Like family! <3
Deek has the most amazing parents, and I'm so blessed to be part of their family!
I adore Christine's whole vibe--just a super cool person all around! <3
I *really* love Portland.
We arrived at night and immediately went to eat at Deek's favorite restaurant. We'd saved our keto high carb day especially for that place!
He may be a little excited! LOL!
The next day, we decided to explore our little town to see what had changed since we lived there. In the two years since we lived there, several different places have come and gone--some for the betterment of the town and some not. And while we were out, we *had* to eat at our favorite Chinese joint. We've tried and tried to find Schezuan beef as good as this in the South, but we have not been able to. :(
After two years of waiting...
Of course we got Dutch Bros!
Come to the East Coast, please!!
And we took a little boat ride.
The PNW has lots of water! ;)
The next day was the 4th of July! It's the second year in a row we've spent the 4th with Deek's parents, despite living 3,000 miles apart!! How cool is that?!?
Deek and his dad. Love these two awesome guys!
Waiting for the parade!
Holy crow! Our little town has grown a lot!
We could hardly walk through the festival because the streets were *so* crowded!
This is how I always look at this man--with complete adoration!
I am the luckiest woman in the world! <3
And...there's a theme.
I so love Dutch Bros!
The next day, Deek's parents took us on the OMSI jet boat ride in downtown Portland. They wanted to take us to the touristy places we never got around to going to when we lived in the PNW. OMG, we had such a good time!!
Ready to ride!
Got a little wet.
I'm glad I brought a sweater because even though it was mid-summer, it was cold on the water!
I'll be honest, it's something I've never been able to get used to about the PNW. I'm a Southern girl, and it's always hot in the summer. I mean, you might as well walk around on the face of the sun. If you take a boat ride, even the wind it generates is hot. So, this coolness at the beaches and on the water in the PNW throws my mind for a loop. I can't quite wrap my brain around it or get used to it. Who brings a coat to the beach in the summer? Even in a swimsuit, you're likely to burn the blazes up on a Southern beach in the summer. ;)
Someone's engine caught on fire, so our jet boat became a rescue ship!
Our captain paused the tour/adventure to tow the man and his family back to shore.
We were glad to be of assistance!
Now we're getting soaked!
My favorite part of this picture is Deek's mom's smile. Makes my heart so happy! <3
Why did I bother to fix my hair?? Haha!
Speaking of hair, after the jet boat ride, we headed on over to get my hair dyed. We had a blast chatting it up with "Hair Chick," as we call her, and I walked away with awesome purpliness!
Sporting the purple look again!
Stay tuned! We had plenty more adventures in the PNW before we headed back to the East Coast via the southern route!