Wednesday, April 24, 2019

What's Up Wednesday

Hello out there!! Once again, I'm writing one of those, "Its been a while..." posts! I had ambitions to blog regularly at the beginning of the year, but time has gotten away from me! Today, I'm linking up with Shaeffer and Shay for What's Up Wednesday:



What we're eating this week:

Monday: Azzip Pizza did a give back night for our Church's mission trip, so we got pizza to-go and ate it at home. 
Tuesday: Spaghetti and meatballs. Had to break out our toaster oven because the oven is making our house too hot with no AC on yet
Wednesday: I'll be teaching my usual night class, so Lee and Liam will have leftover spaghetti. I always try to plan to have leftovers or something easy for them on Wednesday nights. 
Thursday: Grilled pork chops and sunflower crunch salad
Friday: Grilled steak, Brussels sprouts, and sweet potatoes
Saturday: Easter with Lee's family
Sunday: grilled teriyaki chicken and veggies, rice, and crab Rangoon 


What I'm reminiscing about:

Easter last year and how little Liam was! 



What I'm loving:

This awesome weather we've been having, minus the rain







What we've been up to:

My last post was in February, so since then we've



  • Taken my  niece and nephew skiing at Paoli Peaks
  • Lee and I took an adults only trip to Phoenix, AZ for a conference
  • Spent another weekend in March with my niece and nephew. We went to Sky Zone and spent an evening playing Ticket to Ride
  • Celebrated Easter with my family, and have one more Easter celebration coming up this weekend with Lee's family 
  • Completed teaching my first accelerated course at work, and also had my first teaching evaluation. Both went well! 
  • Visited my grandparents in St. Louis
  • Took a weekend trip to Chicago to celebrate my bff's son's 1st birthday. It's so fun to watch our babies grow up at the same time.
  • Took Liam to his first St. Louis Cardinal's game!



What I'm dreading: 

The gross amount of laundry I have to get caught up on this weekend...




What I'm working on: 

Lots of grading at work as I near the end of the semester



What I'm excited about:

Summer vacation at home with my little guy... less than 3 weeks away!!! 



What I'm watching/reading:

I haven't been watching much lately, but am still kinda keeping up with Grey's Anatomy, although its kinda blah these days. Listening to Girl, Stop Apologizing on audio book, and having a hard time getting into it. I think it's time for anew audio book. 



What I'm listening to:

Mostly listening to Garth Brook's Sirius XM station as well as The Message station, but of course if Liam's in the car, he wants nursery rhymes. 




What I'm wearing:

Lots of dresses and capris at work, despite my pasty, white legs. 


What I'm doing this weekend: 

Celebrating Easter with Lee's family, and getting caught up around the house. Maybe planting my garden if I can get Lee to find time to till it up for me.


What I'm looking forward to next month: 

SUMMER VACATION!! and my 30th birthday!
Can't wait to spend my days with this cutie. 



What else is new: 

All kinds of exciting things going on around here, and I'm hoping that once school is out, I can find time to blog again! 

Happy Wednesday, everyone! 

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Weekend Recap: Snow Ski Edition

For Christmas, Lee and I told my niece and nephew that we'd take them skiing at Paoli Peaks. My niece had never been before, and we took my nephew once, probably 5 years ago, and he's been asking to go back ever since. No one else on my side of the family likes skiing, so we were excited to know that our niece and nephew wanted to learn how.

Friday afternoon I left straight from my faculty meeting and drove to pick up the kids. They live about 2 hours away, so once I picked them up, headed for my house. We grabbed a quick dinner at Subway when we were about halfway home. Once we got back to my house, we all fell asleep watching a movie.

Saturday morning we woke up bright and early. Lee made breakfast while I helped the kids make sure they had enough warm clothes and gear. We dropped Liam off at my in-laws' and hit the road. We asked a few people working at Paoli about young kids coming, and they said the youngest they've had ski is 2 years old. Liam will be 2 next winter, but we don't know if he will be quite ready. 3 might be a better age. We'll see.

We drove the 2 hours to Paoli Peaks, and got all bundled up. Lee and I took turns teaching the kids in the morning. They both got frustrated, and we got a little nervous thinking they might not enjoy it, but with more practice, they got the hang of it. Once they got their groove, we moved from the practice hill to the bunny slope.

After a few times down the bunny slope, we took a lunch break. After lunch we skiied some more, and even ventured to the family slope a few times. The kids did great! They were both so proud of themselves for figuring it out. Here's a few pics from us throughout the day:





Thursday, February 7, 2019

Weekend Recap, 2/2/19

I don't always recap our weekends, but this one was especially great, and these are the kinds of memories I want to look back on someday. No major plans, just lots of quality time with my favorite people.

On Friday night, I hosted a Galentine's Day Recipe Exchange Party. My girlfriends came over, and everyone brought an appetizer. I compiled all of the recipes ahead of time so everyone could have them. We ate, chatted, voted on best recipe, and ended the night before 10:00pm. Haha... Mom life!! I didn't take a single picture.

Saturday morning, Lee, Liam and I got up and got ready for the day. We ran some errands and then went to Milk and Sugar, a local ice cream shop, to celebrate National Ice Cream for Breakfast Day. We met some girlfriends and their kids there for waffles and ice cream. It was delish!
In this pic, I'm going to say that Liam is shocked he got to have Ice Cream for breakfast



This is the face Liam made when we didn't feed him ice cream fast enough.

After "breakfast" we headed home.. Our mailbox has been hit approx. 283947389 times this year, so Lee replaced it, again. While he did that, Liam and I played, napped, and cleaned up. By dinnertime, neither Lee nor I wanted to cook, so we opted for Buffalo Wild Wings since we had a gift card for there. We didn't take into account that IU was playing Michigan State that night, so it was a LONG visit to B Dubs, but overall still good.


Sunday morning Liam woke up at 5:00am, so we got started early! Lee made sausage and french toast, and Liam at more than a whole piece himself. He LOVED it!
This happy boy loves French Toast

We headed to church. After church we got groceries and came home for lunch.
Looking so handsome for church. Ignore our pile of mismatched socks... Liam and I folded laundry before bed Saturday night and we left those socks out hoping to match them up with other clean laundry this weekend. 
Liam napped while Lee and I cleaned up, and once his nap was over, we headed to the zoo. On Friday, the local schools were out bc the roads were super icy and slick in the morning (Just 2 days prior, it had been 0 degrees). By Sunday, my car said 67 degrees...CRAZY! Anyways, we took advantage of the warm weather and walked around the zoo. Liam did lots of walking, and had a blast. We don't let him roam around on his own much when we're outside of the house... he always seems to either be in the cart or we carry him. He was loving the freedom.
Lee and Liam checked out the otters from this tunnel

It was 67 degrees this day, but the birds were standing on ice in the pond. I guess that's what happens when you go from Polar Vortex to spring weather in a matter of 3 days

family selfie at the zoo! 

After the zoo, we stopped at a friend's house for playtime with their kiddos and a Superbowl dinner. We headed home about 10 minutes into the game bc Liam was getting tired, and their kids were ready for baths. The rest of the night we spent playing with Liam and watching the Superbowl. He went to bed right after half time, and I feel asleep on the couch not too much later.
For Super Bowl Sunday, Lee and I rocked these Rams jerseys I had from the early 2000's 

Although we didn't have anything major planned for the weekend, it was so nice to spend lots of family time together at home and around town. Lee and I both talked about how much we enjoyed being together and doing everything but nothing all at the same time.

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Tuesday Talk: Infertility Update

Hi everyone! It's been a while since I've updated on our fertility situation, so I figured now, at the new year, would be a great time to do so.

I'm joining the Tuesday Talk Link-UP with Ashley and Erika, so I'll do a quick update for anyone new: 

My husband, Lee, and I married in 2012, and started trying to have children in December 2013. We planned an awesome trip to Europe (Rome, Venice, Munich, Berlin, and Paris), and assumed it'd be our last big trip as a family of 2). We quickly realized that wasn't the case. 
This is us in Rome on Christmas Eve 2013

I'll skip forward to January 2015 when we did our first IUI. It was not successful, and we went on to do 5 more between February and June. 6 total IUIs, and they all failed. We were feeling exhausted and defeated after those 6 months and decided we needed a break. 

Throughout the rest of that year, we did some natural family planning, and took a break from fertility treatments for over a year. During this time I started the MBA program at our alma mater, the University of Southern Indiana. We went back to our fertility doctor in the fall of 2016 and began planning for IVF. I graduated with my Master's Degree in December 2016. We had our egg retrieval in January 2017, and on Valentine's Day, we had our embryo transfer. 
Here's us on Valentine's Day, the day of our embryo transfer

THE IVF WAS SUCCESSFUL, and we welcomed our sweet baby boy, William (Liam) Andrew, on October 6. He has been a JOY to our lives, and we love being his parents. 
I was so lucky to have a pleasant pregnancy. I loved being pregnant! 


This little cutie is our favorite.

Now that he is 15 months old, we know without a doubt that we want more children. So for now, we are trying on our own, using some of the natural family planning methods we learned before. We're not being super structured with it, though. I'm being aware of signs of ovulation, and we're being intentional with our timing, but I'm not keeping any kind of chart. Just keeping track of when my cycles end and begin. 
We love being his parents 

We don't want all of the stress and daily pressure that we put on ourselves in the past. After earning my MBA, I was fortunate to be given an opportunity to be a full-time business professor at our local community college, which has been a great transition for our family. I have a much more flexible schedule, and get to spend all of my Fridays, school breaks, and summers off work with Liam.  That being said, we've decided if we don't get pregnant on our own, we'll call our fertility doctor over the summer. If we're going to do IVF again, we might as well use time to our advantage. If we go that route, we'll try to do IVF in August or September, so that if successful, the baby would be born early summer, allowing me a 'maternity leave' without actually having to take time off of work. 
We thank God every single day for giving us Liam. Being a family of 3 is so much fun. 

So we are spending our time enjoying our sweet boy, and pray that God provide us with peace and guidance with growing our family. 


Monday, January 14, 2019

Weekend Recap 1/12/19

Happy Monday!! I started back to work from Christmas break last Monday, but today is my first day of classes! I'm so excited!!

We had a nice weekend at home, and I'm starting the semester feeling excited and refreshed.

On Friday, it began snowing and was COLD. We opted to have a quiet night at home.
After dinner Liam was messy, but it was kinda early for pjs, so Lee put a random mix of comfy clothes on him (Christmas pants, haloween shirt)... but Liam didn't want to stay still on the changing table, so the shirt got buttoned later... over the pants HAHA! We've been occasionally having Liam wear shoes in the house to encourage him to walk more flat footed, and less on his toes. 


Saturday morning we woke up and had breakfast, then we got all bundled up and headed outside.
This boy LOVES when we have bacon for breakfast. We also had French Toast and strawberries, but he was most excited about bacon. 

Lee and I took turns pulling Liam around in his new sled. He was gifted this sled for Christmas, along with his snow suit. I'm so glad we got to use them this year. 


First time eating snow :)

We built a snowman and named him Olaf 

Not our best selfie, but still turned out cute. 
After playing in the snow, we came in and played inside. Saturday evening we ran some errands at Hobby Lobby, Sam's Club, Bed Bath and Beyond, and ended with some dinner at Olive Garden.

He enjoyed OG.
On Sunday, we went to church, redeemed our reward for a free coffee at Starbucks, and came home. We played at home, and Lee and I took turns doing some work. Lee and Liam ran to Lowe's in the afternoon, and Lee and I both did some work while Liam napped.

We had Mexican chicken rice veggie bowls, and Liam was pretty happy about them. 
We ended our weekend with a short visit to my sister in law and  brother in law's house. My brother-in-law's birthday is today, so we brought his birthday card by, and caught up with them for a bit, and played with our two nieces. I failed and didn't take any pics, but trust me when I say, our nieces are adorable :).

Sleep training with Liam still went well this weekend, despite our daily schedule being a little off since Lee and I weren't going to work. Now that we can get him to go to bed at a decent time in his own bed, we need to work on keeping him in his own bed at night... after that we'll try to tackle nap time. 

This is going to be a somewhat busy week for me since classes start, but it shouldn't be too busy for our family as far as the evenings go. I'm looking forward to meeting all of my new students this week! Happy Monday everyone, have a great week! :)


Friday, January 11, 2019

Friday Favorites 1/11/2019

Happy New Year, everyone! This is my first Friday Favorites post of 2019.

My first favorite of the week is from Sunday. My parents visited last weekend and we went to iHop after church. I honestly think this may have been my first time at iHop? I got the bananas foster french toast and it was delicious. Liam got nothing because he slept the whole time. He was so cute, but I felt a little guilty that he was missing out on breakfast bc he would've enjoyed it.


My next favorite is one I've already shared on Instagram, but it is too funny not to share again. Liam had his 15 month appointment with his pediatrician on Monday, and he had to get shots, so we took him out for french fries and ice cream afterwards. This is the face he makes when I ask him to smile. 




It's been a busy week for my big boy. First week back after 3 weeks of Christmas break, new baby sitter on Monday, doctor visit on Monday as well, so by Tuesday, he was TIRED! He fell asleep on our way home from the baby sitter's Tuesday evening. 

Lee had a meeting and I had big plans for Liam and I to have a date night of the pizza truck, but I needed to stop at home and change out of my heels first. This is what I saw in my back seat when I stopped at home, so we opted to stay home for dinner. 



My next favorite thing of the week is my new coffee station in my office! I was gifted this pretty k-mini for Christmas from my in-laws, and I have coffee, hot cocoa, chai latte, and all kinds of cream and flavor to keep me going this semester. 


My second to last favorite is from dinner last night! I made my Sweet Potatoes and Brussels Sprouts as a side, but this time, I also added some purple potatoes! I bought a medley ba of small potatoes from Aldi and it had red, yellow, and purple potatoes in it. I picked a few purple ones out to cook with this dish. It was pretty, and delish. We ate it along side some grilled chicken.




My final fav is another Christmas gift, that we've put to use. Our new clock! It says, "Time spent with family is worth every minute". We've recenly finished remodeling our basement, and now it's time to decorate. We are going to hang two 11x14 framed family pictures on each side of the clock, once we find some frames that we like. 


With this being my first week back to work after Christmas vacation, we've keep things pretty quiet around here, as you can tell from my Friday Favorites. Lee and I are really trying to get Liam on a good sleep schedule, which means we've been crying it out this week at bed time (both me and Liam), but so far we're making positive progress. Liam was tired last night, and it only took him TWO minutes to fall asleep once we left his bedroom.

We don't have much planned this weekend, and that hardly ever happens! I'm hoping we can take some time to do a little shopping for basement decor and picture frames. On Saturday, there's a chance we may get a little snow, so if that's the case, we will get to take Liam out to play in it. 

Have a great weekend everyone!