Wow – two trips to Oregon this summer… what a treat! This time Tilly & I went up to visit my Grandma, Aunt and Uncle on my mom’s side. They live near Ashland in a cute little town called Talent. My aunt is an equine osteopath and has 3 horses, 2 cats and a dog! Tilly was pretty scared of the horses at first but we didn’t give up and by the last day she was sitting on one with me! This trip was really relaxing and immersed in nature. We picked wild blackberries at the house, cooked ebelskivers, played in a horse trough filled with water, and ate lots and lots of delicious food. We went into Ashland one day and had lunch at the Standing Stone brewery, Josh would have loved it.
My favorite part of the trip was playing the piano with my Aunt Jannalee. She knows a 2-person song that my grandparents used to play together all the time, but she doesn’t know the name or anyone else that knows it. She said it’s imperative that it’s passed on to the next generation, so she taught it to me and we made a little video of it! It was so much fun, I hadn’t played the piano like that in years and years. I’m sure my Uncle Wayne’s ears were bleeding at the beginning, but bless his heart he encouraged us and even filmed a little. Here’s our best version – we fall apart by the end though, haha:
I don’t get to see this part of my family as often as I would like, so trips like this are extra special and worth every bit of hassle United Airlines loves to put me through! Here are some more pictures:
Tilly and I have had some quality family time the last two weekends, when we traveled to Lake Tahoe with my aunt Rose and then to Southern Oregon to visit my Grandma, Aunt Jannalee and Uncle Wayne. It was a bummer that Josh had to work and couldn’t join us, but I wanted to take advantage of these warm weekends before they’re gone for good. (Not like it’s warm here in SF, but that was even more incentive to get out!)
Here are some pictures from Lake Tahoe. We stayed at the Hyatt in Incline Village – it was our first time to Tahoe and it was everything Sunset Magazine always says it is. Traveling with Tilly this time had its highs and lows – she was pretty moody but I think it was from her teeth growing in. (Isn’t that the best excuse for everything?)
A few weeks ago I went to a bachelorette party in Santa Barbara for my friend Rachael - it was awesome! We went wine tasting and had a sleepover and sat in a jacuzzi reading magazines.
Rae’s Maid of Honor Mel organized the whole thing with a “Moonrise Kingdom” theme – before the movie even came out! I ended up seeing the movie a few days ago and absolutely la-la-loved it. I think it’s my favorite movie since Almost Famous!
Here’s a video Mel shot of the weekend – those iphone apps have a certain way of making anyone look ten times cooler!
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Welcome to the new place! This is the kind of thing that happens when your new schedule consists of staying in night after night after night and you’re not really into vampires or CSI. Ta Da!
I’d like to ride in a hot air balloon sometime before I die… wouldn’t you? Print from Etsy seller Natalie Dobson.
This weekend was equally relaxing, inspiring, and just plain fun. Saturday was our friend Will’s “Best of Man” contest. He’s getting married next summer and decided to hold a contest for his groomsmen to see who was most fit to be his best man. Challenges included a Mission District scavenger hunt, a giant rock throwing contest, a “see who can find the ring in the bag of shredded tax returns” contest, drunken cake walk, karaoke, trivia, and more. Tilly and I walked to Dolores Park for the 3 challenges that were held there – as usual, it was like 10 degrees warmer there and the 5 mile round trip walk was actually enjoyable!
On Sunday, Josh suggested we watch Far And Away. We’d been putting it off for weeks, but I’m so glad we finally put our chores on hold and just sat down and enjoyed it. I actually had no idea it took place in America – I kind of teared up at the land race at the end. Our country was founded on such adventurous, passionate energy! Also, how hot is a young Tom Cruise? I know it sounds dumb, but I had no idea!
On Monday we got out of the city and headed north to Mill Valley. We like to pretend we live there, with all the high class hippies! Lunch was at the Mill Valley Beerworks (reconnaissance for the brew pub we will one day open), followed by a gorgeous drive & short hike to the top of Mt. Tamalpais. Talitha’s first summit! Josh carried her in the Baby Bjorn and it was really pretty easy. The hard part was not being able to see his feet as we were climbing over the rocks, but he made it work. We could see Sausalito, downtown, and Mt. Sutro Tower, not to mention the whole East Bay. I’m so happy we went!
I had this whole blog post written in my head about our wild road trip home from OC, but a few days have past and the intensity has pretty much faded. Basically it involved a failed attempt to drive home in one day, a rattlesnake*, us almost driving off with the gas pump still in the car, spending $1.25 on my dinner from the hotel vending machine (cup o’ noodles!) and the most incredible luggage jenga game I’ve ever played. All while Josh was on the verge of vomit.
But it was so pretty! The scenery reminded me of a some William Wendt peices that were on display at the Orange County Museum of Art when I interned there years ago… Also, I am thanking my lucky stars for the Lullaby station on Pandora.
So we are home now and much happier and healthier. Ahhhh…
*We pulled over to feed the bambina near santa barbara and I swear on my life, I heard a rattlesnake in the brush next to me! I yelled “Get in the car!” at the top of my lungs and 2 seconds later we were gone. Phew!
Umm hello please! I am totally slacking here. Talitha turned 6 weeks yesterday! At her one month appointment, she had gained 2 lbs and 2 inches, so she’s just about fully grown at this point.
Gosh, so much has happened since my last post it’s hard to know where to begin. Our 2nd anniversary was July 11, so we took a little road trip up to Napa Valley for the day and brought Tilly & Tank along. It was wonderful, we visited 2 restaurants featured on Best Thing I Ever Ate: english muffins from The Model Bakery in St. Helena and burgers from Paula’s Phatburger in Mill Valley. The english muffins were to die for but the burgers were just okay. We also went wine tasting at our favorite winery, Chateau St Jean, but the highlight of the day was just strolling through downtown Mill Valley in the late afternoon sun. What a picturesque little town!
Today’s picture is ridiculous and warms my heart on a level I didnt know was possible.
Here’s what’s been happening lately:
- I got to wear my new maternity shorts 3 days in a row! It’s so sunny I could cry.
- The doc says I’m measuring a week ahead of schedule – does that mean I’m going to deliver early or that I’m just gonna have a big baby? We’ll see!
- My mom’s coming into town for dinner this weekend! That’s 2 family visits in a month. I’m on cloud 9. :)
- I went to San Diego on Monday for about 24 hours. On my flight home, they moved me up to Economy Plus so I could be more comfortable. Good one, United! It made my day!
- Our first soccer season wrapped up last week. Final season score: 60-1. That’s right, team hero Josh Pendleton scored our one and only goal during the last game! It was pure magic. We started in a new league last night that will be more “our level”… the game score was 1-4! Not too shabby.
- But back to that sunshine. The flowers are blooming everywhere you turn – the trees are bright pink and there are wildflowers for miles. I just can’t get enough!
That means I’m in the 3rd trimester! Let’s all do a little celebration dance. Done? Okay, that was fun.
28 weeks means I’m 7 months along! Yesterday was my 7 month check up and everything’s great. I don’t have gestational diabetes, my blood’s regular and my 18 pound gainage is right about average. Baby’s been moving a lot lately and the doctor said she may be starting to go head down at this point. A little early, don’t you think? I guess she knows better than I do. (I like to classify all of her movement as “the mahoney shimmy”. If you’ve ever seen my dad dance, then you know what the mahoney shimmy is and you are better for it!)
We switched back to our original obstetrician, who I like much better. She was gone on maternity leave, but now she’s back! Hip Hip Hooray!
So… what’s been going on in our lives lately…
- Josh & I went to Catalina Island last weekend to volunteer with my work at Camp Emerald Bay. It was gorgeous and a lot of fun. There were 160+ arborists and their families in attendance! Oh yeah, and I shot my first BB gun (it was a Red Ryder) and used my first bow and arrow! Something every pregnant lady should do, don’t you think?
- We’re 5 games into our inaugural soccer season. Josh put together a team and even though we’re the worst in the league, we’re actually having fun. I swear. I’m the team mom/manager, which means I write the emails and manage substitutions from the sideline. I need to get better at my bringing of orange slices though.
- Josh and I are allegedly registering for baby stuff this weekend… I’ll keep you posted.
This weekend was AMAZING. My aunt (and boss) came to visit, so she, Josh and I walked through the Panhandle to our favorite restaurant Nopa on Friday night and followed it up with a drink (sprite, naturally) at our favorite bar, Vesuvio, in North Beach. The food at Nopa is local/organic and seriously so delicious. And they always bring you a surprise little appetizer!!
Saturday morning Rose and I walked to Cole Valley for brunch at Cafe Reverie – we sat out on the sunny back patio and chit chatted about the future. Soaking up the sun is such a treat here! Then we took little cat naps before taking Tank on a 2 mile walk through Golden Gate Park. Rose got a good laugh out of the people watching – you never know what you’re going to get in my neighborhood. We wrapped up our day by walking through the local shops in the Ferry Building, and then got Rose to her flight in Oakland by 5. Perfection!
Sunday, Josh and I woke up early and drove 8 miles north of the city to Muir Woods – I was giddy, like a kid on Christmas morning, on our way there. I’ve been wanting to go for over a year! And, of course, it was everything I imagined and more. Muir Woods is a national historic monument and holds the world’s tallest living creatures, the coastal redwoods. John Muir himself called it “The best tree-lovers monument that could possibly be found in all the forests of the world.” Um, HELLO. We went on a 4 mile hike and saw plenty of banana slugs, vermillion mushrooms, and of course, super super tall, gorgeous trees. Once we got back to the trailhead, we had an early lunch at the cafe and WOW. I had heard about this cafe on Best Thing I Ever Ate, and it was 100% dead on. We both got grilled cheese sandwiches and tomato soup – they were to die for, literally. Acme bread, Cowgirl Creamery Mt. Tam cheese & Pt. Reyes Farmstead Creamery Toma cheese made it the single greatest grilled cheese of my entire life. Maybe it’s the preggo speaking, but Josh agreed. Even the man that made them behind the counter commented on how delicious they looked. After we ate, we went to the gift shop and bought a mug. :) The lady that rang us up put the icing on the cake when she asked when I was due! A non-crazy lady noticed I was pregnant! I can’t quite explain the feeling of elation I had as we walked back to the car, but I was just delighted with my whole Muir Woods experience. If you can, go there! (Oh I know, I’ll take you when you come to visit us!)