Monday, November 30, 2009

Blame it on the pregnancy hormones!

I had forgotten how I go through "withdrawal" every time I spend more than two days with hubby and then one of us has to go back to work. Saying goodbye to Dean early this morning was much harder than usual. Making his breakfast and helping him get ready for the day usually distracts me from realizing that I will not see him till 12+ hours later but it didn't help this morning. It was such a struggle to let him go and fight back the tears. I'd like to believe the pregnancy hormones are making me more emotional but I really doubt that is the case. I guess I wasn't ready to give him back to the Corps just yet.

God bless,

Sunday, November 29, 2009

False labor?

I am 37 weeks and 6 days pregnant today so we are only a day away until Baby S is full term. Early this morning, I was awoken by a very painful backache and firm abdomen that just wouldn't go away no matter how much I changed positions or drank water. It happened four more times in regular intervals so Dean and I thought today was the day! Sadly, it stopped :( It looks like little S is just not ready to make his/her arrival. We, however, are very excited and ready to meet him/her!

Our Thanksgiving dinner went well even though no one ended up showing up :( The weather wasn't at its best last Thursday and I guess none of his fellow Marines wanted to leave the barracks. It was unfortunate since the food, especially the turkey, really did turn out well.

It has been great and truly a blessing having Dean home. He hasn't had a full day off since Veteran's Day and he really deserve this four-day weekend, even though he's already back at work on a Sunday night. And I was really starting to miss my husband.

 Our yummy food!
Note: No, that isn't white wine. It's a non-alcoholic sparkling wine.

God Bless,

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Thanksgiving Dinner

Tomorrow is our first Thanksgiving away from our family. It also happens to be the first Thanksgiving we are hosting. We were originally going to have just a couple Marines over but now Dean informed me over lunch that there will be most likely at least seven hungry Marines coming over. He invited his fellow Marines in his squad who does not have a place to eat on Thanksgiving but at the chow hall. I completely agree with him and we have more than plenty of food to share (except maybe the pumpkin pie) but this has brought the pressure to another level. I'm sure they will be expecting really good, taste-just-like-Mom's Thanksgiving dinner and not having any experience in this department scares me. Last thing I want is to be known as the Marine wife that cooked inedible food and ruined everyone's Thanksgiving. I wonder if there's a pizza place open tomorrow...?

I'm sure, however, that the pressure is much greater on Dean. He is in charge of cooking the turkey. I agreed to having a full feast Thanksgiving dinner in one condition: I will not be touching, preparing, or cooking the turkey. Now, at least with me, if one of my side dishes fail, one of the other three is bound to taste good. And if my pumpkin pie doesn't taste good either, we could always just have ice cream for dessert. But what are we going to do if the turkey doesn't come out great? Let's just hope these men coming over are too hungry to really care!

I want to thank the Sergeant that signed Dean up for a $50 voucher at the Commissary. It surely helped a lot with preparing for this dinner and it's very much appreciated especially since it was unexpected. And because of this, we feel even more obligated to share this, what I hope will be a, wonderful meal.

Here's our Thanksgiving Menu:
Homemade Cheese Ball & Crackers
Herb Roasted Turkey
Savory Turkey Gravy
Garlic Mashed Red Potatoes
Sweet Potato Casserole
Green Bean Casserole
Broccoli Cheese Casserole
Low-Fat Pumpkin Pie & French Vanille Ice Cream

God bless,


We met in high school and dated for five years before tying the knot on May 16, 2008 at a beautiful garden wedding. Now - a year and a half later - we are expecting our first bundle of joy, which hopefully will be arriving in a few short weeks.

We recently moved to Coastal California where Dean is in training to be an Arabic Linguist for the United States Marine Corps. Diana used to work as a registered nurse at a trauma hospital in Indiana and is a stay at home wife/soon-to-be mommy for now. Aside from moving to a new place, it is even more of quite an adjustment being away from our family and friends for the first time. We are, however, very much looking forward to what this new adventure will bring.

Here in our new home, we are accompanied by our three-year-old Miniature Pinscher: Riley Kayle. Our two-year old cat Jack went missing almost a month ago but we still haven't lost hope that one day he will find his way home.

We hope to keep this blog updated for our friends and family and as a record of our adventures as husband and wife, soon to be parents, and as a military family. So welcome and join us on our road to constantly finding happiness and living life as WE know it.

God Bless,
Dean & Diana
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