Sunday, April 20, 2008

Happy 1-year-in-Portland Anniversary to us!

Today, April 20th, we celebrate this one year anniversary of our move to Portland. Last year, we woke up bright and early in Bend, Oregon and Blake jumped in our moving van (packed to the gills) while I followed in our Suburban (also packed to the gills) and we headed over that pass the last time as mere visitors and arrived in Portland to our new home! Here is us the first night:
These are some of the things we've accomplished so far....we've gone from this:
....to this:

and this:
...to this:
another before:
....and after:
my favorite before:
.....after!
finally a playroom before:
..and after:
During our year here, we spent a lot of time here:
....doing a lot of this:
which, for Blake, looked more like this:
...and to the girls, like this:

We romped around downtown Portland enjoying the art and culture:

And all the while, in our beautiful backyard...
...our garden grew:
...as well as our business:

...and also our TRIBE:

Fertile soil here, I tell ya....
Already this place feels undeniably like HOME...
So, if you don't mind, Portland, I think the Nomad family may stay for a loooooong while....

13 comments:

elliesmadre said...

What a beautiful post, and beautiful pictures! We celebrated our one year in Oregon at the beginning of April. We love Portland, but it's the community/tribe we've built that we are coming back for. xoxo

Aimee said...

What a wonderful post. Happy 1 year anniversary of coming to PDX!!

Lee said...

Happy 1 year anniversary in Portland! Those are some great photos. Umm... I want to play in that playroom!

angstmonkey said...

Happy 1 year. I am so happy to know you and your beautiful family.

Joi

UrbanHippieMama said...

OH, Happy Happy Day!! :)

In three days, it will be a year ago that we met. I am so thankful for your friendship, your support, and the beauty you bring to our life.

We are looking forward to many many more anniversaries!!

xoxoxo

Cat said...

I love the picture of Blake and the dog. Your house is now a home! Suitable for a family of five!

Cat

nicole said...

Happy One Year Anniversary! Wonderful Pictures! Your home looks so cozy and warm...

LA RN said...

What a perfect place for you! It started nice but you've made it super special for your family. Congratulations!

Cookie said...

It's hard to beleive it has been a year. The renovations are gorgeous. We so enjoyed our week with all of our PDX kiddies when we came in July. We even had our own little suite downstairs. Sailing was a blast.
Looking forward to many more visits hangin' and sharin' with all. And sailin'.

SUV MAMA said...

Happy Anniversary! Fantastic photos- do you have any of the front??? We're oogling your beautiful nooks & crannies & finding inspiration for the new house. :) That is, if you aren't in the middle of having a baby right now... lol! :)
~Jess

Bill & Savannah said...

I am so freakin glad you came to PDX!

The Noble Fat N Happy One said...

Happy 1st anniversary, may there be many many more to come. we adore your family and love having you in town. even if its the complete opposite side of town. lol.

Candice said...

Happy Anniversary! One of the things I really admire about you is the way you bring into your life the things that you want. You don't wait around for it to happen, you make it happen!