have you seen this yet?

i love when dancers mark the choreography with their hands.
but these irish dancers take it to a new level... amazing.

makes me want to break out my tap dancing shoes
and do a little time step.

nyc ladies brunch.

hands down, the highlight of my weekend in new york city last week was getting to meet up for brunch at sarabeth's with all my best nyc girlfriends who i miss terribly every single day. i feel so fortunate to have such wonderful women in my life.

and, side-note, i have never had my tummy touched so much in the span of a couple of hours, either. (but it's ok, because these people aren't strangers at the grocery store.) i hope this baby knows just how much it is already loved by our dear friends. it really does mean the world to me to have such great support from good girlfriends.

my lovelies:
sumaya, carolyn, sarah, marci, amanda, natalie, meg & victoria.

also, everyone surprised me with a bunch of beautiful baby gifts!
i felt so silly, but also really loved.
this baby is going to have the best aunties soon!

^^^now baby can match mom and dad this winter!

i love you, girls!!!

rockstar giveaway!

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good luck!


the 25 week baby bump picture.

we're back from our little weekend trip up to new york city.

that place really feels like home... still.

and we've already been living in d.c. for a year and a half now. how crazy it always feels to drive away from nyc... through the holland tunnel and back towards the district. it always makes me a little sad. i want to say "stop the car, josh! turn around! let's stay a little longer..." but i love d.c., i do. and the funny thing is, i don't think i'd choose to live in new york city again if we had the choice. while some of the best years (and worst moments, to be honest) of my life took place while i lived there (those four years at juilliard, literally growing up there and figuring out who i wanted to be and what i wanted from life there, the best friends i made for life there, dating there, meeting my husband there, falling in love and getting married there, and then experiencing those first few years of newly wed life there), i kind of feel like the new york city chapter is done. and if we have the opportunity to move again, i'd prefer to go some place new...different. if that makes sense.

but it still feels like home. and i still miss it every day. and i hope we have opportunities to visit often in the years ahead. it's a wonderful place. and we had a wonderful time this weekend, back in the city.

diana film from mexico trip.

finally got around to getting my diana film developed
(and cross processed) from our trip to mexico back in april.

as much as i love autumn, seeing the film kind of makes me
want a warm beach again. it's starting to make me feel confused.
i guess i love summer too? maybe i just love mexico. and tacos.

giveaway winner!

congrats to stefanie for winning the giveaway!

stefanie, please email me your shipping information
and bag choice! naomi.megan@gmail.com

thanks to all who entered!!

a letter from kingsley.

"hi friends!

it's been a while since i've been given permission to use the computer and write little letters on this blog like the olden days. i lost my computer privileges earlier this summer when i chewed on some of the computer cords. i'm surprised mom went through with her punishment of not letting me use the computer. she usually is such a softy when it comes to me... i swear i can do anything and get away with it. i love my doggy life!

anyway, mom and dad are taking me to NYC this weekend! i haven't been back since new years, so i'm excited to check out the city once again.

it will probably be our last trip up to NYC together before this new baby comes. i have a feeling this baby is about to ruin my life. i have it pretty good over here at the moment. i mean, mom and dad booked a hotel with "doggy room service" for the weekend. it doesn't get any better than that, people. trust me.

p.s. i ate a huge grasshopper yesterday on a walk."

happy first day of autumn!

last year, autumn on capitol hill was breathtaking. and since i love this season so much, i have been anxiously anticipating the arrival of fall since it left us last year... can't wait for pumpkin patches, apple picking, cooler crisp weather, sweaters and scarves and hats, and colorful leaves everywhere!

so, happy first day of autumn!!!

rockstar giveaway!

this week we have a sponsored giveaway for you by jo totes! jo totes "provide pretty day bags for carrying your camera and an extra lens with your purse items while out and about."

jo totes is giving away one bag in the color and style of the winner's choice!

to enter, please visit jo totes and leave a comment below
before friday, september 24th! good luck!

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happy monday!

last week,
our car got towed (my stupid fault)
and then locating it was a complete nightmare (thanks d.c.)
which brought on melt down #2 for me this week
and kingsley and i got caught in the rain 7 blocks from home
which gave me and baby a ridiculous cold.
and my family dog, dear buster, age ten, had to be put to sleep...
among other sad and annoying things which took place
that i'm aware i shouldn't complain about
because i know people have bigger problems in the world.
but honestly, it was just a rough week.
so i couldn't wait to crawl into my bed and go to sleep last night
knowing that morning brought monday, and i would get a "do over."

so, i can't believe i'm saying this, but i'm so glad it's monday.
and a new week. a fresh start.
so very happy about this.

happy happy monday!

best candid pictures of kingsley, via the iphone

the cone of shame...
(1) falling asleep anywhere. (2) getting ready for the NYC subway
around 10 weeks old... resting with the twins sisters

(1) "female bulldogs dig these back wrinkles."
(2) "just put me down already."
(1) "no, i swear it wasn't me who just ripped up all your papers"
(2) "hey remember that time the vet put stuff in my eyes to check my vision
and it looked like i was wearing glow in the dark make up for a week after?"
pretend driving the car with josh. he loved that front seat.

"it's hard to eat with this under bite. you try."
"i'm sexy."

n.e.e.t. eats!

i wrote about my favorite local spot to grab brunch in d.c. in the september issue of N.E.E.T. magazine! (naturally, it's market lunch over at eastern market...yum!) if you'd like to check out the full article and see some other fun eateries around the country highlighted by a few other lovely bloggers, go here. page 264.

cry baby.

last night, on the corner of E and 8th st, i had a big melt down for a good fifteen minutes in front of my husband. this morning, i woke up realizing two things:

1. i always feel better after a good cry. sometimes you just have to let it out (thank you, additional pregnancy hormones, for making this already hormonal girl extra hormonal.)

2. those moments where i feel like everything in my life is turning to crap, help make me appreciate all the happier moments of my life. the crappy moments offer balance, and i'm just really thankful for those crappy moments, too, if that makes sense. because they make the good moments that much better.

(not that i wouldn't mind a few less crappy moments in my life. but you know...)

ok, i'm done now.

i am learning a birthday party is not complete without streamers.

on saturday, julie threw the best surprise party for her husband mark's 30th!
complete with a birthday cake from scratch (so good) and streamers!
we are beyond glad these two got married and moved close by...
aren't they cute? and so is julie's rocking hair cut. i want it.
and here's a group shot below... which i stole from julie.


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