Tuesday, September 22, 2015

{Portland, OR} Celebrating...

Sandy & JR

Earlier this month I had the pleasure of spending some time in Portland, Oregon to celebrate some of my favorite people (Sandy & JR) with their upcoming wedding and pre-wedding festivities. First off was an awesome BBQ that was hosted by Sandy's sister Jeanne and her boyfriend Gene. It was a fun and casual affair with some delicious food, drinks and desserts to die for. Jeanne and Gene really outdid themselves.

Jeanne (one of the amazing hosts of this BBQ) and Sandy

Shirley (Momma 2) and Gene (Sandy's parents) - these two are 2nd parents to me. I grew up across the street from them in Cedar. Very special people to me.

Sandy has the habit of always closing her eye's when there is a flash but it looks like they stayed open for this photo.

Sandy, Jeanne, and Shirley - Love these people.

What a spread. We were spoiled with so many taste bud parties.

Next on the list of celebrating was of course the bachelorette party. For this event Sandy booked a brew cycle tour around downtown Portland, which was very entertaining to say the least. As we peddled our way from bar to bar we had a chance to check out the city in the most unusual way that made for a fun afternoon. 
After our brew cycle tour we walked over to a nearby restaurant Touche, where we had an amazing ray of gourmet pizza's and dessert alike. It was a great way to celebrate Sandy without the crazy drunkenness and partying that is usually associated with bachelorette parties. 
Good food, great people, fun times, in my opinion it was perfect.
Sandy, the bride to be.

Sandy and her mom - love these two.

Kisses from Momma 2 - I love this picture so much!

Sandy with her girlfriend Alyson.

Alyson, Sandy & Nicole - such awesome women.

My best friend. Man is she the greatest!

A group shot after our brew cycle tour: Alyson, Nicole, Becky, Pam, Jeanne, Shirley, Sandy, & Me

Dinner at Touche. So glad that Rebecca (left of Sandy) was able to join us for this part of the celebrating.

Me and Sandy being silly. What else is new.

The day before the wedding, Sandy treated me to an awesome mani and pedicure at a small and personal boutique that was very lovely. As a huge nail person, it was fun to have someone else doing the work (the was much needed on me) while we relaxed and talked about the big event to come. 
Grabbing some espresso.
New to both of us - putting in the cold, bubbly water in the hot espresso. It was good.
I picked up this free card in the coffee shop because I liked the saying and apparently it is a card for marriage counseling. Opps, didn't mean to imply anything. We had a good laugh about it.

Showing off our freshly painted nails.
What a fun time.

Happy Trekkin'!