Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Oregon Coast Aquarium

Going to the coast has become an annual trip. This is our third year. Last year we went in the summer and took our niece Payton also. Cooper was only 1 year old then and did not really have any interest. So this year, one of the main reasons to for going to the coast; besides the opportunity to play in the water and sand, was to go to the Aquarium. Cooper loves all types of animals and since he is almost 2 yrs. we thought he would really enjoy it.

Every thing that swims is a "shark" so we couldn't wait to see his reaction. He didn't let us down. He was so excited to see the "sharks". We had a blast watching him and his reactions. The weather was terrible... it rained the whole time and some times really hard so we didn't get to stay as long as we would have liked. We even brought a lunch to eat that the picnic area that was also spoiled. We plan to go back this summer when the weather is better. We can't wait!

This was entering the glass tunnel that has all types of fish swimming around you and yes there are sharks!

Cooper is showing Dad the fish

And he is pointing them out to me this time

Daddy is pointing out the "real" sharks

Got to get a better look.... nope, not quite good enough

Now I can see them!

What is that?

At last a ride from Dad

Yes, I am liking my Dad's head

Now that is a BIG shark

Practicing for a little under water adventure

Daddy getting into the act

Boy, I love sharks

Nothing better than a guys bottle and "friend"

Cooper touching the sea urchin

Mommy making me look at the camera

Star fish!

Cooper, Daddy and Sea Otters

Boy, they really are big

Just along for the ride

Me and my mom!

Now that is HUGE!

"New" Hotel Room

So we loved the "new" hotel room we got minus the need to change the sheets. We all loved the in-room hot tub... and the view was to die for!!!!

Amazing view.

Over-cast, but beautiful the same.

Cooper loves the water!

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Got to LOVE the Oregon Coast!

So we were feeling cramped and needed to get away so we went to the Oregon Coast. The weather was not the best... it rained most of the time, but we loved it anyway. We had stayed at a hotel we had been to before, the Hallmark Inn. Our first room had a few challenges, but the leaking ceiling sealed the deal. We were transferred to an AMAZING room with an indoor hot tub, fireplace and kitchen. We scored! or so I thought until I went to get in bed and found hairs that were not mine. So after getting new sheets and a free breakfast (which we passed on). We enjoyed the hot tub and slept well. If you don't count getting up at 4am with heartburn from the pizza we had for dinner. It really was good, but we paid for it later. We ended up getting the room for 1/2 off so we saved $$$$ because of our inconvenience.

Cooper loved the Ocean and his new rain boots. It was lightly drizzling the whole time, but we had fun. It is amazing to see life through Cooper's eyes.

We slept in to 9:30am then got ready for the Oregon Coast Aquarium. We were so excited to see Cooper's reaction. It was really crowed because of spring break and rained, but we had a blast.

We ate clam chowder, shrimp cocktails and fish & chips for lunch then headed back for the 3 hour trip home. Cooper and Mom got really tired of the drive and watching Dad try to pass all the SLOW cars! Why can't people pull off to the side (turn-outs) when there are, I don't know, 100 cars behind them?

We are all home safe, but still need to unpack the car, UGH! I don't mind packing, but unpacking is the worst.

On our way to the Coast. Why you ask am I in my P.J.'s? I got sick in the car and threw up. Hence, the change in clothing.

Just checked into our room, unloaded the car, rolled up my pants and now to the water.

Cooper & Daddy posing before we go to the water.
Mom & Cooper on the way to the water.
Sand at last!
Daddy's taking me to the water.

So stinking CUTE!

Like my BOOTS?

Out for a stroll.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Let's try this again.... SWIM LESSONS!

Cooper started swim lesson for the fist time 5 weeks ago and I actually remembered to bring the camera (only after Pete reminding me for the 12th time before we left). Anyway, he loves water (baths), but didn't really care too much for the pool at first (hence the first picture). Then they let them stand on the steps, which he liked much better. Finally, they got to chase balls and he was happy as can be.

I am able to report that after 5 weeks and only 3 classes as we missed 2 he loves the pool. Sorry, no pictures of recent lesson... I forgot the camera!

I hate the pool...

Daddy just dunked me!

I like the side much better

Now these rings are really cool!

Ok, so this is FUN!