Lots of things are great about July. For starters, vacation! Of course my favorite holiday takes place in July - the 4th of July and our wedding anniversary. Hard to believe its been two years already. But they have been two wonderful and fabulous years.
Growing up in a small rural town, 4th of July always meant a parade, BBQ and homemade ice cream. I got two out of three this year. Our vacation destination for 2010 was Lincoln City, Oregon. Why Lincoln City you ask? No particular reason. Jake and I did some online research and decided on the destination. Last year we went to Brookings and the year before, for our Honeymoon, we were in Cape Mears, Oregon. Yes we like Oregon. So before our arrival I scoped out the locations for Independance Day Celebrations. A short eight miles south of Lincoln City, in Glendenen Beach, they hosted a great local community parade. No cool antique tractors like I was accustomed to but lots of spirit and enthusiasm for the day. As you can see Clayton was dressed accordingly. He really didn't want to wave that flag as much as he wanted to eat it.
So we had to eat. For us this means fresh seafood all week. Here is a look a the super delish oysters we had on the 4th of July. Jake makes his homemade cocktail sauce, a splash of Tapatio and a squeeze of lemon - yummy oysters on the half shell! This was the appetizer. The main dish were some BBQ steaks and corn on the cob. What is more American that that? I didn't get any homemade ice cream - there was no room in the truck for me to pack that too - but I will make some when we get home.
While I was really excited to get out of the heat and into the cool coastal breeze, I was really even more jazzed to take Clayton to the beach for the first time. I know he will never remember the trip or the experience but I have some great memories of spending time with my family when I was kid a Pismo Beach. I want Clayton to have those great memories too.
He really probably thought we were nuts since we put him in that hat but come on - its soooo cute!
He was not so sure about the sand and the water was cold when it finally came over his toes but nonetheless, he can now say he's been to the beach.
Ahhhhh. No other words to describe this. Each evening this is what I saw from the deck of our house.