Gus, Meara, Rosie, Lando, and I just had our Skyped Christmas gathering. Rosie unwrapped all of her own presents this year, and she emptied her own stocking. [Christmas tradition question - When you get your stocking, do you dump everything out at once and then look through the pile, or do you take one item out at a time? Follow-up question - Does each individual item in the stocking get wrapped, or do they all go in unwrapped? Or wrap some but not all (as I do)?] And this was Roland's first Christmas. He is wearing the very same Rudolph sweatshirt that Gus wore for his first Christmas.
While I was in Portland Lando turned 3 weeks old and it was Halloween. Rosie was the most beautiful Belle ever, and Gus was a most tolerant Beast. Hero of the week award goes to Meara. While Lando needed constant attention and Rosie demanded constant attention, Meara created a perfect Belle wig, which Rosie wanted but ultimately chose not to wear. Meara also crafted horns and furry ears to transform Gus into the Beast. Gus made a valiant effort to keep these on his head but every time he bent down to attend to Belle, off fell his beastly accouterments. Actual Trick or Treating was brief but successful. Rosie is now a confirmed chocoholic.
Life is moving a little fast these days so I haven't posted any photos of my visit to Portland. I met my sweet grandson and I spent time with Rosie -- such a treat to see all of my sweet ones twice in the last three months.
I arrived in Portland on Sunday October 26. Gus and Rosie met me at the airport. Best welcome ever!
Then we went home to Meara and Lando (aka Roland). I brought him a winter hat. He will hate me for this some day.
Sadly Gus had to teach most of the days I was there. But Meara and Rosie and Lando and I had a very full and fun week together. And I got to spend a lot of time holding Lando.