Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Catching Up

Thank you all so much for your thoughts and prayers about my cousin.  It's been hard because it happened so suddenly, but I know that God is in control and there is a reason for everything.  I find myself missing her because of the most random things.  She commented on almost everything I posted on Facebook and whenever I post something it makes me sad that she won't comment on it.  It's getting easier now that I've had time to process it and accept that she's really gone, but I still miss her all the time and there is a huge hole in my life and in our family.  We had the funeral service on Friday and my dad did such a great job with it!  It was really a celebration of her life and it was so personal and loving.  We all got to say words that described her and it meant so much to everyone. I'm so thankful for all the people in my life and it makes me want to tell them even more because life is so short!

Holly and her husband Jake with his brother and sisters
(Casey is on the far right)
One of my best friends Holly stayed with me the weekend before I left for vacation because we were hosting a baby shower for our friend Michelle.  The morning of the shower, she got a call from her husband and found out that her sister-in-law Casey had died in a tragic accident.  She was only 22 and was attending med school at the University of Oklahoma.  On Sunday morning she was climbing up a fire escape to get to her dorm room and slipped and fell.  The campus police found her and were unable to revive her.  It was shocking and so very sad!  It's so hard to understand why these things happen.  She had her whole life in front of her!  I was able to spend time with Casey and her family several times when I went to Oklahoma to visit Holly and she was an amazing person.  My roommates were kind enough to offer to drive Holly back to Oklahoma so she didn't have to drive back after getting such hard news and I was able to stay home and get things setup for the shower.  It's still so hard to believe that Casey is gone.  Please keep her family in your thoughts and prayers as well. Here is an article about Casey:

Michelle and Me
Aven, Michelle and Mary

The baby shower for Michelle went really good despite the circumstances.  Thanks to all of Holly's hard work before and thanks to Aven and Mary who came over early to help since Holly had to leave, we were able to pull it off.  Michelle's baby is due any day now and I'm excited to meet him or her!

I had an amazing vacation!  There were so many things that I was able to see and do in such a short amount of time!  And one of the best parts was getting to meet Vanessa in Montauk!  I'm just now working on going through all my pictures and getting them uploaded, so I will do a blog post about it soon. 

So needless to say the last couple of weeks have been a roller coaster of emotions!  It's been filled with grief and hard times, but also enjoying seeing and doing so many things in the Northeast.

Me in front of Central Park
Things have been good on the weight loss front.  When I got back from vacation I expected to either gain or stay the same, but I actually lost 2 pounds.  Yay!  I guess it was from all that walking around New York City that I did.   It's been really hard to get back into my eating and workout routine since I've been back.  With everything that happened with my cousin last week I didn't workout or eat good at all.  This week I'm getting back into the swing of things, but it's been harder that I thought it would be.  

I'm getting caught up on reading all of your blogs.  I'm so behind!  I like to comment on people's posts as much as I can, but I'm just trying to get caught up at this point.  So please forgive me if I don't comment like I normally would, but know that I am reading them!  If you are following me and I'm not following you back, please let me know!

Sophie Grace

I've been attending childbirth classes with my sister, Alicia.  Her baby (Sophie Grace) is due August 7th and I will be in the delivery room with her.  I'm so excited for Sophie to get here!!!  My little sister, Annalie is coming home from Honduras on July 29th and I can't wait to see her and have her here when Sophie is born!
I bought plane tickets to visit one of my best friends, Angela in Naples, Florida next month!  I am so excited to get to spend time with her and enjoy being close to the beach!  I started to realize that if I didn't go see her this month, I wouldn't have another chance until probably March of next year!  My schedule is crazy the rest of the year.  Florida in July, new baby in August, Chicago in September, New Orleans in October, and then the Holidays.  I'm excited for all the fun times to come!

I decided to have surgery for my fibroids in January.  That will give me time to lose as much weight as possible and hopefully be at or really close to my goal weight (40 more pounds to go). Thankfully I haven't really been having any symptoms and I feel good about waiting and just setting the date and working as hard as I can until that date.  

Some people have asked how the online dating is's not.  I've only had 2 guys reach out to me on eHarmony and neither one of those have worked out.  I haven't initatied conversation with anyone, but I honestly would rather him reach out to me.  Is that really old-fashioned?  I mean I can do it, but part of me wants to be pursued and not have to be the one to initiate.  But really I have had zero time to worry about this right now.  Maybe in a week or two I'll get back into it, but it's kind of the last thing on my mind at the moment.  We'll see...

We'll miss you Erin!
One of my roommates told me last Monday that she is moving out.  She is going to move closer to her work because she has a really long commute.  We are going to miss her so much and I wish she wasn't moving out, but I know it's so much better for her.  So that means I have to try and find a new roommate.  I'm praying to be able to find another roommate that will be a good living situation for us!

That's all I can think of right now.  These last several weeks have been a blur, but things seem to be settling down more now and hopefully I can get back into the habit of blogging.  Hope everyone is doing great and making healthy choices!


  1. WOW... what an eventful couple of weeks you've had! I'm so sorry for your loss. I bet it was hard internally to deal with feelings of grief and also trying to ENJOY yourself on your outings. I'm glad you had fun despite the whirlwind. So glad to have you back in blogland, we missed you :)

  2. Wow! What an emotional roller coaster! I'm so sorry for your loss - but so happy that you had a great vacation! It was awesome seeing you! Love that photo of you in front of Central Park.

  3. An emotional roller coaster indeed. Doesn't sound like things are going to slow down any time soon. :)

  4. You've had a busy few weeks, girl! I'm so sorry for the losses you have experienced recently...we don't always understand why our loved ones are taken away from us but it's all part of God's plan and you will see them again someday. I love the picture of you in Central sounds like you had a lovely trip...and getting to meet Vanessa is terrific!!

    I'll be flying into Dallas this afternoon and have been talking with Brenda and Ronnie about setting up a get-together...probably somewhere in Fort Worth. I know you're busy but let me know if you're interested in meeting up and I will let you know what is decided...if not, maybe we can see each other when you come to New Orleans in October...

  5. Goodness Andrea you've been through a lot lately... and how tragic about that young gal, that's so sad. Made me thank God that all the STUPID things I did in college didn't end up like that....

    Love the pic of you in your hat!! ;)

  6. Wow...lots going on with ya. But so glad that you stopped by to check-in and say hello to us.

    PS: totally jealous of your fedora. :) Adorable!

  7. Crazy busy! I am so sorry for your have been hit hard. You look awesome in a hat by the way...great pic!

  8. I am so sorry about all that you are going through!! Continuing to send thoughts and prayers to you and yours!

    You look oh so cute in the fedora - super jealous - I wish I could pull of hats!!

    Glad you are back blogging!! Missed you!

  9. love the update have been on a roller coaster for sure....hope the merry go round is on it's way!!! With a cute attendant to gaze at!!;)