All the naps + starting to feel real + getting in the Christmas spirit

This breakfast casserole is definitely hitting the spot in the mornings. I kind of followed THIS recipe. I omitted the gravy and added mushroom.

I have been crazy exhausted this week. I know I am sleeping at night, still getting up occasionally with my carpal tunnel, but I think I’ve been sleeping better at night this week then in recent weeks. I don’t know why I am feeling as exhausted as I am. Lots of naps are happening. I took a three hour nap Monday afternoon…

My favorite nap buddies.

Dinner Monday night was a lo mein dish with chicken, mushroom, onion, and broccoli. This was so delicious. I ended up making way too much, so I took some to my parents so it wouldn’t go to waste.

I went to the gym early Tuesday morning, then came home to have breakfast and started on grading. Final grades are due this week, so I am grading finals like a crazy woman. I should be finished grading today and will submit all of my grades to the university. It always feels good to get final grades submitted! I took a lunch break at some point and had the last of the Mexican bake casserole. I topped it with Jake’s ants homemade buttermilk ranch, which is out of this world. Thank you, Michelle!

This memory from my doctoral graduation popped up yesterday. I cannot believe it has been three years since I graduated. I had a full circle moment yesterday because I was asked to serve on a dissertation committee, which is the step right before a PhD candidate graduates. It is such an exciting and scary time and I am looking forward to being a part of that journey as a professor.

We had an appointment to check on baby boy yesterday. He is still growing just like he should and his heart rate was 135. After we listened to his heart, my OB started asking us about birth plans and what I wanted to do for delivery. I got kind of emotional thinking about getting to that point. I know it will be here before we know it. It was so nice to be able to talk to her about how I was feeling and the things I was thinking and make a plan. Cooper, we are so ready to meet you!

Dinner last night was leftover lo mein, which was almost better as leftovers. YUM! I highly recommend making this if you have a big group of people to feed. I didn’t follow recipe, but it is a package of noodles, two chicken breasts, a container of mushroom, three heads of broccoli, and half yellow onion. Then I just added a little bit of butter, teriyaki sauce, garlic, black pepper, and ginger. That’s it! So easy.

I don’t know what this entails, but I received an email yesterday that said I had won an award for a professional development certificate along with a number of other colleagues at my university. We are getting ready for our yearly review, so this came at a great time, ha ha. But I still have no clue what this means…

This picture made me laugh, so I’m sharing it with you. I have a mouth full of food and caught Lu mid-yawn.

My mom is in a local choir and they had a Christmas concert last night, so we went to listen and enjoy some Christmas music. It was so fun and definitely helped us get into the Christmas spirit.

My mom has such an incredible voice. I am not a good singer at all, so I am always in all of the people who have good singing voices. You did a wonderful job, Mom!

Happy Wednesday, friends!

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