Monday, September 3, 2012

Birthday at the beach

I can't believe that Chantel is 14. In one year she could get her drivers permit. It is hard to believe. It seems like yesterday I had 3 toddlers. After the boys turn 13 next month I will have 3 teenagers! God be with me.
Chantel is at that age where I am not allowed to take her picture unless she approves. She almost never approves. So I can take what I can get--here she is running towards me from the ocean. She is a beautiful runner.
 On Friday night we had cheesecake (plain cheesecake is her favorite--she is my pickiest child..I nicknamed her "Miss Picky Pants").
Her cheesecake had candles that the flames glowed the color of the candle. Being the budget keeper that I am there are only 12 candles--because I didn't want to buy 2 packs! :)
 She would so not agree to me posting this picture but I want to remember how fun and dramatic she can be at this age. There is nothing boring about Chantel.

It was Saturday..her actual birthday that we spent at the beach with Janae and the dogs (Bella, Lacie, Daisy and Duke).

It was such a busy day at the beach. I don't think I have ever been there with so many people!

Janae was busy as always getting the perfect picture of her girls.

I think she succeeded! I love this picture--what a great summer shot. Both dogs are "smiling". Janae somehow took the people out of the background.

Chantel dug a hole for Duke.

He liked it.

I tried to tell a dog joke to get the dogs to smile and it didn't work. Made Janae crack up though

I guess Bella and Lacie don't get my humor. :)

A little dog shop at the beach had these cute dog bows that attach to their collar with velcro. Now I want to make fabric roses and attach them to dog collars. I bet I could sell those.:) I think it looks so cute on her. I should make a daisy for Daisy.

I would rather be taking the picture than in it (I'm as bad as Chantel!) but I decided recently I have to let pictures be taken of there are some that exist! This is Daisy and I on the beach--we were both so covered in sand. Since my name is Sandy I guess it is appropriate. :)

We had dinner at a little place that had delicious clam chowder. Janae thought the best she had ever had. You have to have a great bowl of clam chowder when you go to the coast! It worked out great they had outdoor seating since we had more dogs than people.

Daisy and Bella got to ride in the puppy stroller, Lacie got carried in the puppy carrier, and Duke, being the only male in our group, walked on his own.

I realize I am a true blue Oregonian...but honestly I don't think it gets much more beautiful than this. I love the Oregon coast. There was a guy playing a french horn as we watched the sun go down. It was such a lovely time.

I can't wait until we go again!

Thanks for sharing Chantel's birthday with me. Have a great week!


sunnyskiesandsweettea said...

It seems that you and your girls have so much fun together! I love that. That sunset was fab.

Amy Jo

Grandma Carolee said...

Sandy, these photos are amazing! I especially love the sunset and the one of Chantel running towards you. All of them are special. I'm so glad you shared this day on your blog.

Amy Chalmers said...

I've never been to Oregon, but your coastline looks a lot like the ones in Massachusetts~such a nice day with the girls and the dogs, you are lucky to have such a close relationship with the kids. They obviously love you a lot, and I am glad to see you in the pics!! You look great!

Anne said...

The perfect way to celebrate a birthday.That beach is so pretty.We are far from the ocean.Oh my so many teenagers in one home! My girl is soon to be a teen.I can't believe it either!

Jennifer @ Town and Country Living said...

Oh those dogs are just adorable. Love their pink sunglasses! What a hoot!

farmhouse-story said...

love the dogs is sunglasses! wonderful beach pics--tfs, sandy:)

The Polka Dot Closet said...

Oh what gorgeous pictures, I didn't know you were a wedding photographer! Your girls are gorgeous and it looked like a perfect birthday!


Rosemary@villabarnes said...

What beautiful photos. Happy Birthday to your daughter. I love the photo with the doggies.

lashawnmontoya said...

What a lovely photo blog of your day on the coast! I love the Oregon coast, favorite family vacation was on the coast there. Your girls are SO beautiful, Sandy! :)

Amanda said...

Looks like you,the girls and the dogs had a great time! Lovely pics, thanks for sharing!

Melanie said...

Glad that Chantel enjoyed a great birthday!!! 14 is an awesome age, makes me miss having a teen around!!! The pictures are awesome, love the sunset pic!

Penny @ Penny's Vintage Home said...

What great pictures of your day at the beach! I loved all the "puppy pictures" so cute! Hugs, Penny

Connie said...

Hi Sandy, your day at the beach was perfect, these photos are so much fun. I would never get Butchy to ever hold still enough to get his photo in sunglasses. Your pups are adorable!
Thanks for visiting and for the sweet comment on my shabby French chair re-do.
Have a great day, Connie :)

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