Tuesday, April 05, 2011

Home Sweet Home

Last Friday we got the key to our new home.


We spent the evening just exploring around, thinking about how to make it Ours.


Zach’s kitchen:

Zach's KitchenRoses 

Zach immediately started digging into some yard work:

Zach yard work

I drank a beer above a sea of lilies:

Stump beer

And Zach smoked a celebratory cigar

Zach cigar

We stayed the night on an air mattress and woke up early to get started on a busy day. We headed out for an 8 mile run to explore the neighborhood and I took along my camera:

Leaving the house around 7:00 am


Beautiful Reed College:


Golf course:


Zach freezing along the route:


Beautiful trees in the park (I actually took this pic later in the day, it was not sunny when we were running):


On the Springwater trail – I’ve been here lots of times!


Johnson Creek:


Back along the golf course:


It was a gorgeous run!! But it was quite hilly too- I figure this will force me to be a better hill runner (looking on the bright side).


We spent the weekend moving a few things from storage, getting flooring estimates, and doing other errands. We got a few things done but not much… it is going to be a long process. Turns out, even with this big change, our lives still include all the things they did before (marathon training schedules, jobs, social life, volunteering responsibilities, travel plans, etc etc etc).

We are not going to move in for a while, at least a few weeks. We are doing a few minor renovations and then need to furnish and decorate the entire house, plus move all our stuff from the apartment. We’re going to take our time and do this right. I am so excited – we both are. We feel like we found our perfect house and can’t wait to get settled in. I will post lots more pics as we make progress!

I’m skipping any running updates here- will catch up next time. The training is coming right along and I’m feeling good. We are running the Peterson Ridge Rumble 20 mile trail race this Sunday and I will post a report asap. It’s going to be fun!

Here are a few last pics- I took them today along the waterfront. The cherry blossoms are in full bloom and are just breathtaking. Such a wonderful place to run. I love Portland!

Thank you for reading! :)

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Amy said...

So excited for you! And don't forget, if you need an extra pick-up, we are here for you....

Can't wait to come see the new place. YAY!

kristen said...

WooHOo. Congratulations you guys!! This is great news. I can't wait to see your renovations and decorating. You MUST include this in your blog.

Katie said...

congrats on the new place! how exciting!

Alisa said...

So glad I got to see the house! Can't wait to have you guys as my neighbor...hooray.

Lisa said...

Congrats on the new house! It looks like it's in a great location for running too!

John said...

Congratulations - you're first house! So exciting. Can't wait to see how it comes along.

Kim said...

congrats on the beautiful new house jen! soooo exciting!

Ewen said...

Exciting times for you both. Looks like a home already with the daffodils and flowers. Lovely neighbourhood too.

Enjoy the trail race. Go light on the pre-race beers and cigars ;)

Beth said...

Congrats on the new, beautiful house. I love (and miss) Portland too!

Susan - Nurse on the Run said...

Congrats on the house! Excited to see what you do with the place.

Portland is so pretty!

Nitmos said...

Congrats on the new house! We enjoyed ours for two solid months before we started ripping everything apart and remodeling.