Move in and B-day week!

April 26-May 1st:  So it’s finally here, move in day and Chrissy’s B-day!  Guess what Ron got me for my b-day, a new house!!! JK!  ; )  So we found a house to rent in Salmon Creek/Vancouver, Washington.  No, we did not move to British Columbia, but as the election looms closer, Canada does look pretty good!  Salmon Creek is an “unincorporated” part of Vancouver.   We are still learning exactly what that means and what services we get out here.  We are 15 minutes north of downtown Portland and about 10 minutes north of downtown Vancouver, also known as, “The ‘Couv”.  We still like Portland, but in this market, had to go a little further out to find what we needed and not sure we’re ready yet for “city-life”.  The slogan for Portland is “Keep Portland Weird”, the slogan here is, “Keep Vancouver Normal”.  The downtown offers restaurants, a large farmers market, breweries, an independent movie theater, record stores, etc.  It’s like a smaller, cleaner Portland.  : )

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Wheeling it out to the car.
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A lighter load now that we can move it a few days at a time. There’s a bit more room compared to how jam packed we filled it when we first left!
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Yeah, the new house and happy couple!

For my birthday we go to a little German place in Portland that we found on our last visit out here called Prost!  I thoroughly enjoy my beer cheese soup, sample sausage plate and wash them down with a delicious Franziskaner Weissbeir.  Prost indeed!

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A beautiful bouquet of Gerber daisies from the best hubby ever! Along with some b-day cards from family. Thank you for thinking of me!!!
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Das ist kostlich! This is delicious!

 

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A Weissbier, beer cheese soup, two brats, a pickle, rye bread and sauerkraut, is there a better way to celebrate? Next order of business…find a gym!
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My Franziskaner and Ron’s Kostritzer Schwarzbier.
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Birthday dessert, from Belching Beaver Brewery and Tillamook ice cream- a vanilla ice cream and peanut butter stout float. Yum-o!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As they say, “only in Portland”…here’s a bike shop/bar/restaurant.  Get your bike repaired while you sip a beer and chow down on a burger!  It was across from a mini mall with a deli/bar, smoke shop, hairdresser, and downstairs, an antique mall!  Kinda reminded me of the old Bergen Mall, it just needed a doll shop, chapel, and a baseball card store.

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You can have a beer while your bike gets fixed, then ride home!

Our first meal in the new house, pizza! We are so crafty using the box as plates since we don’t have any of our boxes from NJ yet!

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We are holding a food drive soon, all people in NJ please mail us pizza and bagels!
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Salmon Creek is outlined in red. We are right where Rt. 5 and Rt. 205 meet, so we have easy access to both east and west Vancouver and Portland. Seattle is about 3 hours north on Rt. 5.

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