Oregon Trip 2014

**Warning: TONS of pics in this post!**

A couple of weeks ago, my husband and I, one of my best friends, and my family flew up to Oregon to see my dad's family. Going to Oregon is always a trip we look forward to, and have made several times. We flew out of Austin bright and early at six in the morning. Once we landed in San Francisco at eight (their time), we found out that our flight to Eugene had been cancelled and we had been re-booked on a flight out the next day. Since the point of us taking such an early flight was to get us to Eugene late morning so we would have the rest of the day to rest and hang out, flying in the next day was not going to cut it.  The best the customer service center could do is fly us up to Seattle and we would have a super early flight into Eugene the next morning. Since Seattle was a lot closer to where we needed to be, we got on the flight. When we landed, we discovered that mine and my husband's luggage didn't come with us! Everyone else's luggage made it onto the plane, but ours somehow got on a flight that was coming in TWO HOURS later. We were pissed to say the least. Just annoyed with the whole situation, we all decided to just rent a car and drive down to Oregon that evening. We would get in about 9 that night, but it was better than waiting another day to get there and waste our vacation. Once we got to my aunt's and uncle's house, we passed out. We had been up for 23 hours with hardly any food. Time changes really mess you up!

The next day, we got up and went to the Wildlife Safari that my aunt's mom volunteers at. We got a private tour of the whole place. I wish I had taken pictures but I was exhausted. The afternoon we headed up to Eugene to pick up my other brother from the airport and have dinner with my dad's brother and his family. We met my cousin's fiance and had a great meal with them all!

All the cousins!!
The next day, my brother Stephen, my husband, my friend, and I decided we wanted to do some hiking and bike riding. We decided to go to Diamond Lake. It was about an hour and a half away and had some great waterfalls along the way that you could hike to. We stopped at one waterfall on the way there, Susan Creek Falls. It was about a mile hike to get to it, so not very far.  We were the only people on the trail so it was wonderful! The greatest thing we realized about Oregon was how nice everything is kept. There wasn't any litter on the trail, no dog poop, no graffiti, it was amazing.



Hubby

Brother

Sister Friend

Isn't this place beautiful?!
Next stop, was Diamond Lake. It was a warm 54 degrees, rainy, and windy when we finally got there. It was amazing how much the weather can change with different altitudes. We ate brunch at the lodge, took some pictures, and got out of there!!



Since we had intended on staying at Diamond Lake longer, we decided to stop at another waterfall on our way back to my aunt and uncle's house. This water fall was called Watson Falls, and you definitely had to do some steep hiking to get to it, but it was so worth it! My brother is very adventurous and ended up going off the path and leading us to the bottom of the 272 feet waterfall, which just happens to be the 3rd tallest waterfall in Oregon. It was incredible. That is the only word I can think of to describe it!



My brother is 6'5 to give you some idea how big this was!

At the base of the waterfall!

The next day, the whole family headed to the Pacific Coast. We drove to Winchester Bay, OR, and had a great time! The water was freezing, but the beach was beautiful. It was a lot prettier than the beaches we have down here in Texas!




After all the adventure-ness, we laid low the next day. We went to a couple of wineries for some wine tasting, and an arts & crafts fair.




The next day we flew out, but not without our plane leaving 2 hrs late causing us to miss our connecting flight! Instead we had a *fun* overnight layover in San Francisco. At least we were able to go walk to some of the water by our hotel!



Well, that concludes the longest blog post ever! This was definitely a trip that I will never forget! Have any of you ever been to Oregon? Where did you go? Where should we go next?

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Balsamic Vinegar and Avocado English Muffin

Hello dear friends! Today I have another simple, healthy recipe for you! This recipe is a compilation of recipes I found on Pinterest. I have started to work out nearly every day, and wanted something that I could make quickly during lunch that would keep me full through the rest of my day and workout.

Balsamic Vinegar and Avocado English Muffins

Ingredients:

1 Whole Wheat English Muffin
Hummus (amount and flavor of your choosing, I use Roasted Garlic)
Balsamic Vinegar
1 Avocado
Lime Juice
Salt & Pepper to taste

Step 1:
Halve your English muffin, and put a dash of Balsamic Vinegar on each half. Balsamic Vinegar has a very strong taste, so don't put too much!!

Step 2:
Spread as much hummus as you'd like on each half. Cut the avocado in half and spread one half on each half of the muffin.

Step 3:
Add a splash of lime juice followed by some salt and pepper to taste. I usually don't put very much salt because the vinegar is salty enough!

Step 4:
Enjoy!! :) 


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Fox Themed Baby Shower

Hey everyone! Loooooong time no see! Yikes! Life has been seriously busy for me lately, but is finally starting to calm down and I can blog again. Now, don't go thinking that I'm pregnant! Myself and a few friends threw a fox-themed baby shower this past weekend for a great friend of ours! She is having a little boy at the end of August and we all couldn't be more excited! 

We wanted to keep things super simple since our friend is very laid back and chill. She is from the East Coast and loves her hot tea, so despite it being a cool 90 degrees we created a hot tea bar for her!  One of the other hostesses' cousin created the fox invitations and we found all the other fox themed items at Michael's!












What do y'all think? Fun, right? Hope you all have a great day!

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Intentional Living - LINK PARTY!!!!

 Hey friends, my friend Morgan is letting me co-host her monthly link party today! We're looking for monthly link ups to include anything that fall within my two main categories - health and home. In what ways did you live with more intention last month? What did you create? How did you better organize? Where did you implement healthier changes? Your link up can be organizational related, fitness focused, DIY, personal, recipes, fashion, parenting, faith, you name it! We look forward to seeing all that you've done and will be featuring our top faves later this month.

Intentional Living - Link Party

Morganize with Me




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Austin, TX City-Wide Garage Sale

Hello dear friends! I am so incredibly sorry about my long absence here on the blog. Tax season kicked my booty and I worked more overtime than I ever have before. I just didn't have time to do any projects or post on here, but now I'm going to try to work my way back into this!


This past weekend, the hubby and I drove down to Austin for the day. They had a huge city-wide garage sale going on in one of the convention centers downtown. Y'all, this was the most incredible thing ever. I'm already a bargain shopper/garage sale-r, and this was like heaven for me. It cost $6 a person to get in so it was incredibly reasonable. They had a small concession stand and sitting area for people who were tired and hungry.  


It was slightly overwhelming at first. It was basically a giant room/area covered in stuff. People had set up their own tables and areas with all their items displayed for sale. We ended up just walking down every single aisle and around the whole room, looking at the various items that the people had. 


We were surprised by two things:
     1) There really weren't a ton of people walking around. We thought that this place being smack dab in the middle of downtown Austin, it was going to be swarming with people. Luckily that was not the case!!
     2) Everything was reasonably priced. Sometimes when you go to flea markets or market days the sellers can definitely overprice their items.


We came away with 2 vintage hand embroidered pillow cases, a standing globe, an office desk chair, and a vintage collectible toy car for my father-in-law who collects them. If we had bought all of that at the original price they were selling for, we would've spent over $110.00. But since we went on a Sunday afternoon, some items were marked down, and others' people were just trying to get rid of because they didn't want to have to pack them up! We ended up buying everything for just over $65.00. You can't beat that! We almost bought a distressed dresser to use as a TV stand, but it wouldn't have fit in our car. Fortunately, the next city-wide sale is in our town! So we will have a better idea of what is going to be there and be ready with our bigger car!

Do you like garage sale-ing and bargain hunting?? 

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