Friday, September 19, 2014

Time Flies

Time really does fly doesn't it? Maybe not literally, but it seems like physically it does to me! Getting to live in a new city is one of my favorite things in the whole wide world. God made such a HUGE world for us to live in and I want to see every single part! However, I'll start with the state of Oregon.

Here's a few pictures from the past month here....

Cannon Beach, OR

Tumalo Falls, Bend, OR 

 Sunriver Resort for Labor Day
Sunriver, OR

Have you ever seen a real life model? I'm married to one..

Driving back from Bend, passing Mt. Hood. Such a pretty view. You can see it all the way from Portland on a clear day.
Punch Bowl Falls, OR

We have been utilizing our free time on the weekends to our best ability, while also competing at a high level in Fantasy Football (obviously). But a new change is happening- I started a job this week! I am going to be a teacher at Head Start this year in Portland. It's not as glamorous as being BeyoncĂ©,  but so rewarding to meet all the new kiddos. Prayers welcomed here! Thanks for all your calls and texts staying in touch with us :)

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Watermelon Summer Salad

This is one of my favorite things about summer. Watermelon. Oh my, my I love it. Tyler is not a huge fan of the fruit, but I've convinced him otherwise (at least in this salad). Not sure if he eats every thing I make because he genuinely likes it or just feels pressured?

1 1/2 C Watermelon chunks
1/2 C crumbled feta cheese
2 C arugulua (I added baby spinach as well)
1 C Balsamic Vinegar
Salt and pepper to taste
Bring balsamic vinegar to a simmer and reduce to about 1/4 cup. (About twenty minutes) Let cool.
Toss arugula a couple tablespoons of olive oil and salt and pepper until lightly coated. Transfer to serving dish. Top with watermelon and feta. Drizzle balsamic syrup over the salad and enjoy! Serve immediately.
(I did not use all the reduction) Its super tasty. Make while watermelon is still delish!

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Small Spaces Big Changes

Let me start out by saying this. My whole life I have taken space for granted. Yes, simple space. That old coat closet I've always had. I loved you and never knew it. Storage under the bathroom sink? You were lovely. A walk in closet? Why did I leave you?

But no more. Now we are minimalist. I think its a good challenge. Right now, I'd like to commend everyone that has always lived in a space less than 500sq feet and say WAY TO GO! Teach me your ways.

So here's how we have made it work. Who knew there is so much storage behind decorative old doors? I knew those would come in handy one day. And our air conditioning? That's that nice box fan in the window. Dishwasher? Nope.

 Not the highest quality pictures from my iPhone. But who really has time for more nowadays. You get the gist of it.

Okay, I'm  done complaining. Okay one more, you are at the store and need toilet paper. The deal is always on the packs that are for 8 or more. You grab it. THINK AGAIN! You have no where to put it. Those two for one packs of toothpaste? Put it back, unless you want to hide it under your bed and forget about it when you need it.

Alright, the end. No more. I'm making it work. And I get to live with Tyler which is the biggest blessing because he continually makes life fun.

Speaking of fun, Portland is SO FUN. It's worth it! It seriously is the most exciting place maybe I have ever been to, definitely lived in. Oh my goodness we are so busy nowadays we are hardly ever home because we literally can walk to the whole city and I LOVE IT. Those pictures will be soon to come.

Thanks for all the calls and prayers during our move. We miss everyone and are so thankful for this time of life!

In the mean time, some fun facts I've noticed about Portland, Oregon:
-Plastic bags are not permitted in the city. Paper bags only. Groceries, Target, everywhere..
-You can not pump your own gas. Do NOT try!
-Food trucks are on every street and it is AWESOME.
-Literally any thing fashion wise goes....

Monday, July 21, 2014

Happy Anniversary in Savannah!

July 7th is a day I will never forget. (But make sure to remind me in 50 + years). Two years ago I married the man I had hoped and prayed for my whole life. We were reminded again, 2 years later, in our good friends' Tyler and Aubrey's wedding to ALWAYS celebrate that day.
 So we did just that on July 7th. We had just gotten back from Milwaukee the day before so we decided to stay in on the actual day and I made some of our favorite food and "fancied up" the usual Monday night.

The first anniversary, we decided that we would alternate each anniversary for who plans it. This year it was ME.
So naturally, I chose Savannah, GA. Something about those old southern towns (Charleston, Savannah...) keep bringing me back!


 It can't be those dreamy row houses can it?
Or how perfect this model up above is I married?

But the FOOD. Oh my. Candied pralines from River Street Sweets will forever have a place in my heart. And I'll think of you, Leah, every time!
Our anniversary dinner was spent at The Olde Pink House.
If you've never been...go... NOW.
It was once the Governor's mansion in Georgia. We ate in the master bedroom and had the best meal I can imagine. They encourage you to tour the house while you wait for food. Its so fun to see all three stories and how they've kept the rooms and furnishings pretty much the same.
We ended the trip with Leopold's Ice Cream...and I am paying for it all in the gym this week!

I can't imagine anyone more perfect for me to do life with. Happy 2 years Ty!

Thursday, July 10, 2014

My summer life

When Tyler asked me to go with him on a quick business trip to South Carolina, I relished at the chance. Was it a great location? Absolutely not. Would I have anything to do here while he worked? Absolutely not. That is why I had to come! Two days with absolutely nothing to do in a hotel room?! I haven't had two days in two months to myself! That's why I finally got a chance to crank out some blogging.

When in actuality I should be setting up utilities, cable, water, and address changes for Portland.

So as my mom likes to explain it, we never sit still. This seems to be more and more true this summer.

The past six weeks I've gotten the chance to go to.........

Savannah for Log, Nikki, and Jessica's bachelorette party,
Knoxville for 2 weddings.
Hilton Head with my family,
Nashville for some honky tonkin' and a wedding,
Portland for house hunting,
Milwaukee for the fourth of July.

Why yes, I am trying to hit all quadrants in the USA. Here's some pics to remember...

Savannah slow ride...SO FUN.

Our one and only weekend we were in Asheville, sweet Hannah and Daniel came to see us! We went white water rafting to check off our bucket list. And a month later....THEYRE ENGAGED!

Ahhh Hilton Head

Loved spending time with my cute little cousin, Bailey

Family time at Harbour town

July 4th weekend in Milwaukee...and it was lovely.

 Boating on Lake Michigan...windy but beautiful

Tyler got to fly over Lake Michigan with MaryNell...and boy was he excited.

There's my husband! One of the most amazing views I've seen. You seriously cannot beat Milwaukee summers.

Which is all fun and exciting and exhausting. Poor Tyler he is probably pooped because he works all week while I stay a busy body all over the place. But I miss Asheville! We've got to enjoy it while we can cause the days are numbered! We got to enjoy a concert with some of our very favorites in Asheville.

Florida Georgia Line and Nelly. Yes, that's correct. Couldn't think of a more perfect mismatch.

Now we are on the road again tomorrow heading to Savannah, GA for our 2 year anniversary trip!!!!! Cheers :)