Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Portland for the Summer

Carl got an internship at Intel this summer in Portland, OR. Friday Carl drove with the kids (and Mabel) with our van jammed pack and towing his car...which was also jammed pack. The hitch was less than 6 inches off the ground. We prayed all through their travels that the car wouldn't break down or blow a tire. Thankfully, by straight up Grace, they got to Portland safely. I stayed to finish cleaning the house and packing up the last minute items and flew on Saturday with June. June does not do well in the car. When I say she doesn't do well, I mean that she screams most of the time. Anyway, they picked me up in the airport and we crammed me, June, my 2 suitcases, and our double stroller in the van. (No one had room to put their feet down except Carl & the stroller had to be tied to the bike rack on the trunk of Carl's car). I wish someone could have recorded us at the airport. Imagine the van with a roof bag on top, towing a car w/ a bike rack picking us up at the airport. Then, it took us about 20 minutes to rearrange things to fit us all...this is all at curbside pick up.
When we got to our apartment, we unloaded everything. We couldn't find an apartment here that would rent for 3 months that was furnished, so as soon as we got here, we have been buying things on craigslist.
We bought this brown microsuede couch: $50. Black Faux Leather Glider and ottoman: $15. Dining Room Table and Chairs: $100. Coffee Table: $5
Desk: $15, Chair: $5, TV table: $5

Tonight we bought a bed and mattress for $80 b/c we were having to re-blow it up multiple times a night. I guess it couldn't handle Carl and I's weight, plus us getting up several times a night to take care of June and to put EJ and CJ back in their bedroom. Tomorrow we are picking up a bunk bed for EJ and CJ. Hopefully, that will stop them from coming into our bed...I doubt it.
And, I couldn't not post a picture of June. She still pretty hard to figure out, but she is still pretty cute. She just started smiling a lot more which is so fun. She is finally fitting in her 0-3 months clothes and grew out of the newborn diapers.

It has been quite the journey this past weekend. The hardest transition has been going from a house to an apartment. The kids love to play outside and they are a lot more confined in the apartment. It has been pretty cold and wet ever since we got here. The kids are going a little stir crazy, and I am not so great getting out with all 3 kids since June is still pretty crabby. But, I will get better at it with practice and hopefully we will get to explore the area this week!

9 comments:

Jeremy said...

Get out of town! We just moved to Portland for a year or so. We are living in Beaverton - where are you guys?

bro said...

Cute pic of your bebe, glad u made it she looks like a haynie.

Leslie said...

wow. you're amazing.

Nancy Jo said...

Love the furniture! What a deal! Hopefully the sun will come out soon and dry up the rain. You and Carl need to stop jumping on the bed : )

Lindsey said...

I have been dying to know how you were doing!! It looks great! June is just so pretty and such a cutie all smiles!! I can't imagine the airport. That made me laugh just that picture in the bed. You are an awesome craigslist shopper!

Kira =] said...

Amazing deals!! You are such a trooper! Have you considered baby wearing with Miss June? It was a lifesaver for having 3 little ones so close together. That way, I always had her on me, but still had 2 hands available for the others. The pouch was great in the beginning- super simple & quick. If you want more info just shoot me a email or message on fb.

Curtis n Lindsay said...

Juuuuust another day!

Carl said...

The craigslist phenom is at it again. Give her a couple hundred bucks and a truck and she'll furnish your entire house in a week. And it will look good. Thanks Court!

akdoxey said...

Hey guys, congrats on the new little June but. Courtney...you are one amazing mama! I can't believe you really let Carl go after just one week. Bless you lil' lady!

Hope Portland is treating you well!