Summer’s Almost Here, It’s Time to Reconnect

5 May

Summer is coming, although we would be hard pressed to recognize it with all the grey drippy days. The additional light and warmer air typically draws family and friends to our home from near and far which we embrace whole-heartedly. In fact when we designed and remodeled our home 13 yeas ago, we had that interest in mind.

We thoroughly enjoy having guests and we particularly enjoy trying to create a pleasant experience for them. It is part of how we enjoy our lives.

My family and I arrange local touring from shopping on ‘Trendy Third’ to riding the tram to OHSU. We take our guests to the mountains, the oceans, and to Hood River to watch the high-flying para-boarders crossing the gusty Colombia. Having guests and visitors from out-of-town gives us the opportunity to do all these things and thoroughly enjoy the unbelievably beautiful Northwest.

We never tire of it…there is something new every three months.

We start our ‘visitor’ calendar about May of each year. We throw a few dinner parties to get reconnected with our neighbors and friends since we are all coming out of hibernation it seems. We then discuss our up coming summer schedules and determine where we can intersect.

There are a lot of kids and family events that we exchange and generally some quite important events we prioritize such as graduations and momentous birthdays.

Robin & I believe that in order to have meaningful relationships we have to make an effort. This may seem like we are over the top, but really since, in our experience, it is very difficult to ascertain just how much effort may be enough to help build deeper relationships…we typically throw the kitchen sink at them.

Our good friends real us in if we get too far out there, but truly our first objective is to work to create a fulfilling experience for them as well as us. We most certainly enjoy creating a pleasant experience for someone else and we are also enjoying it.

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