picnic

Beautiful Day in the Valley

Over the holiday weekend Michael and I got to enjoy a little time in the sun. We got a babysitter and went wine tasting with his mom and stepdad. They are always so nice and babysit Logan when we have pick-up parties at the wineries we are members at. So we wanted to repay the favor and take them tasting.

We started at Sokol Blosser, one of my favorites. We packed picnic items to share for lunch. I brought goat cheese, a creamy Toscana cheese soaked in Syrah (it was nice) with crackers, dried apricots, Trader Joe’s hummus, carrots, and Trader Joe’s chickpea salad (it’s one of my favorites there).

Michael’s mom brought baguette, olives, raw peppers, tomatoes, celery, blue cheese dip and Thin Mint cookies. 😀

It was a really delicious lunch. The day was a little cool to start with but warmed up nicely. We did our tasting outside and we were able to set up our lunch on a picnic table outside near the the music. There was a really talented singer–I wish I’d grabbed her name! I did post a short video on IG if you are interested.

We had lunch, and lounged and did our tasting, bought a few bottles to take home, then headed to the next venue.

Stoller

We are new members here. We joined last fall when we went there with some friends after the Sokol Blosser pick up party. The venue is SO MUCH BETTER in the summer! They opened up the patio and there was a TON of outdoor seating.

There were adirondack chairs, picnic tables, bistro tables and big tables set up everywhere. It was an absolutely GORGEOUS day. There were tons of kids there playing in the grass, there was a tire swing under the big tree, there was a frisbee golf course. It was just a fun environment for a summer day.

It was just wonderful sitting in the sunshine. I was glad I wore shorts. I just chilled and let the warmth relax me. It would have been nice to spend more time there but we had to get home for the babysitter!

(I will say that Girl Scouts Thin Mints pair excellently with the Pinot Noir Reserve. :D)

It was such a gorgeous, wonderful day and I cannot WAIT for summer!!! I came home with a bottle of wine from each venue. Michael’s mom cleaned up and got some great bottles, too. We came home and grilled burgers for dinner. Perfect end to the weekend.

 

Bend Part 2

Morning iced coffee on the front deck! Saturday was another gorgeous day in Bend. Michael fixed us breakfast and then he went for a bike ride up Mount Bachelor. My dad went to the driving range. My mom kindly babysat Logan for a little bit and I went for a run!

I ran down to Drake Park on the waterfront.

It was the perfect temperature out for a run. The sun was out, it was warm but not too hot yet. It was a fantastic run! I ran around the water, in the park, around some really nice neighborhoods, and then back to the house.

I did just under 3 miles. It was the perfect amount. (My knee felt a little crabby afterward though.) I got back to the house and Logan was asleep so I walked down the street to get some coffee before taking a shower and risking waking him up.

Everyone got back to the house about the same time. My dad, Logan and I walked to the nearby store to pick up lunch (sushi for us and sandwiches for them) and we loaded up the car and went to a park on the water for a picnic.

It was such a nice spot for a picnic lunch.

Logan wanted to walk and explore everything so we walked around after lunch then we drove to Larkspur park for Logan to play.

It had a huge playground with lots of toys. He played on the swings and toys and walked all around. He loved it! 😀

We hit the outlet mall for a few things then went back to the house. We tried and tried and tried to get Logan to take a nap and he refused. Finally my mom told Michael and I to take Bella for a walk and get a few things at the store and so we did! Our first stop was to the growler fill place that happened to also have an artisan meat market attached to it.

We got a few samples, filled the growler then got groceries…

…and came back to find Logan asleep on my dad. 🙂

Dinner was taco salads. (I’ve managed to stay on the diet about 75% of the time on vacation. The carbs came from beer and the sushi lunch!)