Saturday, June 09, 2007

At long last

A whopping 2 full weeks after returning from my visit to Portland, I'm finally posting. Part of the delay is my fault- exhaustion from work around the apartment and with the dog, and part of it is Time Warner cable's fault- our service had been out since May 14 due to a hurricane-like down draft (climate change, anyone?) and then several fruitlless attempts for their service people to fix the problem. Anyway, I'm wired now!

My visit back home was fantastic. The weather was absolutely gorgeous. I'd actually forgotten how completely green and clean the northwest is. I looked around with wonder and saw that there wasn't a SINGLE plastic bag stuck in a tree!

I spent some really great time with my sister, the newly minted mother, and the rest of my family and friends in the area. I had a quality catch-up with my good friend SH in Seattle, old college buds Er and A, my cousin and his girlfriend who live in Portland, my amazing grandparents, and with my geriatric cat, Libby, who's spending retirement "on the farm" (my parents house, which is not on a farm).

Most important, though, I met my adorable nephew for the first time! Lil MC and I spent lots of my visit together, just getting to know one another.

We danced barefoot together on the grass

We smelled roses in my parents' backyard

We drove to Salem together to introduce Lil MC to his great grandparents

We (reluctantly) tried on hand-knitted head gear

We smiled and stared at Lil MC's Pepere

We stared at Uncle T

We shocked everyone by doing push-ups on Dad's chest!

We smiled and silently laughed

and we took LOTS of pictures!

Some other images from my trip:

Er and I met up for a late lunch and walk around Hawthorne St., of course visiting the Powell's there.

A and I (freshman year roommates) had brunch at the Bread and Ink and I bought some recycled silk sari yarn

I TOTALLY took advantage of my parents' peaceful, spacious yards and patio, sitting outside to read magazines, sip coffee, and take pictures of my feet.

Sigh. It was an terrific time. Action-packed, yes, but still restorative. I can't wait to go back.


goodkarma said...

Your nephew is absolutely beautiful! Your trip sounds perfect. Family, friends, bookstores, yarn, relaxation... what more could you want?

lomester said...

He is so cute! How could you not take a bizzilion pictures of him!

I am glad you had a chance to relax.

noblinknits said...

How incredibly gorgeous! I'm just trying to catch up on you previous year and realise I've missed out on so much!

Jennifer said...

I was enthralled by these photos when you first posted them. However, I haven't had much time, until now, to comment. Lil' MC is soooo cute! What a sweet little bundle. My favourite photo is of him yawning, haha. It's such a big yawn, he looks like he's about to fall out of your arms.

Your parents' yard looks gorgeous!!