Monday, September 28, 2009

I'm pregnant and can't stop dreaming of the Sopranos. What's up with that anyways?

Work is becoming interesting. I have to remember there is a growing belly between me and my clients. It's so easy to move in the way I always have, forgetting about the extra inches in between. I've read some good tips online from other massage therapists on how to avoid knocking your client and will have to give it a try.

Xena has gone to live with our friends Tele and Dave and their 18 month old daughter Bea. Seems like everyone over there is doing great and adjusting well. Life is back to normal here with only two crazy dogs to deal with. Iverson was just to the vet for an allergic reaction to a flea bite and we discussed his anxiety problems and what that means for the new addition coming to our family. Less then a week later I was back to the vet with Olive who must have been on the loosing end of a battle since her entire right shoulder was bitten and scratched. Now I'm taking all my own pills and dispensing antibiotics to two animals. Fun.

Recent preggo photo:

Saturday, September 26, 2009

pregnancy week by week

This baby is growing rapidly. It's hard to believe we are over half way there and in only a few months everything is going to change.

I still have anxiety pangs when we take steps towards her arrival. Painting her room, setting up the co-sleeper. The old fear sets in and I wonder if we are fooling ourselves. The odds of something going wrong are very, very low at this point. I keep clinging to that.

My 30th birthday was incredibly lovely. This photo taken after the guests left sums up the mood of the evening. Warm, lovely, with soft light. Scott and I had a sweet dinner out then headed home to be joined by friends for a fantastic, mellow evening. It was perfect!

I'm going to go bake chocolate chip cookies now.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Seattle with RJ

Last Saturday my youngest brother had a few hour lay over in Seattle. This is a big deal since he has spent the last 3 years stationed with the Navy in Japan. Having only seen him 2 times in the last three years, our brother Jeff and I jumped on the chance to drive up there. It's exciting knowing that in a few short weeks he will be stationed in Everett, Washington and we will get the chance to see him much more. I am looking forward to many camping and fishing days with him.

RJ and Jeff at Pike's Place

Saying goodbye...again. But not for long!

Thursday, September 3, 2009


Back from vacation, back to work. What a long strange summer it has been. A storm woke me in the night and I said a prayer for all the green tomatoes waiting to ripen on the vine. My garden is normally rioting this time of the season, this year it's just the stately tomato. I was too sick early in the summer to plant so the garden is resting as I was resting. Come spring the chickens will help me to turn the soil and destroy the slugs!

I scored a beautiful sewing machine in Montana for $12. Nothing, I repeat, nothing beats Montana's thrift stores. Thrifting in the Big Sky is perhaps one of my most favorite activities. It was so peaceful to have a full week there with Scott. We have only been back there together once in the four years we've been gone, and that visit was for 2 days. The frantic energy was left behind on this trip and the days stretched before us in a lazy, lovely haze. Nothing to do but eat with friends, soak up the sun, and dream up baby names.

Now I'm home and Scott is in Chicago with family. No doubt he is enjoying the break from the complication I managed to bring home with us. All 95 pounds of her. Xena, not the warrior princess, the lovely black lab german shepard mix. Our friends were having to adopt her and she is missing her family complete with two young daughters. Xena is breaking my heart, sitting at the picture window here waiting for families with strollers to walk by. She becomes so animated and happy when the families pass by. We are intending to adopt her and I am fighting mightily with my love for her. I keep dreaming of her walking with the new baby and us. She is a gentle, gentle spirit...and our petting zoo is overflowing!!!!!