The Generosity of Friends and a Dream Come True

So some of my long time readers may remember my good friends, Old Married Couple. They are about to have a baby (which I’m so over the moon excited about)!

Every year they go on a trip to Mexico, but this year they aren’t able to go on their pre-booked trip because the baby is coming. They offered up their trip for a discounted price to all of their friends on Facebook, and I messaged them, oh, I wish we could do something like that, but we don’t have anyone to watch Piglet. Then Old Married Couple made some phone calls, and long story short, the Match Family is going on vacation to an incredible all-inclusive resort to The Hardrock Puerto Vallarta in Mexico!!

Old Married Guy sent me the final confirmation info today, and I couldn’t help but get teary eyed when I looked at the totals. They paid for more than half of the trip, and asked for so little from us. I kept asking if we could give them more but they insisted. They’ve known that Match and I have always wanted to go on a vacation like this, since they first told us of their resort experiences back when we were first dating. We had planned to go for our honeymoon, but when Match was accepted to the police academy right before our wedding, our plans fell through. So in a way, this is our long awaited honeymoon. There will be a kid’s club for Piglet, so Match and I will still get quality couple time.

The trip is in April, and we are on a mission to get into the best shapes of our lives. We were already kicking off the New Year with some healthy habits, but this has become a huge motivator. I want to feel confident in bikinis, and not cringe when I look at the photos.

You guys, this is also the first time I’ve vacationed out of the country and the first time we’ve vacationed for this long. It’s almost a week! Ahhh, I’m so excited I can’t even think straight. I need to give Old Married Couple a gift, I need to figure out a way to express our gratitude. We did recently give them a ton of Piglet’s old baby stuff, and I know they appreciate it, but it doesn’t feel like enough. I’d love some suggestions from my readers.

Have any of you vacationed at an all-inclusive resort before? I.cannot.wait!!

Helium Comedy Club-Date Night

Last night we went to our comedy show date night! I’ve been waiting for this moment since Christmas when Match presented me with tickets to see Jon Dore at Helium in Portland. Watching stand-up comedy was one of my favorite things to do in college. I used to go watch my aspiring comic friends perform at open mics, and I love seeing anything from big headliners like Dana Carvey, to the comic contests for up and coming comedians.

I love to laugh, and I have always wanted to share that with Match. He’s never really been interested in comedy, and didn’t think he’d like it. When he got us tickets, I knew we’d have a good time.

Not only did he spring for reserved seats, we managed to get front row!

We had such a great time! Jon Dore was hilarious. At one point he made a chicken butt joke, and we were dying. Match had joked about wearing the Guess What Chicken Butt shirt I got him for Christmas. Talk about a missed opportunity!

After the show, we were both starving. We walked down a block and ended up finding a corral of food trucks, with tents and picnic tables with fires. Food truck food is delicious, especially after a couple of adult beverages, late at night.

It was such a great date night. Match said he loved it, and he would definitely go again. I am so glad I can share my love of comedy with my guy. We need more nights like this, where we try new things together.

Do you like comedy shows? When’s the last time you tried something new for date night?

 

Tech Dept Christmas Party and Zoo Lights

Tonight was our Tech Department’s Christmas party. Being in my new leadership role, this was the first time I organized a party as what my team affectionately (or not so affectionately) call me, “bosslady”.

It took awhile for the team, and the department as a whole, to warm up to the new changes. But I think the easy talk, laughing and general merriment tonight was a sign of how we’re grown. I am happy to be working with this crew, and I’m feeling a stronger sense of connection. We cracked up during the Dirty Santa game. I ended up with a pair of men’s size Star Wars boxers. I’m pretty sure I’ll be re-gifting those next year!

My little elf stole the evening with his cuteness. This will be my first year working the Christmas break since I started with the school district. I’m taking 2 days off work which will turn out to be 5 days off due to where Christmas lands. I’m so excited for some down time with my little guy, and with Match, though he doesn’t get to take any time off this year.

Last weekend we experienced the Oregon Zoo Lights. It was not the best night to go, since the weekend was crazy busy. But it was the only night we could go with Old Married Couple. I’m sad to say they’re moving back to California, now that they’re finally having a baby. I’m so happy for them, but I’m so sad we won’t get to have them close by, and watch their baby grow up. Sure we’ll visit, but I’m still really going to miss them.

Hoping you’re all enjoying the joys of the season, and not too much of the stress.

New Year, 2017

Happy New Year, friends! Here we are in 2017, and we are entering my 9th year of blogging. 9 years. I know I’m a lot more sporadic than I was in the beginning, but for those of you who have stuck around, I’m so grateful. I love being able to hop on the blog and look back over the years.

This was a tame New Years, but in the best way. Like Christmas, we spent it at home, just the three of us. We played Trouble with Piglet, and then went mattress shopping (bought a temper-pedic, omg so excited!) and then topped off the evening with a nice sushi dinner.

After Piglet passed out, Match and I stayed up to watch Deadpool, and then went to bed before midnight.

I have such a good feeling about this new year. I just received a promotion at work right before the Christmas break. I’m on my way to achieving some work goals I’ve been working towards for the past 2 years. It feels so good to be working for a place that appreciates me.

Match is in his electrical apprenticeship, and loving it. He doesn’t love the commute, and my hope for the New Year is that he gets hired on with a local company, and doesn’t have to make the 1.5 hour trek to Portland every day.

For Piglet, he’s loving life at his preschool. Switching daycares this past spring was the best decision we have made for him. He’s thriving there, and has so many little friends to spend his days with. He comes home singing adorable new songs, and his fine motor skills are really developing. They also make sure the kids get outside a lot, and get to be kids. Here’s an awesome photo his teacher sent me of the kids playing in the snow.

I asked him to tell him his new year’s resolutions, and here’s what he came up with:

1. Play more (ha, isn’t that 99% of his day?)
2. Eat more food (this was just too cute)
3. Keep dry diapers at night (I might have gently suggested this one. He’s been potty trained for years now, but night time is a whole other beast. I think he’s ready, but I know it has to be his idea.)

For me, I have a few resolutions this year.
1. Get my Project + certification for work
2. Get in a workout routine and stick to it. I really fell off the wagon this year, and I’d like to get back to it. I just feel so much better when I’m active.
3. Be more positive. I have found that there are times when I catch myself complaining a lot, especially about coworkers, sometimes even friends. It’s negative, and it doesn’t help anyone. I hope to ease up on that and focus on the positive.

I wish you all the very happiest of New Years. Do you have any resolutions this year?

March and the Month of Changes

March has come in like a lion for our household. We started off the month with Piglet switching to a new daycare. It was a hard decision, but one I’m so happy that we made. He is already thriving at the new care, we are saving money, but more importantly, he seems to be getting more education and more attention than he did at his previous care. The owner also posts Facebook updates, so I get to see his sweet little face and a glimpse of what he’s up to all day while I’m at work. It makes that time away from him just a tad easier.

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Another big change is that Match got a new job! His last job was a temporary position, and it was a 45 minute commute one way. We had really hoped he would get the full time position, but life had other plans. As they say, when one door closes, another opens. Match got a job right here in town! No more commute, and the job an entry level woodworker, allowing Match more creativity. I’m excited that he’s learning how to work more with wood, which will equal pretty furniture for me. 😉

Another big change that happened is we have started house hunting again. We put in an offer on a cute little house, and it was just accepted! Of course it’s not ours til it passes inspection, financing goes through, etc. But it is very promising, and come this summer, this sweet little house might be ours! Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m about to blow up Pinterest with all my ideas for what to do with this home.

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