Oct 122016


After hitting a few fruit stands and doing the pumpkin patch we stopped at Wy’East so I could do a quick tasting. I wanted to buy a bottle of the wine I bought at my Bachelorette Party wine trip but couldn’t remember what it was. So of course I had to taste them all. 🙂

Well it turned out to be the first one I tasted! It was a nice little wine tasting, very chill because it was just around 12:30 or 1 and not too crowded yet. I bought a bottle of the Pinot Gris.


After that we stopped at the White House Winery for lunch. The reviews for the food cart were good and several people had recommended it for lunch.



Michael got the BLT and I got the Caprese sandwich with coleslaw. My sandwich was excellent! So flavorful and it hit the spot. Michael said his sandwich was great, too. He got a beer in their beer/cider tasting room and we just hung out and ate lunch inside the cafe.


After lunch we grabbed Bella from the car and put Logan in the Ergo and we walked around the gardens.


This parent was smart:


We’ll have to remember that for 5 years from now. 😉


We lucked out on Sunday. It was supposed to rain all day but it wasn’t bad. It just sprinkled here and there. We were able to meander around outside for most of our outings without getting rained on.


They had a GORGEOUS dahlia farm, too! I loved taking photos of my favorite flowers.

After that we made one more stop at Phelps Creek Tasting Room. By this time the rain had hit and it was pouring outside! So a good time to go INSIDE and get some wine poured!



The tasting room is at the golf course near the house we stayed at. It was the perfect spot for our last hurray of the day. I think the rainy weather had scared everyone else away, too, because we basically had the tasting room to ourselves. Another older couple joined us. They were members of the wine club and so we got to try some tastes of wines only members get just because it was just the 4 of us. Winning!

I ended up buying a bottle of Pinot Noir that we both liked and it was just a fun way to spend the late afternoon. The other couple was chatty and friendly and he convinced me to taste their Chardonnay even though I do not like Chardonnay. I guess Phelps Creek does it in steel barrels instead of oak so it doesn’t taste like a buttery Chardonnay (which I dislike). And he was right! It was quite tasty.

It was time to go back to the house. I wanted a little down time to relax so I got to soak in the clawfoot tub at the house:


I put on some Sarah Vaughn on Spotify and relaxed in a bathtub that I can actually fit into! I hate that our bathtub at home is so tiny. Someday….

Michael went out to pick up dinner at Double Mountain Brewery and we settled in to watch the 2nd Presidential Debates with our pizza. The pizza was just ok. We both remembered it being better last time we had it. Not sure what happened there.


Monday we awoke to sunshine and warmer weather! Thank goodness. I was looking forward to it not raining.


We packed up and then went to breakfast at Bette’s Place in downtown Hood River. The restaurant we wanted to go to was packed and so we tried this place and it was good! We got seated right away and the food came out fast.


I wanted some comfort food so I got the French toast with a sausage patty (which was huge!). Then we went for a hike. Logan’s first hike!

I had a list of a few nearby hikes in Hood River. Since it was our first time trying a hike with the baby I wanted something easy and fairly flat and not too muddy. We lucked out with Indian Creek Trail.


It was a short hike, but it was perfect for what we were looking for as a beginning outing with Logan.

Look at Bella:


She says HURRY UP! LET’S GO!

It was a good little trail. It was pretty flat but had some easy climbs here and there. It wasn’t muddy or rocky. It was a great trail running path and we saw a bunch of runners with their dogs.


Logan did great for his first hike! He looked around at the trees and wasn’t fussy. Then he fell asleep and pretty much slept on daddy for the whole thing. 😉


There were some great views of the Hood River below. It was such a gorgeous (and warm) fall day! The perfect day for a hike.



We ended up doing around 2 miles. We got to what looked like the end of the trail and turned around.


After that we loaded everyone back in the car and drove back to Portland. It was a good little trip. The house we stayed in was the perfect location and it was really cute. I don’t know that we’d stay there again (the bed was REALLY uncomfortable) but the rest of the house was perfect for us.

We had a good time doing a little wine tasting, doing some kid stuff and a hike. All around a good first family vacation! It definitely wasn’t a relaxing weekend getaway like we used to have–and maybe this is now our norm?? But it was still a fun trip. I also bought 4 pounds of apples at the Packard Orchard that I turned into applesauce! More on that soon.

Sep 062016

We’re living the life over here! The long weekend came and we didn’t do a whole heck of a lot. Michael had plans Friday night so Logan and I kicked back on the couch to watch season 2 of Outlander. Pretty pretty exciting. 😉

Saturday I went to the gym and got in a pretty good workout. I did burpees for the first time in a year (I forgot how hard those were) and a bunch of other body weight exercises. I was feeling pretty good afterward:


I wanted to get some beer for the long weekend so Logan and I walked to the grocery store and back (1.55 miles). It was nice out, despite the black rain clouds off in the distance. We lucked out and it was warm and sunny and we didn’t get rained on (it had been raining off and on for a few days).


When we got home I fed him and then ate lunch and then I just crashed. I was so so tired I could barely keep my eyes open. I tried to lay down for a little bit but Logan didn’t let me sleep for too long. I had an awful feeling I was fighting off a sickness.

I got really lucky and haven’t been sick in a year and a half. Pretty amazing, especially considering I was pregnant at the height of cold and flu season last year. I was SO glad I never caught anything. But I suppose we’re getting into that time again and I’ve just been feeling run down lately–more than just normal sleep-deprivation-due-to-baby run down.

Anyways. I drank a probiotic drink with lunch. I’ve been drinking EmergenC. I’m crossing my fingers it turns out to be nothing. I know once Logan starts daycare in a few weeks my immune system is going to be fair game. I am NOT looking forward to that!


Sunday was a low-key day. I went swimming. Michael worked on some house projects and our evening wrapped up with homemade pizza and beer:



We used to make homemade pizza a lot and Michael got pretty good at it. But honestly it’s a lot of work. Ever since we discovered Trader Joe’s pizza dough, it’s a million times easier and we’ve been doing homemade pizzas again.


Monday Michael went for a run and so did Logan and I!  I say “run” but it was a walk/jog. I’ve been doing that a few times a week for the last month with Logan, trying to get my “running legs” back.



Michael passed us on the end of his run when Logan and I were about half way through ours. 🙂

After that it was off to a friend’s house for a BBQ!IMG_3164

The BBQ was at my friend Erika’s house and my other friend Robyn (Robyn and Erika were both bridesmaids in my wedding) and her hubby came so it was the 6 (7 if you count little L) of us. It was nice to hang out! I hate to admit it but I’ve slacked on seeing friends the last month or so. I’ve just been so busy and it was nice we could all hang out.

And we were having so much fun talking and catching up and sitting outside with some beers that we didn’t even realize that it was almost 7pm!

It was a nice way to end the holiday weekend!