Hi friends! It has been a minute. Well actually it has been over a month and for that, I am sorry. I’m sure you all felt the craziness of the holidays with work, travel, plans and all the above. And over here, let me just tell you, it has been a *hit show. I had all these great posts planned for the holidays, but time just got away from me. So moving forward in 2020, I am going to start scheduling my blogging time like I schedule any other meeting or workout or appointment. Because if I don’t… it just won’t happen.
There is just so much to fill you all in on so let’s just start by reviewing the holidays and closing out 2019. More to come on this in a post soon (it is already written, I just have to clear a few things by the hubby – I may overshare just a bit), but 2019 was one hell of a year for me…. and not in a good way. I tend to think I am generally an optimist, but yall, 2019 got me down. It hit me hard in the face and I am still trying to recover. It was a year of lots of changes, good and bad, and just not a lot of consistency or normalcy (something I REALLY crave 90% of the time).
We spent Thanksgiving in Indianapolis with my in-laws. It was really low key and a nice time to just relax.
A little work before our flight to Indy. My coworker is not exactly the most motivating. Yes, he climbed up on the bench then onto my dining room table (I change up my location when I work from home or I get so BORED) and proceeded to just stare at me and whine until I gave him a treat. He is so BAD, but he is my baby so I let it slide. 😉
Another picture of proof that Riley is the baby aka the king of our household. He is such a diva and we love it. Callie girl is still over here being weird as ever and we love her for it. 🙂
So since we had so much going on before the holidays with work and such, this was the first year I did not send out Christmas cards…I am very disappointed in myself and will get my act together in 2020. But, if you need to see a potential…this is what it would have looked like. Me smiling, Riley not sure about it, and Jon not taking his eyes off the tv for some sports game or something. We are a hot mess.
Us with my husband’s family. 🙂
We had a new addition this year (brother-in-law’s gf) so I had to document. 🙂
We ran the Turkey Trot Thanksgiving morning and it was way warmer than most previous years which was nice!
Me and my half blind side kick!
We cooked so many yummy meals including steak, lobster and scallops for Thanksgiving dinner. And I took zero pictures. 🙂
We went to see the lights at the Museum of Art, which is quickly becoming a favorite tradition of ours!
And we had a nice family dinner at Ambrosia.
I always get one of their yummy salads and the salmon because it is just so darn good!
Me and the grinch… and his fro. hahahah!
I know I have shared a lot about my bowel resection surgeries and my back/neck pain over the years. I am happy to report that my tummy is still feeling GREAT after my latest surgery in October 2019. My head/neck pain (it is chronic at this point lasting about 7 years) came back ROARING in December and has had me down for the count more days than I would like to admit. I’ve seen a few more doctors with not much more news. We do think most of my pain is stemming from my jaw. Long story short, I had a VERY expensive mouthguard made to readjust my jaw to alleviate the pain. Well… a VERY hungry doggies (ahem… RILEY) decided to open the case and EAT it… I mean he actually chewed the entire thing into small pieces (dog for sale… anyone want him???). Just kidding! But we realized this jaw pain came back in full force a few weeks after this incident. So I am currently trying to find a new jaw specialist in San Antonio (I had this guard made in Nashville) to get a new one made. Jon has made me approximately 10 dentist appointments and while I know they can make me a night guard to helping with teeth grinding, I know I need a jaw specialist that will make another guard that literally repositions my jaw to alleviate the pressure causing the pain to my neck and down my back. So… here we go.. I know this is all temporary, but can I just say that being an adult sometimes just SUCKS?? It is just plain hard trying to keep up with life amidst all the pain, appointments and frustration. I will get it all figured out soon, but thanks for sticking with me during this trying time.
In other news, our Christmas/New Years was really fun! I have lots of pictures to show yall!! Hoping I can get my act together and get a post ready for this week before Thursday… because we leave for Europe on Thursday night.
One of our friends is studying abroad and a couple of our other friends planned to go over to visit and travel while he is there. We originally said no, we can’t make it. But then, one game night and 2 glasses of wine later, we had two tickets to Europe. 🙂 🙂 🙂 LOL. We found tickets so cheap that we could NOT pass up the opportunity. My husband and I have been all over Europe a few times (my dad lived in Switzerland for 4 years so we took total advantage of visiting every chance we got), but we haven’t been to 2 of the 3 places we are going. We are going to Munich (have been to Germany, but not Munich), Innsbruck (I have been for a day or two when my sister was studying abroad there) and Prague (we both have never been!). If you have any suggestions for these cities, send them my way!! I will be sure to take lots of pictures and share when I get back.
Happy New Year to all my blog family and friends!! 2020 is going to be a great year!!! (this is what I was telling myself before I fell 2 nights ago and ended up in the ER with 2 staples in my head….). My friends all told me they are going to bubble wrap me up tight. I honestly think this may be the best course of action….
Till next time, friends!!
Fill me in on all you have been up to!! How were your holidays? New yEars? Any intentions or resolutions?