Some random pix from our time in the Northwest!

We are now in Sacramento, California.  I have been non-existent in my writing, which I feel a bit bad about, but we have just had so much on our minds!  We are in the midst of really big decisions and we haven’t come to any conclusions, so it is hard for me to write when I just have no clue as to what is going on!!! 

So here are some pictures from our trip in Portland! 

Maisie’s favorite yoga pose.

Maisie loves to do this with her lips and it looks so ridiculous!!!

Almost all of my siblings!  These are all my dad’s children (except Maisie in the sling is his grandchild).  From left to right: Amy, Carley, Eric, me!

Maisie’s great grandpa (my grandpa) has always been so playful and fun!  Even at 89 he is so much fun!!  Maisie loved him!

Maisie with her great grandparents (grandma and grandpa Ourada)

Grandma Christine (my mom!) introduced Maisie to her new love of walking in leaves!

Grandma Christine with all her favorite grandkids!

Kylie!  This is my little sister and she is the craziest thing!!

Precious little family picture!

Papa George and Grandma Ann (Justin’s parents)!  Maisie had such a blast wrestling around with Papa George and exploring new things with Grandma Ann!  It was so nice of them to let us stay with them for a whole month!!!

Well, this picture is the closest thing we got to an all family picture.  We were going to take a picture with Justin’s family and mine, but at the last minute, I went to grab Maisie a headband and as I was grabbing the headband, she was grabbing Justin’s razor.  Let’s just say she sliced a chunk out of her finger and it freaked me out a bit.  Nonstop crying/screaming and blood seeping through band aids made me care less about a family picture.  It is a bummer, but we will all be back together soon enough we hope!


  1. princesse ecossaise on October 31, 2007 at 8:24 am

    Such lovely pictures! Looks like you are all having a fantastic time over there, and wow your mum is so beautiful and young, she doesn’t look old enough to be a grandma!

  2. Anne on October 31, 2007 at 9:33 am

    Looks like you are having a great time with your family! Just want you to know that we are praying for you!!

  3. BevMomDuckduck on October 31, 2007 at 1:16 pm

    Great to see the pictures off all the people we’ve heard about, and truly, your mom does not look old enought to be a grandmother! Our love and prayer as you guys navigate these decisions!

  4. Jen Braun on November 1, 2007 at 4:57 am

    Looks like you are all having a blast hanging out with you family’s! I pray that God would bring clarity and peace as you are making new decisions. Take care! Oh, yeah the spider was SO disgusting!!!!

  5. svest on November 1, 2007 at 10:33 am

    Those are great pictures!!! Fun! First of all, I want to know…what the heck is Jason doing in that picture of mom and maisie in the leaves? Is he climbing a tree? ridiculous. And second…those pictures of Gma and Gpa are amazing. Especially that one with Grandma smiling. I love it…send it over would ya?
    Love you and miss you!

  6. Jamie on November 1, 2007 at 11:06 am

    I can’t believe how grown up Kylie looks. Your mom does look really great.

  7. Diane on November 2, 2007 at 10:57 pm

    Hey Jen,
    I’m so sorry to hear about Maisie’s finger…OUCH! I will pray for God to help you with whatever decision that you and Justin have to make.
    Take care,

  8. Rachel on November 3, 2007 at 1:14 pm

    Jen! We loved having you here in Portland. I forget how much I like hanging out with you till you show up some Sunday then I realize “hey, I really like this girl but she lives SO FAR AWAY!”

    I am so glad that I finally got to squeeze that cute little Maisie-Bug.

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