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5 Years

It’s our 5 year wedding anniversary! Woohoo! It’s hard to believe it’s only been 5 years, because in some ways it feels like a lot longer. We’ve had a baby, sold a house, bought a house, moved…lots of big life changes in those 5 years.

Usually for our anniversary we try and go out of town overnight or for the weekend and have my parents babysit Logan to give us a little time away. Because of all the uncertainty with selling our house, we didn’t this year. Which is fine. We have a few vacations planned in a few months, so we can officially celebrate then! But for now, we just did a day trip.

Michael’s mom and stepdad babysat Logan for the day on Saturday. We had breakfast and then headed north to go for a hike, just the two of us.

We did the Whipple Creek Hike. It was a little north of Vancouver, Wa and mainly used for horseback riders, I guess. But it was a very kid-friendly place and we saw some families and we also saw some trail runners.

It’s pretty easy and flat, not much elevation gain. So it’s a good hike to do if you want to just do miles but not elevation (or if you have knee issues).

There are a lot of different trails you can take and none of them are super long, so you can a lot of them if you want.

We saw some horseback riders and saw the stables where there were a lot of horses.

We got to say hi to this beauty!

Even though it was pretty flat and easy and my heart rate never really got over 115, I burned a decent amount of calories! It was a nice little hike. We’d do it again and take Logan with us.

After our hike, we drove to downtown Vancouver and had lunch at Amaro’s Table. Highly recommend! Excellent food!

I had a glass of bubbly to celebrate. There were so many good things on the menu to choose from! I ended up getting the antipasto platter. It was an appetizer but plenty of food for lunch and about 85% on my diet. 😉 Not that that was a concern for the day.

Amazing brussels sprouts. Cheese, salami, carrots, chilled zucchini salad and some bread.

Michael got the chicken fried sandwich with homemade chips. The sandwich a zesty sauce and coleslaw. I had a bite. It was very good!

We shared an appetizer of ahi tuna rolls. Also very good! I’ve missed sushi. I would definitely go back to this restaurant. Everything was delicious and reasonably priced.

After lunch we walked around the waterfront of Vancouver.

It was a little bit of a gray day but thankfully it didn’t rain until we got home. The waterfront was super nice! Very clean, walkable, free parking (on weekends), lots of restaurants. It was cool and I’d like to go back and check out one of the waterfront restaurants.

We saw that Maryhill Winery had a tasting room on the waterfront and popped in to share a quick tasting and buy a bottle. I like Maryhill but it’s hard to get out to (it’s about 2+ hours from Portland).

We walked around some more and eventually it was time to head back home and to reality. Lunch was pretty big and filling so dinner was just munchies (leftovers from lunch and some fruit).

It was a really nice day! I’d like to go back to downtown Vancouver and check out some of the other stores and restaurants.

Mother’s Day Weekend

Have I mentioned that our life is crazy right now? Geeeez… So we are house hunting, but the “season” hasn’t really started yet. Like in a month or so it will really ramp up and we’ll start seeing more options. We’ve seen some houses that are close but not quite right (I mean, one house the neighbor had a rooster…!).

But in the meantime while we are sort of house hunting, we are trying to get our house ready to go on the market as soon as we find something. So every spare moment I have I’m painting. Doors, trim, whatever needs to be done.

Last week I took Thursday off for a few reasons. First, I did some painting (doors and trim) in the morning. Then I went to Logan’s daycare/school for a mother’s day event (so sweet). Then I got a chance to decompress with two friends at Stoller Winery. We packed a picnic lunch and just chilled for the afternoon in the sunshine. It was magnificent! I REALLY needed the downtime.

Friday I got off work early to do more painting and then clean the house (and then we looked at a house–the Rooster House!).

On Saturday we were both up bright and early because we are both so stressed right now we can’t sleep. LOL (sad face) I went to the gym and then came home to clean up and get ready for a Mother’s Day lunch event at our house. My parents came down from Seattle. Michael’s mom and stepdad, sister and brother came over too.

Michael smoked a tri-tip steak on the Traeger grill. I made a salad. Michael’s sister, who is amazing, brought her famous deviled eggs and made a cheesecake from scratch! My favorite!!! Michael’s brother brought champagne and orange juice for mimosas. It was such a nice Mother’s Day lunch!

I was off the diet for the day. 🙂 I’m good with that. The food was so good! The cheesecake was to die for! Logan gave me a gift and a card. 🙂 After a little while, everyone left but my parents. They were staying the night to babysit the little Bug so Michael and I could go and relax a bit.

For our anniversary, Michael got my a gift of a night away. We FINALLY got to do it! I suggested we stay at the McMenamin’s Grand Lodge in Forest Grove.

We’ve never been there before. We usually stay at Edgefield. But we had to pick up our wine (membership shipment) at Montinore Vineyards:

So I thought, why not combine both? So we stopped at Montinore first. Did a wine tasting, picked up our wine, then checked into our room at the Grand Lodge. We got a room with a bathroom, which is a nice treat! Usually McMenamin’s is “European Style”, which is fine, but I liked having our own bathroom.

We dropped our stuff off in our room and then got dinner. Since I was off the diet for the day, I got the fish n’ chips (small plate) and it was delicious! Deep fried carbs! YAY!

Then we changed into our swim suits and grabbed our bathrobes from the room, got drinks from the bar (I got a Mai Tai–channeling my inner Hawaii) and headed to the Japanese Soaking Pool.

It was absolutely AMAZING. We spent over an hour in the soaking pool. It was small, not as good as the Edgefield Pool, but still really nice and relaxing. We just chilled with our beverages and relaxed and talked. It was fairly quiet, surrounded by trees and bamboo. I needed time to relax!

We both slept like the dead that night. I wish I could have slept in. I mean, lately, since we have started the house projects/house hunting, the moment I wake up in the morning I am awake. My mind starts racing. I start thinking of all the things that need to be done. 🙁 I used to be able to sleep in a little, or at least on the weekends go back to sleep…not anymore!

We got breakfast, I got the smoked salmon hollandaise. I got fruit instead of hashbrowns and didn’t eat the bread (back on the diet!).

Then back home to work on house projects! So busy busy busy weekend. But fun!