Monday, November 19, 2012

just when you thought things would slow down...

it's that time again.

from now, until about December 13//14ish, i will be on a train barreling toward the end of the semester.
[one more to go!!!!!!!!]

it's crunch time.
{i'm actually taking time away from studying for my Psych test tomorrow to write this}
panic mode is about to commence.
i will be engrossed in books, study guides, and practice questions.

patho paper // tests // exams // well-elder teaching 
end of lectures // clinicals // ATI testing 

did i leave anything out??

it never fails: 
the end of the semester is a total cram fest.
can i get an AMEN?

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as if you haven't noticed my lack of updates...
school work is completely filling my time.
ain't nobody got time for that!!!



for real, if you haven't yet, watch this ^^^^
genius.
it gets stuck in my head, constantly.
i laugh every time.

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i can already feel the pressure settling in the back of my head.
it just seems like there's so much to do. {because there is}
by the end of this semester - Lord, let it hurry up!! - we will ALL need the 3 week Christmas break.
BIG time.

in lieu of the crazy full weeks ahead, i will now bombard you with tons of pictures from weeks passed :)

most of them are from our mini-vacay this weekend.

why, YES!! i did say mini-vacay!!!

see, what had happened was...
roger's parents asked us to stay at their place on lake murray this weekend.
and that's just what we did.
JUST US 3.
can you believe that is the very first time we've had any sort of vacation as a family??
just us 3??

it was great.
we had tons of FREE fun.
cost us nothing.
{which is one of the main reasons we were able to go}
i tried to study some, really - i did.
the only time i got was during hailee's nap on saturday.

it was a little chilly, but so very sunny.

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hailee and roger attempted fishing.
it was really windy, then hailee got bored and wanted to go play on the swing set.

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and you know she cannot stay away from stairs of any kind what-so-ever
so we went "splorrin" [exploring]

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a few mommy//daughter pics

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and a covered wagon ride

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a silhouette

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and then, it got dark.

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Hey, Mr. Snowman!!
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she had to explore it all.

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marshmallows

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the fire pit

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except, she did NOT like being sticky.
not at all.
and she would not eat the black part of the marshmallow.

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hailee had such a great time playing with all of grammie and poopa's toys.

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and getting our full attention for a full weekend = the best ever!!

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and since it's been a while...
here are some more random pictures from the last couple weeks

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and here are some of my sweet baby sitting still.
this doesn't happen very often at all.

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and of course, school pictures.
they say she posed so much and loved it.

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and i'll leave you with this...

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one of my favorites from the last few weeks :)

p.s.
i had my first clinical experience of 2 days with 3 patients each day
AND I SURVIVED!! {and so did all of my patients ;)}
it went by really fast and i felt like i was running around like a mad woman.
and halfway thru friday, i noticed my thigh was starting to hurt.
all i could think of was.. "Lord, please don't let it be a blood clot!!"
- Typical to think something is wrong b/c of all the stuff you learn in nursing school -
got home and saw a huge, nasty, black bruise.
and i cannot remember what i hit it on.
at least it isn't a blood clot, huh!!


ok, i've been on here for way too long!!
have a great day - week - month
i'll be back when i get a minute :)
to all my classmates out there - hoping for mid december!!
happy studying yall!!


and i seriously cannot get this song out of my head.
LOVE it.
all sons and daughters // your love is all around


Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Link Up - get to know me.


wanna get to know me a little more...

i'm in my next to the last semester of nursing school.
my program is a 2 year associate degree nursing program
and it's super traditional.
and i like that about it.
my husband doesn't know this yet, but eventually i do plan on getting my BSN in nursing.
just not right now, i've had about enough of school for the moment.
 i'm still not close to feeling like an actual nurse.
but i do think i'm really gonna like being a nurse.
clinicals now are way interesting because we are doing EVERYTHING a "real" nurse does.
i love being able to help people.
i love learning about all things medical.
i guess that's a good thing because for my entire career, i will continue to learn new things.
i always wanted to do something medical, but never even considered nursing.

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my husband used to complain about me being on my iPhone a lot.
then, he got one. 
now, he knows.

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our [fake] Christmas tree is up.

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i've even started working on making a few Christmas presents.
we love Christmas.

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i love editing pictures on my phone.
and i love finding new photo editing aps.
here's my eye.
some of the apps i use:
MagicHour
Instagram (of course)
Pixlromatic
Picfx
PS Express (photoshop)
Phonto - for writing on pics
*i used to have one for making collages, but erased it.
what are some of your favorites?

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we don't watch TV.
we have Netflix instead.
i do miss watching the news, though.

i love reading blogs.
{when i have time}
it's hard for me to keep up with my blog right now because of school.
i don't really try to promote it BECAUSE of my lack of time.
but this is my favorite Link-up so i will keep doing it as long as i can!!

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i have a friend who has written a children's book and is requesting help via instagram pics.
she has a blog Doc Momma
this is what she needs, if you wanna go through your instagram pics and see if you have any...
its as simple as putting the hashtag #morethanphoto behind the pics she's looking for.
i totally photobombed her the other day when i was looking thru my instagram pics to see if there were any she could use.
sorry lindsay!
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cleaning up is NOT my favorite activity.
neither is doing the dishes.
or the laundry.
but... alas... it is never ending.
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i love writing .
music, blogs, letters, taking notes.
as long as i have a good pen, i'm set.
yes, i'm way picky about my pens.
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i AM my father's daughter.
i am so much like him, it's crazy.
i am a Stroman through and through.
i love my parents.
i couldn't do nursing school without them.
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i love music and finding new artists that aren't so mainstream.
my CD player stopped working in my car - bummer.
i love trying new recipes.
i don't really go on pinterest that much anymore.
i don't like scary movies or TV shows.
the 1st time i watched that show "the walking dead" {on netflix} i had nightmares.
i blush very easily.
i have to have chap stick or lip gloss on my lips. always.
i know my husband better than i've known anyone in my whole life.
it's comforting.
we went to the same high school, but definitely did not know each other.
i'm 6 months older than him.
and he was a bit of a rebel without a cause in high school.
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and this is him now.
BIG changes in this man 
thank you Jesus!


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i do not like being in the center of attention.
i love my 3 year old more than i thought it was ever possible to love someone.
and she's growing up so fast.
she is the reason i started blogging.
i wanted to remember.
because a lot of my past is a blur, i felt the need to get this stuff in writing.
then, just so happened that i started nursing school.
now, i blog because it's a good way to get things out there.
besides that, i've met a bunch of awesome people out there in blog world.
there is so much encouragement from people i've never formally "met" but feel like i know them through here.
anything else?

Sunday, November 4, 2012

real stuff.


*** disclaimer: this might be a little depressing***

it's hard to say if it's hormones.. exhaustion.. my "fat" jeans fitting snugly.. the time change..
i could blame it on a lot of things.
that's what we do, right??

whatever it is, something's gotta change.
and i have to change to fix it.
and i really want to.
i can't just ignore it anymore.
besides the fact that my only option is to buy "up" a size, the scales don't lie.
i'm not gonna diet.
i have to be more active.

i have worked out two days in a row.
woo hoo!
i know it's not much, but y'all, this is the most consecutive it's been in a long while.
two. days. in. a. row.
gotta start somewhere.

and i think that somewhere in there, in being more active, i'll find that it will lift my mood.
what - with all those new endorphins and such coursing through my veins.
well, maybe not coursing, but a few extra endorphins won't hurt a thing.

and i haven't been to church in a few sunday's.
mainly because hailee's had a cold that she just can't shake, so i've stayed home with her.
BUT, just friday, i was asked to co-lead worship for the friday night U-Turn for Christ service.
and it was my favorite type of worship music: just me, another person, and our 2 guitars.
acoustic worship is my absolute favorite.
man, have i missed it.
again, something has to change.
I - have to put forth the effort i know it takes to get back in that one-on-one relationship with God, that just isn't what it used to be.
i need this.
if anything, in doing that, it will lift my mood.
because that's where i need to be.

school is school
and i have until may. MAY!!
oh, may... hurry up!

SO... instead of studying, i decided to write.
and this is what i came up with:



as you can see by the double chins i'm sporting, i'm not making this stuff up.
hence, the change.

but i'm going to go study now.
gotta take advantage of this childless night.


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this was a sunrise on my way to school one morning.
totally unfiltered.
and beautiful.






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