Happy New Year from Portland, OR

It is 2013 and I live in Portland, OR.

It’s almost unbelievable to me at times that I can make the above statement. 2012 has been a whirlwind year filled with amazing and abundant change. Here is a quick recap of 2012 for the Hanson family. We sold a house in MN, moved to a […]

Tide Pooling at Cannon Beach, Oregon

In the midst of a busy new job and new city/state, we are working hard to balance settling in with some fun exploration every weekend. I was describing this to a new colleague and she shared that when she and her husband first moved to Oregon they coined the term “Exploregon” to describe this type […]

Labor Day Weekend Fun in Oregon

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We had a great Labor Day weekend exploring and learning more about our new home. We had a more ideas on how to spend our time than we had time, and I’m happy to share with you some of our fun.

First, we hit downtown Portland. We started by enjoying lunch at Veritable Quandry, a […]

Unexpected Adventure in Troutdale- McMenamins Edgefield

One of the most exciting things for me about being in a new city is that almost everything is a new adventure. Even something a simple as grocery shopping or finding a dry cleaner brings you to a new part of town with new shops, restaurants and historical spots to explore. This past week was […]

New Home and New Job: Week One!

It was a busy first week in Portland, OR. Grocery shopping, Target shopping, unpacking, visiting with family and starting a new job. The neighborhood we are living in is called “Sunnyside” and it is filled with restaurants, cafes, coffee/tea shops, and independent retail shops and the exploration so far has been fun. It was […]