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Making a Change

Hello there, blog-o-sphere! I have some uber important information to share with you this fine day. I am making an official change that will affect all of you as well….

I’m restarting my blog on Blogger.

Lots of thought and debate went into this change but it will make my life tons easier. WordPress made some changes that I don’t care for much so instead of complaining about them, I’m going to make a change. I have not posted on my new blog yet, but it is up and running. The official website is super easy to remember: http://mcweatherly.blogspot.com/ . It’s even still called “Creativity’s Playground” because I want to keep them connected. I hope you’ll travel over there with me as I embark on this new adventure.

A Smidge Random

So I know I have tons to update on here about my surgery that didn’t happen and that Hubs did get his job as a youth pastor and we’re moving this weekend, but instead I felt like blogging about this crazy giveaway happening over at Blue Cricket Designs! It’s ginormous! Let me just show you a few of the things she’s giving away to a few lucky winners:

These are just a few of the things she’s included in her giant giveaway. If you have a few free moments go on over and check it out. You have until August 14th.

I will update you on everything else soon. I’m a little behind with moving this weekend. I promise to be better.

Hola! It’s been less than a month since my last post so I do believe I’m getting better. I know. I know. I’m a slacker. I promise it will get better. Eventually. So here’s what’s going on:

*I completed my biopsy on the nodule. Let me tell you, though, it was not ONE needle they used. They stuck FIVE needles into that sucker to draw out its insides. They don’t tell you that until you get there. I was not happy. It did not feel good at all. They numbed my skin but I could still feel the needle enter the nodule and as the doctor wiggled it around to fill the syringe. Ugh. I shiver just thinking about it again. The results came back the following week, but my doctor was out of town until after the 4th of July. The results came back inconclusive but potentially cancerous and that the typical follow-up procedure is removal of that part of the thyroid – which is what we are doing.

*My doctor referred me to Dr. Carter who is a surgeon who specializes in the throat and has does this surgery before. Hubs and I sat down and talked with him last week and went over all the particulars. He thought he would have to find us another surgeon because as a general rule the hospital he works at does not operate on pregnant woman, but I guess he was able to get approval because his nurse called today and told me he is going to be doing the surgery. I’m on the schedule for July 28th at 12:15 pm to have the left half of my thyroid removed. I’m a little scared because the only surgery I’ve had was to remove my wisdom teeth. 

*On a happier note, my family came down for vacation for two weeks. It was tons of fun having them around. We didn’t do much besides deal with my doctors and go to the beach, but it was still great to just be around them on a regular basis.

*Also, the baby is still perfectly healthy. At the last appointment it had a steady heartbeat of 159. We’re thankful that despite everything else our little one has been healthy.

*Hubs is still in the running for this youth pastor position. He’s in the top 2 so we just keep praying that if this is what God wants then it’ll work out. We both don’t really care for Tampa. It’s just not home. We would love to move back if the opportunity allows itself.

So that’s my life thus far. Toodles!

A Little Slice of Life

Hola blog-o-sphere. I’ve taken quite the hiatus lately so I guess I need to start getting back on track. In the last month more has happened than I even know how to handle which is part of the reason for my break on writing. I’ve been simply trying to manage keeping my head above the water and attempting to process all the events going on. So I guess I better start and slowly work my way through everything. Here we go:

* I am currently 10 weeks pregnant and morning sickness welcomed itself into my life around week 5. Since then, I spend most my days nauseous beyond belief and over this last week have started puking on a semi-regular basis. Hubs keeps reminding me that I just have to make it to the second trimester, but that seems like an eternity away.

* Speaking of the baby in my belly, we got to look at it last week during my first ultrasound. The heartbeat was 174 bpm and I am due on January 13, 2012. It looks like a little shrimp and we can’t wait to find out what it is. We have names picked out already, which was actually pretty simple for us to do. Sophie Marie for a girl, and Harrison David for a boy. There are no twins in this equation. Hubs keeps saying that then we could just get both kids done at once but he’s plum crazy.

* During this ultrasound, my doctor did a physical on me to make sure everything looked ok. During this process, she noticed that my thyroid is enlarged and ordered an ultrasound of that. I was able to schedule it 2 days later. I was really nervous as I waited for the nurse to call me back. It turns out that I have a large nodule on the left side of my thyroid and a small mass on the right side. Due to this, my doctor made an appointment for me to go see an endocrinologist for the next week. That appointment was yesterday. He was a very nice doctor who is looking out for my health, the baby’s health, and our finances. The size of the nodule raises my chances of it being cancerous, but those chances are still very small. Due to my pregnancy, we cannot do a scan to check the density because it involves radiation. Instead I have to schedule a biopsy which kind of scares me. It’s a long needle going in my throat and I’m not really a needle kind of person. That appointment has to be scheduled tomorrow through the hospital. I also had to do more bloodwork to check the levels of antibodies in my system. My thyroid is working properly, but if the antibody levels are high it increases my chances of a miscarriage. The levels can be controlled through medicine though so nothing to really worry about there.

*On top of all my health issues right now, we moved to Tampa three weeks ago. The week before the move, Hubs found out about a youth pastor position in the town we were currently living in. The church wants to fill the position before the school year starts in August. Hubs has been going through the interview process and there is a chance we might move back to the town we just moved from. Crazy, right?! So we just stopped unpacking the stuff we don’t need and now we wait until we know something more. Thankfully our lease for our apartment is very easy to break if we do have to move, but no sense in getting ahead of ourselves.

So this has been our life – interviews and doctors appointments. It’s all in God’s hands and we’re just hanging on for the ride at this moment. I’ll try to keep this blog a bit more updated. I’ve been kind of a slacker lately. Well I think that’s more than enough info for you right now. Toodles.

“(You’re) Havin’ My Baby” by the Glee Cast – I’m too young for the original. 🙂

“Stuck Like Glue” by Sugarland – This song makes me smile and I can’t help but sing along.

“Firecracker” by Josh Turner – I guess I’m in a little bit of a country kind of mood.

What’s on your playlist these days? Link up here and let everyone know!


It’s Official!

On Wednesday evening I received my first surprise of the week: my family came down for my graduation! My parents and 3 of my siblings flew down that morning in order to be here for my graduation and had me CONVINCED that they were not going to be able to make it. It was amazing! We spent the next two days hanging out and going to Disney’s Magic Kingdom. It was the best surprise ever! Hubs even knew about it and didn’t tell me.

On Friday I checked my grades for this semester – 4 A’s and 1 A-. Not to shabby if I do say so myself.

On Saturday morning about 6:30 am, I discovered that I drank the water I talked about here. It’s pretty exciting and oh so hard to believe!

I graduated from WU on Saturday morning and had lunch with my family and my in-laws at the Cheesecake Factory in Orlando.Wade and Jamison came too, but had to leave early because of a film gig. We had to wait 90 minutes for a table but everyone was patient because I really wanted to celebrate there. It was a great to be with everyone.

On Sunday we went to RPC for church and shared our news with everyone. I think hubs told the entire congregation because he’s so excited. Afterward, we had lunch with some of our close friends to celebrate. It was great to catch up with them and celebrate together. Then we went grocery shopping for supplies for Mother’s Day dinner for my mother-in-law. We made her a three-course fondue meal and  it was quite tasty. We ate until we were ready to pop.

So how was your weekend?


So in my search to try and become more blog savvy, I discovered another fun link up that I thought I might try @ We’re Just Like You, Only Prettier. It’s called “What I’m Playing Thursday”. So here’s a list of what I’ve been listening too lately:





So what are you playing these days?

…which means it’s time for What I’m Loving Wednesdays! I actually constantly check my calendar now to see if it’s Wednesday or not. 🙂

*I’m loving that I have time to read again! Now that the semester’s winding down, I can dive into some juicy fiction novels that are sitting on the dining room table.

*I’m loving Ke$ha. She’s catchy with a good beat. I’ve been dancing in the car a LOT lately. The song below is weird and you don’t even get to hear my favorite part (Yes, hubs, it’s your favorite part too).

*I’m loving my tan. I’ve got a nice glow goin’ on these days.

*I’m loving this giveaway by Tara @ Jimmy Choos and Tennis Shoes. We’ll see if I stand a chance at winning. 🙂

*I’m loving my Vera Bradley purse. Google “Vera Bradley Paprika Morgan” and you’ll find it. I had trouble saving the picture and I just didn’t feel like fiddling with it.

*I’m loving my reusable Starbucks tumbler. It helps keep my hydrated and drinking enough water. I’m still not up to eight cups a day but I’m getting there.

*I’m loving that I had chocolate covered strawberries for breakfast and that I got to hang out with the Comm Arts Seniors (and Mr. Craig) for lunch. Check out Mr. Craig’s awesome blog here. It’ll knock your socks off.

*I’m loving this homemade monthly menu board. I think I really want to make one. You can buy one from her, but I think it would be more fun to make it myself.

That’s all for this week. Go link up with Jaime over here and join the fun. 🙂


A Little Bit of Life

So life has been crazy. I feel like I’m playing the board game and life is simply rushing on ahead while I’m barely recovering from what just happened. I just keep trying to hang in there but I need to breathe. I need a life to give me just a few minutes before it rushes on to the next mind blowing concept it feels necessary to throw my way.

The last three out of four Saturdays, hubs and I have been apartment hunting in Tampa. Unfortunately most of what we can afford is income restrictive which means there is a minimum and maximum income requirement. We would qualify for both of them at first, but most likely not qualify next year for renewal if hubs’ job goes the way it is supposed to (fingers crossed). The other apartments we have looked at don’t leave us with that “This is home” feeling. We’re trying our best to pray and be patient while looking under every nook and cranny to find out what God has up his sleeve. Sadly for us, he has not let us in on his plans as of late. This Saturday, in between visiting some cousins from Georgia, we’re going to try again. This time it’s townhouses that we’ll have our eye on. We feel like that might be a closer step into adulthood and the world of owning our own house, but we’re not quite ready for that step yet.

I’m closing in on graduation! It’s only 11 days away. We just had Senior Chapel today which basically required those of us graduating to put on our caps and gowns and parade down the church aisle in front of our peers so they could clap and pretend like they’re interested, but I’m pretty sure it’s boring. I was bored when I was in their shoes. It made it real, though. We’re REALLY graduating next week. Yikes.

I’ve been working on all my last minute assignments lately. I only have one more presentation and one paper until Finals next week. The powerpoint is done for the presentation and I started the paper…but I decided to blog first. I’ll work on it tonight or tomorrow. It’s not due until Friday morning and my professor cancelled class tomorrow so I’ve got lots of time.

I will leave you with a few pictures. I have some more I want to write about but I want to ponder it a little longer because it’s kind of heavy stuff that I am still working through.

It’s a Peep kabob my folks sent me in my Easter basket.

No words are necessary.


Slightly Crafty

I told you in a previous post that when I finally finished decorating my TOMS shoes that I would display my pretty artwork for the world to see. Today is that day. I finally found a little bit of time to work on them and I must say I’m pretty proud of them. I found directions at another blog called Make It and Love It by Ashley for satin flower headbands and simply applied the knowledge to my shoes.

Here is the finished product:

If you click on the link to Ashley’s blog, you’ll find the tutorial on how to make the flowers. It’s super easy and I think I’ve only just begun to attach them to different items.


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