|We bought a new fabulous camera as soon as we arrived to help|
us document all the exciting and mundane events in our 10-week visit.
|Our kids met a lot of great new friends at a ton of brunches, lunches, dinners and playdates.|
|We did a December road trip down the Oregon and California coast.|
|2,500 miles in 10 days, but our kids continued to be super travelers!|
|We stopped every few hours to stretch legs at various beautiful spots.|
|Fred and I loved driving through the redwoods (literally and figuratively)|
|Outside of Oakland looking back at San Francisco while we waited|
to meet up with one of the dozen or so people we met up with on the trip
|Innocent go to dip his feet in his first ocean in sunny San Diego|
|And Gretchen played in sand for the first time|
|We went ice skating with some friends, which Innocent loved, |
but this was the happiest Wesley was during the whole experience.
|When we got back home, we went with cousins to cut a Christmas tree.|
We ended up with a slightly taller tree than this one.
|We were blessed to be in Oregon for the warmest, sunniest winter I can remember,|
so the boys got to spend a lot of time at the Newberg playground.
|Christmas was a really special time for the kids.|
They didn't get out of the sled for the better part of the morning.
|Wesley (our future engineer) got a toolbox for Christmas. |
He's still carrying it around a month later.
|After Christmas we went to Eagle Crest for a week of actual non-working vacation with my parents.|
It was really helpful for us to have that break in the middle of our visit.
|Innocent and my dad did some swimming lessons while we were on vacation.|
|The boys got to play in snow and use their Christmas sled.|
|Most of our extended family members came up to Eagle Crest on the last day.|
|We got to have a small celebration of my grandparents' 60th wedding anniversary.|
|Some wonderful friends paid for the boys to go to the dentist, which they actually enjoyed!|
|We did a lot of presentations on this visit, including at a few|
new church contacts, like Chehalem Baptist.
|A presentation in Astoria to a group of my grandmother's friends and neighbors|
at which Wesley made himself a center of attention...as usual
|Our whole family climbed the Astoria Column!|
|Gretchen saw and was seen by many friends and family, and accomplished crawling, walking, |
first four teeth and some first words, like "uh-oh" and "daddy".