Thursday, November 29, 2012


I'm all out of prenatal gummy vitamins.

Sometimes when there's a baby inside you, you kinda turn into a BIG BABY. And yes, gummy vitamins are totally necessary. This product is seriously heaven-sent. When I couldn't keep my Costco-brand prenatals down anymore (1st trimester nausea-thon), these gummies rushed in to save the day. They freakin taste like CANDY. Ain't no way I'm going back to those giant, nasty, omega-3 fish oil (fish-aftertaste), horse pills. 

Ain't no way.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012


 Doesn't matter if it was released in the 1950s or 2012I'm a sucker for these kinds of songs.
blues + soul will never be uncool. 

I'm feeling a little late on this one. This is one of those bands that I kept hearing about, but never took the time to listen tountil now. And wow. Why didn't somebody tell me that I would LOVE this album? Bluesy. Soulful. Fun. Powerful female vocals. I really enjoyed every track. I stamp it again and again with my stamp of approval.*

p.s. So the big reason I finally listened to this album is because I'm trying to listen to as many albums on THIS LIST as I can before the year ends. And whaddayaknow? It was #2. What I want to know is if there are albums that need to be added to this list (mostly ones that have been released since June) or that I should skip (cuz yeah, I'm probably not gonna get through half of these). I value your suggestions... if you have them.

*I seriously wish I had a real "stamp of approval"

Monday, November 26, 2012

Bump Ahead

Behold, the progression of "the bump."

I wanted to wear that black dress to church one more time before I would have to retire it for the rest of my pregnancy. It's pretty slim-fitting, and when Jacob saw me wearing it, he immediately gushed, "HONEY! YOU LOOK PREGNANT!!!" I caught a side-glimpse of myself in the mirror and realized, "wow! I do look pregnant." It finally happened.

At first, I was little reluctant to do the side-profile "bump" picbut after a few requests and thinking about how I might regret it one day, I decided to whip out the camera and pose. But I'm not promising to be consistent with this. If the third tri-monster pics become too demoralizing, I may gracefully abandon this practice.

p.s. I'm actually 18 weeks today. Kinda feels like a landmark. I'm loving the 2nd trimester "honeymoon phase." I feel great. Pretty normal, actually. Although after a game of tennis on Saturday, I found out that I'm not nearly as agile as I used to be. [ball flies past me] Oh no... there it goes... ummm... shoot... *huff.* And seriously, I think I pulled something when I tried to serve "the heater." Sorry Jacob. Not quite the competitive game you were hoping for.

But really, I'm loving my belly. I was so happy yesterday when a friend (who is also pregnant, but a few months ahead of me) told me my bump was finally showing. I chuckle inside every time I see someone's eyes drift down to my mid-section when we are having a conversation. Hey guys! I'm up HERE!!! I think Baby Robinson is beginning a growth spurt in there. I even think I felt her kick last night. At this point it's hard to know what's her and what's indigestion... but then I felt another one. :D!

Tuesday, November 20, 2012


In case you haven't heard, Jacob and I recently had an ultrasound and we found out that Baby Robinson is a...


Baby Robinson's profile at 16 1/2 weeks

We couldn't be more thrilled!
Surprisingly, most people we asked predicted a boy, but Jacob totally called it. 

A few weeks ago, he randomly threw his arms around me and announced, 
"I think it's a GIRL!!! And everyone knows that daddy's intuition is right!"
Yeah, I'm pretty sure nobody says that.

But hey! Papa Robinson was right after all.
(I guess there is such thing as daddy intuition?)
And deep deep in my gut, I think I knew it was a girl too. 

This ultrasound just warms my heart. 
Doesn't it look like she is sucking her thumb?
so so sweet.

awwww... we already love her so much!!

Monday, November 19, 2012

Mixed Feelings: SNOW

Snow is pretty.

Especially the first heavy snow that falls each year. Waning Fall in Provo suddenly turns into "Christmastown." It is white, quiet, and all the little families are sledding in the park. I get to wear my rubber boots, flannel, eat some warm noodle-stew (pho, actually), and sleep with an extra micro-plush blanket. All things Holli loves.

But snow can also cause a giant tree branch to fall on the power lines, ripping the power mast from the house. This causes high-voltage lines to hang in your backyard (DANGEROUS!), which then causes the City to turn off your power and not plug you back in until you fix your power mast and replace the meter. In other words, no power for the weekend. NO LIGHT. NO HEAT. NO INTERNETS! Ouch.

A few good things did come out of this. 
  1. A really nice family that Jacob knows from Stockton (and just happened to be in town) let us stay in their lovely homelarge basement with big TV all to ourselves. 
  2. We justified eating out a few times, because hey! We couldn't cook anything! 
  3. After we got sick of eating out, aforementioned  "nice family" feeds us delicious home-cooked meal. Plus, they had a HUGE jar of Swedish Fish. Couldn't say no.
  4. A very nice electrician named "Art" worked ALL DAY in the nasty weather to fix our situation before our friends from Rexburg arrived to stay the night with us. He was a champ. 
  5. Realized how lame we are when it comes to "emergency preparedness." Seriously, only one baby flashlight?? We will fix this.
  6. A deeply remembered appreciation of electricity and THIS SONG.

Monday, November 12, 2012


Three great moments from the weekend:
  1. Winning a FREE tub of Triple Brownie ice cream via raffle drawing at Smith's. Turns out, I'm lucky stuff. 
  2. Holding a $600 yorkie pup at a pet store we found in Orem that has real live puppies in the store! I FELL IN LOVE. Wishful thinking so hard right now.
  3. Major car-dancing sesh to the above song when it magically played on the radio. I wonder how my dance moves will evolve when I have a beach ball-sized bellyshould get pretty sexy.
shake it down shake it down shake it down shake it down now...

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Alpine Loop

More Fall photos, if you please?

photo taken by a grasshopper

A scenic Sunday driveobviously in our "Sunday best."
Judging from other girls' blogs (and especially when reflecting on these last two posts), 
it's easy to feel like I should probably dress a little cuter when we go on these "adventures."

But ya know, I kinda like the Sunday afternoon nap-wear aesthetic.
Eat your heart out, fashion bloggers.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Provo's Fall Colors

We had to get out and enjoy these beautiful Fall colors before they disappear foreverwell, until next year. Luckily, Jordan and Fan invited us for a little outing in Rock Canyon.

unattractive-leaf-throwing pic proves how much i love fall.

You'll notice that the pictures begin with us as a group, and then end with mostly... well, me (Jacob was keeper of the camera). This was about a month ago, when very few knew our secret about Baby Robinson. We were all planning on hiking up to an old mine in the canyon, but let's just say this hike was a little more long and strenuous than we were expecting (and not the safest trail either)especially for the secretly-12-weeks-pregnant girl.

I found myself huffing and puffing, trailing behind the others. I kept making the excuse that I was a little "woozy," which I was. Finally, Jordan turned around and asked me point-blank, "Holli, are you pregnant???"

Well, we couldn't LIE to them! They were excited to hear the news. Still, Jacob and I decided that we should probably turn back. Guess it's time to start recognizing my limits. I'm a freakin sacred vessel!

Regardless of my inability to make it to the mine, it was a lovely time playing out in Provo's Fall beauty. And though I wasn't prepared to be discovered so candidly, it felt really good letting a few more friends in on our lil' secret. And now that EVERYONE knows. Well, it's pretty awesome.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

"What a President Should Be" (1996)

On the night of this historical election, I have decided to publish an unreleased piece of poetry from my childhood, entitled "What a President Should Be." Enjoy.

Can you tell that I was an extremely precocious child (obviously with an astute knowledge of poetic meter and formmostly inspired by Shel Silverstein) and very concerned about the 1996 presidential race between Bill Clinton and Bob Dole? Sadly, I think I was more passionate about politics as a 9-year-old than I am now. Still, I hope for the best. And yes, I did vote.

By the way, my mom still thinks this is the best thing I ever wrote.

I think my penmanship has hardly improved.

Jacob thinks it got worse.

Monday, November 5, 2012


Found this song on Sucre's playlist of songs that inspired her album "A Minor Bird." I love the strings and the "cinematic feel." As this track plays, I can't help imagining a character with an unknown story walking down some charming city street as the opening credits roll. What is he doing? I suppose he could be mailing a postcard to an old lover or perhaps buying...ummmm...  candy?


Yep. I guess that's the most creative thing prego-Holli's imagination could come up with. Perhaps a dead giveaway that I've been dreaming of Sour Patch Watermelons for the past week? I think the next post I write should be a list of all the foods/treats I love right nowyou know, so people know how to properly congratulate me on the big news. eh?

Oh yeah, and I like this song.