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Happy Friday!

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Friday, December 15, 2017

Happy Friday everyone! Hope you all have had a great week full of excitement for the quickly approaching holidays. I visited all my Wichita Public counselors this week and surprised them with lunch. To say they're excited for winter break is an understatement. God bless those who work in education!

This week has definitely been nice for us. I'm feeling much more like myself and less like a closely monitored science project. I've enjoyed a little bit of wine (gasp), taken a run (gasp), drank coffee in the morning (gasp), and had NO injections for a week. (yay!) Crazy! It's like the wild, wild west, y'all.

Sunday's egg retrieval went really smoothly. We got up SUPER early to get to Kansas City by 8 a.m. We thought sleeping in our own beds the night before would be more calming and restful. Don't know how much actual sleep I got but it was a good effort. Surprisingly I wasn't very nervous - I just felt ready and excited. It seems like we've waited so long to get to an actual chance to have a baby, I was like, "let's get this party started everyone!" The KU Med team I had was amazing. I've seriously never experience a more well run, efficient and caring medical procedure. My doctor, nurses, and anesthesiologist were all women (who run the world?) and they were all wonderful.  I think the procedure only took about 20 minutes because half an hour later I was back sitting with Mike and exclaiming, "Wait, they already did it?"


The entire IVF experience has been pretty incredible. Mike and I have learned so much and come to appreciate the miracles performed in the medical field each day. We have twelve embryos hanging out in Kansas City right now, and it is amazing yet very bizarre to think about that. It's like twelve little "souls" or "beings" are just there - waiting. It's been difficult for us to wrap our minds around it at times. It's quite different from the way the majority of the world has a baby, but we're incredibly thankful for the opportunity. 

Next up - embryo biopsies! I told you it was like one big science experiment, didn't I?

In other news - did you know there was a Christmas tree shortage this year? We waited a week to get ours this year in hopes it wouldn't get as dry by New Year's. This left us on the great Christmas tree hunt a couple of Sundays ago. Mike was losing his Christmas spirit pretty quickly. We ended up with a smaller (womp, womp) Frasier Fir this year, but at least we got one. It's a little less "lush" as we've had before but it's nothing a few strategically placed poinsettias can't fix.


I love sitting and looking at all the lights this time of year!


The tree hunt this year almost had us resorting to an artificial tree. Almost. 

Christmas movies and specials are in full swing on TV. I enjoyed watching the original "How the Grinch Stole Christmas," which is one of my favorites. Mike can't even any more, but that's okay.


I also recently watched "It's a Wonderful Life," which I hadn't seen in many, many years. Man, what a wonderful movie. I love James Stewart! It was so good, and served as a reminder it needs to be a holiday tradition. Yes, I bawled at the end of the movie. I'm blaming it on any lingering hormones still in my system.


"Remember, George, no man is a failure who has friends." 

Mike is dreaming of boating and summer already, of course. When he's not boating, he's working on the boat. He's replaced the old graphics on his Malibu recently (it's ton of work, ugh) So, the Malibu has a cool, new look for summer 2018. Let us know if you want to join for some fun in the sun. We love having friends and family out on the water.


Enjoy your weekend, all!

Whimsical Wednesday

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Wednesday, December 6, 2017
I was listening to one of my favorite podcasts this morning, Happier with Gretchen Rubin, and one of their "try this at home" tips was to introduce a note of whimsy, which I just loved.  Gretchen describes a note of whimsy as a "way to poke fun at yourself, lighten a difficult situation, or just make life more lighthearted."

I've always loved fun, whimsical details, so I enjoyed listening to examples of whimsical things in their lives that made them smile. I always try to add a little whimsy and something fun whether it be with decor, outside on the patio or in the garden, or even with an outfit.

Some of my favorite "notes of whimsy" of late - 

My mom sent me this Nutcracker advent card that's so fun. I haven't had an advent calendar in ages and it's brought back so many wonderful memories! It's such a small thing, but it's fun to look forward to opening the next box each morning.


Who else loved advent calendars as a kid? 

This rabbit is actually an Easter decoration (shocking, I know) but I thought he'd look just as good with some pine boughs in his basket as he does with cherry blossoms. And for a note of whimsy, I gave him a little silver scarf. 


Doesn't he look dapper with his winter scarf?

You know the bargain bins that try to lure you in right as you walk into Target? I love those things. I found these cute little bristle brush trees for just $3! This silver one was the perfect little touch of Christmas in our guest bath.


You never know what treasures you'll find in a Target bargain bin!

I spotted this cute little pot in downtown Seattle. It was a cold, gray, raining day and as we were walking along these bright, funky, fun potted plants were such a happy sight. So fun! I had to take a photo. I love all the shapes, colors, and the way it's just a bit "unkempt."



Hope it was a great Wednesday, friends. Wishing you little notes of whimsy this week. 


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