Tuesday, October 7, 2014

oregon family vacation: portland part 2.

sunday, july 27th was the last full day of our trip so we really packed it in!  sunday brunch is huge in portland and jess and aaron took us to one of our their favorite spots - tasty n alder.  it was so yummy.  we loved everything we tried, especially this french toast with raspberry apricot maple and whipped cream.
we went to visit my cousin katie and her husband ethan and their darling kids!  georgia stuck by elliott's side the whole time and just wanted to hold him.  such cute cousins!
the beautiful lds temple in portland.  we love to stop and see them in every city we visit.
we made it to the famous powell's books!  i had heard so much about it but it was even more fabulous in person.  i wish we had gone at a different time of day - elliott was needing a nap pretty bad - but we enjoyed it nonetheless.  i fed elliott in the children's section while isaac explored the huge store.  it was almost overwhelming to try and find anything!  i picked out a few books for elliott and then we went and found a quiet corner to relax.  
elliott sure does love jessica. those open mouth kisses are the best!
that night we had dinner at pok pok and it was so good!  i am slowly but surely warming up to thai food and this was pretty dang good.  
after dinner jessica and aaron watched elliott for a bit while isaac and i walked the trail from their beautiful backyard up to council crest park, which overlooks portland.  it was so pretty! unfortunately none of the photos do it justice!
on monday morning we woke up bright and early to meet our friends at blue star donuts!  this was one of my favorite, favorite parts of the whole trip.  these donuts were the best we've ever had and i'm dying for more.  we tried an old fashioned buttermilk, lemon poppyseed, and raspberry cake donut.  
coreyann is one of my best friends from nursing school.  she has been living in portland while her husband attends medical school there.  it was so fun to catch up and meet her baby.  he is just a few days older than elliott!  i miss having her in utah!
aaron and jessica's charming house in the greatest neighborhood!  we loved it and were very jealous.
before our flight we had a quick lunch at the picnic house {we loved the lunch menu!} and checked out pittock mansion.  we didn't have time to tour the inside but loved walking around the grounds.
time to go home!  it was such an amazing trip!  the weather in portland was perfect and when we landed in salt lake city it was raining.  it was the worst to come home to.  i cried when we got home because i was so sad our vacation was over.  coming back to reality sucks.  we had so much fun with both of our families and friends, it really was one of our best vacations yet.

i love you portland.

see the other posts of our trip here, here and here.

Friday, September 26, 2014

oregon family vacation: portland part 1.

on friday, july 25th we arrived in portland to spend some time with my cousins!  we stayed with my cousin jessica and her husband aaron in their beautiful home.  elliott was a dream baby and slept the entire drive from astoria to portland so he was ready for a night on the town.  our first stop was to grassa for some homemade pasta.
this was one of my favorite meals in portland.  so fresh and delicious!  and it was what my cousin referred to as "fast food" in portland.  we loved every bite.  i would kill to have a place like this in utah.  afterward we got ice cream at ruby jewel scoops and it was delicious.  it was the perfect first night in portland.
the next morning we met my cousin lauren, her boyfriend casey, my cousin sarah, my aunt and uncle, and my brother collin for brunch (who was visiting my cousins on a totally different trip) and shopping in the alberta arts district.  we ate at petite provence and it was so yummy.  my favorite part was the warm croissant with jam.  i could eat one of those every day for breakfast.  yum.  
portland is all about ice cream and donuts {more to come on those!} and i loved it.  salt and straw has the most yummy unique flavors!  i tried the almond brittle with salted ganache and the chocolate gooey brownie.  the almond brittle was a salty sweet delight.  isaac tried the olive oil and the strawberry lime cilantro cheesecake!  they also have flavors like pear and blue cheese, honey lavender, and honey balsamic strawberry with black pepper.  it is such a fun place.
when in portland...
elliott's face in this kills me dead.  he was not sure what the heck this sasquatch statue was! there were so many fun, unique shops along alberta and mississippi street.
my cousin lauren got these cute shots of elliott in his stroller.
we had such a fun day with these cousins and brother of ours.  it was fun that my brother's trip and ours lined up at the same time so we could spend some time in portland together!  we are both obsessed with the city now.
on saturday night we had dinner at jessica & aaron's restaurant picnic house.  the food was amazing!  it was so fun to see the space they had transformed into this magical restaurant.  jessica is such a talented chef, it was so fun to try her delicious creations.  if you ever visit portland, you must try picnic house.  everything on the menu is fabulous.
after dinner we walked the waterfront and then drove up to the portland international rose garden.  so beautiful!  and little did we know i won the rose queen this year.  i feel so honored.  ha!  

one last portland post to come!

Friday, September 19, 2014

oregon family vacation: seaside, cannon beach & astoria.

the third day of our vacation to the coast was pretty rainy.  we had plans to go to the beach but ended up renting these silly 4 man bikes to ride around town.  we took some pictures with the babies and then handed them off to the grandparents to sit in a warm cafe while we rode around seaside.  it was so much fun!  and quite the workout...
exhausted but happy!  elliott's sleep schedule was still on utah time, and a little wacky at that so nights were hard.  we were staying up late having fun and then getting up in the middle of the night was pure torture.  i said some pretty angry things about never traveling with elliott again...which i quickly took back because we were having so much fun during the day.  vacationing with babes is hard but so worth it!
soeyer sharing her crayons with elliott.
that afternoon the sun came out and we went to the beach!  it was much cooler than the previous day so we stayed bundled up.  isaac's family has been coming to the coast for years and one of their favorite traditions is to rent these beach bikes!  they were so much fun!  elliott was tucked in his carrier, sleeping the afternoon away while we rode along the beach.  it was a beautiful afternoon.
lucky grandkiddies.
the next day, july 24th, was grandma von's birthday and the day of her funeral/life celebration.  we went to her favorite restaurant for lunch, mo's, and spent some time at cannon beach.
we went back to seaside for a few hours after lunch and came back to a sunny, beautiful afternoon.  grandma von loved haystack rock and it has a lot of significance to the westwood family.  it was very special to be a part of scattering her ashes.  
see the orbs in these photos?!  grandma von was there with us!  :)
that night we had a bonfire at the beach and lit chinese sky lanterns.  they were so pretty in the dark sky!  it was my first bonfire at the beach and i loved it.
we had so much fun spending time with the westwood family and getting to know everyone a little better.  these are all the great grandkids of grandma von.  they are all so sweet and fun.  it was sad saying good bye!

it was time to head to portland to spend time with my family!
we stopped in astoria on our way and loved it!  we climbed the astoria column and saw these amazing views.  we actually climbed the crazy stairs twice...the first time halfway up elliott was screaming and we figured we better feed him or our time at the top would be miserable.  it was a good call.
it was pretty windy up there and elliott was not loving it.
i love this family photo of us.  elliott looks so much like isaac in this.
for lunch we waited in very long line for bowpicker fish & chips and it was well worth the wait.  they were delicious!  it was a great afternoon.

next up, portland!
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