At the beach with our family

A week at the beach in a lovely home is pure luxury even when it rains, something worth saving all year long to afford. If all your kids and their spouses can come too, PLUS the new grandson, PLUS your parents….well, then that is pretty much a guaranteed winning week, with many, many opportunities for good family memories.

We had three really nice mostly rain-free days on the beach before the rain began. On the rainy days we visited museums, including an air museum in McMinnville that John had been wanting to see for awhile.  The ladies checked out the outlet mall. Indoors we fit in lots of pinochle, Up The River, video games, movies, food, and baby-cuddling.  One evening we even had singing accompanied by multiple guitars.  Lovely memories.

Here are a few dozen of the hundred of pictures I took while we were there.  Click on any picture to enlarge.  Especially don’t miss the baby and little kid pictures. OK– the big kids too.  I may be biased, but I think they are all rather darling. With such a big clan, I always end up wishing I’d gotten a few more pictures of some folks. But with or without pictoral evidence, I can assure you that a lovely time was had by all.

About large-family rentals

Renting a vacation house off-season is a great way to make a beach vacation more affordable and fun for a large family.  We save money by cooking for ourselves, and the washer and dryer ensures we won’t run out of dry clothes when the weather gets rainy.

2012 – Lincoln City –More expensive than other places we’ve stayed but completely lovely in every way.  We loved this home. Easy flat 2-minute beach access, beautifully appointed, very family-friendly, right in town.
2006-2009 –  Ona Beach– only 2 bathrooms and very steep 5-minute walk to the beach, but affordable and comfortable with a lovely ocean view.
2010–Tillamook– gorgeous home, stunning views and beautifully appointed home,  20-minute walk to beach
2011–Bandon– older home with only 2 bathrooms, no internet, and 10 minute walk to the ocean.  Only 3 of the bedrooms are truly private.  Family-friendly, open floor plan.



  1. Those are some terrific pictures. What a nice gallery collage they would make. Looks like a very fun time.

  2. You may be biased, but I agree with you. Your grandson sure is a cutie!! 😀

  3. Made this Washingtonian-turned-Texan miss the WA/ OR Coast! So many memories 🙂

  4. Such a beautiful family and so many smiling faces. You are blessed! Glad you had a fun trip.


  5. Sounds like a great time! What a gorgeous family you have!!

    BTW we tried your chicken pot pie with cheese biscuit topping and we all thought we died and went to heaven it was SOOOO GOOOODDD. Oh my gosh!!!

  6. Beautiful! My parents honeymooned in Lincoln City some 66 years ago come May. Sure makes me homesick for the good old Pacific NW.

  7. Ohhhh your new grandbaby is just PERFECT!

  8. Elizabeth says:

    We live near Eugene, so we try to get to the coast a couple of times a year. We honeymooned in Yachats and usually stay in Lincoln City in a rental home if we are taking the kids. I would recommend it to any family looking to get away.

    And I love that your family travels to our neck of the woods every year 😀