Health, Love & Fire: June 2014

Honoring the Brave

Friday, June 27, 2014

Most of my deepest fears are real. They are raw. And they are close to my heart. I've never been one to be truly scared in sci-fi or alien movies or shows about ghosts or zombies. I'm not saying they aren't real, I'm just saying they aren't one of the fears keeping me up at night. The dark, thunderstorms, someone breaking in to my house . . . those are things I worry about. But the thing that scares me the most, is sending my husband to work everyday and hoping he is safe.

I'm lucky . . . lucky to be married to such an amazing person, lucky that for the most part he only has to work every third day, and lucky that his station is close enough that I can stop by and bring him dinner. I know I am lucky, and that a lot of other women would gladly take my place. Over the past nearly 8 years we've been together, my sense of worry has diminished. It's not that I worry less, I just don't think about it as much. I am able to get past my fear and just live. For me, it's easier not to think about what he does every hour of every day when he's on shift. I spare myself a few of the details. Let's be honest, it will just worry me more.

For me, summertime is the worst. When all the firefighters get excited and glued to the tv or websites that have the most up to day wildfire info, I'm terrified that he'll get sent on a fire for a week or two at a time. Frustrated that I can't plan out my summer because of the unknown possibility of him leaving. And scared that he might get sent and get hurt. But even though I'm scared, I should be thankful for what I have, thankful that he has always come home, and thankful that thinks though every situation at work with safety on his mind.

Last year on June 30th, something tragic happened in the fire community. 19 hotshots, firefighters who are the best of the best when it comes to wildfires lost their lives. On June 30th, I ask you to join me in showing your appreciation, and honor to the families of those hotshots. Throughout the past year, every month on the 30th, people have left their porch light on to honor the fallen firefighters. They are reaching out and asking more people to do this on the anniversary of this tragedy on June 30th.

So I want to say thank you to the families, friends, coworkers, and all the loved ones of these 19 hotshots. Your bravery and selflessness is inspiring and humbling. And while we can't comfort the loss you most feel, I hope that we can show you how thankful we are to you and your families. 

Jump On Into the Big Brother Summer Pool

Thursday, June 26, 2014

A few summers ago, two of our good friends introduced us to the show Big Brother. I had flipped through channels before and stopped to watch for a few minutes, but never really got hooked. When we sat down to watch the premiere a few years ago, we decided to place bets the first night on who would win. Turns out watching a show is way more fun when you have money on it! (But I guess that's true for most things) Well, thanks to beginners luck and a total guess . . . I won!

So with the premier of this summer's Big Brother happening last night and tonight, I thought it would be fun to get some of my blogging friends to join in! I've teamed up with Emily from Designs By Emily F to bring you this summer's Big Brother Pool. Join us and pick your winner by Sunday at Noon and get entered in to win some cash. It's only $5 to enter, and the winner will not only win the money, but you'll also win a fun summer gift basket. If more than one person picks the winning house guest, I'll split the prize!

Never watched Big Brother? Here's how it works: 
Starting last night, 16 houseguests moved in to a house where they will stay all summer until they get evicted. They will be put through challenges, votes, and a whole summer of activity, all while being filmed 24/7 and never leaving the Big Brother house. In the past few seasons, house guests are voted out of the house by fellow house guests, but they always allow the viewers to play a role, and with the new season, you never know what surprises they will throw at us! Even if you've never watched the show before, you can still join in on the fun. And who knows, maybe you'll have beginners luck like I did!

The show will air on Sundays, Wednesdays & Thursdays, with Thursday being the big eviction day. Basically, on Thursdays you'll find out if your pick is still in the game, or has been evicted from the house. Every summer, Big Brother comes up with new twists and game changing rules so we will really all be learning together! I will blog each week about who's still left in the house and which bloggers are still in the running for the money. If you're interested in joining us and want to get a better idea of who to choose, here is a sneak peak of the houseguests:

You can go online to or click this link to watch some of their intro videos or read their bios to learn more about them before you make your pick. Good luck & I hope you'll join us!!

If you're interested in joining us, just comment below with your houseguest pick by Sunday at Noon and I will send you an email with more information, including where to send your entry fee.

Firefighter's Cold Water Challenge

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

I've talked before on here about how being married to a firefighter has it's pros and cons. On the plus side, Dan lives with 4 other guys a third of the time. This means he can get all the "guy stuff" out of his system and not come home and burp and fart and watch guy tv shows. (I'm not sure this works out all the time, but I can hope). A con is definitely hearing about all the fun I miss out on.

Being a firefighter/paramedic is hard work. Sometimes it can be easy for people on the outside to see funny videos or focus on the fun they all seem to have together while at work, but if they were seriously 100% of the time, they would probably go crazy. If you put 5-7 guys all in the same building every third day, they are obviously going to have fun, joke around, and pull pranks on each other. Sometimes I'm jealous of the camaraderie he has with his fellow shift mates. They turn in to more like family, and definitely have some fun together.

This weekend, I got to witness a little piece of fun at the station. Saturday night we were out with a friend who had just come home from being over seas. I was checking in on all my social media accounts (like every good blogger does) when I noticed Dan had been tagged in something. It turns out he wasn't only tagged in a post, but he was challenged to complete a cold water challenge for the National Fallen Firefighters Association. Firefighters from all over the country are participating in this challenge. All the money raised goes to help support the families and coworkers of firefighters who lost their lives in the line of duty.

The way it works is if you're challenged by someone else you have 48 hours to either complete the challenge and pay $10 or decide you don't want to complete the challenge and pay $100. If you decide to complete it, you have to make a video challenging other fellow firefighters and getting wet. Here's a video of Dan's challenge!

Dan's Cold Water Challenge from Libby Boyes on Vimeo.

I'm glad I got to witness/videotape this fun Sunday night adventure at the station. His partners had no problem moving rigs and turning the water on to watch him get drenched!

The only time it's okay to have too much hot air

Monday, June 23, 2014

Summertime is one of my favorite times of year, not only because it's more acceptable to drink beer outside, but also because there's so much more to do! I get bored just sitting at home and watching tv and I always like to have a plan, so summertime is perfect for me because I can enjoy all the festivals and activities going on (as long as I remember when they happen).

There are certain events that happen every year that I seem to forget about until I see everyone and their mother checking in to on social media. One of those is the Fruit Beer Festival, which we went to a few weeks ago, and the other is the Hot Air Balloon Festival. Each year, a few towns over hosts a Hot Air Balloon festival. Like any other festival there's always your carni-food and rides, but this one also has hot air balloons to ride in, or just walk around and take pictures of (which is my preference since I'm also afraid of heights). I have memories of my father and I going to a festival like this in NY when I was younger, so it's fun to experience this now and be able to remember it a bit more vividly.

I'm not sure what I was expecting the first time we decided to stop by. In my picture taking brain, I figured you either wanted to be there at sunrise or after sunset, because those times would make the best pictures of these huge balloons floating through the air. Well apparently, that's not really how it works. So you can imagine my disappointment when I realized that if you go at night, they don't really fill up with hot air and fly away. I mean they do fill up with hot air and make amazing pictures, but they do that while being tied down with lots of large ropes. So I guess my fear dream of floating off into the night sky in one of these beauties will have to wait for a different opportunity.

Getting a balloon filled & upright
My Favorite

Another disappointment came when they actually don't stay filled for long after dark. Anxious festival goers like myself stand around and stare at the balloon operators (I think that's what you'd call them) until they decide it's time to fill their balloon . . . usually far before sunset. This results in only having enough gasoline to keep the balloons filled for so long. And that so long just happens to be about 3 minutes after the pictures start getting really really good, if you're curious.

Either way, the views and beauty of these balloons is awesome. I'm sure there are festivals like this all over the country, and if you have one near you, I definitely recommend attending! So what other awesome summer festivals or activities should I make sure to pencil in to my calendar? What are your favorite summer attractions?

The things I wish I knew a year ago. . .

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Starting a blog over a year ago, I'll admit I had absolutely no idea what I was getting myself in to. I figured I'd write whenever I felt like it, share what I wanted to, and that it would be a good place to keep track of what was going on in my life. Little did I know, a couple months in, I would really start to like being able to write every day and the relationships I started forming. I slowly paid more attention to the numbers that would stare back at me everyday. How many page views did I have yesterday? How many followers have I gotten? Did anyone comment on my post? I started this blog not caring if anyone saw it, and I quickly started to care about random strangers finding my blog and liking me.

Now that I'm a veteran I've started to feel like I know what I'm doing a little bit, I've seen my numbers start to slowly grow. Now I'm absolutely not someone with thousands of followers, and I'm not even someone with 1000 followers, but I feel like I've stayed true to myself and I've made some awesome connections. Here's what I wish I had known about growing my blog a year ago . . .
Be You! - When I first started I would do all the daily linkups and I found myself only writing lists and taking pictures off pinterest and creating collages. While the occasional collage or linkup is awesome, make sure you still share your original content. People probably don't want to read lists all day every day, unless you're a fashion blogger and those lists include where you got the awesome outfit you're wearing! If that's why, then by all means go ahead! Readers want to get to know you and see what you're about. Don't be afraid to share what you're up to or what you're thinking! This is your space and you should own it!

Network! - Never underestimate the power of a comment. Commenting on other blogs and responding to comments people leave on your blog is the best way to build relationships! There are so many ladies who comment on my blog daily or shoot me an email who I have absolutely loved getting to know! Having those relationships and interactions makes coming to this space daily so much fun instead of work. Every day I try to find a new blog to comment on. This way I am always reaching out to someone new. Also, never be afraid to reach out to a "more popular"blogger. They were in your shoes once too and most of the time super happy to help and offer guidance!

Buy Sponsorships! - When I am looking for blogs to sponsor I look at a ton of different things. I want a blog that might allow me to participate in a group giveaway, or that will do social media shootouts throughout the month, or maybe they are willing to do an interview style post or feature post on their blog during the month about me. Any extra exposure that comes from having my little face on their sidebar is always a plus! I also look at the type of blogs I'm sponsoring. Because my blog is primarily a lifestyle blog, I'm probably not going to sponsor a primarily fashion blog. I want my name and ad to be in front of readers who would want to read my blog too.

Participate In Button Swaps! - Button swaps are a great way to help another blogger gain exposure, while at the same time, getting your ad out there too! These are normally free swaps where you put someone else's ad on your sidebar and they do the same. Win-win for everyone!

Write Guest Posts! - A great way to get more exposure is to do a guest post. Many times bloggers will look for other people to write up a post for their blog when they are going to be on vacation or have to take a break from blogging. Normally they offer these spots for free and allow you to choose the topic of your choice. This is a great option because you are getting free exposure and able to share a story or tip with readers who might not know who you are. If you do guest post, make sure to go to the blog you're posting on and respond to any comments their readers leave for you. Any connections you can make are valuable.

(Today you can actually find me on The Grits Blog, so come visit!
Hopefully you will find some of these tips useful. And while I do hope to grow my readership and build my network, this blog is more about the relationships I've made than the number of daily page views I receive, or so I keep telling myself. What have you found to work for your blog? How did you help your blog grow? I'd love to hear what worked for you and what didn't!

9 To 5 - My Daily Life

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Venus Trapped in Mars

I'm going to state the obvious and apologize in advance for breaking the blogging rule of only posting once a day. But in all reality, I'm not that sorry. I noticed that everyone and their mother was joining in on this #totalsocial today and I wanted to join them didn't want to be left out! I don't know about you, but I love getting a glimpse in to other people's days, so I figured maybe someone would want to know a little more about mine! 

My day to day isn't really all that thrilling, and it definitely doesn't look the same each day! I get to the office around 8am, usually a good half hour before either of my other coworkers, and leave around 5 (if I don't have any meetings). My job is about 40 minutes from home, but luckily I can take country back roads the whole way there. I work at a University, but there are only two other people who have offices in the same suite. I like to get in early (because I hate being late) so that I can catch up on my emails and read a few blogs in the morning. When I first started my position was to write health related policies for the school, but has since then evolved into much much more. 

I walk over this saying everyday as I enter my building.

My job on the daily can include any of the following: grant writing, student services, grant coordination, building development, campus reservations, and fundraising development. I do a little bit of a lot of different things, but that's part of what makes it interesting. I'm in and out of the office a lot for meetings with local organizations, people on different campuses, and local government agencies. I love getting out of the office for meetings because it helps break up my day and gives me something different to stare at then a blank wall. I unfortunately don't get to travel all over, and my job isn't ultra-glamorous, but I've gotten to network with tons of people and learn many different skills through this position. 

My little office . . . note the blanket that I always have in my chair or on my lap! 

My job is currently grant funded, so I am still trying to figure out exactly what's next. The end date is still to be determined, and what my position looks like after that is still unknown. While I don't like the constant feeling of uncertainty about what the future holds, I guess that's growing up huh? Sometimes I'd love a little more clarity, but I need to be okay with living in the moment and just figuring stuff out. But if someone would like to figure stuff out for me, I'd totally take you up on the offer! 

Currently, Presently, Now

The last few days, my mind has been all over the place. Maybe it's because this past weekend was a little overwhelming being that it was the first Father's Day without my Father in-law and the fact that Father's Day also landed on his birthday, but we got through it and I'm still left with my thoughts on everything except the work I should actually be focusing on. I'm a talker, if you haven't figured that out by now. In order for me to process things, I like to talk about them. This doesn't always meld well with my husband who is more of a quite processor.  So instead of word vomiting all over this page about the emotions of the weekend, I figured I'd just share some of the things currently happening in my life, what I'm loving and what's currently on my mind. . .

Fresh Berries - We've already made 3 trips to the berry farm and have only picked strawberries. From freezing them for shakes to making yummy pies, I'm excited to spend lots of time picking, canning, baking, and eating fruit! The raspberries have just started ripening so I see some more picking in my future . . . in my pink boots of course!

Walking through half built homes - This has always been an obsession of mine, but now that I have to actually start making decisions about our new house being built, I find myself dragging my husband through every new house being built in our town at least once. (sorry to those of you building, I've probably been through every nook and cranny of your new home)

Antique Stores - After I make all the major house decisions like flooring, countertops, cabinets, and paint colors, I'll need to decorate it all! So while I force myself not to buy anything extra that I'm going to have to store for 5 months, I enjoy window shopping at any and all antique stores I can find. And if I happen to find an awesome deal on a piece I just can't live without, well then I'll have to conjure up an awesome excuse to convince my husband!

Maxi Dress - I admittedly came late to this party, which is something I never do since I hate being late! It just took me a while to find the perfect fit and structured maxi and I'm in love! Hopefully I can find some more before the summer ends to add to my wardrobe!

Herbalife - Everyone at the fire station was jumping on this bandwagon over the last year and Dan and I finally decided to hop on with them. We've been doing protein shakes for some of our meals and loving it. I'm excited to actually be down about 12lbs from about a month and a half ago and feeling really great! I've struggled with my weight gain for the last few years and am excited to be making a change an sticking with it. Plus who would turn down a cookies and cream or a mint chocolate chip shake?!? Not this girl!

Baby Shopping - No I'm not knocked up . . . but my best friend is. If you don't remember, she's the one having twins who's gender reveal party I hosted a few months ago. Her shower is this weekend, which meant Dan and I made a trip to Target to scour their registry and figure out what we wanted to get them. Seeing the disbelief and confusion on my sweet husbands face makes me excited to one day experience all of that with him. I can see a lot of explanation is going to be needed when it comes to all the supplies and items needed for a baby. :)

Facebook - I'm trying to be better about actually using all of my social media accounts for my blog. It's a work in progress but I'm getting there! If you haven't already, follow my Facebook page and I may be posting a giveaway sometime soon through there :) Link Here 

That's all that's on my mind . . . well besides work and moving and making all the upgrades from our home inspection and all that. What are you currently loving or what's happening in your life right now?

Breaking My Routine, Forcing Myself To Have More Fun

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

I tend to be a creature of habit. Okay I'll stop lying, I AM a creature of habit. I enjoy my routine of going to work every day, coming home around 6, having dinner with Dan (if he's not working) and then relaxing the rest of the night by either going for a walk, playing a game or watching tv. I'm in bed by 9:30 or 10 and happily asleep a little after that. I live a thrilling life. But last week, I stepped out of my comfort zone and did something different after work!

A couple weeks ago a friend of mine had asked if I wanted to go to a concert with her. I didn't really think about what day of the week it was on or what time the concert was at, I just said yes. Well turns out that concert was a Tuesday night and the main act didn't start till 9:30, basically the time I like to be getting to sleep. So what did this mean, it meant that I didn't get my exhausted butt in bed until nearly 2am . . . WAY passed my bed time, especially on a school work night! (about 5 hours passed to be exact) Needless to say I was pretty tired the rest of the week, but I was definitely glad I went!

The concert was One Republic and The Script. It was at the Sleep Country Amphitheater which has an outdoor option for tickets so we were able to bring our blankets and lay out in the grass under the stars to enjoy the concert. It was a fun night out with girlfriends and something I absolutely need to do more often! The music was awesome, the company was great, and it definitely has me wanted to go to more summer shows (even if they do keep me up way too late)! If you get the chance to go see either of these groups in person, I highly recommend it, plus the outdoor venue didn't hurt either. I love spending time with my friends, but sometimes I seem to forget that and think that relaxing on my couch sounds better, which it totally isn't (most of the time). This summer I am making myself get out more and enjoy all the fun things going on with all my favorite people! While I may be tired the next day rest of the week, the memories and fun I have will make up for all of it! (Someone please just keep reminding me of this)

(Sorry the pics aren't great, I only brought my iPhone) 

Do you know of any fun summer shows in the Portland area? What concerts or events are you looking forward to this summer? (Please tell me I'm not the only one who enjoys being in bed by 9!)

365 Days . . . . I made it!

Monday, June 16, 2014

I can't believe I'm writing this post and able to look back on 200 posts later. I started this blog a year ago and I can't believe how much has happened this past year. When I started this blog at the start of a new job and a huge change in my life, I started it because I needed somewhere to share my emotions. You see, I'm a talked when I am upset or sad. It helps me to share and it truly helps me process things. So when I set out 365 days ago to start a blog, I started it to share and to be a place for me to come to and be me. Never did I think that this place would turn in to something I would look forward to doing every day or something that has opened my eyes to so many new and different things.

Throughout the last year, I have met so many amazing people and learned so many new things. I love that this blog has opened my eyes to a community of amazing people who have not only becomes acquaintances and friends, but have become a huge support system for me. They are people I get excited to share things with and who I know will be there to offer words of encouragement if I need them. So thank you to each and every one of you for the friendships, support, and love I truly look forward to embracing every single day! I can't wait to look back on another year of blogging!

Oh and what would an anniversary be without a photo shoot with two of my favorite new dresses from :)

And You Thought Our Honeymoon Was Upsetting . . .

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Since I shared some of the craziness that was our honeymoon on Two Places At Once yesterday, I thought today I would share a little bit about our first anniversary. If you missed our honeymoon story, you should definitely go check it out HERE first. Now that you're all caught up . . .

Seeing as our honeymoon turned out less than what we had hoped and dreamed for, we decided that for our first anniversary we would try again. A second honeymoon if you will. (We even told people it was our honeymoon to try to really enjoy the whole experience, which got us a room upgrade thank you very much!) After doing lots of research, we were not going to end up in a hotel with blood stains again, we decided to go to the Dreams Nuevo Vallarta. We had been to the Dreams in Cabo San Lucas a few years earlier and absolutely loved it, so we figured it was a fairly safe bet. And I mean, who can say no to this view!

The property was beautiful, our room was awesome, and we were definitely enjoying this honeymoon do-over much more than the first experience. Of course we had done more research and purchased fake wedding bands to help ensure this would turn out better than the last. We were truly enjoying the time together and the break from reality. 

We decided to spend most of our time at the resort, but that for our actual anniversary we wanted to do something special. We decided on a dinner cruise and show. We would board a boat around 5pm, take a one hour cruise to a nearby island where we would enjoy a romantic Mexican dinner and a traditional show. The excursion showed pictures of beautiful beach sunsets, awesome fire and dancing shows, amazing food and a romantic date. Sounds awesome right?!? 

The night of our anniversary, we got dressed up and took pictures on our balcony before heading to the boat dock. As we got to the excursion office it started to lightly rain. But the boat had a cover so we figured a little rain wouldn't hurt us. We listened to a comedian who was entertaining the group before we boarded and before we knew it we were setting sail to our island dinner. We took a few pictures on the ship and the crew started handing out tropical drinks. I was so excited for a fun anniversary experience. 

On our balcony before heading to our anniversary excursion

Just boarding the ship, before the storm started

About 20 minutes into the trip, the light rain turned into a downpour, which turned into the worst thunder and lightning storm I've ever witnessed. Bear in mind I was raise in upstate New York on Lake Ontario, where thunder storms roll in off the lake on a weekly basis in the summer, so I was used to thunder and lighting. I also happen to be terrified of thunder and lightning. Before I knew it, we were sailing through 20 foot waves, water was rushing in the boat with every high and low the boat hit, and I could see lighting strike the water all around us. The boom of the thunder was so loud I could feel it in my chest. Tears started pouring down my face as Dan tried to comfort me and other passengers clung to their loved ones and children. 

I was screaming at the crew telling them how unsafe this was and how badly I wanted off the boat. All I got in return was a "you're fine, we have life jackets, take a shot!" I've never been so sure we weren't going to make it back alive in my life. Half of the passengers got sick from the rocking of the boat, and everyone was in disbelief of what we were experiencing, except for the crew. When we finally got to the shore of the island, after what felt like hours, rivers of water washed away the paths. To get to where our dinner was, I trudged through mud holding on to Dan and crying the entire way. My dress was soaked, I was upset, and I was scared. 

One of the storms that blew through the next evening (thankfully this time we watched it from our room instead of a boat in the middle of the ocean) 

Smiling because we were so thankful to be almost back to land and still alive. 

The stormed lightened a bit, but never fully disappearing. The entire thing lasted over 3 hours. We sat through dinner and the show and made it back to shore. I've never been more thankful to be off a ship. After getting back to our hotel, the power was out and there were tree limbs and debris everywhere. When we first got off the ship I had wondered if the storm had just seemed so horrible because we were in the middle of it, but seeing the damage and loss of power, I was sure of how bad it truly was. I'm not sure if living through that and experiencing something so terrifying was meant to help me realize how thankful I am for Dan or how much I love him, but I think that could be done in less traumatizing ways, just saying. After that experience and our honeymoon, we decided we may need to plan more laid back, low-key plans for our future anniversaries, especially since we want to celebrate many many more. 

Do you have any travel horror stories? 

Summer Bucket List

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

I'm taking Erin's fabulous idea and running with it. Well not actually running because then I would finish this post, but you get the picture. I love her thought about how much better resolutions are in the summer months than in rainy cold January. The weather in Oregon has been absolutely beautiful, so summer has been on my mind all the time. But I'm finding more and more, that as you get older time speeds up. And even though I am only 26, I'm not sure where time is going. I'm convinced that I'm going to blink and summer will be over, so in order to actually do something fun, I better make a list! So let's skip all the crazy small talk and get to my summer bucket list. Feel free to follow in my footsteps or join me in my summertime adventures!

- Go floating for a day. Bonus points (are we really getting points for completion?) for floating on a swan float! And after reading Erin's post about her canoeing adventure with 50 of her closest friends, a friends day of floating is a definite must! 
I mean, who doesn't need that?!? 

- Move out of our house and start designing our new one being built! If you haven't seen my 3 million house inspired pinterest pins, then you're probably living under a rock, or for some weird reason not following me on pinterest. I'm so excited to get to pick out everything with Dan and get to truly design the entire house! 

- Take Cooper swimming for the first time.

- Go to a concert - Luckily I already have several planned for the coming months

- Work on fixing up the beach house - stain the deck, put up a fence, cut down some trees . . . weekend work (meaning I'll supervise Dan while he completes it all, just kidding)

- See a braves baseball game - lucky for me, I already have tickets to a braves game when they come to Seattle in August!! 

- Have a BBQ with friends - unfortunately we are going to be moving out of our house in the next month and living with a friend, so I probably need to plan this sooner than later! 

- Go to the zoo - I may sound like I'm 12 but aside from zoo lights (where you really don't get to see any animals) I haven't been to the zoo in years! 

- Visit my birth mom and her family in Ohio 

- Take Dan Zip Lining - because how on earth does being attached to a tiny rope 30 feet in the air when you're terrified of heights not sound like a good idea? 

- Run another half marathon - I will get to check this off the bucket list in 3 weeks! 

- Enjoy lots of time in the sunshine with my hubby and my favorite puppy!! 

What do you want to make sure you do this summer? What's on your summer bucket list? 

Weekends are for beer, friends, and festivals

Monday, June 9, 2014

I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend and that you had gorgeous summer weather like we have been having here in Oregon. 

Fridays when Dan's off are definitely date nights. I hate cooking after a work week and enjoy getting out of the house and catching up after a long week. We went to sushi after work and then of course hit up a few subdivisions where we knew some new homes were being built. I'm always looking for new ideas, or honestly just nosey when it comes to new homes. We drove around for a while, got some ideas for our new place and ended the evening at a local brewery playing cards and chatting with a friend. Definitely the perfect way to end the week! 

Saturday morning I woke up early, finished reading A Fault In Our Stars (which you should definitely read if you haven't) and decided to take the puppy for a walk/run to get my minutes in for the 1000in30 challenge. We logged a couple miles and enjoyed some sunshine!

Saturday afternoon I got to catch up with some old co-workers. As Dan likes to say, they were coworkers and now they are friends, because apparently you can't be friends with your coworkers while you're working together. Anyways, we caught up over happy hour and enjoyed more time outdoors! 

Sunday was date day. We have a super busy week coming up, and with wildfires starting around the state, I will be living in a state of fear/constantly wondering if my husband is going to have to leave to fight one of those fires, so we made it a point to spend the day together. We had breakfast with my dad (one of our weekend traditions) and then headed to Portland for the Fruit Beer Festival. It was gorgeous weather, we got to try lots of new local beers and I got to work on my tan. Win, Win, Win! 

After the fruit beer festival we stopped by a brewery we've been wanting to visit since it was just blocks from the festival called Base Camp Brewing. One thing about Portland, is you can always find a good beer, and this place didn't disappoint! We will definitely be back!

How could you go wrong with a smores stout with a roasted marshmallow as part of your drink? 

We finished the weekend with a walk and some relaxing time on the couch. All and all a pretty great weekend! 

What did you do this weekend? Where are your favorite places to visit in your city?