Friday, July 31, 2015

Five for Friday: Last Day of July!

Tomorrow is August, and that means we are THAT much closer to September and Fall! Hooray! C keeps telling me not to "wish away" these next couple of months, and I promise that I'm trying, but I am way over summer and ready for cooler weather and my favorite season. Sorry not sorry.

I was afraid this post-vacation week would drag by, but it actually went pretty quickly. Friday already, and another round of Five for Friday. Bring it on!

1. I am already seeing Fall clothing collections being released, and I get super excited before remembering, oh, right - maternity clothes. Buzz kill. Not that there are some cute things available for pregnant ladies, and not that I'm not excited for even more of an excuse to wear cozy, comfy sweaters and the like, but it's just not the same. Sigh.

2. I am desperate for a hair cut and color but trying really hard to stretch my highlights out a few more weeks. I just haven't loved my blonde as much this summer as I did last summer, and I'm ready to go back to all-over brunette, and get a couple inches taken off, too... but beauty is expensive, so I need to make the blonde wait just a little longer! Sigh again.

3. I had to get my state inspection done yesterday on my car (second to last day of the month, oops) and went to a new-to-me, family-owned shop near our house. They had me in and out in under and hour, didn't try to sell me anything other than my inspection, and actually took me into the garage to show me the one issue that the identified. How is that for a win!? I was so please. Fredericksburg friends, if you need a recommendation for an auto shop, let me know.

4. It's time for another girls' weekend! I am headed up to Philadelphia tomorrow morning for some much-needed time with my sweet girlfriends, and while there will be far less wine consumed this time (by me, anyway), I am still super excited! We have dinner reservations at a fun tapas restaurant, and I'm looking forward to catching up with the lay-dies.

5. Earlier this week, C made me a fried green tomato BLT for dinner... and it was possibly the best sandwich I've ever eaten. The man doesn't even LIKE tomatoes, but he is willing to put his hatred aside to create something delicious for me. I picked up some green tomatoes at the farmer's market before we left NC last Saturday, and he fried them up real quick with a cornmeal crust. It was ah-mazing. Those tomatoes, with a healthy schmear of mayo, crispy bacon, and fresh romaine? Perfection.

Tell me something good! Any exciting plans this weekend? How often do you get your hair cut / colored? What was the best thing you ate this week? I could probably eat five more of those BLTs and not be unhappy for a minute. Yum!


linking up with the five on friday girls:  Darci, Christina, April,and Natasha

linking up with karli and amy

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Travel Tales: Rodanthe, NC

We spent last week in Rodanthe, NC, with C's family for our annual beach trip. It was a really relaxing week, and we had such a nice time. Given all the shark-related incidents lately, I didn't want a whole lot to do with the beach itself (but then, I never really do) but I was perfectly happy to spend my time in the pool and in the air conditioning!


In the past, it's seemed like there have been many more "activities" with the family throughout the week, but this year, with three little ones and two more on the way, there was much more downtime and relaxation. Totally fine by me! A week of decompression was just what the doctor ordered, and we took full advantage of the plan to have no plans.


Mostly, that meant reading (finished this and this), napping, late lunches, puzzles, and floating in the pool. That is my kind of vacation! We stayed at the same house that we stayed at two years ago, and it was kind of funny to be back and see everything the same. We had breakfast two different mornings at one of our favorite local joints, Atlantic Coast Cafe, and of course the whole family went to Top Dog for our annual lunch. Traditions that involve food are my favorite.


As if vacation wasn't enough fun, we celebrated my mother-in-law's birthday while we were there, and I took advantage of the opportunity to make dessert... yellow cake with whipped cream and berries was so refreshing and delicious.


One morning, we went fishing at the Rodanthe Pier. This mostly involved C fishing and me watching, but I did manage to accidentally catch a fish. How is that possible? Well, I was posing with the fishing pole so C could take my picture like I was really doing something... and next thing I know, there was a fish tugging on the line!! NOT how I planned it... oops! C also "caught" a stingray, which was the craziest thing - more like, it was HUGE and it caught him, because it was way stronger than he was! I caught a glimpse of it flying through the water and it was massive. It took his line almost all the way out and then snapped it, and got away with his hooks and anchor and everything else on the line. I've never seen anything like it! That was enough adventure for one day, by far.



Another day, C and I went for a drive and ended up all the way down at Hatteras, so we had lunch at The Billfish, which we discovered last year, and went shopping for some souvenirs. It is always nice to spend a little one-on-one time with just the two of us when we are spending the week in a house with 15 people. We needed some time away! A lunch date was a great way to spend the afternoon.


C and I spent a lot of time with our niece, "practicing" - in fact, C, changed his very first diaper, ever. Makin' moves! We really could not stop looking at each other and thinking / saying, "this time next year, we will have a 7-month-old baby!!" It doesn't seem possible. Crazy to think this was our last summer vacation as the two of us, and that next year we will be a party of three! It will be here before we know it, and vacations will never be the same, will they? At least next year I will be able to enjoy an adult beverage while beaching - this year was a little DRY (puns... ha).

Overall, we had an amazing time, and we capped off our trip with a stop to Morris Farms for farm-fresh tomatoes and peaches, which I've been enjoying for breakfast, lunch, and dinner this year. Really good produce is just that - really good. Such a delicious souvenir to bring home and keep the vacation-vibe going. I loved our trip and the beach is one of my happy places, but I have to admit, sleeping in my own bed on Saturday night sure felt good. There is no place like home!

Monday, July 27, 2015

Bump-date: 17 Weeks


A beach-themed updated - we spent the week in North Carolina with C's family for vacation, and had a wonderful time! It was just what the doctor ordered... and now I'm ready to skip August and jump straight into fall. Can we find a way to make that happen??

How far along: 17 weeks

Baby’s size: a pomegranate (or a chipmunk. Adorable!)

Gender: Patiently waiting for August 13!

Maternity clothes: yes to bottoms, not yet to tops - still getting by in loose tanks and the like

Sleep: has been excellent while on vacation - no Toby to wake me up at 3 in the morning!

Loving: peach-pear La Croix, not having to wear "real" clothes for a week, floating in the pool, naps

Loathing: my skin that has not developed a miraculous way to tan instead of burn, oppressive humidity

Missing: all the standard beach beverages - this trip is very low-key for me!

Movement: nadda

Cravings: key lime pie - saw that they made it homemade at a seafood shop in Rodanthe and bought an entire pie. Not mad for a minute about that one!

Aversions: steamed seafood - something about shrimp and crab legs just did not sound appealing in the slightest

Symptoms: nothing new

Workouts: a long walk with C, a 3-mile run, and a million trips up and down three flights of stairs in the beach house

Mood: relaxed and rejuvenated - vacation will do that to you!

Husband: is practicing for baby with his niece this week... she is 3 months old and so much fun. We have been having a great time playing with and taking care of her this week.

Can't wait for: sleeping in my own bed again ;) vacation is nice but my bed is better!

Friday, July 24, 2015

Five for Fri-YAY!

Happy Friday! I tried really hard to think of a good title for this post, but let's call it what it really is: a brain dump of random thoughts swirling through my head. Five for Friday style, so it "makes sense." Just go with it.

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1. Please tell me you saw that Limited Too is making a comeback. 90s girls everywhere, rejoice. How fun!

2. I had our house pressure-washed and our deck and porch stained this week, and I had no idea that such a mundane thing could make me so happy. Those are both to-dos that have been on the list since the day we moved in, and after two years of never finding time, I hired out the job. Done and done.

3. My sister-in-law made a pan of s'mores brownies yesterday and they were demolished by the time the night was through. SO. GOOD. Going to have to get her recipe (it didn't look too complicated) and recreate / share. Yum.

4. Last Friday, we went out to dinner with my friend, Aileen, and her husband - good news was that we got to try a new restaurant in Fredericksburg (Spencer Devon Brewing); bad news was that it was the last time we were seeing them before they moved. Boo. Aileen was one of my very first friends that I made when we moved, and I am so sad to see her go. Can't wait to get to visit her in her new home, though!

5. I know that we are not even through July yet but I am already getting super excited for football season. I can't wait for fall! Anyone else with me? Summer just seems to last forever...

Have a great weekend!!



linking up with the five on friday girls:  Darci, Christina, April,and Natasha

linking up with karli and amy

Monday, July 20, 2015

Bump-date: 16 Weeks

photo-bombed by Toby the Terrible!

How far along: 16 weeks

Baby’s size: a dill pickle

Total weight gain: about 7 pounds

Gender: next appointment will be the one where we find out!

Maternity clothes: Stretchy work pants have been my saving grace lately, and I have one sundress that I've been wearing out sometimes. Getting away with loose tops for work still, and mostly workout clothes around the house.

Stretch marks: Nope!

Sleep: Sleeping soundly when I am asleep, but usually up 2x / night to use the bathroom

Loving: this top from Target that I now have in three colors, loose workout tanks, seltzer water with juice, the pedicure I got last Sunday

Loathing: most of the clothes in my closet, sneezing often (it hurts a little in my abdomen!)

Missing: nothing new

Movement: nothing so far! according to everything, I might start feeling something soon. we'll see!

Cravings: all the cold things - ice cream, tea, ice water... I've even had a few iced decaf Americanos lately which have tasted nice!

Aversions: any salad other than taco salad really doesn't sound appealing these days. Taco salad, on the other hand, always sounds delicious.

Symptoms: headaches and middle-school style acne - real attractive, I know!

Mood: I have been accused of having no filter and very little patience lately... not sure if that is new or if I just can't control it as much as I normally do. Must keep that under wraps at work!

Husband: got to find the heartbeat with the fetal Doppler at our doctor's appointment with morning - the look on his face was priceless!

Can't wait for: a week of sun and sand - vacation here we come!!