vaux swifts

Every evening during the month of September hundreds of Portlanders gather on the slopes and fields of Chapman Elementary School to watch the Vaux Swifts fly in circles around the sky before funneling into the school’s chimney to roost for the night. They spend only a brief amount of time in Portland before continuing their migration south towards Central America, but we all gather to watch the show!

the sideshow – before the swifts start to do their stuff the kids take an opportunity to do some summer sledding. and yes, that is a man dressed as a banana. don’t ask – i don’t know.

boston – i love that dirty water!

kaitlyn, amy, joel and andrew at joshua tree in davis square (amy & chris and lynn & lance joined us later)

fenway park

kaitlyn and amy at fenway

kaitlyn, holly and amy watching the game

amy, holly, chris and kaitlyn

news stand outside fenway in kenmore square – go sox!

amy, kaitlyn and andrew in the public gardens

scenes from the 2009 us open

…admittedly heavy on images of Rafael Nadal.

warming up

chatting with Uncle Toni

getting ready to hit

laughing with his manager Carlos Costa

having issues with his shoes

and discussing the issues with his Nike rep

Rafa’s team including the dreamy Carlos Costa

Fernando Verdasco (who warmed up with his cousin Marcos, who is on the University of Oregon tennis team)

the Williams sisters

John McEnroe

Roger Federer

fans trying to get a glimpse of Roger

from anywhere they can!