Family

Housewarming

We finally had our housewarming party this weekend! It was nice to be able to celebrate our new place, and fully enjoy it after our old house sold last month.

Friday night some friends came down to visit from Seattle and it was nice to see them and catch up. And it’s great that we have space and an official guest room for people! They brought their two boys, 11 and 6 years old, and Logan was LOVING having playmates! Especially boys to wrestle and chase. 😉

Saturday Michael smoked a brisket all day long. He got up early to do it. I got up early to go to the gym and then prep for the party and hang out with our friends a bit.

There was a ton of food and people brought some really great stuff. Homemade cornbread, salads, collard greens. Lots of treats! So so so much food. And tons of people too! It was cool that our house was full of people (and less cramped like our last place).


People were so sweet, too. Lots of cards and flowers and plants. Our front porch is now full of fall mums that I need to plant. 🙂 The flowers are just gorgeous! Someone even brought us an oak tree!

One friend even brought us fancy meat as a housewarming gift! Waygu flat iron, filet mignon and rib eye! What a cool idea for a gift!

There were tons of kids running around the house all day playing, playing chase and hide and seek and dress up. It was so cool to have tons of kids in the house, happy and playing.

The party went off almost without a hitch. Of course just as the party started there was a downpour, complete with thunder and lightning! I had been hoping people would be able to go in the backyard, too. But that didn’t happen. And due to the weather, the Traeger shut off and delayed the brisket a little. But despite those minor things, we had a great time.

We got to see old friends and new friends and some new neighbors even came by. And our old neighbors came by to see the new place. It was nice to catch up with them.

It was a great weekend. Sunday was much-needed low-key downtime. I went swimming and cleaned the house and did mountains of laundry but other than that, not much! Lots of napping. 😀

Happy Monday!

Day Trip to Bend

On Tuesday we got up, had breakfast and then drove to Bend for a little day trip. It was only about an hour away from Cove Palisades Park.

We went to Tumalo Falls Park to hike. We tried to hike it a few years ago in the winter and it was too windy. It was nice to do in the summer!

There were a couple different trailheads at the parking lot. We did the one next to the viewpoint. I can’t remember now what it’s called. But it’s a very short walk from the parking lot to a nice view of the waterfall and then a short trek up a hill to the top where there is another viewpoint.

The trail is dusty and sandy but overall pretty easy. Once you leave the viewpoint area you hike along a creek and then into the trees. We didn’t go very far because of Logan and the time of day. We wanted to stay on schedule for lunch.

After our hike, we went into Downtown Bend for lunch. We went to the new Boneyard Pub! The last time we were in Bend they hadn’t finished it yet. It was cool to see! They had outdoor seating that was dog friendly, so that was perfect!

I got the poke bowl for lunch, which was REALLY delicious! One of the best I’ve had outside of Hawaii.

I went off the diet for the day so I could have my beer. 😀

Got the growler filled (had to deal with some house stuff since we had cell service in Bend) and then headed back to the cabin. The rest of the afternoon was chill. I read a lot and enjoyed my beer. Michael took a nap. Logan played. Dinner was hot dogs. Exciting!

Wednesday morning we had breakfast and packed up the car and drove home. It was kind of a bummer to leave. We enjoyed our time so much! We made some really happy memories and we hope to go back again next year. Logan had so much fun and it made me really happy to see how happy and dirty he was!

When we pulled into our driveway we got the phone call from our realtor that our house was officially SOLD! What a HUGE relief and one less thing to worry/stress about!!!

We celebrated with carbs and champagne!