Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Memorial Day Memories

This year, for Memorial Day, we had the good fortune to spend time in downtown Portland, OR with some great friends. After scoring a good deal on a hotel room at the Westin Portland, plans were set in motion to drive down to Oregon and explore for the weekend. Lennie and I took a leisurely Saturday drive, enjoying the I-5 scenery and a relatively sunny day. It felt very freeing to get out of town, even if it was only a few hours down the road.

Once we got to the hotel, we parked the car and didn't get back in until we made our way home two days later. It was great to walk around the city to see the sights! A few of the highlights include:
Here's some of my favorite photos from the weekend:

World's Smallest Park -- Lennie's shoe is almost the whole length! :-)

Vietnam Memorial in Forest Park
Me being silly with the statue in Pioneer Square, Portland OR
We thoroughly enjoyed spending time in Portland with our friends, and look forward to visiting the city again soon!

Sunday, May 08, 2011

Circle of Life?

Two days before my family arrived in town this week, our tulips were blooming nicely and the yard looked fantastic. Then, Lennie and I drove home from work one evening and as we pulled into the driveway Lennie asked: "Did you trim the tulips yesterday?" To which I replied, "No, why do you ask?" Upon further inspection, we discovered that quite a few of our prized tulips had been sheered off by some animal... we even found two hoof prints in the soil.

Today, as we were working around the garage, the suspected tulip bandit wandered into our neighbor's yard and meandered down the street while we looked on:
As I told Lennie: our yard has been contributing to the circle of life, feeding a nice young deer. How nice of us, I suppose...

Saturday, May 07, 2011

Happy 70th Birthday Dad!

Today, my father celebrates his 70th birthday. Friends and family will gather to celebrate this wonderful man's life and to wish him well for many years to come. I'm excited to spend time with everyone, and proud to have you as my father.

Happy 70th birthday dad!

(And to my nephew Andrew: happy birthday to you too!)  :-)