Growing up in Arkansas, the closest beaches were hours away in the Florida panhandle…beautiful white sandy beaches with afternoon thunderstorms, tiny white sand crabs and sweltering heat. We’d hop in the minivan most summers, and drive and drive to get there and run right out in the warm sand as soon as we arrived.
Sienna is growing up with a completely different beach experience. Cold, rocky and foggy, the beaches of the Pacific Northwest are gorgeously stunning, just totally different. Being the native Oregonian that she is, the cold doesn’t seem to bother her, and she runs right into the surf every time. Meanwhile, I’m trying to show some cute summer-wear like shorts and my legs are turning purple. #thankgodforthissweatshirt
I adore this place we live though, just over an hour to these beautiful shores of the Pacific. I mean. I cannot complain that this loveliness is essentially at our doorstep and includes a stunning drive through forested mountains to get there. We may not have sun and sand crabs, but we have vistas for days.
My Super-Cute 4th of July Outfit
Need warming up at the beach, too? I highly recommend this last activity for getting that blood pumping. This lovely shot makes it look easier than it was…what you don’t see is all the work my mom-abs are trying to do under that sweatshirt to keep Sienna from face planting in the sand. Ha.
Star Sweatshirt – Love this cozy top. I sized up to a medium because I wanted it super cozy, but it is pretty big. It fits TTS.
Madewell Knot Front Tank – This is a new summer fav. I love the flattering cut, and it’s not too short. Because it’s made to be knotted, it fits better around the waist and doesn’t show any stomach. Wearing a Small.
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For our holiday plans next week we’re headed out into more PNW wilderness to camp with the whole Jansen crew. This time we’ll be lakeside somewhere in Western Washington, eating all the S’mores and maybe a few recipes from Jamie Oliver this time (obsessed with this little series.)
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Pictures by the lovely Posy Quarterman.