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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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BUMP April 19th, 2014

28 weeks!! We took these pics down by the cherry blossoms at the Tidal Basin one early morning last week. I can’t believe baby burrito will be here in 2ish more months.


   

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I insisted that this photo happen

I insisted that this photo happen

   

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NOLA April 17th, 2014

I was down in New Orleans for a nice long weekend. First, celebrating Traci’s bachelorette party with some lovely ladies… then a quick visit with Esther. And, as I was flying home, realizing this trip just might have been my last big hurrah before baby burrito arrives in 10-ish more weeks. EEEEeeee!!! On that subject, walking around Bourbon Street and the French Quarter Festival while pregnant was… hmmm, interesting. Lots of sweet comments and well wishes from random people about my baby bump, (and thankfully only one random belly-rub). That is the thing I always love about NO, that everyone is just so nice and friendly. And it was a great trip. French Quarter Festival was a blast, so much good music and revelry. My only regret was having to pass on all the massive plates of boiled crawfish. I was too much of a weenie to risk eating the shellfish while pregnant, but boy was it tempting. There was more than enough other food to satisfy any pregnant woman’s dreams — gumbo, prailines, alligator tamales, snowcones with condensed milk… NOM NOM. It was food heaven. Ok, enough rambles, here are the pics:

   

JJ welcoming me to the Slug House

JJ welcoming me to the Slug House in New Orleans

   

when we hit the big time and can buy some real estate, a place in the French Quarter with a balcony would be high on my list...

when we hit the big time and can buy some real estate, a place in the French Quarter with a balcony would be high on my list…

   

Frenchman Street market

Frenchman Street night market, wanted to buy all the things

   

more beads

beads!!

   

BEADS

more BEADS!!!

   

oh when the saints go marching in!

“oh when the saints go marching in!”

   

one of the many French Quarter festival stages

one of the many French Quarter festival stages

   

reflection photo! me and Esther, and I love all the random people that photo-bombed this too

reflection photo cheese! me and Esther

   

loved this sculpture in the garden at the New Orleans Museum of Art

loved this sculpture in the garden at the New Orleans Museum of Art

   

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