Christmas Festivities

I am pleased to report that we are almost completely BOOKED with Christmas activities every weekend from now until Christmas!! This is a dream come true for me my friends. 

Weekend of November 14th and 21st-Decorating & shopping! 

Weekend of November 28th-Christmas lights at the zoo while in Ohio on our trip, a date night for hubby & I. 

Weekend of December 5th- A Christmas Carol play at the theatre, another date night for hubby & I. 

Weekend of December 12th-Christmas party! Time to let loose. 

Weekend of December 19th-Overnight trip to Gaylord Palms for ICE and ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas, yet another date night for hubby & I. 

Enjoying each others company and love this holiday season is our top priority, probably more than ever before.  Dont get me wrong, its always been a priority, but this year is different. 

Last Christmas Eve was our first babies due date, and it was also the day we got a positive pregnancy test for our 3rd pregnancy.  Aside from that, we planned to be pregnant by this Christmas had our FET not been cancelled last month. As you can see, if we allow it, this Christmas could be very sad and heartbreaking. 

Instead we are making a conscious decision to do happy things rather than just sit and mope around. It is by no means easy; it’s living during infertility and pregnancy loss.  Im sure there will be tough days where we feel tested, but my hope is that I won’t let IF and RPL steal my joy this Christmas! They have already stolen way too much. 

Welcome November! 

Since my post Halloween rant, I have brainstormed all the reasons why November is going to be such a marvelous month…

  1. We gained an hour of sleep this month. I love sleep.
  2. My birthday is November 4. Must be an awesome month! 
  3. I work a total of just 16 days. Hearing that makes it oh-so-do-able.
  4. By the end of this month, we will reach the half way point of the 180 school/work year…yes, you heard right! 
  5. I get to do fun, yet educational Thanksgiving activities with my students. 
  6. We are going on vacation and will get to kick back and relax while we see great family and friends. 
  7. In honor of prepping for vacation, I am getting a manicure, pedicure, and my hair done.
  8. Such delicious food this month.  I love food.
  9. The stores will put away all of their Halloween crap, and bring out the real Christmas stuff. Up until November, Christmas only gets 1 aisle because of Halloween. No more! This makes me feel like I can really start buying presents. 
  10. I get to start decorating for Christmas. Those of you who know me know I like to go all out. 
  11. Christmas music will officially be on the radios and likewise, the shows will be on TV. 
  12. I get to make my famous fruit turkey (pictures to follow). 
  13. The weather must cool down this month. 
  14. It is the 5 year anniversary of rescuing our amazing dog, Rocket. 
  15. The Ohio State v. Michigan game is this month. This is a big deal to mid westerners.  Might I add, we will be in Ohio for the game, which hasnt been the case since 2002.
  16. We are getting some very special, professional photos taken. I am so excited about this opportunity.  I will do a separate post about this. 
  17. I have 1 more Stitch Fix delivery on its way before I go on my every 3 month schedule. 
  18. Mockingjay Part 2 comes out. Yes.
  19. November will continue to remain 1 of the only untainted IVF RPL months in our history. 
  20. We are one month closer to bringing home our baby. 

I think I could keep going, but I will leave you with the best ones. For each of the 10 negatives I gave you yesterday, I was able to (easily) come up with 2 positives today.  Happy November everyone! 

Week 3 of the 95 Days of Summer Happiness

Bringing you Week 3, days 15-22, of the 95 days of summer, all for your viewing pleasure.

We hope you enjoy as much as we did!

Day 15 of Summer Happiness

Lovely fountain and greenery on my way to grocery shop one summer morning

Day 16 of Summer Happiness

Wish I knew the name of this bright orange Florida flower we discovered on a walk

Day 17 of Summer Happiness

Summer isn’t summer without happy hour!!!

Day 18 of Summer Happiness

Relaxing at my mom’s pool, a favorite summer past time.

Day 19 of Summer Happiness

This little girl, who I like to call Bessy, greets me every summer morning at our house.

Day 20 of Summer Happiness

Just a usual Florida Gopher Tortoise hanging around!

Day 21 of Summer Happiness

If a picture is worth a thousand words, this one says it all!