In early August, Ainsley and I, along with my parents, went to visit my brother in Portland. We had an amazing time. Ainsley did awesome on the plane ride out (thanks to help from my parents). We got there on Friday night and my brother took us around his town, Lake Oswego.
On Saturday morning, we got up for a day of adventures. We checked out Multnomah Falls (see pic above). We then took a hike on another path up a super steep path. (Chad and my dad carried Ainsley the whole time.) At the top, there was a beautiful "punchbowl" water area where we dipped our feet into the cool glacier water. The scenery is absolutely beautiful. After our 3 hour hike, we took a scenic drive back to Portland. That evening, we were also so tired we just hung out at Chad's house and played cards.
On Sunday, we got up and went downtown. We first visited the Pittock Mansion overlooking the city. We made our way down to the Rose Gardens, which were absolutely beautiful! We then headed down to Saturday market, were we ate lunch and browsed through all the homemade items. It was such fun! We headed out to Cupcake Jane and enjoyed some delicious cupcakes. We came home and rested, and then headed out for dinner at The Farm for a wonderful birthday dinner with my dad.
On Monday and Tuesday, we headed down to Depoe Bay to visit my aunt and uncle. They have a beautiful condo looking over the bay. There were whales in the bay and you could just sit on their porch and watch the whales blow and then come up. We also visited the neighboring town, Newport, had yummy homemade lasagna (thanks Tricia!), watched the sun set over the ocean, visited Cape Fowlweather, and just got to hang out.
We came back on Tuesday and had dinner with Chad at Five Guys. On Wednesday morning, I got to meet up with Karen and her kids and catch up on their life in Oregon. I then headed home with Ainsley to see my guys. (Ainsley was great again on the plane, but we did manage to fly through a storm, which was not so fun.) Evan and Doug were at the airport waiting for us (at 10:30 at night) and it was so good to see them both. I had a wonderful trip and am so thankful to everyone who helped make it possible.
You can check out more pictures here