Sunday, February 27, 2011
The First Dance.
Daniel and Becky's wedding was held in Salem, Oregon on February 18, 2011. It was like a family re-union on the Gossard side of the family. We stayed in the same hotel and eat breakfast together. At one point I got to join to Carl, Mom and G-ma for an adventure to the Willamette Valley Cheese in Salem and Bauman's Farm in Gervais, Oregon. Somewhere along the way, the GPS said "In 0.2 miles get into the ferry. Get off the ferry." We actually did cross the Willamette River by way of a ferry boat but the wait was long that at one point I began to worry about missing the wedding. Anyway, the trip was well worth it and I was glad to have spent an extended time with Tim's uncle Carl. This must have been the first time that I ever had the chance to talk to him in that much.
Shannon entertains DJ and Julianna.
The Lewis cousins on the other hand also took this opportunity to catch up on each other. They all seemed to have been so happy with each other or they are just so considerate that they laughed at each other's jokes. Julianna has grown up since the last time we saw them. She has lost her baby weight. Now she looks more mature, taller, and beautiful. DJ has also become more entertaining than he used to. He and Miriam got along were well. The two of them spent some time dancing in front of the mirrors at the church before the wedding ceremony. It was such a delight to watch them until I began to realize that my child is a girl - she should at least act more modestly than her cousin.
After we said goodbye to the other relatives, the two Lewis families drove to Portland straight to the famous Powell's Books. Love of books is one of the things that the cousins share. Let them loose in a bookstore and they get excited and work hard to find just the right book. I myself found an old horticultural dictionary, Hortus, published in 1930. It is so old and yet it is in good condition. I thought that it not only makes a great technical reference but also provides a history of the American and Canadian early plant collections/importations. Right now it decorates an alcove in the family room. :) Powell's Books is the first bookstore I've been to where new and old books can be found on the same shelf.
Julianna and Shannon
G-G Ma and her escort.
Mom and G-G-Ma
Daniel and Becky's wedding was really special!