Monday, November 30, 2009

Thanksgiving Weekend

We had visitors for Thanksgiving break this year!

Gammie, Grumpa, and Mikki came!

Or, in Porterese: Mammie, Papa, and Minnie

Porter had so much attention, he didn't mind showing off!

Now, originally for Thanksgiving, we'd plannned on just going out so we wouldn't have to spend all day cooking...

Well...we changed our minds :)

But, instead of cooking turkey and ham for hours and hours, we just bought pre-cooked and pre-sliced turkey from FM Deli!...then we grabbed supplies I didn't have, including gravy, and called it good.
We cooked everything else.

Took about 2 hours!

I don't know about you, but I think I might do that every year!

The food was delish, the company was great, and we all were very thankful and gluttonous.

...and when the turkey settled in our stomachs...


Friday, to keep up with the idea of food...

...we enjoyed a fun trip to the Tillamook Cheese Factory!

I tried the sticky bun ice cream this time...and I think I'll lay off sugar for the rest of the year...super yummy, though! Just gotta get past the sugar rush.

We all had fun during our tour.

Porter especially

He was more entertaining than the tour.

There was a gorgeous Christmas tree in the entryway. So gorgeous, in fact, we couldn't pass up the photo-op

After our tour, we wanted to take everyone to the beach, but on our way, we saw a sign with a lighthouse on it...

...then changed our course.
We've never seen a lighthouse before.

When I say "we've" I really mean everyone!

After a short drive, we arrived here:

We got on the path and immediately saw this...

...and this... get the point...



I have to admit...

I wasn't expecting it to be short. It was on the cliffs, though, so that makes sense.

Cute little lighthouse.

We did make it to the beach, but didn't stay long. Just long enough so Mom and Mikki could touch the ocean.

They had gone to North Carolina recently and saw the Atlantic.

I'm slightly jealous.

I've never been past Texas.

But I think it's awesome they got to go "from sea to shining sea" within two years!

Funny thing is, I had to go to another country in order to touch the ocean for the first time...that was 2.5 years ago.

Before the family left us to stay in the Dalles, we made some final trips.

Of course we visited Multnomah!

It was very chilly, but totally worth it.

We brought Ty along, and he and Seth made the trip up to the very top of the falls.

We'd planned on meeting back down on the bridge, but it was too cold, so we met at the bottom again.

At the bridge:

My mom and baby are so cute.
Porter on the way down:

At the bottom while waiting for the boys to join us, we got some hot chocolate and cider.

Porter and I warmed our hands for a while waiting for the drink to cool.

He wasn't very happy with me when I took it away so we could do this:

We weren't done hanging out yet!

We dropped off my parents at The Dalles, and ate here...'s been six years since we've eaten here, and it's still as cute as ever!
They call you cousin, and have a bunch of farm related decor including a train that goes through part of the building. Super clever, and just as I remembered it!
What a fun weekend! We're sad to see it end.

1 comment:

Katies Korner said...

I can believe you guys have never been a lighthouse! My mom and me have been to dozens, its our thing on trips to make sure and hit any along they way. They are all very different and fun to see! Sounds like you had a great Thanksgiving!