Thursday, December 31, 2009


Stop biting finger my nails one last time. I am about 75% of the way there. Moms don't have nasty nails.....Only I would choose a goal that I have already almost mastered. Makes for easy success!

Stop cussing. Moms do use foul lanague, just not as much as I do.

PS: The weather has been unbearably cold here. The wind is so strong it is almost impossible to ride a bike in it with out being blown backwards and last night, I took a cab home from the station. The station is a 10 minute walk to our apartment. Cold and laziness are not a good combination for me.  Thank god for my down jacket I brought with me!!!!

Happy New Year!!!!

We went to Bubba Gumps for dinner, had a mini-house party afterwards, tried to catch the two bursts of light that Universal Studios called a fireworks display, and then said "sayanara" to the boys! I was not about to step out with my pregnant belly as a sober sister at 1am....David rolled in at about 5am!
At din-din

David, Waki "aka: Turquoise Man-you know that I am loving his outfit, and Nile

I had to take a picture with him! His pants pockets even had turquoise on them!!!

Wishing everyone a healthy, happy, properous, and love-filled 2010!

Wednesday, December 30, 2009


FYI: I added Comments, so you can just write after the post, instead of having to open your email account and send me an email. Last time, I sent emails, which was easy for people to respond to. The blog doesn't really allow for that, so at least with the Comments, you can just write right there and then I can email you back. Make sense?

Baby Update 25 weeks

25 weeks

Everything is going well on the baby front. He/she is moving all the time and it is so much stronger than before. David was amazed at how much he could feel this time already, compared to last time. I can see my stomach move now and sometimes I can feel the baby rolling around and can see the changes on the outside, like a big lump on one side of my stomach. I love it, except when it feels like the Tasmanian devil is in my intestine, which at times, is exactly what it feels like. I am still sleeping uninterrupted through the night, which I will cherish as long as possible. I had my last doctor's appointment on the 23rd in America, which was kind of sad and will be seeing my new doctor on the 6th of January for another routine check-up. I am currently looking for someone to attend the birthing classes with me to interpret, so hopefully, I find someone. I am borderline begging at this point. They start on the 5th, which I may have to postpone until February, if I can't find anyone who speaks Japanese. The weight gain has been continual and I am dreading getting on the scale with the Japanese doctor. I am hoping that it isn't my maximum amount just yet; it may be though. My doctor in America told me to have them email him if they have a problem, so at least he has my back.....:). We just started talking names and have decided on a girl name, even though I have not entertained the idea that it may be a girl. We made a top 7 list for boy names, but I know that in the end it needs to a top 1 list. David finally caved and let me "discuss" it before seven months, how nice of him, huh? That is all for now! 25 weeks and 15 to go!!!!

The Christmas Holiday in pics...


David opening his gifts that I brought on the 29th.

Leah and I

Nate and I, I love his red corduroy shirt, so FESTIVE!!!

Yearly tradition, matching PJs

My little Pea in a Pod

Christmas was great, as it is every year. We missed David, a lot, but I knew I would be seeing him and it was nice to spend time with my family, before I left. Here are some pics of the Francis Christmas and the Palmer Christmas. Yes, some are fugly, but its me. I can't help it. Highlights include getting a Kindle for Christmas, YES, IT IS AMAZING, my dad's prime rib, watching Nate rip open his presents, and having virgin Ramus Fizzes, a Champion/Francis family tradition.

I made it!!!

Can anyone guess what these are??? They are sooo expensive here so I brought my own. Thought this looked hilarious. I don't even want to know what the Japanese baggage checkers were thinking when they saw these.

This is what it looks like when you have to cram you life into 2 suitcases and 1 carry-on. Just call me gypsy lady!!!

Before I knew that my flight was cancelled. I am still smiling, that is how I know.

After a long night on the phone with United, not sure if I would even be able to leave on the 28th and a cancelled flight the next morning, I made it! The first hiccup occured when I looked at my itinerary and realized the team listed my name as Michelle Palmer. Well... we all know that I am Michelle Francis. I started freaking out immediately. David was on his phone with team, on Skype with me, and I was on my phone with United. Ultimately, we had to purchase a whole new ticket to get me here and just by chance, the flight had a seat available. I figured since one bad thing always goes wrong, this was it and it was taken care of early. Nope...Just like last time, my flight from Sacramento to San Francisco was delayed and no one at the airport even told me. The board read that the flight was on time. I had to ask the staff and they were rude. I got to San Francico airport, as my flight was boarding, and yes, my name was called on the loud speaker. Michelle Francis, Michelle Francis....The flight was fine. The girl I sat next to ended up being the girlfriend of one of the other players from a neighboring team. It was such a coincindence. Hopefully, I will be able to get together with her at some point. I am always happy to meet a fellow American! The morale of the story is NEVER FLY UNITED......

Monday, December 21, 2009

Final Goodbyes!

I hate these!!! I have already said goodbye to my good friends Katie, Jen, Megan, Heather, Paula, Brooke, Erica, and all my old coworkers from Alta. WAAAHHHHHHHHHHH, I REALLY REALLY HATE THE LAST GOODBYE!!!!! Here is P and I at her house this weekend watching The Wedding Planner, looking at wedding dresses, looking at bridesmaid dresses, and studying for my nursing entrance exam, like I really got any studying done!!! AND, LOOK AT THAT BELLY; IS THAT REALLY ME!!!! Saturday I got up early and took the long, four test. Hopefully, I did well. As I have been saying, if I was in 6th grade, I would have gotten 100%! Thanks for the great hospitality P, I love your new house and your boots :)!!!!

And, yes, I know I should be more careful about computer placement. I am frying my unborn child with radiation, as my sister likes to say. Too bad she wasn't there to remind me! You have to love the overprotective aunties!!!

The Babe at 24 weeks/6 months!!!

6 MONTHS!!!!

Your baby's growing steadily, having gained about 4 ounces since last week. That puts him at just over a pound. Since he's almost a foot long (picture an ear of corn), he cuts a pretty lean figure at this point, but his body is filling out proportionally and he'll soon start to plump up. His brain is also growing quickly now, and his taste buds are continuing to develop. His lungs are developing "branches" of the respiratory "tree" as well as cells that produce surfactant, a substance that will help his air sacs inflate once he hits the outside world. His skin is still thin and translucent, but that will start to change soon.

Christmas Brunch & GD

The Girls

Our Parents

On Saturday, we had our annual Christmas Brunch which basically consists of high school friends and high school friends' parents all at one gathering, eating, drinking, and being merry!!! It is such a fun event. I know I look forward to it each year and so do my parents! Keep the tradition alive! Thanks to the La Salles for starting it! This year was a lot more tame than the last and I am thinking it was because the baby on board :). No famous fizzes for me!!! I thought I might die; they looked and smelled sooooo good!!!!

In other news, I had my Gestational Diabetes screen completed today. It was so gross. The only way to describe it is that it is like drinking straight margarita mix with no alcohol, which is disgusting. It is so syrupy that it burns the back your throat. YUCK!!! It made me sleepy (too much sugar at once for my slow moving body) and nauseous. Hopefully, this is the end of the road for the GD testing. I don't know what I would do if I couldn't eat sweets.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

All done....

Took my last final today at 6pm. I was on campus from 10am for my first final. It was a long day, but totally worth it. I can't believe I only have one more prerequisite to take and then I am done. My how life can change so quickly. In the last four months, my husband moved overseas, I moved in with my parents, I quit my job, I went back to school full-time, I started pursuing a new career, and I found out I was pregnant. Also, I will be moving overseas as well. Lots of changes, crazy when I look back. This is how I felt at 7pm, when I handed in the final. I am so thankful that I was able to get all these classes done in one shot, instead of one at a time like I had been. Now, I can move forward!!!

PS: I LOVE that she has red hair and a bowl cut!

Monday, December 14, 2009


King's Game, Purple Power!!!

Here is the candy bar and a small pic of the cake I brought. I almost put made, but that would be a lie. The cake that I designed. It turned out soooo cute!!!!

This was a busy, busy weekend! Had a birthday to celebrate on Friday night-forgot to take any pics, which is a bummer....Went to a Kings game on Saturday night with my mama (took one pic but need to upload it still), had a baby shower on Sunday (pic included) and a family friends Christmas Dinner, where I got really, really sick, which was a bummer...Digestive issues is all I can say....Too much candy at the candy bar:).

Finished my pharmacology final today. This is the first class that I have ever really dreaded in my WHOLE life. I never could get a routine down for studying the information before the tests. Usually, I have a fail proof system that always works, but not with this class. I think it was because it is a television class so I never had to go. Well..... that also means that I maybe watched 4 lectures total in the whole semester so....what can I expect. Hopefully, I passed so I don't have to retake this god forsaken class again. I know that I never want to be a pharmacist...

Whoopity whoopity whoop!!!

Friday, December 11, 2009

I have been legalized....

Just received confirmation that my VISA was processed and is ready to be picked up! I am all set. I have been working on getting all of the documents together for some time and am sooo happy the process is done!!!

I will be celebrating with some close girlfriends tonight! Alison's birthday was Wednesday, the same as my mom's, Happy late Birthday to both, so we are wining (they will be :)), dining, and wining (them, again :() some more! I am so looking forward to a fun dinner! Old Spaghetti Factory and de Vere's here we come!

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Bumper week.....

Bad Monday, Annoying Tuesday, Busy Wednesday, Great Thursday, and I KNOW, Friday will be Fun Friday.

Monday I was on the phone with the Japanese Embassy and the U.S. Passport Agency arguing about my visa and my appointment date. Basically, they were not going to let me get pages added to my passport until the 21st, which was way too late to get the pages added and have the visa approved and put in the passport, before the 29th. I was back and forth between the two and did not really get anywhere. Of course, the visa takes 4 days to process, which would run me into a 5 day Japanese holiday. As of Monday, I was thinking I would not be leaving for Japan until January 4th or 5th. I was NOT happy. David talked me into just taking my passport straight to the Japanese Consulate in San Francisco to see if they would accept it with only 2 pages left. Usually, they want at least 4; but, as of now.... I have not gotten a phone call saying there was a problem, soo... I think we are in the clear, THANK GOD! I was so relieved, when the man said it looks good. Whoo Hooo! So Monday was bad because of the phone calls and the thought of not leaving until the 4th or 5th. I even cried a little. Wednesday was busy because of the drive to San Fran. A little side note, I could go to Japan without a visa and have it processed there, but it will take 2-3 months, instead of 4 days and I need a visa before I can get health insurance, which I must have. So...there is no way around the visa issue.

On Tuesday, a Michelle Incident, as I like to call them, occurred. These are things that only happen to me. I was in a huge hurry, running about 20 minutes late for class because I decided to pack my lunch. As I was leaving, the handles on my overnight bag did not go in the trunk, so when I thought I had closed the trunk, it was in fact not closed at all. I just so happened to leave my coffee mug on the roof of the car. You can only imagine what happened. The coffee mug rolled to the back of the roof and spilled coffee down the back of the car INTO the open trunk and INTO and ALL OVER my overnight bag. I heard the crash at the same time that I noticed the trunk was open. SH**!!!!! I went back home, had to do a load of laundry, repack my overnight back, screw the cup of coffee, and head out again. There is still coffee on and in my trunk and all over the back of my car :(......

Thursday was a great day because finals week started, so I only had to be on campus from 1-3pm which is the shortest Thursday that I have had in 15 weeks. It was wonderful. One final down and three more to go. I think I did well too!

Monday, December 7, 2009

My shower...

All the food and pretty flowers!!

Sushi bib. This is hilarious!!!

Jen made this outfit. If I make to any games after Baby P's arrival, he/she will definitely be sporting this. I love it!!! And, so will David!!

All my gfs.

Mom, sister, and I.

Decorations. I love the BEE theme!

So I have the most wonderful friends in world! On Sunday, I thought I was going to meet three of my close gfs for lunch and 'lo and behold, they had planned a surprise baby shower for me with my nearest and dearest friends. It was the cutest shower ever. Black, white, and yellow with a BEE theme. I loved it!! I was shocked out of my mind, which was captured on video and in pictures. It was hilarious. I had no idea at ALL!!!! Baby P and I got so many nice presents that will come in handy in Japan and once we are home. This shower made my day, week, month, and probably year, until Baby P arrives. Thank you girls, you are amazing friends!!!!

Monday, November 30, 2009

Only in Japan....

OMG, look at all of those people!!!!

I scream, you scream, we all scream for COLLAGEN!!! WHAT????

No comment is needed.

Love the Crimson Glmour Elf!

These pictures always crack me up!!!

No longer Lost in Translation.....

Our home.

The Babe's first friends, Elijah and Jaelyn.

Mykel...Cutest little thing ever!!!

The Girls!

Drinking it up :)....Sometimes a game is not the same without a brewsky, even if it is non-alcoholic.

View of Universal Studios from our balcony. If you time it right, you can see the fireworks shows. I caught it one time.

Shrine in Kyoto. Look at all of those people!

Us, posing....

Wwwwhhhhheeeerrrrreeeeee'ssssss David????

I made it home without any problems!!! Woo hoo! I have no idea how this flying business is going to work when I am 6 months pregnant. I keep trying to talk David into springing for business class; however, Mr. Practical will state the following, "Michelle, there are perfectly good seats for $1000 cheaper that you can fly in. You get the same end result without wasting money." Yes hunny, that is true, but my comfort level counts for something. I can barely fit NOW!!! There were no hassles other than being stopped by the immigration officer because I didn't have some form that I was supposed to have from the Ward Office. The immigration officer, who works with foreigners (I presume) all day long did not speak any English. Weird! I had to fill out some paper and was on my way! I have included some pics!

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Heading home...

I just finished packing my stuff, so I don't have to worry about getting it done tomorrow, except for a few items in the wash. WAAAAAHHHHHHHH, I don't want to leave. Heading to David's game today, hoping for a win!!! Pictures to follow when I get home!

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving!!!

I am thankful for...
my health.
the babe's health.
David's health.
my family and the support that they have shown over the last 4 months.
the easiness of this pregnancy.
finding a place to deliver in Japan.
David's job.
being able to finish all of my nursing prerequisites in 1 semester.
David's family.
Nate-dogg and Taylor.
my friends.
(if you are reading this) YOU!

Have a safe and wonderful day!

Last night, we went to dinner at Hard Rock Cafe with the whole group because the guys have practice late tonight, meaning it starts at 6:30pm. Yah, no accommodations for the foreigners. They will have practice on Christmas too! So...we had our turkey dinner last night. It was fun to go out with everyone! I think the girls, (Dana, Megan, and I) are going to a bar (which I used to frequent often) that will be serving turkey dinner tonight, without the guys. I may have 2 turkey dinners! Nothing will compare to home though!

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Japan vs. America

So.. the differences between the two cultures have already started in regards to pregnancy. One major difference is regarding weight gain. I was informed today that I should not weigh more than 64kg=140lbs, when I deliver. Please remember, I am
5'8". CRAZY, is all I can say. I have a feeling they will be very very disappointed in me, when I have my final weigh-in. I am not sure how or if I can pull this off, being that I have already gained half of my allotted amount. In America, I am right on track. This will be interesting....Let me tell you where I headed after this day long appointment....a burger joint. I guess the pregancy diet can start tomorrow!

Another difference is that health insurance does not cover maternity care because it is viewed as a natural occurrence, not a medical issue. So... we have to pay out of pocket, then the government will reimburse us (if I can figure how to apply). Today, I had coupon for my first appointment for $80, which I got yesterday, when I registered my pregnancy. Thank god, I did not give up yesterday! I had an office visit, 2 urine samples collected (TMI), blood tests, and a sonogram done for $130. This is without insurance. In American, the ultrasound alone costs $300. It is no wonder people go bankrupt from paying medical bills in America.

And, lastly, their pregnancy calendar is actually 10 months long. They do not use weeks as a dating tool, like we do. I am in my 6 month here!

One of the nice things (I guess it is nice) is that I am getting double the medical treatment. I had another ultrasound today for a quick second and everything was normal. Also, they have to run all of the same tests, as in the U.S., so if there is a mistake somewhere, it is bound to be caught.

It is kind of strange to be back. At the hospital, I was the only foreigner. There were no other non-Asian people, that I saw. Just picture it.... ha ha!

We found a doctor....

Well, not a doctor but a hospital, which is very, very good news in the "having a baby in Japan" department! I went to a different hospital today to check it out. This hospital was highly recommended by David's team doctor and the Ward Office that I went to yesterday to get my Alien Registration Card. It surpassed all of my expectations. The midwife that helped me spoke enough English for us to understand each other; the doctor spoke English very well, and with my limited Japanese, I was even able to understand the nurses. I am soooo happy! It will not cost us an arm and a leg like the other place that I went to, so that is a relief as well. It is kind of ironic because it is Yodogawa Christian Hospital. I left my house at 10am and did not get home until 3:30pm for this first meeting. It took forever. You cannot get an appointment for the first time. So... I had to wait forever. I have an appointment set-up for next time, thank god!

Also, yesterday, at the Ward Office, I had to register my pregnancy and apply for a new immigration card. After going around and around for about an hour and filling out 3 different incorrect applications, we finally got it right! I left at 2pm and did not get home until 6pm. Everything takes forever, when you can't speak the language. When I registered the pregnancy, they informed me that there are childbirth classes for free, I think, so that will be nice. I am going to have to find someone to do the interpretation for me :).

Monday, November 23, 2009

20 weeks!!!

The babe is a banana!!!

I am now officially half way! It is getting a little more real each day. I know that one day, hopefully before the birth :), it will hit me....wham, you are bringing a baby home. Not a puppy, a kitten, or a new bike, but a BABY!!! OOMMMGG!!!

We got our ultrasound results back and everything looks good. I have been waiting patiently for all the results for all of the screening tests that we opted to do and I am very thankful that everything has come back normal; I know not everyone is as lucky. The babe is actually growing a little faster than expected, so I am hoping that it slows down before the birth. His/her little femur is 3.2 cm long! I think it is so cool that we actually know the length of the leg bone. Everything else is going well! Off to register my pregnancy here in Japan and to apply for a new Alien Registration Card, oh....the life of an immigrant!

PS: We have moved from wrist flicking (pertaining to a good shot) to layups. The babe is a very active little one. David has gotten to feel it multiple times and everytime, he is amazed.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

The Time Traveler's Wife

Also, I wanted to comment on the movie "The Time Traveler's Wife". I read this book about 3 years ago and LOVED IT!!!! I was so excited that the movie was coming out and I wanted to go see it. Of course, as soon as I got on the flight, I checked to see what movies were playing, and this one was one of them. I was soooo excited!!! I got comfortable, apparently really comfortable, you know those two spacious seats that I got, instead of one and fell asleep within 20 minutes. Not a good sign, but hey, I am flying and I will sleep when I can. I figured I would catch it the next time it came on. The flight IS 12 hours long. I will have plenty of opportunities. The next time it came one I was all jazzed and started watching it and bamn...fell asleep again about half of the way through. Now, everyone knows that I am not a movie person. If I am watching a movie past 9pm, I will fall asleep guaranteed. Even at theaters. However, it was in the middle of the day for me and I am falling asleep in one of the most uncomfortable sleeping positions possible to man kind. I am now certain after my second attempt, that this movie sucks! Please don't let the movie guide you away from reading the book! The book was wonderful! On my last flight, I watched 3 movies and stayed awake the whole time. "My Sister's Keeper" was an amazing movie and I heard that it was great book. Go see that instead!

I arrived alive....

Here is my second go of this; my first got erased! I am here at my soon-to-be permanent home that David so graciously cleaned before I got here! I love coming home to a clean house :)! The flight situation had a minor hiccup. My flight from Sac to SF was totally cancelled. I had to hop on a shuttle down to SF and made it in time to catch the flight to Osaka. I will say that the flight to Osaka was one of the best that I have taken because the economy class was not full. I got to have two seats to myself, not one. I was able to curl into a little ball (not sure how I managed it at 5'8" and preggo) but I did and I was able to sleep most of the way laying down on both seats. Usually, that is not the case. Hopefully, the way home will be the same and hopefully, my flight from SF to Sac will be on time. Last time, I arrived in SF at 9:30am and did not leave until 4pm to Sac. I could have driven a rental car, but the airport people kept saying that the flight would be leaving in 30 minutes, so I kept waiting. I swear it is either my luggage (which happened almost every time I flew home last time I lived there), late flights, or cancelled flights. Don't travel with me, if you have a choice :).

Once I got to the train station, I found a cab driver, who spoke zero English and had to explain to him where the apartment was, not having been there for a month, and not really knowing where it was myself. He kept asking if I had a phone number to call. I should have given him David's, another English speaker, that would have been funny. With the two of our brains combined, he and I were able to navigate a fairly quick route to the apartment, which brought me great relief. I am not sure how this is going work next time when I am 6 months pregnant with two huge suitcases; YIKES, I care not to think about it! I only have to make this trip 3 more times, AGGHHH! I got all settled in at about 7:30pm, in time to watch David's game on the computer (yes, he is in Okinawa right now) and they won. He had 15 points and 6 rebounds. It was a very very close stress inducing game for me. I was exhausted afterwards and just hit the sack. I got up at 6am. Not too bad for jet lag. The 2nd day is always the hardest for me.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Team Pink or Blue.....

More like Team Green!!! David and I chose a long long time ago to keep the sex of the baby a surprise, so today at my big ultrasound, I did not find out. I figure there is no other surprise in life like this surprise, so why not just let it be. I am pretty sure I saw something though, which obviously means Team Blue...We will see in April though.

I have to be honest as well. The tech put a good "sex" picture in an envelope for me. I don't want to find out, but I would like some gender specific clothes on hand, when he/she is born, so I may give someone the envelope and some $$$ to go shopping. My mom can bring it in April, if that is what I decide to do. If not, we will open it in April to check the pic that the tech took. Sooo....if something changes before April and I am dying to know, I have the option :). Here are some pics....

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Emily felt it...

The other night we were laying in bed, yes we sleep together, often (I like the company and her bed is so comfy), and the babe started flicking his/her wrists, practicing for when he/she is on the court, and Emily was able to feel the movement. It was so cool. We just looked at each other really quick and she said, "Was that it?" I said, "YEP!!!" For some reason I have always loved feeling babies tumble around from the outside. To know what it feels like on the inside and to have someone else feel that same movement is soooo cool. I was always so amazed, when I could feel other babies. Now I can feel my own. It is a crazy crazy world.

And yes the reference to flicking the wrists is for a basketball player. Most people say kicks and link it to a soccer player. Soccer is too cold of a sport for me. It is in the late winter and it is outside. I am going to push for basketball, so yes, we have a wrist flicker. David is so proud, I am sure...:).

3 days....

Three more days and I am off. I CANNOT wait!!!!! I just have to get a test in Micro, my big ultrasound (get to see the brain, heart, kidneys, and genitals-if we choose, which I will not), put together a portfolio for speech, a presentation in Micro, a presentation in Speech, and a paper in Speech all done. WHEW!!! I am already exhausted just typing all of that stuff. Can't wait for this week to be over. Then I will really be on my way!

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Apple Hill...

Just got back from Apple Hill. This is what I ate to today. Please don't judge. I am about to throw up thinking about it.

Animal Crackers and Diet Coke
Philly Cheese Steak, Potato Salad, and Sprite
Carmel Apple, Apple Crumb Donut, Hot Chocolate and Whip Cream, and a Carmel Popcorn Ball

I think the babe may have diabetes....And, I hope Mr. Health doesn't see this :).

Apple Hill was great. I got the cutest tye-die onesie. I love it. There was so much good stuff to buy, but it was sooo cold at the first place. I would recommend going early next year and definately hit up some of the wineries on the way. It is a beautiful drive. All the fall colors. I may want to open up my own apple farm.

Oh and a bird pooed on my head. It was gross and makes me hate birds even more.

Friday, November 13, 2009

10 second tidbits

I have a ton of homework to do this weekend. :(....

I have 5 weeks of school left, YAAAHHH!!!

The reunion is coming together nicely....Everyone has done such a great job!

I get to see my husband in 7 days.

I have been feeling movement for about 3 days. I am getting excited.

I found my baby carrier which made me very very happy.

I get to go to Apple Hill for the first time ever, tomorrow.

I get to eat a caramel apple tomorrow. My favorite!!!

My belly is growing= very tight pants and belly band.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

18 weeks-The size of a bell pepper

Last couple of weeks...

The last couple of weekends have been filled with fun and some exciting news. First off, one of my best friends, Paula, got engaged. Her bf, now fiance, Joe, had told us (her close girlfriends) about the proposal and planned for us to be at his house to celebrate after he popped the question on the Wine Train, yes, very romantic....Sooo.. Sarah, Alison, and I drove down to Benica to surprise Paula and to celebrate the exciting news, with sparkling cider no less! On the way down, Paula called each us separately to tell us that Joe proposed. It was so cute! We were cracking up because she didn't know that we would see her in about 20 minutes. I can't wait for August 21st. I am already so excited about all the planning too!

Other than Paula's proposal, which was the most exciting thing that happened over the last couple of weeks, well shoot....last couple of months, I have just been busy with school. I hit a little slump, which always happens around this time. Yes, I would know, because it seems like I am always "back" in school. I am feeling recharged and ready to finish the
semester strong. THEN, move to Japan, which will be the best Christmas present.

On Halloween I went Trick or Treating with Nate and Taylor. After Nate's bucket was full he started telling people that he had enough candy and didn't want anymore. Leah and I told him to be quiet and take what they would give him, yes.. I have a huge sweet tooth, especially right now. Yah, I know, my outfit is a little weird/hookerish. I figured it's Halloween, so I can rock what ever I want and I won't be able to dress like this for very much longer, so I might as well do it while I still can. Plus, I love turquoise and I love lace tights....Could I even ask for more????

I included some pics of the events...Oh and David sent me flowers, which made my month! And, here is 3D pic (a little disturbing, and this was the best one) at 15 weeks.