We were the closest family possible. Our world was turned upside down on 05/03/09 when my best friend, the person I love most next only to our children, my sister Trina was diagnosed with stage IV breast cancer. Her body gave out on her on 01/09/10 but she will ALWAYS be a part of our daily life and will continue to be in my posts. I started my blog to chronicle our daughter's international adoption from Guatemala and have continued to use it as a journal.

What you will find is my family trying to adapt to our new lives that were handed to us.



Saturday, March 07, 2015

Cannon Beach, Oregon

This past week was Norm's 45th birthday. We hardly ever do anything for his birthday so as a gift to him just he and I went to Cannon Beach, Oregon. We stayed at Schooners Cove for two nights. 

If you've never been there, Cannon Beach is a sleepy little beach town that I love. However, we went during the off season, on a Monday and Tuesday, which means a lot of restaurants were closed until later in the week. The one restaurant I was salivating over and looked so forward to eating at was closed until Wednesday night. I didn't discover that little tidbit until the day before we left. ARGH! Oh well. 

We got into town around noon and walked around a bit then had lunch at a hardware store. Yes, a hardware store. I had read reviews and it seemed to be second only to the one place that I really wanted to go to. So off to the Cannon Beach Hardware and Public House. We were both hungry but didn't want to stuff ourselves so we split an order of fish and chips. 



This was our appetizer. It was a delicious blend of chevre cheese with basil and tomato served with crackers and warm sourdough bread. Oh.My.Gosh. It tasted so good!!!



Our fish and chips. It was halibut, so yummy!!! The order was three pieces so I told the server Norm and I were going to split it. She said she could add an extra piece for $5. Yes please! 

After lunch Norm and I were full but not stuffed. It was just the right amount of full to go and walk through town...again. I love Cannon Beach. The last time we had been there was back in 2007, also for Norm's birthday. How things have changed in 8 years. This is a photo from the last time we were there. 


Anyway, after we got all checked in and relaxed for a bit I told Norm I wanted some candy. There are two candy shops in town so off we went. It was after 5pm so most everything was closed. I mean everything. Stores, restaurants, etc.... Luckily one of the two candy stores was open. We also meandered to the local market to pick up some snacks for the night. 


Garlic toast crisps, goat cheese, champagne, crackers and yes..... jalapeno spam. Hey, we gotta keep it classy! 

Norm and I just relaxed the whole three days we were there and had a nice time together. We got a lot of reading done but by Wednesday morning we were both anxious to get home. We got home just before noon! So all in all we were gone just over 48 hours. 

Happy birthday honey! 

Next vacation? Another beach trip to a different town for spring break but this time all six of us are going :) 

Friday, March 06, 2015

Temple Spa

I have spoken of my love for Temple Spa products in the past but it has been a while. I used the lotion this morning and it reaffirmed my love of the items I already have.  


The shampoo leaves your hair feeling oh so clean but not stripped and dry.


The conditioner smells yummy, tingles and leaves your hair soft and oh so wonderful. I have super dry hair and this conditioner does wonders for it.


Finally, the lotion I have is just luxurious. If I could bathe in this stuff I would. Four and a half hours after I put it on this morning my skin is still supple and smells fresh. 

The first time I placed an order for my Temple Spa products I had to have them shipped from the UK. Thank you Temple Spa, for finally offering your amazing items stateside! 

Now go and order your own Temple Spa and let me know how wonderful it is!