moving

Moving Day!

After what feels like MONTHS of anticipation, the day was upon us. Logan has been super excited about the new house. He asks every day when we get to move to the new house. He even helped me pack over the weekend.

Tuesday we signed the papers. It was starting to feel real finally!!! (It was a little hard to relax, though, because there have been a lot of bumps in the road along the way, so it’s been stressful.) Our closing date changed twice. We had to hire a second moving company because our moving date changed and people were booked up. Like I said, a lot of bumps in the road. But the good thing about moving the middle of the week? Logan was in daycare so we didn’t have to try and find childcare.

This is our new house!

It’s a 1920’s Bungalow. I was telling one of our neighbors at our current place about it and she said that they built those houses here for the workers who worked on the river. I think that’s a cool bit of history.

Anyways, I will share more photos once we are moved in and settled a bit. But here are a few:


Wednesday morning Logan went to daycare and I took the animals over to the house. The cats were in the bathroom safe and sound most of the day and Bella was in her crate while the movers moved stuff over. Some friends brought us lunch from New Seasons and that was a LIFESAVER! They brought two salads and sandwiches for Michael and me. It was the best sandwich I’ve ever had in my life. I was starving and I ate it in about two bites. You’d think I’d been running through the desert for a year I was so hungry and thirsty.

Once the movers were done for the day I let everyone out to explore. Stevie and Bella were having a BLAST running around checking everything out.


Maya not so much. She didn’t like it one bit!

We used Bold Move PDX Moving. They are a fairly new company, local. I love being able to support a small business and I highly recommend them! They did a GREAT job! They were on time, they were respectful of us and our stuff. They didn’t charge for lunches and breaks and stuff.

We all kinda underestimated how much stuff we had and how long it would take and they had a second job Wednesday afternoon so they moved about 85% of the stuff and then came back Thursday to do the rest. Which actually worked out better for us. It would have been a really really long day to do it in one shot. So Thursday they moved the shed/garden/tools/garage stuff and the grill. Miscellaneous stuff like that.

Logan loves the new house! I got him a teddy bear for the new house. πŸ™‚

I walked 28K steps Wednesday and 24K steps on Thursday. I looked it up and that’s the equivalent of 13 miles. I was SO tired and sore and just beat!

We got a lot unpacked and stuff set up but it will take awhile to get everything done. Some of it will be on hold for a bit while we finish up our house and put it on the market next week!

Camping Follies

One of the things I dislike about camping in the NW is that you have to book it 9 months in advance or it’s booked. The thing is, life happens. How do you know what you’ll be doing 9 months from now? Well last year, I booked some camping yurt weekends for June in anticipation that we would be packing, house hunting and moving/selling our house in July or August of 2019. Haha. Funny how that works, huh? Turns out life had a different plan and we were house hunting/packing/moving in JUNE instead.

So I ended up cancelling one weekend I booked (at the beach, bummer) but decided to keep our reservation for this past weekend at Lost Lake Campground near Hood River.

We rented a yurt. The weather has been nice but OF COURSE the days leading up to when we were supposed to go it turned iffy. We decide to go anyways, since it was basically our only trip for awhile and I’d been looking forward to it for months. Besides, we were in a yurt, so it shouldn’t be too bad, right?

Well….we got drenched. We arrived and got our keys at the resort lodge and found our yurt in the E Loop. It was kind of far from the lake, which I hadn’t known, I would have picked one closer to the lake. Tip for the future.

So you park your car in a parking lot for the loop and then there is a trail you basically have to hike into with your stuff. Yeah. We didn’t know where our yurt was in the loop and we went the wrong way first so had to double back so the four of us (me, Logan, Michael and Bella) were all running in the DELUGE (I AM NOT KIDDING) and finally found our yurt.

We were all freezing and drenched and inside the yurt realized they had an old cast iron stove inside so we needed to get firewood. We all ran back to the car and then drove back down to the lodge to get firewood. The above photo kinda shows it accurately. We were all soaked to the bone. None of us were dressed properly for the downpour. Our shoes were all soaked all the way through. I had packed my rain jacket in the car and was just in a sweatshirt so that was all soaked. Logan was stoked. He thought it was an adventure. πŸ˜‰

We got firewood and Michael and Logan started the fire and we tried to warm up and dry off a bit. Then Michael and I took turns doing the trek back and forth from the car to the yurt (they had a gorilla cart in the parking lot for people to use but it was still a lot of work.

And it was raining the whole time.

We got our gear and set up the beds and unpacked stuff. Hung out for a bit. Logan liked climbing the ladder to the top of the bunk beds. πŸ™‚

We had dinner (Michael grilled hot dogs) and hung out some more and then it was getting late and we got ready for bed (knowing Logan would be up very early). We had enough firewood to keep the fire going all night. You just had to get up every 2-3 hours to add more wood or it went out and got pretty cold. It was nice listening to the rain in the forest. It never let up.

The next morning we got up and it was still raining. So we decided to have breakfast and pack up. If it hadn’t been raining we would have stayed the full weekend but I think we were both thinking about 1) how much stuff we had to do at home to get ready for the move and 2) if the weather continued to be nasty, Logan was going to go stir crazy stuck in the yurt.

We drove back to Portland, where it was sunny and warm. πŸ™‚ And after showering, unpacking and having lunch, we went for a hike at Powell Butte:

It was a nice hike. Then home and we all took naps. πŸ™‚ And then I packed the house. πŸ™‚

I’m disappointed with the camping experience. I was so looking forward to it. I think the lesson learned is that anytime we go camping it just needs to be later in the summer when we can kind of rely more on the weather being a little better. And while I loved Lost Lake when I went there for the day before (check out the post I did for better summer pictures!), I am SO not into hauling our crap up a steep hill 1/2 a mile in multiple trips! I had no idea that was the case. I never would have done that. Maybe that makes me a princess but with a toddler, dog and a bunch of crap to haul into the campsite, I’m just not willing to do that. I want to drive up to the site, unload our stuff and be done with it!

Despite Michael’s and my disappointment, Logan was super happy. He loved all of it. He kept talking about camping and hiking all weekend. So that’s the important part. πŸ™‚