i had such a wonderful weekend! it was one of those trips that was so quick yet filled with so much fun and busy-ness that it seemed way longer than it actually was. although i was gone for 3 days, i was really only in portland for 48 hours.
silas was wonderful on the flights, we actually both napped on all the flights, not the whole time, but still it was a little rest. we got in to portland about an hour before nicole and hawken, so we got the rental car all set up just in time to meet them at baggage claim.
we took off from the airport with no agenda, just a pieced together map of portland and some spots we wanted to hit. it took a bit to get acclimated with the map and the roads, but soon we had it figured out.
our first stop (other than taco bell to eat and nurse the babes) was hippo hardware. nicole found a great rustic door knocker to make her new front door look “not so new”, and we also found an old man there that probably would’ve come home with us. no thank you.
next we went to school house electric and rejuvenation. nicole is in the process of building a new house (her husband is the builder!), and i love to look at anything related to homes.
we also went to paper zone then to 2 stone stores to pick out nicole’s marble for her kitchen island. then we headed to a little house converted into a fabric store. by the time we finished this we were pretty tired (it was only 6 o’clock!), the boys were ready to be fed, and we didn’t know where to stop to eat. so we headed downtown to our “fancy” hotel, got settled into our room, fed the boys and ordered room service. i had my jammies on before our dinner came. the rest of the night was spent eating yummy food, playing with the boys (who are only 3 days apart), and looking at paint samples for nicole’s house. fun and mellow.
the boys did so well together, other than silas trying to eat hawken when ever he could get close enough.silas also was moving around like crazy this weekend. when he was in my arms he was so wiggly, and as soon as i set him down he was nearly crawling. so much fun to see, but a little scary about whats ahead for me.
the complimentary breakfast on saturday was oh. so. good.!!! let’s see… i had about 7 slices of bacon, 2 biscuits, one huge made-to-order omelet, yummy homestyle potatoes, and something else that i’m forgetting. needless to say, lunch was not in order, so we held off for dinner with twix and water (snack of champions).
saturday was sooo. much. fun.!we headed out in the pouring rain to the pearl district, strollers covered, umbrellas in hand, babies strapped to our chests. we really didn’t know what we’d find – i’ve only heard of a few boutiques in that area, so we were going with no real agenda. well, to our surprise we accidentally stumbled upon anthropologie, one of our absolute favorite stores in the whole wide world (can you tell i like the place?)!!! we spent at least an hour and a half, maybe 2 hours in there, while it snowed outside the beautiful and creative window displays. we walked around the store, gathered small finds, dreamed lots of “what if’s” (what if we had a limitless budget…), nursed the boys on the cozy couch in the dressing room, coveted way too much. it was great. it made our trip, as lame as that sounds.
after anthropologie, we went to a kitchen store (what was it called?), some kiddo boutiques with lots of fun temptations, storables, a great tiny fabric store (bolt), a yummy sandwich dinner in the car, pottery barn, restoration hardware, kitchen kaboodle, and topped the night of with a much too long and late trip to ikea. we had so much fun, but it was late and exhausting. we didn’t get back to the hotel until 10pm, still had to get the boys down and pack it all up! we finally got to bed around 12:30.
it was such a fun weekend. nicole is my closest friend who i get to see the least. we talk multiple times a day, at least 5 days a week. we talk about everything and nothing. we talk about our kids, who are all very close in age, talk about family, house stuff, baby showers. this weekend felt like a long version of our every day, but better. she’s an easy friend, a treasure.
thank you, nicole, for a wonderful weekend! and thank you, sean, for making it all happen!