cheat day

Two Date Nights

Michael and I lucked out and got TWO date nights this weekend!! The first was Friday night. Daycare had a “parents night out” and they were open until 10pm. We took advantage of that and got dressed up (sort of) and went to Chart House for dinner.

A coworker has been talking about how this is their date night spot because happy hour lasts until 7pm. So we decided to take advantage of that. We got there and it was valet parking only (free) and the bar is downstairs of the restaurant. It’s perched on a hill in SW Portland with amazing views!

The picture above was the view from our table, right by the window. It was a nice view of the river and downtown Portland. We could also see Mount St. Helens and Mt. Hood in the distance.

We got drinks–I got a white wine and Michael got a beer.

We got the calamari with kim chee (and it had deep fried veggies in there, too). It was really good and flavorful! And who doesn’t like deep fried veggies?

We shared the mahi mahi fish tacos. They were pretty good but needed some spice or something. They were a little on the bland side.

We shared the lettuce wraps. It was chicken with cucumber and carrots and a soy sauce glaze. I thought they were pretty good. Very messy to eat!

Lastly, we got the prime rib sliders (they had cheese and caramelized onions in it). Michael wasn’t a fan of the sliders but I thought they were really good! I loved the caramelized onion flavors and gooey cheese (and let’s be honest, the bread!!!)

We split a piece of cheesecake for dessert. It had caramel, crushed macadamia nuts and a little bit of Heath Bar crumbles. It was REALLY good but very, very decadent. Thank goodness we split it!

It was a really nice experience. We hadn’t really been on a real date night and been to a nice restaurant since February when we went out to sushi. 😀 It was definitely time for us! And it was perfect timing because this week was our 9 year anniversary. Hard to believe 9 years ago we had our first official date. <3

Then Saturday it was time for date night #2: my cousin’s wedding. My parents drove down from Seattle and got to spend some time with Logan and then we left Logan with Michael’s mom and drove to Ridgefield for the wedding.

It was at Bethany Vineyards. I’ve never been there before but it was a really beautiful wedding venue! It was off the freeway in Washington near Vancouver, amongst countryside and farms and lots of trees. I guess there was a brewpub nearby, too.

Her flowers were gorgeous!

The wedding was outside. It was a sunny, bright day, but unfortunately it was also 100 degrees (not exaggerating!). Here are a few photos of the venue:

It was too bad they didn’t have some kind of tents set up for the tables because we were in direct sunshine, no shade, and it was very very very hot! Thankfully they had tons of ice water.

The ceremony was kind of off to the side near the vineyards and there was a bit of shade over there, so that was nice.

And we got to spend some time with another cousin and her husband, whom we don’t get to see very often but it was a really fun night hanging out and catching up.

Since it was at the vineyard, they had plenty of the wine for drinks or tastes. I tried the Pinot and it was really good so I ended up buying a bottle. 🙂 My other cousin and her husband and I snuck into the tasting room for about 15 minutes after the ceremony because it was air conditioned and SO NICE in there (LOL) so we did a small taste and their Cuvee was excellent!

almost bought that bottle, too, but decided to be an adult and just buy one.

The signature drink for the wedding was a white wine spritzer, which I had never had before but it was quite lovely! It was the Bethany Vineyard Riesling with tonic water and fruit. In 100 degree weather it was very easy to drink those!

Very refreshing! I drank a ton of water and tried to stay hydrated as much as possible.

My cousin looked gorgeous in her dress and guess what? Her aunt HANDMADE the entire thing for her! It was absolutely stunning! And what a cool heirloom to pass down to your daughter or granddaughter someday. The ceremony was lovely and the food was really excellent! It was heavy Hors d’oeuvres –fruit and veggies, pasta salad, green salad, meatballs and these really yummy cold sandwiches. It was actually the perfect food for a hot, outdoor wedding.

There were these little chicken salad sandwiches on croissant rolls that were to die for! So good! Then it was the speeches and cake cutting and they had cute cupcakes, too:

I had one of the cupcakes. They were really good. By then I was pretty stuffed. So the homemade macarons that my cousin made as favors came home for later…

I’d like to say it was starting to cool off by then, but it was still nearly 100 degrees when we left at 6:30. We had to get home for Logan. It was a really nice wedding and it was nice that it was an afternoon wedding. I remember when Michael and I were planning our wedding we considered a Sunday brunch wedding (we loved the idea!), a vineyard wedding, or an afternoon wedding. I’m very happy with what we did but it’s still fun to experience other weddings and think about what it would have been like if we’d done that.

Proud Father’s Day!

Ever have a Sunday where you go go go and then feel like you need a day to recover before going back to work on Monday? SIGH. 😉

My Sunday started bright and early at 6:00am (thanks Logan!). I got up with the munchkin so Michael could sleep in a little bit. I made breakfast and Logan and I took it in to daddy with his Father’s Day present.

Logan was very helpful.

We had a busy day ahead of us so Michael got baby duty for a little bit and put Logan down for his morning nap and I went swimming then got home in time to feed the baby and head downtown for Pride!

Toddlers, man. It’s impossible now to get any decent (and not blurry) photos!

I had been looking forward to going to Pride this year and taking Logan. Michael was going to go with us but he decided all he wanted for Father’s Day was to relax at home and watch golf. So Logan and I went together. Last year Logan slept in his bassinet through Father’s Day/Golf Day but yeah…this year that was not going to happen. 😉

I hadn’t been to Pride in a few years. It was nice to be back and to participate in such a positive, wonderful community here in Portland. I also noticed (now that I had a kid) just how many families with young kids were there. It warmed my heart!

 

Logan was super excited. He loved the noise and music and clapped often. It was funny to watch him clap. He was fascinated by the people and the costumes. He loved the balloons and flags and the marchers that had bubbles. 😀

We had a pretty good spot where we could see the parade. I also got some quick footage of our awesome governor, Kate Brown, marching and chanting in the parade! You can watch on my instagram.

There are much better photos here.

I had a few friends I planned on meeting up with at Pride but it was really hard to find people so Logan and I just kind of walked around and checked things out and he got some cool stickers and then it was time to head home. We were on borrowed time.

And sure enough, as soon as I got him in his car seat he had an epic meltdown that last the whole drive home. I also hadn’t eating anything since 7am. It was 2pm when we got home and I was close to an epic meltdown, too!!!

Other than that, it was a really good day and I was so happy to take Logan to his first parade and first Pride. It was so much fun and I loved the positive energy and welcoming attitude.

A little bit later the three of us played outside as a family. It turned out to be a really nice day out.

After Logan went to sleep, Michael and I sat on the deck with pizza and beer (thank god for cheat meal day!!!!!!!!!!) I needed some downtime. (Even though I felt super gross after all the carbs I ate on my cheat meal!)

It was a really good Father’s Day.