It’s been almost five years since we moved to the Portland metro area and in honor of our “Portlandiversary” I’ve decided to revisit some of my family’s favorite memories.
When we first moved my here, my daughter was 7 yrs old and entering second grade; my son was 9 yrs old and entering fourth grade. This year they will be entering the seventh and ninth grades. Yes, my firstborn will be in high school come September. I’m really not sure how that happened.
Growing up in Phoenix, my children had never experienced the changing of leaves and October temperatures were often still into the high 90’s, so you can imagine their delight (and mine) when the leaves around our Tigard home began not only changing color but also floating to the ground. I had to be very careful when selecting costumes so that my children wouldn’t get overheated while out trick or treating. I think it was the combination of the leaves, the weather, new friends that made our first Halloween here especially magical. (Well, the Harry Potter and Hermione Granger costumes may have added a touch of magic, too.)
I truly am grateful for our Portland autumns.