{WHW}: I'm Back!

Sorry for being so MIA the last couple of weeks. The end of the year chaos has literally been keeping me super busy and I have zero energy once I'm home to write a post.
But I'm back! And I'm catching up on what's been hap-"pinning" lately...
Reading....I've fallen off the reading train recently after breezing through 3 or 4 books. The end of the school year is wearing me down and at night I can barely keep my eyes open to read. On my Kindle, though, is The Sea of Tranquility which came highly recommended from several readers.
Drinking....alllllll the water. Trying to stay hydrated!

Eating....On the menu this week: Lindsay's One Pot Beef Skillet, Bang Bang Shrimp Pasta, Crockpot Salsa Chicken, and Chicken Risotto in the Instant Pot (new one--will report back on this!)

Feeling....wiped out. I've been MIA the last few weeks because of end of the year craziness at my school, and last week I was part of a hearing (read: lawyers, hearing officer, testifying for over an hour, getting cross examined, etc) which occupied me for two days and stressed me out beyond belief. 

Looking forward to...Friday. Thursday is the last day of school for students and they get out early, then Friday is our last contract day of the year. Ill turn in my keys, have my office packed, and have to bring Ella to school with me that day since shes done with her school/camp today.

Watching....The Marvelous Mrs. Maizel (when I'm not falling asleep on the couch!) and really loving it, and MG and I stumbled upon The Society which actually ended up being pretty good. He's still watching Breaking Bad (I decided it wasn't for me).

Wearing....some new cute finds at Loft Outlet that I for over Memorial Day weekend! I didn't get a pic of the cute yellow flowy top I got and adorable earrings, but Ill try and snap a photo soon because I love!

Enjoying....the weather lately (minus the rain). It's been 70s and 80s, low humidity--perfection! Made it perfect for us to get out to Old Town on Saturday, take in the boats, grab a delicious dinner at Blackwall Hitch and hang with our best girl.
What's been hap-"pinning" with you?

{WHW}: Busy Busy Busy

Hey lovies, it's been a super busy week already. The end of the school year is wrapping up (still have another 2.5 weeks but jam packed with IEP meetings, eligibility meetings, therapy etc), and it's just been a little nuts.

I'm looking forward to the long weekend ahead to spend time with our family and unwind a bit.

I don't have a ton to report here today, but I wanted to share the link up and see what you all have been up to!

{WHW}: Mother's Day--from Cute to Lame!

Happy Wednesday!
I'm coming at you after celebrating a really nice Mother's Day weekend (don't let the title fool you!) The weather on Mother's Day was awful here so we did most stuff on Saturday since it was nicer out. MG made breakfast, we went to pick out some flowers that I had wanted for the front of the house, and had dinner with my mom at the house, which we made (lasagna in the crock pot--super easy and delicious!)
I didn't need any over the top gifts--MG did quite well with my anniversary gift of my second wedding band this year, so really I didn't even WANT something elaborate or over the top. My weekend was just how I wanted it.
Realized I never shared this beauty with you all :)
However, it shocked me this week at school as I've been talking to students about what they did for their moms, the level of just little to no effort that was put in to show their moms that they love them. So I thought I'd share some examples of the cute to the eye roll worthy:

~(5th grader) Hung cards around the house for mom and grandma who was staying with them (sweet!)

~(4th grader) Brunch for Mother's Day with mom and grandma (also sweet)

~(2nd grader): A poster, a crystal found at the playground, flowers and a card (super sweet)

~(6th grade girl): She and dad go to Costco the day of Mother's Day for a specific thing, that Costco ends up not having. They look at the roses and they cost $2 per rose, and they don't want to spend that. So they leave, and then pick flowers off of the bushes at Costco and bring those home. (I should note, this is not a family who struggles with money issues). I blame the girl's father SO much on this one.

~(2nd grader): "We went to my cousin's house and I had pizza"  When asked again what he did for his MOM for mother's day...."nothing" followed by "well, I gave her a hug." Oh.

~(6th grader): "I told her Happy Mother's Day." That's it.

~(1st grader): Made breakfast in bed for her mom, and then sat in bed with her, and they ate together (adorable!)

At this point in the week, I haven't seen my Kindergarten students yet, or the majority of my 1st graders, so I'd imagine their stories are a little cuter. But, MAN am I disappointed in some of my students. Especially the one who basically stole flowers from bushes outside of Costco!

All of this to say, if you're a mom, I hope your Mother's Day was special in whatever way made it special for you.
And if you're waiting to become a mom, I understand how you're feeling. I was there myself for a few years before we were able to have Ella through IVF, and I'm there currently myself, wanting baby #2. I'd be lying if I didn't think about the fact that I would have been about 7 months pregnant if we hadn't lost our baby in November. 
This day is wonderful to celebrate all that our moms have done for us, and all that we do for our kids. But it's also hard for those who have lost their moms, are desperate to become moms, have lost babies, etc. 
To you I say, I see you. I understand you. And I send you all the love.

{WHW}: Currently in May


Reading....Elsewhere by Gabrielle Zevin. Had it on my TBR list and finally got it for a good deal on Amazon. So far it's pretty good. Trying to get a couple more books read before I link up for the next Show Us Your Books.

Eating...stuff on the grill more often, because the weather's nice, it's easy and MG is in charge of it!
Tried out a new Mexican casserole last week that was delicious and loaded with veggies (and low calorie!). Linking here.
Ready for...our transfer this week. Progesterone shots have been happening (sore butt!!) and I've started my blood thinner shots last night (those will be daily for the foreseeable future)--it wasn't too bad, but I'm not looking forward to the bruising that's gonna happen. 
If you have a moment, send us some prayers, good juju, sticky baby vibes...whatever you've got!

Buying....cute Summer clothes for Ella. I can't resist the rompers!!
Smiling....at Ella's preschool pictures. We weren't told that it was picture day (remember, the lack of communication I talked about a while back?!?), hence her outfit, but her smile makes my day.
Enjoying....being outside so much now! Ella loves going to the playground in our neighborhood (she'd go nightly if possible), and time out on the deck in the evening is the best. Enjoying these days before the heat and humidity set in.

Watching....Breaking Bad--we started the show last week or the week before, and it's gotten better than the beginning. Really heavy show. We've also been watching Game of Thrones, but I'm NOT watching The Bachelorette this year. I don't think I can watch Hannah B for a whole season.

Wearing....a "boot" on my left foot for the past week because I somehow tore/stretched the ligament in my big toe, causing the bone to shift some. Luckily I can walk on it this week without pain. Not the sexiest footwear choice though ;)
Proud....of my oldest niece Grace for winning PSAC Freshman of the Year on her college lacrosse team. She's an amazing person, on and off the field and I'm glad others saw it.
Sending...lots of love, prayers, faith and support to Jessi and her daughter Andi. And a couple of surprises too ;)
Wear pink on Monday to show #SupportforAndi

Link up and share what's hap-"pinning" with you!

{WHW}: Making a Baby Update

It's been a while since I shared on here what's been going on with us and baby #2, and that's really because not much has been going on.
I had to go to a hematologist back in March because of some stuff that came back on my bloodwork that indicated I may have a clotting disorder which would have explained my miscarriage. He wanted me to repeat the bloodwork in a few weeks because he thought that it was likely a false positive. I was really hoping for this as it changed the course of my treatment drastically if I had it versus if I didn't.

Well, it looks like I do have this clotting disorder. I haven't gotten information about why all of a sudden I have it, or if I had it this whole time and it just didn't affect me when I had Ella or what. But now I face taking blood thinner shots, daily, throughout my pregnancy and 6 weeks post partum. Not exactly the news I wanted, and I'm definitely not looking forward to shots for basically a year (in addition to the ones I have to do with my Frozen Embryo Transfer). I won't lie, I cried about it, and had some "this is so unfair" thoughts, because you know what? It is! It sucks. It sucks that I can't say "hey I want to get pregnant", try, and just have it happen naturally. It sucks that not only do I need the fertility intervention, I now have to have addition shots to ensure my baby gets what it needs. But, in the end, 

On to our plan: I have one embryo left, and we are going to move forward with the next FET. If it works and I get pregnant, I'll suck it up and do the shots for however long. And if it doesn't, then we may have to re-evaluate whether we are meant to have another baby.  My hope is that this one works out for us. My transfer date is tentatively set for Ella's due date which I felt was kind of good ju-ju.

Just wanted to update you all, and ask for prayers that this works out for us. We'll take any and every one we can get.

Easter, Parties, and the big TWO!

It's been over a week since Easter but I still wanted to document it for myself here on the blog (even if no one else reads it), along with Ella's birthday celebrations.

After our trip to Florida, we unpacked, did laundry and basically re-packed and left for PA the next morning. Lots of family time on Saturday and on Sunday we made our way to my SIL's house in NJ for Easter and to celebrate our favorite almost 2 year old.
My brother-in-law does bouncies on the side as a business and he had set up an entire bouncy just for Ella (like last year's party). She looooooved it! Her cousins got in there with her and jumped and played which was a blast. 
We had a delicious lunch and then did an Easter egg hunt, which took Ella a little bit to figure out. 
Then we had birthday cake, and must have sang happy birthday about 7 times in a row, so Ella was well-versed in it by the time we were done haha. She enjoyed that cake! We cleaned up, and hit the road home, listening to someone sing "happy birthday" to herself on the ride home.
This past weekend on Saturday we had a birthday party at MyGym for Ella and all of her friends came! It was so cute to see her playing with everyone and just being a big explorer. 
Obviously pizza and cake was the biggest highlight of the day!
We asked for no presents because honestly she doesn't need it (and her family has already spoiled her plenty), but we did come home with some books--always a welcome gift--and a couple of clothes!
Can't believe my girl is 2 years old today. How far we've come from 2 years ago when I was holding my little baby girl for the very first time.
Happy birthday, my little love!

Our last days in St. Augustine

Tuesday morning we went to Marine Land to see the dolphins, sharks, sea turtles and fish. The views from there were beautiful too, so while we waited for our tour to begin, we got some cute shots up on the cliff.  
My dolphin-loving heart was happy to get to see the dolphins playing in the tanks, and Ella was pretty into them too. The tour itself kept Ella's attention for the most part, but I think goldfish snacks are always a highlight for her haha
We stopped at a store, grabbed lunch and then made our way back to the hotel for Ella's nap. Afterwards, we got our pool time in, and ran into our friends again. Ella loved hanging with their daughter Lena, drinking ice out of a cup like a big girl, and eating lemons (because she's a weirdo :). 
We headed back to get changed and to meet up with Rachel, her husband, and their twins who are 5 days older than Ella. They picked a delicious spot, MangoMangos, that was totally kid friendly, and the adults managed to chat a little too haha.
We had to get some shots of these cuties together and luckily managed a few successful ones!
Happy birthday to the twins today!!!! 
Wednesday morning we decided to go into Old St. Augustine again and take the trolley around. We went past the Fountain of Youth, and then decided to do a tour at the old jail. 
This is my new favorite pic of my sweet girl
Our tour guide was fully into character, and the tour was good, but probably a little more than Ella could handle. We tried to get the trolley back to where our car was, but didn't realize the trolley only goes in one direction and the rest of the ride was an hour! Luckily one of the trolley guides helped us out, and got us a shuttle ride back to our car. They were so so friendly (and took pity on our stupidity haha). We ate lunch at Harry's which was SO delicious! I definitely recommend it if you're in the area.
During Ella's nap, I went down and read outside and it was so peaceful and relaxing. Nice to get some solo mom time in (thanks MG!) 
After nap time we hit up the pool for the last day and ended up making friends with another couple with two kids. The mom and I went to neighboring highschools, and were a year apart. They live in Charlotte, NC now, but what a small world. We had adult beverages poolside, the kids played, and we all chatted. Love making friends like that!
We had dinner at Salt Life that night and the food was good. Ella discovered that she likes lettuce (and a lot of it haha), and then we made our way back to the hotel, played on the grounds a little bit, and then got littles down for bed.
Thursday we left the hotel around 9am, drove the hour to the airport, and our flight was supposed to be at 2. During lunch we got a text saying our flight was delayed, and it ended up being delayed 2.5 hours. We got upgraded to first class which was awesome (Ella's second first class flight in her under 2 years of life!), but we didn't get on the plane until 4:20 with a toddler who hadn't napped all day. Luckily she was good for most of the flight minus a 5-10 min span where she lost it. Apparently a mid 50's woman behind us was holding her ears like a child (MG saw this, I didn't) which just annoys me. No one likes a crying kid on a plane--I certainly didn't enjoy it--but have a little compassion.
We made it home that night by 7pm, and got Ella a bath and into jammies ASAP since she hadn't slept the entire day. 
We did a quick turn around of laundry and re-packing so we could head up to PA for Easter weekend the next morning!