So, at the end of May, a company in Vancouver was very interested in hiring Shawn. They made a great offer and he was scheduled to start mid-June. Everything happened so fast. With our move/driving day scheduled for June 19th we literally only had about two weeks to pack everything up and say goodbye to friends and family. Before we moved there, I wanted to at least visit the apartments we chose before we signed the paperwork. My generous mother-in-law offered to pay for the hotel and rental car, so from June 12th-15th we flew up to Vancouver to get everything settled. Thank you again, Laurie!
During our few days there we did so many typical Portland things- like Voodoo Donuts, Salt and Straw Ice Cream, and the Vancouver Farmers Market. It didn't take too long to understand why the motto is "Keep Portland Weird". It was a very fast trip but absolutely worth it. When we flew back on June 15th we knew that we had to go to Disneyland one last time. We barely even rode any of the rides, we just bought a ton of souvenirs and watched the 60th anniversary fireworks (and yes I cried). But it was like a perfect California goodbye.
On June 19th we began the 900+ mile journey through California, Oregon and finally Washington. I drove with my sister, Emily, in my Subaru and Shawn drove with our friend, Casey, in the Uhaul while towing our Honda. We originally planned to stay overnight in Redding, California but by the time we reached Redding we were halfway there and just wanted to get it over with. My sister and I made it all the way to Vancouver in just over 15 hours. And that included our detour to Trader Joe's for Northern California themed bags. Obviously we had our priorities straight. Shawn and Casey ended up staying the night in Eugene, Oregon but met us the next day.
Our first weekend in Vancouver was spent doing tourist things because we wanted to show Emily and Casey the town. Plus there is SO much to do in Portland! We went to Multnomah Falls, The Vancouver Library, Powell's Books (which is VERY dangerous if you are a book lover) and we walked and drove all over downtown Portland. By the way, a word of caution- if you ever go to hiking at Multnomah Falls, bring bug spray. I somehow brought fleas home and had to deal with an infestation in our apartment all because of a one mile hike.
So yes we are now living in Little Rock, Arkansas and yes you can expect a post about living here in the next few weeks. Next Wednesday I will be sharing about our three day drive from Vancouver to Little Rock. We went through Salt Lake City, Denver and nine states to get here! So make sure you come back next Wednesday to find out about our drive across the country!
I'm so happy to be back to posting regularly! If you are new to my blog, I post every Wednesday with the last Wednesday of the month being movie themed. Every once in awhile I throw in an extra movie post just for the fun of it too. So take a look around! I started posting at the beginning of the year so there is a lot to catch up on.
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