Sunday, October 20, 2013

It's fall, y'all (and this is what we've been up to)...

Hey, y'all!  Hope everyone is enjoying the fall. While I'm no fan of cool weather, I LOVE fall.  I love the aromas, the colors, the pumpkins everywhere, the dinners, how football brings people together (and how it brings the crazy out of people - especially on Facebook - ha!), etc.  It's all in fun and happiness, and I just LOVE it.  

So what have we been up to?  Well, first off, this kid is growing like a weed.

I recently had to buy her pants (boo, cool weather!), and I was sure that when I got home, they'd be too long for her.  I was so wrong.

And she's a mini-me, y'all.  While people say she's starting to look more like me (and I see it every once in a while myself), she's acting like me more than anything.  It's crazy and hilarious at the same time.  Most of the time, it's fun to watch, but it isn't always a good thing.  For example, I heard her say "whatever" recently.  No, the word itself isn't a bad word, but the context she used it in was a little too "grown." (If you grew up using the term "grown," you know what I mean.)  And I didn't like it one bit.  So I've got to watch every little thing I say now because she's watching.  Closely.

On another note, I appreciate all the kind words on my last post. I know my blog is usually sunshine and rainbows, but the way I've been feeling lately is not quite sunshine and rainbows. I knew that would come through in my writing, which is probably why I've stayed away from this blog.  

I wasn't clear in my last post exactly what it is I have (if you know me or have read my blog a while, then you know this already).  To make a long story short, I was diagnosed with Graves' disease back in 2007.  Graves' disease isn't as serious as it sounds because the treatments are easy.  I had my thyroid removed that same year.  When your thyroid is removed, you will naturally have hypothyroidism for the rest of your life (read here to learn how it affects people) because of the absence of the thyroid.  Again, an easily manageable condition.  No biggie.

I've dealt with this well over the years because I have a great doctor and I try to keep my appointments.  However, at my summer visit, he told me my levels were off. That always means a change in medication dosage, and more frequent monitoring/doctor visits.  I found it odd that my levels had all of a sudden changed since I'd been on the same dosage for years, but I obliged (he's the expert, not me).

It takes a couple of months for the medication to affect your system, but soon enough (and not to my surprise), it was clear this particular dosage is all wrong for me.  I'm starting to think my doctor was looking at someone else's bloodwork that day. This may be the worst I've felt since my original diagnosis.  I've had some form of most of the symptoms, and it hasn't been fun.

I live the typical busy life and just didn't have time to go back to the doctor.  That sounds even crazier as I type it. I remember telling my husband, "I've been out of the classroom so much for conferences and training already, I don't need to miss another day."  And then he says the most obvious thing about how if I can take the time to do work things, then I can take the time to do something about my health.  Duh.

So this past Friday, I finally took the time to get some bloodwork done. I'm hoping to hear back from my doctor next week and get back to a dosage that gets me feeling like myself again.  I hate feeling this way.

But it's all good.  I'm a trooper.  A tired one, but a trooper nonetheless.  

So, like I mentioned in my last post, I turned 31 recently (and DK turned 34 - our birthdays are four days apart!).  I also mentioned that I'd be doing something fun on my birthday...

I threw my friend a baby shower!  If you know me or have read this blog a while, you know how much I adore my friend T.  This was baby #3 for her, but her last baby was several years ago. Her house hasn't seen baby stuff in a looooong time, so I thought a shower was necessary.

Shower/party planning is SO not my thing, but I actually enjoyed choosing the theme and deciding what to serve. There were some things I wasn't able to do (like scope locations since I live an hour away), or wasn't good at doing (like putting it all together to make it look beautiful), and that's where my mom and two of her sisters come in.  They helped me SO MUCH -- I could NOT have made it happen without my my mom and aunts' help.

T and some of her attendees.

Friends since grade school!

T really enjoyed her shower, and that was a GREAT birthday present for me!  This shower was her "hometown" shower.  She had another one at her house in Atlanta the following weekend that I hate I missed.  She is loved!

Speaking of love, here are some random pictures of my "littlest" love and me.

This was actually from the same day as we were leaving my mom's house heading back home. 

I found this little Bama jumper at the Bama Fever store for 75% off.  I love jumpers on little girls!

Speaking of Bama, M attended homecoming a few weeks ago with my in-laws.

She saw the parade and actually went into the game.  I think it may have been her first time going into home game.  I think the only game she's ever actually gone into was the big game in NOLA in 2012.  What a fun trip!

Speaking of traveling, I recently went to Virginia for a regional conference. Here's a picture from the last day at the conference.

Though I dislike this picture of myself (this shirt does nothing for my nothing....I should've kept my jacket on), I adore this picture as a whole. I am so lucky to know this group of women because they are the cream of the crop. You're looking at current/former state, regional, and national presidents as well as current/former Teachers of the Year. These women just HAPPEN to be former professors of mine, current co-workers, and women I get to work with on the executive board of our state association.  They have taught me SO MUCH about how teaching goes beyond walking in the classroom and teaching every day. They have been a part of my growth as a teacher and challenged me in various ways -- everything from being my actual grad school professor to encouraging me to run for state office to simply showing me how important it is to be active in one's professional association.  They are a part of the reason I love teaching so much.

Speaking of love, I got to hang out with some fam while in VA!

I went to dinner with my cousin and his wife and kids.  They moved to VA years ago when he was stationed there, and I knew my trip there wouldn't be complete without seeing their faces.  They are a beautiful family, and I love them so.

I also love my friend/college roomie  T (another T, not the T from the baby shower) and her son, whom I also had dinner with while in VA (didn't get pics, though -- boo!). We had dinner around 6 or 7, and stayed at the restaurant talking and catching up until they closed.  It was great. I wish we could do it more often (in person).

On another note, I have THE best in-laws. They are SO good to us.  When I go out of town and DK is working a lot, they have no problem keeping the little one for us. I know that M is their (only) grandchild and it's a joy for them to have her, but I am still SO appreciative. I see friends and co-workers whose parents live too far away or aren't able to help them as much, so I know just how blessed we are.

M's last visit with the grandparents came with a trip to the mountains.  

Imagine my surprise when I'm sitting in a session and I get a text of my kid standing next to a hot tub in the woods - ha! 

I had no clue they were going out of town (thanks to a husband who kind of forgot to tell me), but it was a pleasant surprise.  I know M loves traveling and hanging out, so I know she enjoyed that trip with my in-laws and their friends. 

Hiking and Roll Tide-ing. 

Last, but not least, I've been enjoying the fall with these two:

My loves.

Lately we've been meeting for dinner at a particular deli one day a week because M loves the soup there.  It's the day of the week DK actually gets off "early," so we take advantage of it.  Oh, how I love these two.

Last but not least, I'd like to add a disclaimer for anyone who sees/has seen me in person: I'm not expecting.  I am aware that I look "a little different" and my clothes are a little more snug (which makes most of us think, "yep, she's knocked up"), but it's all because of the whole thyroid thing. My body changes.  My skin changes.  No baby.

This was actually around the time I'd planned to start trying for baby #2.  Of course the last thing I want to do is bring a baby into this dramatic body of mine right now. It'd be bad for the baby and will only add to the current issue.

So that plan has been shelved for the moment.  And I'm okay with that.  I've got to get back healthy. (And figure out the next best time of year to get pregnant...the planner in me.)

Anyhoo, thanks for stopping by my ol' deserted blog. I can't even say when my next post will be, but hopefully it won't be another month.  I'll be in Philadelphia later this week for a three-day seminar, so maybe I'll come back and tell y'all about that soon.  I don't think I've ever been to Philly, so I'm looking forward to it.

Have a GREAT week, good people!  Be good and be safe!


PS - We just ended the first quarter of the school year.  Can you believe that?  FLYING BY!

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