Twenty Eight

Today is my twenty eighth birthday.



As I sit here and think about my 28 years on this Earth I am overcome with so much happiness.  I am truly so blessed.  I have an amazing husband, two beautiful daughters, a fulfilling career, a warm bed and enough food to eat, and so much more.  A girl couldn’t ask for much more.


I am so fortunate enough to celebrate my birthday with the woman who gave me life!  My mom is here visiting.  Yesterday we had a great time doing some shopping and today we have some pedicure plans.  Life doesn’t get much better.


I can’t wait to see what the next 28 years (and more) brings!

Weekend Recap

Another Monday friends!  This one is fine by me because I am officially on BREAK.  That means no alarm clocks, no 14 hour work days, etc.  Instead I get tons of family time, time to do things I like that DON’T involve medicine, and catch up on some much needed sleep.  It was a fairly low key weekend over here which can sometimes be the best possible kind!


Saturday morning it was time for a neighborhood yard sale.  I scrounged some things together and teamed up with some friends for the morning.  It hurt my heart to do it but I sold a good chunk of the girls’ retired clothing.  Chris and I are on the fence about a 3rd child but either way I know we are moving in March and I needed to par things down a bit.  I was done by 10AM which is my kind of yard sale.


Garage Sale


Saturday night I went out to dinner at The 5 Spot in Savannah for an early birthday celebration with a few of my classmates and my BFF Heather.  I hadn’t been to that restaurant before and it was seriously good.  I had a blackened salmon salad, a couple glasses of wine, and a delicious brownie dessert.  The best part though was spending quality time with some of my favorite people :)


birthday dinner


Sunday morning called for pancakes at our favorite breakfast place.  Emmie wakes up every weekend and says how she wants to go to “brek-fas” and get “two pancakes”.  It’s one of my favorite family traditions!  After we got home from breakfast we changed into our swim suits and headed to the pool for a little while.  It was SO hot this weekend that the water was an absolute must.


Pool Time


Unfortunately it’s not all fun and games this break … I have my end of rotation exam for OB/GYN plus a comprehensive exam that I have to prepare for.  We will be taking those next week while we are on campus and it’s a TON of material to get through.  I struggled my way through gynecologic cancers and menstrual disorders yesterday.  And the struggle was real.




My mom and I are off to do some shopping today as a precursor to my birthday.  I am seriously obsessed with the fact that Savannah now has its own Tanger Outlets.  My wallet on the other hand cries.  Happy Monday!

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Weekend Recap

Happy Monday friends!  I am heading into my last 4 days of OB/GYN with a long day in L&D today.  I can’t believe that my 2nd rotation is wrapping up.  Time is FLYING!  I have some things to share about my 5 weeks here so look for that later this week.  One of the best parts about clinicals though is having more time to spend with my family and friends.  This weekend was a prime example of that!


Saturday morning started off with a family tradition of breakfast at our favorite local breakfast joint.  Then I headed off to the grocery store solo which is always a perk as a mom!  After unloading and restocking our fridge Em and I headed to the pool for a little while before lunch.


While the girls rested I headed off to knock out a workout at the gym.  I did a quick 1.5 mile warm-up and then killed a full body workout.  I spy some baby biceps growing!



Saturday night I went out to Marker 107 which is a fantastic local restaurant located right on the water to celebrate a special friend’s birthday!  I love being able to see my girls – it’s weird not spending 1389387 hours a week together in the classroom.  Now we get to bond over our clinical experiences :)  We enjoyed some wine, appetizers, and delicious food.



And the view wasn’t bad either ;)


Sunday morning Em and I spent some more time at the pool, I got another workout in, and we relaxed most of the day.  I caught up on some paperwork admin stuff for school and Bryn lounged and read all the books.



Not a bad weekend overall :)  Off to L&D!  Hoping some babies want to have today be their birthday!


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Summer Spaghetti

This post is sponsored by Bertolli®


  Summer is officially here in Savannah. Temperatures are climbing and the humidity is starting to creep up also. One thing I love about summer is the abundance of fresh and delicious vegetables. However, raising little people has me scratching my head on how to get them to enjoy and eat their veggies. I have found that by mixing the vegetables into some of their favorite foods keeps everyone happy. The girls are happy because they have a food they love and I am happy because they are getting their daily dose of nutrition.

Summer Spaghetti
One of my favorite ways to get more veggies into their tummies is to mix them into pasta. Both Emmalyne and Bryn LOVE spaghetti so this last week I decided to experiment and add in some summer squash, zucchini, and spinach. I used our favorite pasta sauce, Bertolli® Tomato & Basil as the base and then sautéed the veggies with some salt, pepper, and garlic. The verdict? Clean plates!

Summer Spaghetti 2
  Both girls tore through their pastas and Bryn kept signing “more” as she emptied her plate. The vegetables added a delicious crunch and I was happy because all the ingredients were fresh and healthy. With my current clinical rotation having more stable hours, we have been enjoying more family dinners. Dinnertime is the best time of day because we get to come together as a family and enjoy a quality meal together while spending quality time with one another. This pasta is definitely going to be in regular rotation throughout the rest of the summer.

Summer Spaghetti 1

Summer Spaghetti

by Madeline G.

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Ingredients (6-8 servings)

  • 1 box thin whole wheat spaghetti
  • 1 ½ cups spinach, chopped
  • 1 yellow squash, chopped
  • 1 zucchini, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • 1 ½ cups Bertolli Tomato & Basil sauce
  • ½ cup diced tomatoes
  • 2 grilled chicken breasts, chopped
  • Shredded Parmesan cheese


• Cook pasta according to directions on the box.

• While pasta is cooking, heat olive oil in a medium sized skillet over medium high heat.

• Add spinach, squash, zucchini, salt, pepper, garlic, and chicken. Sauté for 8-10 minutes or until fully cooked.

• Drain pasta. Add in Bertolli Tomato & Basil Sauce and diced tomatoes.

• Add in vegetables and chicken and mix well.

• Sprinkle with desired amount of Parmesan cheese and enjoy!

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What’s your favorite way to get more veggies into your diet?

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Documentaries I Want to Watch

Who doesn’t love a good documentary?  Recently Chris and I have gotten sucked into the documentary “The Fighting Season”, a documentary about units at war in Afghanistan.  It’s especially interesting to both of us because one of the units they are following in this series is stationed exactly where Chris was on his deployment.  Like to the point that he recognizes some of the Afghanis on the show!  It’s been fascinating to get a glimpse into what his life was like over there.




This is the first documentary we have watched together and honestly the first one I have watched in awhile.  Since it is so fascinating I decided to make a list of other documentaries I want to watch sometime this summer.  Fortunately Netflix has a ton streaming right now so the possibilities are endless.


1.  Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey

The science geek in me can’t wait to watch this series after my resident on Internal Medicine recommended it.  It’s surprisingly produced by Scott McFarlane who is also the creator of Family Guy.


2.  How to Survive a Plague

This documentary looks at the early days of AIDS and was up for the Best Documentary Oscar at this year’s Academy Awards.


3.  The Invisible War

This is an interesting documentary about the incidence of rape in the military.  I have already heard stories on my OB/GYN rotation that just make me mad and sad in regards to this.  I definitely want to check it out.


4.  Bigger Faster Stronger

Chris already watched this documentary and it’s about the use of steroids and other performance enhancing drugs here in the US.


5.  Undefeated

I think Chris would really like this documentary too because it’s a feel-good story about a high school football team from Tennessee who overcome odds on and off the field.  It also won the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature.


6.  Everest

After re-reading “Into Thin Air” for the 1000th time I now want to watch Everest which is the documentary that was being filmed during the 1996 climbing season.  I had this crazy dream in high school to do high altitude medicine on Mount Everest and I am pretty sure watching a documentary is the closest I will ever come haha.


What is your favorite documentary?

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