Hello hello hello!
Writing on here has been an absolute struggle lately. Between spending a majority of my day working at my full-time job, getting back into shape (more on that later), wedding planning, and just overall busyness has made it difficult for me to motivate myself to sit down and write on here. Fear not, I am working on building writing into my schedule. It is not only fun for me to write on here, but I truly believe that writing on a daily basis is something that we should all do. It’s a great way to keep your creative juices flowing and keep that wonderful mind of yours sharp 🙂
Ok, so let’s do a speedrun of what I have been up to lately!
Maddie comes to Portland!
After Ian and I got engaged, Maddie scheduled a trip to visit us in Portland to celebrate with us. I was so happy to have one of my best friends from college come to Portland to see me!
Seeing that Maddie has never been to Portland before, I knew that I had to take her to only the best spots in Portland 🙂 The first on my list? Pip’s Original Donuts. If donuts and chai tea are your thing, then Pip’s is the right place for you! Also, how adorable are their coffee mugs?!
Wanting to get a taste for what Pip’s had to offer, we ordered two of all of their donuts and shared a chai tea sampler and wow. I was in a food coma after eating their incredibly fresh and delicious donuts. As for their chai? It was incredible. We were both very happy.
Not only are their donuts and chai tea incredible.. but their interior is cozy and cute. You bet I was gawking at how adorable this place is.
Just be prepared to wait in line here! This place is a popular spot here in Portland!
After Pip’s, we drove around looking at houses (something I love to do.. call me weird), caught up on life happenings, laughed a lot, and walked down NW 23rd.
To keep us going, we took our coffees to go and added in the remainder of our chai tea samplers into our coffee cups.
To finish off our day together, we walked down Mississippi Ave, enjoyed a beer or two at Stormbreakers and played board games at a game lounge called Game Knight. It was certainly a Portland kind of day 🙂
That next morning, we woke up and headed to the airport. Despite her visit being short, we were able to do so much in just 24 hours. I was sad to see her go but may or may not have taken a nap later that Sunday afternoon 😂
Venue Hunting in Chicago
After looking at venues online for weeks and stressing out about where to get married, my mom and I decided to make a quick trip to Chicago to check the venues out in person. To my surprise, she invited my siblings along after they both asked her to join in on the venue tours. Why they wanted to travel to Chicago to look at venues with me absolutely stumps me.. but I am so happy they did! While I love living in Portland, aka coffee heaven, it is hard for me sometimes not having any of my family members near me – so times like these I always cherish. Who knows when the next time will be that I see both of my siblings at the same time!
After getting in late Friday night and having tours scheduled for early Saturday morning, we knew that a solid breakfast and delicious coffee would be much needed to power us all through the day.
For breakfast, we decided to try out Little Goat Diner. To our dismay, it seems that everyone in Chicago had the same idea because the wait was 1.5 hours long. We didn’t have 1.5 hours to spare, so we opted for the cafe/bar area where seating was first come first serve. I ordered their Everything is Everything Crumpets and WOW. It was out of this world.
I highly recommend visiting this little gem if you are ever in the area!
After brunch we were off to venue tours. All photos I am including on here are of venues I decided against but was heavily considering. As for the venue we are leaning towards? Well, you will just have to wait and see! Don’t hold your breath though because you won’t be seeing pictures until 2020 😂
After touring for a few hours and walking around my favorite areas of Chicago, we had one final meal together before Ash needed to catch her train back to school to prep for her final exams.
That next morning.. at 4:30 am that is, we headed to the airport and back to Portland I went.
April Showers bring April Flowers? 💐
It is almost May here in Portland but spring is already in full bloom. In fact, most of the flowers have been in bloom since March! How wild.
With the weather getting warmer, the flowers being in bloom, and the sun finally coming out, I have been trying to spend as much time outdoors as humanly possible. When I first heard about Oregon’s Wooden Shoe Tulip festival back in January, I just knew that I had to be there. In fact, I immediately added the festival to my Google Calendar.
After having rainy weather when Maddie was in town and then me being in Chicago the following weekend, I finally had the opportunity to head on out. I originally wanted to bring Winston along, but after more thought, we opted to leave him at home. Winston loves to eat flowers.. so it was only fair that I spared these gorgeous flowers their lives from the oh so big and mean fluffy Winston. HA!
Prior to heading to out to the festival, I did my research and discovered that parking at the festival could be a little hectic. To my surprise, hectic was definitely an understatement. Ian and I waited until two hours before closing to get there.. and we waited for around 40 minutes in the car just to get into the parking lot. I mean, it took 40 minutes to drive less than a mile. It was crazy. 2 hours until closing and people were still pouring in!!
Once we finally made out way in, we were absolutely amazed by how gorgeous it was there. No wonder everyone from Oregon and beyond seemed to be heading there!
Not only were there lots and lots of tulips, but there were also food carts, vendor stalls, and festival games and activities. It was a blast! I highly recommend visiting this festival if you are in the Portland area next year (only if you don’t mind crowds that is).
The next morning, Ian and I met up with Ian’s mom for Easter Mass and it was wonderful. It meant so much to Ian’s mom to have us there with her, and it meant so much to me to visit the church that their family has attended for so long.
Ian’s grandpa had been a very active member in the community there and when he passed away 7 or so years ago, a bench was placed outside of the church in his memory. After mass, I took a photo of Ian and his mom on that bench.
We then spent the rest of our Sunday afternoon eating lots of food, spending time with Ian’s family, and getting lots and lots of stickers stuck onto our faces 😂
It was an absolute blast! I love spending time with family 🙂
Ian’s aunt also made her famous lamb cake. I could not get over the red jelly bean eyes that were stuck onto it!!
Portland Trail Blazers Victory
That next Tuesday, Ian and I headed over to The Station on Alberta Street to watch the Blazers play against the OKC Thunder. We were STOKED. If the Blazers won the game they would move on in the NBA Playoffs.
To ensure that we had somewhere to sit for the game, we made sure to arrive an hour and a half early for the game.. and we were happy that we did. The Station filled up fast. For those of you in Portland looking for a fun sports bar, this is the place for you! It was SO much fun watching the Blazers play there. EVERYONE was pumped and cheering the entire game. It almost felt like we were actually at the game. It definitely beat watching the game in our living room.
We noticed that a lot of people there were ordering the nachos their, so we jumped on board and gave them a try and wow. They were good. Definitely not great for being on a diet but definitely good for your soul.
As for the Blazers? They won in the last two seconds of the game and it was incredible. I have never loved basketball as much as I do now. In fact, I may be quickly writing this post before the Blazers play against the Nuggets in a few minutes…
So there you have it! These past 3 weeks have been insanely busy but lots of fun 🙂
Now your turn:
- Do you follow basketball or any other sport? If so, who is your favorite sports team? 🏀🏒🏈
- Does it feel like spring by you yet? 🌷