Sunday, June 30, 2013

Keep up with me in Oregon...

As you probably already know, Google Reader is going away tomorrow. 

I personally don't use Google Reader to follow blogs (I just keep up with them via my Blogger Dashboard), but I know a lot of people do. I wanted to make sure that you're able to keep following In the Pink & Green, so here are a few ways to do that.

1. Bloglovin'

This seems to be the popular option for following blogs in place of Google Reader, and I've been getting more notifications lately that people are following me here. I don't really use it myself, but after checking out the site, it seems very clean and easy to navigate. I've added the Bloglovin' button to my sidebar and you can {click here} to follow me! 

2. Follow by email

Right underneath the Bloglovin' button is a box where you can enter your email address, and BAM! Email in your inbox every time I write a new post. Easy peasy.

I'm also contemplating making a Facebook page for my blog? Not sure about it yet, but I'll keep ya posted! Hope that everyone is having a good weekend! Xoxo

Friday, June 28, 2013

Goodbye Tahoe

So as I mentioned in my post yesterday...we are moving!

I'll have more details to share on Monday, but to give you a little bit of info now we are moving to Portland, Oregon! Today is actually my last day here in Tahoe because I'm flying out to Michigan first thing tomorrow morning for another wedding. I know that this move probably seems super sudden (because it is) and the timing is a little bittersweet. Cameron and I are absolutely thrilled about this transition, but because things are happening so fast it's a little difficult to say good-bye to everyone we would have liked in the short time we had left.

But since this is my last day living here, I feel it's important to take the time to reflect for a minute before we close this chapter and move on to next here goes.

Living in Tahoe for the past year and a half has not always been easy, and there are definitely a lot of things I did not like about living here. This place is very remote and it can feel very isolating. We've had to deal with challenges like having bears pick through our trash and having to shovel our front door because it's blocked with snow. I work from home, and I've definitely experienced days that have been very long and lonely here. Being so far away from both sides of our family was difficult. Not to mention, our house is on the side of a mountain and some days I literally thought it was going to collapse because the wind would be whistling so loudly outside that it felt like the foundation was shaking.

As my mom would say, "Living is Tahoe is not for the lightweights."

So although there have been some tough times living in Tahoe, I can honestly say that the good has far outweighed the bad over the past year and a half. I feel like this place has caused so much growth for Cameron and I, both individually and together, and we've made some really happy memories here. And because I always knew this is not where we would be putting down roots, I really tried to make a concerted effort to appreciate the immense beauty all around us here. Not once did seeing the lake ever get old, and I feel like we really tried our best to savor every minute we had in this gorgeous place.

Here are just a few things that I'm genuinely going to miss when we move...

The lake
No shock there. I'm sure I sound like a broken record, but even after a year and a half I still can't get over how brilliantly blue it is. Depending on the sky, it can range from shades of turquoise to cerulean to gray, but it's always so clear and beautiful!  

Our house
 It's old, outdated, and kind of falling apart--but I secretly love it.

Being able to take Lola out in the mornings in my bathrobe 
I seriously look like cousin Eddie from Christmas Vacation most days.

The friends we've made
We've been blessed to have met some awesome people here in Tahoe over the last year and a half, and I'm sad that I won't get them chance to know them better now that we're leaving! 

Being so close to great skiing 
Our house here is three minutes from the chairlifts on the Nevada side of Heavenly, and so it's been really awesome to be so close to amazing skiing the past two winters. I wouldn't say I'm Lindsay Vonn-level quite yet (although people do tell me I look like her--ha!) I have definitely improved a lot while living here and genuinely enjoy skiing now!

Our neighbors
Our house in Tahoe is divided into an upstairs and downstairs apartment. Cam and I started off living in the downstairs apartment, but then last spring after the previous tenants moved out, we moved upstairs. We were really nervous that we'd end up with some crazy neighbors, but the couple, Liz and Nick, that ended up moving in have been really awesome! They have a dog (that Lola loves) and they've seriously been so great. They watched Lola for us when we went to Ireland/The UK for ten days this, and they're just really easy-going about everything. We'll text each other to the let each other's dog out if we're gone longer than anticipated and we even leave the door unlocked between our two apartments. We're definitely going to miss having them as neighbors! {The picture is from Halloween when Liz and I were out on our deck carving pumpkins with another friend--so fun!}

Not worrying about how I look or what I'm wearing when I go out to the house
Tahoe is so laid-back and it's kind of relaxing to feel like you don't have to get all dolled up!

Our gym
Working out has been a somewhat major point of conflict in our marriage until we started going to our gym here in Tahoe. Going to Elevated Fitness was really the first time Cameron and I found something we could really do together to workout. I work from home all day and needed that outlet to go burn off some energy, and it's been awesome because Cameron and I have been able to go together all year. It's really the first time in our relationship that we've been able to workout together really consistently and I think it's been really good for us--plus I am going to miss the people at our gym too! 

Being able to let Lola outside off the leash
I'm so used to just opening our front door and letting her wander all over the place, it's going to be hard to have to get used to putting her on the leash all the time again! 

Bluebird mornings
When the sky is impossibly blue and there is freshly fallen snow that's so white--there's really something magical about those days, especially here in Tahoe!

This is the Young Professional's group Cameron and I have been involved with, and it's actually been really fun! We've met some great people, tried some new restaurants here in Tahoe we wouldn't have otherwise, and I think it's made us that much more likely to seek out a similar type of organization when we move to Portland. (We actually went to their June mixer at this new Tahoe restaurant earlier this week and it was a great time!) 

The sunsets
We've been fortunate to see some amazing ones living here. 

Being able to drive to SF for the weekend
I feel like I've gotten the chance to really get to know San Francisco while living here as we've made quite a few weekend trips--it's an amazing city and I'll miss having it so close!

Taking Lola to the beach all the time
She never really liked to swim till we moved here, and it's been fun watching her learn to love the water over the past year. 

Driving down into the Carson Valley and seeing all the cute cows grazing
Cameron worked in the Carson Valley and I didn't drive down there all that much. However, it was always a treat when I did it because I loved how pastoral it was with all the cows grazing everywhere and the gorgeous views of the mountains!

The Schue Family
Although we have met a lot of great friends while living here, I have to give the Schues their own shout-out. I don't even remember how I randomly stumbled on Natasha's blog back in January of last year, but I just remember I found it on a day when I was feeling pretty depressed. It was in the bleak part of January, we had been in Tahoe a few weeks, I had just started a new job where I worked at home all day, and I remember thinking that I was never going to be able to meet any friends because we literally lived on the side of a mountain. I happened to find Natasha's blog and saw that she lived in South Lake Tahoe; I instantly felt encouraged, that maybe there were other people here my age/that I'd have things in common with! I sent her an email to tell her I had found her blog and that I was new to the area and she was so sweet and friendly right off the bat. She invited me to lunch, and when we met up that first time she brought me a stack of magazines about Tahoe. Ever since that first lunch, I have really enjoyed getting to get to know her better and build a great friendship--she is just as nice in person as she seems on her blog! Cam and I have also had the pleasure of getting to know Natasha's husband, Ryan, as well and he is also so nice. Really, there is no better couple we could have randomly met here in Tahoe because they are so well connected in the area and seriously know everyone! They have been so sweet about inviting us to their parties, introducing us to their friends, and really making us feel welcome and included here in Tahoe. Then to top it off, to get to see them go through the whole experience of becoming (awesome) first-time parents has been so much fun. Their little boy, Ethan, is literally the happiest baby ever and to be able to watch them grow into this adorable family of three the past year has been so cool. I realize this is like a crazy long paragraph and I don't mean to gush, but I just really feel like meeting their family was such godsend and we've really appreciated their friendship. They helped make us feel at home in a place where it can be really hard to do that, and it's just been yet another reminder that God really does put people in your life when you need encouragement. It's also a testament to the fact that blogging can build real-life friendships, and I hope we can stay friends for years to come!
(I totally took the picture above from your blog btw Natasha!)

Going to Red Hut for breakfast on Saturday mornings
Our fun little tradition. 

How incredibly bright the stars are at night at our house
Pictures wouldn't do this justice, it's just insane. 

The aspens in the fall 
There are so many around our house, I loved the fall here. 

Being out on the water/beach on a sunny day
Again, I know I sound like a broken record but summer here is amazing.

The complete lack of materialism/competitiveness here
Although the lack of shopping here has been one of my biggest complaints about living here, I've really come to find such immense peace over the past year and a half in the fact that there is really no stress to try keep up with the Joneses at all. I feel like when you're in a city, there's this unspoken pressure to want to buy things just because you see other people with cool stuff and subconsciously (or consciously) you want to keep up. Just being totally removed from that here has been really freeing. (Just don't tell Cameron I said that--ha!)

Seeing the bright white snow on Mt. Tallac against the blue sky on a sunny day
Another thing that never gets old. And I'm so glad we got to hike it too!

A little piece of my heart will always be in Tahoe, and the wonderful thing about this place is that I know we can always come back....for vacation. It's a short flight from Portland, and I know Cameron and I would both love to be able to take family vacations here one day in the future. Although people flock here for vacation in both the summer and winter, for us I feel like it will be that much more special than for the average tourist because we've made so many great memories the last year and a half.

But for now, it's time to move on! I'm off to Michigan (again) tomorrow morning and I'm really looking forward to seeing my family! Have a wonderful weekend everyone! Xoxo

PS: In case you're ever visiting, you can find my guide to Tahoe here! :)

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Savoring Our Final Tahoe Summer

Here in Tahoe, people say that you come for the winter, but stay for the summer.

Over the past year and a half, I've definitely found that to be true.

While fresh snow and skiing are great, there is just something so incredible about spending time by that beautiful blue lake in the sunshine. It's just such an amazing time of year here, and I feel really fortunate that Cameron and I have gotten to experience it for a second time this year. Over the past week, we have really been trying to soak up what makes summer in Tahoe so special (despite me having a miserable cold since getting home from Charleston--being sick in the summer is no fun!). We've been enjoying time by the lake, taking in the sunsets, spending time with friends, and basically pretending to be tourists in our own town.

And it's been pretty fantastic if I do say so myself...

View of the sunset off our back deck
Friday night pizza date...
...that was followed by ice cream...
...that was followed by strolling through the car show that sets up on the weekends in Heavenly Village!
The weather this past Saturday was gorgeous, so we got up early and decided to drive around the lake in our Jeep--I couldn't resist snapping a photo of this 1950's motel with all its pretty flowers as we drove out of town! 
We also had to make a stop at Sugar Pine Bakery in South Lake Tahoe as well--I forgot to include them on my list of places to eat in Tahoe, but I am definitely need to go back and add them to the list!
They have the most delicious cinnamon rolls! 
We continued up the west shore of the lake and had to make a stop at Emerald Bay--even though we've been here many times before, it's still one of my most favorite places in Tahoe!
I still can't get over how clear the water is, it's really crazy! 
Although the lake always looks beautiful, Saturday it really seemed to look especially blue and sparkling!
We continued up the west shore of the lake and made a stop at Meeks Bay
Sitting by the water was so relaxing :)
Being by the lake makes me happy :)
Because I have a cold, we opted to leave the hard top on our Wrangler instead of taking it off like we've done for some of our other drives around the lake. This has been a great vehicle for living in Tahoe!
We kept driving around the lake and decided to stop in Tahoe's such a cute town! 
There were tons of people out stand-up paddleboarding on the lake!
There is a bridge in Tahoe City, and we had fun reading all different signs about Tahoe!
The water is super clear and we saw tons of fish swimming around--not sure what kind they were though!
We ate lunch at Tahoe Mountain Brewing Co. in Tahoe City--the food/beer was honestly just average, but they've got a deck out front where you can eat outside so that was really nice!
Cute old cabin
I thought these bear statues were so funny!
Tahoe City has a great beach right downtown and it was really pretty to look out at the water!
Tahoe City also has some cute shops, so it was fun to browse and pretend we were on vacation
There were gorgeous flowers all through downtown!
After lunch, we continued our drive around the lake and had to make a stop in Kings Beach, CA at Char-Pit! Be warned if you go here, the service is not great and I think that their food looks pretty gross...
...but their ice cream cones are the best! :)
As we continued our drive around the east shore of the lake back to our house, I was really awestruck by just how stunning the water looked! I took these pictures while we were driving so they really don't do it justice!
I still haven't gotten used to seeing bear crossing signs when we drive around!
After finishing our drive around the lake, naturally I headed down to the beach--ha! I just could not get enough of the lake on Saturday, it was such a perfect day!
Saturday night, we ended up having a really impromptu get-together with some of our neighbors. It was nothing fancy, just hot dogs and (lots of) wine, but it was really fun to hang out with everyone!
The girls: Kelly, me, Brooke, and Liz
The guys: Cam, Ryan, Nick, and Will
We tried to get the dogs together for a picture, but that proved to be a little more challenging...especially because one of the dogs was outside on our deck--ha!
This was about the best we could get!
Sunday, I got together for lunch with my friend Natasha & the adorable Ethan!
Ethan turned 1 this week and since we won't be able to make it to his party, I wanted to make sure to give him his gift from us--he is seriously the sweetest little guy and it's been so much fun to watch him grow this year!
We had lunch at Freshies, which also was the first place we met for lunch last January!

Seriously, we have been so blessed to have gotten a chance to live here.
However, the time has come for us to move on to the next chapter. 

That's right, we're moving! (And really soon--tomorrow is actually my last day in Tahoe!)

Although we are SO excited about moving and feel that it definitely the right choice for us at this time, looking back through the gorgeous photos from the past few days makes it very difficult to say good-bye to this beautiful place!

I'll have more details about our move tomorrow/Monday! Xoxo


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