Friday, August 26, 2011

today charlie left for his combat deployment to afghanistan.
how am i feeling?
a little mixed emotions. sad that my husband and i will be apart for 7 months, but at the same time i am completely at peace and very confident in his training skills to know that my husband will be safe, and i'll be in his arms in no time!
staying positive is the key!
i feel like if i'm positive- somehow he will feel that vibe and keep goin' strong out there.
..if that makes sense? doesn't matter, it makes sense to me!

so, to make these last couple days even more memorable, we decided to get a hotel for the last few nights before deployment.
we booked the Hampton Inn & Suites in San Clemente and we had a FANTASTIC time :)
it was so nice to get away from the norm, enjoy the free breakfast, and a tv in the bedroom! woohoo! it's the little things that make us happy :)

on wednesday night, we went out to dinner at Fred's Mexican Café in Laguna Niguel. it's very americanized mexican food, but oh so yummy.
i usually am not a huge fan of chips and salsa at restaurants only because i get so full before the meal! so, i normally don't munch on them. but at fred's...i can't. stop. eating. them.
anyways! we ate there, then went and walked around san clemente, got some frozen yogurt, and took a few pictures :)

then on thursday night we had to make it a little extra special.
we went to a fancy dinner (fancy for us, anyways haha) at the Salt Creek Grille in Dana Point, Ca.
we went all out since charlie won't have this yummy of food for 7 months.
for appetizer we ordered the fresh lump crab with avocado quinoa.
for dinner we split each other's meals [since we wanted both things.]
charlie got the filet mignon [melt in your mouth delicious]
and i got the daily market fish which was some sort of weird hawaiian fish that i've never heard of before. but man..that was delicious, too!
for dessert, charlie really wanted the pecan cheesecake, and since i'm allergic to tree nuts, i decided to order the créme bruleé.
is your mouth watering yet? :)
charlie said that the salt creek grille is one of his new favorite restaurants. :)

afterward, we walked around the Dana Point Harbor and took some pictures with our camera timer. it was dark, so the picture quality isn't the best, but i still love these pictures..
oops! the test run cut off charlie's head.

we kinda adore each other...♥

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