Monday, July 30, 2012

Baby Post- Week 16

Well, today marks week 16 of this pregnancy.  I feel bad because I haven't been keeping a weekly journal like I did with Cameron.  It's honestly been hard to think about doing- first, because Cam keeps me pretty busy, and second, because I guess I'm still kind of wary of "putting the cart before the horse," for lack of a better phrase.  I haven't even taken a pregnancy picture and it's month 4!  I don't think it's fair to the baby for me to be so afraid of something bad happening that I just brush this pregnancy aside and not have any record of it.  So, I've decided to start blogging once a week about the baby.  I know everyone has been inundated with pregnancy/baby pictures and's just that time in our lives I guess (not too long ago everyone was getting married!)...but this is more for me and Josh and our kids.  In no way is anyone obligated to read my baby posts (unless you want to continue being friends...kidding!!). 

Here's a recap of the past 3 months:

How I've been feeling-

It hasn't been pretty :/  The sickness started around 6 weeks, and it's just been the past 4 days or so that I've been feeling better.  I finally feel like I can do more than just lay around all day (which is pretty difficult with a 10 month old...but I managed pretty well).  Even thought it wasn't terrible, I hope the worst is over!

My mood-

Yep, pretty much.  I've been in some of the worst moods ever...just ask Josh.  Actually, don't bring it up...I'm lucky he still loves me and talking about it too much might make him start to question his judgement. 

Sometime during the first couple of weeks I woke up thinking about a grilled bacon and cheese sandwich.  Josh had to go to the store to get bacon.  Soon after that, it was Red Lobster biscuits...but when do you not crave them- pregnant or not?!  Then, I didn't really want to eat anything for the next couple months.  I'd make dinner, which sounded ok when I started cooking, but then it just didn't look or smell appetizing at all.  I actually lost about 5 pounds during this time.  The only thing that sounded decent was salad...and I couldn't even think about the word "chicken." Ugh.  My appetite has come back some, but still not where it was with Cam when I wanted to eat anything and everything!  I have been wanting sushi a good bit, but I have to be careful which kind I get...I only get cooked salmon, crab, or shrimp, which is totally fine- I just can't have too much seafood.  I've also been eating a lot of BLTs with ranch. Yum!  Right at this minute, fried pickles sound really good.

It is very true that you get bigger faster after you've had a baby!  I think it's just  because I hadn't lost all of the baby weight.  Ha!  Oh well...but, I've been wearing maternity clothes since about 8 weeks maybe. I'll try to put up a picture for the post next week.

What we've been doing-
Not much.  We've just been trying to relax and spend time as a family as much as we can since Josh is going to be gone so much.  We've been watching a lot of TV: Hell's Kitchen, Master Chef, America's Got Talent and So You Think You Can Dance are our can't miss shows.  Cam has also started doing some fun things.  He can wave bye-bye and give a high five!  He definitely keeps us busy and entertained :}  And since Josh has been gone, I've been organizing, cleaning, and crafting.  He's been gone for 4 days out of around 30...can't wait til the end of the month!

Anyway, that's all I can think of for now...thanks for reading.  I'll leave you with this:

The caption on this one said, "What's pregnant about this picture?"

I think we'll do a nice family picture like this one...except my shirt will be down.  The bare belly is just too awkward.

*Last 3 pictures are from

Monday, July 23, 2012

Projects, Purging, and Party Planning

Yes, I enjoy the occasional alliterative phrase...sorry :/  But these three things just happen to be my big plans for August.  I'm gonna have 5 whole weeks of just hangin' out with my favorite little munchkin.  The Hubs is leaving at the end of this week to go on a training exercise with his's essentially a practice deployment (only much, much shorter than the real thing, obviously!)  It's kind of a practice for me too; I'm pretty nervous. This will be the longest we've ever been apart.  But I started thinking about all the stuff I have to do to get ready for the next 3 months (I'm moving home in November).  On one hand, the deployment still seems like a while away, but on the other, it feels like time is slipping away pretty quickly. Anyway, I have a pretty big list, and I think it will keep me busy and help keep my mind off of Josh being gone, a little. 

One thing I'll be doing is going through all of our stuff.  We're planning on having a yard sale, probably sometime in October.  We're putting most of our things in storage while I'm in Georgia, and I want to get rid of a much as possible so we have less to it's time to tackle the closets, drawers, and the catch-all table in our office.  This is probably the task I'm looking forward to the least, but I know I'll be glad I did it.

Next, I'm going to be planning a certain little boy's 1st birthday party!  I'm super excited about this!  Josh and I started brainstorming ideas this past weekend and came up with some great stuff. I think it's gonna be an awesome party...but I'm not giving away any spoilers :}

Finally, I have several sewing projects in the works.  The first is an easy pot holder...I had to read the directions about 18 times and finally had to ask my friend Kristy if I could see a picture of some she made so I could figure out how to make them!  I'm a visual learner.  But yesterday it clicked! I figured it out and I'm pretty proud of myself.  I think they're going to be really fun to make...and uper easy now that it makes sense!  I'll post pictures of mine when they're finished, but here's how Kristy's turned out:

I'm also planning on making the new baby a flannel blanket (we don't have any names for "new baby" yet...we'll let you know!).  I'm using a pattern from Do It Yourself Divas. I'm hoping it will turn out as cute as this:

And my most ambitious project is an ACU diaper bag made out of one of Josh's old uniforms.  I couldn't find an example of an ACU bag that I liked, so here's the pattern I'm going to base it on from Sew, Mama, Sew :

Oh yeah...and there's the Olympics! Go Team USA (and have fun in London...I'm only slightly jealous)!

Wish me luck!!

P.S. Happy 10 months to my sweet boy :}

Monday, July 16, 2012

You Shoulda Said Something! ~ Review of The Sushi Place

So, "You shoulda said something!" is the punchline of a joke my dad told years be honest, I don't even remember the joke! But the punchline has become a catchphrase in our family.  The gist of it is that if the individual had simply "said something," or spoken up, a whole lot of trouble could have been avoided.  I'm bringing this up because today, I did say something!  Unfortunately, I still had to deal with a good amount of trouble :/

Now, when I go to restaurants I hate having to tell the waiter that something about my order is incorrect...I usually just accept whatever it is that is wrong, like if I got fries instead of a baked potato, I'd just keep the fries and move on; the restaurant staff has enough to do without me complaining about something that isn't that big of a deal.  Josh and I love to watch shows with Chef Gordon Ramsay, especially ones where he sends in professional secret diners to evaluate different aspects of how a restaurant is operated.  The secret diners never have a problem sending back their food to get exactly what they ordered, and they emphasize that it is the restaurant's responsibility to make sure the customer is 100% satisfied every time they visit.  So maybe that has made me more bold when it comes to getting what I want when I go out to eat.  But regardless, I felt the need to speak up today.

Anyway, here's the story about my visit to The Sushi Place:

I decided that I'd go in for a "quick" lunch before I went grocery shopping.  I had Cam with me as my date :}  By the time we got to the parking lot he was asleep, so I put him in the stroller and thought, "Well, this will just be a quiet enjoyable and out."  I walked in and was greeted and seated promptly and a girl came up to get my drink order.  A couple of minutes later a guy came to get my drink order; I told him the girl had already gone to get it.  Hmm, already some confusion among the staff.  After I got my water, it was a good while before the waiter came to get my food order (probably between 7 and 8 minutes).  I ordered one sushi roll which came with miso soup.  He brought my soup pretty quickly and came to pick up the bowl when he saw I was finished.  Then I waited more than 10 minutes before the waiter came over and apologized about the wait and told me my (one) sushi roll should be out soon...whew, quite a wait.  Maybe another 3 minutes passed and he brought out the sushi.  I ate a few pieces and discovered that the filling was not what I had ordered AND it had eel on top (the roll was fried, so it wasn't easy to spot at first).  I flagged down the girl who brought my water (who, by the way, was the one who filled up my glass every time...NOT my waiter) and asked her if my sushi roll was supposed to come with eel.  I didn't want to say anything if I had overlooked it while scanning the menu.  I wasn't going to say anything about the filling, but I really did not want the eel.  She said the menu did not say it came with eel and said she would have the chef make a new one promptly.  I went ahead and told her about the filling since she was going to have them make a new one anyway.  By the time Cam had awoken.  I gave him a bottle and some crackers to bide the time...another 5 minutes and she brought out my second roll.  This time the filling was correct, but once again, eel.  Really?!  I reluctantly told the girl about it when she came back over a minute later, and she said she'd get a manager if I wanted; I said ok, but that I was short on time.  After she walked away, Mr. Cameron shoved his hand in my bowl of soy sauce, bathing the table, himself, and my white shirt.  Awesome.  The waiter came over and apologized again and said they were making another one!  I said I didn't have time, to which he replied it was almost ready and he could put it in a to-go box for me.  I said fine, and about that time the manager came over.  She explained that the menu apparently had not been updated since the addition of the eel on the particualr roll of sushi I had ordered.  The chef was obviously aware of this, however neither the wait staff, nor the menu presented the change.  The waiter came over with the to-go box (which didn't include wasabi or ginger, if I may complain just a tad bit more...), and the manager told me everything was free of charge.  As it should be.  And thus concludes my "'quick" bite to eat that wasted over an hour of my day. 

After having said all that, one thing I cannot complain about is the attitudes of both the girl and the guy who waited on me, and the manager.  They were nothing but accommodating.  This is my third visit to The Sushi Place and, while not as good as our favorite place in Georgia, I will probably still go back, because the food and staff have been pretty good.  Long story short, update your menu and keep your staff informed!!!

Today, no one can tell me I shoulda said something!  But maybe I shoulda not :/