Sunday, November 29, 2009

We are Thankful!


Gobble... Gobble.... Gobble! Happy Thanksgiving everyone! Our family is thankful for our family and friends, our home, our jobs, a little sunshine and great food.
We are especially thankful to have this sweet new chin to kiss. Grandma and Grandpa Steves came out for a visit and to meet Grace!
We are particularly grateful that they were able to spend Thanksgiving with us and to cuddle with my sweet little sister.
Well, maybe not so little. Grace had her 2 month check-up and weighed in at 12 lbs and 24 inches... which translates to a pretty darned tall baby. Otherwise she is doing very well! She has a wee little cold, but nothing major, just building up her immune system.
So, Grandma and Grandpa came into town on Tuesday, I prepared by painting them a great turkey picture. We had a nice evening filled with good company and crab! Yum.
The next morning we headed to Bob's for breakfast and to give Mom some time to get a little bit of work done.
We had a great time in the park and enjoying a pretty day.
In the afternoon we got a lot of baking done to get ready for Thanksgiving!
Grace chatted with Grandma, she loved hearing her voice and really tuned into whenever Grandma was talking. I was so helpful... really! Got the apples processed, helped mix the apple pie filling, helped mix the pumpkin cake and sprinkle the top on. It was great!
Thanksgiving was rainy, perfect for hunkering down inside and doing tons of cooking and a little movie watching. I really got into the Thanksgiving parade for a little bit, and helped cook when I was over the big balloons and marching bands. We had our big meal at lunch time, which gave us plenty of time for digesting.
Everything was fantastic, particularly the turkey, which was just perfect,
the company was a treat,
the day went very nicely. Friday, we headed over to the zoo.
The rain had cleared and it was beautiful out. We walked Grandma and Grandpa all over the place; in addition to visiting most of the animals,
I also played the drums and thought that being a dentist for a lion was a good idea.
As usual, I played on the monkey bars, and we all enjoyed a very nice morning.
For lunch we headed over to the Laurelwood pub and had yummy burgers (well, I had chicken nuggets, but the grown-ups all enjoyed their meals and beers).
Grandma Steves made Gracie this cute outfit.
She made the dress, slip, jacket and hand embroidered pretty little flowers on all of them! She looks beautiful in it! Almost as sweet as she looked in Grandpa Steves arms.
Saturday we headed to the Saturday Market.
It was fun to see all of the vendors and snack on fresh roasted chestnuts and cashews,
oh and an elephant ear (that we passed on at the zoo). I love those big cinnamon-sugar covered ears. We took the MAX over to Kenny and Zukes to enjoy a great deli lunch.
We had a wonderful visit with Grandma and Grandpa Steves and feel blessed that they were able to come all the way out to Portland to spend such valuable quality time. We sent them back home that evening, we will miss them! Today was a little tough for us all after all of the excitement of the weekend. Mom and I ended up going for a bikeride to the coffee shop, like we did with Grandma Terri a few weeks ago. That didn't wear me out enough for a nap.
Val and Joaquin saved us all from ourselves by joining us for a great walk at Oaks Bottom park.
There were all sorts of great distractions and we got to enjoy a beautiful evening with friends. These days, I am enjoying being a big-brother, and have taken to super spelunking.
I build caves out of blankets, don a cape and get cuddly in my cave with my safety hat and head lamp. The cape is quite important these days, even lion gets one... so he can fly.

1 comment:

Rebecca Jackson said...

Owen,

You are such a brave boy to be exploring caves alone. I love the cape...it truly makes the outfit! Please tell Grace that she looks adorable in the hand-made outfit. So glad you got to spend so much time with your grandparents. Thankful your Thanksgiving was so blessed.

Noah