Funny Moments (in hindsight)

Life is full of moments that sometimes start out as frustrating or scary, but in hindsight are pretty funny. I figured I would share a couple of those recent moments in my life…

Moment 1: Last Saturday, while unloading the dishwasher, I accidentally knocked the bottom rack off of its tracks. When I went to put it back, I noticed that our plastic salad tongs had fallen to the bottom of the dishwasher. I grabbed the tongs and they wouldn’t budge… The heating element at the bottom of the dishwasher had melted the tongs, and as the plastic cooled, it hardened around the element. Oh boy.

So I went downstairs and told John that I had something kind of “annoying” that I needed to show him. He came upstairs and took a look. We feared we may need to get a new heating element. John broke off the parts of the tongs that would come off easily. And then we used acetone nail polish remover to try and get off more of the plastic. (That idea came from google.) We had the thought to look at GE’s website, since we own a GE dishwasher. This issue must pop up on a somewhat frequent basis because GE’s website had instructions for how to remove melted plastic from the heating element at the bottom of the dishwasher. We followed the instructions, and while we’re now down a set of salad tongs, our dishwasher is as good as new.

This was taken after John had broken off a portion of the salad tongs.

Moment 2: John was on a work trip Monday to Wednesday of this past week. We try and talk on the phone or FaceTime each night while he’s away. On Tuesday evening, while we’re talking on the phone, I hear someone coming into our house. I’m in the kitchen, and it sounds like the intruder is coming in through the door that goes out to the garage through the mudroom. My heart starts racing super fast, and I immediately run to our front door so I can get away before the intruder opens the mudroom door and enters the kitchen. Please keep in mind that I’ve already gotten ready for bed and I have no idea where I’m going to go once I get outside. Well, guess who the intruder was… JOHN. He had decided to come home a night early and surprise me. And boy was I ever surprised. My heart was racing so fast that all I could say when I realized it was him was “I hate you…I hate you…I hate you…” while laughing and regaining my composure at the same time. He scared me SO bad! It was hilarious though.

John’s 30th Birthday

To celebrate John’s birthday, we headed to DC the night prior to his actual birthday. We met up with John’s cousin and his family, who were vacationing in DC. We ate dinner with them at Shake Shack, a famous DC burger joint.

John and I stayed at the Mayflower Hotel that night. The Mayflower is where we stayed the night we got married, and we enjoy going back every so often. A few days prior, I had asked some of John’s friends and family to text me words that describe John. I wanted to incorporate “30 words” into the birthday decorations to celebrate John’s 30th. I ended up receiving way more than 30 words, and since I loved all of the words that were submitted, I decided not to narrow them down to 30. Prior to arriving at the Mayflower, I wrote down each word on a post-it note so I could easily stick them onto the wall. While John was in the bathroom, I began sticking the post-its onto the wall in the foyer of our hotel room. However, the adhesive wasn’t strong enough, and they kept falling off the wall. John caught me in the act, so I ended up enlisting his help to put tape on the back of all the post-its so they would stick to the wall.



On John’s actual birthday, we slept in and had a relaxing morning. Then we headed to the Library of Congress. After a very quick visit at the Library of Congress, we left to meet my brother Trevor for lunch. It was raining, and John and I had one umbrella between the two of us. We decided to venture out in the rain, and no less than a minute after we left, the rain turned into a torrential downpour. We stopped under a large tree and huddled together under the umbrella. However, the wind was gusting and we both got soaked. I was kicking myself because I actually had a rain jacket in the car. After about 10 minutes, we realized we couldn’t possibly get more wet than we already were so we kept walking to the restaurant. After eating lunch, I decided to walk to the car to get the pants I wore the day prior and switch into flips flops I packed. Thankfully I also had a baseball cap with me so I didn’t have to walk around with hair totally messed up by the rain.

Outside of the Supreme Court.

After lunch my brother took us on a tour of the U.S. Capitol. This summer he’s been an intern in Senator Hatch’s office. The tour was awesome. I loved seeing the different rooms Trevor took us to.


The president pro tempore’s office.



As we left the Capitol, it was once again raining. My flips flops did not have the traction needed to walk down the marble stairs without slipping… I fell… twice. It was funny and sad all at the same time haha.

John and I headed to Matchbox for dinner. We were supposed to attend a Nationals baseball game after that, but it was cancelled because of the rain. So we headed home after dinner and stopped at Sweet Frog for some frozen yogurt. That Sunday we celebrated with my family. They came over for dinner and games. We had a taco bar and then played a fun round of Hoopla. All in all it was a fun and memorable birthday celebration! I am so grateful for this 30-year-old in my life 🙂



A Post on Pregnancy

I haven’t posted much about my pregnancy because I don’t want to be an “over-sharer.” I decided to write one post on what I’ve experienced thus far for my own personal remembrance.

I found this picture on my phone on Sunday, and I said to John, “This picture pretty much sums up my first trimester.” I felt overly tired, got headaches nearly everyday, and had an underlying sense of nauseousness in the evenings. Consequently, things like folding laundry, that I normally stay on top of, fell to the wayside. I remember this evening well. John was out of town and I ended up talking to my mom on the phone so I could focus on something more enjoyable as I folded a couple weeks worth of laundry.


The second trimester was great. I didn’t feel nauseous or sick except for maybe just one or two days. I’ve now officially entered the third trimester. In the last couple of weeks, I’ve started feeling more tired but otherwise I’ve been feeling good.

People often ask me if I have any cravings. And truthfully, I think the answer is no. Practically every day I think to myself, “I would love a donut or cupcake.” But I pretty much felt that way every day before becoming pregnant haha. There was one week that I really, really wanted root beer. So I ended up picking up a pack of diet IBC and drank three in three days. I don’t drink soda very often, so that was a unique week. That was the closet feeling I’ve had to a craving.

So far (aside from a couple night’s ago) I haven’t had too much trouble sleeping, but I recognize that could change in the third trimester. I’ve often heard that people have trouble sleeping because their baby moves so much during the night and keeps them awake and/or because they feel uncomfortable. If my baby is moving at night, he doesn’t wake me. I can feel him move during the day, especially right after I eat.

I’ve made a concerted effort to walk for at least 30 minutes every day. I enjoy my walks and hope to be able to keep actively walking throughout the rest of my pregnancy. I can definitely tell my lungs have less room because I become more winded a lot more easily. The evening sky was especially beautiful last week one evening, so I snapped a picture of our house before heading inside.


I have also really enjoyed getting the nursery ready. We haven’t put together the crib yet, but I have purchased curtains and hung decorations on the walls. I am grateful we moved into our new home last December and that we’re not in the process of moving now. I did my first load of baby laundry a couple of weeks ago. That made me feel excited for all that lies ahead.

I took my first, and most likely only, “bump” picture for a friend who requested it. As you can tell by my face, taking this type of selfie makes me feel a bit awkward haha. But I figured I’d post it on my blog so that I can have a record of it. I can’t believe it’s now August. I’m sure October (and the baby!) will be here before I know it.