Friday, December 30, 2011

Holidays w/ the Hrivnak's

We just got back from spending a week with my family in Chicago and had SUCH A GOOD TIME! I have to tell you about it! We are feeling so full & so blessed after the refreshment of quality time with old friends & family. I got to see ALMOST everyone I wanted to see, and I just LOVE being at HOME! 




 My sister has been home for about a month with her 2 kids, since her husband is in Korea (Air Force) so we had a blast playing with my nephews & watching them enjoy Christmas. They were the life of the party! 


We got to skype in James, her husband, for Christmas Eve & Christmas day so he could watch the kids open presents & be a part of Christmas here. It was really hard & sad for him not to be with us! But we still had a great day. 



The kids LOVED their presents and most of their waking hours were spend putting together their new lego sets and playing pirates. 


We baked so many yummy things & mom fed us WELL! Christmas morning we had eggs & sausage & I made THIS yummy Blueberry Creamcheese bread! I'd recommend it!
Recipe found here.
Then we had Aunt Judi & cousin Tyler AND my Uncle Bob & Aunt Karen join us for Christmas lunch! SO BLESSED to be surrounded by family I don't see often on Christmas!


We also had some family friends come over with all THEIR kids one day, and at one point had 8 kids under age 5 running around our basement! Kent & I cannot BELIEVE this is going to be our world in 6 months. Thankfully, we start out with 1! 
Here are the 2 friends that came to 'play'!






 We also got to go downtown the day after Christmas & go to the Lincoln Park Zoo lights with the boys. It was SO fun and the lights were incredible! 


 It sure was COLD, but is always fun to be in the city. Our dear friends, the Smith's, joined us and we headed to Greek Town to eat dinner afterwards. 




 Apart from the SWEET family time we had, I got to catch up with my high school besties! Of course I saw Sarah, Kendra, Annie, & their husbands. Kendra has 2 babies now, twins! So it was awesome to see them all big & healthy after their miracle birth. We DIDN'T do our traditional gingerbread houses this year but had a blast catching up & playing games.




Kendra's twins, CJ & Keagan
Lastly, I got to catch up with lots of my old Buffalo Grove High School basketball teammates! I haven't seen some of these girls in YEARS! Half of them have babies now, all about 9 months old. CRAZY that we are old enough to be called, 'mom'! I still can't believe that. 


How does time go by so fast, & how come I still feel like a kid? I still think Peter Pan is one of my favorite movies because, who WANTS to grow up? (I guess everyone under the age of 21 does. Then all you want to do is stay young!) 


Anyway, we have 3 more days of break, and are soaking in every moment! We have ONE last Christmas tonight with Kent's extended family & then New Years with besties- Josh & Brit Germany! SO excited to hang with them. 


Quick baby update. I am now 3 months! So I am over the sickness hump and moving into my second trimester.  I need to take a picture because I am STARTING to pooch a little. But besides headaches, I'm feeling much better! Bring on the second trimester! 
That's all for now! Our hearts our full! God is so good!

Friday, December 16, 2011

We can SEE our baby!

I'm 10 weeks! We went to the doctor today and got another ultrasound. It was SO cool because it actally looks like a baby this time! We heard the heart beat, 170bpm, and saw him kicking and hiccuping! He was SO CUTE! It's on a DVD and someday I'll upload it to here (although I'm sure only my mom and his mom really care to see him wiggling in my womb.)


Size: a prune; 1 1/4 inches long , crown to bottom — and weighs less than a quarter of an ounce.
Development: Baby has now completed the most critical portion of his development (amazing!) and is beginning fetal development, when the tissues and organs in his body rapidly grow and mature. He's swallowing fluid and kicking up a storm. Vital organs — including his kidneys, intestines, brain, and liver are starting to function, though they'll continue to develop. Baby is forming tiny nails on fingers and toes (no more webbing) and peach-fuzz hair beginning to grow on his skin! SO COOL!
Symptoms: More headaches lately. Not as tired mid-day as I was, but really ready to crash at night. Not as nauseous but still not great. READY for the next trimester!!! 
Highs: We are just so thankful Baby is HEALTHY! We are ready to tell the world about him! 
Lows: I was sure I was actually 11 weeks along according to all those calculations you do to find the due date. Today the doctor measured baby and said I'm only 10 weeks along. I was REALLY upset, and I know that seems silly that one week isn't a big deal, but I think it's mostly because I just want to be OVER these first few months-over the feeling bad and over the high risk period. So I'm still coping with that and had to go back and adjust some of my updates to get back on track. They SAY my due date is July 10th, and I guess the doctors know, but I'm hopeful for a week earlier. :)
Cravings: Let's see. Kent usually jumps on board with my cravings, so we went out and got pickles from the grocery store the other day. I still always want to eat fruit and cereal. Chips always sound good too. I won't even list all the things that still do NOT sound good. But nothing weird that I can think of. 


FINALLY!!!! How we told our parents:

November 24th- Thanksgiving Day


We FINALLY told our parents! Kent's family came over Wednesday night, November 23, for a family night before my parents came in town, since Drew was home from college. So we gave them a tour of the house so they could see all the changes we've made. Kent made them wait outside each room til all 6 of them were together, then showed them each room. i'm hiding in the closet of the study. We did the same thing when my parents arrived the next morning! We wanted to tell them before heading over to Aunt Joy's for our big family Thanksgiving meal! You should totally see for yourselves their reaction!
Click Video Link here

Now I have to start thinking of what our kid will call my parents and Kent's parents. If I leave it up to my father, he will make our kid call him "Big Hriv." Not happening. I really like "Lolli" and "Pop". 


Any other fun ideas for what to call the grandparents?


                   Oh, and I'm now 8 weeks.
Size: kidney bean
Development: New this week: Webbed fingers and toes are poking out from your baby's hands and feet, his eyelids practically cover his eyes, breathing tubes extend from his throat to the branches of his developing lungs, and his "tail" is just about gone. In his brain, nerve cells are branching out to connect with one another, forming primitive neural pathways. 
Symptoms: nausea, headaches (few migraines so far), fatigue, and uuuuuugh.

9 weeks!

Tuesday 11/29/11
9 weeks
Size: a green olive (.9 inches). This week the hands and feet start to look like fingers and toes! The eyes are fully developed and its internal reproductive organs are starting to form. Are you a boy or girl!? I now have 50% more blood to help the uterus grow and carry oxygen and nutrients to baby. They say its common that I'd be more short of breath (my excuse for why running is so much harder right now).
Symptoms: Not as nauseous 24/7 like the past couple weeks, but still not great. Food usually disgusts me. It’s hard to find something that sounds good to eat. I don’t feel like doing anything most days, can barely make it through school and just sit around when I'm home. My goal is to do ONE productive thing every day-like laundry, empty out the dishwasher, make a meal (that is a RARE occassion), or run an errand. I’m so thankful for this part time job right now! How do people work full time through this nauseousness? UGH. Or how do they handle 2 other young kids at home when all they want to do is hibernate til the end of first trimester? 
Cravings: Date nights haven't been quite as enjoyable because food is just, not appealing. Still no coffee, no mint gum, even my morning apples don't sound good. And ya know how I wanted gold fish a couple weeks ago? Sick. Don't even show them to me. Grapes=YUM. Cereal is my normal meal. And toast. with butter and jelly. Funny thing is I never usually eat bread. Yet now all I can think of eating is a piece of toast. (Good thing I froze some of mom's homemade bread from Thanksgiving!) Oh, and chips. Another thing I never eat. The other day I had to tell Kent sorry for eating all his ranch doritos. I NEVER ATE THOSE BEFORE in my life! Oh well, the life of a pregnant woman.

 Again, no noticeable bump, and Kent says this dress isn't a good one to document my bump with anyway. I keep expecting a little something, but people say with your first one it usually isn't til 12 weeks til you see a little pop. Funny how excited I am for my stomach to grow! I want to know that this baby is really inside me!




Sorry these posts are NOT very exciting, but until I feel better, this is the most I can do!

What? No coffee?

Monday 11/14/11
7 weeks
Size: a blueberry (.51 inches)
Symptoms: Uuuuuugh, this is not fun. Day 3 of COMPLETE nauseousness. I feel horrible. I’ve sat on the couch for 2 days and have a feeling I won’t be doing much today. I made it to school, barely, and eeked through my first 2 classes, but one of the teachers ALREADY guessed why I was feeling ‘sick’ and though I laughed it off, it is going to be hard to keep this a secret. I feel like the world is spinning a bit, and although my stomach may be growling, food does NOT sound good. Even if I do eat something, it does nothing to take away the nausea or dizziness. How do people function feeling like this? Glad I don’t have other kids I have to take care of because I can hardly take care of myself. I was proud of my one accomplishment yesterday-dragging the laundry basket of clean clothes across the floor to our bedroom and folding it all.  Today my one accomplishment will be emptying the dishwasher. God, PLEASE let this lift! Soon!
PRAISES: Something SO fun happened tonight! I was at Downline and I get a text from a good friend, Adriane. Adriane and her husband as well as Garland Autry worked with Kent and I in youth ministry back at Fellowship Bible Church. Anyway, Adriane and Garland’s wife, Sarah have been trying to get pregnant for quite awhile. Sarah found out she was pregnant a couple months ago, and we were all praying Adriane would be pregnant at the same time. Well her text last night said, “Guess what?” I just KNEW what she was about to tell me! “You’re PREGNANT!” I was so excited for her, and just had to tell her our news as well. Turns out we are due a few days apart! I have a pregnant buddy! I’m so happy and amazed that all 3 of us are pregnant at the same time. It is so much fun to go through something with other people. It would have been SO fun if we still lived in Northwest Arkansas and could do life together, but we are trusting God to provide what we need here in Memphis. Still, such a cool blessing! Now I’m just waiting on my best friend, Kelley to jump in the pregnant wagon.
CRAVINGS: I don’t know if it’s that I have cravings yet exactly, or just few items that don’t make me sick. Goldfish crackers and gummy bears are two of those things and I had to go out and get some. I cannot think of eating real meals right now-anything hot, ewwww. Gag. Even COFFEE. Oh. My. Gosh. Not even mint gum- which I usually eat 24/7. This will be interesting.

Date night

Nov 12th 
6 weeks and 5 days

So, it’s Saturday morning and we went to bed at 9:45 last night. No. Joke. I said Kent is having sympathy symptoms and is feeling ‘fatigued’ more lately too! We were so tired last night, haha! Had a sweet date night (eating WAY TOO MUCH FOOD) and came home ready for bed! Our new favorite place is a little Greek Café called Petra Café, and although it is NOT as good as Kosmos in Fayetteville, the pita and hummus are delicious and of course the Gyro is our staple. Anyway, we then just HAD to try the newest frozen yogurt place around here (can I use the excuse that ‘baby wants ice cream’ yet?) Sweet Cece’s is the place, and it was SOOOO good. We try to do a date night one night every weekend and many people have told us “GET IN THAT HABIT AND KEEP IT, no matter what!” Especially because it won’t be as easy to get date nights once baby comes!

SIZE: My baby is the size of a small pea- .25 inches.

SYMPTOMS: I have been a tad more nauseous this week and of course, still tired often. SO THANKFUL that I have the best job situation and get done mid morning and can come rest if needed and get a few things done before I go back out to train. It’s SUCH a perfect schedule.

NAME ideas: Well, we have our list of names we are adding and subtracting from. Some of our favorites so far (subject to change) for a girl are Addison (Addie) or Ellison (Ellie) Grace. Maybe Kinlie, Kylie, or Kennedy. For a boy, we haven’t found one we love, but going biblical, we potentially like Malachi (call him ‘Chi?' Not sure about this one), Eli, Jeremiah, OR we have Dawson, Carson, and Cooper as options. Again, I am not sure I can see us actually calling our kid one of these yet but we shall see.

Well, we have a long run today to get ready for our half marathon in December. Hope we survive. We are going to do 11 miles today. I think we’ll get in a 12 miler before the race in a couple weeks. We felt good on our 10 mile run, but 11 seems so hard right now (especially since I’m not feeling great today). It’s a nice day though so we are going to see how it goes!

It hits

Sunday November 13th 8pm 
              SO- after the long run yesterday, things went down hill. I wasn’t feeling great on the run- maybe just a bad day or maybe pregnancy symptoms, but I couldn’t quite catch my breath so we had to run the first 6.5 miles slower than normal. It was crazy windy with a chill in the air but after we’d warmed up we were okay. Kent knew I wasn’t feeling great and tried (hard) to get us to stop at 6.5 and try our long run another time. But we had a SCHEDULE and I wanted us to get 11 in before thanksgiving. We’d already gone 6.5, I figured 4.5 is no big deal. So I convinced him I was fine and that if we could just go a little slower it would be fine. Well, we made it through our run, no big deal. I didn’t feel great but if I slowed it down it was okay.
Afterwards, we made it home and took a shower. The second I got out of the shower I felt a migraine coming on. I was seeing blurry and knew it would go downhill fast. I hopped in bed, turned off the lights and asked kent to research if I could have Ibuprofen (even though once I start a migraine, NO medicine can even dent it). He said it should be fine so I downed 2 and laid down as I felt the pain getting stronger. I figured I should eat something since we just ran 11 miles and it had been like 6 hours since I’d eaten, so he brought me yogurt (fed me) and told me to sleep. We were supposed to have friends over that night so I was HOPING and praying it would miraculously get better, but no such luck. After a couple hours or resting (in pain), I made my way out to the living room and laid on the couch so I wouldn’t be lonely.  I have been there EVER SINCE, and that was about 6pm yesterday. Kent made me some eggs and after I ate dinner that night, but it only got worse! I thought I’d be fine waking up this morning, but besides major migraine hangover, my stomach was still SUPER nauseous and I was dizzy and weak. Is THIS first trimester morning sickness? Because it has not let up for a minute for the past 24 hours and I do NOT know how I’ll make it to work tomorrow! We thought maybe it was triggered by dehydration but I’ve been trying to drink a lot and nothing helps.  LORD HEAL ME! It’s going to be a LONG first trimester if this is what it’s going to feel like!

The journey begins!

Written November 8, 2011 (posting this Dec 15th, WAY later than I wrote it. We had to keep it a secret for awhile!)
So I’m 6 weeks today! Kent is so cute and sent me emails from school all day with his research on what is happening at this point in our baby’s development. We sort of like having this great secret just between us for a bit.
 I don't have a baby bump yet of course, but thought i'd start documenting pics now so you can see what 'normal' was as the bump starts growing. 


SIZE: Our baby grew from a poppy seed size to a pumpkin seed in the past week! SO much growth happens each week, it’s unreal! 

SYMPTOMS
: As of now, my symptoms are pretty similar to what they’ve been the past couple weeks- stomach cramps (cuz my uterus is expanding apparently), SORE boobs, OH MY GOSH, and a little more tired than normal. (I’ve taken quite a few naps, which is SO not me!)
PRAISES: Something great happened. So my parents are driving in from Chicago for Thanksgiving. We SO wanted to surprise our parents on Thanksgiving with the news! But we want to get a doctor’s appointment first to make SURE this baby is doin okay before we announce the news. I called yesterday to schedule an appointment hoping she could get me in the Wednesday before thanksgiving, since my parents will arrive on Thursday. I would be 8 weeks at that point, and people say you see the doctor around 7 weeks. The lady on the phone said I couldn’t come in til the following week, November 30th. She said I had to be 9 weeks. Well I was devastated and asked if there was any way to come in early so we could tell my parents while they were here. She said no.
I researched more after we got off the phone and found many people said you can get an ultrasound anywhere from 6 to 9 weeks. So I didn’t think 8 weeks was asking too much! Kent said he’d try today, so he called again, (talked to a different person I think) and they said we could come in NEXT WEEK! AHHHH! This will make it so much more real! So we will be able to see my tiny tiny baby next Wednesday, at 7 weeks! I HOPE and PRAY to hear a healthy little heart beat! It is surreal that I’m even talking about this by the way.

Okay, well, more to come. Praising the Lord for that sweet gift and I’ll write back how the appointment goes. I WISH I COULD TELL YOU ALL THIS RIGHT NOW! But all this won’t be posted probably til like, 11 weeks (or at least til all our family knows).

BIG News...

So let me give you the play by play. It’s Saturday, November 5, 2011. I am home by myself for the weekend because my husband is speaking at a retreat in Mississippi. Before he left, I secretly went out and bought a pregnancy test, because I was a week late and was having some possible symptoms like being unusually tired mid-day. I am NOT a nap person, and I was getting home from work around 11 or 11:30 and instead of working out, I'd end up sleeping for an hour or two, and I'd wake up still tired! (Now I’m not the best at going to bed so I figured it was just me catching up on sleep I hadn’t gotten the previous week). But that among other things gave me a tiny glimmer of excitement about the possibility.

So, Kent leaves Friday night. I rent a redbox movie- a chick flick, and stay up till 12 watching it- and BAWLING. I mean, I was an emotional mess! Ridiculous! I decide to wait till morning to take the test so I will be able to get some sleep. Morning comes, and I decide to wait a little longer so I can spend some focused time with the Lord and get some cleaning done. I spent the morning cleaning our house (sniffing in chemicals) and couldn’t get myself to go into the bathroom to take the test. Finally, I take it. 

And. In case you DIDN’T know where this post was going, it said ‘pregnant’. (I got a digital one, not the plus minus. We are in 2011, people). Oh. My. Gosh. Oh. My. Gosh. I sat in a heap on the floor of the bathroom and my eyes got teary. For real, God? For real!? You chose to create LIFE in me!? Something is growing in me!? I am going to be a MOM!?

It was the first month Kent and I were really ‘trying’. We knew it was completely up to the Lord if and when we had kids, but really felt peace and excitement about the possibility of it happening soon. (Do you ever really feel ‘ready’ to be a parent? I am barely figuring out this ‘adult’ thing, so I don’t know that we felt ready to actually raise up a child). But anyway, one month in and WOW…un.believable. Okay back to the story.

Well, the rest of the day I was in a daze. My best friend actually called me RIGHT after I took the test and I was dying to tell her. Still FREAKING out. Of course I had to wait til I told my husband. So I played it cool until I saw my husband beeping in. AHH! How to act calm on the phone with him!? I screened his call a few times and finally picked up. After a short conversation about how his retreat was going, I was off to work out, finish cleaning the house, and run my errands. I tried to keep busy, but it’s a little hard to act like everything is normal when your whole life just got changed. The thought in my head all day was, how should I tell Kent?

I knew he’d be home Sunday after lunch, so Saturday night I came up with ideas and Sunday morning finalized the plan. So this is what happened:

Step 1: He walks in the kitchen and sees a note to him. 




Step 2: On the bed was a note I had written him, thanking him for being such a GREAT husband and supporter, for all the memories and adventures we had the past year and a half, and how excited I am for the adventures to come! “Now go to the study”.


Step 3:  In the study I had been working on a picture for above our bed saying “Me & you”. In the frame I had written another note
(Upstairs when we moved in there was a room totally decorated for kids, which we have left as is.)


Step 4. Another note, leaning against a gift bag. Inside the gift bag were a few little onesies with cute sayings on them- ‘daddy’s little quarterback’…etc. If he hadn't gotten it by now,  I gave him one final clue!

Step 5. On the bathroom counter was a picture of the pregnancy test. I was hiding in the closet with a camera to get his reaction and he turned around when he saw the picture saying, “NO. WAY!” We looked at each other, hugged, and THEN it was more real for me. We both started crying and laughing and spent the next 30 minutes taking it all in. Well, who am I kidding, we are STILL taking it in over a month later! 


Glad we could FINALLY share with you our exciting news! MUCH more to come...i've been bursting at the seems to tell you all that has been going on! Read the following posts for the more recent baby news. (You should especially see the video on the 'Finally!' post!)

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Back in the Kitchen

I'm BACK in the kitchen! It's a miracle! I decided today was "Christmas Cookie Day. I wanted to make some goodies for our neighbors, so of course I pulled up my Christmas board on pinterest and made whatever cookies I had the ingredients for. The first one I made turned out to be fabulous! I found it here.


These are mine








CANDY CANE SNOWBALL COOKIES
3 c. powdered sugar, divided
1 1/4 c butter, softened
2 t. vanilla (or if you’d prefer a stronger peppermint flavor, you can replace 1 t. of vanilla with a teaspoon of peppermint extract)
1 egg
3 c. flour
1 T. baking powder
1/2 t. salt
3/4 c. finely crushed candy canes, divided
2-3 T. milk


Instructions1. In a mixing bowl, beat 1 1/2 cup powdered sugar and butter until fluffy. Add vanilla and egg and beat until combined.
2. In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking powder and salt. Stir to combine. Slowly add to mixing bowl, beating until combined, about 1 minute. Stir 1/2 cup finely crushed candy canes in by hand.3. Roll dough into small balls using just under a teaspoon of dough. Rolls balls through granulated sugar to coat and place on baking sheet. Bake at 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes. Cool.4. While cookies bake, stir together remaining 1 1/2 c. powdered sugar with 2-3 T. of milk. Add just enough milk to form a thick glaze. Drizzle over cooled cookies and top with remaining crushed candy canes immediately.
Next I made my grandma's favorite- Apricot nut bars. She ALWAYS made them for us when I was growing up (and I don't even think we liked them much as kids because I hated nuts!). But this year I had a huge craving for them so I found a recipe that seemed simple enough here.


Ingredients:

            APRICOT NUT BARS


2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup butter                                  3/4 cupbrown sugar(packed)              
1 cup apricot preserves               1/2 cup chopped walnuts                

2 egg yolks                                   1 tsp vanilla extract


These are how mine turned out...


Instructions: 1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). 2Cream flour, butter and brown sugar. Add eggs and vanilla; mix well. Press into a 9x13 inch pan. 3Bake for 20 minutes. Take out and spread preserves evenly then sprinkle with nuts. Score into bars, but leave in pan. 4Return to oven at 250 degrees F (120 degrees C) for up to 15 minutes. Cool on rack.


They turned out yummy, but mine did NOT look like the picture. The recipe didn't say anything about a top layer to the bars. So I saved some batter and tried to plop the dough in blobs on top. How do you get it to look like the picture? No clue. Also, I should have chopped the walnuts up more. That's why I need a food processor. Still, it satisfied the craving!

Lastly, I made 'White Trash", found here

Christmas White Trash
Ingredients:
24 oz. vanilla flavored candy coating (almond bark)
6 cups Kellogg's Crispix cereal
3 cups Christmas shaped pretzels
16 oz. Peanut Butter, peanut or Plain 
M&M'S in Christmas Colors
(I added 2 cups of cheerios and a cup of peanuts)




Directions: In a medium microwave safe bowl, melt chocolate in the microwave for 2-4 minutes at 30 SECOND intervals until chocolate is melted; set aside. In a large bowl, add cereal, pretzels, and M&Ms. Pour melted chocolate over the cereal mixture. Using a large spatula to fold all together making sure not to break up the cereal to much. Once all the mixture is coated real well with the chocolate, pour out onto a table lined with waxed paper. Once cooled, break up into piece and store in an air tight container.

Hope the neighbors like them! I still have a few more Christmas cookies to make. Tomorrow my 6th grade mentor group is coming over to make good ol sugar cookies. Can't go wrong there (I hope)!

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Thankfulness!

So I realize i haven't posted in a long time. Maybe because I haven't been cooking/baking in the past couple weeks so there are no cool recipes to share. But for all 5 of you reading this, I will now update you on my life!

Cousins-Becca & Maddie, pilgrim/Indian
Well, mom and dad drove to visit us over Thanksgiving weekend. That was SUCH a wonderful visit! We went right over to Kent's Aunt's house when they arrived and had an incredible Thanksgiving meal. (Favorites-homemade bread, greenbean casserole, strawberry jello, and turkey!) 


Aunt Pam & sister Jenna
Of course we all went around and shared what we were thank-ful for, and me, having both sets of parents around me, (and Kent's grandparents, aunts and uncles who all love the Lord) I was overwhelmed with how blessed I am to have 2 incredibly godly sets of parents to look up to and model my life after, and ALSO 2 sets of incredibly godly grandparents, who have prayed for Kent and I our whole lives! To have such loving, Christ-honoring families is the coolest thing and we have such a rich hertitage!


I've always loved the verse, "The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective" James 5:16. I have SEEN the power of prayer in so many ways and know that it is a huge result of the many prayers of our parents and grandparents over the years of our life. 


Anyway, so that was my 'what I'm thankful for' this year, among many other things. 




The next day mom and dad helped us decorate our first house for CHRISTMAS! YAY! We went out shopping for Christmas decor on Black Friday-got a deal on lights and garlands and bows! Kent & Dad put lights up outside and set up our tree while mom and I (ok, mostly mom) put the garland and bows on our staircase and above our fireplace and added odds and ends all over the house. It makes me SO HAPPY to have a Christmassy house! Well, having a house makes me extremely happy but especially one that is so festive! Now the coundown begins for CHRISTMAS! Kent and I are going to Chicago around Dec 21-28th and I cannot WAIT to catch up with high school friends and chill with my family for a whole week! Then we'll come back and do Christmas and New Years with Kent's fam. It will be a WONDERFUL break! And maybe I'll start baking again and post all of the fun holiday recipes I have saved on pinterest and tell ya which ones you HAVE to try
Gotta go personal train! We are doing bleachers today so I'm thankful it is 50 degrees and sunny!

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