Hey! It’s good to be back with you guys. How was your weekend? How is your week starting out? I had envisioned this post being all about the amazing time we had in Portland, and for the most part, it is going to be about the good experiences we had. But I got some really devastating news while we were there that I am still processing and it felt inauthentic not to acknowledge that while it was wonderful to spend time with my brother and sister-in-law, my heart was aching and elsewhere much of the time. I am not going to talk about the hard stuff right now, but hug your loved ones extra tight and know that I appreciate all of you.
Now let’s try to focus on the good, shall we? I don’t want to shortchange the good moments, and as someone who rarely experiences fall weather, I want to share lots of pictures of Portland in the fall so I will be covering the first half of our trip today and the second half tomorrow.
First off, my baby girl did amazing on her first flight, I was so proud of her! She was super excited and more or less sat calmly in her seat on the way there. I thought she would be a little freaked out when we took off and landed, but it didn’t phase her at all and she loved looking out the window.
I snuck in an early workout in the hotel gym (which was huge! 3 rooms, I didn’t get a picture of the main room because there were lots of folks working out).
Then the little miss, my mom and I headed out for some sightseeing. We strolled around Portland’s Chinatown (not a lot to see in the am as most of the stores do not open until midday) before heading over Mother’s Bistro for brunch.
Mother’s was super packed but worth the wait. Also, they had a nice kiddo waiting area with toys and books, which helped a lot. I loved the decor inside.
The food was awesome as well. I had the breakfast nachos, which are potatoes, caramelized onions, bacon and cheese topped with sour cream and green onions. It was indulgent and amazing. Also, how cute is that mouse pancake (and that sweet little hand honing in on the syrup?
After our meal, we enjoyed the weather and walked around outside for a bit, before heading to the hotel in hopes that the little miss would take a nap. Spoiler, no nap was had. We were all in awe of the multicolored leaves, it was just so beautiful!
After the nap attempt, my sister-in-law joined us for a trip to the Portland Children’s museum. It was so much fun! There was a giant lite brite, which made me super nostalgic, it was one of my favorite childhood toys. As well as a circus room and a face painting area. The little lady insisted on painting her own face, which was adorable to watch. She took it very seriously and had a beautiful, multicolored forehead.
After the children’s museum, we picked up my brother (he had been working all day) and picked up a couple of odds and ends from Whole Foods. Since miss no nap was fading fast, she and I got dinner at Whole Foods to eat in the room, while the fam went out to dinner. My salad was pretty excellent though, so no complaints.