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Pups in the Park!

On Saturday evening we took Victory with us to Pups in the Park at the Nationals!  This is our fourth year attending Pups in the Park with Victory — the time sure does fly by!  This is our last time attending as a ‘party of three,’ which is difficult to believe!  The weather cleared up in time for us to watch the game, thankfully!  Victory also looked adorable in her Nationals’ jersey!  We saw one other sheltie at this game, a sable sheltie!  Victory was brave as she sniffed some other dogs attending the game!  Victory also enjoyed some snacks during the game, which she loved!  We had a fun time together.  Victory spent yesterday resting all say as she was so tired from her outing!  Below are some iPhone photos from our visit!  We look forward to going back for more games next year!  If we are able, we might try to go to Bark in the Park at the Baltimore Orioles in September — we will have to play that by ear!

Happy Monday!

 

 

Loving: Maternity Wear

Happy spring!  It finally feels like spring around here and we are loving the sunshine and fresh air!  Below are some items that I really have loved wearing while growing our baby.  After much looking around quite a bit, I was not a fan of maternity clothes, so I have done my best to wear my regular clothes by sizing up, in most cases.

 

 

1. Hatch Bikini — This was the only one of three ‘maternity pieces’ that I purchased during this pregnancy, which Doug got for me this spring.  I absolutely love the Hatch Bikini.  We got it for our Babymoon and to use at our pool this summer.  It is extremely comfortable and fits one’s growing belly well.  Although this exact bikini is not available any longer, there are similar Hatch bathing suits here.

2. DKNY Underwear – I did not purchase any ‘maternity underwear.’  I use my current underwear, which still fits well (I did not size up), while pregnant, even during this final trimester.  I highly recommend this underwear regardless if you are pregnant!

3. Wacaol Bra – I did not purchase any ‘maternity bras.’  I ended up sizing up with my usual bra, and it worked out well, thus far.  However, I did purchase the Emma-Jane night bra for postpartum, which is quite comfortable also.

4. Tom’s Shoes — My feet and ankles have been quite swollen during the later part of this pregnancy.  I have loved wearing my Tom’s shoes, as they accommodated my expanding feet well, which is hopefully short lived!

5. Ingrid & Isabel Maternity Shorts – Since our baby is due during the summer months, I had to get maternity shorts for ease of comfort.  I found these maternity shorts by Ingrid & Isabel to be very comfortable and they are inexpensive as well.

6. Ann Taylor Loft Top  – I never found any maternity tops that I fell in love with.  Thus, I sized up on the type of tops I would normally wear from Ann Taylor and Ann Taylor Loft, for example, which has worked out well, thus far.

7. Lululemon Align Pant – I love Lululemon’s pants.  I sized up and keep wearing these pants, which is getting me through this pregnancy.

8. Lululemon Align Crop Pant – Since I love Lululemon’s pants, I sized up in the Align crop pant as well for exercising and it has worked well as well, thus far.

9. Lululemon Tops – I found a few Lululemon tops that have worked well during this pregnancy with my expanding belly.  Although the exact top that I found this past winter is no longer made, that has been working well, I love the Lululemon tanks that have a built in bra.

10. Isabella Oliver Dress – I purchased this maternity dress and I love it!  The dress is comfortable; the material is very well made; and it looked quite flattering!

11. Nordstrom’s Pajamas – Long – I discovered these pajamas last fall and I love them — they are super comfortable!  They have worked well during my pregnancy and for hanging in around the house; although I ended up sizing up during the third trimester, as my belly has really grown.

12. Nordstrom’s Pajamas – Short – These pajamas are getting me through the summer months.  They are extremely comfortable!  I sized up as I am using them during my third trimester and they are great to wear during the warmer months.  They work really well!

You can view other things I love here!

Happy Tuesday!

Snapshot: Charleston, South Carolina, Folly Beach Babymoon

We are back from our babymoon!  We are getting back into the swing of things after being away!  Doug was kind enough to drive both ways, the entire way, including a difficult drive on the way home through Northern Virginia.  We were very fortunate in that we had really nice weather while in Charleston.  It only rained one day, thankfully!  The temperatures were in the mid to high seventies, so it was really wonderful, as it was not too hot and humid!

We rented a house in Charleston, close to Folly Beach while still being not too far from downtown Charleston; we actually rented the same house that we rented last year.  We all loved our time together.  We spent a lot of time resting and relaxing there, and we took each day as it came.  We went to downtown Charleston and we also did make it to Magnolia Plantation and Gardens, which was beautiful.  We greatly enjoyed slow and relaxing days compared to our norm.  We took nice long walks in the morning and spent the days at the beach reading and relaxing, followed by nice dinners with our fur girl at local restaurants, and then we took long walks on the beach watched the sun set in the evenings with our fur girl, Victory!  (Victory got much needed rest after her dinner and beach excursions, as evidenced below!)  Victory loved the beach.  She loves walking on the beach and dipping her little paws and legs in the water!  (On our last evening walk on the beach, Victory did not want to leave the beach and dug her paws in the sand because she loved it so much!)  We are really grateful for this special time in our lives.

Below is a snapshot containing several iPhone photos from our babymoon.  Once I finish editing the images from our trip, I will put a proper blog post together to share in the next week or two, I hope.  Stay tuned.

Happy Thursday!

 

 


Around Here: April

Happy Spring!  We are still away on our trip, but here are some items that have occurred around here in April, another busy month that is going by much too quickly!

-continuing to work on the next steps concerning my long-term photography project, and I am making good progress with revisions in this home stretch.

-enjoying date nights together!

-continuing this month with our parent, baby, and birth classes that go through the next several months!

-as of late this month we are already at the beginning of the third trimester.  The time is flying by so quickly and we are appreciating every moment.

-our baby’s nursery is finally complete with a simple and modern feel!  We put a lot of time, effort, and love into creating a unique space for our baby.  We still have some other items/supplies to get for our baby, but we are getting things in order!

-we believe we have settled on a name for our baby; however, we want to meet her first to make sure we feel the name is fitting for her!

-we are in South Carolina with our fur girl, Victory, as our last trip as a ‘party of three,’ while I can still travel, commemorating and celebrating three special milestones simultaneously: our babymoon; our 10-year wedding anniversary; and my ‘big birthday!’   A photo of us is shown below.  We are having a wonderful time together!  The weather has been beautiful!  Victory loves the beach; and we have enjoyed a slower pace of life, including long walks in the morning and lazy days and evenings at the beach with our fur girl!  We also have enjoyed nice dinners at some local restaurants in Charleston, where furry friends are welcome, too!  (I will share more once I have had a chance to cull and edit our images once we get back home.)  We are grateful for this time together!

-we have still been doing some spring cleaning around the entire house this month purging items while utilizing the Marie Kondo, “KonMari” method!  We have made some good progress!

-we have been giving Victory lots of snuggles and love!  We are doing our best to get her ‘ready’ for her little sister’s arrival.

-since the weather has been a bit warmer (when it was not snowing), during certain points this month, we have enjoyed taking Victory for rides in her Hound About!  She loves getting fresh air and going for long rides, while I walk!

-still using the 1 Second Everyday App to document a second each day — it will be interesting to see the finished video at the end of the year!

-continuing to work on getting fine art prints made, framed, and hung in our home, an ongoing endeavor!

-started the final season of The Americans, a really good series.

-started the second season of The Handmaid’s Tale, a really good series.

-finished reading Around the Next Corner while at the beach!  (If you are a ‘dog person,’ you will enjoy this novel!)

-listening to a myriad of podcasts, especially, at the gym and on walks!

-continuing to make incremental progress on our ever-growing to do list, which feels quite large currently, but we are making progress!

Happy Friday!

 

Gone Fishing…

 

We are headed back to Charleston, South Carolina with our fur girl, Victory, to commemorate and celebrate three special milestones simultaneously: our babymoon; our 10-year wedding anniversary; and my ‘big birthday!’  We are very much looking forward to lazy and relaxing days together by the beach!  The blog will be back with regular content in the coming weeks.

Meanwhile, if you are in a blog-reading mood, you are warmly invited to visit the archives — the links are shown below.

Dog Related posts

Dog Rescue posts

‘Dog-Centric’ Artists Interviews

For Artists posts

Photography posts

Personal posts

Victory Related posts

Tips for planning and vacationing with your furry family member

Additionally, if you are interested, here are some links to some of our previous vacations — Nova Scotia, 2011; Nova Scotia, 2012; Vermont, 2013; Vermont and Québec, 2014; Vermont and Québec City, 2015Lake Michigan, 2016; and Charleston, 2017!

Happy Spring!

 


Our Baby’s Modern Nursery Reveal!

We finally finished our baby’s nursery after a few months hard work!  A few images of our baby’s nursery are shown below.  Our finished baby’s nursery is somewhat similar to our initial nursery inspiration board!  After much research, I selected most of our selections and made sure Doug liked the selections as well before ordering; and Doug helped me immensely with the baby furniture, hanging of the art, hanging of the mobile, cleaning of the rugs, and rearranging of things in the house to make room for the nursery — it was definitely a team effort!  It was quite fun pulling the items together for our baby’s nursery!  We are quite pleased with the results!  We wanted to make our baby’s nursery something that she can grow into, while incorporating art and fun elements as well to create a space that has good energy, feels welcoming, bright, modern, clean, relaxing, and peaceful.  (We wanted to get the nursery done before I get too big and uncomfortable).  Additionally, we are in the process of getting the final baby supplies we will need for when the baby arrives.  We are slowly getting there!  We do have a closet and dresser full of cute clothes, though!  (Please note, when our baby sleeps in the crib, all of the stuffed animals and pillows will be removed for safety purposes!)

We have brought our fur girl, Victory, into the nursery a few times, and she is quite skeptical at this point.  We know that she knows that something is happening with all the work we have been doing in the house and in the nursery on the weekends.  Victory is quite an attentive and aware little sheltie girl!  We will keep trying.  Our Bradley birth teacher told us to treat Victory similar to an older sibling, in this case, and to do our best to prepare her (as much as we are able since we can’t explain in words/sentences to Victory what is occurring) and continue to give Victory her own attention so that she feels secure and continue with this course of action when the baby arrives.  We have incorporated Victory’s ivory Tempur-Pedic Orvis dog bed in the nursery, so she will know that she is welcome, always.  It took her a while to get used to coming into my office each day, so we hope, similarly, that we can get her into the nursery every day, at some point, as well.  Victory has been an integral part of our journey, and we cannot imagine life without her!  She is truly a loyal and loving little being!  After the baby arrives, we imagine Victory will be right there with us during this next part of our journey and we would not want it any other way!  It will be an adjustment for us all; however, we are truly excited for this season!  The time is flying by so very quickly and we eagerly await the arrival of our baby girl!

 

 

Our final selections, with links, are shown below!

 

Links: (1) Crib (three in one convertible crib) in Washed Natural; (2) Organic, Non-Toxic Mattress and Waterproof Cover; (3) Dresser (with changing table) in Washed Natural and White; (4) Bookshelf in Washed Natural (and we collected various children’s books); (5) Glider (in Grey); (6) Side Table; (7) Fitted Sheet; (8) Crib Skirt; (9) Blanket; (10) Felt Mobile; (11) Changing Pad; (12) Changing Pad Cover; (13) Painting 1 (pink abstract); (14) Painting 2 (blue abstract); (15) Panting 3 (landscape); (16) Frames; (17) Rug; (18) Small Table Lamp; (19) Floor Lamp; (20) Clock; (21) Diaper Caddy; (22) Basket; (23) Hamper; (24) Fox Pillow; (25) Charlotte the Dog Doll; (26) Lucy the Lamb Doll; (27) Cheetah; and (28) Panda (similar).

Our sweet fur girl, Victory, is pictured below in our baby’s crib when we were first getting our baby’s nursery together!  We love her so very much!


Around Here: March

 


Happy March and Happy Spring!  We are so beyond ready for spring to truly arrive here!  Below are some items that have occurred around here in March, another busy month that is going by much too quickly!

-continuing to work on the next steps concerning my long-term photography project, slowly making progress.

-enjoying date nights together!

-continuing this month with our parent, baby, and birth classes that go through the next several months!

-as of earlier this month, we are officially half way through this pregnancy!  The time is flying by so quickly, and we are savoring every moment.  All is going well, thus far, and I have felt our baby moving; I have a ‘baby bump’ now; and our baby is growing quickly!  It is all quite amazing.

-our baby’s nursery is getting near completion and it is shaping up nicely with a simple and modern feel.  Pictured above is Victory in the baby’s crib during the early stages of getting the nursery together.  With all of the commotion lately in our house, we think Victory knows change is on its way.  We are hopeful that Victory will adjust well, while we are mindful that this change will not likely, at first, be easy for her.  She will always be our first fur girl, an integral family member, who we love very dearly.

-we have been doing some spring cleaning around the entire house this month purging items while utilizing the Marie Kondo, “KonMari” method!  We have made some good progress!

-continuing to gather and select items for our baby!

-after much research and interviewing, we secured a pediatrician we like along with a nanny and play school (for in the future) for our baby!

-we planned a trip next month with our fur girl, Victory, as our last trip as a ‘party of three,’ while I can still travel, commemorating and celebrating three special milestones simultaneously: our babymoon; our 10-year wedding anniversary; and my ‘big birthday!’  (Our wedding anniversary and my birthday will occur soon after our baby arrives and we will therefore not be traveling for any long distances for quite some time!  And, we are more than ok with this arrangement!)

-I took a trip to Michigan this month to see family and friends.

-Doug got us tickets to see U2 this spring!

-we have been giving Victory lots of snuggles and love!  We actually had to take Victory to an emergency animal hospital earlier this month; she was bleeding and she, unfortunately, had a bacteria infection that we got cleared up with an antibiotic and she is on the mend, thankfully.

-since the weather has been a bit warmer (when it was not snowing), during certain points this month, we have enjoyed taking Victory for rides in her Hound About!  She loves getting fresh air and going for long rides, while I walk!

-still using the 1 Second Everyday App to document a second each day — it will be interesting to see the finished video at the end of the year!

-continuing to work on getting fine art prints made, framed, and hung in our home, an ongoing endeavor!

-finished the first season of Abstentia, a good series.

-almost through the first season of Counterpart, an excellent series.

-With all that has been going on, I am a bit behind on reading this month outside of baby books.

-listening to a myriad of podcasts, especially, at the gym and on walks!

-continuing to make incremental progress on our ever-growing to do list, which feels quite large currently!

Happy Wednesday and wishing you a Happy Easter!

Our Baby’s Nursery

We have been working on ideas for our baby’s nursery for the past month or so.  After researching and measuring, we have decided on a simple and modern design for our little girl.  The board, below, shows our selections; and we are currently in the process of rearranging some things in our home to make way for the new furniture being delivered soon, etc., to create the nursery this month!  We will, of course, have a matching dog bed in the nursery for our sweet fur girl, Victory!

 

 

Hopefully, our little girl will inherit the best parts and attributes from each of us!  Here we are as little infants (I’m shown below on the left and Doug is shown below on the right!)  Happy Tuesday!

 

Around Here: February

 

Happy February!  We enjoy the change in seasons; however, we are very ready for spring with warmer and nicer weather!  The weather this month has been a little unpredictable — one day it is nearly seventy degrees and the next day it is snowing!  Below are some items that have occurred around here in February, a busy month that is going by much too quickly!

-continuing to work on the next steps concerning my long-term photography project.

-enjoying date nights together!

-if you did not yet see, we are having our first baby!  Victory is going to be a ‘big sister’ this summer!  We are over the moon!

-we celebrated Valentine’s Day at one of our favorite restaurants!

-this month we started our parent and baby classes that run through the next several months at the hospital!

-we have pretty much settled on the look and feel of our baby’s nursery, so things should come together well, next month, fingers crossed!

-we have begun to gather and select items for our baby!

-Doug took a trip to California this month!

-we have been giving Victory lots of snuggles and love!

-still using the 1 Second Everyday App to document a second each day — it will be interesting to see the finished video at the end of the year!

-continuing to work on getting fine art prints made, framed, and hung in our home, an ongoing endeavor!

-finished the second season of The Crown, a very well-done series.

-finished the miniseries, The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story, a good series.

-I finished reading Judgment Detox by Gabrielle Bernstein, a pretty good read.

-listening to a myriad of podcasts, especially, at the gym and on walks!

-continuing to make incremental progress on our ever-growing to do list, which feels quite large at the moment!

Happy Tuesday!

Our Biggest Collaboration!

My dear readers, it is with great excitement and joy that I announce Doug and I are expecting our first child, our little miracle!  We have patiently waited, for quite some time, for this season to arrive and we are absolutely over the moon with delight!  Our little miracle will arrive this summer!  I have been very fortunate in that I have not experienced any sickness, thus far, and I have been feeling great!  My belly is slowly but surely expanding; and our little baby is growing quickly!  It has been an extraordinary journey for us.  Our hearts are overflowing and we cannot wait to meet her and give her oodles of love, hugs, and kisses!  We are excited for this new chapter in our lives; and we are hopeful our little fur girl, Victory, pictured below, in time, will enjoy being a ‘big sister’ and that she will relish sharing her unwavering love and puppy kisses with her ‘little sister!’  We are so very grateful for our little miracle!

 

 

(We mailed our announcements containing our news several weeks ago, which included the image above of our fur girl, Victory, who has been a tremendous part of our journey, sharing the gender of our baby, which complimented our gold foil pressed announcement to friends and family!)