Monthly Archives: April 2012

April

I cannot believe that May 1st is tomorrow! April FLEW by … We thought it would be nice to recap this month considering I can’t remember a single thing we’ve done ;)

Happenings in April

  • Jimmy turned 27 years old … I love my old man of a husband!
  • We went on a few adventures: A trip to the tulip fields with our friend Amy, a rainy hike along the Eagle Creek Trail, and an amazing hike up to Angel’s Rest in the Columbia River Gorge.
  • We went to see the Wheel of Fortune when they were taping live in Portland. Our dear friends Matt & Ali came with as we soaked in the epic-ness of the day!!
  • We posted 4 lovely Monday Morning posts. We didn’t realize how much we’d love having these photos to document our life … I’ve really loved looking back at the posts from the last 6 months.
  • We used our phones a lot … when we don’t want to haul around the bulky cameras, we let our phones tell the stories.
  • We shot our very first wedding in Portland.
  • I celebrated 1 full year of being an independent business owner! It feels amazing to be doing what I love so much!
  • Portland hit 80 degrees … it was sunny & beautiful!
  • We’ve been knitting!

Looking Forward to May

  • Hoping we’ll see some much-deserved sunshine!
  • We’ll be celebrating 6 months since moving to Portland … Seriously, how did that happen?! SIX MONTHS!?
  • I’m wrapping up a ton of projects to prep for a full month off in June!
  • Our dear friend, Ali, is celebrating a birthday, and we’ll be joining friends at the shore for a few days to celebrate.
  • The farmer’s market is now open, and I’m looking forward to getting some local goodies into the house.
  • There are a ton of birthdays in our family this month: my momma, J’s step-mom & J’s dad are all celebrating birthdays! While we were there to celebrate, we’re happy we’ll be seeing all of them in June!
  • We’re taking a mini-vacation to Seattle. So excited to explore that city for the first time! We need recs of places to see, stay, eat, explore!
  • My dad & baby sister will be here at the very end of the month!!!!! So freaking excited to finally share our life here with our family!

I’m sure I’m missing some things … probably some big things, but that’s the bulk of our life over the course of April!

Cheers,

J&R

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Monday Morning

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Monday Morning 4.30.12

I absolutely cannot believe it’s the last day of April … this means the year is a third of the way through, and summer is totally around the corner. The next few weeks are going to be crazy as I’m wrapping all projects in order to take a full month off in June. Ahhhh!!!! It’s going to be so nice! Over the weekend, we went on a date (saw The Five Year Engagement (so great)), and relaxed a bit. Nothing to write home about … but sometimes, those are the best weekends!

Happy Monday.

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

What Happens When It Rains :: Movies

So … It’s a pretty well-known fact: Portland is RAINY! During the entire month of March, we probably saw the sun twice. It was a record-setting month, which means, we spent so much time indoors. Thank goodness for Netflix & a friend who let’s us use his HBO account (shhhh … we like to live on the edge).

We aren’t movie reviewers … BUT, we love to watch good movies & we thought we’d share a few of our favorites from the last month or so.

In The Theatre:

For J’s birthday, we went to see 21 Jump Street.

Grade: B+ We loved this movie! I kind of dislike Channing Tatum … I don’t really know why, but I’ve just never really seen why anyone thought he was charming. Wellll … after this movie, my opinion has changed (just a bit). I LOVE Jonah Hill, so he more than made up for any hesitation I had about seeing this movie. It was hilarious, raunchy, and super inappropriate! Based on those qualities, it fit the bill for a good movie … at least a movie we weren’t expecting to get much from!

On Friday, we had a little date night and decided to go see The Five Year Engagement.

Grade: A This movie was AMAZING. We went into thinking it would be purely comical, but we walked out loving each other a little bit more. Seriously! This movie tugged at our heart-strings & really resonated with our relationship. We were only engaged a year, but since this movie follows a relationship over the course of 5 years, it’s super easy to relate to it … we, too, have had to learn to love in a new city & under new circumstances with our careers. Really go see this one! It IS very funny, but also made us both tear up a bit!

Netflix Instant:

I’m a total sucker for independent movies. I love the rawness of most of them, so while Netflix lacks a bit in the instant library, the selection of independent movies is really great. Last week, we watched The Vicious Kind. 

Grade: B+ This movie was intense. We both love Adam Scott from his role as Ben on Parks & Rec … his role in this movie is nothing but the complete opposite of what we know him as. Scott plays a terribly disturbed man (caused by his past), who you aren’t quite sure whether you’re supposed to like or not. I wasn’t a huge fan of Brittany Snow playing the main girl, but overall, their chemistry was believable. This movie is a VERY dark comedy if you were to try to squeeze it into that category. Mostly, its a dark dramedy. I can definitely see why it received so much acclaim. It’s not up-lifting, but it is still a great movie.

Netflix DVD:

Hands down, my favorite movie we watched this month was Like Crazy.

Grade: A++ I loved absolutely everything about this movie. It felt so very real, and the chemistry between the main characters was so powerful & palpable. The story follows two young people and their adventure of love & distance over the course of several years. It’s a journey of finding & losing love, and the lengths your heart can go to make it work. The movie had a few really awesome time-lapse scenes which we really loved as well … again, giving this sense of time & how hard these characters had to work to make it work. It’s not a sappy love story … it feels like a REAL story: love is balanced by tension/challenges. So so so good.

Last night, we curled up on the couch to watch Remember Me.

Rating: A First, we had NO idea what this movie was about. We’ll be honest, when we saw that it starred Robert Pattinson (I almost typed Edward Cullen), we both thought it was going to be a flop: a story about a rebellious, good looking rich-kid. Well, as it turns out, this movie was quite deep, and his acting really surprised us. Again, another movie about real struggles that people face … no sugar-coating, just rawness. If you’ve seen this movie, we just have to mention that the ending was completely crazy!!! I had NO idea it was going where it was going, and it ended up making the movie so much more meaningful (or maybe … more purposeful). This one is worth renting!

J really likes light-hearted movies … while I typically veto them from the list, we both wanted to see Hugo.

Grade: B This movie was very cute. We’re both big fans of Scorsese’s work, and he didn’t disappoint. This movie is a visual masterpiece, and feels super magical. We both agreed, we’d be showing this to our kids one day!

Lastly, we really loved Beginners.

Grade: B+ I’m not sure what we can really say that won’t give away too much. BUT, this is a love story, a family story, and a movie about finding yourself. It is super emotional (in a good way), and feels very sweet. I fell in love with Christopher Plummer’s character & I am so very happy he received recognition during this year’s award season … it was much deserved.

We also saw: 

  • Horrible Bosses (hilarious!)
  • The Ex (an oldy, but goody)
  • Paris Je T’aime (made me want to go to Paris so badly)
  • How Do You Know (typical chick flick with a good cast)

Our Tulip Field Adventure

Last week, our friend Amy told us she was picking us up for a surprise trip. All I knew was that we were supposed to wear rain boots & prepare for being outside. This totally tested my control issues when it comes to planning things … and even more, it tested my ability to ride in a car without getting completely carsick. Yes, I fully admit, I’m a disaster. As it turns out, the day turned out to be wonderful … control issues/car sickness avoided!

After driving for about an hour from Portland, we arrived at the Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm in Woodburn, Ore.

This place was a.w.e.s.o.m.e.

Here’s our adventure:

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J teaching Amy to shoot with a split screen/microprism ring focus camera … my dad’s old SLR from the 80’s. Love it.

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Jimmy has his very own tulip breed!

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We were all very entertained by the fact that these giant clogs were wearable & moveable! A little moonwalking action followed.

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J and Amy split an elephant ear, and I consumed the largest ice cream cone ever!

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After the tulip farm, we tried finding a hazelnut farm (without success) … the drive ended up being awesome. We drove past the vineyards, and watched a storm roll in.

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Lastly, we stopped in Mt. Angel to see the Glockenspiel clock. This was hilarious!

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All of these characters danced as music played. I cannot imagine living in this building as it was the loudest. freaking. clock. ever.

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Thanks Amy for an awesome adventure!! :)

Bright

Okay … we’ve been slacking over here, big time!! Goodness. We started this blog to showcase our lives here in Oregon, and lately, life has been crazy!! I promise, we’re working on some big changes in regards to our businesses & home-life, and we’ll be checking in here more often.

For now, I wanted to share a few bright things that made me smile … I typically steer towards gray, black & white. Boring, I know. But lately, I’ve had a thing for bright colors (maybe because Portland is GRAY, a lot). Found these photos in a folder on my computer, and wanted to brighten up the blog a bit.

Hope you have a lovely weekend!

Cheers,

R

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Made with Nikon D700. Processed with VSCO Film

Monday Morning

Monday Morning 4.23.12

Even though we’ve snow shoed mountains, felt the ocean waves at our feet, and hiked up waterfalls, this weekend was the moment I realized we made the right choice of moving to Oregon. Walking outside on Saturday morning, the air felt different. Later that day, we were sitting in a friend’s backyard in the warm late-spring air. Yesterday, we took a picnic to the waterfront & sat in the dappled shade of a big tree … all while enjoying the 81 degree air. Everyone warned us that arriving in November would be hard as we’d be experiencing the rainy season … at times, I’d say they were wrong … but for the most part, it was hard. Now that we’re past the hardest part of the year, we’re feeling good … Now, we’re off to a beach to enjoy a little more sunshine before officially starting the busy workweek ahead.

Happy Monday

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

Our Little Eagle Creek Adventure

On Wednesday, we set out on an adventure to the Columbia River Gorge … In the past, we’ve had a lot of luck with dodging the rain. In fact, most of the time, if it’s raining in the city, the gorge’s weather is completely different. On this day, our luck ran out. When we arrived, it was raining hard. We didn’t have the $5 needed for the park pass & we almost went back home. We opted to leave a nice note in the drop box with a promise to send our $5 once we got back into town, and we eventually started the 4 mile hike towards Punchbowl Falls …

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What the trail lacked in steepness, it made up for with some crazy drop-offs. I don’t have a photo of it, but there are two sections with metal guide wire bolted to the rockface … the trail is about 18 inches wide and the other side is a straight drop-off. Let’s just say, I could have used some Xanax that day! 

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We loved this little overhang. 

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My favorite from the day … I love the green of the trees … and that fog! 

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Once we reached the falls, we were a little underwhelmed. It was raining a ton at that point & we retired our camera for the rest of the trip … Once we got home, we realized we didn’t reach the falls we thought we had reached. So, apparently Punchbowl Falls is awesome, we just have to go back again to see it!! 

Monday Morning

Monday Morning 4.16.12

Aaannnnddd we’re back. I’ll be honest, I felt a little guilt that I didn’t post last Monday. I feel like I went 22 weeks of making these photos every Monday Morning, then I failed a little bit. BUT, all that matters is that I do this to fulfill a little piece of my need to remember our life during this 1st year in Portland. So, I’ve accepted that my life was just a little too crazy last week, and now, things feel a little more on track. This morning started out on a sour note: I woke up to the sound of rain on our windows … that means, I had to take the dogs out in the rain. Our dogs act like idiots when it’s raining, and I was soaked to the core by the time we got back home. However, about 20 minutes later, the rain started to cease, and now, it’s even a little sunny. We had a nice, busy weekend. Lots of networking & attending events. J even cleaned the apartment when I was out last evening. Hooray! I am happy to say that I crossed nearly everything off my to-do list last week … that’s about 64 tasks. Knowing that we’re taking the entire month of June off makes these crazy weeks really worth working through. Hoping the weather continues to improve, and we see more & more sunshine as the week go on.

Happy Monday.

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

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Two frames of our sweet pup, Ruca. In case you were wondering … I think the dogs have settled into their new life quite nicely.

Our Angel’s Rest Adventure

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Last week, Jimmy turned 27, and we took a little adventure away from the city to celebrate. We ended up spending the day on the Angel’s Rest trail in the Columbia River Gorge. It’s so unreal that this place is less than 40 minutes from our front door. 

Little did we know, this hike was quite a climb. About 1/2 way through our hike to the top, we snapped this photo … See the rocks in the top-right? That was our destination! 

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Here’s our adventure:

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My handsome hubby.

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After several weeks of rain, it was absolutely amazing to be in the sunshine. 

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The beautiful path … Mark this as one of the main reasons we moved to Oregon! 

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Love this moss.

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Funny thing … we thought this was the top. This is when we were questioning whether we should keep going (trying to find a path).

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So glad we kept hiking, because this is where the path took us! 

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Gahhhh!!!! So high up. He was trying to give me a heart attack!! 

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I couldn’t stand quite as close to the edge as J, but I got close. So happy to be at the top … this trail was INTENSE! 

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View from the top … a storm rolled right in front of us. 

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We fed this guy a few peanuts … They are all stuffed into his cheeks! 

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When I say ‘fed’, I mean, HAND FED. Jimmy HAND FED A FREAKING CHIPMUNK! 

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Open this last one up … the chipmunk is actually biting J’s finger. Not hard at all … just a nibble, but needless to say, that was the end of the peanut feeding session. 

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Teeny road down there. 

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Teeny me! 

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Right as we started hiking back down the trail, we were joined by a bald eagle. So cool to see these flying. They’re HUGE! 

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We made it back to the car just a few minutes before it started to sprinkle … perfect end to an amazing day! 

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Nikon D700 // Processed with VSCO film.