Stoller

Land of the Living

On Saturday I got out of my sweatpants after almost two weeks and we planned a little day trip.

After breakfast and showers and stuff, we hit the road. It was a nice change of scenery. We went down to Newberg to pick up our wine at Stoller. We missed the pick up party because of my surgery. Oh well, we’ll go to the one in the fall.

Fell asleep immediately….

It had been pouring rain all morning but by the time we drove down to Stoller, it was a nice day. Logan was still asleep when we arrived so Michael stayed in the car and I went inside to have a quick taste and pick up our wine.

I still have issues with sense of smell and taste but I can get a bit of the wine. 🙂 I wish I could have spent more time there but we just didn’t have that much time. Not with a toddler!

Then it was lunch time. The place we usually go was super packed and had about a 45 minute wait just for a table, so we skipped it. We drove to Wilsonville and stopped at the Oswego Grill for lunch instead. It was a nice choice.

Logan did pretty good, which was nice because restaurants are kind of hit or miss. He got a grilled cheese sandwich with french fries (his favorite).

I got the Caesar Salad with grilled salmon. It was really good and on the diet, so that was nice. Michael got a turkey and bacon, avocado sandwich. It was a nice lunch. I’d go there again.

Then we drove home. I kind of hit the wall at that point. It was about 2pm and the longest I’d been out and about since having my surgery. Even though we didn’t do a whole lot, it took a lot out of me. I took a nap when we got home, which felt amazing. Then when I got up I played outside with Logan for awhile so Michael could take a nap. 😉 We are hardcore partiers these days!

It was a nice day and it felt good to get dressed, do my hair and get out of the house doing something normal–other than errands. This week I’ve been home from work I’ve been doing one thing a day–grocery store, errands, Target, haircut, etc. But basically taking it easy. So this was a nice change.

Monday I go back to work. No more sleeping in, back to alarm clocks, no more sweatpants, no more laying on the couch watching TV shows I’m years behind on, and no more naps! (BOO!!) But it will be good to get back to it!

Mirror Lake and a Girl’s Day

On Thursday I took Logan to daycare and then Miss B and I got to do our own thing! I packed up some stuff and we drove up to Mount Hood, listening to Beth Hart and Lucinda Williams CDs. Bella was super excited for an adventure!

It was such a nice day and I had the whole day to do whatever I wanted. I wasn’t really up for working out yet (still a little sick) but an easy hike in some fresh air sounded right. I looked around for some hikes near us but found that the Gorge hikes are still largely closed due to the Eagle Creek Fire last year. Multnomah Falls is open but not all the way. So I decided to drive out to Mirror Lake.

Mirror Lake has been on my To Do List for years! It’s a super popular hike, though, and so we’ve never done it. Thee’s not a ton of parking available and it always fills up fast.

I got to the trailhead at 9:20 AM and I got the last parking spot (barely).

Bella and I got ready and headed out on the trail. You cross a bridge right away and I had to kind of wrangle Bella to get up on it and walk across and then she was ok. We hiked through the forest on a pretty manicured trail and then crossed another bridge.

Bella did great! The trail started to climb a little bit but it was never too steep or difficult. I thought it would be a good hike for Logan to do but then we came to this little area of rock scramble:

It looks worse than it was but it would be hard for a toddler to navigate. So not sure if Logan is ready for this one yet,

After the rocks, there were some mild switchbacks. We hike through the old growth alpine forest. It was fairly crowded but not too bad. Not like I imagine weekends to be! We got to a fork in the trail and took a left across this bridge:

The trail climbed again through some more forest and then it opened up and I got glimpses of the lake. Oh, one thing to note: The mosquitoes were SUPER bad! I got a few bites! Thankfully I had some bug spray in my backpack and so I put some of that on (a little too late, though).

The trail goes around the small lake and then there are parts of the forest that open up to the lakeside and you get THIS amazing view!

HELLO! There’s the mountain! What a perfect picture, too! It was so pretty. And all around the lake there were swarms of butterflies EVERYWHERE! It was kind of creepy, honestly! So many!

I walked around the lake (it’s pretty small) and then headed back down the trail. All in all it was a really nice, fairly easy hike. It’s good for older kids and was good for dogs. It would be a nice place to hike in and have a picnic lunch by the lake. Don’t forget your bug spray!

We got back to the car. I had packed some lunch in a cooler but it was only 11am so I decided to just drive home and eat there. Home to have lunch, shower, nap (I was worn out!) and then I spent the afternoon at the Oregon Humane Society.

I did NOT come home with a cat. 😉 But there were plenty of adorable ones! I found one that I loved. But she was a) a kitten–and I think I want a cat that’s around a year or two old and b) she looked exactly like Yggdrasil but with gold eyes. It made me cry a bit when I saw her and I just couldn’t do it. I think my next cat will have to look different than my baby did, otherwise I think I’d feel too sad.

But it was nice to look around. There were a TON of kittens at the Humane Society!

FRIDAY

Friday I went to the gym and then I got to take my new car on a little mini road trip! Some friends came over and we went to Sokol Blosser for a picnic lunch and tasting. None of them had ever been there, so it was nice to share it with them.

We had various cheeses, hummus and naan, tons of fruit and crackers. It was such a perfect day for a picnic!

After that we spent the rest of the afternoon enjoying the sun and nice breeze at Stoller:

I stuck with water at the second place and they split a bottle of the Stoller Chardonnay (they all loved it as I knew they would!). It was nice just lounging in the chairs in the sun catching up with friends. I think Erika and I are going to do the Stoller 5k Race next year!

It was such a nice day! I got slightly sunburned, even though I used sunscreen! But other than that, it was chill and relaxing and perfect for my soul. 🙂