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Wow, it’s already June, and I am 21 weeks pregnant! More than halfway there. Woo hoo! By all accounts, this pregnancy is healthy and normal. Baby looks healthy and normal, and measuring just about right. I can feel his little feet kicking me periodically. There is no feeling better than feeling your baby wiggle and groove inside of you. It’s so surreal. My belly is really starting to stick out now, and is making my belly button look a little funny already! My weight gain remains normal at around 10 pounds. So far, so good on that side of things! I think it helps that with this pregnancy I am not attracted to sweets the way I was with Meadow. I’m definitely hankering more for spicy and savory flavors. Buffalo hot sauce! Indian cuisine! Num num! 🙂

Took some fun family trips recently. Spent 3 days at Great Wolf Lodge in May. Meadow had a blast and Dustin and I had a good time too. We can’t wait to go back. We also just got back from our first camping trip of the year this weekend. We went to Lake Wenatchee and just had an overnight. It was nice to get out into the fresh air. I’m not sure how much camping I’ll continue doing as my belly keeps expanding, but so far the air mattress satisfies my comfort needs.

Meadow is enrolled in swimming lessons which she just loves, and her year of ballet classes is coming to an end soon.
She will have her recital at the end of this month and it will be so much fun to see her on stage! They will have adorable tutu costumes, and will be on a “real” stage (at Bothell High). We saw two ballets there this winter, so I think Meadow will get an extra kick out of the fact that she will be performing on that stage now and not just watching!

We’re still trying to get the baby room ready and have had lots of help from my mother-in-law with painting. It’s going to look super cute and I can’t wait to start officially nesting in it!

I’m loving this weather…and looking forward to a busy and fun summer. As Calvin of Calvin and Hobbes says: “The days are just packed!”

Today, my company held their annual picnic at The Farm in Snohomish. They had a great bbq spread, and all sorts of fun activities for the children. They had a small petting zoo, a hay ride, pig show, and hay to play in. Perhaps the most interesting activity of all was Trout Fishing.

Yep, you heard me. Real, honest to goodness, hook on a string fishing of trout in a trough that was about 4 feet wide and 30 feet long. It was practically jumping with fish. I have never seen anything like this in my life! It made me think of those hokey gold mining set ups that some amusement parks have, in which you can “pan for gold,” and come away with a couple flakes of what is probably pyrite. At any rate, I thought this novel idea was pretty neat, and Meadow was into it, too.

We tried a couple times to catch a fish, but as soon as we dropped the hook in the water, the trout just stole the peanut-buttery bait and swam away. Against Dustin’s ethical protests of us basically shooting fish in a barrel, literally, we tried a third time. We hooked it! I had to help Meadow and pull it out of the water for her as it splashed and thrashed about. She stared at it, wide-eyed as it wiggled on the line, trying to breathe. I felt a little guilty, and asked her point blank, “do you want to take this fish home, kill it, cut it up and eat it, or should we put it back in the water?” No response from her. I began to lower the fish back in the water with pity, when she started shreiking, “No! No! No, mommy!” So I pulled it back out, and handed it to the employee who didn’t bump the poor trout on the head, but rather just stuck it in a plastic bag and tied the end, thereby ensuring a slow tragic suffocation death for the fish.

Dustin, fly-fishing and catch-and release enthusiast, is rolling his eyes the entire time. He was concerned that Meadow would freak out about the death of the fish, and about the questionable ethics of killing animals like this. I felt the guilt of PETA on my back like a gorilla, which I quickly shrugged off. Hey, my kid had a blast. (*gulp*)

Meadow began to carry the fish in the bag, proudly. That is until it wiggled in the bag with one of its death throes. She dropped it and screamed, which was absolutely hilarious. She made me carry it to the car, while it wiggled spasmed every few minutes. The whole walk to the car she kept saying “mmm’mm! This is going to taste sooo good!” I told her it would die and we’d cut it up and cook it and eat it, and rather than getting freaked out or scared she kept saying, “yum! I like fish!” (Think I take her to sushi too often?)

We got home, where I proceeded to search youtube for instructions on how to clean and cook a trout. I only ever cook salmon, and I make my dad clean them for me because I truly suck at it. I sort of got the gist of it. Meadow watched curiously as I hacked off the trout’s head, pulled out the guts, and chopped out the bones and fins. (Am I raising a psychopath?) and about an hour later, we had two extremely tiny, mangled, rainbow trout fillets fried and on a plate.

Honestly, I had a hard time eating it. It creeped me out. I peeled off the skin and nibbled at what little flesh was there. Meadow, on the other hand, crammed as much as she could into her mouth – skin and all – and MOUED.

Later that evening I told Meadow, “it is so cool you won that fish and provided supper for us tonight! How neat!” She looked at me earnestly and said, “We were winners, mommy! But the fish wasn’t!”

She could say that again!

Friday night started with a date to the United Indians of All-Tribes Powwow at Discovery Park with Meadow. I haven’t gone to this powwow since I was in high school, and I think it’s gotten bigger (at least than I remember). It was a gorgeous evening, and Meadow was excited to see the dancers and hear the drumming. I couldn’t believe it, but Christine Gregoire was there, and gave a little speech before the festivities began. The mc’s honored her and wrapped her in a blanket, representative of welcoming her into the ‘circle.’ Jim McDermott was there, too, as were a couple state reps. They all gave little speeches. I thought this was so cool! What great PR for them, too, to be “down with the Indians.”

The dancing started but Meadow started saying she was hungry and thirsty, which was fine with me because I really wanted to get some frybread. They had run out of frybread at the last powwow we went to, and I didn’t want that to happen again! Unfortunately, everyone else seemed to think so, too. We were in line for a loooong time. We unfortunately missed all the tiny tot dances (there were sooo many cute little kids in regalia – too adorable!) and some other dances too, due to the stupid long line. We were able to catch the end of the powwow though, at least! Meadow did great, even though she ended up staying up way too late!

Saturday was just busy. Cleaning and shopping to prep for our bbq on Sunday.

Sunday was nuts busy. It started with a nice bike ride with two of my amazing friends, then back home to finish prepping for the bbq. We finally hosted our housewarming + anniversary party. It was crazy chaos, but fun! I only wish I had had more time to visit with people more thoroughly. Well, now that our place feels pretty put together, I hope to invite guests over more often! I have only a few pictures of the kids on the slip n slide, and I’ll post those soon.

All in all, a great weekend…but it should have been longer! I’m having a hard time keeping my eyes open at work!

I love summer! The weather has been great. I’ve been getting lots of outside time. One of my favorite things for the last few days is our bbq grill! I have been having a break from dinner-prep since we got our grill up and running again. Dustin has taken it upon himself to prepare most of our meals over the grill. Steak, ribs, even simple hot dogs. All taste so good, all are so simple, and all require minimal prep/work from me! I help clean the dishes and with some side dish prep, but Dustin is really stepping up on the cooking. I’m loving it! I love this primal meat grilling drive he seems to have. I thoroughly enjoy not having to worry about our dinners every night. *big sigh of relief*

This is the life. ;o)

In other news, Saturday is my and Dustin’s 10th wedding anniversary! I can’t even believe it. Wow. What a long time to be with the guy. I think this officially makes being with him more than 1/3 of my life. Yikes! I feel very happy and grateful that we’ve been able to keep it going despite the odds of getting married so young, through college, the hard times and the good. We have a 2-night cycling/camping trip scheduled this weekend on Lopez Island. We’ll be carting our camping gear on our bikes and taking the whole weekend to relax, explore, and well..you know. I can’t wait! The weather should be great. I love that we have such a fun and healthy mutual hobby now. This is the first one that’s really “stuck” for us. Video games, restaurants, hiking, snowboarding….nothing else has clicked as much as the cycling bug for us. So… Yay! 🙂

I have lots of pics to post from the 4th of July and other romps. Hopefully I can do that tonight. Meadow loved the fireworks. The view from my work’s deck of Lake Union was incredible! She started preschool on Monday. I think she will like it, but we had a conversation yesterday that made me feel a little sad for her. She told me she wanted to be a baby again, and that she misses her old class. She was quite serious when she told this to me, so we had a nice discussion about how wonderful it is to be 3, and each year brings more wonderful things for her. I think it made her feel better. Still, I can tell the transition is a little stressful for her. But I think she’ll do just fine.

Concentration is not my friend today. It’s beautiful outside. It’s Friday. My workload is under control at work. I was grooving out to some Erykah Badu and Rusted Root on my drive to work, over Lake Washington’s beautiful blue waters! Ahhh…. nice day. I’m looking forward to a Friday Party at work on the deck, and some of my dearest friends’ company later this evening.

I’m so happy it’s finally SUMMER!!!!