Tuesday, January 20, 2009

A much needed Vacation

Its true when you get married and people tell you to make your honeymoon a good one because its the last vacation you'll get for a LONG time.. yeah they are SO right..
Since we have been married we have been on a few camping trips and one weekend trip to Vegas to visit Logan's Dad and Step-mom while we lived in Utah, but nothing spectacular... Well We decided it was time for one.. and since Logan was starting his new job soon we go down to Portland.. Its not a spectacular destination full of beaches, hot weather, etc. etc. but it was something close, and we really have no extra money but really needed this.. so we booked our hotel (super great deal!!) and waited for MLK weekend to go on down..
Traffic there was perfect.. none really at all and as soon as we got to Vancouver it was BLUE SKIES and the sun felt warm through the windows of the car.. it wasnt warm.. but it was nice to look at instead of the rain we have been having here.See pretty skies! Those clouds were gone about Portland
He fell asleep about 30minutes after we got onto the freeway and lasted until we got there (almost 2 hours!)
Our first stop was this Diner called BYWAYS CAFE in the Pearl District.. if you live in Portland or are visiting anytime let me know and i will get you directions etc. its SO yummy! It was featured on Guy Fieri's show Diner's Drive-ins and Dives Logan and I LOVE this show and when i found out we were going to Portland for sure i looked up places in Portland he has been too, and this was the only one so we went ahead and went to it.. and it was YUMMY! We had their omlets and hashes but we really wanted their Biscuits and Gravy but they were already sold out by 11:30.. yeah guess they are THAT GOOD! this place was PACKED, its not that huge though, but i mean people waiting outside to get in! it was really good.
Logan At Byways."PLEASE NO PICTURES" Kason being a turkey at Byways
One of the walls at byways Cafe
A building that i LOVED you can see the old painting on it.. Hams and Bacon!
I love the Pearl District!
We then got Logan's Boots he needs for his new job at the Ship Yard. He started today and said orentation was boring but he is happy to be working there!
Then we got check into the Hotel.. We stayed at the Oxford Suites in Gladstone. Our room was big and we had a king! yay! Kason really loved the Hotel Life... i think he got used to it right away. We let him walk everywhere in the Hotel (the dining hall, Pool, Elevators etc. etc.) and he was so proud of himself for being a big boy.. He loved all the food we had for breakfast.. so many choices!
We went swiming too. Since Kason's surgery he has been a bit hesitant about water.. He still loves to swim, take bathes, etc. etc. but is not as energetic about it though.. He had fun though..
Here he is with a book waiting in his swimshorts to go swiming.
Kason Dragging his Floatie down the hall to the pool.
Kason Walking down the Hall...
He LOVED the elevators!! By the second day he knew which button to press when we lifted him out to help him.He had fun in the pool and got more and more used to it, especially the second time we went he was right at home and loved it.
His first look at the pool.. priceless
Kicking in the water... (the white things in his ears are wax and silicon plugs to keep the water from his ears since he has tubes.
He has this thing he does when he wants our attention he grabs our face and pulls it to his.. lol its funny but hopefully will stop soon lol
Portland has an Ariel Tram that i really wanted to go on.. its only 4 bucks round trip and we would get some awesome pictures well we didnt make it Saturday so when i got online to get the address to go on Sunday and then i saw that its closed on Sundays and Holidays.. so we didnt get to go :( oh well...
So we decided to go to forest Park in Portland.. its a 50,000 acre park for runners, walkers, etc. etc. and so we headed on off to that.. well there is no address for it because there are several trail heads.. so we got to the general direction and drove around and around... and then we found this...Twilight Fans does this look Familar??
ITS THE CULLEN HOUSE FROM THE MOVIE.. yeah we took a picture because as soon as we saw it we were like "twilight house" lol and so we drove off to find the park, then drove back for a picture and then i talked to my dad on the phone and he googled it and they film the house scence along with a few others in Portland and Cannon Beach Oregon and this is the house from the movie! :) The guy thats owns it works for Nike so the actors and movie set people called it the "nike house" lol :)
We then drove around some more and decided to drive around look at beautiful rich houses on the hill!
We found a park too :)
And some beautiful Views.. THis was a gap between two houses.. so that means this is their view from their homes! AMAZING
Another view!
I believe this is St. Helens. Not the best picture because i had to ZOOM in alot!
Last picture! we thought it was a funny sign! lol its for the rails in the street for the street cars
We did go to the temple Saturday but it was getting dark and it was SO COLD and the wind was whipping out there.. we decided not to go and we went on Monday knowing it was closed and i just took a few pictures outside by the reflection pond outside the fence.. still got great shots! :)
Overall it was FANTASTIC but good to be home.. we decided if we didnt have family here in the puget sound area we would move there! :) no worries no one is moving anywhere right now :)


Amy said...

Looks like you two had a blast! Glad you get get "away"

Jamie said...

Looks like such a fun trip!

cory said...

Hey laura! SO crazy twilight lady at my work loves the pic of the cullen house - she has seen the movie 6 times. I just started reading the book.

Amy G said...

looks like a fun time! :)

Clara said...

I am so jealous. Byways is on my list of places I want to go to really bad. The french toast looks so good. Very cool you saw the Twilight house. You just accidentally found it?? Wow!!