The Beach, Around Town, and More Random

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Here we are! We’ve had a lot of fun these past few weeks doing a little exploring outside our little town, and also staying in-town and relaxing!

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Today is my sweet grandaddy’s birthday, and I know how much he loves reading about our Oregon adventures on this blog – so this post is dedicated to him!

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We took a trip up to Cannon beach and it was beautiful! It’s definitely not what we are used to when we think of beaches in the south…I wore a sweatshirt the whole time! But the little town was quaint and full of cute little restaurants and shops, cute grey shingled beach houses, and sweet families all over!

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Right across the street from these houses is the beach – so adorable! We walked through the town and stopped for a beer at Pelican Brewing Company.

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Then we headed up even further north to Astoria which is where parts of the movie “The Goonies” was filmed (confession: I’ve never seen that movie. Steven is appalled).

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That bridge is the bridge to Washington, and it runs over the Columbia River which separates Washington and Oregon. We ate dinner right on the river and it was beautiful!

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When the weather permits, we’ve been enjoying time at our apartment complex pool! They just redid the whole pool area and it’s super nice – lots of chairs, grills, and a big fireplace!

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Our pool cooler full of poolside staples…

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We also took a trip over to Lake Oswego which is a little east of Hillsboro. We met up with our Georgia real estate agent’s brother and his wife (he also happens to be a real estate agent in Oregon) and got to know them a little bit while enjoying dinner on the lake. We really loved the restaurant and the atmosphere of the place, so we plan on going back very soon!

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On the staying in-town front, we’ve started a new weekend tradition of walking up to the Starbucks right by our place (it’s about a mile walk) to get coffee for us and pup-a-chino’s for Mila and Wilson!

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They enjoy the exercise, and the treat!

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Who knew a cup full of whipped cream could make these pups so happy!

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I’ve been enjoying some nice runs around our place as well, getting ready for Hood to Coast at the end of August! And getting ready for our upcoming vacation in Mexico in September!

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Some randomness now: this giant zucchini picked straight from my co-worker’s garden has been making a delicious addition to our dinners! I love garden fresh veggies.

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Here’s the above-mentioned zucchini-growing co-worker! Steven and I headed over the bridge on 4th of July to celebrate with her and her husband at their block party. Yummy food and corn hole!

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Work is going well. I’ve been especially enjoying all of the various sporting events on display. I worked from our cafe one morning and got to watch Wimbledon!

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The EuroCup has been a big event around campus as well. They had a bunch of giant TVs set up around campus with tables, bleachers and snacks for people to come watch some of the soccer matches. I’m not big into soccer, but I am big into snacks, so I was excited!

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Things I’ve been loving: random, but a co-worker has a bowl full of these flavored tootsie rolls at her desk and I can’t get enough of the vanilla flavored ones. It’s becoming a problem. Anyone else absolutely love these, or am I the only weirdo?

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Things that annoy me: the giant pile of shoes that accumulates by our front door. They just don’t ever seem to make it to the closet. The giant pile continues to grow.

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And finally, Happy Birthday to my sweet Granddaddy. One of my favorite people on the planet – thank you for always being proud of me. I love you, I miss you, and I hope your day is wonderful!

 

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