Thursday, April 3, 2008

The Blitz update

Before I talk about my trip, I just wanted to say sorry to anyone who fell for Joel's April Fool's Day prank. Ironically, he also fooled me for about a half a second until I realized that of course it was not true and there is no one better to know that than me!

I wanted to write a summary of my trip this weekend with pictures before life takes off again and I forget. I think I have finally recovered from my trip, so I thought that I would write about.

In just about 48 hours I was on four different airplanes, in four different airports in four different states.

I basically froze the whole weekend considering I don't think it got above 40 degrees anywhere that I was. It even snowed in both places while I was there! I was glad to be back in warm weather!

Friday night I flew from Phoenix to Portland right after work. My sister met me at the airport and we went straight to Stanfords for some Happy Hour time with Christi and Meagan. It was a blast to catch up with these girls, I had some yummy artichoke/spinach dip and a my favorite drink. It was amazing.

Saturday morning I woke up and went to breakfast with my mom and sister. We went to the Hawthorne Cafe, one of my favorite little spots that is very near my old home. We then met up with Christi and Meagan and did some shopping downtown at my all time favorite store, Fossil. Yes, Fossil does sell clothes, just not in the state of Arizona, so this was a big deal for me, also there is no sales tax in Oregon. I also went to REI where my sis helped me buy some new running clothes for the 8k that I will be running in May ho pefully. My sis works at REI, so she was a big help...

After a quick trip to Starbucks where I bought a Hawaiian Bagel (bagels made with pineapple juice, they are amazing and I cannot find them here) I headed back to the airport, headed to Boise.

Once in Boise, I picked up my rental car which I forgot to take a picture of, but it was sweet. I found my way to some old friends house and this is where I stayed Saturday night. For those of you who didn't know, I lived in Boise for the first 6 years of my life. I remember some of it, but this was a fun trip to walk down memory lane. The Shepards have three teenage boys and it was a blast getting to know them better. I only remember the older two and they were very young when we moved away from Boise.

Sunday morning, I woke up early and did some more exploring. I found my old house, my old pre-school, kindergarten and then went to my old church. Below is a picture of my old house.

It is a lot smaller than I remember, but of course I was six when I left there. It was fun going to my old church. There was one gentleman that remembered my parents and he was shocked at how old I was because he remembered me as a very little girl.

That afternoon was the event that this whole trip was about. My college friend Erin was getting married! After navigating myself through the street s of downtown Boise (which were pretty confusing for a small town, I consider myself decently downtown savvy considering I have driven quite a bit in downtown Portland and now downtown Phoenix, who thought that Boise would stump me?) I finally found the church and it was beautiful inside and out. Erin was a beautiful bride and the ceremony was so "Erin". It was quick and simple then we all piled into our cars and headed just a few miles away to the reception hall. It was a beautiful old brick building that was incredible! Erin did a great job finding this place! I got to stay about an hour at the reception before I had to jump into my car and jet back to the airport. I was worried about getting back to the airport in time, but everything turned out fine.
Here is a picture of Erin and I. I got just a few minutes with her before I had to run out the door. I am so happy for her, she is a married woman now!

I flew from Boise to Seattle and then Seattle to Phoenix where I arrived at about midnight on Sunday night. I got just about four hours of sleep and then I was up early to be at work early Monday morning.

The whole trip was pretty incredible, there is a lot I learned, probably more than I have time to write. But God taught me one important thing. Phoenix is home right now. The NW will always be in my blood and hold a special place in my heart. But this is where God has me right now and this is where I am to focus my energy. He has put me in a job I love and has given me new friendships that I am excited about. Phoenix is home and this past weekend it felt like that. Going to Portland was not going home, coming back to Phoenix was.


  1. YEAH!!!! I am so happy about that. Plus, this famiily misses you when you are gone =).

  2. Thanks for posting the picture of my old house, and telling me about the adventures in my birth town. I am so glad you got to see old friends and spend time with your sister and mother. I'm also happy that your happy in Pheonix. I will continue to make the NW my home for you. I didn't fall for Joels prank for one single second. I know his type, and I knew the day :)

  3. Andrew I love that you referred to Amanda and Mom as "your mother and sister" have you excommunicated yourself from our family? Yeah anyone who knows me at all would know that I am not having a baby any time soon... and if I was, that would not be how I would announce it!