Monday, February 28, 2011

Just back from vacation :)

And it was awesome!!! Just wished we had more time, but isn't that always the case?! Hee!

We were gone for 9 days. We started off by driving to Mount Dora, FL on Feb 18 for our annual weekend getaway to the Renninger's Antique Extravaganza. We were there Sat and Sun and we found a few good buys (it's basically a HUGE flea market). We love going there and although it was hot this year, we walked a LOT and don't forget that I am five months pregnant! Richard was like, "Aren't you tired yet?" LOL!

R actually bought our baby girl her first gift from daddy :) It's a little skunk figurine... it's quite special, you see. There is a significance to the skunk, as it reminds R of the time he spent living in Philly and his cousin who passed away and the little butterfly reminded him of me and the baby because I LOVE butterflies. Skunks are not easy to come by so this was a great find!! So happy to put it in her room.

We then drove 7 hours to Atlanta, GA to take care of some personal business. We (okay, Richard, not me) worked on our house there, painted and fixed a few things so it's now brand new and in move-in condition for the renter/buyer.

To my credit, I went to Home Depot TWICE and to the paint store and bought R everything he needed and I hate Home Depot! And I supervised his work :) The second day I rewarded myself with a trip to Archiver's, where I bought some new Echo Park For the Record paper, a white shadowbox frame, a pink AC album for baby layouts and some other goodies. In the evening we went to our ALL-TIME FAVE restaurant, McKinnon's Louisiane Cuisine (TWICE). Yum!!! I so wish this place was in Miami - or maybe not! The owner, Aziz, always remembers us when we stop by and it's such a treat to dine there. If you are ever in the Atlanta area, this is a must!!

On Wed morning, we headed to Savannah (YIPPEE!!), a four-hour drive from Atlanta. What can I say? Our four days there were magnificent. We stayed at the Mansion on Forsyth Park. We walked around the historic district, taking in all the picturesque squares and the natural beauty all around us.

We walked a lot, explored the city, dined at some delicious restaurants, took a trolley ride, hopped on a riverboat cruise, took a ghost tour, shopped, ate some more, you name it!

Here you can see a LITTLE bit of my baby belly - I'm definitely getting pretty BIG now and fast! I am 23 weeks along and I am starting to feel her move around a lot more... what an amazing experience!

Savannah is such a treasure. It's got this fun, artsy vibe, but it's also full of history and culture and southern charm. LOVED it!

We also got to stay in a restored house that was amazingly beautiful and comfortable. And it was in the heart of the historic district.

Before heading to Miami, we stopped at Tybee Island yesterday. It was a beautiful day, but the beach was packed with both locals and visitors so we didn't stay long.

I know we will definitely be back to Savannah, with a baby stroller :)

Have a great week!!!

Monday, February 14, 2011

Happy Valentine's Day!!!

Hope you've had a wonderful day!! I enjoyed a nice dinner with my hubby and I got some new big and fuzzy bunny slippers :)

Lots going on over here...

I am 21 weeks pregnant already and I am feeling so happy and blessed. Praying that the next 19 or so weeks go smoothly and that my little baby is healthy and happy! I tell you, I am so excited to meet her!!! :) I can't wait!

Last week, my BFF and I had a fun girl's day out. I picked her up and we did some shopping and baby shower and gift registry planning. WOW, that was overwhelming but so fun. Hee!! I am starting to make lots of plans and preparations, beginning with the continuous process of clearing out our guest room to convert it to the baby's room. Purging, purging, purging!!! It feels so good to declutter the house.

My bloggy friend, Dawn, presented me with this award.

Now I am supposed to link back to the person who gave me the award, share 7 things about myself, pay it forward to 7 recently discovered bloggers, and share the news with them.

Here are 7 things about myself:

1 - I was a HUGE baby!! I found my hospital card that my mom saved in an album and it says I was 8 lbs 13 oz and measured 20.5 inches. YIKES!
2 - I have always wished I had a sister (thank God for BFF's).
3 - I think I will be the disciplinarian and my hubby will be the "fun" parent, but who knows. We can both be fun, right? Hee!
4 - I am very organized and I hate clutter. My family laughs at me sometimes because my home is so neat. The only place I have a mess/clutter is in my scrap room :)
5 - I will be married 7 years this October.
6 - My favorite color is yellow, but I also love green and red.
7 - I am craving fruit all the time, especially berries. YUM!!

Now I am passing this on to 7 ladies who inspire me (not necessarily newly discovered but very cool blogs!).

1 - My BFF, Ady, who is like my sister
2 - My scrappy idol, Stephanie Howell - love her craftiness and inspiring stories
3 - Ali Edwards, who makes scrapbooking so cool
4 - Suzanne Sergi - love her crafty projects
5 - Damaris Rios - scrappy diva under the influence
6 - Caryl Hope - so glad we've become friends through this hobby
7 - Maritza - a talented quilter, scrapbooker and sweet friend

Hope you pass this on ladies :) xoxo

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Pregger's Brain: it DOES exist!

It's been a crazy week!! We had to pack up our home last weekend so it could be tented for termites — oh yeah, that's one of the joys of living in the Sunshine State. You can get termites and then you need to treat the house. We opted to use Terminix instead of Orkin because we liked their service guarantee better and the rep was a nice, professional, knowledgeable guy (unlike the Orkin guy who was annoying and didn't even go inside of our attic to do a proper inspection!) who let me ask all the questions I wanted to. Trust me, you don't want to mess with a crazy Puerto Rican pregnant woman when she is worried about her baby's health and the security of her home while away. LOL!

Well, thankfully the treatment is over and my hubby has been back home getting things in order and airing everything out before I go back today. My honey bunny is such a wonderful man!!! He worries about me and takes good care of me and our little baby :)

In the midst of all this, I showed up for my monthly doctor's appointment and the receptionist couldn't find me in the system... She asked for my name again, my date of birth... nothing. I thought to myself, "That is so strange. I come here ALL the time. What is wrong with this woman?" I mean, of course my appointment is TODAY! Then she says she has me down for an appointment the following day... Really?! No, that's not right. I look for my little appointment card... then I find it!!! OOOPS!!! She was right. I totally messed up the days. I felt like an idiot, the hormones kicked into high gear and I started crying. I told her I'd be back the next day, but she offered to check with the nurse to see if my doctor could see me anyway. And my doctor did see me :) And I cried again when the doctor was doing my check-up even though there was no reason to cry. My doc was like, "Are you crying? Oh my, let me find you some tissues."

The nurse was very understanding and said that since I'm pregnant things like this are completely normal. But I have never been scatterbrained!! Heee!!! To make this even funnier, I actually had the correct appointment date on my planner and on my work calendar.

So yeah — pregger's brain is no myth ladies!!! I have more examples of this... I forget people's names, confuse myself, ask silly questions, you name it! As I am only 19.5 weeks, I am sure I will experience more of this during the second half of my pregnancy.

Have a wonderful day!