Friday, February 28, 2014

Five on Friday

One.  Some Unexpected News
I went in on Tuesday for a beta test since AF hadn't showed.  She called back on Wednesday and told me I had actually just ovulated… God is my body confused!  Now I have to wait another 2 weeks, AF should show up by March 11th (hopefully before!) then we can start the IUI process over again.  I've said it once and I’ll say it again, this waiting is the worst!  If AF doesn't show then they will induce it with progesterone.  Another two weeks isn't really putting us any farther than we originally thought, but I’m ready to move forward!  We decided if this IUI does not work then we will be considering IVF more seriously.  There is a slight chance that we could get pregnant on our own this round too, but I'm not holding my breath for that!


Two. Baby Shower Fun
Jen’s baby shower turned out to be so much fun.  We got to tour her newly renovated home, check out that absolutely adorable growing belly of hers (usually it’s covered by a smock when I see her!), and enjoy some great food & some good laughs.  She wanted it to be more of an open house where she just opened presents as people came & didn’t have to sit in front of everyone and open things, well, it didn’t turn out that way and she ended up front and center with an audience.  She was less than amused.  She pretty much made Maddie (her step daughter) open everything for her and me clean up her mess, but I was happy to do it for her.  She can’t bend as easily anymore!  It was great to spend some time with my favorite ladies.


Three. Winter Continues           
Yep, it’s still here.  We have snow forecasted for Saturday and Sunday.  It’s still in the single digit temps, and next week we are only looking at the teens!  Spring, where are you already!?  I’ve absolutely had it with this winter!
real sick!

 Four. A quiet week and weekend
This week was pretty uneventful & it looks like this weekend is going to shape up to be the same.  I think a trip to Home Depot to do some price comparing is definitely in order.  Maybe some book reading, possibly some shopping.  Like I said, we have snow forecasted so there won’t be much to do! 

this is my forecasted weekend

Five. House planning continues
First and foremost, we got our settlement on Thursday so now are 100% committed to the house. We knew what we were getting, we were just waiting for the actual checks. Now we can truly move forward with our plans & close that chapter of our lives!! We had our plumber come by the house this week to give us an estimate which we were very happy with. We've gotten some other bids back and realized that we really need to do as much “shopping around” as possible.  There are so many ways to save money, although it’s not as convenient as getting everything from one place, there are definitely cost advantages of looking at other options.  There are a few things that we’re pretty dead set on paying a little more for, one being the lumber, fireplace, front door, & possibly kitchen cabinets.  We still haven’t gotten an estimate on that yet, I’m sure it will be pricey, but the kitchen is one place I won’t skimp.
more kitchen inspiration


Five on Friday

One.  Some Unexpected News
I went in on Tuesday for a beta test since AF hadn't showed.  She called back on Wednesday and told me I had actually just ovulated… God is my body confused!  Now I have to wait another 2 weeks, AF should show up by March 11th (hopefully before!) then we can start the IUI process over again.  I've said it once and I’ll say it again, this waiting is the worst!  If AF doesn't show then they will induce it with progesterone.  Another two weeks isn't really putting us any farther than we originally thought, but I’m ready to move forward!  We decided if this IUI does not work then we will be considering IVF more seriously.  There is a slight chance that we could get pregnant on our own this round too, but I'm not holding my breath for that!


Two. Baby Shower Fun
Jen’s baby shower turned out to be so much fun.  We got to tour her newly renovated home, check out that absolutely adorable growing belly of hers (usually it’s covered by a smock when I see her!), and enjoy some great food & some good laughs.  She wanted it to be more of an open house where she just opened presents as people came & didn’t have to sit in front of everyone and open things, well, it didn’t turn out that way and she ended up front and center with an audience.  She was less than amused.  She pretty much made Maddie (her step daughter) open everything for her and me clean up her mess, but I was happy to do it for her.  She can’t bend as easily anymore!  It was great to spend some time with my favorite ladies.


Three. Winter Continues           
Yep, it’s still here.  We have snow forecasted for Saturday and Sunday.  It’s still in the single digit temps, and next week we are only looking at the teens!  Spring, where are you already!?  I’ve absolutely had it with this winter!
real sick!

 Four. A quiet week and weekend
This week was pretty uneventful & it looks like this weekend is going to shape up to be the same.  I think a trip to Home Depot to do some price comparing is definitely in order.  Maybe some book reading, possibly some shopping.  Like I said, we have snow forecasted so there won’t be much to do! 

this is my forecasted weekend

Five. House planning continues
First and foremost, we got our settlement on Thursday so now are 100% committed to the house. We knew what we were getting, we were just waiting for the actual checks. Now we can truly move forward with our plans & close that chapter of our lives!! We had our plumber come by the house this week to give us an estimate which we were very happy with. We've gotten some other bids back and realized that we really need to do as much “shopping around” as possible.  There are so many ways to save money, although it’s not as convenient as getting everything from one place, there are definitely cost advantages of looking at other options.  There are a few things that we’re pretty dead set on paying a little more for, one being the lumber, fireplace, front door, & possibly kitchen cabinets.  We still haven’t gotten an estimate on that yet, I’m sure it will be pricey, but the kitchen is one place I won’t skimp.
more kitchen inspiration


Monday, February 24, 2014

Warm Weather Wear

I don't often do any posts about fashion, but Spring really is just around the corner & I'm loving everything that is coming out so far!  Even though the temps are still cold and we still have left over snow on the ground.  Warm weather is inevitable and it’s well on its way and I can’t wait.  I've gotten a few fun pieces already & I have a few on my wishlist...OK, who am I kidding, I have a ton on my wishlist!

I got this adorable mint ombre sweater from CNJ Style the past week.  It’s a high-low cut & it’s a great transition piece for the upcoming months.  Mint became really big last year & I'm glad that it continues to be a prominent shade in the world of fashion!


Aztec print has been in for a while and I’m really happy its popularity has stuck around because I’m still obsessed with it.  I love the fabric of this racer back tank & I love the navy, mint, & coral color combo.  

loved both of these tops so much, but the coral was out of my size! Darn!

I feel like one can never have too many maxi dresses and skirts. They're comfortable and versatile.  I wear mine to work a lot with a denim jacket or denim vest.  They will also be a absolutely necessary when I'm pregnant this summer!  (yes, I will be pregnant this summer!)  Loving this colorful stripped maxi from Target.

of course I went to Target for a shower card & ended up spending $60

Speaking of denim vests... definitely loving this one from The Buckle.  A little added bling makes it a little more fun! 


Shoes are something that I always struggle with in the Spring.  There aren't a lot of styles that I really like as far as flats go, but I'm LOVING these adorable mint loafers from Target.  Of course mint isn't the most practical for an everyday work shoe so I'll probably end up with the tan, but isn't the mint just divine? 
I love the statement you can make with the right handbag and Spring is the perfect time for a bright and bold pop of color!  This royal blue Croc Satchel would surly make a statement!  Gorg!

And of course, one of my all time favorite accessories, nail polish!  The OPI Brazil collection is so colorful, I can't wait to be able to show my toes!




Warm Weather Wear

I don't often do any posts about fashion, but Spring really is just around the corner & I'm loving everything that is coming out so far!  Even though the temps are still cold and we still have left over snow on the ground.  Warm weather is inevitable and it’s well on its way and I can’t wait.  I've gotten a few fun pieces already & I have a few on my wishlist...OK, who am I kidding, I have a ton on my wishlist!

I got this adorable mint ombre sweater from CNJ Style the past week.  It’s a high-low cut & it’s a great transition piece for the upcoming months.  Mint became really big last year & I'm glad that it continues to be a prominent shade in the world of fashion!


Aztec print has been in for a while and I’m really happy its popularity has stuck around because I’m still obsessed with it.  I love the fabric of this racer back tank & I love the navy, mint, & coral color combo.  

loved both of these tops so much, but the coral was out of my size! Darn!

I feel like one can never have too many maxi dresses and skirts. They're comfortable and versatile.  I wear mine to work a lot with a denim jacket or denim vest.  They will also be a absolutely necessary when I'm pregnant this summer!  (yes, I will be pregnant this summer!)  Loving this colorful stripped maxi from Target.

of course I went to Target for a shower card & ended up spending $60

Speaking of denim vests... definitely loving this one from The Buckle.  A little added bling makes it a little more fun! 


Shoes are something that I always struggle with in the Spring.  There aren't a lot of styles that I really like as far as flats go, but I'm LOVING these adorable mint loafers from Target.  Of course mint isn't the most practical for an everyday work shoe so I'll probably end up with the tan, but isn't the mint just divine? 
I love the statement you can make with the right handbag and Spring is the perfect time for a bright and bold pop of color!  This royal blue Croc Satchel would surly make a statement!  Gorg!

And of course, one of my all time favorite accessories, nail polish!  The OPI Brazil collection is so colorful, I can't wait to be able to show my toes!




Friday, February 21, 2014

Five on Friday

One.  The job.
What a relief it turned out to be that I was not chosen for the job.  At the end of the day Tuesday my supervisor sat down in my office and we talked about the email I had sent him.  He had no idea that I would lose that coverage, but he said regardless of that & my email, I would not be the candidate selected.  The person who he has selected has more experience and lives in the Peoria area.  He did say that he knows that I am more than ready for a management position and that my opportunity will come, it's just not the best time right now.  I agreed with him and explained that between the loss of coverage and the amount of travel, I was certain I would have to turn it down.  I am not upset at all, but thankful that I was able to test, (so now I'll never have to again!) and I got an interview under my belt which is always good practice.  Feeling  much less stressed & overwhelmingly relieved!


My friend Kari makes the bomb-diggity, handmade jewelry.  She is super talented.  I love her unique style. She has pieces you'll never see anywhere else.  She custom made me a gorgeous necklace & I can't wait til it warms up a bit so I can wear it!!  It really is a statement necklace that will surly be the focal point of any outfit.  I envision it paired with a white cami & skinnies.  You can visit her Etsy shop to check out her pieces and contact her about a customer order of your own!  


Three.  Baby Shower Weekend.
This weekend is going to be filled with best friends & babies.  Friday night my bestie Jodie and her daughter Jocelyn come home from Indy.  We're doing pizza at her moms house and I can't wait to hang out and catch up.  Her moms house is one of my favorite places to visit, she's been in my life for 23 years so I love getting the chance to catch up with her.  Her and I will be drinking wine, but Jodie won't be partaking since she announced she is expecting baby #3!  Her son and daughter almost 8 & 7 so they'll have a brand new baby sibling!!  We will be celebrating my other friend Jen's baby this weekend with her shower/open house.  My mom, Jodie, Jessica and I chipped in and got her some really great gifts I can't wait to give her, and we get to finally see her newly renovated home. I love my friends I can't wait to be together with all of them, it's a rarity these days!

all of my favorites <3 

Four. Treatment Update
If you read this post then you saw the mention of IVF that the nurse had made to me when I called last week. After talking this over with Joe, we decided to give IUI one last try before we jump into something prematurely. I think we both feel as though, we got so close last time, that maybe this next time will be it. If it doesn't work out then we will end up probably moving forward with IVF. I still have a lot of confidence in this next procedure, we have had a sufficient break between and we are more than ready to make this happen. If it comes down to IVF, then we will take it as it comes, do whatever we have to do, we will prepare for it and be as positive as we can about it.


Five. House Update
Things with the house are moving along well. We received a bid for the construction of the home and we were really happy with the number. We worked on the kitchen design last weekend & are working on finalizing that plan now. I’m really happy with how it turned out. It was a challenge at first, but it’s going to be beautiful when it’s done. Next will be the master bathroom which besides the kitchen, to me is a very important room. Corner tub, tiled shower, lots of natural light, dark wood tones. It’s going to be a beautiful sanctuary. I told Joe that if there are any rooms that I want to pay to have designed and pay a little extra for it’s the kitchen and master bathroom. I’m totally fine buying a vanity from Home Depot for the other two bathrooms. So far we've been in agreement on just about everything which has made the process a lot easier. I think having the last four years to really think about what we want has helped us a lot, we both have the same ideas of what we want our forever home to look like.

here's an updated sneak peak of our kitchen design so far.

Happy Friday dolls!


Five on Friday

One.  The job.
What a relief it turned out to be that I was not chosen for the job.  At the end of the day Tuesday my supervisor sat down in my office and we talked about the email I had sent him.  He had no idea that I would lose that coverage, but he said regardless of that & my email, I would not be the candidate selected.  The person who he has selected has more experience and lives in the Peoria area.  He did say that he knows that I am more than ready for a management position and that my opportunity will come, it's just not the best time right now.  I agreed with him and explained that between the loss of coverage and the amount of travel, I was certain I would have to turn it down.  I am not upset at all, but thankful that I was able to test, (so now I'll never have to again!) and I got an interview under my belt which is always good practice.  Feeling  much less stressed & overwhelmingly relieved!


My friend Kari makes the bomb-diggity, handmade jewelry.  She is super talented.  I love her unique style. She has pieces you'll never see anywhere else.  She custom made me a gorgeous necklace & I can't wait til it warms up a bit so I can wear it!!  It really is a statement necklace that will surly be the focal point of any outfit.  I envision it paired with a white cami & skinnies.  You can visit her Etsy shop to check out her pieces and contact her about a customer order of your own!  


Three.  Baby Shower Weekend.
This weekend is going to be filled with best friends & babies.  Friday night my bestie Jodie and her daughter Jocelyn come home from Indy.  We're doing pizza at her moms house and I can't wait to hang out and catch up.  Her moms house is one of my favorite places to visit, she's been in my life for 23 years so I love getting the chance to catch up with her.  Her and I will be drinking wine, but Jodie won't be partaking since she announced she is expecting baby #3!  Her son and daughter almost 8 & 7 so they'll have a brand new baby sibling!!  We will be celebrating my other friend Jen's baby this weekend with her shower/open house.  My mom, Jodie, Jessica and I chipped in and got her some really great gifts I can't wait to give her, and we get to finally see her newly renovated home. I love my friends I can't wait to be together with all of them, it's a rarity these days!

all of my favorites <3 

Four. Treatment Update
If you read this post then you saw the mention of IVF that the nurse had made to me when I called last week. After talking this over with Joe, we decided to give IUI one last try before we jump into something prematurely. I think we both feel as though, we got so close last time, that maybe this next time will be it. If it doesn't work out then we will end up probably moving forward with IVF. I still have a lot of confidence in this next procedure, we have had a sufficient break between and we are more than ready to make this happen. If it comes down to IVF, then we will take it as it comes, do whatever we have to do, we will prepare for it and be as positive as we can about it.


Five. House Update
Things with the house are moving along well. We received a bid for the construction of the home and we were really happy with the number. We worked on the kitchen design last weekend & are working on finalizing that plan now. I’m really happy with how it turned out. It was a challenge at first, but it’s going to be beautiful when it’s done. Next will be the master bathroom which besides the kitchen, to me is a very important room. Corner tub, tiled shower, lots of natural light, dark wood tones. It’s going to be a beautiful sanctuary. I told Joe that if there are any rooms that I want to pay to have designed and pay a little extra for it’s the kitchen and master bathroom. I’m totally fine buying a vanity from Home Depot for the other two bathrooms. So far we've been in agreement on just about everything which has made the process a lot easier. I think having the last four years to really think about what we want has helped us a lot, we both have the same ideas of what we want our forever home to look like.

here's an updated sneak peak of our kitchen design so far.

Happy Friday dolls!


Tuesday, February 18, 2014

3 day weekend recap

I love 3-day weekends.  Although I got nothing accomplished on Monday (except for finally finishing my book!) it's always nice to have an extra day to lay around.  This was the first weekend of the new year that we actually went out and spent a bunch of money & had some fun.

If you read this post, then you will have a better understanding of how my Friday afternoon went.  It was tear-filled and stressful & I hardly had the motivation to get ready to go out and have any bit of fun, but I did. I curled my hair, put on my new CNJ Style tank, & put on a happy face as we set out to the winery.  Once there I was fine.  It was so much fun, the pairings were awesome.  They even looked awesome!  I did the Illinois Sparkling Co (sister company to August Hill) pairing as did Jessica.  Joe and Mike tried the dry & the sweet, respectively.  It was then off to Starved Rock for an awesome dinner with more of our friends.  I had drunken mac n cheese & Joe had king crab raviolis.  Dinner was great, and the Moscow Mules were even better.  We played a round of Cards Against Humanity in the Lodge before calling it a night.  We actually ended up stopping a local bar on the way home for one more mule! 


Saturday was a big day, it started early and was accompanied by a little hangover, up at 7AM to get ready for our appointment at Maze for kitchen design.  The appointment was a tad stressful at first because the dimensions of our layout did not allow for the kitchen designed the way I had always envisioned it: kitchen island with a sink & 3-4 bar stools facing into the living at the fireplace & TV.  That's it, never any other way. To make a long story short, she was able to remove some cabinets & arrange the kitchen just how I pictured it & we were able to salvage the cabinets by placing them in another spot.  It all worked out!  Here's a sneak peak: 

Sunday we had a few friends over for some brewskis and moonshine.  It was fun, we lounged the afternoon away, watched Bad Grandpa, & sipped on Miller Lite and Sam Adams Rebel IPA.  The guys sampled some of the whiskey out of the white-oak barrel that I had gotten Joe for Christmas.  After our guests left we threw a couple t-bones on the grill & watched Jungle Book on blu-ray (Joe had surprised me with this for my Valentine's Day present which we had originally agreed not to exchange this year).  Another relaxing evening on the couch with my boys. 



Monday's forecast was SNOW.  6 to 10" more inches of snow on top of the 12" or more that we already have on the ground.  We should be in the upwards of about 70" or so measured inches this winter if we ended up getting all 10" that the forecasted.  We didn't leave the house.  I got up early & really was determined to finish my book, which I did.  Joe spent the afternoon on the computer 3D designing the house in a program he found online.  The day flew by, unfortunately, but at least it's a short work week ahead.


I expect to hear about the job sometime this week, not sure when.  I'm trying to put it in the back of my mind now until I know if I have gotten it or not.  There is no sense in stressing over something that doesn't need to be stressed over.  I did email my boss Monday, I preferred to sit and talk to him, but with Monday being a holiday & Tuesday being the last interview he had before he makes a decision, I had to get my message to him somehow.  I explained the situation with the insurance.  He already knows about the IUI and what we have been going through and has been so unbelievably supportive about the whole thing so he already knows where I'm coming from.  I am hopeful that we will make the decision that is best for our us and the future of our family.      

3 day weekend recap

I love 3-day weekends.  Although I got nothing accomplished on Monday (except for finally finishing my book!) it's always nice to have an extra day to lay around.  This was the first weekend of the new year that we actually went out and spent a bunch of money & had some fun.

If you read this post, then you will have a better understanding of how my Friday afternoon went.  It was tear-filled and stressful & I hardly had the motivation to get ready to go out and have any bit of fun, but I did. I curled my hair, put on my new CNJ Style tank, & put on a happy face as we set out to the winery.  Once there I was fine.  It was so much fun, the pairings were awesome.  They even looked awesome!  I did the Illinois Sparkling Co (sister company to August Hill) pairing as did Jessica.  Joe and Mike tried the dry & the sweet, respectively.  It was then off to Starved Rock for an awesome dinner with more of our friends.  I had drunken mac n cheese & Joe had king crab raviolis.  Dinner was great, and the Moscow Mules were even better.  We played a round of Cards Against Humanity in the Lodge before calling it a night.  We actually ended up stopping a local bar on the way home for one more mule! 


Saturday was a big day, it started early and was accompanied by a little hangover, up at 7AM to get ready for our appointment at Maze for kitchen design.  The appointment was a tad stressful at first because the dimensions of our layout did not allow for the kitchen designed the way I had always envisioned it: kitchen island with a sink & 3-4 bar stools facing into the living at the fireplace & TV.  That's it, never any other way. To make a long story short, she was able to remove some cabinets & arrange the kitchen just how I pictured it & we were able to salvage the cabinets by placing them in another spot.  It all worked out!  Here's a sneak peak: 

Sunday we had a few friends over for some brewskis and moonshine.  It was fun, we lounged the afternoon away, watched Bad Grandpa, & sipped on Miller Lite and Sam Adams Rebel IPA.  The guys sampled some of the whiskey out of the white-oak barrel that I had gotten Joe for Christmas.  After our guests left we threw a couple t-bones on the grill & watched Jungle Book on blu-ray (Joe had surprised me with this for my Valentine's Day present which we had originally agreed not to exchange this year).  Another relaxing evening on the couch with my boys. 



Monday's forecast was SNOW.  6 to 10" more inches of snow on top of the 12" or more that we already have on the ground.  We should be in the upwards of about 70" or so measured inches this winter if we ended up getting all 10" that the forecasted.  We didn't leave the house.  I got up early & really was determined to finish my book, which I did.  Joe spent the afternoon on the computer 3D designing the house in a program he found online.  The day flew by, unfortunately, but at least it's a short work week ahead.


I expect to hear about the job sometime this week, not sure when.  I'm trying to put it in the back of my mind now until I know if I have gotten it or not.  There is no sense in stressing over something that doesn't need to be stressed over.  I did email my boss Monday, I preferred to sit and talk to him, but with Monday being a holiday & Tuesday being the last interview he had before he makes a decision, I had to get my message to him somehow.  I explained the situation with the insurance.  He already knows about the IUI and what we have been going through and has been so unbelievably supportive about the whole thing so he already knows where I'm coming from.  I am hopeful that we will make the decision that is best for our us and the future of our family.      
 
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