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Last Sunday my sister called my mom and I and told us that my niece wanted us all to go with her on a girls’ shopping day.  Apparently, my nephew was on fishing trip with his dad, so my niece, Megan, decided she wanted to do something with “the girls”.  We were pleasantly surprised by the impromptu shopping opportunity and eagerly hopped in the car to meet up with them at the local Nordstrom’s for our girls’ day out. 

Megan showing off her fashion accessories while wearing her Le Top Forget-Me-Not Garden dress.

It wasn’t the kind of marathon shopping I usually associate with a girls’ shopping day; it was just a nice little trip to the children’s department of one of our favorite stores. We saw lots of things we liked and even bought a few, but we didn’t spend hours in the dressing rooms or walk from store to store until we were too tired to carry our bags anymore (although I’m sure we will when Megan becomes a teenager). We did, however, try on some hats and hairbands; my niece and I are suckers for accessories.

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My husband and Lilah checking out Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox

Cousin Kelly all decked out in a safari hat from the Spring 2007 'Ship Ahoy!' collection

Last weekend my family (including parents, aunts, uncles, and cousins) all took a quick road trip to beautiful Gold Beach, Oregon; it is on the coast, just 45 miles beyond the California border. After a full day of driving, we made a pit stop at The Trees of Mystery in Klamath, CA and had a photo op with the statues of Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox before driving the final stretch. Though we were in Oregon for only a couple days, our plan was to pack in as much fun as possible.

Our first full day in Gold Beach was tasked with arriving at a jet boat dock by 8am  (yes, 8am on vacation – what were we thinking!) for a 64 mile round trip ride up the Rogue River. It was Lilah’s first boat trip and she was excited. The weather was cooperating (phew), but it was so windy on the way up river that it was a real challenge to keep warm. Lilah, being the smart girl that she is, hid beneath the blanket and slept most of the ride up.

We stopped after 32 miles in the small community of Agness. Those of us that had young children took a breather, warmed up, and had some lunch while the ‘grandparents’ all chose to go as far as the jet boats were able to take them (an additional 20 miles). When they returned, they regaled us with tales of rapids, rock cliffs and warm weather declaring it to be the most stunning part of the trip. Of course, isn’t that the way it always is?

We were told this bridge was only 4 ft. above the water line during the 1964 flood.

The sign on the roof reads “High Water December 22, 1964” that was the high water mark during the flood.

On the way back down the river the weather was beautiful and Lilah stood up next to me almost the whole time. She was excited to see deer and river otters along the banks. There were so many fishermen hoping to catch King Salmon or Steelhead that we made a game of looking for dogs on the small boats on our way down (there were many). Our guide informed us that during the flooding in December 1964 the river almost flooded over many of the bridges (hard to imagine). All-in-all it was a beautiful day and a fabulous boat trip with my amazing family. There is so much more to tell you about, like our ocean voyage to the St. George’s Reef Lighthouse and our tour of the Coast Guard Station but I think I’ll save the rest for another day! Stay tuned.

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Baby Ava loves her ‘le•top baby’ bonnet!  Kudos to Auntie Kate for
sending us this darling photo of her beautiful niece.

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This past weekend my boyfriend and I decided to have lunch with his niece Ella and visit her “uptown” (a.k.a. The Upper West Side/UWS).  We joined Ella, her mommy and daddy, as well as her Auntie Alana and two Uncles (Sammy and Marcus) for lunch at a nearby diner.  After lunch we decided to stroll back to their nearby apartment and watch Ella’s mommy get her makeup done for a wedding that evening.   

No, I did not say that!

Ella was the first to burst through the door in excitement that they had visitors, and was followed by the rest of the family.  That’s when I heard (as any good 2-year-old girl host would say):

Ella: “Mommy, should we put out food for everyone?”

Mommy: “How sweet of you!”

Melissa (inner thoughts): “Emily Post would be so proud.”

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