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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!

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!

Summertime, when the living is sleazy

Summertime, when the living is sleazy

Fun with cloud shapes: what do you see? I see the Flavor Burst I'm gonna snarf in Portland tomorrow! 🍦
Hey blog! Mr. Baby is in his baby bouncer next to me on the floor while I type this. We’ll see how long it lasts…(do I say that every time? I think so).

#throwback: a street performer in Times Square, 2015.
For no particular reason at all, here is a street performer from our trip to NYC back in October 2015.

The graduate! 🌺
On Saturday after I got off work, we drove to Portland to celebrate my beautiful cousin Erika’s graduation from nursing school. She is 25 weeks pregnant, and looks radiant.

With my beautiful cousin Erika, who just graduated from nursing school.
She had a luau in her front yard. It was mostly family–her mother and one of her brothers, her mom’s boyfriend and his sons, her husband’s mother and sister.

Mr. Baby cuddles with Aunt Kissy @dubtrance πŸ’•βœ¨βœ¨
But of course we couldn’t make a trip to Portland without picking up Christopher!

No trip to Portland would be complete without a stop at Voodoo Donuts! 🍩
We spent the night at a Red Lion, and on the way out of town we HAD to stop at “Voodoo Doughnuts”, of course. Mmmm.

Inside Voodoo Doughnuts yesterday. I got "gay bar" and "triple chocolate penetration" (who only gets one donut?).
I got a “Gay Bar”–a bar doughnut filled with cream with vanilla frosting and a line of Froot Loops on top, and a “Triple Chocolate Penetration”–chocolate cake donut with chocolate frosting and chocolate cereal on top. YUM.

Love these shiny neon flowers in my neighbor's yard. πŸ’–
The dogs stayed with our favorite boarder, who we just learned is moving houses and won’t be able to board them anymore. Dammit.

The "Endless Summer" hydrangea is beginning to bloom.
In the meantime suddenly it’s HOT here. It’s supposed to get up to nearly 90 today…gross. I have the baby dressed in a sleeveless onesie with crabs on it and after this typing, I’m going to take him for a nice cool air-conditioned drive to get him to nap.

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And even though it’s 10 in the morning, I may just have a popsicle.

Maggie dog says, "Happy frickin' summer solstice." β˜”οΈπŸ’¦πŸ’¦πŸ’¦
Of course on the day of the summer solstice, it still looked like this! Look at poor old Maggie dog.

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I pulled up a ton of these big funky green plants earlier this year and the ones I missed blossomed…foxglove! Whoops! Maybe I’ll remember next year.

Floral present from Joshy 🌻🌻🌻
Joshy bought me flowers. Just cause.

At the beach with my mens yesterday. 🐳
Baby’s second trip to the beach…no falling in quicksand this time! Score!

My water dogs. πŸ’¦
We may go again today. What else do you do when it’s grossly hot? Get wet!

Seaside flowers.
We live so close to the water. It’s nice.

Bear Cub's favorite activity is standing on the shore and attacking Maggie when she comes out of the water.
Happy Cub!

Summer weather finally here! 🌈🌞🌿
I even broke out Ye Olde Rainbow Hat. I’ve had that damn thing since I was about 21.

This is my kind of weather. 🌞🌞🌞
Too hot for black dogs to walk in the afternoon–Josh took them for a 9 am walk today.

Friday night with these fellers. Crab cakes, fresh corn, and "Scratch". 🎧
Friday night fun with baby. Yesterday an ice cube in a snack bag kept him entertained for at least 30 minutes.

Happy Pride weekend, Seattle! πŸŒˆπŸ’–βœ¨βœ¨
It’s Pride Weekend! I’m always a little nostalgic for the parade. Maybe next year.

Kind of obsessed with these strawberry Mexican Popsicles πŸ“πŸ“πŸ“
Current obsession: strawberry Mexican popsicles. SO GOOD.

The thigh's the limit πŸ’₯
This is my thigh. I don’t know why. My oh my?

This morning at 4 am while I lay awake, sweating, I thought a psychedelic alphabet adult coloring book was a great idea. What do you think?

Well there ain’t nothin’ wrong with the way she moves

Well there ain’t nothin’ wrong with the way she moves

Mood for today 🌟✨✨✨
Halloo bloog! Are you feeling BOLD today?

New addition to the backyard number one...Josh added the glitter.
Check out one of the latest additions to our backyard. Josh added all of the different glitters. Oooooh.

New addition to the backyard number 2.
Here’s the second addition to the backyard…zombie gnome!

Good morning. 🌞
Unfortunately, Mr. Baby and I finally caught the nasty cold Josh had last week. He has a wet cough and a crusty nose, and I have a fiery sore throat and constantly dripping nose. Boooo. RIP longest stretch of non-illness: October 2015-June 2017.

Bear Cub is catching some rays.
Sun Cub!

The lookout.
I felt so lousy this morning I texted my boss to see if I could trim down my patient minutes, and she offered to give me the entire day off. YES PLEASE.

Giant poppies!
I’m also skipping out on the party at Grandma’s house later this afternoon for Josh’s cousin, who is graduating from undergrad school. Double boooooo.

What is with all the ads on IG all of a sudden? Is it just me? I keep marking them as inappropriate but they just keep coming, every three pictures or so. It's relentless. Help.
Josh is bringing Mr. Baby to the party, though, so maybe I’ll get in a “nap”. Remember naps? Oh boy, I had some excellent pregnancy naps.

Bought some scarlet begonias today.
The lipstick salvia in the backyard planter wasn’t going to come back, so I went out and purchased this scarlet begonia using the 10$ gift card I won at work for correctly guessing the amount of jelly beans in a jar.

Yesterday he did some "earthing". πŸ˜‚
Ohhhhh the chub, I’m crazy about the chub. Mr. Baby is 5 months old today! Hard to believe.

M. and I visited @idahoagogo and her sweet little baby today.
We went and visited Christy and her cute little baby this week.

We scored this sexy china cabinet and matching dining room set from our wedding photographer. They really class up the joint!
We scored this beautiful china cabinet, as well as matching dining room set, from our wedding photographer and his wife. They class up our place nicely.

One single rose in the front yard.
So far, just a single rose in the front yard. The backyard trellis is getting flush with roses.

Ugh, bleck, I feel gross. Here’s hoping Mr. Baby and I feel better REAL soon, summer colds suck.

Flower Power

Flower Power

Another beautiful day! 🌞
Hellerrrr, blerrrrg. I can’t believe it’s June already.

Josh took the baby for a drive so I could have a little "me" time.
We are still going back and forth between weather like above–70’s, sunny fabbuu–to weather like today–overcast, low 60’s, blerp. Totally normal. Unless it’s an especially hot year, summer in Seattle doesn’t start until July.

My favorite of the Prey series. The bad guys are nicknamed "Big" and "Little".
I’m currently re-reading (saves $) all my Prey books. This particular one is probably my favorite–the bad guys are nicknamed “Big” and “Little”, and they are antique dealers.

Breastfeeding selfie. Belfie?
A breastfeeding selfie, because why not? I still do it all day long.

Dragonfly! πŸ’›
In real life this dragonfly was massive and silver. In the iphone photo he nearly blends into the flowering bush behind him.

Love the mood here (thanks @lulannie) πŸ’™πŸ’š
Spotted on IG. I love the colors.

My portrait of Brigitte Bardot, 2010. ✨✨✨
Josh has had a nasty cold for the past week and somehow, AMAZINGLY, Mr. Baby and I have not caught it. I know that his immune system is boosted by breast milk, but what about mine? How am I so lucky? It’s a first.

The little geisha painting is finally done! Now I just need a sunny day to photograph it properly for Etsy. ✨
Finally finished this sucker up. I was debating whether or not to paint calla lilies next or Marilyn Monroe, and then I just happened to flick on the TV and what should be playing but a MM marathon! And “Niagara”. BOOM DEBATE SOLVED.

Field of Doggy Dreams.
Flashback to one of my happy places: Marymoor Park and doggy dogs.

Salmonberries are blooming.
Salmonberries are popping up on our walks again.

The ivy in the backyard keeps expanding.
Will the ivy on the fence in the backyard keep spreading until it covers the entire back wall?

Baby M. on his colorful quilt from Aunt Kissy @dubtrance πŸ’–βœ¨βœ¨
Mr. Baby color-coordinating with the blankie that Aunt Kissy made him.

"Glitter Geisha" is available in my Etsy shop! πŸ’–βœ¨βœ¨βœ¨
“Glitter Geisha”. For sale here! At only 30$, it’s practically a steal, Camille.

Neon in nature! (No editing needed)
A neon pink rose outside my work. No photo editing required.

It's Friday you say?!?
Friiiiidaaaaaaayyyyy doesn’t mean a whole lot because I work on Saturday.

Our three tomato plants.
Thanks to my MIL and the 435849 tomato plants she planted this year, we scored 3 baby plants to raise.

Rosy.
Stop and smell the roses! These ones smelled delicious.

I'm blue dah ba dee ba da doo...πŸ’™
Feeling BLUE yesterday.

Baby is down for a nap, dogs have been walked, pancakes have been inhaled (diet starts tomorrow, I SWEAR) (groan), now it’s time for me to go down to the basement and PAINT PAINT PAINT! Happy days, bloggeroos!