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Tribute

I got a new tattoo!!

It’s only been 15+ years. Maybe even longer. I tried to think back and I think my last tattoo was the lotus flower on my back shoulder that I got when I was 22? years old and went to San Francisco with my cousin Anna.

Well, I’ve wanted to get another tattoo for a long time, but never had the opportunity. Mostly because you have to take like a month off from swimming and I could never really do that. Actually, I had sort of planned on doing it after I had Logan. I mean, I had 12 weeks that I could swim postpartum, but yeah…that was a funny idea! I was a zombie and getting a tattoo was the last thing on my mind. Especially with breastfeeding and being tied to a newborn–I wasn’t really able to be away from him for more than two hours or so.

Anyways. With my surgery, I had to take 4 weeks off from swimming so I decided to be proactive and plan it out this time. I talked to a friend who got a tattoo recently and she recommended Evolution Tattoo in Troutdale. It’s a cute place in downtown Troutdale. I contacted them and Heather, the tattoo artist, was great.

My friend Robyn went with me and I appreciated having a buddy! I forgot how much it hurts. LOL

I had a few design ideas in my mind. I knew I wanted to get a tribute to Yggdrasil. Not a day goes by that I don’t miss him, still. It’s been almost two years now. He was my baby. My first baby. It’s hard thinking about it, but he’s been gone a long time now.



So I decided to get his tree, what he was named after, in tribute. I thought about getting his paw prints, too, but couldn’t figure out how to incorporate them into the design and so I decided to wait. I might get the paw prints later. I don’t know. It might be too upsetting to see them all the time.

I’m really happy with how it turned out. I got it on my ankle. It’s healing nicely. It’s weird. Tattoos are supposed to be something fun and cool and in this case it’s bittersweet and kinda sad for me. I see it and I have mixed feelings. But I’m glad I got it.

Miss you, Yggdrasil. <3

Oh Christmas Tree

We had a good but busy weekend! The weekend started with a Christmas concert at Logan’s daycare. It was so cute! Logan has been practicing Jingle Bells for weeks. All the little kids sang Christmas songs together. It was so stinkin’ cute. They did a great job. πŸ˜€ It warmed my heart.

On Saturday we went and got a tree after I got back from the gym. We told Logan he was in charge of finding the tree. He took the task very seriously. He walked around the lot with a very serious look on his face and looked at all the trees and then picked one out.

We got a good one! It was a little larger than I was expecting to get but I think we got a great one! It looks really nice. This year’s new ornament:

This year we decorated with mostly soft ornaments because I’m not quite sure how Stevie is going to do with the tree. πŸ˜‰ So far he’s tried to eat the tree a few times but that was when we first put it up. I’m hoping he’s mostly bored of it now. We will see!

Saturday night Michael’s mom and stepdad came over to babysit and we went out to dinner and a show. Dinner was at Kenny & Zuke’s downtown. We didn’t have a lot of time for dinner so it was a good choice. I got the “trimmed down” pastrami sandwich that had coleslaw on it and a side salad. Michael got their traditional pastrami sandwich which was a grilled sandwich with melted cheese on it. I had a bite of his sandwich and it was AMAZE.

Dinner was excellent but also VERY salty. We were both super thirsty all night. After dinner we went to the Arlene Schnitzer Hall to see the Oregon Symphony. It was the Nightmare Before Christmas Symphony!

It was a pretty cool event. They played the movie in the background and the symphony played all the music. It was a fun, cool event and a great way to get into the holiday spirit. The show was completely sold out and some people were in cool costumes. There were a lot of kids, too!Β It was a fun night.

QUESTION: What are some of your Christmas traditions to get into the holiday mood?