Family Friday: Pacific Northwest Vacation


It's been such a fun summer so far!  Even though it's been the hottest summer on record here in Vegas, we've been able to escape the heat a bit.  Two weeks after Jason and I went away to San Diego for the weekend, we went on our summer family vacation to Seattle and Portland.  We spent a week out in the Pacific Northwest and absolutely fell in love with it!  

We only spent a weekend in Seattle, but it was jam-packed with sightseeing and I even got to run the Rock N Roll Seattle Half Marathon on Sunday.  It was actually the whole reason for going out there and we planned our vacation around it.  I do hope we get to go back and spend more time in Seattle soon.  

The rest of our time was spent in the Portland area.  We rented a great apartment from AirBnB in a great location close to so many of the best food spots in town.  We took a trip to check out the Colombia River Gorge area and got to see the famous Multmonah Falls and drive along the river and visit the countryside.  We were a little early in the season for berry or cherry picking but we got to feed and pet some alpacas so that totally made up for it! Plus, the craft beers and gourmet food truck at the Gorge White House really hit the spot after our long day.  We spent another fun day sightseeing in Portland and visiting a lot of the major attractions, such as the Japanese Garden, the International Rose Testing Garden, Voodoo Donuts, Powell's Bookstore, and eating from yet more food trucks.  We took another road trip on our 3rd day to visit the Oregon Coast.  Seriously would love to spend a full weekend out there!  The coast is so beautiful and we really enjoyed Cannon Beach.  Our last day was spent at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry! I didn't think we would spend the entire day there, but there was so much to see and do that it really did fill up our whole day.  Another big treat for us while in Portland was getting to see and hang out with one of our past bride & groom turned friends! We met up with them for ice cream at the yummy Salt and Straw, met up for dinner another time Deschutes Brewery and Public House, and they even joined us for part of our day at the museum! Yea, we kinda loved hanging out with them!! 

All and all we had a great time! We visited some amazing places, enjoyed cool weather, ate some delicious food, and made lifelong memories together.  What more could we ask for?!? 




Family Friday | Weekend Getaway in San Diego

Last month we took off to San Diego for a quick weekend away.  I was running the Rock N Roll Series 5K on Saturday and the Half Marathon on Sunday, so we left the kiddos, since it would be a busy weekend.  We love to getaway without the kiddos a few times a year.  It's such a great way to reconnect. We always come back home refreshed, full of ideas, and can get back to being business owners and parents.  

We left early Friday afternoon and arrived to San Diego just in time to pick up my race packets at the expo.  Afterwards we walked around the Gaslamp Quarter and grabbed some sushi for dinner before checking in to our room and crashing! It'd been a long day and I had an early start on Saturday.

My 5K was lots of fun and Jason was right there cheering me on at the finish line and then we made our way to the beer tent.  As ya'll know, I am much more of a wine girl myself, but after a race there's nothing better than a cold beer.  Trust me on that one!

The rest of the day was spent doing a little shopping and catching a movie, which are both rare treats for us to do without the kiddos.  We then made our way to Ocean Beach for burgers and beers at Hodad's and to catch a glimpse of the ocean!  Do yourself a favor and check it out next time you're in the San Diego area.  It's got a great vibe and the burgers are delicious! It was just a perfect relaxed day for us.  

Sunday was the half marathon distance and Jason had a little more time to enjoy a nice breakfast alone before meeting me at the finish line. Then of course, it was another race so another beer at the beer tent! It was also great to see some friends at the festival who had ran the relay race.  We chatted a bit with them before we had to get going to check out of our room and make our way back to Vegas! But first, we took a little side trip and visited our favorite winery in Temecula, CA, Wiens Family Cellars.  We enjoyed their tasting and brought a few bottles back home too! 

This was a bit of a whirlwind trip but we still enjoyed our time together and our day on Saturday was a ton of fun.  I wouldn't trade our getaways and time alone together for anything! 

Family Friday | June Turns One

I can't begin to tell you how happy this photo shoot makes me! Being able to document a new life being brought into the world is truly a gift and when you get to watch that child grow and you document her first year, well that's just gravy! 

Children grow up so quickly and they change so much in their first year of life, I always recommend you take photos of them every 6 months or yearly to document their ever changing expressions and their unique personality as they grow! It's so much for to look back as your kiddos get older and reminisce on how tiny they were.  Photos bring back so many beautiful and funny memories! It is such a gift to be able to document these beautiful moments and milestones for families and I get to call it "work"! 

I had so much documenting this twist on the "cake smash". I loved how at the beginning she wasn't too sure what to do, but once she had a taste of her pie, she was all for it! 

June, you are such a special little girl and I look forward to watching you grow into the amazing young woman you are sure to be! In the meantime, keep rockin' those hair bows! Much love to you, baby girl! XO 

To see and read more about baby girl June, check out her birth story: HERE