So Many Celebrations!
This is mostly what we celebrated in February.
We spent 2 weeks in Oregon. Charlie turned 2!
We celebrated Valentine's Day...
Which also happened to be Charlie's second birthday.
Birthday celebrating lasted through the weekend.
Charlie tested out her new slide before her little friends came over for her Kitty Party.
A few days later, we made sure to fit in a Mardi Gras celebration.
We all enjoyed beads. A few of us enjoyed King Cake and Sazeracs. Actually the cake was awful, but it looked festive.
Family at the Zoo
We celebrated President's Day with a trip to the "Oregon Zoo". It was cold and gray but the zoo was lively.
Charlie enjoyed the fake animals, more than the live ones.
Most of all she enjoyed the people! We managed to have a (logistically tricky) reunion, with 12 relatives who drove many hours for a zoo meet-up! Cheers for a gathering of aunts, uncles, cousins and second cousins!
Portland Art Museum
Another evening was spent celebrating art! Our dear friend Milissa works at the Portland Art Museum and gave us a warm welcome!
Charlie explored the museum in her own special way. She experienced the floor, using all body parts and she tested the acoustics with her voice. Finally a multimedia exhibit captured Charlie's full attention. The music and colors were mesmerizing. Before we left the room she said softly, "Good bye colors. I love you."
We celebrated afterwards at the iconic Jake's Famous Crawfish, which has been around since 1892!
Celebrating an Old Friend
Don and I slipped away, one morning and drove across the Columbia River into Washington. It was cloudy, but we could view Mount Hood on the drive.
We met up with my old college pal and her husband at their home. Claire is the one who introduced Don and me, in 1977!
Lunch and a Hike
After a fun lunch outing we hiked near their home. Don and Michael gabbed...
Claire and I followed behind, reminiscing and laughing. There's never enough time!
Portland's second biggest snowfall ever, hit during our stay. Charlie was more than happy to bundle up and head out.
Charlie did not want to try the sled.
But she was happy to eat some snow!
Celebrating at the Lighthouse!
The day after the big snow, much of Portland was closed down. But Don and I had reservations for a night at the Heceta Lighthouse!
Our 4-wheel drive rental got us to the iconic lighthouse by late afternoon. By evening we were enjoying wine and cheese at the Lighthouse Keeper's House B&B, with my sis and sis-in-law.
Before it got dark, we walked up to the lighthouse. Had it all to ourselves!
The view from our room was stunning.
The 7-course breakfast was scrumptious! It was hard to drive away from the cozy white house!
One Last Stop... Astoria
We had one more day before heading back to Portland. The snowy drive was gorgeous, but closures slowed us down. We arrived in Astoria by 5.
We had dinner at a fun place across the street from The Elliott. Next morning was cold, when we explored the waterfront. Once again... needed more time!
The Portland area had more snow, so the last days of our visit were spent hanging out and being cozy at home. No problem with that!
Saying good-bye to a 2-year old is a lot different than saying good-bye to an infant. Kisses... "Bye Bye Pop Pop. Bye Bye Gramma"
What a special visit. What a memorable February.