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So long Cali

Funny thing, I was reading back to my entries in October of 2005.  The month that Michael and I moved out to California and we have come a long way since then.  It's really amazing how much people, relationship, life, etc. can change in just 3 years.  

So I felt it appropriate to write about our up and coming move out of California.  I never thought this day would come or maybe I did?  I don't know? But I am sad.  Sad to be leaving such a beautiful state.  I literally wake up every morning and on my drive to work I think to myself, 'what a beautiful place I am living in.'  Especially on this particular day and on my drive into work.  I was coming down Mission Blvd that leads me down to the canyon where my office is in Oceanside.  As I neared the top of the hill, I could see Palomar Mountain which is located in Escondido just a mere 10 minutes from us.  There it stood in the morning sunshine in all it's glory and it was capped in snow.! It was beautiful, I wish I could have taken a picture of it.  But I thought, only in California can you have the ocean and beach at your fingertips.  I am going to miss it.  I am going to miss being able to wear summer clothes in the winter.  I will miss being able to go to the beach, which we have taken for granted the 3 years we have been here.  We still need to take Hunter down there to get a feel for the sand now that he is older.  I wish it was a little warmer so he can experience the ocean.  But there will be plenty of vacations for us in the future.  I will miss Golden Spoon yogurt, God will I miss that indulgence.  Hopefully at our new home I will find a new obsession,  I hope it is the snow.  I will miss the palm trees that I love so much.  I will miss that California sunshine peeking over the horizon every morning on my way to work.  I will miss Sprouts, the farmers market that I am obsessed with.  I will miss the 'military lifestyle.'  I will miss all of my friends.  I am definetely a California girl.

However I believe I have grown up and  realized that some things are more important in life.  The most important being family.  We are moving to Colorado to be closer to Taylor and Mom.  Not only for that reason but I am ready to experience Durango, Colorado lifestyle that Taylor and Mom have fallen in love with.  I am ready to experience the snow during Winter, the Spring-time, the Summer's and Fall.  I am ready to experience those afternoon thunderstorms that roll in every afternoon late in the summer.  But most of all I am ready to be just minutes away from my mom and sister.  I can't wait to have them over to dinner.  I can't wait to be able to go out to dinner with them every week or so.  Taylor jokes about how she will always be over at our house and we will get sick of her.  I hope she is being serious when she says that and I hope she will be over every day!  However if we had never experienced this time of being away from each other we would never understand how important it is to have each other.   

Michael's final day of being in the military is next Sunday.  He is excited but scared.  I know we will be just fine.  God is watching over us, we will all be together, I know everything will work out.  We are expecting the movers to come and move us the beginning of March.  I am just working and training and anxiously waiting for the day.  

Here I am once again writing about our big move out of state and into another different state.  I am ready,  I am willing and I know we will be fine.   California, I loved you for three years but we must part ways.  Hopefully we can venture back one day for a visit but until that day we must part ways.  You have definetely lived up to my expectations as the Sunshine State. 

Happy First Birthday Hunter

My little boy turns a year old today!  A year ago today I was about to start the labor process and at 10:31 am he would be entering this world.  In honor of his first birthday I have written a letter to him recapping his first year.  I plan to do this every year and possibly have it published in a book for him. 
Where did the week go, seriously, it seems like yesterday was Monday.  But oh no.. it is Friday!  It's amazing that the weeks are going by fast with everything that I have to look forward to, the shower, my family coming to town, and oh yea... the baby!  :)  

Mary is gone today, so it makes things easier around here.  When the boss is away, time to play! ha ha.  No but really, I have a lot of work to do.  I am about to go train the receptionist on how to do my payroll and equipment.  She will be doing it while I am gone.  But I think I may not take a lunch today and leave at 3, maybe, we'll see how the day goes.  

Oh yea and Michael is at home.. asleep.  They get a 72 for the weekend.  I said.. 'Do you realize that you just had a 3 day week?'  He was off on Monday for Columbus Day, I think I mentioned that already.  But he is off today.  However unfortunately he will be leaving to go out to Twenty Nine Palms on Monday evening, and I will be home alone until Wednesday, maybe Thursday.  Boo.  I hate having to sleep by myself, because I don't sleep.  All sorts of thought creep into my mind, it's pitiful.


The City of Blinding Lights

I have heard this song before, but I think it is a feel good song.  I like feel good songs.  The kind that make you want to roll your window down in your car, let the wind blow through and let all the worries disappear.  I wanted to share it, it's by U2.  Have you heard it mom?  You will probably like it, since we have similar music tastes.

The City of Blinding Lights by U2

The more you see the less you know
The less you find out as you go
I knew much more then than I do now

Neon heart day-glow eyes
A city lit by fireflies
They're advertising in the skies
For people like us

And I miss you when you're not around
I'm getting ready to leave the ground

Oh you look so beautiful tonight
In the city of blinding lights

Don't look before you laugh
Look ugly in a photograph
Flash bulbs purple irises
The camera can't see

I've seen you walk unafraid
I've seen you in the clothes you made
Can you see the beauty inside of me?
What happened to the beauty I had inside of me?


And I miss you when you're not around
I'm getting ready to leave the ground

Oh you look so beautiful tonight
In the city of blinding lights

Won't leave me as I am
But time won't take the boy out of this man

Oh you look so beautiful tonight
Oh you look so beautiful tonight
Oh you look so beautiful tonight
In the city of blinding lights

The more you know the less you feel
Some pray for others steal
Blessings are not just for the ones who kneel... luckily

So you had a bad day...

Today has been a rather good day.  I have been pretty busy here at work which makes the time fly by fast, I'm grateful for that.  I only have an hour and 1/2 left, and I wonder where my day has gone.  

Yesterday was a wierd day for me.  Michael woke up in a grouchy grouchy mood.  We went to have breakfast and on the way we stopped to get his haircut.  Well his $7.00 hair cut turned out bad, or so he thought.  So he griped about it and it made him in an even worse mood.  I was already not happy with him because he woke up on the wrong side of the bed.  So when we got to the restaraunt I told him never mind, I didn't want to eat breakfast with us being mad.  But he insisted saying that I wanted to eat.  Sooo we sat through breakfast hardly saying a word.  I thought he would say something or anything but he didn't.  I got upset and started crying, yup right there in the middle of the restaraunt.. but that's a norm for me these days.  Afterwards we had to go to the commissary..I thought of just telling him to go home and then I would go, but we were already by base, I didn't want to waste gas, plus he hates going to the store so I didn't want him to 'win' and not have to go.  So we ventured to the busy comissary and took care of our groceries.  We both left irritated because going to the dang grocery store can leave anyone wanting to pull their hair out.  People just don't care where they stand in the aisle for how long, or reading the back of a box while walking and not looking at the same time.  So aggravating.  So it didn't help us going to the grocery store, we just became even more irritated.  But at least I got the shopping over with.  When we got home, we put the groceries away, Michael dropped a can of biscuits on his foot (ha ha!).  And I told him to get out of the kitchen and to chill out.  He laid on the couch and I left to go to Sprouts, Jamba Juice and Walmart.  When I got back home he was aleep.  So I got on the computer.  Angie messaged me through myspace asking what I was doing.  I told her nothing, that I was thinking about taking a nap.  She wrote back saying that her and Scott were fighting, he had been in a mood that morning after they left church and he called her some not nice names.  Hmmm.... a very odd coincidence that both of our husbands woke up in a bad mood.  I wrote her back telling her that Michael was acting the same way.  She ended up calling me and we laughed about our husbands and their childish behavior.  

Eventually Michael got over it, and he apologized.   I told him that there will be none of that when the baby comes.  Us being mad at each other like that, over stupid stuff, is ridiculous.  Yea we all wake up on the wrong side of the bed, but it doesn't mean we have to make everyone's life hell because of it.  

Now that I have that off my chest.

It's 3:00 now!  1 hour left of work...      

Old Wives Tale

I looked up pregnancy old wives tales...  and found this regarding holding your hands up in the air during pregnancy.  There are more silly beliefs  at the website...

Other Pregnancy Beliefs

· If you hold your arms above your head, your baby's umbilical cord will get wrapped around its head and choke it. This myth may have a spiritual basis or it may have been a way to keep women from doing anything when they were pregnant (perhaps the myth was created by an overworked mother?). However, if your baby gets caught up in its umbilical cord (which happens in about a 1/3 of births) it is because your baby was very fidgety inside of you and moved around a lot, not because of you

I stepped on the scale this morning and was relieved to see I had only gained 3 lbs all together from my last weigh in at the doctors. I go to the doctors on Friday for my usual checkup, all in all I have only gained 16lbs, and I am over 1/2 way through the pregnancy. People tell me that I am so tiny for being 6 almost 7 months pregnant. However every week I do get bigger and I can feel it.

Yesterday I had the worst back ache and a slight cramp issue going on in my belly. It started mid morning and I was so uncomfortable and kept getting up to walk around outside. Finally at about 2 my boss let me go home, she could tell I was very uncomfortable. So I got home and felt better laying on the couch for the rest of the day. Today I have not had an issue. I got a 'boppy' pillow from my neighbor so I am using it at work right now to help support my back. I think it is working because I don't have any aches today. Plus I think maybe I was just 'gassy' yesterday too.

Sleeping is becoming an adventure these days. Night before last I tossed and turned and had some of the wierdest dreams. 2 out of the 3 that I had had my brother in them. One was with me and my parents and we went to a haunted house.. that was just the strangest I don't even want to go into details. The second involved my brother and he was starring in a movie.. it was at the beach. The third one was with me and my brother and some other guy and we were in this old house, it was similar to the house at the farm in Roanoke. The guy told us to go upstairs and as we were going up I saw this person in a costume hiding from us. It was the Scream costume. It scared me to death and I told Brad and the other guy that there was someone with a mask on that was trying to scare us. They didn't pay any attention to me and we sat down on the floor. I looked over at the bed and there was that person in the costume standing there. I was so frightened and I remember trying to tell them that he was over by the bed but nothing came out but me crying. It was wierd.. and then I woke up. The next morning I told Michael that I was having some of the wierdest dreams and he said he knew I was because I was wimpering in my dreams. Wierd and I wonder what all of that is suppose to mean? 2 dreams in one night and it having to do with being scared, costumes, scary things etc. And then my brother being in 2 of them. Hmmm..

Last night I woke up to the baby moving around and kicking me. He was kicking me hard too and it was very uncomfortable. I guess he is now sleeping during the day and 'playing' at night. I suppose I should get used to not sleeping at night.. ha!

After my appointment on Friday I will start to go every other week... and then it will go down to every week. I can't believe it is already almost 30 weeks. Time sure does fly when your having fun!

Aug. 6th, 2006

We had a busy day yesterday with the bargain store on PCC Hwy, Walmart, garage sales, and then we cleaned the baby's room when we got home. I bought a big plastic bin to put all the junk that I had in there, misc. pictures, picture frames, stuffed animals, and christmas stuff.

At about 4:30 we went over to a surprise birthday party for two guys that Michael works with. One of the guys wives threw it for them. We ended up staying there all night. Well actually until about 9:00 or so then someone had a grand idea to go bowling so we all headed over to Vista to the bowling alley (we were in Oceanside at the time). Only to find that the lanes were all full and it cost $18.00 per person to bowl and that they would only be open until 1:00. So not worth it. So we opted to go to this couples apartment that just so happens to be right down the street from us. Funny thing is when Michael and I first moved out here to California he helped a Corporal and his pregnant wife move from their apartment to base housing. Well the couple that lived down the street from us now we actually met while helping the Corporal and his wife move, they lived right next to them...the wife did her hubby was in Iraq at the time. I thought she looked familiar when she first showed up at the party. Anyways small world I guess. Anyways we ended up staying there till about midnight and then came home.

I'm pooped today and need a boost. We found this coffeehouse right by our house, The Naked Coffee Bean Cafe. I have seen it there for awhile now and so yesterday I wanted a smoothie and saw that they served them. The place is really cute inside, I'm going to try to go there from now on for any coffee besides my usual Starbucks, plus they are right across the street from Starbucks too. I think I'm going to back there in a bit to get some coffee or a smoothie or something I need a boost and am just blah right now.

I think I'm going to go to the pool too. The sun is starting to come out and I need to catch up on my tan.

Elephants, elephants and more elephants

Here are some pics of our new changing table, some clothes and random thing...


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Michael and I had breakfast this morning at our usual spot off the coast hwy called Harbor House Cafe, I had a cinnamon roll and oatmeal. First time I have had oatmeal since I have been pregnant. But it was yummy! On our way there we were passing thrift stores and noticed 2 white cribs sitting out on the sidewalk, so we decided we would drive back by and see what they were like.

We really already have a crib, we got it for free from this girl down the road. Well she was missing one of the pieces to it and said she would have her mom ship it out from Texas, and that I needed to call her and remind her. Well I called last week about it and the number is disconnected. Not good. I also called the company that made it called Pali, they are out of Italy. I left a message regarding what I wanted and haven't heard back. That was Friday so maybe they will call me back this week. So we went by to check out this crib because I pretty much know that we will have to order the pieces and who knows how much that will cost, from Pali. The cribs were in good condition we especially liked one of them...the guy brought the price down to $69.00 from $89. We put $25.00 down on it and told him that we would be by on Thursday to buy it and pick it up. Well we also went by Walmart after that and decided to check out their cribs and the prices, just to see. Looks like we could get a 3 in 1 crib (converts from a crib, to a daybed, to a full size bed) for about $130.00...plus $50.00 for the mattress. So now we are debating on whether to go for the used crib for $69 or just buy a new one that we will use for awhile, since it converts and all. However Walmart's stuff sometimes isn't exactly the greatest and sometimes is cheap. I also did bring up the fact that we could have another baby by the time Hunter gets old enough to not use the crib, and that we may just need the crib by then and get Hunter a little bed. But I dunno. I am always skeptical about purchasing things. We didn't really want to make a decision on the bed but the guy said he would hold it with 1/3 down... so we decided to do that. PLUS on our way to Walmart we went to a community garage sale and saw the cutest changing table...for guess how much? $8.00! Yup..we didn't pass it buy and bought it. It needs some painting..but it will work great and it has shelves too. His nursery theme is Amy Coe's 'Peanut' line from Target. LOVE IT! This is the little 'peanut'..

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Isn't he just the cutest?! We actually bought that elephant when we went to register, it was to irrisistable to pass up.

I think I'm going to go take a picture of it and post... and also of some of the clothes, I hung some up on the little bitty hangers..but we need more hangers.