Tuesday, May 31, 2011

nursing school ramblings.

We have a kitten.
I won't go into all the details because I already did all that in my notes on facebook. It's been quite an adventure. I've never had a cat before and honestly, still not sure how I feel about having one now. His name is Oliver and for the most part, he's good and lets Hailee be as rough and mean to him as she is. But nights can be rough. We put him in the hall bathroom because I don't want him in my bed and I think he'd keep Hailee up, trying to be up by her face all night. So, he cries for a while and then randomly through out the night and in the morning. He's also started scratching at the bathroom door. He did it for 20 minutes this morning, starting at 10 till 6 AM. We need to get a spray bottle to get him with when he starts doing that.

I had my nursing orientation last week down at Orangeburg-Calhoun Tech. It was very informative. There is a whole packet I have to get together and turned in by Aug 3. It's all in preparation to start my clinicals in November. Have to order my own background check, have a physical at my dr's and updates on all my immunizations, copies on all my important docs: ss card, marriage license, birth certificate, get CPR and First Aid Certified, and that's all I can think of off the top of my head.
'm pretty excited and getting a little anxious too. Class starts August 15. Still haven't told my job I'm going to need to cut my hours. Right now, I'm working pretty much full time - 30 hrs a week, every night. Going to school full time during the day, I won't be able to work every night. With the conversion Wachovia is going through to become Wells Fargo, I'm not sure they'll let me cut my hours. And, if they won't let me cut my hours, I'll have to quit. I've been there for 6 years and they're pretty flexible with me, but Well Fargo is a whole different ball game.
The only reason I'm working there right now, mainly, is for the health insurance. Roger can get it at his job for us if there is a need for it, but I don't think his insurance is as good as mine.

Change is good, especially if it is for the better. Right?

I've been praying about nursing school and whether this is the path I'm supposed to take or not. It will require being away from my family for about a year and a half, with studying and driving to orangeburg for a good part of the week (3-4 days of class and clinicals). And last week, there was a definite answer, giving me peace about the whole situation. Let me tell you about it!!

Went to tech to have the people in the EOC help me fill out my FASFA for student financial aid .. school loans, scholarships, since I don't trust myself to do it myself. I'm not very good with all those numbers and tax docs. Well, when she finished plugging in all the numbers 20 minutes later, she told me I had full pell grants covering my 1st year of nursing school!!!!!!!! A pell grant is money the government gives you/pays for your school that you don't have to pay back if you make under a certain amount of money the previous tax year. I've NEVER been approved for anything like that, and actually have $500 more dollars to pay off on my previous school loans I had to take out for X-Ray tech school that I had to stop when I got pregnant with Hailee.

So, the only money I'll probably have to borrow will not happen until the last 2 semesters of nursing school. Praise GOD!! That already has me feeling more sure about the whole thing.

It's still going to mean a lot of balancing and Hailee-sitting on my parents' part, and super early mornings. I will start clinicals in November and have to be down and the hospital in orangeburg by 6:30AM at the latest, and it's approx an hour drive. But I'll be finished in may 2013 and will be an RN :) Then, it's onward and upward from there. Excited to see how God will use me as a nurse.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

back to life, back to reality.

Since being off work for a whole week - I'm not really looking forward to going back Monday night :(
Back to late nights, early mornings, keying numbers till my eyes cross, and only seeing my husband on the weekends (because of our lovely split schedules).

Hailee and I had a wonderful time at the beach with my parents, little brother and his wife. We stayed in an ocean front beach house in Garden City (address was really Murrell's Inlet) SC. Roger couldn't come because he started working for a new company April 4 and hasn't built up vacation time yet. Definitely next year though.. What an awesome tradition a family vacation is! This was the first time my whole family had a vacation since I graduated high school in 1999.

We were there from Saturday to Thursday and thoroughly enjoyed every minute. The drive from my parents house took about 3 and a half hours. There was even a crazy summer storm and we got to see lightening bolts striking over the ocean. Beautiful!! I'm pretty sure it hailed too that night, but by then, it was 2:30 AM and I wasn't getting out of bed to check.

We woke up around 6:45 - 7:00 every morning. I have the eclipse curtains in our bedrooms at home so the light is blocked that early in the morning. They weren't at the beach house, so when the sun came up, Hailee woke up. It didn't bother me too much because when she went to bed at 9:30 at night, I was exhausted enough to go to sleep with her, so I got plenty of sleep. The sun is really draining. We slathered on the sunscreen every morning and afternoon. There was sand everywhere - that's one thing I don't miss.. My back got burned the first day so I made sure to keep the spf 100 on, and I still got pretty tanned, even with that.

We spent tons of time on the beach playing in the sand. The ocean was still a little cold, as it was only the beginning of May. Hailee's favorite part was playing in the sand - especially on the dunes you're not supposed to go on. That sand was the softest and she had it allllll over her. She also enjoyed picking up seashells and putting them in her bucket [then, dumping them out]. She was a little weary of the waves at first because it was so loud and nothing she was used to. She even got worried when any of us got close to it, saying, "mommy, come back!".

We spent one evening shopping at Broadway At The Beach. Hailee chased ducks, fed fish, played on a play ground and walked around (since we forgot her stroller back at the house).
I got to go running in the mornings with my mom - haven't done that since I lived at home :) I can't do that now either since it's just Hailee and me during the day time and there's nowhere for me to run. She wouldn't sit in a stroller that long either.

I took tons of pictures and erased half of them. I need a new camera that's compatible with a very active and moving child. She's so busy and you have to pretty much have the camera in the 'ready' position at all times, with the button half pushed - for that split second she actually looks toward the camera.. She's not a very good picture subject, I almost have to catch her by surprise, all the time!

I have been doing laundry and dishes ever since we got home Thursday. I'm nowhere near caught up, but she's napping so I thought I'd get in some blog time - since it's been an eternity since I've been on here.

Ever since we got back from the beach, Hailee's vocabulary seems to have sky rocketed!! She is singing all the time, and saying things I've never heard her say before. She can count to 10 and almost say all the ABC's. She still runs L M N O P together, but didn't we all.. We can almost have conversations and that is so crazy! It seems like only yesterday, she was laying on the bed, cooing the sweetest little noises to me. Now, the next thing we must conquer is potty training, and she doesn't even seem remotely interested in that. Hopefully it will not be a battle with her. She is one strong-willed child.
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