This blog was started in 2008 when we did IVF for the first time to build our family after 5 1/2 years of infertility. We now have 9 and 3 year old boys (thanks to modern medicine) and we are enjoying our blessed life as parents ♥ In the summer of 2016 we took another huge step and moved across the country from Oklahoma to New York! This blog is about life and everything in between

Saturday, December 8, 2018

Christmastime and Surgery Time

I managed to fill the freezer, finish chores, and get the house decorated for Christmas before my surgery Monday!

We've already gotten several inches of snow, and it's been lovely to see from my window.

On Monday the 3rd I had my first surgery (I don't count wisdom teeth removal...) which was an open ventral hernia repair. I chose a great surgeon I work with and I was very happy with everything! It was outpatient at my hospital, and of course the whole family came along due to NO babysitter :) The staff was amazing and let even the little ones come into pre-op and post-op to see me. And my lovely coworker Jessica brought a special gift bag in for the kids, as well as a nice gift bag for me from the unit! So sweet!!

The incision is only a couple inches, and I've really had little to no pain since I woke up. I didn't require anything in recovery, and I've only taken a couple Norco right after just to ward off potential pain. Frankly I've been battling a headache more!

I am getting around pretty well at home, and have started venturing outside the house. But I am of course on lifting restrictions so I won't be going back to work till next month. My post-op checkup is Tuesday. I was able to remove the outer dressing today, and the steri-strips will come off on their own.

Nick has done wonderfully taking care of me while watching the boys and keeping the house clean.

Today I got out with the boys for a fun afternoon of Christmas events in our town. They had Santa there, pizza, donuts, music, and crafts for the kids. They had a blast! We love our town.


Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Food Prepping and Snow

This big guy loves to help me in the kitchen! And his attention span is up to about 4 seconds!

We got our first dusting of snow a couple weeks ago. Brad was already asking to go sledding...

It melted the next day, so Nick and Jacob hit the leaves with the mower one last time.

I'm going to be out on medical leave soon, so I've been meal prepping to stock our freezer so that I don't have to bother with grocery shopping or cooking for awhile! I spent an afternoon cooking and knocked out several meals. I even enlisted the help of Brad.

That day I made sauce, lasagna, meatloaf, tuna casserole, and banana bread. Yum!

We had company over for chicken fried steak last week, and wouldn't you know it--the kitchen sink decided to clog right before they got here! Nick got on the next day, and it took the whole afternoon to fix! Thank God he was able to finally clear it. Damn potato peels!

Today we got a bit more snow, and the news called it a "snow squall" that came thru. It dumped heavy snow for about 30min. We have maybe 2-3" on the ground. Our high temp tomorrow is only 20°!

I've been prepping all day for turkey day tomorrow, and I work tomorrow night so it will be a long day! Hope you all have a great holiday with family.


Saturday, November 3, 2018

Jack O' Lanterns and Costumes

We had a great Halloween here! I was lucky to have the night off work and got to take the boys out trick or treating. We carved our huge pumpkins a few days before.

We've been getting a lot of rain, and it was still a bit drizzly when we started out. It cleared off enough to where we didn't get wet while walking around the neighborhood. Nick wore his costume and handed out candy.

The boys had a great time! After one round I dropped Jacob off at home, then went back out with Brad. They got a ton of candy and had a fun time!!

The leaves are coming down more around here, and it's very pretty! It's been in the 40s and rainy for about a week now so it definitely feels like fall is here!


Saturday, October 13, 2018


There is nothing better than having family stay for a visit!! Last Saturday our mothers flew here together from OKC and stayed 4 days with us. My mom hadn't flown in 9yrs, and Nick's mom hadn't flown in almost 30!! This was a big accomplishment to say the least.

This was my mom's FIRST time to NY since her childhood, and first time to see our lovely home! I was so excited to finally be able to show her our quaint town and all the updates we've been doing to the house. The boys hadn't seen their grandma Nonni in over 2yrs so they were happy too!

We all had a great time enjoying food, coffee, and games. Lots of chat and catching up. We took them both to see our new favorite Amish market (where we HAD to get a picture with the huge cabbage!!) and later I took Mom up to Lake Ontario for a scenic view.

 On Sunday afternoon my friend Stephanie came over to join us for chat, coffee, and dinner! We had fun playing games with the girls.

Monday was a holiday so we all went to our favorite orchard to pick apples! It was hot and I think everyone else was there as well so the lines were long! We got tons of delicious Empire apples and cider to take home. We love our yearly traditions.

After apple picking, we all went to a little diner in Medina and had a nice lunch together.

We all had a great time with beautiful weather, and I hope the mothers enjoyed their stay here! We can't wait for their next visit.

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