Santa Rosa Fires

Some of my long-time readers (are any of you still out there?) may know that I used to live in Northern California. My dad’s side of the family is from there,  I was born there, and it’s where I spent my college years and beyond. Match was born and raised there, and the majority of his family still lives there and the surrounding area. It’s where Match and I met, and where we fell in love. It’s where we were married.

And now it’s being ravaged by fires. The fires are so heartbreaking, and so close to our former and home away from home. Match’s aunt and uncle lost their beautiful home on the hill. The home where we had so many family gatherings and played bocce. It was a home his uncle helped to design, and they had put their heart and soul into it, as we all do with our homes.

Match’s parents were lucky enough to keep their home, losing only their shed, but their entire neighborhood was destroyed, except one other home behind theirs. It was far too close for comfort, and we were so grateful they were visiting all of us up here in Oregon when the fires started.

My great aunt and uncle also lost their home of over 20+ years. It is so devastating for them, as I know they didn’t have much. Thank god they were safe.

And then there is Couple Family. Some of my readers may remember Couple Wife, my dear friend who helped me so many times, and has always been a wonderful friend. Her husband grew up with Match and they’ve known each other their whole lives. They lost their home and everything in it, including their beloved family kitten. They barely made it out before the fire struck their home, and my heart aches for their loss. This is all that is left of their home.

All of our family and friends are alive, and for that we are so, so grateful. I know everything else is just things, or just a place, but so many memories were made there. I’m praying the fires stop soon, and our loved ones can start the healing process. All of our displaced family and friends who had to evacuate will get to go home, and the ones who lost so much can start to rebuild. It will take years before things will look remotely the same.

Things like this make you hold your family closer, and be grateful for all that we have. It has made us come up with a plan in case of emergency, and a list of the irreplaceable things we would take with us if we had minutes to get out.

Thinking of all those affected by this fire. We love you, Sonoma County, and I hope this nightmare is over soon.

Summer Break Re-Cap

I hate how life keeps getting in the way of me blogging regularly. I have so many things to tell you about! Last month during my summer break, we did all kinds of fun things. I got so much quality time in with my boy, but it just made me realize how much I miss staying at home with him. We did art projects, fun nature walks, library time, playing at the park. So many things that I have missed out on!

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We took a trip to the Portland Zoo with Kinderfriend and Guy’s Gal (friends I grew up with that I’m now lucky enough to live near!)

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Piglet had a great time with all the kids, and he loved seeing the animals.

Then we went on a road trip, just the two of us, back down to California to visit family, and to meet Geeky’s baby. She is precious! I cried when I first held her, just like I cried when I first got to see my friend again. It had been many long months since we last saw each other. I miss living near her, though we are so glad we moved to Oregon. Just wish we could visit more!

 

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I stayed with the in-laws (first time without Match being there. I was nervous!! But they were great) and they watched Piglet so I could get some time with my friends. We celebrated at Couple Wife’s 30th birthday party, and I caught up with old friends I hadn’t seen since college.

My dad and stepmom were also visiting from Arizona, and Piglet got some great quality time with them. I loved seeing my nephews and all the family. I love watching those boys play together.

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The trip was a whirlwind, and road tripping with a recently potty trained toddler was not without anxiety, but he was a total champ. He didn’t have any accidents the whole trip!

August I was back at work, my summer vacation cut short by a huge change in my job description. I am now an 11 month employee, but when I was hired I was a 9 month employee. I’m extremely frustrated, as the only reason I took the job was the promise of summers off with my son. They also changed the nature of my job, taking away my set schools, my interactions with the kids, and essentially everything that made me apply for the job in the first place. Match is currently working at a Parks Maintenance job he enjoys, and the hours are great (finally day shift, weekends and holidays off!) but it is only seasonal. As soon as something full time opens up, we are hoping I will be able to quit and focus on our family again. Oh how I miss it, and oh how I hate my job.

But anyways, back to summer. It was so nice having that quality time with Piglet, and I loved every minute of it. We spent the first few weeks working on potty training, and since we’ve been doing Elimination Communication for so long, all the really hard work was done. We still do pull ups at night, but mostly as a security blanket for me. He rarely has accidents, and soon I plan to get rid of those too. I’m so proud of him, and I love that I don’t have to deal with nasty diapers anymore. Kid, you make it pretty darn easy to be your mama!

 

 

Birthday Weekend

I turned 31 yesterday! 31 and still getting carded. I’ll take it folks! 🙂 I received an amazing birthday present from my Aunt and Uncle who recently visited. I was blown away by their generosity. It was a new lens for my DSLR! I have been going a little picture crazy all weekend. Here’s a shot Match took right before my birthday dinner.

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I love how Piglet scrunches up his face for photos. He has that trouble maker look down! Luckily he just has the look and is usually pretty well behaved! We took him to our favorite sushi restaurant, and this time we actually let him try some of it (all cooked pieces, but still!) He seemed to like it a lot. His favorite part of the dinner was flirting with every waitress that walked by.

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He also grabbed the pen and tried to sign the check. Looks like dinner was his treat!

Saturday we just relaxed around the house. Went to the gym and then just lazed around. We really wanted to go do something outdoorsy. I had these great plans to take Piglet to a nearby children’s farm, but it was so dang hot out that we decided to wait. I’m so sick of this weather you guys. It was 103 on Saturday. 🙁 It zaps my motivation and leaves me depressed. I guess I’m opposite most people, because rain makes me happy! I live in the wrong state!!

Anyhoo, we took advantage of the somewhat cooler morning to have our breakfast outside and play a bit.

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Sunday Match had to work, so I met up with Couple Wife, her sister and their kids for a play date at Train Town in Sonoma. The weather started out cooler, and I was excited to escape the heat. Then it shot up to the low 90s, and I was sweating like crazy. Piglet was a little overstimulated and insisted on being carried a lot. It didn’t help that he’s his own little furnace.  We were both pretty hot and tired by the end of the day, but we still had fun! Piglet got to ride his first train and his first carousel. He got a little scared of both, but he just held on tight to mama. I can’t wait to take him back when it’s a bit cooler, and when Match can join us!

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TTUT: Maternity Photos-The Gag Reel

 Uteri. You’re a woman, you should know what part of the butt a baby comes from! -Max, Happy Endings

with Impulsive Addict and Seriously Shawn

You know a photo session with us wouldn’t be complete without a gag reel. One of the reasons Couple Wife was able to get so many great photos of us was because we were cracking up most of the day. Here are some of my favorite spoof shots.

funny maternity pictures: www.dategirldiaries.comApparently both Match and I like to make goofy duck faces

funny maternity pictures: www.dategirldiaries.comThe picture on the left was Match pretending to shoot at geese overhead. And then he decided to practice nursing.

funny maternity pictures: www.dategirldiaries.comThese cracked me up. I guess Match was jealous of all the belly attention.

funny maternity pictures: www.dategirldiaries.comThis was at the end of the day. You can tell because Match gets crazier. First with the fondling, the creepster pose, and then whipping out the bare belly. I promised I’d never show bare belly pictures, but I just couldn’t leave this out of the gag reel. He’s always talking about how my belly button looks like a butt, so he decided to poke the “butt” for the camera. He is such a goofball!

 

TTUT-Piglet’s Baby Shower

Jerry: Explain to me how this baby shower thing works.
Elaine: What do you wanna know?
Jerry: Well, I mean, does it ever erupt into a drunken orgy of violence?
Elaine: Rarely. -Seinfeld

with Impulsive Addict and Seriously Shawn

I can’t believe I only posted once last week. It’s been such a busy past few days, prepping the house and getting everything ready. It took me a full day to recoop from the baby shower. It was such an awesome day. I felt so loved and so blessed to have such amazing family and friends there to celebrate our little guy. Prepare for picture overload! Tahoe Girl brought her nice digital SLR and spent the day being my photographer. My hostess, Geeky, outdid herself with the decorations.

owl baby shower: www.dategirldiaries.com

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My beautiful hostess Geeky! She did such a great job. Everyone had fun with the games, and she kept things running smoothly. She’s a pro!

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Tomboy showed up as a complete surprise. She’s currently in graduate school in Oregon, and she had just visited us the week before. I didn’t even know she was still in the state. It was such a great surprise!

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Chandler’s Older Bro’s Wife and I, showcasing our baby bumps. I still can’t get over the fact that she’s due just 28 days after me, also with a boy! The next generation of The Group in the making!

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Just a few of The Group ladies. Tomboy, OB Wife, me and Tahoe Girl

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I loved the onesie decorating station. If I hadn’t been so busy socializing, I would have made one myself. Hopefully I get a chance before Piglet arrives. My guests had great senses of humor while decorating these!

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About to open gifts, after I stuff my face with this cupcake.

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This was part of the crib bedding set. The bumper is actually going to line the window seat in the nursery, not the crib, since it’s not that safe. I can’t wait to put it all up. Stay tuned for a nursery reveal in a few weeks!

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Me and my MIL. If you look closely, the onesie says “I Was Worth the Wait” and it made me bawl. As you all know, this little guy has been a long time coming. It was a very sweet gift. She also got us our digital monitor (score!) because she knows how nervous we’re going to be as new parents. But the best gift? That would have to be an audio book that she recorded, along with my FIL of them reading Good Night Moon to Piglet. There was not one dry eye in the room when I opened that one.


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I know it’s a terrible picture of me, but it captured the moment. When I showed it to Match, he started crying too. Such an awesome gift. Now I need to see if my parents can send one too, so he can listen to both sets of grandparents reading to him!

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I had to share this picture because I love the look on my face. I think Piglet kicked really hard when that picture was taken, and I thought I was going to pee myself!

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Finally resting my poor swollen tootsies, and visiting with Mrs. Makeup. It was so sweet of her to make the drive! I love that we’ve been friends our entire lives pretty much. I’ve known her since kindergarten. Hard to believe we’re both mommies now!

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Good Girl brought one of the twins, and he was having all kinds of fun.

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Thanking Geeky for doing such a great job. It really was the best day!

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 Me at the end of the day. I was exhausted but so happy. What a perfect way to celebrate our rainbow baby. I felt so much love, and there were a few times throughout the day that I could feel Roo’s presence with me. I like to think that she was happy too.