Glamping

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Over the weekend some of the cousins got together for a mini family reunion down on my aunt’s farm. It was sort of weird to do it without the entire family but I’m glad this generation is trying to keep the tradition going even though life is busy for everyone these days! Michael, Logan and I drove down Saturday mid-day. Some people were camping, some people were sleeping inside. Thankfully we got a bedroom! We are just not ready to attempt camping with a baby yet.

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So we got the best of both worlds–sort of camping without having to sleep outside!

Logan did great on the drive down…until we were 20 minutes away and then he started screaming. Yikes. We arrived as everyone was heading down to the river. I changed Logan and fed him and then he was good to go. The three of us sat outside with my cousin Kristin, who unfortunately broke her leg recently so she wasn’t swimming.

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We had intentions to go down to the river and never actually made it down there. Bummer. But we were busy with the baby anyways.

If you follow me on Instagram you can see the video of Logan seeing cows for the first time! They were a huge hit. 🙂 It is so cool seeing things through Logan’s eyes. It’s like you get to experience things in a brand new way with the baby.

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We sat in the shade and enjoyed a nice, cold beer while we caught up on things. Then everyone got back from the river. No scavenger hunt this year, but there was a game of bocce ball:

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And then it was time to eat. Dinner was a potluck. Grilled cheeseburgers and a bunch of different kinds of salads and fruit. It was delicious!

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My cousin’s fiance made this amazing tortellini pasta salad that I want to make. It was so good I had two servings. Seriously worth the calories.

It was a very chill, low-key weekend. Different than the usually reunion that has 100+ people and tons of food and stuff to do. It was kinda nice just relaxing in the shade.

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Evening came and we gathered around the fire pit, another favorite tradition. Logan was in his crib and I checked on him every 10 minutes or so. Eventually he woke up and was really fussy (I think it was too hot) so I brought him down by the fire and the cool night air made him more comfortable. First campfire!

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I fed him and he finally fell asleep and I went back down to the fire for a little bit before heading to bed.

Sunday morning Logan woke us up bright and early (of course) and no one else was awake yet. Michael went for a run and Logan and I cuddled in bed.

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Michael got back from his run and said people were starting to wake up so I got up. I needed some coffee ASAP. I brought along this coffee to check out:

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It sounded really interesting to me. It was just ok. It was a little on the weird side and I’m not sure why–maybe because it was dairy free? I don’t know. BUT I wanted an iced coffee and this satisfied that craving! Breakfast:

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We hung out for a little bit then it was time to clean up, pack up, and head out. Maybe next year we can try real camping with the baby.

Beer Tour

The next day of their visit Michael had the day off so we got to spend some time together. First order of business: exploring a beer and wine market I’d been wanting to check out: John’s Marketplace. It’s in Multnomah Village, which is a cute little part of SW Portland. I actually used to live there long, long ago and loved my little apartment not too far from John’s Marketplace.

I knew Andy would love to check it out. He’s kind of a wine and beer expert and their selection was supposed to be the best in Portland–and it was! The place was huge. They had a large wine selection but honestly the beer was the star of the show.

They had the beer organized by regions–Washington, Oregon, Portland specifically, England, Asia, Mexico, etc.

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I saw so many beers that looked intriguing. I got a nice selection of some that I was familiar with and a few that were new to me, too. Our stash:

 

And then I decided to try these two, which sounded interesting to me. Next hot sunny day I’m giving these a try:

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Logan did great (and slept through the whole trip).

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We got our selections and then went back home just in time for my parents to arrive! They had been in Arizona for a few months (my dad became a snow bird in retirement) and were driving home to Seattle so it was the perfect pit stop for them and a nice treat for us. It was the first time we’d all been together at the same time since my wedding. Wish my brother lived closer!

We all went out to lunch at Iron Horse Mexican restaurant in Sellwood and once again Logan did surprisingly well…for most of it. I was able to eat all of my food though before he got fussy. I got the Yucatan taco with rice and beans (it was pork with coleslaw and pineapple salsa). It was delicious and just the right amount of food for lunch.

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Anyways, just as I finished eating Logan got fussy. I got to change his diaper in the ladies room on the changing table for the first time, so there’s that. New experience! And of course just as I took his diaper off and was about to put a new one on Logan peed on everything. And I mean everything. Thankfully I had a change of clothes in his diaper bag (good thinking on my part). So I cleaned all that up and him, changed his clothes and then he puked on his new outfit and my sweater. Ah the experiences you get to have as a new parent. 🙂

But it was all good, just more laundry when we got home. We got to spend some time at home with the family before my parents left for home.

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Logan got these really cute Star Wars toys from his aunt and uncle. 🙂 Even though I’m not a fan I can admit they are cute stuffed animals. And handmade from an etsy store. So cute!

 

And then Andy started cooking us dinner again. We sure got spoiled this trip! This time it was one of Andy’s famous pasta dishes. He made the sauce from scratch–tomatoes, sauteed onions and sausage, garlic and artichoke hearts.

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Dinner was absolutely delicious! It was spicy and tasty and I loved the addition of the artichoke hearts to the sauce. He topped it with fresh parmesan and basil. We drank a bottle of wine with dinner and then splurged for dessert:

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The Bourbon Ball from Papa Haydn’s and a little bit of the dessert wine they brought from home–it was a hazelnut Port. I’m not really a fan of dessert wines, they are way too sweet for me, but I had a taste of this one and it was actually quite good and I liked it a lot. It went nicely with dessert.

The next day we had breakfast together and then dropped them off at the train station for the last leg of their west coast trip–off to Seattle then back home to Philly. It was bittersweet saying goodbye. I hate that they live so far away and we don’t get to see each other very often. I also hate that visits are always so short, but I get it. It’s hard to see everyone on one trip. But it was a nice visit and I’m so happy they were able to spend some time with us and meet Logan. They come back next summer for a wedding and they’ll get to see Logan again and he’ll be a big boy! I’m already looking forward to it.

After we dropped them off it was back home and I went to the gym. It felt good to be back at it after a few days off. And it was a good distraction from feeling a little sad.