Sunday, April 22, 2018

Sneaking away

Birch and I have been eager for a little get-a-way for a while now.  Birch had a continuing education course in Portland on Saturday and so he worked this past Monday so he could have Friday off.  We left in the morning for Portland and drove straight to the Portland Temple.  We BARELY made it in time for the 11 am session.  The best part about our temple time was meeting my parents!

After our temple time my parents treated us to lunch at PF Changs! IT WAS SO YUMMY!!  We were all ravenous and ate every last morsel of rice!

We had to reenact this picture as we took a similar one almost 22 years ago.
Then we headed to our hotel near Birch's course by OHSU.  It wasn't the nicest hotel but it wasn't nasty either. The next day I enjoyed sleeping in and then met Birch at lunch time.  He then dropped me off at Pioneer Square shopping area and I wandered around for five hours.  I found some fun deals at H&M, Ross, and TJ Maxx.  The rest of the shopping stores were CRAZY expensive!

Birch picked me up and we headed to Vancouver for a super tasty dinner.  We just randomly picked the place after reading some reviews on YELP.  Much to our surprise, the day we went was their opening day for the season.  We had to wait almost an hour but we enjoyed sipping on some soda and enjoying the sunshine and the water.

If you are in the Portland area you need to check it out.

Birch's fresh caught halibut tacos were amazing!!  I had fish and chips and it took me back to all my wonderful memories of Long John Silvers fish and chips from when I was little in Pennsylvania.  I loved drenching the fish in the malt vinegar.

Basically I could go anywhere with this guy and LOVE it!!  But throw in some sunshine, water, and good food and I'm a happy camper!
After dinner we stopped at Sierra Trading Post and found some sweet deals!  We didn't get home until 12:30 am but it was worth it!!  We've loved listening to Steve Young's autobiography called "QB: My Life Behind the Spiral."  While I was dozing off on the drive home Birch was entertained.  We're both so grateful that Grannie was willing to hang with the kids while we enjoyed some time with just the two of us!

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