Happy (belated) Birthday to going west coastal!

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Wow. Time flies when you’re having fun. Or moving across the country and trying to grow some roots in a strange place where you literally know no one. Haha.

going west coastal turned one over the weekend. Crazy. That means that we are almost at our one-year anniversary in Oregon. Crazier still.

Over the past year, I have taken to my blog 142 times to share a little something about an experience I (or we’ve) had during our transition. And during this time, over 3,000 people – different people! – have clicked through to check it out. I am so thankful for that. I started going west coastal as a way for our family and friends back home to experience Oregon with us.(…hmm. That makes it sound like I envisioned it’d be some voyeuristic words-based Second Life type of thing – clearly, not.) I just thought it would be fun to write our story as it happened and let them follow along. Then I figured out how to connect this puppy to my Facebook page and it kind of took off from there. So, that’s really a long way of saying: Thank you, readers. I have a lot of fun writing this blog, and knowing that you read it, and comment (either here or on Facebook), and take an interest really gives me a sense of ‘home’ … even if you aren’t from Philadelphia or don’t personally know me. It creates a sense of community around me in a place where I still don’t know many people…so maintaining this outlet is a really nice way to stay connected to a greater group, and I really, really, reallllllly appreciate you indulging me and participating! Don’t get me wrong – I love writing (despite doing it for a living – haha!) and I’d probably still do this blog even if only my parents and parents-in-law read it. But knowing that more people like it…well, that’s really cool. And I am happy that so many of you do.

Now, let’s celebrate going west coastal’s first birthday. I thought it would be fun to share some of my favorite posts. Yes. I am totally that dorky blogger that goes back and reads her posts every once and a while, so I have favorites. Don’t judge. I get lonely here! Haha.

Some of my favorite posts so far are…

Hi Honey, what do you think about moving to Portland?

Finally, some details!

Sneaks aren’t for Storage

PHL > ORD > PHX > PDX

We’re home? We’re here? We’re here. It will be home later.

You Learn a Lot About Your Kids in 40 Hours in a Car Over Four Days

Connecting the Dots

Paperwork Follies

The Packers (Not the Inventoriers) – Day 1

The Packers – Day 2

The Packers – Day 3. Final day…coupled with some police activity.

See You Soon!

Camping Out. Ok, ok. Camping In.

So long, Philadelphia; Hello, Portland!

First impressions of temporary housing

First Day of School

New School. New Food. Two Tired Kids.

Halloween is a *tad* bit different in Portland…so far

Trick-or-Treat-and-House?

Things I Miss…So Far

Parking in a Garage

The Smoke Alarms Work

Portlandish: Portland Pants

Things You Don’t Plan for When House Shopping

We Have A Winner!

The end of the road…

Crafting a Christmas from Scratch

Elfin Travel Fun

A Few Funnies from Unpacking

First Visitors

A Mini Sneaker-head

“Mom, I Like Salmon!” and other culinary delights

Delivery

Poor Kenny

Come on, Gavin!

I’ve Got Friends in Low Places. Wait. No, I don’t.

Sansu-Francisco

Waving is Out

Delivering A Definitive Portland Experience…

“Private” Bike Tours of Portland

Danger! City Girl with a Garden

Beavers? Duckers? Say What Now?

Escaping the Summer Heat at Ecola State Park

Fig-tastic Adventures

This is Why I Don’t Take Out the Trash (Riiiiiiiiiight. That’s it.)

The Start of Kindergarten

I Sound Funny

Decorating within My Limitations

…I know, it’s a long list. Hey, I said I liked writing, not editing. Here’s to another fun year with going west coastal – thanks again for reading!

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