Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Presenting....... The little house on Greeley!

As promised, I have several pictures of the new house for your viewing pleasure. The majority of these are of the back yard which means you will have to keep checking back for pictures of the interior!

A full view of the backyard

Our little gardening shed

Our first strawberries... should be turning red soon!

Portland is known as the Rose City, so we of course have roses (pink, light red, and yellow)

The garden: 6 types of tomatoes, pumpkin, different kinds of peppers, blackberries, strawberries, zucchini, squash, and garlic

The center "island" with irises, an apple tree, bird bath, and elephant garlic.

Our MASSIVE zucchini plant (he seems to like the clouds and cool weather... none of the other plants do)

Miss Eisley Boone enjoying the sunshine

SIr Henry Gaylord on the prowl for bumble bees and gnats

A peak inside... the guest bedroom view 1

Guest bedroom view 2

Guest bedroom view 3 (we don't have a lot of closet space, so we have to make do with what we can)

A quick glance at the bathroom (not too much to see here!)

And to wrap things up (for today at least), Eisley and Henry cuddling up in our thrift store chair (only $14!!!... and its Broyhill!)

Stay tuned for the next episode of The little house on Greeley. We will be showing the kitchen, master bedroom, living room, and Ross' master-planned garage!

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Happy "Spring"

Hello everyone! Happy Spring! The weather in Portland is consistently cloudy and much cooler than I prefer (in fact it is raining right now), but I have high hopes that the sunshine and 70degree temps are on their way soon! How do you like the positive attitude that I have today?

As I hinted in my last post, I am in fact now a bicycle commuter! Well... maybe not officially, but I did it once! I have plans to add this new method of transportation to my routine at least once or twice a week. So far this week the weather has not cooperated, but there is always tomorrow to look forward to!

As most of you know, I utilize The Knot wedding website for my planning, organization, etc and the countdown on our site sure is getting low! It is hard to believe that in a little over 80 days I will be a WIFE! WOW! According to the wedding timeline checklist we are about 2 months behind schedule on where we should be in our planning (woops!) so we are hopefully going to get caught up on all of that fun stuff over the next week. Our most immediate concerns are planning the honeymoon, buying our wedding bands, picking out Ross' suit, and INVITATIONS! Oh invitations... such a mess. I have a sample coming to me this week, and I am crossing my fingers that I love them so I can STOP LOOKING and hurry up and order them. Oh, so behind...

Our house is starting to look more and more like a home every day. I try to spend 1-2 hours every evening after work putting stuff away and organizing but it is a painfully slow process. The closet space in our new home is TINY so we are having some difficulties finding a spot for all my clothes and all of Ross' shoes (yes, he most certainly has more shoes than I do. I guess that's what happens when you work at a shoe retailer). We have one week to get everything completely settled because next Wednesday we are getting visitors from the East Coast. HOORAY! Courtney and Matt are coming out on Wednesday and will be here until the following Monday. We are super excited to share our new neighborhood with visitors!

In an attempt to make our house feel more homey, Ross and I have been utilizing our foraging skills at neighborhood yard sales. A couple of weeks ago we scoped out a route and attended about 5 yard sales, but came home empty handed. Dang. However, this past Sunday we saw a sign for a yard sale while we were out cruising on bikes and decided to stop in... JACKPOT!! We left with a really neat old corner desk, a wooden shelf for the kitchen pantry, and a vintage leather purse all for the price of $12.00! My Nana was super impressed! I will provide pictures of our treasures soon.

That's all for now... time to get back to the grind of the office (just kidding, I really do like my new job!). Pictures of the house will come this weekend (I am waiting until we get all of the boxes out of the floor!).

Thursday, June 9, 2011

(Insert clever title here)

It's a bird! It's a plane! Holy cannoli it's a new blog post!

Yes it is true ladies and gentleman, I am back in the game! Or as Randy from American Idol would say "Katie is IN IT TO WIN IT!" Ok, enough with silliness, on to bigger and better things...

So, since last time I wrote I got a new job (WOO HOO!), turned 24 (YIKES!), moved out of the suburbs (YIPPEEE!), and turned into a more legit Portlander (it's about TIME!).

Ross, Eisley, Henry, and I moved from the outlying suburbs to a cool little Portland neighborhood just north of downtown. Now we can walk and ride bikes to local restaurants, bars, and grocery stores. Ross can even walk to work! My commute has greatly decreased and tomorrow will be my first day that I ride my bike to work. That's right... I will be a bike commuter!

Portlanders are known for cruising around town in the wide bike lanes and Ross and I are glad that because of our new neighborhood we can now join the ranks of people who use bikes as their #1 means of transportation!

Now that we have internet set up at the new house, I promise to post much more frequently. Stay tuned for a new house update!