So wonderful to see old and new friends and celebrate Mr. Mason's 2nd birthday! Was a perfect day for water park fun... slightly overcast but warm.
Over the past weekend, the family drove down for our first family road trip to Seattle to watch Johann graduate - it was a wonderful weekend filled with lots of family time and sunny weather!
My aunt Carol and uncle Allan flew up from California a little early to spend some time with my mom as well, then we drove down (separately) and stayed at this beautiful suite close to downtown Seattle with the family. We were also able to meet Johann's co-workers who threw him a lovely brunch on Sunday before heading to the outlets and then home.
Here are some pictures from the weekend.
I know it's very late, but I have had the privilege of calling many amazing women "Mom" and feel so blessed to join theor ranks this year.
Thank you and happy mother's day to all the mamas, wishing-they-were-mamas, grandmas, aunties and friends who played a part in shaping me into who I am today. I love you all!
Glad to say that after Vic's car got towed to the mechanic and Stan found out that it was just a faulty connector. Thank goodness, because prior to that, we had essentially just paid $1000 for a tuneup for the Acura, only to have this problem arise. Bah! Cars are so expensive.
Even though I always tell Vic that it would be fine for us to have one car, it does make it so much more difficult to get around without the extra vehicle. Ellie's got a bunch of follow up doctor's appointments right now so it is so convenient to have another vehicle on board, since taking transit is so inconvenient.
I can't believe that it's mid-April already! I meant to post this a MONTH ago.
I have the most INCREDIBLE friends. It doesn't matter how far we apart we are, how busy life gets or how long its been since we've seen/talked to each other, but they have always been there for me during the ups and the downs.
My friends threw me the most amazing baby shower in March. No detail was spared; the invitations were handmade and adorable, the prepwork for the venue and the food were perfect and people were so generous.
How did Elie and I get so lucky? :)
Here are a few pictures from the shower!
Ellie's baby cousin was born today! Welcome, Alexander Robert MacInnes. We are so excited for Al and Nancy and can't wait to make playdates when Ellie is bigger!
In the meantime, check out those cheeks!
We are so blessed by the generosity of our friends :)
One of our friends is a professional painter and as a gift, he and his GF (Shaun and Vanessa, the couple we drove down to LA with last year) painted our nursery for us! The picture does not do it justice (it's darker in the picture than it is in real life) but the grey and blush colour is just so beautiful to look at. The room is empty right now as we get ready to start moving things back into the room, but sometimes I go in there and
I dropped Vic off at Bellingham Airport veeeery early on Sunday the 8th; he is headed to Vegas and is set to come home on Thursday, which means that I’m living the single life for a few days. It’s been very quiet at home with just Chloe and I as Chloe doesn’t talk too much J. It’s been a nice couple of days off though as Monday was a holiday (Family Day) and I was able to finish my errands early and come home to fit in a nap with Chloe before we retired for the evening.
Right before Vic left (Friday night), we were able to attend a potluck dinner at Casa de Macau, the Macanese cultural club that Vic’s family has been involved in (helped to start 30 years ago). It was the last event for Vic’s dad as President and it was nice to be able to see a number of people we don’t see too often! There were about 90 people there; it was definitely a packed house.
We’ve got a spiritual conference coming up the next two weeks at our church and then I’m going to be ‘retiring’ from the Worship Team in March – seems a little surreal as I connect to God through music but it’s definitely time; it’s getting hard to play the bass with my protruding belly. Having to shift the bass after every song and standing so close to the amp is probably not too great for the baby either J. As much as I will miss it, there’s been a little bit of drama happening within the team and I will be glad to take a step away from that and try to put my focus back on where it really should be – God.
As of this week (and if baby comes on time!), I only have 12 more weeks of work left and I couldn’t be more excited! My last day at work is May 1st and I’m due on the 15th so that should give me two weeks (hopefully) to get settled before baby comes. I can’t believe how fast time has flown by; it seems like just yesterday that we found out we were expecting and now I’m in my 26th week. I went and did a gestational diabetes test a few weeks ago and didn’t hear back from my doctor immediately, which I am assuming is good news. I’ve got an appointment to see my doctor again this Thursday so we will see!
We’ve always known this, but the outpouring of love and generosity from our friends and family these past few months has been overwhelming for me and Vic. We have gotten so much valuable advice and have been given/lent so much that it’s definitely eased the amount of things we have to purchase for the baby.
So thank you so much to those who have thought of us, spoilt us and baby!
1. Stick to my budget - :(
2. Pay off at least 2 loans/cards, etc. - check
3. Go to the Philippines (or the UK!) to visit family - :(
4. Be more adventurous with healthy food and eat less junk food - :(
5. Read 100 books - read 85, up from last year!
6. Finish a devotional - check
7. Fast once a month - :(
8. Really dedicate time for God - :(
9. (Re)Try the 365 day photo challenge via Instagram/Twitter - :(
10. Take more photos! - :(
11. Try something new every month - :(
12. No chain restaurants - :(
Ok, so 2.5 out of 12 is not that great. One problem is that I don't actually remember these past January, so it's hard to track what I've actually set for myself. Maybe it's time to figure out some good goal-setting strategies.
(Graphic at times! Be warned)
We ended our 2014 with a whimper (literally!) - Vic got the worst case of the stomach flu I've ever seen and so we ended up staying in because he was in the bathroom 2-3x an hour. The bug he caught was pretty strong; even when the vomiting stopped, he still didn't fully recover for another week at least. The day I was supposed to go back to work (Jan 6), I had stomach spasms all night and then after my shower in the morning, vomited all over our bathroom. Yum. Emailed my boss and told him I wasn't coming in, then hopped back into bed.
Vic was going to make an appointment for himself to see the doctor because it had been a week, so I tagged along just to make sure baby was ok. When we got to the doctor's, I ended up projectile vomiting in the doctor's bathroom. Oops! I cleaned up, but it just made me feel that much sicker. I felt so horrible for the person who had to clean up. Doctor checked up on the baby and heartbeat seemed normal, so he gave me some anti-nausea medication and sent us back home for rest. I ended up sleeping on the ride home, napped for the day and then slept through the night. Both Vic and I ended up taking 3 days off each. It was definitely a bad stretch to end 2014 and start 2015.
Vic and I are feeling like our old selves again, fortunately, and back to the grind. Lots of things on the go for the next few weeks: I'm wrapping up a project at work for the end of the month, Vic's getting ready for his trip to Vegas on the 8th.
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Loved by the Savior. Blessed with a wonderful husband, a beautiful daughter and an adorable pup.