Hi Friends! That was quite the break I had, huh? Sorry I was gone for sooooo long! I must admit that I really enjoyed my time off.
I’m going to be completely honest with you right now. I love writing on this blog, but the reason I decided to take a break (way back in April) is because I wasn’t having fun with my blog anymore. I started it as a hobby, but quickly got wrapped up in the world of blogging and was constantly worried about what everyone else was doing. How could I make money with my blog? How could I get more readers? How could I compete with all of the other food bloggers? I think you get the picture. In a nutshell, I was so worried about “keeping up with the Joneses” that I lost sight of why I started my blog in the first place—to have fun!
In the beginning I didn’t miss it much. It was nice not to be spending so much time on my computer and the break was much needed. Plus having had just moved back to the States, I needed some time off to settle in a bit and get my life in order.
Soon after we arrived in the States I found out that I was pregnant! We are soooo excited! In case you missed my announcement on Facebook, here is the picture we posted:
Although you might think we’re having a girl based off of those super girly, flowery sandals, at the time we didn’t know what we were having. I borrowed those sandals from a friend .
A little over a week ago we had our second ultrasound and found out we are actually having a boy! I was convinced that we were having a girl (I have no idea why—maybe because I am a girl) so I was surprised to hear it’s a boy, but my husband and I are both super excited and cannot wait to meet our son in December!
I felt awful from week 6-16 so food and cooking were the last things on my mind. I never threw up, but I was nauseous 24/7. I normally eat really well and love anything with vegetables, but during that time all I wanted was junk (i.e. carbs—only the white variety and cheese). I would not go near vegetables with a ten-foot pole. I tried to cook healthy dinners with veggies for my husband and me (dinners I normally love), but after one bite I thought I was going to throw up and resorted to eating Cheerios for dinner. I think I ate my body weight in Cheerios during those ten weeks. And fruit—lots and lots of fruit.
My diet was pretty monochromic during that time so I knew there was no way I was ready to come back to my blog—just thinking about food made me super nauseous. I couldn’t even watch The Food Network!
There were some days when I would worry that I would never be able to eat healthy foods again, but thank goodness I’m feeling much better now. I have waaaaay more energy and am pretty much back to my normal eating habits (though some days I still feel a little nauseous). Plus I can last longer than 20 minutes working out so that is a big win too .
After I started feeling better I realized how much I miss my blog and my readers (hopefully some of you are still out there!). Just when I was ready to start writing again, we had a bit of a family emergency and I had to fly home to my parent’s house in CA. I’m not going to get into the details here, but at the end of May my dad fell and broke his ankle and it sent his body into a crazy tailspin. He ended up spending 13 days in the hospital, 6 of which were spent in the ICU. It was a very scary and emotional time for my family.
Watching my dad go through everything he went through was very upsetting. I am amazed by his strength and don’t know that I could have fought the way he did. It is amazing what our bodies can go through. I’m so proud of him. We are all lucky he is alive. All I can say is that prayer is an amazing and powerful thing.
I spent about three weeks at home with my family, but in the middle of my trip I flew to Oregon where my husband and I had the privilege of being in the wedding of some of our very best friends. It was a beautiful occasion and we could not be happier for them .
Just ten days after I arrived back in San Antonio, we got in the car to make the 14 hour drive to Columbus, MS, our new home for the next few years. The drive went pretty smoothly other than the fact that one of our two cats cried for about 90% of the trip.
We arrived in Columbus yesterday evening. It is so nice to finally be here. We hope to find a house this week so we can finally settle in somewhere and have a place to call our own. It’s been over four months since we moved out of our apartment in Okinawa. And as you can tell, it’s been quite a whirlwind!
I apologize that this post got to be so long, but you all know I have a tendency to be long-winded . I wanted to catch you up on what my life has been like and why I’ve been MIA for so long.
I plan to start posting more regularly now, though certainly not everyday. Taking time off from my blog helped me realize that it was time to reprioritize some things in my life. As much as I enjoy writing on my blog, it was taking up way too much of my time and energy and causing me to neglect some other things in my life that deserve my attention, love, and care too. So today’s post is to say hello and let you know that I’ll be back, but maybe only once a week.
Before I go, here are a few shots of my growing baby bump .Pin It