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Favorite Holiday

February is my favorite month for many reasons, one of them being Valentine’s Day! It is my favorite holiday. A lot of people ask me why and well it’s simple. I enjoy celebrating love!

It doesn’t have to be couples only. I love so many people in my life and I enjoy celebrating them and our relationships. Lifelong friendships that have lasted my cross country moves, family that is there no matter what, people I have met along my journey that impacted me even if for a short time, new friendships that are growing even in these crazy times, and so much more.

I don’t like when people say it’s just a made up holiday. Well are all these relationships and people you love made up? Absolutely not! Every relationship we have is for a reason, short or long. I am going to do what I can this week to celebrate them all.

You never know what just a simple message can do for someone’s day, week, month, or year! You can impact people with a simple hi, hello, how are you, I miss you, I hope you have a great day, I love you, and so much more. Take this opportunity to focus on all the love in your life no matter where it comes from.

Fitness · Food · Health · Texas Life

2021 Goals

Here are my 2021 Goals.

  1. Focus on my overall mental & physical health by committing to 3 workouts a week minimum, being active daily, enjoying what I eat by focusing on healthy choices but not depriving myself, and taking time to allow myself to do something for me.

2. Family is my number one priority and I am going to take more time to spend with family near and far. Not allowing things to get in my way and making it happen no matter what.

3. Financial planning is something I have really been working on over the years. I have met goals in the past of paying off student loans and cars so now I want to meet with a financial planner and look to our future with a more aggressive plan to meet our family goals.

4. Support those around me the way I want to be supported. People go through a lot that no one ever knows about, we all put on a pretty picture for the world but we don’t know what is really going on. I want to give the support to my friends and family that I have needed when no one knew. I want to focus on checking in and being there no matter what.

What are your goals for the year? Share in the Comments.

Fertility · Health · McKinney · Texas Life

Transfer

So to go back to the beginning of this baby’s journey….I shared with you in January I was having surgery to remove my Fallopian tubes after they were too damaged from Endometriosis. My RE (Reproductive Endocrinologist) was confident this would make the change we needed to carry our child. I was terrified because to conceive naturally you must have these tubes, this would take away any slim chance I had to conceive on our own. With my husbands support everything with the surgery went well and as of January 25 I was diagnosed sterile.

After recovering from surgery we were able to start the medication to prepare for an embryo transfer on February 14. Valentine’s day is my favorite holiday so I thought this was a great sign. We transferred our embryo on March 7 and this is a day I will never forget. It was very different then the last transfer we did (that was not successful). We were both much calmer, we were laughing in the room waiting for our procedure and the staff made us stay calm and were so excited. During the procedure I squeezed my husbands hand so hard and he was telling jokes (if you know him this is all he does) I was laughing and the doctor was also.

We could see our embryo before it was placed in the needle and could see it was already hatching out of the shell which was an amazing sign. During the first transfer I shook uncontrollably the entire time from nerves and this time I didn’t. Which made me feel so much better. It is so amazing to be able to have your partner in the room with you and we were able to see the embryo being placed into my uterus.

The next 10 days are the hardest! We didn’t take any tests at all during this time, some people do, but we wanted to wait for the definitive blood test done at the RE’s office. After the blood test I did do an at home test and it was the first time I had ever seen a positive result. I was elated and immediately called my husband at work!

 

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Travel Tips

May was full of travel for me, which can be tough trying to stay on track with your health and fitness goals. I am going to share with you a few tips that help me. I traveled this past month for work and pleasure and those offer different challenges when staying on track.

When people travel for pleasure they tend to give in more to the tempting treats or ignore those workouts. I do my best to stay active and eat well. I went to visit family in Cincinnati and since my niece is just over a year old she offers a free workout! Just playing, chasing and walking with her can give me my activity for the day. Take time to go on walks in the morning or evening to keep you moving, plan to do an activity that will get your heart rate up and allow you to see the sights. We attended a wedding so dancing the night away on the dace floor counts. It all counts! You just want to stay active everyday.

Eating is the next thing that people really have a difficult time with, when traveling for pleasure I do allow myself a treat. At the wedding I enjoyed a piece of cake, but when it was meal time the buffet allowed me the opportunity to have some lean chicken and vegetables. Making balanced choices will allow you to get home and not feel like you over did it and have to start over, it should be a smooth transition back into you normal routine.

When traveling for work there are work dinners and team lunches and this can be tricky. A lot of people may not be making the healthiest choices around you so your will power needs to kick in here. I start my day with breakfast at the hotel, they usually have great options from eggs, lean meats, oatmeal and fruits, but will also offer bagels, cereal, waffles and sugary goodness. I never like to indulge at breakfast because then I am unhappy the rest of the day. I normally choose hard boiled eggs, fruit and oatmeal (always with coffee!) This allows me to feel full until lunch. When that times comes around I choose a salad, no dressing or lean meat and veggies. Another filling meal with flavor. Be careful with your salad choice, a salad with fried everything is not a good choice. My trick is I put my order in and then ask what other people are getting this way I don’t get pressured or swayed into something I will regret. At dinner I allow myself to have whatever I want because I don’t just say no all the time and I do like to try new things. I also enjoy a desert every once in a while but I normally choose the smaller item or ice cream option, this gives me my sweet fix but I am not eating an entire piece of cake and ice cream.

Staying in a hotel offers the opportunity to use the gym. I go at least 50% of the time I am staying in a hotel. Morning or evening, it just depends on what works with the daily schedule. I mark it in my calendar and make sure it is done like any other appointment I would have. This also helps me not feel too bad about that desert or dinner option I may choose. Staying active on a work trip is key to feel great when you return. It can be easy to stay out, not get up as early and totally ignore any activity. Make it a priority even a walk at lunch is a great choice.

 

Boerne · Fitness · Health · Indiana · San Antonio · Texas Life

Birthday

It happened, I would like to pretend it didn’t but it did, I turned 30. I know I know it is just a number but it’s a big number, it’s a milestone, it changes things. I hear all the lines, you look so young, your still a baby. BUT guess what people, this isn’t your life, I am allowed to feel a little sad and down about turning 30. Ugh I don’t even like looking at that number.

Why? I am sure you are wondering why this matters to me. It matters because I am a planner. When I was 20 I was that girl who had it all planned out. I wanted certain things to happen by the time I turned 30. I wanted to be in a specific area in my career, family and financially. Some of those things have happened but there are a lot of things that are not at all what I had planned. Yes, I am fully aware you can’t plan everything, believe me I have had my fair share of slaps in the face, back to reality. That doesn’t change who I am though. It doesn’t change the goals and plans I had.

I mean I live in a state I never even thought of for 20+ years of my life. I have a job I never thought of and my family isn’t what I pictured. I have dogs, that alone is shocking to my own mom. (I love them to death, I am even wearing a shirt that says #dogmom)

I love living in Texas, I have a great job and I love my family more than anything. It’s just different and sometimes when a milestone comes it makes you reflect back on the those plans and goals and I personally feel disappointed in some of them.

Some of the great things at 30 are that I am in the best shape of my life. I have found a passion for health and fitness I didn’t know I had. I have met some amazing people who have changed my life. I have explored and lived in cities that have taught me a lot about life and friendships. These things I wouldn’t change, but with the new you have to let go of the old. I have trouble with that. I have to let go of those goals the 20 year old me had and come up with some new ones at the 30 year old I am. 😦30

Life is never easy and it is never going to be. I will still make my plans an hope it works out. Everything happens for a reason and I am truly thankful for my 30 years and I am hopeful for the future.

Boerne · Food · Places to go · San Antonio · Texas Life

House Happenings

I feel like I am still catching up on here with what has been going on the past couple of months so here are some random things happening in my house.

I had my dad here for a few days and he was able to share his handy skills and put up a new ceiling fan for me in our living room. I have been wanting this since we moved in. Oddly enough I have maybe used it twice since, but hey this weather has been crazy here in Texas. I mean we even had snow! Which I love, love, love, yes I love snow. It is one of the things I miss most about moving south. He also taught me about our sprinkler system, yes I am just now learning about this. He showed me how to set it and change everything, all of my zones and we checked all the sprinkler heads. I still have a long list of other things for him to do so he can come back anytime.

I have noticed I have a serious addiction to coffee. Oh it’s real! I follow so many coffee shops on instagram it’s like all I see. I could drink it all day long, hot or cold, latte, black, with cream, it really doesn’t matter. Just give me all the coffee! This morning I didn’t have to get up early but my husband got up early and went to the gym and woke me up saying he had Starbucks but I didn’t have to get up yet, um no worries I wake up for Starbucks!

Fresh flowers in our house are a new thing I love as well, I can blame my husband for this. No complaints here though. Now I just need to grab a bundle every time I am at the grocery store. I just like to look at them, it brightens my day and makes me forget every other plant in my house is dead. 🙂

One of my favorite past times is walking our dogs. Lately the weather has been hindering this activity so when I get a chance I take them out. They love it and it exhausts them, if only they would stop pulling on the leash, any tips? They also take any chance they can to be mischievous but it keeps me on my toes.

The hubs loves a cigar now and then, since we aren’t stocked up at home we tried out a cigar bar around here. It was something different, also just holding the cigar for the pic, never had one. The one we went to had poker games going on as well and a great bar. It was fun to try something new. Do you like cigars?

I will post every now and then a quick overview of our house happenings. What do you want to know?

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Metamora

As you know I am from Indiana, I want to share a great place you must visit if you are in the area. It’s a tiny little town with a lot of historic significance. Metamora, each year they do a huge Christmas village with shops, train rides and delicious food. When I was visiting my sister and I took a walk with my niece and had a blast.

The original grain mill is there and you can take a tour to learn all the historic facts about the mill. It was run on water from the canal right outside. The original canal is there and you can see how the water would turn the wheels to grind the corn. I remember taking field trips here as a child.

 

There are tons of shops with sweet treats, antiques and much more. We stopped in one that was overwhelmingly full of cookie jars. I had never seen anything like it. We had to get some ice cream as well, I had no problem sharing with my adorable little side kick, but I think her favorite part was feeding the ducks.

Make sure to check this place out when you are there. It’s a great place for families to enjoy some time together and learn something maybe you didn’t know.

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X Golf

We celebrated Sean’s Birthday just before Christmas. We went to X Golf San Antonio and had a great time. It is a virtual golf experience. We golfed Pebble Beach and boy was it hard for me lol

The screen gives you a lot of information so you can golf as if you are really on the course you select. We took our own clubs but you can rent some there. They have a full bar and food from Mellow Mushroom just a few businesses away. I would recommend this for anyone who loves to golf.

They offer leagues, lessons and so much more. We have gone back since and had another great experience. The second time I did much better as well, I felt a little more prepared. You can reserve your time slot by calling or visiting their website.  http://www.goxgolf.com/

We had a great time and the service was the best. The employers and manager are so friendly and very helpful with the equipment and system. Let me know how your experience is!

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Holidays

Christmas this year was a little bitter sweet for me. It was the first time we didn’t see our families in the eight years we have been together. With all of the changes and traveling in November it just wasn’t possible this year. We were all together in spirit and talked on the phone but it just wasn’t the same.

We made the best of it and spent our time together enjoying some rest and new traditions. I had been wanting to visit the Don Strange Christmas lights here in Boerne and on Christmas Eve after the candle light service we headed out to see them. It was very impressive, driving through tunnels of lights and seeing all of the moving lights. They had a police car chasing a vehicle, golfers, gingerbread men throwing a ball and so much more. There is also a little village you can visit with shops and sweet treats. I loved that we waiting until Christmas Eve to drive through.

Christmas day was spent at home in our pajamas all day. We slowly opened our gifts and grilled steaks for dinner. It was a nice way to enjoy our first holiday in 8 years on our own.

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Indiana

For those of you who are new to the blog, I am from Indiana and we moved to Texas in 2015. I was blessed enough to spend 2 and 1/2 weeks in Indiana in November. I celebrated Thanksgiving and my niece’s first birthday. I enjoyed family time, food, hiking, play time and my high school friends.

One of my favorite things about going back is the small town I grew up in, believe me at the time I didn’t appreciate it then, but now when I get to visit I love that I know someone everywhere I go. It take just 5 minutes to get to my friends house and I get to eat at all of my favorite places. My sister and her family live in the house I grew up in and that is such a blessing. My niece is growing up in the room my sister and I shared as little girls. We didn’t always share it the best but we are closer than ever now. It is so amazing to see my baby sister being a mom, she is the best and my niece is very blessed. Her dad is pretty awesome too. We celebrated Thanksgiving at their house, which also happened to be Kylie’s first birthday. It was a wonderful day full of laughing and eating. Kylie loved all of the singing for her.

My sister and I took Kylie on a 3 mile walk around the house. We enjoyed some beautiful sunny time in November. We also went to Houston Woods State Park and hiked all over. Kylie slept most of the time so we had some fun being creative with our photos. We also got to see some gorgeous animals they have rescued. Being outside is so amazing, I didn’t appreciate it when I was younger, my family will attest to that, but now I love to hike and see what all nature has to offer. I will still freak out about bugs though so be on the look out. 🙂

It was wonderful to spend some time with my brother as well. He is hard to track down with his crazy travel schedule for his job, but when we are in town he always makes time to laugh with us.

There is so much I could share but the only part I cared about was spending time with my family. I wish I could see them everyday, when you get older and move out you really start to realize how lucky you are to grow up with everyone around you all the time.

What are some of your favorite memories with your family?