Monthly Archives: January 2012

My Little Oaks Bottom Adventure

Last week, my friend Nicolle invited on me a little hiking excursion at Oaks Bottom,  a local wildlife refuge. We hiked for over an hour in the beautiful Oregon sunshine (yes, there really is such a thing). I only shot a few photos … mainly because I was focused on not doing that breathing-like-I’m-winded-because-I’m-completely-out-of-shape thing!!

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

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Monday Morning

Monday Morning 1.30.12

Our weekend looked like this: We got dressed and gallivanted around town on Saturday. An ice cream date and an impromptu photo session rounded out the day. We finally finished watching Six Feet Under, and I’d be lying if I said I didn’t ugly cry during the last episode. SO GOOD! Yesterday, we tried getting all of our laundry done, but failed due to the fact our building has 1 washer/dryer. We went to Target and got sucked into buying bulk items, and then had a nice evening at home watching the most confusing movie of all time. Today, it’s back to the grind. STILL trying to get my head above water when it comes to business stuff, but feeling really optimistic.

Happy Monday.

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

Monday Morning

Monday Morning 1.23.12

We got back to our apartment last night at midnight after spending the day flying back from Indiana. We had a really lovely time back home with the family over the last 4 days, and even got to shoot a wedding while we were there. This week is shaping up to be quite busy … we have a wedding to edit, luggage to unpack, clients to meet with, lots of cleaning, and oh yeah, I’m shooting a birth tonight (if all goes as planned). Most Mondays, I try to shoot something really cool/cute in our apartment, but today, I kept it real. I was tired, I was busy … so I captured life as it was: dust bunnies under our hallway door, a devoured breakfast burrito & an unmade bed. The weekend was seriously needed … now we just need to find some time for sleep.

Happy Monday.

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

Up In The Air … Out On The River

Last year went by so quickly … before we knew it, we had landed in Portland and we were faced with this crazy, new life to put together and start living.

To be quite honest … the first six or seven weeks were hard. Dealing with the current employment market, while trying to ensure we can pay our rent, was tough. As I was working like crazy to catch up on my business, Jim was working like crazy to find a job. There were nights where we realized how lucky we were to be together in a city we love so much … but there were also nights that we took each other for granted, and let the stress get the better of us.

Eight weeks after moving … things are good. Really good. It sort of feels like we’re dating again. Most of the stress has given way to happiness, and we’re feeling balanced. Earlier this week, I was looking through some photos from 2011 and I came across one that made my heart flutter.

It was a little kayaking adventure we took over the summer. It reminds me that even though last year was hard, we did in fact take time out to enjoy ourselves. It’s a good reminder: life can’t ever be that bad when we have each other.

Today, we are flying back home to see our families after nine weeks of being gone. Here’s to four wonderful days at home with our loved ones, and safe travels to get us there.

Our Rockaway Beach Adventure

We finally had our first visitor last week! My aunt flew in from Milwaukee to spend a few days with us … Honestly, it was the first time I really felt like we live here. On Friday, we headed to the coast to spend a day with the ocean.

Before heading to the coast, we stopped at Pittock Mansion to get a view of the mountain.

On the way to the coast, there are several pull-offs like this … all with amazing views.

Me and my aunt … Rockin’ the shades.

Then, we found this lonely little rose in the parking lot. We took it with us and decided to let the ocean have it.

Driving around Tillamook Bay … Forest fire in the distance.

Can you tell what that is in the photo above? … It’s oyster shells. Tons & tons of oyster shells. Here’s a little more perspective!

Once we got to the shore, we had a little picnic. Our little picnic basket has seen so many awesome places this year.

Once again, Jimmy’s shoes … Love these shots.

Back in the car, we headed off to Oceanside. We stopped along the bay again, and had some fun using my sunglasses as a lens filter.

Big Bertha … We love this Jeep.

Oceanside Beach was beautiful … The sun was starting to set, and it was so lovely.

See the little tunnel in the photo above? We decided to walk through it. We ended up at the other side of the cliff … It was beautiful.

After the beach, we headed over to a coffee shop for some hot chocolate!

On the way to Cape Meares, we stopped at this super secret rock beach. Okay, it’s probably not secret, but if you blink when you’re driving, you’ll miss the little wooded path. It leads you down a cliff through a series of ramps & wooden tunnels. It’s ah-may-zing.

Since the beach is made of rocks, the sound the waves make is like none I’ve ever heard. It’s pretty cool.

Can you spot Jimmy in this photo?

I love these next two … He was feeling brave and ventured to the edge of the rocks.

In one of the little tunnels on the cliff, there’s a bit of a shrine. Visitors leave little trinkets behind … We left this little piece of driftwood with our initials & the date of our visit, and a little geode we found down on the beach.

We made it to Cape Meares right as the sun was setting. We saw the sky catch fire, and it was absolutely stunning.

After the sun set, we hopped back in the car, and headed back to the city … It was a lovely trip, and I’m soooo happy my aunt was here to share it with us!

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

Monday Morning

Monday Morning 1.16.12

Unlike last week when we had no adventure news to share, this past weekend was full of adventure: We had my aunt in town for 4 days, traveled all over Oregon, and spent time relaxing. This week, we’re working like crazy people to get everything in order before heading back to the Midwest for a few days. We’ll be shooting our first wedding of 2012 and spending some much needed time with our families. It seems like everything since the move has lead up to this week … It’s almost like we couldn’t completely settle in, because we knew this crazy week would sneak up on us. I have a feeling next Monday will feel so different from the past nine we’ve spent here in Portland.

Happy Monday.

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

Instagram :: Our Weekend

Here’s a bit of our weekend … downtown, the coast, the mountain.

Photos taken with iPhone 4 :: Edited with Instagram

Rockstar Parking

Part of living in the city means we park on the street. Another part of living in the city means parking is quite scarce at times. Of course, most sunny days, we find parking right outside our door … It’s the rainy days when we have to park 3 blocks away.

We’ve come to designate any parking on our block as Rockstar Parking. It’s like a rush of joy when we drive down the street to see a spot right outside the building. It’s really funny how different things matter in different places … our old house had a driveway that was well over 100 feet long and big enough for at least 10 cars! So, yes, we get excited about rockstar parking … It’s one of the little joys of living in the city … Here’s looking right outside of our front door, and that’s our Jeep. We call that SUPER Rockstar Parking. 

Photo taken with iPhone 4 // Processed with Instagram

Monday Morning

Monday Morning 1.9.12

No new adventures to report after this past weekend. In awesomely awesome (like, the most awesome) news … J got a job in Portland. He’s working part-time at a great place with flexible hours and good pay. Yes! Yes! Yes! Not to sound like we were desperate or anything, but it’s just so nice to know that weight is off our shoulders and we’ll have a little more income. Okay, let’s be real … We were both super stoked about it. Plus, it will give him/us time to work on a business venture we’ve been developing since landing here. More details soon. So, with that said, this weekend was a breath of fresh air. We got things done around the apartment … we finally got some of our art on the walls, which means a photo tour will be happening oh-so-soon. J worked a bit … I worked a bit. We enjoyed a few movies on our brand new tv. <- Yep, we finally bit the bullet and bought a TV. We went over 2 months without one, and we could have done without it, but we felt we deserved it … and it made us happy.

Things are going to be a bit quiet around here this week … My aunt is coming to visit then we’re heading to Indy for a few days to shoot a wedding & hang out with the family. Until next time …

Happy Monday.

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

Twenty Seven.

In just 3 short months, I will be married to a twenty seven year old. TWENTY SEVEN! Then, 5 months after that I, myself, will be twenty seven. For some reason 27 seems cooler/older/more-legit. I think it’s partly that I’ve always imagined that our lives will be smooth sailing by 30. Considering things are freaking crazy right now, and have been for the last few years, maybe I’m still holding hope that the last 3 years before 30 will in fact bring us that calm we’ve been hoping for.

Last year, I wrote a list of 26 things I wanted to accomplish before I was 26. Overall, the list was sort of a flop. Selling the house really made everything else pause. Out of the 26 things, I got 7 accomplished: Buy a new camera, run on the Monon, create 5 new recipes, share our personal blog with friends & family, buy a new vinyl for the record player, bake a vegan cake, and organize files on the computer. <- I know, my life is a real party.

So, considering I’m a super stubborn person. The 19 things that weren’t accomplished got transferred over to a new list for this year, and Jimmy made his own! My list is done in September, and he’s giving himself the entire year (since his bday is in april).

My list:

J’s List:

We’ll see how it goes.