I’m baaack! It’s been a crazy couple of months here in Oregon. And, to be honest, some of my inspiration to blog has faded away. BUT, I’m here.
Last month, we had multi-day visitors here: my sister and her bestie, Nooshin. It was definitely a busy week while they were here. We went to Multnomah Falls, explored downtown (food carts and Powell’s bookstore), went to the Tillamook Factory and bonfire’d on Canon Beach, spent another day wine tasting and blueberry picking. Since my day-to-day life looks a lot like nothing, I was pooped after they left. It was nice showing them around – showing them where we go grocery shopping and the Target I frequent. It makes it feel more like home.
Also in this last month, Joel and I made our first trip home to San Diego. I kept saying it was kind of a sucky first trip home. We were there Thursday-Monday. So it was short. There are more people we wanted to see, but there was so little time. It felt like we popped in a popped out. It didn’t help that we went to Pasadena to the Justin Timberlake and Jay Z concert that Sunday-Monday (which probably deserves a whole separate post). But, it was good to see my mom and the rest of the family. The little babies are growing up so fast. We also got to see a few friends which was really nice to catch up with them.
After we made it back, it was time to celebrate our first anniversary. WOW, a year went by FAST. It’s crazy reflecting on this year with Joel. We have lived 3 places since we got married…which I do not recommend. Moving is no fun. I would’ve never thought that at the end of our first year a marriage, we would be living out of San Diego or in a completely different state for that matter! To celebrate, Joel took me a brunch cruise on the Willamette River that runs through the middle of Portland. It was a beautiful day. We had bottomless mimosas and enjoyed each other’s company. Dinner that night was a sushi place….it was….not great but that’s okay! The next day we enjoyed massages in the morning and shopping in the afternoon.
After our big anniversary weekend, we found ourselves in Seattle. If you know my husband, or ever had a conversation with him about baseball or the name he desires for our future child, you would quickly learn that Ken Griffey Jr is, by far, his favorite baseball player. A cut out of KGJ was at our wedding and wedding festivities, for goodness sake. So this particular weekend KGJ was being inducted into the Mariner’s Hall of Fame = a pre-game ceremony AND a KGJ bobble head to the first 20,000 fans at the stadium. WE HAD TO GO. And we had some friends from SD meet us there!
After everyone got to the airport, Joel and I stuck around see Seattle and got to meet up with Eric to show us around. It was nice to walk around Kirkland, where Eric goes to school, and see University of Washington, and the Fremont Troll, and eat at Mexican food place (the owners were from SD!) I didn’t get a picture of the three of us, but we made it Gas Works Park so I got a great shot of the city.
Now, we are getting ready for our vacation to Santa Cruz (to see my beautiful cousin get married!! YAY!) and then on down to San Diego again! Woohoo! Hopefully there will be some time to celebrate Joel’s birthday. Then MAYBE, life will slow down and we can focus more on making friends.