Monthly Archives: December 2011

Something Cozy.

Working from home definitely has it’s perks: I don’t always have to get dressed in the morning, my hours are flexible, and I can be comfortable. Best of all, there’s no office drama (except when the cat pukes on the rug).

Another thing I love is that my tiny little office leaves me feeling cozy. I set up shop in the morning, turn on my little space heater, and start working. In true Portland irony … I’m not much of a coffee drinker. BUT, what I lack in affection for coffee, I more than make up for when it comes to hot tea. Yet another element of coziness I enjoy each day while working in the studio.

My mom & step-dad sent me some amazing hot tea for Christmas last week, and I’ve put it to work already!


Our Road Trip :: Indianapolis to Portland

On November 7, 2011, Jimmy and I packed up our Jeep with a couple of bags, our two dogs and our cat. We said our tearful goodbyes to our family, and we set out on an adventure. This adventure would end up being 2,300 miles and take us 4 days. Thinking back … It seems unreal that we actually left all we knew and loved to write this new chapter of our lives. We’ve learned so much about our love & life since leaving Indiana … Here are a few things we saw along the way.

The clouds were just perfect on this day … It was almost as if you could lay on them.

The first sign of rocks. Little did we know these would look like pebbles compared to the ones we’d see later in the trip.

Our noble steed, Bertha ::

4 days on the road means we got to experience 3 beautiful sunsets. This one in Wyoming was absolutely stunning.

Love this shot of Jimmy … We stopped at a little resting point to take in the view. It was 25 degrees and we got to touch snow for the first time this year.

Surprisingly (at least to me), Utah had some of the most beautiful views of the entire trip … The red rocks were amazing to see.

Then we saw it … Devil’s Slide. It’s this amazing rock formation in Utah’s Weber Canyon. The highway runs right past it, and there was even a little pull-off so we could stop and take in the amazing site. I think Earth is the coolest planet … ever!

The views of the mountains were amazing … I had never in my life seen such a site.

When we went to bed on that third night in Boise, Idaho, we knew we’d be up early the next day for the last leg of our trip. We had shared days 1, 2, and 3 of our road trip from the iPhone perspective, but never shared the last day … I can tell you, it was one of the most exciting days of our lives. Knowing we’d be in our new home was worth waking up at 4 in the morning!

We were up way before the sun … Heading west, we were able to watch the sun rise in our rearview mirrors.

The first sign we saw for Portland. Such an awesome motivator to finish the last leg of the trip.

So, when you’re coming down out of the Blue Mountains (at least I think that’s what they are), there’s a pretty intense downhill grade for about 5-10 miles. AKA, if your brakes stop working, you’ll probably be toast. Thankfully, there are run-away ramps on each turn for just that reason. We had seen them before on our last trip to Oregon, but we actually saw one in use this time. So crazy!

One of my favorite stretches of the drive was along the Columbia & Hood Rivers. The rivers divide Oregon & Washington and the highway goes right along side. So beautiful.

We knew we were almost home when we saw the Fremont Bridge … Portland is a city with a big river right down the middle. We live on the west side of the city, so it was like the Fremont was our gateway … It was 60 and sunny that day, like the city was welcoming us with open arms!

And … we made it to our neighborhood.

We’ll be sharing more about our little apartment soon. Believe it or not, we’re still getting settled!

All in all, the trip was amazing. I would totally do it again. The animals were perfect … like scary perfect. It was a time that I’ll treasure the rest of my life. We’re thinking of a trip down the California coast next year, and I couldn’t be more excited!!



Nikon D700 // 24mm f1.4 // 28-75 f2.8 // Processed with VSCO film.

A Mini Mt. Tabor Adventure

The other day, I had a meeting with our new accountant. While I was in the meeting, I couldn’t help but notice the little hill down the street. Once the meeting wrapped, I hopped in the Jeep and drove over to it!

When I got there, I quickly realized it was way more than a hill … Mt. Tabor is actually a dormant volcano!! I drove around the park for a few minutes and hopped out to take a few photos. I was wearing dress clothes and it was raining, so these are the only photos I got that day … but I guarantee we’ll be  going back soon, and sharing more then!

Monday Morning

Monday Morning 12.26.11

Happy Monday. We’re back to grind of things this morning after enjoying a relaxing weekend with friends. Our first Christmas away from home wasn’t as hard as we thought it would be … The fact that we got to talk with our families and even open a few presents was really great. Granted, we really wish we could have been home, and we were pleasantly surprised when there were no emotional breakdowns over the weekend! We spent Christmas Eve with friends, and headed back over to Rob & Amy’s last night to watch The Family Stone … Yes, I cried like a baby! We’re really looking forward to enjoying the last week of 2011, and working like crazy people to cross things off of the to-d0 list before the new year is here.

Happy Monday.

Nikon D700 // 28-75mm f2.8 // Processed with VSCO film.

Our Mt. Hood Adventure

Yesterday, we hopped in Rob & Amy’s CRV and headed up to Mt. Hood. This is the same mountain we get peeks of every few days when it’s sunny in Portland. It’s only an hour away, and another reason we feel so lucky to be living in this amazing state. The trip was much needed … and a really nice break in the middle of the week. Thanks to my amazing grandparents for sponsoring this trip!! :)

Our first stop was in Sandy, Oregon at the Jonsrud Viewpoint. Unfortunately, the fog was still quite low & hadn’t burned off just yet. The view was still beautiful. We stopped again on our way back to town and saw Mt. Hood in all of her glory (at the end of the post).

Once again, Jim’s traveling boots … Just like this one from our trip to the coast.

After Sandy, we continued our way up to Mt. Hood … The winding hills on the way up to the lodge are absolutely gorgeous!

Then, we saw the mountain …

Driving up the lodge, we were surrounded by snow … exactly what we needed to make it feel like Christmas is later this week.

It was our 2nd time visiting the lodge … first time during the holidays. We all enjoyed some drinks & soaked in the warm, rustic atmosphere.

When we left the lodge, we tried heading over to Trillium Lake. The road to the lake was closed, so we decided to park and walk a bit into the woods. We’ve visited Trillium before, and really wish we could have seen it during the winter! Oh well, maybe next time!

Then, it was time for some portraits …

The lovely Rob & Amy!

… and even one of us!

Pretty certain we saw wolf/mountain lion tracks back on this path. Cool? … sorta. Scary? … absolutely!

Back at Jonsrud Viewpoint … Can you believe Mt. Hood was hiding behind the fog earlier that day. Such a fun surprise! 

Love how the fog starts to form right above the river. 

We’ve had a lot of new visitors to the blog this week … We just wanted to thank everyone for keeping up with our adventures. 

Also, we have started selling some of our favorite art prints online. We’ll be adding new prints soon. We’re celebrating our shop launch by offering our prints with 25% off until January 30th. Use coupon code HOORAY25 at checkout to receive 25% off of your order. 

Nikon D700 // 28-75mm f2.8 // Processed with VSCO film.

Our Christmas Tree Adventure

A couple weeks ago, we headed off to a farm just southeast of the city to cut down our Christmas tree. It’s the first time I can remember cutting down our own tree, and honestly, it makes the choosing process so much harder!! There were SO many choices. At the end, we got a lovely little tree.

This is the face of a man who’s ready to cut down a tree!! 

We found our tree!

I was either sad to cut it down … or sad because I couldn’t do it. Not really sure. 

This is the proper tree cutting stance … in case you were wondering. 

Nikon D700 // 24mm f1.4 // Processed with VSCO film.

Monday Morning

Monday Morning 12.19.11

It’s one of the first really gray days in Portland we’ve had for quite awhile. Because of this, it’s been a day when staying in bed all day feels most appropriate. Unfortunately, we’re pretty busy around here, so we’ve been tethered to our computers instead. These last few days have been interesting … I think it’s the first time we’ve actually talked to each other about being homesick. We never went more than a couple weeks, at the most, without seeing our family when we lived in Indiana … Now it’s been about a month and a half. We are really looking forward to flying back to Indiana for a few days in January. Until then, we plan on celebrating Christmas with some friends here in Portland, and enjoying the last couple weeks of 2011.

Happy Monday.

Nikon D700 // 24mm f1.4 // 28-75 f2.8 // Processed with VSCO film.


A little neighborhood walk this morning. Northwest Portland is so charming.

3 Years :: Our Anniversary on the Coast

On November 29th, we celebrated our three year wedding anniversary. Intent on making it a day to remember, we packed up the pups and headed to the Oregon coast for the day. The drive was amazing … the fog was so thick at times, we couldn’t see 25 feet in front of the car.

Once we arrived, the air was thick … it was a cloudy, blustery, cold day on Cannon Beach (never trust forecasts). Once we got down to the water, the dogs had a blast … It was the first time they’d seen the ocean. We even let Molly off her leash for a bit since there was no one around. We walked along the beach, taking in the humid air.

I wonder how many people have walked by this log and never noticed this little Army man.

Haystack Rock … I think it looks like a dragon floating in the water.

Beautiful driftwood.

Love this photo of the pups. We caught Molly with her eyes closed. 

I try so hard to be serious … It doesn’t always work.

One day … We’d love to live on the coast. The houses are beautiful.

Favorite shot from the day.

After the beach, we stopped for hot chocolate/coffee then hopped back in the car for a picnic. Jimmy’s mom bought us an amazing picnic basket before we got married, and we finally had the perfect chance to use it!

This seagull chilled on the door for a bit before jumping down and standing extremely close to us … He really wanted a chip!

But this guy ate them all!

Molly couldn’t get enough of the water. She just stood and soaked it all in.

And Ruca … Our loner dog …

Is this an ad for Jeep, or what?

After our picnic, we headed back down to the beach to soak in a little more of the shore … We left the pups in the car for a bit and enjoyed some peace & quiet before our drive back home.

J trying to sneak up on a seagull.

Then, the jumping started.

Love this photo of J’s shoes … It reminds me of this photo from our adventure to the arboretum.

Finally, we left to drive back to the city. When it was nearly dark, we stopped and snapped this photo … Probably one of my favorite photos to date.

Nikon D700 // 24mm f1.4 // 28-75 f2.8 // Processed with VSCO film.


It’s no secret that we’re pretty picky about the quality of food we eat. Before we moved out of our house in Indiana, we were starting each morning with a super smoothie. It was awesome … They keep you full until lunch time, and they were packed with so many great nutrients & vitamins. Then, we moved in with my mom. Our whole life was turned upside down for about a month while we lived out of boxes and planned for our move out to Oregon. AND then, we moved to Oregon. We’ve spent the last several weeks getting settled, and we’ve neglected our blender, and our bodies for that matter.

Well, today, it changed. I made my first smoothie in a long time, and it was GOOD! It was so refreshing. So tomorrow, we’ll start our running routine again. I think we thought as soon as our house in Indy sold, we’d be in Oregon immediately, living life like we hadn’t skipped a beat. It’s definitely been a lesson in patience and taking things slowly to get back into our rhythm.