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Labor Day weekend and Matt’s 31st September 4th, 2014

Wandering around Berkeley Springs

We did a quick little getaway and spent the morning wandering around the town of Berkeley Springs, WV. Cute little place with some funny antique shops and a random hotdog/snowcone stand that we, of course, happily patronized.

   

Going for a hike with Miss Lyla Willow

In the afternoon, we went for a little hike with Miss Lyla Willow in Cacapon State Park, up the Ridge Trail

   

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cool moss along the way

   

A walk in the woods at Cacapon

a pretty path in the woods at Cacapon

   

Lyla visiting the Cacapon State Park overlook, where you can see PA, MD, VA, and WV.

Whoa, this is a majorly unflattering photo of me, but it’s the only one we took of Lyla visiting the Cacapon State Park overlook, where you can see PA, MD, VA, and WV. I promise I had a good grip on her 😉

   
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Happy 31st Birthday on the 31st, Matt!

Happy 31st Birthday on the 31st, Matt! Thanks to Val and Ty for babysitting and allowing us a proper night out to celebrate. We had cocktails, pierogies, fried cheese, kielbasa, and meatballs at Domku. Hooray for golden birthdays!!

   

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annnnd July is here July 1st, 2014

Well, due date passed yesterday, and still no signs of the arrival of baby burrito. Just playing the waiting game for now. Here’s what we’ve been doing to pass the time:

   

We visited Bao Bao at the zoo! Baby pandas really are all they are cracked up to be in this town. She was doing flips over the bamboo shoots, and tumbling down the rocks and everything. It was so comical it was almost like it was a fake scene from a movie, including the gasps and laughs of all the visitors on cue to her every movement. As Matt whispered as we walked away, "The real secret here is that it's just a 6 year old in a panda costume playing around in there."

We visited Bao Bao at the zoo! Baby pandas really are all they are cracked up to be in this town. She was doing flips over the bamboo shoots, and tumbling down the rocks and everything. It was so comical it was almost like it was a fake scene from a movie, including the gasps and laughs of all the visitors on cue to her every movement. As Matt whispered as we walked away, “The real secret here is that it’s just a 6 year old in a panda costume playing around in there.”

   

Finding new ways to like beets from our CSA share. You can't go wrong if you roast them and add cheese and honey drizzle and bread.

Finding new ways to like beets from our CSA share. You can’t go wrong if you roast them and add cheese and honey drizzle and bread.

   

Still biking my big burrito bump to prenatal yoga class  every Tuesday.

Still biking my big burrito bump to prenatal yoga class every Tuesday. It’s a wonder my feet can still find the pedals.

   

World Cup watching in bed with Bowser, lovely way to spend an afternoon relaxing.

World Cup watching in bed with Bowser, lovely way to spend an afternoon relaxing.

   

Baked mom's zucchini bread recipe!

Baked mom’s zucchini bread recipe!

   

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nursery June 24th, 2014

By popular request… pics of the nursery! Or, as Bowser likes to think, his new doggie playroom. We kinda went piece-by-piece over the last several months, until it all came together surprisingly well:
   

-the overhead light was a splurge from Makan which kinda started it all  
-crib: gift from Matt’s parents  
-dresser – DIY thrift store find for $20, plus a coat of white paint, plus new orange knobs from Etsy  
-corner bookshelf – a gift from David and Kristy, painted by all of our baby shower attendees  
-balloon wall art – DIY craft project by me and Matt, using embroidery hoops, quilting fabric, and yarn  
-rug – new from Wal-Mart  
-futon – already owned from IKEA  
-dog butts hooks – new from IKEA  
-curtains – new from Pottery Barn Kids  
-books, toys, and stuffed animals – hand-me-downs from mine and Matt’s childhood  
-alphabet wall hanging – from my mom, handmade by her when we were little!  
-red Eames elephant – this was my graduation gift from Matt a couple years ago, I guess I will share it with the baby  
-pages tacked on the wall – from Horton Hatches the Egg book by Dr. Suess  
-rocking chair – vintage piece found at Hunted House on H Street  
-elephant mobile – a gift from Alisa and Kevin!  

   
I hope the baby likes orange :)
   

   

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stuff and things May 29th, 2014

So it’s been awhile since an update. Things have been crazy around these parts (I hate when people say how crazy their lives are, isn’t everyone’s? Isn’t that the point?) but we’ve both been swamped with work work work, and getting the nursery ready, and just general things around the house… so things have been busy but in a low key kind of way. Here’s a random dump of iPhone photos:


   

Mom saved some pretty awesome baby clothes for the past 30 years… I’m excited to have all these vintage things washed and ready for the little buritto to wear. Though most of them are pretty gender neutral, there are a few pieces that are just plain girly, but so cute that I still might have to put them on baby even if it’s a boy. We’ll see if I can help it.

   

Anna organized a nice little ladies night a few weeks back at Menu MBK, where we got to do a 5-course tasting menu at the chefs table for 6, which was right in front of the kitchen. The theme was asparagus, which tends to make one think ewwww, but everything was amazingly delicious. Tasting dinner = pregnancy dream come true.

   

We saw The Steel Wheels play at Gypsy Sally’s in Georgetown. It had been on my to-do list of places to check out for awhile. Great venue, we will definitely go back. Both Matt and I agree that places where you can sit and have a drink and watch live music are becoming far superior to standing room only kibd of crowdy places. Sign of oldness?

   

Matt and I celebrated 4 years of marriage last week. How crazy. It suddenly seems like our wedding was sooo long ago, whereas past anniversaries felt like yesterday to me. The suggested 4-year anniversary gift of appliances was the lamest thing I ever heard, so I decided beer was a better alternative. (Why isn’t there a beer anniversary already anyways?) So I surprised Matt with a quick trip out of town. We loosely followed the Susquehana Ale trail tour through PA, though it was a somewhat abbreviated version since we only had a day of free time to squeeze it in. We made stops at Mudhook Brewery in York, the York Central Market, Bube’s Brewery in Mount Joy, and finally the Lancaster Brewing Company. Matt did the drinking, and I did the eating so it was a perfect combination.

   

Grilled shrimp with Old Bay! Hooray summer is here!! It seemed like an appropriate Memorial Day dinner, and was a nice way to end the long weekend that we both spent the majority of working.

   

I’ve been getting together lately with other expectant DC moms that I found through a local list-serve, and grape juice and donuts seem to be a common theme of our get-togethers lately. Sugar cravings gone out of control, but we all need a few more donut holes in our lives, amiright?

   

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lately… April 30th, 2014


The Easter bunny brought a basket for Matt!

The Easter bunny brought a basket for Matt. Mostly beer. And also ‘espresso pillows.’ gotta love a bunny that shops at Trader Joes.

   

MY TULIPS CAME UP!!! They are glorious.

MY TULIPS CAME UP!!! They are glorious.

   

Jill came home for a visit! spent some time with family. I just love this picture of her and Nora ;)


Jill came home for a visit! We spent some time with family at the cabin. I just love this picture of her and Nora ;)


   

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Pink Tie Party March 22nd, 2014


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On Thursday Matt and and I went to the Pink Tie Party at the Reagan Building, a kickoff celebration for the Cherry Blossom Festival. If you love pink and people watching and finger food, THIS is the event. My favorite was all the pink attire – bow ties, sparkley heels, women inappropriately adorned in tutus… I loved it all.

   

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I eagerly jumped into a photo with this girl and the greatest new invention I’ve witnessed yet in 2014: the champagne dress. Oh how I wish I could have partaken in a glass of the bubbly, but not drinking for 2 will be worth it 😉 Keepin’ it classy with a tall glass of water instead. Not like I totally missed out anyways, there were root beer floats, so I’m not exactly complaining.

   

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groundbreaking! March 20th, 2014

Yesterday was the official groundbreaking at The Wharf. It was rainy and overcast, but the weather didn’t overshadow the celebration of the great things to come at the southwest waterfront. I’m so proud of Matt and all the hard work he has put into the team that is bringing this massive project to The District.


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I obv. forgot my press pass that would have allowed me to get a better angle on this shot

   

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construction equipment!! confetti!!

   

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standing room only! the kids choir from Amidon-Bowen elementary kicked off the morning with some songs

   

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weekendy things February 24th, 2014

We had a pretty low key weekend that consisted of enjoying the warm-ish weather, doing things around the house, watching House of Cards season 2, a speaking engagement, a hike, and eating lots of Indian food on both Friday and Saturday night (it makes the baby kick around A LOT). Just the way I like it!

   

On Saturday night I gave a Pecha Kucha talk at Hierarchy DC about my 3D rendering work. It was a pretty inspiring night with a range of topics and speakers – and the 20 slides/20-seconds-per-slide format is pretty awesome in that it keeps things moving along quickly. That said, I’m glad it’s over, as public speaking events always stress me out a bit.

   

On Sunday we took Bowser dog for a stroll in Fort Dupont Park. We were the only people out there. Surprising for the 60 degree weather… He does love a good tromp through the woods, as do we.

   


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sun trying to come out

   

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intrepid explorer

   

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snow fish February 14th, 2014


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Yesterday we got a big snowstorm. Some people have been calling it #snowchi, but do we really need to name everything? It’s not like it was another Snowmageddon. Anyways, I’m not one of those people who sticks the yard stick in the snow to measure, but maybe it was around 8 or 9″ total here in DC proper.

   

So pretty much everyone else was off work yesterday making brunch plans, but when you work for yourself from home, “snow day” kinda has a new meaning… As in, I don’t really have an excuse not to do work. But damned if I will find one anyways!! in the form of snow sculpting!!! Plus gumballs!! Snow fish is already melting in the backyard today, and the gumballs are running everywhere, so he was a short-lived masterpiece. But he was cute while he lasted. MOAR SNOW PLZ!

   

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this that and the other, December style December 11th, 2013

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it snowed
   

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Christmas decorations went up at Union Station, and I went there to shop see them

   

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Bowser has been enjoying all the Christmas decorations around the house, incldung this pillow and anything low-hanging on our Chisrtmas tree

   

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we accomplished this amazing feat of elecrtical engineering and didn’t tear the house down OR kill each other. i also managed to not fall out the second story window. even when Matt was throwing the zip-ties up to me with poor aim. nice try Matt, I’m not going out that easily

   

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Bowser warming his heinie by the fireplace

   

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the best way to go about trimming the tree is with sparkling beverages in hand and Elvis christmas records on

   

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here’s where our tree came from again this year: a romantic, snowy mountain side, Matt carrying an axe over his shoulder the side of New York Ave brought to you by Snoopy and his toothbrush, the Redskins, and Visa

   

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