Tag Archives: May

Rain Showers & Bridal Showers

30 May

I read this guest post today on Ashley’s blog at www.myfoodnfitnessdiaries.com and it really hit home. I’ll be honest; I spend a lot of time comparing. I always have and I feel like it has been a way I set my own goals. We all do it, it’s human nature; but I think it makes life harder and that real, genuine happiness happens less frequently because we are constantly longing to be something more/better/greater.

I am a huge believer in goals but there is very much a difference between goals set based on someone else’s life and goals based on personal ability.

Look at the baby birdies we have right outside of our back door.

Look at the baby birdies we have right outside of our back door.

For example; in my life at this time its pregnancy and babies. I long for the day I get to experience that and I know my journey is completely different than everyone else’s and as soon as I separate the fact that what they did, what worked for them, and how they got there has absolutely no significance to my journey towards motherhood – then I start to let go of the disappointment I feel from not ‘keeping up’ because honestly, it’s 99% out of my control. Eh hemm, thank you social media for being to blame.

Same goes for when I was in school, when I started working, and when I started running/losing weight.

With health and fitness, I still catch myself comparing to what others are doing, how much they are running and how little or clean they are eating. I quickly snap back into my reality and know that my life, my body, my experiences, and my story are different. And that is what makes us unique. We aren’t robots, we are human.

Friday I had a half day off work and spent some time having a picnic with my sister and my nephews at the park by my house.

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We ate sandwiches, watermelon, and chips, and I had a bright idea after I left my house to grab a few pieces of Lindt chocolate truffles that I had left and threw them in my bag to share with the boys.

Yea, it was actually sunny and 70’s out and the picnic table we sat at was in the sun, not thinking anything of it other than the sun felt really good on my face!

After we got done eating, I grabbed a chocolate to offer Jackson and it was completely melted… we still enjoyed them and the laugh we had after Jackson attempted to eat his.

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This past weekend was my friend, Stacy’s bridal shower and bachelorette party. It was a hit and Stacy seemed to really enjoy herself!

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It made for a very memorable girls night and I was so happy it turned out so good and I was finally able to give back to Stacy who is one of the most selfless people I know!

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I can’t wait to toast to her and her Fiancé on their special day in just over a month!

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We also went camping this past weekend. Boy was it cold! Iowa weather is so off and on, it could be 80 degrees and sunny one day and the next drop down to 40’s and rain.

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But it was still a great time and we had a delicious dinner of kabobs with tons of choices of meat, fish, and shrimp as well as a variety of vegetables, side dishes, and desserts!

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And leftover jello shots! (we made 110 for the bachelorette party!)

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Kicking Off Summer

22 May

Happy Wednesday! Things are going good around here…I’m looking forward to this holiday weekend and couldn’t be more excited for the events that we have planned!

Friday kicks off summer with a music festival on our Main Street along with lots of people and cold beer (except it’s going to be back in the 60’s-70’s) but it will be lots of fun! I am the matron of honor in my friend’s wedding coming fast in July and am helping host her bridal shower and bachelorette party on Saturday evening. I.Can’t.Wait!! And on Sunday we are going camping for the first time this summer! It will be nice to welcome summer with open arms and kick it off with all of my favorite things to do! Friends, good times, and enjoying the outdoors.

In the mean time, hockey is now over. Our team won the championship cup for the second time in 3 years. It was awesome to celebrate the end of the season the right way! It will be nice to have a few month break to enjoy summer and then back into hockey season!

Watching the Championship game - it was over 8 hours away so we had to watch it at a viewing party.

Watching the Championship game – it was over 8 hours away so we had to watch it at a viewing party.

We also got out our bean bag boards…

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We got these for our wedding and they come with score posts that double as beer holders which we didn’t get out because it looked like a storm was coming but I did get my wine holder out that my parent’s got us for our anniversary. I love this thing!

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Last night we had our first night of sand volleyball as well although unfortunately too many teams signed up and with only 2 outdoor courts, teams have to rotate to the inside courts and last night was our turn but regardless, it was a lot of fun and we played pretty good! I forgot how much I love that sport and am so glad to be back at it!

Rum chata chocolate milk shakes before heading off to volleyball

Rum chata chocolate milk shakes before heading off to volleyball

I have spent very little time in the kitchen and lots of time out on our deck watching David grill. It’s been nice but I have absolutely no new recipes to share with you! Our eats have been lots of hamburgers, turkey burgers, brats, and chicken – too hot to turn the oven on and too nice to be inside in the kitchen!

My coconut oil is no longer solid! Hello summer and windows open!

My coconut oil is no longer solid! Hello summer and windows open!

I’ll leave you with a view I can’t get over this May – the blooming trees were gorgeous last week! I couldn’t get enough of them and am so glad I took this picture on my walk when I did because the next day a storm came through and all of the flowers were on the ground!

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Happenings

14 May

Happy May everyone! Ok I totally went off the radar for a few weeks but wanted to give a quick update on what I’ve been up to and why the blogging break…

I’ve been up to a lot of this…

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And this…

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And hanging with lovely people…

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Blogging has been kind of getting put on the back burner while things work themselves out in my life. I’ve been working on a lot of freelance projects officially kicking off wedding season and have been busy enjoying planning my friend’s bridal shower and bachelorette party as well as playoff hockey that’s been filling up our weekends. With warmer (some days) weather, we’ve been enjoying the outdoors, taking lots of walks, I’ve done a jog or two and we got our bikes out and ready for summertime!

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All of these things have been my focus in the last few weeks as I anxiously awaited our last round of Clomid. Unfortunately, things didn’t work out for us.

So our plan after this round if I wasn’t pregnant was to try Femara. I was feeling very hopeful for this plan and it made the outcome a little easier to handle. Until my Dr. phoned with a new plan…doesn’t he know that’s not allowed in my life!?

After 4 rounds of Clomid, he felt a break from the meds would be good to settle things down, give my body a break, and get rid of any cysts that may have formed. Also, the last ultrasound my ovaries were enlarged and so that would get them back to normal. A break meant going on the birth control pill and then doing a 5th round of Clomid; but I was not ok with this…

I turned to a few lovely ladies who made me realize some other options I have and with the help from David and my family, I was motivated to be my own advocate and take control. If they wanted me to take a break from the meds, I can do that naturally. So in hopes that since I was cycling naturally prior to this year and the possibility for things to be even more kicked into gear, we are taking a break from treatments and giving my body another chance. It’s also going to be the best thing for my mind and body.

We’ve also racked up quite a bit of medical bills so far this year so a break financially will also be nice to give us a chance to build things back up.

How I am feeling about this: I am actually feeling pretty good, now. Unfortunately, it never gets easier. The longing for a baby is still there and stronger than ever, especially seeing so many in my life experiencing what we want so badly but my path is different and God is waiting for our perfect healthy baby to be brought into our ready and warm arms when the time is right for us.

For now, I am feeling pretty hopeful and proud of how far my body’s come in the last year and a half. How much I’ve grown, how much I’ve learned, and I have a lot of trust my body will do its thing and we can hopefully do this without medical intervention.  Of course the fear of the unknown will always haunt me but I’m going with my gut on this one…

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So, that’s what I’ve been up to while away from the blogging world. I hope to be back a few times a week to talk about my random happenings, share recipes I’ve tried, talk a little about healthy living and share a little about how my fitness is going.

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I’ve missed you all and have thought about you daily! I appreciate all of the emails I’ve received from those who read and have questions or are looking for support. I hope I can be of some help or at least just offer some friendship but I also benefit from every single one so thank you for reaching out to me!

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I am anxiously awaiting consistently warmer weather so we can start all of our fun summer activities like sand volleyball, camping, beaches, wineries, weddings, campfires, festivals, biking, more walks, and we are even going to try kayaking!

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On another note, I made these Cinna-berry wonton cups for work and I passed along the recipe to just about everyone who tried one! They were easy AND super delicious! Perfect for summer! I will be making these for my friend’s bridal shower next weekend as well.

How are you all doing?

What fun summer activities are you excited for?