It's been over two months since Mack and I took our long journey across the country and made Astoria, OR our new home. I am completely in love with this place and I often find myself wondering if it's all real. The Oregon coast is one of the most gorgeous places I've ever lived and I feel like I'm home again. We've done some exploring here and there. I've tried out a bunch of cute coffee shops, found some stores I love in the adorable downtown area, visited a couple of beaches, seen lots of deer & elk, established our favorite Mexican restaurant, visited the town I used to live in, done some camping, and watched some glorious sunrises & sunsets. I'm constantly blown away by the beauty here. There's this bridge we drive across on a regular basis and in one direction there are looming mountains and another is the precious town of Astoria perched on a hill and another is an epic bridge leading to the state of Washington. Every time I go across this bridge the view looks completely different somehow. Some days the mountains are barely visible because of the fog, some days they are crisp and look like they're closer than ever. I get this overwhelming feeling of awe pretty much every time and sometimes I even laugh and cry and shout and act like a crazy person because it makes me feel. There's also this place called the Column up at the very top of the hill the town sits on and the view is AH-MAZING. I've driven up there a few mornings where I had to take Mack to work (already sick of this whole one car thing) and gotten some glorious sunrise views. I don't generally like being up before the sun, but I have to say...it was totally worth it. I had some more of those shriek/cry/laugh moments up there and I'm not afraid to admit it.
Only very minute evidence of how amazing this place is. I almost want to keep it hidden because I don't want to share it, but that would be selfish. I wish I could even capture half of how beautiful all of these places were, but for now these photos will have to be enough. Now...who wants to come visit me?! Hehe.
Ta da! Milo's nursery is finally 99.99% finished! (Yeah, I couldn't wait for the finishing touches to show you guys, I'm just waaaay too excited!) At long last the sweet baby room is done, with less than a week til my due date! We worked pretty hard on it and it's taken a little while to bring all my visions to life, but it was well worth it. I'm so in love with this room. It's definitely my new favorite place in the house. I actually go in there at least once a day and stare at everything. I'm legit the heart eyes emoji, just standing there, gazing at the adorable-ness.
Up until about a month and a half ago, I had no pregnancy related stretch marks. Then I noticed two teeny ones and before I knew it, there were dozens of them reaching up my ever growing belly. I'm no stranger to stretch marks by any means, but it was shocking to see them pop up in a time frame that felt like over night.
Mack and I had our baby shower for our sweet lil babe this weekend and it was so wonderful. We had so much awesome help from so many awesome people and I'm absolutely in love with how it all turned out.
It's been over two months since Mack and I took our long journey across the country and made Astoria, OR our new home. I am completely in love with this place and I find myself wondering if it's all real on a regular basis. The Oregon coast is one of the most gorgeous places I've ever lived and I feel like I'm home again.
Our lives have been a beautiful journey and I wouldn't trade any of our experiences for the world. I'm so thankful that we're being given this opportunity to fill our hearts with love for a new child to go along with the love we have for the one we lost.
So I decided to go have some "me time" the other day while Mack hung out with his dad & I thought I'd go get a cappuccino from a popular coffee shop in the area and just hang out. Since we've been so busy with the move for the past couple weeks, I haven't been able to keep up with some of the shows I watch and haven't had much time for blogging or myself and I thought it sounded great to get some good coffee, put in some headphones, and catch up on some stuff.
So lately I've been really wanting one of those super cute topiaries I see everywhere. Y'know, the one with the single round greenery orb at the top, looks adorable sitting next to a tv or really anywhere. They also cost about a zillion dollars everywhere I look (okay, so maybe like $30 but still too much for my cheap butt). The other day while I was browsing around Hobby Lobby for the third time this week....I found this boxwood ball on sale for about $2.50. Boom. A thought occurred to me. Maybe there's a way to make a topiary myself?
June was quite a month! I got to go and visit my awesome family in Florida before they began their trek out West. I got to watch my sister graduate high school & celebrate birthdays for her and my mom. I got to visit my best friend and have a fun movie night. I came home to my sweet hubby & pets. I did some exploring with Mack and I learned some new things and had some super lazy days.
Ever since I began blogging on and off a few years back, I've called my site "Happily Without a Compass". Since then I have considered changing it - it's long & looks a bit bulky in your url bar, it may not immediately make sense to my readers, and it's not particularly clever. I've gone back and forth with how I feel about it. But for now it remains and I thought I would share with you guys what it means to me.
Last week Mack and I went out and about to run some errands and explore some stores I was interested in. We went to a few different antique stores/salvage places and one of them we discovered was having an auction on Sunday. We'd never been to one before and thought it sounded really fun. Plus, the woman at the store said we could take a peek at the room filled with stuff they were auctioning off and I spotted a few things I was really interested in. So we decided to go.