Where to begin? Christmas break was such a busy time, and the 2 weeks flew by. It was a whirlwind of visiting families, and then Piglet and I having adventures before I had to go back to work.
We spent Christmas in my home town once again. My in-laws made the trip up north and rented a house on the beach, so we had both sets of parents to visit. It was nice, but I also felt completely split between the two houses. It was hard on Piglet too, who just wanted to play with his cousins the whole time. Part of me wonders if it would have been easier to just visit one family at a time. I also dealt with some frustrations with the SIL and MIL, but that’s to be expected during any family visit isn’t it? Still, it was nice to see all of the family, and for Piglet to have time with two sets of his grandparents.
The visit ended on a bad note when Match’s parents’ dog was hit by a car. Luckily he pulled through, but it was pretty touch and go for awhile. We are so grateful he’s going to make it.
The week after Christmas, Piglet and I went on an adventure in Portland. We got to ride the max with Old Married Wife, and we visited Old Married Hubby at his work as a Cider Master.
We also went on a hike in Portland’s nature preserve with Fliz, her mom, and her nephew. Piglet had such a blast running along the path with his buddy.
New Year’s Eve brought more sadness to my family. My Granny, who has been struggling with Parkinson’s, passed away on New Year’s Eve, just before the New Year. I am glad she is no longer suffering, but my heart is sad that she’s no longer with us.
Is it seriously almost Christmas? Holy cow I am behind on my blog posts! I will do a quick recap of Thanksgiving, and then it’s on to the holiday posts!
We made the 4 hour trek down to my Mom and Pops’ house for Thanksgiving, even though we’re also visiting for Christmas. My brother, his girlfriend, and their kids will be there for Christmas, as well as my inlaws! It’s going to make for a very busy holiday. So we decided we wanted a visit where we got my parents to ourselves, and time for Piglet to get some one on one time with his grandparents.
It was such a quiet and relaxing stay. I love that we always get a date night whenever we visit, guaranteed. It felt great to get out of the house again with Match! I always fall a little more in love with him when we get those moments together.
Piglet had a blast on the farm.
We visited with the goats, and went riding on the four wheeler. Don’t let his little serious face fool you. He LOVED riding the four wheeler with PopPop.
I even managed to bribe my parents into taking some great family photos with us. Usually they whine and complain about it, but this time they were game. I set up the tripod and somehow we even got Piglet to smile for the camera without anyone on the other side making funny faces!
This one is going on our Christmas card. I adore this picture of us. I can’t believe how big our little boy is getting!
We also caught up with MissPhD and her fiance (yay! that’s right she’s engaged! Oh, and she met him on Match, just like us!) We hadn’t met her fiance before, and we instantly liked him. We’re so excited for MissPhD finally getting her happy ending.
The day before we left, we made a trip over to the train museum. Piglet loved getting to check out all the choo-choos.
Our visit would not have been complete without a trip to the beach. Piglet loved playing in the sand.
It was a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday, and I’m so thankful that we live close enough to make the drive for a long weekend. Hope you all had a great Thanksgiving too!
This year we were so excited to go trick or treating with Piglet. He picked out his own costume (he insisted on being a puppy) and we knew he would have no trouble saying trick or treating and asking for candy. I sewed some cat ears for myself, and found a tail in my Halloween bin. Match even got into the spirit and rocked my old sheep costume from a few years back.
Sadly, the weather decided not to cooperate. It was an absolute downpour! I was very ‘s we did our costume pictures ahead of time, because my kitty makeup was pretty much oozing down my face in the first five minutes. We braved the weather and went to our downtown Halloween trick or treat event. Even with the bad weather, there were tons of people out and about.
We met up with Adventure Family, snapped a picture of our kiddos, then high tailed it out of there!
Piglet had fun passing out candy to the few trick or treaters who did come by the house. We curled up in blankets next to the fire and watched Halloween cartoons. It was a fun and mellow evening, and so very Oregon. Growing up I can’t remember a year when it didn’t rain on us.
Piglet has a Valentine! These two are just the cutest little things. It is so fun watching the two of them play together.
Here are a couple of snapshots of the two of them on their latest “date”. Piglet talks about their bath time and giggles to himself. That boy has got it bad for his lady!
Piglet also had a Valentine’s celebration at his preschool. He got a lot of love from his classmates!
Piglet and I met up with my older brother, my niece and my nephew for a fun Valentine’s Day hike. I loved being able to spend the day with these three lovebugs. I just wish Match wasn’t working graveyard shift so he could have joined in the fun.
Oddly enough, both my FIL and stepmom’s birthdays are on Valentine’s Day, so we sat down and skyped with both of them. With my stepmom, we had a fun 4 way call with my dad and stepmom, and my two stepbrothers and their families. Piglet thought it was great fun!
Match, Piglet and I had a belated Valentine’s celebration. We ended up going on a walk on Monday at a nearby nature preserve. I love that there are so many cool places to go on hikes and walk. Piglet kept saying “nature!” It was such a nice way to spend the day with my loves.