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Life Lately

So I am finally catching up on our “lives lately” more like for the months of January and February! It has been a crazy couple months as we prepare for Baby B who is now only a couple of weeks away.

January brought us our birthing class at the hospital which was very beneficial and helped us get a better feel for what we are about to get ourselves into! 😳 We finally have had some time to start working on our nursery.  Here is a little sneak peak…walls, furnishings and window are still in progress! #finalprojectcomingsoon🎬


We celebrated Grant’s birthday with a trip to Sausalito. As we ventured that way we made a couple of stops.  One was at a warehouse that I had been wanting to check out. The warehouse was a Potterybarn, William-Sonoma, and West Elm sale where you could go rummage through random furnishings at a discounted price (pretty much an outlet).    It was a fun adventure in itself, but I wouldn’t recommend going there alone because it’s not in the best part of the city.  #sketchy   We joked as we were heading there that we were going to need a password to enter because we literally went through this barbed-wire gated area and drove through rows of warehouses along the Port of Oakland.  Don’t worry we made it out ok! 😉

After that we headed to Sausalito! For those of you not familiar with Sausalito it is the city at the north end of the Golden Gate Bridge. Before the bridge was built it served as the main terminus for ferry and other transportation to San Francisco. The touristy portion of this city is adorable as it sits on the water with beautiful views of San Fran. fullsizeoutput_c9dfullsizeoutput_ca5fullsizeoutput_c9f
We toured the boardwalk and ate dinner at the Barrel House Tavern.  This place had amazing food and incredible architecture!!
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fullsizeoutput_cb0Definitely a quick trip but so fun nonetheless. Yet another recommended place for choice of adventure!

At the end of January we took our last trip home before the baby arrives! While home we were showered with love and support from friends and family through several baby showers.  We can’t thank you all enough and are excited for your roles in baby B’s life!

February has been a whirlwind and quite eventful!  A couple of weeks ago, I was preparing dinner and had a bit of a slip with the knife! Ok it was a lot of a slip!! We were in the ER for 3 hours trying to get my finger treated from cutting it instead of the bread. I won’t go into details but that evening I was mess, scared that it might not heal and weak from the blood that was everywhere. #eveninmyhair 😳  I was finally treated and sent on my way  but was still having a melt down because of the outcome of the diagnosis- a skin avulsion! Basically I thought they would stitch it and things would heal and be ok but with an avulsion, skin is missing and nothing can be stitched.  (The doctor did say I was lucky that it wasn’t any deeper because then I would have needed to see a hand surgeon for repairs) So heading home was a little rough as I kept thinking about the missing skin! 😭 lol

The reason I tell you this story is for this next part.  I got home and laid in bed still a mess from the outcome, but quickly became peaceful.  As I lay there these were the words I read from my devotional, Jesus Calling.  “Thank Me for the conditions that are requiring you to be still. Instead of resenting the limitations of a weakened body, search for My way in the midst of these very circumstances.  Limitations can be liberating when your strongest desire is living close to me.” 2 Corinthians 12:9– Each time he said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me.   These words spoke deep within as I realized that God was re-captivating my heart and allowing me to draw nearer to Him through what I thought to be horrible and limiting circumstances. It is awesome to see God’s work in even the littlest of moments, or big for some!  😉  My finger is healing well–thanks to G for treating it everyday even when he is about to pass out too.
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On a more exciting note–Monday, February 20th we welcomed our new niece into the world (ok we weren’t there physically but we did get to FaceTime and see her). screen-shot-2017-02-25-at-7-52-22-pm Congrats to Ben & Michelle on a beautiful baby girl, Halle Renee! We are so excited to meet her in person. 😘

On to more adventure…Last weekend we celebrated Valentine’s Day with a little getaway to San Fransisco.  This was a really refreshing time away! We visited the Japanese Tea Garden which is such a beautiful, serene place. We sipped some tea from the tea house and strolled through the winding paths. A very peaceful place!

We then went to Fisherman’s Wharf where we toured the boardwalk and sites by the water.  This is a fun place with lots of touristy shops and restaurants.img_0902fullsizeoutput_d75

We made our way back downtown where we checked into the Parc 55 hotel near Union Square.  This a great location in the heart of the city, walking distance to great eats and shopping!  We decided to find dinner at whatever sounded best at the time instead of making reservations ahead.  This also allowed us to take our time at places and eat when we wanted.  (Just a side note for those thinking they might do the same, that even though it’s San Fransisco on a Saturday evening, restaurants aren’t open much past 10:30pm.) #it’snotpurdue

We ended up eating at John’s Grill, a quaint historic steak and seafood restaurant. The food was excellent and the company even better!  To go along with the company, Grant surprised me at dinner with a beautiful ring! The meaning he gave this is encouraging, more than just some bling!  “Like the gold and diamonds in this ring, the relationship we have is precious and when this baby is added to our lives my prayer is that our hearts remain intertwined as one.” 😘

Sunday we had a late brunch in the city before heading back to Turlock. We ate at Sears Fine Food which  lended to our dinner atmosphere the night before of the historic atmosphere! #notplanned The food was amazing and I would highly recommend this to those looking for delectable breakfast food in San Fran!

So that is life lately!
Maternity Photos coming soon💙chp_9900

 

 

 

 

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2 thoughts on “Life Lately

  1. Melinda and Grant thank you for sharing your wonderful journey the past couple months. So anxious for the little one to arrive. You both will be great parents. May God Bless you both, will keep you in my prayers. love Aunt Betty

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