Since I was gone so long — with more-than-capable blogger friends feeding and watering the blog while I was away! — I thought it would be nice to highlight what I was doing while I was away. I first traveled down to Texas to visit my beloved mother (if you know me, you know I ♥ my mom!) and to take my mom to her high school reunion.
First, a trip down memory lane for my mom out in the western plains of Texas…
Then my mom traveled back with me to visit Portland for the first time! 😀 I was so excited to show our home and our fair city to my mom.
One of first stops back in Oregon was a special tour of the Oregon State Library, located in the state capital city of Salem. Mom had bought me my Oregon “home” tee a couple of years ago, as seen in this post, and she made sure to bring her own Texas “home” tote bag. We couldn’t resist coordinating our outfits — and poses!
Of course, we made sure to take in a bit of the breathtaking natural beauty Oregon has to offer. We enjoyed the scenery along the Columbia Gorge, including stops at the Multnomah Falls and the Vista House. We also visited the Portland Rose Garden as well as the Peninsula Park Rose Garden.
One of the highlights of Mom’s visit was our self-guided tour of Beverly Clearly sites around Portland! The author grew up in Portland, and there are several sites named and dedicated after her and her iconic characters. We followed this excellent walking tour guide and map available from the Multnomah County Library site.
And, last but not least, miscellaneous pictures of me and my mom during the two-state trip. ♥ The pic on the left is from her class reunion’s dinner; the top right is us touring the Beverly Cleary Children’s Library at the Central Branch Library; and the bottom right is a pic of our pedicures. It’s a tradition for me to give my mom a pedicure, so that was one of the first things on my to-do list when I arrived in Texas! I painted her toes a glossy pale pink, and mine were a sparkly silvery pink. Of course we HAD to get a pic of our coordinating pedicures — and metallic sandals! 😉