We had a very full weekend with lots of family time. We started out by picking Elias up from school on Friday and driving straight to Ridgefield, WA, just north of Vancouver. Yes. We made that drive on a Friday. We’re crazy! But it was for a good reason! My cousin’s daughter graduated from high school and we went to celebrate. A few other family members from Hawaii came over, and all of us Oregonians.
On Sunday, we started out with a very long church service, in which we had to say goodbye to our music director. As members of the bell choir, Nathan and I played during the service. From there we drove straight down to Salem to take Great Grandma out to lunch for her 87th birthday. The boys each made her a card. Elias said that 87 is pretty good, but he knows someone else who just turned 94 so that is more amazing. We got to take Great Grandma out to the Olive Garden, somewhere she’s been wanting to visit for awhile.
After lunch, we got to meet Grandpa’s new dog, Phoebe. She has a very sweet temperament, and even tolerated Caleb petting her. She even gave him a kiss on the cheek! He was thrilled, but I don’t think he understood that she was a dog. He kept saying “kitty.” The size is comparable to our cats, so I’ll give him credit.
After the dog visit we drove back up to Portland, to my parents’ house to visit with my aunt and uncle from Hawaii for a bit. We always love seeing them, and Elias and Simon warmed up quite a bit by the end.
All in all it was one of the best weekends we’ve had in a long time, but I’ll be looking forward to some down time this week!