Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Adventures in Portland

I recently got a new phone.  I have needed one for awhile, but being me, I had just gotten used to the old one.  It was two years old, maybe older?  I just found a calendar option on it the other day.  Oh well.  Marshall ordered a refurbished iPhone for me.  I have been having a lot of fun finding new applications for it.  Some I have found for Molly, and some for me.  In the next few months I'll blog about the ones Molly is using.

Screenshot taken from the iTunes Store

I found one for the whole family the other day called "Portland Essentials".  It has a lot of fun little categories like "Hidden Gems" and "Child Friendly".  We are having great fun planning our trips around Portland based on it.  Sunday we went on our first adventure!

Screenshot taken from the iTunes Store
We were going to go to Voodoo Donuts, but the line was crazy.  So we decided to go to Mother's Bistro and Bar.  Yum!  It was around noon when we arrived, and we had a 45 minute wait (ha ha, so much for not waiting).  The staff were wonderful and so sweet to the children, and we had a lovely little table in the back.  I really enjoyed looking around at the decor, lots of fun chandeliers and mirrors.  The food was good, I had the crab cakes sandwich, Molly had the cheeseburger and fries, and Marshall had the biscuits and gravy.  We all liked our meals.  They are well known for their macaroni and cheese, next time I will order that.  Then we walked over to the Portland Saturday Market.  

After we walked through the market, we walked along the park and played in the grass.  A lovely girl named Karen gave Molly the ball she is playing with below.  Isn't that sweet?  She said she bought it that day to give away to a little one.

Molly and her new ball.  Part of Portland Saturday Market is in the background.
We are looking forward to our next adventure in Portland.  We are thinking trying again for Voodoo Donuts, a bicycle ride along the river or maybe a tram ride!

Do you live in Portland?  Ever been to Portland?  What is your favorite place to go/thing to do?  We would love to hear your ideas!

Today I am Grateful For:
1.  Semi-healthy children right now.  Yay!
2.  Molly and Jack entertaining each other today for about 15 minutes.  It was so fun to watch.  Quietly.  While I got something done. :)
3.  The purple crocus poking up their pretty heads in our flower beds outside.  Yay spring!
4.  Kona solids.  I picked up a bunch today on sale for a secret project.
5. My husband for holding Jack on his lap at night so I can sew/clean/sort/whatever.  (He doesn't like to sleep without one of us holding him.  Molly went through a similar phase.)

So, on one last note...I am thinking about giving up television/movies for Lent.  Am I crazy?  Or crazy smart?  Or will I go crazy?  I don't watch television during the day, it is usually at night after the kids go to bed that we watch something.  I am not sure of this yet.  I thought at first it was a good idea, now I am thinking otherwise.  Which probably means I should do it.  Gah.


  1. We've started taking visitors to the VooDoo on NE Davis instead of the one on SW 3rd. I don't remember lines, but my guess is the line goes quickly at both locations.

  2. Hmm wondering what the solids are for? ;-)
    You're not crazy for giving uptv for lent. I've done it before and was astonished at how much I got done!

  3. When I lived in Portland, my favorite place to take people to was the Japanese gardens. If you go, there is also the Rose Garden across the street, which is fun to walk around in. They are both part of Forest Park (along with the zoo, though that's in a different section), and it's fun to hike through the park too (though maybe not so great for little kids).

    In the summer, walking along the riverfront is fun. And just riding the tram or the MAX around can be great. Oh, if you like books, you should visit the HUGE Powells bookstore.


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