Honeymoon to Canada: Montreál

Virtually my entire life, I’ve lived in a state that shares a Canadian boarder, but it wasn’t until semi-recently ( when I took a year of French language classes in college ) that I’ve had any desire to travel there. When we were brainstorming where we wanted to go for our honeymoon, we realized that a beach getaway wasn’t very “us,” but a transatlantic trip sounded too exhausting/expensive/long for the amount of time we could afford. But Canada was unexplored territory for us, and with some of the oldest settlements in the “New World,” we could certainly spend our honeymoon among cobblestone streets and historic buildings.

Montreal

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Our Wedding

Vista Hills Wedding Portland

I’m having trouble trying to put into words how I feel about our wedding weekend. After much planning and craziness with friends and family arriving in Portland from all over the country (and all over the world!), The Big Weekend arrived so quickly, I felt like the wind was knocked out of me.

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A Certain Kind of Fairytale

Fairytale

We met freshman year of high school…technically. Being in the same English class, but seated on opposite sides of the room didn’t lend much introduction time to two awkward teenagers (one of us with braces), and to be honest, I was more interested in a classmate who went by the same name and sat two chairs behind me.

But I guess we officially “met” online (or as “online” as things got back in the pre-Facebook days). He had just starting dating one of my best friends. One afternoon after school, she and I were chatting on AIM (remember AIM? I’m pretty sure my theangelgurl07 screen name is still active…) about this “new guy” who made her “so ridiculously happy.” I was thrilled to see my friend with someone who made her so happy.

“Tell him I say thank you,” I typed, excited to convey how much I approved of this new guy.

A few seconds later, a notification blinked across my screen from ind00rsunglasses. I didn’t recognize this screen name, so I warily accepted with my cursor hovering over the “block” button in case this turned out to be one of those internet creeps who find out where you live from your IP address and try to murder you while you’re babysitting if you don’t forward their chain email (isn’t that how it worked?).

“You’re welcome,” said ind00rsunglasses. “This is Alex.”READ MORE

Coffee Date

Coffee Date

If we were meeting for a coffee date, I’d probably squeal a little too loudly when you walked through the door. I’m sorry, it’s something I can’t help when I get too excited.

“It’s been so long!” I’d say, pulling you in for a hug and squeezing you for a second longer than usual because I’ve just missed you so much. “How are you? You look great!” (Oh, by the way, thank you for not mentioning my greasy day-old hair)

We’d slip in line to order drinks, wondering aloud how long it’s been since the last time we truly got a chance to catch up. I would order a regular coffee with room for soy because even though it’s hot outside, the air conditioner is kicking strong in here, and besides, I need the caffeine. I’m getting married in 16 days, and I’m exhausted. You’d probably order something more weather appropriate because your sanity is still in tact…an iced coffee? A blended drink? Iced tea?READ MORE

Angel’s Rest/Devil’s Rest Loop

Angel's Rest

After two weeks without a hike, this weekend was a hike-no-matter-what sort of weekend, so Saturday came with overcast skies and the threat of rain, but we laced up our hiking boots anyway and brushed it off as a benefit that at least not as many people would be on the trails.

Our weekend adventures was the Angel’s Rest/Devil’s Rest loop of the Columbia River Gorge. This hike is considered moderate level/family friendly as the first part (up to Angel’s Rest) is only a 2.4mi hike up to the exposed bluff of the Columbia River Gorge with amazing views.READ MORE

Paralyzing Insecurities

paralyzing insecurities

Last week was a week of insecurities.

Now I’m a pretty healthy eater, but as our wedding draws nearer, I have been making an extra effort to amp up the healthy, cut out the unnecessary and artificial, and focus on clean eating and healthy living, mostly because that is important to me, but I’d be lying if it wasn’t also because I want to look awesome for a day when all the eyes of my family (and future family) and friends will be glued on me and because this is how I will forever be preserved in photos I will look upon fondly for the rest of my live. I haven’t been as active as I was at the beginning of the year, thanks to some knee problems which have rendered me a running gimp, and I’ve been acutely aware of that decline in activity. But after a week of extra-clean eating and a focus on recommitting to making yoga a part of my every day, I was feeling amazing when the UPS delivery man knocked on my door with a box the size of my torso.

My heart fluttered in my throat as I gave my electronic signature (which never looks like the real thing) and closed the door, setting the box on the floor and staring at it, breathless, for a good five minutes before tearing into it with reckless excitement. I scooped up the garment bag and ran upstairs to my full-length mirror, shedding my clothes and pulling the most important dress of my life from the bag as the smell of new fabric filled the room. I stepped into the dress, beaming as I remembered how beautiful it is, how excited I am, and how amazing this day is going to be.

But it wouldn’t zip.

The fit was snug around my hips, very snug. This wasn’t a caught zipper situation, the dress was too small.

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Happy Earth Day : How Beautiful It Is To Be Alive

Trees

How fitting that today is Earth Day. All day I’ve been filled with love for this gorgeous world. I woke up with the sun to work in the quiet morning light filtered through the leaves of our basil and mint plants stretching toward the sun on the window sills. Waves of rain have blown through our little neighborhood today (we even had a small little thunderstorm!), broken up with patches of sun and spring breezes.

I know that I’ve been posting photos and updates about amazing adventures exploring my beautiful new home of Oregon, and I just want to sing from the rooftops how truly grateful I am to live here, to be here, for this moment in my life. I know I’m lucky and I’m not taking it for granted.

I marvel every day at how tall and old the trees are, how the color green is prominent everywhere (save for the striking splash of pink right outside our door). I notice how sweet the air smells, how heavenly the sun feels, and even how relieving those gloomy rainy days can be (am I a true Oregonian yet?).

My heart is filled with love, my feet are powered by wonder, my breath is filled with gratitude, and I am so happy to be alive.

Trail of Ten Falls : Silver Falls State Park

This past weekend Alex and I went on a semi-impromptu hiking adventure about an hour and a half south to Silver Falls State Park to hike the 8.7-mile loop of the Canyon Trail or Trail of Ten Falls, which as you can guess by the name, is a waterfall hike.

Trail of Ten Falls - Silver Falls State Park

There’s not much I can say about this hike except HOLY GORGEOUS! The Silver Falls State Park is the largest state park in Oregon located just east of Salem. It’s consider a temperate rainforest with miles of hiking, horse, and bike trails as well as picnic grounds and other recreation sites.READ MORE

Retrograde

The concept of Retrograde has followed me for the past six years, occasionally brushing up against me if I pause for long enough, taking my breath away and forcing me to accidentally grasp onto a greater understanding of myself as I try to catch it again.READ MORE

In This Moment

It’s been awhile since I’ve written an In This Moment, and while maybe writing one every week is a bit much, taking the time for the occasional update is a perfect way to capture all the little details that don’t quite qualify for full-blown blog posts, so here are some things that have been happening lately…

Portland Timbers Soccer

Two weekends ago, Alex and I went to our first Portland Timbers soccer game! It was the season opener and we had pretty crappy seats, but I’m pretty sure that this will be the start of a full-blown fanship. We had so much fun and the Timbers Army was insane (literally cheering/singing/yelling the entire game). I hope to be one of those crazies someday.READ MORE