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Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Happy New Year 2014!!!!

2013 has left the building!! Here is to a happy, healthy and exciting new year for my family and yours ! 

A quick recap of the year 2013... Doug and I got married in October in our college town where we met. Family from all over attended the celebration and it was a fun weekend of hanging out with everyone! 

We then headed to Florida for a honeymoon week of fun in the sun.

We even got to meet up with some family on Doug's side who carted us around and showed us the sights :)

We were fortunate to spend New Years Eve with good friends and family, eating Chinese food and playing board games. :) 

My maid of honor, left, and good friend on the right ringing in the new year with us.

Hope your night was excellent, too and year 2014 super! 

For those of you still following the jaw portion of this blog, everything is a-okay! 
I do hope I don't have to have the screws that are imbedded in my jaws ever removed...but as of now everything is great. 

New Years Resolutions

2013 was a great year that included getting married as well as being fortunate to have a few professional opportunities including more writing opportunities, as well as a much needed full time job in a tough economy. 

For 2014 I have set goals but no resolutions. A wise friend on Facebook wrote "I'm not making any resolutions this year other than to enjoy it. Putting pressure on 2014 right from the start isn't the way to welcome it."

I found this wise and have adopted this attitude this year.

HAVE FUN in 2014!! I plan to tap into my creative side more. Do more reading, play more piano, listen to music more and find time to write more on my blogs.

Be adventurous and spontaneous, I want to go ice skating, tubing,  this year, and Doug and I plan to hit the slopes and do some skiing, too!

I’m 25 so I want to LIVE MY LIFE in 2014. We are looking to buy a condo this year after spending three years in our cozy apartment, we hope to find a new place to call home. If we buy a condo, awesome for us. Which we probably will. If we don’t,  we have next year for that :)

If you made resolutions this year, what are they?? Hope all your goals and dreams come true this year!! 

Monday, May 13, 2013

Spring 2013

Hello, hello! 
Just checking in with my blog for a quick update. Life is flying by as my jaw progressively improves. This year brings about many things for us. Doug and I are getting married in October and are busy with wedding preparations. We're also looking into buying our first home after the wedding. And planning our honeymoon, maintaining jobs, finding a new one (me), and trying to find a healthy balance of work, fun and ways to keep our sanity. We are now realizing that we can't have everything we want right at this moment and that things take time to achieve. Our fortune cookies gave us much needed advice.

True to life fortune cookie!

I will be 25 this year!!!! The only good thing about this is that I do not look like I am 25. The bad part of this statement is that as a substitute teacher, to the kids I don't look much older than them. I remind them that my age is not relevant to their classwork and that I really do not care how old they are so I suggest they try not to focus on guessing my correct age. 

Time really does fly by. I remember being 13 and impatient to turn 14 so my brother would stop calling me a tween. To him, tweenhood ended at age 14 and thus that was the age I was going for. I could get there and stay that age forever. And now I am........almost 25. My twenties have by far gone the fastest. Since graduating from college in 2010 the time has flown by and I can't slow it down for even a minute.

Enjoying spring!! (Taken in 2012)

Enjoy spring everyone! Seasons change and years come and go so make memories that last forever :-)

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Happy New Year 2013!

Happy New Year! My last post was back in August 2012. Six months ago many changes had taken place for us, and now yet again more things are changing and yet some old things are returning. For the new year I'll start off by posting some pictures of my delectable creations and see how long into the new year I'll keep at it :) For tonight's dinner I made Chicken Tenders with Pineapple Sauce which is a variation of momma's famous Hawaiian Chicken. I accompanied the meal with Homemade Creamed Corn and a light Avocado, Tomato, Chick Pea Salad. 

Chicken tenders in a pineapple sauce with chunks of pineapple.

Homemade creamed corn with Ritz cracker topping.

Avocado, tomato and chick pea salad.

My #1 customer was very happy with dinner tonight! 

In jaw-news, my shoulder and neck pain has recently been confronted and a series of exercises given to me by my physical therapists. These exercises have helped tremendously and just within the past few days have I begun to really notice some great differences in regards to my range of motion in my shoulder. About a month ago I went in for an MRI as was advised by my orthopedic doctor who which I have a follow-up appointment with tomorrow morning, to get a scope on the knob sticking out of my collar bone and figure out what was causing it/wrong.

The results showed nothing severely wrong, and only a mild indicator of fluid around that joint in my collar bone and a slight sign of arthritis. He suggested a cortisone shot, and physical therapy. I opted for the second option and chose to hold off if at all possible on the first. My knob was extremely sensitive at this point and previous chiropractic measures had proven unsuccessful. Now, I have had great success with physical therapy alone, yet my knob remains not as sore but still very visible. We shall see. At the PT they work with my right arm and shoulder to strengthen it through means of massage and other techniques, with hopes to reduce/release this fluid in my joint. Stay tuned for more recipes and updates!

Happy New Year!

Saturday, August 18, 2012

1 Year Jaw Surgery Anniversary

Yesterday, August 17, 2012, marked my one year anniversary of my jaw surgery. One year ago, both jaws were cut and moved into new positions; top jaw back, bottom jaw forward. Since then, I've healed up, my numbness is gone, wounds have healed, gotten a new job, moved to our first apartment, gotten engaged, and started my adult life at age 24. All in 2012, baby!

Celebration dinner after I said yes!

The newly engaged :-)

If you're having your jaw broken soon, or any surgery, good luck!!!!!!!! 

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Chicken Noodle Soup and Mashed Cauliflower

In efforts to reduce my intake of carbs, I've opted to temporarily eliminate carbohydrates from my diet. Tonight's dinner consisted of chicken noodle soup and mashed cauliflower and both were delicious. 

Chicken, carrots, celery, cabbage, onions and semolina pasta.

Cauliflower was boiled until very soft, and mixed together with a little butter, cheese and a good helping of light cream and garlic. Yum!