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26 week belly photo and update!

Thursday, December 31, 2009

Today I am officially 26 weeks or 6.5 months along! I cannot tell you how fast this time has gone by. It literally seems like yesterday I found out I was pregnant and now I am almost entering the 3rd trimester!!!

I have had several request for a belly shot so I figured now is a good time to start doing those every couple of weeks or so. I have so many photos of me during my pregnancy so far, but I wanted a close up of my ever growing belly!

I feel really good this morning in terms of my energy. I am heading out for a 3 mile walk in just a bit. I know it is not the long walks I have done in the past but at least it is something. My next apt is in 2 weeks and I am hoping for another good report from my doctor. I may have to lower my calories a bit if I am not walking so much in the third trimester but we will see what he says.

Now for the beloved weigh in! I am now showing a 15.6 pound gain! I am GROWING! I have gained 1.8 pounds in the past two weeks and I am perfectly happy with this. First of all, I am in that big growth phase where I am supposed to be packing on a pound a week. Then you add in Christmas and our anniversary trip and I have only gained .9 pounds each week, therefore I am right on track! Thank goodness the holidays did not put me over. If it did, it would not be the end of the world, but it does feel good to still be on track!

I found a good chart to track my weight gain. It shows you the high end and low end of typical pregnancy gains, then of course the average or middle ground where you should be. I am right in the dead center for 26 weeks! Yea! Would I like to be towards the bottom or the low end, well sure, who wouldn't, but I happy with where I am. I just need to keep going strong with my goals and stay on track, so far so good! I really do think I can stay within my range of 25 - 30 pounds. Here is a link to the chart for those who are pregnant and would like to use it!

Only 98 days left to go until my due date of April 8th! As I am writing this blog, my little girl is moving and kicking around, her usual morning exercise routine! She is saying a BIG hello to the Spark family and she cannot wait to meet you!

I am now off to finish 2009 STRONG! A good 3 mile walk for me and my baby, drinking all my water, getting my fiber in and staying on track with my calories!

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MTGALLO 1/5/2010 12:58PM

    Wow, what a great looks like a commercial. Tastefully done! Oh and April 8th is my 15 yr. anniversary! emoticon

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PRINCESSNURSE 1/3/2010 10:56PM

    You have the cutest belly shot I have ever seen! Happy New Year!

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    You are doing wonderful! :) Congrats on trying to stay healthy, even while pregnant. You deserve major kudos!

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    Your such a treat and I enjoy following your pregnancy journey. Almost makes me want to have another one when my youngest is 16! .......I said ALMOST emoticon


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WITHSPIRIT 1/2/2010 8:16AM

    What a beautiful picture. I may not write you often but you very often inspire me with your accomplishments, Jen!!!!! Congratulations on the joy of your baby girl coming soon!!!

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IRON__GIRL 1/2/2010 2:21AM


Nice work, with your weight gain, exercise, food, fiber, water, EVERYTHING!! You are TOTALLY AWESOME!!! You are going to be the BEST Mommy in the World!!

96 Days to go!!! emoticon

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SHAWNATONY 1/1/2010 5:45PM

    such a BeaUTIFUL belly!! Happy New Year to you, your sweetie and your lil one! ;)

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GABBY1027 1/1/2010 3:04PM

    What a cute belly, and your lucky no stretch marks!!! Seeing you keep walking everyday motivated me to walk too! When you think less than 100 days left, it really does become a reality. Enjoy the time, life changes once the baby arrives!!

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WIXNWAX 1/1/2010 11:45AM

    Happy New Year, Jen! That is a beautiful picture of you and you little girl! You are doing to great! Have a wonderful 2010!

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PLAYFULLKITTY 1/1/2010 11:16AM

    aaaaawwwww....thank you for posting...i love to see baby bumps...tehe... yes... i am one of those strange people that can't resist rubbing baby so consider your belly rubbed :)

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CCSDESTINY 1/1/2010 12:23AM

    AWEE! Your belly is BEAUTIFUL! Love this photo!!!

Happy new year sweetie! This one is going to be giant for you!! :D

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Happy New Year!

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SALINA78 12/31/2009 6:04PM

    Beautiful picture!

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ALISHAB3 12/31/2009 5:51PM

    Congratulations, I am sure you will do fine in the weight department, you look great. Happy New Year. Btw, I was a March baby, and if you are 6.5 months along then your baby might be in March, thats a good time for birthdays!

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PBGWILLIAMS 12/31/2009 2:20PM

    Your belly is beautiful! I wish mine looked so pretty when I was prego! You are already such a good mommy! It really makes me excited for the both of you! Happy New Years!


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SEEHOLZ 12/31/2009 2:07PM

    Of course you want to be at the center... that way you have no worries about the baby getting nurtured. Plus, I think that not everyone is meant to have a petite baby... I certainly wasn't! My kid was close to 9 lbs, so of course, I weight more-LOL!

Happy New Year! You're doing AWESOME!

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CADDIVA1 12/31/2009 1:43PM

    AWWW So Beautiful! Your doing so Well! Wow 98 days left! that seems sooooo short! It flys by huh? Well that is good to know. I am so happy for you! I cannot wait to take some good baby bump pics too! at this stage I am just feeling fat.. LOL.

emoticonHere is to a Healthy and Happy 98 days left of your Pregnancy! I cannot wait to meet your lil girl! emoticon

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MARSHA48 12/31/2009 1:20PM

    emoticon Happy New Year

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RHALES199 12/31/2009 1:12PM

    Lovely Picture!
okay, now you've inspired me to go walk a mile on the treadmill!


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BAMATEACHER 12/31/2009 1:04PM

    What a beautiful picture! And you look so fit and healthy.

I pray blessings for the rest of your journey.

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HEATHERSCOTTTN 12/31/2009 12:52PM

    Beautiful Belly Shot! So Cute! Will look forward to your ever growing belly and then the best of all... the BABY!!! WOOO WHOOO!!! Exciting!

You are doing great.. keep focused on NUTRITION and being healthy.. that is all that matters. Do not worry about the scale if you are doing those things. Huggs! and Happy NEW YEAR!

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TARABEAR 12/31/2009 12:48PM

    You look GREAT! Good job for taking such good care of yourself! It will pay off!

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MOCHWR 12/31/2009 12:47PM


You look like you have the perfect pregnant belly!

Yay for spring babies, my girl arrived on 4/7. emoticon

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RAWKNRUN 12/31/2009 12:39PM

  adorable!!! This is the best time of your pregnancy, enjoy it!

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SMILE12985 12/31/2009 12:36PM

    Congrats to you and your sweet family. You look wonderful. Way to go on hitting all of your goals!! You are very motivated and thats fantastic :O)

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_MSAPRIL17_ 12/31/2009 12:35PM

    Omgsoh such a nice picture!!!! I cannot believe you are at W26 already!!!

Happy New Year!!

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RUNTRILAUGH 12/31/2009 12:31PM


happy new year dear sparkfriend!!!! its going to be one of your best ever, i just know it!!!

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NOTABOUTHEFACE 12/31/2009 12:30PM

    How cute! How does it feel to be one of those cute little prego women? ;) Happy New Year to you and your beautiful family!
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TAMTAM64 12/31/2009 11:56AM

    Love the picture of your beautiful belly! :)


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JWENZEL723 12/31/2009 11:51AM

    absolutely beautiful belly!

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WISCHY30 12/31/2009 11:46AM

    I love love the belly picture! Happy New Year!! emoticon

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MBSHAZZER 12/31/2009 11:46AM

    LOVE IT! It's so petite, you can tell it's ALL baby! Way to go!

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USMAWIFE 12/31/2009 11:44AM

    Congrats on doing so well with your weight gain.

Happy 2010 to you

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Results from my rest day...

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Today was just wonderful! VERY relaxing and just what I needed. I am debating how many miles I will walk tomorrow. I can tell a difference from today where I did very little and the days I push it hard. Maybe my body is telling me to slow it down a bit. I am thinking about walking 3 miles tomorrow and that is all, then see how I feel and I can always walk more Friday.

I did really well today with my food and water intake, though after drinking so much water I feel as if I am going to BURST! I can tell a difference in the last week in my belly. I feel very full. It is like a stretching on the sides of my stomach, it feels so heavy. Guess it is normal but it hurts. Maybe it is from all the fiber I have been eating or all the water or the fact that I am 6.5 months pregnant or a combination of all three! Regardless I feel SO huge tonight, my husband of course loves it and to be honest I do to, it just feels so heavy all the sudden! emoticon

On a side note not related to fitness. My husband just started to paint the bathroom next to my gym here in our house. Well, we picked out a lovely color called Lilac Gray, it is so pretty. Well he put the color on the wall and it is SO light we can barely see it! We wanted a light grayish/ lilac color but this is VERY light. I think we may have to go up a shade. So bless his heart, guess we have to go get another gallon. The joys of painting! Guess we should of got the sample color and tested it on the wall FIRST. Oh well......

I am updating stuff on our baby registry which is always so much FUN! I also need to start working on the invitations. We are looking at a few but have not made up our mind whether we want to do a custom one or get one through the sites online. I have a good 3 - 4 weeks before the invites need to go out so I have time.

Goals for today 12/30 -

1. Eat at least 5 servings of fruits and veggies - DONE!
2. Consume at least 35 grams of fiber - DONE! 50 grams consumed
3. Consume at least 90 grams of protein - DONE! 101 grams consumed
4. Drink at least 128 oz of water (1 gallon) - DONE! 162 oz consumed
5. Log all foods and stay with in calories - 1,527 calories consumed

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RAWKNRUN 12/31/2009 11:13AM

  I am so proud of you, seriously, I love how you are putting the baby's needs first and really listening to your body, I am thrilled you are having such a wonderful, healthy pregnancy! PS this is the time the baby is bulking up more than developing, which is why she is starting to feel so heavy, TOTALLY normal!

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NUTRIGIRL08 12/31/2009 10:51AM

    I'm glad you had a great rest day! Reading your story about the painting reminds me of all the times we have had paint mess-ups! I know what you mean about feeling huge. I remember with Emily my first it was like all the sudden I woke up one morning and felt like I had swallowed a watermelon. But she is growing and you are taking such good care of yourself! She will be a healthy baby for sure and you will recover quickly I just know it.

Hope you have an excellent New Years!

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SINGER73 12/31/2009 10:47AM

    I'm so impressed with how well you are keeping up with exercise and eating well. You will thank yourself after the baby comes. Keep it up and just listen to your body. Still big body changes are coming t\so rest when you feel like it.

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FLORIDASUN 12/31/2009 10:42AM

    Hi sweet Jenn...I'm so happy that that little babykins is growing and growing. You are certainly entitled to SLOW down...remember you are metabolizing for two now..not just one any more!

Your exercise is so impressive..I think you are doing perfect! Just listen to your body and you can't make a mistake!

I can't wait to see the paint job..I bet it is sure to post some pics okay, okay?

Happy New's a toast to your happiness and may your EVERY dream come true in 2010! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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RUNTRILAUGH 12/30/2009 10:42PM

    Its so strange to think you are already at 6.5 months!!! Sounds like you are doing great! Just take those rest days... you'll need them!

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VISUALLYRICS 12/30/2009 8:24PM

    Oh the joys of the 3rd trimester! I can remember each of my pregnancies......"you REALLY feel pregnant"....such a beautiful time of life! I am so happy for you & glad that you are really listening to your is so important. You are dong SO well!! Be Blessed! ~ Laura

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NGCHILD 12/30/2009 7:31PM

    Don't overdue it and take care of that baby!!


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CCSDESTINY 12/30/2009 7:22PM

    So glad to hear your day went well and you are in good spirits! I remember going into my 3rd trimester I all the sudden felt WHOA! of course, the bigger your belly is the bigger the baby is getting, so its all good! :)

The color of your bathroom sounds lovely! I love the way you are constantly decorating your house :) You are always so organized!

I'm hungry, wish I was there to eat whatever you cooked emoticon

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BESTSUSIEYET 12/30/2009 7:18PM

    Best wishes as you seek to remain healthy as the birth of your baby draws near! Take care of yourself, and enjoy this special time!

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Rest day but still have goals to reach!

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

I am taking today off. Why? Well because I feel tried and it is a cold, rainy day here and it just feels right. I am going into town to run some errands and sit at Starbucks to read one of my baby books then try to get an appointment for a prenatal massage later before my husband comes home to paint. My husband told me to take it easy today and well if I am a good wife I need to do what he says, right?!?

Even though I will not be walking today, I still have goals I need to reach. Staying on track with my water, foods and so on are just as important as fitness, even more now so that I am feeding my little angel! 99 days to go until my due date!!!

Goals for today 12/30 -

1. Eat at least 5 servings of fruits and veggies
2. Consume at least 35 grams of fiber
3. Consume at least 90 grams of protein
4. Drink at least 128 oz of water (1 gallon)
5. Log all foods and stay with in calories - 1,600 - 1,800

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VERGE_OF_ME 12/30/2009 1:37PM

    A rainy day in Starbucks with a good book....ahhh a little slice of heaven : ) I continue to learn from you....still setting and striving for goals even on a rest day. I am so glad you are going to enjoy a well deserved(understatement) day of recuperation and refreshing. After all...we gotta keep the hubby's happy ; D Have a wonderfully blessed day Jen!!!
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CHEPRBYTHEDOZN 12/30/2009 1:31PM

    Enjoy your rest day-especially that massage!!!

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_MSAPRIL17_ 12/30/2009 1:28PM

    Your rest day sounds wonderful!!!! Enjoy your relaxing time, your little girl will probably love it!!!

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HEALTHYCHIC 12/30/2009 1:24PM

    I can't believe it's 99 days left! That's going to go by so fast! Take that rest day!! YOu and your little girl deserve it :).

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NUTRIGIRL08 12/30/2009 12:42PM

    Have a great day and enjoy the message!

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MBSHAZZER 12/30/2009 11:48AM

    Enjoy your rest day!

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NAENAE1213 12/30/2009 11:32AM

    Good job for you listening to your body! Enjoy your rest day and that massage!!! 99 days?!?! That means I'll be right behind you tomorrow!!!! WOOHOO!

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GROVERE 12/30/2009 11:30AM

    You should be the spokeswoman for the healthiest pregnancy!! I've read some of your blogs and you are truly inspirational, someday when I try to start a family I am going to remember your goals!

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CUTENCOMPACT05 12/30/2009 11:22AM

    Wow... 99 days how exciting. Hope you can get an appointment for your massage. Enjoy your Starbucks and reading. Hope you have a great day!

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SEEHOLZ 12/30/2009 10:36AM

    You day off sounds pretty nice! Enjoy the reading time at Starbucks!

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RHALES199 12/30/2009 10:26AM

    less than 100 days?!?!?! how exciting! Have a great rest day!

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CCSDESTINY 12/30/2009 10:20AM

    Less than 2 days left til 2010! :) I love even numbered years and am SO excited to ring in the new year! Have a great OFF day! It sounds lovely!!

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Workout results 12/29

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Today was wonderful. I was able to get in my 5 miles despite the bad weather here. I do think I am going to take tomorrow off, rest and take it easy. Tonight I am feeling tired and with all the errands I have to do around town tomorrow, I think that will be enough work. Then I can come back Thursday for another strong day. I am also going to get another massage tomorrow, I am due for another and those are just the BEST!!

Hope everyone has a lovely night! Thank you for your very sweet comments on my blog regarding our anniversary. It meant allot to me. You guys never cease to amaze me with your outpouring of support for every aspect of my life!

Total time and calories for the day -
Time - 99 mins - 5.12 mile walk
Calories burned - 462
Miles for the week - 13.12/30

Goals for today 12/28 -

1. Walk 4 miles - 5.12 miles DONE for today!!!
2. Eat at least 6 servings of fruits and veggies - Did not do only 2 servings today
3. Consume at least 35 grams of fiber - 56 grams DONE!
4. Consume at least 90 grams of protein - 146 grams DONE!
5. Drink at least 128 oz of water (1 gallon) - DONE!
6. Log all foods and stay with in calories - 1,800 - 2,000 - Just under range - 1,678 Calories consumed.

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CHEPRBYTHEDOZN 12/29/2009 10:05PM

    How do you get all that protein?? I aim for 60 per day(should be more while preg,right?) but only got 48gm today. Any ideas for me?
Great workout and you inspired me. i was thinking of you today while I did all my grocery shopping and had to hurry home to get in my walk before dark settled in. I only got 3 miles in-I'm giong to start aiming higher-you inspire me!

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DREAVG 12/29/2009 8:38PM

    Congrats on your goals. It looks to me like you are on a roll. Keep it up.


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10 year anniversary trip!

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

This is a VERY long blog so forgive me but I am just so excited! I think love should be celebrated! As I look back on our 10 years of marriage I cannot express enough the joy these years have brought me. Fairy tales do come true!

Our anniversary celebration started a few days before the actual date. My husband told me we were going on a trip to celebrate. He said it was close, about a 3 1/2 our drive and it was a romantic place with Christmas lights somewhere in Texas. I had no idea where we were going and my mind was going crazy with ideas. By telling me about the trip ahead of time I was thinking this would be my 10 year anniversary present, well he is sneaky and had another plan! He surprised me with a new diamond anniversary band!!! It is so beautiful, I just love it! The best part is there are 10 princess cut diamonds across the top to represent 10 years of marriage! I was crying so hard when he was putting it on my hand, it felt like 10 years ago when we first said "I do". It was a very special and intimate moment that I will treasure always.

The morning we were supposed to leave, I woke up thinking I was getting ready to go somewhere close, in Texas about 3 1/2 hours away. We sat by the fireplace and he handed me a black book and he simply said to me,"Life is short". When I opened the book there were 10 envelopes numbered 1 - 10 representing our 10 years together. I was only allowed to open one at a time because each envelop would revel what he had planned for each day and night of our trip. As I opened the first envelop and read the card I was in shock! It was a photo of the White House and it said Washington, District of Columbia, December 19 -22, 2009. Below this he wrote, " On this journey that is life, I can think of no better companion to accompany me than you. The wonderment that I see in your eyes as we travel the world together is one of the many things that set you apart from everyone else - and draws me closer to you."

He then told me that our flight was leaving in a few hours and we were heading to Washington DC for our anniversary which is somewhere I have always wanted to visit at Christmas! He thought of anything for this trip from afternoon tea at the Oriental to seeing Handel's Messiah at the Kennedy Center. We headed off to the airport, our luggage packed with snow boots and jackets ready for the snow that was awaiting us! Our flight was pushed back by a few hours but that was ok, we were on our way to D.C. and I was just so excited!

When we arrived at the airport we were told the flight was leaving the next day because of the snow storms hitting the East Coast. They looked for another option such as flying into New Jersey or even New York but all flights were canceled. We had a choice to try and fly in somewhere close or wait and have the trip postponed. I was crushed seeing the look on my husband's face who planned everything so beautifully. We had to make a choice and so we did. The airlines could get us on a flight to Boston and that was as close as we could get. So we went to get on the plane headed for Boston and once again, it was delayed, then delayed again....and again. Now we were loosing time and concerned about arriving in such a storm especially with me being pregnant. We were watching CNN and the reports from the roads were a disaster, the train service shut down and so were many of the attractions in D.C that we were heading to see.

We once again had to make a choice. So my husband called the airlines and said we wanted to change due to the weather then looked at me and said "Where would you like to go?" I said somewhere warm, and next thing I knew we were heading to California!!! They quickly pulled out our luggage and we were re-checked in for a flight to L.A. Our suitcase was filled with cold weather clothes so we drove back home from the airport, took out the boots and replaced them with a pair of sandals and we were on our way!

We arrived in LA and went straight to the rental car place hoping there was a car for us. We were able to get a car, a bright green convertible VW Bug! We were laughing SO hard! It was PERFECT! We wanted to drive up the cost of California in a convertible and what better way to do that in the middle of December than a bright green VW Bug! The first night we stayed in the Hollywood Hills and drove through West Hollywood with the top down taking in the sites. The next morning we started early driving up the Pacific Cost Hwy towards our next destination.

The night before, my husband had called The Four Seasons Biltmore resort in Santa Barbara and told them about our anniversary and the airport adventure, and then surprised me that we were on our way to Santa Barbara! A women on the plane to California told us about this resort and how romantic it was and now we were on our way!! The drive to Santa Barbara was beautiful. With the top down we listened to a mixed CD I made him of all our special love songs throughout the years. It was funny how something so completely unplanned turned out to be SO VERY romantic.

We arrived at the resort and it was a stunning! It was right off of the ocean in a small area, called Montecito that proved to be our favorite part of Santa Barbara. There were so many little shops and restaurants all decorated with lights and it had a very small town feel which we loved. For our stay, the resort provided us with a beautiful room in one of the villas, sparkling cider and chocolate covered strawberries along with a card wishing us a great stay and happy anniversary. During our stay at the resort we were able to see Kevin Costner, and Jeff Bridges was doing a 10 at 10 spot from the resort for the Jay Leno show on our anniversary so that was kind of cool, but hey, it is California right!

The stay in Santa Barbabra was perfect! It was relaxing and VERY romantic! We strolled around town, relaxed along the beach, mostly staying around the resort. We also took a drive up into the mountains behind the resort the morning of our anniversary that again proved to be one of those spontaneous adventures that ended up being priceless memory.

After the most amazing stay in Santa Barbara we headed south to Santa Monica where we stayed for a couple of nights in an old historic hotel right down from the Santa Monica pier overlooking the ocean. We where only staying in Santa Monica at night as during the day was spent driving out to other locations. Rodeo drive was definitely a highlight as it looked so lovely decorated for Christmas. We shopped and had a dessert at The Beverly Wilshire which overlooks the big Christmas tree off of Rodeo. It was nice sitting outside watching everyone pass by while at the same time, we were lost in each other in our own little world. I treated myself to a Brioche Bread pudding and oh my mercy me it was good! But hey, it was my anniversary trip after all!

While in Southern California visited Newport and Laguna Beach along with an amazing day trip to Palm Springs and Big Bear. This was a day to remember for sure. We arrived in the morning to the Palm Springs tram and much to our surprise there was snow at the top of all the mountains. That morning there was a windy advisory for the area and once we arrived I could see why. I have NEVER been in wind like this in my life, it was crazy! So one moment we were in a sand storm in the dessert of Palm Springs, then a few minutes later we were high above the mountains in the snow, then back down in the sand. It was incredible....only in California!

After a lunch in Palm Springs we headed to Big Bear. Once we had passed the wind and sand storms we put the top down and traveled up to Big Bear where it was COLD! There was snow all around and we started noticing cars pulling off to the side to put on snow chains. As I said before, we were in a convertible VW Bug so needless to say we did not have any chains. We kept going up and up but finally stopped as we were seeing too many people turning around. The California Highway Patrol was up ahead turning everyone away who did not have snow chains on because the ice was so bad further ahead. So we took some photos of us in the snow and headed back down. We then proceeded south and made it back to Laguna Beach for a beautiful sunset and what proved to be one of the most romantic nights of our trip.

While in the LA area we did see the standard sites of Hollywood and Beverly Hills, but we were mostly focused on slow walks, romantic drives up the coast with the top down at night and most of all, being with one another. I will forever hold in my heart the memories of this trip!

I cannot think of a better way to end this special blog than by sharing the tenth and final card my husband gave me. Inside the card was a photo of us from our wedding day and below were a few words he wrote from his heart and I will treasure always...."Time moves too fast, and before we knew it 10 years have somehow gone by. But when I look back at how we spent that time, I truly feel that we have seized the life God blessed us with and embraced it head on. We did it together, with you by my side, in my arms, and in my heart."

A few memories from our stay in Santa Barbara, Santa Monica, Palm Springs and Big Bear

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CADDIVA1 12/31/2009 2:18PM

    AWWW Jen! He is so sweet to have gone to all that for you! He Loves you so much! Congrats to 10 years and Here is to 10 more Beautiful Years!!!!

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BTW... Who was Always there that took both of your Pics! Especially on the beach! AWWW so cute! I cannot believe that was CA. It looked like you were all alone, when I went to CA it was crowded.. but I wasn't in Rodeo drive either... LOL........that is so very cool! So happy for you!

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MOMOFDEREK 12/30/2009 8:14PM

    Holy Cow!! In today's world?! In today's busy, demanding, life?! "Amazing" is what I say! My husband and I are on our 1oth year too, and I'm just feeling totally blessed that he continues to be employed, and is so darned hard-working and loyal. Anything beyond that is bonus! You are blessed! Thank God!!

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VAL_ERIE 12/30/2009 2:46PM

    This definitely brought a tear to my eye! Sounds like an amazing trip! Congratulations on 10 years of marriage and so many more to come! I agree with NATF! Where is he teaching romantic 101?! I'm sending my fiance straight away! haha

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SHANNONSNAIL 12/30/2009 1:19PM

    That's so sweet, I think I'm gonna cry! I'm so glad you had a great trip and so many surprises :-) We are sort of discussing a "babymoon" and I have no idea where we might go but I hope it's as much fun as your trip sounds like it was!

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HOPEFULSWEIGH 12/29/2009 5:08PM

    Jen you look absolute stunning! Thanks for sharing the pics. You and hubby put a smile on my face, what a great love you two share - what a romantic guy you have! Your daughter is very lucky to have two such wonderful parents.

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MAMAOF3KIDDIES 12/29/2009 4:14PM

    Absolutely beautiful & touching! What a great guy!

Happy Anniversary!

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PBGWILLIAMS 12/29/2009 3:25PM

    Wow, what an incredible surprise all the way to the end! You guys are adorable, especially you with your baby bump! How cute are you! Congratulations on 10yrs! Great blog!

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BYEBYEADIPOSE 12/29/2009 3:22PM

    Just beautiful!

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NOTABOUTHEFACE 12/29/2009 3:13PM

    Jeez, I'm bawling like an idiot! How crazy romantic and is your hubby willing to teach Romance 101!?! LOL
How lucky your baby will be to have a healthy relationship to model into their adult life.

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LISAHOLMGREN 12/29/2009 3:09PM

    This brought a tear to my eye! What a wonderful and caring man you have. Your relationship is beautiful! Congrats on 10 years of marriage.

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LISAHOLMGREN 12/29/2009 3:09PM

    This brought a tear to my eye! What a wonderful and caring man you have. Your relationship is beautiful! Congrats on 10 years of marriage.

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LISAHOLMGREN 12/29/2009 3:09PM

    This brought a tear to my eye! What a wonderful and caring man you have. Your relationship is beautiful! Congrats on 10 years of marriage.

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LISAHOLMGREN 12/29/2009 3:09PM

    This brought a tear to my eye! What a wonderful and caring man you have. Your relationship is beautiful! Congrats on 10 years of marriage.

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IMARUNR 12/29/2009 3:06PM

    Happy Anniversary!! Love that you could be flexible and still have a wonderful time.
Also, LOVE LOVE the pictures...and of course, the green convertible! emoticon

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THE_SILVER_OWL 12/29/2009 2:54PM

    Happy Anniversary, and thanks for sharing your memorable adventures with all of us. Your hubby sounds like a jewel and I can tell you are counting your blessings. Congratulations!

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RUNSHANBUN 12/29/2009 2:53PM

    Lovely! Just absolutely lovely and thoughtful of the hubs. Congrats too on expecting a little one :)

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JENNWALTOS 12/29/2009 2:44PM

    wow...reading that brought tears to my eyes. Your husband is such a sweetheart! Thank you so much for sharing and happy ten year anniversary!

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DRAGONFLY1974 12/29/2009 2:30PM

    Amazing!!! Happy 10 years!

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ELFITZPA 12/29/2009 2:25PM

    What a wonderful anniversary!! You two are so blessed to have eachother!!

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NUTRIGIRL08 12/29/2009 2:04PM

    That is totally awesome Jen!!! You two are truly an inspiration of how marriage is supposed to be like. Thanks for sharing!!!

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SEEHOLZ 12/29/2009 1:45PM

    I can't say that I'll ever be able to stay at some fancy resort, but I have been fortunate to drive up the Pacific Coast-- the next time, I'm biking-LOL!
Thanks for sharing this wonderful vacation with us! You are right, the decorations and all look so fabulous!

I spend my 10 yr anniversary mainly in the January windtunnel of Manhatten-LOL- but I'll always my trip and wouldn't trade it!

Your husband's not only romantic, but super smart to realize that life is short, fleeting and precious and to credit you for being his daily reminder!

Last, but not least, I had to giggle at the thought of you wearing flip flops with your winter coat-LOL- embracing all seasons, right?!

I have a feeling that D.C. is in your near future!

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PARTICLEGIRL22 12/29/2009 1:33PM

    Wow! I thought my husband was the most romantic man in the world, but yours wins hands down! What an amazing trip!

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BOVEY63 12/29/2009 1:26PM

    What an amazing celebration of your love. You two are truly blessed to have each other.
Here's to the next ten years and a lifetime of adventures and blessings!

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TRACIJO74 12/29/2009 1:15PM

    Amazing detail! Congrats and blessings on your marriage and family! Love the pictures.

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GSCOTTC 12/29/2009 1:13PM

    I really, really hope my wife doesn't see this.

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PEARLJGURL 12/29/2009 1:01PM

    OMG your hubby is soooo romantic. What an amazing and memorable gift! Congrats on 10 years :)

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KEEPGOING87 12/29/2009 1:01PM

    awwww this made me cry.... my 4th yr anniversary is comin up in July. You guys are so perfect for each other. Thank you for sharing!

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SYLVIA2010 12/29/2009 12:59PM

    Thank u so much for sharing. Your blog brought tears to my eyes. So sweet!

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MALIBUPRES 12/29/2009 12:49PM

    What a great blog! I loved all of your details! Thanks so much for sharing! You are blessed to have such a wonderful life partner! What a great way to wrap up 2009!

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TAEOTIS 12/29/2009 12:47PM

    How sweet! That awesome!! Marriage is a wonderful thing.

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CCSDESTINY 12/29/2009 12:43PM

    How Sa-Weet! Your hubby is so thoughtful! I'm jealous! LOL! Could I pay him to give some lessons!?! You two love birds look like you were having a fantastic time together. I've always wanted to go drive up the pacific coast! Maybe when I reach 10 yrs that's what I'll ask for ;)

PS. You my fav pic was where he was kissing your belly on the beach! That is beautiful!!

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HEATHIELAUREN 12/29/2009 12:43PM

    I love looking at all your pics! I try to close my eyes and imagine the places that I haven't been, and then think back to the sights and smells of the places that I have been. What a wonderful anniversary! WTG with 10 years! You have been truly blessed and I promise, your little one will make it so much better! Congrats again :)

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CUTENCOMPACT05 12/29/2009 12:38PM

    What an amazing adventure. So sweet. Sorry the weather ruined your DC trip. I live 45 mins from DC and we got 2 feet of snow good thing you were able to change flights and didn't fly in sooner. You would have been stuck in the hotel for a couple days.

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BELG64 12/29/2009 12:34PM

    You are such a lucky girl with such an amazing husband. He will make such a great father!!!

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MBSHAZZER 12/29/2009 12:19PM

    AWWW, Jen, this blog brought TEARS to my eyes! You guys are TOO CUTE!! I love, love, love that your hubby did this for you! What a special anniversary weekend! I'm so glad you did not let the weather ruin your wonderful celebration! Wishing you many, many more happy years together!

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FREDDY1232 12/29/2009 12:08PM

    Congratulations on ten years of marriage. I really enjoyed your great blog! emoticon

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JENONTHEROX 12/29/2009 12:03PM

    Thanks Jen for sharing such an intimately special part of your life. It's incredibly touching & wonderful & so positive.
Your baby is one lucky little person to be coming into a world to such loving & happy parents!

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RHALES199 12/29/2009 11:56AM

    Oh my goodness how exciting & fun and all that stuff!
You are very lucky.... some of us can only dream of things like that :)

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CRKRJAK 12/29/2009 11:54AM

    How beautiful!!

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CARED88 12/29/2009 11:46AM

    This made me tear up! So, so beautiful. Congratulations :)

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FLOOSIEMAGOO 12/29/2009 11:45AM

    Ain't love grand! I do love my beautiful state and cannot think of two other people who I want to enjoy its splendor. Happy New Year, Happy Baby, Happy Anniversary.


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JWENZEL723 12/29/2009 11:42AM

    there really are no words adequate enough to comment on this blog! simply amazing.

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NGCHILD 12/29/2009 11:42AM

    What a wonderful way to spend your anniversary!!


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REDSPARKLE 12/29/2009 11:39AM

    I just loved this blog! What you two have with each other is very rare. Cherish each day. Just when you thought it could not get any better, the two of you are about to be blessed with the most precious gift ever! Life is fantastic!

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MISSCLEO11 12/29/2009 11:36AM

    Oh my goodness how romantic!!!!!
Thanks for telling us all about it!!!!!
I love seeing your joy in life :)

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LADYBUGRUNNER 12/29/2009 11:34AM

    OMG, you are so blessed to have such a wonderful prince charming!! You all are such a beautiful couple.

You're blog made me feel like I was reading a fairy tale!! Your pictures are beautiful! Thank you for sharing this special moments with us. May God Bless you and DH on many many many more years!!

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EAT_MOVE_LIVE 12/29/2009 11:33AM

    How romantic!! Congrats on 10 years of marriage!!! Heres to 10 more and then 10 more and then 10 more :) and then 10 more.... emoticon Have a great day!

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