Monday, July 30, 2012

a week of pictures


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i've been on "summer break" since thursday, and have not studied one single bit.
it's almost weird because that's all i've been doing for the last year.
non. stop.
well, i did have about a 3 week break over Christmas...
but luckily, with going to school through the summer, 
i've kept pretty busy.
yes, luckily: because Time Is Flying!!!
9 more months of O C Tech, and the ADN program.


it's been nice not having to wake up at 5:00 am every morning.
it's been nice not having to drive an hour every day just to get to school.
it's been nice not having to do clinical paperwork...
it's been nice hanging out with my sweet hailee and not being distracted by school work.
it's been nice forgetting what day of the week it is
it's been nice having coffee every morning - i usually don't drink it during the week.


i've been able to work out almost every day!
this is my favorite ever workout video (VHS - yes, we still use a VCR too)

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i usually see results fastest with this video.
because everyone knows: we're all about some instant gratification
even though you can work out really hard and not even notice a difference right away.
it will happen eventually.
i have the body type where if i DON'T work out,
it shows.
fast.

and i've been able to eat my favorite salad for lunches too!
it's not easy to pack a salad lunch while i'm in school
so i have been thoroughly enjoying them on this summer break!!


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(random thought):
i didn't eat any of these while i was pregnant with hailee.
i was terrified of the whole - eating raw egg/giving her listeria thing.

i've also had time to start listening to some of eric ludy's sermons.
roger discovered him, i don't even know how, and he's pretty much changing our spiritual lives
for the better.


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he's the pastor of a church called ellerslie
they're out in Windsor, Colorado - a very beautiful part of the country
*(and a very real future prospective home for our family)
i love the mountains.
sorry this picture is a little blurry...
you get the idea!


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and ellerslie church is right at the foot hills of the colorado rockies.
so, yeah...

i've also had my 2nd go at being a wedding singer ;)

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minus the whole 80's songs and "julia gulia"
it was a pretty wedding and a lot of fun!

hailee and i got to make her uncle brian a birthday gift and card.
the gift was a stepping stone
(that she wanted to keep for herself .lol.)
and this card we made.


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it was a lot of fun.
she loves every opportunity where she gets to be artistic.

she got this new I-spy game for the wii that she loves!!
she has so many books that are search and find (like where's waldo)
we even have a few where's waldo books
they're her favorite!


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i've played once with her.
but i'm not super great at the whole video game thing.

and oh, this sweet face...

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goes perfectly with her sweet little voice...


i'm using my new Picfx app a lot.
here is a view of some of my favorite apps
just in case you were wondering...
and hailee has her own page of little apps
i gotta have the weather channel app for the Doppler radar!
LOVE the MyFitnessPal app
CNN to stay in the know...
facebook and instagram, of course...
i'm always using google
and photobucket to upload all my iPhone pics.
what are some of your favorite apps?
i'd love to know!!


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we've played with her toys

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so many toys...

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these are her favorites:
my little pony's
lala loopsies
cabage patch kids figurines
the littlest pet-shop pets
zoobles


so, she'll give me one and say, "you be the mama"
it brings back memories from when i used to get my mom to play with me and my barbies
i also remember thinking:
mom's just don't know how to play with dolls...
i wonder if hailee thinks the same thing when i play with her??
maybe she's not quite old enough to think that yet...
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yesterday, we went to my aunt's house on lake murray.
hailee got to swim with a mermaid.
she loved it.



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right now, my crock pot is cooking dinner :)
its a new recipe.
thank you pinterest!!
hoping its a good one...
and who knows...
maybe there'll be a side Caesar salad to go with it ;)

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easy, easy, easy.
let's just hope its: yummy!

ok, hailee's officially down for her nap.
think i'll squeeze in a work-out and some eric ludy!!

i know there was a lot in this post.
a lot of random stuff.
and NOT MUCH having to do with nursing school ;)
i'm looking forward to another 2 weeks of pictures and creativity with my 3 year old.
i'm looking forward to new and different dinners i can cook my family.
i'm looking forward to getting more of my house cleaned up (baby steps..)
i wasn't going to show you, but I WILL... below is a pic of the kitchen BEFORE summer break.
it's now much better!
this is as bad as it gets
(the laundry has been caught up!)
i'm looking forward to listening to more eric ludy sermons



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and not sure if you've noticed, but i made a new button for my blog.
if you want it, feel free to take it!!
i'm pretty happy with the way it turned out :)
the link is on the sidebar.

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hope y'all have a great week
i know i will!!!

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

another semester down...

monday, i had my very last unit test = 94.
i think it should have been higher cause there were a few "tricky" questions in there...


but i digress...


i studied all day tuesday for my Nursing final.
ALL DAY.
through 8 tests worth material.
that's 23 lessons of the 'need to know' highlighted parts of my notes.
i made a 90 on the final :)
this is what it looked like
the type of student i am, it just about killed me to see those 'B's on there.




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today, we took our ATI pediatrics test
soooo..... ATI is a company that gets us future nurses better prepared to take the NCLEX (licensure examination) when we graduate.
we needed level 2/3 to pass (they give us 3 chances)
i didn't want to take it again.
i made a level 2!!!
PASS :) 
i will not be taking pediatrics ati again.
thank you jesus!!

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and, here i am studying for ATI after taking 4 practice tests on the computer.
yes - i will admit, the VERY 1ST time i looked at ANY ATI stuff was here, yesterday.
and i totally skimmed through 1/2 the question/answer pages
i didn't even make it through the whole book.



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i'm beat.
all 3 days of this week, i have gotten up,
gotten in my car,
drove appx 1 hour,
took a test for maybe 1 hour,
then drove the 1 hour home,
to study, then study some more.
did i mention study??
oh, maybe i did ;)
because that's about all i've been doing the last few days.
studying.


and now that i don't have to study, i will retire these
to the shelf!!





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bu-bye pediatrics...
i'm movin on to med/surg Part deaux
and PSYCH!!!!
i've heard the whole psych part is pretty hard.


honestly, when has nursing school NOT been hard??!!
pediatrics was crazy because it was squeezed (quite literally) into 11 whirlwind weeks of summer
med/surg the 1st go 'round was insanely intense.
fundamentals was the whole 'make-it-or-break-it' class
nutrition was just a lot of food and how it works in your body...
(still required a good deal of work)
nursing clinicals... um...
cinicals is where the "magic" happens
its just a little taste of all the wonders that come with a registered nurse's title.





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our days are structured and planned completely.
this was just may.
i live by these semester calendars. 
i will be looking for a new fall calendar coming out at the beginning of august.


august 13th starts senior fall semester
the 4th out of 5 semesters
so until then, i will relax.
and not study anything but my sweet hailee and husband
and of course, other family too.







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this was at the beach last week.
she was totally thrilled to meet and take a picture with a real, live, mermaid ;)

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hailee was helping roger clean out the work van.
and she totally picked the outfit.

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she really likes lining things up.


i'm looking forward to getting 2 weeks with this sweety pie, sans school or homework. 
i'm looking forward to tackling the ignored dirty clothes pile.
i'm looking forward to putting up all the paperwork and books from summer semester.
i'm looking forward to getting the kitchen clean(er) and washing the dishes (not REALLY looking forward to that, but it's easier to cook in a clean kitchen).
i'm looking forward to singing at the friday night U-Turn service. (the pick-up in my guitar is acting a fool, so i won't be playing, just singing...)
i'm looking forward to long talks with my husband (there's not really any such thing as a 'short conversation' when it comes to him - he's kinda passionate and likes to talk. a lot.)
i'm looking forward to returning to school in august as a senior, welcoming the freshman class, and seeing how they handle the 1st semester of nursing school. (it's a doozie!!)




and it's only wednesday!



Friday, July 20, 2012

1 more week.

we're rounding that proverbial bend
coming up on the last week of the summer semester
3rd semester done out of 5
and i have to admit,
i'm a little scared.

BUT- only because i know how stressful it's gonna be for the next few days
(until wednesday afternoon)
not scared that i'll fail.
as of now, i have a 92 in NUR 212: nursing care of children

there has been so much paperwork here recently with 
clinicals, IV documentation, service learning..
and i have 1 more video to watch in the media center
{who really has extra time to watch all those videos??}
and like every semester before this one...
i try to start off the whole "video watching thing" strong,
but always end up having to cram in hours in the media center at the end of the semester
watching all those outdated videos 

Monday = NUR 212 test 8
Tuesday = NUR 212 cumulative final exam
Wednesday = pediatrics ATI testing

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service learning is officially done
camp kemo was such a huge success!

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our presentation yesterday went much better than i expected!
along with our presentation, we made these peanut butter stuffed bugles dipped in chocolate.
everyone loved them.
i'm not a big fan of bugles though
roger kept trying to get them while i was making them
not cool!
it's such a tedious process.
when i started, i had 14 goody bags to fill.
my 1st goody bag ended up with 40 bugles.
after that 1st bag, i changed my mind.
10-15 was more than enough
and just about enough to keep my patience in check :)


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now, we're just waiting on our grade

RIGHT NOW...
i'm getting the house cleaned all up
roger cleaned the kitchen last night and made it sparkle and shine :)
that man was certainly speaking my love language!
hailee will be on her way home from the beach in about an hour!
i'm so ready for her to get back.
this week has seemed like the longest ever.





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we got a couch for $25 from the U-Turn for Christ thrift store
hailee's gonna be so surprised :)
finally, we can all sit together as a family when we watch movies!
and of course, it doesn't match
nothing really does ;)
he started getting a little frustrated putting it together,
hence "the look" he gave me!!!


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and now... some myrtle beach fun!!

so, my parents finally jumped feet first into the texting age
and kept sending me sweet pics of my baby while they were at the beach :)
roger and i would gather around my phone every time i got a picture message from them!
hailee's growing up so fast.
almost too fast for my liking. 
and she's into mermaids.
my parents took her to see the pirate's voyage
and all she could talk about was wanting to see and hug a mermaid



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^pirate's voyage^
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i have totally missed this little chick.
i know she's had fun, but 1 week is a long time!
no doubt, she'll be saying new things when she gets home.
i really need to get some studying in before she gets home too

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found this other pic from our senior pinning ceremony
 2 more semesters to go
i think i'm gonna try this for dinner
"forgotten chicken"
i'm always looking for new chicken recipes!
we'll see how it turns out...

Friday, July 13, 2012

one.

so, it's been an all day momma-hailee day today.
i will not see her at all tomorrow
i have clinical at the children's hospital starting at 0-dark-30 am...
and she is off to the beach for 1 week.
i will miss my baby so very much!


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this is the closest to a vlog i'm doing...
kind of a vsong...
this is what i like to do when i'm not a nursing student.
and, my whole face isn't on there because i've noticed i make 'faces' when i sing
i don't really have a lot of time for it right now, but gimme about 10 more months...
happy weekend, friends :)

one - by U2
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