{Checking In}

Well, after several comments from friends and family about my lack of blogging, I finally decided it might be time to check in! It’s hard to believe we’ve already been back home in Portland for a month (as of tomorrow!). I am happy to say that my reason for not blogging isn’t just because we’ve been busy catching up with people, but also just because we’ve spent a good portion of time just being lazy and getting settled into life in Portland! Corey are I have both been back at work for a while now (took a whopping 3 days off!) and have been living between my in-laws’ house and my mama’s house. We’re currently searching for a place of our own and hoping to be out of the parent’s house by the end of the summer. But I can’t complain about living rent-free and having dinner cooked for us when we get home each night. Yeah, we’re pretty spoiled at the moment!
A lot of people have been asking if we miss Amsterdam. Mostly, I must admit we’re just happy to be home. Everything feels so familiar and comfortable. But there are certainly times my heart aches for those canals or our perfect apartment where we made such amazing memories. There will always be a big, special place in my heart for Amsterdam.
So what have we been up to? Lounging by the pool, eating lots of home-cooked meals, venturing downtown for dinner + drinks with friends, welcoming our new nephew Ryder into the world, and working on checking things off our summer to-do list. Time is flying!
I have an overwhelming amount of travel posts to blog (some even going back as far as Switzerland in December!) and I can’t wait to get back to it. I keep telling myself this week is the week I’m going to get back to blogging. And somehow it just doesn’t happen. I know I just need to make it a priority! I’ve just been having too much fun being lazy 🙂 So bear with me… I’ll be blogging regularly again soon…
Hope you’re all doing well out there! I’ve so appreciated the few emails and comments I’ve gotten from those saying they miss my posts. It makes me feel so good, you have no idea! And a little guilty, but mostly just really good. I miss you guys and can’t wait to be a regular blogger again soon! Thanks for hanging in there with me! Below you’ll find a bunch of iPhone photos from the last month at home!

{We’re Moving! + A Portland Summer List}

If you follow me on Instagram or Twitter, this is old news… But, we’re moving home to Portland! We always knew we wanted to live in Amsterdam 2-3 years and somewhere along the way it just became clear that two years would be best for us for a mutltitude of reasons. I can’t say enough about the experience of living abroad, especially as a carefree newlywed. We really lived it up and traveled our hearts out, and now it’s time to go home. 

This is a little earlier than we were anticipating to move, but Corey got an amazing job offer back home that he would’ve been crazy to pass up. Luckily I was also able to land a job back home, so things have already started to fall into place. We have plenty to sort out with our move coming up in less than a month… Corey’s finishing grad school this week, my in-laws arrive in Amsterdam tomorrow and I’m off to Italy next week. It’s going to be a crazy few weeks, but I’m excited to soak up every last second here.

As we deal with our mixed emotions of leaving Amsterdam, we are also getting really excited to return to Portland. To get us a bit more excited, we put together a quick sumer bucket list. It’s a work in progress, but so far it’s looking like it’s going to be one super fun summer in the Pacific Northwest! If you’re familiar with the area, I’d love to know… What would you add to the list?

{1} We’re planning a weekend at the Allison Inn & Spa to celebrate our 3-year wedding anniversary in August! It looks incredible and I’m so excited for a weekend of pampering in Oregon wine country!

{2} A trip to the Oregon Coast – always a summer must!

{3} A trip to the Portland Art Museum. We haven’t been in ages and all our museum trips in Europe inspired us to plan a trip to our local art museum.

{4} Go to a Portland Timbers game (our local soccer team) – there’s that European influence again!

{5} Go to the Organic Brewers Fest. We went a couple years ago and had so much fun, we’re looking forward to going again!

{6} Visit Smith Rock State Park. We want to expand our horizons and see new places in Oregon – we’re both natives and have never been to this beautiful state park. 

{7} A vist to David Hill Winery – the place we said “I do”

{8} Go to the Portland State University Farmers Market. A favorite summer weekend activity!

{9} We want to try at least 5 new restaurants in Portland. A lot of great new places have opened in the last two years and we’re excited to give them a try!

{10} Attend an Oregon Zoo Summer Concert. The perfect way to enjoy a beautiful summer night.

{11} Go to Hood River – maybe go for a hike, definitely visit Double Mountain Brewery – who happen to make one of our favorite IPAs 🙂

{12} Participate in the Color Run on September 7th in Portland. I’ve heard so many fun stories about these runs around the U.S. and can’t wait to finally participate in one!

Do you have a summer bucket list? I’d love to see it! Maybe I’d get some good ideas from it 🙂

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