Saturday was the first Saturday Match has had off in awhile. It was also the kickoff to my summer vacation. We decided to celebrate by surprising Piglet was a special day at the Oregon Railroad Heritage Museum. He was so excited!
We took a ride on a classic diesel engine. I’m still amazed that the ride only cost $5 and it was over 30 minutes long. It was so relaxing, and we had a great view of the waterfront.
After our day at the museum, we had a fun filled evening at our new friend’s home. They are an awesome couple with three rambunctious toddlers. I nicknamed their house Neverland, because it’s pretty much boy heaven.
It was almost like being with quadruplets, because the boys are all pretty close in age. Two are twins, then the other boy is just 2 weeks younger. They’re all about 6 months younger than Piglet, but because he’s petite, he looks their age. They had so much fun bbqing, roasting smores, and playing in the backyard tent. See what I mean by Neverland?
Sunday we did some chores around the house, but we still had fun playing. Then the 4th of July we had a low-key day. We spent the morning playing with his special model train, where he got to be a giant.
We played at the park, then BBQed in the afternoon, and our little nudist enjoyed some pool time. It was the perfect end to his adventure weekend.
This past weekend I piled into my car with two of my brothers and headed down to California for my Granny’s memorial service.
It was such an emotional weekend, full of tears, reminiscing, and bonding with my extended family. It was also the first time I’ve ever spent more than an evening away from Piglet. It was 3 long nights, and I missed him and Match terribly. I was grateful for the time with my family, and grateful that I was able to make the trip.
My Granny was such a beautiful woman, inside and out. She did so much for so many people, and she left behind an incredible legacy.
The silver lining of the trip was getting to see Geeky and her sweet baby. I missed her so very much.
It was so cathartic catching up with family, and we made tentative plans for a reunion. Geeky baby is turning one this summer, and I hope to make another trip this summer, this time with Piglet and Match.
My reunion with my boys was pretty epic. Piglet ran around in circles, practically exploding with energy. I love that little boy, and I don’t plan on spending that much time apart for a very long time.
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!