Before we had even packed, Roland and I stopped by the store for some gift ideas. Jenna had recently told us that having footie pajama would be cool. The first ones that I saw were bright pink with rubber ducks. Jenna has always had a thing for rubber ducks but as I looked around, I saw something else that looked more like something that she would pick. We chose what she calls a “cheetah print” because she is somehow in love with animal print – first cheetah and then zebra.
Jenna and Roland had gone to the pool while I had the opportunity of taking a hot bath. (Roland is so good to me – knowing I have been wanting a bath in a large tub for some time – at that point neither one of us were aware of the hot tub located next to the pool) Jenna was still in her wet swim suit when I got out of the tub.
I told her that she could open her first gift that first night. I was thinking those would be the pajamas she would wear most of the vacation. And so she stood in her wet bathing suit waiting for Roland (who had gone to get something to eat, unaware that Beth had invited us for dinner – even though we hadn’t really planned on showing up until the next day) to return before she opened her gift.
We had gotten a woman’s extra small because they looked like they ran big (pajamas almost always do) and they did fit – but not comfortably enough to sleep in. And so we returned it to the bag to take home and exchange – hopefully.
Jenna turned eleven on Friday. She was actually quite pleasant for someone who had absolutely no say in having to be in Oregon on her birthday. And what we had planned was not all that exciting either as Beth had given us the names of a few surrounding towns that we might want to look at.
We enjoyed a continental breakfast. Roland made waffles for Jenna, himself and me. We drove to Forest Grove, Dayton, Lafayette and surrounding areas. We did find a manufactured home for sale in Lafayette – a price we could afford. But we learned it needs a new roof. It is in a park verses its own land. Roland would rather have our own land – but I’m okay with a structured community – at least I think I am.
We had stopped somewhere to get Jenna a drawing pad. Roland also let her pick out a toy which she could have for her birthday. She chose a stuffed frog marked “Hoppy Easter”. She received texts from both Tony and her dentist to wish her happy birthday.
After four we went to meet Beth and Graham for dinner. He made macaroni and cheese (Jenna’s favorite) asparagus (which she tried and ate one of) and chicken. I forgot what fancy name he gave it. It was good. The whole meal was really wonderful – and filling.
Beth had made a cake earlier that day – a gluten free cake. It was in a large stemmed bowl with eleven candles. It was really good. We lit the candles twice as I hadn’t taken my camera out until after she blew the candles out the first time. I only got five pictures.
Jenna shared her wish as she was certain it wouldn’t come true. She wished she had gotten a pool toy instead of her frog. After she had excused herself from the table, Beth found a rubber duck that she could use. So her wish came true after all.
Before we left, Beth taught us how to play Labyrinth – which may not be in production anymore. I know I have never heard of it. Jenna, Roland and I played with Beth. Jenna ended up skunking everybody. Beth offered to let us take the game for the night, but I knew Jenna would want to go swimming again. I knew that I’d be too tired to do both.
The next morning Beth took us to a bead store so that we could make some jewelry in honor of Jenna’s birthday. Both Jenna and Beth chose to make bracelets but I decided that I would rather have a necklace.
|necklace by LaTiesha, bracelet by Jenna|