Full Term

My younger brother, Andrew and his wife, Jenny are expecting a baby (their first and a little girl) on October 15th. These are special pictures for a special time, so I’ve been saving this post until my sister Jenny (ok, sister-in-law) reached full term. You’re all cooked now baby – come out anytime at your leisure!

Andrew is a very good amateur photographer and took these pictures on a recent trip to Rainbow Haven Beach, about 30 minutes from Halifax, Nova Scotia. Jenny was about 36 weeks along here.

Here Andrew was getting caught in the waves.

Their dog’s name is Electron (Ellie) and she is a very sweet Shiba Inu.

Jenny telling Ellie, ‘Don’t worry, you’ll still be our baby once this little girl comes!’. (Yeh, sure you will Ellie….that’s what we told Max and Timber too. Now they’re chopped liver).

Now Jenny is experiencing the typical full term yuckies (swollen, can’t sleep but tired, ready to meet the baby yuckies) but is otherwise doing very well. She recently had a baby shower that I had to miss but I hear it was wonderful – and she was only subjected to a few awful baby shower games (shower games should be banned, but I digress).

I am certain that Andrew never intended for me to post this picture. So sorry! I sent Jenny this baby sling, called a ‘Moby Wrap’ which was truly a lifesaver for me when Hudson was itty bitty and didn’t want to be put down. He would fall asleep in it for 3-4 hours a day and I was able to move around hands free. Here is Andrew practicing putting it on (it’s actually a little complicated, even for an electrical engineer-turned-high school math teacher).

Sorry Rew, being the little brother never gets any easier I guess.

We’ll be in Halifax during the days when Baby Woods is due. And if we are really, really lucky, we’ll get to meet her.


Busy Weekend

We had a crazy busy weekend. Not sure how that happened since we had a crazy week and decided that we would lay low. Oh well, we can sleep when we’re dead. So here’s the breakdown.

Saturday we had an actual baby-sitter come to the house (first time ever). It was one of Hudson’s teachers, Miss Julia. Up until now Hudson has only been ‘sat’ by his Granny Bain or Grandparents Benedict. Our friends Karen and JB (Zoe’s parents) came over and we all went out for cocktails, a great dinner and even better company. So we got an adult night of debauchery and Hudson had a date with ZoZo.

Zoe came ready to party with her Puma’s and ‘I love Hudson’ shirt. It didn’t take long for her to steal Hudson’s paci. It must be love.

Then he tried to manhandle her.

As usual, Timber is in the middle of things.

Zoe can stand really well. I think she’ll walk soon. She’s only 10 days older than Hudson, but she’ll be walking long before he does. She can get into a standing position with very little assistance.

On Sunday it was the annual Sheldon Pointe /Bedford neighborhood picnic. It sounds like it would be painful, but our neighbors are all fun so it’s a good time (aka lots of boozing).

Hudson was a champ. There was no whining or crying and only a brief nap was needed. To our surprise, his monitor actually worked in the culde-sac so we could continue our partying while he slept. Rock on!

It was somewhat alarming to me that he seemed oblivious that we weren’t with him as he marched up and down the street. He would ‘walk’ himself up to strangers and join in their conversation. I think we have a social butterfly on our hands.

Mike was thrilled to see him chatting up the ladies.

He was trying to get these people to get him a beer but they ID’d him. He was bummed.

Videos of the culde-sac journey. Hey look! Another balloon to join his friend on the fan!

Never one to miss out on a party, Timber discovered that the electric dog fence was broken (has been for 2-3 months) and before we knew it, he was mingling and making small talk. Ever the chicken, Max the 95 pound Weim stayed within his bounds in the yard, longingly smelling the BBQ just feet from the end of his driveway while Timber partied on.

You knew I’d go there eventually….

As much as I wanted to keep this blog for family and friends who live far away to keep up with us, those who know me well (or at all) know that I love fashion and even now with Hudson, I try to keep up. My favorite person to talk to about the latest designs is my sister Penny Turner. Sister-in-law, more accurately, but people tend to not like their sisters-in-law and I love PT, so I usually just refer to her as my sis.

So the 80’s are back, in case you’ve been living under a rock and haven’t noticed. And I must say that I am loving it. Penny and I have been debating the bootie for the last year or so. Both of us have tried on countless pairs, but I haven’t found a pair I love yet. I was just eyeing this pair, the open toe has me intrigued and you can’t go wrong with those scaley-ruffles. If my grandmother is reading this, I know you had these in the 80’s! These are not ‘jean shoes’ so I would pair them with a pencil skirt or a simple LBD.

I realize that these shoes will be hated by many of you. I’m ok with that.

Mike and Anthony have been known to keep bets on what trends Penny and I will or won’t adopt. Two years ago they bet us that we would buy Jordache jeans when Jordache attempted their big comeback. (No, we did NOT buy them and we’re still waiting for them to pay up on the bet.) But Mike has recently come around on the skinny leg, as long as I don’t wear them with flats. I know the skinny leg is not ‘new’ (PT and I have been sporting them for the last 6 seasons) but for the ‘big city’ of Raleigh, they are finally becoming acceptable, thank goodness!

Many designers are now taking a more realistic approach and have introduced a straight leg to their collections. Hopefully the ladies of Raleigh will begin to retire their bootcuts and adopt this more figure-flattering cut (I mean more flattering than the skinny). And for all you haters out there, the skinny / straight leg DOES look good on many figures. Vickie tells me that she is hard-pressed to find a bootcut in NYC (she’s working in the city now for MTV – jealous!).

I am coveting this pair of Citizens and by the time this post is published, I just may own them. I will wear a shirt with mine though.

Like the 80’s, this Fall season is about extremes, and the really wide leg pant is hot now. Check out this pair from Alice + Oliva with – omg – PLEATS!

I am not sure why, but Penny and I are loving Wellies lately. We both own them, and we want more. I am quite the scene when I emerge from the house to let the dogs out at 6:30am, fresh out of bed, wearing my PJ’s tucked into hot pink wellies, carrying Hudson and shepherding 3 pups . Maybe our obsession has something to do with our fixation on the lives of J.Crew models.

[And Penny, I KNOW the real reason you suggested apple picking when we go to Halifax next month is because that scene would most closely mirror the J.Crew catalog imagery.]

Anyway, we must be on the same wave length as the fashion Goddesses, because this morning shopbop is featuring them. PT and I immediately decided that we must have these.

tall or short, laces or no? One of each?

But we don’t need to bring back everything from the 80s. Yesterday I got a random text from PT that said, ‘Just say NO! to stirrup pants!’. I tend to agree. Just because Vince is now selling them doesn’t mean anyone should be wearing them.

Vickie and I are headed to Fashion Market tomorrow to buy for the spring season for the shop. I will probably bore you with tales of what craziness is in store from the fashion world come January. I apologize in advance.

And now on to some gratuitous photos of Hudson (and me) taken this morning on the way out the door to work/daycare.

Haters, note that I am wearing a straight leg

These are from Sunday. Hooray for grocery store balloons! Mike tried to ban balloons from the house after one got wrapped around the ceiling fan. That didn’t stop the balloons from coming home, or from getting wrapped around the fan! There is actually one wrapped around it right now, been there for 9 days and counting.

Balloon playing is exhausting! And although I am sleeping, this balloon is still mine so don’t you try to take it from me.

Stuck at Starbucks

I’ll be at the office just as soon as this talented person returns to their car.

– UPDATE – the person returned and dammit, it had to be a female. Not helping our already sketchy reputation in the ‘motor skills’ category.

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