As soon as we arrived we did a little shopping, checked into our hotel, and then ate at Southpark Seafood Grill. The food was delicious. The company was even better. After the yummy meal we ran into some of our family [hi Annette!] and strolled the Portland streets. We stayed out late enough to catch the last showing of a movie that looked promising, but was a giant disappointment. We left early. Don't waste your money.
[me standing in front of Southpark. Ryan insisted.]
The next morning we ate breakfast at a cute coffee shop and set out for Powell's Bookstore. Powell's is huge [about a city block and four stories] and carries everything under the sun. They even have a great collection of used books. I was in the used children's book section for the bulk of our time there.
[just look at the goodness!]
As we were leaving Powell's, we noticed my favorite store just across the street and went in for a few minutes. Or an hour. Whatever. Ryan read on a couch by the door and I shopped and absorbed all of the loveliness. These beauties were my favorite find of the day.
About this time we were craving a drive through some of the darling neighborhoods Portland has to offer.
[this little gem was our favorite. isn't she pretty!]
After our drive, we went here, and here. Both were sweet and quaint and we were happy we made it to each of them. [I was more happy about the fabric store than Ryan was, but he's a trooper.]
One place Ryan and I were eager to see while in Portland was Saint Cupcake. I had heard about this shop on some blogs, and since I am currently suffering from a cupcake obsession I had to get there. It was Saturday and they were busy, but the cupcakes did not disappoint. Pure heaven. Really, you have to go. I ate one. Ryan ate two. And we took some to go.
On our way out of town we had a chance to stop here and get some great ideas for the children's play room. Note to self: Don't go to IKEA on a Saturday afternoon.
Like we always do, we had a such a wonderful time together. Usually, when we get home from a trip I get a little depressed. That feeling that life has to resume in 'business as usual' mode. Ryan to work, the children to school, me going from here to there...I know you know what I mean. But, instead I got to enjoy this. And one other treat...IT'S SPRING BREAK! And Ryan has the week off too! Oh Happy Day!