Sunday, August 17, 2014

Being kind to me.

My twenty-ninth year is one in which I feel like I am classing my life, heart and soul. I am making changes to make me more healthy, more happy, and more well rounded. I cannot say how good it feels to make many of these changes. It is not easy being a wife, mom to a toddler, work full time at a very demanding job, and do everything else that I do. Life needs balance. This year before I enter my 30s I am finding that balance. Some of the things are tough but they are going to be good things.

I have already completed my twelve book goal for 2014, go me! Reading is one of the most important  parts of my life right now, it gets my mind clear and takes me away from all the stress for at least a little while. I need to post about the books that I have read and let all of you know which ones I would recommend.

JD and I are working on "us". We know that we need to refocus on our marriage and get back to how we used to be before a toddler and before infertility rocked our foundation. We have changed and grown and now we needs to grow back together. We have been together since we were kids (I was 17) and we have clearly gone through a lot of changing since then and its time for us to learn how to rekindle what we have let slide in the last few years. I am excited to see where counseling and a safe place where we have to talk takes us!

Time away is something that we never made room for in our schedule or budget. This year we planned a trip to key west with a couple of friends and we cannot wait to leave in a little less than two weeks. Adult trip for beach, pool, drinking, relaxing, and fun. Sign me up!

The truth is that I am tough on myself, I am my biggest critic. I let myself worry too much about how I might look to others, how others might think of me, etc. I need to not care. I need to BE KIND TO ME and the rest is what it is. 

Besides, with a cutie like this everything in life is great!

Monday, August 11, 2014


My sweetest Foster,

I cannot even believe that you are three years old. It seems like just yesterday that you were just over six pounds and so fragile and tiny. I will never forget how scary it was having you at home with us the first night. I thought that we needed to have someone awake watching you all night because of your rough start with breathing. I still lay in your bed next to you and worry about your breathing when you sleep, I guess some things ever change.

You are my very best friend. I could never have imagined the amount of love that you would show me. The age that you are at now is such a loving and joyous age. You will crawl across the couch just to hug my arm and say "I Yuv You, Momma!". It melts my heart every time. I always tell you that I love you and you are my best friend. I often wonder when you will really be able to understand how much I really love you. You refuse to go to bed or let me leave for work without a hug and kiss and saying goodbye to me. I never get tired of this. I would accept 20 goodbye kisses if you wanted to give them to me! The look on your face when you walk in the door from school and you see me home fills my heart with so much happiness. It is the light in your eyes that shows me just how much you love your momma.

You are such a smart boy! The things that you pick up on and learn with ease amaze me. You count and you recognize "F for Foster" and you like to shows the numbers on your fingers. You learn new words every day and there is nothing that you cannot say if you try. Sometimes you will say something that flat out shocks me and I think to myself "Where did he ever learn that?". I cannot wait to continue to watch you learn and discover all that this amazing world has to offer. Sometimes people will ask me what I think you will be when you grow up and the truth is that I have no clue. You are so smart that I think you can be anything that you want to be. I am excited to see where your mind takes you.

You are getting ready to move up to the preschool room at Oxford, I don't know how this happened so quickly. I still call you my baby and I tell you that you are my baby and always will be. You smile and you let me say this without arguing with me. I sometimes scoop you up and hold you like a baby and you just let me. I think that in your heart you know that momma needs it.

Watching you grow and being your mommy has been the greatest gift that I have ever had. I consider you my greatest accomplishment and you make me so proud each and every day.

Always remember... wherever you go my love will find you <3

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

A wednesday happy!

I am super busy but wanted to post a quick post to say how happy I was to meet a new little man that entered the world! His name is Liam and he was born on 7/14 to my friends, Hilary and Eric. I am so excited to see them parent and experience all that is parenthood together. It is an amazing journey and one that I think they will excel at. Hilary is a nurse and thinks much lie myself when it comes to health type things so it will be fun to see her navigate this first year! Congrats to my dear friends and let me tell you, that little man is a looker!!!!!
Could he be any cuter?! Eeek!

Monday, July 14, 2014

Toddler Tuesday!

Happy Tuesday Everyone!
This week is a busy one in the Daniel household. JD is actually in Germany for work although I think with Deutschland winning the World Cup there may be a bit of partying going on over there ;) I am getting ready for out of town family to come into town and for Foster's 3rd birthday party this coming weekend! Busy, happy, fun week! Today I am linking up with Ashley for Toddler Tuesday.
Life on the Parsons Farm
I thought that this tuesday I would share some of the things that I have been doing with Foster lately that he really loved. Toddlers are busy little people and like to be entertained all the time so these are some things that my ALMOST 3 year old (cue tears) has really been enjoying lately.

Foster loves to watch, touch, and learn about other living things. Animals fascinate him, bugs are SO COOL (yuck), he loves it all. On the 4th of July we were at y husband's cousin's house and they have chickens. Their chickens are super friendly and they are able to pick them up and they run around the property wherever they want until it is time to put them away for the night to keep them safe from foxes and other animals. Foster immediately had to ask all kinds of questions about them and hold one. So cute! 

My mother-in-law even froze a giant beetle for him and he held it, so gross!

We took Foster on his first boat ride and he absolutely loved it. He loves trying new things and he was all about trying to help steer, touch the water, looking at the motor. He wanted to experience it all. My little engineer!

Foster has been having an absolute blast at all the birthday parties that he has been attending lately. He loves playing with his friends and most of all he loves cake. It must be all the fun places that he gets to go for these parties that we normally do not go that makes them even more exciting! 

Last but definitely not least.....
yep, he is obsessed with taking selfies.

Thursday, July 10, 2014!

Happy thursday, bloggers! Work this week has been busy and fast paced and I'm tired. We have had lots of deliveries, surgeries, and other things pop up that pull docs out of the office to the hospital and so since I don't deliver I stay at the office and do my best to see all my patients and the patients of whoever is having to run for a delivery/surgery. The last few afternoons have been super busy but they go by very quickly. 

Let me be the first to say, this practice rocks. I love the physicians that I get to collaborate with, learn from, and hang out with. The girls in the office are great and I really enjoy working with them along with them doing a great job as support staff for us as providers. I am happy as can be here and so thankful to have found my way to this practice.

Ive been trying to put into words the things I have been thinking lately but the right words haven't been coming to me. This summer has started a new phase of my life (or that is the best word I can think of to describe it) and I am so happy. I am making changes that feel great, refocusing, trying to decrease stress, reading more (which equals sleeping a little less), parenting more, being positive, growing up. 

I think there is something so amazing going on here in the Daniel house. Maybe it's the new job that has my outlook totally changed? Not sure, but bring it on world!

Current projects:
- Party Planning for Foster's 3rd birthday.
- Getting ready for a long girl's weekend in Denver
- Planning for Key West over labor day week with college friends

Current Book: The Summer Hideaway

Monday, July 7, 2014

Things that make me SMILE!

I love when bloggers give us fun prompt to join in on and this one is super fun (in my humble opinion). Who doesnt love smiling?!

I decided to "fly by the seat of my pants" on this one and just list them as they come to mind, no need for planning it out. This list comes easy.

1. TOMS- They make me smile when I wear them, they make me smile when others wear them and they ESPECIALLY make me smile when little toddlers wear them!
2. Colorful sunglasses- they are just carefree and fun. My personal recommendation NECTAR sunglasses, super cute, so many options, and not expensive!
3. ICEEs and the Movie Theater- Come on, can you honestly say when you walk into the theater and see that ICEE machine you aren't giddy like a 5 year old?! Instant smile.

4. Puppies- obvious.

5. Kisses from Foster- They are just so sweet and bring a smile to my face every time!

6. A STARBUCKS drink while I'm at work- You read that right drug reps, keep 'em coming! ;)