Thanksgiving 2011: A Week Off In Oregon!

Posted by Amy O. , Tuesday, November 29, 2011 9:33 AM

This year, because Thanksgiving coincided with my Grandma Gustafson's 90th birthday and because it's our year for a California Christmas, we decided to go up to Oregon and celebrate Thanksgiving & Grandma with the Gustafson Clan.  We had such a great trip - it was one of our most relaxing trips to Oregon because I (for once) was not trying to get in any hours for work while there, and Patrick came up after just finishing four comprehensive exams to take him to the next level of his PhD program, which was a huge burden lifted!  We had tons of family time, and time for a few friends - not as many as we would have liked! - but it was really grand.  I also got to lead worship at Two Rivers the Sunday before and loved being with them again, and the Sunday after we got to hear Thom preach at Hope Fellowship, and Thom & I sang a duet together for the offertory.  It's been a long time since we've gotten to do something musical together!

Some highlights in photos:

Bonding with the nieces & nephews!  Me & Miriam

This is where Grant is interacting with Baby O.  First, he kissed my belly (so sweet!), then he introduced himself, and then he proceeded, throughout dinner, to give Baby a running commentary on the goings-on around the table.
Watching baby elephants with Bea

Bonding with Margot Mae, who most often wants her Mama, but obliged me here.

Meeting the newest nephew!  My brother Geoff & his son David Richard at about 4 days old.

Aunt In Love...such a sweet face!!
Always need a stop at McMenamin's!

Uncle Patrick time!  (Or, as Bea called him when she wasn't being shy, Uncle Packet)

A lovely jaunt through Washington Park!
Gustafson Family Thanksgiving
& Grandma's 90th Birthday Celebration

Never lacking in food when the Gustafsons gather!

With Cousin Eric

Grandma meets her newest great-grandson

David & two of his uncles

David with Uncle Chris & Aunt Jenny

L to R: Dana (Jenny's friend), brother Geoff, Uncle Steve & Aunt Gayle, sister-in-law Vera

I love this picture!!  Miriam & Grandma G.

L to R: Thom's back, holding Bea, Paul & Cousin Dawn, Vera & baby David

 David's first Thanksgiving!

The Curtis Gustafsons: (back row) Cousin Eric, Troy (Beth's husband), Aunt Colleen, Uncle Curt, Tom (Annie's husband); (front row) Leigh Anne (Eric's wife), Cousin Beht, Grandma G., Cousin Annie

The Burks: Troy, Anya, Elise, Cousin Beth
Logan, Grandma G., Galen

The Pattons: Cousin Molly, Kerry (Stan's wife), Grandma G., Cousin Stan, Aunt Carol

Aunt Dianne, Grandma G., Uncle John

My dad's family (he is missed dearly!): Curt, Steve, Carol, Grandma G., John

My beautiful immediate family (so blessed!!)
L to R (approximately): Chris & Jenny Storey, Rachael Storey holding Bea Blair, me & Patrick, Matt Storey in front of us, Vera & Geoff Gustafson, Grandma G. holding David Gustafson, Grant & Miriam Storey in front of my mom, Laura, then Margot being held by her mom, Emily, and Thom Blair

1 Response to "Thanksgiving 2011: A Week Off In Oregon!"

Redjen Says:

I hadn't seen a lot of these pictures yet...really good!

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