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Sunday, January 24, 2010


Travis and Alisha got married this weekend in Portland. We were fortunate enough to be able to get practically free (only paid taxes) flight tickets from Mikey's Dad. The only downfall was that we had to fly out of Boise however we got to see his family so it was actually not a downfall. Freddie, Mikey's cousin, hooked us up with a room at the Red Lion for only $40 a night. On friday night when we got there we picked up our car (we also got that for super cheap) which was a new Subaru impreza. {Funny side note: The lady at the car counter asked us if we wanted to upgrade because the car we got wasn't very big. We declined of course cause there were only 2 of us, we figured as long as there was a trunk for our luggage and 2 front seats we would be fine. When we got out to the car we saw what we had rented and it was plenty big enough. All we could do was laugh.} Once in the car we went straight to none other than Voodoo Doughnuts. I was watching a show on tv about cool places to visit and Voodoo Doughnuts was one of the places so it was a must see for me.
I got the Voodoo Doll doughnut which is pretty much a chocolate bar in the shape of a person with crosses on the eyes and a pretzel through the heart. It was delicious!

After Voodoo Doughnuts we went to Powell's Bookstore which is this massively huge bookstore in Portland seriously if you can't find the book you want there I don't know where you would. After Powell's we headed over to the Lloyd Shopping Center which is a huge mall. Shopping in Oregon is awesome because there are no sales taxes. I got a really cute brown pencil skirt for only $20! Once we were all shopped out we headed back downtown and went to a restuarant Mikey had eaten at before however the name was changed, it is now called Santeria. They had really fresh mexican food and it was yummy. It was also attached to Mary's, a local strip club. You have to go through Mary's if you need to use the restroom. Needless to say neither of us needed to go to the bathroom while we were there. After a nap at the hotel we meet up with Travis and Alisha for dinner with their families and wedding party at a restuarant called Stanford's. It was delicious! Seriously best pasta I've had in a long time and the salad was so so good. On Saturday we took a day trip up to Seaside and Astoria . We went to the beach and strolled along main street shopping along the way in Seaside.
After Seaside we headed up to Astoria for a delicious lunch on the Columbia River. Mikey had the best clam chowder and a yummy salad with pears, candied almonds and a vinegarette. I had some sort of sushi-like appetizer that I can't even describe but it was so good! We will definately go eat there again if we are ever in Astoria.

With our tummies full we headed up to the Astoria Column. Little fun fact Astoria is where the movie Goonies was filmed. I can't remember how many stairs we had to climb to get to the top but it was a lot and after circling around and around by the time we got to the top I thought I was going to throw up. We only stayed up there for a few minutes cause I felt so sick but we managed to get some good pictures.

I pretty much slept on the way back to Portland to try to get rid of all the motion sickness. I was even more sick after circling even more down the stairs on the way down. When we got back to the hotel we got all dolled up and headed to Trav and Alisha's wedding. It was beautiful! The venue, the food, the decor...everything was perfect. Travis tried to be sneeky and had his classmate hide his car so we couldn't decorate it. We drove around looking for it and couldn't find it but I told Mikey let's just try one more time to go around this block and bam we found it! We got them good after that! All in all it was a really fun trip and we are so happy we got to go!

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Salt Lake Temple

Today was a good day. We spent a majority of the time at the SALT LAKE TEMPLE. We went with Kris McIntire and Shauna Crockett to do a session however we didn't make it in time so we completed some sealings, had lunch in the cafeteria there and then Mikey and I did an endowment session after. It was so relaxing to spend the day at the Temple and a great way to start off the New Year. There were also a million brides I counted 7 different brides while we were there~!

Friday, January 1, 2010

and a Happy New Year!

To ring in the New Year we went to see Sherlock Holmes. Which was an awesome movie! I loved it and thought the cinematography was really unique. After the movie we shared a pork roast and fondue with the Staleys and their siblings. We stuffed ourselves full and then played Scategories for like three hours. Then at midnight we all cheered and kissed our spouses for the New Year. It was the first time for as long as I can remember that I didn't watch the ball drop at midnight but still a great time!