Zoe is Here!

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So I completely overestimated what I would get done in my last trimester. Funny how you can forget about how tired and just "done" you can feel toward the end of pregnancy. Little Zoe is here now, arrived a little earlier than expected (just 2 weeks) but she is healthy and doing great. So so happy to not be waddling any longer! I'm officially on maternity leave and will be working behind the scenes in the meantime.

I miss ya, what are you up to?

Happy Father's Day Buffet.

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It seems like there is either nothing to do or everything do at once here in Colorado.  This weekend was no exception.  We went to Denver Comic Con last year but this year it fell while we are getting our deck refinished finally (hallelujah!), our 6th wedding anniversary and Father's Day.  I wanted to do something a little different for this anniversary since we usually go out to eat.  So this time I made plans, kept a secret and Raul didn't know what we were doing until we arrived at our destination.  The surprise was taking a date night cooking class at Sur La Table!  It was awesome and neither of us have done that before.  We made scallops with prosciutto, pan seared pork tenderloin over roasted cauliflower and a chocolate gelato with balsamic strawberries on top.  So much fun and now I'm not as scared of non-stick pans as I was before.

Sunday it was all about Father's Day so we met up with Raul's mom and my parents over at Fresh Fish Company for their buffet.  I think the last time we went to the buffet there was before we were married so we couldn't wait to have it again.  I can never gauge buffets right, I go in light, feel like I'm not eating much and then I pile on the food.  All of a sudden I am at the point of no return and just want to sit there while all of the different foods settle before we leave.  Of course Raul wasn't fazed at all and Addy was just mesmerized by the fish.

I hope you had a Happy Father's Day too.

Hello September.

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Can you believe it is September?  I can't.  Updates here came to a hault because so many other things have taken a front seat.  Spending time with Addison, only her second summer ever which is much different than when she was only 2-5 months old.  Loving running around with her, watering plants, going to events, etc.  Then there are the home to do items like working on our deck, refinishing the garage (putting epoxy down, getting shelves) and adding more to our backyard.  We planted nothing but perennials and the yellow purple combination is so nice!  We have cloreopsis, a vibrant purple butterfly bush for bees and butterflies, some penstemons to hopefully attract hummingbirds, a yellow trumpet vine that should look gorgeous when it blooms next year, russian sage and some really pretty whiteish lightpinkish petals.  I can't remember the name right now.  Also, this month was my birthday!  Flipped another digit.

Lots of change at the same time, trying to juggle and enjoy.  Carve out the life I want for me and my family and that process isn't always an easy and clear-cut one.

I've missed you and in order to get more organized and get things done; managing cleaning this home, the projects up above, painting, putting more paintings in my etsy shop, exercising, posting here, I am putting everything on a Google calendar.  I also use Wunderlist which is an excellent app for sharing lists/projects.  So far that is working the best for grocery shopping with Raul and I.  Do you have any tips for organizing your dreams and household?  I absolutely love crossing items off of lists.  Best thing ever.

Oh and did you do anything amazing this summer?  The highlight of my summer was going to Sante Fe. Now it is the place where I took a photojournalism road-trip in college, got engaged  and went on road-trip with my parents/lil family.  Love.