Friday, August 22, 2014

my week in pictures 65
pat's bday // brewfest weekend

monday 8/11 - sunday 8/17

Last week was all about Pat, and beer... lots of beer in honor of his birthday. 

We basically started off Pat's bday week on Wednesday with the IPA Wars at 10 Barrel, which was a blind tasting to rate the best IPAs by region. Central Oregon won, followed by Washington, the rest of Oregon, and lastly California. While we were there we bumped in to the owners of Pfriem in Hood River and Pat showed them that he was wearing his Pfriem shirt, so they ended up taking a picture of us and putting it on their Instagram. Pat was pretty excited. One kind of crummy thing about the week was that it was pretty much all rain and thunder/lightening storms, so while we were tasting various IPAs we were getting soaked! I have never seen it rain that hard over here. Thank goodness for our Columbia rain jackets, but my poor boots got soaked through! I guess I put a hole in them at Smith Rock while we were taking our engagement pictures... oops.

On Thursday we went to day 1 of Brewfest for a bit in the evening with Hayden, Maggie, and Sam who were in town for the festivities, and then bumped in to Braydon and Rory before Tony and Alex showed up later. It was still damp and pretty cold out, but at least there was no torrential downpour while we were out this time. Later that night Sam brought her puppy Rogue over to our place, so we got some puppy play time in too!

[[ weekly storms. downpour at 10 barrel. we're famous! ipa wars. brewfest night 1. silly group shot fails. puppy play time! ]]

Friday we packed up and got ready to move in to the vacation rental that we had booked for our large incoming group. We had not necessarily planned on making it to Brewfest that day, but we had about an hour to kill, so we showed up for a little bit to experience day 2 before getting back to the house before everyone started showing up. Throughout the rest of the night, our group of 21 arrived and we just hung at the rental, which ended up being perfect for everyone. Luckily the rain had stopped also and we got awesome weather all day Friday and Saturday.

[[ brewfest day 2: live art. custom mustache mugs. the biggest moth ever. we're awesome. ]]

Saturday was Pat's actual birthday (Happy Birthday babe!!!) so we all rolled to Brewfest day 3 with the most ridiculous set up ever. We seriously established a compound with our own corn hole set, lawn chairs, blankets, hydroflasks filled with ice water, and even a quick shade. It was awesome. We were in the amphitheater almost until closing playing games, tasting everything we could get our hands on, and sampling some food cart goodness. Finally we gathered everyone and cabbed it back to the house for the night. When we got back me and Megan put our cupcake plan in to action and presented Pat with some pretty sweet superhero cupcakes (if I do say so myself), and then, as you can imagine, the rest of the evening was a blur of Cards Against Humanity, hot tubbing, drinks, etc. before we all went to bed. I had also made Pat a sweet bday shirt (as requested by him) for Saturday that said "It's My Birthday Pour Big" and I was told it actually worked a few times! 

[[ brewfest day 3: pat & his bday shirt! corn hole. bros. bff. group shot attempts. a weird selfie of the random guys taking the pictures for us. group shot wins minus a few people. epic superhero cupcakes! ]]

On Sunday we all packed up/cleaned up and then headed to breakfast before most of the group split for home. We had a few stragglers so we decided to go float the Deschutes and then had a BBQ at our place while the sun set. Sunday night there was a massive storm over Bend and I stood outside for about an hour filming the sky to catch some sweet lightening shots. I got a ton, but the one below was definitely the best! Thanks to Alex for standing outside and staring at a blank sky with me for so long.

[[ floating with friends. yes, i wore this pirate hat ALL DAY LONG. ]]

And check out the sweet video below of the lightening storm!!! If you turn up your volume you can hear the thunder roar in too. So pumped I caught this one as it snaked across the sky. I shot this from our driveway.


Monday, August 18, 2014

a little sneak peak of our engagement session

Last Sunday me and Pat spent the evening with our fabulous photograher Haley Lovett wandering around Smith Rock in entirely inappropriate hiking clothing, and pretending to like each other.

It was so much fun! At first we were both a little bit like, "um... where do we put our hands!?" but then with commands like "ok, grab his butt" and "pretend like you are whispering something in his ear", which lead to inappropriate whisperings and tons of laughter, we definitely started getting the hang of things. Despite the mid 90's heat and the wind making my hair completely out of control (I think at one point I even said "that's it, I'm buzzing it.") we are confident that Haley got some amazing shots. But then again, with the dessert scenery and canyons in the background, how could she not?!

Below are a few of the previews we have received so far. Based on these four I am SO excited to see what else she has for us!!

[[ some preview photos from our engagement shoot. ]]

Friday, August 15, 2014

location scouting at smith

Last Saturday me and Pat spent a little bit of time at Smith Rock scouting for possible shooting locations for our engagement pics which took place on Sunday. 

First of all... yea, yea, yea, we have been engaged for three years already, but who doesn't want a photoshoot still?! Second, the reason scouting was important is because every time we go to Smith we go for the purpose of hiking Misery Ridge, and although the views at the top are beautiful, that was not exactly something we were willing to attempt in 95 degree weather while we were all dressed up. 

We explored some new areas that were absolutely stunning and now we totally want to go back and hike some of the other trails! I had no idea there were even so many. The scouting ended up being a great idea as we used many of the locations and I am so so so excited to see our photos... but more on that later. I will have some previews for you next week. :)

[[ location scouting at smith rock. ]]

Thursday, August 14, 2014

my week in pictures 64

monday 8/4 - sunday 8/10

This was an unusual week since we the first half in Portland, and came home in time for the weekend. A little backwards compared to usual, but it was really fun and a nice change of pace! I will post my best pictures from Portland on here, and then do another post with our Saturday adventures at Smith.

Pat had to go to Portland on Tuesday to work on stands for the MLS All Star game (which took place Wednesday), so I decided to tag along with him. I went to work in the morning, and then headed home and we immediately left for PDX. The drive was a total pain for some reason. Seriously, no idea why there were so many people on the road on a Tuesday afternoon. Once we finally made it in to town we checked in to the Hotel Deluxe, which I had always wanted to check out. It was really cute and our room was quite spacious. We settled in and then walked to Providence Park to meet up with the Timbers team (who would be running the MLS event) and get our credentials for the next day. The amount of branding all over Portland for the event was pretty incredible too. Signage everywhere you looked, including on the sidewalk!

[[ the hotel. mls branding everywhere! ]]

Before leaving for Portland I had gotten in touch with my friend Megan's boyfriend to try and set up a little surprise meeting since I missed her birthday the week before, so after we were done we headed downtown to surprise her. We went to The Yardhouse where they were already having drinks (sneaky, sneaky) and I sort of just slid into the booth next to her without her knowing it was me. She was so excited that she cried, and told me she hated me for surprisingly her, naturally. I loved it! We spent some time with the two of them before some of our other friends came out for dinner. Afterwards we headed back to the hotel and checked out the Driftwood Room, which is the hotel lounge specializing in classic cocktails. I don't remember exactly what I got, but it was "from the garden" and amazing. Then we walked the few feet to the elevator and went up to bed.

[[ surprising megan, followed by silly pictures. ]]

The next morning we both worked from the hotel room before checking out and grabbing some breakfast at Kornblatt's (bagels and lox, obviously). After eating we went to the stadium and I wandered around for a while before hopping on the Max to meet up with my friend Francisco at his sweet new workspace. It was pretty amazing, and I am definitely jealous of their set up! He gave me the tour and then we went a grabbed a coffee for a bit before he had to get back to work and I had to get back downtown for the game, so we said our goodbyes and I hopped back on the Max.

[[ jewish breakfast. portland views from the mac. ]]

Once I got downtown again it was madness all around the stadium. Doors weren't for another hour or two but there were people already lining up everywhere. Lucky for me, I had my credentials, so I got right in and got to spend a little time exploring with Pat before everything was on total lock down.

Since I had actually watched a ton of World Cup this year (thanks to Pat) I was kind of excited to see a bunch of the key US and German players in the match. During the game Pat was running around working, so I posted up in a corner with a good vantage point (since I didn't have a real ticket) and took a ton of pictures. In the end MLS won and my feet were killing me.

[[ at the mls all star game: fireworks over providence park. presentation. my vantage point. gooooaaaallll. ]]

After the game we met a few people at Lompoc Brewery, including Megan and Dion, and then headed to my mom's place where we worked the next day. Thursday evening I finished up my work and drove over to the retirement home where my grandparents now live to visit with my Grandpa. It was really great to see him and have some one on one time after letting way too much time go past. After a while my mom came by, and then the three of us went in to the Memory Care portion of the home to see my Grandma. One day in the nearish future I will actually devote a post to this subject, but the specifics do not belong in a "My Week" post, so I will leave it at that for now.

When we were finished visiting, me and my mom met the boys at a BBQ joint for dinner and then me and Pat headed back over the pass for home.

Over the weekend we tried to take it pretty easy in anticipation of our engagement photos, which we took on Sunday evening. We stayed in and relaxed Friday night since we were both tired from the trip to Portland. On Saturday we went to Smith Rock to scope out locations for the shoot, and then ran a bunch of errands before Pat's parents came over for dinner. Sunday we spent getting ready and then at Smith getting our pictures taken. I will post much more on this later, as well as some of the images from our location scouting trip Saturday.

[[ scouting for shooting locations at smith. ]]

Thursday, August 7, 2014

my week in pictures 63

monday 7/28 - sunday 8/3

This was a pretty mellow week, so I didn't get a ton of pictures, but there were a few key things I captured. On Monday I went to the eye doctor and they dilated my pupils without even saying anything to me, and put some crazy stuff in my eyes that made me both near sided and far sided, which pretty much killed my productivity. I obviously had to snap a creepy pic to document.

Wednesday morning me and Pat woke up early and did the Pilot Butte hike before work. It was an amazing and beautiful way to start the morning and I definitely want to try it a few more times before the warm weather fades.

Friday I met up with Sam, Colleen, and Ricky after work, who were in town for a wedding. It was really good to see them after so much time, but I hit it a little too hard and was pretty much worthless all of Saturday. Eventually me and Pat made it out of the house to grab some lunch at a new restaurant in town called Cabin 22 and another random hail storm broke out. What is the deal with this weather??!! Then Sunday me and Pat met some friends for brunch at The Vic and then had a BBQ in the evening. A pretty well rounded weekend, minus the rough Saturday morning, but not too many pictures.

[[ crazy dilated pupils. hanging my anniversary flowers to dry. morning views from the top of pilot butte. friday night meet up. random giant hail at lunch. sunset. sunday eggs benny brunch. ]]

Friday, August 1, 2014

my week in pictures 62

monday 7/21 - sunday 7/27

Last week was a pretty good one which included our nine year anniversary, a beautiful rose bouquet (courtesy of the sneaky/awesome guy love), an amazing Wednesday evening with drinks, dinner, and a bottle of wine we have been saving, an inspiring work event set-up, a Friday night hike to the top of Pilot Butte, a Saturday trip to Wikiup Reservoir to do some swimming/sunbathing/day drinking (lets be honest), and a super relaxing Sunday thanks to the sunburns and millions of bug bites thanks to said lake trip.

[[ seriously the most perfect rose bouquet i have seen. anniversary dinner. my plate. dessert. elevator selfies. gorgeous banquet set up. our hike up pilot butte. the view. swimming with the dogs at wikiup. giant dragonfly. charles & charles wine. ]]