Monday, December 30, 2013

2013 in Review

**I put today's post together and scheduled it to go up before we left for our trip - just FYI!**

I know everyone says this every year, but I feel like 2013 has seriously flown by! It seems like I was just writing this same post for 2012, but a lot has happened since then! The biggest change this year has been the fact that we moved from Tahoe to Portland! It's been wonderful so far, and I'm really thankful the way everything worked out. While I am very excited for the coming year, I thought it was important to take a moment and reflect on the past twelve months before officially ringing in 2014 :)

:: January ::
I did a 21-Day Sugar Detox and made this Buffalo Chicken Salad (that I'm still obsessed with)

:: February ::
I made Candied Bacon (clearly a highlight of the year)

:: March ::
Cam had a work trip in England, I tagged along, and we spent a long weekend in Edinburgh, Scotland
We spent St. Patrick's Day in Dublin, Ireland - a once in a lifetime experience!

:: April ::

:: May ::
I baked these and these Christmas cookies
We went to Pittock Mansion and enjoyed the holiday season in Portland
We traveled to Thailand :)

Thanks you SO much for following along with our adventures this year, I really appreciate it!
I wish you all a very happy new year! Xoxo

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Joy To The World

I took this photo in Michigan last month :)
An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified.  But the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people.  Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord.  This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger."  Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,  "Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests."
Luke 2:9-14

I hope that everyone has a very merry Christmas today, wherever you may be celebrating! 


Friday, December 20, 2013

Merry Christmas From Me to You!

Well this is it.
We leave for Thailand TOMORROW!

Eeeeeek. 
I am so excited.

Not only to travel to a new place that I've been dreaming about.
But also to spend some quality time with my husband.
Between work/travel/life, sometimes days and weeks are just a blur.
Cam is my best friend and I'm so happy we're getting to go on this adventure together.
I'm also really looking forward to having this extended time off from work.
Honestly, is there any better feeling than putting up your out of office for vacation? Nope.
I am really looking forward to doing that later today and shutting down my computer until next year!
(Don't get me wrong, I really love my job but I am just ready for a little break!)
We still have some last-minute packing to do, but for the most part, we are ready to go!

But before I leave, I wanted to share our Christmas card for this year with all of you!
Sending out cards is one of my absolute favorite holiday traditions.
(Which is why I'm linking up with Kelly's Korner today for her Holiday Traditions Link-Up, just FYI!)
If I could, I'd send a card to each and every one of you - but for now this blog version will have to do!


We chose this design from Minted and I can't say enough about the amazing quality of their cards!
As for the photo, you may remember it from this hike we did near Mt. Hood back in October.
I originally wanted to have photos taken specifically for our Christmas card of Cam, Lola, and I all in coordinated-but-not matching plaid, Portland-y ensembles. Something "blogger-y" if you will. 
But since that idea went over like a lead balloon with Cam we've been pretty busy this fall, we decided to use the hiking picture instead and I really loved the way our finished card turned out.


Other years I have put additional photos/a short letter on the back of our card, but I opted not to do that and just go with this cute polka dot design instead. I figured between my Facebook, my Instagram, and this blog that the majority of family, friends, and acquaintances in our life know what's going on with us most of the time and that writing a letter would kind of be beating a dead horse.
Plus, going sans letter made ordering the cards much easier :)


I also ordered these wrap around address labels as well (just like I did last year) and I really love them! I think they add a fun little something extra to the envelope. I also took advantage of the fact that Minted will print addresses on your envelopes for free, and man, is that a timesaver! Yay Minted!

So there you have it, our 2013 card, signed, sealed, delivered! :)

From here on out, things are going to be pretty quiet on the blog for the rest of the year.

If you want to keep up with us in Thailand, be sure to follow me on Instagram! (@inthepinkandgreen)
I'm not sure what the wi-fi situation will be like over there, but I'm hoping to share photos when I can!

I opted not to do any guest posts or worry about scheduling a bunch of posts during our trip as I figured most people are (hopefully) going to be off their computers/phones and spending time with friends/family. However, I do have a couple of scheduled posts sprinkled between now and the new year though, so check back the last week of December for those if you're interested! :)

Finally, I just want to say thank you to everyone who takes the time to read this blog.
It means so much to me that you care about what's going on in our life. Truly. it does.
I'm really grateful for all the people that this blog has allowed me to connect with this year.
And although I'm terrible about replying to comments, I do read and appreciate every single one :)
I wish all of you the most blessed Christmas and a happy, healthy new year!


PS:  A very happy birthday to my wondeful mother-in-law today! 
She reads my blog regularly and so I wanted to make sure to give her a shout-out! :)

Thursday, December 19, 2013

It's Christmastime in the City



One of the things I've enjoyed most so far about living in downtown Portland is getting to experience Christmas in a city. While I loved our cozy mountain Christmas in Tahoe last year, there's just something really special about the hustle and bustle and twinkling lights of a city during this time of year. Granted, Portland isn't a huge city and doesn't decorate for Christmas on a NYC level or anything, but I've discovered that they still celebrate the season here in their own unique way.


 

This weekend we did some Christmas shopping...on foot! I really love that we can walk to so many different stores from our apartment, it's super convenient!

 

Pioneer Square (which is the center of downtown) has a giant Christmas tree set up for the holidays. 
It's pretty during the day...


...but it's even more gorgeous at night!

 

I walk by it all the time, but it never gets old! I love the colored lights :)


There have been a bunch of different holiday events happening in Pioneer Square lately...because after all, nothing says Christmas in Oregon like a bunch of carolers in the rain :)

 Shoppers out and about on a rainy night in Portland :)

Because we're leaving for our trip this weekend, we opted not to get a tree this year. 
However, I tried to make our apartment a little more merry and bright where I could!


And how can I forget the most festive part of our apartment?


This jolly little gremlin elf is just brimming with holiday cheer :)


This week, we've been busy wrapping gifts, but we pretty much have everything done!



And of course, you can't wrap presents without hot chocolate!


This hot chocolate from Quin is AWESOME.
It comes with these amazing vanilla bean marshmallows that are incredible.
I'd highly suggest it if you're looking for a last-minute gift for someone in Portland!
(Plus, I just love everything from Quin - awesome candy and great branding!)

Speaking of gifts, one of my goals for Christmas this year was to try to shop locally as much as possible. I was originally going to try and do a gift guide with some Oregon-made products, but ran out of time...maybe next year! (If you're interested, Portland Monthly put together a great one though!) However, this weekend Cam and I were able to check out a couple different holiday fairs that featured handmade items, and it was a really fun way to do some shopping!




ADX is a space in Portland where you can make stuff.
You can read more about it here, but it's a really awesome concept!
They had a holiday gift fair that we stopped by on Friday night - it was smaller, but had some interesting stuff and it was fun to look around.



Sunday, we went to Crafty Wonderland's Super Colossal Holiday Sale at the Convention Center and it was AWESOME! (And to be as much of a Portland cliché as possible, we even took public transportation to get there and brought reusable bags with us...ha!) The event was free to the public and featured over 250 different artists selling handmade goods...so basically picture Etsy come to life! They had tons of really cute items, and I'd definitely go back next year!


And yes, there were cat bow ties for sale from a vendor called Business Catual.
Like I said, it was awesome and you should totally go next year.

Another Portland-y Christmas thing we've done recently is to go see the lights at Peacock Lane! I first went to Peacock Lane with Cam and his parents a couple of years ago; it's a little street in Southeast Portland where everyone decorates their houses with lights. People go and walk around and it's just a fun thing to do during the holidays. What I like about it is that even though it's really popular, it's still pretty low-key. Yes, some people put more lights on their house than others, but overall, it's just kind of quaint and cute and I think it's awesome that it's been going on for almost 100 years!






Finally, last night we went to see The Nutcracker at Keller Auditorium! I love going to see it around the holidays and I really wanted to go last year, but we didn't end up having time. Cam had never been before so it was a lot of fun for him for me. I just adore the music and the dancing!


I know I probably sound like a broken record at this point, but I really do love Portland :)
I had hoped to finish my Portland page this week, but it will have to wait until next year!
(In case you missed it, check out my giant restaurant review from earlier this week!)

Even though this Christmas season has been short, I feel like we've tried our best to enjoy it as much as possible! (And we've actually done a majority of the things on my list - woo!)
I hope that so far everyone has been having a great holiday as well!



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