Monthly Archives: July 2012

Two Peas In A Pod

Life is feeling happy lately. We are happy. 

Savoring every moment of this beautiful summer … 



Dad’s Visit :: The Gorge

On my dad’s birthday, we headed out to the Columbia River Gorge. It’s one of our very favorite places on earth & we wanted to share it with him!


J standing in front of Bridal Veil Falls (my VERY favorite place in Oregon) … ImageImage

This girl got $20 to strip down to her underwear & lay in the FREEZING water. This is like … glacier water. It’s COLD! She said it wasn’t worth it, ha. ImageImage

… and because we never shared our iPhone photos from that adventure, here they are!


Dad’s Visit :: Mt. Hood

**See, we promised we’d get better at blogging … Brace yourselves! We have a whole bunch of posts coming your way!**

So, remember about two months ago when my dad came to visit us?! Well, after procrastinating a bit, I finally got the photos edited & ready to share. We barely used our ‘fancy’ camera while he was here (it was way easier to use the iPhone), but we did get a few gems.

Here’s a bit from our little trip up to Mt. Hood!


Jonsrud Viewpoint is a definite favorite … a must see on the way up to the mountan.


We love this camera … My dad bought it over 20 years ago. I learned photography on this camera, and now we take it everywhere. So cool he could see us using it (film scans coming soon). Image

The snow on the mountain was melting … Pretty cool to see how ‘naked’ it us under that snow!Image

Oh Trillium!! How we love you … ImageImageImageImage

Jimmy likes to make fun of Haley for her 13-year-old-silly-face in photos. He thought he’d join in.ImageImageImageImageImageImage

Our Day With The Solars

**I’ll promise to be a better blogger … starting now**

A couple weeks ago, we hosted some great new friends while they were stopped in Portland. The Solars are on a cross-country road trip … with three kids … who are under 8 years old! We decided since we only had a day with them, we’d hit up as many of our favorite spots as possible. We made it on a little hike, to Skyline Restaurant, the Audubon Society, the waterfront, and Council Crest. Here’s a bit of our adventure!!



Since I documented the rest of the day with my phone, you should check out the post from Josh & Jenny about their trip here. You’ll see their littlest who decided to eat a snack while locked in our dog’s crate. I love kids! … and we really love the Solars!!

Our Weekend :: iPhone

Last weekend was amazing … we did what we moved to Oregon to do: go outside.

Saturday, we headed to Cannon Beach with the pups. I absolutely love spending time with the dogs & they love the beach … It was perfectly overcast.




On Sunday, we drove out to the Gorge with our friends Jeff & Annie to hike up to Angel’s Rest. It was rainy & foggy & awesome.


Quote // Article

“All the crap you read in magazines about honesty, sense of humor, communication, sensitivity, date nights, couples weekends, blah blah blah can be trumped by one word: loyalty. You and your spouse are a team of two. It is you against the world. No one else is allowed on the team, and no one else will ever understand the team’s rules. This is okay. The team is not adversarial, the team does not tear its members down, the team does not sabotage the team’s success. Teammates work constantly to help and better their teammates. Loyalty means you put the other person in your marriage first all the time, and you let them put you first. Loyalty means subverting your whims or desires of the moment to better meet your spouse’s whims or desires, with the full understanding and expectation that they will be doing the same. This is the heart of everything, and it is a tricky balance. Sometimes it sways one way and sometimes the other. Sometimes he gets to be crazy, sometimes it’s your turn. Sometimes she’s in the spotlight, sometimes you. Ups and downs ultimately don’t matter, because the team endures.”

– Lydia Netzer

Love this excerpt from an article I read today about staying married forever!!

**Thanks to my friend Brittany for sharing the article**

Monday Morning

Monday Morning 7.16.12

Yet again, we spent the weekend outside enjoying the beautiful weather. Today came way too fast …

Happy Monday..

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

Us :: By Solar Photographers

We perched ourselves on top of the city … as high as we could get.

We brought a picnic, silly string & a bocce ball set.

Our friend Josh sneaked us away for 5 minutes to document a bit of our love … 

As the sun was setting below Council Crest, we were in front of a big, old tree just laughing & being reminded why we’re a perfect fit.

We can’t wait to share more of our adventures with The Happy Family Movement peeps … thank you again to Josh for these photos we’ll always treasure!! Check out Josh & Jenny’s photography blog :: Solar Photographers.


“Of everything I have seen,
it’s you I want to go on seeing.
of everything I’ve touched,
it’s your flesh I want to go on touching.
I love your orange laughter.
I am moved by the sight of you sleeping.”

-Pablo Neruda

Our Weekend :: iPhone

Like I mentioned in our Monday Morning post, yesterday, our weekend was full of adventures … So thankful we have phones with decent cameras to document our life!

On Friday, we met at The Pope House Bourbon Lounge for happy hour, then headed to Blue Moon for dinner. It was so warm & lovely outside. Perfect start to the weekend.

Saturday morning, we woke up and headed to the PSU Farmer’s Market.

These bouquets are BEAUTIFUL! Less than $20 for all of this awesomeness!!

Yum yum!

Got a pound of cherries!! Now, we need to make a cherry, chocolate cake!

After the Farmer’s Market, we headed downtown to try Big-Ass Sandwiches for the first time. They were HUGE & yummy. We took our sandwiches to the waterfront for a little picnic & people watching.

After the waterfront, we headed back home, made some bruschetta from the goodies we got from the market, then got ready to go out. Our friend Jeff (on the right) was playing with a blues band. HE WAS SO SO GOOD!!! Serious high fives, dude! It was fun to go out for a bit & hear some live music.

Sunday morning, we woke up, headed out to B-Town to get some Krispy Kreme donuts, then headed up to Council Crest for a picnic & frisbee.

View from our breakfast spot.

My handsome hubby.

After Council Crest, we went to the bike shop so J could get his new pedals installed, went to REI for some bike essentials, then headed out to Sauvie Island for a ride. We started out slow (my tire tension (that’s probably not the right term) was too tight & my bike wasn’t performing well. After an adjustment, we only made it a bit farther before I wimped out & turned around. It was still a nice ride though. HOT, but nice.

After the failed bike ride, we headed to Kruger Farms for berry picking & cold drinks.

Such a beautiful day on Sauvie.

After Sauvie, we came home to shower & get into comfy clothes. We ordered a pizza & wrapped the weekend with a few episodes of Breaking Bad (we just started the series & LOVE it so far).

WHAT A WEEKEND!! We’re REALLY trying to take advantage of the little amount of time we have together these days. Spending our time like this makes me so happy … I love that we’re enjoying Oregon & the beautiful weather.

All images made with iPhone 4 // Processed with VSCO Cam