I finally have a moment…

I have finally found a free minute to write a brief note here. And yet, I am not sure where to pick up or what to say. My thoughts are disorganized and time is scarce. And since a pictures worth a thousand words, here you go.


Isaac landed a job at Nike. And since Nike is the closest thing I have to a celebrity crush (aside from Jillian Michaels), I’m pretty excited.

Last Friday, it was Portland-or-Bust! We made the 2.5 hour trip just fine.

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We’re living in a temporary apartment in The Pearl District of Portland, pretending to be city people for a few months. The view is beautiful and sunrises spectacular.

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The bridge loop is my current jam. It’s a 4+ mile, roundtrip route from my building and perfectly BOB friendly.IMG_1870

Our temporary neighborhood is awesome (aside: awesome is a word I’m coming to find is used almost exclusively in California) and I can find anything I need… for a cost, of course. Whole Foods and Madewell are within 100 yards of my doorstep. Can you say, “trouble”?


Without a car, the girls and I have been exploring Portland on foot for the past several days. And grocery shopping on foot too.

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Monday, I popped a tire on the BOB while on a long walk to the park. Luckily REI was within a mile and they got me all fixed up in no time.


When in Portland… composting seems easy enough (and everyone is doing it), so I’m giving it a go.

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The sun rises at 7:45am, so it’s easy to fit in a sunrise yoga session. The sun sets at 4:45pm, so it’s easy to pull your hair out, at least between the hours of 5 and 7:30 pm. There have been a few, “We’ve got no food, we’ve got no jobs, our pets heads are falling off!” moments. But, as always, they pass.

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The weather has been gorgeous (and cold). The rain has been minimal, which is awesome fortunate, being as I have yet to buy a rain jacket and the weather cover for the BOB has not yet arrived.


I still feel like I am on a long trip in a cool town. When really, this is not a trip. This is my life. And this is my new, cool, hip, different-than-home hometown. It’s a good thing I like it so far.

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    kellie berry
    01/14/2015 at 5:26 pm

    love the pictography – excited for the new adventures and stories God is writing for your family
    Blessings Bodenhammers!!

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    01/14/2015 at 7:34 pm

    Issac landed a job at Nike?! What could be more perfect for you?! I’m excited to watch this adventure unfold:)

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      01/14/2015 at 9:50 pm

      Thanks friend! Wish i could have fit in a few more classes with you at Cardio Barre before i took off! xoxo

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    01/14/2015 at 9:54 pm

    Nice pics of Portland.

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    01/15/2015 at 12:59 pm

    7:45 am sunrise?? Yikes! At least in summertime, you’ll have more hours of sunlight than you did in California!

    Can I just say how much I love Reece’s little smile in the airplane photo. She must have been happy to score the window seat.

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      01/15/2015 at 1:31 pm

      Ash, she said the flight was, “the best part of (her) year”.

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    01/15/2015 at 4:13 pm

    Huh! I didn’t know she was so into planes and flying. Now I understand a bit more where the interest in Southwest came from.

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    01/15/2015 at 7:00 pm

    Wow, you tied all of that together so well including the awesome drop later on… crossed out, of course. As always, I marvel at how well you are able to bring your smart ass conversational tone into your writing. So awesome!
    Love Hello Day.

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    01/17/2015 at 9:55 am

    Well bred indeed

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