Thursday, September 26, 2013

Many Years Ago...

...Two sisters made two quilts.  For their hope chests.  They used the same starting pattern, but very different fabric combinations and variations on the pattern produced two very different quilts.  

Those two sisters are each happily married with babies now, and are enjoying those quilts for playtimes and naps!

Melody added rounded out corners on each side of each block, making all the quarter rounds white.  She also hand quilted her whole lovely soft-colored creation!

Angela went with classic primaries in mostly reproduction vintage prints, and a random layout of blocks.  She also got a little lazy and only quilted the border (actually, she thinks Melody even did that part :-) and tied the rest!

It really is fun to use these quilts that we made so long ago, now with our precious little ones!

Monday, September 23, 2013

One More Stop, and a Visit

Our last destination before home!  Lake Siskiyou, where I have good memories of family camping trips.  It was a bit more run-down than I remember it being, and the campgrounds and lake where very quiet and low, at this point in the season, but it was still a pretty spot and nice to just relax.


Our campsite.

Little Guy sleeping in the pack.

Playing on the picnic table.

Grandpa and Grandma came out to visit and brought dinner--delicious pulled pork!

Some time with Great Grandma.

And smiles for Great Grandpa!

An evening walk out to the lake.

It was so beautiful!  The water so still and a little sunset light on the clouds.

Mt. Shasta is pretty bare right now.

Our last lovely morning before home!

Ready to go!

And our final pack-up!
It really was a great trip; so nice to have the time and ability to travel and see places and visit family and friends!  It is nice to be home now, though.  Back to our own bed and hot running water in the kitchen! :-)

We traveled a total of 2070 miles, had the engine running for 48 hours and used about 107 gallons of gas!

Sunday, September 22, 2013

On The Road Again

Time to start our trek back south.  Three days on the road, broken up with two days of camping/activity.

Last little visit with Aunt Mildred.

And a cuddle with Great Grandpa.

My sister and her daughter, playing with the same dolls and doll clothes that we played with as little girls on visits to Grandma's house.



This is a random apartment building in Portland, across from Trader Joe's.  I love the little patio areas in the center!

Ready for a diaper change in the backseat.

We met up with a friend for a day at the Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum, in McMinnville, Oregon.

This is just the tail of the "Spruce Goose"!  That is one huge plane!

And a Ford car and Ford Tri-Motor plane.

Another section of the Spruce Goose.

At our campsite at Champoeg State Park.  A really lovely spot worth going back to!

Getting ready to make a little dinner.

The guys. :-)

Even managed to get the dishes done before dark this day!

We enjoyed an evening walk around the park.

I'm not sure which river this is, but it was bordering the park as well.
Nearing the end of our trip!

Saturday, September 21, 2013

The Big Event

The primary reason for our trip, or at least the timing of it, was to celebrate Grandma and Grandpa's 60th wedding anniversary!  We had a "come-and-go tea", or as we say here, an "open house" on Sunday afternoon.  It was well attended with family and friends.

Getting set up on Saturday afternoon.

More set-up.

Melody did some pretty flower arrangements.  I was just there for the moral support. :-)

Mom, putting together trays of little cookies and squares.

Dad taking a late night coffee break!

Sunday morning we went to the church meeting with Aunt Mildred and my Grandparents.

Visiting at the party!


Mom & Dad

I love this picture of my grandparents visiting with some friends!

Happy Anniversary!  I'll be about a decade older then Grandma and Grandpa if we make it to our 60th!

A little melt-down during clean up!

After the open house we went out for a family dinner at a near-by restaurant.  
It was a lovely day, and such a blessing to be there to celebrate together!  I think we were all wiped out by the end of the day and ready for a good night's sleep!

Friday, September 20, 2013


The next week we spent with Grandma and Grandpa, Aunt Mildred, and other family, including my parents and some of my siblings, all up from California.

Uncle Lucas, with Little Guy.

A rousing game of Bananagrams.  Actually, it's surprisingly quiet while playing this game, except for the occasional question and discussion regarding spelling!

This is one of our favorite games, currently.  It's very portable and can be fun for just two players or many.

Crandon doing a crossword puzzle with Grandpa.  

Naomi with Grandma.  Naomi is usually always in on the crosswords too, and Grandma is great for coming up with answers to the clues and correct spellings!

Dad and Lucas got some new toilets and grab bars installed in the bathrooms.  Sort of a "working vacation."

Mom put together this frame, which was displayed at the anniversary celebration.

This was our one all-day outing: into Vancouver on the Skytrain, to see a show, then across the Inlet by Seabus to spend some time eating and shopping in North Vancouver.  And by shopping I mean sticking my head in a couple boutiques then heading for the Salvation Army for the real shopping!

We actually spent the whole day out with just a carrier for the baby and a small backpack!  I was pleased that we could travel so light.  I imagine that will be harder if we have babies and toddlers at the same time!

This was our outing in Vancouver.  Not an inexpensive adventure, but worth it!  The ride/movie on an Imax screen really was amazing!  Truly breathtaking.

I love the hanging baskets of flowers, seen so many places in British Columbia.

Someone doesn't look very happy...and it isn't Crandon!

Starting the trip back on the Seabus.

Another morning Naomi and I got to make Lefse, a traditional Norwegian food, with Aunt Mildred.  I won't dwell on the experience because I'm saving it for a future blog post.  But it was lots of fun and yummy!

Learning to roll it out.  Notice the coffee in my hand?  That's another traditional Norwegian food.  I think coffee drinking is in my blood!  Notice, also, the cute milk-glass mug?  Aunt Mildred gave me three of them!

And, of course, the eating!  With butter and jam!  Lefse is, to me, most similar to a potato tortilla.

This is such a sweet picture of our little one with Great Grandpa.

And hanging around with Daddy!

A bit of a funny picture, but it was the one that best shows this tree, a Camperdown Elm.  Wouldn't this make a great fort or playhouse?

Play time with Aunt Naomi.

Visiting with Great Grandma.  This picture is a bit blurry, I know, but it was so fun to see him interacting with Grandma.

Salmon dinner on Grandma's good china is tradition at this point!  It was nice to have some of the rest of the family arrive in time to join us.

The other end of the table. :-)

I don't have any pictures from our pre-scheduled shopping trip, but Melody and I made a point of running to The Real Canadian Superstore to do some shopping, sans kids!  I think we both found most of what we were hoping for--mostly some clothing basics for ourselves and the little ones.