Life Lately

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Hi friends! It’s been a while. Thank you for your patience with my absence and a HUGE (insert Donald Trump’s voice here) thank you to the ever wonderful Mil for taking on an extra load of blog responsibilities.
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I wanted to pop in to share some life updates. As you may remember, in February my husband and I relocated across the country from Seattle to Durham, North Carolina. It’s been a big change and frankly a bit of a rough transition for me. I’ve spent the last 6 months job searching and it turns out that it’s pretty hard to meet people when you don’t have a job and coworkers. As an introvert, I initially enjoyed the alone time, but at a certain point enough was enough! I’m finally starting a new job next week so hopefully a new network of friends will follow.
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What I didn’t share was that I was also pregnant when we made the move. My husband and I are expecting out first child and we couldn’t be more excited (and scared)! I’m just about in my 8th month of pregnancy, so before we know it we’ll be welcoming a little baby boy into our lives. The nesting urge has hit me hard, so I’ve been busy hanging pictures and busting out DIY projects. Hit me up if you want to know about my no sew DIY baby bibs…
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Had to do at least one belly shot. I think I’m about 6 months pregnant here.

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In anticipation of this life change, we’ve been doing some traveling. My husband and I took a trip to the west coast of Ireland for a “baby-moon,” and it was incredible. The weather was in the 70’s every day. We never had to break out our rain jackets and Nick even went swimming in the ocean!
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Quick selfie at the secluded sandy beach we found on one of our drives

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The Cliffs of Moher which were featured in Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince. They took my breath away at sunset.

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I was also able to visit a few of my friends both in New York City and Los Angeles. Got to get those solo girlfriend trips in while I still can! Mil and I are trying to figure out when we can reunite, although it looks like at this point I’ll have baby in tow. After finally getting to live in the same area again, it’s been a real drag going back to a long distance relationship.
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Hanging out with my friend Veronica who lives in Brooklyn. She made us the cutest hipster knit baby hat with yarn from the farmers market. Our baby’s going to be so cool.

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Anyway, that’s what I’ve been up to. What have I missed? Anything juicy in your lives or in the blog world? For the past few months I’ve also completely detached from social media, with the exception of a few Facebook pop-ins, so I’m horribly out of date.
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XOXO,
Jules

Life Lately

Hi friends, it’s been awhile! I fully intended to get back to the ol’ blog on Monday, but I was stricken with a cold towards the end of my sister’s visit, so I made the tough decision to spend the last couple of days convalescing on the couch with Thai takeout, a giant box of Kleenex, and a DVR full of Fear the Walking Dead. But I’m on the mend now and ready to regale you with some highlights from my week off.

Our first order of business once my sister arrived? Wedding dress shopping! My friend Sarah joined us for the day and our little entourage visited several bridal salons around Seattle. It was SO much fun – and it was Kate’s first time trying on dresses, so there was a lot for her to absorb. (More to come later on the whole wedding dress shopping experience!)

Wedding dress shopping

Excited to start trying on dresses at Nordstrom!

 

Wedding dress shopping at BHLDN Seattle

Anthropologie, killing it as usual in the styling department

 

Wedding dress shopping

Isn’t she lovely? This dress wasn’t the one, but it twirled like whoa

 

Next up was our epic Mother’s Day surprise. First, some background: Kate lives in Taiwan and she hadn’t been home in about a year and a half. We had been planning this surprise for months and were a little worried my mom might suspect something, but she had NO idea, and the surprise went off without a hitch. There was a lot of crying and screaming (the happy kind!) which was extremely satisfying. I actually took a video of the whole thing, which turned out pretty great, but it’s in an “unsupported file format” so I can’t share it here. Trust me, it was awesome!

Mother's Day surprise

Here we are waiting for our mom to show up for Mother’s Day brunch so we can surprise her…of course she was half an hour late

 

Mother's Day surprise

Celebratory mimosas after the big reveal

 

We all had so much fun together over the next week – soaking up sunshine at the beach and the park, round two of wedding dress shopping, an afternoon baseball game, loads of wedding planning – but of course time passed way too quickly. By some miracle the weather was absolutely gorgeous the entire time, which made it even better! Now it’s back to the grind, but I’m wistfully looking through all the pictures on my phone in a fruitless attempt to drag my vacation out a little bit longer.

Life Lately // Lake Union

Strolling along Lake Union

 

Life Lately // Beach time

Sister time at the beach

 

Life Lately // Little Water Cantina

Victory margs and tacos after finding Kate’s dream wedding dress!

 

Life Lately // Little Water Cantina

As it happens, the menu at Little Water Cantina perfectly captures the essence of our blog

 

Life Lately // Mariners game

Taking in an afternoon baseball game

 

Life Lately // Mariners game

Bleacher seats are the best seats

 

Life Lately // Sister selfie

Takin’ selfies in the backyard

 

Life Lately // Newcastle Golf Club

Come back soon, Kate!

 

So that’s what’s been going on with me! What have you been up to lately? Any fun adventures to report? A cool vacation coming up? Has work/school/life been driving you crazy? Let’s hear all the juicy details!

♥ Mil

Sister Staycation!

Sister time!

I’m taking the week off from the blog for the greatest possible reason…my sister is in town! She lives abroad and we don’t get to see each other very often, so when she comes to visit, it’s a very Big Deal. The purpose of her trip home is threefold: surprise our mom for Mother’s Day, celebrate my 30th birthday, and do some wedding dress shopping. Having successfully accomplished #1 (a surprise we’d been planning for months), we’ll be focusing our efforts on #2 and 3 the rest of the week…both of which will likely include a LOT of champagne. Yay!

If you want to keep up with our shenanigans, you can follow along on Instagram. See you next week!

♥ Mil

 

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