portland is the sort of place you only dream of,
waking up and wishing it were real
and cursing that daylight peeking through the blinds for making you leave such a magical town.
it's a place where you're up to your ankles in leaves,
and if you're mentally (or verbally... i don't know how confident you are, person reading this in a public library!) telling me "hey, girl. that's just autumn. that's just what happens with the trees, lady!"
well then i invite you to scroll on up there and re-view those snapshots of leaves upon leaves
and multiply that by a 360 degree eyeball view
and there you will have a mental image of portland, oregon.
kelli + jared are there while jared is attending the united bicycle institute for several weeks
so we took advantage of the free place to crash (with those amazing and lovely married folk i mentioned, oh, four seconds ago)
and took our butts up to the northwest
never knowing just how deeply we would fall in love with the place.
adam leaned over to me through one of the many walks we took beneath orange trees
and beside food trucks and hip young people
and said, "i mean, wouldn't it just be rude of us to not raise children here? i think it would be terrible for us to know that this place exists and choose to raise them elsewhere and we need to think about those babies, right?".
right, adam. you are so right.
while we were there,
we were served nearly all of our liquids in mason jars,
we spotted too many westfalias to count,
and i said some variation of "ooh! i really like her beanie/scarf/cardigan/wellies!" nearly every five minutes...
not to mention eating the best sandwiches ever. and i mean ever.
my favorite thing about portland was watching my husband so quietly soak it all in
and seeing him fade into the pacific northwestern background so fluidly.
i think he could love it there. i really do.
i could, too. i actually don't think i have ever taken as many pictures in a three day period as i took in portland.
that's a sign, right? probably.
it's also my way of saying "hey, y'all. there are more pictures. brace yourselves."
so, there's that.
you beautiful place, you!