preggo things that keep me up at night

5. anticipation/anxiousness
4. baby kicking my ribs & lungs
3. something wrong with baby
2. going into labor at work
but the thing that worries me to no end is…

1. getting stretch marks


top 3 funniest things by mark jen in his sleep

1. sleep stomping
2. sleeping cross-armed with a giant pout
3. drops his own pillow, proceeds to yank my pillow and claim as his own

oh wait, was that last one actually my brother…?

documented, so if baby jen ever does this in her sleep, i cannot be blamed 😛


had a typical doctor’s visit today. read: short & quick

belly’s measuring 29cm. heart beat rate 140. dr has no idea why i failed the 1st glucose test miserably. i’m approaching 130 lbs fast.

love being able to blame weight gain on a growth spurt 🙂

10 weeks to go! time flies!

2008 recap

season’s greetings!

i cant believe 2008 is coming to an end soon…and this is only like the 5th entry all year.  it’s been so long since i last updated that errol is probably right, there’s cobwebs all over.  so let’s recap:

mark and i got married in may! even though it was just a mere months away, that seems so long ago already.  guess we are really enjoying married life 😉

after the wedding, we traveled to greece (santorini and athens) & london for a lovely honeymoon.  mark and i still reminisce about the awesome food we had on the trip…only in greece, not london 😛

we stayed low key throughout the summer, just recovering from a hectic wedding planning period.  we snuck in a couple of weddings, including a weekend trip to pismo beach.

summer decided to extend its stay in san fran this year.  we have had really nice weather (unseasonally warm and sunny) even as we speak, and it’s already december!  mark and i have been taking advantage of it and spend a lot of our weekends out biking, rollerblading (mark only) along the waterfront, to the farmers market, to chinatown, even to the “ghettos” once.

another really cool thing that happened this year was our good friends jon & frank from seattle/detroit also moving to sf.  since then, we’ve visit jtown on average of 3 times a week 😛  they only live a couple blocks away from us so that also means many many late nights of poker, big 2, mah jong, settlers, rock band 2…etc etc.  it’d be even more fun if the 2 of them started dating so i dont have to hang out with all boys 😛

fall came even us even noticing.  we went on a fall wedding galore that took us to houston, san jose & nyc. we got to hang out with family, yvonne, judy, bonnie & vincent, erin, todd & kelly!  the houston trip was good timing because my parents had just moved so we were able to help them a little.  mark got a glimpse of all the crazy stuff from my childhood (school papers from elementary school my mom has been keeping, study materials, toys, pictures, clothes…talk about being packrats!) in new york, we got some awesome food like cheap japanese food, delish brunches, all-you-can-eat indian food, cupcakes and pinkberry!  overrated in my opinion, but it’s 1 thing off my to-do list.  another amazing sight was fall foliage in central park.  purrrty 🙂

this year wasn’t just about us visiting places, we got a lot of visitors in sf as well.  earlier this year, emmy dropped by during an interview stop in oakland.  yvonne came by to interview as well…and she’ll be back for good next year!  woohoo 🙂  mark’s friend jimmy was also in town for a school trip, so that meant breaking out settlers.  and that’s not even mentioning all the friends and family who came from all over for our wedding!

this holiday season, mark and i stuck around in sf and got to catch up with many old friends over thanksgiving break.  we have so much to be thankful for this year and being able to share those blessings with friends is really special.  we’ll be splitting our time between sf and houston (12/25-31) over christmas so hopefully we’ll be able to catch up with you in person soon! 🙂

a rosy update!

goodness, it’s been a while since we last blogged. lots have happened in the past 2 months. here’s what rose and snail have been up to…

after a busy traveling season which took us to vegas, salt lake city, tahoe (and whistler too for mark) we are back to planning in full force. we spent a few weeks getting paper supplies and designing the invitations. after 2 straights days of staying up printing, slicing paper, punching circles and envelope licking (j/k we used moist cotton balls) we finally sent out invitations this past week! *huge pat on back* well, at least for those people who actually responded to our emails and gave us addresses. shame on you if you kept ignoring our spam 😛

while mark was at his bachelor party in whistler, we received our first wedding present. not knowing what to do with it, it sat in the corner for a couple weeks. we got our 2nd wedding present last night.  after also realizing we could not possibly store all these giant boxes in our tiny condo, we decided to open them! 🙂 i confirmed with friends that this was acceptable, as long as we didn’t use the items in case they needed to be returned if the wedding was called off 😛 opening presents were fun. we are going to need a bigger condo soon.

we also looked into floral stuff. i’m excited that we’ll be able to do all things flowery on a small budget. score! 🙂

we’re now planning to get our marriage license. i’m glad that at least the government doesn’t try to rip you off when you are getting married.

oooh, i also got a headstart making presents for my bridal party and house party. what am i making? hehe, that’s my little secret. i may post some sneak peek pictures…

speaking of pictures, i’m sad that i forgot to document a lot of the stuff i was writing about. like, i didn’t take any pictures of our invitations before we sent them out…i didn’t take a picture of the wedding present (before it got tore up by mark :P) i gotta remember to do a better job so i can scrapbook like crazy after the wedding…hehe

k, off to planning! oh yeah, remember to buy your plane tickets and book your hotels if you haven’t already!! 🙂

what a difference a year makes!

we got a new espresso machine at work yesterday, which caused me to be just a tad overcaffeinated. as i was having trouble sleeping at night, i randomly thought of where i was exactly a year ago…2 years…3 years… and things have changed quite a bit. here’s my trip down memory lane:

1 year ago

i was living in mountain view, with a 7 min commute on a good day, 20 min commute in rush hour. i had a job where i still knew exactly what i would be working on the next day. mark and i were finally in a small group together for the first time, and spent most of our spare time serving in various ministries at church. in our rare pockets of free time, we loved biking to the numerous farmer’s market in the area. we needed a way out of domestication and complacency fast.

2 years ago

seattle was finally starting to feel like home. i was living in downtown seattle with no intention of leaving the city 😛 i had finally figured out the kind of job i wanted and fortunately i was dang good at it. doors were opening left and right and i loved every minute of my career fast track. personally, i was trying hard to get plugged into a community, while keeping in touch with my close friends from texas and also juggling a long distance relationship. biggest wallet eater: plane tickets. biggest time waster: webcam chats.

3 years ago

a year and some into my life in seattle, a whirlwind year into my relationship with mark. he was getting ready to move to san francisco. all the newness about california kept things exciting…little did i know i was about to enter the most challenging yet defining years of my life to date. living with 1 of my best friends from high school also means that we are getting to know the bar/club scene very well. at the same time, i finally had the courage to act on my realization that my first job ever would not become a fulfilling career so it’s time to start distributing the resume.

so crazy how things change. none of the snapshots into my life is like any of the others. where do i go from here? at times like these, i especially find jer 29:11 comforting because god is always faithful with his promises. mark and i talk and dream about the future, but for me personally i don’t think i’ve had clear confirmation of where i should go since college graduation…yet i’ve come this far. so i will persist in my request for divine direction.


on a different note, leaving for tahoe in 3 hrs!!! better get some shut eye now.

first (wedding) update of 2008!

been a while since i last updated.  needless to say, with all the wedding planning, we have been  B U S Y!  let’s see…a little progress report:

  • venue & food for ceremony & reception – check
  • wedding dress – check
  • registry – check
  • save the date’s – check
  • wedding website – half check (mark!)
  • premarital counseling – on track
  • photographer – on track
  • bachelor party planning – check

i would say the biggest accomplishment so far is the bachelor party.  if you’ve heard stories of mark and i’s “adventures” we have been without shelter, so to speak, at whistler, yosemite, seattle, mount rainier, tahoe, etc.  each trip we take is a surprise as to where we may spend the night.  so the fact that he’s got a hotel picked out is hopefully the most pleasantly surprising for his groomsmen.

i’m pretty happy with our progress so far.  i’ll update later with some of my thoughts on wedding planning/preparation and also our crazy 8 hr trip to bed bath & beyond!!