Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Our first year in Oregon (part 2)

Without further adieu, here are some pictures from our first year in Oregon (in relatively chronological order).

The day we rented our new house.

Our discovery of Multnomah Falls. Love at first sight.

In the car, driving the 5 all the way from Cali.

48 straight hours of driving later, we arrive in our new home!

Our partner in crime, JDUB, who helped us with the crazy move and Jason overlooking the Columbia River Gorge.

JDUB at Multnomah Falls.

Celebrating the move in style. B&B warming over a hot glass of water.

The first time we saw the sunrise through our front window.

The beginning of my daily commuter experience on the MAX.

Getting cold, need hats.

Fun with hat loom.

My new best friends for the winter: leg warmers.

Our Christmas tree. (We might get a real one this year!)

The beginning of Arctic Blast 2008! 3 feet of snow total, supposedly unheard of in Oregon!

Clancy loving his huge backyard, snow and all.

Frozen Multnomah Falls.

Very frozen.

Our first trip to the Oregon coast.

First Oregon coast sunset.

The first day that the sun shined in months. Spring is on the way...

Mt. Hood from my office building.

Our roof is alive...with moss.

Everyone in Oregon has to have a bike, ours has to have a beer rack!

Rodent holes from something that ate most of our bulbs and drove Clancy crazy.

Pooches in the Park. Clancy is in love.

Multnomah Falls in the Spring. Can you tell we love going there? If you visit, I promise we'll take you.

My boys in the backyard on a beautiful Spring day. We learned that you have to take advantage of the great weather to make up for things like Arctic Blast 2008.

Clancy's 10th birthday and his very favorite present: the ball.

Saturday farmers market! Love love love farmers market!

Blackberries from the hedge in the backyard.

The beginning of our garden.

Our garden closer to the end of the season. Side note: it's November now and we still have about 100 green tomatoes and the brussel sprouts are just about ready for harvest.

Labor Day at the ocean.

Autumn is here...

So is the rain...

The Columbia River before the rains.

Our first trip to Sauvie Island Farm UPICK.

Pumpkin patchin'.

And now it's cold again.

I believe that takes us on a 365 tour of our first year in Oregon.

The moral of the story...WE LOVE OREGON!!!!

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Our first year in Oregon

This past weekend marked the one year anniversary of our move to Oregon from L.A.

One year ago we packed up everything we own and headed North. Our caravan consisted of a 15 foot Budget truck pulling a car, followed by a car.

It was the most horrendous move I've had yet (and there have been a lot of moves in the last 10 years).

The first half was all desert and the second half was all treacherous mountains and switchbacks.

I'm going to post a ton of pictures in the next few days that show the most poignant parts of our first year as Oregonians. But first, I just want to say that looking back over the past year, "perspective" has been the main theme.

I think these two pictures do an excellent job of demonstrating just that.