Monday, November 28, 2011

It's been a week?!

Hi friends!

It's been a while since we've had a chance to catch up!  It's been a busy week with Thanksgiving...and it's been great!  Here's what has happened in the past week:

The doctor's appointment went great and I got to ask for my own doctor who was recommended to me and I'm really excited to finally meet her on the 7th!  By the time we go to the doctor, it will have been almost 2 months since my last appointment...thank God Vera is active!  In fact, the kids each got a 'high-five' from her today :)!

They have their own garden! So cool!
After the doctor's appointment we went to meet up with Brian to get a tour of his new job at Google!  I promise you's for real!  Here are some pictures from our trip!
The kids on the Google Campus for the first time!

Brian's name tag at his desk!
This is his desk! He got balloons his first week:)!

The game room in Brian's building
There were lots of cool things for people to do on campus...
including designing your own Google image!

The bowling alley in Brian's building!
They were setting up a video shoot for
Google cool!!
Eating lunch at one of the Google Cafeterias!

The kiddos loved the telephone booth
for Google Voice
 It was awesome seeing where Brian gets to change the world; one day at a time!  The kids got to ride their first 'bus' (the Google shuttle) and see where Daddy worked!  Since it was the day before Thanksgiving it was pretty empty which was great for us so the kids could run around outside!

That evening Nam and Erin came into town from Oregon to spend Thanksgiving with us!  Wednesday night we went to In-n-Out burger and they introduced us to a new series on AMC called "The Walking Dead".  Ok, so I'm not into the zombie stories...but this show is awesome!  We are almost completely caught up with the current season (it's only season 2).  I would recommend this show...the whole first season is on it!  Reader beware: it is very gory...very.

Thursday was Thanksgiving and we spent the whole day was awesome!  We had Maple Brown Sugar Bacon Turkey, Candied Yams, Green Bean Casserole, Twice Baked Potato Casserole, Stuffing, Gravy, Cranberry Sauce (from the can!), Pecan Pie, and French Silk Pie!  After naps we went to the new house to show Nam and Erin and showed them where they will stay when they come to visit!!  Here are a few pictures of our feast!

Don't act like you aren't hungry!!
After dinner we went to see the new Muppet movie!  It was really cute and the kids loved it!

Friday was a GREAT day! We headed out to Monterey and went to the aquarium, Bubba Gump's for lunch, and the beach for a stroll in the Pacific Ocean!  It was a day full of fun and excitement!  It was our first time seeing and being in the Pacific...we can now say we've been in the Atlantic and the Pacific!  It was 60 degrees outside and it was absolutely beautiful...a perfect day for being a tourist on the beach!  The aquarium was also awesome!  The kids love looking at fish and we were there for 3 different feedings; the penguins, the mahi tuna, and the sharks!  It was completely packed, but two hours later we made it through the whole things!  I'd love to go back again when there are less people, but man alive it's expensive!

Eli refused to look up...
They had tons of exhibits where the kids could touch
the starfish and other fun things!

The Relph's first trip to the Pacific!

Isn't this a great picture?!

We did have a great time and made plans to go back to the beach sometime soon for a lucky we only live an hour away from the beach!

After we got back, we had a relaxing afternoon at home eating pizza and having 3 rounds of desserts (thanks to Nam) :)!  He got the kids all excited about the 3 rounds of desserts: 1. Candy Bar 2. French silk pie 3. Gingerbread houses!  Erin is always prepared and brought the kids a gingerbread house making kit and tons of crafts for the kids to do...she is awesome!  I got a lot of craft ideas from her!  She helped the kids put the house together and they had a blast!  While the house was drying, they decorated Christmas trees with stickers!

The guys helped by "staying out of the way"
(their own reasoning...)

We were so lucky to have such great friends come visit us!  They do live 10 hours away so it will be a while before we see them again...but we plan on going up there over the summer!  Maybe we'll go to Seattle and I can catch a fish in the market!

The rest of the weekend was low key.  We spent a lot of time at the apartment and relaxed!  We also took a drive through the state park by our new is so beautiful!  I also got really lucky and Brian let me sleep in and take a long nap on Sunday!  It's safe to say the third trimester has hit me head on!  

This week we will be busy moving into the new house...can't wait!  I'll be able to set up for Christmas and get some projects going!  Brian has a lot of fun things going on as well!  On Wednesday he is attending a "life-balance" tea and on Thursday he is going to Napa Valley with the HR department (where he works) for a wine tasting and grape stomping (I am soooooo jealous!!!).  This week I'll also get my labs done for the pregnancy and "double-check" that it's a girl!

Thanks for checking in!  Please post comments and questions!!

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