CHRISTMAS 2019

CHRISTMAS 2019

Lance and I spent the Christmas holiday with my side of the family this year. Ever since I can remember our family has done our Christmas at my Nana and Papa’s house. -It’s Nana’s favorite day of the year! The past few years my Aunt Jenny has put together matching outfits for us to wear. She didn’t let us down this year and had us all decked out in reindeer attire. lol I think it’s so tacky but something about seeing your whole family in ridiculous matching outfits makes it worth it. Haha. I now look forward to this new tradition. Another tradition we used to do was sing “The 12 days of Christmas”. (That’s the theme of the china) Lance heard this used to be a thing and it has been brought back since Lance won’t let us forget to do it now. Haha I love this family of mine so much. ❀️

HALLOWEEN 2019

HALLOWEEN 2019

The new Aladdin movie came out and Lance and I went to see it. I loved it! Jasmine was my favorite Disney princess growing up (we all have a favorite Disney princess, right!?!) so watching the movie brought me back to my childhood. I had about every princess costume growing up but Jasmine was always my girl. When I figured out I could have Mac be Rajah (jasmines pet tiger) then it was game on to be Aladdin, Jasmine and Rajah for Halloween. It was all pretty fitting because Lance just like Aladdin is my prince and Mac just like Rajah is a loyal, noble pet companion. πŸ’—

BEACH WEEK WITH THE BIRTHDAY BEACH

BEACH WEEK WITH THE BIRTHDAY BEACH

Nana and I spent last week doing our thing! -shopping, beachin’ it and eating good food in between. We have been coming over to the Destin area for years now. I think our first shopping trip out there was when I was in middle school and completely obsessed with Abercrombie & Fitch. (cue the moose t-shirts & ripper jeans) I found out there was a store there and my shopping partner and I went to check it out. We’ve been hooked since! Since then so many more shops and restaurants have opened. -Good thing because they needed to keep up with our good taste. πŸ˜‰ It was Nana’s Birthday this past week and we made sure to spend the day the right way. -Eating cake and picking out the very best from Lilly Pulitzer with her favorite person. Me. πŸ’πŸΌβ€β™€οΈ Until next time Destin. βœŒπŸ»πŸ’—πŸ›

HOME IS WHERE THE BEACHES ARE AT.

HOME IS WHERE THE BEACHES ARE AT.

Mac and I came down for what was supposed to be a week but stayed for two. Oops! -That’s what having a good time will do to you!! I got carried away having fun with my beaches and being on the ones with white sand and emerald blue water. πŸ˜‰ My health is good to go now so I was all over the place when I was in town. I wanted to do all the things I love from back home and pick back up on photography. πŸ’—Β  Major bonus for seeing the Blues while I was in town!Β I hope everyone is having a fun & happy summer! β˜€οΈπŸ˜ŽβœŒπŸ»

FREDRICKSBURG FOR OUR 28!

FREDRICKSBURG FOR OUR 28!

The hubs and I share the same birthday. We like to try to get out and travel somewhere new for our day! We drove up to Fredricksburg, VA this year. It was a quick day trip with my loves to see what the city about an hour away is like. It was right up our alley- Sweet and charming.

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I dragged the doods in and out of boutiques and antique/thrift shops. That’s basically what the town was filled with, which is fine by me!

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I found some bath goodies at this shop. I’m a sucker for hand crafted bath products and this store was filled with them! They even make their products at the shop and you can watch them do it.

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We stopped for a ”large snack” at this local resturant.

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Mac thought his water bowl was somewhere cool to sit I guess….

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Before heading out we stumbled into this book store. wow- It was adorable! It had endless books upstairs, downstairs and everywhere in between. Everytime you turned a corner you were greeted by a cozy chair begging you to sink in with a good read. We got this handsome nerd a book and t-shirt and headed back home. He’s easy to please- no fancy bath balms required.

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I’m just so happy to be 28 and feeling great! For the first time in my life I’m no longer living in chronic pain. This year is going to be my best year yet. I can just feel it. πŸ’—

 

DINNER AT THE HALFWAY HOUSE

DINNER AT THE HALFWAY HOUSE

This isn’t your typical restaurant. The building now used for fine dining was once a halfway house. It was built in 1760 on a grant of land from George II from England and is still standing strong!

It was pretty funny that we had dinner there yesterday because Lance got an email that he passed (with an A I must add  #proudwife) the second part of getting his CPA. This makes him HALFWAY through it. woot woot!

 

Hub’s MBA

Hub’s MBA

You’re looking at your new Lehigh University MBA graduate! He actually graduated in December but the ceremony to walk was this past monday. I didn’t take any pics of the actual ceremony {{let’s be honest- you can’t even tell who is who in rows filled with cap and gowns}} but I got some shots of Lance around campus. He’s a pretty handsome nerd if you ask me. πŸ™‚

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EASTER 2019

EASTER 2019

Brunch is one of the things that the hubs and I do best –Give us some beautiful weather on an Easter Sunday and we are all in! We went to a resturant in the shockoe bottom district of Richmond. It was so nice to take a break from working on our house to celebrate Easter. Spending time together and sipping on bubbly was what our relationship was founded on and we are pretty good at it. lol

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SPINAL CORD STIMULATER PROCEEDURE

SPINAL CORD STIMULATER PROCEEDURE

03.29.2019

It’s been three days since my spinal cord simulator proceedure. My body is still extremely weak and in pain from it but I have a good feeling that life is about to change for the better! (But to be honest, I’m a little scared to get ahead of myself) For the first time in a while my chronic pain was gone. I hurt from the incisions but the deep sharp pain I felt all the way to the inside of my bone is gone!!!!!! I’ve been fighting pain my whole life but the chronic pain that disabled me, I’ve been fighting for about 3 years. Lance and I went on a short slow walk and I couldn’t stop smiling because I was walking with no chronic pain. Just the normal pain from an operation. Magic, right!?!

03.30.2019

Ok… I was going to make a blog post of how my overall procedure went but I’m still so early in the recovery process. I’m supposed to only do very light things for the next six weeks but I so badly want to take off! As I mentioned in the previous paragraph, it’s nothing short of magical! Today the only pain I had was from where my surgeon put the battery implant in at. He said that it was harder to put in me because I didn’t have any fat to hide it in. This will probably be the only time in my life that I wished for bigger love handles. Lol! The other two incisions from where the lead was put in feel fine. I kept telling my Nana and Husband that I feel like the little mermaid when she gets her legs for the first time. I mean it’s crazy!! The simple things in life like walking is no longer hard to do anymore and I don’t know what to do with myself. Actually…. I decided the best thing for me to do is walk around Home Goods. I even brought Mac! (lucky dog) Pun intended. An hour went by and I realized that I was perfectly fine. Before this procedure if I could make it out shopping I would only be able to stay a short time before my body would completely give out on me from pain and just exhaustion. I mean like BAM! I would hit a brick wall. I found myself in there for a few hours just doing normal people shopping things. My Nana and Husband kept reminding me that I’m supposed to be taking it easy. I will admit that I am running off of a little lot of adrenaline. I really can’t blame myself for probably doing too much though because I feel like I just got this brand new body!! I mean wow! Medical technology can be so good! I promise that I will take more time to rest in the next few days.

04.01.2019

If you’re reading my blog post then you know that I’m not resting! April fools! Gotcha ya. πŸ˜‰ I have been following my doctors orders. I’m just having a really hard time sitting still. Patience. is. hard.

04.03.2019

It’s been one week since my surgery! I was pretty exhausted today but all is going well. Everyday feels like the best day of my life! Forever thankful.

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I didn’t realize when I started this post that I would be able to feel the affects of the surgery so quickly. I figured I would blog to let everyone know how it was going along the way. So if you read this blog post then thank you for letting me share my happiness with you. πŸ™‚

 

HARMONY

HARMONY

I spent the day dressing up my cousin Harmony and taking her picture. We both have been wanting to get together for a girls day and we finally got our chance! We didn’t initionally plan to do a photoshoot but one thing led to another. lol I dug through my sister’s closet for outfits, did her hair and make-up and went out in the yard to take advantage of the natural light. In my opinion these pictures turned out gorgeous! Not because of any skills I may have but because this lady is such a natural beauty. We literally just walked around the yard talking and laughing while I snapped these shots. We changed looks towards the end and although they were all different we couldn’t pick a favorite. I’m already looking forward to our next shoot together. Next time we will plan beforehand. haha

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FAMILY SUNDAY FUNDAY

FAMILY SUNDAY FUNDAY

Today made for some great family fun! I got to meet my new nephew Brody for the first time and spend time with my family. Everyone from my Dad’s side came over to eat and visit since Lance and I are in town. It is very rare that all of us are at the same place at the same time. The last time was at our wedding almost a year and a half ago! Family means everything to me and I’m so blessed to have the best.

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SPINAL CORD STIMULATER TRIAL OVERVIEW

SPINAL CORD STIMULATER TRIAL OVERVIEW

The scs trial was a tease. A temporary implant was inserted from my lower back to mid back. It made all of the difference from my hips down. For the first time in I can’t remember how long, my body felt normal! I didn’t have any sharp shooting pains from my lower back to feet, my legs no longer felt tinder to the touch, I could walk without feeling like I was on pins and needles and my body no longer locked up. -Such great news! The only problem with the trial was that the wires hanging out of my back were super uncomfortable. It felt like a giant splinter back there the whole time it was in so I really didn’t get to enjoy what it would actually feel like.

Moving forward, I made the decision to have it be put in permanently. The procedure is in a month and I’m ready for it to be over with and be recovered already!

Side note: I know I lack excitement about this. It’s just been a really long road and I don’t want to give the scs credit until it’s shown to be successful for a good chunk of time. I will say that I have high hopes for it though!

Wow! It was such a Monday yesterday. I had my lead removed which put me back in my normal chronic pain. (at-least it won’t be for long) And Lance started his CPA! These next 6 months are gonna be busy! Haha.