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The Birthday Fun, cont.

Monday, October 6th, 2008

On Sunday morning, we awoke to some clearing of the skies and this was the view from our bedroom window — Mt. Hood. It only lasted about 10 minutes. The elusive mountain disappeared under a cloud, once again.

Stephanie made Dutch babies for breakfast and we enjoyed celebratory mimosas. She used some of the apples picked on Saturday.

M & M enjoyed a celebratory sparkling apple juice.

Mr C and I took a hike along the nearby irrigation canal. I found some beautiful leaves showing their fall colors.

After lunch we drove up the Columbia river past The Dalles and crossed over into Washington and went to the very eclectic and wonderful Maryhill Museum of Art. It is hard to describe this place. It has something for everyone!! We saw a really cool exhibit of Andy Warhol work. There was also an invitational show of outdoor sculpture, which we really enjoyed along with the resident peacock.

The permanent collections were a treasure trove. There was a very informative and visually pleasing display of Native American artifacts.

Mia brought here journal and took lots of notes.

We were enthralled by the display of chess sets from all over the world.

The best exhibit, and the main reason I had wanted to take Mia, was of the Theatre de la mode:

The fashions of post-World War II France are highlighted in this 1946 exhibit, which shows one-third human size mannequins wearing fashions created by the country’s finest designers. After their premiere in Paris they toured Europe then America. The last stop of the original 1946 international tour of Théâtre de la Mode was San Francisco where the mannequins remained until the early 1950s. At that time they were acquired by Maryhill Museum of Art. They went on a second world tour in the 1990s visiting Paris, New York, Baltimore, Portland and Tokyo.

These were really fabulous. The fabrics, the style, the attention to detail. We were enthralled.

You can see all the great stuff that we enjoyed and more fun photos of our family gathering on my Flickr. It was a wonderful time for me. I enjoyed the attention from my children. They put together a fun slide show — a sort of This is Your Life montage. I cried.

Lisa set up her camera on the deck and set the timer and we were able to get a family photo. Here is one of the outakes (we couldn’t get Miles to stop making faces!!) Be sure to click to see the Miles face.

The final portrait:

We came home today. Mark and Jayme left last night. Lisa flew home tonight. Now, it is back to work, but I still plan to do some celebrating because my birthday isn’t until next Sunday!!