Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Baby Griff

Big news for the Griffith family: we are growing! Alex and I are so excited to announce that we are expecting our first little one in December!  And oh what a Christmas it will be!  We could not be more thrilled, and cannot wait to meet the little guy or girl. 

As you can see, Charlie is pretty pumped about being a big brother as well.  So far, I have enjoyed the "signs and symptoms" of pregnancy... all except for the dreaded sickness.  I have had a pretty terrible dose of morning sickness, which typically has lasted all day, and which makes getting up for school and acting overly chipper to 19 five year-old boys a real challenge!  Zofran, ginger ale, and saltines have been my best friends the past few weeks, but I have made it through it and am trying to "look on the bright side!"  It is pretty easy to do... just keep reminding myself that the little nugget will all be worth it!
Alex has been quite the champ dealing with everything.  I have not had any food cravings; however, finding something that I can eat has been quite the challenge.  Between NOTHING sounding appetizing and having limitations to what I can eat, every dinner has been... well, interesting.  Meats are pretty much out of the question, the thought of fruits and veggies nauseates me, and things that are typically my favorites cannot even be mentioned to me right now (Mexican food, shrimp, grilled chicken, etc.)  I am hoping that I am almost finished with this stage, since I am nearing the end of the first trimester.  Only time will tell! :)
To say we were surprised would be an understatement.  I took 18 (yes, 18) pregnancy tests until I was finally convinced that this was the real deal and not just a tease.  I kept telling Alex that every time I got a positive, I felt like I was acing the test! Seriously, it was the craziest thing in the world to take that first test, just for the heck of it, and see a + sign instantly pop up!  I mean, we had NO reason to suspect this, and I had NO reason to take a test that morning... I honestly don't know what made me take it!  But I am so glad I did!
This will be the first grandchild for both of our families, so everyone is super excited and cannot wait for December to hurry up and get here.  Baby Griff, you are already loved by so many!


Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Hello, May!

I am not quite sure how it is possible to already be May 1st, but we sure are enjoying this beautiful weather!  Time is flying by- seriously, it is zooming- and I cannot seem to keep up! :)  The Griffith family has been SOOOOO busy the last few months.  Most importantly, Alex's company recently purchased a new building, and we have been remodeling and moving for several months now.  It is almost finished, and we had the grand opening and ribbon cutting this past weekend.  It looks AWESOME inside!  They are now able to to offer retail flooring as well as multi-family flooring.  The company also has a new name- Artisent Floors.  If you need flooring of any kind, please go see them! :)

Alex and I also had the opportunity to visit Charleston, SC in March.  We went with a few of our friends and had an amazing trip!  Charleston is such a beautiful town, and I hope that we are able to go back in the future.  We ate ALOT on this trip!!! If you ever get the opportunity to go, we have lots of good restaurant recommendations! Coast, Blossom, The Kickin' Chicken, Red's, Peninsula Grill, Glazed, Magnolia's... the list goes on and on!  I was a bit disappointed due to the fact that there are not a lot of restaurants with patios (I LOVE PATIOS).  However, we found several amazing rooftop bars that made up for it! The views of the harbor are amazing from the rooftops!  The Peninsula Hotel has a wonderful rooftop, along with a place simply called Rooftop.  But our FAVORITE find of the entire trip was a hidden treasure called The Cocktail Club.  This old-school bar has amazing vintage, one-of-a-kind drinks, a rooftop patio, live music, and relaxing atmosphere.  We did not find it until our last day, and when asked why it wasn't advertised, the bartender told us they liked to keep that low-key, non-touristy feel.  This place was so awesome that we went twice in one day! 

I am wrapping up the last few weeks of the school year as well.  This year has FLOWN by!! We only have 16 days of school left, but they are jam-packed with fun, end of the year events.  I love this time of year! We are able to have outdoor recess, eat lunch outside on the patio, and the boys have grown up SO much!  So fun! :)  I will be so sad to see these sweet boys go, but I know they are all ready for SK and that I will have another group of precious ones again next year! :) 

Until next time,

Monday, February 4, 2013

Hello World!

Goodness gracious! It has been a LONG time since I have posted.  I didn't mean to be so MIA, but the Griffiths have been BUSY!!!!
Let's see....
Since my last post I have graduated with my Master's degree, taken a girl's trip to the beach, taken a girl's trip to NYC, traveled to China for two weeks for my job, celebrated my 2nd anniversary, taken a week-long course at Harvard for my job, vacationed in the Dominican Republic, began my 3rd year at PDS, turned 25, spent the holidays with our amazing families, traveled to L.A. for Christmas with Alex's family, traveled to Las Vegas for a flooring convention, and so much more! Whew! I'm tired just recapping it all!
I am so thankful that I was able to finish my Master's degree, especially is such a short time.  Let me tell ya, folks, working full-time and going to school full-time is not easy (and is for the birds!).  For the majority of my graduate school experience, I was working from 7:30-4:00 each day, then going to class at night from 5:00-10:00, three nights a week.  It was a lot, and at times I wanted to slow down my pace and not take so many classes at once, but I am SO happy that I kept going.  What a relief to be completely finished with everything!
My trip to China was truly an amazing experience.  I traveled with 6 other people from the United States, but I did not know any of them! This was only my SECOND time to fly anywhere alone (with my first being just two weeks before this trip), and I felt like it went extremely well.  I was definitely way more adventurous with the food than I had anticipated, but I am so glad I tried everything I did! I ate some crazy things, but most of it was absolutely delicious! I kept telling myself... you are probably only going to be in China one time in your lifetime... enjoy it while you can! And I did! I loved every minute of my trip! I wish that Alex could have gone with me..... I know he would have loved the history in China, but maybe someday we can return together for a leisure trip.
Our trip to the Dominican Republic was so relaxing and much-needed.  Alex had such a busy summer with Carpet Tech and I had been gone so much that we barely even saw each other.  It was so nice to have a week with no internet, TV, work, distractions, etc. to just enjoy each other.  It didn't hurt that the Dominican was insanely beautiful.... literally the most beautiful beaches I have ever seen!
We have had some wonderful times these past few months and look forward to an even greater 2013! I will do my best to keep the blog more up-to-date.