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Monday, July 09, 2007

Fun Monday


This weeks Fun Monday come from Debs at 1crazystitcher, here is what she proposed.

"This is my request. Show your favorite place to relax. It can be a chair, corner, ledge, or limb. :) Get out those cameras and take pics or just write how you feel when you are in your "zone". "

Hmm. I don't have a place really at home that I go to to relax. Really. Its small and the kids are to noisy....how do you relax there?

My favorite places to go when I want to relax?

One place seems kind of odd when I say it. Its a rest stop on the Columbia river. When Kelly is here we take a lot of day trips just driving and seeing local places driving up the gorge. Anyway I've posted about this rest stop before and if you look at the pictures could you call the view anything but relaxing?

Honestly its just beautiful views and there is a train that runs just below if you were to look over the ledge here a bit . The kids like to go down to the fencing up above and see when the trains come and when they go into the tunnel built into the side of the mountain. Also they kids really love to run around and play here rolling down the grassy part of the hill. I just like to sit in the grass and enjoy the view.

Here are Joshua and McKenzie playing you can see the fencing that they like to look over.

Another place I like to go is this lake. We went here last weekend and I posted about it here. I like to come here because again it is a beautiful view and the kids love it and can be entertained for hours.....which means some quiet time for mom. That doesn't happen much with 4 kids! Also Many parts of the lake are pretty shallow so its pretty safe for the kids especially with life jackets on. I know I don't completely depend on them but it makes me feel better.

If you look at this picture below you can see about halfway into the lake there is an area that rises above the water. That is halfway across the lake. Its pretty cool. The deepest point of the water to get there is about waist deep for Madison then gets shallower again until you get to this area which is a lot larger then it looks.

If you've read my blog much you may know that one of my favorite places to be in the beach. This is my final and most favorite place to go to relax. I love to just stare off in to the horizon and watch the waves. I love the sound and smell of the ocean. It may have to do with the fact that my dad was in the military and was stationed on Midway Island when I was born. My mom traveled with me, my 7 year old sister and 15 month old brother when I was 6 weeks old from Oregon to Midway Island, she had to have been a brave woman! I learned to fall asleep to the sounds and smells of the Pacific Ocean. After that we lived in Hawaii for several years and I still had the same sights and sounds. Until I was 14 I never lived more then 5 minutes from the ocean. It just feels like home to me.

Apparently Izzak has learned to appreciate the ocean as well.

Some people have asked if I will continue to blog when we move. The answer of course is yes! I couldn't see giving this up at this point. I have asked a couple of people if they would guest blog for me when I'm gone and anyone else who would be intested just let me know! It will take us a few days to get up there and depending on wether Kelly has internet hooked up by the time we get there since he will be moving from Anchorage to Ketchikan before he comes to get us.

38 people had something to say:

Anonymous said...

All the more appealing is the beauty of the scene and of your kids enjoying every moment - which makes it such a 'memorable' scene for you to treasure in your beautiful photo's.

So pleased you will be continuing to blog when you move and to know we will have the pleasure of your writings and photos - to look forward to.

Enjoy the week.

Peter

la bellina mammina said...

Those are gorgeous photos. I can understand why it's a relaxing place for you.

willowtree said...

Anything that keeps the kids amused has got to be relaxing!

Beccy said...

Lovely pictures Terri and very relaxing.

theotherbear said...

Fab places. Wouldn't you just love to build a house on that rest stop!

mjd said...

Your favorite spots to relax are beautiful. Something about being by the water always seems so peaceful.

Steffi said...

Wonderful pictures again!So I can understand you that that´s your place to relax!

swamp witch said...

Love the serenity of all the pictures. I, too, love the beach but there aren't very many here in Colorado unless my kitchen floor might be considered one because of all the desert sand on it right now.
I have to go back to read about your move. Love Anchorage AND Ketchican.

Debs said...

Nothing beats the sound of water to be relaxing. Your pics are just grand!!

ChrisB said...

I also love water and beaches so I find these photos very appealing. Waves lapping on the shore is so relaxing.

Irene said...

I felt happy and relaxed just looking at your wonderful photos and reading your post. ;p

You have an entertaining blog. I'm glad I chanced upon it. Keep at it!

Joy T. said...

Just 'looking' at the pictures is relaxing so I can imagine being there. Great comfort spot!

Hannah said...

Those are lovely photos. I can really understand why they're relaxing places for you.

Jenni said...

That first spot does look very peaceful. I love the picture of the kiddos running on the beach. That should go in a frame somewhere:o)

JennieBoo said...

There's really nothing more relaxing than being in God's nature. It's serene and beautiful. I love your shots!

Thanks for sharing!

Happy Fun Monday

Robinella said...

Oh the beach is definitely a special place. I avoid it now with our 3yo but when he's a wee bit bigger, we'll be there more. It's completely mesmerizing, kinda like watching your children having fun.

susan said...

These are just beautiful. There's something about water that just pulls me towards it as well...

Tiger Lamb Girl said...

I love being near the water - ocean or lake. I know whatchya mean;).

BarnGoddess said...

I LOVE the ocean.

your photos are great, especially of your younguns' on the beach :)

when are you moving to Alaska?

Karmyn R said...

Where is that at? The Willamette River? Where on the Willamette....because it looks more like the Columbia to me. Just curious.

my4kids said...

Karmyn you are right. I wrote that late last night and for some reason I always mix them up. It is the Columbia....

Amy W said...

Totally better than mine...

Tiggerlane said...

Well, now this is a totally cool take on this relaxation thing! I thought briefly about posting beach photos, but I'm always paranoid that The Offspring will be sucked under by a big wave.

Very nice, tranquil scene.

Pamela said...

I'm always stopping along the gorge to take pictures.

HeiressChild said...

hi terri, you've picked some beautiful places to relax. i don't have a car, plus i live in the city so any beaches, lakes, etc. are too far away without transportation. right now, my favorite place to relax is in my bedroom on my bed, propped up on pillows. sometimes i watch t.v., sometimes i listen to music, and sometimes i just sit and enjoy the silence. may sound a little boring, but my home is my haven.

Kaytabug said...

Beautiful photos, water is very relaxing to me.

wolfbaby said...

That is beatiful no wonder it is relaxing.

Kila said...

Those first two photos are very relaxing!

Debbie said...

I love the water. I would love to live near the ocean. I can imagine it would be relaxing.

Lovely photos, Terri.

la bellina mammina said...

That lake is beautiful and looks so beautiful. I can imagine how relaxing it is for you there.

Wendy said...

I too love the ocean! Who couldn't relax there?? Looks like you have some really neat places!

Kitty said...

This does look like such a good place to relax, and to run and play, too!!! =)

Melanie said...

That does look like a relaxing place to me!

So glad to hear you will continue with your blog after your move!!!

frannie said...

I relaxed a little just looking at those pictures!

Ellie said...

I like the pictures. I enjoy the beach as well, so I can relate to these photos.

That would be nice for you to have guest bloggers on your site and if they would be able to give updates on your move and all too! Hope you find a way to accomplish it all.

What is it, about 4 weeks to go?

Scribbit said...

Well I can see why you'd love it, it's just beautiful!

Beckie said...

I missed this fun Monday post. But...I wanted to comment and say that I think I have been there. I just think it is kinda cool when someone posts about something that I have seen.

elena jane said...

beautiful and very calming to look at! and the kids are having fun :)