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 and i before boarding the plane…at 5:30 am!!!

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.

funny thing about this pic: i had to crop it sooo much just to cut off my seven chins. i saved one for you to see!

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.

this clock from rejuvenation would be perfect in my kitchen. yours too, joy!

just a cool building – i wish i could have taken so many more pictures, but with the rain and holding a baby & an umbrella, the camera didn’t get out much!

little hawk under the umbrella. how cute is that hat?! nicole got the boys matching hats for the weekend together.

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.

hawken loved playing with our taco bell bag of trash – go figure!

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.

one of everything, please.

ok, maybe 2 of everything. thank you.

the start of the stilson/cheney piles

champion shopper

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.

here i am with both of our loot at the airport.

we were out of the hotel by 8:30, after the free breakfast of course. then off to the airport to drop off the rental car and check in, and sadly, say our good-bye’s.

silas entertained himself with a water bottle during one of our layovers.

thankfully, he did a decent amount of napping during our waits.

fun gifts for he kids: roll of art paper for the easel, 2 painting smocks, finger puppets, tiny glasses, and a fun game.

fun finds for me: fabricand sewing misc., christmas ornaments (why?), bowls, napkins, pillow covers, a big “c”, hooks for the girls’ room, a sugar spoon.

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!


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    Joyful Weddings & Events says:

    phew! I’m tired just reading about your weekend! I am so glad that you guys got to do that- so special! How cute are those to together? Look out ladies!
    Oh, how I love anthropologie. 2 hours in that store sounds like a mini vacation to me (including too much coveting!)

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    Joyful Weddings & Events says:

    phew! I’m tired just reading about your weekend! I am so glad that you guys got to do that- so special! How cute are those to together? Look out ladies!
    Oh, how I love anthropologie. 2 hours in that store sounds like a mini vacation to me (including too much coveting!)

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    Lisa Leonard says:

    that sounds like sooo much fun. hmmm, i need a getaway like that! so glad you got to do it.

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    i am tired out reading about your weekend too! sounds like so much fun… lots of relaxed girl time, shopping with the babes – yeah! thanks for the links – just visited the paper zone and did a little online shopping :o)

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    very fun.
    some of the photos are no longer available. can you re upload them?
    i want to see all the goodies!
    and 3 for me!

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    wow you had quite the adventure in this town of ours. I must say that my weekends are hardly every packed with so much fun. Maybe I should take a vacation to a hotel downtown some weekend. That sounds like a wonderful idea, pretend that I don’t live in this town.

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    I’m so glad you had some “Lindsey” time!! (and Silas of course). I love these little getaways! And I love everything you did – so fun :}

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    Brenda Williams says:

    Sounds like a total blast! Glad you could get away and have quality time with your friend!

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    lindsey cheney says:

    oh i don’t know whats going on with blogger! i spent more time loading and losing these pictures than i could ever care to again! sometimes i could see them on my computer, sometimes they were gone! i just reloaded the missing ones, so hopefully they work now!

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    Brianna Heldt says:

    SO fun! What great times. I too love Anthropologie, and seeing all those pics and hearing about your trip makes me want to go to Portland. :)

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    RachelDenbow says:

    What a lovely time together! Your boys are adorable. I think Sebastian has that same hat and pj’s.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog and THANKS for passing along the ‘little job’ to Lisa!

    I found your blog through Lisa’s recently and was so impressed with how lovely the baby shower decorations were (recent post). I’d better not stray too long, though, or I’ll get baby fever again!

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    Sarah Markley says:

    This looks like soo much fun! I love Portland. It’s one of my favorite cities ever. =)

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    Cathi Hamen says:

    special friends are near and far! I love it what a great trip for you two!!
    I think Shan and I need one.. but we dont have the lil ones to tote!

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    Anonymous says:

    Sur La Table. That was the kitchen store in the Pearl. Small world. I love finding people that visit when I'm blog stalking. :) I just found yours and am enjoying it. Gracias, pdx, or.

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