Thursday, December 31, 2009

2009 in pictures

Thank you to Dooce for giving me the idea. This is 2009 in review by picture. This is the very first Imovie picture montage I've done and I think my music has a skip in it but otherwise I'm very proud of it!


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2009 has brought us many changes. We moved the hellish nightmare that it was. We celebrated Gabe's 3rd birthday. I decided to go back to school. There have been so many things that I just can't believe another year has come and gone.

Not only is this a new year but a new decade. Ten years ago I was a senior in high school and I did attend the best NYE party ever. We still laugh about that party. Anyone that was there knows and those that weren't missed a good time. The changes that have happened in the last 10 years are amazing.

I got move in with Mike, we got married, move a zillion times, decided to try to have a baby, Mike was diagnosed with MS, we finally got pregnant, moved some more, had said baby, celebrated birthdays, anniversaries, deaths and births. Somewhere in that time I became a real adult. It sneaks up on your that's for sure but I wouldn't change it for the world.

Through everything my wonderful husband has been at my side and he really is my best friend. Thank you for always sticking by me. Things haven't always been easy but we've come out stronger than ever. I'm looking forward to many more years together with you!

Happy New Year everyone! Have fun and stay safe!

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

3 years old today

Three years ago today we were quite busy. You're daddy and I were at the hospital being induced.

I know that I posted about your birth story originally on the Snowflake board for sure (I'm not sure if when it was an EC or a PG though I searched both) but I can't find it :( I'll love anyone that happens to find it because I KNOW I posted it.

I did find that the hospital you were born at STILL has your picture up, even though you're birth weight is wrong there.
http://www.communitymemorial.com/baby_gallery/baby.cfm?b=633

We found out we were pregnant on April 13, 2006. It was a Thursday and in the middle of Survivor. It was the day before Good Friday that year. I was completely shocked. Being pregnant was not fun for me, we're talking puking (I had HG) for five months, many days I couldn't leave the house. BUT I ended up with you and that made it all worth it.

We came home from the hospital on Christmas morning with our little angel. Getting you dressed at the hospital was the first of many parenting hurdles we'd face but we love you no matter how you try our patience ;)

Happy birthday my little boy. You can't imagine the ways you've changed my life and I'm looking forward to many more fun times.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Hello Nurse!!!



I read somewhere that nurses hate that phrase from Animaniacs but since I'm not a nurse yet I figure it's okay still. Plus I know my husband is already having dirty fantasies about it.

I officially registered for school yesterday. It was exhilarating, terrifying, overwhelming and empowering. I am so ready to do this. I'm scheduled for 12 credits plus on the waiting list for one class that could bump me to 16 credits. I'm still not sure if I'll drop something to take that one if it's available or just go balls out and do it. I do have an amazing person lined up to watch Gabe (HI Auntie Sheri!) so no worries about that portion of it.

I'm hoping to really crank things out and petition for the official program for the Spring 2011 semester. That means I'll take courses in the summer semester and then in the fall again. I'm not really sure how a summer semester works for my financial aide though, if I have to take that out of one of my other semesters, or if its on it's own as a semester etc. I'll have to start looking that up after I'm working on stuff during this one.

I ended up taking two online courses (English and Psych) because there was no way to work a good schedule around them otherwise since I need to avoid Tuesdays for in the class room things right now. Then I'm taking a math class, biochem, and on the waitlist for anatomy and physiology part 1.

I'm probably driving my friends and family crazy because I'm quite literally bouncing off the walls about this. I don't think I've ever been quite so excited to start something before and I'm having a hard time containing myself. I'm all over the place about it.

I just can't wait to get started on this part of my life. I feel good about it. I feel like it's the right choice and the right time. I'll figure out what/where we'll go when I'm done when we get there. I've promised Mike that I'll only worry one step ahead of where we are right now to keep myself contained.

I want to give a big thank you to the people who have been very supportive of me even considering this path in life. I want to say thank you to the people who are going to continue to be my cheerleaders through this time. I especially want to tell my hubby that I love him very much because he puts up with me and he's going to have to hold my hand in math anyhow.
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Friday, December 4, 2009

Oh the weather outside is frightful....

Snowfall on trees, GermanyImage via Wikipedia

It's not a ton of snow in our area but south of us they got more. Still I'm depressed about it.

I used to enjoy snow. I've never been a snow bunny. I don't ski, a couple trips down the sledding hill and I'm all for heading in and drinking hot chocolate, and the thought of riding a snowmobile makes me ill. I DID enjoy the snow though, the chill in the air (not the frigid temps later) but at least those first couple of REALLY white really crisp snows were enjoyable.

Now?

Meh.

All I can think now is that it's the beginning of a very long, very cold winter, I'll have to shovel, drive in it, get salt tracked onto anything and everything, get sick, be sad when the sun is shining because that means it's -20 out with the windchill. All I do is long for spring. I long for the warmth of the sun, not the teaser that it is in the winter. I long for things to move and live.

I'm not sure when this happened but really I often wonder now if someplace warmer isn't calling my name. Maybe when school is done we'll talk about a move someplace where owning a snowblower would make you a kook. Some place where Christmas comes with lights and caroling but NO snow. Some place where you can be outside on the patio on Christmas morning.

Until then I'm going to complain and drink tea, eat chili and count the days til it's warm enough to go outside without eleventy million layers on. Oh and I don't want to have to wear socks ALL the time. I hate wearing socks and shoes and having to sleep with socks on sucks.

So how to I wait out the winter without hibernating? I'm hoping that Gabe will help get me through that because he's at the age where he thinks it's very piddy (pretty) and everything is full of magic. I'm hoping he drags me kicking and screaming through it and I remember it fondly.
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