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Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

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I know I haven't posted in a while. Adjusting to motherhood has definitely been a roller coaster ride full of ups and downs. I have learned so much and know there is so much more to learn in the future. But all that aside I wanted to say Merry Christmas to everyone who takes the time to read my blog. I write mostly for myself but I always hope that someone out there is reading and enjoying the time they spend here with me.


I hope that your Christmas is full of fun, family and friends while remembering the true reason for the season. I hope that the New Year brings new opportunities, more joy in your life and many more memories made of a wonderful life.


Take care of yourself, tell the ones you love how much they mean to you and never take a moment for granted. Life is too short to be anything but awesome. There will always be bad days, hard times and trials but hopefully the better days, good times and wins will outnumber the negative.


So, Merry Christmas and best to everyone in th…

Will feed friends...

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30 year old stay at home mom of one almost 4 month old son seeks other moms (or couples) to share our adventures in parenting. Would enjoy meeting other first time moms, moms with similar birth experiences or moms who started their parenting journey in their 30's or later. Other mom's (or couples) should be drama free, kind, compassionate and easy going. Not afraid to be honest and open in sharing parenting ups and downs without judgement. Open to volunteering to set a good example for our kids and to help others in need.

Ideally would enjoy someone interested in crafting (scrapbooking, card making, cross stitch, sewing, etc.), gardening, cooking and learning new things. (If you're a couple my husband also enjoys football, baseball, poker and camping/hunting.) Prefer those with values (honesty, sharing, positive attitude, hard working, integrity, open minded, etc.). Must enjoy walks with baby, healthy eating/lifestyle and fun girl time/couple time. No drama queens, flakes…

Russell Laughs

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Today we took Russell to the gastroenterologist. He's still doing well and we're working with his speech therapist Tracy on getting him down to thinner liquids. So far he's tolerating the feeding changes well. He weighed 15 pounds 7 ounces and was 26.5 inches long today. WOO. He's my big little man. HE HE HE.

After we came home we were sitting with Russell and he decided Daddy was really funny so I had to share this...



The video looks like it's shaking because he was on my lap and I was rocking him on his Boppy. I didn't want to stop because whenever he realizes he's being video taped or photographed he tends to stop what he's doing. We were very sneaky but it was worth it to capture his fun laughs.


Another thing we did recently was get Russell's picture taken with Santa. I got an invite from my friend Rachel that said she had a Santa coming over and that we could get pictures taken with him. It was inexpensive, fun and she did a great job! I didn&#…

Turkey Noodle Soup

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I shared this picture on Facebook of homemade turkey noodle soup that I made with leftover Thanksgiving turkey. I've made it with chicken before and it's just as good. I also made homemade rolls and bread sticks to go with the soup which was yummy. I did get a request for the recipe so I'm sharing it below.


Please know I'm the type of person who cooks with whatever I have on hand and I don't measure anything. I put in everything in the amounts that look good to me adding a dash of this or a pinch of that using up whatever leftovers I have or things that I know I need to use. The amounts below are not exact so you may have to adjust adding more or less of items depending on your personal preferences. If you try the recipe let me know what you think. :)

Happy Thanksgiving

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Just wanted to say Happy Thanksgiving to everyone. It has been a year of firsts for us and a lot of new adventures for sure.

We saw my best friend get married to a wonderful man.


We had our first baby.


We brought our baby home.


We have watched Russell grow and develop overcoming every obstacle that's been in his way.


We have enjoyed good times with friends and family.


We have so much to be thankful for and hope that everyone else is enjoying the things you are thankful for. We are so blessed to be able to share our ups and downs, the good and bad, all the fun and new adventures we have embarked upon this year. Thank you to everyone who takes the time to read about and comment on what we share. Special thanks to all the men and women who are serving and who have served in the military to protect our freedoms so we can enjoy the many things we are thankful for each day. It is a special person who puts their life on the line to protect the freedoms of others. It is also a special per…

Babies First Snow

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Today was a great day for baby Russell. My Mom's friends threw us an amazing baby shower for Russell which was a lot of fun. We got to see some great friends and Russell got some wonderful things. We definitely have diapers and wipes for quite some time which is AWESOME. Seriously aside from someone gifting me sleep I <3 diapers, wipes and formula. Those things get so expensive and receiving them is fabulous! We also have some talented ladies who made some great blankets and other fun things for baby. We received some cute clothes as well and I'll share pictures of his stuff once we're home. One of our friends took pictures so once we get those we should have some more pictures to share anyway.


So... Another fun thing for baby Russell today was the snow. It snowed a bit last night so we took Russell out to see his first snow. My aunt got him a super cute snow suit outfit which was funny in itself. He seemed mildly annoyed that we were dressing him up in so much stuff an…

Attitude of Gratitude - Happy Veterans Day

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Since it is Veterans Day I wanted to express my gratitude for all the men and women who have or are currently serving in the military. It is a choice that takes courage and strength and ultimately can cost the person their life. These men and women are amazing and deserve to be recognized for all they do so that we can have the freedoms we enjoy.


I did see this list of deals available to veterans and active duty military folks. Lots of freebies and discounts. I have also seen commercials for Applebee's giving free meals and Outback giving free Bloomin' Onions and a beverage.


I also want to give a shout out to all the military spouses. Since getting married and having Russell I know just how much effort it takes to maintain a relationship and raise a child and to add to that the stress and burden of having your spouse gone for months to years at a time would be completely overwhelming. I am so amazed by the strength military spouses have to maintain their households and raise …

Baby Mac Update - Russell Brains

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MMM Russell Brains... *Cue zombie walk... HA HA HA. Ok so we're not eating Russell brains but Russell did have his brains checked out today. We went to Dr. Raja, his neurologist, to have an EEG and follow up on his blood work. The EEG was quite an ordeal but Russell at first but he finally fell asleep so they were able to get the readings they needed. Dr. Raja said his EEG looked totally normal which was great to hear. Also his blood work showed that there wasn't much of the Phenobarbital in his system so it likely wasn't playing any part in preventing seizures for him so he recommended we discontinue that medication. Hooray! One less medication for Russell and it was the one medication I was concerned with keeping him on long term. Of course my hope is he can be off both medications but only time will tell. For now we were very pleased with his appointment today.


Today was also full of other fun things for Russell. Today Russell hit 3 months old. We are so happy to see he…

Attitude of Gratitude - Is there a doctor in the house?

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In yesterdays post I mentioned a quick thanks to the doctors and other professionals that I have been blessed to work with through Russell's birth. Today I wanted to be a little more specific as this was a time of serious change, fear, excitement and so many other emotions that a tiny mention I felt was not enough.

The first team I want to mention includes my OB/GYN, Dr. Hartman. I actually have been seeing him since I moved to town back in 2005. I have always liked his office because the nurses there are always so nice. Some of them have been there as long as I can remember which definitely says something about a place. I have always been comfortable going to Dr. Hartman (well as comfortable as you can be considering... Ha!) which was important to me. We also found that other professionals think he's a good Dr. too. Our nurse that taught the childbirth class said he was one of the few doctors she would trust to do a forceps delivery with her grandchildren. That was a good boo…

Baby Mac Update

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Little Russell has had a busy week. He has an appointment with his neurologist next week so this week he had to have some blood work done. I can say it was totally just so sad. We went to one place to get his blood drawn and they hardly were able to get enough blood for one of the three tests the doctor needed to run. They poked both of his arms and he cried the whole time. As sad as that was we still had to get blood drawn for the other two tests so we went back today to get his blood drawn. This time we went to a different location that handles more pediatric patents and it went a lot better. He still cried and was not a happy camper but the ladies that drew his blood did a good job and got the blood they needed to run the tests. Russell will be getting an EEG to follow up on his seizures so hopefully things will be ok for him.


This week Russell also saw his speech therapist who said he is still doing well. She wants to repeat the swallow study so we can see if he's making any i…

Attitude of Gratitude - Health

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Today I am so grateful for good health. I have always been a very healthy person. I rarely would get sick and typically weathered most cold/flu seasons without so much as a sneeze. Since I have gotten older I have noticed that my health has been changing. I do get allergies and headaches every now and again and I am definitely not in as good of shape as I used to be. My biggest wake up call came after delivering Russell when I was hospitalized about a week later for high blood pressure. High blood pressure and diabetes run in my family so I've always been aware that I need to watch what I eat and the amount I exercise. Of course you always think oh I'll be fine, I'm in good shape, I don't have to worry that much... Well, I have found the time to get it together is now.


I am grateful that I have as good of health as I do because I know that I can change my eating habits and exercise routine so that I can continue to have good health. I am overall very healthy and that i…

Attitude of Gratitude - Fabulous Friends

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So today I wanted to continue taking note of the things I am grateful for.


One thing that came to mind was Facebook. Yes I know... Facebook... Social media in general. It can be good and it can consume your whole life. I prefer to use it as a medium to stay in touch with friends, stay up to date on things that are going on and share things I find interesting.

There are definitely some days I feel I should peace out of Facebook and do all the other hundred things I need to do each day but then again Facebook hasn't been all that bad. I am very grateful that through Facebook I have gotten back in touch with people I knew back in elementary school. I am very sure I would never have had contact with these folks if I were just going about my daily life. It's neat to be able to see what my old friends are up to and how their lives have changed.

Another perk of Facebook is I have been able to learn more about peoples personality and passions. I want to share another great way you ca…

Attitude of Gratitude

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Welcome to November. Halloween was pretty low key here at the MacDonald house. Little Russell wore his special "My First Halloween" outfit that we got him. Next year we'll definitely dress him up.


Joe of course got "scary" to pass out candy to the kids. Seriously the kids in the neighborhood know that our house is the "one with the scary guy". I do tell him he's not allowed to scare the little kids though.


We did take time to carve pumpkins and take some pictures with little Russell. It's so funny because he tends to look so serious in his pictures but really he's often talking, smiling or making faces at us.


In addition to working on getting out and doing some good in the community this month I want to also focus on being grateful. I have so many wonderful things in my life and I know that no matter how crazy things get it could always be far worse. I am going to try and post as often as possible and share something I'm grateful for t…