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Netarts Bay

We had a lovely, relaxing, (fairly) quiet weekend at the coast. We met Michael’s mom and stepdad at a house they borrowed from a friend in Netarts, right on the bay. It had a lovely view of the water (and it was a nice, scenic drive through the Tillamook Forest to get there).

The house was really nice. Three bedrooms, two bathrooms and a deck with a view. The master bedroom was downstairs with the most amazing king bed we’ve ever slept in. Then there was a small bedroom with two twin beds for Logan. Upstairs had two queen beds.

 

 

Friday night we enjoyed some pizza for dinner and then went for a walk nearby.

Then I got to enjoy some quiet time in the magnificent bathtub with my book, some candles, a glass of wine and Francoise Hardy on the radio.

Everyone slept great and we got to sleep in a bit on Saturday. Then we got up and Michael made everyone omelettes and potatoes for breakfast.

Then Michael and I went for a run while Logan chilled with grandpa and watched Ice Age!

The run was so nice! The weather was perfect. A little cool but not cold and the air smelled fishy and crisp. We ran along the bay and saw a ton of people fishing and trying to catch oysters.

 

We also saw some huge herons looking for their breakfast.

We did just under 3 miles, got back to the house, showered and got ready for the day!

First stop: Oceanside beach. It was 2 miles from the house we were staying in. I love Oceanside because it’s a quiet beach that is rarely crowded.

It was a bit foggy that morning, but not too cold, so that was nice.

Bella had a BLAST running around and being a crazy dog. She loves the beach.

Logan had fun walking up and down the shoreline and playing in the sand.

Then it was lunch time. We headed back and had a mish-mash of leftovers. Leftover pizza, grapes, goat cheese and crackers, plums, trailmix. Totally random but good enough!

Logan went down for a nap and I decided to be lazy and read in bed for a bit and then I fell asleep for a short nap. More to come!

So Much Love

Over the weekend, Michael and I got to witness a wonderful wedding between two friends. My good friend Samantha married the love of her life at the East Fork Estates, with rolling country hills and Mount Hood in the background. It was hands down, one of the best weddings we’ve ever been to!

Logan was home with the grandparents so we could go out and have some fun. We arrived a little bit early because I wanted to get a good seat (and take some pictures!). I was SO excited for Sam’s big day.

They were still taking photos when we arrived. I go a sneak peak at the happy couple and it was so cool. I absolutely loved her dress and could not wait to get a closer look.

The venue was so cute. There was an indoor area, a covered patio with trellises and fairy lights, there were trees with lights on them, too. There were table set up underneath some tents, which was nice because the sun was pretty hot. Thankfully, despite weeks of 90+ degrees and hazy smoke from wildfires nearby, the Big Day was clear and hot but not miserable. I was so worried all week that it would be smoky for the wedding but it wasn’t.

The cake and bar was set up inside. I loved their cake! If Michael and I were going to have a traditional wedding cake, this is exactly what I had wanted to have to go with our fall/rustic theme. It was so pretty:

And they had some gluten free vegan cupcakes, too. Sam thought of everything. She’s very considerate and cares that everyone is catered to.

I absolutely LOVED her flowers. They were so gorgeous. There were sunflowers and dahlias, both my favorites, in various shades of red, peach and orange.

Sam and John met through friends years ago. They were both Timbers fans (Sam had season tickets) and finally met at a game. I remember back when Samantha first told me about meeting John and then after I met him in person, I knew they were a good match. Samantha is the wittiest, funniest, smartest person I know and John is her equal in that regards. They both have a wicked sense of humor. I am so happy they found each other!

The above scarf is a Timbers Army thing, in case you didn’t know.Β The chairs were set up in the field. It was such a picturesque place to have a wedding. I definitely recommend that venue if you are in the area and looking for an enchanting place!

Okay, so I knew I’d be emotional during the wedding but when I saw Sam and how beautiful and happy she looked, I got very choked up. Her dress was perfect and a friend of hers did her hair and THAT was perfect, too! She looked like a princess. She was truly glowing. Just looking at the photos now, I get choked up. <3

I cried quite a bit during the ceremony. It was a sweet, romantic, and FUNNY ceremony and they also paid tribute to Sam’s mom’s memory in a sweet way. It was absolutely perfect.

After the ceremony there were appetizers passed around. One was a little tiny biscuit with a candied bacon topping (SO DELICIOUS) and a chorizo/pizza flavored appetizer. We all mingled and had drinks and snacks. It was nice to see old coworkers, too, and catch up on everything. It was also cool to see the ladies I got to know at her bachelorette party.Β  πŸ™‚

It was finally time for food. It was a buffet style that had chicken, a mac n’cheese bar (!!!!!), a salad bar and veggies. The presentation was nice. I was too hungry to get a photo of the buffet. πŸ˜‰ The mac n’ cheese was fantastic! They had bacon, fried onions and jalapenos for toppings, if you so desired. It was a build your own salad because there were a lot of vegetarians and vegans at the wedding. The salad was great. I got lettuce, walnuts, blue cheese, and cranberries for my salad.

I told Michael that we need to renew our vows just so we can have a mac n’ cheese bar. WHY DIDN’T WE THINK OF THAT FOR OUR WEDDING?!?!?!

After dinner there were the toasts and then the first dance. Then they cut the cake. It’s funny because when Michael and I were planning our wedding we knew we didn’t want chicken because chicken at weddings is ALWAYS dry and not very good. AND we didn’t want a traditional cake because again, always dry and the frosting is gross. Sam and John nailed it with both the chicken and the cake. Both were moist and delicious. They changed our opinions on wedding food. πŸ˜‰

The cake was lemon and to die for. Michael and I had some cake and then went back outside to dance the night away. It was so much fun (and the DJ was the same one we had at our wedding, so it was nice to talk to her).

The wedding was perfect. We had so much fun. I wanted to stay until the end and keep dancing with my hubby but we had to call it a night and relieve the babysitters! πŸ˜‰