Saturday, January 3, 2009

Gaggle Conference 2008

We are back! It is 10 in the morning over here and I thought I would try and post quickly while everyone is still sleeping. Isn't it funny how being on vacation throws all regular sleeping patterns out the window?

True to form, Cannon Beach was stormy and beautiful the whole time we were there. Each day brought a new array of sun, wind, rain, and snow. A typical view from the many large windows in our hotel gave us a front row seat to the mighty power and beauty of God's creativity.

Sadly not all of the families were able to be there this year, but the 4 groups that did attend had a great time creating a new batch of memories. Each family took a turn making breakfast and dinner for everyone while the children, ranging in ages from 10-18 years old, ran around conquering territory. Just float back in time for a minute to your childhood and think about how much fun it would be to play Hide & Seek in a 3 story hotel building with no one else around. One dad used the nooks and crannies of the building to play a rousing game of tag with his boys with air soft guns and another two dads decided that midnight was the perfect time to institute an energetic round of "keep rubber duckie away from the 11 year old girls".

I love Cannon Beach. The whole town seems to have a welcome mat out beckoning travelers to sit a spell and breathe in a slower way of life. Shops have signs on their windows that say they will 'open about 10-ish' and close 'around 5'. The locals roll their eyes at having to drive the long 6 miles to the bigger town of Seaside for the large chain grocery store. On the last day we were there, I even saw a man ride his horse into town to check his mail at the post office.

The Gaggle Girls decided to take a day in Seaside looking at shops, sampling food, and causing their giddy little giggly/gaggly trouble wherever they went. One of their goals was to go to a photography studio and have one of those antique style pictures made. This is just one of the many. (The photographer said we could post it online as long as we left his information on the edge.) When he snapped this picture, I am told that all the girls pulled the triggers of their, click, click, click, click. Good thing they are toy guns. I imagine that must happen to him a lot.

They really are a good group of girls and they bring out so much character in one another. I wonder how many more of these times we/they will have together, us as families and they as young girls full of ideas to change and affect the world around them. There is already talk of Spring Break plans and New Years '09 plans.

3 of the girls are graduating high school this year and one is hoping to enroll in a school in Manhattan. All too soon I fear that times will change. But no matter what happens, they have friendships that will click back into place even when the miles push away and will always look back on these days with fondness, giggles, and blushing cheeks.


  1. What wonderful memories you are creating for the Gaggle girls, beautities each and every one of them.

    What a joy that holiday must have been, I envy you a good way.

  2. Bonjour Jules, Bonne et heureuse annee.
    I haven't been visiting much lately, but be sure that you're in my heart, I remember when you were at Cannon beach last year, is it one year already or more that we've been friends? enjoy yourself, I am pleased to see you're happy with your life.

  3. I love the old-timey photo. One of the girls forgot to scowl. ;)

    You are right, no matter whaere the future takes them, they will have their special times together to look back and remember. Solid foundations last a life time.

  4. i bet the girls were told to get out of town.glad you all enjoyed your few days away.back to cleaning,cooking,getting girls off to school.but you can sit with a cup in one hand and cake in the other thinking, hubby may take me somewhere nice for summer,like France or spain.just keep ladies are good at hinting.God's peace and joy and health for 2009

  5. Moannie...hi there. Thank you for enjoying the fun with us as you read. The gaggle girls sure keep us hopping about.

    Kitem...happy anniversary on our friendship!

    Quilly...giggles...both my girls has smirky smiles on their faces. Theywere having too much fun. go to France one day. That would be such a dream trip. But no cake for me. It is time to get back on track with being healthy.

  6. jules did you check out one of many 2008 awards. you may have to go back a few days on my site.

  7. PHOTO WOMEN WITH GUN's. Wanted The POWDERPUFF GANG REWARD $50,0000.Dangerous. all have lipstick.NO STOPPING THEM.if you see them coming,Just shout CROWSFEET.????? think about it. it will stop them dead Crowsfeet,ageing lined on a woman face.

  8. Oh it looks like such a wonderful vacation and reunion! So glad that those of you that were able to make it had such a great time...I love the last photo most of all...

  9. Glad to have you back and sure the memories will be lomg remembered. Great pics.

  10. saw this think you like it.-----------Sand and Stone

    A story tells that two friends were walking through the desert.
    During some point of the journey they had an argument, and
    one friend slapped the other one in the face. The one who got
    slapped was hurt, but without saying anything, wrote in the sand:


    They kept on walking until they found an oasis, where they
    decided to take a bath. The one who had been slapped got
    stuck in the mire and started drowning, but the friend saved him.
    After he recovered from the near drowning, he wrote on a stone.


    The friend who had slapped and saved his best friend asked
    him, "After I hurt you, you wrote in the sand and now, you write
    on a stone, why?"

    The other friend replied "When someone hurts us we should write
    it down in sand where winds of forgiveness can erase it away. But,
    when someone does something good for us, we must engrave it
    in stone where no wind can ever erase it."


    They say it takes a minute to find a special person, an hour to
    appreciate them, a day to love them, but then an entire life to forget them.

  11. I love the "Gaggle Girls" concept... Go Girl Power! :o)

    Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving such a nice comment!



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