Nursery story board

CaptureMan, these are kinda fun to make! Been racking my brain for the perfect nursery design that isn’t too baby or girlie and fits in with the rest of our home. I wanted it to feel colorful with an ode to the outdoors AND be able to grow with her. Oh and not break the bank! I can’t believe folks fork over $500+ for a crib alone! This budget mama isn’t having that.

I immediately fell in love with these baby animal prints and everything else started to fall into place. I admit, the rug was a bit of a battle with the hubby as he did not like it. Actually, I think he hated it at first! I searched and searched but couldn’t find anything that matched his vision. Who knew he had such expensive taste in rugs? In the end, we negotiated (thank you fantasy football!) and the rug is now on its way šŸ™‚

I did do a bit of measuring the other day and am now unsure if the glider will fit. I love the idea of having a chair in there, but not to the determent of having zero space. I’ve seen some cool, vibe-y rocking chairs that would totally fit but they don’t look very comfortable. We do have some space out in the living room so perhaps we’ll go with a comfy chair out there for nursing? Ugh. Decisions.


Hello? Is this thing on?

IMG_9237Yeah, where to start on this one…it’s been a grip. Sorry about that folks. Work was crazy busy for a minute then we officially entered the second trimester and now I can hardly put a sentence together nor write my own name. Thank god for spell check! I do recall that two Fridays ago we found out we are having a little girl, which is crazy exciting. The fact that I haven’t bought one single piece of clothing is also pretty exciting as I’m a notorious shopper. My Mom is a different story though šŸ™‚ So lots of baby stuff happening right now.

Work has quieted down. We somehow broke last year’s Luncheon record and raised $1.3 million. Gawd, folks are generous. So freaking generous. Spending this summer prepping for Luncheon 2017 so I can take my maternity leave in peace. I’ll have to hit the ground running after the first of the year though. Oy.

Garden is hanging on. I managed to get tomatoes in the ground but have neglected all vegetables. Still got my eye on strawberries, blueberries and raspberries though. Can’t let those lovelies wither and die! Had a bumper crop of peonies that were gorgeous so I consider that a win. We’ll see what next year holds.

What else? Been making lots of time for friends. Dinner with friends, coffee with friends, friend’s baby showers…it’s fun to catch up with the gal pals and makes me feel semi-normal even though a glass of wine is no longer included. Speaking of friends, cleared out the last of my belongings from my ‘rents house and came across ye old yearbooks. Wow. First off, who let me tweeze my eyebrows to death? And secondly, let this be a lesson learned for our future daughter. LEAVE YOUR EYEBROWS ALONE.

Oh and I’m going to the Gorge for one night of Sasquatch this weekend. Moms – am I crazy? I guess we’ll find out!



IMG_9006Watching:Ā We broke down and got basic cable (face to palm) a few months ago as having it would actually save us on our internet bill. So ass backwards, but I digress….so yeah, lots of E! and Bravo have been happening as of late. And I must admit, it’s fun to watch all of the debates too! #feeltheburn AND we got a new sectional last week so that’s been making viewing extra enjoyable!

Loving: The sunny Seattle weather! I cleaned up the patio last weekend and dusted off the chairs knowing that we’ll be spending a lot of time out there. Vacations will mostly be put on hold this year so the patio and I will be besties I think. The sun gave me that final boost to get some seeds into the ground too. Better late than never, right? Christ.

Listening to: My dog bark again! For once, a lovely, lovely sound. She had a big seizure the other week and hasn’t been acting herself lately. Plus, she’s totally lost her equilibrium and topples over kinda like a fainting goat. It’s hella sad but a tiny bit funny at the same time. Last night, she barked at the neighbors so I know she’s feeling better.

Doing: Trying to pick out a bathroom paint color. Ugh. I know it should be on the lighter side, but lighter grey or lighter blue? Does someone want to come over and pick a dang color for me? I’m dreading picking out a nursery color here shortly. Thankfully, I don’t have to do the actual painting! Thanks kid šŸ™‚

Reading: A variety of pregnancy books. Not horribly exciting nor informing at this stage. Baby is just growing and I’ve seen very few symptoms. Seems like things get a bit more thrilling in a few months? Let a gal know!

Eating: Oatmeal with pineapple. Something about that combo has been really hitting the spot lately. Also, anything in the form of breakfast sandwiches. Gawd. Serve it up!

Thinking about:Ā My upcoming fundraiser luncheon. Things just aren’t panning out like they usually do and I’m preparing myself for my first non-record breaking year. It isn’t for a lack of trying – I just can’t seem to motivate people this year. Ugh.


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 šŸ˜‰

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.


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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