My last post was ages ago -- I had hoped to finish up this post with a second instalment sooner than now. Sorry for the delay. Life got in the way of my blog posting....as it seems to do on a regular basis :)
We just returned from a wonderful weekend getaway in Port Renfrew, B.C. We stayed at an extraordinary place called Soule Creek Lodge, atop a mountain in a yurt! I will tell you about it later, but first I need to finish my post about our Oregon trip.
We visited a lot of family on this trip. We visited Allie, Trevor's sister. I loved this part of our trip, not just because we only get to see Allie once or twice a year....but because I get to spend time with her cutie pie kids, Arlo and Auggie (short for August). These 2 have grown so much since I last saw them last Thanksgiving.
The last time we visited, Arlo was Auggie's age, not even talking yet. This time, we played outside in the yard, played with water and then we drew a bit on Arlo's easel. He asked me to draw a car and a truck, which was no problem....I mean how easy is it to draw those things? Then he asked me to draw a helicopter, which was a bit more challenging. I did draw one, but it looked like a chicken. Poor kid will be a bit confused when he goes to a farm and sees chickens and wonder why there are helicopters running around making so much noise :)
We also visited Trevor's Aunt Becky. Trevor has often spoken of Aunt Becky many times before and I was glad to finally meet her. She was everything Trevor described her to be -- so loving and welcoming, offering me a tight, love-filled hug when we first met.
We sat outside in the yard and drank iced tea and ate some homemade cake. Aunt Becky is now living with her children -- this was at Evan's house in Oregon. Evan and Josiah are Trevor's cousins -- the first ones I've met. We talked about possibly getting a reunion going with the Machen clan this coming year -- something I am looking forward to!
It was a very busy visit to Portland -- but I got to finally meet some of Trevor's family and I also took some time to shop! There is no tax in Oregon and Trevor took me to the Woodburne Premium Outlet and to Pioneer Place Mall. We shopped together at the Outlet stores. I bought 2 more pairs of shoes (you can never own enough shoes). And at Pioneer Place Mall, he patiently waited for me while I spent time at H & M shopping for clothes. I love this man!
I've been so lucky to grow up being taught the importance of family. My grandparents taught my parents that and they have taught us that. Growing up, our entire family (my parents and all their kids, myself and my siblings)...along with all their siblings (aunts, uncles, cousins, etc) met every Sunday at our home, or one of my dad's sibling's homes. This was our Sunday reunion. It was a weekly ritual that was sacred. No one missed the sunday reunion. If you missed it and were not there, you better have had a good reason...like you decided to be a missionary and you were selflessly spreading love and kindness in Tibet, or the one reason that we all knew would be acceptable to my grandparents, which is that you were dead. Barring that, you better be at the sunday reunion. So having been taught that...we've continued the tradition with our own families. We're not as hardcore about it as our parents....we don't meet every Sunday, but we do meet A LOT....and we have traditions that we've taught our kids. We will be in Whistler starting tomorrow for our yearly family Whistler trip. That has been a trip we've made since 2000 when we all purchased time shares in Whistler. Now our kids look forward to this time with their cousins, and I look forward to it as it gives me an opportunity to see the love of family time instilled in us by our parents, passed onto our kids. It gives me such joy to see how close my children are with all their cousins.
July has flown by....can you believe it is August??? I hope you are all enjoying your summer with your loved ones. I will post about our Port Renfrew and Whistler trip coming up, as well as all the other things happening in my life. It has been very busy!