Kittens and elderly dogs and lotsa babies

Kittens and elderly dogs and lotsa babies

My SIL has a new addition to their family. 😺
‘sup blog? This is the new addition to my SIL’s home (the kitten, not the baby). Too bad–they were JUST dog people for a nice chunk of time.

Maggie thinks maybe I won't notice her covertly begging for yogurt under the kitchen table.
Josh is out doing the bi-weekly Costco shopping with Mr. Baby. I just completed a workout at the gym, bought ingredients to make jambalaya tonight, and scarfed down a salad.

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Mr. Baby hasn’t been so great about sleeping through the night lately, so last night we attempted to “crib train” for the very first time.

Misty mornings (and unfortunately smoky afternoons).
We let him scream and cry and fling himself dramatically around his crib for less than 10 minutes before we gave in. It was not pleasant.

The dogs are relaxing on the quilt that I thoughtfully laid out for the baby, meanwhile the baby is chewing on my shoe laces. Gross.
We’re going to sleep/crib train, REALLY do it, but maybe wait until after my parents leave (they are visiting soon) and then after we go to Spokane again (my FIL’s 70th birthday party) and then after Mr. Baby has his surgery. So basically…September.

Blueberries!
Evidently this sleep training stuff amounts to a few hellish nights. Nobody wants that, but of course he needs to learn to sleep in his crib eventually, right? Right.

We're gonna have a lot of tomatoes this year. πŸ…
The three tomato plants we acquired from Fleeta are coming in beautifully.

Baby date! (my baby is the one who doesn't "relax")
Another baby date! The other two babies laid around like babies, while my crazy son crawled all over the place and tried to grab hair and faces.

Happy moms club. πŸ’šπŸ’™πŸ’š
Three happy mommies and their adorable baby boys.

The best πŸ‘£πŸ‘£πŸ‘£
What’s better than baby toes?

Guess what we're doing this weekend?
Flashback to the last time we went camping. We did go camping again this past weekend, but thanks to a crappy combo of forest fire haze/rain the next day, it wasn’t nearly so picturesque.

Re-united and it feels so gooooood
I got re-lashed! I joked with my eyelash lady that I wasn’t going to tell Josh, just let him figure it out. The next day he came home from work and told me I looked “pretty”.

I batted my synthetic lashes and asked, “Notice anything…different?”

“Lashes?” he correctly guessed. Good job, husband!

7 months old! πŸ’šπŸ’š
Meanwhile Mr. Goo is 7 months old now! WHERE IS THE TIME GOING, STOP IT TIME.

Maggie dog says, "What are we doing today?"
Bear Cub is 9 this year, and Maggie will be 12 in November! Siiiigh.

Some inspiration, sweetie (thanks @erinlovesmullets)
A little inspiration. It made me cackle.

Happy Friday! πŸ’œ
Me and my Gooey Goo. In spite of all the crib trauma, he slept from 9-4:30, had a feeding session with Mommy, and then back to sleep until 6:45. Not too shabby.

Camping pics up next!

My beach blanket she’s such a nature’s child

My beach blanket she’s such a nature’s child

Village People?
Blawg! Don’t these little toys of Mr. Baby’s look like the Village People?

Mr. Baby allows me to do two or three quilt ties per day. At this rate, I'll have this quilt finished in 2019 or so.
Current project, tying this quilt that I started __ years ago. I’m only able to do 2-3 ties per day before WAHHHHH…so I should have it finished in 2019 or so.

Mmmm roses πŸ’•
Roses at my OLD job, when I stopped by for a TB test last week. Yes my OLD job, I haven’t worked there for over a month and I suspect I won’t be any time soon. LAME. It was only 7 minutes away from home, talk about the perfect commute.

A new flavor to try! Now they just need to make banana 🍌🍌🍌
My Summer of 2017 Mexican Popsicle Obsession is still going strong, and Fred Meyer’s had the elusive pecan flavor on my last trip. Verdict: not as good as coconut. That company really should release a banana flavor…I’d be all over it!

Finally had my nails done for the first time in over a year...they match my wallet! ✨✨✨
I won the chore chart and instead of requesting the usual massage (I don’t think I’ve had a decent, long massage since the baby’s been born anyway), I requested 3 hours of Just Liz time, and during that special time I went and had my nails shellacked. They match my wallet!

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Josh is out with the baby and the dogs for a walk/nap. Lately I’ve transferred the sleeping baby from the stroller to the top of our dryer, turned the dryer on, and he naps non-stop until the cycle ends, 70 minutes later. I can get a lot done around the house in that amount of time!

This hydrangea in our backyard is the prettiest shade of purple. πŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œ
My mother is concerned that Mr. Baby will use his Baby strength and somehow knock himself off of the dryer, but it’s impossible, that damn car seat weighs a TON.

A rare portrait of the elusive Bear Cub.
The air quality is terrible right now, thanks to lots of forest fires in Canada. The haze combined with the heat reminds me of Boise summers: YUCK.

It's so hot and muggy today my hair has already melted! πŸ’¦πŸ’¦πŸ’¦
After work this week, completely flat hair thanks to the heat. See that orange-y eye shadow? That’s not real, that’s Perfect365! Totally looks real.

Alright, #nature peeps--what kind of berries are these? I know they are not blackberries. But I would like to know what they are before I eat them. 😝
WHAT ARE THESE BERRIES? One bush of them pops up every year at the park. I’ve looked at all the various wild blackberry leaves, they don’t match. Either do raspberry and boysenberry. The leaves are really spiky and red-tipped. I haven’t tried to eat any, because what if they are poison?

This guy 😍
Mr. Gooey Goo. Such a sweet boy. He added in an extra wake-up at midnight this week (?), but finally last night slept through it, woke up at 4:30 for a Mommy feeding and then went back to bed until 6. That’s more like it!

Out for sushi on our 9th anniversary. It is soooo hoooot. πŸ’¦
Joshy and I celebrated our 9 year anniversary on the hottest day of the year by going out for sushi, sans baby. It was delish.

Floral anniversary present from Joshy. πŸ’•
He also bought me some flowers.

One of Josh's co-workers gave us this gorgeous hibiscus plant. 🌺
One of his co-workers gifted us with this giant, beautiful hibiscus plant. I hope we can keep it alive!

I love my backyard in the evening. πŸ’š
I love our backyard in the evening, so pretty. Smoke or not! Happy Summer, blog-logs.

Camping, hot weather and donuts

Camping, hot weather and donuts

Repost from @djmagicelf of my sweeties πŸ’šπŸŒ²πŸŒˆ
What could it be? More camping pictures from two weeks ago, starring the two cutest cuties.

Mountain men. πŸ’š
We were tossing around the idear of going camping this Thursday, but it just so happens it’s supposed to be 100 degrees. Seriously. Perhaps that would be ill-advised. Josh is afraid the baby’s head will melt.

Late afternoon shadows.
Certainly WE can hop in the ice-cold river any old time we want, same with the dogs, but it’s too cold for Mr. Baby.

Maggie dog in a fedora.
Josh assures me that there will be plenty of opportunities to camp in August. UH HUH. WE’LL SEE ABOUT THAT.

Mountain air.
We were thinking about going camping this week since it’s Josh’s last week of work at his old job, and his new job will undoubtedly frown upon him taking a work day off, yeah? It’s just soooo much less crowded on a Thursday as opposed to a Saturday.

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Oh well. You can’t always get what you want. The first time we went camping this summer it was around 90, and at one point I laid down on my mat to read and my body left an entire sweaty imprint of a body on the mat. Gross. Now add 10 degrees to that. Double gross.

Hey look I don't even have to do eye make up anymore! "Perfect365" does it for me, eyelashes included.
I discovered an app called “Perfect365” that adds make-up to my naked face! Glitter, eye shadow and false eyelashes galore! Now I don’t even need to do make-up anymore. THANKS, IPHONE.

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What else is new? My mother is nearly out of the hospital recovering from yet another friggin’ back surgery, this time to repair a spinal fluid leak. This was not good times.

July 🌈🌞🌾
Mr. Baby will be 7 months old on August 10th, and he is reeeeally close to crawling. Like, he’s gonna get it in the next week, I’m sure.

Today Mr. Baby is discovering one of life's little pleasures--peanut butter on a spoon.
He tried peanut butter for the first time…and approves!

Does anybody actually like these things? I've never had a flavor that didn't taste like watered-down cough syrup. 😝
Gross.

Day lilies in my MIL's backyard.
This past weekend we drove to Spokane, mainly so Josh could shimmer up the mast of his parents’ boat to do some kind of repair.

Mr. Baby was kinda sleepy this morning. πŸ’€
Mr. Baby and I hung out with Grandma Fleeta. We went out to lunch, and stopped by Krispy Kreme, because for some reason I was fixated on eating a pink-iced donut, a’la Homer Simpson, and only Krispy Kreme seems to do pink-iced donuts. Verdict: too damn sugary! That’s right, even I think Krispy Kreme is too sugary. That’s saying something.

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For some gross reason Mr. Baby has woken up at 4:30, 4:40 and 4:45 the past 3 mornings. Knock it off, son!

Lovely lilies.
Fleeta and Bob have a beautiful backyard.

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We enjoyed playing outside in the shade.

Mr. Baby with Great-Grandma Frances. πŸ’œ
Great-Grandma Frances came by for a visit!

Maggie dog catches some rays. β˜€οΈβ˜€οΈβ˜€οΈ
Maggie dog caught a few rays.

The trip back from Spokane looks a lot like this.
The drive home took something disgusting like 7 hours due to construction traffic, but who’s counting? Siiiiiiigh.

Stay cool, blog-logs!

Mr. Baby is a magical baby

Mr. Baby is a magical baby

Purple wildflowers. πŸ’œ
Hallo, blog-log. It’s Sunday and I just inhaled four pieces of fried chicken and a peach Greek yogurt for lunch, while feeding the plain yogurt parts to Mr. Baby. So far we have given him yam, avocado, baby oatmeal and carrot and the yogurt is the only thing that he’s liked. Silly baby!

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Finally during the next two weeks I have some work. Also, my old job wants to hire me back on PRN, two or three times a week for four hours at a time. Perfect!

Maybe Maggie and I need to have a talk about her hoarding tendencies. I just pulled 3 Chobani containers out of her dog bed. 😝
Check out Maggie dog, hoarding Chobani containers and Tupperware in her kennel. Poor old dog!

I like my deviled eggs the way I like my men: slightly chunky
Mmmm, deviled eggs. They disappear very quickly in this house.

Mood
Mood for summer 2017, starring La Liz.

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Josh has a new job too, he’ll be starting it in two weeks. He’ll get paid 4 dollars more an hour, and his commute will go from 40 minutes to an hour (one way), to less than 20 minutes. YES.

Spotted at the dog park: half of a glitter egg. My magpie talents strike again! ✨✨✨
My roving magpie eyes found this glitter egg (half) at the dogpark.

Bear Cub getting her nature on 🌾
Bear Cub enjoys a roll around outside.

Oh this guy! 😍
The Gooiest of the Goos! I’m crazy about this kid.

#tbt: little Lizzy.
Little Lizzy.

Multi tasking!
You learn to do just about everything with a baby attached.

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Guess what we did on Friday night/Saturday??

Today was supposed to be overcast all day. 🌞🌞🌞
Camping again! That’s riiiiight. It was crowded, but now that we are car camping there are always more people around.

We sure pack a lot of shit to "rough it". πŸ˜‚
This is the “bare bones” list for camping that we have since added to. So much shit! I also added a caftan and lounge chair…I mean, if you’re gonna car camp, why not? Let’s be luxurious.

Me and Maggie πŸ’•
On the road, with Maggie dog.

Camping fun with baby. πŸŒ²πŸ’¦πŸŒž
The water was too cold for Mr. Baby…Josh dipped his little baby feet in and he went WAH. I went up to my waist (mostly because I had to pee), and my cold-loving husband dove in, of course.

Beautiful day on the river. πŸ’¦
We ate chicken teriyaki and apple cobbler (all freeze dried, of course), and Mr. Baby slept from 9:20 to 5:30. I fed him, handed him to Josh, and then slept in until 8. I LOVE THE WEEKEND.

Finding hearts in nature. πŸ’•
Heart-shaped rocks everywhere.

The best.
Now I just need to go camping once more this summer to be fulfilled…although I would go more, if I could. I love it.

Brrrrrrisk πŸ’¦
Wearing a nursing bra and my husband’s baggy running shorts to swim in. Josh thinks I shouldn’t give skirted swimsuits such a hassle, and I should get one. Really? Remember, he also wanted me to buy a housecoat a few years back. My husband wants me to dress in old lady drag, apparently.

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Ohhhh this baby. I love him so.

Okay, maybe that fourth piece of chicken was ill-advised. BARF. Smell you later!

Let your freak flag fly!

Let your freak flag fly!

I cut some daisies from the yard, but they were so stinky I had to put them outside! Who knew.
Bloop bleep orp eee ah ah, blog! Here are some daisies I was excited to cut from the massive bush we have in the front yard. Too bad I discovered that daisies smell awful, so they had to stay outside.

My MIL bought herself a new sewing machine so I scored her old one. I loved my Singer, but it would cost more to replace it than fix the issues!
Fleeta bought herself another sewing machine at a garage sale, so I scored her old Bernina. Yes!

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It’s already mid-July. How depressing! I need to go camping two more times this summer in order to feel fulfilled in life.

I like the Hotel Nexus sign πŸ’¦πŸ’¦πŸ’¦
We recently met up with Josh’s co-workers at the Saffron Grill by Northgate, giving me the opportunity to enjoy the Hotel Nexus sign again.

Balloon flowers πŸ’œ
Cute little balloon flowers in the front yard.

July. 🌞
I haven’t worked in 2+ weeks. This hasn’t been my choice, of course. I have a little work lined up for the end of the month, thank goodness.

Let's frolic. 🌸🌼🌿
My neighbor’s yard is so pretty pretty.

New miniature painting in my Etsy shop! "Glitter Betta Fish". ✨✨✨
Latest mini painting: glitter Betta fish! Yayyyy! Available for sale HERE.

Rainbow toes 🌈✨✨
Current nailpolish situation: rainbow.

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Gee, look at how cute I used to be. Siiiigh. This was 2014. DID I APPRECIATE IT THEN??? Probably not.

Here's a quilt I started a long time ago, just needs to be tied and bound.
Here’s an old unfinished quilt I re-discovered lately. Just needs to be tied and bound and it will be complete! How long will it take me to do those things, do you think?

Scored these two palm tree paintings at an estate sale for 7$! They go perfectly in our Hawaiian-themed kitchen.
Scored these two palm tree paintings at my neighbor’s estate sale for only 7 clams! They go perfectly in the kitchen. Francesca is finally retired.

The hydrangea in the front yard is really poppin' πŸ’œ
The hydrangea in the front yard is really blossoming this year.

Happy Friday! πŸŒžπŸ’–βœ¨
Happy Goo!

This absolutely looks like something my grandmother would've worn in the 70s. Even the costume jewelry!
This layout in “Elle” magazine caught my eye…the “athleisure” knits look like something my grandmother would have worn in the 1970’s…complete with the costume jewelry.

Josh cleaning out the roof gutters with assistance from Anthony while I sit on the back deck with the baby and watch terrifying YouTube videos about Australian spiders.
Here’s Joshy climbing up a very long ladder to the roof yesterday to clean out the gutters. Anthony assisted him, while I looked up terrifying spider videos on the Youtubes. Don’t watch this one.

Cloudy at Magnuson Park today.
Today was Josh’s company picnic at Magnuson Park, so we packed up Mr. Baby and the rogs and checked it out. I ate a bunless cheeseburger and a bunless hot dog. Atkins, can you hear meeeeee?

The mens.
Baby Goo did great! He didn’t fuss at all. Maggie begged everyone at the picnic for food, and Bear Cub patiently let lots of sticky-handed little kids pet her tail.

Me and my Goo. 🌈Let
That’s my baby!

Ta ta blog-logs. Hope you are enjoying your summer.

Camping with my baby

Camping with my baby

Gym face. Since the arrival of Mr. Baby I only get to go to the gym on the weekend, but I'm glad to do it. If only Planet Fitness had child care! 😝
Hey everybody! It’s my gym face. I only go to the gym once or twice a week now, but I ENJOY it, dammit.

Tiny white flowers in the front yard.
Wonder what these tiny white flowers are in the front yard? They smell similar to lilacs, but not as sweet.

The Endless Summer hydrangea and Maggie dog. πŸ’™
For reasons having nothing to do with me, I am temporarily jobless. BOOOO. However, it’s July, my favorite summer month, I have a freezer full of Mexican popsicles, and all I gotta do is keep my baby alive every day. Life’s not too shabby.

Black currants in the front yard that we've been meaning to pick for a couple weeks now. What would we do with them?
Ah shucks this photo reminds me that we still haven’t picked those black currants in the front yard.

Poor Bear Cub is getting drugged today! She hates fireworks.
I drugged both of the dogs up for the 4th of July, and they did great. Even Mr. Baby did great. I, on the other hand, was extremely grumpy! I couldn’t believe how noisy the fireworks were this year!

Happy 4th! I've got ✨spirit✨✨✨
I glittered myself up for the occasion. I also wore a red/white/blue dress I bought from H&M last year, but I’m not going to post any photos of that because my arms are just too damn fat. I have 5 months to lose 20 pounds. Do you think I can do it???

Ronia and her baby cousin.
Awww look at Goo, secure in the arms of Ronia. She was really the only cousin who paid attention to him. Well, Elliot did come over at one point and affectionately call him, “The spawnliest spawn”, which I took as a compliment.

Aunt Brenna made M. the cutest little outfit.
Brenna made him this super-cute outfit.

Water Cub! πŸ’¦πŸ’¦πŸ’¦
Guess what we did last Thursday?

Baby's first camping trip! Not even 6 months old.
We took our special Goo camping for the first time!

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He did so good. He even slept in the tent, in his little baby cradle, from 10-6, and didn’t wake up when Bear Cub went BARK BARK BARK at something/someone in the middle of the night.

Bliss
I was so proud of him! Now I don’t have to be nervous for the next time that we go camping. I’d like to go again, ASAP.

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Look, there’s me.

Mr. Baby and daddy in matching flannels--how PNW is this? 😍
Fleeta found this tiny flannel for Mr. Baby, and it just happens to match Josh’s perfectly.

Bear Cub at the river's edge. πŸ’¦
We went to one of our favorite spots, and camped with the car nearby, instead of hiking…first time we’d done that since 2010.

My water dogs.
The dogs had a great time, as always. The next camp over had a crazy old skinny man named Dave who smoked weed, gave us oatmeal cookies, and played the damn recorder at 2 o’clock in the morning. Oh Dave!

This one's for you, @dubtrance 😘
I took this photo for Christopher, who has an irrational hatred of my Chacos.

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Mr. Baby loves nature.

River Lizzy. πŸ’¦
Welp, I’m just gonna have to be fat this summer. That’s life! That’s what happens when you have a baby!

Let's go back!
Josh in his Hendrix trunks…always a good look.

River sunset.
So pretty.

We went to a matinee of "Alien: Covenant"--the scariest thing was, we were all alone in the theater!
“I wonder when the movie theater will become obsolete?” I asked Josh on the way in to see “Alien: Covenant” Saturday afternoon…and lo and behold, we were the only patrons! Until the film started, and about 3 people trickled in. It was good, but will never top the first two in the series.

Time is going by too quickly! Tonight we start FOOD. πŸ˜‹
Today my big boy is six months old! Time is going by too fast. I’m going to cook him a yam tonight for his first food…can’t wait to see his face!

Beach, babies and Broads

Beach, babies and Broads

My neighbors roses are electric πŸ”₯
Hey blog! Hard to believe it’s July already. Time is moving too quickly.

Beach baby 🌈
My fat baby is going to be 6 months old in 9 days! And it seems like only yesterday that I was pushing him out.

You betcha we went to the beach again. What else are you gonna do when it's 90 degrees?
When the weather gets hot, you go to the beach! Even if it is only for 20 minutes (before your baby starts fussing).

Your parents at the beach. πŸŒˆπŸ’¦
Look, it’s your parents at the beach. I wore my rainbow hat to the dog park yesterday, and Mr. Baby was grabbing at it, attempting to put it in his mouth.

“Careful, son,” I warned him. “You don’t know where this hat has been! And it’s never been washed.”

“He might get a contact high from it,” snorted the Broad.

Crab, anyone?
Lots of dead crabs washed up on the shore that day. Mmmmm, craaaaaab.

Beach Bear πŸ’¦
Bear Cub loves the beach.

My mom bought me a furry present
Lookie lookie what my mom bought me! I love furry presents. Too bad the foot doctor I recently visited told me that I have to wear hard, enclosed shoes ALL DAY LONG NOW. Ugghhhhh.

Butterfly in action!
I just want my tootsies to be free! Like this butterfly.

Our daisies are really blossoming this year!
The daisies in our front yard are really blossoming this year!

Little Lizzy. ✨✨✨
Here for no particular reason is little Lizzy as Tinker Bell. OMG I can’t wait to play dress-up with my son! I will be so proud when he dons a wig for the first time. It will be like playing dress-up with my little brother all over again, only BETTER.

Tbt: color-coordinating with @dubtrance, October 2015. πŸ’šπŸŒˆβœ¨
Another flashback, to October 2015. Christopher re-posted this picture to his IG account and then told me over the phone that he’d had to erase some comments about how “anorexic” I looked.

“Tell me more,” I said, eagerly.

“Oh, like ‘eat a sandwich’…” he offered.

“Are you kidding?” I squawked. “I’ve been dieting half my life…that’s a COMPLIMENT.”

Summer splendor!
Heigh ho. Look at how pretty pretty the flowers in my neighbor’s yard are!

Lunch
The weight is slowwwwwly coming off, thanks to eating lunches like this one: a humble salad.

Nice day for it 😎
And of course, walking Mr. Baby and the rogs every day. But I’ve done that all along.

We love being outside! πŸŒΏπŸŒžπŸ’•
We love to be outside! Especially when the weather is in the 70’s. Perfect.

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He was so good at the dog park yesterday. Smiling and cooing and charming everyone. Especially several wet dogs, who just wanted to kiss him.

My broad showing off her stunningly white legs at Magnuson Park today.
Look, it’s my Broad! With her glowing white legs. I tried to “saturate” some color into them, but it just made them blue.

“Hey look, I got a little color,” she said as we were leaving the park yesterday, showing me her arm.

“If by ‘color’, you mean pinker and with more freckles, then yes, you got some color,” I told her.

Maggie and Bear Cub swam it up today. πŸ’¦
Josh was off work early yesterday so we picked up the Broad and went to Magnuson Park, near her house. It was H-O-T!

My Father's Day gift to Joshy. For camping!
Here’s the camping Dad mug I bought Joshy for Father’s Day. We may just go camping this week…wish us luck!