Ok, so I didn't get this up the "next day", but I've been busy! and tired! and busy! See, good excuses all around.
Our trip west was wonderful, fast, busy, tiring, and expensive, as all the best trips are. We spent the actual holiday with my mother-in-law, sister and brother-in-law, and new nephew.
On Friday, we met Hubband's dad for lunch and spent some time with he and his wife in the afternoon, perusing the Pooleyatici house addition and opening some early Christmas presents. We spent Friday evening and Sabbath morning lazing and chatting and generally just having a grand time with C-Mom at her place before diving into the car for the trip back to Portland. Made it there just in time for our photo sitting and got the welcome news that 2 of our close friends in the area were going to be able to be in the same place at the same time for a while that evening. We pounced on the opportunity and got to meet the 2 newest members of their respective families, Sawyer and Brayden. It was great to see all 4 of them, and the 2 hours or so we spent chatting and cooing at babies went by much too fast.
(Faye and Brayden)
(Sawyer giving me his shy grin)
On Sunday we were treated a repeat of Thanksgiving at Hubband's aunt and uncle's house and got to spend some time just chatting with the fam.
On Monday we ran errands and spent some time with our friend Ronnie (No pics thanks to a dead camera battery! Ronnie, did that one shot we wrung from your battery turn out?! If so, please send it!!!) before a nice relaxing evening with Dad and Janis at their place. Then it was up and at 'em bright and early Tuesday to come back home. Hubband had a chem test on Wednesday am and I was back to work... no rest for the weary!
Im leary of posting the picture, below, because the angle has me looking like a roosting hen rather than a nicely pregnant woman... however, it was the only shot of the 2 of us taken all weekend (Thanks for grabbing our camera, Nate!!) and I think our expressions show what a good time we had. After not seeing most of Hubband's family in over 18 months it also was a sort of balm to the soul. Now, if we could only figure out how to get to NYC in January....Know any good banks that are available to rob? ha. ha. sigh.