Happy Hour

Friends, Bunnies and Brunch

We had a nice weekend! Hope you guys did, too. On Saturday I went to the gym (and did lower body hardcore–ouch) and then Michael and I had a double date with some friends we’ve been trying to go out with for awhile.

One of Logan’s teachers from his old daycare (his favorite teacher) came over to babysit. She’s awesome. And another teacher from his old daycare heard she was babysitting and wanted to come, too. She’d missed Logan and wanted to see him. So we got two babysitters for the price of one!

Our friends came over and brought their almost 2 year old daughter (Logan’s BFF) and Michael made his famous mac n’ cheese for the babysitters and kiddos (and the kids actually ate it and liked it!) and we headed to Allium for dinner.

It was still happy hour when we arrived, so that was nice! We got a nice, quiet table for four in the bar area and ordered happy hour for dinner.

I got the French Onion Soup, which was really delicious and rich in beef flavor. It was really excellent.

I had a glass of the happy hour house white, a Pinot Grigio.

I also had the Brussels sprouts with pancetta and the Mussels in a white sauce. All of the food was really delicious and filling, even though it was happy hour sizes. Our friends had dietary restrictions (one was gluten-free and the other a vegetarian) and it was nice that the restaurant had stuff on the menu to accommodate both.

Michael got the burger and duck fat fries. Then for dessert Michael and I shared the cinnamon sugar donuts (they were SO good)!

We all had a great time out and it was nice to make a “new” couple friend, especially one that has a kiddo close to Logan’s age. We got back to our house and discovered the babysitters had done art projects with the kids! How cute is that??

We have the best babysitters. 😀

On Sunday we all slept in. I was going to get up super early to go swimming before the day got started, but…when Logan sleeps in until almost 8am you have to take advantage of that!! We all had a small snack and then Logan went on an Easter egg hunt in the house. 😀

After that we headed to Michael’s mom’s house for Easter Brunch. She always makes the best food. One Bloody Mary for me! And Logan LOVED Deviled Eggs this year.

Ham, potato and cheese casserole, her famous egg and crab casserole, fruit and a strudel thing (so good). Logan ate a bunch, so that was good. Sometimes he can be super picky.

Grandma hid some easter eggs around the house for Logan to find. Inside the eggs she put $1 bills. I loved that idea! So much better than candy. But don’t worry, there was a basket FULL of chocolate:

Yes that is a chocolate bar shaped like a truck! Logan was OBSESSED with it. 😀

After brunch we went home, Logan took a nap and I headed to the pool for a relaxing swim. It was a really nice swim. The pool and gym were completely empty when I was there! When I got home Logan and I put his dollar bills from the Easter Bunny in his piggy bank. Which he loved, too. I got him a piggy bank for his birthday last year and I’ve been putting coins in there randomly but…I like never have cash on me LOL so I never have anything to put in his bank. But now he’s got some $$$! 😀

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.