Local Foray

12 Apr

I get this crazy travel itch sometimes and then I remember-oh yah, we live in a really incredible place and I have almost limitless exploring possibilities. HR Valley


Sick days

2 Mar

Sick days should never be on weekends. 2 out of 3 of us are down for the count so I’m pinning remedies late at night.


Good Love

20 Jan

You gotta be careful when you’ve got good love
Cause the angels will just keep on multiplying

-Jack Johnson

The adventures just keep on coming. This little wonder is our newest adventure. She’s an awesome little ball of energy that has both B & I wrapped around her finger.

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Along with growing a baby, we’ve been growing Willow Wine Cellars as much as possible! Our families have been working tirelessly with us through harvest and as the wine sits in barrel.

We’ve done a little traveling but have tried to explore more locally with baby Olu. Cheers to more adventures to come!

Worn Wear

7 Dec

In light of Patagonia’s new campaign Worn Wear I thought I would post my own. I do have some excellent Patagonia pieces that I’ve had for a few years now but the item deserving my worn wear story is my Sorel Boots. Today was the first snow of the season and it just kept coming down so I dug around in the closet and found my moms Sorels. They keep my feet nice and toasty.
My mom was given these boots as a gift 20+ years ago and 2 years ago she passed them on to me.

Chewbacca loves snow days.
Snow Day

Past Adventures

4 Dec

Since we haven’t been posting consistently I wanted to post about our trip down the Pacific Coastline back in April. We had 1 week and our goal was to make it down to San Luis Obispo to see Larry and Jesselle and then back up through Napa to drink some yummy wine and see old friends and then home.













Oh darling, let’s be adventurers

21 Oct

Our adventures in the last year have been so many, and all happening so quickly, that we haven’t had a chance to update the blog. We’ve had quiet moments too, but none that we wanted to spend updating.

We got married! We are now Mr. and Mrs. Simpers. It was such a beautiful day, filled with so much love that when I think about it I tear up a little and I feel like my heart is expanding out of my chest (http://www.adventuresinmanifesting.org/healthwell-being/science-and-energy-healing/). Wedding

The other thing that has completely blown us out of the water is that we’re starting a winery! We launched a kickstarter website that was successfully funded, once again causing us to feel so much from everyone around us we’ve been completely blown away.

So now we’re just riding this wave of an adventure full of love and community. Tarnna’s finishing up her Masters in Education, powering through homework like an old locomotive. And Brendan’s working at Syncline and finishing up our harvest for Willow Wine Cellars, good thing Harvest is so much fun.

So while our adventures are long processes, we sure have piled on every exciting thing we could do.

South to East Journey: Part 1-South

22 Sep

The first leg of our flight was PDX-Vegas. Once we arrived at the Vegas airport we played some slots (the Star Wars ones of course). Won $20 and used it on some beverages. We had decided on the cheaper flight plan, which translates to more layovers to get from Portland to Huntsville Alabama. Not that there were any DIRECT flights to Huntsville to choose from. Our flight from Vegas to Houston, TX was delayed because “the engines weren’t working right” but after 45 minutes sitting in the plane they decided to let us know it wasn’t the engine that flies the plane, it’s the engine that powers it while it’s sitting…..yikes. We arrived in Houston to find we’d missed our connection to Huntsville. They put on the next flight (2 hours later), and we called Dan to let him know we’d be much later than planned.

But we got there! And our bad moods were quickly fixed by hanging out with our great friend Dan! Tuscumbia Alabama is a pretty beautiful place. The Tennessee river flows through town, the Northern Alabama University has actual lions on campus and I am not one for BBQ but daaaaaaammmnnnn that sandwich was good. The air is wonderfully thick-the feel and sounds.

Dan drove us all over and then we headed back to his house for some dinner. His family owns the house and it really is on the only hill in the area (at least the only I could see for MILES). There’s an old bell, a water tower, and a view of….well….what looked like all of Alabama. We climbed the water tower and drank beers. Even though Brendan and I rock climbing, it was pretty intimidating without a rope. It was awesome. Dan made us homemade fried chicken, mashed potatoes, and cornbread. We drank The Pines wine we had given him the last time he was out to see us. And then we just sat on the porch and chatted while we watched a couple late fireflies.

We had quite the excursion the next day trying to find a rental car which we’ll hit more of that story in Part II. We wanted to spend so much more time with Dan in Alabama but we had to make it up to D.C. by the next morning so we got our rental car headed up through Nashville and up to D.C. In Nashville we stopped by The Grand Ole Opry and in an awesome twist of events got to visit with The Bovee family (my first grade teacher). And to top off the long lovely drive, we drove through the Cumberland Gap towards Johnson City, Tennessee (thanks OCMS). The first leg of the journey was over, we arrived home in Centreville @ 5a.m.