Wednesday, September 19, 2007

More from the Portland vacation

Sorry this has taken so long to post, but I finally downloaded and sorted through the Portland photos from Meg's camera. And there's some really good stuff.

First, a video of our walk in Portland's Forest Park with Stefee and Fergus. CJ was a little skittish around Fergus, although by the trip's end she really did like the dog...

When we were camping, CJ, Meg and I went for a nice walk through the woods. This little clip is especially popular for its soundtrack:

Back in Portland, the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry is a great place to visit with your family. They have the cutest little chipmunk costumes (next to the sandbox, of course).

And finally, on one of our last nights in Portland, we went out to eat "huo guo" or hot pot. CJ was especially fond of the noodles!

Monday, September 17, 2007

Lower Manhattan, Maryland, Richmond, she's everywhere!

Ok, so we're having some problems keeping up with the blog postings. My apologies for getting behind (again).

Here we have CJ and Grace, who get along quite well:

Last week, CJ and Meg visited cousin Chrissy down by the South Street Seaport. Here's CJ at her charming best:

And here's CJ, Meg, and a fairly stiff breeze:

This past weekend, we visited Uncle Jack, who lives near the Chesapeake Bay in Maryland.

There was a wonderful boardwalk that CJ enjoyed:

We then stayed with Art, who's known Meg and her brother Frank since childhood. Art is pretty tall:

CJ was impressed, of course.

On Sunday, we went to Richmond for the wedding of Meg's high school friend Rebecca. CJ and I chose to go incognito:

We had a great time at the wedding. After all the funerals and memorial services of the past year, it was great to attend a real happy occasion. Much fun was had by all.

-- Dan

Thursday, September 06, 2007

Portland vacation

We spent ten relatively fun days in Portland, Oregon, to close out the summer. I say relatively because during this time about half of CJ's teeth came in. That part was the only not-so-much-fun part. But we had a great time hanging out with our friends Stefee and Mike, and their parents.

In fact, Bob, Stefee's Dad, took us camping -- CJ's first camping trip. And this was no casual jaunt. Bob knows how to camp in style.

Mom and CJ quickly adapted to this new way of roughing it. Here they are lining up for breakfast:

The site, a secret location in the Mt. Hood National Forest, was beautiful. Here's CJ trying to adjust one of her new teeth:

And here I am with CJ, hiking along an old logging road:

CJ had a lot of fun with Stefee and Mike's pets. They have a big German Shepherd that CJ liked but had a hard time getting up the nerve to pet. She mastered the cats in no time, though. Here she is showing Tigger the door:

We also checked out the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry. Here's Meg and CJ test driving a replica of the Gemini spacecraft that launched the day Meg was born:

And here's CJ holding court in the museum's sandbox:

No, we don't know why the museum had a sandbox.

On our last day, we went for a great hike to a cliff overlooking the Columbia River Gorge:

There's a few more photos and some videos from our trip that need to be pulled off of Meg's camera, and I'll try to post them at some point this weekend.

It's too bad the summer ended. With CJ, the season just sped past us!