An Evening with the Cousins

Dear Liza,

I miss seeing you and your family every week, but here in Portland I do get to visit with Auntie Katie and Cousins Jasper and Kestrel. Last week we picked up a delicious dinner at Yama Sushi on Division and we had a fun evening.

We got to visit with Sir Isaac Snooten, Kestrel’s hognose snake. He is very friendly and doesn’t mind being handled gently and quietly. He really likes Cousin Kestrel and even likes to climb in her hair!

Grandpa Nelson, however, does not like snakes. He and Cousin Jasper played chess with the new set we got him for Christmas, and Jasper won. He is getting really good.

We also did a nice ceremonial ‘first opening’ of two of Auntie Katie’s gifts, some superhero action figures. Squirrel Girl has been a favorite of their house for years, and Kestrel even dressed up in a Squirrel Girl costume for a Comic Con when she was about three years old. Squirrel Girl comes with her own scooter with a basket to hold

Tippytoe and her other squirrel friends.

The other action figure was Mystique, from the Marvel stories. She seems scarier and comes with hands of different colors for when she changes. And of course, we needed to have our two superheroes go on an adventure together!

When it was time for us to go, we had hugs all around. I hope you have a good week with lots of hugs, too.

Love,

Grandma Judy