It's been a busy week of travel and fun and today I get to share a few pictures of our girls blog lunch in Portland. After flying home from Hawaii on Monday, Friday morning at 4:30 a.m. I found myself once again in the airport security line preparing to board a flight to Portland, Oregon to meet with four lovely ladies. I arrived and rented a car. My first stop was breakfast at Elmer's, a very tasty restaurant near Mandy's first apartment in Portland. I made my way down the Interstate to Happy Valley, a suburb of Portland where Taci lives. I went to my favorite french bakery to buy bread for our lunch, then wandered around New Seasons, a quintessential Portland grocery with organic and FRESH food. They also have interesting and orgininal gifts. Mandy and Brad's house was only 4 blocks from New Seasons and it is my very favorite store in the area. I found a Starbucks and bought a hot chocolate and then sat and knitted on a pair of socks and read my book for a few hours and then it was time!!!! Time to meet my girlfriends!
Here they are. Front left to right, Becky (Grandma BeckyL), Taci, (TACIStudio), Back left to right, Me, Teresa (Teresa Kasner), Gracie (One Saylor's Log). You can find them all on my sidebar. These are the lovliest ladies. I wish you could meet each of them. (Just look at Taci and Gracie holding hands.) This is what we do when we're together. Hug, hold hands and touch each others shoulders. As if to say, Yes! We're really here. All together. It's a wonderful day!
Taci worked so hard making her lovely home beautiful for us. Look at her beautiful table setting. We even had place cards. There are the rolls I brought. Gracie provided an amazing green salad. Teresa made delicious Yukon potatoes, (her recipe is on her blog). Mandy already made the potatoes today for their Sunday dinner from Teresa's recipe. Becky brought cookies for dessert. Taci made a delicious pork roast, cheese, olives, crackers and lots of different drinks for us to choose from. Oh my! It was all so delicious. I loved each tasty thing. And the best was the company. Oh how we talked and talked and talked.
My little pile of goodies before we unwrapped them
And here they are unwrapped. Taci made the beautiful dishcloth and a magnet. Gracie made the pretty beaded star. Teresa gave us a candy, a red ball to decorate and one of her beautiful red crochet heart ornaments. Becky made us calendars with a picture from a farm in Hood River, OR. She decorated it with little sparkles! Helen in the UK sent each of us a pretty handmade quilted heart ornament.
I've already eaten the candy and hung all of the ornaments on the tree.
It was a VERY long day. My flight didn't leave Portland until 9:55 p.m. and Hubby picked me up at the airport at a little after 11:00. I wouldn't change a thing though. These ladies have become so dear to my heart. I truly hope I can continue to visit them often. We were together over 3 hours and I couldn't believe the time had passed SO QUICKLY. It didn't seem possible that it was so late.
I started these last night FOR ME! It's rare I keep much for myelf but I have wanted to make a pair of wristwarmers for myself for awhile now. My favorite color and so easy. They only take about 2 1/2 to 3 hours each. I've made lots to give away.
It was a beautifully sunny afternoon today and so after church we took Chloe and drove to the lake. We walked around and she ran and ran and ran. She loves it there almost as much as I do. This is what is happening here right now. We've crashed in the family room. She has Hubby on the floor getting her belly rubbed and we're watching Hallmark movies. I made spiced apple cider and we're eating cookies and drinking cider.
I hope you have a lovely, lovely holiday week. As you celebrate the holiday, I hope you remember the reason we celebrate this day. It is about love. The love God has for each of us. So much love that He sent His Son to earth as a baby born in a manger. But He didn't stay there, he died on a cross so that each of us can someday live with Him forever. It's not just a story. It's not a myth. It's the reason we celebrate.
"For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through Him." John 3:17
Blessings and Merry CHRISTmas!