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Lucky Girl

7 Mar

Wow. I’m feeling pretty darn lucky right now. I have the best friends, family, and husband ever. Everyone made me feel so loved on my birthday and I’m so very grateful.

Guess what? I got just about everything on my wish list, and I really didn’t expect it! The dresser is done and in the nursery, the hallway is finished, the baby flipped (but flipped back again, focusing on the positive here), my husband gave me the dress and scarf, my bff Angie gave me some similar and very beautiful earrings, my parents and brother gave me the shoes, and my friends Michelle, Laura, and Roxanne got me the kindle!!! Wow. I really can’t believe it!

I’ve already started playing with the kindle and ordered The Hunger Games Trilogy. What other books should I get? I need your recommendations!

Happy Birthday To Me!

6 Mar

Cheers to the last year of my twenties!

Yummy berry lemonade from my early birthday lunch at Bottega Louie on Saturday.

Thanks to my husband, family, and friends for making my birthday so special this year!

Birthday Wish Lists

15 Feb

Yes, ListS. This year, I have two wish lists for my birthday, which is in less than a month. I have a reality wish list and a fantasy wish list. Let’s face it: my life isn’t really about me anymore, it’s about the little one growing inside me. Don’t worry, I’m not losing my identity or anything, but my priorities are shifting. Let’s begin with the reality wish list, shall we?

1) Dresser for nursery – we bought a dresser off craigslist over the weekend for super cheap. It is the exact style we wanted, almost identical to the one we had planned to buy for $300 at Ikea, but when we got it home, we realized it isn’t in great condition. So, my husband has started the refinishing/fixing process and I’d love for the dresser to be finished and in the room, well way before my birthday, actually. It would be cool if it was done this weekend so I can start putting stuff away inside the dresser.

2) Refinance – we really need to refinance our home before we can buy a new car, so I’d like to get this process started as soon as possible. I also don’t really want to have to deal with any of it and am hoping my husband will take the reigns.

3) Hallway – my husband and his dad did an amazing job smoothing the walls and painting our hallway, but the trim needs touching up, so I’d love that to get done before the baby arrives. I’d also like the trim in the bathroom painted because as of now it’s a really ugly beige color.

4) Kitchen – we’ve been dying to re-grout the floor tile in our kitchen and it would be great to get that done BB (before baby). I also want to paint the kitchen the same gray as the hallway and entryway and add a chalkboard feature to one wall.

5) Flip out – the best birthday present I could get this year would be if the baby would flip head down and stay that way. I’ve been doing my exercises, but I don’t think he’s moved yet, so I’m starting to get a little nervous that he’s just too comfortable in the position he’s in. Hopefully he’ll cooperate so we don’t have to talk about a c-section.

Now for my fantasy list:

Birthday Wish List 2012

1) Initial Necklace – On Sunday, I got my makeup done with MAC at Nordstrom and looked around a little before my appointment. I found a necklace like this and really wanted one with an “L” on it to wear to my shower that day, but they didn’t have any left.

2) Maxi Dress – This is new at Old Navy Maternity and I think I might buy it for myself to wear on my birthday. I love the color and that it has sleeves. I also think I’d be able to wear it after I have the baby, even though it is maternity.

3) Pretty Earrings – Since I wear my keys on a lanyard around my neck at work, I usually only wear earrings and I love these from Banana Republic.

4) Kindle – I can’t believe I don’t have one of these yet, but I think I’ll finally have time to read for pleasure pretty soon. While a newborn takes a lot of time, there is also a lot of down time during feedings and such, so I’d like to have something that’s easy to hold so I’m not fumbling with pages while holding a nursing baby.

5) Prenatal Massage – I haven’t had one yet and I think I’m due. Burke Williams is by far my favorite spa, but it is pricey. Since my back hurts just about all day every day, it might be time for a little pampering.

6) Green Chucks – I’ve been wanting these for a while. I have a maroon pair and wear them all the time, so I’d like another pair in a fun color to add some happy to my casual outfits.

7) Kindle Case – If I get the Kindle, I have to get a cute case, too, right? This one from Kate Spade would compliment my other accessories and add some whimsy to reading time.

8) Circle Scarf – How do I still not have a circle scarf? I’ve been struggling with how best to tie a scarf and still show off the baby bump, but these take the guesswork out completely. I’m not usually a yellow person, but I think this one would be perfect for Spring.

One thing I MUST have for my birthday is a meal at my favorite restaurant, Bottega Louie. I’m not sure if we’ll go for lunch or dinner, but we will go. I’m going to have to demand it.

Do you have two wish lists, like me? What’s on yours?

Happy Birthday Mom!

19 Dec
I love you so much and hope you have a wonderful day!
My mom with Santa – in the 60s, obviously. 
Doesn’t this picture remind you of that movie A Christmas Story??

Pink or Blue?

3 Oct
Gender reveal cupcakes from here.

No, we don’t know if it’s a boy or girl, yet. Yes, we will definitely be finding out the sex of the baby before he or she is born. I’m to much of a planner and I can’t wait to find out so we can start decorating. I also feel like once I know the sex, I will be able to bond more with the baby in my belly. I’m not saying that people who don’t find out don’t bond, but for me personally, I think it will make me feel closer to him or her and make it easier to picture the little one in our lives.

I am 14 weeks today. I know I do my weekly photos on Fridays, but I actually start a new week each Monday. From what I understand based on what I’ve read online and heard from mommy friends, we can find out anywhere between 17 and 20 weeks. I plan to discuss this with my doctor at my appointment next week (can’t wait! I look forward to it all month) to find out when he recommends I get the anatomy scan (is it different than a regular ultra sound?). Normally, I would want to make the appointment for as soon as possible, but something might delay the gratification of finding out.

On Saturday, my husband and I were talking about my next doctor appointment and if he would go again. He almost didn’t go to the last one, but was so happy that he did because we got to see the little one waving its arms around and kicking its feet. As I reminded him of this,  he told me what he wanted for his birthday.

My husband’s birthday is on Thanksgiving this year. I will be 21 weeks pregnant at that time. His only birthday request is that I go by myself to find out the sex of the baby that week (or the week before if they’re closed that week) and keep it a secret from him. Then, he wants to open a small present that will tell him the sex of the baby on his birthday.

My first thought was, that is the coolest idea, I wish I had come up with it. Then, I thought, how the heck am I going to keep the sex of the baby a secret from him for more than a couple of hours? Then, I realized that we’d be with my family for Thanksgiving and with his family the weekend after, something we’ve done every year for the last four years. If he opened the gift at my parents’ house on Thanksgiving, it would be a surprise for everyone. Then, we could do some sort of cupcake thing like the one above at his parents’ house that weekend. I always wanted a gender reveal party and this was one way of getting one. Times two!

So, now I have to decide if I should have the doctor/technician write down the sex and seal it in an envelope so I don’t know until a day or two before Thanksgiving or if I can handle keeping a secret so big for as long as a week. I suppose I can just decide when the moment is upon me, especially since I don’t know when the appointment would be, but I like to plan, remember?

Oh, and I already have an idea for the little pink and blue gifts. I’m thinking I’ll get both ahead of time so I don’t have to go shopping at the last minute.

What do you think of my husband’s 30th birthday gift this year?

>Birthday Extravaganza: Part 4

17 Mar

>I forgot that I never finished this. I bet you’re getting sick of it, huh? I’ll make it quick.

On Sunday, my actual birthday, we went to Hearst Castle. It started raining while we were driving which kind of destroyed the view, but it was still cool.

Awesome Greek / art deco outdoor pool.

The main house. Or palace.

Oh, ya know, just the dining room. The plastic fruit was funny. They also put bottles of ketchup and mustard on the table. Dumb. But the room and furniture were amazing!

I always bite the inside of my mouth and my husband loves to take stupid photos of me.

Our favorite place was the indoor pool. Blue and gold – literally GOLD – tile everywhere. This is where Mr. Hearst would take his most special guests after dinner for a little… fun. Yes, he was married. Yes, he had a girlfriend as well. He had a castle, for goodness sakes. Girls flock to men with castles.

That was the end of my birthday weekend and it couldn’t have been better!

>Birthday Extravaganza: Part 3

12 Mar

>First, let me send my condolences to all of the people affected by the tragedy in Japan. It most definitely makes me appreciate my silly little problems.

I got a RIF notice today, otherwise known as a pink slip for teachers. It basically says that I will be laid off as of June 30, 2011. I got one of these two years ago and it was rescinded a week before school was over, so I got to keep my job. I’m hoping for the same thing to happen this time, but I’m on the hunt for another job just in case.

I have an appointment at the end of the month with my OBGYN to start clomid, but this whole pink slip thing kind of throws a wrench in our plans. I feel stupid going forward with fertility treatments when I know there is a good chance I won’t have a job next year, but then again, I can’t put our plans for a family on hold forever. This could happen every year for the next 10, you know? As of now, we’re going to continue with our plans and hope for the best.

On a positive note, I got my period today all on my own!! I know this seems like something I shouldn’t be excited about, but I haven’t gotten my period naturally without the help of medication since last October. I took provera in December to start my period and haven’t gotten it since. Both my husband and I were very excited this morning when I got it, something that doesn’t excited most couples!

Ok, back to the birthday weekend recaps. Here’s Part 1 and Part 2 if you need to go back and review.

After wine tasting, we were dropped off back at our hotel so we could take a nap before dinner. My husband went down to the front desk to ask them to send up some chocolate covered strawberries as a special treat, but they never came. Since we couldn’t sleep, we went down to the hot tub for a bit and then got ready for dinner at Artisan, the nicest restaurant in Paso Robles (as my husband kept reminding me).

On our way out, there was a little wine tasting set up in the lobby of our hotel, so we decided to stop and try some. They also had some cheese and grapes out which I love because sometimes I need food when tasting wine to get the whole feel for the flavor. We loved the wine and my husband decided to buy two bottles and have them sent up to our room while we were at dinner.

Unfortunately, I didn’t take any photos at the restaurant, but the food was divine! We had the burrata with prosciutto and smoked almonds and the mushroom soup as appetizers, I had the seabass (it came whole with the head on which wasn’t my favorite), and my husband had the lamb which was so amazingly delicious. They served water in big glass milk bottles which I thought was really cool. We didn’t have dessert because we were way too full and we had a leftover brownie from lunch back at the hotel.

When we got back to our room, my husband called down to ask about the wine we had purchased before dinner because it wasn’t in the room and the guy at the front desk realized that we never got our chocolate covered strawberries. He apologized profusely and asked if there was anything he could get us to make up for it, so my husband asked for some vanilla ice cream and champagne. A few minutes later, he had brought it up, free of charge. We heated up our brownie and had a nice little dessert by the fire.

Look at that cool thing he brought us to keep the champagne cold! No ice needed. Pretty fancy.

The next day was my actual birthday and our original plan was to go straight home, but we took a little detour… stay tuned!

>Birthday Extravaganza: Part 2

10 Mar

>Missed something? Read Part 1 here.

After our lovely drive through the green hills into Paso Robles, we arrived at our hotel, The Bellasera. After being told our room wasn’t ready for check-in yet, we hung out in the lobby resting before our day of wine tasting. I think that maybe the receptionist felt bad for us because he called my husband over and told him that they had upgraded us to a suite for free! It was available to check in, so we headed up to get settled.

The kitchen was nicer than our kitchen at home! I didn’t know whether to laugh or cry about that. I kept saying that I wished we were staying for longer than one night because I wanted to live there for a while.

It had a living room and a fireplace with a pretty good sized balcony. It definitely felt luxurious!

After we got settled, the front desk called to tell us that our drive was here to pick us up for our wine tasting. We have done the Grapevine tours in Temecula and San Ynez and had a great time, so my husband booked through them again. They’ll take your to 4 wineries and feed you lunch and even though it seems awkward to be hanging out with a bunch of strangers on the bus, by the second or third winery, everyone gets really friendly, if you know what I mean!

The first winery we visited was Doce Robles. It was a small winery, but the wines were pretty good. They had a big glass tank with two lizards and this guy was hanging out greeting all the guests.

It was such a beautiful day. We really got lucky with the weather as it snowed here the week before!

The second winery was Norman and that’s where we had lunch. I’ve noticed that I always expect these lunches to be kind of gross, but they are usually amazing! We both had the chicken cesear wrap and it came with a green salad, brie cheese with apples and crackers, and a brownie. We tasted wine while we ate which was great because we got to see how each one tasted with food.

My husband noticed pretty quickly that they had a horse shoe pit at this winery, so after lunch we headed up there to “throw shoes.”

Then, I got a bit silly…

America’s Next Dorky Model. That’s me!

The third winery was our least favorite. It was call Whalebone and the tasting room was home to four cats and this guy.

I really want one of these one day. A face only a mother could love!

The last winery was the one I was looking forward to all day: JUSTIN! I remember when I worked at this really fancy restaurant (actually it’s where I met my husband) and one of the Justin wines was the most expensive one we carried. If someone ordered it, you’d hear dollar signs.

These are some bottles of their award-winning wines. Want to see the price for these babies?

Yikes! Don’t worry, we purchased regular sized bottles of much less expensive wine.

This winery was definitely the nicest by far. They even have their own hotel!

A sweet German girl on our bus took these photos for us. I loved her accent.

With a serious buzz, we headed back to the hotel to rest before dinner!

Stay tuned…

>Birthday Weekend Extravaganza: Part 1

9 Mar

>It’s my second day being a 28 year old and while I’m not really happy about being a year older, I am super happy because I had one of the best birthdays that I can remember.

Last week I got really sick. My husband was terrified that the weekend he planned would go down the tubes, so I took a couple of days off of work and started taking chewable vitamin C by the handful. Even though I wasn’t 100%, we left on Friday after he got off of work with high hopes and a full agenda.

One of my requirements for the weekend was that I wouldn’t have to make any decisions. I hate trying to decide where to eat or where to stay, so my husband took on the task of making all the decisions for the whole weekend. He did a pretty darn good job.

On Friday night, we stayed at the Inn at Morro Bay.

It was pretty late by the time we got there, but we hadn’t eaten dinner yet, so we went to the lounge at the hotel and listened to the live jazz band while munching on some yummy appetizers. We ordered a margherita flatbread, caprese salad, and oysters. The caprese was one of the best I’ve ever had.
My husband was kind of bummed that he couldn’t get a room with one king bed, but we slept amazingly in our two separate doubles. Plus, we got in a little cuddle time in the morning.
In the morning, we had breakfast at Frankie and Lola’s which was reviewed as the best breakfast joint in town.We had to wait a bit for a table which, but with a view like this, how could we mind?

I got “Da Bomb” breakfast sandwich which was… well… da bomb dot com. Here’s how the menu describes it: Da Bomb – two eggs broken, served on grilled sourdough with cheddar, bacon, lettuce, tomato, aioli and 
hot sauce if you want it. So yum.


After breakfast, we got in the car on that beautiful Saturday morning and headed to Paso Robles!

Stay tuned…

>Birthday Week!

28 Feb

>Well, well, well… another birthday is just one week away. Next Sunday, I turn the big 28. I know that’s not old, but it is awfully close to 30 and that scares me a bit.

My husband is planning a little wine tasting adventure in Paso Robles next weekend and I’m so excited! Wine tasting has been our “thing” over the years. We’ve done Temecula and Santa Ynez a few times and have found that we have the most fun on those tours that take you around to the different wineries and provide lunch. There’s no driving involved and while it may seem like being on a bus full of strangers is awkward, after about the 2nd winery, everyone gets REALLY friendly, if you know what I mean.

So, I’m not expecting any gifts this year because I’m getting that trip and I’m too old for presents. There are some things I might buy myself, though…

I love this dress from Forever 21. I know, I’m a little old for that store, but isn’t it cute? I could rock it, right? Plus, my husband just told me he really likes me in long dresses, so I’d like to get a few more of them.

I actually already have these shoes from Old Navy, but they’re at least 5 years old and the fabric under each big  toe has torn to show the white underneath. I wore the heck out of them and I’d like another pair.

I’m really digging this necklace, also from Forever 21. I think it would look great with that dress.

I need some new music to sing along to, so I’d like an iTunes gift card.

I’m pretty terrible at painting my own nails, but I’d love a mani/pedi in a color like this one from essie.

Sorry for the tiny pic, but I’ve been wanting something like this Dwell Studio for Target comforter set for our new guest bedroom/office. We haven’t started redecorating the room yet, but it is next on my list.

And since this is a wish list, I’d also love a new Subaru Outback. In navy blue. With navigation and blue tooth. In my dreams.

Oh man, I just saw the new T-Mobile commercial and those dresses keep getting cuter and cuter!! Believe me, I’ve tried to find them, but they’re custom-made for the commercials by the wardrobe person. If anyone knows anyone who can get me one of each, I’d do just about anything to make that person happy.

Let the birthday week begin!