Andy

Brotherly Love

My brother came to visit! Last week he came to Portland for a visit and to go to a work conference. He stayed with us for a few days and it was really nice spending time with him. The last time I saw him (and the last time he saw Logan) was last year when we went to Seattle for our grandma’s memorial. I think Logan was 6 months old. Logan isn’t really shy and he took to Uncle Andy almost immediately. He seemed so curious! Friday night after work and his conference Michael and Andy picked up spicy Thai wings from Pok Pok! After Logan went to sleep the three of us sat outside on the deck in the perfect summer air and ate our spicy wings and listened to music and talked about diet, fitness, losing weight and exercises that have helped us. On Saturday Andy went to the last part of his conference and I went to the gym. I did weights, PT, stairmaster and the elliptical, then home to clean up and we all went out for lunch. I saw another local blogger post about Wayfinder on Instagram last week so I suggested we check it out. It looked like a really cool place and it was! They had a HUGE outdoor dining area! So many people could fit out there. There were tons of picnic tables and big umbrellas. We got a table in partial shade.

Wayfinder is the brainchild of Charlie Devereux (co-founder of Double Mountain Brewery), Matthew Jacobson (co-founder/owner of Sizzle Pie, Quality Bar, and Relapse Records) and Rodney Muirhead (co-founder/owner of Podnah’s Pit and La Taq). Our mission: to bring simple and authentic pleasures of the highest quality to the Rose City and beyond.

So last week when I read the above on their website, we were pretty much sold on going there. Double Mountain beer (YUM) and Podnah’s?? One of my favorites!! Wayfinder did not disappoint, either.   I got a glass of the Boneyard Hop Venom IPA. Michael got the Doomtown IPA. Andy got something called a “Hazy IPA”, I can’t remember the name of it. Now for lunch. We were all starving! I loved the nod to Twin Peaks– Black Lodge and White Lodge. 😉 I got the Major Payne and asked for it to be a salad instead. Andy got to the Black Lodge as a salad and Michael got the sausage party platter. I loved that they could make anything into a salad! Andy’s lunch: Basically prime rib with peppers and onions on top of a salad. He said it was amazing. Michael’s: They made their own pickled squash–AMAZING! They were kinda like pickles but better. SO GOOD! And my lunch was the winner: The pulled pork was excellent. Great smokey flavor, juicy and tender, not overcooked or burned. The mustard slaw on top was really delicious. It was all slightly odd being a “salad” but it tasted good so I didn’t care. It was filling but didn’t feel like a gut bomb had it been on a bun. I’m glad I got the salad option. Next time when we go, I really want to tried their fried cauliflower topped with Buffalo sauce and Bleu cheese. How amazing does that sound?? YUM! It was a really cool place. Very fun, awesome vibe. Pretty good service considering how busy they were. We got a table right away, even though it was the middle of the lunch rush. The prices were pretty average. We’d definitely go back. Just hanging out on the outdoor patio alone made it worth it and the fact that the food was outstanding was just a bonus! We stopped at Sheridan Fruit Company after lunch and it turned out to be a really cool store with lots of specialty items, not just fruit! They had a huge frozen case of different meats–like ground camel (weird) and alligator. Lots of unique things. Michael picked up some specialty cheese and some spicy sausage for dinner. 

The rest of the day was pretty low-key and at home. Logan sort of took a nap, the guys watched sports, I went grocery shopping, then Michael made homemade pizza for dinner. Andy suggested that we do caramelized onions with the spicy sausage and it was probably my favorite version of our homemade pizza we’ve done so far. It was great.

It was a great day.

Family, Memories, Goodbyes

This weekend was a whirlwind of traveling, family and emotions. Friday we drove up to Seattle for the weekend. Originally it was just for my grandma’s 95th birthday party. But with my other grandma’s recent passing away we were also there for her memorial.

It snowed a little bit in Portland and Seattle on Thursday and Friday but thankfully the freeways were clear enough to drive up there. There was still quite a bit of snow at my parent’s house, though! We stopped for lunch in Longview, WA (got Mexican food and they surprised us with some ice cream at the end!) and then drove the rest of the way to Seattle without having to stop. Logan did great in the car!

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Friday night Michael went out with a friend who lives in Seattle and I hung out with my parents. My brother Andy flew in from Philly for the weekend so it was great to see him, too!

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Saturday was pretty low-key. I had intended on going to the gym in the morning but I was still coughing pretty badly from my month-long bronchitis so I decided to skip it and just rest for a few more days.

Around lunch time my aunt showed up to put together Grammy’s flowers for her party. My aunt Sheila used to own a floral business and she does an amazing job with flowers! She got 95 roses for my grandma’s 95th birthday. 🙂

My mom and brother worked on making the snacks for the party and Michael and I drove to Dick’s to pick up burgers for everyone for lunch. 😀

Finally it was time for the party! One of my aunts put together a bunch of old pictures to put on display. I love seeing old photos of my grandma:
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She was so stylish! She looked like a movie star in her old photos. The cake turned out nice:

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There were red roses everywhere for the party. So pretty!

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The theme was a tea party! Everyone was supposed to wear a hat. My cousin Anna brought some extra ones, and she has some pretty awesome fancy hats, for everyone.

Hahaha!
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Look at my Grammy sneaking a little bit of frosting off her cake:

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I love how this photo turned out:

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Me and my brother:

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My aunt made a little speech and then we sang happy birthday and she blew out her candles. She seemed SO happy!

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It was such a good party! Everything turned out so nice. There was a bunch of her favorite foods and little finger sandwiches–sparkling cider, tea, coffee. A ton of family came and a bunch of my grandma’s friends and her old neighbors came by. It was so sweet how many people came to wish her happy birthday.

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My little dude was a rockstar, too. He got passed around and wasn’t freaked out by so many people. And we got some good photos with his great-grammy.

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After the party we hung out at my parent’s house with pizza, some beer and sports on TV.

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Sunday morning was the memorial for my Grandma Mary. It turned out to be a really, really nice service. My dad’s friend was the officiant and I got to see everyone on my dad’s side of the family. Most of them I haven’t seen since my wedding.

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The service was so beautiful. A bunch of got up to talk and share stories and memories of her. I’m really glad I had typed up what I wanted to say so I could just read it because I don’t think I could have gotten through it otherwise.

After the service there was a little reception with lunch. We got to talk and catch up and spend some quality time with family. My aunt Chris had this book made of old photos and I loved looking through it–funny how much my brother looks like my dad!

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We had hoped to hang around a little bit longer and spend more time with everyone but unfortunately Logan was coming down with something and had his first fever on Sunday. It got pretty high and we wanted to get home to get to the doctor before they closed. So we said our goodbyes and hit the road.

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We picked up Bella at her foster mom’s house (she was so happy to have a little weekend party of her own!) and then I took Logan to the doctor and got him some medicine. He’s doing better now but it was kind of scary when his fever got so high.

It was a wonderful weekend. Ups and downs, happiness and sadness. It was so amazing seeing both sides of the family and spending so much time with them, but also bittersweet because part of it was for saying goodbye to my Grandma Mary.