Weekend Recap}It’s Summer!

Summer is officially here in Portland – finally.  This weekend is the first one that has really felt like summer.  It was hot.  I think we actually hit 80 degrees today.

We tried hard to get all our work done each day so that we could play a little too.  We are on countdown to our son’s wedding (5 weeks to the wedding and 7 weeks to the Wedding Carnival) so I am trying not to panic.  The other night I couldn’t sleep because  all the things I still have left to do were causing my brain to be on overdrive so I finally got out of bed and started making lists.  It is amazing how getting something out of your head and down onto paper can help!

After a few trips to Home Depot this weekend I was able to cross a few of those items of the list and we were able to play a bit too.

We started the playing a bit early with an evening at the park with friends at a free concert on Thursday night.  The band was great and plays all Journey tunes – took me back to my high school days.

Friday evening we were knee deep in Wedding Carnival projects and I may have used a little or a lot of spray paint!

Here’s another one of the projects I finished up this week for the family dinner we are hosting the night before the wedding in Arizona.  I am using a literary love theme as the bride was a literature major and both the bride and groom are readers. I saw something similar on Groop Dealz or one of those daily deals you get in your email.  They had used the names of famous couples but I wanted to use couples from literature so here is what I came up with.

After all our hard work we grabbed a quick dinner at Five Guys and made a trip to Target in search of something for the Wedding Carnival.  My Idaho boy was happy to see that the potatoes that night at Five Guys were from Idaho.

Saturday morning, Jim, Tessa and I headed out to the berry fields to pick raspberries.  The berries were huge and plentiful and the picking was good

Most of the berries are going to be frozen and used for raspberry lemonade at the Wedding Carnival but there will also be a batch of jam or too and plenty of berry eating!

We did have a Berry Nice Day!

We went home to do some weeding in the garden and Jim used his new power washer to clean off the patio.  I did some cooking to get ready to celebrate my mom’s birthday including trying out a few new recipes which hopefully you’ll see on the blog in the next week or so!

After a trip to the grocery store I may or may not have gone through the drive thru at Sonic.  It was Happy Hour after all!
Saturday night we took the evening off and Jim and I headed down to one of our favorite people watching spots – NW 23rd.  We enjoyed a slice of pizza at our favorite pizza place and an ice cream cone at an amazing local ice creamery.  It was a perfect summer evening.

Sunday is church day at our house and a birthday celebration for my mom!  How was your weekend?

Leigh Anne
Hi – I’m Leigh Anne! I have been a homebased mom for 30 years since my first baby boy was born! I love working with women and helping to inspire them to achieve their goals and dreams while still maintaining motherhood and family as their number one priority. I blog about everything I enjoy – creating treats and meals in my kitchen, spending time in my garden, entertaining and party planning, reading, self improvement and tips and ideas on style and fashion.
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  1. Tamara says

    Love the ideas for the wedding dinner. Yum, yum raspberries. Can’t wait for the wedding carnivall!

  2. Cecily says

    Leigh Anne, I love your literary sign. what a great idea! I’m pretty sure that both Westley and Knightley end with an ‘ey’ in case that makes a difference to you. If not, it’s gorgeous as it is. :)

  3. says

    Sounds like a wonderful weekend. :)

    All the wedding prep (and picking berries for the reception) reminds me of our family last July. We had 2 weddings in July (preceded by a wedding in December and followed by a wedding in February . . . which gave us 4 kids that got married within 14 months. Whew!)

    We, too, finally got some summer weather up her in NW Washington.

    We spent 8 hours at the beach on Friday.
    Then, we spent 7 hours playing in the snow at Mt. Baker on Saturday.
    Today, the hubby took the 5 Young Ones to a church picnic at a nearby lake . . .
    while, sadly, Mama stayed home sick in bed. :(

    But, we sure love living …

    30 minutes from the ocean beaches
    90 minutes from the ski area at the mountain
    45 minutes from 4 different lakes.

    When summer finally arrives every year . . . it is a BEAUTIFUL place to live (as is Portland . . . my favorite city).

    mama of 12 (ages 10, 10, 12, 13, 15, 19, 21, 23, 23, 25, 26, 28)

  4. saramd says

    I worked and this weekend sadly. So B stayed home with the boys and dog. we did have a BBQ and frozen treats after work.

    Where did you go berry picking? I want to take the boys this week. We love raspberries.

  5. Julie Spady says

    What a busy weekend!! So, my questions that weren’t answered by others…which park has “Journey”? That would be a blast. When does Sonic happy hour happen? (I love how the picture turned out, with your (?) reflection! How did you print the sign…it is ADORABLE! I still would not have a clue how to do that with Storybook, but I’m working on it! It is so fun to read your blog…thank you!

    • says

      Julie, The “Journey” concert was at Garden Home Park. THPRD, the local park district does a series of free concerts through the summer in various parks in the district. Sonic’s Happy Hour is from 2-4 pm every day and drinks are half price! I created the sign in Storybook and then had it printed at Costco as a 11x 14 poster – the ones with cardboard on the back. It was $9.99 although I need to redo it because there are a couple of typos in it!! Darn!

  6. Lisa says

    Hi Leigh Ann! Love your blog as I am just north of you in Hockinson, Wa. You have given me such great ideas of different outings to do in Portland! We headed over to your favorite ice cream spot a couple nights ago and the line was out the door and around the corner. The ice cream was worth the wait and we will go again. I have noted a few of your other Portland destinations and plan to go on several “field trips” this Summer. Love the Beaverton Farmers Market too! Thak you for all the great ideas and please keep them coming! : )


    • says

      Salt and Straw is totally worth the wait. What flavor did you have? I tried a few of the new ones but ended up with my favorite – Salted Caramel!

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