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Monday Morning

Monday Morning 7.2.12

CAN YOU FREAKING BELIEVE IT’S JULY?!?! Oh my goodness … Yesterday, J & I drove out to Woodburn for some shopping. As we were waiting in line, he mentioned it was July 1st … I was stunned how quickly this month sneaked up. Things feel right this morning. We spent a lot of time outside of the apartment this weekend, including a 15 mile bike ride out to Sellwood for lunch. We rode in the rain & it felt amazing … it was so refreshing and I REALLY enjoyed seeing our city from a new perspective. We’re heading out again tonight (a shorter trip this time), and I REALLY want to take the camera along. In continuing the out-of-the-apartment weekend, I went out this morning on a little photo exploration. It’s amazing how many pretty things I found around our neighborhood.

Happy Monday!

Nikon D700 // 50mm f1.4 // Processed with VSCO film.


Our Little Portland Adventure

Last week it was sunny. It was in the 60’s. It was beautiful. We used all three of those excuses to spend an entire day walking around our great city: Portland, Oregon.

We realized something recently: Our family & friends who aren’t in Portland probably think we live in the movie, Twilight. I mean with adventures like this, and this, and then there’s this one, I can see why you might think that! But, we are here to tell you, we definitely live in a city … It just happens to be really close to all of those Twilight-esque places.

So when it was super warm & super sunny, we headed out to explore our wonderful city. 6 hours later, we had a little story to share.


We stopped at this awesome store called Cargo. It’s like a showroom & a flea market in one place. They sell antique furniture & awesomely new home goods. I just love this store.


We really only had one objective for the day … Stop at Bro-Dogs for lunch. This food cart (at 6th & Stark) is so so so good. Plus, they have a vegan dog, which makes it the perfect spot.


After lunch, we headed down to the waterfront. See Mt. Hood out there in the distance (look for the white cap in the middle of the photo)? Any day we can see the mountain is a good day.


Portland is known as Bridgetown … We have a ton of bridges that span the Willamette.


We picked a bright spot in the sunshine to sit & watch people. Yes, Portland is an amazing place to people watch!


Shirtless bike guy.


Giant hula-hoop unicycle (not pictured) guy.


Love this shot J made of me … He has an eye for composition that I just love.


On our way back to the apartment, we stopped at Touche for a drink on the patio.



Such an amazing day!

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

Our Hoyt Arboretum Adventure

I know we totally left you hanging when it came to day 4 of our road trip, and we promise we’ll share it soon. However, if we waited to share today’s adventure, chances are it would get lost in the ‘things-we-wish-we-would-have-blogged-about-but-now-it’s-been-too-long’ archive.

This morning, we woke up, made breakfast, then ventured out for a little exploration of our beautiful city. We are lucky enough to live in Northwest Portland, which is home to amazing shops and restaurants, but we’re also nestled right by the most amazing parts of the city. After hopping in the car and driving for 10 minutes, we arrived at the Hoyt Arboretum. It’s a beautiful park/preserve which is home to so many amazing native & transplanted trees/plants. We were able to feel the squishy bark of the redwoods, and man, the whole park smells like Christmas. After the park, we headed over to Skyline Restaurant and tore up some burgers, tots & shakes! Mmmm.

We took our cameras with us … because we vowed to be better at capturing these moments in our lives. Here are a few of our favorites from the day.



Can you see the teeny tiny mushroom J is pointing to? Look closely.

Images taken with Nikon D700 // Nikon 24mm f1.4