In Real Life: Week 5

Oliver loves to be outside.

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I love his little old man hairline. It’s like he’s balding in reverse.

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Pensive.

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This boy loves his daddy.

Also, look at those muscly legs! As much as he likes to stand, he might walk before he crawls.

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GUYS. I can’t believe I have to go back to work tomorrow. How has it been 12 weeks already? /uglycry

I gave the boys some time to practice with the nanny this week, but didn’t really have anything to do so early in the morning. So I went back to The Verve and spent most of it reading. It was eerily quiet at 7 am. But I got my favorite spot!

Also, can we talk about how pretentious it feels for me to use the word “nanny?” For the longest time I had it in my head that only rich, arrogant people have naaaaaannies. But the word “babysitter” just doesn’t seem right for someone who is basically going to mother my child in my home for 40 hours per week. Guess I’ll have to get over it. (Also, our nanny happens to be totally awesome, and this is absolutely judgement on myself and not at all on her, just to be clear. 😉 )

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Look what a difference 2 hours makes!

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I may or may not have had 2 lattes while I was there. (The second may or may not have been decaf, as justification.)

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Someday I want my daily morning routine to be coffee + newspaper at my favorite coffee shop, too.

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I let him nap on me as much as he wanted this week.

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I’m just trying to soak in every last minute.

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Robbie went back to work after baby leave this week, too. But before he did, we had a nice breakfast at our favorite spot, just the three of us.

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Heavenly Roadside Cafe makes the best Eggs Benedict in Scotts Valley.

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Heaven is a runny poached egg topped with Hollandaise sauce. Yum.

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We went back on Saturday with Robbie’s sister, Chrystal, and her tribe. I ordered Robbie’s usual, the “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”, which is basically the most epic cinnamon toast you’ll ever eat.

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Man, I can’t believe how big James is getting. He’s gonna be driving before we know it.

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What a little flirt.

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Savannah, my BFF since middle school, and I used to combine our initials into a little brand. I’ve since done it with mine and Robbie’s initials… if you look closely there’s a J, F, S, R, & T.

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A workout that I didn’t want to do, but did not regret. In fact, I regretted it so little that I went back the next day and did it again.

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I forget sometimes just how good exercise is for my brain. I’m always tired and never excited about working out, but by the time I’m done I realize that I needed that time to let my mind wander and those endorphins to boost my mood. Must remember this.

A little urban sanctuary.

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Artemis likes to pout like this when she thinks she’s not being loved enough.

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We’re working on not hating tummy time. Any tips are greatly appreciated.

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He is, however, beginning to like toys! He’s not reaching for them yet, but he does look at them and smile when they do funny things.

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A kitty and his box.

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And now I’m off to do ALL OF THE FOOD PREP in preparation for going back to work. I might also get to watch a little of the Super Bowl from my kitchen, we’ll see…

Seeya next week!

In Real Life: Week 4

Week 4 of 2017 looked like this:

A lone red leaf.

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This is as close as these two get to snuggling.

Oh to be a cat.

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It stopped raining, finally.

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I go back to work in just a week. I’m dealing with it by planning the shit out of everything. #typeA

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And also by nesting like crazy. Is it still considered nesting if my baby is already born?

I found some old baby photos while organizing stuff. This is me at 5 weeks old. It’s easy to see where Jack gets his baby good looks, amirite?

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Though, sometimes when he smiles I think he looks just like baby Robbie.

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I took a rare nap with him this week because I could. I tried not to think about how I won’t be home with him much anymore very soon.

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Pro tip: if you order your burrito in a bowl you can add a lot more things.

ALL OF THE THINGS.

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Robbie is home on a little baby bonding time this week, so I got out for a rare few hours to myself. I spent most of it at my favorite coffee shop with a coloring book.

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It felt like I hadn’t done this in FOREVER.

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“Storms make trees take deeper roots.”

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I also stopped at the bookstore. This display at the cash register was obviously no accident.

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It felt luxurious to stop and read poetry.

I had always heard the name of Sylvia Plath, but I must confess that I had never read any of her work until now. It really spoke to me.

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It’s been so nice to see blue skies again for a change.

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Flooooower.

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Look at this monkey! He’s almost figured out that bath time can be a pleasant experience.

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Happy Friday!

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Have any of you ever actually taken advantage of one of these “free libraries”? It seems like such a romantic idea, but I can never commit to it.

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Jack isn’t sure about the park just yet. Give it time, kid.

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I had to leave James home alone for an hour while I went to a doctor appointment on Saturday. I came back with donuts and chocolate milk because I am cool mom.

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It’s got the word “cupcake” on the label and it doesn’t require a bottle opener. DUH.

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Seeya next week!

In Real Life: Week 3

The third week of 2017 was a busy one! Which basically means most of these are going to be baby photos, because that’s all mama had time for, lol.

Like this one! Of our little wiggle boo in his new BSU jammies. We got a lot of BSU stuff while we were in Idaho.

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Monday night my parents graciously agreed to watch the boys so Robbie and I could go on a real date. We were mostly celebrating my birthday (which was Tuesday), but also our anniversary that happened the week before. Mom told me to get dessert… I decided I wanted a fancy drink, too.

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And then Robbie surprised me with this…

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…he done good!

Tuesday was, sadly, our last day in Idaho. We celebrated my birthday at our favorite Mexican restaurant, and, of course, the obligatory sombrero. Usually it’s Megan wearing the sombrero!

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It was nice to see the sunset over the Owhyees one more time.

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“Mama, why are you upside down?” His little eyes are getting so much better and focusing and following me around the room.

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Artemis was not impressed that she kept trying to snuggle against Jack’s foot and kept getting kicked in the head instead. No one ever claimed she was very smart.

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I bought this little coffee mug from my favorite coffee shop before we left. It’s been raining again all week, and it cheered me up to have a little piece of home on a dreary morning.

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Chunky monkey had his 2-month appointment on Friday. He’s nearly doubled his birthweight, is almost 24″ long, and has a giant noggin that registers in the 82nd percentile! Rocking some more of his new BSU clothes, too.

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We won’t talk about what also happened on Friday. All we can do is laugh to keep from crying.

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Loved this photo from one of the Women’s Marches on Saturday. I wish I could have participated. (PS: Not my photo.)

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And with that, I shall leave you with BB8 baby butt. Aren’t these pants my friend, Jenica, made just awesome?

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Til next week, friends!

In Real Life: Week 2

A second week of 2017 come and gone!

I’ve been playing with filters a lot again. It’s pretty fun to see what I can do.

This goof ball likes to hang out while I get ready.

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James got a Lego Millenium Falcon for his birthday, so he and Robbie have been putting it together. There’s only been a little bit of yelling.

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Lego Chewbacca makes me laugh.

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Sunday snuggles with Daddy.

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I had to go to the recorder’s office to pick up Jack’s birth certificate this week. Apparently they don’t just automatically send you one… you have to formally request one. Who knew? (I guess someone mentioned it while we were in the hospital, but hey, that was a pretty stressful, exhausting few days. No one should have expected me to remember any of that.)

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The stacks of books were impressive. Can you imagine keeping hard records of literally every important document for the entire county for years and years? Thank God for the digital age.

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The whale baby bath tub is tired of your shenanigans.

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We finished off the week with a trip to Idaho to visit family! I was honestly pretty nervous about flying with Jack, but luckily we had a direct flight and he slept in the wrap carrier the whole time.

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We spent lots of time with Grandma Gigi…

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…and Grandma Carrie…

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…and Grandpa Foreman…

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…and Auntie Meggie.

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Little Boo even had his 2-month birthday while we were there! We celebrated with a welcome open house, where he got to meet lots of our Idaho friends and extended family. He had to dress up for his big party, of course… in his adorable plaid shirt and his first pair of baby jeans.

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How adorable is this cupcake display that my mom’s friend, Shannon, made for us?

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It was pretty special seeing my grandparents meet Jack for the first time.

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We also spent lots of time with my friend, Savannah. She’s basically been family since 7th grade.

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And we got to meet her new baby girl, too.

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You might remember the photo on the left from last May…

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Man, a lot has changed since then.

Poor Idaho has just been pounded with record amounts of snow for the last 3 weeks. People here are (understandably) very tired of it, but I have been loving it. This is how winter should be.

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Floor time with Grandma.

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My feet have officially grown a full size since I had Jack. My dad very generously bought me a new pair of boots for my birthday (which is Tuesday!), since mine no longer fit. They’re so comfy and cute, I may not wear any other shoes for a long time.

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Jack is pretty tired of being passed around this weekend. “Enough, Mom. Let me sleep.”

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We’re still here until tomorrow night. We’ve got a date for some hot cocoa this afternoon, and then Robbie and I are going on our first date alone since Jack was born! It isn’t romantic, but we may opt for Mongolian BBQ one more time…

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Until next week…

In Real Life: Week 1

One of my favorite bloggers, Tracy, at Shutterbean, does this amazing weekly blog series where she collects and shares her favorite photos from the week in a little casual recap. I love to read it each week, and I have long thought that I wanted to do that too! So I’ve decided why not?

So without further ado… here’s my real life from the first week of 2017.


I finally got around to putting the Christmas decor away on Monday. Goodbye until next year, Mr. Penguin!

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We got a few “baby’s first Christmas” ornaments this year, but I think this Willow Tree one (a gift from my friend, Sydney) is my favorite.

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Food prep during nap time. This was some bacon, bell peppers, and spinach that ultimately went into a frittata that I ate for breakfast 3 times this week. I’m trying to get back to a lower carb diet, since it has worked so well for me, but breakfast is an especially hard meal to prepare when I’m home alone with the kiddos. I found that a little prep helps me stay more on track.

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It rained nearly every day this week.

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WET.

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I’ve been super productive, though. And, confession: sometimes I write things on my to-do list that I’ve already done, just so I can check them off. #typeA

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Like reorganizing the baby dresser. It makes me a little sad to already be putting away all of the newborn sizes.

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But when I’m not running around being super-efficient, this is what my life looks like a lot of the time. Note the coffee cup. SO MUCH COFFEE.

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Jack sure likes his play mat.

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A candid moment. My heart essplode.

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I’ve been back at the gym for a couple of weeks now. Barre is a class that kicks my ass every time, but I kind of love it. And I’m finding that the exercise is just as good for my sanity as it is for my body.

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Jack and I also went for a long hike this week!

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We finally got a break in the rain, so we got out to Henry Cowell State Park with the local Hike It Baby group.

The redwoods are TALL.

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I carried Jack in my Baby K’tan carrier, and he slept for the entire 2 hours we were out.

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The view from the top was amazing! It was a perfect day, and, even though the photo doesn’t do it justice, we could actually see the ocean from the top!

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I took lots of photos, and then had fun editing them afterwards. I half expected Frodo to show up after I finished this one.

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This is a train trestle we passed under.

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The moss is proliferative right now.

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A little wisdom at the sandwich shop.

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I’m a sucker for pulled pork.

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And that’s a wrap for this week. How was your first week of 2017?