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Reboot

As a massive introvert, I really, really hate talking about myself in real life…but I love sharing that stuff online. I feel like I do have stories to tell and adventures to share, and if I write about them on my blog, people can choose whether to read about them or not, and I won’t have to endure having any sort of attention drawn to me (the horror!).

It’s been hard to get back into blogging after Nora was born, but having an outlet like this is important to me. So, in order to give my blogging mojo a boost, I decided a redesign was in order! I haven’t updated the look of my blog in years, so now it feels all fresh and new and inviting to me – and it should be much better to view on a phone now, which is how most of us seem to be reading blogs these days.

There are still some things I need to fix (like the content of the menu bar), and the photos in my old posts are kind of awkwardly sized, but everything should be working at this point. Please let me know if you come across something weird.

Here’s to springtime and new beginnings!

Life

A handegg convert

It’s Blue Friday, and Super Blue Friday at that! I used to hate handegg, but when JK started getting into it last season, I felt like I was missing out. When I finally sat down and truly pay attention to a Seahawks game (and have JK explain the rules, because man alive, so complicated!), I realized it’s actually an insanely exciting and interesting game. Way more so than real football (sorry, rest of the world).

Representing Seattle at Skinny Legs

I lucked out with the timing since the Seahawks ended up going to the Super Bowl last season, and we got to watch them win while sitting at a bar called Skinny Legs in Coral Bay, St. John. Aaah, memories. Now we’ve made it to Super Bowl again, and while we won’t be watching from quite such an exotic locale this time, at least I won’t have to sneak out to puke during the game. #morningsickness

Go Hawks!!

I may be called a bandwagoner thanks to the suspicious timing of my fandom, but at least Nora was born a 12th Man. The Hawks played their first game of the season the day Nora came home from the hospital, so she got started early, experiencing her first game while snoozing on pappa’s chest.

Nora's first 12th man photos At Qdoba, official sponsor of the third trimester and most of my postpartum dinners
U mad bro? Good luck charm

Today we went into JK’s office to take part in the Blue Friday celebration. I’ve never experienced a community getting this excited about a team before! Seattle is blue and green as far as the eye can see. Our little Baby Beastmode got Skittles, of course.

Nora's first Skittles

Nora and JK’s personalized hats were made by my mom, by the way – aren’t they amazing? Nora’s hat elicited countless “aaaaaaws” from passersby today.

Blue Friday

Anyway, Super Bowl Sunday is no longer just a day I love because all the trails are empty. Now it’s a day for sitting on the couch while yelling, cheering, (possibly screaming so loud that the baby starts crying, if the NFC Championship Game is anything to go by) and eating greasy things.

Snowshoe football

Wait, does this mean I’m becoming American?

12th Marmot

GO HAWKS!!

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A wee bit late…

…but god jul and happy new year from the cutest little santa this side of the North Pole! If 2015 is even half as good as 2014 was, we’re in for a good one. <3

This looks like a festive political campaign ad

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Nora’s nursery

The bedroom next to ours stood empty for the longest time (and by “empty” I mean filled with random hiking gear and outdoor cushions), but this spring we finally had the motivation to spruce it up and get it ready for our little nugget.

We decided on a woodlandish theme, which means that Nora inherited the awesome bear beanbag JK got me for my birthday a couple of years ago and we finally got to use the little rug we couldn’t resist at IKEA.

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The couch used to live in the office and is fairly ugly, but it turns into a bed, something that might come in handy in the future. The ladder shelf is from our old bedroom and will be replaced with something that’s less tempting to climb once a certain someone starts toddling around.

Nursery

JK painted the walls (including a slightly darker accent wall) while I supervised from the couch, then JK put up vinyl decals while I supervised from the couch, and then JK hung the bird mobile while I supervised from the couch. Aaah, pregnancy. The only time in my life I was physically able to nap. *suppressing a yawn*

Nursery

The picture frame above the changing table is going to be filled with photos of relatives back home, but I was supposed to print them the week Nora showed up…and somehow I haven’t even gotten around to buy ink for our printer yet. Christmas. Surely I’ll get it done over Christmas.

Iggy, marmot, pika

Here comes the Nora train! We found these train car letters at a toy store here in town and finalized her name right then and there. This will probably grow into an epic train set over the years.

Nora's first artwork

…and of course, Nora’s first piece of art – our friend painted this based on our baby announcement photo. I love, love, love it so much!

Nora’s aunt got her this AMAZING romper. It’s still a little too big, so for now it serves as decor…as will her collection of newborn sports supporter jerseys and onesies that she’s now grown out of (sniff sniff). Oh, and since babies produce an impressive amount of laundry, I found this vaguely Mukmukian laundry hamper for all those spit-up-on and blown-out-in teeny tiny pieces of clothing.

I can't WAIT 'til she fits into this! Vaguely Mukmukian laundry basket

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Phive Phavorite Photos

Blog posts are scarce these days, so here’s a lazy one where I just copy the text from a facebook update where I was tagged to post five photos that make me happy. I was trapped under an adorable, sleeping baby at the time, so I only went two years back in time.

Beach squishy

The best vacation ever on St. John in 2013, marinating in sunshine and happiness. We went back this year, but since I spent much of the trip puking (for excellent reasons), it didn’t quite reach 2013’s level of awesomeness.

Broots

From a trail run to Mt. Defiance in 2013. So many good outdoor adventures that summer, and I felt like I was in decent shape for the first time in ten years.

Our own little corner of the woods

Larch heaven, a day of light and hope (and of realizing yet again how lucky I am to have this guy) in an otherwise difficult autumn of fertility treatments (and look where I am one year later).

Love this bit of trail

Hiking my favorite trail while carrying that long-awaited baby bump. Nuff said.

Happiest moment ever

My favorite photo – my first look at Nora – won’t ever make it onto the interwebs, but this one will do. Nothing, *nothing* could have prepared me for the instant feeling of love (and of magical pain relief/amnesia, which makes me remember labor as “not that bad”, which I KNOW can’t be true) that came the second I laid eyes on that beautiful, wiggling little lump.

Little piggy

…and I have to cheat and add a sixth photo – actually, ALL the photos of my little nugget smiling. My totally zen newborn turned into a very fussy (which is the polite term for screamy) baby, but just one smile from this beautiful being makes it all okay. I asked a friend what happened to our Buddha babies, whose awesome mellowness we had been bragging about a couple of weeks earlier, and she told me that they’re helping turn us into Buddhas. Troof.