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With preschool just around the corner, I’ve been working on training M to have an earlier bedtime.  We’ve been making good progress and she’s usually in bed by 8:30pm and asleep by 9:00pm.  Of course, I’m with her until she falls asleep.  Once she’s asleep, I get to go downstairs and hang out with Hubby.

By the time I get downstairs, K is either on her last bottle, or asleep.

Once the kids are asleep, Hubby and I get to spend time together.

It feels like it’s been YEARS since we’ve had alone time together.  We actually talk about things, sometimes its the kids, sometimes it’s about TV, sometimes it’s about his work…

The point is… we talk!

It’s pretty refreshing and it’s been a great relationship booster.

I think we get so consumed with parenthood and just trying live our lives from day to day that we’ve forgotten about us.

I’m glad that these early bedtimes are allowing us to reconnect.

This past weekend marked Hubby and my 5 year anniversary.

In April, we celebrated the 5 year anniversary of our 1st date, but in May was when we became an official couple.

Five years has flown by so fast.  Ever since we started dating, it seems like our lives just moved in warp speed.  Within 5 years, we started dating.. got married.. had a kid.. wow!

I know I say this every anniversary.. but I still can’t believe the turn of events that have occurred since we started dating.  It’s been blessings all the time!

We’ve had lots of ups.. some downs.. and surprisingly, rarely any tears (knock on wood!).  It’s been an adventure that I hope continues to be as fun and loving as it is..

We didn’t do much for our anniversary.. honestly, we both kind of forgot about it (it was on Friday.) and just went along with our regular day-to-day… we only realized what the date was that night.. by then it was really too late to do anything..

We did get to spend a wonderful weekend together as a little family (recap here) and made some wonderful memories.

Here’s to another five years.. and another five years.. and another.. and another.. and another after that!

I love you, Hubby!!

Cry baby.

That’s pretty much what Little M is all about lately.. she cries when she wakes up.. she cries when she is hungry and asleep.. she cries when she doesn’t see me.. she cries when she wants to go down and crawl.. she cries when I don’t let her pound on my laptop’s keyboard.. she cries when I take away something she’s playing with.. she just cries..

Yesterday she cried because she wanted Hubby and I in the same room so she can see us both!

Some days she cries because it’s dark and wants to fall asleep with some light.. then there are days when she cries because it’s too bright and wants to fall asleep in the dark..

Ok.. let me clarify.. she isn’t always bawling with huge tears streaming down her cheek.. she’s more like.. angry, whiny babbling for most of it.. it almost sounds like she’s trying to tell me why she’s upset in her own little baby babble language..

There are occasions where she does cry with the big tear drops.. but that’s really rare.. and it’s not that annoying cry that makes you just want to tear your hair out.. or maybe that’s because she’s my daughter and my patience level is just so unusually up there.. especially for me..

I know she’s learning to express herself.. she’s learning how to communicate what she wants, likes, doesn’t like.. etc..

And I know that she’s at that age where she’s experiencing stranger/separation anxiety..

But this will pass right?

I’ll get my little happy, content daughter back, right?

Winding down today.. laptop on desk.. Tchaikovsky blaring from my iTunes (its for the baby..)

We had a busy day of house blessings, UFC fights.. and eating.. eating.. and more eating..

Today is our six month wedding anniversary.. can you believe our wedding was six months ago?  If feels like its been ages since we said our “i do’s”.. but in a good way..

Six months of marriage.. four and a half months pregnant.. I say we are off to a great start..

If God permits, we’ll have our little one here to celebrate our one-year wedding anniversary.. awww…

What does one give their spouse on their six month wedding anniversary.. I know the one year is supposed to be something like paper..

My six month wedding anniversary gift is pregnancy.. for our one year anniversary gift.. it’ll be the baby!

I am set for life on this gift thing!  Sweet.. I’ll just say, “I gave you a child..”  That should suffice.. he’s not picky..

Three years ago, my besties and I took a trip to Sea World..

Little did I know that very day would be the beginning of the rest of my life..

Three years later.. I’ve been married for a little over five months.. and a little over three months pregnant with our first child..

All of that to the guy I met at the Korean BBQ place and shared my rice with..

So amazing how God points you in a direction and guides you through it all.. it’s just amazing..

Anyway.. I’m pretty sure I wrote something similar last year when it was our two year anniversary of meeting each other..

And I’m pretty sure I’m going to be writing something similar every year for the rest of our lives..

We’re starting a tradition that I wanted to start last year.. but since we weren’t living together yet.. it was difficult since it didn’t fall on a weekend..

This year.. and hopefully every year afterward.. we are going to eat at a Korean BBQ restaurant.. we will bring out children with us.. so they can appreciate our history..

Corny?  Maybe.. but I think it’s important that our children know that their parents love each other and will hopefully strive for a relationship that will be fulfilling and will make them as happy their parents..

So.. Korean BBQ tonight.. can’t wait!!!

So.. I’m off from work today.. but I totally feel like I’ve worked harder than I’ve ever worked before..

I woke up when Joe woke up.. no only because his alarm woke me up.. but because I had to get up early to tackle the DMV..

I had a bajillion things I wanted to get done today.. and I think I did a good majority of them.. so.. pat me on the back.. and let me take a nap!  I’m exhausted!!!

I drove around my new stomping grounds.. learned where some things were.. and got a lot of post-wedding tasks accomplished.. name changing being the main thing.. so exhausting!  Why do the women always have to go through the harder things in life.. planning the wedding.. carrying a baby.. then giving birth to a baby.. add to that list NAME CHANGING!!  It’s such a pain!  I’m still not 100% done.. and I bet there are a lot of other things I forget to do during this post-wedding era..

Oh ya.. and I also cleaned up the kitchen.. and am continuing to rearrange and clean things up in our place.. boxes still everywhere.. and we still have no idea where to put some stuff.. the clutter is driving me insane!!!

I really don’t feel like I had a day off.. boo.

And to top it off.. I broke my phone.. my lovely HTC Incredible.. it accidentally slipped through my hands while I was looking at the lower shelves at the Michaels today.. and my screen shattered.. I think the only thing keeping it together is the screen protector I have on.. needless to say.. my phone protector can’t protect anything.. that sucks.. good thing I have phone insurance.. I should be getting my new phone tomorrow.. I swear.. that phone fell from about 4-6 inches off the ground.. that screen shattered.. I’m so frustrated.. but at least it still works..

The lessons I learned today:

1.  I’m too clumsy for fancy phones
2.  A day off will never feel like a “day off” ever again..

The wedding is done.. it wasn’t perfect.. I really shouldn’t say that.. but.. when you know what you have planned in your head.. and certain things don’t go that way.. in the bride’s eyes.. you know it wasn’t perfect..

Not being perfect doesn’t mean that it wasn’t memorable and wonderful.. because it was.. all the things that didn’t occur according to plan were trivial and minor when you look at the big picture.. we got married..

We got married in front of God and in front of all our family and friends.. we had an awesome party with family and friends.. and it will be a day and night I will never forget..

I intended on doing a detailed, in-depth review on all of my vendors.. but I realized that in doing that.. I might end up airing the mistakes in the wedding that I don’t think are that important to reveal..

So.. I don’t think I will be doing such a series.. instead.. I might just do random “wedding planning” advice entries whenever I get the motivation to do an entry as such..

From now on.. this blog will be following my life as a newlywed.. and all the adventures of married life and beyond..

I think it’s gonna be fun.. so.. keep reading.. you’re in for an interesting ride..

Greeting’s from Hawaii..

The wedding is over.. time for married life to begin.. thus.. the start of a new blog category:

The “married” club..

The wedding was great.. I bawled.. but that was expected.. everything came out great.. and everyone I talked to said they had fun.. I’m glad everyone had fun..

After being a big ball of nerves for the past week or so.. it’s nice to be able to relax with my husband here in Hawaii..

I just wanted to pop in.. give a quick hello.. and tell you that when I come back.. I’ll be doing an extensive series to review each of my vendors.. I’m going to be completely honest.. for everyone’s future reference.. and I hope I can offer some tips or work of advice for those newly engaged on what to look for and what to avoid..

I think it’s funny that once you get through your wedding.. you suddenly become a “wedding expert” and want to help anyone and everyone..

You won’t be hearing from me for a few days.. I’ll be lying on the beach or doing all sorts of Hawaiian activities.. but I’ll be back for sure!

Tomorrow.. I marry my best friend..

This truly is a day that I never thought I’d get to experience..

I had been a part of all my close girlfriends and family weddings.. I have seen their anxiety.. I have seen their joy.. I had seen the excitement.. I have shared in their tears.. I had always wanted that for myself.. but the years went by and I felt that I never came close..

Joe came into my life around the time that I began to accept that the married life was most likely not for me.. he had come into myself when I finally resigned to finding my “one true love.”

Meeting him showed me that there was still a chance for me to find my life long partner.. he showed me how to be taken care of.. as opposed to the one always being the care taker.. he showed me how to be loved.. and not just be the one to love..

He has become my best friend.. my number one confidant.. and my biggest supporter.. in turn..  I have become his, as well..

I’m so blessed that the Lord has brought us together.. to nurture each others lives.. to erase the hurts in our pasts.. to enrich our presents.. and to embrace our future..

I can’t wait to become his wife.. I can’t wait to share a lifetime with him.. God has truly blessed us..

At this point.. every little detail has been taken care of.. all we have to do is ship everything off to the hotel.. hand off the reception items to the hotel coordinator.. do our wedding rehearsal.. then sleep away the final night of “single-ness..”

I pray that everything will go smoothly.. I pray that our lives together will continue to be filled with joy and happiness.. I pray that all the hard work of these past 10 months will bring a beautiful celebration of the sacrament of marriage to fruition.. I pray that everyone has a great time.. I pray that all arrive safe to and from our wedding..

I pray I can make it through the ceremony without my fake lashes falling out from crying so much!!!

Wow.. two days..

This week is going insanely fast.. I feel like there is so much to do.. but I think I’m just starting to wrap things up.. today is my last full day to get everything done.. and get everything packed.. because tomorrow is full of mani/pedis, eyebrow threading.. and trying to be organized for Saturday..

Also, my aunt is flying in from Guam.. my matron-of honor is driving in from Arizona.. and Joe’s brother is flying in from a business trip in China.. so many things going on tomorrow that I have to keep the chaos contained to today..

Yesterday was so full of emotions.. I think it’s better to get them out now so I don’t explode with tears on Saturday.. which probably will happen anyway.. I figure that I need to mentally “detach” myself from the fact that it’s ME getting married.. in order for me not to be a bumbling ball of crybaby.. but who knows.. totally easier said that done.. I’m sure!

I picked up my dress.. my stomach was in knots.. I don’t know why.. sitting there for the last time in Alfred Angelos.. knowing that this was the last time before the wedding.. that was overwhelming… my mind kept racing through worst case scenarios.. like they lost my dress.. or they messed it up completely.. or they handed me the wrong one!

But.. I just checked right now.. for like the third time!  It’s the right dress..

Then.. last night we went to the Choir’s final rehearsal.. they way they arranged the songs they are going to sing.. the way the pianist plays so passionately.. they moved me to tears.. I am beyond grateful..

I mentioned it on Facebook shortly after the rehearsal.. it’s just so overwhelming to believe that the prep that everyone is going through is for ME.. I’ve been so used to preping and singing and working for other people’s weddings.. I used to dream of my own all the time.. but I never thought it would feel this way when it was finally my turn.. people were actually taking time from their busy days to practice singing at MY wedding.. who knew that I would ever be able to experience this..

We also got the photo montage from my photographer.. It’s cute.. but.. well.. after the wedding I’ll do a whole series on blog posts rating and reviewing each one of my vendors.. the good.. the bad.. and the awesome!

Today is a busy day.. I’ll be going to my besties house to finish up our wedding programs.. I gotta push on through with the thank you cards for the people involved in the wedding.. I’m almost done..

Then I need to get the packing list from my beloved “husband-in-two-days..” so I can start on the packing for the honeymoon..

Lots of things to do..

Tomorrow.. I’m going to find the time to write the blog entry I’ve been dying to write but have been too hesitant to write it too soon.. I didn’t want to jinx the engagement.. and I also felt that the day before the wedding would be the best time to write it..

We can do this..


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