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July 17, 2014

Greetings from Portland! 

We’re spending next week out in Black Butte Ranch with Ryan’s family, and we decided to fly into Portland a few days early and spend some time here on a mini-family vacation before meeting up for the BIG family vacation.  We left yesterday bright and early—and I do mean EARLY.  Our flight left at 6am, so we were up and moving at 4:30.  Lila was pretty out of it, but she did great on our flights—now that she’s easily entertained by movies and the i-pad, flying is a whole (peaceful) experience—for the most part. Winking smile 

We got in around 11:30, picked up our rental car, and made it downtown to our hotel by about 1:00.  Ryan and Lila promptly went down for naps, but I was inexplicably full of energy—excited to be here I guess.  So I took a stroll around the Pearl district by myself, with Powell’s Books as my (obvious) destination.  I’m an English teacher—would I go anywhere else?

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By the time I got home, Ryan and Lila were up and ready to hit up the pool.  We spent about an hour in the indoor pool/hot tub—Lila loved the hot tub.  A girl after my own heart.  Smile 

After showering and getting dressed, we headed to the lobby for one of the perks of hotel living—free happy hour!  Wine, beer, and milk were enjoyed, respectively:

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For dinner, we got a special treat—Ethiopian food!  We love Ethiopian, but don’t have any options at home.  This was Lila’s first experience with it, and she actually did pretty well!  She loved the veggie sambusa that we started with, and did pretty well with the veggie platter.  Surprisingly, she wasn’t crazy about the injera (the big pancake you use to eat the food) , which I thought she would love. 

Photo: Toddler's first Ethiopian.

Unfortunately, because of the time change, Lila was up and at ‘em at 5:00 this morning.  Fortunately, that meant that she and Ryan were first in line for a Portland specialty–

Voodoo donuts!  They picked up a box of donuts while I hit the gym.  A big bite of a maple bacon donut was the perfect post-run treat. Winking smile 

We’re headed out to explore this morning—I think the zoo is on our list!  Have a great day!

4 Comments leave one →
  1. itzyskitchen permalink
    July 17, 2014 3:37 pm

    She is going to be an amazing traveler when she gets older! Enjoy the zoo! Love going there

  2. July 17, 2014 4:48 pm

    I loved Portland when I was there last summer. Hope you guys have a blast!

  3. July 18, 2014 12:26 am

    Portland is on my list of places I want to visit.

  4. ginger635 permalink
    July 19, 2014 6:12 pm

    It is on my list, as well. I’ve heard it’s wonderful. Have fun! (What’s the weather like there?)

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