And Baby Makes 3

I’ve been pretty quiet lately. This fall we found out we were expecting our first baby! It is still so strange to think about it and say out loud. I am about 5 months pregnant and feeling a bit better, the first trimester was crazy trying to adapt to morning sickness (actually I had night sickness…every night!)

Now that I am in my second trimester I am feeling better, my tummy is starting to show. It is so strange to lay on my back and see a belly bump. The baby has even started to move around a bit!!

My hubby drew this up for our baby announcements. I am going to get this printed and framed for the baby’s room – ahhhh so weird this is happening but seriously couldn’t have imagined better timing with such an awesome husband. On cloud 9 right now!


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Comic Books

When I was younger I collected a few comic books. Just some random Spider Man titles in no particular order, used from stores or from a local comic book shop in my home town. Actually this comic book shop is sadly now gone. Recently my dad told me he had a large collection of baseball cards, Fantastic Four, X-Men, Spider Man and other Marvel titles growing up – he saved these titles wanting to pass them down to his kids one day.

Unfortunately, my dad moved away when he was 17 (just like me!) and his mom threw his collection out. This is still a sore subject for my dad and even when he was explaining this to me I could tell he was really disappointed about the loss of his collection.

My husband and I thought about dad’s story and wanted to have something to pass down to our kids one day. We’ve both have been out of the comic scene for years so we wanted to start fresh. Luckily, Secret Wars was about to kill off everything and start fresh with new #1 issues. My favorite hero growing up has always been Spider Man so I wanted to see which series Spidey was in. Spider-Gwen just started so I hunted down the first few issues and I also collected Spider-Verse series. Hubby wanted to read the solo Cyclops series and Storm series but both were already concluded – so the hunt began to find them.

It was actually fun, exploring Houston and it’s local shops in order to find each issue. Not only each issue but each issue in first print!! We actually did it. We had a solid 4 series collected. Jody fell in love with the Cyclops series, the writer Greg Rucka and the artist Russell Dauterman for his sexy version of dad-bod Corsair! Look at that hair and smirk!

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My dude wanted to start the new THOR series and the same artist moved over to THOR!! It was an exciting 8 issues trying to figure out who was the new THOR. We found out the series was going to continue under the new name Mighty THOR with a new #1 so we are also collecting this new continuation of the series. She is a beauty, and the art style is breath taking – almost art nouveau style with the thick outlines. AMAZING!

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Spider Gwen also got a new series after the first few issues. Now under the name Radioactive Spider-Gwen. Like my dude with his series, I was really into the art and writing of this series. Robbi Rodriguez has this raw, organic art style that is totally different from any comic I’ve read. Actually, not to get too “GIRL POWA!!!” on you guys but this “ALL NEW MARVEL” pissed off alot of fans but I am seriously happy with Gwen and THOR and would love to have our kid one day read these stories.

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Anyway, we have been having fun collecting these new comics and we have a good amount to pass down to our future kids. I’ll take a picture of our collection soon! If you’re looking for some cool comics to read, give these series a chance.

California Dreaming

In October we went to California for a cousin’s wedding. Since the wedding fell during our anniversary, my dude surprised me with tickets to Disneyland!! We’ve gone to Disney World a few times but I’ve never been to California so I was excited!!

We stayed with my dude’s grandparents – they are so adorable and sweet. Doesn’t my hubby look like his grandpa? The wedding was so beautiful, the whole ceremony took place outside in a lovely mountain setting.

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Disneyland is much smaller than Disney World, I got to finally ride some of the older original rides like Snow White’s Scary Adventure, Mr. Toad, Pinocchio etc…
Also got to see so many cool Nightmare Before Christmas decorations! The Haunted Mansion ride was converted to a Halloween Town event, Jack is one of my favorite characters so I loved how different the ride felt with Nightmare Before Christmas theme.

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Cali was fun but we were so happy to be back home. This was our 3rd Halloween at our new house and it’s really fun passing out candies to the neighborhood kids. Makes us excited to one day take our kid around the neighborhood in costume!

New Animal Crossing

I told myself I wouldn’t upgrade my 3DS…my husband preordered the Monster Hunter XL bundle earlier this year and I swore that I wouldn’t get seduced by the “new” 3DS. Then something happened…an Animal Crossing bundle. Not only a cute bundle but it was the smaller “new” 3DS with the interchangeable face plates.

Damn my love for cuteness. Look at this thing!!!

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The game itself is cute but I am actually really obsessed with the uploading of Sonic the Hedgehog 2 onto the eshop! Oh memories – Sonic 2 and the Sega Genesis was a magical time in my life! Kudos to Nintendo and the eshop for adding old school beloved games for download!


In 1993, Dad surprised us with a Sega Genesis. We never asked for electronics – we couldn’t afford them. So, receiving a game system was a HUGE surprise! At the time we didn’t realized he bought more so he could play Desert Strike. I would wake up hours before school so I could sneak in some one on one time with the Sega only to find my dad playing the system before work.

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We learned the hard way, growing up with a gamer dad sounded cool but having to share systems was the ultimate test of patience and love. It was no issue sharing systems with my 2 younger sisters, we had great team work with taking turns on a single game. Probably because we shared all our games. Dad was different, he played shooters. He didn’t want to adventure with Aladdin or go exploring with Belle from Beauty and the Beast … he wanted to play war.

Makes me wonder how my husband and I are going to be as gamer parents. Cool…? Regardless all the sharing we had to do with dad, watching him play shooters, looking up hints/walkthroughs and codes – it really was amazing memories that we can smile about! What about our mom, you ask? She was more of an arcade player. I grew up watching her spend countless of quarters and hours to ensure she was top score on a local Mrs. Pac-man game at a burger joint in our hometown.

Anyone else grow up with parents who game? What was your first system? Any games you’re obsessed with at the moment?

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