a newbie on PL this year –and including a lot of older memories pictures–I already have 1/2 of my album filled! Yikes!! The “then and now” syndrome has hit me hard. thanks for your continuing great blog posts a fan, julierose

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Hi Julierose – for Project Life I mainly only add current photos. When I want to do a now & then story or comparison I usually create a traditional layout and leave Project Life for “in the moment” stuff. That said there are definitely no rules – sounds like you’ve found a lovely place to include your stories. Nothing wrong with more than one album! My annual Project Life project usually stretches across three albums because I do a spread a week.

  • 37.
    amy t schubert said…

    This is probably too personal, but what town do your parents live in because dear lord I want to move there! It basically looks like my ideal :)


    • ….
      Ali said…

      They are outside of Coos Bay.

    • ….
      amy t schubert said…


  • 38.
    Carrie K said…

    wow…those stairs!!! your dad is a rockstar!! looks like a beautiful weekend and simon looks so grownup and handsome in the golf cap :)

  • 39.
    fancyscrapper said…

    I love where your parents live. I’m on the other side of the US, so my coast is on the southeast, but I grew up near LA, and got to enjoy the westcoast then. What a treat to live right on the beach! Love that!

  • 40.
    Leanne in CA said…

    So beautiful! The stairs are awesome and the photos fabulous. Love the family time. Thanks for sharing.

  • 41.
    Andrea Williams said…

    Family! Such a blessing!

  • 42.
    Michelle said…

    Hope you are really enjoying your new camera.

    • ….
      Ali said…

      I’ve had this one for a couple of years – just find myself using my iPhone most of the time for convenience. Loved using it again this weekend.

  • 43.
    CJ said…

    I’m completely blown away by those steps, they’re fantastic, how clever your dad is. It looks like you had a wonderful time. And how big your little girl is looking all of a sudden. I’ve got a five year old who is also looking a lot bigger to me. Hope you have a good week Ali.

  • 44.
    Amberca said…

    Wow, how amazing to have this place to come to whenever you darn well please! Your parents are definitely living the dream, that property is breathtaking!

  • 45.
    Charity G. said…

    It’s been a while since I’ve read your blog. Sounds like a perfect weekend. I can’t believe how big your kids are, especially Anna.

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Welcome back Charity.

  • 46.
    Karen F said…

    Stunning, grandparents aren’t they just the best.

  • 47.
    Miriam molloy said…

    We are headed to rockaway beach this summer for family trip with my husbands family (19 total!) You photos have me excited and inspired!

  • 48.
    Carmenb said…

    Ali…it will be time to sign up Simon for golf lessons thru Special Olympics this Spring. My Grandson, Shaun, age 14 (with Autism) has been doing golf for 4-5 years…1st in the golf skills, then last 2 years on the golf course with a partner. Shaun Loves it!

    • ….
      Ali said…

      I just called the course right by our house today and got connected with one of the pros there that works with Special Olympics and can work with Simon! I was so excited.

  • 49.
    Jenni Hufford said…

    i adore these photos and those stairs are so amazing— what a gift from your dad!

  • 50.
    Becky M said…

    What a wonderful place to “recharge”! And to be able to do it with family is pretty darn awesome! Thanks for aharing Ali!

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