Wedding

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. πŸ˜‰ 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.

Anniversary Part 2

After our hike, we were tired and sweaty and little muddy, and the original plan was to head back to the house to clean up but we decided to stop at David Hill Winery, first, because it was so close to the hike we just did. It didn’t make sense to make that drive again. So we stopped and shared a nice wine tasting.

The grounds were really pretty. We got there a little after noon and it wasn’t very crowded yet so we got to enjoy our tasting outside in the garden.

I really liked a lot of their wines. For some reason I had thought that it was a winery I didn’t like, but I was wrong! Excellent whites and very good reds.

What I like most about wine tasting is being able to taste a lot of different wines without an investment. There have been many times where I bought a bottle on a whim and it was gross (to me). Many times I can just tell Michael I don’t like it and he’ll drink what I don’t like, but I hate spending money on something that I might pour down the drain–I’ve done that about three times before. So when you go tasting, you can figure out pretty quickly if it’s good, if you like it, if it’s a bottle you want to buy. Pro tip: split one tasting with whomever you are with so you don’t get wasted. πŸ˜‰

It was getting a bit late in the day and we really needed lunch. So we stopped in Forest Grove for a lunch at Kama’Aina and ended up having some of the best Hawaiian food we’ve had outside of Hawaii.

We got a few appetizers to share.Β  The spam masubi was OUTSTANDING! So were the wings. The mac salad was good. I was not impressed with the poke (too much mayo and onion flavor) but all the other stuff was so delicious. We will definitely go back there again. Food was so good and cheap, too.

Finally, back at the house to shower and change. Then we headed out to a few wineries. The first one was Ardiri Wines. I had been looking forward to it after reading reviews and from a few recommendations from friends but I was not impressed. We split a tasting and neither of us really liked what we had. It was all very unmemorable. So we left pretty quickly.

The next place we went to was Montinore Estates and we both REALLY liked it. The place was cool and the staff was great. It also turned out that an old coworker of Michael’s worked there! So that was nice.

We ended up becoming members. πŸ™‚ The wines were that good. I really loved the sparkling white they gave us to start:

And there was the original estate on the grounds, too:

How amazing was that house? After that we went back to the house to figure out where we wanted to go for dinner. We went for a walk around the property of the Airbnb and they had all these cute little meditation spots with benches and chairs you could relax on in the woods. It was very peaceful.

Dinner was in Forest Grove again. This time at Bites,Β kind of funky Asian fusion place. It was a cool place and we got tapas to share. We got the crab cake bites and pork gyoza.:

I liked the crab cakes a lot. The Pork gyoza had excellent flavor but I wanted them a little crunchier. We got the Korean short rib tacos (they were spicy but a little on the dry side).

And the mozzarella egg rolls with a Thai marinara sauce. Sounds weird, I know, but it was actually really good.

Then we shared a molten lava cake for dessert.

And home to the hot tub again!

On Sunday we got to sleep in a little bit again, showered, packed and then checked out. For breakfast we went to the Babica Hen in Newberg. I got the Eggs Benedict which was an English Muffin topped with bacon, tomato chutney, the poached eggs and a hollandaise tarragon sauce. It was pretty good but a little on the sweet side, probably from the tomatoes.

Michael got the breakfast burrito and said it was really good. After breakfast we went for a hike at the nearby Harvey Creek Trail. It was short but there were some parts that were pretty steep so we got an okay workout in. It was a really nice day, too, so it was nice to just walk in the woods.

It’s not too long, so not the usual hike we do, but it was nice.

The trailhead was at the old Pioneer Cemetery. It was interesting to see the old pioneer graves.

After the hike we stopped at Dobbes Family Estates and I did a quick tasting. I liked their wines (and bought a few bottles) and the tasting room was really cool. They had a very nice outdoor patio. It was lovely just sitting in the sun.

After that we headed back home to relieve my parents. Logan was so cute! He woke up from his nap when we got home and he was GLUED to me for a long time. I think he missed us! We missed him for sure but it was also a really nice weekend to chill and not have any responsibilities. And sleeping in was fantastic. πŸ˜‰