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Birthday Boy, 2!

We had Logan’s 2nd birthday party this weekend! The little guy isn’t quite 2 but my mom was going to be out of town for his actual birthday so we did it early this year.

This year the theme was cars. He’s obsessed!

My little Superman. 🙂

I pre-ordered pizza from Domino’s the day before to have it delivered at a certain time. I was a little nervous because I’ve never done that before but it turned out great. The pizza arrived piping hot right on time. I am really impressed and will definitely do that again for parties.

We had an assortment of beers, hard cider, hard root beer plus lots of different sodas.

This year was so much fun! The party was a huge success and Logan knew what was going on and he was having a great time. It was so fun to watch him understand the party was for me and to see him smile.

My friend Star made her amazing birthday cake. Dark chocolate with homemade cream cheese frosting. She decorated it especially for the birthday boy.

Last year he cried during cake time. LOL This year, he LOVED it. He didn’t quite understand that blowing-out-the-candles part, but that’s ok.

Cake is now his favorite thing. 😀

I think everyone knew that cars were his favorite currently. He opened presents and got lots of cars and a new playmate for his cars. He got a bunch of cool books and clothes and new shoes! He was super excited.

The golf set is from my dad. My mom told me that he picked it out himself for Logan.

Finally, we showed Logan the gift from us. A balance bike and helmet! He’s still might be a little bit young for it, but we are going to give it a try.

It was a great party. Fun and exciting and so great for Logan. It was a nice weekend with my mom visiting. We got time to visit and I got some time for myself. It was a good balance of everything.

Pumpkins in the Gorge

Michael’s dad came to Portland for a short visit this weekend. On Saturday we were all up bright and early for various reasons (baby and time changes!) and I went to the gym, then home to clean up and we hit the road for a day trip. We listened to the Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers greatest hits as we drove out to the Gorge, destination: Hood River.

It was pretty crazy seeing the damage from the wild fires. Multnomah Falls is closed, as are a lot of other popular hikes in the Gorge. I posted some photos on my instagram. It was really sad, and kind of shocking, to see the damage in person. I think I-84 only opened up a week ago, too. It’s been closed for almost a month I think. Crazy.

We stopped at Double Mountain Brewery for lunch. Logan did great. We timed the drive right and he napped for an hour on the drive so when we arrived he was ready for lunch. We also lucked out and got there before the mad-rush for lunch. Usually there are super long lines to get in.

We got a pizza and I got three tastes: Killer Green, Killer Lion and Hop Lava (all IPAs).

It all really hit the spot. After lunch we stopped at Cathedral Ridge so we could pick up our quarterly case of wine from our membership (like 2 months late–partly because we had no time and partly due to the wildfires). I was surprised at how few people were there on a Saturday afternoon. Usually the tasting room would be super packed. I guess a lot of people haven’t ventured into the Gorge since the fires.

Then it was time for pumpkins!

We got to Packer Orchards near the Wy’East Winery after lunch. We discovered it last year around this time when Logan was an itty bitty baby! This year was SO much fun because Logan is big enough to DO stuff now! He was so excited when we got there. He was ready to explore!

We chose not to do the corn maze/hay ride extravaganza this year. Logan is still a bit too young for that and it was about $20 for a family to do all the activities together. Next year I think it will be great! The nice thing about Packer Orchards is that there was TONS of stuff to do for free. They had the places you could take photos and the giant pumpkin, of course.

Logan was sort of good while we tried to take photos. 😉 He was just too excited and distracted to sit still for long.

They had a ton of carts you could use for picking pumpkins. Logan just wanted to ride around in the cart. So Michael and his dad took turns taking Logan around in the cart.

There was a giant (free) hay stack that kids could climb and play on. The hay rides looked really fun. Next year! Then we discovered that there was a giant “sand box” that was filled with dry corn! Wow! It was so cool. All the kids loved it. Logan wasn’t quite sure at first and then he loved it. What a cool idea.

So we walked around a bit and then decided it was time to pick a pumpkin. Logan zeroed in on the one he wanted right away.

He picked the tiny white pumpkin that fit in his hands. We tried to get him to pick another bigger one to take home, too, but he wasn’t having any of it. He just wanted his tiny pumpkin!

And Packer Orchards was super sweet, we went up to pay for it and I guess because it was so small (and Logan is so cute LOL) they said it was free. Sweet!

The above two photos are my absolute favorites of the day. He looks so dang cute! I am so glad we went and had a great day. It was such a fun, sweet outing to see everything through Logan’s eyes. Everything was amazing to him and he had a blast. Can’t wait for next year!

It was getting late in the afternoon so we got three pipin’ hot fresh out of the fryer apple cider donuts to go and Logan loved that, too. Of course he did! He’s my kid. 😉 And we headed back to Portland.