What a fun and exhausting weekend it has been! Leigh came in for a long weekend visit and we jammed a lot into her visit - even though we also spent a lot of time relaxing and watching the Spartans win the Big 10 Championship too!
The main event of Leigh’s visit this trip was a day in Portland. I attempted to transfer a sleeping Vivian into the car at 10pm to go pick Leigh up from the airport and continue driving down to Portland. Unfortunately Viv does not transfer well and after sleeping for 3 hours, she thought she had a nice nap and stayed quietly awake the whole 3 hour drive until the last 40 minutes when she got sick of the car and started torturing us with her complaints.
We got to our hotel around 1:30am and I could not wait for bed. I hadn’t stayed up that late in a long time. Viv was not in the cooperating mood and screamed in protest of the pack ‘n play. Finally around 2:30am she and I both were able to fall into a much needed slumber.
Enjoying mommy’s morning latte
In the morning us gals woke up to an alarm at 8:30am to catch a continental breakfast before starting our day. Once we were fed we got ready for the day and headed to downtown Portland to walk around. We putzed along some shops and stopped in Barista to grab some lattes. After walking around a bit we hopped in the car and headed to Pok Pok, a well known Asian restaurant which sadly did not live up to any expectations that were in my head. The food was not very kid friendly and I had a hard time finding something that sounded good or at least sounded like something that I’d eat - the menu was very foreign - and I am not generally a picky eater! The service was pretty slow and once Viv was done, she was DONE which made the slow service pretty rough when paying the bill.
After lunch we made a pit stop at VooDoo Donuts before heading to Multnomah Falls - I had been once before (to both locations) during a camp trip this summer. It was a little bit of a drive out from Portland but it was wonderful because Vivian desperately needed a nap. She slept in the car for about an hour and a half before waking up at the perfect time to check out the falls. She almost missed it but I am so glad she didn’t because her reaction was awesome.
Multnomah Falls with my girl
She was nervous at first from the mist and loud roar of the waterfall but once I ushered her up to the rails to look she couldn’t stop saying “woahhhh” which was so cute and appropriate! In hindsight I wished I had caught her reaction on video. She didn’t want to leave either and kept trying to walk back to the rails to look.
Us gals taking in the view
Eventually, we did leave the falls and headed back to Portland to walk around the water front before getting some dinner then driving back north. We ended up going to this little place called Mother’s Bistro and Bar and it was amazing! Of course the food was delicious but I think the atmosphere helped make the food seem even better than it was because let me tell you, this place was genius! We were seated at a table next to a little alcove play area for kids!!!!
Vivian loved playing with the blocks and other things and when she was ready to eat she came over then when she was full I was able to let her down and she would go play. Besides the play area though, the rest of the restaurant was nicely done and seemed fancy which was a nice change of pace - fancy and kid-friendly! I cannot recommend it enough. The owner even came to say hi and see how we enjoyed ourselves. I must have been glowing and I couldn’t tell her enough how nice it was - she admitted that they had “figured it out” - if only some other restaurants would figure it out too!!!
Finally dinner was over and Vivian was clearly starting to fade so we got back to the car, I changed her into PJs and we packed up to drive home. Vivi fell asleep pretty quickly so it was a nice quiet ride and we made it home around 11pm and went straight to bed! What a fun whirlwind mini-trip.
The rest of Leigh’s visit included playtime at Zachary’s bench and playground, watching two winning MSU basketball games, an IKEA stop and her visit also overlapped our friend’s annual St. Patty’s Day Shindig.
Viv and Leigh decked out in green
My silly little leprechaun
We all went to the St. Patty’s day party which starts at Casey and Angela’s home then migrates to the bar. This year Vivian and I went home as the rest of the crew went to the bar - so Leigh and Tyler joined the fun. I spent a quiet night at home and then provided my designate driver services when their night came to an end.
Being silly! Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
Sunday was Leigh’s last day in town. We lounged around watching our Spartans beat our rival Wolverines before heading out to IKEA and the airport. Another fun visit under our belts!
Celebrating Ginger’s little love.
After dropping Leigh off at the airport I headed up to Seattle to meet up with some girlfriends to celebrate the upcoming arrival of a very highly anticipated little boy. My friend, Ginger, is expecting her very own rainbow baby. I cannot wait to meet her little man.
He, similar to Vivian and my own little man, is currently doing acrobatics and if he stays breech, will be arriving around April 1st. If he decides to cooperate, he may get to cook a while longer before getting the eviction notice. Etiher way, he will be here soon and to celebrate, Ginger, Lindsay and I got together for dinner and desert to have an intimate celebration/baby shower. We ate and chatted for quite some time before calling it a night.
I am so excited for Ginger to get her much deserved happy ending and cannot wait for the healthy arrival of her baby boy! Soooo soon!!!!!