Sunday, July 23, 2017

Update

Howwwwdeeeeee!

How's it going?  Pretty good?
Too hot for ya?
We've got months yet to go!!!
Hahahaha!!!

I spent most of this week down at an Advanced Criminal Law Course in Houston.  I lived in a hotel in a shopping mall for a week, sat in seminar rooms (when I wasn't watching the live stream in my hotel room), hung out with co-workers, and missed Raylan and Amy.  It's always sort of weird when we have these conferences in the middle of summer in these hotels that are attached to shopping malls.  This time it was super hot and swampy outside, while it was borderline cold inside the hotel and mall.  The whole thing messes with both your brain and your body a bit.
Anyway, I had some fun with my co-worker friends, but I missed Amy and Raylan.

This year's TCAO crew- Afton, Ruben, Christyne, Barb,
Jennifer, Carla, and Vicki
On the way home, following some insistence from Amy, I stopped off in La Grange and bought kolaches at Hruska's Bakery.  I grumbled a bit because the traffic was bad as I was trying to leave Houston, and I was anxious to get home, but those were some good loaches (and I'm not even normally a big kolache fan).  More importantly, they made Amy happy.

Kolache is my co-pilot
I got home Thursday and worked Friday.  It was nice to get home.  My family seemed pretty happy to see me, so that was nice.
The weather has been hot here, and pretty humid in the mornings.  Pursuing our usual objective of finding a way for Raylan to burn off some energy, we took him over to Barton Creek Mall to do some mall walking on Saturday morning before the stores opened.
It was fun.  There weren't many people there, and the few that were about seemed to mostly be senior citizen types who were out walking the mall to get some exercise without suffering the heat.  They were pretty amused to see a hyperactive toddler gleefully running around the mall.

"Oh hi, Mom!!"
In addition to simply running through the mall, Raylan discovered the joy of spinning in circles until he was literally too dizzy to stand up.

"Dad, I swear- if you help me stand up I will never dizzy spin again.
I swear..."
We also checked out an aquarium in the mall which was filled with beautiful, saltwater fish.

"My favorite is the black, plastic water filter, Dad.  I like that noise."
On Saturday afternoon Ryan and Jamie came by and hung out with Raylan for a while.  There were many books read and pictures drawn.  All of the adults at one point were busy constructing loops and ramps with the Hot Wheels track before realizing that Raylan had moved on to something else...

"Draw 'ineffability', Uncle Ryan!"

"I'm not sure that the security guard is respecting Corduroy's civil
rights, Aunt Jamie..."

On Sunday we went out to breakfast and went grocery shopping.
In the afternoon we went over to see Mary, Chad, and Truett.  Raylan sort of ran around their house like a whirling dervish, but he had a really fun time.


"If it really starts to rain hard, Truett, I say we make a run for it!"
Later, the six of us went over to The Triangle for dinner at Hopdoddy (which was good- they have a surprisingly tasty turkey burger), and then, afterward, Raylan and Truett played in the splash pad down the street.  The rain had passed, but it was still overcast, and relatively cool. (like 88, maybe?)

Synchronized splash padding.  Olympics 2020?
Anyway, we had a good time visiting with Chad, Mary, and Truett.
Afterward we headed home to get Raylan ready for bed.

That was the weekend.  As usual, it was too short, but I'm glad to be home!






Monday, July 17, 2017

Update

Hello!
Well, we had a pretty good week, and a nice weekend.
Below is a picture of Raylan that his teacher, Ashley, took of him at school.  They were doing a little unit about the five senses, and they used lemons to explore things like taste, touch, sight, smell, and... well, I'm not sure how sound fits into the whole lemon thing, but I'm sure Ashley found a way to make it work.
Anyway, this is Raylan using a sliced lemon as a stamp to do some art with paint.

Abstract Impressionism.  With lemons.
On Friday the kids at UTCDC have splash day.  They use sprinklers and hoses and little pools and water toys.  Here's Raylan doing splash day.  He likes splash day.


"Are you done with that bucket yet, lady?"
On Friday evening we met up with one of Amy's old library school friends, Christine, who was in town for a conference.  Christine works as a law librarian at, I think, Cardozo Law School, in New York.  Anyway, it was good to catch up with Christine.  We went to Chuy's, she got to meet Raylan, and we had a nice time.


Saturday morning we got up and actually ran an errand or two and grabbed some breakfast at Kerbey Lane (but a different one than usual!) before going swimming at Deep Eddy.


"Oh, pool slave!  Please be a dear and bring my floatie over here,
would you?"
Saturday also involved some grocery shopping and stuff.  I'm not exactly sure.

On Sunday morning our friends Libby and Jordan stopped by with their son, Rowan.  Rowan is like 9 months old and just learning to crawl.  We just played with the kids.
Amy hauled out some Raylan's old toys from a year ago.
It was good to see them.  Rowan had really grown since we had seen him last!

Later, I took Raylan over to the Garrison Pool while Amy got some exercise.  I'm leaving for a conference in Houston this week, so it was nice to get some Raylan time in before I have to leave.



And that was about it!
Nice weekend!
I'm headed to the Advanced Criminal Law Course in Houston this week.  I'm really gonna miss Amy and Raylan.  Hopefully it goes by quickly...




Monday, July 10, 2017

Update

Hi!
So it's summer for real now, right?
In Austin, Texas, that means it's pretty hot.
But I still love summer in Texas!
On the weekends, when I spend more time outside, I get more acclimated to the heat and it doesn't bother me as much.  When I sit in air conditioning all day during the week, the heat seems more jarring when I wander outside.  And, of course, the Texas heat makes for some great water adventures if you're at the pool or the springs or the lake or whatever.
And I just like all the light.  The bright, hot, Texas days during the summer somehow put me into a better mood.
I'm not sure why, but they do.

On Friday I picked up Raylan and we just went home and hung out until Amy got home.  Then we had dinner and just chilled out.  Nothing fancy.

On Saturday we got up and went to Deep Eddy to go swimming.  I'm here to report that the hotter it gets outside, the colder that the 70 degree spring water feels.
Raylan didn't seem to mind it much, though, and once you get in and get used to the temperature, it keeps you cool for a long time.
We ran into Danielle, one of my former co-workers who is now at the D.A.'s office, with her husband, Gavin, and daughter, Abby.  It was fun to see them and catch up a bit.  I'm not sure I'd seen Abby since her baby shower!  (now 10 months old)
Amy also ran into someone from the A.G.'s office, and Raylan ran into Milo, one of his old friends from St. Luke's.  So all of us ran into someone that we knew.
Anyway, we had a lot of fun at Deep Eddy.

"I don't really remember last summer too well, but I think that,
judging by this summer, so far I like summer."

"Look, Dad- there is some stuff that other people are not watching and
which I think I should try to take."
The rest of Saturday involved a family trip to the grocery store, exercise, and napping.  Determined not to let the heat get the best of me, I even rode my bike to the gym this weekend.
In the evening I grilled chicken fajitas.  It seemed to take a little while, but they came out well, in the end.
Grilled fajitas with beer are also a critically important part of summer.

Amy and Raylan wait "patiently" for me to grill the fajitas.
After dinner, Raylan had a small ice cream cone.  We're still training him to understand that you only get one ice cream cone per sitting.

"Go ahead and get my next one ready, Dad."
On Sunday we got up and went out to breakfast.  We went to Taqueria Arandas over by our house, just to try something different.  I think we liked it okay, but it didn't beat out La Posada.  Raylan loved the colorful decorations, though.  He couldn't say enough about them.
Loudly.

"-and over there is a picture of a pony, and over there is a cowboy,
and over there is a light, and over there is a fan, and over there is a
refrigerator. and over there-" 
After breakfast we took Raylan to play at Garrison park for a little while.  

"I'm running away from Mom!  I'm running away from Mom!
I'm running- Oh, hi!!"
After going to the park, we went home.  Raylan and I changed clothes and went back to Garrison to go to the pool.  Amy went to the gym and ran an errand or two.  Raylan and I had fun together, and I think Amy enjoyed her little break.
The rest of Sunday involved exercise, playing with Raylan, a couple of chores, and band practice with Reed (which was good).
Oh, and Amy made some really good, homemade strawberry ice cream!
That's about it.
It was a nice weekend!
Too fast!!!


This appeared on our refrigerator this weekend.
Probably says a little something about our family.  ;-)

Tuesday, July 04, 2017

4th of July Update

Hello!Hope everyone had a happy, safe 4th of July!

The Steans-Davis family had a hot, happy, summery 4th of July holiday and weekend.

On Thursday, as usual, my parents too care of Raylan during the day, including taking him to swim lessons at Emler Swim School.

Papa and Raylan synchronize their swim moves.
Amy and I both worked for a few days after Portland, but before the weekend.

Team Bonding- Ruben, Afton, and I hit the
Olive Garden for salad and soup 
On my drive home Friday night I drove past the new El Chilito that they've been building in my neighborhood, and I saw that they were setting up for grand opening festivities that night.  It was very hot and muggy on Friday, so I was convinced that no one would show up for the grand opening at 6:00.  I went home and changed clothes, and went back over there about an hour later, sure that no one would be there and I would be able to easily pick up some free gift certificates or some free tacos.
Instead, the place was packed.  There were pretty long lines for beers, tacos, and even to whack the pinata.  I wasn't able to really get any stuff, but it was great to see the neighborhood coming out to support a new, locally owned place.

I get the feeling that El Chilito is gonna do just fine.
We might even need another restaurant or two in the 'hood.
On Saturday we got up and, in the morning, took Raylan over to Garrison to swim in the pool.  He had a blast.  In the afternoon we all went grocery shopping together.
Sunday morning we went out to breakfast at Kerbey Lane.
Later, we ran some errands (got a new weed eater at Home Depot- very manly).
Eventually Raylan got some time to play in the sprinkler at our house.

Raylan the water sprite.
Sunday evening I had band practice with Reed, Frank, and Jim.  It was fun.  We played a few new covers ("Jolene" by Dolly Parton and "Midnight Radio" from Hedwig and the Angry Inch).  I had a good time.

Amy had Monday off from the AG's office, so I took the day off as well, figuring it was a good use of a vacation day to stretch the 4th of July into a four day weekend.
We had some of our friends (and Amy's co-workers) over on Monday afternoon, a sort of cookout to celebrate Independence Day.  Ryan, Jamie, and Doug (our special guest from way our west) were in attendance as well.  We just grilled hotdogs, but Amy made a corn-bean salad, a broccoli slaw, guacamole, brownies, and cookies.  Kit made a bean dip.  And we had beer and Topo Chico.
It was fun!
I'm going to try to remember who was there:  Kit, Shelly, Truett, Chad, Mary, Dan, Wendy, Kellie, Tommy, Amy, Rayln, and me.
Raylan had a blast.  That kid loves a party.
Thanks to everyone for coming over!


The view from the grill


Cooling off in the house

On Tuesday, the 4th, we got up took Raylan to a make-up swim lesson at Emler (he missed one while we were in Portland).  I'm not sure whether Raylan is learning to swim yet (difficult to say), but he definitely enjoys his swim lessons.  When we got there and I was getting him out of the car, he got really excited and kept asking, "Gonna play in the pool?" 

"Swim?!  Son, I will teach you to FLY!!"
After swim lessons we went to La Posada and had breakfast.  Afterward, upon Raylan's insistence, we walked down to the laundromat to watch the washers and dryers spin 'round.

Happy 4th of July!
When we got home there was some more playing in the yard and in the sprinkler.

In the afternoon we went to a cookout over at Jamie and Ryan's place.
We had a really nice time over there!  Good food, good company, and an appropriately festive 4th of July vibe.  Dick, Juan, Nicole, Jamie, Ryan, Mom, Dad, and one of Ryan's neighbors (and UT library employee), Ethan, were there.  Also Scout, Lucy, and Levi.  As well as a robotic toy R2-D2.

Ryan, the grillmaster (i.e., short order cook), takes orders before
heading out to man the grill in the heat
Raylan was super excited to have so many of his people gathered in one place.  
When we were leaving he told me, "No!!  I want to stay here forever!!"  (not sure where that came from)
Also, this morning when he got up, he told me he met R2-D2 yesterday.

So we all had fun.

It was a really nice weekend.

I fell asleep on Tuesday night to the sound of fireworks going off in various places throughout the neighborhood (mostly, luckily, not too close by), and felt really lucky to have had such a nice holiday weekend.
Not trying to be a downer, but the July 4th weekend was when Jeff had his accident back in 2006, so that weekend brought about some mixed feelings for a long time.  But we've been reclaiming it for a long time now, and this weekend was a really good one.
Hope everyone had a safe, happy holiday.







Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Portland!

Hey! We just got back from a trip to Portland!
Amy, Raylan, Mom, Dad, and I rented a house in Northeast Portland, about two blocks north of Alberta Street.
It was a really fun trip!
We flew out on Wednesday and switched planes in Denver.  The four to one adult to toddler ratio really made the flying very easy.

Usually Raylan and Papa look at model planes, pictures of planes in books
and plane videos on the computer.  But it's all been leading up to this...
The house we stayed in worked pretty well for us.  It had two bedrooms upstairs and a basement downstairs that was in a sort of basement.  There was a bathroom upstairs and one downstairs.  Both had showers (the one upstairs had a claw foot bathtub with a shower).
We had a porch out back with a little yard that Raylan could play in a little bit.
The house was actually located on a little alley (maybe it was first built as a back house?) behind 28th Street.
The neighborhood that we stayed in was nice.  The houses were older, but most of them were well maintained, and a good number of them had been renovated in interesting ways.  The yards had incredible gardening and plants.  I guess due to the climate up in Portland, the variety and amount of vegetation up there, in general, was pretty amazing.  There were lot of flowers and lush, interesting plants even around houses and buildings in which it wasn't clear that the owners were necessarily trying to do a lot of formal gardening.
There neighborhoods had lots of really tall, big pine trees and firs, as well as other trees.
Cherry trees and raspberry bushes were randomly scattered in various yards.
Everything was green.

"Papa in the house?  Raylan in the house!"

Raylan tries to settle in and relaxes at the vacation house with some
reading material.


We got in Wednesday in the sort of late afternoon.  We took a walk two blocks down from our house to Alberta Street (which has shops and restaurants and a few live music places and whatnot), and we walked to New Seasons Market (sort of a cross between Whole Foods and Central Market) to pick up a few groceries.
That evening we went to Broadside Brewery for dinner.  Amy, Dad, and I got beer (I got a flight), and Mom had some wine.  The food was surprisingly good for a brewery, and the beer was tasty as well.

"Dad, it appears that this brewery features toddler-sized
beer glasses..."

On Thursday we got up, ate a little breakfast, and drove out to Multnomah Falls.  They were really impressive.  Just a really pretty place.
We also drove along the Historic Columbia River Highway, which is, according to Wikipedia, the nation's oldest scenic highway.  At any rate, it had some spectacular views of the Columbia River Gorge.  We also made a stop for Raylan to run around at Rooster Rock State Park (apparently a former Lewis and Clark encampment site).
We stopped at Latourell Falls along the highway.  It was slightly smaller than Multnomah Falls, but still very beautiful and impressive.  Some people were getting married up at the scenic overlook for Latrourell, and between the great weather and the scenery, I'd say they were bound to get some great pictures.  Not sure how the bridesmaids climbed up there in heels, though...
We walked a path that led down to the bottom of Latourell Falls.  Nice walk.  Very pretty.
We briefly visited Vista House, a scenic lookout point which, true to its name, had some very impressive views of the Columbia River.


Multnomah Falls


Here's a picture of Mom digging into her purse so she can throw
a lucky penny into the falls (not really)

I am afraid of heights.  But I walked across this bridge.  Even though
it gave me vertigo.  Cause I love Amy.

Amy and I are the ones on the left.
Rooster Rock State Park

Amy does her Vanna White thing at Rooster Rock...



...and does her Rockettes thing after dipping her hand into the apparently
mania-inducing waters of the Columbia River.  :-)

Mom and Dad on the Columbia River at Rooster Rock


Love you, Amy!!!

Latourell Falls

"Lemme go, Dad!  Lemme goooooo!!!!


Vista House, Crown Point

"Why are you smiling?  What's behind me?  Is there something to see?
Don't we need to get going?"

We took Raylan home for a nap and grabbed some sandwiches.  In the afternoon we went to the Portland Zoo!
It was really cool.  The weather was great.  Raylan was excited.  We're at home in Austin today, as I'm writing this, and I asked Raylan today if he remembered the zoo (you never know with a two year old).  He told me he remembered the seals with their whiskers, the sleepy tiger, an orangutan, the elephants, and (most importantly) a speaker that played music.  (There was, indeed, a speaker near the seal exhibit that was piping in some festive music.  Raylan was very proud of himself for having located the source of that music.)
The zoo was very nice.  Lots of big trees, the weather was beautiful, and nice exhibits with all kinds of animals.


Zoo

"You gotta watch carefully Raylan cause the seals move pretty fas-"

"Flippers!!  On the feet!!"

Raylan is excited to try out the "how much
do you weigh compared to an elephant?" scale




Amy poses for a picture near the elephants.
Raylan tries to push aside some lady so he can get a better view.
A couple of large pack animals and a little kid.
On Thursday night, Amy and I left Raylan with my parents and went out for a little date night.
We had a reservation for a sort of fancy place that we'd made before we left Austin, but in the end, we weren't feeling it.
We just wanted good food from a local place.  Luckily, a friend of mine had been to Portland the year before and recommended a Thai restaurant called Pok Pok.
It was really good!  It was Thai food, and definitely some of the best that I've ever had, but the place wasn't pretentious at all.  They have three locations, but at the one that we went to it was mostly counter seating.  We sat at the counter, and ended up talking quite a bit with the waitstaff as well as the people seated beside us.
We talked to the waiters about the food scene in Portland and the food scene in Austin.
One of their guys had just come back from the Hot Luck food festival in Austin.  Anyway, we told them their place was definitely as good as any of the Thai we'd eaten in Austin, and they seemed excited to hear it.
We had khao soi, kai yaang, and Vietnamese fish sauce wings.  All of the food was delicious.  We also drank a couple of beers.


Pok Pok

Amy, realizing we made the right decision on the dinner place.

Nom nom nom nom!!!


After dinner we stopped by Salt and Straw and had some ice cream.  It's sort of a famous place (with a long, but fast-moving line to match), and the ice cream lived up to the reputation.  They had some pretty crazy flavors that I'm not sure I'd ever even try (Amy sampled a bunch), but I went with a chocolate fudge brownie and sea salt caramel combo that was muy bueno.
Note sure what Amy got...

Salt and Straw

On summer vacation we eat ice cream.


On Friday we got up and went downtown.  We visited Powell's City of Books, a sort of mega bookstore that took up an entire city block.  My parents both do a lot of reading, and Amy not only reads a lot, but has a master's degree from the UT Library School, so this famous book store seemed like a logical stop.
It was fun.  We all, by turns, got sort of lost browsing.  Raylan loved the expansive kids' section.


 Powell's City of Books

"Kids' section, Mom.  You promised me the kids' section."
After the book store we went to the Japanese Garden.

Portland Japanese Garden

The Japanese Garden was really cool.  It's a very pretty place.
I think it's meant to be sort of a beautiful place for quiet contemplation.  Quiet contemplation, however, doesn't necessarily come easy when you have a two-year-old in tow.
"Oh, wow!  Look at those fish!!"
"A waterfall!!!"
"Those are PRETTY flowers!!"

Amy and I wandered away from my parents and Raylan for a couple of minutes to walk down a path that wasn't accessible to Raylan's stroller, and we could sort of track their progress through the garden by way of the sound of Raylan's voice.
We've got an enthusiastic kid.  ;-)
Anyway, the Japanese Gardens were really nice.

View of downtown Portland from the Japanese Garden.
The garden sits on one of the wooded hillsides
near downtown.



One of the Zen meditation gardens within the larger garden.  Very
cool.
Amy, Dad, and I went out to some food trailers for lunch.  Amy ate a vegan bowl, and Dad and I had Korean chicken burritos.  It was fun, and the food was good.

Food Trailers

"You told me there'd be pulled pork, son.  I was promised pulled pork."
In the afternoon Amy and I took Raylan to Alberta Park, near the house where we were staying.
It was a nice, public park.  Good playground, lots of really big trees, and friendly people.  In fact, Portland (or at least the northeast part where we were staying) seemed to have a lot of really nice public parks.

Alberta Park

Raylan's first ride on a merry-go-round.
"Raylan's spinning?"


On Friday night Amy and I got sandwiches, and Mom and Dad got their turn to go out to a nice dinner.  They went to a seafood place called RingSide Fish House.  It was downtown.  I think they liked it.  They said they liked it.  I hope they liked it.

On Saturday we got up and ate breakfast and went over to a coffee shop near the house called Extracto so Mom, Dad, and Amy could get coffee.  I don't drink coffee, but I did manage to get a good pastry.

Extracto

Cause you have to fuel up on caffeine to keep pace with Raylan

Afterward we went to Grant Park.  It's another really nice park with a cool playground, and it's near Klickitat Street, the street where Beverly Cleary grew up, so it has a splash pad with statues of Henry Huggins, Ramona Quimby, and Ribsy, the dog.
We got there in the morning, and the water wasn't turned on yet at the splash pad, but we got to see the statues and enjoy the beautiful park.  Fun place.


Grant Park

Raylan and his posse.

Ramona

"I am a BIG fan of yours, Ramona!"

Three generations of Steans men.  One teeter-totter.
After Grant Park (and it's amazing, frisbee-catching dogs), we headed downtown to the Saturday Market.  The Saturday Market is a big street art market that occurs on, well, Saturdays.
It was really cool.  There are two parts of the market, and at least one half of it is apparently carefully curated by some sort of board which oversees the event and determines which artists are allowed to set up shop.  There's another part, closer to the food trailers, which has more folksy art, but still some very cool stuff.
I also got a delicious cheese pretzel there with hot mustard (I swear I'm not a fatty- there's just really good food in Portland!)
At the edge of the Saturday Market there is a big fountain/splash pad that the kiddos were all playing in.  I took off my shoes and wandered in with Raylan so he could play.  The water was cold, but he had a blast.

Saturday Market

Amy, using her superpower, senses bargains.



"Let me show you amateurs how we do this in Texas!!!"

Saturday afternoon I went and worked out at a nearby gym.  According to the data on my phone, we were already putting in our 10,000 steps just walking around during the day, but as a guy who worries about my blood pressure, I felt compelled to hop on an elliptical for a while.  Anyway, there was also napping and reading.

All four of us took Raylan over to Alberta Park to play for a while.

Saturday night we went out for pizza at Old Town Brewing Company.  The pizza was very good.  The beer was really good.  The conversation was even good!  I had fun.

Old Town Brewing Company

"Dad?
I.  Must.  Go.  Play.  Now."
On Sunday we got up in the morning and went to the Portland Children's museum.
It was really fun.  Obviously, Raylan had the most fun (on the airplane ride home he asked to go to the children's museum again), but we all had fun with him.

Portland Children's Museum

Really cool water table with flowing water and little boats and
obstacles.

Raylan assembles a signal for his alien friends.
"I'm ready for pick up."

Moving the "dirt" through the chutes.
Sunday afternoon Amy and I went to a vegan place called The Bye and Bye.  I rarely (meaning never) go to vegan restaurants, but one of the guys at Pok Pok had recommended this place, swearing that he had been a meat eater all of his life and still really liked it.
So we went, and it was pretty good!
I had some sort of meatless meatball sandwich (veggie "meatballs", I'm told), and Amy had the "weeping tiger" tofu sandwich.  They were both really good.
If no one had told me, I wouldn't have known mine was vegan.

The Bye and Bye

"Those are real meatballs in there, though, right?"




In the afternoon I went and worked out.
I think everyone else took naps or read.

It got a little warm on Sunday afternoon.  The thermometer actually hit 100 degrees, and it was the hottest day of their year so far.  There was low humidity, so the heat dissipated quickly as the sun set, but the afternoon was surprisingly warm for that part of the country.

On Sunday night I went out to dinner with Raylan and my parents at a place called the Courtyard Restaurant in the Kennedy School Hotel.  The Kennedy School Hotel is a boutique hotel that's built on in old, renovated, repurposed elementary school.  The Courtyard Restaurant was once actually the school's cafeteria.  The hotel itself has a couple of restaurants, a number of bars, a movie theater, some sort of swimming or soaking pool, and I think even a live music venue.
The place has a classy, but eclectic feel to it.  I thought it was pretty cool.
Apparently it's owned by a chain called McMenamins (which I think is specific to Oregon and Washington), but I've never heard of or seen anything like it.
By the time we had dinner on Sunday, we'd been eating and drinking a lot, so we all had salads (Raylan had grilled cheese).  Dad and I had a beer, though.

Kennedy School- Courtyard Restaurant

Mom is always happy to be in school.  And Dad is happy when Mom's
happy.



Dinner shenanigans 

"I bet I can hop all the way down this hall, Papa!!"
On Sunday morning the rest of the crew got up and went out for breakfast, heading a block north, and I walked two blocks south to get a breakfast sandwich at The Big Egg on Alberta Street.
I also grabbed some doughnuts for everyone to share at Tonallis Donuts and Cream.  The donuts were good.  Too good.

Alberta Street








We all took one last walk around the neighborhood and down Alberta Street, trying to wear Raylan out for the plane ride, before heading back to the house and leaving for airport.

Is it just me, or is it obvious in this picture that Raylan is going
to take off running the minute Papa set him down?



And so that was the trip!  

We had a lot of fun!  We all got along well in close quarters over a number of days, we had fun seeing Portland, and we had fun entertaining/taking care of Raylan.  It was really nice to spend time with everyone,
It was a really good trip.  

Raylan nap = parent relaxation



"This airport park and ride bus is my favorite part of the trip, Grandma!"