Monday, July 09, 2007

We're here.... almost!
An update is definitely in order, now that I've been in Portland for over a week. Jeff made it up safely on Wed. night, and on Saturday we moved into the duplex we're renting. However, we are STILL waiting for the big truck with our stuff to get here. They said that average travel time was two days, which would have meant a Thursday arrival. We have been on the phone a lot, and it finally looks like they'll bring our belongings on Wednesday morning. Finally! We've basically been camping out here, and never expected to have to go without our stuff for so long.
The highlight of our time here so far was having another birthday party for Amelia with NW family members, especially her cousins! We are really thankful to be close to family on both sides.
We have just now caught our breaths enough to start settling into our city. Yesterday, we drove around a bit, visited the local food co-op and joined. I'm excited about this, because they offer a lot of free community activities to the members-- yoga classes three days a week, square dancing on Wednesdays, a weekly farmers' market, etc. This seems like the perfect way for me to meet people and get involved. We have also found a couple of sources for fresh goat milk for Amelia, and are learning about local resources for buying food straight from local farms-- there is so much more access to local organic food up here, it's a dream come true!
The big, exciting event today was meeting with our realtor for the first time. We are so excited about buying a house, and can hardly believe it's really going to happen. We just submitted a long list of properties we'd like to see, and I'll keep you posted.

We have some photos to share, but I can't find the cable I need to get them onto the computer. It will probably show up on Wednesday as we try to sort throught those last boxes labeled "random!"


Anonymous said...

ariana- this is so exciting! Portland sounds like such a great place to raise a family- darn, why didn't we mover their 7 years ago! :)


doro said...

i'm so glad that you are all doing well. the co-op sounds amazing! we had one in brattleboro and it was one of my favorite parts of living there. give amelia a kiss for me!

Melissavina said...

Ariana! Can you believe I'm going to see you this weekend at Heather's wedding?!?! I can't believe it. I feel like we're caught up in a way, but so out of touch at the same time.

Can't wait to see you!

I miss living up in Oregon, you'll love it, I know you will. It's so fresh up there.

Anonymous said...

Hope your stuff made it by now! Camping can be fun, but it gets old pretty quick when you have to do it indoors.

If you're thinking of checking out square dancing, maybe you should look into a contradance chapter. It's more energetic, more fun and, well, not so square. The music is more varied and lively and has a celtic sort of sound. We always enjoyed it a lot!