This last weekend James and I headed down to Portland, OR to attend my best friend of 15 years, Melissa, graduation from physical therapy school and to have a little “babymoon” before Cecilia arrived. James’ dad and step-mom, Karen, were ever so kind to watch Jimi for a long weekend while we went down there. James’ mom and step-dad, Jamie, were nice enough to watch Penny for us. Thank you all for your help!
We headed down to Portland around 11am on Friday and did not return until Monday afternoon. When we got to our hotel room we were greeted by a nice welcome basket(s) full of breakfast food, junk food (James’ breath probably still smells like chili cheese fritos), and an itinerary of the weekend put in our room by Melissa.
We got cleaned up from the long drive and then headed over to Melissa’s apartment for appetizers before boarding the Portland Spirit dinner cruise. The cruise was a part of a celebration with the rest of her graduating classmates from the physical therapy department and their family and friends. The cruise was along the Willamette river and was really beautiful. The houses along the river were amazing and huge and pretty outrageous.
James and I with Melissa and her boyfriend Jeff.
Melissa won an award from her department
Saturday, James and I slept in (for those that call sleeping until 8am sleeping in) and relaxed at the hotel until it was time to head to Melissa’s graduation, about 30 minutes away. We got there early so we had lunch at a little pizza place called Pizza Schmizza. The weather all morning long was a little chilly and overcast. As soon as the three hours long ceremony started, the sun came out in full force. It was a hot and long ceremony but totally worth it to see my best friend graduate, with a special bonus of working on my tan. After the ceremony we had a very nice celebration dinner with Melissa’s family. Congratulations Melissa!
Melissa getting “hooded”
The happy graduate
I had to help her hold up her huge diploma
On Sunday we met my dad (who happened to be in Portland to run the Rock n’ Roll half marathon) for brunch. We then went to the Portland Saturday Market, which is conveniently open on Sunday’s as well. The Saturday market is a lot like Pike Place and a farmer’s market combined. It was raining out so I kind of rushed through the booths but Portland never ceases to amaze me with weird people. Next we headed up to Pittock Mansion, which is a beautiful old home that used to belong to the owner of The Oregonian newspaper. The views from the house were amazing and overlooked all of Portland. We then hit up the oldest restaurant in Portland, Hubers Cafe, for some appetizers, beer (for him) and coffee (for me). We tried to watch the eclipse after we were finished at Hubers but it was too cloudy out. We then headed up to Powell’s bookstore to find Jimi a book about being a big brother. After that (now I understand why I am so tired today), we met up with Melissa and a few of her friends to go to Portland City Grill, which is located on the 30th floor and has amazing views of the city, for dinner. James and I finally called it quits after that and went back to our hotel room (after stopping for some milk to go with our Oreo’s Melissa got us, of course).
James in the music room (I told him to look musical)
Unfortunately it was pretty hazy out so we didn’t have the best views
When we woke up on Monday the rain was coming down pretty hard so we decided to skip Voodoo donuts (a pretty amazing donut place that always has a long line outside) and got a bagel and some coffee instead and then made our way back to Washington. It was a great trip and it was nice to have some kid free time before we have two munchkins running around but it is nice to be home and even better to see Jimi.