Welcome to Our Family, Rowan Ivanel!

On Saturday, March 28th at 11:01 pm, we welcomed baby Rowan Ivanel into the world!  She weighed 7lbs 6oz and measured 20.5 inches long. When not eating, pooping, or screaming, she’s crazy alert – just sits there and drinks everything in around her.  We’re having a ball getting to know this little lady, but also…

COVID19 and Social Distancing

Brendan and I have been prepping for months for the baby, especially when it came to planning and executing my Medevac back to the US for the birth.  I came back a few weeks before Brendan, and after a stay in a hotel, moved into the apartment we’ll be staying at for the duration.  I…

Great Friends and a Trip to Oregon

We want to say a huge THANK YOU to everyone who has helped us celebrate this little girl!  From Sarajevo to New York, from Ohio to Portland, from Nevada and Arizona to Southern Oregon, our amazing friends and family have been super generous with their excitement, time and gifts.  We (and she!) are incredibly lucky…

What a Difference a Year Makes

Well, haven’t I just been the biggest slacker.  I get one little part-time job (that quickly turned into an almost full-time job and is now, thankfully, is back to a part-time job) and all my grand intentions of blogging go right out the window.  But you know what didn’t?  Our constant traveling!  Below are the…

Pennsylvania & New York

We’ve spent a lot of time exploring the Pacific Northwest – from the Olympic National Forest to the Oregon Coast – and have been wanting to do the same for New England, but timing had been a challenge.  When Brendan’s friend, Cary, announced he was getting married in Pittsburgh at the end of October, we…

Camping – Mt. Hood, Oregon

Camping is not really my thing.  I like it, and when I go I have a great time, but I’m rarely the person suggesting it as a weekend activity.  But this summer the lure of sleeping on the ground and coffee in the early morning mist was too great even for me to ignore.  Brendan,…

Mt. Baker & Mt. Shuksan, Washington

Some weekends just beg for road trips.  We are road-trippers to the core, so as the (rare) snow storm let up in Portland, we piled our snowshoes and puff jackets in the car and headed north to the Mt. Baker area of the Snoqualmie National Forest in Washington State for a weekend of outdoor fun….