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The Sound of Water

Over the weekend I got to go on my annual weekend away with my bff Rachel! This is our third year doing it and I love it. It’s a fantastic way to stay in touch since we don’t live near each other (she’s in Seattle). We email and stuff but there is something special about being able to get away together for a weekend of girl talk, junk food and chick flicks!

This year we rented an airbnb in Gig Harbor, right on the water. On Friday I got up, took Logan to daycare and went swimming and then home to pack and hit the road.

The house we rented was near Sunrise Beach in Gig Harbor, which is kinda near Tacoma and Vashon Island, about an hour from Seattle. Two bedrooms (a queen and a king bed) and amazing views!

Of course the best part of the weekend is spending time with Rachel and catching up but I have to admit…a weekend of being able to sleep in without a toddler crawling into our bed for cuddles at 5am was REALLY nice 😀

The house we rented was SO nice and private and felt remote. We were right on the water and my bedroom upstairs had AMAZING views.

This is what I woke up to on Saturday morning:

Talk about stunning. What a way to wake up! And it was a king sized bed just for me. 😀

Friday we unpacked and then went into the downtown area to look around a bit, window shop and then got happy hour at Tides Tavern right on the water. I definitely recommend it! The food was fantastic. Good service, too.

We both got the happy hour Wedge Salad, which was the best Wedge salad I’ve ever had! And then split an order of clams and garlic herb bread.

We stopped at the store for a few essentials and then went back to the house for the night. We opened a bottle of wine, watched a chick flick, got caught up on stuff and then had a snack plate for dinner.

Saturday morning we had breakfast:

Lots of coffee and then I went for a run in the little downtown area. It was 50 degrees but not cold. It was SO nice to run after having like a month off. It felt GREAT and I was happy my cortisone shot had helped. And having carbs the day before made my run fantastic! I felt like my legs were flying!

I ran downtown and looked around a bit and took some photos. I found a little path near the water.

Then I ran on the boardwalk by the marina.

It was such a fabulous run!! I did just over two miles and then went back to the house to clean up.

I saw some deer on the way home. It was cool. We walked around downtown Gig Harbor and then had a late lunch at Anthony’s on the water. I had the Dungeness Crab and Shrimp toast. It had an artichoke and tomato tapenade on it, too. Then topped with melty cheese. It was SO delicious!

Back to the house for more movies, girl time and hanging out on the deck enjoying the sunshine. We chilled outside for a long time and even saw a few sea otters swimming by us.

Dinner was more snacks:

It was so much fun and just what I needed. I felt relaxed and recharged and happy.

Sunday I got to sleep in until 8:30. I missed the sunrise, but glad I saw it Saturday. We had breakfast and relaxed with our coffee before packing up. I hit the gym in Olympia on my way home. It was such a nice weekend but I was also glad to get home and hug my boys!

5 Years

It’s our 5 year wedding anniversary! Woohoo! It’s hard to believe it’s only been 5 years, because in some ways it feels like a lot longer. We’ve had a baby, sold a house, bought a house, moved…lots of big life changes in those 5 years.

Usually for our anniversary we try and go out of town overnight or for the weekend and have my parents babysit Logan to give us a little time away. Because of all the uncertainty with selling our house, we didn’t this year. Which is fine. We have a few vacations planned in a few months, so we can officially celebrate then! But for now, we just did a day trip.

Michael’s mom and stepdad babysat Logan for the day on Saturday. We had breakfast and then headed north to go for a hike, just the two of us.

We did the Whipple Creek Hike. It was a little north of Vancouver, Wa and mainly used for horseback riders, I guess. But it was a very kid-friendly place and we saw some families and we also saw some trail runners.

It’s pretty easy and flat, not much elevation gain. So it’s a good hike to do if you want to just do miles but not elevation (or if you have knee issues).

There are a lot of different trails you can take and none of them are super long, so you can a lot of them if you want.

We saw some horseback riders and saw the stables where there were a lot of horses.

We got to say hi to this beauty!

Even though it was pretty flat and easy and my heart rate never really got over 115, I burned a decent amount of calories! It was a nice little hike. We’d do it again and take Logan with us.

After our hike, we drove to downtown Vancouver and had lunch at Amaro’s Table. Highly recommend! Excellent food!

I had a glass of bubbly to celebrate. There were so many good things on the menu to choose from! I ended up getting the antipasto platter. It was an appetizer but plenty of food for lunch and about 85% on my diet. 😉 Not that that was a concern for the day.

Amazing brussels sprouts. Cheese, salami, carrots, chilled zucchini salad and some bread.

Michael got the chicken fried sandwich with homemade chips. The sandwich a zesty sauce and coleslaw. I had a bite. It was very good!

We shared an appetizer of ahi tuna rolls. Also very good! I’ve missed sushi. I would definitely go back to this restaurant. Everything was delicious and reasonably priced.

After lunch we walked around the waterfront of Vancouver.

It was a little bit of a gray day but thankfully it didn’t rain until we got home. The waterfront was super nice! Very clean, walkable, free parking (on weekends), lots of restaurants. It was cool and I’d like to go back and check out one of the waterfront restaurants.

We saw that Maryhill Winery had a tasting room on the waterfront and popped in to share a quick tasting and buy a bottle. I like Maryhill but it’s hard to get out to (it’s about 2+ hours from Portland).

We walked around some more and eventually it was time to head back home and to reality. Lunch was pretty big and filling so dinner was just munchies (leftovers from lunch and some fruit).

It was a really nice day! I’d like to go back to downtown Vancouver and check out some of the other stores and restaurants.