We had a fantastic time at Thanksgiving! We left Wednesday night and drove to Madras, OR where Phil's grandma lives. It was quite a treacherous drive. It was raining so hard that I could barely see between Seattle and Portland. Combined with the wind and how tired I was, it ended up being a white knuckle drive! Phil took over driving after Portland and drove across the pass where it was snowing heavily!!
Everyone from Phil's mom's side of the family was there except Phil's little brother Peter who is at school down in LA. It was really great to get to know Phil's family a bit more and just hang out with everyone. It was especially great to get to know Phil's grandma more. Now you have to understand, Grandma Marge is about as cool as grandmas come! She is fun, adventurous (she just got back from a vacation in Japan), very smart (she was a teacher and got a masters degree when not too many women were doing that), extremely devoted to her family, generous and fun! As I was helping her peel potatoes for the dinner she told me how she had met her husband Dean (he passed away when Phil was a kid) and how they got started on their farm. It was so cool to hear that bit of family history. I hope that she is still around to tell our kids those stories too, but if not, I want to make sure that I know some of them to pass along.
On black Friday, we opted out of 5am shopping and instead slept and had breakfast with the family. We did go into Bend after that though to check out the shopping. We didn't find any good deals though. We did go to a cool shopping area called the old mill district. We went and saw the new James Bond, Casino Royale - SO COOL!!!! Ususally I watch James Bond flicks because Phil wants to see them but this one I truly enjoyed! Daniel Craig somehow just makes a more human Bond. After the movie we just drove around Bend for a while. It is such a cool city and has my ideal climate - lots of sun, hot in the summer, cold and often snowy in the winter.
We drove home on Saturday and took a different route stopping in Leavenworth. Our friend Kevin works for the Icicle Inn there so we have been meaning to go for a while. It's a little Bavarian Village and it's so cute! Total tourist trap, but fun none the less. We ate dinner at King Ludwigs and had the best Schnitzel ever! Seriously, it was beter than the stuff we had in Austria! Yummy!!!!
By the time we got home on Saturday night it was already starting to snow. We are SO thankful that we came home on Saturday and not Sunday with all the crazy snow. More about that in the next post!