Maui: Day 6 Blessings

Waking up to Lincoln. Slappy Cakes deliciousness. Island drive with Ryan. Beautiful Maui vistas along the coast. Playing games with friends with ocean view outside. Three glasses of white wine. Walk to simple wedding rehearsal. Ice cream with Ryan. Running into the ocean to cool off. Staying a while. Playing with Lincoln in room. Meeting up with friends under the Banyan Tree. Watching sunset together. Walking along Old Town. Meeting with friends at brewery. Lincoln eating kalua pork and avocado. Beef stew, rice, and beer. Typing on this keyboard.

Day 7: Day Before Wedding

Day 7: Day Before Wedding

Day 7: Day Before Wedding

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Day 7: Day Before Wedding

Back in Maui

Funny being here twice in one year. Day 1: Thankful for husband who loads car with luggage and carries Lincoln’s gear. For TSA Pre. For baby who flies really really well. For not feeling disastrous despite less than 4 hours sleep. For learning L slept through the night for first time in weeks. For landing in Maui and the familiar scent, sound, heat of it. For the excitement of being here. For our traditional Costco run and the anticipation of friends’ arrival. For L finally eating. For our walk on the beach to see sunset. For introducing L to the ocean. The look on his face in the sand, seeing the pools, and his crib that he won’t use. For L’s repeated delight today with pretty much everything, but especially our hotel room.

Maui - Lincoln 10 Months

Maui - Lincoln 10 Months

Maui - Lincoln 10 Months

My 100th Happy Day

After seeing inspiring posts from Jessica P and Maria B on Facebook, I decided to also take the 100 Happy Days Challenge. Each day I wrote one tweet describing what made happy that day. I’ve done a gratitude journal before but this was fun trying to convey my gratitude in 140 characters or less on my phone each evening. It was also easier than a journal since I am on my phone at the end of the day anyway. And while it did not mean that all 100 of my days were necessarily happy, it forced me to find those moments (e.g. the first bite of a sundae, Lincoln’s smile) on bad days too, which I suppose is the whole point!

Since this is officially my 100th happy day, I decided it warranted a post instead of just a tweet.

Day 100: Finding out L slept over 8 hours straight for the first time in weeks. Being up at 6am and feeling awake. Reading. Meditating. Napping. Leaving the house before 10am on a Sunday morning. Going on a walk with Ryan and L in the stroller over to breakfast. Meeting Zoe at Tallulah’s and agreeing this place was legit.

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Receiving poetry and jewelry. Having the best blueberry pancake of my life.

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Strolling around Volunteer Park, the grocery, and a bakery on the way home. Buying a bracelet. Basically spending nearly 4 hours out in the sun walking around our neighborhood.

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Lincoln napping. Practicing yoga for the first time in months. Coming home to sleeping baby. Thinking of that pancake again and remembering I bought myself a blueberry lemon cake at the bakery. Lincoln making people smile at mass. Lincoln laughing at the house.

Thanks #100happydays! What next? #morehappydays? #100babydays? #100workdays? Hmmm.

Fourth of July Weekend

It doesn’t quite feel like summer in Seattle until the fourth of July. This weekend in the 80′s confirmed it. Thursday night kick off after work celebrating Marky’s birthday with beers and Thai food with his family. Friday morning brunch at our house with Zoë and Eric over. Paper shopping and a facial at U-Village. Surprise sneak peak of fireworks at home. Saturday was errands, running into Val at Elliott Bay, crafting Ernelyn’s gift, followed by amazing evening at Dahlia Lounge celebrating her 40th birthday with family. Sunday was dim sum with Jules, doing chores around the house, naps, mass, and then pizza dinner with Courtney and Sean at Z & E’s rooftop as the sun set. All while Lincoln crawled, screeched, laughed, kept us up late, played, impressed, and generally became a major handful. It was a good long weekend.

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Lincoln’s Play Room

…also known as our living room.

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Sleeping station. Jumping station. Jungle gym. Not pictured: Boon highchair.

Moms Night

image80 degrees in Seattle means walking out the door in sandals, no jacket. Ryan stayed home with Lincoln for two hours while I met up with fellow moms from PEPS at Poco wine bar. Spent dinner outside on their patio. Fire truck sirens equals  urban ambiance. But again–we were sitting outside. White wine and tapas. Albodigas. Seafood paella. Discuss jobs, nursing, burning calories while nursing, and overall mom life. Apple tart and chocolate lava cake before walking home. Coming home to Lincoln happily playing in his crib, wearing only his diaper staying cool. Nursing, story time, bath time, play time. Sun finally setting past 9pm. Happy Spring night.