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Let’s look back at 2016

Let’s look back at 2016

Hola blog! It’s that time of year when I force myself to do a yearly re-cap. I actually climbed onto the computer to print out a recipe for lactation cookies, but while I’m here, hells bells, why not re-cap what I did in 2016? Let’s take it month by month.

January 2016

Pre-surgery glamour, darling. 💋
Uterine polyp removal in preparation for IVF

– started hormone injections for IVF

– completed three heart-shaped Mandala paintings for sale HERE!

February 2016

Amazing glass at the Chihuly museum.
– Josh and I finally go to the Chihuly glass art museum downtown (worth it)

– ended the full-time job I’d had for the past couple of years, panicked for a week or two, and then signed on with a PRN position. Phewwwwww.

Pre-surgery for egg retrieval. They retrieved 14, above average! 🌟

– had my egg retrieval on my father’s 65th birthday (February 9th)

– found out that the two frozen embryos were both boys, and had a hearty laugh with my fertility doctor

– trimmed down coffee consumption from 3 cups a day to 1 cup (HELL)

March 2016

Is it done? Is it done yet? Finishing a painting is always the hardest part. 💖🌟✨
Finished the neon glitter Mandala, which is definitely one of my faves. Available here!

scenic pond
Josh and I go to the Seattle Arboretum, in spite of the fact that my back is all messed up. I never did figure out why I had back problems for a few days/weeks, but it suuuuucked.

Caftan Number 2 purchased. My Year of the Caftan is off to a good start! Now I need to stop buying and start sewing them myself, sheesh.
I decide that 2016 is going to be the Year of the Caftan and buy two caftans, to that end. (note: sitting here GIANT at 9 months pregnant, I can’t BELIEVE how tiny my waist looks in that caftan, sob!)

– painted our bedroom
– started going to an IVF support group

Getting ready to caucus this morning. 🌈
Caucused for Bernie! (SIGH)

April 2016

First time on Mt. Rainier. Are we having fun yet? 🌟
Josh and I had competed against each other earlier in the year for a “Dietbet” and he won (I’m pretty sure he cheated by fasting, but whatever). My “punishment” was that I had to go skiing, but by the time April rolled around and my back was finally not screwed up, not much skiing was to be found so I was “punished” by walking in snow on Mount Rainier instead. It wasn’t terrible!

Finished painting the guest room last night. The "true" colors are really hard to capture via photo, but it's "Soothing lavender" on the top and "Periwinkle dream" on the bottom. Hi Jerry!
Painted the guest room.

Olympic Sculpture Park.
Downtown Seattle fun with Fleeta and Bob–Pike Place Market, and checking out the Olympic Sculpture Park.

Embarking on an "easy" 5K this morning on Tiger Mountain. I panted like a dog the entire time. Josh is training for a marathon and didn't even break a sweat! 💪
First trail run! An “easy” 5K up Tiger Mountain.

– April 28th: the day of my IVF transfer! One perfect little male embryo, which the nurse exclaimed looked “better than textbook”. Aw yeah.

May 2016

– started progesterone suppositories for IVF

A couple of dorks touring a chocolate factory for funsies.
Josh and I tour the Theo chocolate factory for funsies (and distraction) and while there, get the Very Important Phone Call that I’m pregnant! YAYYYY! We immediately burst into happy tears. Such a special moment.

– first ultrasound, post-transfer

June 2016

dogs in nature
First camping trip! Not only did we set a camping record for us this year–five times–but I did every single one of those trips pregnant.

– I finish Corinne’s cat paintings and start a project for the guest room

First archery lesson tonight with Josh. 🎯🎯🎯
Josh and I take an archery class together. He’s better than I am, but I’m not too resentful about it.

– started going back to the gym

This maniac ran the Seattle Rock and Roll Marathon in the rain this morning! 💪
Josh runs the Rock and Roll Marathon; I do not join him.

Little Ronia is growing up fast.
Josh leaves his hormonal pregnant wife for EIGHT WHOLE DAYS to go float down a river or something so I spend one night at Brenna’s, because I am so lonely. It’s not the daytime loneliness that bothered me, it was the nighttime.

July 2016

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Posted our “official” (12 weeks) pregnancy announcement to all forms of social media

Bear Cub doesn't look like a bear cub any more! 😱
Bear Cub gets trimmed a little TOO much and is re-christened “Goat Cub”

– thanks to Groupon, I receive my first facial (overrated)

– went and got a shellac manicure for the first time since January…but very quickly realized that shellac manicures are a waste of money when you’re pregnant. Your nails grow too quickly!

Maggie takes it easy
Camping trip number two!

@djmagicelf and @corinne_spoja and I ready to see Die Antwoord tonight woot wooooot! 🌟
Baby’s first concert: Die Antwoord! With my Broad.

Maggie and Bear Cub splash around Hyas Lake. 💦
Camping trip number three!

Tonight I said goodbye to my VW Passat that I've had for the past 10 years. Good-bye old girl! You were so lovely in concept but such a problem child in reality!
Said good-bye to my VW Passat wagon, which I loved but caused me a great deal of trouble during our 10 years together…

Hey there, sexy. 😍
…and HELLO to this sexy blue Subaru outback, which I love but am a little sad that now I have to make 500$ car payments for every month. Heigh ho.

– Josh and I and the girls hike to Twin Falls (2.5 miles but much harder while pregnant)

Tonight! 💖🌟✨ Let's get celebritied up!
My Broad and I go see the new “Ab Fab” movie together. She tried to get out of it (twice!) but I wouldn’t let her. It was great!

FINALLY at the Mod Podge (i.e. last) stage of this painting. This little side project for the guest room ended up taking way longer than I thought! 🎨
Finally finish this Polly Apfelbaum rip-off painting for our guest room.

August 2016

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. 🍩
At 16 weeks pregnant, my belly POPS! Aw, look at how tiny and cute it was.

Josh bought me a little lemon tree for our anniversary. I hope I don't kill it immediately. 🍋🍋🍋
Joshy and I celebrate our 8-year anniversary…he bought me a little lemon tree. Would you believe it’s still alive? And on the back patio, yet? Amazing.

Camping love.
Camping trip number 4! The first actually warm trip, too. Thank goodness.

More progress on the Mandala.
Started a new Mandala painting, which ended up taking wayyyyyy longer than I thought it would to finish.

My crazy-ass husband doing a headstand on a paddle board. @djmagicelf 😘
A very special (final) camping trip to a private island, where I got to witness my husband doing a headstand on a paddleboard. Who knew he had hidden talents?

BUMP. Enjoying my "beauty room" for a few more months before it becomes the baby room.
At 18 weeks pregnant, I made the decision to quit weighing myself (a very smart decision and I highly recommend it). Of course, this was a little easier to do because Josh broke the scale right around that time. Tempting to just never buy a scale again!

Look at where Josh hiked to today without me--Blanca Lake! I've wanted to go for ages but it's too arduous for my pregnant body. 😭
Josh makes me mad by hiking one of my bucket list lakes without me, Lake Blanca. Heigh ho! He said it was HARD. Well then. GOOD.

My cute cousin Erika and her equally cute son Cash.
Erika and her two sons come for a visit! We go to Pike Place Market, she cooks for me AND sets up the crib and we have a fabulous time.

September 2016

Tonight we met Mr. Bennett. 😍
We meet Mr. Bennett–Ronia’s birthday present–for the first time.

Mumsie and me.
I spend a fun week in Boise with my parents and the Little Nipper, and feel Baby M. kick for the first time! So exciting!

Josh and his 90-year-old grandmother at breakfast this morning.
Josh and I drive to Spokane so he can climb a mountain with his father, while Fleeta and I do a little baby shopping. Then before we drive home, we have breakfast with his 90-year-old grandmother. Isn’t this a cute picture?

Got the baby room painted. I think it needs a cute border, though. Dinosaurs?
Finished painting the nursery, but found it kind of boring, so I start searching for the perfect wallpaper border.

First minkie/flannel blankie for my son: complete! ✂️
Made a couple of minkie-and-flannel baby blankets for my son (this one was my favorite).

Putting up the dinosaur border in the nursery today. 💚
Found the perfect border for the nursery–dinosaurs!

One last ultrasound today to make sure our little dude's heart is okay (it is). 💖
Had a special ultrasound to make sure the little guy’s heart is okay…and of course it is!

October 2016

Today's art project was painting a friend's little neighborhood library. 🌈
Went over to Shoshanna’s house to paint her little free library

Made some green curtains for the nursery to match the dinosaur border. 💚
Made some curtains for the nursery

The quilt I made my mother looks pretty good in our guest room.
Fleeta sweetly fixes up this quilt that I made for my parents and returns it to me, where it’s currently residing in our guest room. It looks pretty good in the guest room!

Who says you can't teach old dogs new tricks?
Started ramp training the pets to prepare them for having to be in the BACK back of the car, once Baby M. comes

A couple of happy pregnant ladies in florals. We are due 2 weeks apart, with boys.
Josh and I attend our first non-work-related baby shower…

liz pregnant with Josh
…and the same afternoon, we take the tripod to the park and snap some maternity pics before the sun completely disappears.

Phase 3 of ombré-fying the free dresser: complete! We only spent money on the drawer pulls. Total cost: less than 20$.
We obtain a hideous brown dresser from “Buy Nothing” and completely transform it into this cool ombre work of art for the nursery! I guess Pinterest is good for something.

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My friend Espe, who is due two weeks after me with a boy, takes some beautiful maternity photos of me at a park, for free! She’s one of the sweetest people I’ve ever met.

"That ain't no Etch-a-Sketch. This is one doodle that can't be un-did, Homeskillet." Happy Halloween from Juno and Paulie Bleeker!
Josh and I dress up as Juno and Paulie Bleeker from the film “Juno”. Not the most exciting Halloween costumes ever, but it’s really hard doing Halloween when you’re a big sweaty pregnant lady. We set up a grueling game of Scrabble in the parlor and handed out Halloween candy to the hoards of tricker treaters, and that was good enough for us!

November 2016

-voted, hoped for the best, found out the WORST, mourned for an entire day and then decided for the sake of my son that I couldn’t perseverate over the sadness. Also: pulled out my Happy Light that I hadn’t used since 2009 and started using it every morning!

The latest Mandala painting, fully glittered. Now I just have to decide if it's really "done", or just done because I'm sick of working on it! 😝
Finally finished this friggin’ Mandala painting, although I’m not totally satisfied with it and therefore haven’t listed it in my shop.

Four pregnant bellies all in a row, all due with boys early next year.
My cousin Erika comes to town and throws me the most fantastic baby shower at Brenna’s house, and still hasn’t sent me the pictures for it! Ha ha. I wonder if I’ll ever get them?

Delicious Indian dinner with family and friends.
My mother, aunt Claire, and cousin Katie also came into town for the shower. It was really wonderful. I felt very loved. And thank God, nobody brought up politics the entire time.

Lisa, who has been one of my good friends for almost 20 years, and her three goofy/adorable children.
Just in time for Thanksgiving, a drive to Spokane, and baby shower number two (I’m terribly spoiled), Josh and I got a HORRIBLE case of food poisoning from a local taco truck. We barely managed to scrape ourselves together to make the drive, but I’m glad we did. We had a lovely Thanksgiving dinner with both sets of our parents and his grandmother, and then the next day I had another sweet baby shower and saw my ooooooold friend Lisa and all of her children! Maw.

My parents trying to feel their grandson kick. I was told this week he's measuring in the 92nd percentile. Already an overachiever! 😅
Love this picture of my parents trying to coax a kick from the baby.

December 2016

– finished up a painting for Baby M.’s room (this is when the link between Instagram and Flickr shit the bed, so I don’t have a picture)

– Josh and I spend my birthday/”Babymoon” at the Westin Hotel in downtown Seattle, relaxing and eating lots of things

– Josh gets heavily into glitter beards, and I support him!

– Owen invites me to participate in his annual art show, but I am too big and pregnant so we just attend the show instead and stay for an hour and a half. Still Good Times!

– Josh does up an elaborate glitter/tiny Christmas light beard, I wear a muumuu and we wrap me in Christmas bulbs, and we take our Christmas card picture!

Glittered up for Brenna's solstice party tonight. ✨
Winter Solstice party at Brenna’s house.

Josh and my Broad at grandma's tonight. ❤️❤️
I am too pregnant to travel, so we do Christmas Eve at Grandma Shirley’s, with the Broad…

Unicorn Snot! (with photobomb by Ronia) ✨🌟✨
…and the next day, we do Christmas Day at our house. Josh’s parents, sister and sister’s family all came over and we feasted on lasagna that I had made the day before, exchanged presents, and had a nice time. Our first Christmas at our house, and our last Christmas before the baby comes!

And that brings us up to date, blog logs! Stay tuned later this week and I’ll let you know how we PARTIED DOWN for New Years Eve, bwa ha haaaaa. 2016: you were one interesting year. I refuse to do what so many people on the Internet are doing, which is write-off the ENTIRE YEAR as crap, because this was the year that I finally got pregnant after 6 years of nonsense and there is no replicating that bliss. I can’t wait for 2017!

Our first Christmas at home

Our first Christmas at home

Beautiful sunset.
Heyyyyy blog. What it is, what is was, what it shall be?

Happy Winter Solstice! 💚
Just sitting here listening to my dogs bark at the recycling truck. Every time they WOOF, I WOOF right back at them.

Glittered up for Brenna's solstice party tonight. ✨
Here we are, glittered up for Brenna’s Solstice party last Wednesday. Seems like a looooong time ago!

Josh and Mr. Bennett.
The party was a little more interesting for us this year, me being enormously pregnant and all finally gave us something in common with the guests, who are all parents. Finally! Something to talk about!

Love that Brenna made a Christmas stocking for Mr. Bennett! 🎄
Love how Brenna even made a stocking for Mr. Bennett this year. I mean, of COURSE she did.

Look everybody! It's the Flying Spaghetti Monster!
Afterwards we drove around and looked at Christmas lights while I scratched my itchy belly. Check it out, the Flying Spaghetti Monster!

Oooh, I wanna do purple outdoor Christmas lights next year. 💜
Ooooh I wanna do purple lights outside our house next year.

This again?
On Friday it snowed again…I didn’t expect it! There was no snowflake on my weather app!

Maggie is keeping an eye out for special deliveries.
Maggie, ever vigilant.

Somebody's being a little cuddle Cub tonight. 💕
I can’t remember what possessed Bear Schnubs to cuddle with me on the couch, but I’ll take it! It happens so rarely.

Apparently at 37 weeks, my son is the size of a "Winter melon". Yeah, looks about right! 😂
I am 37 weeks and 4 days pregnant today, and Baby M. is the size of a “winter melon”. Looks about right!

Somebody has a preference for blue wrapping paper. 💙
Being far too Large and In Charge with Child to travel, this was our first Christmas at our home…ever.

A chilly Christmas Eve walk with the pets.
I wasn’t too sad about not going to Boise this year, mainly because I had just seen my parents at Thanksgiving. Although the food poisoning made for a weird Thanksgiving!

I made a lasagna for Christmas dinner tomorrow. The hard part will be waiting until tomorrow to eat it! 😍
Christmas Eve morning I made the lasagna for Christmas Day dinner, so I could relax on Christmas Day. This proved to be a smart decision. The hardest part was waiting until the next day to eat the lasagna!

Josh and my Broad at grandma's tonight. ❤️❤️
On Christmas Eve, we picked up the Broad and drove over to Grandma Shirley’s for the always fun (and chaotic) Christmas Eve dinner and white elephant gift exchange. I brought a white microfleece robe and received a cool glass-and-metal decorative lizard (Josh’s gift); Josh received a gift card to the Sierra Trading Post. Corinne didn’t bring anything, but grandma and Brenna both peer-pressured her into joining the game and she scored a beautiful silver locket (Brenna’s gift).

Little miss Ronia sitting pretty near the present pile.
The calm before the (gift opening) storm. Funnily enough, Shirley also made lasagna for dinner this year! Great minds think alike.

Santa brought a present for Baby M. too. 💙💙💙
Santa brought the baby this cute little ferry toy. Christmas Day morning, Josh and I slept in until a “leisurely” 7:30. He made a big ol’ Christmas breakfast feast with pancakes, sausage and eggs…

My personal Christmas ritual is watching this every year. Josh bought me a copy, so I don't have to rely on TBS.
…then we opened presents while watching “A Christmas Story”, which he bought for me so I no longer have to rely on TBS! Which we don’t have any more anyway! Hooray!

That's right, I'm a grown ass woman (and almost mother) who received an LED light-up swirly skirt for Christmas! Yes! One of my Burning Man fantasies fulfilled! It will look better when I'm not 9 months pregnant.
Despite the fact that I am a grown ass woman who is a couple of weeks away from becoming a mother, I received an LED light-up swirly skirt for Christmas YES! Burning Man dreams achieved! I can’t wait until I’m no longer 9 months pregnant to wear it.

Josh squirting whipped cream into the childrens' mouths...we keep it classy around here!
Later on, Josh’s parents and his sister and husband and two kiddos came over and we feasted on lasagna and green salad and garlic bread and pumpkin pie. Josh squirted some whipped cream into the kids’ mouths, because we know how to have Good Times!

@dubtrance told me about George Michael passing away...now I gotta immerse myself into some 80s and 90s nostalgia. Siiiiiiighhhhhhh.
It was around this time of the day that Christopher texted to tell me that George Michael had died, so Christmas Day evening I watched “Freedom” (sigh), “Too Funky” (so good), “Father Figure” (oh yeah) and “Faith” (it’s been in my head ever since).

Unicorn Snot! (with photobomb by Ronia) ✨🌟✨
Unicorn Snot! Just what I always wanted!

Doc Marten dreams finally realized. 😍
And speaking of just what I always wanted…yes my Doc Marten dreams finally came true! Granted, I had to call three different cities to get these bad boys shipped to me (Chicago came through), but WORTH IT.

Joshy looking cute in a slouchy beanie @corinne_spoja made. 💙
Corinne made some cool slouchy 90’s beanies for Josh and I, and a little tiny blue and white and yellow hat for the baby. Maw.

“I was telling my therapist that I’m losing my best friend,” she told us in the car on the way to grandmas.

“Well you had me for 20 years, that’s pretty good,” I replied. The next day I sent her a text, saying, “You’re not losing a best friend, you’re gaining a M_____!

Corinne shows off her futuristic kitty backpack.
Here she is showing off her futuristic kitty backpack. Oooh, ahhhh.

Nice day for it. 🌿
Snow is gone and the weather is back to mild. We have such weird winters.

Dammit Carrie Fisher, you too?! And Josh and I were just talking about your new book coming out. Ugh. Here I am pre-Burning Man in 2009, trying on my Princess Leia costume. RIP, Carrie, you were one of a kind.
And then what should friggin’ happen yesterday but Carrie Fisher dying too? Mannnnn 2016, you are relentless. Here I am back in 2009 all oranged up for Burning Man, trying on my Princess Leia costume. Do yourself a favor and read this excellent interview of Madonna by Carrie Fisher back in 1991.

Maggie's got the post-holiday blues.
This brings us around to today. Look at this pouty pants!

Bought this for Josh, since he wants to live to 120. This guy seemed to know a thing or two about health! 💪
One of my Christmas presents to Joshy, since he wants to live to be 120 and all. Jack LaLanne seems like a decent role model, huh? I guess I need to read (skim) the book and find out.

2.5 weeks until my baby is due! Can you belieeeeeve it? Time is flying.

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!

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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.

Finishing a painting, a waterfall, and something new

Finishing a painting, a waterfall, and something new

FINALLY at the Mod Podge (i.e. last) stage of this painting. This little side project for the guest room ended up taking way longer than I thought! 🎨
Hey blerg! I finallyyyyy finished this Polly Apfelbaum rip-off for the guest room that took me, frankly, WAY TOO LONG. I topped it off with 3 coats of Mod Podge and I’m gonna hang it right over the bed.

Beautiful pink rose misted with this morning's rain. 💕
There are lots of beautiful roses to sniff and gawk at outside my work.

Gave myself an Ab Fab manicure to go see the Ab Fab movie tonight with my Broad! 🌟🌟🌟
I finally got around to putting on these cute lil’ Jamberry nails I purchased from the Broad months and months ago. Apparently I didn’t put them on “right”, because two of them started peeling off that night and then I just gave them all a tug and they slid right off! Don’t tell Corinne, but I think the Sally Hansen nail stickers are far superior. Just sayin’. Two weeks versus, like, 7 hours.

Tonight! 💖🌟✨ Let's get celebritied up!
I did my nails to go see the new “Ab Fab” movie, of course! Corinne had started her period that morning and was GRUMPY AS HELL and tried to cancel on me twice (once as I was on the freeway driving to her house) but I said GET OVER IT and the movie is so good! You should go watch it immediately.

Satur-yay! 💚
Today I am 15 weeks and 3 days pregnant, and my son is the size of an orange. The constant need to feed from the first trimester is over, but the damage has been done! Let’s just say…I don’t even wanna tell you how much weight I’ve gained. Yeah. THAT much.

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We have a mutual goal to start clearing out the closet in the “gym” (ha ha) to make room for my fabric. We have done zero prep for the baby as of yet. I realize we have many months to go…but those months are gonna go by quick!

My family tromping around in a river on the way to Twin Falls. 💦
Sunday morning we went on a hike to Twin Falls, just a three mile hike (my preference). Hiking is harder in pregnancy. Especially going uphill, oy vey. A moment after this picture was taken Josh slipped on a wet river rock and came down weirdly and hurt his hip. Oh the joys of getting old!

A couple of nerds with Twin Falls behind them. 💦
Nerds in Love. That’s the waterfall behind us. We had done this hike before, but it had been about 3 years.

Cascading Twin Falls.
Ooooh, ahhhhh. It’s a popular hike. Lots of kids and dogs and even some old people, with walking sticks. Adorable.

Nice view! 🌲
Nice view!

Family Fun time at the park yesterday. Fried chicken and green salad, followed by a solid 10 minutes of "sunbathing" before the panting black dogs made us feel guilty.
Afterwards we picked up fried chicken and green salad and had a picnic at the park, followed by about 10 minutes of “sunbathing” before the hot, panting dogs guilted us into leaving.

Maggie dog at the park yesterday. 🌾
Black dogs don’t like the sunshine so much. I don’t blame them.

It's finally above 80 degrees! Yay Seattle summer! 🌞
Yesterday it was finally above 80 and therefore felt like summer a little bit! I even bought an iced coffee drink and had about 1.5 inches of it before my Pregnancy Guilt settled in.

Tonight I said goodbye to my VW Passat that I've had for the past 10 years. Good-bye old girl! You were so lovely in concept but such a problem child in reality!
Of course the BIG NEWS this week is that last night I finally said good-bye to my VW Passat wagon that I’ve loved/loathed for the past 10 years…

Hey there, sexy. 😍
….and helloooooo to my sexy blue Subaru Outback! You will recall that I have wanted an Outback for many many years, and my dreams finally came true last night. Oh sure, I was sad to say goodbye to the VW, but I must say today all tucked into my new car with that wonderful new car scent, I wasn’t missing it any more! Heh heh heh. Have a fabulous week, bloggeroonies!

More camping pictures, tra la lee

More camping pictures, tra la lee

morning camp
Happy Friday, blerg! I just finished up a nice short day at work and now I’m here finishing up these camping pictures from last weekend.

morning lake
This weekend it is only supposed to be in the low 60’s, and rainy. Booooo, hiss.

morning liz and BC
Tonight Joshy and I are finally taking that archery lesson he bought us 58358439 months ago, hooray! Then I’m meeting with my support group tomorrow for brunch. Mmmmm, bruuuuuunch.

morning liz and maggie
And then…who knows, I have no plans. Maybe put a few more things online for our local “Buy Nothing” group. I successfully “released” about 7 bottles of sunless tanning lotion the other day. It’s kind of nifty–you just take a photo of something you want to get rid of, people “bid” for it, you pick a person, and then they come pick whatever the item is off your front porch.

morning reflections
Next I’d like to get rid of a funky twin-sized futon mattress that we somehow acquired from one of Corinne’s old roommates. We’ve never used it for anything and it’s taking up valuable closet space.

lizzie floats
In other news, I am still pregnant! 8 weeks and 6 days, and just as hungry as always. Yesterday I ate two donuts. The second one was a mistake.

The power of using eggshells to fertilize your plants: a few years ago, this guy was down to only one bloom! 💙💙💙 thanks @corinne_spoja for the best gardening tip evah
Our “Endless Summer” hydrangea is gorgeous this year!

Hey, where did this big ass iris in my backyard come from? I don't remember them last year.
And look at this massive purple iris that showed up in the backyard! I don’t remember having irises last year. Huh.

Dog day afternoon. 🌞
I have spent many a relaxing afternoon on the back porch on my lounge chair already this year, listening to the soothing sounds of the neighbor children screaming at the top of their lungs. Sigh. I often want to scream back, but I have to be the “adult”, dammit.

Graffiti in nature.
Graffiti in nature. After I type this blather I’m going to take the girls to the dogpark. And then maybe a trip to the library.

So many berries overhead.
I keep eating under-ripe salmonberries. Note to self: STOP IT.

It's Friday! Who's gonna have fun in the sun this weekend? We are we are.
Last Friday (was it Friday?) I went to the dog park at the Edmonds Marina with the girls and Christy.

Wild roses smell so good.
Wild roses at the beach, mmmm.

Wet pets in the Sound today. 💦
I also had a picture of Christy and I at the beach, but I deleted it because my face looked fat. Ha! Ha! Sigh.

Fresh library book, incorporating a lot of things I like: mystery, yoga, and dogs. And it takes place in Seattle. Alriiiight!
After a couple months of non-fiction I am back to reading mysteries again.

Relaxed Cub.
Bear Cub needs a summer cut pretty darn quick.

Same, Chelsea. Saaaaame.
Me too, Chelsea. Meeeee tooooooo.

Today. 💚
We never get tired of this!

Picked up an interesting read at the library today.
This was an interesting read: the psychological profile of 12 famous people. Marilyn was borderline, Einstein was autistic, Lincoln was clinically depressed, Princess Diana was bulimic and a cutter.

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Speaking of depression, I haven’t had any or any trouble sleeping, for that matter, since going off my Trazadone for this pregnancy. I DO however get up about 4 times a night to pee, UGH.

Talking my MIL into making this quilt. Isn't it the cutest?! 🐶
I really want Fleeta to make this quilt for the baby! Isn’t it the cutest???!

Nothing like a big ol' fresh canvas! 🎨
Ah, nothing like a fresh canvas! I am currently painting something for the guest room. It’s a complete rip-off of a Polly Apfelbaum, so I’m embarrassed to share the progress, but still, it will be nice.

Hi! I'm so happy the sun is out again.🌞
All dressed up for my ultrasound last week. We saw the heartbeat! Mawwwww.

Sandal weather returns! 💙💚🌟
Sandal weather is my favorite weather.

THAT’S ALL, FOLKS! Have a fabulous weekend.

First camping trip of 2016

First camping trip of 2016

view from camp
Hey blerg, guess what we did last weekend? That’s right, CAMPING! My favorite summer time activity!

trees in water
This was also a record for camping the earliest in the summer, beating last year’s record of late June. Had to do it–it was going to be 90 in town and 90 out of town. Out of town won!

serene
We went to our favorite, default camping spot–the one that doesn’t require any strenuous hiking (being pregnant is exhausting enough).

nature cub
Another first–the river was completely flooded! Our usual camping spot was underwater! We just had to camp higher up on the mountain.

morning
Still, so beautiful. And no one around. We pass a lot of public campgrounds on our way to our spot, and they were jam-packed with people, but no one was even close to us. Just the way we like it.

Maggie in nature
Hours upon luxuriant hours to sniff pine trees and read books.

Lizzy is cautious
The water was FREEZING. Also my beloved floatie/bed finally popped a hole. Josh stuck a patch over it, but it still slowly deflated over the course of the evening, which was not at all comfortable to sleep on. I just ordered myself a new silver one online. Camping necessity!

Josh gets ready
Look at this dude, sucking in his gut. He still outweighs me by a few pounds, but I’m closing the gap fast!

high lake water
We left Saturday morning and returned Sunday afternoon, and it was all over too fast!

dogs in nature
The family that camps together…does tick skin searches together. Skin and fur.

dog butts in the forest
These girls always have a blast. We saw a few deer. No bears.

cheesecake and dogs
Speaking of sucking it in, bah ha haaaaa. I was ravenous on the camping trip! Could not stop eating! Course, I’m that way at home and work, too. Hungry hungry hippo.

beautiful day
I told Josh he still has to take me camping 4 times this summer, pregnancy or no pregnancy. If this early hot weather is any indication of the future, it shouldn’t be too difficult.

BC on the hillside
Just like the “good old days” of blogging, I have too many pictures for one post! That means I’m gonna have to blog AGAIN this week!

Campin'. 💙
I am working this week, but part-time. The job I had yesterday was a whopping THREE MINUTE commute from our house, talk about lucky!

Happy camping face. 😎
C’est moi, your pregnant narrator. That’s a sports bra I’m wearing. I refuse to buy a new, “pregnant” bathing suit at this point in my life. I’d rather just eye my old tiny bikinis jealously and snivel.

Woodland dogs. 🌿
Meadow cub!

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So green.

Camping the first weekend of June is our earliest record yet! Last year it was late June, before that, always late July/August. Remember when summer in Seattle didn't start until the end of July?!
Siiiiigh, I love camping.

My floatie/sleeping mattress finally busted open on this trip, boo. Just ordered a new silver one online. They are necessary! 💦
R.I.P. orange floatie! You served me well.

Sequin and rhinestone-covered caftan = camping essential!
Thank God this sequin and rhinestone-smothered caftan I made years ago is still room-y!

More to come! So much more. Promise. Really. I have to go eat now.

A chocolate factory, good news, and delicious foodstuffs

A chocolate factory, good news, and delicious foodstuffs

A couple of dorks touring a chocolate factory for funsies.
Hey dudes! Look at these dorks touring the Theo Chocolate Factory in Fremont last Saturday. Nice hair nets!

Saturday morning we drove into Seattle to the clinic for my “beta” blood test–the first test to determine whether or not I am REALLY pregnant. I knew I was REALLY pregnant because my boobs feel like they are going to fall off at any given moment, they hurt so much, but still–verification was necessary!

@djmagicelf and his furry friend. 🐛
Then we fooled around with wildlife outside the factory, waiting for the tour to start at 11 o’clock. A few different people had told me about this tour, and for 10 dollars we figured it would be a nice distraction, waiting to find out the results of my blood test.

Recommended: for 10 clams you can tour the Theo chocolate factory in Fremont. Delicious samples! 🍫
And even though I was praying for a positive test 95% of the time we were on the tour, it WAS a pleasant experience! For the first hour, you sit in a nice breezy green room and get fed samples of chocolate while you learn all about Theo’s “bean to bar” process.

You can't tell because of the reflection off the glass, but that's the chocolate pipeline at Theo's Chocolate Factory. Mmmmm.
After 30 minutes, you get to actually go inside the factory, where you get to see the actual “Chocolate Pipeline”! Just like in “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory”! The tour ends in the kitchen, where you snarf delicious samples of ganache. Mmmmmmm.

We stopped at the gift shop on the way out (you get a discount for participating in the tour) and were just about to pay when my phone rang! I yanked it out of my purse and ran for the door of the gift shop (distressing my husband, who thought I was doing a runner) and was actually SO excited, I hung up on clinic! Roops! Luckily they called me right back with the BEST NEWS EVER: I’M PREGNANT!

Lunch at Roxy's in Fremont today. Psychedelic murals and glitter vinyl galore...dreamy. The BLT and cheese blintzes we split were damn good too.
So we sat in the car and happily cried and then I texted everyone and then my mother called me and we both cried over the phone and then we went to Roxy’s Diner in Fremont and split a BLT and cheese blintzes. Holy schmoly, HIGHLY recommended. 

Ali Wong is hilarious, and who looks this cute 7 months pregnant?
Also recommended: Ali Wong’s “Baby Cobra”, as long as you don’t mind raunchy humor. She’s 7 and a half months pregnant during this stand-up routine, and when do you ever hear about progesterone suppositories in stand-up, eh? Talk about timely. Also she’s really cute.

This rhody in the front yard is looking lush 💖
I had to go back to the clinic yesterday morning for a follow-up blood test to measure the hcg, and also check my thyroid. Luckily I got called in to my old job, so I was distracted for hours before I received the phone call in the afternoon. My hcg levels look great (!!!), but my thyroid is borderline, and I “shouldn’t worry about it.” Alrighty then. Here’s me not worrying about it.

Another gorgeous afternoon at Marymoor Park.
Now I don’t have any more tests until the very important First Ultrasound at the end of this month, which will be done by my actual doctor, which will be nice, because I haven’t seen her in a while.

Wet dogs + sunshine = Bliss. 🌈
Meanwhile I’m supposed to start looking for an OB! Oh Boy!

Pretty sure we've already gone to Marymoor more times this year than any other...oh it's gonna be a hot summer in Seattle! 💦
I have worked lined up for the rest of the month, which is wonderful.

Musical entertainment at Kama'aina Grindz. I had been wanting to try their Hawaiian food for over a year, and it did not disappoint. Mmmm. 🌺
Also wonderful: the Hawaiian food we snarfed Friday night at Kama’aina Grindz, a restaurant in Everett I’d been wanting to try for…oh, a year and a half or so.

"New" purse (thanks eBay) by Lily Bloom. Bonus: lots of compartments. But will I remember what I put in them?
It was time to surrender my big ass heavy leather Fossil purse for something lightweight for spring/summer. I discovered the “Lily Bloom” line and scored this little guy on eBay for less than 30 clams. Their entire line is made from recycled materials, and ADORABLE.

Cool sunset tonight. 💙
I can tell you that this sunset was far more beautiful in real life than in this photo. I should have used the camera. Speaking of the camera, I need to start documenting my naked pregnant body. I thought the transformation might be “fun” to look at later on. Ha! Ha! NOT ON THIS BLOG, DON’T WORRY MOM. 

"Moonwalkers": set in the psychedelic 60s, with a plot centering around the Kubrick moon landing conspiracy AND starring Ron Perlman, how could I not watch it? Odd and enjoyable.
“Moonwalkers” is a weird little indie film but you should watch it if you enjoy: 1. movies set in the psychedelic 60’s 2. anything about Stanley Kubrick 3. conspiracy theories about the moon landing and/or 4. Ron Perlman. It has them all!

Yesterday (it was much warmer). LaCroix, sweetie. Darling. That reminds me, I can't wait to see the "Ab Fab" movie!
LaCroix, sweetie. I always think I’m going to like flavored seltzer water and then I never do. Harrumph.

I made a furry friend at grandma's house. 😺
Sunday was Mother’s Day so we went to Josh’s grandmother’s house for BBQ. The house kitty was loving all over me.

“Feel free to take her home,” they offered, but I declined.

Grandma's purple rhody's are gorg. 💜💜💜
Gorgeous deep purple rhodies outside grandma’s house. She promised to give me starts for mini irises next time.

A gorgeous May afternoon. 🌾
Today I am going to the library to get some “fun” pregnancy books (I have a few from 43252352 years ago when I first started trying to get pregnant but they are not fun). I need to work on Corinne’s last cat painting. Painting white fur is giving me fits.

Oh well, it's a daisy age 🌸
What else? Walk the dogs. Lift some weights. Find out if it’s time for the finale of “Drag Race”–I doubt it, Ru usually draaaaaaaags the finale out, to make us SUFFER.

Field of dogs.
Have a nice week, blog-logs!