Alaskan Cruise

Oh Alaska, you're quite the beaut! We've wanted to do an Alaskan cruise for quite some time now and I am thrilled to share how much we enjoyed our vacation. First of all, we are big fans of vacations in the form of cruising. I can't think of a more stress-free option. The biggest stressors of my days went something along the lines of, "we have to wake up earlier to get the comfy black chair in the crows nest lounge! and.... should I shower in the spa or in our room.... and.... should we order dessert or get room service in a few hours?" You get the picture.  It was rough...

The food was out of this world delicious! Andrew literally ate meat for every meal. At the end of the week, he probably consumed more meat than he has in the last almost four years of our marriage combined. Totally serious. #wifefail.

//iPhone photos first up! Followed by photos with the real camera//

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The entertainment on board was surprisingly quite enjoyable. Mostly, I enjoyed the care-free days and incredible beauty that surrounded us every minute of the trip. Watching for wildlife is addicting and I understood why fellow passengers staked out their perch and guarded it like they would their young. Whew! I got a kick out of people-watching too. That can be a full time job in itself!

In Juneau, we rode a helicopter up to the Mendenhall glacier. It may look small in the photos, but it spreads a mile and a half wide! We learned that the glacier moves six inches each day and melts enough water to fill a swimming pool each minute! It really was quite beautiful and I especially liked drinking the glacier water. The ultimate refreshment! I played co-captain on the ride and held myself together so as to not lose my lunch. I seriously have the weakest stomach ever when it comes to anything with motion.

Other highlights include the thermal spa and hydropool, the kindest & most wonderful service, getting to read, and naps. Halleluia for nap time... The eagles soared, the whales were plenty, and those snow capped mountains....  

Everywhere we looked was simply breathtaking.

I thought Sitka and Victoria were absolutely lovely. For a while there, I even had myself convinced I could live in Sitka! Maybe for a while at least. Would be fun for a time.

Low-lights include having to pump every few hours and figure out appropriate milk supply (aka- crazy swollen and confused boob situation), Ketchikan (sorry if you're from there.... lesson learned, do an excursion next time), and missing my baby like crazy. Yes, there were a few moments of tears. It felt incredibly strange to be away from her for so long and I constantly felt as though I was forgetting something.

I'm not sure what else to say besides that it was amazing. Lovely. Beautiful. I'm so thankful for this time with my man.

//Alaskan Cruise. Holland America's Westerdam. May 2-9, 2015//

Annual Mountain Getaway

Each year since living in Portland, we have made it a tradition to stay at Resort at the Mountain lodge near Mount Hood. In the past, we have visited around Christmas time. This year, we decided to go a bit earlier (last week!). I'm so glad we did... it was absolutely perfect.

One of the reasons we love going each year is because we always get some sort of "deal." This year, we thought our only "deal" was a buy one night, get the second free. That alone is awesome! However... when we checked in, we got BOGO everything-- meal vouchers and spa vouchers! I had already planned on getting a massage. But, I ended up getting a facial too! We stuffed our faces with delicious food and even went a little over the top by ordering room service dessert! Yummm.... 

Perhaps the best part of our 2-day getaway was our trip up to the mountain. Timberline Lodge was perfectly empty in the coziest way possible. We snuggled up, played with Bonnie, gazed at the snow-covered mountain, enjoyed some delicious fondue, and sipped on the best hot cocoa we've ever had while watching the sunset... It doesn't get much better. As we drove back down to our lodge that night, all we could talk about is how we wished we could go back to Timberline in the morning.

Besides a certain little baby who didn't want to sleep and a while without power (thank you wind storm), it was an amazing little vacation!

Beach Getaway

  The Oregon coast was calling my name. For numerous reasons: to celebrate the completion of Andrew's 3rd year of med school, to squeeze in one more getaway with my honey before baby, and to return to the place we were exactly one year prior processing and grieving our miscarriage. So, to the coast, we went...

We stayed at The Coho in Lincoln City. Being our 3rd time there, I guess it has become a special place for us. Nothing grand, but perfect for us. 

Andrew spoiled me and booked the "sunset sweet," which included prime beach views, a balcony, fireplace, and an amazing jacuzzi tub. He knows how much I like baths. It was quite the treat and so very thoughtful of him to book a little something special. 
 The weather was windy, but amazing for our stay. We especially enjoyed the pool to ourselves in the evening. Baby girl had her first swim and it felt so wonderful to float. I'm wishing I got on the pregnancy pool gig earlier. Maybe next pregnancy...

Andrew had to study for some of the trip, but I enjoyed this time to myself to reflect, journal, & pray.

 After a filling lunch at Mo's, we weren't hungry for a real dinner. Instead, we settled for splitting a personal watermelon, peaches, & nectarines over a movie. Can you tell I'm in a fruit craze right now? We then stayed up far too late into the morning finishing the second season of Dexter. We are hooked!

I'm so thankful for our little getaways.