Keep Portland Weird

Well, it’s official. Caden and I have done something we’ve been dreaming about since our early kindergarten days; we have graduated from BYU!! Our new graduation brings exciting changes in our lives. I will be tirelessly looking for a job in education with my Teaching Social Sciences degree and Caden accepted a job in Portland to work in Marketing for a company called PRECOA with his Advertising degree. We have already moved to a city named Lake Oswego which is 10 minutes Southwest of Portland. Naturally, after having four and a half years of separation anxiety, I am ecstatic to be living in a state that is covered in green trees and beautiful lakes.

We have both loved our time at BYU and will cherish it for the rest of our lives. In our biased opinion, there is no better undergraduate school in the nation. We are going to miss our awkward BYU married housing ward, living next door to a temple, being able to go to so many BYU sporting events, having the classic “who knows more people” contest on campus, delicious J-Dawgs and living close to so much family. Hopefully our kids will be smart enough to get into BYU so Caden and I can come back and relive our glory days. Thanks for the memories BYU!

Now, we are moving on to the next stage in our lives: Keeping Portland Weird.**

**Due to our lack of friends in a new state, our apartment will have an Open Door Policy. Anyone and everyone is invited to visit and stay with us!

#iwillgopro

As some of you may or may not know, in 2011 I biked the Oregon coast with my parents and kid sister, Casey.

It was a blast, and ever since then it has been my goal to take a trip like that again.

Now that you have a bit of background information, two days ago I was browsing Twitter when I stumbled upon this:

Naturally, I was interested. So I did some research. In order for my dream to come true I just had to create a picture of our dream trip and submit why it would make a great GoPro video and they would give me 30 grand and make a video of it!

Heaven knows I’ll take any opportunity to make something in order to win a $30,000 vacation allowance and instant YouTube fame. So instead of doing my homework, I made this:

GoPro

We had to illustrate what our dream trip would be and why it would be worthy of a GoPro film crew following us and making a video out of it. You can see our whole submission by clicking here.

Needless to say, it would be the trip of a lifetime and you can help us get there! Share this link (http://www.gopro.com/iwillgopro/2803) or this photo (http://wp.me/a3GgMY-U)  on your social profiles  and mention @GoPro and together we might be able to convince them!

Angels Landing

Erin sure knows how to celebrate a birthday! A few months ago, when the craziness of winter semester finally ended, we took a trip with some of our friends to St. George. It was a great time all around, but the highlight was probably Erin’s birthday which we celebrated by hiking Angels Landing in Zion National Park.

For those who aren’t familiar with Angels Landing, here’s a brief description from the Zion National Park website, “The Angels Landing Trail is one of the most famous and thrilling hikes in the national park system. Zion’s pride and joy runs along a narrow rock fin with dizzying drop-offs on both sides. The trail culminates at a lofty perch, boasting magnificent views in every direction. Climbers scale its big wall; hikers pull themselves up by chains and sightseers stand in awe at its stunning nobility.”

If you haven’t done this hike, you need to. But let me tell you that the whole “dizzying drop-offs” bit mentioned above is totally true. When I looked down I felt like I had been riding Mad Tea Party all afternoon.

It was a beautiful day and the perfect way for Erin to ring in her 22nd year.  We had such a great time we had to share some of the photos from our hike.

(Click images for slideshow)

About us…

As you can see, we were once babies. But that’s not where our story began. It began at the final BYU football home game of 2011. It was freezing and I (Caden) was going to go home.  As I was leaving, I went to say hi to some friends and among them was the most beautiful girl I had ever seen, Erin Garfield. That night, we hung out and had a great time as evidenced by the photo below:

first nightThe rest of the story is history.  After winning a karaoke/dance contest on campus, taking a trip to New Mexico and then Europe, we were in love! Which led us to this, the real start of our story…