Update on Life & Pregnancy

Hello! This will be a pretty random post. First off, my friend Annie had her baby. ^^ Isn't he the cutest?? Since we've been back from Fiji I've been trying to work on getting our house together and organized. It is really sad to admit that we've been in this house since November..so like 9 months...and there is still pretty much nothing on the walls! The biggest hold up has been that our walls are concrete, so I can't just grab a hammer and nail and go at it. I've finally got almost everything framed and I have a drill and THIS WEEK I tell you, stuff is going up!! We also finally got a coffee table and put half our fence in. We are making progress! 
I also starting working on the baby room today. I'm painting it white, which probably sounds really silly...and maybe it is. But I want it nice and bright and I also hear if you paint white you don't have to paint it back when it's time to move. Once I'm done painting, I've got to sand and paint the baby crib! So many projects. Still trying to find a dresser and glider/rocker for the baby room...preferably ones that require no painting or work. Anyways, there's nothing like having a baby on it's way to motivate you to get stuff done! 
One more of baby J in the best onesie ever. 
 Sunday church selfies with Coree
Always torturing Winston of course. It's one of our favorite pastimes. 
Last week Annie's parents were here and staying at the Hilton, so we had a little pool party there. It was awesome until it starting pouring! 
I've been working on being healthy and staying fit! With this whole Beachbody business I'm doing I originally bought a challenge pack which meant the program I bought came with Shakeology. I was pretty sure I was gonna hate the Shakeo stuff bc generally not into that kind of stuff. However, I was surprised, I didn't hate it! We don't keep many easy to grab (read:unhealthy) snacks in our house and so when I'm starving in the middle of the day I've been making me one of these and it's been doing the job. I also feel a liiitle better on the days I don't eat vegetables when I have one of these. Why is eating vegetables so hard?!?
Remember my rant about my Asos package? It finally came!! They had to resend it. Only bummer was that one of the shirts was wrong..and the one they sent was hideous. But I live for mail days like this^ one. They are theee best.

Yep, still pregnant! The pics above were taken at 30 weeks 6 days by my friend Anna. And below is 31 weeks 1 day. I walked into the gym and was a little taken back by my bump. We are growing. 
I'm in the 3rd trimester and I can't complain too much. I've got back pain everyday and sciatica that comes and goes. That's the worst part. Sleep is a little rough, but really not bad. I got myself a snoogle pillow and I will sing the praises of that thing all day long. If you are pregnant--just buy it and stop kidding yourself. 
I'm starting to get a little nervous about the birth part. I'm hiring a doula and just met with her last week. I've got a lot of reading and planning still to do. I'm one of those crazy people who wants to try to have a natural birth with the least interventions possible. I keep thinking things like, what if my baby is breech and I have to have a c-section?? And just worry that my baby is going to come too early and I will be completely unprepared (and without any family here-meaning duke or my mom). I know I'm just being a crazy person. Those have just been my thoughts recently. 
Also I bought myself a new planner bc I love stuff like that. I think it's kind of cute. Hopefully it will keep me organized too.
The skies have been SO good here recently. This was a couple days ago as I was taking Winston for a walk.
Yesterday there was this beautiful rainbow. Also probably not the safest thing to take a picture while driving in the rain. Just FYI.


Fiji Part II-GoPro Edition!

These pictures are all from our GoPro. We finally decided it was time to get serious with our water camera. We messed around with a sony version and a cheap water camera, but the quality does not compare! Most of these pictures are from Duke's diving experience with sharks. I'm pretty bummed I was not able to go! Pregnancy can be such a fun sucker! They dove with about 40 bull sharks, no cages, just some experts who only have a pole for protection. He said it was one of the coolest things he's ever done. So we're gonna have to go again for my sake. I was able to do a little snorkeling, but the snorkeling we saw didn't compare to Okinawa. We are spoiled living here!
 Oh hello Mr Shark!
The video is way cooler to watch than the pictures
Hey look it's me! Pro Snorkler
 Zipline adventures..had to sit this one out too :(
So grateful for this wonderful trip!



The last week of July we were super lucky to have the opportunity to travel TOGETHER to Fiji. Duke's whole family was there and had been planning the trip for several months with the idea that Duke wouldn't be able to go. Then 2 weeks prior he got the OK and was able to still get on the same flights as me. So happy he got to come. The trip was a blast and nice and relaxing as you can imagine. We flew into Nadi close by on Denarau Island. The weather was one of the nicest perks of the trip. I expected the hot oppressing heat of Okinawa, but to my surprise it was an extremely pleasant, non-humid, high 70's/low 80's temp. I was actually chilly at times. Below is a ton of pictures from our trip. I still have some more to share, so I'll put those in another post :)
 do you like his straw hat we found? Ha
 Duke's little nephew Jack. Isn't he the cutest guy?
Actually this picture might be the cutest one ever. A baby holding a puppy. It doesn't get better than that.
One of the days we spent on Robinson Crusoe Island. I really enjoyed it. Although according to the tour guides if you aren't screaming "BULA!!" at the top of your lungs that means you're not having fun. Who knew.
 We got the "real" Fijian experience ;)
 I would def recommend island hopping if you go to Fiji. The islands are gorgeous!
 well hello Mr model
 This guy climbed up the coconut tree and picked us some fresh coconuts.
 drinking fresh coconut water in paradise..it's basically what my dreams are made of
 hermit crab races..for real
 my hermit even won a prize
 sunset volleyball
 The McCrory siblings
 hot stone walkers from Beqa-for some reason only Fijians from Beqa have this ability to walk on the fire hot stones.
 Some Polynesian fire dancing to end the night.

 Kava ceremony. Tasted like dirt.
View from our pool
 Visited Sleeping Giant Park and even little 14 month old Jack ziplined! Still not sure if he was terrified or loved it. I'm leaning toward terrified.
 Elephant Ears! Ha, I love this picture bc Duke only did this to make me laugh. And it worked. He knows me so well.
Resort land.