Since getting back to Portland I have been caught up in a whirlwind of activities, graduations, arrivals and departures and birthdays and baby showers. Oh, yes, and a high school reunion of sorts. First of all, my first Sunday back we celebrated Mother’s Day and four of our May birthdays, son-in-law John, me, daughter-in-law Nichole, son Brett.
and we talked about who was who and family history
and remembered the lives and sacrifices of so many…
Then it was on to graduation time and we celebrated with our Chinese student “Jeff”
On the same day I had an all-class reunion/farewell party at my high school which is closing its doors forever. Portland is eliminating 3 high schools this year whether for budget cuts or demographics or repair costs, I don’t know. I saw my old art teacher that I spent a lot of time with, and my old principal who is still looking pretty dour. Some things don’t change. I was surprised at how unchanged the building itself was; amazing after almost 50 years. It was fun to walk the halls and look at my old lockers, remember the sounds of high school…
Then we had another graduation. My darling daughter-in-law Nichole graduated from Nurses Training and got “pinned”. At the pinning ceremony Brett was the one to “pin” her. He has a new job now as an ambulance driver so we feel quite safe with them around!
Then we enjoyed the arrival home of our daughter and son-in-law and our grandson. They are staying with us for a few weeks so I get to enjoy seeing my grandson for a while.
My girls: And then we had Father’s Day. It was a perfect day of enjoying our Heavenly Father in church, then taking my father to his favorite restaurant, then having my husband’s choice of a good time: having his kids over to play games. We were going to do Hand and Foot, but we ended up playing Battle of the Sexes which always gets lots of lively conversation and friendly competition going at our house. And a nice Sunday night supper.
My DH, the one who won my heart and who wins it still: (looking a little more rakishly charming than usual with his camping beard and sunburn) But, there’s more to come. Today is another birthday of a son and this weekend we are having a baby shower for which Emily made these darling invitations:
I know I left my trip somewhere in Ogden, Utah, and I hope I will get us back home soon but so much was going on around here I felt the need to stay current so abandoned the trip temporarily.