It’s already 2012?!?!

How’d that happen?

2011 went by so fast I did not get a chance to even prepare myself for this next year. Although, it doesn’t feel any different, except that I have to start writing 2012 instead of 2011.

I guess it’s because there has been an ongoing change in my life that it doesn’t seem like it’s another year.

If I haven’t announced it yet, I guess now’s the time. I AM PREGNANT! I am now 4 months preggers! (17 weeks) It’s a shocker right? What with Nick’s new job and us having a baby in 2012. It seems like everything is new everyday. It doesn’t matter what year it is. What matters to me right now is that there’s a life growing inside me and my body is changing tremendously.

Sometimes I feel like a psycho, sometimes I feel like I could eat a cow. Actually, I’ve been craving for some good steak so yes, I could eat a cow right now.

I’ve also started a blog but with all the holiday craziness my last post was on Dec 5th. Not only that, I also have been tired most of the time so that’s another reason why I haven’t been blogging as much.

The good news is that I never had the morning sickness. Thank you Lord! I’ve just been tired a little headachey sometimes. Not so bad though. I just have to make sure that I don’t eat food that would trigger a migraine. Other than that. My baby is just growing every single day.

I’d like to talk more about this but I have to go. Hope everyone had a fabulous Christmas and New Years holiday.

God is a good God who listens to our prayers. I hope that this new year would be filled with so much blessings for you as it already has for me.

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Another Change

I want to apologize to my readers if you’ve been encountering weird stuff on my blog. First I was hacked, I got that fixed but just recently my theme got all messed up too.  It was just showing text. Not likey that much.

So, I hope you guys like the new look.  I really liked the old one but it looks like the more simple it is, the better.

Timing could not be anymore perfect for this change in theme, since soon enough there will be more changes in Nick’s and my life.  Nick’s going to be done with school in 2 weeks and we’ve finally decided that it’s time to make some little Nicks and Tanyas. OH MY GOSH!!! And once there’s a little one baking in the oven, we might also have to move to a bigger place. Pretty big announcement huh?

The great thing about change is that I actually enjoy and look forward to it. I will admit that sometimes it gets pretty scary, but I get really excited about how my God is going to pull through. How He’d show himself always faithful in taking care of us.

I am always reminded of when I moved here to Seattle from Manila.  My friends would tell me that that must’ve been really scary.  I was honestly more excited that scared.  I was excited to be married to my best friend, excited for the new things I have never seen and was definitely overjoyed because Jesus showed Himself faithful in finally letting Nick and I be together after 3 years of a long distance relationship.

Change helps me look up to where I’m supposed to look.  It helps me look up to Him who knows what He’s doing.  And I trust that with the discomforts that comes along with change, He will never leave me nor forsake me.

I know that our future little kiddos will be a handful and could be stressful. But the positives will definitely outweigh the hardships.  I believe that.

I am excited to hear an additional sound of laughter in our house.  It will be wonderful.  So please pray that after Nick is done with school in 2 weeks that he gets a job that he loves, that pays well and of course includes really good benefits.  Thanks guys!

Photos below are a few more excerpts from our summer in Seattle.  Please excuse all the foot shots. For some reason I am very fascinated with the shots.  No I’m not turning into Quentin Tarantino.

Olympic Sculpture Park

Nick on our new float. This was at Greenlake.

Camano Island water.

I think the guy beside me is pretty hot.

Summer For Reals

It’s hard to sum  up what I’ve been doing the past month.  Summer has definitely come and I’ve been out and about every single weekend. Not just the weekend, but also after work bbq’s and swimming in the lake.  I’ve been out so much that my body finally told me to slow down.  Which means, sniffles.  I’ve used up 2 boxes of tissues already and I’m still going.  Well I feel better today. And I hope that it’s completely gone by this weekend because I am definitely planning on going back into the water.

A few highlights I wanted to share with you guys…

nick&me

Nick and I have been doing a lot of exploring of our neighborhood.  After work we’d go have a picnic where we can get the best view of the sunset.

Our church had a bbq in the church parking lot. There were music and dancing and we were all thankful that the sun showed up.

My friend Rhonda and I

Little Michael and I. We were both laughing at a really funny joke.

One of the best things we’ve done this summer (so far) is go on a camping trip.  We had our own piece of lake. No one else was there. The sun graced us with its presence. We ate and swam and played a whole lot.

One can’t complain about where the tent was set up.

Yes, the water was that clear and refreshing.

I still have the skillz.

View from our tent.

Nick and his raft. He built that himself and he was very proud of it.

It’s really great to be married to my best friend.

PS. I started doing bootcamp at the gym 3 times a week. Nick is graduating in a few weeks and I deactivated my Facebook. I shall write a post about that shortly. Now that I’m not wasting my time on Facebook. Ha!

It’s been a while

It definitely has.

I’m not sure if summer has officially arrived in Seattle, but I definitely have a summer schedule. I have the type of schedule where I don’t go home right away after work. I mean, if the sun is out (which is rare in Seattle), it’s pretty hard to be indoors. So Nick and I make the most of it.

I know I said I was going to post some photos from our Anniversary trip but it’s been harder and harder to find the time.

Here’s a little excerpt.

 

I have not forgotten about you my dear readers. What have you all been doing since the beginning of summer?

Reassurance

Nick put this strip on our white board today and I found it so funny. Because not only is it true, that I need reassurance once in a while, but he does say things like this to me too.

Rose Is Rose

I didn’t mean to be constantly talking about my husband, and make you guys vomit all over yourselves, but since our 5th anniversary is coming up, I can’t help but contemplate about our marriage. How it started and where it’s going.

I do like where it’s going and I don’t need to be reassured if it’s going the right way.

…. right?

:-p

He Knows It

I know I married a good one because even without telling him anything, he packed my lunch and even cut up some strawberries so I can have it with my yogurt tomorrow. I’ve never asked him to pack my lunch, who knows he might skimp on some of the good cuts of meat. Ok, he doesn’t do that but what if I’m at work, I open the Tupperware, see that there’s not enough meat, then I’d die because of starvation. These things happen people.

The truth is, this is actually the second time he’s done it and I can’t help but feel sooo loved!  Also, he knows I love oranges, so he bought me a Costco sized box filled with oranges. I can eat 4 in one sitting.  Is there such thing as over dosing on Vitamin C? If there is, you should let me know.

strawberries

Anyway, this is the reason why we don’t settle ladies.We wait for the best that God has planned for us. We don’t just get into a relationship because we’ve been so lonely for a long time and just want to be in one. Why do it when it’s just going to result into heartbreaks in the long run. Heartbreaks sucks!

I prayed for my future husband since high school, and when I graduated from college, I met Nick. He was the gutsiest man I have ever met because he had to go through my dad, 3 brothers and 9 uncles. Talk about the Great of Wall of China huh?

He proved to be such an amazing man. That’s why our 5th year anniversary is coming up and I can’t help but rejoice at how far we’ve gone. From crazy culture clashing on our first year of marriage, to him knowing me so well that I swell with love. Mind you I’m not the perfect wife and that’s why I’m part of a young women’s small group and we come together so we can learn more on how we can help make our husband’s the men they were destined to be.

in Oahu

Nick knows it. He knows the way to my heart. With just him cutting up some strawberries, it filled me with love, and now I am ending this sentence. Ah, he’s going to love this post.

All you need is Love

Love


Nick and I don’t usually celebrate Valentine’s day with fancy gifts or eating  at fancy restaurants.  Sometimes we do go to a fancy place but not that often.  It usually depends on how we’re feeling that day.

I know that a lot of people despise Valentine’s day especially if they’re single.  They rant about how couples are too mushy and annoyingly flaunting their love to single people.  Like saying, “Eat that! I’m married and you’re not.”  No it’s not like that.

What they don’t understand is that it’s a great excuse for married couples to have a reason to go out on a date.  Especially if you have kids.  I know we should go on dates despite whatever day it is.  But it’s still a good excuse just to be out with your spouse.

It helps build and strengthen the marriage.  I’m not saying that couples should just go out and leave the kids at home.  Families can celebrate Valentine’s together as well.  It helps the kids show their love for their siblings.

I remember when I was single, I truly enjoyed Valentine’s day.  I enjoyed seeing other couples because it gave me hope of how wonderful it would be when I can finally spend it with the man that I will love forever and ever.

Samurai Noodle

Samurai Noodle


When Nick was asking me what I wanted to do on Valentine’s day I told him that I don’t really care what we did, as long as I had Filipino food that night.

Well that didn’t exactly happen.  On our way to the Filipino restaurant I changed my mind and said,  “I want ramen!!!” Nick quickly made a U-turn and we were on our way to my favorite place in Seattle.  Samurai Noodle.

Soy & Pork Broth Ramen

Soy & Pork Broth Ramen


Ramen is comfort food for me. And Samurai Noodle is the only place I go to in Seattle for that. Nick being the loving husband that he is, took me to Samurai Noodle because I was craving for it so bad. I was the happiest girl in the world! I mean come on, look at how delicious looking that ramen is. How can one resist that?

Soooo Happy!

Soooo Happy!


He loves the soup!

He loves the soup!


Slurp!!!

Slurp!!!


I thank my husband for a great Valentine’s date. Simple yet my heart was filled with love.

*that was a very mushy post