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This blog was started in 2008 when we did IVF for the first time to build our family after 5 1/2 years of infertility. We now have 8 and 2 year old boys (thanks to modern medicine) and we are enjoying our blessed life as parents ♥ In the summer of 2016 we took another huge step and moved across the country from Oklahoma to New York! This blog is about life and everything in between



Thursday, February 8, 2018

My Solo Visit to Oklahoma

A couple of weeks ago, I was able to sneak away from the snowy northern lands to see family and friends back in Oklahoma! I stocked the boys with lots of homemade goodies and bid them farewell for a few days. I'm not gonna lie...it was quite enjoyable to be alone and carefree on the trip! I read books and listened to music on the airplane, and had several days of fun, food and late nights with my favorite people!

I got a rental car and stayed with my mom. I got to spend a lot of time with her and my stepdad, as well as my brothers/their families, my dad, and several other close friends.











I also took an afternoon to drive around and snap pictures of the houses Nick and I have lived in--which was more than a little depressing. Our old neighborhoods have deteriorated so much since our childhoods. 90% of the places we have memories in have been torn down.

This was our house in Norman that we lived in from 2006-2016.

This was our first house we bought together in OKC, and lived there 2004-2006.

This was the house in OKC Nick grew up in and lived in till his teens.

This is the house I grew up in and lived in till I was 11.

It was great to see my favorite people, but of course I was happy to return home to my boys and New York! Nick will be taking his solo trip later this year to see his friends and family as well.

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Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Celebrating 15 Years of Marriage

I just can't believe it has been 15 years since we snuck off to the courthouse that cold Friday in January. We had just gotten engaged on Christmas after dating for 6 months. We knew it was the real thing, and we were ready to start our new life together!!

Now here is a treat! These are a few candid pics of us in 2002 while we were still dating...


...and here are the pics from our ACTUAL wedding day in 2003 when we got married at the OKC courthouse downtown with our moms present! Most of my friends have not seen these because I don't have them in digital form. These are pictures of pictures! We were so innocent and young, but all we needed was love.





And here are the pretty "wedding" pictures on our 1yr anniversary. This was actually our vow renewal.



I would never have guessed that 15yrs later we would be living in NY, in our dream house, with 2 beautiful boys, financially secure, and more in love than ever!


It has been a bumpy road for sure, I mean we basically grew up with each other! If we had not been so committed to making it work, we could have easily grown apart instead of growing together. We are so happy to be in this wonderful place in our lives together, and we can't wait to see what else our future holds.


Now what should we start planning to celebrate our 20th????!!!!

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Sunday, January 14, 2018

Enjoying 2018

We've been enjoying our year so far! Despite some very cold temperatures, I took the boys out on Brad's Christmas break to do some sledding! It was our first time ever, and there was actually a reporter from our local newspaper there, and he did an article about Bradley. Isn't that cool??




We spent a quiet NYE at home with champagne and Burger King, ha!

 
And we've been slowly but surely making slow progress on our kitchen redo! Don't worry, I'll post before/after pics when it's all done.





Here is Cuddles watching Nick plow the side walks.


I tried a Pinterest craft with the boys and it turned out cool! We filled water balloons with water and a few drops of food coloring, then stuck them outside to freeze. The turned into ice marbles!



The boys having fun with their toys....

 
We had a warm snap for a few days this week. It got up to 60 and all 2ft of snow we had on our yard melted!!! All the grass was still green underneath too.


But it was short lived because we ended up getting another foot in just one evening! We are now covered again, and temps are in the teens for awhile.


Hopefully the weather stays calm for a little while, because my trip to Oklahoma is coming up in about 10 days! I'll be watching the forecast like a hawk to see what I need to prepare for. Let's hope for NO flight drama!

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Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Merry Christmas 2017

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas day! We had a nice relaxing holiday with snow falling outside and the kids running around with their toys. I had worked the night of Christmas Eve, and during my drive home in the morning there was heavy snowfall so my usual hour drive was about an hour and a half. But I finally made it home, and Nick had all the presents waiting under the tree!

 
We divided them into piles then let the boys tear into them. They loved their gifts from Santa and family and got right to playing with their favorite toys of the moment.







I made our traditional biscuits and sausage gravy breakfast, then after that I finally got to lay down for a short nap!




We also got a Sega Genesis console, so Nick had to try it out!


For dinner I made chicken enchiladas, quesadillas, refried beans, Spanish rice, and this delicious cherry cheesecake trifle!

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