Coffee Talk // 1

…. is this thing on?  I sure hope it is!  In case you all forgot … I’m Madeline.  And I have severely neglected this space for far too long.  The beautiful thing about stepping back from blogging is realizing how much you LOVED blogging to begin with.  So I am back in this space and ready to share my life again with all of you.  Those of you who have stuck with me … thank you!  I can’t wait to hear how life has been treating you :)  Now join me for some coffee talk!

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If we were having coffee I would tell you that Emmalyne turned FIVE.  How could this be?  I swear it was yesterday I was announcing her arrival right here in this space.  She is shaping up to be the most extraordinary little girl.  She is loving, kind, creative, fun, thoughtful, and an absolute ray of sunshine.  She is a little introverted which can be challenging for my extroverted self, however, she is the first to befriend someone on the playground.  She cares deeply about others’ feelings and loves animals.  Her birthday party was Shopkins themed and she was so happy.

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If we were having coffee I would tell you that I have been practicing medicine for 6 months as of this week.  More on my thoughts on this on Wednesday but again, how did this happen?  I still can’t wrap my head around the fact that I am a practicing Physician Assistant living my dream.  I am slowly gaining more confidence and have earned the trust of my collaborating physicians … I even get to help teach our medical student right now!

 

If we were having coffee I would tell you that we have been enjoying Missouri so far.  We really live in the middle of nowhere but it has its charm.  We have gotten our and explored the area and have some new adventures on the horizon.  The closest Target is an hour away but even that is ok.  Our weekends are spent full of family time and I don’t think I would have it any other way.

 

If we were having coffee I would tell you about our Halloween.  We had a family party the weekend before and went as the gang from Little Red Riding Hood.  Emmie insisted on being the Big Bad Wolf but promptly changed to Little Red for the big show.  Bryn was the sweetest, and the smallest of our bunch.  While trick-or-treating she would yell, “Come on guys!  Let’s go to the next house” and hurry along as fast as her little legs could go.  She does not have a shy bone in her body.
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If we were having coffee I would tell you I am trying to work on myself.  I am being honest here – I have gained over 10lbs since starting work.  I am sure it’s a contribution of the stress, lack of time, and exhaustion but I have been making VERY poor choices and not fitting in workouts.  We have a big trip in the spring that will involve bikinis and I am determined to use that as my motivation to get back on track.  Regardless of the bikini … I NEED to feel better.  When I eat like crap I have a perpetual cycle of feeling like garbage.  It needs to end.  I need my energy back!

 

If we were having coffee I would tell you that I am OBSESSED with this stage of life we are in.  Our family photos came back and I can’t believe how blessed and lucky I am to have these three as my people.

 

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Your turn!  I need to catch up with all of you – so tell me, what would you tell me if we were having coffee?

 

Independence Day 2016

Happy 4th of July!

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We are crossing our fingers that the wet weather of Missouri lets up in time to enjoy the festivities on post tonight!  The 4th of July is just another reminder about how lucky we are to be Americans.  While our country is no where near perfect, it is incredible to live somewhere where you are free to be yourself, can pursue your dreams, and design a life you love.  Thank you to the men and women in uniform who continue to keep us free and safe.  And in ending, here is my 4th of July outfit for you …

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Keeping it simple and causal because those two things are essential when wrangling tiny humans.  Happy 4th!

 

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Three Things Thursday #1

Who is READY for the weekend?!  Please tell me I am not along in my 36 hour countdown.  We are heading out of town for a couple of days and I am PUMPED.  This week has been pretty busy in the clinic as I have been slowly increasing my patient volume.  I am officially seeing my minimum amount of patients and still surviving so I am pretty pumped.  I have so many random things that I have been wanting to share with you and haven’t had the chance so I am starting a new series called “Three Things Thursday” so I can update you on my randomness!

 

1 / Grey’s Anatomy rocks my socks

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My Netflix subscription has been getting a lot of use since I graduated PA school and officially have a life again.  After the kids go to bed and my work is done for the night I wind down by watching an episode of Grey’s Anatomy.  It’s no shocker that I am fascinated by medical shows I am sure!  The best part is that Netflix just released episodes through season 12 so I can watch all the way through!  The girls have been LOVING the new episodes of Dragons: Race to the Edge.  Bryn loves her dragons (although her increase in biting MIGHT be related to her passion for the TV show).  Other great shows to catch are Orange is the New Black or Grace and Frankie.

 

2 / Backpacks as big as my child

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First can we discuss how BIG Bryn looks here?  I need someone to hold me.  My baby is growing up too fast and time needs to slow down.  She is really big into “I do it!” and likes to buckle herself into her carseat and insists on carrying her massive backpack into school.  Her independence is both amazing and frightening because the girl doesn’t have an ounce of fear in her (unless there’s a bug involved).

 

3 // Homegrown Tomatoes

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My mother-in-law helped me plant a container garden (more on that another day) when she was here after we moved.  I am not known to have a green thumb.  In fact I am pretty much a death sentence to most plants.  However, I have managed to keep some of my plants alive and I got to pick my first tomato yesterday!  Emmalyne LOVES helping with our garden and has been in awe of the little produce we have grown.  It’s been a great learning opportunity for her!  Not to mention nothing tastes better than produce you grey yourself.

 

That’s all I have for you today!  I would love to hear one of your things for Thursday!

 

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Weekend Snapshots 3

Happy Monday friends! I hope your weekend was fabulous. Ours was pretty sweet because Chris and I got to celebrate SEVEN years of marriage!  Without getting too sappy I am SO thankful to have him as my partner in this crazy life.  We have crammed SO MUCH LIFE into the last 7 years and I couldn’t imagine doing it with anyone else.

 

Saturday we hired a babysitter so we could spend some quality time together up at the Lake of the Ozarks.  We headed up mid-morning to do some shopping and grab some lunch.  Our first stop was the outlet mall where I scored some cute things for summer that I can’t wait to share with you all.  We also went to Target which made my heart SO happy since it’s the closest one to us and is still almost an hour away.  Before heading back to the girls we stopped for lunch at Baxter’s an were not disappointed.  I mean HELLO … check out the view.

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We both started off with a nice cold beer which was perfect for the warm day and the breeze off the lake.  For starters we had the spinach and artichoke dip and it was pretty good.  My main course was a chicken BLT that was just ok.

 

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It was just nice spending time together enjoying a summer day.  When we got home we packed the girls up into the car and headed straight for post to hit the park.  I wish you guys could see Bryn at parks because she is bound and determined to give me a heart attack.  I love her sense of adventure but I foresee many ER visits for us ha.

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Sunday was our actual anniversary and Chris had my presents on the kitchen table.  He was pretty thoughtful this year and got me an Arizona scarf for football season, new sandals, prosecco, and a gift card.  My favorite thing though is the “card” he had pulled up on my iPad.

 

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The rest of the day was spent getting chores done around the house.  Chris tackled the yard and I tackled a workout before we did laundry and food prep.  We did however go soak up some sun at the local pool with the girls.  They are serious water babies which tells me they are Arizona girls at heart.

 

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Here’s to another great week!  I am starting to get my groove as a provider and am feeling a teensy bit less overwhelmed at my job.  I am learning more stuff everyday and hopefully am making a positive impact on my patients too.  Hope your day is great!

 

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Countdown to Christmas

Happy Monday friends! I survived another week on campus, passed my exams, and hopefully rocked my last standardized patient ever! It was a LONG week with little time to do more than sit in class and prepare for the next exam. That being said, Christmas is FRIDAY and the countdown to Christmas is on.

 

We steadily have made our way through our Holiday Bucket List and scratched off the last line item yesterday with some Christmas baking. It was a far cry from my sugar cookies of the past but the girls had a messy blast and the whole process was absolute perfection and these might be my favorite cookies yet since both my girls dove in hands first.

 

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Now, I plan to kick my feet up, enjoy hot cocoa, and relish in my Christmas movies for the next few days before they get put away for another year.  Some of my favorites include my all-time-favorite of Love Actually as well as The Holiday, Elf, A Christmas Story, It’s a Wonderful Life, and so many more.

 

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If you’re looking for some Christmas movies to enjoy over the next few nights check out this sweet calendar from Netflix.  The real question is how many of these movies can you sneak in to the next 4 days ….

 

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Hope your Monday is great and your week short :)

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