Wow, I can't believe how long it's been since I've posted. I do have lots to share from our wonderful trip to Portland. We had so much fun! The kids were very good on the airplane (thank goodness, I was dreading that!) and we had a whole house to ourselves so that helped. It was freezing there (to us anyway - who put on sweatshirts when it is in the 70's). AND WE SAW SNOW - Whoo-hoo!!
Everyone said there wouldn't be any and so we prepared ourselves for being disappointed. Bela kept asking as we were diving to Mt Hood if there would be snow and I told her probably not. We stopped at Government Camp at the bathrooms and asked a man if he tought there was snow and he told us no, there's no snow. We thought about just driving back to Portland and looked at a map and saw there was another lodge, Timberline Lodge, higher up and so we decided - why not..let's head up there. Our first glimpse came as a jeep came driving down the road - covered in snow! We knew we had hit the jackpot.
The higher up we drove, the more snow was on the ground. By the time we got to the parking lot, everything was covered in snow! We got out of the car and ran around, making snowballs and just tromping around in the snow (which was a few inches deep). I was taking pictures of the kids..and then IT STARTED SNOWING!
I have lived in Hawaii all my life and so have never seen snow so I am very excited about this (if you can't tell). The kids had never been in snow either and my husband had only seen snow once so it was a huge thrill for us all. I put the camera back in the car as I wasn't sure if the snow would hurt it - I wish I had taken more pictures (ughh!). We didn't want to stay too long since it was snowing hard and we weren't sure how hard it would be to get the minivan we had rented out of it. I wish we had stayed longer but we had lots of fun and the kids are still talking about it.
We crammed as much as we could into that week in Portland..which is probably why we are still recovering. We went to so many cool restaurants (they are everywhere in Portland). We had a GPS which was nice to just type in the name or address of the place and head off. We went to Crema (wonderful coffee and baked goods), Helser's (yummy breakfasts) and of course Trader Joe's (I love this store- oh, to have one here. Although this store is coming, eventually). Oh and we are getting a Target eventually too. I think it's coming next year sometime.
I did some shopping...of course! I had to hit Anthropologie. Got this and this (which I wore to the wedding) and this plus some other goodies. I had fun!
I also visited here (fun store), here, and of course Powell's. I picked up this book and have read it all week. It's great and has made me get in the cooking mood. So yesterday I made this for breakfast..man, it's a lot of work. And my hollandaise sauce turned out a little tangy (too much lemon juice!). I also got in the cooking/baking mood from the cute bakery where my sister works. It is called Di Prima Dolci and is so yummy and cozy. The entire place closed the day of the wedding and they all came and had made all the desserts for the reception, including the cake. The lemon bars are unbelievable. Ok so I'm going to save the wedding for another post but here's a pic of all of us at the wedding.....
Don't you love how the flower girl's tummy is peeking (well, more than peeking) out of her outfit?