The Mrs. The Mommy. The M.D.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Updates and Such...

Hey there my sweet little blog and anyone who still may be reading this thing...

Man, 2017 has been non-stop {Hamilton reference, sorry, NOT sorry}. Why is it already March?! If you follow me on Instagram, I have been intermittently trying to fill you all in on what we have been up do, but it's time for a real update so here goes:

The Fam...

The kiddos are growing like weeds. Like weeds with all of the water and all of the Miracle Grow at their disposal. Sheesh!

Nate's newest phrase he uses all the time is, "Well, I'm assuming..." LOL! And Isabelle gets sassier by the day. Her new signature photo pose is a toe point, HA!

I can't with the toe point!

In January, we celebrated Nate's 8th birthday with a skate party (I'm still not used to saying I have an 8 year old o_O). He had a blast! Speaking of which, I still need to send out "Thank You" cards. #MomFail.

We tried to make the most of my weekends off on Onc with some family-centered activity planning. Besides lounging around with mommy, some cool things we did were going to see Lego Batman (so funny), Build-a-Bear making, Saturday morning breakfast biscuit runs in our PJs, and our traditional weekend trip to our favorite Mexican restaurant.

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With March, came the flu for our Natey. He was out of school for two weeks, and the flu also triggered his asthma, so my normally-unstoppable kid was wiped out. It was so hard to see him like that and my doctor-mom hat had me really anxious about how long it was taking him to recover. Let me tell you, working a ton and not being able to be at home with him was thee WORST. My heart breaks for any parent with a child who is seriously ill, or in and out of the hospital. Thankfully, Natey went back to school last week and is back to his self :-D

The Job...

Last weekend I finished my seven-week GYN Oncology rotation. It was an all-consuming rotation that was hard on all parties in my household, but we made it! I feel like my surgical skills got a serious upgrade, and I learned a ton taking care of some wonderful patients.

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In January, I was fortunate enough to be able to attend the Annual Meeting for the Society for Maternal Fetal Medicine in Las Vegas. It was amazing. So many brilliant people from all over the world coming together to share their ideas for women's health advocacy and improving pregnancy care. I also got to experience my first Cirque du Soleil show "O", and we saw Celine Dion in concert - it was a blast!

SMFM Photobooth fun with my co-residents 

My rotation now is in the outpatient clinics. It's a refreshing change of pace, including more sunlight and more family time. JOY!

This weekend, I headed to Orlando to present my first research poster at the annual meeting for the Society for Reproductive Investigation. The hubs was able to come along too, which makes it the first child-free trip we have had in maybe 6 years...Terrible I know. Hopefully, this is the first step to doing better... I had so much fun presenting my poster and walked away inspired to keep figuring out my role as a physician researcher. This girl has got some plans ;-)
 

Daytona Beach!


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The next top priority on my agenda is finishing my Resident Research Day Project that will be presented in May and preparing for fellowship interviews! AHHH!!

The 30x30 Mission...

I finished 12 weeks of BBG last week! I started working out around October 31st. I am 10lbs and a dress size down, lost 3 inches on my waist, and I must admit, my muscle gains are kind of the bomb! #Flexin

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Most recent pics below...

  

I'm planning on starting BBG1 again, and working on eating better with this next go-round. Currently shoving pizza in my mouth as I type. Prayers please...Summer body, I'm coming for you!

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Hope you all are well! Now that we are almost through the first quarter of 2017, join me in taking inventory on where you are with your goals for the year. It's the perfect time to re-focus and re-strategize...

Talk to you soon!

xoxo

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Deuces 2016!!!

Hope you all are having a beautifully reflective New Year's Eve.

I'll be ringing in 2017 on my 24 hour call catching the babies of Wake County ;-)

This week was tough, I returned to work after a month of research followed by family time during my vacation week and then Christmas. Our family had a beautiful Christmas. Isabelle has been hilarious in her new Jeep...

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I feel so thankful to have had a productive and rejuvenating month, but it was like going back to school after summer vacation, the time FLEW.

I'm ready to attack this second half of my PGY3 year (!!!) and see what the Lord has in store for our family this year. I pray that you all experience a New Year filled with abundant blessings...

Last year, I avoided the list of resolutions thing and just resolved to be better - a better Christian, a better wife, a better mom, daughter, sister... I think that I kept it going all year but there is always room to be a better me, so I am going to take that with me into 2017. In addition to my 30 by 30 campaign because 2017 will also be the year of 30 year old Jasmine hotness :snaps:

Happy New Year Everyone...Please be safe out there tonight!

xoxo

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Saturday, December 24, 2016

From Our Family to Yours...

 "For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given; and the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
- Isaiah 9:6 (NKJV)


Happy Christmas Eve!!

Every year I try and get a family picture taken for our Christmas card. Every year it is last minute. There was that one time back in 2011 when it wasn't, but definitely not the norm.

Last year after finding a photographer, we went to get our pictures taken and I just wasn't crazy about the way they turned out. We ended up coming home and immediately snapping our own in front of the tree. This year I decided to forego scheduling a photography session and we snapped some photos at my moms. I absolutely love them. 

Below are some of my favs: 



My dad came home from work and jumped in since he was dressed for the occasion 





Little miss sass!



Thank you everyone for reading and staying with me on this crazy journey. Though it is difficult, I feel so blessed to be living the life I dreamed for myself. This is going to be a big year for us, I can feel it. 2017, bring it!

xoxo

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Roadtrips, Blizzards, & Graduations...

Last week was my first vacation week since March - I was so ready. Since we would be home for Christmas and my little brother was graduating from college on the 17th, it made sense to do our marathon road trip and cram as many visits in as possible. A little insane since it is a 12 hour drive to Michigan, but we never regret it. 

First, we had to buy some coats... 

My kids are so enamored with the thought of snow since we do not experience it like we did in Indiana. Poor Isabelle had yet to have a real snow day - she's practically a Southern belle. After frantically going around to three different stores, Target came through for the win. I think it is hysterical that no one was selling coats here in December. 



We hit the road after big Nate got off of work and drove straight through. I love driving overnight when the kids will sleep. I wasn't able to help out with my entire half because my immune system decided it was the perfect time to come down with a cold..womp. By the time we hit Virginia, I was done. Nate took over and we made great time. 

Our Detroit visit included a stay at Nate's brother's house, my Grammy's house, and Nate's Grandma's house. It's always awesome to see everyone and the kids were in heaven with their cousins.









I was kind of bummed because I didn't get to see any of my college friends that are still in the Detroit area. There just wasn't enough time - in addition to the blizzard that made elective travel risky so we just stayed put where we were.

On Tuesday, we headed to my mom's in Indiana. I looooove love love being at home. Thankfully, we were able to stay in one place for a few days until we all made the trek to Indianapolis for my little brother's graduation. I even was able to pull together our family Christmas photo and card... #habitualprocrastinator

Making gingerbread houses with Lita (my mom)





After this photo was taken, we hit the road and drove right into an ice storm. Ya'll, a trip that normally takes about 2.5hours, took about EIGHT HOURS. The highway froze while we were on it, and the police SHUT. IT. DOWN....this is the mess I DO NOT MISS about the Midwest. 

....But we all made it!! Thank the Lord for his traveling mercies. And the next day after a slight delay from the ice storm (they almost cancelled it all together), we watched my baby bro walk across the stage. It was an amazing moment for many reasons. Last time I saw him he was wheel chair bound due to his football injury. I am so proud of him and God is so good!

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Brothers!!


Jordan and my proud parents 



Sunday morning it was time to head back to North Carolina :tear:


We were all feeling kind of blue being back home, but we are enjoying our Christmas vacay by making our own on memories Johnson style. This 61 degree weather also helps to ease the pain a bit ;-)

Hope you all are having a great start to your holiday!

xoxo

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Holiday Fun with Little Doebahyou! **Review**

This week my kiddos and I had the pleasure of reviewing a monthly kids' activity box by Little Doebahyou. Little Doebahyou, developed by two sisters born in Liberia and raised in the United States, seeks to educate children about the rich traditions in Africa and the African Diaspora. Through colorful illustrations, fun activities, and informational cards they introduce us to cultures thousands of miles away from the comfort of our own home - with an adorable passport book to document your "travels"! 

They were so excited to open a box under the tree early!


The box starts with warm wishes from the Little Doebahyou team to get you excited about the contents inside. Our box was holiday themed and focused on holiday traditions around the world.


In addition to a huge poster map, the adorable Little Doebahyou travel case was loaded with A TON of items.

From the company's website...
Every month, we carefully select each item in the Little Doebahyou box to ensure that you and your child have a fun, authentic cultural and educational experience. Each box includes one pen-pal letter from Grear & Guaye, one country passport stamp sticker, one fact sheet regarding the country of the month, one country flag, one map of the country,  three cultural activities, one cooking activity, and one journal activity.  
Your first subscription package also serves as an intro kit, and will include one passport, one travel journal, one sheet of decorative journal stickers, one box of colored pencils, one pen, one luggage tag, and one suitcase.   


The activities were super fun for the kids and easy to do. In one sitting, we made Christmas wreath (US) ornaments and decorated a Jankunu mask (Belize). Later this week we will make the Santa Berries treat (South Africa) and do an Amigo Secreto (Brazil) gift exchange. So cool!

Jankunu mask coloring 


Wreath ornaments!


It felt awesome to get away from screen time and do such an easy learning activity for the whole family! Little Doebahyou is a great year-round gift idea for the littles in your life. Check out their site for one-time or subscription options.

***My family received a free box for review, but I was not compensated for this post. All opinions are my own***
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