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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

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.

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 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.

A trip to B-town

A trip to B-town

Awwww, I'm gonna miss Lucy.
Hi blerg! We are going to look at my Boise week in REVERSE, and maybe by the time I post everything, Instagram will let me post more. IG will only let you post 20 pictures at a time to Flickr, how inconvenient if you only blog once a week! This is Lucy yesterday, a worn-out rog after work.

Lucy taking a shade rest break in between fetching sessions.
Boise finally made a SMART decision for once and built a really nice dog park about 10 minutes away from my parents’ house, so I forced both parents to go there with me and Lucy.

Loooove. I want these in my size.
My mother and I went to every baby shop Boise had to offer, which actually ended up being not very many. Surprising for such a Mormon-heavy town, we both thought. I spied these adorable green booties at a little baby boutique and said YES PLEASE. I want them in my size too!

Early Liz collage work. It used to have jewelry hanging off of it. "But Eddie, is it Art?"
Early Liz collage “art”, hanging in my old room. It used to have lots of costume jewelry hanging off of it.

I wish my teeth were as white as Lucy's!
Ohhhhh Lucy dog. She is smart AND cute. We had fun together. Look at her white teeth!

I bought this "Where's Waldo?" book today...for me. Am I regressing?
I bought myself this “Where’s Waldo?” book, because apparently I’m regressing. I solved it in front of my father. “There he is!” I yelled, turning the page. “There he is!”

“That book is for eight-year-olds,” said my father, not impressed. Heigh ho!

Carter’s has really cute baby clothes. There is one near my house, too. My mother bought this little dino outfit for the baby. Look at the feeeeeet!

Very important father/daughter bonding time...watching "True Lies" with Pops. 💣
No father-daughter bonding day would be compete without watching “True Lies”. We actually had to go out and purchase it, since my father couldn’t find his copy. Hastings up the street is finally closing–I’m pretty sure it was the last place in town you could rent movies.

Lucy is a pretty girl.
Lucy loves me.

I had an exciting development happen while in Boise–I can feel baby M. kick now! I thought it was gas at first, but the next day it was a definite kick. He kicked the most after I ate a donut, and when I played “Groove Is In the Heart” for him the first time. He gets excited by sugar and 90’s music, just like his mommy!

Pops and Lucy at the dog park today.
Here’s Pops at the dog park with Lucy. The one day that my mother had to work, we “bonded” at the dog park, over frozen yogurt, during “True Lies” and later on we snarfed BBQ. Not a bad way to spend a day with your dad.

We met a Great Pyrenees at the dog park today. What a big boy!
This photo doesn’t really convey just how HUGE this Great Pyrenees was! He was one big boy!

Mumsie and Lucy at the dog park. I'm glad I waited until September to visit--the weather has been glorious.
Mom and Lucy at the dog park. My mother was really nervous the first time we took her–she was afraid Lucy wouldn’t get along with other dogs, she was worried Lucy might snap at children–but she did MUCH BETTER the second time. My mother, that is. Lucy was fine!

Mumsie and me.
We walked every day. And ate ice cream every night.

I know I'm having a boy and all...but look at this baby mobile shaped like a chandelier MAW! 💖💕✨
I know, I know, I’m having a boy and all, but if I wasn’t…

Current reading material.
I picked up this book to read. It’s cute. Did you know that Japanese people, on average, only have sex 37 times a year??! Crazy!

Mom and Lucy, aka The Little Nipper.
My mother and Lucy. They’ve bonded now. It was pretty ugly last year! My father said he almost gave up on her a few times during those first three months. Puppies are not easy!

Admiring Ethiopian opal rings I can never afford at "Eyes of the World". 😍
Admiring Ethiopian opal rings that I am way too cheap to buy at “Eyes of the World”. I didn’t buy a thing! I tried on a few hippie dresses but I just wasn’t FEELING it with my big ol’ belly.

Lucy has grown into a dog since I saw her last year!
Lucy dog! I love her white paw.

Gorgeous sunset tonight.
Gorgeous sunset my first day there. The weather was perfect–mid 70’s the entire time. Much better than if I had gone back in July, when it was over 100 degrees. Gross.

My dad's dog Lucy has some funny ways of relaxing.
Lucy “relaxing” under the coffee table, her favorite spot.

My cute Russian nesting doll maternity tee, courtesy of Etsy shop Baby Belly Laughs.
My super-cute Russian nesting doll tee shirt, courtesy of the Etsy shop “Baby Belly Laughs”. I love it!

Mom and Lucy at the dog park tonight. She didn't know I was taking the picture!
I showed this picture to my father and he said, “See, you don’t even look fat there,” and I said, “THAT’S MOM!”

Lucy's first trip to a dog park, and boy do I look pregnant or what?! 22 weeks today.
Large and in charge, baby! I am 22 weeks, baby M. is the size of a spaghetti squash and I can feel him fluttering away as I type this entry. It’s pretty cool.

My mother's collection of books she's been gathering for the baby. She started even before I was pregnant!
Look at all the books my mother has collected for M. already! Mawwwww.

I always have a good time when I go home. One week of walking dogs, eating ice cream, and spending quality time with both parents. Tomorrow we are apparently leaving again because my husband “needs” to go hike up a mountain with his father. Uh huh. Catch yer later!

A visit from Erika

A visit from Erika

Yesterday we met a tiny black Pomeranian...a mini Bear Cub! SO CUTE.
Sup, blog? Look at the tiny black Pomeranian we met last week at the dog park, MAW!

Today we met Lilly from @bernesemountaindoglovers...she's IG famous!
We also met Lilly, a Bernese Mountain dog who has accrued a whopping 109,000 followers on IG. Damn, Lilly!

90 degrees is a little too warm for black dogs and pregnant ladies. 💦💦💦
Leaves are starting to get a little crispy! I think last Friday was probably the last really hot day. It was 90 degrees, too hot for pregnant ladies and black dogs to be outside.

Happy National Dog Day! Did you hug a dog today?
I had time to work two jobs, go grocery shopping AND take the rogs for a walk before my cousin Erika showed up that evening with her two children. That night she made macaroni and cheese from scratch, Josh barbecued hamburgers and the next morning Josh woke up super early to spend the weekend camping with his crazy uncle.

Checking out the wall of crosses at Milagros. ✨🌟✨
Erika and I and the boys headed down to Pike Place Market, where of course we made a pit stop at Milagros, where I oohed and aahed but didn’t buy anything.

I added my "L" to the gum wall.
We put our gum on the gum wall. We also ate pizza at a delicious little pizza joint tucked into Post Alley–HIGHly recommended.

The infamous Post Alley gum wall.
Many people are grossed out by the gum wall but I think it’s cool. Then again, it does combine two things I love–gum and street art!

He was double hooping, balancing a guitar on his face and solving a Rubik's cube in each hand. "Behold: The power of a GED," he said. "Stay in school, kids."
When we walked up to this street performer, he was double hooping, balancing a guitar on his face and solving two Rubik’s cubes, one in each hand. “Behold: the power of a GED,” he said. “Stay in school, kids.”

My cute cousin Erika and her equally cute son Cash.
Erika and Cash. Cash is a little cutie and very much three years old–meaning, everything is MINE and he had little baby tantrums throughout the day. Luckily, he also had a short attention span.

After Pike Place, we stopped at the grocery store for ingredients for bacon carbonara. Erika whipped it up by memory, I made a green salad and we had garlic bread too. YUM.

I have a knack for finding rhinestones at the dog park. ✨
Sunday morning, after breakfast we took Cash and the girls to the park to get their ya-yas out. I found a giant rhinestone on the ground! This isn’t the first time I have found a rhinestone at a dog park. Once a magpie, always a magpie.

Erika helped me set up the baby crib. Then Cash had to test it out, with my pink glitter ukulele.
The Graco crib I had ordered arrived on Saturday, and Erika was enthusiastic about setting it up. So we did! Unfortunately, we set it up in the parlor, and when it came time to move it into the baby room it didn’t fit through the door! We had to remove one side. Oy vey. Cash was eager to test it out, while holding my pink glitter ukulele.

"Display & Costume" is always a good time!
Then we went to “Display & Costume” for funsies. I always think it’s fun!

Cash and a kitty mask.
Cash and a kitty mask. Meow.

I want ALL of the "Day of the Dead" stuff. 💀💀💀
Gimme gimme gimme, I need I NEED.

I wish Maggie and Bear Cub would tolerate wigs! We could have such fun!
I approve of wigs for dogs! Too bad my dogs don’t.

The Black-eyed Susans are still hanging on.
They left Sunday evening, after we stopped at Der Weinerschnitzel for corn dogs. Mmmmmm. Josh returned from his camping trip really late last night, but luckily called me around 9 pm to tell me he would be home late, so I could stop worrying and go to sleep. I am 20 weeks and 2 days pregnant today.

R.I.P. to one of my all-time favorite funny men.
Sadly, Gene Wilder passed away yesterday. Earlier this year I had watched an interview with him looking all old and frail and it was heartbreaking! But 83 ain’t too shabby. Especially when during the last 3 years he was suffering from Parkinson’s. Have a fabulous week, bloggerloos!

Water and trees and dogs

Water and trees and dogs

Joshy paddleboarding at sunset.
Happy Hump Day, blerg. Here’s a little leftover picture of Josh paddleboarding from two weekends ago, because it’s pretty.

Last night's beautiful sunset.
I am 19 weeks and 4 days pregnant today. This Friday I get to have my 20 week ultrasound, which is traditionally the “gender reveal” ultrasound. Of course, we already know the gender!

Too hot to take the girls to the dog park, but just right for a river swim. 💦
I’m excited to see the little dude again. Especially since I don’t feel him yet, which apparently is normal for first-time moms. 20-22 weeks is the average to start feeling kicks.

It's Friday! Let's play! 🌞
Last Friday it was too hot for the dog park, so I took the girls to the river instead. It was kind of gross–all fish-smelling and murky and trashy. They didn’t seem to mind.

Cleaning the house today, and moving more stuff out of the future baby room. Where oh where will my beloved wig heads go??!
Saturday we spent most of the day cleaning the house–my cousin Erika is coming for a visit this weekend and we haven’t had the maid in two months. Gasp! I know! I asked her to come this week, but she was taking a vacation. Sniff.

Currently going into the oven: zucchini bread with crushed glazed walnut topping. Mmmmmm. 💚
Zucchini bread with crushed glazed walnut topping, mmmmm. Unfortunately I was all out of white flour so I used whole-wheat flour instead, and I didn’t like the bread as much. Too healthy!

Beach day with the fam.
On Saturday after the house cleaning we went to the beach to play.

Josh took this very artistic shot of my Rocky Road dripping all down my arm.
We had some extremely melty ice cream cones as well.

The Bear stands alone.
Salty Cub!

Preggers at the beach. Sorry for the use of "preggers". 💦
Boy do I look pregnant. It’s especially apparent after I eat ANYthing, and blow up like a balloon.

You said it, tree.
Currently I’m wasting time before my doctor’s appointment at 10. 10 is a weird time–too early for me to go to work first, but a little too late as well.

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. 😭
So my stinkin’ husband and his stinkin’ little friend decided to hike MY BUCKET LIST lake on Sunday without me, Lake Blanca. Just because I’m pregnant and weak, dammit! Oh well. He said it was really hard but he would do it again. Damn right you’ll do it again, buddy. With wife and child!

Of course an arduous 12-mile hike sounds awful NOW, but maybe someday it will sound appealing again. Like when I’m not gestating a human, and panting when I walk up a small flight of stairs.

Tomatoes: the one crop that Josh and I are, inexplicably, really good at growing. 🍅🍅🍅
Someone gave us a cherry tomato plant for our garden, and it’s flourishing! Too bad I don’t like cherry tomatoes, ha haaaaaaaa.

Josh has some strange ways of getting comfortable on the couch.
Josh alleviating his hip pain. He was not super stoked I posted this on Instagram, I wonder why?

Impulse bought these at World Market today. I've heard good things! 😍
Yesterday I stopped by World Market to get a new bath mat and also impulse purchased these delicious Australian cookies I’d heard so much about. Very tasty!

Fresh glitter shellac! I wish I had requested 3 coats though. Oh well.
I also got a fresh shellac. I wish I had asked for three coats of glitter. Heigh ho!

Yes we ARE enjoying the last little bit of summer, how about you? 😎
Yes we ARE enjoying this last little bit of summer weather, and you?

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.

Camping again: brrrrr

Camping again: brrrrr

Josh's uncle doesn't understand why we would want to go camping at the same place twice. Well, because it's this beautiful, that's why! 💚
Hey dudes! We went camping again last weekend! That brings our 2016 total trips to THREE, pretty impressive for mid-July. A record, in fact.

Maggie and Bear Cub splash around Hyas Lake. 💦
TOO BAD it was too cold to swim or sunbathe or even go hat and glove-less! That’s right, BOOOOO. No more camping until the temp hits, like, 80. Ugh.

Bear Cub carries the dog food when we go camping.
Don’t get me wrong, it was beautiful–Hyas Lake is always beautiful, but at one point Saturday morning I was wearing a tee shirt, long-john shirt, fleece and long pants and a winter hat AND gloves and my fingertips were still turning white from cold. In July. What a load of crap!

So many beautiful wildflowers on this trip. 🌻
The array of wildflowers this year really was stunning. And with only a 10-pound pack to carry, the two flat miles to camp was a piece of cake.

Another cooold camping trip. Remind me to wait until August to go camping again!
I just, you know, prefer NOT to freeze my ass off when I go camping, that’s all. Also: freeze-dried biscuits and gravy is disgusting! We won’t make that mistake again!

Mountain Man, does what he can. 🌲
Even the Mountain Man had on a flannel shirt and a down vest. Brrrrrr.

The fire was necessary this time around. Brrrrrr.
Thank goodness the fire danger wasn’t too high and we were able to build a fire! That helped. A little.

@djmagicelf and @corinne_spoja and I ready to see Die Antwoord tonight woot wooooot! 🌟
In other, non-camping-related news, Josh and the Broad and I went to see Die Antwoord last night! Woo hoo! Baby’s first concert.

Die Antwoord put on a great show tonight. 💙
Now that I’m pregnant and sensitive, maybe some of their imagery was a little…creepy, and occasionally the music and lights were a bit…cloying, but 90% of the concert was excellent. I’m glad we went.

Next time you're at Snoqualmie Pass, make sure to stop by Aardvark Express. Stoner comfort food at its finest! 💚
The next time you are at Snoqualmie Pass, do yourself a favor and stop by the Aardvark Express: stoner comfort food at its finest. I had a sausage tucked into a pancake and smothered with cream cheese and huckleberry jam, and Josh had chicken curry with a slab of pineapple cake on top. Mmmmmm.

I bought a shade-less teal lamp at a thrift store 2 years ago and finally found the perfect shade at Fred Meyer's (of all places) to match it.
Now we get to review all the random pictures I’ve been insta-shamming for the last couple of weeks. Like this picture of the bedroom lamp, which is notable only because I bought that lamp sans shade from a thrift store a couple of years ago, and randomly found the perfect shade to match it at Fred Meyers, of all places, recently. 

Rainbow glass pendant from Kauai. 🌈
My 4th of July shellac is ready to come off.

Behold: the perfect blueberry muffin (and yes, that's butter oozing out of it).
Oh man. Here’s the thing about pregnancy cravings: sometimes they just won’t abate until you’ve made homemade blueberry muffins with struesel topping. Holy moly, they were goooooood.

I looooove Pacifica's fragrances. I think this is my 5th perfume by them. It's the perfect summer scent! 💛
The perfect summer scent, courtesy of Pacifica. Good old Pacifica–I now own all the perfumes from them I care to own. Which is like 5 or 6.

Gorgeous purple hydrangea 💜
This hydrangea in our back yard really is a stunner.

No filter, no extra saturation, the color of this rose was amazing! 💖💖💖
This beautiful rose outside my work needed no extra saturation or IG filters. I’m back at one of my old jobs again, and it’s nice working every day. The staffing company pays great but hasn’t had any work for me since last month.

Beautiful lily in our front yard.
I never get tired of looking at flowers! These lovely lilies popped up in our front yard.

Roses from Joshy, plucked from our yard. 🌹🌹🌹
Today I am 14 weeks and 2 days pregnant, and I’m actually starting to LOOK pregnant. Like, the belly doesn’t flatten when I suck it in.

Nature Cub!
I feel a little less famished constantly, but I still have a healthy appetite.

Maggie prefers to be lying down comfortably while snacking. I feel that, Mags.
Tonight for dinner I am making slow cooker beef and broccoli, with strawberry shortcake for dessert. Doesn’t that sound gooood?

Black eyed Susan in the front yard. 💛
I had originally planned to go to Boise at the end of this month, but moved my trip up to September. My brother and his wife are finally moving out of my parent’s house at the end of next month to their new place in Oregon, and it will be less stressful if I visit then. 

I am going to see the new Ab Fab movie this Friday with my Broad, CAN’T WAIT!!!

Alright weather, I'm ready for you to warm up now. Is this gonna be one of those Old School Seattle summers where it doesn't get hot until August?! Booooo!
I really wanted Christopher to come up, but he claims he is in school right now and can’t do it, even though I promised to buy his train ticket and everything. Booooooo.

"Enough with the selfies!" says Maggie dog. "Let's go!" 💛
Meanwhile, the girls and I are still going for our daily walkies.

The lettuce, cucumbers and squash failed big time, but at least our tomato plant is flourishing!
This year we have completely failed to grow marigolds, lettuce, cucumbers and squash but the tomato plant is thriving! Sigh.

Trail Cub. 🌲
I’m not sure what critters are responsible for munching away the leaves on everything, but we DO have an awful lot of snails in the backyard. Little jerks.

Shirley Manson looking bloody gorgeous with pink hair in my latest "Elle". Can you believe she's almost 50?!
Good grief this blog entry is taking a long time! FINALLY here is Shirley Manson looking fabbuu with bright pink hair at nearly age 50. You go, girl!