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Since my Insta-Road Trip I’ve spent a lot of time at home cleaning, organizing, and catching up on sleep. Until 5:30 this morning, that is, when the Ethel got the other ladies all riled up.

They just received a talking to about being respectful of our sleep. I suppose it is training for October, eh?

Other shenanigans included:

Purchasing a new duvet cover.

I didn’t want our beautiful wedding quilt (quilted by my mother-in-law) to be covered in baby spit up, vomit, and the like, so I really wanted something white that I could easily bleach. I fell in love with this West Elm set, but found the knock off version at Target for a fraction of the price.

Took my 3-hour glucose test

I fasted starting at 8 p.m. Sunday night and had my blood drawn at 8:30 a.m., drank that sickly sweet drink again and asked if I could hang out in an empty exam room for my wait. They happily obliged, and I was able to relax (as much as I could) on an exam room table. I watched 3 episodes of Vampire Diaries on my netflix app while I waited – Thanks Chels for the recommendation. If you haven’t watched Vampire Diaries, do yourself a favor and add it to your instant queue now!

On Wednesday I found out I passed and celebrated with a pumpkin bar!

I was told the results would be back on Tuesday, but I never received a call. So I called Wednesday morning and was told I’d receive a call back. By 2 I still hadn’t heard a word and after working myself up into a tizzy I called again and told the receptionist I was freaking out so I really needed a triage nurse to call me back with the results. A phone call came within the half hour 🙂

I’ve eaten a lot of par-baked organic ciabatta buns in the form of fauxbux sammies and caprese sammies. (don’t worry, I cooked them)

I’ll post the caprese sammie recipe soon, it is rediculously easy and absolutely delicious.

And last night the hubs and I attended the Six Foot Swing Concert Under The Pines.

Part of the reason, okay the main reason, we wanted to move to this neighborhood was because of the proximity to Audubon Park. It has a nice mile loop, which is perfect for walking Rilo, and is always filled with fun activities. Concerts are held in the park a few Thursday evenings during the summer and we were finally in town for one last night! I picked up chicken chipotle sandwiches from Rockwood Bakery and diced up some bell pepper and strawberries for the perfect picnic food. The music was great, and the temperature was perfect. They even had a swing instructor teaching lessons.

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Insta-road trip

Man, this week has been a whirlwind. Thank you for all your kind words of reassurance on Monday’s post. I’ve been on the road every day, but yesterday, since Sunday and am just now sitting down to catch up.
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Since last insta-Friday I’ve driven to: Yakima, Longview, Portland, Albany, back to Yakima, and finally today I drove back home. Phew!

Before heading off, my mom and I picked up some cherries, plouts, blueberries, and caramels at Johnson Orchards.

Over the river (Yakima River), and through the woods (Snoqualmie National Forrest), to Grandmother’s house we go (by way of Longview and Portland).

We stopped in Longview for lunch with Trudy, my mom’s best friend of 30+ years (she photographed my birth!).

And then we drove to Portland where we had dinner with Jessica, (my best friend of 24 years!), and her mom. We had TERRIBLE service, (we didn’t get our dinner until 2 HOURS after our reservation time), but at least we had lots of catching up to do to pass the time.

The next morning Jessica joined us again for a fabulous breakfast at Tasty n Sons. I ate here for the first time last summer (holy cow my hair was blonde!) and was still dreaming about Erin’s Sweet Biscuits a year later. They are every bit as amazing as I remember.

Outside the restaurant we stumbled upon an urban bike riding lesson, which was pretty much the cutest thing I’ve ever seen. And it sums up the city of Portlandia quite nicely.

Then we hit the road with full bellies and spent the night in Albany visiting my Grandma.

We spent a few hours reminiscing and looking at old family photos. This photograph is the epitome of the 60’s. I LOVE my mom’s style!

After brunch the next day we had to hit the road for Yakima again, after a brief stop at the Woodburn Outlets to pick up some yoga pants tax free of course.

Today I said goodbye to Ribbon and Ginger. They were pretty bummed I didn’t have any carrots.

And the I had the scariest driving experience I think I’ve ever had! First it was very windy, and then I ran across a fire. I was heading East on I-90, and was only affected by this huge cloud of smoke.

The poor people heading West were backed up for miles because of flames that were licking the highway. I wanted to take a closer picture, but thought it unsafe to pull over when I could barely see the road through the smoke. I kept driving and about an hour later I was slammed with rain so hard I had to slow down to 35 and drive with my hazard lights on. I would have pulled over to wait it out, but it was so windy that the semi’s were swerving all over the road, and I saw many people who were pulled over almost get hit! Between the lightning flashing rapidly across the sky, the sheets of rain, and the wind, I was driving white knuckled (not hard to do in my current state of paleness), and tense!

After my much needed pre-natal massage, that I barely made due to the extra hour my drive took, I came home to discover the most adorable hat in my mailbox knitted for Baby Spinach by my lovely friend Veronika.

And then the hubs and I started putting our house back together. We’ve been out all week because our hardwoods in the nursery and our bedroom were being refinished. Operation Nursery can finally begin!

What have you been up to this week?


Man, this week went fast! I need this summer to slow down (and cool off a bit too)! It’s already time for another insta-Friday.
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Since last Instagram dumping:

I received fabric swatches for the crib bedding I love

We received our crib, and the hubs put it together

Rikka explored the crib, and was very confused

Sanded and primed a book case (with a mask & ventilation!)

Found some super cute, and super cheap, GAP Maternity jeans on consignment.

Went shopping for Baby Spinach’s quilt.

Mailed my foodie pen pal package

I took my glucose test….gross

I visited my favorite place (and former place of employment) for a chicken chipotle sandwich to make me feel better after my glucose test.

And I spotted a zombie killer

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Birthday snapshots

During the school year I loath Thursdays. Thursday is the designated collaboration day for my district, so we star the morning with an hour long meeting and the kiddos arrive a half hour later than normal. This isn’t so bad, but It just makes the day drag on. What made it worse was that I didn’t have a prep on Thursday. So I feel like I am behind before the day even starts.

But then I found out I was pregnant, and Thursday is the official weekly changeover, so it is like a birthday celebration every week. Today I turned 29, and the bump turned 27! The last birthday of my 20’s was first celebrated in Yakima on Tuesday with my parents, and today with the hubs. Not only is this the last year of my 20’s, but it is the last childless year – ahhh!

This was supposed to be a wordless post, but I’m too chatty for that. Thanks to Megan I found this fun instagram linky party to join!
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My parents got me my dream diaper bag – the Petunia Pickle Bottom Abundance Boxy Backpack! Or as Kara calls it: the Cadillac of diaper bags 🙂

Breakfast with my friend Amy – she brought me cards she’s had for 2 years worth of birthdays and put a candle in my cream cheese 🙂 My wish was to find my house keys, which were later found by the hubs 🙂

Free birthday admission? Don’t mind if I do.

One of my presents from the hubs – yay for real food!

Virgin Mojito, not too shabby.

Portobello loveliness

The Downriver makes the most amazing bread pudding – with croissants! Even better when served with a candle.

Happy 27 weeks to the bump!