Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Holding onto family

My folks just left and we had such a wonderful time together.  I can't tell you what it means to me that at 71 and 84 years old they drove 22 hours to get here to visit Chris and I.  Of course they took their time getting here but the fact that they made the trek for us still blows me away.  My Mom knows I have had a hard time lately because my Dad is so ill, she said she just missed me and wanted to see me.
Meet my Mom and Step dad Jim, oh and I got new glasses.
 Of course they had to meet some very special friends of mine.
 Breakfast at Zell's with Cristi was a lot of fun.

 We saw a field being cleared by goats and they had babies!

 This is right by Cristi's house and now our very own petting zoo:)
We also had a chance to hang out and take pictures with Kathi and Brian.  I love these peeps. Brian is a  pretty amazing Portland photographer.  Find his stuff here.  
 St. Johns bridge.
 The pros:)
 It was cold windy and about 15 minutes after this the sky opened up and it poured.

 All this made us hungry.
  Lunch at McMennamins another Portland landmark.
There was also a dinner out with Chris's folks that was pretty special.
Too bad I was so nervous that I didn't eat a single thing.  WTF!  The night was still great but apparently stress and excitement takes away my appetite and makes me want to puke:(
and on our very first day together we went to the Lake Oswego Farmers Market.  Lake O has some beautiful art all around town.
 This dog was my favorite by far.

 I always love the flowers.

 These gals were so much fun to watch!

 I miss them already.
I am always a bit down after leaving family but I am so thankful they came up.  I find myself counting the visits, how many more times will I get to see them, it's really an awful thing to do.  I'm just so lucky to still have them in my life and that is what I am holding onto.


Vix said...

What a lovely post - you always make me so happy! Your Mum and Jim have so much energy and look at their gorgeous smiles, I know they'd be great fun to hang around with!
I love that you introduced them to Cristi and that Jim got a chance to get his camera out. I can't believe you couldn't eat!!!
I love that photo of you and Chris's families all together with you beaming in the midst of it all.
You're so lucky to have such a brilliant family and to appreciate it!
Don't be down - we'll speak next week for sure! Love ya! xxxxxxx

Carina Rosenholm said...

Such great times for you! Love the pics , the Ones of the flowers are pure art! Colours... love your new glasses!

Louise McDonagh said...

What a fabulous time you had. It's so nice to spend time with your loved ones, both friends and family. It really does lift the spirits. I love baby goats. So cute. Xx

two squirrels said...

Oh Krista what a wonderful post of such love and look so very happy sweet. What amazing loved ones........that's your mum & Jim.....and special friends too.
Take v
Your new glasses are gorgeous.

Helga! said...

How absolutely fricking FANTABULARSE!!!!
Looks like an amazing and colourful and loving time was had by all!
Makes me SO want to be in Portland again....goats!!! Love 'em!
Bummer about not being able to eat from nerves and stress! ERK! Occasionally that happens to me too, and it's really WEIRD.
Happy families, my goodness! Cristi fits perfectly!
Love you MADLY..........XXX

Mary Lou said...

oh this was really a special post! thank you for introducing your mum to us, i could feel and see clearly the happiness and love and that you enjoyed your time together!
wish you a great week!

Gracey the Giant said...

It looks like you all had the loveliest time and I'm so happy for that!

Sandra said...

such a lovely post, so nice to meet your family, they are special, it's always good times when we spend time with them, and you look so happy - love the dog sculpture! I can't eat when I'm stressed, the food almost gets stuck, most bizarre! your new glasses are fab! x x

freckleface said...

Bless 'em for coming all that way to see you - that is a massive trip. Your mum is so small and cute just like you, and your step dad looks lovely. Happy families, yes, that is a blessing, and it's great that you appreciate it now while you still have it.

Stress does crazy things. I never know whether it's going to go to my tummy, my heart or my hair. Or all three. I'm glad you had such a lovely time, that's your memory now. xxxxx

PinkCheetahVintage said...

You and your family are so beautiful :) Looks like a perfect visit <3

Nerd Burger said...

This is such a fantastic post. It is so cool that your parents made that trip all the way to see you and that your dad was feeling well enough to do it. Looks like you had a special time and don't worry I get sick because of nerves at family dinners every year. I always have.

Kathi said...

So glad you had a nice visit with your mom and step-dad. It was fun hanging out with them. I think we figured out all of the world's problems over lunch.

pastcaring said...

Ahh, a post filled with lots of love, Krista! It's so good to see you with your mum and step-dad, and I love that you introduced them to Cristi, and that Chris' parents came out to play too.
As always, you look colourful and beautiful, and you make me want to visit Portland! We could hit so many bars and restaurants, and have a ball!
Sculptures, flowers, belly dancers, gorgeous views - so much to enjoy. You ARE lucky to have your family, but it's OK to feel sad and miss them when they go. But you know that. xxxxxxx

Jane George said...

love that post, how great to see you with your mum having fun xxxx

daiseedeb said...

I love how your cherish your time with them, and how they knew you were down so came to visit.
SUch sweetness.
And of course, you are adorable.
; )

Victoria said...

Family is always a great way to spend the day, nice to hear you all were able to be together. Wonderful glasses. Are those goats over by 11th street? What fun had by all!

Edie Pop said...

What an epic and lovely post!! The first thing that I noticed are all the beautiful smiles and the photos with your family are such a joyful vision!! Portland is such a great place, I love that it's less urban than I imagined and what a lovely surprise is to see a little meadow with cute goats just behind Cristi's house!It has so much to offer and I admire your city through your beautiful post! Sorry to know that you feel so nervous when Chris's family came, it seems you had such a happy time together!
I love you more than baby goats, robot dogs and flowers!!!

Tamera Wolfe said...

What a happy joyful post--I NEEDED this!! It's wonderful your folks came up and you all had such a fabulous time together. something to hold on to!

SQUEE!! BABY GOATS!!! OMG how adorable are they!!

Portland is gorgeous! Those flowers are stunning--and are so YOU!!

LOVING the new specs!! I'm going next week to get some new ones!!

hugs and kisses to all!!

Ariane Lasalle said...

That is a lovely post!
I knew Portland was beautiful, you show it well - Family is important indeed
Take care


thorne garnet said...

I'm loving that you and your Mom have the same color jacket! And the the belly dancers match the flowers. If there were those cool places to eat around here, I would never cook again.

Connie said...

This is the sweetest post. Love the first picture. When I get nervous I eat too much!

Lakota [Faith Hope and Charity Shopping] said...

I can't wait til I can put people up properly in the new place - it'll be lovely being able to have my parents to stay for Christmas. Sorry to hear your Dad's unwell though. Great family pics and love that dog sculpture - it has so much energy.

Nat said...

So lovely that you got to spend time with your folks and get them together with Chris's folks too and meet your friends :-)
Loved looking at all your photos... seems you had such a wonderful time together - the closeness, the love is so obvious...
Hoping you are doing OK today

Hollie "Jet" Black-Ramsey said...

Baby goats, belly dancers, family and love. Wonderful post!

Lynn Dylan said...

Krista, great photos! So sweet to get to spend time with your fam. Your dad is tall! (Just thought I'd throw that in there. :) ) I hope he will be okay. I love the scenery and the sculptures.


Forest City Fashionista said...

Looks like you had a lovely visit with your Mum and Jim. That is very impressive that they will make a 22 hour drive to see you (of course you're worth it). Looks like you showed them the best of Portland (which looks like such a cool place to visit - it may have to go on my travel list). I am sorry to hear you couldn't eat :(

I think I need a closeup view of the new glasses!

bohemian vanity said...

Glad you had such a great time together dear Krista!
I guess it's hard to live so many hours away from each other and it's sad to let them go back home after a wonderful time.
The baby goats are so cute and the flower pictures are really lovely.
Love your new glasses too!
xx Tani

Francesca Edesia said...

What a wonderful thing your mom and Jim did to come all the way there to see you. The pictures are fabulous. I really laughed at the ladies doing the belly dance. A really interesting post. I like your hair color by the way. You're so cute!

Misfits Vintage said...

Oh I love these posts so much - your family are so lovely and smiley and beautiful and I'm so crazy envious of your beautiful relationship!

I love that amazing bridge, and the baby goats, and the twirly skirts and the robodog, your Mama's beautiful smile and your gorgeous Pucci-esque hat.

Sarah xxx

Natalia Lialina said...

Hello Krista, the legendary friend of Vix and Curtise! :) I have just discovered from Jean's post that you are almost my neighbor (I adore Portland!). Why did I think that you are from England?! :)

This is such a beautiful post to begin discovering your colorful blog! You have such wonderful mom and step-dad! I totally understand what it means to you that they drove 22 hours to visit you. My parents live in Siberia, and it takes them over 24 hours and a few airplanes to get here. I only saw them 3 times in the past 12 years, and two of three times were because they flew here. It is a very exhausting trip, and it takes them a week or even longer to just get some rest after that. But we have such wonderful time together, and I too feel very sad when they leave.

I am so sorry to hear about your dad. Sending you all the best from Seattle!