Usually these big life events are spread out in time and staggered among family members… but this time our entire family had huge events happening. Lindsey started undergrad college at Boise State and moved out of “the nest”. My parents sent their youngest kid to a faraway land for school – I am told that is somewhat of a nest shaker ;) They also became first time grandparents – also a huge event I am told ;) I already mentioned my school and work changes. After a day and a half of labor, Nicole freed Timmy from the dark abyss. Apparently he loved it there… it was quite a struggle for her, Mark, and the doctors to get him out. If you want an awesomely detailed version of the story, see Mark’s facebook – the Dad’s perspective of birth :) The short version: 32 hours of labor (correct this if I’m wrong Nicole), 3.5 hours of pushing, lots of anxiety and prayer, and no baby. A C-section was in order… but even that was a fight – Timmy was positioned in the birthing canal just right/wrong so that he couldn’t go the natural route and had to be shimmied a lot to be manually pulled out of her uterus. Make sense? However, he was born at 2:01 on August 25th – 8 lbs 15 oz. and 21 inches of beautiful baby :)
The coolest part of all of this is seeing that love gush from Mark and Nicole… it’s quite a sight.
I've been in Idaho for a month now, and quite a bit has happened... and not happened.
I feel dumb saying this because it's so apparent... but God has been guiding this new part of my life from the very start. I've been frustrated, royally pissed, stressed to almost the max, and ridiculously excited all b/c of all this mumbo jumbo.
I've been looking for an apartment since March/April... and I am just now applying for my first one. I'm not one to make quick decisions or to choose something when I haven't seen all my options. So it took a lot of searching to find the golden ticket. This place that I've chosen to apply for has met 90% of all my requirements. But... that doesn't mean that's where I'm supposed to be - so I'll be excited when I get the call. Patience is being tested and stretched - but all for a good reason... right God??
Speaking of searching... Chris is still searching for a job out here and has resorting to searching/applying for jobs in CA b/c no one is hiring out here. I know he will be where he is supposed to be... but we both thought that that would be Boise in a very short time. And maybe it will be.
I've been rescued from a $1,500 Volkswagen service department bill - ya. Thank you Jesus for warranties. I lost my phone for a few hours... and luckily found it in a park on the AF base... had I dropped it 1 second later it would have been parking lot roadkill.
I work for two awesome families - families that hardly know me but are so generous to me... how did I land such a great job? I have so much freedom at this job, and they are so trusting - it's a great feeling. Working at the daycare was awesome, but this job has such a great pace...it's exactly what I needed.
I've been spending a lot of time with my sister and bro-in-law and the bun in the oven - it's crazy to say that this is the most time we have spent together in 5 years? That doesn't sound right b/c it's so long...but it's true. Timothy is going to have such a great life :) The kid already has an awesome room... mostly everything on the walls were made/decorated by Nicole.
I'm tired of typing. And if I were you...I'd be tired of reading by now.
More frequent updating is in the future!
I am reeeally just anxious to get on the road and move out to Idaho...
... but I am definitely NOT looking forward to Tuesday b/c it is my last day at work and I just don't want to say goodbye to all my little munchkins! Working at the daycare has been such a blessing - God really knew what he was doing when he chose that job for me. My co-workers and I all mesh sooo well - it's almost crazy. It's great to have co-workers that you can depend on have fun with - even on days where the kids are NUTSO. My schedule is great - I get to sleep in and mosey on over to work at 10:00 a.m. I get to hang out with kids that are just plain cute and stinkin hilarious. Don't get me wrong... they have their moments where their cuteness is nowhere to be seen - but I still love them :) It is going to be a sad day on Tuesday :\ But... my co-workers are throwing a 'going away' dinner for me at a local restaurant... and I'm super excited for that. I just hope there are no tears - I hate tearful goodbyes. Yes... that means that I prefer cold, heartless, quick and meaningless goodbyes. K not really.
oooh! I get to babysit my friends little baby boy now... I'll continue this...someday :)
Hanging out with this little guy and momma Al :) Wyatt is 6 months old - and he has successfully completed his training in sitting up on his own! woot! And from what I am told... he is quite the rolliepollie. It was definitely a good way to close a crazy long day.
my favorite city
a cool catchall
a place to sit; not as comfy as a couch, but stinkin cute
this, and other pillows/throw blankets that match/work with those colors
actually, scratch that. these colors are better.
something along these lines
oooh dhalias = love
paired with a liner, maybe this could be used as a shower curtain?
oh to drink out of these - i'm sold
ooohlala - but not dishwasher safe :(
in my dreams
.... to be continued :)
As of this morning.... I've decided that I am wasting time and emotional energy on stressing about this 'problem'. I am going to do something about it. In fact...I already have. I picked up a Self magazine the other day and decided to commit to doing the workout they suggest. And... I felt like such a weakling fatty that I am slightly inspired to do it again tomorrow morning.
However, I think half my problem is what I eat. I eat junk 75% of the time. Cupcakes... and yadadadada. I could go on for a while. It shouldn't be this hard b/c I love healthy food too... a lot. I guess I just don't crave it like I crave sweets.
Therefore....I will be writing down everything I eat from breakfast to those late night snacks.... so that I can really see what I eat in one day (maybe I'll even total up caloric intake).
There are two reasons that I am posting this: (1) so that YOU can keep me acountable (2) Now it's on 'paper' and I have to follow through with what I said.
We'll see how this goes. And don't worry.... I do know that Jesus loves me no matter what physical state I'm in. lol.
>finish cleaning my room
>sulk about the gloomy weather
>applique some more onesies...maybe like this one?
>continue drinking coffee
>plan decorations/food/activities for Nicole's baby shower. FUN!
>get excited about the amazing week ahead (Nicole coming on Wednesday, my b-day on Friday, Lindsey's Graduation on Sunday... and more!)
>and of course keep searching for apartments online
>go to the church movie night?
I set up an interview with a lady named Melissa through the nanny site called care.com - the interview was on Friday. From the moment I recieved a reply from Melissa, I felt really good about my chances of getting an interview with her to be her family's nanny. I was confident because I have the experience to support my desire to be a nanny and a very open schedule (theoretically). When it comes down to it... I'm going to be swamped with school work... but I am 'free' anytime other than Monday and Thursday evenings.
Nicole and I drove to my interview together... and we were expecting a very nice neighborhood... and weren't surprised to find ourselves in an amaaaazing neighborhood. The houses were crazy beautiful. The town of Eagle is sooo nice and clean... and pretty unique in my opinion. Once I got to the house, I was greeted by quite a few members of the family. I got to meet the kids... and of course they are so stinkin cute! They have an 8 mo. old boy and a 3 year old boy... and a family friend - a 2.5 year old girl :) The interview was so relaxed - I felt like we hit it off right away. It was the funnest interview I have ever had.... they helped me in the way of picking areas in Boise to look for apartments and so on and so forth. I don't really think that I was expecting to meet a bunch of weirdos... but I guess since we only talked through care.com, a little part of me feared that they might be odd or something... ??
Anyway, I was confident when I left the interview.... and I knew that if she offered me the job that I would take it - no doubt. I'm usually such a worrier... and I don't think I really worried about getting the job. Well... I got a call from Melissa on Monday... and she offered me the job :) Of course I took it....I had chills/butterflies/whatever else you get when you're freaking excited. I still can't believe that I landed an amazing job (or what I predict to be an amazing job) so early on! I start July 15 --- who hires that early? I'm so stoked that my plans for Boise are working out so smoothly. This job will be paying more than I budgeted for. I'm also really glad that this family understands that I will be commited to school as well.
I went to an orientation for BSU and got to meet most of the people in my cohort - and a few people in the cohort ahead of me. I have a mentor from that cohort-- which is super comforting.
I got to meet some of Nicole and Marks friends and church family. Mark invited me to play raquetball and wallyball on the base with him. I had such a good time! I had never played either of those sports before....and holy cow raquetball is intense! Wallyball is awesome too... it's basically volleyball but you can hit the ball of the walls and ceilings. Pretty darn sweet.
I'm still continuing the search for an apartment. There are a few that we visited that I really liked - so I'll have to keep those in mind. It was nice to have Nicole and Mark along. Without them I would have been so overwhelmed and freaked out.
Currently I'm debating about where exactly I should live -- closer to school or closer to work? Either way I'll be driving a little bit. Lots of big decisions to make.
That's a whole lot of detail that I just typed... but all that to say... I'm so excited to move to Idaho. It's so beautiful there... I could go on and on. But most of all...it's going to be sooo amazing being only 45 min. away from Mark and Nicole and the munchkin on the way :)
Poor Mark and Nicole are sick though... hopefully it's just a 24 hour thing. Or maybe I'll get lucky... catch it...and bring it here to share!! I'm all about sharing.
Tomorrow at 3:30 I have an interview with a lady that I can't wait to meet. She and her husband have an 8 month old baby boy, a 3 yr. old boy, and a 2 1/2 yr. old girl (friend of the family) that I might be the nanny for a couple days a week. They sound like such a fun family... and I have a really good feeling about this interview. I'm not nervous yet. I would really love to be hired by her because it sounds like a very promising, long-term commitment.
I'm still waiting to hear back from another lady about when to meet. If I land two part-time nanny positions... I'll have it made! I'll have nice hours (not a strict M-F 9-5 sort of thing) and a good paycheck and not too many hours. I plan on only taking 9 units at BSU so I can acclimate to being back in school and working full time.
And there's another lady that wants me to call her a couple weeks before I move out there. *Please don't hire anybody else!*
I'm so excited and I hope this all works out... but who knows... maybe God has something else for me.
I haven't even mentioned how excited I am to see Mark and Nicole.... and Gidget ;) Nicole is 24.5 weeks now and I can't wait to see the belly!! :) And I can't wait to see their new home! Hopefully they get over the flu quick :(
Anyway... time to get ready for work and maybe think about what I should wear for the interview? I never know what to wear... it's a nanny position... should I dress like Mary Poppins or something?
...oh and hopefully I find a good apartment this weekend too. Maybe I'll find a place that only charges $100/month... with a pool, washer/dryer in unit, room service, you know... the standard requirements.
Here's some more pics...
So anywho, it was fun getting her all dressed up :)
these sort of times really stress me out.
Most of my spare time now goes to searching for jobs/apartments online. yikeroonies. i just hope that God has a beautifully stressfree plan for me. *sigh*
I am terrible at saving money. TERRIBLE. I've been meaning to make a rewards/punishment system for myself because I know from experience that it would help. And I have no good reason for why I haven't done it yet. I'm so tired of the stress that money brings. It consumes way to much of my thinking. I lived pretty darn frugally during college and now I guess I'm just splurging b/c I can. Except... I shouldn't. And it needs to stop. Maybe I'll post my personal contract/rewards system ... those kind of things are much more effective when they are shared with a neighbor.
That is my number one pet peeve about myself. Number two is the fact that I am terrible at maintaining/building relationships. This has to do with people that I am already friends with and people that I am building a relationship with. My mind does funny things. Sometimes I think that the other person is going to judge me... on my looks, on my thoughts, on my opinions... on my anything. And the thought of being judged just gives me the heebie jeebies. Actually, it would be ignorant and stupid to think that people don't judge me... but I think it is stupid of me to let it immobilize me. Yet, it does. I analyze everything too much... and will be the first to admit that being so analytical can be damaging. This fear keeps me from initiating conversations with people... and since I've realized that, I've been able to tackle it one conversation at a time.
Sometimes I try to just float through life/relationships... avoiding controversy/pain/anything that might spark emotion. Maybe I'm afraid to grow? I don't know. Don't get attached... because who knows what's going to happen right?
I don't know where this came from... but uh... sometimes it helps to just GO. and type.
I love this song by Brandon Heath...
Give me your eyes for just one second, Give me your eyes so I can see, Everything that I keep missing, Give me your love for humanity. Give me Your arms for the broken-hearted The ones that are far beyond my reach. Give me Your heart for the ones forgotten. Give me Your eyes so I can see.
Here's something to do:
This is probably the biggest collection of creative places, things, architecture etc. that I have ever seen.
A very traditional idea... made new.
This has nothing to do with drugs.
If only money grew on trees.... I would splurge here.
Soon I will be making one of these.
... I need to peruse some antique shops for a frame.
That's all for now :)
Chris is coming out here on Wednesday... and I've been boggling my mind on what fun stuff we could do. The Omaha zoo looks so amazing... and so cheap! They have the largest Rainforest exhibit and desert exhibit in the world. Not sure if we'll get there though...
Anywhooo... here is the product of my boredom:
Where do you live?
What is your favorite color?
ohh, i have lots of favs. earthy tones are the best, especially greens and yellows.
What is your favorite city?
San Francisco... there's just something about that place. lots of memories I suppose :
What is your favorite thing to cook?
pancakes and french toast...easy and soooo guuuuud.
What beauty product can you not live without?
ooohh, estea lauder anything. their eyeshadow is amazing.
What is your favorite nyc restaurant?
oh sure, uh... never been there.
What is one thing you can’t help but splurge on?
good shampoo and conditioner... especially KMS California ... miracle working stuff i tell ya.
What is your favorite word?
punky doodle. or snickerdoodle. or cacahuete.
What movie can you recite by heart?
you know, even if i watch a movie and love it i probably won't watch it again for several months. sooo... i'm not a reciter.
What is your favorite thing to do on the weekend?
oh just farting around.
Which tv show makes you happiest?
The Office. No matter what my day was like, NBC thursday night at 8 p.m. ... I will be smiling.
What is your favorite beverage?
coffee. ugh. currently drinking it.
What is one trend that totally victimized you?
i would definitely avoid calling myself trendy... i might take some ideas from whats currently trendy and warp it to my own liking. maybe it's a good thing....maybe it's not.
If you could trade lives with anyone for a day who would you chose?
I would trade with Obama...and quit. sorry.
What is your favorite comfort food?
What famous person do you think you most resemble?
really, no one. i've been told i look like the girl from sabrina the teenage witch.... ??
What was the best piece of advice you were ever given? Who gave it to you?
Just about every night of my life (when i have to drive somewhere) my dad tells me to watch out for deer. That's some darn good advice...they are EVERYWHERE. I hate em.
What three possessions do you value most?
My job, my car, my socks.
What three non-material things do you value most?
How about the obvious... the people i love, my Savior, and life in America.
When was the last time you told someone you loved them? Who was it?
Oh, earlier I told Chris that I love him :)
I'm doing everything I can to not have a nervous break down. I'm trying to think of everything BUT the fact that I have an interview with BSU in less than two hours... on the phone. If this would have been the case a year ago...I would have been pacing and crying. I used to HATE talking on the phone with people I have never met... especially when it was regarding something even remotely important. I might even say it was a phobia. K, maybe not... but it just seems more blog worthy that way.
I used to write out what I was going to say... and rehearse it in my head (several times). I used to put off the phone call until the VERY. LAST. MINUTE. Then I would have a new sense of panic because of the time crunch. Sometimes I would just sit there with my phone in my hand...number dialed... waiting to hit send... My heart rate would SOAR... then I would get shaky... and meanwhile my friends are like... "JUST DO IT!!" ... I'm getting shaky just reminiscing.
I know for sure that I have missed out on a lot of good opportunities because of that fear. BUT, I have come a long way... and have had many phone calls with people I have never met... phone calls regarding important matters... and I have survived! Wow...this sounds lame. But I'm proud because it is something that I have overcome.
All that to say... I think I will be fine during this interview... it's just the anticipation that's killing me. I'm going to just talk with them... and hopefully they can see that I am genuine and passionate. I am terrible at expressing my thoughts, so I'm trusting that God will guide my words.
It's Nicole's birthday today :) She told me that since the interview is on her birthday... nothing can go wrong :) I like that idea!
Happy Birthday Nicole!!
... This is just funny. It's something that I'm sure we've all been a witness to...
... I discovered this site through a friend that got her engagement photos done by this photographer... and HOLY COW! She's only been taking pictures for a year... and explains that she sort of stumbled upon this new found hobby/business... and she's awesome! Check it out.
... Just plain funny.
... For those days when you just need a reminder of how 'normal' you are.
...I stumbled across this blog, and thankfully stumbled across her blogroll/links page... fun for YEARS. I love browsing through people's showcase type blogs where they display all their projects...AND explain how they did it. It's inspiring and sickening all at the same time ;)
...Needless to say... I'm addicted to networks like this one.
Consider this Part I. :)
I'm scheduled for an interview with the Counselor Edu. department at Boise State on Thursday the 12th at 9:50!!
And....I just got a really cheap windshield estimate... life is GOOD!
... thank goodness for small businesses :)
.... Shnitzle can come out of that dark garage soon!
And... oh my goodness it's supposed to be 60 degrees today!!! All the snow is gone :) It was foggy this morning... and it felt like a CA winter.
And... I don't have to go to work until 1 wooo!
And this one...I'm awfully wrinkly in this picture and makeupless... but Chris looks cute, and the background and lighting are sweet.
That is all.
I was going to visit Emily and Jerry in Kansas City tomorrow and then I found out it's close to a 6 hour drive... and I don't have the time or the funds for that. Man, that would have been fun though. I miss them!!
I almost feel depressed. I just need some warm weather. I just want to sit outside and read a book or play with the dogs... but it's still too white and cold out there. I vacuumed the glass out of my car today and my fingers about froze off....even though I had heavy duty Dad-approved gloves on. I'm working on getting a new windshield.... so maybe I can take Shnitzle for a spin again.
Right now I wish I could....
visit a bunch of people i miss
just lay in the sun
go for a run
go to a concert
Chris is coming at the end of March :)
Well...I'm off to fill out the FAFSA... this procrastinating thing is still in full swing.
How many days til Spring?? www.snowsucks.com
Death Cab is going to be in Omaha... oh man that would be awesome.
Can you tell I've been sick... nothing else to report besides ailments.
Oh except, Lindsey got accepted into Boise State :) That's pretty darn exciting! She's a Bronco in the making! Yay for blue turf!
Aaaand I'm waiting for my letter :\
Since I've been bedridden I've been reading this book called Things We Couldn't Say. It's all about the Dutch resistance to the Germans in WWII. If you have any slight interest in war stories or human rights issues... you would love the book. I'm only a 1/4 of the way through and I'm thinking of selling my German car.... ok not really but I'm going to look at Shnitzle a little differently ;)
This is really no place for joking.... just go read the book.
I am so excited about baseball .... opening day is 39 days away! Spring is the best time of the year, there aint no doubt about it.
I think I might sign up to be on a softball team for the summer... I'm pretty sure there's a co-ed slowpitch league in town... I'm not 100% that I will do it... since I'll be all by my lonesome. But I miss softball so much!!
I can't wait to get back to work...I've missed 3 days and I really miss those munchkins!!
Speaking of trouble.... I was around the most rotten kids yesterday. ROTTEN. There is no better way to describe them.
I kept thinking... it's a good thing that these kids already have a special place in my heart... otherwise.... I would run away. And they're cute... so that always helps.
... They were also pretty funny yesterday... it all worked out.
"Hey Lindsey lets take some family pictures."
"Ok!! Let me get a kitty first."
Sweet. More to come....
For the longest time, the only winter weather I knew was rain and wind. What a strange feeling to have to take a double take on my location... it was kind of unsettling. I still wish that I was in Ripon... but I am glad to be where I am as well. I'm being handed great opportunities and I'm building relationships that I am very thankful for.
But anyway, I loved the rain today and I hope there is more of it. I would much rather weather the rain than the snow... rain boots are pretty fun ;)
...Sidenote... I'm anxiously waiting to hear back from Boise State...I'm thinking I'll hear from them by early March....? :\
Since I've been working at the daycare, I've been slowly remembering random memories of when I was younger. For instance... I was always convinced that kids were crazy and I would never have the patience to work with them (i.e. teaching) ...and now I cannot think of much else that would suffice. Except maybe being an architect... that is a serious dream of mine. It's a shame I hate math.
Speaking of math...
I was browsing through the "blogs of note" and I found this random lady's blog (apparentley it's worth reading) and she had a link for www.yogatoday.com .... and I have to say, I couldn't be more excited because this site has FREE yoga session videos. FREE! Nothing is ever free (really) ... except the videos on this site. You don't even have to sign up... you just click 'play'. SWEET! Ya, it's a good thing. I love yoga and I am just overjoyed that I found this. There are tons of videos -- you can actually sign up to receive an email with a new video every day. But uh, no thanks, I'll just pick which ones I want.
I'm going to be starting a series of classes through Sanford Children's Services in Sioux Falls in a few weeks. There are 9 classes and they are held once a week for two(ish) months. This is very exciting because the classes will more than cover my mandatory training requirements for work and maybe I can learn something useful...or something. A little somethin somethin to throw on my resume.
I cannot wait to be an Aunt... seriously. It's a title that I've been dying to have... so uh, thanks to Nicole and Mark for finally letting me be an Aunt. lol. I have all kinds of plans of things I want to make / do / etc. for this little munchkin in Nicole's ginourmous tummy.
It looks like tomorrow we are going to get a little taste of live-able weather. I think we might see 40 degrees? *please please please* I thought I'd never see the day. In fact, I never thought I would be excited to see anything below FIFTY. But, you live and you learn. And what doesn't kill you.... makes you stronger. Thanks to Kanye, because without that gem of a song... I would not be able to get through this winter. I hope you sense my sarcasm. It is Kanye right?
Anyway, because of the potentially good weather... Lindsey, my mom, and I are going to check out downtown Sioux Falls... chezeck it out.
I've been recognizing that I am really blessed to have my job. I work with kids that are just beyond crazy and amazing, I work with great people, and I just could not imagine my life without this job. This past summer I was so very frustrated with not being able to find a job in Hawarden, but man thank goodness I didn't find any.... because this job is perfect for me. God knew that and knows everything else that I am going to be doing.... which is awesome because I'm about as human as it gets.
Well this is just about long enough.
Ok, now its perfect.
I hope this works.
At least I have Shnitzle back --- she has both headlights again :)
Now they are in need of nearly constant monitoring. It is weird to think that 4 months ago, they were living completely on their own. My Grandpa is living in a nursing home right now and my Grandma will be moving in tomorrow. I'm glad that they are okay with being in a nursing home.
My Grandparents are awesome. Most of my childhood memories involve them. They opened their home and their hearts to me and my sisters. They always say "You girls are like our own kids". Man, life would be so different if I wasn't able to spend all that time with them. Whenever my Grandpa prays he always says "Let us be a blessing to others". He doesn't just pray that.... he really lives it. They have taught me that being a blessing to others is one of the best gifts you can give. I miss them so much!!
One of the hardest parts about living in South Dakota is being away from them. I remember when my dad told me that we were definitely moving to SD.... I was so pissed. And once that subsided, I was just depressed because I knew that saying goodbye to my Grandparents would be so difficult. It was horrible. I hate goodbyes to begin with... and that was just terrible.
All that to say... being with them for Christmas was the best present :) ... but little did I know...
If you havn't already heard.... My sister Nicole and her hubby Mark are going to have a baby :) What a great surprise! We all are so stoked :) The baby is due in August. Can't wait!! I get to be Auntie Shtephy!!
Amidst all the excitement, there was some terrible news as well. Chris called me on Christmas Eve and told me that his Grandpa George passed away. This completely broke my heart. Grandpa George was such an awesomely selfless man. I am so glad that I got the chance to know him. I still cannot believe that he has gone to be with the Lord. When I was spending time with Chris and his family, I heard a few times that Christmas was Grandpa George's favorite holiday. It is encouraging to think that he got to spend his favorite holiday with his Savior.I am really thankful that I was able to spend a week with Chris and his family. I got to hear some great stories and memories of Grandpa George. What a guy!
Through all of this, I have relearned how to depend on the Lord for strength. He knows my daily needs... and it's a good thing because I have a such a false idea of what I need.
I am so thankful for the people in my life. Hopefully I am a blessing to them as much as they are to me.