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Clouds, Water, Peace

Following the Twilight extravaganza we headed about 20 min outside of Forks to a beautiful flat rock beach. There is something so fascinating about flat rocks and an entire beach with only flat rocks amazing. Both our girls received a perfectly smooth flat rock picked from millions just for them!

It was a cloudy ominous day…the perfect Forks area weather and perfect for feeling the calming peacefulness of the ocean.

Next trip to the peninsula I definitely want to check out the rain forest!

You have to hike and climb over the drift wood to get to the beach I had never seen anything quite like this before.

You have to hike and climb over the drift wood to get to the beach I had never seen anything quite like this before.

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Frustration

OK I now hate to publish photos loaded directly to my blog. They never look good! The resolution is too low and they never look sharp. AHHH It looks like publishing from flickr is the only way to go. Unless anyone has some insight??? anyone….anyone…anyone?

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handsWhy yes we are…”

Now before you roll your eyes and stop reading this post there is much more to the story than Twilight…or at least a bit more…

Kristin I have experienced a lot throughout this past year. With our girls are now nearing 18 months we have supported each other through the bumps of motherhood. I know that I have said it before but I am not quite sure what I would have done without her this year. So when we decided that it was time for a mommy break we had to plan the most perfect, girliest get away we could imagine.

If you are not a Twilight fan yet…read them! Forget that they are in fact a teen romance they are fun and totally allow you to escape from your own reality, which as a mom 24-7 we all could use a little of! The books are set in a small town called Forks, WA just 4 hours west on the Olympic Peninsula. Neither Kristin nor I had been to the Peninsula and thought this would make for the perfect opportunity…we were not disappointed.

From the ferry ride across the sound or pond as we call it, our get away was just what we needed. With each passing mile we could feel the calm and peacefulness of toddler absence. The drive was incredible with blue sunny skies and we passed a lake bluer than I thought possible in the northwest.

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Now because the point of this trip was to be as girly as possible we went all out on the twilight theme! Judge if you must but it was fun!

cityofforkssignMerle the most perfect small town grandpa checked us into our hotel room and questioned us about the fascination with the books, life and lets just say gave us our quota of smiles for the day. He also had specially held a DVD player for us because what is a Twilight get away without the movie.

Forks Fact: Prior to the publishing of the Twilight series Forks, WA received an annual tourism count of around 50. 2009 alone they expect an average around 70,000 tourists! No recession there!

US travelers to Forks, WA

US travelers to Forks, WA

World travelers to Forks, WA

World travelers to Forks, WA

Next stop was “Dazzled By Twilight”…Yes… that is right…our tour which was lead by a woman from South Africa. She had lived in the states about 10 years and moved to Forks, WA because of the books! So just if you thought we were crazy there is a bit of perspective for you. The tour hit all the hot spots from the book and was joined by people ranging from Europe, Australia, Chicago and of course Seattle. Yes there are people coming from all over the country and world. CRAZY!

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Bella's Truck

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Jacob's House

Jacob's House

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La Push

La Push

Bella's Cliffs

Bella's Cliffs

Forks Fact: Imagine our surprise when hearing “You must be Twilighters..?” was spoken in the thickest Scottish brogue you can imagine. There is a Scottish lady living in Forks. She met her husband during the war and brought her back to the northwest. What a shock the small town of Forks must have been.

A corny vacacation needs some corny photography..enjoy….

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Wine, movie, snacks and great conversation…the best part waking up when WE wanted and eating entire meals still hot!  All in all PERFECT! Thanks Kristin for you company and friendship they are priceless!

More from our trip still to come…

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Taking Time to Smell the Flowers

Well I am back!  Ava, Larry and I have been busy enjoying our summer and have been off on several adventures.  Taking time to smell the flowers you might say!  I am looking forward to sharing many upcoming posts of our adventures as the week continues.  Until next time I will leave you with this…

In a garden full of beautiful flowers…. There was a beautiful little girl…

When asked to smell the beautiful flowers… she looked around as if she was carefully choosing the sweetest, most beautiful of all…

Who am I to judge!

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