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The Homestead

Busy Summer

I’ll keep it short, just to get a journal entry in… Work has been insane busy.  This is a good thing in the consulting business, especially following a slow stretch.  Busy bidding work, designing projects, and dealing with staff changes.  Fun times though.  The work is interesting and challenging, and I have a great office … Continue reading »

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The 1905 Project

Well, we bought the duplex, moved into one side of it, and rented the other side to a great set of folks we have met and known now for two years. This is a massive project since the entire building is a fixer upper.  Fortunately the rented side has been refurbed already though, so that … Continue reading »

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Downtown

When I left work on my bike one hot afternoon, I noticed this statue that I’ve seen many pictures of is right on the opposite corner from my office. When I got outside, I felt like I was back in Louisiana. It’s been pretty hot out here this week, getting over 100 degrees a couple … Continue reading »

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6 months in Portland

It’s hard to believe we’ve been in Portland for 6 months!!  Every time I cross the Willamette River, and take in the scenes of this beautiful city, I want to pinch myself.   I remember finishing loading up the u-haul for the cross country trip, thinking, “what in the heck are we doing?!  This is … Continue reading »

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Our First Portland Apartment

A few pics of our adorable new apartment!! We’ve downsized to 2 bedrooms, 1 bath and 1000 sq feet, and I couldn’t be happier. We are in a walk-up, 3rd floor 1920’s building – no a/c and no dishwasher (2 things I’ve never lived without) and it’s just perfect! Adorning the windows in the living … Continue reading »

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Launch Pad

Last January, 2013, when our brains were spinning, and we knew that we needed a BIG CHANGE, we had soooooo many ideas.  Our ideas were wild, from years on the road in an RV to backpacking around Europe, the sky was the limit.  When opportunities abound, it’s really hard to make a decision.  To help … Continue reading »

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November

It’s the Saturday before Thanksgiving.  Quick rundown of the month so far… Budget: Well, we’re still doing great on our budget.  Everyone is amazing at working on this together, keeping up with expenses and adjusting to make it work. We added $100/month to the grocery allowance, bringing it to $400/month.  We sometimes supplement the groceries with … Continue reading »

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October Walk

The weekend after our anniversary, Kel and I rode our bikes over to her parents neighborhood, took a walk around there, then rode our bikes to the lakes, met up with her parents there, rode around the lakes with them on their new bikes, then Kel and I rode home through City Park and Hundred … Continue reading »

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Three Weeks In

OK.  We’ve been in the apartment for three weeks now, still early, but here’s how it has gone: Maintenance and improvements.  We have needed to have a couple of things repaired and we have added ceiling fans where they didn’t exist before.  We call one number, the management company hotline, they schedule the work and, … Continue reading »

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Moving Day

The first day of moving into the apartment was a lot of fun yesterday.  Kelly is very driven, Tate is already so big and strong where he can help with the heavy lifting, Rylee is meticulously organized and proactive and Luke is consistently cooperative and positive.   We made several runs between the house and the … Continue reading »

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A Love Letter to Oak Hills

Today was a big day!  We accepted a great offer.  I know events can happen before the closing to ruin the deal.  Today I’m going to bask in the excitement of getting to this place in the family evolution.  I’ve had the moving “itchies” for a couple of years.  This last December, a camping trip to the Austin, TX … Continue reading »

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Housing Options

Five houses, sixteen years of mortgages, and it’s time for a change.  We are selling our house and taking our housing obligation in smaller bites by renting for the next year.  Signing up for a long term mortgage always seemed like a given, but now it feels like part of a package deal, a standard … Continue reading »

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Ode to the Hilltop Arboretum

I recently found out, when my Great Uncle Buddy Hawkins passed away, that he was the first president of the Hilltop Arboretum.  It’s less than 1/2 mile away from my house, and a favorite walking destination of mine.  Because we are moving from this part of town, I decided to take some pictures of this beloved nature … Continue reading »

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