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Fun in the sun with dogs and grilled cheese

Fun in the sun with dogs and grilled cheese

BUMP. Enjoying my "beauty room" for a few more months before it becomes the baby room.
Hallo, blog! I am 18 weeks and 4 days pregnant, and for the sake of my mental health I have decided to quit weighing myself. Yayyyyyy!

I had my first dream about the baby this morning. When I approached him in the dream to change his diaper, he was a tiny infant, but as soon as I woke him up he was at least a year old and smiled at me and said, “Hi” and was super cute (and extremely smart) and also had straight blonde hair.

"Maggie, DROP." (Maggie ignores me) "Maggie, DROP." (Maggie ignores me)
That’s about all that happened. I think maybe I said, “Cute butt,” to him too.

Currently fantasizing about doing the main bathroom in coral and gold, like this. Josh says NO. Sigh.
Maybe it’s the pregnancy hormones but I’m kind of obsessed with this coral and gold bathroom. Josh said NO, but that’s because he’s boring.

Happy Friday! Now get out there and walk children in nature. Or dogs.
Today I got permission at work to bring Maggie dog in. Yay! Everyone loves Maggie dog, and Maggie dog loves everyone.

Off on another adventure! 🌲
Would you look at these cute little faces? We went on our FIFTH camping trip this summer last weekend, that’s right, FIVE, a new record for the Holcomb family.

Got to play with a cute little Golden Retriever puppy this weekend. 😍
A co-worker of Josh’s has her own private island, and we hung out on the island all weekend long. She has two Deaf (grown) children, so about half the partiers were Deaf. It was an interesting blend! And how about this Golden puppy, huh? Huh?

My crazy-ass husband doing a headstand on a paddle board. @djmagicelf 😘
Here’s my crazy-ass husband doing a headstand on a paddle board. This is actually his second one–I missed the first one with the camera and yelled at him to do it again. Love!

Nothin' like a bunch of happy wet dogs! 💦
There was a lot of weed and beer for the partiers, and lots of food and dogs for the pregnant sober ladies (me, I was the only one).

Spent the weekend camping on a private island with dogs (and lots of food). Can't complain!
Maggie spent hours swimming and was a little limpy on Monday. I spent WAY too much time in the sun and got a little burnt and kind of nauseous Sunday evening. Sun sick! I actually got sun sick!

I wish my dogs would get on a paddle board! 💦
If only I could get my dogs on a paddle board!

Summer feelings. 🌈💦🌞
All in all it was a fabulous time and I would do it again, any weekend.

More progress on the Mandala.
The current Mandala. This is fun to work on.

Snarfed down some delicious food at "The Grilled Cheese Experience" food truck with my Broad tonight.
Last night we drove over and picked up the Broad and took her to the “Grilled Cheese Experience” food truck near her house, something I had wanted to try ever since I heard about it years ago. It did NOT disappoint! Mmmm, grilled cheeeeeeeese. Later dudes.

Camping trip number four

Camping trip number four

Is it Monday again?
Hey blog heyyyy. We went camping again last weekend! Our fourth camping trip by the first week of August…a new record!

Glamping, dahling. 😎
It was even HOT. Matter of fact, in spite of spraying ourselves repeatedly and liberally with spf 30, we both got sunburns. I got a weird patchy burn on the inside of my left leg where apparently the spray missed. Harrumph.

Maggie dog loves the great outdoors. 💚
Yes it was a “real” camping trip, meaning swimming and sunbathing and having a nice fire at night and considering sleeping under the stars but then not and lots of wet dog action. We floated a little down the river, but the water level was pretty low.

Finally a warm camping trip! We both got sunburns.
It definitely made up for the last two camping trips, where we froze our butts off.

Josh wearing a frosting bonnet. We're trying the "oil slick" dye today. 🌈
Hmmm? Oh! This was a little “experiment” yesterday trying to do “oil slick” hair on Josh. This involved pulling bits of hair out of a frosting bonnet, bleaching them, and dying the strands different fun colors. If you do it right, it looks cool, like this. Apparently we did it wrong because the color didn’t take at all. Heigh ho!

Camping love.
Oh yeah, back to camping. We actually have one more trip planned this year, bringing our grand total to FIVE CAMPING TRIPS. So spoiled!

Arrival yesterday afternoon. 🌲
Even though Josh’s crazy uncle was just in the hospital for meningitis, he was still calling him up this weekend asking when their next Gonzo outing will be. I suggested the week in September that I will be in Boise, and I’m hoping they take me up on it.

Forest dogs. 🌲
Because (boringly) in pregnancy I miss my husband! Also I can’t watch anything scary. I can’t even watch that new Winona Ryder show on Netflix called “Stranger Things” because it looks spooky. UGH.

Happy on-the-way-to-go-camping faces! 😎
Here we are on our way to go camping, aren’t we cute? You get to look at my week in REVERSE.

It's a new way to hold yer paintbrushes. 🎨
Thank God my size large pettipants still fit (for now). They’ve been getting a lot of use this summer. Last night we went out to purchase some larger capri pants for me to work out in…and gelato. Balance!

Josh bought me a little lemon tree for our anniversary. I hope I don't kill it immediately. 🍋🍋🍋
We recently celebrated our 8 year anniversary. He bought me a lemon tree; I bought him a card and some fudge brownies.

Bear Cub is a cutie cub. 💕
Who’s the cutest Bear around?

Feeling dotty. ⚪️⚫️⚪️⚫️⚪️⚫️
This is one of two maternity tops I now own, and let me tell ya, the “maternity” tops make me look way more pregnant. This is not a bad thing.

Now auditioning: houseboys to feed me grapes. 🍇🍇🍇
Still looking for a houseboy to feed me grapes.

In honor of #bumpday, here is my bump! He just popped out this week and I'm happy to finally look pregnant, not just like I've been eating too many donuts. 🍩
Just in time for “Bumpday”, my bump decided to pop out! I prefer looking actually pregnant to just looking fat. It’s cute.

The pitbull owners around here sure are opinionated. And seem to always carry Sharpie markers.
Defensive pitbull owners are everywhere! And apparently always have Sharpie markers on hand.

Very appropriate summertime reading. 🍋
A good summer read. Light and fluffy.

I've got camping fever! 🌲
That brings us up to speed! I am 17 weeks and 2 days pregnant, my son is the size of a turnip, and I continue to groooooooow! Ain’t no stoppin’ me now! Have a nice week.

Don’t forget to bring a towel

Don’t forget to bring a towel

I swear, Bear Cub has been a lot more clingy since I got pregnant. She is frequently chilling nearby, wherever I am. Do you think dogs can tell?
Hey-o! I can’t believe it’s August already. Maybe I should be happy that we haven’t had “real” “summer” “heat”, but instead I feel..slighted. Where’s the HEAT, SEATTLE? Here’s Bear Cub being a close-by Cub. I swear she’s been clingier since I became pregnant. I don’t mind!

Put a bird on it 💚
Yesterday we (and by “we” I mean Josh) moved the vast majority of my fabric collection downstairs. He remarked that I don’t really have that much, and that’s true, but he’s overlooking the three huge boxes of fabric that are still in the baby room that need to go SOMEwhere. Someday.

Definitely the most subtle shellac manicure I've ever had. Pretty in the sun, though. ✨
On the samples the shellac color looked white and shimmery, but on my actual nails it barely showed up at all, even after 2 coats. The most subtle shellac I’ve ever had. Pretty in the sun, though.

Whipped up this painting of Maggie dog tonight (j/k I used a #prisma filter after devouring 1/3rd pint of Ben & Jerry's) (no regrets).
The “Prisma” app makes your photos look like paintings! Kinda.

It's hot today! 💦💦💦
Friday was the hottest it’s been in a while, so I drove the girls over to Marymoor Park, where we met up with one of the gals from my former infertility support group. Out of the 9 of us, 4 of us are currently pregnant. I was the first one!

Tree graffiti heart. 💚
Speaking of which, today I am 16 weeks and two days pregnant, and my stomach has officially “popped”, which is fine by me, because now I actually look pregnant and not just fat.

Maggie dog yesterday.
Pregnancy dreams are weirder than ever. Still have to get up three times a night to pee. This morning, before I left for work, I peed 3 times in 45 minutes. Sigh.

My cute family at the Edmonds dog park today. 💦
Saturday my furry fam and I went to the Edmonds Marina dog park, a favorite. We ate: a shaved ice, small gelato, cheeseburger and garlic fries, AND later on blueberry pancakes for dinner. Somehow my husband’s weight remains stable. Maybe! Who knows because he broke the scale the other day! I’m really tempted to not buy a new one. It’s not like knowing my weight is affecting my behavior, AT ALL, just making me feel rage-y at all the women on my pregnancy forums who are whining about gaining 2 pounds. Ah God, SHUT IT.

Hey Bear!
These rotten animals of mine ran across to the other side of the beach and spent several minutes gleefully rolling in what I can only imagine was either animal scat, or dead sea creatures, or possibly a combination of both. GROSS, DOGS. GROSS.

Beautiful bright petunias, spotted in Edmonds yesterday.
Beautiful petunias outside the gelato store. Isn’t gelato the best? I don’t know why I avoided it for so long.

What are these crazy spiky flowers called? I love them and can't remember the name.
I can’t remember what these cool spiky flowers are but I’ve always liked them.

Hard to believe it's going to be August tomorrow!
We might go camping this weekend. It’s supposed to be nice weather and my husband is obsessed with watching a meteor shower at 2 in the morning on Friday night. HA! Good luck waking me up, buddy!

And even MORE camping pictures (tra la lee?)

And even MORE camping pictures (tra la lee?)

view from camp
Guess what, blog? I have more camping pictures!

view across the lake
But these pictures look just like the last set of pictures!” I hear you saying. Sure, sure, but these are actual CAMERA pictures! Not taken with a phone! See the difference now?

the sun finally came out
We are likely going camping again this weekend…maybe I’ll get lucky and it’ll get up to…70 degrees! Let the good times ROLL!

sunny afternoon
This is a nice shot. This is during the 10 minute window of time that the sun finally came out.

Maggie takes it easy
Josh was napping, Maggie was embedding her dog fur with sap and pine needles, Bear Cub was guarding, and I was…working my way through the book of 80 “Easy” crossword puzzles I had purchased at the grocery store for this trip.

Maggie looking at me
We are only going camping Friday and Saturday, because on Sunday we are going to baby’s first concert: DIE ANTWOORD. Oooooh yeah! It’s gonna be weird!

Here’s one of my faves by them, the video I showed Corinne to see if she would like them. It worked! She’s going with us! REMIND ME TO GIVE HER THE CAT PAINTINGS I DID MONTHS AGO, O-M-G.

Maggie keeps an eye on Josh
Here’s Joshy attempting to fish with a leaky kayak and a tangled line and no visible fish, anywhere.

These kayakers were the closest other humans to us all weekend long, just the way I like it.

Josh fishing
I love how concerned Maggie is.

happy camping face
Heaven forbid I blog and NOT mention my pregnancy, right? For fun, here are 5 ways that being pregnant is that I didn’t expect:

1. Sore sore boobs. Never read about that one.
2. Having to pee CONSTANTLY–three times a night, minimum.
3. Emotional wreck! My mother sent me a video last night about “Why God created dogs” and I cried watching it this morning! Good grief.
4. Occasional cramps. Like period, only not.
5. SO TIRED. Yes. A nap every afternoon. Although I hear in the second trimester that gets better.

green lake
There are a lot more, but I am tired because I woke up at 6 this morning and frankly, it already feels like naptime. Even though it’s only 11:15. Ruh roh.

dogs in the water
The camping trip this weekend involves a two mile trek to the spot. I can do it, but I can’t carry the 25 pound pack that I normally would, pre-pregnancy. I wonder how it’s going to work? We will have to minimize.

camping fam
I certainly won’t be able to bring along my luxuriant lounge chair that I brought for last weekend’s trip. Gee, that was nice!

beautiful lake
Maybe I’ll just bring two pairs of shoes, instead of the usual 3. Or 4. Wait, flip-flops BARELY count as shoes, right? Ta ta for now!

Summertime, and the livin’ is easy

Summertime, and the livin’ is easy

Summertime and the livin' is eeeeeeasy...🌾
Hey blerg, what’s happening? Here I am yesterday, just chilling in a field of weeds, waiting for Maggie to return the tennis ball. I fantasize on a bi-weekly basis about returning to my eyelash extensions, SHHHH, don’t tell anybody.

Happy 4th! I celebrated by shellacking my nails neon pink. Later I'll be drugging a couple of nervous dogs. 🎆🎇🌠
Speaking of returning to beauty enhancements, I finally went and got a shellac manicure again yesterday after a break since…January. Pretty good break, I’d say. It’s neon pink. I wanted neon pink GLITTER, but they didn’t have it, DAMMIT.

These chiffon jammies are so stinkin' CUTE. 🌸
Recently I requested a nightie from Nordstrom’s for my 3 month pregnancy present. This isn’t the nightie I wanted, DUH, but isn’t it adorable?

Today. 🌲
Today I am 12 weeks and 3 days pregnant, and my son is the size of a “large plum”, via the app I visit daily.

I worked yesterday (but no special holiday bonus for me!); today I am not working. My goal for today is to blast through at least 4 hours of continuing education. I want to complete all my continuing education before the baby comes.

Bear Cub is not excited about the 4th of July.
I drugged the dogs last night around 5 pm. This picture was from Sunday–they looked even more pathetic than this last night. The BOOMS and crackles and POPS started around 8:30 and lasted…well, I assume they lasted until midnight, but I was asleep around 10 because that’s what happens when you’re pregnant.

Classic car outside the donut shop this morning with the most gorgeous teal glitter stripe running down it 😍
This classic car outside the donut shop had the most gorgeous teal glitter stripe running down it. I’d like an entire car painted like this, yes please!

Looking forward to seeing these weirdos in concert this month.
Baby’s first concert is gonna be Die Antwoord! This month! The Broad and Josh and I are going. CAN’T WAIT. What on earth am I gonna wear?

This hydrangea in our front yard is out of control! 💖💜🌸
This hydrangea in our front yard is really out of control. Josh cut some of the Endless Summer, put it in a vase with water, and now, 10 days later, it hasn’t dropped a single bloom.

Balloon flowers! So cute. 💜
Speaking of Bubble Butt, he left me for EIGHT WHOLE DAYS to go float down the Smith River in Montana with his uncle. Normally I wouldn’t care, probably even be a little happy about it, but thanks to Pregnancy Hormones I missed him a LOT (especially the first two nights). Damn you, pregnancy hormones! Why you gotta make me feel so many feelings?

TGIF! Have a ball this weekend! 🎾
Since I didn’t have any worked lined up last week either, except for on Friday, that made for an extra-lonely week. That’s why I spent time over at Brenna’s, with Christy, and with Corinne. I don’t like to be alone.

Tonight I'm watching "Don't Bother to Knock".
This adorable picture of Marilyn’s cellulite has been one of my most-liked IG pictures ever, with more than 60 likes. It IS pretty cute.

A rare shot of the girls walking towards me, for a change. 💚
I don’t have any work lined up yet this week either, dammit. I guess I had better finish up that big old floral painting I’m working on, before the weather actually starts to get nice. It’s raining today!

Butterscotch chip cupcake? Don't mind if I do!
I went to Sephora to return some foundation that sucked, stopped by my hair salon for a free bangs trim and then my unborn child propelled me into the cupcake store, where I purchased this butterscotch chip cupcake. I think the idea was better than the execution, and also: too much damn frosting. Yuck.

Christopher has just started the Atkins diet, which I find hysterical, because as any faithful reader of this blog can attest he has been giving me shit for dieting as long as we’ve been friends, which is to say for EVER. THE TABLES HAVE TURNED, BETCH.

My plans this summer 😂
I’d say this photo sums up my summer plans pretty well, and you?

Happy Cub! 🌟
Oh a happy Cub! She was not a happy Cub last night, stumbling all over the place. She was, however, glued to my side all evening, and selfishly I enjoyed THAT.

Sun finally came out today. 🌞
I do spend a great deal of time following after dog butts, don’t I?

Don't be a bummer, happy first day of Summer! 🌞🌞🌞
Every day, whether I like it or not. And Shoshanna claims I won’t need a baby stroller. HA! She doesn’t have dogs any more! She must have forgotten!

Gorgeous neon roses outside Corinne's place.
These roses outside Corinne’s house caught my roving eye. They match my current nail shellac.

Had my first facial today, thanks to a Groupon. 💚
Thanks to a Groupon, I had a (supposedly) 100$ facial for only 30 dollars. She spent about an hour–massaging, exfoliating, steaming, applying a mask, slapping me around, even massaging my shoulders a bit–but my skin looked exactly, and I mean EXACTLY, the same afterwards. I fail to see what the big deal is. Maybe if my skin was more “problematic”, I would have noticed…something? I don’t think I would do it again.

Obligatory gym locker room selfie (feels good to be back 💪).
Oh it’s the obligatory gym locker room selfie! And why not. I’m happy to be back at the gym!

Bear Cub doesn't look like a bear cub any more! 😱
Goat Cub! I feel like I should have posted this already, but maybe I forgot? Bear Cub’s closest trim ever. A little too short for my taste.

Who is this little weirdo?
I miss my little fluffer nutter. At least it grows back.

Swamp dogs! Wet muddy swamp dogs! 💦
I’m disappointed in myself yesterday for not even swirling around a sparkler or two, but that’s what happens when you are in bed at 8 pm doing crossword puzzles on your phone instead of partying it up. Heigh ho! Have a great week!




I posted our “official” announcement to social media yesterday (although let’s face it, everyone already knew). Today I am officially 12 weeks--starting my SECOND trimester! Woo hoo! Now I’m just waiting for that pesky breast tenderness to go away. OUCH. Side note: they do look spectacular, though.

Would you believe me when I tell you You’re the queen of my heart

Would you believe me when I tell you You’re the queen of my heart

Daisy, daisy, give me your answer do.
What’s up, blerg? It’s Monday. I’m not working today, but I have some things to do. Want to hear about them? Of course you do.

Foxglove. Good thing I didn't weed it out! 💕
I need to make Bear Cub a grooming appointment. I need to go down to the car mechanic and have them figure out why my “Service Now!” light is always on, because if it’s on then I won’t pass my emissions test, and I need to pass my emissions test so I can renew my car tabs. Bor-ing.

Summer weather, come back to us! 🌿
I bought myself a facial on Groupon, unfortunately in Bellevue, but still–I need to make that appointment. Not a priority. Maybe brunch plans with the Broad.

Sexy cumulus clouds in the sky today. ☁️☁️☁️
Today I am 10 weeks and 2 days pregnant. Yesterday was the last day of those terrible progesterone suppositories that I have been jamming into myself twice a day since…well, it’s been a while.

Pretty pretty. Looks like #chihulyglass to me 💖
Still no morning sickness! Thanks, body! Thanks for making up for all of those YEARS of crippling menstrual cramps by letting me “enjoy” this pregnancy. And by “enjoy”, I mean…eating ALLL the foods. Mmm.

A beautiful afternoon for our favorite after-work activity. 🎾
Yes I was somewhat dismayed to discover that I’ve already gained 10 pounds, roops! So I joined the local gym this weekend, and already saw a trainer. Just call me PRO-active! Get it?

Sparkle, Neely. ✨✨✨
I try to be good but man, when the body wants a cheeseburger, that’s just what it wants. I did, however, eat just the toppings off of some pizza this weekend. Progress?

Nude compression stockings: the latest fashion craze. (they need Bedazzling)
Feast your eyes on my sexxxy nude maternity compression stockings! I refuse to let my legs turn into rivers of varicose veins…not without a fight, dammit!

Happy Friday! Whatcha doing this weekend? 🌿
Mmmmm, I want to go camping again. Warm up, weather!

Roasting a turkey tonight. Apparently Maggie's job is to stare deeply into my eyes while I check on the turkey.
I roasted a turkey recently and made some cheesy mashed potatoes to go with it. Here’s Maggie looking deep into my eyes during the entire turkey roasting procedure. I told her to “go find something to do”, but all she wanted to do was stare at me. Labs.

The pink dogwood blossoms are so pretty! 💕
Dogwood blossoms are so pretty.

This maniac ran the Seattle Rock and Roll Marathon in the rain this morning! 💪
This fool was up at 4 in the morning on Saturday to run the Rock and Roll Marathon…in the rain! Brrrr! Unlike a couple of years ago, when I met him at the finish line and then we stayed to watch Sir Mix A Lot, the band this year (the New Pornographers) and the weather did not entice me. I stayed home. He had a miserable time for a variety of reasons and vowed that he would not do the event again. Good! He can work out at the gym with me instead of going for 20 mile runs!

Do you think a 20 minute walk with the dogs will burn off that gooey brownie I ate today? Yeah, that's what I thought.
Gee whiz the weather was so nice yesterday. My gym offered a free training session with membership so I did that yesterday afternoon. Unlike most personal training sessions, I will actually do the things she suggested.

More progress on this guy. 🎨
Here’s the current painting in progress. It’s upside-down, but you get the idea. I’m starting to like it more.

Have a flab-u-lous week, bloggers! Thanks for stopping by.