Saturday, December 22, 2012

It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year...

I love the holidays. I like decorating the tree and house. I love baking and cooking for family meals. I am obsessive when it comes to wrapping presents (so much that I have often thought of offering my services to those who loath wrapping presents). I love opening presents too. Having family close is so much fun and important to me.

This year however, Christmas seems to be coming fast and furious like the selling of my house and my surgery. I am displaced and don't even have my own tree up this year. We got to decorate my parents' tree as usual, but not being in our own space, I haven't been able to bake or decorate.  Below is my family tree. It takes FOREVER to decorate. But we get together to celebrate my sister's birthday and decorate the tree every year.

Since we are not in our own home this year, we are really trying to not go "crazy" with gifts. I sure hope everyone sticks with our plan of giftcards this year. We literally have no space for anything. Robbie and I have gifted each other with shoes this year (and unfortunately those take up space... Hopefully we will find a house soon!)

As I have said in the past few months, we have so many things to be thankful this Christmas. After the tragedy on Dec. 14th, I am not sure how I could ever think of my issues and/or problems as terrible. This Christmas I am going to not take a second for granted. I am going to continue my prayers for all those involved in that tragedy. I cannot imagine. It really hit me very close to home. I couldn't hug my 18 firsties enough the last two days of school before Christmas break after that happened. 

So I wish you all a very Merry Christmas! Prayers for safe travels if you will be traveling. I will leave you with our Christmas Card this year. 

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Change is good... Right?!?!

Well, if change isn't good then I am in a bad place. lol

We are finally settled in at my mother in law's house. I have completely changed my eating habits. We no longer are owners of a home. I have gone back to work... Well for 1/2 days last week... Tomorrow I will probably come straight home and go to bed. Who knew my energy level would take so long to get back up and running. Times they have been a changin'

I look back to August when I was finally getting close to starting this surgery adventure. I was just not happy at all with the way my life was going. My weight was not budging. A friend had me try the Advocare 10 day cleanse. I lose about 10 lbs. But at my weight at that time a 10 lbs loss was hard for me to see. Our house was not getting attention, we actually decided that it would come off the market as soon as the contract was up.

The months started flying by and before we knew it it was October. October was full of Dr. appointments and stress. Then in the course of a 2 week period, my surgery was here and our house was sold. CRAY!!!!

It has been 3 weeks and 3 days since surgery and I am down a total of 37 lbs. since August.
  • 10 lbs from the cleanse in August
  • 13 lbs during the 2 week liver shrink diet
  • 14 lbs since surgery
Friday, I realized my jeans (the ones that were tight a month or so ago) were TOO BIG!!! That would be 2 sizes since school started back in August. I am also down to the weight I was pre-fertility drugs and cray cray months of trying get preggo 4 years ago. 

On the other change, we closed on our house this past Wednesday. It was a tad sad to me since it was my first "big girl" purchase, but we are in the best situation possible shy of living with family for a little while. We have the opportunity to save some major cash for the next few months. We also have the opportunity to wait/look for the perfect house to come along. I am beyond blessed and am genuinely in a super happy place!