Friday, May 25, 2012

friday fun-day

friday :)

this is usually when i update my blog.

but when i woke up this morning, i realized my week [to an outsider] has been rather boring.
i've been so BUSY with school that i haven't had time to take pictures, or do anything fun.
i was going to write out all that this week has encompassed - mainly so i could process it - but once i started writing it out, i though about how boring it would be to read.
i know this is MY blog, and one of my main reasons for it is to document my adventures in nursing school.
so maybe towards the end, i'll throw it in - just for those who are curious...

here is today. [since i've been slack at taking pictures this week]

we started out with a little game of candy land


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then, she put some stuff in the buggy and drove it around the house.
she wanted to take it with us to the grocery store, but i kindly declined that.


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fun.
i know.


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i let her pick out what she wanted to wear today.
she was not mad in these pictures, i promise.
just posing a little hard.


hailee and i made a trip to the grocery store this morning.
at the end of our road, i saw the saddest, sweetest thing.
while stopped at the stop-light at the end of our road, i happened to glance over into the other lane because i saw some activity on the road next to me.

a little bird was hopping around something in the road.
on a closer look, i noticed it was another little bird that must have gotten hit by a car.
i saw the other bird's head go up and down, like it was trying to get up.
and the one that was hopping around looked like it was doing all it could to encourage the one laying down to 'get up'!
i know they're just animals, but what if they were love birds?
how sad would that be??
it was like a scene in a movie, only with birds...
i was there long enough to watch a car turn onto my road and THEY saw the little birds too.
that driver went out of his way to go around the birds - all the way in the other lane.



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moving on...
they gave her balloons when we walked into the store.
these balloons were then tied on to my shopping cart, making it hard to see around corners.
that was an adventure in itself...
then, on the way home, these balloons were trying to make their way into the front of the car.

i got ribs, steak/chicken kabobs, a smoked ham butt portion [so good]
i know it's a lot of meat, and there isn't any real reason that i wanted it all.
i'll have to 'learn' how to cook ribs, and how to tell my husband how to grill the kabobs.



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we gonna grill this weekend!!!!!

best steak marinade ever
1/3 cup soy sauce
1/2 cup olive oil
1/3 cup lemon juice
1/4 cup Worcestershire
1/2 tablespoon garlic powder [or real minced garlic is what i use]
3 tablespoons basil
1&1/2 teaspoons parsley
1 teaspoon ground white pepper [i usually just use black pepper]

so, now that the kabobs are in the marinade, the ham is in the oven, and the ribs are waiting on further instructions from anyone that knows how to cook ribs, let me tell you about my week :)

two weeks into school:
i had my first pediatric clinical. now, i have to do all the paperwork that goes along with clinicals.
that would be a basic human needs assessment, 7[?] nursing diagnoses from our NANDA book, a patho report on the major concern for my patient, my medication sheet for my patient, a careplan focused on one of my nursing diagnoses, and a reflective journal based on my clinical experience.

i had my 1st NUR 212 test: 91/A
and i haven't even been able to buy my books for the semester yet :)

our 1st DCT [dosage calculations test] is tuesday and it will have IV questions and drops per minute questions along with all the old stuff we're used to being on the test. And now that we're seniors, we get to use our $4.95 nursing school approved calculator from the book store. (even though after 2 semesters of not doing math with calculators, i don't really need one anymore.)
there is also a video recorded lecture online we have to watch, teaching us how to do the new senior level math problems.

speaking of watching recorded lectures - there are a few hours of lecture to watch out there before our 2nd NUR 212 test, thursday. i would much rather have lecture IN CLASS. do you know how hard it is to watch a lecture and pay attention to it while having a 3 year old constantly needing me and a husband that gets aggravated with me any time i try to focus on school while we're all together as a family??
it's hard.

and for our service learning project, me and 6 others will be helping/observing at Camp Kemo for the week they're there. We're researching lots of info on the campers, having to do a huge summer project after our experience there. lots of time and work involved. we meet as a group every week. we have to put together a notebook of our experience, and give a presentation with a trifold poster board at the end of the semester.

we had our IV therapy class this week, because next semester, we'll be starting IV's, and giving IV meds. THAT is kinda scary. i will have to practice this skill and get checked off in the 1st week of June. i feel like i'm all thumbs JUST trying to tye the tourniquet on. then, after that, i'll be sticking a needle in someone's vein.
frightening.

we also had an injections lab because one of our clinical sites is the family health center in orangeburg. we'll be giving CHILDREN vaccinations. if you've ever seen a child get a shot, then you know how much no one likes the nurse that is giving that child a shot.
that will be me.
the one no one likes.
i'll have to work fast.
that is not high on my list of 'fun things' we're supposed to do this summer.
our instructors have said this will be a fun semester.
we're just getting started.

oh, hello 4 day weekend - sure am glad to see you!!
let the FUN begin :)

Friday, May 18, 2012

picture ID's and who you are.

I have 3 - count em - 3 different ID badges right now.
I'm kind of a big deal.
;)

I have my OC Tech ID badge [of course]
I have my +RMC ID badge
and this morning, I got my Palmetto Health Richland ID badge.
I've never had so many plastic cards with my picture/name on them at one time!!
I'm not horribly crazy about all the pictures, but whatever.

1st week of 3rd semester is over.
Oh, and what a LONG week it has been!
Most of this week, I had to double check what day it was - throughout the day.
2 days this week, I was in school basically from 8:30 am until 7:30 & 8:30 pm.
Recertification in CPR and Basic life saving First Aid.
I came home both nights and almost immediately went to bed.
Our 1st test is Tuesday, so maybe I should really get to studying this stuff...
10 weeks left in the semester!

This morning, we had our orientation to psychiatric nursing [pediatric style] and I got home around 12:30 pm, with all intensive purposes of having a cup [or 4] of coffee.
It was gone.
No coffee :(
I haven't had any all week - and coming home to an empty coffee container made me sad.

I got some good time in last week with Hailee before classes started back.

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she is all about painting and creating stuff.
no complaints here.


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I love to watch her get all serious about something.


and, we went to the Riverbanks Zoo with aunt Cynthia and Sammi.
The girls loved it.

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and got to run out a lot of energy


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I loved that ;)


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and there was a little bird feeding going on.
I took pictures from a safe distance.

Something triggered a reflecting moment in me the other day.

NORMALLY - I listen to WMHK, a Christian radio station, when I'm in my car.
The only thing about that station is they tend to get on kicks, playing the same songs [which I love - at first] relentlessly. I find myself singing to them, not even realizing I'm doing it - like, mechanically or something.
So, I decide to switch it up a little and see what's playing on the other stations when a song comes on that plays at least once every time I get in my car.
I turned to WARQ - a station I used to listen to 3 years ago - but kind of stopped listening to it when everything started happening with Roger, and U-Turn, and getting involved in playing worship for the church.
WARQ & WNOK... was phased out of my life slowly.

The song that was playing on WARQ [the rock alternative] made me feel - different - than it used to.
I was much more aware of the words, and how they were against everything I now stand for.
It wasn't a good feeling. I wondered why I used to like listening to that [and Marylin Manson, and Nine Inch Nails, and Rage Against The Machine] so much in the past.
[I can see and feel that my heart has changed toward things like music, movies and TV shows.]

I don't usually just casually flip through the stations either, but I kept it on there for a little bit longer and the DJ came on and started talking - doing what DJ's do best - and was broadcasting LIVE from a strip club.

and..... another not so good feeling came over me.

Definitely NOT what I want to be listening to around my 3 year old.
Don't get me wrong, I do still listen to some secular music, but for the most part, what I find playing on the old radio stations I used to listen to is not something I'd want Hailee to listen to now or when she grows up.
Children are so perceptive to what they hear and see.
They soak it all up like little sponges.
I'm not trying to be overly protective of my daughter, but I want to guard her precious heart.
and I want her to take things that enter her mind, and ears seriously, because:
"Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks." -Matthew 12:34
what you choose to listen to and watch REALLY DOES affect the way you live your life, and the things you are comfortable saying.

And that is one of the reasons I don't listen to those stations any more.
WMHK - the Christian station - is literally one I can listen to and not have to worry about them saying anything I wouldn't say Myself, around Hailee.
The music is good, but I would Love for them to have more of a variety out there because I can't stand hearing songs get "played out"

We don't watch regular TV either. We have Netflix - mainly for the kid shows.
I don't have time for TV.
I don't miss it either.
I have a doppler radar app on my phone and that's pretty much all I need...

And Another Thing - you don't know how people see you unless they bluntly tell you.
I am NOT the same person I was 3 years ago.
I am very much a different person [still fully flawed, but trying, nonetheless].
I don't say curse words, I don't talk about people, I don't even watch movies and TV shows that I wouldn't want my 3 year old to watch.
It all affects who I am as a person, a mom, a wife, a daughter, a sister...
and people notice that.
I'm in class with my friends for very long periods of time.
We are with each other more than we are with our families.
We know each other very well [some more than others].
and they know me as sweet, and quiet.
I surprise them when I lose my patience with people and say things that I normally don't and shouldn't.
not so sweet and innocent anymore huh...
Then, I feel bad about it because that's not really who I am.

I'm supposed to love everyone.
Because that's what I belive.
In loving God, you have to love people.
Everyone is known for something.

This is just what I've been thinking about the last few days.
Now, off to study guides and my little pony's.
Hailee's about to wake up from her nap and I gotta get this house clean before Roger gets home from work ;)

Saturday, May 12, 2012

mama love.

Tomorrow is mother's day.
a day to honor mothers, maternal bonds, the influence of mothers on society...

i love my mother :)
i never realized JUST how much she could love me until i had my daughter.
THAT kind of love is sweet, joyful, deep, unending, safe, forever...
[at least, that's how i feel]

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i still look up to my mother.
i want to be the kind of mother mine was 'when i grow up'.
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she's an amazing grandmother to hailee.
hailee LOVES her mimi like no other.

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my mom had me when she was 20, still a baby herself.
she's 50 now [i'm 30] and is a super active grandmother.
she always wanted children, and it seems like she knew just what to do when she had me and my brother.
i didn't know the 1st thing about being a mom.
you could say that my mom taught me everything i needed to know about having a newborn.

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i am so BEYOND BLESSED that she is my mother.
she has been there for me through everything i've been through.

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my mother has given her best in countless ways that i am so thankful for.
she still does - and much more beyond what i could ever ask for.

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i am amazed and inspired by who my mother is.

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a mother/daughter relationship is such a beautiful journey that i treasure with my mom, and look forward to with my own daughter.

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now, i'm a mother.

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i know, hard to believe for me too sometimes.

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Hailee makes being a mother fun.
and there's just something about the way she loves her mama...

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i remember worrying about whether or not i'd be able to be nurturing enough to be a mom.
but everything happened the way it was supposed to.
the "mom" aspect kicked in the minute i heard her sweet cries, in the OR, when she was delivered.

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my child allows me to see the world through her innocent eyes.
her precious heart is so sweet.
there is nothing that i could have done to deserve any of this pure, happy, goodness.

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she is like nothing i could have ever expected, and more than i would even know to ask for.

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there's nothing in this world like being a mom.
it's hard to remember life before i was a mom.
i wouldn't want it any other way.

happy mother's day :)

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

and... on being able to relax...

The c/o 2012 seniors graduated this week.
as previously stated, I was a Marshal (among 7 others) in their pinning ceremony.
We attacked everyone coming in the church doors with programs.
It was funny.

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from the back of the line, waiting to walk in the church...



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1/2 the marshall gals

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here is my clinical group I've talked about so much
I don't know what I'm going to do next semester without them.
They have made clinical on 3 West [the wild wild west] very enjoyable
...if you could even say that...
i may even want to do Med-Surg when I graduate because of my awesome group :)

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So...
now that I can breathe easy without having to worry about taking a test,
or reviewing notes from class,
or wondering who is going to wash the sink-full-of dishes,
and who is going to fold the mountain of clothes on the bed,
or arguing over who is taking Hailee to my parent's at 6:00AM the next morning...
a week of no school is most definitely appreciated!

However,
what was NOT appreciated was the sore throat that started 2 days ago,
the stuffy nose that followed that yesterday,
the congested chest/sinuses that I'm battling with today,
and the medicine - head I'm living with from taking Sudafed and alka seltzer cold/flu (nastiest things ever).

BUT,
I have to give it to my sweet baby girl ~
who is letting her exhausted mama sleep until atleast 8 AM every morning.
And that's sleeping LATE 'round here :)

and wouldn't ya know - good ole' PINTEREST welcomed me back with wide open arms :)
here is what I've learned from pinterest recently
(or, in other words, here is what I've been drooling over...)

a picnic - my style :)
  
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and oh, if I could do this for my Hailee...
  
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and a few other little things that cought my eye...
  
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my favorite on the above is... "hugs keep us alive"
cute little organs hugging each other LOL
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that kid with the bird on her head - i'm pretty sure that would be my same reaction
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and wouldn't this be so amazingly romantic
~beach picnic~
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or, even this...
(minus any bugs/stinging insects)


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yeah, glad pinterest isn't going anywhere for a while...

I will be back emerged in a pool full of books and notes and recorded lectures, and study guides starting Monday.
but i always find my way back :)
whoever thought up pinterest is a very smart person!!

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I have taken this week away from school to soak up my daughter like a sponge!
Oh, how I've missed her sweet voice,
her quirky imagination,
her artistic renditions of "people" (they all look the same),
her requests for:
shake milk [milk shakes]
jealous [jello]
groceries [anything in the fridge]
and junk [as opposed to eating a real meal]

Since I've been home, Mimi and Papa have been taking a vacation from their full days o' Hailee.
See, my parents are both retired, but watch Hailee for me while I'm in school.
[super huge blessing for all of us!!]
they're even going to a bed and breakfast for the 1st time.
Roger and I went to a B and B for our honeymoon, and we LOVED IT!

My parents found a lot of stuff for Hailee at some yard sales recently.
Who doesn't love a good yard sale??

Hailee's 1st scooter

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Mimi and papa trying to help her figure it out

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and... she thinks she's got it...

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in the garage, where there is NO HILL

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there is a helmet too, but it still needs to be cleaned up a little.

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mainly, Mimi ran next to her, pushing her on it. Hailee's claim: "I'm going mama!! I'm going!!!"

and
 they also found her some jellies at the garage sale that were the lady's daughters like 29 years ago. we never kept mine because I wore them so often, they all came apart :)
unfortunately, these were too narrow on Hailee's feet, so we're gonna see if Hailee's cousin, Sammi can wear them and look elsewhere for some Jellies of her own.
Anyone knows where they sell them??
IF they still do sell them??
they were pretty much my favorite shoes ever.

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she said, "they hurt my feet just a little bit" and didn't want to take them off.

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She was coloring me some stuff last night.
This girl is so serious when she colors.
She just might be a little artist.
Roger draws stuff [when he has time]
I sing, play guitar and write music ~ I've definitely seen her moving in that direction too.
not a problem at all.

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and YOU KNOW, she had to wear her princess dress until nap time

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waking up one morning with her windows WIDE OPEN!!!
i love natural light :)

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I'm pretty excited to say that I'm going to be playing/singing for the U-Turn worship service this Friday night.
PLEASE PRAY that this "cold" thing goes away by then.
I used to play/sing every Friday night.
Not this past semester though.
I'm hoping this last semester really was the Hardest.Semester. Ever. and I'll be more available to help out with the worship part of stuff.
and, even JUST going to Bible studies in general.
I've Missed That Immensely!
and, I can tell when I'm "off"
I've played my guitar more this week than I have in the last 4 months.
That Is Sad.

THIS Summer is Pediatrics.
I have a kid.
Hopefully, that will help me some :)


I think I'm going to try the white chicken enchiladas with green chili sour cream sauce tonight for dinner.
TOTALLY a pinterest recipe...
I hope Hailee doesn't turn her nose up at it.
I'll let you know how it goes!
you think it will look like this in the end??
we'll see ;)

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it's raining.
and thundering.
i think i'll go enjoy my family for a few more days :)
looking forward to seeing all of the people in my class next week.

Thursday, May 3, 2012

hardest. semester . ever!

i have to say... i had this already typed up [not saved, because it usually does it for me every few seconds] and photobucket froze, so i had to ctrl-alt-delete and lost it all :( starting over...


BY FAR - this semester was the hardest yet.
even including the semesters at Midland's Tech where I was getting my pre-reqs to get my X-ray tech degree. Hailee surprised us, and when it was time to go back to school, I thought I'd rather do nursing instead.

I made A's in everything... except Micro :\
I have never said this, but - I've never been so satisfied with anything lower than an A in my whole college career!
Micro is a monster!
HAD I only been taking Micro [and no other nursing courses] I would have made an A. But, all of the material in all of my classes was very tough, and one had to suffer more than the others.

i celebrated with a cupcake - don't judge :)
My GPA was good enough to get this sweet letter.
I will be a "marshall" in the senior's pinning ceremony tonight!
It really is an honor.
I get to wear a white sash, and hand out programs :)
We're finally getting our class picture taken in our formal nursing uniforms - cap and all!
definitely looking forward to that.

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We had a luncheon for the seniors last week [i think...] and these were the place cards on our tables.
we're not freshmen anymore.
WE'RE SENIORS NOW!!!
Kinda crazy to go from a freshman to a senior, but with a 2 year program, that's how it works ;)


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This was at the luncheon with 2 of our instructors and a few classmates.

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Instructors
Love them :)
I remember thinking back in August, when I first started school, our class is so big [100+], how are they ever going to learn our names?
well...
they know our names...
they know our strengths and weaknesses...
and they know us :)
Their patience, and experince is helping us learn all the skills we will carry forward in becoming RNs.
I am so lucky to be part of a program where the instructors genuinely care about the students and are willing to help in any way possible to get us where we need to be!

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I'm so glad to have gotten through this brutal week - what am I saying??
I MEAN, this brutal SEMESTER!
It has been tough.
It has been trying.
It has been exhausting.
It has been fulfilling.
I would not want to do it over again - but I also wouldn't trade the experiences I've had for anything :)

Some of our classmates will not be moving forward to the summer semester.
Its very sad that they aren't going to be around because these people are who we spend most of our days with.
We share laughs, we share struggles, we stress out together, and share accomplishments together.
We know about each other's issuses even outside of school [since we are together so much of the day].
Classmates are like a second family :)
It's not easy to not have them around any more.

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this drink - COFFEE - helped me 'power through' this last week full of tests and hard core exams.
some of the exams -  i was VERY worried about.
When you have 2 very difficult exams the next day, it's not easy picking JUST one to focus on.
I am so ready to get all my NUR 111, NUR 161, PSY 203, and BIO 225 stuff together, and retire it to "the shelf".
Oh, and that 60 page process paper I turned in a month ago = 93/A

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I have been very preoccupied with school, trying to get this last week finished up.
Hailee played me some music one day to help me study.
her songs are the best :)


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here she is singing a little for me.

 


I was making breakfast one morning, not paying any attention to what hailee was doing and she kept trying to get my attention. She said, "LOOK MOMMY! The pony's are hanging on"
Yep, that's my child :)
You can never guess what her next move will be.
You never know what she'll say.
She's pretty unpredictable.
Just one of the many things I love about this sweet child of mine.

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for dinner one night, I made pot roast with carrots, potatoes, celery and onions.
She said, "mommy, this is the best dinner ever!"
WOW.
My child usually turns her nose up at the things I cook.
She's just never really interested in eating.
I wish that was the case with me :)


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Roger got some stick on Mustache's for his 30th birthday.
We did some family shots wearing them.
Hailee picked out the hugest one for herself [i guess to match her personality].
We let her wear the Chaplin 'stache.
It fit her a little better!

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Hailee LOVED it!

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daddy daughter mustaches


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mustache family


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This was a fun little break where we all laughed together as a family amidst studying for exams.


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I found another app to play with.
It's "My Sketch"
not too bad!
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TONIGHT - is the senior pinning ceremony.
Tomorrow, is my last clinical for the semester.
Then, I get a week to breathe [aka, not study]
NOT STUDY???
Foreign concept ;)

Guess I won't have an excuse to NOT get caught up on the laundry, my messy desk, the kitchen, cooking 'wholesome' meals for my family...

Roger is doing lots of fun stuff in the yard here lately, but it's hard for me to be outside so much [bugs...]
This week, the flies have started attacking us.
NEVER have I swatted at a fly and it came back to 'get' me!!
They must really be asking for it, huh!

Have I mentioned how much I love watching my husband working in our yard?
i do :)
He will always be a landscaper in his heart [thanks James & Dave, with Trinity Landscaping in Lexington, SC].
When Roger was going through his second phase [6 months] of U-Turn for Christ discipleship program, he worked for them, and has thoroughly enjoyed any type of landscape work ever since.

I'm at school right now, trying to pass some time before the pinning ceremony tonight.
with nothing to study.
the campus is quiet. for the moment...

Have a great week y'all!
I'll try to take lots of pictures and get all the Roger and Hailee time I can!!
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