Holidays

Mother’s Day Weekend

Have I mentioned that our life is crazy right now? Geeeez… So we are house hunting, but the “season” hasn’t really started yet. Like in a month or so it will really ramp up and we’ll start seeing more options. We’ve seen some houses that are close but not quite right (I mean, one house the neighbor had a rooster…!).

But in the meantime while we are sort of house hunting, we are trying to get our house ready to go on the market as soon as we find something. So every spare moment I have I’m painting. Doors, trim, whatever needs to be done.

Last week I took Thursday off for a few reasons. First, I did some painting (doors and trim) in the morning. Then I went to Logan’s daycare/school for a mother’s day event (so sweet). Then I got a chance to decompress with two friends at Stoller Winery. We packed a picnic lunch and just chilled for the afternoon in the sunshine. It was magnificent! I REALLY needed the downtime.

Friday I got off work early to do more painting and then clean the house (and then we looked at a house–the Rooster House!).

On Saturday we were both up bright and early because we are both so stressed right now we can’t sleep. LOL (sad face) I went to the gym and then came home to clean up and get ready for a Mother’s Day lunch event at our house. My parents came down from Seattle. Michael’s mom and stepdad, sister and brother came over too.

Michael smoked a tri-tip steak on the Traeger grill. I made a salad. Michael’s sister, who is amazing, brought her famous deviled eggs and made a cheesecake from scratch! My favorite!!! Michael’s brother brought champagne and orange juice for mimosas. It was such a nice Mother’s Day lunch!

I was off the diet for the day. 🙂 I’m good with that. The food was so good! The cheesecake was to die for! Logan gave me a gift and a card. 🙂 After a little while, everyone left but my parents. They were staying the night to babysit the little Bug so Michael and I could go and relax a bit.

For our anniversary, Michael got my a gift of a night away. We FINALLY got to do it! I suggested we stay at the McMenamin’s Grand Lodge in Forest Grove.

We’ve never been there before. We usually stay at Edgefield. But we had to pick up our wine (membership shipment) at Montinore Vineyards:

So I thought, why not combine both? So we stopped at Montinore first. Did a wine tasting, picked up our wine, then checked into our room at the Grand Lodge. We got a room with a bathroom, which is a nice treat! Usually McMenamin’s is “European Style”, which is fine, but I liked having our own bathroom.

We dropped our stuff off in our room and then got dinner. Since I was off the diet for the day, I got the fish n’ chips (small plate) and it was delicious! Deep fried carbs! YAY!

Then we changed into our swim suits and grabbed our bathrobes from the room, got drinks from the bar (I got a Mai Tai–channeling my inner Hawaii) and headed to the Japanese Soaking Pool.

It was absolutely AMAZING. We spent over an hour in the soaking pool. It was small, not as good as the Edgefield Pool, but still really nice and relaxing. We just chilled with our beverages and relaxed and talked. It was fairly quiet, surrounded by trees and bamboo. I needed time to relax!

We both slept like the dead that night. I wish I could have slept in. I mean, lately, since we have started the house projects/house hunting, the moment I wake up in the morning I am awake. My mind starts racing. I start thinking of all the things that need to be done. 🙁 I used to be able to sleep in a little, or at least on the weekends go back to sleep…not anymore!

We got breakfast, I got the smoked salmon hollandaise. I got fruit instead of hashbrowns and didn’t eat the bread (back on the diet!).

Then back home to work on house projects! So busy busy busy weekend. But fun!

My Favorite Christmas Gifts

I wanted to share a few of the awesome things we got for Christmas this year, in case you were thinking of some things to get people for birthday gifts (or wanted to add them to your list!).

AmazonBasics Micromink Sherpa Blanket

I got this blanket from my brother and absolutely LOVE it. It is SO soft and comfortable. I love being cozy under it on the couch watching Netflix with a glass of wine on the weekends! It’s the perfect winter blanket.

Electric Tea Kettle

I didn’t know how much I’d love this until my parents got it for me. I used to have a traditional kettle and never used it. I eventually got rid of it. Michael doesn’t drink coffee but he drinks green tea in the mornings so he uses it every day and I drink tea in the afternoon. It is so fast and easy and we love it!

Magnetic Block/Tile Set

My best friend got Logan this set of magnets that are so cool! He LOVES them and they are super fun building things with. Logan spends so much time building towers and “garages” for his matchbook cars with them. I even find them fun! 😉

Keurig Mini

This was actually something I bought with Amazon giftcards. I needed a new coffee solution for work and this turned out to be great! I absolutely loved how small and minimal this model was. In fact, when my home Keurig finally dies (we got it for our wedding), I will probably replace it with another mini. I just love that it doesn’t take up so much space–which is perfect for work.

Automatic Cat Feeder

This is another Amazon giftcard purchase. It’s something I should have done years ago, especially with Yggdrasil (Fat Kitty’s) food issues. It took about an hour to set it up, figure out the programming and make sure it worked. You can program it to automatically feed (and you can choose what amounts you want) at whatever time of day you want. There are 4 feeding options. I decided to try a breakfast, lunch “snack” and then dinner time feeding. I am playing with the portion sizes to get the settings right. It will be nice for when we go out of town. But I think it will be nice just to have day to day, too. I like that you can program it for certain times. So maybe now Stevie will stop whining at 6 am on the weekends to get fed. 😉

Bamboo Cheese Board

We got this for Michael’s mom. What I liked about it was that it had spots for crackers! (I kinda want one for myself!)

What are some of your favorite gifts?

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