weekend update

Fun in the Snow

Michael and I had the chance to have some fun in the snow and sun this weekend! On Saturday, his mom and stepdad came over to babysit Logan and we drove up to Mount Hood to go snowshoeing WITHOUT a kid and WITHOUT a dog! It was so crazy! LOL It was crazy how easy it was to pack for just us. 😉

It was such a gorgeous day. It was clear blue skies and warm–almost 45 degrees up on the mountain. We drove to White River West Sno Park and arrived at about 10am. (When we left the parking lot that holds 200 cars was packed full.)

White River is a popular place for sledding and there were lots of kids out sledding. It looked super fun! The other nice thing about White River is the immediate view of Mount Hood:

It was such a nice day! And it was so nice being out there just the two of us, doing something we used to do before having Logan. Not that it’s not nice doing stuff with our dog and kid, but it’s also nice just doing stuff as a couple, too.

We hiked around a bit and then crossed over into the trees where we found some other trails.

Lots of people were out that day!

 

We ended up doing the Boy Scout Ridge Trail (or at least, part of it). We were the only ones on the trail, which was kind of nice! We followed the trail through the quiet trees, away from the sledders. The trail had been forged and then the snow had frozen a bit and there wasn’t new snow, so that was nice because we didn’t lose the trail.

We followed the trail for a bit and then felt like it was time to turn around. We didn’t have a ton of time and since it was about an hour to drive home and we wanted to stop for lunch, we had to get going. I definitely want to explore this trail some more, though!

I was feeling really good and felt like I could keep going, which is a bummer! But we were short on time, so had to head back to the car. It was such a gorgeous day to be outside on the mountain! And such a nice way to spend some time together.

I was surprised that I didn’t burn more calories. Especially being at a higher weight that I am currently at right now. Usually snowshoeing burns a pretty decent amount. But my heart rate just never really got that high.

We stopped at the Tollgate Restaurant for lunch on the way down. We had a beer.

And split some mozzarella “sticks”:

I had a side salad and the brussels sprouts (about 1/3 of them. I was stuffed by then). The food wasn’t anything special. I don’t know that I’d go back, honestly.

Then home to this cutie pie:

He didn’t want to take a nap until we got home, which actually worked out well because we got home and ALL took a nap!!! It was glorious! It was a nice, relaxing, lazy afternoon. Just what we all needed. We were super lazy the rest of the night and I had a peanut butter and jelly sandwich for dinner, slathered my calves with this magnesium lotion to hopefully stave off soreness, and went to bed early!

Sunday I went swimming and sat in the hot tub and that felt fantastic! I think the magnesium lotion helped a lot, too, because I wasn’t sore!

Oh Christmas Tree

We had a good but busy weekend! The weekend started with a Christmas concert at Logan’s daycare. It was so cute! Logan has been practicing Jingle Bells for weeks. All the little kids sang Christmas songs together. It was so stinkin’ cute. They did a great job. 😀 It warmed my heart.

On Saturday we went and got a tree after I got back from the gym. We told Logan he was in charge of finding the tree. He took the task very seriously. He walked around the lot with a very serious look on his face and looked at all the trees and then picked one out.

We got a good one! It was a little larger than I was expecting to get but I think we got a great one! It looks really nice. This year’s new ornament:

This year we decorated with mostly soft ornaments because I’m not quite sure how Stevie is going to do with the tree. 😉 So far he’s tried to eat the tree a few times but that was when we first put it up. I’m hoping he’s mostly bored of it now. We will see!

Saturday night Michael’s mom and stepdad came over to babysit and we went out to dinner and a show. Dinner was at Kenny & Zuke’s downtown. We didn’t have a lot of time for dinner so it was a good choice. I got the “trimmed down” pastrami sandwich that had coleslaw on it and a side salad. Michael got their traditional pastrami sandwich which was a grilled sandwich with melted cheese on it. I had a bite of his sandwich and it was AMAZE.

Dinner was excellent but also VERY salty. We were both super thirsty all night. After dinner we went to the Arlene Schnitzer Hall to see the Oregon Symphony. It was the Nightmare Before Christmas Symphony!

It was a pretty cool event. They played the movie in the background and the symphony played all the music. It was a fun, cool event and a great way to get into the holiday spirit. The show was completely sold out and some people were in cool costumes. There were a lot of kids, too! It was a fun night.

QUESTION: What are some of your Christmas traditions to get into the holiday mood?