more portland eats

  

We have checked a few more places out in Portland and man, they were all so good. We tried a restaurant called toro bravo for my birthday and it was so good! It came recommended, both from a friend and the internets, and we were not disappointed. I think we had the best pulled pork ever along with a delicious empanada and some flat bread with black truffle cheese (delicious!). Sam was so so good, just taking in the beat and all the noise. He basically looked like that the whole time.

And as mentioned, we tried the caramel panna cotta for dessert. I think panna cotta is my new favorite dessert. A few weeks ago we celebrated my brother-in-law's high school graduation with dessert at papa haydn's. I ordered a piece of mint truffle torte and Dave ordered berry panna cotta. He ate a little over half and then I promptly ate the rest. I mean, nursing?

Also, sometimes I realize how the reverse camera on my phone is SO MUCH WORSE than the other direction. Oh well.  

Last week a friend and I stopped at the pearl bakery. I tried a rhubarb bressane (some sort of pastry) and man, rhubarb. I have never had it in my life and I was pleasantly surprised and am now planning to explore this strange vegetable this summer. 

golden

I'm not sure where I heard about this, but have you heard of your golden birthday? I'm not sure how many adults would care about that...but yesterday was my golden birthday (24 on the 24th). All I wanted for it was some gold birthday candles, which I ordered online. I just barely realized that they did not arrive in time for my birthday, but the cake part of my birthday will be this weekend, so that works out. Dave is kindly planning (and if you know Dave, it's like...wow! (he hates planning, parties and birthdays (...only partly joking))) a little gathering at the rose garden with our friends for my birthday and I'm excited.

Yesterday made me a big believer in birthday karma. Sam slept all night the night before (and last night too...is this the part of parenthood where you get continuous sleep again??). We were on time (early, even) for the little library singing/play time (for the adult socialization), the traffic on the 26 into the city was not bad (what?? miracle) at 5:00 AND Dave just pulled right up to a parking spot across from the restaurant we went to. And then our waiting time was cut in half or less when they realized we didn't need a highchair.

But really, what day that starts out with a red berry and rhubarb donut and ends with caramel panna cotta can be bad?

5


We can't believe Sam is 5 months old! He is so much fun these days. He screams and squawks and makes all sorts of weird noises...it's usually hilarious, but at 6 or 7 in the morning, not so much. He loves grabbing hair and anything else you put in front of him and is still mostly content to stay on his back. Content, lazy...

But he's the sweetest little baby and we love him! It's always a party with Sam around (see the air guitar picture, above).

swimming

While in Utah, Sam and I went for a quick swim with Alyssa and her cuuuute kids in their neighborhood pool. We actually went in the hot tub, which was a perfect temperature for babies. Since we use a puj tub, he hasn't really been submerged in water that often. He seemed to like it! He wasn't smiling or crying, but had a look of general contentment. Although as my mother-in-law pointed out, it looks like he's reaching for the side. But I think that is just a coincidence. :)

I bought Sam a little striped swim diaper/speedo (as Dave said, he'll be so European) and am hoping to go swimming a lot more during the summer. I can't decide if it's worth the money to do baby & me swim "classes", but our bathtub, friend's pools and the occasional community pool might work just fine.

Now, to find me a swimming suit...

fun in the utah sun


We had so much fun in Utah playing with friends, grandmas & grandpas, aunts & uncles and cousins (who give wagon rides, even)! Sam met (or "met") a lot of people who couldn't get enough of him. There were always grandmas to cuddle and grandpas to play with.

It was so great to catch up with some friends, see new babies and babies I haven't seen in a long time. Time goes too fast! It was nice of so many people to squeeze us in when we had an hour or two free and I can't wait to go back in July. We're coming for you.

congraduation


I can't believe my sister Alisa has graduated! That means I graduated six years ago! What the what? I mean, six years isn't a long time, but in some ways, it is. I remember graduating like it was yesterday. And I remember starting college and all those things. And now I'm married, graduated from college, lived a few places across the country and now have a baby.

Best of luck to all the new grads as they start the next phase of life. It's waaaaaaaaaaaay better than high school, in my opinion. One of the speakers at her commencement said something like "and we'd do it all over again if we could." Honestly, I wouldn't repeat high school for a million dollars. Or I would if I knew what I know now, like how little it all really matters and how high school heartbreaks, while I am the first to argue that they are real, aren't permanent. I did have a lot of fun in high school and there are some people that I wish I saw more, if only to relive our good ol' days. My best friends from high school are still my best friends and I am glad we had so much fun, but oh boy, I wouldn't not go through all that angst again.

Plus, can you even imagine going through high school without (or with?) the technology we have now? I didn't have facebook until after I graduated. I mean, we would hand write pages and pages of excruciating detail (sorry Megan!) and pass notes to each other. Can you imagine doing that now? And it's only been 6 years! Now we use instagram, facebook and blogs to tell people about our lives. I suppose I still write really long text messages or emails that take the place of notes. And sometimes I write really long blogs. It's like I'm writing you all a note and folding it up some cool way and passing it to you between periods.

And looking back now I don't know why we felt it was necessary to narrate every.single.detail of every.new.thing that happened. (or was that just me??) But...in someways that is what we do now, just less specific to one person. I guess we still feel the need to tell people about the details of our lives, but just in new ways. I can't really imagine what it is like to live without other people knowing what you're doing, almost daily. That probably sounds ridiculous, but I doubt I'm the only one.

Ok, major segue. How did we get to my deep thoughts on writing notes to friends?

Anyways, congrats to the class of '13!

first flight

Sam and I went to Utah for a few days to see my little sister graduate, among other things. I was a little nervous to fly alone with Sam but it couldn't have gone smoother. He ate during take off and then slept the whole time! It was great. I think this is an easy age to fly with; we'll see how it goes in the future.

We had a fun trip seeing family and friends, but we really missed Dave. We are glad to be home (mostly) and back to normal routines. Pictures of our fun days to come!