Wednesday, November 28, 2018

What's Up Wednesday - November 2018

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Another month has come and gone and now we’re preparing for my favorite month of the entire year… December!

What We’re Eating This Week

Mon – White Bean, Kale, and Sausage Soup
Tue – Chicken Spaghetti
Wed – Frozen pizza??  I have to have a procedure in the morning so I won’t be cooking!
Thu – BBQ Chicken, Black Eyed Peas, Green Beans
Fri – Out
Sat – Take out during the SEC Championship Game!!!!  We’ll be glued to the TV!
Sun – Sunday dinner at Momma and Daddy’s

What I’m Reminiscing About

One of my best friends and her family started their process of moving away to the other side of the world this past week and we had to say goodbye.  Before she left, my girlfriends and I took her out for one last margarita night, and my friend April had printed tons of old pictures of all of us and our babies from the last eight years.  We had a great time looking through all of them and remembering precious times together.  All of our babies were born and raised together and we’re just going to miss them so much!

What I’m Loving

How wonderfully extra festive I have been feeling this Christmas season!  I mean, I’m always festive at Christmastime – it has always, always been my very favorite time of the year – however, this year I am, like, OVER THE TOP in the spirit and I LOVE IT.  I think the main reason why I’m extra festive this year is because last year was so tumultuous.  We had a rocky 2017 and I quit my job right at the start of the Christmas season last year.  While I was so thrilled to have the opportunity to quit, looking back, I think I went through a slight depression in the weeks after because it was such a huge change in my life.  I missed my coworkers terribly, I missed my routine, and I was navigating through finding my “new normal.”  I’ve never been good with change, especially HUGE changes like quitting a job that I had for 13 years, so that did seem to put a slight damper on my holiday season last year. 

This year however?  We are thriving, I’m loving life as a stay at home mom, and I’m just as festive as it gets!  Give me all the Christmas lights, Christmas movies, Christmas PJs, Christmas music, and Peppermint Mochas.  I am just eating it up this year! 

What We’ve Been Up To

Where do I even start?  November was fantastic (with the exception of my Katie leaving) – we kicked off November 1 with a good healthy dose of Christmas tunes and we’ve been listening to them ever since!  We hosted our first annual Friendsgiving, B and I had a little weekend getaway to Atlanta to see Ed Sheeran in concert, B and I went to the Georgia vs. Auburn game in Athens, we took the kids to Athens for a Georgia game as a family and we soaked up the fall-ness of it all, I posted about our fall family photos, we worked with Shutterfly to print our Christmas cards nice and early, we had one last play date with our friends before they moved, we had a play date with another friend, we celebrated Thanksgiving three times with family, we got our Christmas tree, we decorated the whole house for Christmas and put up waaaay too many new lights outside, we tried a new restaurant and had the best pizza of our lives, and we had our North Pole Breakfast. 

In addition to the stuff I’ve already recapped, there were also a few new events to recap as well.  We had Thanksgiving lunch with Jacob at school, and we watched our little turkey, Olivia, sing some songs before eating with her at her Thanksgiving feast at school. 

Whew!  It was busy, but probably my favorite month yet!

What I’m Dreading

This morning I’m having an endoscopy so the doctor can confirm whether or not reflux has been causing all of my breathing problems.  I do NOT like being put to sleep and anesthesia makes me super nauseated so I’m not super excited about this whole procedure.  I’m sure it’ll be a piece of cake, but I’m still dreading it.  Once it’s over, B is going to drive me home and I’m going to lie on the couch and watch Hallmark movies for the rest of the day, so there’s that.  There’s always a silver lining, right?  ;o)

But anyway, if you don’t mind saying a little prayer for me this morning that would be much appreciated.  I’m actually hoping for the reflux diagnosis because after 12 years of severe breathing problems (not always caused by my asthma), I will finally have some answers and they will finally understand how to treat me.  I do NOT, however, want the diagnosis that my reflux is severe enough to have caused any cancer or anything terrible in my esophagus.  Everything I’ve read said that a lot of people who have severe reflux that goes untreated for long periods of time sometimes develop something called “Barrett’s esophagus” which is where stomach acid causes precancerous cells to develop in the esophagus.  Those can eventually turn into cancer and obviously, we do NOT want that.  It’s pretty rare, but I do somehow often manage to fall in the tiny rare percentage for medical stuff.  PLEASE NOT THIS TIME! 

What I’m Working On

My to-do list is always long, but this time of year it’s just crazy.  Here are a few of the things I’m working on right now: 

  1. CHRISTMAS SHOPPING!  I racked up on Cyber Monday and got some great deals on Amazon and  A few of my steals – this Play Doh set, cheap board games, these pogo jumpers (one for each kid!), this Hatchimal, and an Ancestry DNA Kit.  We got incredible deals on all of these on Cyber Monday and it looks like some of these are still on sale, although, not quite as cheap as we got them! 
  2. Christmas decorating – it’s almost done, but I’m waiting on these gorgeous garlands to arrive in the mail so I can finish the downstairs tree.  I changed up our Christmas decorations a good bit this year and I cannot wait to share them with you!
  3. Getting Christmas cards prepared to send out.
  4. Still whittling the pile of junk down on the floor in my office.  There’s not much left, but the stuff that is left is going to be time consuming to get rid of since I’m going to try to sell it online.
  5. Still working on organizing the files on my computer and still have a pretty long way to go.  It’s a HUGE job.
  6. Prepping some blog posts for Christmas Break so I don’t have to spend a lot of time on the computer during my favorite week of the whole year!
  7. Starting to think about goals for the New Year – things that are working, things I want to change, things I want to accomplish, etc.
  8. Starting to think about blog content for 2019.  Anything specific you want to see?  Anything you want to see more of?  Anything you want to see less of?  I’m always open to your feedback!  I love hearing from my wonderful readers!
What I’m Excited About

Brian’s and my 11th anniversary is this Saturday so he is taking the day off on Friday and he and I are going to have entire Day O Fun while the kids are at school.  Day dates are always my favorite and they are the absolute BEST during the Christmas season.  We’ll probably go get breakfast somewhere after dropping the kids at school, and then we’ll do a bunch of Christmas shopping, have lunch together, and maybe even squeeze in a movie at the theater if time permits.  Falalalalalalalala!

What I’m Watching/Reading

Watching – All of our fall TV (A Million Little Things, Manifest, This is Us, Modern Fam, etc.) is about to go on hiatus for the Christmas season, so we’re going to be all up in the Christmas movies!  We’ve already watched The Santa Clause and the new Grinch at the theater and I’m sure we’ll be working our way through all of the rest of our faves soon, too.  We’re going to show Home Alone 2 to the kids for the first time this year and I’m so excited I can’t even stand it!  I’ve always loved Home Alone 2 just as much as the first one since it takes place in NYC, and I just know Jacob will love it because he loves NYC so much.  Fun fun!

Reading – My reading always sloooows majorly this time of year, and for the last few weeks we’ve been so busy that it has come to a halt.  My friend Brandi has a new book and I started it back at the end of October and it is SO GOOD, but I just haven’t had the time to finish it.  I’m hoping to get back into it soon once the kids are out of school for Christmas Break. 

What I’m Listening To

Well, I don’t think I really even need to say this since y’all already know anyway… CHRISTMAS MUSIC ALL DAY ERRY DAY!

And remember how last month I was so sad because I didn’t think any local radio stations would be playing nonstop Christmas music this year since the station that usually does it moved and changed their format?  Well guess what?  We not only have one station doing it this year, but we have TWO!!!!  Eek!  The station that changed their format is still doing the nonstop Christmas music as they always do, and another local station decided to do it this year, too… probably because they thought the other station wasn’t going to do it.  Haha.  Needless to say I’ve been listening nonstop pretty much all day long.  Not even kidding.  And I’m not even tired of it.

What I’m Wearing

All the winter-wear!  It’s been nice and chilly/cold these last few weeks and I’ve finally had the chance to dip into the cold-weather clothes in my closet.  I’ve been wearing these $12 cozy vests, my favorite Zella legging dupes from Amazon, and my favorite boots on repeat. 

Last week Olivia and I were feeling particularly festive in our vests, scarves, and matching polka dots, so I had B snap a few pictures of us on our way out the door.  So fun!  Just look at her jolly little self, y’all!

What I’m Doing This Weekend

Day date with B Friday, maybe doing our viewing of Home Alone 2 Friday night if we don’t have anything else going on, attending the Santa Breakfast with our church and school family Saturday morning, and then watching the SEC Championship game from the couch Saturday evening.  B and I considered going, but we decided we’d rather save our money for the National Championship Game in Cali.  ;o)

Come on, Georgia, DON’T LET US DOWN!  

On that note… are there any non-Alabama fans out there who are actually even cheering for Alabama to win?!  Isn’t everybody just tired of them?  Lol. 

And much love to my Alabama fan readers… y’all know I’m just kidding!  ;o)

What I’m Looking Forward To Next Month

Christmas.  Did you really even think I’d say anything else?

What Else Is New

Olivia had a checkup on her thyroid nodule late last month.  The doctor did the usual ultrasound to check on its growth and we got some verrrry good news – it hasn’t grown any larger in the last 3-4 months since we last saw him!!  Yayayayay!!!!  He said he thinks it may have finally stabilized which is excellent.  This means we should hopefully just be able to monitor it until she’s big enough (around the age of 16 or so) to have it removed safely. 

I’m praying that it’ll not only stop growing, but that it will start to shrink and disappear on its own so we don’t have to ever operate.  That’s the dream!  Thank you for all of your prayers!  They are working!

Happy Wednesday, y’all!  If anybody needs me, you can find me snuggled up on the couch next to the Christmas lights watching Christmas movies all day.  :o)

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  1. Saying a huge prayer for you right now friend. Being put under for sure sucks, and I hope you find all the answers you need.

  2. Praying for you this morning sweet friend. I am
    Praying for Olivia too.
    Y’all have had a fantastic month and I am so thankful you are feeling super festive this year!

  3. Just said a prayer for you friend -- praying it goes smoothly and you get good news.
    Happy early anniversary! I hope y'all have a wonderful time!

  4. I am so glad Olivia's nodule is stable. Happy Anniversary, I love dates like those and I will be praying for you today friend. I hope they give you some answers too!!!

  5. I hope everything is going well!!! I feel like on these posts there is so much to comment about that I don't even know what to say, haha!

  6. Happy Anniversary! Look at all those babies throughout the years. Those are the best friendships. I love this time of year too! Life changes (like yours last year) can be such a jolt. Praying for you today Mama!

  7. Always praying for your sweet family! I think I’ve found someone who takes more photos than me and I know yours are all organized! xo

  8. Thinking of you and sending prayers! Loving all of the sweetness in these pics! (and I want to try that soup you listed first!)

  9. So i guess we can't be friends on Saturday!! lol!! it'll be a great game! Both teams are so strong!

  10. Ew, who on earth would cheer for Alabama, lol. I will be cheering for y'all! I hope your procedure goes well and it is just minor like mine was, sending lots of good thoughts.

  11. I hope your scope went well! I had one done last year and it was a piece of cake for me. They didn't put me under anesthesia, just sedation so there was no icky anesthesia feeling afterwards. I have to have another one in January...sigh. I'm trying to look at the bright side like you are - a day at home to sit and just watch TV - yes please!

    1. Thank you! It went VERY well actually! Much easier than I thought it would. And I just felt really tired for the rest of the day but no icky feelings! Good luck with your next one!

  12. I hope your procedure went well and that's awesome news about your daughter's check up too! I just love all those look backs at the baby photos!

    1. Thank you so much! It went very well! And yes, those baby pictures always make me tear up... they're just getting big too quickly.

  13. I hope your endoscopy went well! I'm excited you got a DNA test, they are so interesting!

  14. Oh my goodness, love all the pics of the kiddos! Sorry to hear about your friend moving, but yay for margarita night! Sending hugs for your exam and results <3
    Green Fashionista

  15. I'm just now reading this blog post and seeing why you had your procedure. I'm glad it all went well, and hope the results won't be anything serious. Take care of yourself, friend.

  16. Oh my - all those turkeys - that's the cutest thing I've seen all week! My oh my! So cute! I said a little prayer for you and your procedure - I'm happy all went well. :) Also, so great to hear about Olivia! WooHoo!!


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