Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Wonderful Wednesday - The Thanksgiving Eve Edition

If you missed the first posts of this series, created by Amanda over at Little Monsters & Mommies, it is pretty simple - Post something wonderful from your world every Wednesday. Because the world could always use more wonderful!


Important First Note: I feel I could not possibly go another minute without acknowledging that I am completely broken and horrified by what happened in Ferguson this week. I am broken for that family who has lost their child, I am tragically sad that another life has been ended and I'm almost inconsolable about the amount of hate and despicable, ignorant things that have been swirling around the internet. As a privileged white woman I feel it is my important responsibility to not let it pass by without being acknowledged - and I'm disappointed that I haven't heard MORE privileged white voices stand up against these atrocities.  Why is it that only my social worker and student affairs friends are willing to say something? All of us should be talking about our broken judicial system and the constant injustice that people of color face in this country every day simply because they are people of color.  It isn't about taking sides, its about racism and the fact that it continues to pervade our society in disgusting and tragic ways. A friend from college said it far more eloquently than I ever could, "For me, the choice to say Black Lives Matter emphasizes the racial inequality shown in Ferguson and other recent verdicts, a bias that constantly threatens the lives of black people in our country. I don't doubt that most of us believe all lives matter, but that the way that plays out for me as a white person and my daily safety, protection by the legal system, etc. is very different than for many people of color. That is why I choose the label that I did." -Genie Bettencourt  #BlackLivesMatter 

And now for a little Wonderful, on a week when we could all use a little bit more... 

I'm typically a fan of the Thanksgiving in general.  A day dedicated to eating lots of yummy things and recognizing and acknowledging all that we have in this life is a day that I can really get behind.  And this year I'm feeling extra thanky.  

So in no particular order some of the many things filling my heart this Thanksgiving eve:
  • A beautiful home that shelters my family.  A home that we are privileged enough to own!
  • Lucrative jobs that provide more than we need.  The luxury of not having to live pay check to pay check.
  • A healthy work environment where I feel supported and have found real friendships.
  • Amazing family who love and love and love!
  • My crazy furbaby who challenges me and loves me unconditionally.
  • Coffee. Amen.
  • Netflix binges
  • Christmas songs
  • A healthy body that keeps me going and allows me to enjoy this beautiful life.
  • Bloggy friends who lift me up and make me laugh and teach me.
  • Mommy friends who have walked this path before me and gently guide and suggest and encourage.
  • Books and the other worlds they take me to.
  • The opportunity to have an education.
  • A voice and the ability to speak up for those who don't have the same privileges.
  • A small cast of close friends who have seen me through every up and down and love me anyways.
  • A beautiful spunky wife who has only made me better.  Who loves me and laughs with me and is truly my best friend.  And who is working hard to make my dreams come true.
And finally for:
  • My dream incarnate - 30 weeks today!
Bump Watch 2014 - This is actually 29wks.

My baby with my baby!

I'm so in trouble for this one ;)
Happy Thanksgiving my friends!  I love you all!

Monday, November 17, 2014

A BabyMoon!

A very belated update...

About a month ago now I took my honey on a babymoon.  Babymoons are so trendy right now but I'm ok with that because it was a much needed getaway and a perfect excuse for some alone time.

I decided to make it a surprise babymoon because SP is a BIG planner and she needs everything to be all set.  The idea was that if I planned everything for the surprise babymoon then she could just relax and enjoy it...mmmm...

Well the waiting was killing her so I forced her to wait until a few days before and then she needed to know so that she could pack appropriately etc.  And since it was supposed to be enjoyable for her...I caved :)

We flew up late friday night, grabbed our rental car and headed to the cute little apartment I had rented for us.  It was my first Airbnb experience and I couldn't have been more pleased. I was hesitant at first but it turned out so great.  We had our own space, a living area (for me to go to when I had insomnia) and a big old coffee pot (Plus kitchenette with breakfast yum!)

We spent the next 3 days relaxing and hitting ALL the sights. We went up the space needle, walked around pike's place market (and ate the best mac and cheese ever), saw the Freemont Troll, walked around bainbridge island and my fave went to the chihuliy glass garden and museum.  It really was a relaxing and fun weekend with just my honey.  And seeing as that time is quickly coming to a close (29 weeks Wednesday!) it was even more special, to just chat and enjoy each others company.

And now some pictures :)

Pike's Place Market!

Best Mac and Cheese Ever Amen!

Pike Flowers, Freemont Troll, and the foul foul Gum Wall

The Space Needle

And my most favorite Chihuly Glass!  

And a heart in a leaf - the perfect end to a weekend of love!