Julian Koki is Two!

Happy Birthday to our busy two year old! Pumpkin patch photos of our busy toddler here on Bainbridge Island. Pacific Northwest toddler style in the fall! Love autumn in Washington state. -Heidi Stephens, Bainbridge Boheme. Happy Birthday to our busy two year old! Pumpkin patch photos of our busy toddler here on Bainbridge Island. Pacific Northwest toddler style in the fall! Love autumn in Washington state. -Heidi Stephens, Bainbridge Boheme. Happy Birthday to our busy two year old! Pumpkin patch photos of our busy toddler here on Bainbridge Island. Pacific Northwest toddler style in the fall! Love autumn in Washington state. -Heidi Stephens, Bainbridge Boheme. Happy Birthday to our busy two year old! Pumpkin patch photos of our busy toddler here on Bainbridge Island. Pacific Northwest toddler style in the fall! Love autumn in Washington state. -Heidi Stephens, Bainbridge Boheme. Happy Birthday to our busy two year old! Pumpkin patch photos of our busy toddler here on Bainbridge Island. Pacific Northwest toddler style in the fall! Love autumn in Washington state. -Heidi Stephens, Bainbridge Boheme. Happy Birthday to our busy two year old! Pumpkin patch photos of our busy toddler here on Bainbridge Island. Pacific Northwest toddler style in the fall! Love autumn in Washington state. -Heidi Stephens, Bainbridge Boheme. Happy Birthday to our busy two year old! Pumpkin patch photos of our busy toddler here on Bainbridge Island. Pacific Northwest toddler style in the fall! Love autumn in Washington state. -Heidi Stephens, Bainbridge Boheme. Happy Birthday to our busy two year old! Pumpkin patch photos of our busy toddler here on Bainbridge Island. Pacific Northwest toddler style in the fall! Love autumn in Washington state. -Heidi Stephens, Bainbridge Boheme. Happy Birthday to our busy two year old! Pumpkin patch photos of our busy toddler here on Bainbridge Island. Pacific Northwest toddler style in the fall! Love autumn in Washington state. -Heidi Stephens, Bainbridge Boheme. Happy Birthday to our busy two year old! Pumpkin patch photos of our busy toddler here on Bainbridge Island. Pacific Northwest toddler style in the fall! Love autumn in Washington state. -Heidi Stephens, Bainbridge Boheme.

I can hardly believe I am writing these words right now; our Julian Koki is TWO! These past two years have flown by, but I also feel like I’ve known Julian my whole life. I was just rereading Julian’s birth story, and it really does feel like it was yesterday.  Parenting is a trip! I went all out on Julian’s 1st birthday, (one of my most viewed posts!) but this year, we’re going to celebrate with family and keep it low key. I wanted to take a minute to share some of the things I never want to forget about our Julian at this age. Love you bubba!

  • Our Jules has the biggest heart. When we read a book and one of the characters is sad, he presses his face to the page to offer some reassurance and love.
  • He loves to help mama bake in the kitchen, and fix things with his dada.
  • Without fail, he can always be found with two cars or two trucks; one for each hand.
  • Julian is an observer. He often sits back and will assess a situation before jumping in.
  • He loves to read all. day. long. It’s a lot to keep up with some days! He is starting to memorize a few of his favorite books, which has been so fun to see. His current favorites are Mighty Mighty Construction Site, I’m A Hungry Dinosaur and Run to the Rainbow.
  • Jules loves to sing Somewhere Over the Rainbow.
  • He has an amazing memory when it comes to counting and saying the alphabet
  • Colors are not his strong suit. Everything is blue! It’s pretty funny actually.
  • Julian always greets his sister first thing in the morning before saying hello to anyone else. And when she’s asleep he searches for her.
  • He loves playing at Nana and Dude Pa’s and is learning to count in Japanese at his Baba and Gigi’s.
  • When he says the words “big” or “heavy” his voice lowers an octave, hehe!
  • Every night before bed we tell him who loves him, and he repeats it back, then says “You are so loved!” You are so loved Julian.

Thank you Nora Emily Photography for these priceless memories of our little guy!

xx,

Heidi

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Grateful For Our Family of Four

At home newborn photos with baby girl. Light and airy lifestyle photographs, with whole family of four. Dad, mom, brother and new baby sister! Love the way big brother Julian looks at his new baby sister in these photos! --Heidi Stephens, Bainbridge Boheme At home newborn photos with baby girl. Light and airy lifestyle photographs, with whole family of four. Dad, mom, brother and new baby sister! Love the way big brother Julian looks at his new baby sister in these photos! --Heidi Stephens, Bainbridge Boheme At home newborn photos with baby girl. Light and airy lifestyle photographs, with whole family of four. Dad, mom, brother and new baby sister! Love the way big brother Julian looks at his new baby sister in these photos! --Heidi Stephens, Bainbridge Boheme At home newborn photos with baby girl. Light and airy lifestyle photographs, with whole family of four. Dad, mom, brother and new baby sister! Love the way big brother Julian looks at his new baby sister in these photos! --Heidi Stephens, Bainbridge Boheme At home newborn photos with baby girl. Light and airy lifestyle photographs, with whole family of four. Dad, mom, brother and new baby sister! Love the way big brother Julian looks at his new baby sister in these photos! --Heidi Stephens, Bainbridge Boheme At home newborn photos with baby girl. Light and airy lifestyle photographs, with whole family of four. Dad, mom, brother and new baby sister! Love the way big brother Julian looks at his new baby sister in these photos! --Heidi Stephens, Bainbridge Boheme At home newborn photos with baby girl. Light and airy lifestyle photographs, with whole family of four. Dad, mom, brother and new baby sister! Love the way big brother Julian looks at his new baby sister in these photos! --Heidi Stephens, Bainbridge Boheme At home newborn photos with baby girl. Light and airy lifestyle photographs, with whole family of four. Dad, mom, brother and new baby sister! Love the way big brother Julian looks at his new baby sister in these photos! --Heidi Stephens, Bainbridge Boheme At home newborn photos with baby girl. Light and airy lifestyle photographs, with whole family of four. Dad, mom, brother and new baby sister! Love the way big brother Julian looks at his new baby sister in these photos! --Heidi Stephens, Bainbridge Boheme At home newborn photos with baby girl. Light and airy lifestyle photographs, with whole family of four. Dad, mom, brother and new baby sister! Love the way big brother Julian looks at his new baby sister in these photos! --Heidi Stephens, Bainbridge Boheme At home newborn photos with baby girl. Light and airy lifestyle photographs, with whole family of four. Dad, mom, brother and new baby sister! Love the way big brother Julian looks at his new baby sister in these photos! --Heidi Stephens, Bainbridge Boheme At home newborn photos with baby girl. Light and airy lifestyle photographs, with whole family of four. Dad, mom, brother and new baby sister! Love the way big brother Julian looks at his new baby sister in these photos! --Heidi Stephens, Bainbridge Boheme At home newborn photos with baby girl. Light and airy lifestyle photographs, with whole family of four. Dad, mom, brother and new baby sister! Love the way big brother Julian looks at his new baby sister in these photos! --Heidi Stephens, Bainbridge Boheme At home newborn photos with baby girl. Light and airy lifestyle photographs, with whole family of four. Dad, mom, brother and new baby sister! Love the way big brother Julian looks at his new baby sister in these photos! --Heidi Stephens, Bainbridge Boheme At home newborn photos with baby girl. Light and airy lifestyle photographs, with whole family of four. Dad, mom, brother and new baby sister! Love the way big brother Julian looks at his new baby sister in these photos! --Heidi Stephens, Bainbridge Boheme At home newborn photos with baby girl. Light and airy lifestyle photographs, with whole family of four. Dad, mom, brother and new baby sister! Love the way big brother Julian looks at his new baby sister in these photos! --Heidi Stephens, Bainbridge Boheme At home newborn photos with baby girl. Light and airy lifestyle photographs, with whole family of four. Dad, mom, brother and new baby sister! Love the way big brother Julian looks at his new baby sister in these photos! --Heidi Stephens, Bainbridge Boheme At home newborn photos with baby girl. Light and airy lifestyle photographs, with whole family of four. Dad, mom, brother and new baby sister! Love the way big brother Julian looks at his new baby sister in these photos! --Heidi Stephens, Bainbridge Boheme At home newborn photos with baby girl. Light and airy lifestyle photographs, with whole family of four. Dad, mom, brother and new baby sister! Love the way big brother Julian looks at his new baby sister in these photos! --Heidi Stephens, Bainbridge Boheme At home newborn photos with baby girl. Light and airy lifestyle photographs, with whole family of four. Dad, mom, brother and new baby sister! Love the way big brother Julian looks at his new baby sister in these photos! --Heidi Stephens, Bainbridge Boheme At home newborn photos with baby girl. Light and airy lifestyle photographs, with whole family of four. Dad, mom, brother and new baby sister! Love the way big brother Julian looks at his new baby sister in these photos! --Heidi Stephens, Bainbridge Boheme At home newborn photos with baby girl. Light and airy lifestyle photographs, with whole family of four. Dad, mom, brother and new baby sister! Love the way big brother Julian looks at his new baby sister in these photos! --Heidi Stephens, Bainbridge Boheme At home newborn photos with baby girl. Light and airy lifestyle photographs, with whole family of four. Dad, mom, brother and new baby sister! Love the way big brother Julian looks at his new baby sister in these photos! --Heidi Stephens, Bainbridge Boheme At home newborn photos with baby girl. Light and airy lifestyle photographs, with whole family of four. Dad, mom, brother and new baby sister! Love the way big brother Julian looks at his new baby sister in these photos! --Heidi Stephens, Bainbridge Boheme At home newborn photos with baby girl. Light and airy lifestyle photographs, with whole family of four. Dad, mom, brother and new baby sister! Love the way big brother Julian looks at his new baby sister in these photos! --Heidi Stephens, Bainbridge Boheme At home newborn photos with baby girl. Light and airy lifestyle photographs, with whole family of four. Dad, mom, brother and new baby sister! Love the way big brother Julian looks at his new baby sister in these photos! --Heidi Stephens, Bainbridge Boheme

At home newborn photos with baby girl. Light and airy lifestyle photographs, with whole family of four. Dad, mom, brother and new baby sister! Love the way big brother Julian looks at his new baby sister in these photos! --Heidi Stephens, Bainbridge Boheme
Photos by Chelsea Macor Photography

(Robe: Plum Pretty Sugar, Julian’s PJs: Nordstrom (sold out), similar. Inez’s footie: Kickee Pants, Inez’s bows: Baby Bling Bow, Inez’s blanket: Barna & Co, Sweater: Free People)

November marks a month of gratitude. I used to be diligent about writing in my gratitude journal every morning, but with the newborn stage, it has been hard to keep up with. Instead, I like to think of one thing I am grateful for everyday. It’s nothing profound, and is often the same thing day in and day out. I am grateful for my health, my home, my favorite coffee mug that has been dropped and never seems to break. But, above all else, I am grateful for my little family of four. Well, five with Mr. Jet Pup!

You know how people always reminiscence on the good o’le days? Well, I never loved college. I didn’t like to party, I loathed dating. I truly feel like these are the good o’le days for me. Cuddling my babies, staying in jammies and baking cookies, singing, reading and playing!

This month, I am reminded to focus on all the I have. And how, amazingly, all the things I have are things I have always wanted. A marriage built on love, friendship and respect. A bright and healthy son. A thriving, beautiful baby girl. A sweet rescue pup. A warm home. Those are the things I used to dream about; and now they are here. I vow to give thanks for all that I have been blessed with, and I hope you will join me in practicing gratitude.

Happy month of thanksgiving!

xx,

Heidi

Huge thank you to Chelsea Macor Photography for shooting these priceless moments in our home. 

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Just a Matter of Days Now…

Maternity photography on Vashon Island in Washington State on Lavender Hill Farm. Maternity photos with mom and baby's big brother Maternity photography on Vashon Island in Washington State on Lavender Hill Farm. Maternity photos with mom and baby's big brother Maternity photography on Vashon Island in Washington State on Lavender Hill Farm. Maternity photos with mom and baby's big brother Maternity photography on Vashon Island in Washington State on Lavender Hill Farm. Maternity photos with mom and baby's big brother Maternity photography on Vashon Island in Washington State on Lavender Hill Farm. Maternity photos with mom and baby's big brother

Maternity photography on Vashon Island in Washington State on Lavender Hill Farm. Maternity photos with mom and baby's big brother

Maternity photography on Vashon Island in Washington State on Lavender Hill Farm. Maternity photos with mom and baby's big brother Maternity photography on Vashon Island in Washington State on Lavender Hill Farm. Maternity photos with mom and baby's big brother Maternity photography on Vashon Island in Washington State on Lavender Hill Farm. Maternity photos with mom and baby's big brother Maternity photography on Vashon Island in Washington State on Lavender Hill Farm. Maternity photos with mom and baby's big brother Maternity photography on Vashon Island in Washington State on Lavender Hill Farm. Maternity photos with mom and baby's big brother Maternity photography on Vashon Island in Washington State on Lavender Hill Farm. Maternity photos with mom and baby's big brother Maternity photography on Vashon Island in Washington State on Lavender Hill Farm. Maternity photos with mom and baby's big brother Maternity photography on Vashon Island in Washington State on Lavender Hill Farm. Maternity photos with mom and baby's big brother Maternity photography on Vashon Island in Washington State on Lavender Hill Farm. Maternity photos with mom and baby's big brother Maternity photography on Vashon Island in Washington State on Lavender Hill Farm. Maternity photos with mom and baby's big brother Maternity photography on Vashon Island in Washington State on Lavender Hill Farm. Maternity photos with mom and baby's big brother Maternity photography on Vashon Island in Washington State on Lavender Hill Farm. Maternity photos with mom and baby's big brother Maternity photography on Vashon Island in Washington State on Lavender Hill Farm. Maternity photos with mom and baby's big brother Maternity photography on Vashon Island in Washington State on Lavender Hill Farm. Maternity photos with mom and baby's big brother Maternity photography on Vashon Island in Washington State on Lavender Hill Farm. Maternity photos with mom and baby's big brother

Dress: ASOS, similar here and non-maternity here // Julain’s Shirt: Gap, Shorts: Zara sold out

It’s just a matter of days now before we get to meet our sweet baby girl. I have been feeling excited and anxious all at the same time. I cannot wait to meet our baby and hold her in my arms. I imagine her to look like Julian, who at birth looked just like Jeff. I must say, part of me is a little nervous about having a one year old and a newborn! Any advice from you two-under-two mamas? I need all the tips I can get! Here are some fun tidbits about my pregnancy that I’ve never shared before!

How I discovered I was pregnant: It was just a week before Christmas and I went to Seattle to meet one of my best friend’s for a fun girls day. Jesse and I grew up together and now both have babies the same age. We started talking about how we were both feeling so bloated and sluggish after way too many holiday treats. Then we started talking about when we may try for baby number 2. After saying goodbye to Jess I walked back to the ferry boat thinking about our conversations. On a whim I bought a pregnancy test before hopping on the ferry. I took the test on the ferry ride home (so glam) and sure enough, it was POSITIVE! The best part is that Jesse took a test the very next day (not knowing about mine yet) and hers was positive too!

Who knew first: I called my sister that day to tell her the news! I wanted to surprise Jeff in a fun way, so I need my sis by my side to help craft a plan! Jesse knew right away, as well as our dear friend Ashley, who also discovered she was pregnant just days later! We could not have planned that if we tried!

How I told Jeff: On the morning of Christmas Eve I had Jeff open a very special Christmas present. I wrapped up 4 beautiful red Christmas ornaments with hand painted gold calligraphy reading; Jeff, Heidi, Jules and Baby. Jeff was so excited and shocked and over the moon all at the same time! We told the rest of our families then next day. Best Christmas ever.

How I felt: For the majority of the pregnancy I felt miserable. I’ve spoken candidly about that here and here. But as the end nears I feel healthy and excited. Albeit very tired and enormous.

What I craved: Carbs! Pizza, mac & cheese, lasagna! Also, fresh fruits like watermelon and strawberries. Any vegetable I saw would make me nauseous. If I could eat Molly Moon’s Salted Caramel ice cream daily, I would.

Greatest fear: This may sound silly, but I am just uncertain about what it will be like to have a baby that is not Julian. Jules and I get along like two peas in a pod. He’s truly my buddy. So I have a hard time imaging what it will be like to parent a baby that isn’t Jules. I keep saying things like “oh I hope she’s like her brother!” But of course she will have her own unique personality to bring to our family. One that deep down I know I will love. Even if she’s the exact opposite of her brother! I remember having the same fear of the unknown before delivering my Julian, and now he has my whole heart.

Greatest joy: Few things compare to that initial ultrasound when you fear baby’s heartbeat for the first time! But I will say, that as she’s grown, I have come to love her powerful kicks inside my belly. She throws me some zingers that can take my breath away! I am growing a strong girly in this belly of mine.

I am still on cloud nine over these maternity photos by the incredible Taylor Catherine Photography. We shot just before the sun went down on beautiful Vashon Island. The scent of this lavender field was out of this world!

Jeff and I both feel so blessed to be our baby girl’s parents. And she is the luckiest girl in the world to have Julian as her big brother. Just a matter of days now girly.

xx,

Heidi

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That Vashon Life

A peaceful and tranquil stay on beautiful Vashon Island. A Seattle area must see attraction! The contemporary oasis that is The Lodges on Vashon, and what to do on Vashon Island, WA in the Pacific Northwest PNW

A peaceful and tranquil stay on beautiful Vashon Island. A Seattle area must see attraction! The contemporary oasis that is The Lodges on Vashon, and what to do on Vashon Island, WA in the Pacific Northwest PNW

A peaceful and tranquil stay on beautiful Vashon Island. A Seattle area must see attraction! The contemporary oasis that is The Lodges on Vashon, and what to do on Vashon Island, WA in the Pacific Northwest PNWA peaceful and tranquil stay on beautiful Vashon Island. A Seattle area must see attraction! The contemporary oasis that is The Lodges on Vashon, and what to do on Vashon Island, WA in the Pacific Northwest PNW A peaceful and tranquil stay on beautiful Vashon Island. A Seattle area must see attraction! The contemporary oasis that is The Lodges on Vashon, and what to do on Vashon Island, WA in the Pacific Northwest PNWA peaceful and tranquil stay on beautiful Vashon Island. A Seattle area must see attraction! The contemporary oasis that is The Lodges on Vashon, and what to do on Vashon Island, WA in the Pacific Northwest PNW

A peaceful and tranquil stay on beautiful Vashon Island. A Seattle area must see attraction! The contemporary oasis that is The Lodges on Vashon, and what to do on Vashon Island, WA in the Pacific Northwest PNW

A peaceful and tranquil stay on beautiful Vashon Island. A Seattle area must see attraction! The contemporary oasis that is The Lodges on Vashon, and what to do on Vashon Island, WA in the Pacific Northwest PNW

A peaceful and tranquil stay on beautiful Vashon Island. A Seattle area must see attraction! The contemporary oasis that is The Lodges on Vashon, and what to do on Vashon Island, WA in the Pacific Northwest PNW

A peaceful and tranquil stay on beautiful Vashon Island. A Seattle area must see attraction! The contemporary oasis that is The Lodges on Vashon, and what to do on Vashon Island, WA in the Pacific Northwest PNW

(Dress: Ingrid & Isabel, bag: Petunia Picklebottom, Slides: REVOLVE, Hat: Nordstrom.

Julian; Shirt: Nordstrom- similar, Joggers: Tucker & Tate, Shoes: Native from Barna & Co.)

A peaceful and tranquil stay on beautiful Vashon Island. A Seattle area must see attraction! The contemporary oasis that is The Lodges on Vashon, and what to do on Vashon Island, WA in the Pacific Northwest PNW

A peaceful and tranquil stay on beautiful Vashon Island. A Seattle area must see attraction! The contemporary oasis that is The Lodges on Vashon, and what to do on Vashon Island, WA in the Pacific Northwest PNW

(Purse: She In only $30! Slides: REVOLVE)

A peaceful and tranquil stay on beautiful Vashon Island. A Seattle area must see attraction! The contemporary oasis that is The Lodges on Vashon, and what to do on Vashon Island, WA in the Pacific Northwest PNW

A peaceful and tranquil stay on beautiful Vashon Island. A Seattle area must see attraction! The contemporary oasis that is The Lodges on Vashon, and what to do on Vashon Island, WA in the Pacific Northwest PNW

A peaceful and tranquil stay on beautiful Vashon Island. A Seattle area must see attraction! The contemporary oasis that is The Lodges on Vashon, and what to do on Vashon Island, WA in the Pacific Northwest PNWA peaceful and tranquil stay on beautiful Vashon Island. A Seattle area must see attraction! The contemporary oasis that is The Lodges on Vashon, and what to do on Vashon Island, WA in the Pacific Northwest PNWA peaceful and tranquil stay on beautiful Vashon Island. A Seattle area must see attraction! The contemporary oasis that is The Lodges on Vashon, and what to do on Vashon Island, WA in the Pacific Northwest PNWA peaceful and tranquil stay on beautiful Vashon Island. A Seattle area must see attraction! The contemporary oasis that is The Lodges on Vashon, and what to do on Vashon Island, WA in the Pacific Northwest PNWA peaceful and tranquil stay on beautiful Vashon Island. A Seattle area must see attraction! The contemporary oasis that is The Lodges on Vashon, and what to do on Vashon Island, WA in the Pacific Northwest PNWA peaceful and tranquil stay on beautiful Vashon Island. A Seattle area must see attraction! The contemporary oasis that is The Lodges on Vashon, and what to do on Vashon Island, WA in the Pacific Northwest PNW A peaceful and tranquil stay on beautiful Vashon Island. A Seattle area must see attraction! The contemporary oasis that is The Lodges on Vashon, and what to do on Vashon Island, WA in the Pacific Northwest PNW A peaceful and tranquil stay on beautiful Vashon Island. A Seattle area must see attraction! The contemporary oasis that is The Lodges on Vashon, and what to do on Vashon Island, WA in the Pacific Northwest PNW A peaceful and tranquil stay on beautiful Vashon Island. A Seattle area must see attraction! The contemporary oasis that is The Lodges on Vashon, and what to do on Vashon Island, WA in the Pacific Northwest PNW A peaceful and tranquil stay on beautiful Vashon Island. A Seattle area must see attraction! The contemporary oasis that is The Lodges on Vashon, and what to do on Vashon Island, WA in the Pacific Northwest PNW

A peaceful and tranquil stay on beautiful Vashon Island. A Seattle area must see attraction! The contemporary oasis that is The Lodges on Vashon, and what to do on Vashon Island, WA in the Pacific Northwest PNW
Let’s go mama!

 (Gold slides: Nordstrom, Jeans: Ingrid & Isabel, Purse: She In. Julian: Sweater: Hand-me-down, Jeans: Levis, Shoes: Native from Barna and Co)

Last week we had the most relaxing stay at The Lodges on Vashon on beautiful Vashon Island. As you can probably imagine, I love island life! But Vashon is very different from Bainbridge. One of the more obvious reasons is that Vashon can only be accessed by ferry, where as Bainbridge Island also has a bridge leading on and off the island. So, even though it is just a short ferry ride, you feel like you have stepped back in time. Vashon is quiet, picturesque and perfectly tranquil. We were on the island for a very special photo shoot, and I can’t wait to show you more from that shoot soon! Here’s a sneak peek of the location!

Our stay at The Lodges on Vashon was exactly what this tired mama needed. Each lodge is a contemporary oasis. The clean, minimalist aesthetic of each lodge adds to the feeling of tranquility. And personally, made me want to redecorate my house! Marie Kondo would have approved. The outdoor common areas harbor the sense of community that one craves on a small island. Oh, and the outdoor swings! If these don’t make your Instagram then you’re doing it wrong. Boomerang dream come true! Case in point!

We dined at The Hardware Store just a few blocks from The Lodges, then took a scenic drive to Point Robinson Lighthouse. Julian loves being on the beach, and I get such a relaxing feeling being on the water. Vashon is a stunning island, and feels like a throwback in time. It had me wanting to drive around aimlessly all day. If I wasn’t so enormously pregnant I would have loved to have rented a bike and toured more of the island on 2 wheels!

We didn’t end up bringing Jet because of the photoshoot we were doing. However, pups are welcome at The Lodges! I think this is such a wonderful aspect of this venue, since it can be challenging to find accommodations that allow pets! Sorry Jet Pup, next time!

I am so thrilled to be teaming up with The Lodges to offer you guys 20% off for stays from July 3rd– July 13th! Just enter code BOHEME at checkout for your discounted rate. The Lodges are a must if you’re in need a some island time! And who isn’t in need of some island time?

xx,

Heidi

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Another BIG Change in a Year Full of Changes

Going back to work as an Emergency Room nurse after maternity leave! All Heart Scrubs and Littman stethoscope

Going back to work as an Emergency Room nurse after maternity leave! All Heart Scrubs and Littman stethoscope

(AllHeart Scrubs: Top and Bottom. Obsessed with this C3 scrub set! Even flattering on a 6 month pregnant lady)

This year has been chalked full of change for our family. Namely, my pregnancy and subsequent pregnancy induced illness. But, as you can probably tell from my scrubs, I am feeling better and have headed back to work! If you know me personally, or read the blog (like this fun post) you know that before having Julian, I worked as an Emergency Room Nurse at the Veteran’s Affairs Hospital. I have always been an advocate for veterans, and loved my years at the VA. I am excited to announce that I am back at work in the ER!

Like many working moms, making the decision to return to work was extremely challenging for me. At the risk of sounding like Pollyanna, I wholeheartedly LOVED being a stay at home mom. I found it to be the most rewarding, heartfelt and entertaining job I’ve ever had. Many people have told me “I bet you can’t wait to be back in the real world!” But for me, being a stay at home mom was my real world. It was my whole world! And it was a “job” that I took very seriously, a job that (dare I say) I excelled at. I genuinely loved it, and Julian loved having me home, and I am grateful for that. The decision to return to work was not made lightly. But nursing is a wonderful and evolving profession, and I want to keep my skills and my license up to date.

One of the greatest obstacles with returning to work is the time spent away from Julian. I am immensely grateful that I was able to be a stay at home mother for the first year of Julian’s life. So, I am nervous that I will be missing Jules and my old SAHM gig like crazy. I’m also incredibly nervous about how I will continue to feel day to day in dealing with my pregnancy illness: hyperemesis gravidarum. Wasn’t pregnant when I applied for the job! But the bottomline is that I am excited about my return to nursing and I now have the utmost of respect for all you mamas doing this juggle.

As you can imagine, this will mean a few changes for the blog. Like always, you can expect the same thoughtful content. I will work my best to bring you posts frequently, however, my posting schedule may need to be reduced depending on how I am able to balance it all. Most of all, time will tell how much I am able to take on, and I am excited for this opportunity to rejoin the workforce. Nursing is a work of the heart, and is much more than just a job. It is one of the few professions that is physically, emotionally and mentally stimulating. I hope that I am able to keep a healthy balance between family, work, blogging and life. Wishful thinking? Wish me luck (and health) everyone!!!

xx,

Heidi

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Springtime in Seattle

Springtime in Seattle! Beautiful cherry blossoms at the University of Washington. Gorgeous Seattle attraction

Springtime in Seattle! Beautiful cherry blossoms at the University of Washington. Gorgeous Seattle attraction

Springtime in Seattle! Beautiful cherry blossoms at the University of Washington. Gorgeous Seattle attraction

Springtime in Seattle! Beautiful cherry blossoms at the University of Washington. Gorgeous Seattle attraction

Springtime in Seattle! Beautiful cherry blossoms at the University of Washington. Gorgeous Seattle attraction

Springtime in Seattle! Beautiful cherry blossoms at the University of Washington. Gorgeous Seattle attraction

Springtime in Seattle! Beautiful cherry blossoms at the University of Washington. Gorgeous Seattle attraction

Springtime in Seattle! Beautiful cherry blossoms at the University of Washington. Gorgeous Seattle attraction

Springtime in Seattle! Beautiful cherry blossoms at the University of Washington. Gorgeous Seattle attraction

Springtime in Seattle! Beautiful cherry blossoms at the University of Washington. Gorgeous Seattle attraction

Springtime in Seattle! Beautiful cherry blossoms at the University of Washington. Gorgeous Seattle attraction

Springtime in Seattle! Beautiful cherry blossoms at the University of Washington. Gorgeous Seattle attraction

Springtime in Seattle! Beautiful cherry blossoms at the University of Washington. Gorgeous Seattle attraction

Springtime in Seattle! Beautiful cherry blossoms at the University of Washington. Gorgeous Seattle attraction

Springtime in Seattle! Beautiful cherry blossoms at the University of Washington. Gorgeous Seattle attraction

(Sweater: Free People, similar, Dress: c/o Magnolia Shoes (so soft!),  Purse: c/o SheIn (only $30!), Wedges: Nordstrom, Lips: MAC Crosswires // Julian’s sweater: hand-me-down, Overalls: Gap, similar, Shoes: Nordstrom)

If you caught my Spring To-Do List a few weeks back, then you know that visiting the cherry blossoms at the University of Washington was number 1 on my list! I still remember the amazement I would feel every year after returning to UW following spring break. The quad would be filled with these stunning blooms and you could feel the magic in the air. It also meant that summer was just one quarter away!

Every year the UW announces an estimated time when the cherry blossoms will be in full bloom. You can even watch it on live stream! This year we visited in the first week of April. My friend and photographer Whitney, who took these amazing photos just before the sun set and the rain began to fall.

I was so excited to be able to share this beautiful sight with Julian this year. Since we live on Bainbridge Island, we caught the ferry boat over to the Emerald City. We strolled through campus, and I swear it must have looked like Disneyland to my one year old! You could see the amazement in his eyes! He ran around and played in the fallen petals and jumped in every mud puddle. It was nostalgic to visit UW again, and these beautiful blooms were exactly as I remembered. 

Wherever you may be in the world, the cherry blossoms at the University of Washington are a site you must see with your own eyes. Living in Washington state, spring has always felt like a season of renewal and new energy for me. Fresh blooms, bluer skies, and lighter rainfall are all welcomed warmly after the winter months. The frogs and ducks return to their ponds and all of your friends come out of hibernation. Hey guys! Springtime in Seattle is pure magic, and I hope that you get a chance to see the cherry blossoms for yourself sometime soon! The blooms never last long, so be sure to time it right! 

Also, if you’re on or near Bainbridge Island, you must check out Magnolia Shoes where this dress is from! I am obsessed with how soft this fabric is, I could sleep in these dress!

Huge thank you to Whitney Coudray Photography for the photos. I cherish these and so many more that I didn’t post 🙂

xx,

Heidi

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