Every year our church does a church retreat over a weekend; we've gone in the past but we've found it to be tougher and tougher with young kids. We know someday we'll make it again, but this year it made for a good day to head to the beach since we didn't have church service.
We surprised the kids when they woke up with sand toys filled with snacks for the car, and packed up after a quick breakfast. They were so excited, and surprisingly everyone did really well on the car ride there!
Our first stop was at the Tillamook cheese factory. The kids loved the little Tillamook bus, and were actually pretty entertained watching the assembly line cut and package the cheese. And of course, a trip to Tillamook wouldn't be complete without ice cream, even it was 10:00 in the morning!
After our stop at Tillamook, we headed to Rockaway beach. It was amazing weather; sunny and not too windy! We got a spot next to a little creek that runs into the ocean, and the kids loved it! Hunter especially enjoyed himself, running up and down the beach and splashing in the creek. Of course the first time we talked down to the ocean he tripped over himself and belly flopped right into the water, so he ended up shirtless until we got back to the car.
Tuck may have eaten a *little* bit on sand while we were there. Oops!
We managed to get home without hitting any major traffic, and only a few minor meltdowns (what trip would be complete without a few of those)! The kids had such a great time, we've already talked about how we need to go back for the weekend so the kids can play even longer!