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What change a year has brought

 

2012 was a year of subtle, but important change. I didn’t change jobs or do anything drastic like that, like I had in 2011. 2012 was quiet and subdued for the most part, it was a year of preparation for what is to come in 2013.

 

In May, Edgar completed his double-major in Business and Music, and began a journey toward a commission in the U.S. Navy. Shortly after my last post, he received his professional recommendation, then his final select letter, then official swore in a few weeks ago. He will be leaving in a few short weeks to begin his training as a Naval officer.

Around that same time, we discovered another equally exciting pieces of news, which has turned our world upside down in the best way possible:

 

 

Baby Rollins has been given an estimated due date of 8/14/13, though given my double uterus, could be expected to come in July!

This is why I haven’t posted lately. I have been sick between the flu and morning sickness and relentless fatigue, but this week I am working to push forward through the progesterone-induced fog and get this house ready for our impending move, and revive my writing.

Sometime soon, I will go into a bit more detail of the changes I went through before getting pregnant (hint: it involves a lot of eggs and butterfat). For me, conceiving without medication or struggle, while having PCOS, was a big deal, and it deserves its own post.

 

What major change has the last year brought for you?

Three and a Half Weeks

*blows dust off keyboard*

It has been three and a half weeks without posting. I assure you, it’s not without good reason. If you attempted to visit this site in the past week or so, you probably noticed that my URL lead to the great internet wasteland. Yes, this discovery put me into such a mixture of panic and confusion that my only consolation was cleaning the house in a frenzy in attempt to suppress and deny the fact that my blog disappeared and I had no idea how to get it back up. Thankfully, my unofficial webmaster, John, came to my rescue, thumbed through my files, played advocate to my host, and managed to get the site back in the air. I owe him so much!

But enough of that. What have I been up to since I last posted?

Well, I hosted two separate Thanksgiving dinners!

The first one was with my local friends, Justin, Aubrey, and Kris. You may remember that last year I also celebrated a Thanksgiving dinner with them. It was so exciting this year to have a more pot-luck dinner! Edgar smoked a turkey (first time ever! I’m a convert.)

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It was so fun having everyone contribute!

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Justin made sweet potato pie! It’s been several years since I’ve had sweet potato pie, but his may be the best one yet. Winking smile

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My plate. See the gluten on the top? Heh… yeah. Bane of my being. But the turkey! And the green beans! Oh my! The green beans were sauteed simply in garlic, butter, lemon, and red pepper flake. LOVE.

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Of course, we all ate too much and had to roll ourselves to the living room, find a place to unfold, and moan and nap our stomachaches away.  I will admit that this was my first experience with obvious GI gluten poisoning, but other than that, it was totally worth it!

The second Thanksgiving dinner was with my family and my in-laws. They all came in town and we had WAAAAY more food than could possibly be sampled on one plate, but it was all (that I tried. I was good about avoiding gluten by this point, since up to that point I’d effectively and regrettable gluten-poisoned myself twice in one week) wonderful! I also loved having my family in town. It was the first time my youngest sister had even seen my house, and I’ve been living here for over a year!

Baked goat brie with Crofters, Glutino crackers and pecan nut thins! My mom brought me a WHOLE BUNCH of gluten free boxed goodies she found on sale for me! Thanks Mommy!

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In between these two dinners, Edgar and I celebrated our second wedding anniversary! We decided to take a trip to Palo Duro Canyon to finish hiking that trail we started but never completed last year, then spend the night in the cabin where we spent our wedding night.

 

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It was wonderful seeing familiar places with fresh eyes. I feel like Edgar and I have grown so much in the last two years!

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Then the weekend after Thanksgiving we visited Edgar’s parents in Canadian since they wanted to take us out to dinner to celebrate our anniversary. We ate dinner at a Mexican restaurant just inside the Oklahoma border. I don’t recall the name of the place (sorry), but I was excited that they had a vegetarian menu! I’m not a vegetarian, but I don’t like depending on meat so much in my diet, especially from sources that are not guaranteed responsible or sustainable, and I usually find vegetarian dishes to be more culinarily creative. My spinach enchiladas with avocado cream sauce were pretty delicious! Winking smile

 

Since then the school of music wrapped up its season with the American Family Christmas concert, where I sang a nerve-wracked solo that I feel was sub-par in my usual tonal quality, but Kris, a vocal music education major and my harshest musical critic, was very positive with me in his review (though admitted proper breath control would have corrected my tone). So I probably shouldn’t beat myself up over it. After all, it’s only the third vocal solo I’ve ever done, and it’s certainly better than my first! Winking smile

 

Not long after that concert my computer started acting up, and Edgar had to do a full wipe of the hard drive. This of course meant that he moved all my photos to his external hard drive which I had no idea how to access until last weekend. My bad luck with computers never ceases to amaze me.

 

So there you have it! That’s been my life as of late, in addition to the norm, y’know. Winking smile I look forward to finally getting back in the blogging groove after a busy month!

The family you adopt along the way

 

Today I was able to spend a pleasant evening with a dear friend and her sweet family.

 

I haven’t seen Sarah since my wedding—almost two years ago. She was one of my very first friends when I came to college, and she became one of the closest and dearest friends I’ve ever had.

Sarah has spent the last two and a half years living in South Carolina with her husband and in that time she gave birth to Abbie, who is a sweet little miracle in so many ways. Her husband, Sean, received orders to be stationed in California, so the three of them packed up and embarked on a long trip through the southern United States, visiting family and friends along the way.

Tonight we met at a restaurant we absolutely loved during our college days—Tokyo Japanese Steakhouse. For most of us, this is our first (and for some—only!) experience with a hibachi-style Japanese restaurant!

 

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But the real experience is in the time shared with old friends.

We spent several hours reflecting on how much Plainview has changed since we each moved here years back, as well as sharing our new adventures in marriage, kids, careers, and health diagnoses.

I remember discussing marriage with Sarah in our dorm suite in 2007. She used to predict that she would be the last in our group of friends to marry. She is now a military wife and stay-at-home mom to little Abbie. She was the second in our group to marry!

Sarah and JennyBeth. 2007

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Sarah and JennyBeth. 2011

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Sarah and me. 2007

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Sarah and me. 2011

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I honestly really love the changes we have all experienced. Four years ago our biggest concerns were petty interpersonal drama, insecurity, grades, college finances, homework, annoyances with school rules.

 

Mariah, Edgar, me, Greg, and JennyBeth. 2006

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Today we have things more… beautiful and eternal on our minds.

 

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This is the true test of friendship, I think. This is what I looked forward to when I came to college—the times I would be able to spend with my college friends years after we graduated.

It goes to show how no matter how far away we travel, how long we have to go between visits, we are always in each other’s minds and hearts, mourning together in our sorrows, and rejoicing together in each other’s lives, loving every change along the way, as family.

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The Night Before Christmas

Hello, everyone! I know everyone is a-bustle with the holidays, and I certainly am! I’m writing this in advance on Thursday morning so we can hit the road. We’re leaving for the 5 1/2 hour drive to Fort Worth to spend the next week and a half with my family! So exciting! We spent Christmas day with just each other last year, so it will be fun to spend Christmas day with my parents and sisters for the first time in two years. Oh, and I get to meet my new fur-baby! Yes, we have adopted a toy Australian Shepherd. He’s about 3 months old and last my mom told me, he was 8 pounds of fluff. We adopted him from some family friends in Fort Worth, so my parents have been puppy-sitting until we get down there for Christmas! So excited! His name is Casper! Short for “Caspian.” We are such NERDS! Winking smile

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Personally, my Christmas Eve will be spent baking (St Lucia bread, cookie dough balls, Alton Brown’s Pumpkin Pie in Gingersnap Crust…), eating at Pizza Hut and out looking at Christmas lights. Later we’ll each open one gift, and maybe we’ll watch “Santa” on the NBC 10 o’clock news weather forecast. That is, if we’re not drowning in the plethora of Christmas movies we’ve yet to watch this season.

For now, I leave you with this…

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May your holiday be filled with all peace, joy, and love, and may you not forget what the season is really about. God bless you all. Smile

 

Now go spend time with your loved ones! Winking smile

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