My buddy, Yvonne and I collaborated a gallery opening to honor our beloved friend, Alyssa. Alyssa and her unborn daughter, Sutton were taken to early on a cold December morning in 2014. I struggled thru grief and heartache and inside that sadness, Mother & Daughter was created. With encouragement from each other and our loved ones, Yvonne and I did it!
Thank you WHCC & Perfect Posters for your generous sponsorship. Thank you Q.arma Building for your encouragement and the experience. Thank you Wild Acorn for seeing a vision and contributing your woodworking talents. Thank you to everyone that participated in the creation of Mother & Daughter, without you my story would have never been told. And thank you to all that attended, we are so humbled by the kindness and feedback from you all!
In the past two weeks Olive has experience a lot of our great state. These are a few places she has been…
We vacationed to Brainard, MN in August. We went with my husband’s parents and his 5 year old nephew. I had never been to Brainard before, it was really nice to get in the car and watch the city disappear behind us. We stayed in a hotel with a water park and spent one day in Nisswa, MN. I also drove my first go kart!
The following weekend was Labor Day. We went for a day visit to our friend’s cabin. The last time we were at the cabin I was 18 weeks pregnant so needless to say this Labor Day weekend was a lot more fun! The weather wasn’t that great but we managed to bundle up and go out on the pontoon. Olive loved the boat ride and didn’t mind her life jacket. We played a hilarious new game and drove home in the dark with aching bellies from laughing so hard.
Lastly we went to the Sculpture Garden at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis. My friend Alyssa had never been and I was meaning to take Olive all summer. It was a beautiful day to spend walking around. It was Olive’s first time really in the grass, hence the confused face in front of the Spoon & Cherry.
As fast approach my due date in 2 weeks and 4 days, I am full of emotions! Most days I am secure and excited, prepared and ready. But other days I think to myself, slow down. Let me enjoy these final days without Miss Olive.
What I wouldn’t give for one more, “selfish” Michaela day of total luxury. A Mani/Pedi, delicious lunch and cocktails with my girlfriends, shopping at my favorite stores for clothes that fit my “skinny” body, a bright sunny, warm day of fun and laughter and no cares in the world.
I know it sounds awful to some but be honest, everyone feels like they deserve a day like this no matter their responsibilities or their life expectations. I know that someday in the near future I will get a day like this and I know I will love it even more because at the end of my luxurious, awesome day I will be coming home to my beautiful, little family.
I have had a few weeks of feeling pretty. I found a new pair of maternity pants that allowed me to wear a size smaller than my other maternity pants, which really did make me feel “skinny.” And my husband and I had a photo shoot with my dear friend Anne. Here are a few of my favorites from that day: