Portland activities

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

Mirror Lake and a Girl’s Day

On Thursday I took Logan to daycare and then Miss B and I got to do our own thing! I packed up some stuff and we drove up to Mount Hood, listening to Beth Hart and Lucinda Williams CDs. Bella was super excited for an adventure!

It was such a nice day and I had the whole day to do whatever I wanted. I wasn’t really up for working out yet (still a little sick) but an easy hike in some fresh air sounded right. I looked around for some hikes near us but found that the Gorge hikes are still largely closed due to the Eagle Creek Fire last year. Multnomah Falls is open but not all the way. So I decided to drive out to Mirror Lake.

Mirror Lake has been on my To Do List for years! It’s a super popular hike, though, and so we’ve never done it. Thee’s not a ton of parking available and it always fills up fast.

I got to the trailhead at 9:20 AM and I got the last parking spot (barely).

Bella and I got ready and headed out on the trail. You cross a bridge right away and I had to kind of wrangle Bella to get up on it and walk across and then she was ok. We hiked through the forest on a pretty manicured trail and then crossed another bridge.

Bella did great! The trail started to climb a little bit but it was never too steep or difficult. I thought it would be a good hike for Logan to do but then we came to this little area of rock scramble:

It looks worse than it was but it would be hard for a toddler to navigate. So not sure if Logan is ready for this one yet,

After the rocks, there were some mild switchbacks. We hike through the old growth alpine forest. It was fairly crowded but not too bad. Not like I imagine weekends to be! We got to a fork in the trail and took a left across this bridge:

The trail climbed again through some more forest and then it opened up and I got glimpses of the lake. Oh, one thing to note: The mosquitoes were SUPER bad! I got a few bites! Thankfully I had some bug spray in my backpack and so I put some of that on (a little too late, though).

The trail goes around the small lake and then there are parts of the forest that open up to the lakeside and you get THIS amazing view!

HELLO! There’s the mountain! What a perfect picture, too! It was so pretty. And all around the lake there were swarms of butterflies EVERYWHERE! It was kind of creepy, honestly! So many!

I walked around the lake (it’s pretty small) and then headed back down the trail. All in all it was a really nice, fairly easy hike. It’s good for older kids and was good for dogs. It would be a nice place to hike in and have a picnic lunch by the lake. Don’t forget your bug spray!

We got back to the car. I had packed some lunch in a cooler but it was only 11am so I decided to just drive home and eat there. Home to have lunch, shower, nap (I was worn out!) and then I spent the afternoon at the Oregon Humane Society.

I did NOT come home with a cat. 😉 But there were plenty of adorable ones! I found one that I loved. But she was a) a kitten–and I think I want a cat that’s around a year or two old and b) she looked exactly like Yggdrasil but with gold eyes. It made me cry a bit when I saw her and I just couldn’t do it. I think my next cat will have to look different than my baby did, otherwise I think I’d feel too sad.

But it was nice to look around. There were a TON of kittens at the Humane Society!

FRIDAY

Friday I went to the gym and then I got to take my new car on a little mini road trip! Some friends came over and we went to Sokol Blosser for a picnic lunch and tasting. None of them had ever been there, so it was nice to share it with them.

We had various cheeses, hummus and naan, tons of fruit and crackers. It was such a perfect day for a picnic!

After that we spent the rest of the afternoon enjoying the sun and nice breeze at Stoller:

I stuck with water at the second place and they split a bottle of the Stoller Chardonnay (they all loved it as I knew they would!). It was nice just lounging in the chairs in the sun catching up with friends. I think Erika and I are going to do the Stoller 5k Race next year!

It was such a nice day! I got slightly sunburned, even though I used sunscreen! But other than that, it was chill and relaxing and perfect for my soul. 🙂