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4th Wedding Anniversary

Hey, wow! Where did the time go? It feels like just yesterday Michael and I were saying “I do.”

It really is hard to believe it’s already been four years married. I swear, having a baby/toddler just sucks the brain cells out of your head. 😉 It must be from that first year of sleep deprivation! It feels like a blur right now and it’s probably a good thing we make an effort to get away for our anniversary!

Wedding Anniversary – 1, at Crater Lake

Wedding Anniversary – 2 , at Feast eating Franklin’s BBQ!

Wedding Anniversary – 3, at Edgefield 

This year we wanted to go to Vegas for the weekend but the planning didn’t quite work out and so we looked for something different to do in Oregon. We found a loft to rent out past Hillsboro on the way to the beach. It was all we needed: a cute space in the country with a hot tub!

Life is pretty busy these days and there’s been a lot of stress and changes in our lives this year. When we talked about our plans for our weekend getaway, Michael said the sweetest thing: “If you want to just hole up in the loft and stay in bed watching netflix and eating Haagen Daz all weekend we can.” LOL! I have to admit, that did sound pretty good….

So Friday my parents drove down to babysit Logan for the weekend and we took off for our weekend getaway. The loft was cute, up on Bald Peak, with amazing views.

We were surrounded by farms, fields, vineyards and huge houses. We saw one house that was humongous and had an indoor pool and gym overlooking the above view. Amazing!

For dinner we went to Ridgewalker Brewing in Forest Grove. Neither of us have ever been to Forest Grove. It had a cute little downtown area. Ridgewalker seemed to be the place to be on a Friday night.

They had my Boneyard RPM on tap so we got one of those and shared the hushpuppies before dinner. They were fantastic! Perfectly crunchy and had good flavor. I ordered the BLT with a side of brussels sprouts instead of fries. The BLT was nothing amazing but the sprouts were great.

Michael got a corndog. 😉 He said it was great. The fries were really good (I might have had a few of Michael’s). After dinner we headed back to the loft. Lots of winding roads and cool old barns like this one:

We spent some time in the hot tub, which felt amazing and so relaxing. The owners had fairy lights nearby and there was a nice view from the hot tub. And we both had the most amazing night of sleep and SLEPT IN UNTIL 9AM!!!! Holy moly!

On Saturday we had a quickie breakfast and then drove out to the Tillamook Forest to go for a hike. The hike we did was at the Summit Trailhead.

We did the Gales Creek Trail because of all the hikes I found, it was the closest to where we were staying (and it was still about a 45 minute drive). It was a nice, quiet hike without a lot of people. It started with a fairly steep downhill hike.

There were parts of the trail that were a bit muddy and I slipped but then it leveled out a little bit and was kind of flat.

It was a really pretty trail and once you got further down, you couldn’t hear the highway at all, just the sound of the recent raindrops falling from the trees.

We saw a bunch of cute little lizards on the trail, too! No doubt they were heading back to the creek.

Because we got such a late start to the day and because the trail was so steep going down, we decided not to venture too far on the hike since it was going to be all uphill on the way back.

Stay tuned for part 2!

10 Years

10 years ago Michael and I went on our very first date to a local Greek restaurant (that is no longer around) and had an amazing time. It was the start of a beautiful relationship! Of course we’ve had ups and downs. We tend to butt heads a bit– he’s an Aries and I’m a Capricorn–and we are both stubborn. But we work. I’m the planner, the organizer, Michael is the guy with good ideas. 🙂

Looking through old photos I see how much stuff we used to do–and how YOUNG AND SKINNY we looked. LOL

We’ve had so many adventures together. We’ve been to California, Nevada, Arizona, Texas, Washington, and Hawaii together. We love road trips and have had some really great ones! We’ve been to a bunch of concerts (the photo below is Soundgarden and Queens of the Stone Age). We biked together. We ran together.

We love doing the same things–hiking, snowshoeing, exploring, camping…we both love the beach and the mountains and the big cities. Our favorite place is VEGAS. Michael is a great poker player–somehow I am usually pretty lucky at roulette.

Our favorite show is Top Chef. We’re both foodies and like trying new things. We don’t like the same music, but have found some common ground to make the peace. 😉

And we have an adorable son:

Anniversary Recap

Anniversary – Mystery Road Trip!

Anniversary – Seattle

Anniversary – With a Baby!

Wedding Anniversary – 1

Wedding Anniversary – 2 

Wedding Anniversary – 3

What I love most about Michael is his confidence and stability. He’s “the rock” and I’m often the emotional mess. But I love his strength and he’s a good partner.

How has it already been 10 years? We’ll be celebrating our 4 year wedding anniversary this September. In a lot of ways it feels like we’ve always been together and someways it feels like it has flown by. I am so excited to share my future with Michael and Logan. We’re both excited to show Logan all the things we love! Hiking, biking, snowshoeing and traveling!

To kind of mark the occasion, we went out to dinner to Portland City Grill to celebrate 10 years! (I wish I could remember which anniversary we celebrated there–maybe the first or second one??) It’s such a cool, romantic venue and perfect for celebrating something.

It was a hot, hot day but we got dressed up and we went to dinner early. Michael’s mom and stepdad babysat for us and it was a nice treat to go somewhere fancy. It was really nice that they put us at the window, too! I don’t think I’ve ever had a window seat there before.

Portland City Grill is on the 30th floor of “Big Pink” in downtown. The views are stunning!

They brought out freshly baked bread and slightly salted butter that was to die for. I got a glass of Malbec.

There were some “happy anniversary” decorations on the table, which was a nice touch. We started with the crab cakes appetizer. It was really tasty but VERY rich.

For the entree, I got the filet mignon with buttermilk mashed potatoes and the green beans (they were sauteed in some kind of lemon butter sauce that was really delicious and tangy). Michael got the waygu steak with baked potato.

Dinner was absolutely perfect! It was so so good. (I was also very very tempted to “add to” my meal some dungeness crab but decided against it. Which was probably good because even though my steak was the smallest size option (7 ounces I think), it was still a lot of food!

They also brought us a small complimentary dessert for us to share. Thank goodness we didn’t order a dessert to share because we were stuffed! This was the perfect size and the perfect end to a great meal. It was a chocolate mousse on top of a chocolate and hazelnut crust with chocolate on top. It was good and not too rich.

It was a really nice evening out. <3