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Sweet Sixteen


If anyone can find a way to name every anniversary to try and give it extra-special significance, it would be me. And this year was our Sweet 16th!

I don't know why I'm saying "was", it's today, actually. But as I'm watching my nephews for the weekend and Russell is hosting an 18-team summer league basketball tournament, we pretended it was last weekend and celebrated with a night out in Portland.

Russell made all the plans this year, booking dinner reservations at McCormick & Shmicks Harborside Restaurant on the waterfront, with dessert reservations afterwards at The Melting Pot. Well done, honey! 

This restaurant holds a special place in our hearts as it's the restaurant Russell brought me to the night we got engaged. 

The Melting Pot also holds a special place, because #1: Melted chocolate. and #2: underground awesomeness. 

That's the entrance. It's a spiral staircase down to an underground fondue restaurant that is beyond cool. 

Russ bought the romance package so we were led to an extra-secluded corner where there was a card and rose waiting for us, then they took our picture and gave it to us in a frame. Kinda fun, huh? Needless to say, we had a lovely evening, ending with a late night flick at the theatres.

I'm not going to get all gooey on the blog this year because I already did last year, and I try to mostly save all sappiness for in person. (Trust me, I can be the sappiest sap you ever did roll your eyes at.) But I did tear up a teeny bit when Kendall revealed this to us... 

How sweet is that?


  1. GASP that's a beautiful portrait of you! She did a great job on it. Love that girl!! xxxooo

  2. Wow!! That is a great job, Kendall. I love it!

  3. Oh, and Russ didn't do to bad either:)

  4. Oh my , I had a little lump on my throat over Kendall's drawing - she did awesome !! - I mean REALLY amazingly good . ( darn I could never draw people that actually looked like the person)
    Great post Honey.