Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Peer Pals Gets Some More Love

Peer Pals got some love from our local Patch site a couple weeks back. Check out the fun article here. We are averaging one news article per year, whoot! whoot!

Don't forget to scroll down and see the photo of Noe walking hand-in-hand with his peer pal, Sarah. That, my friends, is called little boy love. Noe couldn't be more smitten with his cute, blond peer pal. Sarah is moving on to middle school next year and Noe will miss seeing her each day at school, but I have a feeling she will continue to find ways to be a part of Noe's life.

Noe has a lot of guardian angels in his life. Some are just cuter than others.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Portland Trip: Easter

The Saturday before Easter, we had a family Easter Egg hunt in Grandma's backyard. Her yard was green and gorgeous thanks to an unusually wet (even by Portland standards) spring. The kids had a great time together!

Then all had fun stuffing little faces with candy. Later in the day, we found all of the cousins hiding under a blanket eating the Easter candy that was supposed to go in their baskets. Easter Bunny was pissed, but got her revenge the next morning when two little boys with sad faces found their baskets quite empty. You just don't mess with the Easter Bunny!

And no Easter celebration is complete without tug-of-war, of course!

I told you Grandma's backyard was gorgeous! It was a rare treat to spend a real holiday with real family. Easter 2011 was perfect in every way.

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Portland Trip: Visiting Grandparents

One of the greatest blessings of my life has been my grandparents. I grew up just a couple miles away from both sets. They are threaded throughout my childhood memories. I feel extremely fortunate that I have three of them still in my life (my Grandma Razz passed away last year). We were able to watch several Blazer playoff games with my Grandpa Razz, who now lives with my aunt and uncle in Oregon City.

My Grandpa Mattson (shown above with my Grandma), a WWII veteran, still has an amazingly sharp mind and strong body at age 90 (this October). My Grandma Mattson reads voraciously and is always working on a quilt or other sewing project. And just like I remember from my own childhood, she always has cookies for my boys when they come to visit.

Baby E and my Grandpa Mattson. Almost 90 years separate them. Although Baby E is the youngest great-grandchild, my grandparents also have several great-great grandchildren. What an amazing family legacy they leave behind!