Plans for moving to Washington are foremost in my mind at the moment - are we really going? when are we going? how are we going to get there? where will we live? In the middle of all those thoughts are plans for next Christmas. We had originally thought that since we were on the West Coast, we would start a new tradition and travel for Christmas. Hawaii was our destination but a disappointing bed bug report at the resort where we planned to stay, coupled with the realization that our plans and the budget were nowhere near compatible, effectively nixed that whole idea. Plan B was Christmas with my sister and her family in Oregon and I really have to say that this was probably Plan A for all of us. Hawaii would have been nice, but when you really think about it, my family is much happier kicking back and relaxing at home or in this case, my sister's home. Family Christmases are this week's Friday Favorite.
The last time we travelled to Oregon was for Christmas 2008, what turned out to be Dad's last Christmas. We had a great time; we trekked into the wilderness on a Griswold Family Christmas Tree adventure, howled with laughter when the boys (then 5 and 4 years old) were messing around under the tree and pulled the whole thing over, ate out at a great pub-style place that had amazing fish and chips, shopped at the Old Mill District, did a gift-exchange Target Shopping Trip, and had a lot of family fun with movies and games. This time, the boys will be 11 and 10; they have a great relationship with Sophia because she has spent time with them over the last three summers and I'm looking forward to seeing my sister again because we have been apart for so much of our adult lives. I am really looking forward to being on the West Coast and hope that they will come to visit us in Washington as often as we can get to Oregon while we are there.
I took this photo in 2008 and I'm hoping to recreate it this year. Here's hoping this year's edition is not quite as blurry!
Alex, Sophia and Marc - Christmas 2008