Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Oregon Wine Country: Willamette Valley

One of the best days we have had was this Saturday. It was spur of the moment when we decided to drive down to the Willamette Valley to do some wine tastings. This is why I love Oregon...we have Portland, the coast, the mountains, the gorge, and top it off with a glass of wine! Maybe I should be an Oregon tourism spokesperson? That's a thought for another day.
 
 













They were all equally beautiful as delicious! Try them! :)

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Catching Up: Momma Bear comes to visit

Whew...I guess I can't rename this post with my last one, Time Flies. But it sure does! I started a new job a little over a month ago and it has taken over my life. Like most jobs do, I assume. I'm almost caught up, but working for a federal program I've learned, you never truly catch up because they are always changing. However, I do love what Head Start offers to kids and families so I am happy to be a part of that!

In past news...my MOM came to visit in early October! I was so happy. I talk to her daily and it's such a joy when she actually gets to see and live my life here, instead of just hear about it. It was her first time to the West Coast and I like to think she loved it. Naturally, I was sick while she was here. Agh. So we did not get to make it to the coast, unfortuneately. But we did make our rounds around the city, neighborhood, and the gorge!


Multnomah Falls

Colunbia Gorge...it was GORGEOUS





two of my favorites :)

Portland City Grill


Classic landmark pic in Portland!

Mom's first selfie


Largest bookstore in America...and my hometown! Shoutout to Powell!

This is the part where Mom made me pose throughout her visit to take a picture of me....


Go Ducks! Unless they play the Vols...
Seriously we had the BEST time! This was probably the longest we have gone without seeing each other, close to 3 months. It was a sweet reunion! Can't wait til Christmas to see the rest of my family! :)

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 :)
 
xo

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?
 


Recipe:
1 1/2 C Watermelon chunks
1/2 C crumbled feta cheese
2 C arugulua (I added baby spinach as well)
EVOO
1 C Balsamic Vinegar
Salt and pepper to taste
 
Directions:
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....
 
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