Friday, October 18, 2013

Where I've been...

I've been a little MIA lately! I started a new teaching job (which just so happens to be the hardest job I've ever had!) AND decided to take my photography business a little more seriously! I actually have a website now and occasionally blog there...

I feel like my days are spent working away, keeping 8 year olds calm and quiet and my weekends are spent catching up on laundry, cleaning, and the beach! Don't get me wrong...I never leave the beach without a few pics, but hate posting the same ocean shots with my latest pedi! haha! 

 This guy got bit by what we think was a crab and he may be scarred for life! (Men are a little more over dramatic about their injuries!) 

 If I miss a weekend at the beach, I start to feel homesick for Oklahoma! I have to keep going to remind myself why I love it here even though I don't necessarily have a choice! lol!

My favorite view! I'm never disappointed by a Florida sunset!

Have a Happy Weekend and be sure to check me out here!

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Twin Love

Oh gosh, it's been over a month now that McTreaty's twin brother, Sam came to visit. They hadn't seen each other in person since Christmas!

 Sam came down for a work conference and was able to spend the weekend with us and visit a couple of our favorite beaches!

 I made them take a million pics together!




It is always fun having our friends and family from OK visit!! 

Friday, July 19, 2013

5 on Friday

I can't believe that another week has gone by! Clearly, important things have been happening around here! 

 Sara just might be the laziest cat ever! I love how she always looks annoyed, like I'm inconveniencing her!

 I was in need of some beach time and decided to pack a pb&j lunch, explore a new beach, and people watch! Life is rough sometimes!

 I am really enjoying our backyard and quiet, peaceful mornings with God's word and coffee!

 Poor Jack injured his foot and needed to be doctored with a sock and hair tie. His dad is a doctor, so only the best care is given!


I finally whipped up the first batch of homemade ice cream for the summer and it was deeelish! 


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Thursday, July 18, 2013

When God has bigger plans...

dreams come true! Sounds so cheesy, but it is absolutely true! This is the reason I blog... to remember all the small and HUGE moments in our lives and this is one story I can't wait to tell my children and grandchildren one day! 

 This guy has been studying nonstop since 2002, which is why he is a smartie doctor and I am not. I remember more than one occasion being annoyed that he was "no fun" and always reading and having to go places alone because he had an upcoming test, blah blah! 

Here's the long whole story:
McTreaty graduated med school in 2011. He had his heart set on matching into an orthopedic surgery residency at Oklahoma State or in Oklahoma City and it didn't happen. He had literally studied his 20's away all to be told he couldn't pursue the occupation he dreamed of doing. Absolutely crushing! 

McTreaty didn't give up though! He enrolled in some grad classes yes, more school! and was able to continue rotations at different hospitals in different states. I won't lie...that was such a hard year on us financially and emotionally, but thankfully we survived it! When it came time for the D.O. match the next year...he didn't match into orthopedics again. Even more crushing!

 There was absolutely NO way we could survive him not working another year, so he entered the infamous "scramble." It's where all hospitals post their open residency positions for med students who didn't match into a program. He had a couple of phone/skype interviews, was offered a position in Ohio, but before he had to make his final decision, he got a call from a hospital in South Florida.

 After missing one flight and rescheduling his interview, he was hired and had a signed contract. We were moving from Oklahoma to South Florida. McTreaty was going to be an anesthesiologist! 

We embraced our new beach life and McTreaty joined the working adult world! He had never done an anesthesia rotation in med school, so he had a lot to learn! He enjoyed what he did, but he still longed to be an orthopedic surgeon!

Out of the blue, this guy gets a call from an ortho program asking him if he is still interested in being an orthopedic surgeon because they had an unfunded position. Um...yes please! McTreaty got in touch with some hospitals and was doing everything he could to get funding! After speaking with two attendings on a phone interview, he was offered a funded orthopedic surgery position! (funded means the hospital pays and you don't have to find a hospital to give you funding) Hallelujah! 

Here are a few GOD things:
*the ortho program has never hired anyone who never rotated with them
*they have never hired anyone they haven't met in person
*when McTreaty talked to his current hospital to resign, they said they actually had too many anesthesia residents and him leaving would help them! (sometimes they won't release you from a program!)
*he got to go in as a PGY2 (a second year resident) sometimes when you switch programs, you have to start over as a 1st year
*we were able to find the perfect house with a yard without ever seeing it
*we live a few blocks away from the hospital (McTreaty was driving over 45 minutes to get to work)

We can only thank God for such a huge blessing and answering prayers! Just when it seemed his dream was shattered, God opened another door!

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Pinterest Inspired Mason Jar Herb Garden


I saw this herb garden and these jars on pinterest and added my own details to create a fun mason jar herb garden that I LOVE!

I gave each clean jar two coats of paint, waited until the next day, then sanded the words and various areas with sandpaper. I used a wet paper towel to gently clean each jar and when it was dry I spray painted on a clear coat. (I used what I had on hand, which was glossy. I think matte would be even better though!)

 I tied some twine around each jar leaving extra to tie on my letter tag.

 Luckily, I already had these adorable letter tags from Hobby Lobby.



 After they were labeled, I added soil and seeds.

 I filled the soil almost to the top before adding my seeds and a second layer of soil.

 I just love how cute they turned out to be!


I love them on my kitchen window seal! Now I'm just keeping my fingers crossed that herbs will actually grow!

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Girls Trip Part 2

After our trip to Universal we hit the gator park and beach!

 The everglades!

 This gator just swam all around our boat!








 He's so cute!






















I miss my mom already!!
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