PORTLAND!

So in case you were dying to know, Ryan swept me off to Portland for our lovely weekend away. It was perfect. No children, just us. And Linda. [Linda was the name we gave to the Garmin Nuvi we borrowed from the in-laws.] I will never travel without GPS again. Never ever. Because of Linda, we were able to make it to all of our predetermined destinations without one single hiccup.


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!

21 comments:

  1. wow!!! what a fun trip! I can't wait for the day when Dave and i can do that!!!

    and that house... um... let's all find one on the same street and move to Portland!!!

    what a weekend! you deserve it, and I'm sure Ryan deserved it to!!!

    hubby, fabric, and cupcakes. sounds perfect to me!!!

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  2. I am going to give it an A+. The plus is because it came from Ryan. It was well written about too. I felt like I had gone and had some fun as well. Glad you 2 had some time together and enjoy the rest of the week.

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  3. Looks like it was a great weekend! Glad you guys had a fun time. And Ryan has the whole week off too? How fun for your family!

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  4. So happy for you. This Ryan and you get away. . . long over due! The cupcake place looks to be my favorite. I know. . big suprise!

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  5. Wow! I can't believe all that you guys did in one weekend! I shouldn't be surprised, because you guys are great. What great finds and scenery. You know how to get an escape!

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  6. Apparantly you have excellent time management skills. You did so many wonderful things. Sounds like a fabulous weekend.

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  7. Sounds like a perfect weekend! I LOVE that house! And how did you get so lucky to have your husband get a whole week off? Matt really needs a vacation. Instead I'm taking one with Madelyn.

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  8. Sounds like a wonderful getaway. It's so difficult to get away with multiple children. Weekends such as this are truly memorable. I'd love to go to Portland myself...someday.

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  9. Wow! You guys crammed a lot of fun into your weekend. So glad that you have such a wonderful husband who surprises you, because you deserve it!

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  10. What a fun weekend! I am trying not to be too jealous.

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  11. Looks like you had fun.
    Bye bye.

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  12. How fun for you guys. You just happened to run into Annette? That's crazy! That picture of you and Ryan cracks me up. You look like you're trying to be intriguing.

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  13. Fabulous weekend! Good for you guys to be able to get away!!

    That is so great that Ryan will be home all week with you and the kids. Have a great family week!

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  14. Looks like a lot of fun. It's trips like those that are so nice, when you don't have to rush around and can visit the places you want. Glad you had such an enjoyable time.

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  15. very fun. very well planned out. glad you won't have the post vacation blues. those are always a bummer.

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  16. What a fun time for you guys! I love weekends like this!

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  17. You hit most of my favorite places in Portland. I too have an obsession for cupcakes. Annette is trying to talk me into opening a cupcake shop here in Las Vegas. Maybe one day.

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  18. Where do I do feedback Dandee? Do I email you or is it on your etsy page that I am unable to see somewhere? Ding Dong here.

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  19. what a great weekend! portland is one of my favorite cities...makes me want to go back...soon! :)

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  20. Boy I am tired just reading your blog. I cannot believe how much you covered in such a short period of time. You should be a personal shopper! I LOVE THAT HOUSE! When Leon & I were dating we would go to Walla Walla and just drive around looking at houses. We even drove through their circular service driveways. You know the ones the delivery people used to use to deliver the homemakers groceries. We were young and crazy and he stole my heart!

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  21. After reading about your getaway I am inspired to plan one for me and my husband - sans kids! Thank you!!!
    I love your spring in a can...very clever.
    And you have a delightful blog.
    btw-I found you via Bree.

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