Yaya & Mom’s Holiday in PDX

Wow – it has taken me a while to get these pics dowloaded!  Mainly because I was sick of the site we were using…but download on a Sunday morning is the best bet! 

Enjoy the pictures!

We picked Mom and Yaya up at PDX Christmas Eve.  I was a little afraid that she wouldn’t remember us or not be excited to see us but boy was I wrong.  When they turned the corner and could see us waiting at the end Mom told Yaya there we were and she just got the biggest smile on her face, looked up and started running for us.  It made me cry of course…it was just about the best feeling in the world.

PDX Airport…picking up our Christmas packages…

After we picked them up we headed for some Mexican food…where we honked each other’s noses…

Gave each other kisses….

And taught Yaya how to play paper football…

The next one’s are from our week outtings.  This first set is from the Portland Children’s Museum.

The Big Dig – Kid style…they had a whole room with shredded tire stuff (dirt) and lots of fun scoops and buckets…totally cool.

Yaya in the driver’s seat on the Tri-Met bus (Portlands local way of travelling)…

We headed down south to the Oregon Aquarium…Too much fun…

She got suck a kick out of the seals.  At first she was really hesitant to walk up next to the glass but we just let her do her own thing and once she got used to being right next to them swimming by her she had a blast.  I can still hear her laughing every time the seals would whip by her…

Here is Mr. Otter and Yaya…

 

Salmon…and Yaya… 

Some kind of bird, Yaya and yours truly…

Watching that bird dive for food…

Yaya became a Portlander in no time…don’t leave home with out the umbrella…

The tunnel of fish…

Once morning we decided to head out to Hillsboro Airport so Dodo could show Yaya the helicopters.  She has had a facination with helicopters for quite a while and we were all looking forward to seeing her reaction when she was up close with one.  The one thing we definitely learned have a small child around is that you don’t push them to like something or get excited about it.  She was pretty timid at first – there were a couple helicopters landing and I just think she couldn’t believe that they were that close – she’s just used to seeing them flying around in the sky – not land right in front of her.  She finally got used to the surroundings and had a blast after that!

Yaya checking out the air vents in the helicopter…

Waving hi before lift-off…

Just big enough…

We’re really flying now…

We also headed out to the beach and our favorite spot in Pacific City…She really loved it here.  We walked along the beach picking up every single rock we could…climbed the big sand dune…and went whale watching…

The dune is in the background there and it is much steeper than this picture shows…It was funny trying to walk up with her…she wasn’t too sure of the sand and insisted I carry her…got a work out is all I can say.  After we reached that top she cries out “I did it”…sure kid, you did it all right…

Watching for whales and making silly faces…

The surf was really up and by the time we got back down from the dune it was low tide so we got to go exploring on the rocks and found all kinds of fun stuff…

When we not out exploring all of Oregon we were cooking in the kitchen.  This is my helper that started washing the veggies for me then insisted on scrubbing the sink – very, very well…

Tuckered out…

Piggy back time…

Lounging in her nightgown that her great-grandmother made.  She loved that chair we got her for Christmas.  Just her size…

And here is our other little baby…

We headed out to Silver Falls State Park and did a bit of tree-hugging.  She couldn’t go home with out a hug from a tree…

This is from the top of the falls…it was much colder than we thought it was going to be…so it was a very short trip…

The sun does come out in Oregon…

I’ll post some more pictures of Christmas but I hope you have enjoyed these.  It was a great week.

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6 Comments on “Yaya & Mom’s Holiday in PDX”

  1. sarah Says:

    oh my god she’s so big now!! i can still remember the first friday you guys brought her out to back in gosh, 04? and you had her in this little baby carrier.

    i love love love her little bed bonnet that her gg-ma made. and the tree-hugging is too cute you guys.

    miss you!

  2. javagirl Says:

    I remember that. Wow – she was probably only 2 or 3 months old at that time! She has definitely grown and of course the personality has grown as well – was always there even at 2 months old – just been refined a bit now…

  3. Kelli Says:

    Love the photos!!!
    We may soon have two pilots!
    Love you!

  4. Lorraine Says:

    All I can say is THANK YOU!!! for having Lydia come and visit. You can tell from the pictures what a blast she was having and not to mention how great her hair looks! I am sure her IQ jumped several points as well.I love her in that red polka-dot shirt, she looks so much older than 2.5 with that mature woman-of-the-world look on her face. She has been talking about you guys alot, she wants to see “my Jesi” and “my Dougie” all the time, I told her around her birthday so now I can give her the good news! ( although it’s closer to Ella’s birthday) I sent pics to great grandma in Albany, NY today, I now they will brighten her week, thnaks again!
    Lorraine
    Mother of Ya-Ya

  5. Marilyn Peterson Says:

    Jessie and Doug_ What great photos and such a clever and thorough journal about Lydia’s week with you. I am sure she had a wonderful time and had many great experiences with you. Too bad she won’t remember all of these adventures forever.
    I sure do miss seeing her during the long winter while we are in Texas – and I look forward to seeing her, and hopefully you, when we return to Kansas in April. Thanks again for providing Lydia with such a great Christmas vacation. Lydia’s Grand-ma

  6. sarah Says:

    update!
    please?


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