Kicking off the Christmas Season

I don’t know what it is this year, but I’ve been more into the Christmas spirit then ever. I just love how into holidays Piglet gets. It makes me get even more excited, and makes me want to make everything as magical as possible. Even Match gets into it, and has been helping me decorate.

We surprised Piglet again with the Holiday Express to kick off the first weekend of December. This time Match was able to join us! I love that this has become one of our family traditions. His little face lit up when he saw Santa. Also, Piglet recently got glasses, and they are just about the cutest thing ever.

This year we got great seats, right at the front. I wish we could travel like this all the time. It was so relaxing!

We had such a fun day! After the train ride, we went to a nearby pub. They had a play area, a craft table, and they were even giving out free cupcakes. Don’t mind Match, he’s going full amish on me.

We topped the day off with a walk through George Rogers Park in Lake Oswego. It is gorgeous! I love this park. I want to do family photos there someday.

Piglet and I spent Sunday working on more decorations for the house. We made the golden snitch from Harry Potter, to go with our Hedwig tree topper. I also made a Nimbus 2000 out of twigs, twist ties and hot glue.

Here are a few photos of the rest of the house. It feels extra magical this year. Match helped me make the winter tree for the corner, and we did more indoor lights than we’ve done in the past. I’d still like to do more, but time is my enemy these days, so this may do for this year.

We watched Elf with Piglet on Friday night. Then Sunday night Match and I watched the Holiday and snuggled up, and I remembered how the first time I watched this movie with him I knew I wanted to marry him. That happened to be the Christmas he proposed too. So far it’s been a wonderful kick-off to the holiday season.

Thanksgiving 2018-Trip to Bend

Our Thanksgiving was spent at Resort at 7th Mountain in Bend, OR this year. It was incredible! Hands down one of my all time favorite Thanksgivings. We had friends decide to get a condo at the same resort as us, so we were able to spend Thanksgiving dinner with them and their kiddos.

The resort had so much to do! I didn’t realize how many activities there were until we arrived. There was mini golf, outdoor chess, the pool was open and heated, along with three hot tubs. There was ice skating, a bar/restaurant, and fire pits. There were hiking trails all over the property. We took a mini hike down to the frozen lake below our condo. We could see the view from our balcony.

And icing on the cake of this amazing trip? We woke up to SNOW! My favorite! There is nothing quite as magical as sitting in a hot tub and having snowflakes falling on your head.

Piglet was deliriously happy. We had such a fun day that he was exhausted by dinner, and had a mini meltdown at the restaurant. Luckily they had an amazing bartender who was the kid whisperer. He came over, and in 2 seconds flat had Piglet laughing. Crisis averted! The poor love was so tuckered out and begged us to take him to bed after dinner.

This morning we woke up to a blanket of snow dusting the resort. It was so beautiful! Piglet and I went for a morning coffee walk in the snow.

We took a final dip in the hot tub, before Piglet and I went ice skating! Poor Match was rocking a cold, and had to sit this one out. He was a big trooper on this trip despite being sick. He captured some photos of us skating around the rink. Piglet is getting better and better at this skating business.

After check-out, we met up with our mortgage brokers, oddly enough. They helped us get our home loan when we moved up to Oregon. We did all transactions over the phone and through email, so we never actually met. We’ve stayed in touch on Facebook, and I messaged them that we’d be in their neck of the woods. We met up for lunch, and it felt like having lunch with old friends! They were so sweet! I hope we get the chance to see them again soon.

What’s up, Weekend 11.16

I love the theme for this linkup with the Peaceful Posse: happy/gratitude/favs of the week/happy weekend

That’s exactly how I felt this weekend. It started with Piglet having a new school friend over for a playdate. The two boys played and I got a chance to get to know his mom, whom I’ve only briefly chatted with during school pick-up. She’s great, and I felt like we clicked. She also brought over a Harry Potter lego gift for Piglet, and is as obsessed with all things HP as I am, so I was immediately a fan! The boys are both only children, so I feel like they really “get” each other. Here they are being “pieces of coal”.

Saturday we played host to Match’s sister and her little not so little baby, who is now 1! I can’t even believe how fast that happened. It was nice having just the girls to ourselves. I loved watching Piglet interacting with his cousin. He was so good about keeping her entertained and playing with her. She just lit up around him, and especially for Uncle Match.

We ordered sushi takeout and loved watching Little Niece chomp down on some avocado rolls. She’s going to be sushi obsessed like her cousin Piglet!

Today we took a stroll downtown and did a little Christmas shopping. We stopped at one of our favorites for lunch and coffee. It was a great visit!

After the girls left we took Piglet to the park. It’s been the driest November in Oregon’s history, so we took full advantage. Match and I strapped on our rollerblades while Piglet took to his bike. We raced each other around the park and soaked up the sunshine.

I am grateful for time with new friends, family, and my husband who has been gone all week working out of town. I’m happy we only have a 3 day work week next week, and then it’s off to Bend for some more R&R!

What made you happy this weekend?

10 Year Anniversary Ideas

Match and I were chatting the other night about how our 10 year anniversary is essentially just a year and a half away. Can you believe that? Wasn’t it just yesterday that I was planning our wedding on this blog? And now here we are, practically a decade later. Still blogging, still very much in love.

We’ve been saying we’d like to do something big for the 10 year, since we never had the chance to do the real honeymoon thing. Piglet will be old enough by then that we’ll feel okay leaving him with grandparents for a stretch of time. Now it’s just a question of where to go? I think it would be fun to go here to https://www.gadventures.com/destinations/south-america/machu-picchu/ Machu Picchu, where Match’s sister met her husband. They were both renting a house in Peru, and fell in love. There are so many amazing ruins to visit, so I can see the appeal for them. Match’s parents are always talking about how much they love things here in Santa Fe, a place they visit every year, sometimes multiple trips in a year.

But really, for Match and I both, places near the ocean are near and dear to our hearts. We both chuckled that we didn’t have a beach wedding, since we’re both huge fans of the ocean and all things aquatic. I was practically obsessed with all things sea related all growing up. Match recently finished his epic octopus tattoo, which is pretty much the coolest tattoo in the world, in my humble opinion.

We both want to go somewhere coastal that we’ve never been. Alaska is pretty high on the list, as is Ireland. Hawaii is also way up there, but I could see going there with Piglet too. Ireland would be a better place just to go for us, and I don’t think it would hold quite the same appeal as Hawaii for a young child. We could go to pubs, listen to our favorite irish music, and soak in all the history that there is in that part of the world. We’re both very into irish culture and celtic histories. Every photo and video I’ve seen of Ireland is breathtakingly beautiful to me. So for me, that would be the number one.

Alaska also holds so much appeal. To see the glaciers up close and in person is something high on my bucket list. I’d also love to see the Northern Lights, though I’ve heard that’s a trickier thing to try to plan on. I would be happy to do a cruise near the glaciers, and definitely a train trip through the wild Alaskan wilderness.

How about you, dear readers? Where would you go if you could go on a trip? Would you go to white sand beaches to relax, or go adventuring as Match and I are inclined to do? Or maybe a mixture of both? Hopefully we can save up and do something big for that big 10 year tin anniversary. You can be sure I’ll be writing about it, whatever we decide.

Aquarium Day and Fall Yurt Camping

Friday was an in-service day for school, which meant Piglet had the day off. Match and I planned ahead and took the day off too, and we took a trip to Newport to go yurt camping. We’re members of the Oregon Zoo, and this month we get free reciprocal admission to the aquarium. It’s one of favorite places to visit, and going on a Friday did not disappoint. Because it was a weekday, and colder weather, the place was practically empty. I also planned a surprise for Piglet-we met up with one of his best friends from school. He was so excited!

 

I could watch the jelly fish for hours. They’re so calming.

The absolute best part of the aquarium is the tunnels. Again, we could have stayed here for hours. Last time we were at the aquarium, there were huge crowds in the tunnels, and it was hard to get a good picture. This time, we had the tunnels to ourselves at a few points! It was amazing. I loved watching the schools of fish, and especially the sting rays. I also loved watching the kids looking at the floor observation windows. Cute little booties in the air! Oh to be a kiddo. At one point I laid down with them, and I can definitely see the appeal. It was crazy to watch the sharks swim right underneath.

 

After the aquarium we headed to dinner at our favorite restaurant in Newport. It’s called the Taphouse, and it has a great little kids play area. The servers are always really friendly, and they have tons of beers on tap.

We headed back to the yurt after our long day of adventuring. Yurt camping in November was a different experience than in March. It was soooo cold out! But we loved that we had space heaters and cozy beds. Falling asleep looking up through the skylight was so relaxing. Beverly Beach is one of our favorite campgrounds, mostly because of the beach. It’s fairly sheltered, so there is little to no wind. We spent time just walking along the beach, and watching Piglet play in the sand. He ran around getting as sandy as he possibly could. We lucked out with a dry weekend and plenty of sun, even though we needed to wear two sets of pants to stay warm!

Match on the other hand is part polar bear. I swear, I do not know how he can stand the cold! He decided to go for a swim in the ocean, because he’s basically a crazy person.

Saturday we went into town to explore after our day on the beach. We had dinner at Georgi’s, this great spot with a gorgeous view out of our window. On the way back to camp, we had time to catch the sunset over the ocean, and then curled up in our matching jammies. You know bedtime is always better when you’re wearing matching jammies!

Sunday we spent the morning at the beach again. There is nothing better than drinking morning coffee on the beach.