Here is the picture on Pinterest (click the picture to be directed to the Esty site)
I hung the picture up the week of our anniversary upstairs in our hallway. I wanted to see how long it would take Evan to notice a once blank frame was now full. Well, it only took one full day and that night as he came up the stairs to go to bed he said, "Hey, when did that get up there?"
I said, "Happy Anniversary!"
Here is the picture actually in the frame in our hallway.
I also gave Evan his other present early, as I couldn't wait any longer and wanted his input before it was finalized. As I mentioned in an earlier post I have been working on something for Evan while home on maternity leave. Well, it is our wedding video! I finally had the footage taken off the Hi8 tapes (so old school now) and put onto a DVD. I am still so excited!
Right after Courtney got married, she showed us her wedding video that she had a school teacher at Hudson's Bay High School put together for her. Courtney had Garrett's cousin film it, but Karina edited it and put it on DVD with music. I can't remember how Courtney got connected up with her, but I liked what she did for Court, so got in touch with her.
The initial meeting with Karina was interesting, as I met her at the school with Conrad after picking up my bridesmaid's dress for Ashley's wedding. I pulled into the parking lot, changed and nursed Conrad in my car and then got him to sleep in my Ergo carrier and waited in the office for her to meet me. We visited for a bit and I gave her all my cameras and tapes, but basically ran out on her, barely saying good-bye, as Conrad started crying kind of loudly in the school's office and I didn't want to disrupt anyone!
Anyway, after corresponding through emails, Facebook, viewing snipets on-line, and taking a few drafts home to watch—the entire video is complete! She put the prewedding, ceremony, reception footage all on the DVD, plus, a highlight clip of the entire day. Click this link to view the highlight video on YouTube: http://youtu.be/uecSdJiQViw
So while I am on the topic of presents, and before I share what we did on our actual anniversary, I will share what Judy and Jim gave us and what Kelsey and Chris gave us.
When Judy and Jim came to visit recently, Judy walked in with a chair and said, "Happy Anniversary!"
Judy decided to give us a family heirloom that was originally her grandma's. The chair has a great story where it is the only surviving piece left from a full dining set. During the depression, Judy's grandma had to burn almost the entire set for firewood. She only kept this chair. Eventually, the chair made it to Judy's dad who recovered the seat.
Love the leather imprint, especially the fleur de lis
We feel very lucky to be the new caretakers of this precious family heirloom!
Kelsey also gave us a fun "wood" present. A wall sign (she wrote a special message on the back) for Evan and I. It took me a while to find the right spot for it (and Kelsey said, "I am sorry for another thing to hang on your wall!"), but it really compliments a new arrangement in our bedroom that I will share later.
When she saw it hanging in our bedroom, she said, "You can take the ribbon off." Well, as you can see, I still haven't.
Our anniversary was on a Saturday this year, so it made it a little easier to do something on the day of and make it an all day thing. Originally, we talked about trying to get away to Leavenworth (we both haven't been there) or the beach, but the long car trip and pricey hotels, weren't something we wanted to do right now with Conrad.
All three of us ended up just getting in the car and letting the road lead us (lead us to a point, as I was still on my cell phone looking up places and recommendations).
We stopped at a restaurant in Hillsboro, OR called Reedville Cafe. When we walked in, there were all kinds of old photos and prints of old newspapers on the walls of the restaurant. Turns out the Reedville Cafe originally opened in 1934 as the Shack Tavern. According to their website, as a tavern, it was a place to stop for some good conversation over a favorite brew. In 1950, Al and Polly Van Bevern bought the business and it has been in their family ever since. The restaurant changed its name to Reedville Cafe in 1990.
The food was okay. We had breakfast/brunch and it seemed to taste very common, like other breakfast and food plates in the area. Nothing stood out to us of being unique to this establishment. However, we did learn that Reedville, OR was established (by the man who Reed College is named after) as its own city it the late 1800s with the post office being operated from 1877 to 1954. Since it is between Hillsboro and Aloha, parts of Reedville became annexed into Hillsboro forcing some of the streets to be renamed with a Hillsboro address, leaving Reedville an unincorporated town. The train tracks that run along TV Hwy, still has the Reedville sign as the stop on them.
While sitting at breakfast, I did find an article about the oldest know home in Washington County and it is still in Reedville. We followed directions, based on the article, and found the run down house among newer homes in a neighborhood.
The late owner wished for her house to be turned into a museum, but because the home is in unincorporated Reedville, the city (specifically Parks and Recreation) can't operated it as a museum unless it annexes the property and that isn't likely to happen anytime soon.
Click on the picture above to read the entire article.
Once we left the home, we drove around all the winding roads in the country, at times losing cell service, while Conrad napped the entire time. We stopped at a few antique stores to pick up an old camera case, wooden bowling pins, and a vintage GE oscillating fan. While out, we made plans with my mom to meet us at our house, so she could watch Conrad the rest of the night and we could go see a movie.
We went and saw the Seven Psychopaths, which is actually a comedy. It was really good and afterwards, we went to McMenamins on the water for dessert and a drink. My mom and Conrad had a good night, she just knows exactly what he needs!
Once we got home, my mom took a couple of photos for us, so we had least had one from our fifth anniversary!