Seaside Holiday Lights Parade

Last Friday the rains subsided just in time for the Seaside Holiday Lights Parade through downtown Seaside, OR. We went prepared with our rain pants, boots, and rain jackets and never got wet! We left Kendall at the house since it had been raining so hard, and we weren’t sure how she’d do with the sirens in the parade.

Here are some of the highlights.

The trash truck was all decked out with lights.
More of the trash truck
The 4-H club float

Shop Dogs and a Fancy New Coat

I went to lunch and then shopping with a friend in downtown Portland today. We stopped in to Michael Allen’s to greet the the two Cavaliers who “work” there and to buy Kendall a fancy new coat for Christmas.


Charlie is 11 1/2 years old and goes to work every day with his owner. They were both doing what Cavaliers do best, sleeping on the couch. We woke Charlie up to try on the coat for size.


Max was doing his part to make the customers feel welcome.

I picked up a new Barbour coat for Kendall for Christmas. Here she is modeling it.

Her new winter coat
A perfect fit

Now that I know it fits, I can wrap it up and put it under the tree. Do you think she’ll act surprised when we open it on Christmas?

Merry Christmas

Christmas 2012

Things are going to get a bit busy over the next few days, so I wanted to make sure we got our holiday greetings up. No matter what you’re celebrating this year, I hope you have a joyous time. We’ll be hanging close to home this holiday season. What are you doing?

On a side note, we were featured over on the Resolve to Give blog today. Eric is an inspiring person who resolved to give each and every day of 2011. You can read about how this busy engineer and father found the time and the energy to give of himself and the wonderful things he discovered along the way.

Merry Christmas,

Gretchen and Kendall

Holiday tree lighting

Beaverton held its annual tree lighting in the Beaverton City Park on Friday night. We weren’t doing anything in particular, so we decided to go. It’s been really cold here the past few days and Friday night was no exception. We hung around just long enough for the tree to light. Kendall had a great time getting petted by lots and lots of kids. She just adores children!

(I wonder what happened to red and green. It kinda looks like an upside down dreidel, doesn’t it?)