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A Future to Believe In

IMG_8951Finding out that we are having a kiddo has really lit a fire under my ass. I’ve always semi paid attention to politics but was never very actively involved. I mean I voted and all, but that was about it. Now that we’re bringing someone into this world, I’ve been thinking a lot about the kind of place I’d want my future family to be raised in. I’m not super comfortable sharing my views verbally because I never feel quite articulate enough even though the passion is there. I’m easily frustrated as my thoughts never seem to come out making much sense! I’m way envious of my husband who is extremely eloquent and intelligent. I don’t know how he retains all of that information some times! And he’s always so cool and collected. Ugh. It’s not fair 😉

But for what I lack in the conversation/debate piece, I make up for in my ability to act. So act we did, a few Fridays ago at the Bernie Sanders rally at Safeco Field. We waited in line with our fellow supporters for 2.5 hours – the positive, uplifting energy was contagious! Once inside, we found our seats and spent the next 45 minutes or so watching a potential presidential nominee share his vision for the future. We cheered, we booed, (I cried a bit.) and left feeling extremely inspired. What a memorable date night!

That inspiration continued into the next day and we attended our first caucus. I’d never caucused before and found the experience to be a bit frustrating at times. It wasn’t super organized and our table lacked a bit of direction. It was great meeting our neighbors though. I had a 99 year old woman next to me who’d been brought there by her granddaughter. She didn’t speak much English but we exchanged a few words and smiles. She had Bernie’s name proudly written on the top of her paper. I might have teared up again (darn pregnancy hormones!) To be that age and exercising your right to vote was a true inspiration. Regardless if he gets the Democratic nomination or not, I feel so good for stepping up and supporting someone I believe in.

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A special announcement!

IMG_8904Adam and I are thrilled to announce that we are having a baby! It still doesn’t even seem real. We’ve been together for almost ten years and married for a year and a half and this was in our game plan, but still…wow.

Now that the cat is out of the bag so to speak, here are the top questions I’ve been asked so far:

When did you find out?

Oh in late January! It was a typical Monday night and I was getting ready to watch The Bachelor and wanted a glass of wine. I thought “what the hell?” and took a test thinking it’d definitely be negative and low and behold, it wasn’t. Adam came home shortly afterward and I’m pretty sure I yelled at him to go look in the bathroom. He thought he was in trouble, but then saw the test! Horribly romantic, hun? I was just too shocked to think of some cute way to tell him!

When are you due?

Late September/early October. He/she will be a Libra! The Sugiura/Heuer families have typically had winter birthdays so this fall birthday will be a new one for us! Being home on maternity leave around the holidays seems like it will be a good thing? TBD on that. I’ll most likely go back to work after the first of the year.

What are you having?

We won’t know until mid-May, but will share the news! The planner in me isn’t fond of surprises (neither is Adam). I like to be WELL prepared.

How are you feeling?

Overall, really good. I had very little morning sickness but am uber tired. I can barely keep my eyes open after 3:30 p.m. I’m not getting much done in the evenings besides watching lots of TV. I hope that now I’m into my second trimester that I’ll get a bit more energy. The garden is looking pretty sad these days! I’ve had a few food aversions but generally have had no issues eating my usual fare. Oranges and french dip sandwiches are extra awesome these days though! And water. Water all day, every day. I’m still working out but have found that I get winded pretty quickly. I do hope to stay pretty active these next six months.

Are you showing?

Nope, just looks like I ate at Chipotle recently and/or forgot to do core work this week. Pants are uncomfortable but luckily I’m more of a dress/skirt sorta gal.

How did your family react?

VERY VERY EXCITED. This poor child is going to be the first grand-baby on either side in a long time. I think the closest cousin is 10 or 11 years old? So yeah, this kiddo will be fawned over and spoiled for sure. We know that we are super lucky to have family close by and eager to help. We told everyone last weekend and there was plenty of cheers and tears. Poor Stella though…she doesn’t know that her world is going to turn upside down!

OK, that’s it for now! I need a nap. XO-

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34 Things I’ve Learned

In honor of my 34th birthday that’s quickly approaching, here are the top 34 things I’ve learned so far on my years here on earth! In no particular order, mind you…

  1. Always pet your dog.
  2. Travel…to Eastern Washington or Eastern Europe. It doesn’t matter!
  3. Dessert is OK for breakfast sometimes.
  4. Call your grandparents.
  5. Explore your own backyard. Try that restaurant around the corner or bird watch from your patio.
  6. Turn off the TV and pick up a book now and then.
  7. Shop local.
  8. Be prepared. Have the basic emergency items on hand.
  9. Grow something.
  10. Send out photos. Not everyone is on the Facebook.
  11. Know how to make a good cup of coffee at home.
  12. Save a little.
  13. Find comfortable shoes and wear them to death.
  14. Have a signature dish that can be the star at any party.
  15. Purposely leave your phone at home sometimes.
  16. Take your vitamins.
  17. Buy new bras every 6 months.
  18. Stay connected to your friends. I’ve found that life can get in the way more and more as we get older.
  19. A glass of wine on a Tuesday can taste better than a glass on Saturday.
  20. Less is more (and the less you have to clean up!)
  21. Appreciate your family.
  22. Yoga can actually be a workout.
  23. It’s always helpful to have your favorite cookie recipe memorized.
  24. Moisturize on the daily.
  25. Take a hike.
  26. Support a farmer.
  27. Find the best foundation for your face, no matter the cost.
  28. Be grateful.
  29. Try and speak your partner’s love language.
  30. Have a dress that makes you feel like thebomb.com. and can be worn night or day.
  31. Make plans. And more importantly, keep them.
  32. Create things.
  33. Find a little grace within yourself.
  34. There’s no such thing as too many naps.
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New Year, New Thoughts

IMG_8150I’ve been experimenting with making do with less (especially around my wardrobe), and this story is spot on.

Vowing to add more quinoa to our menu rotation. I’m inspired (and hungry).

26 things every person should do for themselves at least once a year: #3 – check! #8 – check! #21 is a 2016 goal and #16 is an awfully good idea. All great food for thought as we start off 2016.

I’m a morbid thinker and this article plays into all of those fears about how much time we have left. I’m so grateful that I live close by my loved ones.

Impulse bought these jeans. They remind me that spring is right around the corner.

I love looking at Shutterbean’s ‘My Everyday Life’ photos each week. They remind me just how amazing day to day life can be if you pay attention to the little things.

I’m guilty of duality thinking all of the time (something I’m hoping to work on) and am starting to realize how powerful happy gratitude can be. Now if I can just find that inner grace stuff…..

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Quinault Lodge

Quinault LodgeJust thought I’d share a few thoughts from our quick side trip to Lake Quinault Lodge. We had some extra time to kill on the way down to the ocean over the new year holiday and I knew that it would be best spent headed back to a beloved childhood destination. My family spent many a mid-winter break (remember elementary school break?!) at the lodge. I’ve got nothing but THE BEST memories from this special place – swimming in the pool for hours on end, playing ping pong in the game room, sitting by the fire at night playing cards, hiking the nature trail – it was a lil slice of heaven for us kids. It’s also the place where we laid my grandpa to rest almost 18 years ago. In fact, the last time I saw him was on the way to the lodge, in the Duffy’s restaurant parking lot in Aberdeen. I recall him not looking well in the passenger’s side of their truck – he wasn’t able to go inside for his favorite slice of blackberry pie, which should have been a red flag for me. My teenage brain just didn’t comprehend how serious it was. Shortly thereafter he was admitted to the local hospital and passed away a few days later due to pneumonia complications. That parking lot was the last time I ever saw him.

His ashes, along with some of our dearest dogs, are spread on the Quinault River and not to get too morbid on you…I want to be put there too. It’s a beautiful, secluded spot miles up the river surrounded by moss covered trees and snow capped mountain sides. It’s so quiet, and so still. So peaceful. I haven’t been there in at least 15 years and it meant a lot to me to show my husband this special, special place, reminisce a bit and most importantly say hello to him. It had been far too long. I wrote him a message on the ice covered bridge, gave him the family updates and told him how much I missed him. It was a sad but extremely meaningful visit. I’m so glad we went. Lake Quinault Lodge Boathouse

Rain gauge at Quinault LodgeQuinault River, Washington State

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