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Giving Joy, Jace, Pregnancy, Tempe

March’s gift for a friend: a drop-in brunch bag on a Spring day

IMG_3210 For March I decided to do a little drop-in to see a friend’s Mom. It’d been way too long since I’d stopped over to say hi, plus they had a new puppy that I wanted to get my hands on! Since Spring is in full swing in these parts, I thought to bring brunch over, Trader Joe’s style. I stopped for some pretty sunflowers (of course), cold-brewed coffee, an almond danish, sparkling lemonade and .. last but not least, doggy treats for their new puppy, Jax! Then I delivered it in a fun grocery bag they could keep for all their future trips to Trader ;)

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We had such a nice time catching up and hanging out in their backyard garden. They even put on Spiderman for Jace and served us some cookies and milk! What a beautiful Spring morning to visit and hear all their updates. When you can’t see your Californian best friend, it helps to see her through her momma’s face. Love her dearly and love my far friend.

at home, Pregnancy, Projects, Walker

Part I: A cactus wall for my southwest nursery

One day, on Pinterest or Instagram (where ever) I saw this cactus mural wallpaper. And then I realized that it cost over $400 to purchase enough for one wall. Being who I am, I couldn’t stomach spending that much money on wall paper. Or just really, PAPER. So, I decided to recruit my creative friend Kristin to help me do it myself, by hand! We first tried a stencil on cardboard, but that was going to take all day. Then I decided to just go at it by hand completely. We mixed some of the paint and then started swirling and sponging and dabbing paints over my sketched cactus spears!

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Home, Pregnancy

Home is the best R&R

IMG_3129I’ve been going non-stop lately it feels like.  I actually don’t even plan a lot on the weekends (or during the week for that matter, unless it revolves around food), but with Rob’s schedule and the rush of wanting to get stuff done around the house before baby comes, I think I just needed a day. So I took one the other week and stayed home with Jace. Creating life an’t easy. And this time around I’ve encountered some new things. Like sharp pains in my sides and below the belly, cramping, hip pain (it’s almost like my hips feel bruised!) and some weird back end issues that shouldn’t be happening because I’m actually drinking a ton of water this time (what!?). It’s so hard to be my happy self when things start to weigh down on me, literally. We had our hospital tour recently, too, which just makes me wish it was April 4th already so I could be in there, getting it done! But at the end of the day, when I watch Jace run around the house in his blankie superman cape, or ask me if my butt still hurts, or when Rob runs me a epsom salt bath and puts the heated blanket over my belly, all is well in the world again. I’m so dang lucky to have this little family of mine and for the every day moments of life. I can’t express how wonderful it feels to be in our home together, just hanging out, just us. It’s really been my sanctuary during this pregnancy. I absolutely crave it when I’m not here. Something about a Nespresso in the morning, reading a book in bed while it rains (just finished Still Alice – heart breaking!), hanging in our front room on our $40 couch from Goodwill, cutting fresh roses from our bushes, or cuddling up to watch Annie (Jace loves it, ha), is where my zen is. The best kind of R&R for my changing body. Well, thanks for listening. I’ll just be here stretching more to get this baby grown .. and opening the windows so I can smell the orange blossoms that are already out! ;)

California, Jace, Palm Springs, Pregnancy, Video

Cabazon Dinosaurs

IMG_3065 We’ve been talking about going to see “the dinosaurs” with Jace for almost 3 months. I had found some pictures on my Instagram feed and showed Jace and of course he immediately wanted to go. Since before Christmas we’ve been telling Jace, “yes, we’re going to go see the dinosaurs, but we have to save up enough month first .. ” Even Jace started contributing and putting change in his own piggy bank. So, as you can tell, our baby moon to Palm Springs was also centered around taking Jace to see the Cabazon Dinosaurs. And now that we’re back, he wants to go all over again >D. The day we went it was getting pretty cold, but we still made it out there, through the wind and rain. The video of Jace saying, “Want my sweater, want my sweater” just melts my heart. I know he’s cold, but it’s so funny. Just love him XO

IMG_3070 IMG_3078IMG_3081And I’m officially not letting Rob take pictures. Why he thinks he needs to zoom in, I’ll never understand. He’s definitely better at video, hahaha. Well, for the record, here are some windy shots of Jace and me:

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Palm Springs, Pregnancy, Video

Baby Moon in Palm Springs + a VIDEO

IMG_3022 We just got back from a much needed baby moon, or should I say, Jace moon ;)  Our last getaway, just the three of us. I wanted to go somewhere within driving distance and have had my eye on Palm Springs for quite some time now. We’ve always driven by the exits but have never been, so I thought it was a great roadtrip option. The Saguaro hotel consistently fills up my Instagram feed, so I was beyond convinced to give it a try. A little colorful for Rob’s taste, but still fun all the same. And their spa offered prenatal massages;) Once we got there, the pool was bumping with a DJ, but that didn’t scare us. Mr. Jace got his dance moves on and loved the attention from all the pool-goers. My favorite thing by the pool was the watermelon lemonade and the cheese quesadillas made to order — so fresh and cheesy! Our room was super comfy, with soft beds and lots of pillows. We had a great view of the pool, too. And we loved how many fun games and comfy seating they had scattered throughout, including ping pong, corn hole and bocci ball. It was just what we needed .. lots of pool time, snuggles in bed and food to eat!

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