Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Is this June, or what?

 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.11-05-22-14-28-58H 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.

11-05-22-14-29-41H  Then it was Memorial Day and some of us went to the cemetery where many of my forbears are buried.  My brother cleaned their headstones

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and we talked about who was who and family history

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and remembered the lives and sacrifices of so many…

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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!

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A friend made these totally edible nurse cookies for Nichole’s party, and her dad made the cake below:11-06-10-15-35-30H 11-06-10-15-35-46HThere was time for coffee and catching up with friends:    

and then it was time for our undergraduate student to finish up and go home to Korea for the summer.  Alan, alarmed at the sizzling fajitas he’d ordered:11-06-01-18-50-01H  Farewell, Alan!11-06-16-11-55-03H

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.

11-06-16-10-25-53HMy girls: 11-06-15-19-51-07H  11-06-15-19-52-20H 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. 

11-04-20-11-44-35H  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)10-08-05-10-31-11H 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.

9 comments:

Connie said...

What fun you have had! What a delightful family. So glad you have been able to enjoy them.

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

My goodness what a whirlwind you have been living in!

That grandbaby is just adorable.

hensteeth said...

Thank you so much for your kind comment and visiting me over in England!
The love of your family shines through and I really enjoyed reading all about the last few weeks. x

Confessions of a Plate Addict said...

You have been one busy lady! Loved seeing the family photos! Happy week!...hugs....Debbie

Brian + Cheryl B. said...

Hi Hollace :-)
I noticed that you are now a follower of our blog. Wow! Thanks! ;->

I came by to see who you are. I now have a question. If you are so easy to buy for, because you like everything, how can you be "Mopsy"?!?!!

Rowan said...

You've obviously been having a thoroughly good time! So glad you're enjoying your summer. I do the same with posts about trips - I use my blog as a record of them so want it all in there but sometimes it takes a while to complete. As with the Africa trip which was in early March!

Anneliese said...

I have to agree with the whirlwind thought ...
take care and Happy 4th of July!!

Gilly said...

You really have had a busy time! And enjoying it too!

Your grandson is adorable - love his hair!

Our Peculiar Lives said...

Wow, what a wonderful time!

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