Naps, thunderstorm and treats

OBTS Day 5

For day 1
For day 2
For day 3
For Day 4

The boys went to the beach while the ladies stayed at the house. The boys got caught in the rain.... I would have been freaking out. But Nathaniel exclaimed: this is the best day of my life. While Daniel stated: we are taking a shower.
Poor Bastian: no word. No sound. {I still think he had fun}

I caught up on my much needed rest. This pregnancy has made me super tired. I sleep 8-9 hours per night and I still crave naps. Some nights I wake up and cannot go back to sleep. {pregnancy insomnia}

We grabbed ice cream treats before dinner! Yes, before dinner.

I love this bunch.
Meet the power rangers.
Left to right: black ranger, pink ranger, red ranger, green ranger, blue ranger and yellow ranger.

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Sun, beach, burn {photo diary}

OBTS Day 4

For day 1
For day 2
For day 3

By far the best day at the beach!

The children went to the park late morning to wait while it warmed up some more. I stayed at the rental and sunbathed... Derrick called an hour later and I proudly said: I'm getting darker! Little do I know, it was the beginning of a sunburn. I was thinking some vitamin D after a long winter won't hurt... I was dead wrong!

I walked to the beach on my own. I stayed there for half an hour or so... What a nice way to relax.

After our lunch, we didn't waste anymore time. We headed to the beach and had the best afternoon.

Best way to end day 4 was the arrival of my sister and her children!

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Haircuts and sand

OBTS day 3
For day 1
For day 2

The sun may not be present but you will still find the D-crew in our hoodies and bathing suit at the beach.

It was also a productive day. I cut Isabel's hair and Sebastian's hair (finally!) for the first time. I started with isabel first. She's more cooperative obviously.

Feeding them and watching DVDs worked wonders. Key for baby's first hair cut: patience. It took an hour of cutting on and off and SJ got rid of his ratty surfer hair.

From now on, I'll find a rental with a grill. I always planned on cooking while on vacation. But my stir fry plans or using the oven, just didn't work out for me. Looks like grilling is definitely doable.

This is an easy marinade:
Soy sauce
Brown sugar

I don't even measure the ingredients.let me know once you've tried it.

And they said they were going to take a nap.....
Yeah, right!

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JB day 2

For day 1 recap, head here.

We left our beach strip and went 1.5 hours north to leave a rainy day. We either had to drive north for 1.5 hours or 3.5 hours south just so we could go to a beach without rain. We chose to go north.

It was a cold day! The temps dropped 15 degrees just from the beach parking lot to the beach! That's only 25 yards away.

Derrick took pic of the children in their hoodies. We are hard-core spring breakers.

I Love my children's enthusiasm. They played for 40 minutes without complaint. Bastian didn't want to leave the chilly beach. We. Are. Hard. Core.

The trip north was not a total bust. On our way to the coast, Derrick saw a Filipino restaurant. We grabbed takeout of bulalo, lechon kawali, pancit bihon, chicken mami and Turon.

I paid for all the fat and grease of the lechon kawali. Massive heartburn for this preggers. Derrick went to the store at 10p to get me Zantac. Bless his heart.

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OBTS {Photo diary}

Day 1:
After 14.5 hours of driving and 18 hours in the car (!) we finally arrived in FL. The rental is beautiful and the guest room was waiting for my sister's arrival mid-week. The children share the Gilligan's island room with twin beds. They actually slept there all night on our first night.

We ventured to the nearest Catholic Church for Sunday Mass.
I had to remind the children about the donut reward if they kept their good behavior.

Mass grades:
Daniel - B
Isabel - C
Sebastian - C

Ok let's just blame the newness of the area. The children went crazy. This town is mostly a retirement crowd. (We probably missed the young families who went to the earlier Mass). So I felt like every pair of eyes was staring at me and my young children. A nice lady whispered: your children are beautiful - after handing me Sebastian's sippy, which he purposely threw at the back of the pew.

One thing about family vacations is that we end up going to plan C. The vacation schedule is there is NO schedule.

This is what I wore Sunday.

Dress- thrifted
Bump - 24 weeks plus change
Photo by Daniel.

After donuts, we finally headed to the beach. The reason for our day-long drive.

So that's it for our first day. Stay tuned for more!

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Pink Sunday

I'm back to iPhone pix for my outfits. I haven't been posting in awhile because I want to use my canon.... But it's not happening. Just not happening. I should really train my 5 year old. He'd be an awesome photographer!

Outfit Deets:
Dress - zulily
Cardi - old, Ralph Lauren
Flats - also zulily

Bump - 23 weeks + some days

Mass Grades:
Daniel - A
Isabel - A
Sebastian - C
Grades given by their father who matched our priest for Laetere Sunday.

Linking up with FL&P, tuckerUp and wwiw.

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quickest baby-moon

babymoon -noun
-- A last vacation taken by expectant parents before a baby is born.

When I was invited for an all-expense-paid-for conference in Chicago - though it's still in the coldest time of the year - I urged Derrick to join me. This could be our babymoon, I thought.

We stayed at The Drake Hotel where the meeting was held. What made me even more excited, was not that Princess Di stayed there, nor My Best Friend's Wedding  was filmed there, but that it houses Chanel as one of its retail tenants. And Louis Vuitton is just across the street.

Is this a sign???

I ate so much food that weekend.
I predict total weight gain of 10 lbs.
baby - 2 oz
Me - 9.8 lbs

May I indulge you with 7quick photos -- for 7 quick takes?

1. Chicago welcomed us in its usual self -- rush hour traffic.

2. why oh why did not I take a photo of the steakhouse we went to? This place was hopping! I am glad we had reservations because that place was packed from 6p-9p, the entire team our group was there. The bar was packed. The waiting area was packed. The dining room tables were always filled with customers.

but I did take a photo of my cute tabasco bottles during breakfast....

I used one.

I kept one for future use. Look for a pregnant lady taking out her tabasco sauce from her Louis purse.

3. A babymoon is not complete without a selfie.
Am I embarrassed I was tagged glamour girl by a colleague? would you believe if I say no? I was lazy to figure out which trousers fit my ever-expanding belly and thighs. So I stayed with the shift dress.

4. The conference ended early Sat afternoon. I drank more coffee than what I intended so I could not take a nap. I did not ask Mr. husband to take evidence photos of where we went for shopping.
but I coerced him to take a photo of that expensive something inside that brown bag.

we grabbed "pasalubong" for the children. I did not forget about them!
this bag is small but deadly. i am still having a little shopper's guilt.

5. If you want to experience yummy, authentic and reasonably priced Filipino food, please check out isla Pilipina! oh my... oh my... I could never recreate that food. It reminds me of my grandma's cooking.

Here's my dessert. I ate it on the way back to the hotel.
Not pictured: my order of kare-kare, lumpiang shanghai, lechon kawali.
Good thing pregnancy labs do not include cholesterol panel. I won't pass that test.

6. I forgot my fancy cam to record my OOTD for Sunday.
I got a pict of the bump.... as already seen on instagram.

These J. brand jeans still fit me! they are midrise, super stretchy and very forgiving. I am 21 weeks along.... and a little sad that I might have to give them up postpartum. I do not want to stay this size postpartum. If I find another awesome sale, I will splurge and get another pair that will fit me.

7. This was Derrick's request.
we stopped by chinatown for dimsum for Sunday lunch. granted, this food photo is NOT dimsum but spicy beef noodle.

now this is dimsum:

Forgive me for sporadically blogging and then giving you a post/play-by-play of our babymoon.
I live to please.

head on over to Kelly's for more fun quick takes.

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