Something I listed on my Bucket List in January was to “go on a vacation or camping with all our kids.”  Well, just a few short weeks later, they told us they were planning a surprise 3-day getaway for hubby and I with them.  They let us pick a weekend and that’s as much as we were allowed to know.  I love surprises!!!  There’s been so much anticipation the last five months, but finally the big day arrived!

Last weekend was the date we all agreed on.  Our son and daughter-in-law picked us up early Friday morning and drove us to meet our daughter and son-in-law in Lincoln City, Oregon.  We narrowed down the possibilities the closer we got, and finally got confirmation we had correctly guessed it.  They’d rented a house near the beach and even planned/shopped for meals.

Beautiful day at the beach!

Beautiful day at the beach!

"Hidden Cove"

“Hidden Cove”

 

Upon arrival, we were banned from the kitchen as they chopped fruit and veggies for snacking.  Then we walked to the beach, where our adorable grandpuppy Jessie frolicked and thoroughly entertained us.

Michelle and Chad making Snacks

Michelle and Chad making Snacks

Jessie exploring a hole

Jessie exploring a hole

Jessie got worn out!

Jessie got worn out!

 

Doug and I enjoying the beach!

Doug and I enjoying the beach!

 

Brrr ...that water was freezing!

Brrr …that water was freezing!

David & Kayla loving the beach!

David & Kayla loving the beach!

 

The kids took turns making meals and doing the dishes.  Doug and I figured out pretty quickly how much we enjoyed getting spoiled by our awesome kids!!

 

David & Kayla relaxing!

David & Kayla relaxed, too!

I did help on pizza night… Michelle was a bit nervous as I tried my ‘hand’ at twirling pizza crust dough!

Whoop whoop!  This is how you make pizza crust!

Whoop whoop! This is how you make pizza crust!

Have you ever had pizza on the BBQ?  That was a new experience for us!  It’s fun, fast, and you don’t have to heat up the kitchen!

Pizza on the BBQ

Pizza on the BBQ

Finished Product!

Finished Product!

 

I’ve never gone on a trip with my kids and not be the one who planned at least part of the trip.  It was a wonderful treat!  We told them we could sure get used to it, and our daughter-in-law commented “Maybe we’ve set the bar too high now!”

 

The Gang!

The Gang!

 

Jessie dressed up for us!

Jessie even dressed up for us!

Keeping my fingers crossed for one more Bucket List item on the tentative agenda for 2013…

How about you?  Have you checked anything off your list yet?  Or gone on vacation this summer?

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