Monday, October 17, 2011

luck o' the irish

We've made it to Pensacola and everyone is settled into their temporary homes.
Let me just say, it sure isn't Coronado, CA.  I drive around the city with my doors locked & you wouldn't catch me dead walking around without somebody by my side.
I know I spent a long time in Vermont, but even some of the scariest parts of Philly are a little less intimidating than this city.  From what I've been told, it's not uncommon for military towns to be in some of the worst locations.  
Note to self: find an apartment much further away from the base {maybe the beach areas are nicer... I hear they have some of the most beautiful white sand beaches here}.

In our search for a safe & semi-normal place to enjoy our weekends, we found a not-so-little Irish Pub in downtown.  It's an Irish girl's heaven.  Brad and I have been there twice... once for dinner & again because we just had to share it with a good friend.  During our first dinner date in Pensacola, we were serenaded by a live bagpiper.  I can't begin to explain my excitement.  I think it consisted of some clapping and jumping up and down in my booth.  I'm definitely an Irish girl through & through.

 
There is over a million dollars hanging from the ceiling throughout the restaurant.  The story goes that a waitress hung her first tip on the wall of the restaurant & everyone else followed suit.  If you hang a dollar from the ceiling you get a card officially declaring you an Irishman!




Brad was so excited to learn that they brew their own beer here!  I imagine I would have joined in the same excitement if I could indulge in a glass or two, but this baby has put drinking on hold for a very long time!

 When Brad finds a restaurant, I think he makes it a personal goal to try the most obscure item on the menu.  Well, I don't think it gets any stranger than this:


It's McGuire's Terrible Garbage Burger.  I can't even begin to tell you what is on it, but I can tell you that Brad didn't finish half of it before having it boxed up & brought it home.  He made it through the ice cream, chocolate hot sauce, bacon, wasabi, & maybe the corned beef.  It sounds disgusting, it looks disgusting & the menu describes it as "some of everything - it's absolutely disgusting."  That about sums it up.  I'll stick to my salad & baked potato.

We sure did find our new regular place!  One of the benefits of Pensacola -- everything is MUCH more affordable than San Diego.  You don't feel like you're spending your life savings whenever you go out for a dinner date.  I have to admit, I love that.
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On a side note, this chicadee had to go shopping today.  There's nothing more frustrating than not fitting into any of your clothes anymore.  I was never the type of person to try on 10 different outfits before finding the one that satisfied me for the day, but this morning I became that person & it was quite exhausting.  So, Brad and I ventured out to the mall to buy some mommy-to-be clothes.  I loved it & Brad could see it written all over my face that I was in desperate need of some retail therapy & some clothes that my baby belly will fit into.  Now, I just need to stay away from the mall & the restaurants!




Friday, October 7, 2011

cha-cha-cha-changes

There has been so much going on in our world lately, I'm shocked I can even keep up half of the time.
Let's see if I can recap it all...
As you know, we moved to sunny California {it really is as sunny here as they make it out to be}.
Brad has been here for 3 months & I've been here just over a month.  We love it.
I love the beaches, the sunshine, the hummingbirds dancing around our apartment.  Everything is so easy going out here {except the highways... people are in such a hurry to get nowhere fast out here, but I guess living in Vermont for 10 years will make me see it that way}, & of course the food.  Oh there are sooooo many good restaurants out here & I have the scale to prove it!!!

Sadly, after only a month of enjoying this beautiful state, we are moving on... & fast!!!

Where will we go???

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That's right... we're moving back to the EAST COAST... on MONDAY!!!

I've never been to the panhandle of Florida before, but I'm hoping the beaches are just as beautiful as the ones here.  I'm really excited that we will still be in warm, sunny weather for at least a few more months.
And I'm soooooooo excited to be closer to family & friends on the east coast again! :) 
They will be a huge help and big support system for us...

Why, you ask?

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Cause we're having a BABY!!!!


Baby DeRoo is 12 weeks and 2 days along & should arrive on April 18th.
We are oh so excited to share this little sweet pea with everyone!  
It's been a long 12 weeks of waiting to share the news!  Trust me, we wanted to scream it from the rooftops, but wanted to be particularly sure that all was safe & sound!

Baby Deroo will be a gymnast someday, I have no doubt.  The little cutie pie was doing back flips in my belly during the ultrasound making it difficult to hear a heartbeat, but it's there & beating at 150 bpm.

Daddy was grinning from ear to ear the entire time!  He's going to be a great father... just you wait and see!

So, there it is... all of our big news!
Can you believe it??  Because I'm still trying to wrap my head around all of this {more-so the move across country... AGAIN... on Monday}.  As for the baby, I've wrapped my head around that and am uber excited to introduce him/her to this crazy world!

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

air

Brad's parents are in town for the month of October, so we decided to jump in the car and head up to the Marine base in Miramar this past Saturday for the air show.
Brad was in his element {especially now that he will be working with planes} & I have to admit, there are very few things that Brad loves that I don't.  
It was a beautiful day {ugly days are few & far between here}.  I took every opportunity to soak up the California rays.







I love that we always have something to do here {and so many things are free}.  I guess that's one of the perks of living outside of the city & I must admit, I love perks. :)