Sunday, November 13, 2011


Gary and I got away for the weekend and went to Portland. Yes, Portland. Why? We drove through it on the way to the Oregon Coast this summer and thought we would like to go back someday. Well, this weekend was `someday'. The boys had a great time at grandma's house and I love that we are able to get away one or two times a year as it will likely be closer to two years before we can do that again. Half the time I was thinking, `Oh, the boys would LOVE this' and the other half of the time I was thinking, `Wow, this is a billion times easier without them.' I love them like crazy, but man, was it sure nice to eat meals in such a relaxed manner!

I think we didn't realize that me being 12 weeks pregnant wouldn't be the best time to travel. I'm still quite nauseated and so incredibly tired. I'm hoping this gets better soon! It should, right?! Fresh air makes me feel the best so we did a lot of walking outside. I'm not sleeping super well as I'm already getting up at least 3 times a night to go to the bathroom and I already have heartburn. Craziness.

There are no pictures to post because I did not pick up the camera once and Gary literally took two pictures.

I bought some maternity clothes and am especially happy with a pair of jeans that I got that I just need to get hemmed. Looking forward to being comfortable and looking decent.

Gary is good with going somewhere new and just walking around. I, on the other hand, would like to know the top 3 things we should do there and then do them. I need a purpose and I need to feel like I saw what we needed to. We have learned this lesson for next time.

It was good to be `stuck' in a car with Gary. The last few months have been pretty busy and we aren't the best at setting time aside to catch up on life, dreams, plans, ideas etc. So, we were forced to share a lot of time and conversation together which is always good.

I am LOVING the look of my calendar this month. It is the emptiest it has been since January. Yay for rejuvenation! I need a good book to read because now is the time. Any recommendations?

Hope you all had a good long weekend.
Love, Louise


  1. Yay for date trips!!! Boo for pregnancy sickies... (I was sick the longest and worst with Amarys; mabye that means GIRL FOR YOU?!)

    I recommend Ina May Gaskin's Guide to Childbirth (absolutely no evangelizing here...nope, never, nope: would I do a thing like that?)- I own it and you can borrow it. =)

    Also, Let The Great World Spin by Colum McCann: EXCELLENT BOOK!!

    Also, The Poldark Series (can be ordered thru the library; there are ten to twelve books in the series and they are good pregnancy reads; you get lost in them! Very good!!)

    Good luck finding good reads! Shouldn't be hard; you have lots of good commenters so hopefully you will get a variety of suggestions! xo

  2. Glad you had a good weekend! It's always nice to get away for a bit and relax :)

  3. Sounds like a nice get-away. I'm like you - I like to have plans, even down to where we are going to eat. My husband is just happy to walk aimlessly and look at whatever comes up and doesn't care in the least when he eats.

    As for books - I have "The Help" on hold at the library, so haven't read it yet, but did enjoy the movie.

  4. I've been reading a ton lately (thanks to insomnia. I just read "Unbroken" by Laura Hillenbrand - best book in a while. Also "The Paris Wife", "The Bishop's Man" by Linden McIntyre , and "The Disappeared" by Kim Echlin. I'm currently reading "The Marriage Plot" by Jeffrey Eugenides (and I'm loving it).

    I have a list of books I've read on my blog (on the page marked Read). It has some other ideas but honestly, I'm terrible at remembering to update it.

    I love to read when I'm pregnant. It seems so calming.

    Happy reading.

  5. Yay to trips with hubbies!

    As for books, I could list a few, but I'll recommend "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks"... I think you would enjoy it if you haven't read it already.