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Weekend Update

May 12, 2009

We had a very full and exciting weekend. Millie arrived Thursday evening and stayed through Sunday. Also, one of Josh’s best friends came down from Seattle for dinner Thursday night.

Thursday: Dinner with Millie and Stephen at Henry’s 12th Street Tavern. The food was awesome and the beer was tasty. The entire back side of the menu is reserved for their beer selection. It is funny to read the alluring descriptions of Oregon’s best microbrews next to the attempting-to-sound-good descriptions of Bud Light and Coors. We all enjoyed the onion ring apetizers and the cooked-when-ordered cookies and ice cream for dessert. After dinner we headed home for good conversation about college, photography, and vacations.

Friday: Ocho de Mayo party, complete with margarita jello shots and Claire in a sombrero. We made a big pot of homemade chili and enjoyed the decent weather and a couple rounds of Catch Phrase. It was nice to see all of our friends together again. We roasted marshmallows around the campfire too.

Saturday: Baby Shower for Madeline. Friends and family turned out to celebrate the coming of our new baby. We got alot of great gifts and now feel prepared to bring home baby in a month or so. Tonya’s sister and mom did a great job with planning and decorating. The snacks were good and I hear the games were fun. Millie said her mouth was sore after all the sucking. I am not sure what that means but I am leaving it alone. We went to Sweet Tomatoes for dinner and watched Slumdog Millionaire before bed. It had a unique plot with a happy ending and was excellently told.

Sunday: Japanese Gardens, Multnomah Falls, McMenamins Edgefield. For Millie’s last day we wanted to do something fun and new. After doing a little web browsing we decided on the Japanese Gardens in Washington Park on the west side of Portland. We got there about 10:30 and took the shuttle up to the main gate. Tonya was given a fresh cut tulip for Mother’s Day and we were off. The gardens are filled with koi ponds, statues, flowers, and little paths through the trees. We took a ton of great pictures. There was a bonsai display that we really enjoyed. Some of the trees and flowers were amazing. After a couple peaceful hours of walking we were ready for lunch. We parked in Hoyt Arboretum to eat our packed lunch. We will have to remember this place; the walking trails look great and might even accomodate a stroller. After lunch we were still thirsty for adventure (or was it from the Jalapeno potato chips?) so we decided to drive to Multnomah Falls. Claire really liked the huge waterfall and Millie and I even took some pov pictures that are pretty funny. This also looks like a great hiking spot after the new baby arrives. On the way back to Portland we stopped for Blizzards and went to a city park. Claire was ready to run around and play on the jungle gym. She also liked the swings and merry go round. We lounged in the grass and relaxing outdoors felt great. We were again ready to eat and decided on McMenamins Edgefield. This was another new experience and we had a great time. We ate inside the Power Station Pub and walked the grounds after dinner. We could have spent much more time there but it was time to get Millie to the airport.

It was a busy and fun weekend for all of us. Claire did really well even though everything was so different and new. We even had here saying “Millie” by the end of the weekend. She also said her first phrase “it’s a bear” when she was playing with a stuffed animal. She is getting good at two syllable words like outside, thirsty, and doggy.

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