Monday, January 19, 2015

The Last of Portland 2015, As Told By My iPhone

We made the most of our last day in Portland!  We visited the Grotto, which held this pretty meditation (and stare at a giant replica of the recently-slain Jesus) room, a labrynth and lots of pretty Northerner stuff.  


I foolishly thought I wouldn't need my pea coat for this particular outing.  Big mistake.  







This is a shot of vineyard and brewery we visited on our last day.  There were several buildings with restaurants, bars, a wine tasting room and a pub.  Definitely a good end to our trip. 

This is what happens when I use my iPhone to take pictures: grainy shots.








Fun times.  :)  

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Bryana and John's Wedding, Part Two

The bride Bryana's nephew Rider was tearing up the dance floor at the wedding.  I had to snap a few shots of him break dancing with Zach.  Enjoy!


Aunt Rena and Uncle Tom



I think Zach had fun, what do you think?




 My cousin Joe and his awesome wife, Heather

Mom and the groom, John, being adorable on the dance floor.  So cute.


Photobombed by a four-year-old

Friday, January 16, 2015

Astoria, Oregon, Part Deux

During our day trip to Astoria, we stopped by this local glass-blowing company.  They let you blow your own glass, but we didn't have time, so I bought a pretty vase for my office.




This is our tiny hotel room.  We were just looking for a place to crash after the wedding, so we didn't mind the fact that we shared bathrooms and showers with others on our hotel floor.  The hotel was cool though, and their standard rooms are bigger than this.  The newspaper on the bed was interesting, it provided a group of news stories about the city throughout the years, to give residents a brief history of the town.  Apparently, the population of the town was actually higher a few decades ago, and it struggles to regrow its population.  


We were curious about the real estate prices in Astoria.  The city, though secluded, was charming and largely waterfront.  We checked out Zillow and it turns out that housing prices in Astoria are very affordable - much cheaper than in Tampa.






Thursday, January 15, 2015

Bryana and John's Wedding, Part One

Bryana and John's wedding was gorgeous.  We danced a ton and celebrated with family we don't get to see often enough.

This is definitely a photo dump.  I will be impressed if you make it through.






Cousins!




My mom, Mimi and her boyfriend, Tony


Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Exploring Astoria, Oregon

We took a day trip to Astoria, Oregon during our Portland trip for my cousin John's wedding.  We drove to Astoria, stayed in a charming, tiny room in the Comodore Hotel, went to the wedding and drove back to the rental house in Portland the next day.  As you can see, my husband looks good from behind.  ;) 


The weather was cold and foggy all day, but we made the most of it.

 This coffee shop was in our hotel.  The food and drinks were delish and the staff was super nice.

Zach is working that dimple!



Astoria is home to the Goonies House.  Have you seen The Goonies?  
Obvs, we just had to stop to see this national treasure.  

National treasure?  Or just a house?

Next we visited the Astoria Tower.  Climb the spiral staircase to the top and you will be rewarded with the most beautiful panoramic view.  


 Next, we hit up this local brewery - the Fort George Brewery and Pub.  


 Hello, beer sampler!

Oregon's economy is largely supported by the forestry industry. You can't quite tell from the below picture, but this is a shot of a huge lumber yard on the Columbia River.