Thursday, July 17, 2014

my week in pictures 60

monday 7/7 - sunday 7/13

Last week Pat was in Phoenix for work, so I had a few dinner dates after work to keep me occupied during the week. I met Gera at Worthy and then the girls from work for Mexican in Tumalo. While we were enjoying margaritas I met a silly old Frenchie named Bernard who was there with his people which obviously made my obsession for looking at puppy pictures increase once again.

My weekend was pretty packed though I didn't get a ton of pictures... Friday night I picked up Pat from the airport (yay!), Saturday we had to attend a work function which actually ended up being really fun and we closed out the evening playing Catch Phrase with my bosses boss.

Sunday we had some friends over for a BBQ in the afternoon to watch the World Cup finals and then got ready to go to my co-workers Housewarming/Birthday Party. Right as we were about to head out this insane downpour of giant hail started. It was nuts, I had never seen hail that big. Naturally the boys needed to go play in it yelling "ow!" over and over again while I took pictures and videos... The hail also broke a ton of our pretty flowers which was a bummer. But mainly... hail... in July?!

Eventually we made it to the party where we had drinks, a delicious dinner, and watermelon cake. The end.

[[ pretty flowers on my afterwork walk. dinner & drinks with gera. dinner in tumalo. bernard. another late night airport run. new earrings finally. saturday lunch at crux. the hail attack. poor flowers. watermelon cake. amy's pretty backyard. paella. the home tour getting weird... ]]

Thursday, July 10, 2014

my week in pictures 59

tuesday 7/1 - sunday 7/6

All of my pictures from this week take place outside, which is kind of funny, and pretty awesome! We could never spend this much time in our yard in the valley since it was always raining (often enough in the summer too). By the way, when did summer happen all the sudden?!

Last week me and Pat spent a lot more time in the yard planting, watering, bbqing, reading, relaxing. It was pretty damn good. On the fourth we lazed around in the morning before having some friends over for a BBQ and heading down the street with our neighbors to watch the fireworks over Pilot Butte from a nearby park. It was nice to be able to just walk up the street to see them. As promised, Pilot Butte did in fact catch on fire... as it apparently does every single year. But don't worry, unlike my last fire story the trucks were ready and waiting for such an incident this time and promptly responded.

We spent Saturday and Sunday being totally lazy bums, and we absolutely loved and needed it. We laid around on the hammock, read, planted some new plants, and then ended up going out to Brasada Sunday to soak up some sun in the pool. Not too shabby for a weekend at home, and I felt much more refreshed and ready for the week on Monday because of it. Finally!

[[ sunset from last week i couldn't resist posting. crazy purple flowers. hanging in the yard as much as possible. flower print pants. pink sky. hop vines at crux. lazing around on the 4th. bbq. fireworks (and fires) over pilot butte. lighting off some of our own pat found. more pretty things popping up in our yard. sunday pool day. ]]

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

walla walla :: sneak peak

Here is a little preview of our recent trip to Walla Walla, Washington (with a pit stop in Hood River). I took a TON of pictures, so it might take me a few weeks to get everything sorted and posted, but I should have some good stuff coming your way soon. :)

[[ fields on fields of rolling colors. bein' fancy. k. multitasking. beautiful day. pit stop in hood river. ]]

Friday, June 27, 2014

black butte hike


On Saturday me, Pat, and our friends decided to tackle the hike up Black Butte, which is something we had wanted to do last year, but ran out of time. The whole "deal" with this hike is that you want to drink a Deschutes Black Butte Porter on the top of Black Butte :) So, packs on, filled with water and bottles of beer, and camera in tow we set off.

Admittedly, I was expecting the hike to be a bit easier... To make a comparison, take the Misery Ridge Trail at Smith Rock for example: super steep but with variation between up hill cut backs, stairs, and straight aways, and a fairly short trek up overall VS. Black Butte, which was long and pretty much just up, up, up the entire time. I suppose it didn't help that I had pulled my hamstring earlier in the week, but this did feel a bit harder. However, the view (and beer) at the top were plenty rewarding, not to mention all of the cute little chipmunks running around.

Here are some of the pictures that I shot with my big cam from the peak.

[[ mountains from the peak of black butte. views & fire towers. vibrant colors. chipmunk friends! back down. ]]

Thursday, June 26, 2014

my week in pictures 58

monday 6/16 - sunday 6/22

Last week we spent a pretty good amount of time outside including a trip to Old Mill for the Fermentation Celebration, a tough hike up Black Butte on Saturday, and lots of working in the yard Sunday. Not too many pics for now, but took my Nikon with me up Black Butte, so I will post more about that tomorrow.

[[ sushi dinner. fermentation celebration at old mill. beautiful sunset. hiking up black butte. wildflowers. bob, our chipmunk friend. weird little tower. drinking a black butte on black butte. super high. poses. crazy flowers in our yard. a trip to the garden/getting all domestic about it. ]]

Friday, June 20, 2014

our yearly day trip to newport

friday, june 13th

Me and Pat have been taking at least a day trip to Newport for several years now, and even though we are a lot further away from the beach now, it is hard to break the habit.

Since we had to head to Corvallis for Hayden's graduation we decided to take an extra day off work and take our trip a little early this year. The weather was crap, but we didn't care, and actually despite it raining all day it never happened while we were outside. Lucky us. Of course no trip to Newport is complete without visiting both Rogue locations (three if you count the distillery) and our friend Wally the Walrus for our annual pic. Here are a few pictures I snapped on my phone.

[[ bridge. rogue. pat's happy place. steamer clams and dill halibut fish & chips. rainy day. the marina. antique shopping. WALLY! crab attach on the pier. ]]