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Day of Thanks

22 Nov

Thanksgiving every year is always a day that I look at my life and what really matters to me. This year has been filled with ups and downs but through it all, I am more thankful for the people, love, and support than I ever have been in the past. The older I am getting, the more I am realizing what really matters in my life and the things that will get me over any mountain in front of me. I am thankful for so much that I’m not even sure I will be able to put it into words but I am sure gunna try!

  • My family – through the past year with losing a close friend, we’ve been there for each other and family is the most important thing in my life, I love them so much and hope someday I can figure out a way to show them! My sister and her family bring so many happy moments to my life, my Dad demonstrates so much strength, and my Mom is my biggest cheerleader. Thank you all so much for being the best family a girl could ask for!
  • David – can’t imagine life without you! You may be silly sometimes and a little obsessed with hockey, but you are one of a kind and one that brings so much happiness, hope, and together we can get through anything! Love you lots!!
  • My In-Laws & family – You never fail to make me laugh and lighten any situation. You all welcomed me in with open arms and from day one have been my second family!!
  • My friends – I have finally realized what good, true, selfless, and genuine friendship means and I am so thankful for my friends from high school and college that are still so close as well as the new friendships I have made in the past few years. I love you all so much and you accept me for me!
  • My home, health, memories, faith, hope, future, and so much more – I am lucky to be alive today and constantly remind myself of that daily.

I hope you all have a very special day today and I encourage you to think of all of the things you are thankful for in your lives. It will definitely put things into perspective. Enjoy some wine, enjoy some pie, but most of all enjoy the people that surround you and the love that fills your homes. Have a happy day!




WIAW: Golden Syrup & Turkey Trot Blues

21 Nov

Today I wanted to throw in another WIAW post inspired and created by Jenn over at Peas and Crayons.

For breakfast I had these tasty waffles. Their stats aren’t too bad either! I added a spread of peanut butter, a sliced banana, and a drizzle of syrup.

I also spent a fortune (ok, not a fortune, but it’s definitely more expensive than ‘fake’ syrup!) to try out pure maple syrup, the ingredient list is awesome and it’s so sweet you don’t need as much, if we were big waffle or pancake eaters I’m not sure we could continue buying the stuff but since we aren’t, it’ll last us for a while!!

Mid-morning snack was the best yogurt in the world – full fat Toasted Coconut Vanilla greek yogurt.

Lunch is typically leftovers, Monday night I made this very heart soup – Chunky Turkey, Vegetable and Rice soup from Skinny Ms. I doubled it and we have tons of leftovers so Tuesday was a perfect day to warm some up quick on my lunch break.

and a handfull of these grapes that we got from my Mother in Law…they are so good but very cold on my teeth!

Mid-afternoon snack, sometimes I get this in and sometimes I don’t…sometimes it’s fruit (an apple/banana/pineapple), sometimes it’s almonds (although I’ve gotten really tired of these lately and can’t seem to eat them anymore), or a granola bar. This was sent to me from a friend, it’s fudge dipped coconut…very yummy!

For dinner I made turkey bacon BLT’s, a spinach salad, and butternut squash fries. I am trying to get all squashed out before it’s all gone. These fries are really good but last night I was off a little on my cooking because not only did I get the bacon a little too done but the fries weren’t quite crispy…at all…where normally they are perfectly crunchy and salty. My multitasking skills need some work!

My plates always look wet when I take a picture of them…I swear we dry our dishes!

I am so excited for Thanksgiving this year. Although it’s been a rough year, I have so much to be thankful for and that’s really brought me through all of the struggles in the past year!

One thing I am really trying hard not to think about this year though is that I am not able to run in our local Turkey Trot. Last year it was my hardest run of the year and a large part of why I wanted to wait to try for a baby until after the holidays. Since I was no where ready to run a half marathon, the Turkey Trot’s miles of hills motivated me to run on the coldest of mornings. Sadly, this year I am injured because that’s what it is. I will run it again though and I will probably run it even better because I will be well rested and fueled!

With that in mind, I will enjoy this year’s Thanksgiving because I am surrounded by people I love, enjoying (and not feeling guilty for) all of the food and treats I will consume, and I will remember this year as being one of the most relaxing holidays yet!

Weekend Recap Tuesday

20 Nov

Happy Tuesday everyone!

I love this color from Essie!!! Thanks Mom! 🙂

So this past weekend David was gone to watch our local hockey team on the road. Him, his dad, and 2 buddies left early Friday morning to drive hours and hours for a game Friday night (which we won!) and then a few more hours to watch them Saturday night (we lost…) and then lots of hours in the car arriving home early Sunday morning.

Since I was a bachelorette Friday and Saturday, my parents asked if I wanted to go with them to dinner with them, my aunt and uncle, and some of their friends. After dinner, we went to a bar to have a few drinks and dance a little (just like me, my mom and aunt love to dance!) It was nice to get out!

Saturday morning, I picked up my mom and we went out to my sister’s to go for a walk with her and my nephews. It’s been decent weather wise around here, 50’s or so most days and Saturday the sun was shining bright so it was a perfect opportunity for a walk! The boys love going for rides and Brody bounced his leg the whole time.

I had a lunch date with my friend Sarah (I wish I had a picture of us eating lunch) at Olive Garden. We could talk for hours! I think we miss living together…a lot! But she will always be my roomie at heart.

Our senior year in college in our apartment before winter formal

I also had a Skype date with my friend Priscilla that afternoon and got a little tour of a few rooms of her house! We talked about all kinds of stuff until her laptop battery was blinking red at her and my friends were arriving. Our chat felt like 5 minutes when in reality it ended up being 90!

Stacy and Amber came over for a girls night! We sat on my living room floor drinking wine, talking, laughing, and getting annoyed (ok that was just me, maybe?) at Gizmo begging for attention nonstop. Amber made 30+ dozen cookies (yes! 30 DOZEN!!) with her mom and Grandma earlier that day so she brought some goodies to share with us so we also ate quite a bit of sweets and of course I got out a few of my Lindt chocolates that I’m hiding on top of the refrigerator. No girls night is complete without heart to heart talks, wine, and sweets!

After David got home, we completed our weekend with some extra relaxation, a few errands, and dinner at my parents with the whole family. It was a perfect weekend and what makes it even better is that Sunday the feeling knowing we only had a 3 day week was the best!

Unfortunately, this post was meant for Monday but I had some disappointing news that I had to deal with and move on from. I am seeking out a new Dr. since my Gyn/Fertility Specialist no longer is with the practice I was going to. So I called to set up an appointment and since it’s considered ‘infertility’ they had to run it through their Insurance Department so that I was aware what would and would not be covered. Shortly after, I got a call from a sweet lady who I could tell felt pretty bad for giving me this news but that my insurance would cover ZERO of my appointments and anything that followed. My heart broke. {start rant} I pay so much yearly, and fortunately I am very healthy otherwise and don’t have to go to the Dr. multiple times a year or hospital even for that matter, yet the one thing I need help with, it’s considered an elective. Are children essential to live a fulfilled life? Ask anyone who has children…

After this got me all fired up after realizing SO many deal with infertility and at the same time almost NO ONE gets insurance coverage for help, I went on to Resolve to see if anything is being done and what I can do to help this cause. I signed up to get more information and hopefully someday I can help make a change to this whether it’s who I vote for or petitions I can sign. See more information in a future post!

On a positive note, for now they can code it ‘irregular cycles’ which is exactly what it is and to be honest, if I was able to have regular cycles, I’d be on Cloud 9 right now and want so badly to get our baby naturally but at the end of our year of trying to try, we are exploring other opinions and options as well as looking at if my body really is making any progress.

I hope that everyone is having a great week so far this week, maybe baking some pumpkin pies, buying your turkeys, and flipping through those Black Friday ads!