Deja Vu

I'm hell-bent on making sneakers look cool with any outfit. (Well, at least pregnant me is anyway...) I used to have a stout collection of running shoes, sneakers, and chucks, but over the years that collection has dwindled. I felt because I was no longer on a soccer or basketball team that I could no longer get away with wearing shoes like this. Oh how wrong I was! Dressing up sneakers could be a new "thing" for me. Part of my "new classy, mom wardrobe" if you will... Perfect for toddler wrangling and maybe even a little fashionable. I don't know, what do you think?

jacket || Target (old) (love this one also from Target)
sweater || Nordstrom (sold out) (this one is great too!) 
pants || Gap Maternity
shoes || New Balance @ Nordstrom (sold out) (these are next on my list!)
nails || OPI
lipstick || L'Oreal
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Hopes & Plans [Monthly Goals Link Up]

Welcome to the "Hopes & Plans" link up! Any hopeful or goal-oriented post is welcome! It can be your life's dreams, aspirations, monthly goals or simply your chore list. Share with us! I hope for this to be a place where we can come to be inspired and motivated by the things other people have in the works. The possibilities are endless! Most things in life begin by first having a hope and then some kind of plan.

March?! I'm sorry what? How in the world is it March? Wasn't Christmas like last week?? We have a bunch to review between last week's and month's hopes & plans so lets hop to it!

Last week's hopes & plans...

|| "Neutralize" the kids' room. Mostly done. All I need to do is purchase a gray changing pad cover, spray paint a letter and find some fun bunting to put above the crib. Do you have a favorite ETSY shop for bunting?

|| Make a "tie blanket." Just finished it up not 10 minutes ago. Will I ever get used to boy things? I mean this blanket has bugs on it!!! eeeeek!
|| Bring remaining baby gear up from the crawl space. Well, we made another list of "shit to do before baby is born" and this was on it...that's gotta count for something, right?

|| Have a clear scan on Friday and celebrate another cancerversary!! I'm so thrilled to report that unofficially my scan looked great! I don't want to jinx it though since my oncologist hasn't looked at it yet. 
Last month's hopes & plans...

|| Get outside more. Ehh. We did do better with this, but I wish the weather had cooperated more. I just can't decide if I want summer to hurry it up or if I hold out of another good dumping of snow??

|| Enjoy swim lessons with Mallory. Yesss! Mallory and I had such a good time with swimming lessons last month. Kyle was even able to make it to one! If you live in the Anchorage area and have a toddler, I highly recommend H2Oasis.

|| Have clear scans. You know how that cookie crumbled already. ;)

|| Continue preparing for baby Woody. Dare I say that we have everything we need?! (Or everything I think we need...)

|| Visit Alyeska. Ugh no! Kyle's work schedule blew the big one this month...

This Month's Hopes & Plans ::

one || Stay pregnant! Pretty self explanatory stuff, right? We have adjusted our pregnancy goal to just make it to 36 weeks. (I explain a little bit more on Instagram if you are interested.)

two || Celebrate our three year wedding anniversary. Three years... Maybe I'll even share "our story." I've gotta practice how I edit it for the kids. Hehehe (Read about our wedding here.)

three || Go to Fur Rondy. Remember when I went last year? Haha!! This year I should have some extra hands and a bit of experience under my belt. ;) The goal is to witness the ceremonial start to the Iditorod! We missed it last year..

four || Enjoy family time. One of the perks of have high blood pressure is that my doctor says I NEED to take it easy. (I don't like the term "bed rest." Is that even possible with a toddler??!) Anyway, my mom and sister will be here for the better part of the month followed shortly thereafter by my mother in law. You know I'm excited to get this rotation of visitors started!!! :) 

Your turn!

Six Years Cancer Free!

Happy Cancerversary! As of today I have officially been cancer free for SIX YEARS! Cancer survivors take the liberty of choosing which date they celebrate their "cancerversary." Many pick the day they were diagnosed; not me. I chose the date that I gave myself my very last shot of interferon. I want to celebrate a good day in my cancer journey; the day treatment was OVER! (My oncologist counts each year on January 26th, which is the anniversary of the surgery that removed all of my cancer.)

Every year this day is so incredibly humbling. I can't help but reflect on my experience with cancer and you know what's funny? It makes me happy. Without cancer I would not have my husband and our beautiful family. I wouldn't have the perspective my current perspective on life. Shoot, I wouldn't have started this blog! I've gained so much more than I lost by having cancer, and for that I'm eternally grateful. Without my doctors, family and friends who knows what my life would look like today. 

While today is a happy day, tomorrow is a nerve-wracking one. The pregnancy version of my cancer scan is tomorrow. We've been a little on edge (duh!) and the superstitions are already at play. ;) Nails are painted black (for melanoma), socks are crazy and my "peace out" tee shirt is washed and ready to go. Wish me luck!

I would love it if you would take a moment today and just appreciate life. It's good. So, so good. 

Happy Thursday!

Read more about my cancer story here