Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Washington Travels

I have been on the road a lot these past few weeks. First my parents, Grandma Dyk, and I traveled to Seattle to visit my aunt Carrie and her boyfriend, Mike, and also a friend of my parents, Sarah, who lives in Seattle as well. I got to visit a couple really neat parks and also went through the Seattle Aquarium. Lots of fun stuff to look at there!

While we were at the park near the Key Arena, Grandma Dyk spotted a tattoo expo going on nearby and decided we should go get matching tattoos! Here we are out front of the expo waiting to get in!

The next weekend I traveled to Yakima, where my great grandma and grandpa Northcott live. I got to know their dog, Jill, a bit better and had fun running around outside in the backyard, hoping that one of the neighbors' horses would come over to say 'hello' to me.

Then yesterday, I had to say good-bye to my grandma Dyk and send her home (that being Dallas, TX). We had a lot of fun having her around, but I think the most fun we had together was when we went to the Sandy River with Kate and Sara. I loved playing in the sand with the shovel and also with the sticks I found lying around.

Hope you all are doing well and that we can catch up real soon.


Monday, August 06, 2007

Let me clear up a few things here...

I am guessing some of you may be thinking, "What is Jonah thinking, moving all the way out to Gresham?" Well, I gotta be honest with you. East County was not my first choice on the list of Portland area neighborhoods. However, after much careful consideration, my family and I have realized that it is not all bad. Dad wanted to continue to live near the MAX line and Mom wanted good schools. And as most of you know by now, we are not the fix-it types nor do we enjoy spending our Saturdays doing yard work. Thus, a townhome seemed like a perfect fit for us. Though we still long to live in downtown Portland someday, downtown Gresham has its' perks too. Within walking distance there is a library, park, Saturday farmers market and lots of cool shops and restaurants. So, we are not completely selling out. We will be right next door to Portland and will visit its' other neighborhoods often.

In my last post, you may remember that I casually mentioned that Kate was caught kissing some other young men. Well, I have proof (see picture below)! You may have thought it bold of me to accuse her of such a thing, but I feel I must let the truth be told so that other men are aware of the antics of beautiful women. FYI, we have decided our relationship is worth preserving, so please keep us in your thoughts as we work to rebuild the trust that was once there between us.

I also thought you might wonder what a typical day for me looks like. Well, I usually wake up around 7:30-8:00 a.m. (sometimes even later). After many months of stealing precious hours of sleep from my parents, I decided to give them a break and I think they appreciate it quite a bit. Then I have some breakfast with Mom (and sometimes Dad if he is still around) and play for a couple hours before going down for my morning nap at around 9:30-10:00. At 11:00-11:30 I wake up fully refreshed for the day ahead and so after lunch, Mom and I usually go out and run errands, visit friends or family, or sometimes we just stay in and dance and sing to a little Frank Sinatra or Ella Fitzgerald. At about 3:00 I am ready for another nap and that lasts until about 4:30-5. Then we usually start working on dinner and hang out as a family until my bedtime at 8:00. I pretty much always get a bath at night, then we read some stories together and finally I nurse and go to sleep. Not a bad life, huh? After I am asleep, a lot of times Mom will go out with friends to a movie or something as she tells Dad she 'needs time away too' (whatever that means). Just last night she went out with Sara and Aunt Mary to the Clark County fair to see a concert. Grandma and Grandpa Anderson watched me until my Dad came to pick me up, take me home and put me to bed. Oh, and because I heard there was some concern about me being left home alone with all this talk about Mom going out... no, she does not leave me alone EVER! Though I wish she would. Think of all the fun I would have if I had the place to myself!

Sunday, August 05, 2007

Potluck Picnic in the Park and more...

Today the fam and I went to a little park near our place to meet up with some friends for our second annual 'Potluck Picnic in the Park.' Bodhi, Isaac, and Kate were there along with a bunch of other cool people, so naturally I had a lot of fun. Here's a photo of me trying to impress Kate under the tree. I don't think I had much luck, though, because I'm pretty sure she was later caught kissing a few of the other boys there.

A few days ago, Mom took me out to Clark Rifles, a shooting range my Grandpa goes to, as they had a 'Family and Friends' day. They had a BBQ potluck, a raffle drawing, and a penny jar guessing game (I didn't win that, by the way). I had fun meeting some of my Grandpa Anderson's shooting buddies and running around outside. Here's a photo of me with my Grandpa and the bench he donated to the gun club.

This coming Wednesday my Grandma Dyk is coming into town and I'm so excited! She's coming with us to Seattle (where I will get to ride the train for the first time!) and then we'll pick her up in Yakima the next weekend. Stay tuned for updates on these upcoming adventures...


Thursday, August 02, 2007

Travelling man...

I've been keeping busy these last few days visiting new friends and old. On Monday I got to meet Hunter, who you may remember me mentioning before in a blog. He was born in December and because he lives in Houston, TX, I haven't gotten a chance to meet him until now. I also got to see Hunter's sister, Hailey, and my friend, Luke, who lives in Spokane, WA now. Mom and her friends, Mindy and Tara, grew up together in Camas and so we all got together for lunch since they were all in town.

I also got to go out to Brightwood, OR to visit my new friend, Meadow. Mom, Kate, Sara and I made the drive out there to have lunch with Meadow and her mom, Jocelyn. Mom worked with Jocelyn at Family Solutions. While we were there, we walked down to the river behind Meadow's house and afterward played up in Meadow's dad's drum room. It was really fun to play with those drums!

Besides all that, we have decided it's time to move and just last week we put our cozy little condo on the market. Well, even though we only had two people come to look at the place, we got an offer this Tuesday. It looks like we'll be moving into our new Gresham townhome at the end of the month. Before the move, we are planning to visit my aunt Carrie in Seattle and also the Northcotts in Yakima. It's going to be a busy month for my family! Here are a few photos of the place. We can't wait to invite you over after we move in!