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!!

TTUT-Miss PhD is Here!

Chandler: I’m never gonna find a roommate, ever.
Phoebe: Why, nobody good?
Chandler: Well let’s see, there was the guy with the ferrets, that’s plural. The spitter. Oh-ho, and yes, the guy that enjoyed my name so much he felt the need to make a little noise every time he said it. “Nice to meet you, Chandler Bing, Bing! Great apartment, Chandler Bing, BING!”-Friends

with Impulsive Addict and Seriously Shawn

I think some of my long time readers will remember my lifelong friend, Miss PhD. We’ve gone to school together since the 2nd grade, and we’ve stayed in touch all through our college and adult lives. She’s the one who convinced me to go on where I met my amazing husband. So you can imagine my delight when I found out that her job would be transferring her from Washington, DC to their California office, just 30 minutes from me!!

She came over on Friday night, her first night in Cali, and we got to do a lot of catching up. Then Saturday I took her to all the outlet stores where we did my favorite kind of shopping: home decorating. Then because I’m a huge geek I helped her out with her TV and DVD purchases, and even set them up in her new apartment for her. Her place is this adorable renovated Victorian in the heart of downtown. She can walk to restaurants, coffee shops, book stores. I think it’s the perfect place for a single woman. I hope she’s happy here, and I’m looking forward to getting together for hikes, walks, and of course the occasional wine and girl’s night!

Sunday I accompanied Match’s parents to a funeral for Match’s great aunt, who passed away at 86. She lived a full, happy life and the service was a wonderful celebration of her life. I definitely felt like a part of the family. I was there without Match, since he had to work, and the family seemed really happy that I came in his place. Listening to the stories about Great Aunt really touched me, even though I only met her once, at our wedding. I could just picture her in heaven, maybe rocking Roo and singing her a bedtime story. I could feel a lot of love surrounding everyone, and I think it was the perfect way for the family to say their goodbyes. The building the service was held in was this really interesting old building in downtown Sacramento.

It’s a boy’s club, called the Sutter Club, where I would imagine quite a few poker games must take place. I think you’d also be hard pressed to find led light bulbs as every fixture looks like it’s as old as the building itself. I have an affinity for old buildings, and I took a few pictures that didn’t really do the place justice.

Yesterday marked the kick off to Match’s vacation! The poor guy has my awful cold, so we spent the day lounging around the house. Hopefully he’ll be feeling better soon and we can go on some fun day trips around here. With this awesome cold weather coming in, I’m ready to drive to the coast for a big bowl of clam chowder.

So what have you been up to this past week? Catch me up!

Friday Daydreamin-Seattle Drizzle

Dennis Reed: It rains nine months a year in Seattle.
Annie Reed: I know! –Sleepless in Seattle

Today I’m daydreamin’ of the first trip Match and I ever went on that wasn’t to visit family. It was February of 2009, and for Match’s birthday, his parents had given us plane tickets to Seattle! For some crazy reason, we decided to go in February, even though we could have waited, forgetting that the weather would be terrible. It was incredibly cold and drizzled every day. What I wouldn’t give for some of that weather right about now! It’s currently 90 degrees and HOT. So over it.

The city was beautiful, and we loved that there were hardly any people. I guess they had better sense than us and stayed indoors.

Wow, we look really different there. I think both of us have leaned out a bit.

The only problem with that trip was that Match got the flu.  Oh and the ATM ate his debit card. Whoops! I’m not daydreamin’ about that.

I would love to redo the trip, spring for a nicer hotel, a rental car and a healthy husband. Still, I love that we made the best of our trip. We spent the last night snuggled up in our crappy hotel room with the threadbare blankets, eating hot soup from the Chinese place across the street. It was one of those just starting out vacations that only young people in love have, where you really only have each other.


We Want to Know Wednesday-I Got a Bad Habit

Barney: I am not a smoker. I only smoke in certain situations: post-coital, when I’m with Germans — sometimes those two overlap — coital, birthdays, to annoy my mom, pre-coital, on a sailboat, the day The Mets are mathematically eliminated every year, and, of course — wait for it, ’cause Lord knows I have — pregnancy scares.
Ted: Why are you smoking right now?
Barney: I’m always pre-coital, Ted. –How I Met Your Mother

Hosted by Impulsive Addict, Janette, Mamarazzi and Seriously Shawn

1. If money didn’t matter, where would your perfect vacation take place?  Briefly describe.
Man, this is a tough one. Match and I haven’t had a chance to take a honeymoon or any real vacations to speak of. I would love to go to Alaska and maybe take a cruise to see the glaciers. Or on the complete opposite of the weather spectrum, a trip to a tropical island would be pretty incredible too. If money is no object I think we’d go to both, and maybe make a brief stop in Ireland and Italy. Sigh, I wish!

2. What’s a bad habit that you have (or had) that is/was hard to break?
My sugar addiction is a pretty bad habit. I’ve gotten better about not eating dessert every single night, and I don’t put sugar in my coffee anymore. I still have to have something sweet every day, but it’s better than my days of eating rainbow chip frosting out of the jar. 😉 Oh and I used to smoke for about a year or so but it wasn’t hard to quit. I’m very sensitive to smoke and I wheeze from campfires, so I’m surprised I even started!

3. If you weren’t on a diet or counting calories, what would you like to have for dinner tonight?
Fried sushi rolls. Yu-hummmmmm. Followed of course by rainbow chip cupcakes. Preferably not smashed in my face like Match did on my birthday.

4. If you had the chance to interview anyone in the world, dead or alive, who would it be and what’s one question that you would ask?
I’m so bad at these questions, same with what famous person would you like to meet. I don’t know, I’m so awkward I would probably just embarrass the hell out of myself. How about Reese Witherspoon because she’s seems so cool. I would ask her to be my friend because I’m a dork. Yeah, I went the shallow route and not the more serious. That’s just how I roll.

5. Describe yourself in 6 words.
Goofy, happy, bubbly, klutzy, talkative, hugable

Carmel, Year 2

Frasier: I would like to nominate as the stupidest creature on earth: the one who awakens each day to drive through gridlocked traffic, to sit in a window less office breathing recirculated air, then returns home and collapses into a stupor, only to do the same damn thing all over again every day until he dies.
Norm: Looking forward to that vacation, hey Frase?
Frasier: You bet. We’re going to Maui. –Cheers

Here’s the long overdue recap of my second year going to Carmel with Match and his parents.

We had such a great time. We walked every day, and most importantly Match and I spent quality time together. We kicked back, we read, we explored, we vacationed.

Doesn’t this rock look like a heart?

We ended almost every night with chocolate, a little drink, and dominoes. We’re such 60 year olds!

One of the days we decided to explore Monterey a little bit. We hit up an outdoor mall to look for a dress for me for the reception dinner Future MIL is hosting for us to meet the out of town guests the night before the wedding.

Here’s the dress I found-isn’t it adorable? And with a gift card I’ve had forever and a huge sale the store was having, I bought my brand new dress for a whopping $13.45! Such a steal.

After my amazing shopping find we were famished. We stumbled across a sushi restaurant that advertised $5.99 lunches. We were skeptical but thought we’d give it a try.

Not only was the Teriyaki chicken lunch $5.99 but all of the sushi rolls were half price. It was some of the best sushi I’ve ever had, and that’s saying a lot. My mouth is watering just looking at the picture. I can’t wait to go back!

We also explored Cannery Row and did the little touristy thing.

Here I got proof of my talents on an old school kissing machine.

Match practicing for his sheriff job. You can’t see it but he’s totally making the same face as the statue.

I think my favorite night was our last night there. We built a bonfire and sipped Irish Coffees.

Match’s parents and their pup on one side, me, Match and Monkey on the other. It was so relaxing listening to the waves and watching the fire. It was the perfect end to a wonderful vacation. Just think-next year Match and I will be there as husband and wife. 🙂 I can already picture us going there with our kids someday. Nothing like a little beach weather as a natural baby eczema treatment. But not just yet. I think we have a few years left of it just being the four of us, or hopefully five when Match’s sister moves back to the states!