Saturday, September 08, 2007

Our Trip to Oregon

We recently got back from a Labor Day weekend trip to Oregon. In early August I found out that I would have a business trip to Oklahoma the week after Labor Day, so we decided to come down and visit our parents over the weekend and have Adria spend the week visiting her parents while I was in Oklahoma.

We flew down on the Friday before Labor Day to Portland where Adria's mother picked us up and drove us to Adria's parent's house to surprise Adria's dad as he didn't know that we coming down for a visit. He was surprised and excited when we brought in Thomas, he hadn't yet met Thomas as he didn't come up with Adria's mother to visit in July.

After a short visit, my brother Jeff picked us up and we drove down to Corvallis to spend a couple of days with my parents and siblings. Jeff was in town for a job interview in the area and to watch Oregon State open its football season (which turned out to be a 24-7 victory over Utah), and my brother Brad and family were in town on a vacation that they had been planning for months. With my brother James still living in the area, my sister Cathie was my only sibling who wasn't there (and as she is completing her residency in Boston it is hard for here to make quick trips across the country to Oregon).

On the way to my parent's home on Friday, we stopped by the hospital to visit my Dad. He has been having various health issues lately and has been in and out of the hospital since Easter. Thomas was worn out from traveling all day, so we only got a short visit before we left to go to my parents house. We came back to visit my dad on Saturday, and because Adria thought that the hospital was cold we bundled Thomas up in his custom-made beaver sleep sack. My dad's room was right next to the nurse's station on what was deemed "The OSU Floor". They liked the sleep sack and thought that it was "precious." After we got back from the hospital, my mom said that my dad was going to be coming home from the hospital later in the day.
Here are some pictures of Thomas in his sleep sack:

(Aside: While on the surface there may be some similarities to Ralphie Parker's pink bunny costume, remember that Thomas is a baby and not 10, and that a brown beaver costume isn't demeaning like a pink bunny suit is)

After coming back from the hospital Adria, Thomas and I went on a walk to have lunch at American Dream Pizza, our favorite pizza place in Corvallis (my brother's review of the place is here). After lunch we had a relaxing day at my parent's house. Brad's daughter Samantha was really nice to Thomas. She liked to help hold him and would run over to make sure that he was ok. She is going to be a good big sister to her upcoming brother.

On Sunday, we blessed Thomas at my parent's house because my dad wasn't feeling well enough to go to church. Adria's parents and youngest brother came down for the blessing. Below is a slide show of pictures taken at the blessing.

If you can't view the slide show, the pictures can be found here.

After the blessing we had a nice family dinner that had many of the fresh vegetables from my parent's garden, and then we went back up to Portland with Adria's parents to spend Labor Day in Portland.

1 comment:

  1. Anonymous6:13 AM

    What a great looking family, Thomas is adorable! I love his blonde hair too!
    -Carrie C.