Thursday, March 18, 2010

baby loves

Tonight is my first overnight away from Drew.


It's funny, because I didn't even realize this until last night, so on the one hand, it doesn't feel like a super duper huge big deal... Plus, we've been done nursing for about two months now (not my choice or hers, but that's the way it goes) and she sleeps through the night. So, the logistics are easy.

In other words, she won't miss me much. In her world, I will only be gone a couple of her waking hours. I guess I'm just going to miss her. I mean, how can you not miss waking up to this face?


Sweet baby of mine, I love you!

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

A Great Birthday!

birthday candles

Wonderful pieces of my day:
  • That moment when I woke up, normal, and had the little, silent aha moment of "It's my birthday!"
  • I was the first one out of bed, if only by a few seconds.
  • Addison came out of his room, pillow in hand, and he said, "This is my birthday present to you, mama! We can keep it in between our rooms." Melt.
  • Ben made me french toast for breakfast.
  • A million and one birthday wishes on facebook!
  • The quiet of a coffee shop. I got to read part of the newspaper, do as much of the crossword puzzle as I felt like, and write a blog post.
  • A man at the coffee shop came in with his white fluffy shitzu-type dog wearing a periwinkle sweater. He proceeded to show us his dog's tricks. The man would say a number and the dog would bark that number of times! Impressive!
  • Couple of bites of a cheddar bacon biscuit.
  • Discovering the absolute best antique shop I've ever been to, and finding a number of things I wanted. And, for once in my life, letting myself not worry about money and buying every single one of the things I wanted. Awesome.
my goods from the antique store!
Pulled Pork from Bunk Sandwiches
  • Quiet lunch with my husband and sister.
  • Stumbled upon crazy 24-hour House of Elvis art thing...
24-hour house of Elvis free art gallery
  • Another Portland photo booth. (progress on #5!)
  • A vegan cupcake made by my sister and served on a china plate!
vegan birthday cupcake!
  • Cup of hibiscus ginger tea.
  • Dr. Mario, pinball, Frogger, and racing games.
  • Cargo.
  • A simple dinner and a Tigger movie for Addison for an overall easy evening.
  • Letting Drew eat food (mushy baby food) with her fingers and make a big mess.
Drew feeds herself!
  • Birthday cards from special people.
  • Phone call from my dad.
  • Living room dance party, and birthday ice cream with Addison and Ben.
  • Quiet evening.
  • Cup of relaxing tea.
  • Going to bed early.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

30 things to do before I'm 31

I'd eat em if they'd let me

Dang, sorry I left that last post up for so long while I have been running around like a crazy madwoman dealing with my busy life. Let's get on with some more fun things. Like me. And my birthday! It's a "big" one today and I'm excited to enter into the next decade!

I feel like playing the "list" game again this year, so here goes!

30 Things to Do Before I Turn 31
  1. Eat at Bunk Sandwiches
  2. Refinish a piece of furniture
  3. Try at least 5 different food carts around Portland - (3 to go!)
  4. Take my son on a carnival ride
  5. Finish my tour of Portland's photo booths
  6. Plant poppies in my garden
  7. Take class where I learn something new
  8. Be able to do 100 situps in a row
  9. Be able to do 25 pushups in a row
  10. Enjoy an overnight, out-of-town, kid-free date with my husband
  11. Make my own pickles
  12. Find the right shade of red lipstick
  13. Wear red lipstick with a red dress out on the town
  14. Take a trip to the Goodwill Bins (I stole this one from Andrea)
  15. Take at least one roll of pictures with a film camera
  16. Put a clothesline in my backyard
  17. Send gifts to my nephews for their birthdays (I have been a very terrible auntie)
  18. Make a sandcastle
  19. Try panna cotta
  20. Hire a babysitter that is not a friend or family member
  21. Stretch in the morning - doing it!
  22. Volunteer for something that is not work-related
  23. Sketch
  24. Teach someone how to process cook
  25. Ride my bike in nature
  26. Have a staring contest at a party
  27. Build a real horseshoe pit in our backyard
  28. Beat my husband at Mario Kart
  29. Have Dim Sum
  30. Read 5 books on my to-read list

Hooray! Let's get started.... I have the whole day ahead of me!