May 032016
 

The next day of their visit Michael had the day off so we got to spend some time together. First order of business: exploring a beer and wine market I’d been wanting to check out: John’s Marketplace. It’s in Multnomah Village, which is a cute little part of SW Portland. I actually used to live there long, long ago and loved my little apartment not too far from John’s Marketplace.

I knew Andy would love to check it out. He’s kind of a wine and beer expert and their selection was supposed to be the best in Portland–and it was! The place was huge. They had a large wine selection but honestly the beer was the star of the show.

They had the beer organized by regions–Washington, Oregon, Portland specifically, England, Asia, Mexico, etc.

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I saw so many beers that looked intriguing. I got a nice selection of some that I was familiar with and a few that were new to me, too. Our stash:

 

And then I decided to try these two, which sounded interesting to me. Next hot sunny day I’m giving these a try:

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Logan did great (and slept through the whole trip).

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We got our selections and then went back home just in time for my parents to arrive! They had been in Arizona for a few months (my dad became a snow bird in retirement) and were driving home to Seattle so it was the perfect pit stop for them and a nice treat for us. It was the first time we’d all been together at the same time since my wedding. Wish my brother lived closer!

We all went out to lunch at Iron Horse Mexican restaurant in Sellwood and once again Logan did surprisingly well…for most of it. I was able to eat all of my food though before he got fussy. I got the Yucatan taco with rice and beans (it was pork with coleslaw and pineapple salsa). It was delicious and just the right amount of food for lunch.

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Anyways, just as I finished eating Logan got fussy. I got to change his diaper in the ladies room on the changing table for the first time, so there’s that. New experience! And of course just as I took his diaper off and was about to put a new one on Logan peed on everything. And I mean everything. Thankfully I had a change of clothes in his diaper bag (good thinking on my part). So I cleaned all that up and him, changed his clothes and then he puked on his new outfit and my sweater. Ah the experiences you get to have as a new parent. 🙂

But it was all good, just more laundry when we got home. We got to spend some time at home with the family before my parents left for home.

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Logan got these really cute Star Wars toys from his aunt and uncle. 🙂 Even though I’m not a fan I can admit they are cute stuffed animals. And handmade from an etsy store. So cute!

 

And then Andy started cooking us dinner again. We sure got spoiled this trip! This time it was one of Andy’s famous pasta dishes. He made the sauce from scratch–tomatoes, sauteed onions and sausage, garlic and artichoke hearts.

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Dinner was absolutely delicious! It was spicy and tasty and I loved the addition of the artichoke hearts to the sauce. He topped it with fresh parmesan and basil. We drank a bottle of wine with dinner and then splurged for dessert:

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The Bourbon Ball from Papa Haydn’s and a little bit of the dessert wine they brought from home–it was a hazelnut Port. I’m not really a fan of dessert wines, they are way too sweet for me, but I had a taste of this one and it was actually quite good and I liked it a lot. It went nicely with dessert.

The next day we had breakfast together and then dropped them off at the train station for the last leg of their west coast trip–off to Seattle then back home to Philly. It was bittersweet saying goodbye. I hate that they live so far away and we don’t get to see each other very often. I also hate that visits are always so short, but I get it. It’s hard to see everyone on one trip. But it was a nice visit and I’m so happy they were able to spend some time with us and meet Logan. They come back next summer for a wedding and they’ll get to see Logan again and he’ll be a big boy! I’m already looking forward to it.

After we dropped them off it was back home and I went to the gym. It felt good to be back at it after a few days off. And it was a good distraction from feeling a little sad.

May 022016
 

Uncle Andy came to visit!

It’s been like a year and a half since I saw my brother and sister-in-law (they came to visit for our wedding) so I was super excited when they came out to the west coast from Philly to meet Logan.

The night they came into Portland we went to Mike’s Drive In for dinner–the first time we’ve gone to a restaurant with the baby. I had no idea how it would go but he did great and slept through most of it. I ate a little too fast because you just never know–will you be able to finish your meal in time before he wakes up crying?? Thankfully He slept the whole time.

The next day Michael was at work and so I fixed us breakfast and then we went downtown. I dropped them off at Powell’s Books while I took Logan in to work to show him off. 🙂 It was kind of weird to be back in the office after a month off but it was also good to go in and see everyone and kind of be back in “the real world” even if it was a short visit.

After that we all met Michael at the food carts for lunch. I thought it was the best option with the baby and there’s so many food carts to choose from I knew our guests would enjoy picking something out they’d never had before.

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They all got thai food from E-San and I got a grilled cheese sandwich (with pesto) from The Grilled Cheese Grill.

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We walked over to the nearby park and ate lunch while a guy played violin for everyone. It was a nice outing and Logan did great! He did super great the whole time until he was hungry and I fed him in the car before we went to the carts. It was kind of a chilly, overcast day but at least it didn’t rain on us.

After lunch we went home and Andy and his wife went to the store to get supplies for him to cook us dinner! I was really excited for that because my brother is an excellent and adventurous cook and I knew whatever he was going to create was going to be awesome.

He chose to make this recipe: Chicken With Caramelized Onion and Cardamom Rice. It smelled amazing as he cooked it. He also made baba ganoush from scratch (which I’d never had before) and it was SO GOOD!

I watched him make dinner and even though it looked pretty involved, I think it would be easy enough to make on our own.

It was such a nice treat and even better that there were leftovers. We ate so much but it was really nice. We watched a movie and called it a night. It was a long day for me and I was especially exhausted (doing a lot of stuff still takes it out of me) but it was so much fun I was glad I did it all.