We left early on Friday morning for the Northwest. We had packed the car the night before so all we had to do was wake up and go. Our first stop was Williams, CA, and we had breakfast at the McDonald's. Russell likes the fruit & walnut salad (minus the yogurt), and his own container of milk, so he did just fine. We arrived mid-afternoon in Oregon at the Peters' home.
We stayed with the Peters for two days/three nights. After church on Sunday, we went to the beach. Russell got cranky later on due to his missed nap. In theory, he was supposed to sleep in the car, but obviously, there was misunderstood communication on his part!
After reaching my parents' home later the following week, we attended my 10th high school reunion. It was a lot of fun, but it would have been great to see more faces. Out of a class of about 400, maybe 70-80 were there.
Mom and Dad celebrated their 30th wedding anniversary on the 13th. I made a mistake and bought a second cake and more ice-cream, so we ended up with two cakes and three gallons of ice-cream. Oops.
Russell loved his 'horse' (better known as a little deer) at Grandma Waitt's house. Each time he passed it in the hallway, he'd make his 'neighing' sound. It was good to see Grandma again but it is still hard to know that Grandpa isn't there.
We spent two nights with my aunt and her family in North Vancouver on the way back to the States. Dawn-Marie is six weeks younger than Russell. They both loved blueberries and didn't mind taking more from the other's bowl;-)
The last night before returning home was spent at Dan's uncle and aunt's home in Vancouver, WA. Two of Dan's cousins came over and one brought her two children. Russell loved the playmates and especially loved this 'Rocking Goldfish'. We left Vancouver at 7am the next morning and got back to the Peninsula at 7pm. Russell did his very best at being tied into the carseat for so long and it will be a while before we decide to drive the I-5 again- even we were sore once we got home!