Wednesday afternoon, the Spafford home became complete once again when we went to the Portland airport to pick up Jonathon. His two-week trip to Malaysia had been extended a few days, and we were all very eager to see him again and catch him up on all of the latest news that he had missed. He had an equally long dialogue of funny stories, amazing sites, exotic foods, and new friends to share with us. Some of the necessary catching up was done over a warm meal of eggs-n-grits and sourdough toast, made especially for his return home.
There was also a fresh loaf of bacon bread waiting for Jonathon made from one of the three cookbooks that he had purchased for me a couple months back ;)
Dad's birthday on March 15th, though acknowledged on the official date, had also been postponed until a time when we could all celebrate as a family. What can you give to such an amazing dad to thank him for all that he has done for you! ...we thought that a full turkey dinner with german chocolate cake would be a feeble start :)
...complete with our best dishes.
Long awaited for, spring is now officially here!...though that never means the end of rain for the season. There is something so welcoming on that first sunny day; everything smells fresh; there's a hint of smoke in the air from the neighbor's burn pile; the air smells of a freshly cut hay field; you hear that first biplane overhead; take that first truck ride with the windows rolled down; the tree frogs have just begun to serenade us outside our window every night. These first signs of spring greeted me as I sat on the porch on a particularly lovely Sunday afternoon! Somehow the girls had convinced me that sitting with them, sipping tea on the porch, was a much more worthwhile pastime then taking my normal Sunday afternoon nap (it was of course very true!). There's nothing like those special times spent with sisters, laughing and making memories that will stay with you forever!
Mom and dad started a new tradition for the three littles officially titled "Monday Memories". Sometimes it can be difficult figuring out how to evenly distribute your attentions amongst nine children...but mom and dad are aces at it ;) This special evening is one that they are totally devoting to the little children to make some treasured memories with them :)
They say that spontaneity is the best ingredient for a good time. This is a true fact in the Spafford family. The plan began when someone asked a couple of us girls to house sit for their cat, and it turned into a six person sleepover...babysitting for one cat :)
We packed up three extra sleeping bags and pillows, some enchiladas for dinner along with the main dish, Chocolate brownies ;)
Cozying up with warm blankets and tea, we settled down to watch a couple episodes of the TV show "Merlin". Jonathon's jet lag prevented our little party from going on into the early hours of the morning.
The late-sleepers the next morning were awoken to the smell of eggs cooking on the stove and country music playing in the kitchen. It was a rather quiet breakfast, sitting around a table with only six people to eat it.
That first morning, we enjoyed a cozy breakfast of eggs, guacamole, and freshly baked English muffins.
With the day ahead of us, we decided to drive to downtown Troutdale and hang out for the afternoon. It's a fun little spot that looks like an old-fashioned town, complete with a couple of antique shops.
In the middle is an adorable general store (with a lot of over-priced merchandise ;)
Our little outing together ended at an out-of-the-way coffee shop called "Silk and Espresso".
The plan had been for everybody to just stay Friday night. But come Saturday, we had convinced Jonathon to stay for one more night and enjoy a little more one-on-one with his sisters :)
The last night of house sitting, our party had dwindled down to a lonesome three...but we still managed to have a fun time together staying up till two in the morning ;)
It's in these special times that I can't help but stop and thank my heavenly Father for the wonderful people that He has surrounded me with! These moments are made even dearer when I realize that it won't be like this forever! ...so we take every moment we get to make memories in the time that we have been given!