Summer Projects

Welp, I had all these high hopes of blogging a lot during my summer break, and here I am finishing up my first week back at work, finally getting around to my poor, neglected blog. I’ve missed you bloggy friends! This was my summer break of projects. Since we are homeowners again, I had quite the list of things to get done.  Here’s what I managed to accomplish during my month off:

  1. Repainted the deck
  2. Painted the front trim
  3. Re-painted all the doors and inside trim ( are you sensing a theme here? I’m so sick of painting!)
  4. Swapped out outlets and switches for the more modern ones. I love being able to hit them with my elbow to turn them on or off.
  5. Scored bookcases off Craiglist for our faux built ins in the living room.
  6. Worked on the yard, took down a lot of ugly bushes and stumps
  7. Made Piglet a couple of train shelves
  8. Guest room makeover-found an incredible $10 goodwill desk and chalk painted it. Then added a fun sign to the room, new comforter, drapes, and redecorated a bit. I love how it turned out.

I will post pictures of everything soon, but here’s a sneak peek of the pretty new built ins.

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In the middle of all of these projects, I also had my dad, stepmom, brothers, nephews, niece and grandpa visit. We had a great time, but it was exhausting.

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I also made sure to do fun things with Piglet, and try to soak up as much family time as possible. We had my 15 year high school reunion, then Miss PhD’s wedding, both on the coast, so there was a lot of driving.

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There was also an incredible emotional rollercoaster involving my mother’s mental health. I won’t blog about it, but I will just say that things are not good, and I’m praying she gets better.

In happier news, my brother got engaged! I’ve gotten to know his girlfriend and her son, and I’m so so so happy they are going to be a part of the family. She’s an amazing influence on my oldest brother, and it makes my heart happy to see him so happy.

I’m tired from all the vacationing, but so satisfied with my month off. We packed in a lot of life!

Thanksgiving By the Sea

Is it seriously almost Christmas? Holy cow I am behind on my blog posts! I will do a quick recap of Thanksgiving, and then it’s on to the holiday posts!

We made the 4 hour trek down to my Mom and Pops’ house for Thanksgiving, even though we’re also visiting for Christmas. My brother, his girlfriend, and their kids will be there for Christmas, as well as my inlaws! It’s going to make for a very busy holiday. So we decided we wanted a visit where we got my parents to ourselves, and time for Piglet to get some one on one time with his grandparents.

It was such a quiet and relaxing stay. I love that we always get a date night whenever we visit, guaranteed. It felt great to get out of the house again with Match! I always fall a little more in love with him when we get those moments together.walksdatenight

Piglet had a blast on the farm.

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We visited with the goats, and went riding on the four wheeler. Don’t let his little serious face fool you. He LOVED riding the four wheeler with PopPop.

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I even managed to bribe my parents into taking some great family photos with us. Usually they whine and complain about it, but this time they were game. I set up the tripod and somehow we even got Piglet to smile for the camera without anyone on the other side making funny faces!

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This one is going on our Christmas card. I adore this picture of us. I can’t believe how big our little boy is getting!

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We also caught up with MissPhD and her fiance (yay! that’s right she’s engaged! Oh, and she met him on Match, just like us!) We hadn’t met her fiance before, and we instantly liked him. We’re so excited for MissPhD finally getting her happy ending.

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The day before we left, we made a trip over to the train museum. Piglet loved getting to check out all the choo-choos.

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Our visit would not have been complete without a trip to the beach. Piglet loved playing in the sand.

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It was a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday, and I’m so thankful that we live close enough to make the drive for a long weekend. Hope you all had a great Thanksgiving too!

Christmas on the Oregon Coast

Merry Christmas everyone! We just got home from a week long trip to the Oregon coast to visit my parents. This was our first time at my parents for Christmas since we got engaged, back in 2009. It was so nice to be home for the holidays again! My mom had the house decorated so beautifully. You all know what a sucker I am for decorations-see where I get it? I adore the mantel. I’m not sure if my mom can handle any more grand babies. We may have reached capacity!

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Christmas Eve my mom took us to Shore Acres to see the Christmas lights. This is the place where Match proposed to me five years ago. Piglet loved seeing all of the pretty lights, and kept telling everyone we met, “Merry Chrispy!”

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Christmas morning was so much fun. Piglet seemed to know exactly what to do, and ran around grabbing the presents saying, “open? open?”. His Gamma got him his very own choo choo, and he was thrilled! christmas2

Christmas night, my mom gave us the best gift a grandmother can give. She offered to watch Piglet while we went out to a party with some of my high school classmates. She even offered to take the monitor so that we wouldn’t have to get up early in the morning with him. She also watched him the following night too, and during naps we were able to slip away for walks.

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It was amazing!! I love how good she is at being grandma. I am so excited that we live just 4.5 hours away from her instead of 9! It was so nice to be able to get out and see my long time friends again. I love how whenever we get together, it feels like barely any time has passed. We talked about our upcoming 15 year reunion, and I can’t wait to get it planned. Yes, we all agreed we couldn’t wait another ten years to get together! I’m very happy to be living closer to these awesome ladies and gent again. Hoping we make sure to get together more often now that I live in the same state.

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The rest of the time with my parents, we had fun playing on the farm.

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On our way home, we spent one night with Match’s parents, who rented a vacation home further up the coast with Match’s sister and her husband. It was a nice visit, though not quite as relaxed as my parent’s house. I think it didn’t help that we were kind of burnt out from all the visiting. Still, it was a nice time and we loved walking along the coastline. Match’s dad is doing a lot better, though he still has rough days. It was nice seeing everyone, and we had a very Merry Christmas! I hope you all had a wonderful holiday with your loved ones!

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TTUT-Venturing Out

Look, we’re sorry if we don’t have enough time to sit down at the bar listening to silly little dating problems. When you have a baby, it’s not just the most important thing in your life, it’s the only important thing. When are you guys gonna get that? -Marshall, How I Met Your Mother

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  • Since I was cleared by the doctor to lift the carseat, it felt like I was being released from house arrest. Every weekend Piglet and I have been on the go! It feels so good to get out of the house, even if it’s something simple like going to the grocery store.
  • On Thursday I was going stir crazy from being stuck inside due to the heat, so I pestered Match to take us out exploring. Match has been working really hard lately, and he’s been so tired after work that his weekends he doesn’t want to do anything. I really appreciated that he got out of the house with me. We ended up stumbling across a wildlife rescue center that did free tours. There wasn’t much to see, but it was sort of fun checking it out. I also adore the fact that Match rocked the ergo carrier! Doesn’t daddyhood look great on him? IMAG0511
  • The wildlife rescue center was full of animals that were all injured and couldn’t be released to the wild. I can definitely see myself volunteering here someday, maybe when Piglet is old enough to go to school. IMAG0515 IMAG0516
  • There was a boat dock nearby, and we soaked in the cool breezes coming off the water. It was fun getting out of the house and doing something different together as a family, even if it was just for a few hours. IMAG0523 IMAG0520
  • Friday we spent the whole day in Sacramento meeting up with friends. It was by far our longest outing yet, just the two of us. We started the day with breakfast with Sewing Mama, her hubby and their sweet little boy. Crafty Mama is a close friend of Tahoe Couple that I’ve gotten to know over the past few years, and bonded over pregnancies (she was due a month after my due date with Roo). She’s the one who sewed Piglet’s gorgeous quilt and changing pad covers. I wish I had her skills! Here they are meeting Piglet for the first time. They surprised me with a few gifties for Piglet, including an awesome homemade burp cloth she made herself that doubles as a bib.
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  • We had breakfast, and their little 8 month old was fascinated with Piglet. He kept trying to touch him, and really wanted to play with him. I can’t wait til Piglet is older and they can actually play together!
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  • After our breakfast, Crafty Mama and I took the boys to a park by their house. It was fun hanging out with another first time mama, especially one that also breastfeeds. She was full of advice and tips for me, but without sounding condescending about it. Piglet seemed to love the park. He stayed awake for the whole walk!
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  • After the walk, I said goodbye to Crafty Mama and then met up with Miss PhD for lunch. I’m sad to say Miss PhD decided to move back to Oregon, and Friday was her last day in California. I’m really going to miss her and our puppy playdates! It was also just after her 30th birthday, so we went out to a sushi restaurant to celebrate.
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  • I was a little nervous about bringing Piglet to a nice restaurant, but he was a champ! I even busted out my nursing cover and nursed him right at our table. I was shy about it, but it worked out fine. The more I do it, the easier it gets, and the more comfortable I am nursing in public.
  • We got back to her apartment and she got to spend some quality time with Piglet before she left.
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  • Sniff, I’m really going to miss her! All the more reason that Match and I need to make a family trip up to Portland, where she’s moving. Not only does she live there, but so does my brother, a few aunts, an uncle, and Tomboy.

 

 

 

 

TTUT-Puppy Cuddles and a Welcome Distraction

Nothing is terrible except fear itself.-Francis Bacon

with Impulsive Addict and Seriously Shawn

This week marks the point of loss for me. We lost Roo when I was 19 weeks, 2 days. I am exactly that far along in my pregnancy with Piglet as of today. It is a relief to hit this milestone, but it has not come without fear and frustrations. I started spotting on Friday and Saturday, very lightly, but enough to make me freak out. I haven’t had any pain, so I knew it was probably nothing, but the timing couldn’t have been worse.

I contacted my Dr. who believes it was from the internal exam he had to do on Thursday, and he reassured me that all was well with the baby. But he did promise to see me this Thursday, even though I’m not due for another checkup until the following week. I love that he respects my fears and what I’m going through, and is quick to accommodate me and reassure me. I really feel that I have the best team of doctors and nurses in my corner, and they will do everything they can for Piglet and me.

So Saturday when Match did his overnight overtime shift, I needed some distraction. My good friend Miss PhD came to the rescue, armed with her adorable new furbaby, this lil puffball Australian Sheppard puppy, who I will just call Fluff on the blog (she has a much cuter name, but I’m respecting her privacy).

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Monkey was so good with her, and I was proud of him for being so patient with this 3 month old pup.
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Fluff was the perfect cure for my worries, and for an evening I didn’t over think or stress about lil Piglet. Instead I got my fill of puppy cuddles and girl talk with Miss PhD. We made under cooked brownies and ate til we were stuffed. It was such a fun night!

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And the best part? While we were sitting on the couch watching a movie, my belly full of brownie, Piglet gave me a very distinctive kick. It was like he was saying, “I’m good in here mama, don’t worry.” 🙂

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Since Saturday I’ve felt pretty good, though I know the battles with these fears will continue throughout this pregnancy. It’s only natural for me to worry, especially when I do keep experiencing spotting. But luckily no pain or cramping, and thank god no heavy bleeding. The Dr seems to think all is well, and that my body is just sensitive and tend to spot from exams (lucky me!). I am grateful that I haven’t allowed the fears to take complete control, and I refuse to let them. I can get scared, acknowledge that fear, and then let it go. I refuse to let it overshadow the joys I feel during this pregnancy. I just keep visualizing that healthy baby boy in my arms early this summer, and I know it will be so.