Unexpected Gifts

My point is sometimes the best gifts come in really surprising packages. -Meredith, Grey’s Anatomy

Walking Buddy invited me over about 3 weeks ago for a night of couponing. How cute is that? She bought me a binder and showed me how she organized her coupons. Then we happily clipped away at our coupons over girl talk, interspersed with interruptions from her Little Man showboating for his mom’s attention. Her baby on the other hand was perfectly content getting cuddles from yours truly.

Then WB surprised me with a bag especially for Roo! It was full of diapers, wipes, baby shampoo, lotion, a bottle, all kinds of things. She had also added a newborn outfit that never fit her youngest. I am feeling very lucky to have such a sweet new friend!

Then this past Sunday we met up again to hang out and go for a walk. It’s great practice for Monkey to be around little ones, and good practice for me too. This time she gave me a giant bag full of maternity clothing as I was saying goodbye. I’m pretty sure I may not have to shop for anything except bras for this pregnancy. She truly is the sweetest person. I’m definitely going to have to pay it forward!

Match’s 28th Birthday Party

Turk: I’m not telling Isabella she’s got a vagina until she’s 18!
Kim: That’s gonna be an awkward birthday party.
Turk: Do not tell my daughter she has a vagina! I’m serious! [Points threateningly at Elliot, J.D. and Kim] Hm? Hm?! Hmmm?!?
J.D.: It may have already come up. –Scrubs

We had a nice mellow birthday party for Match’s 28th birthday.

We invited a bunch of Match’s coworkers and everyone got along great. I finally got a chance to meet the girl Deputy that Walking Couple and the other deputy wife were so worked up about. It was just like we all suspected, this Lady Deputy was absolutely harmless! She was sweet and funny, and she brought along her boyfriend, whom she’s been with for years. I didn’t feel threatened by her in the slightest.

I can’t say the same for the other deputy wife, Miss Insecure. She showed up dressed to the nines. She was completely over the top dressed up for a casual house party. I was pretty sure it was all for Lady Deputy, to make sure she knew what was up. She threw her daggers all night with her eyes, and huddled in the corner at one point with Walking Buddy gossiping. Sassy and I just rolled our eyes and ignored the whole thing. After Miss Insecure and her hubby left, the party was a lot more fun. Walking Buddy relaxed and had a great time.

Neighbor Girl made a rare appearance. I haven’t seen her since our housewarming party, even though they live just 6 minutes away. I hadn’t told her about Roo yet, so I made this big deal of wanting to take her on a house tour and show her all the updates we’ve done. I brought her into the nursery and pointed out the baby socks and framed ultrasound photo. She got really excited and then said, “Guess what? I’m pregnant too!” Not only is she preggers, but we’re about a week apart! What are the odds? We were both so excited to have someone else going through the exact same stages of pregnancy. She apologized for being MIA but after finding out she was afraid to hang out for fear of telling me too early. I know that feeling all too well.

All in all it was a great, relaxed night with good friends. I can’t wait to get together with everyone again.

How We Told Our Friends

Malcolm: Mom, do you…do you like your parents?
Lois: It doesn’t matter how I feel about them. It’s not like I can trade them for someone else. You can’t pick your parents. You’re pretty much stuck with whoever you get.-Malcolm in the Middle

For months I’ve been thinking of fun ways to tell our friends when we finally got pregnant. We opted for different ways to tell each of our different friends. Sassy Couple found out right away since I wasn’t drinking on New Year’s Eve and she point blank guessed it! We told Walking Buddies when we were up in Tahoe together and I had to explain why I couldn’t go sledding or ice skating.

Remember a few weeks back when I blogged about Ranger Bob and getting lost on a hike with Geeky? Well that was the day I told her about Roo. So when we were lost, she just kept saying, OMG you’re PREGNANT! We have to find our way out of here! It was so cute how worried she was. She is going to be an awesome auntie.

We went out to dinner with Couple Friends and their babies and I casually mentioned that Match would be getting six weeks off this coming September. Then they looked at us, and looked at my bottle of sparkling water that was clearly not wine and they got it.

I told Monica and Chandler on skype much the same way we told our parents. It was fun to be able to get them in on a secret when they’re so far away and missing out on so much. We told them before we told many of our friends! Last week I told the rest of “The Group” including Tahoe Couple, Token Gay Guys and TomBoy via email with the picture below. They all freaked out because they’ll be aunties and uncles. We’re the first out of that group to have kids, so it marks the beginning of a new era. I promised them I would try not to change too much. 🙂

As for everyone else, we are still waiting to make the big announcement via Facebook. I have a lot of acquaintances on there, and we’re just not ready to tell everyone. I think we’ll wait for the 10 week mark. Instead of the typical sonogram picture, this is what we will be posting:

I just have to say this picture totally makes it look like I have a bigger bump than I do. I had just eaten Mexican food so it was definitely more of a food baby. It’s still pretty early so I’m not showing yet. But the boobie fairy has come to our house, much to Match’s delight. Oh we are SO those embarrassing parents already aren’t we?

Friday Daydreamin’-Squaw Valley

[Hyde, Eric, and Kelso are jealous of Bob dating Pam]
Hyde: I never thought I’d say this, but I wish I was Bob.
Eric: I wonder if she’d like to watch The Graduate with me sometime?
Kelso: One time, back when I was dating Jackie, I saw Pam washing her car. She leaned over and squeezed out the sponge…that’s all I remember as I rode my bike straight into a tree. –That 70’s Show

Today I’m

because all I want to do is go back to Squaw Valley. We went for a quick overnight trip on Tuesday with Walking Couple. I need a new nickname for them. Any suggestions? I’m thinking they are soon to become our Travel Friends, or Double Date Couple. If anyone has a good suggestion I would love it. I’m drawing a blank when it comes to nicknames lately.

The drive up was pretty entertaining. Since we’re new friends, we had all kinds of things to talk about, and the 2 hour drive flew by. When we arrived at the hotel we couldn’t believe how beautiful it was. We booked our trip through Travel Zoo and were able to stay at a 4 star resort for half price! Get ready for picture overload guys. I took almost 2GB of pictures in two days!


yes, the hotel had its very own ice rink!


the lobby was amazing!

Match approved of the bed.

I was in awe of the view.

The hotel had so many different photo op spots.

The reservation also included a bottle of wine, a smores kit, and two vouchers for an activity. There wasn’t enough snow to snowshoes, so the hotel let us use our vouchers for bike rentals instead.

Walking Buddy looked like she was about to ride into a tree. She got the hang of it though!

We ended up riding our bikes for three hours. We stopped along the way and took some amazing pictures. I can’t wait to turn some of these into canvas prints.

Match had to take a really serious picture of course.

After the bike ride, we went to dinner in Incline Village. We timed it perfectly and caught the sunset over Lake Tahoe. It looked like a painting.

After dinner we went back to the hotel to roast smores around the firepit.

We met a few sweet teenage girls that were there along with their Australian dad. He was a riot. He made sure to tease Match endlessly about his hat.

The next day we finished the trip with a hike around Emerald Bay.

Match and I took this same picture in July of 2010 when the falls were splashing on us. I think I prefer the frozen look!

It was an incredible trip and we had so much fun. I can’t wait to travel with our friends again!

Talk to Us Tuesday-Tahoe Bound!

Are those snowshoes hard to walk in? They’re tennis rackets, aren’t they? – Kelso, That 70 s Show

I’m chatting it up with these lovely ladies: IA and Seriously Shawn

Today we’re hitting the road bright and early with Walking Couple. I’m sorry I just can’t come up with more clever nicknames. Maybe after this trip I’ll have some!

Walking Couple invited us to this overnight stay shortly after we met them. I’m so excited to find couple friends that make the effort, and where we don’t feel like we’re constantly the ones asking them to do stuff. That’s how Sassy Couple are too, and I love it! Anyhoo, they found a deal online and we got a great hotel for half the price it normally is!

The deal includes one night stay, a choice of either snowshoeing, cross country skiing or ice skating, and an evening of roasting smores around the hotel’s outdoor fireplace. We’re hoping to snowshoe but Tahoe is severely lacking in snow this season. So we may just end up hiking. Either way I can’t wait!