Thursday, August 30, 2012

pass the coffee {nursing school week 1}

Things I've learned, observed and experienced during my first week of nursing school.

In list format.  Because why not.

1. Commuting 6 hours in 3 days is tiring

2. Singing keeps me awake better than podcasts while driving

3. The two nights I get home past 9pm, I should probably just get straight in bed and unwind and go to sleep.

4. I wish we had a TV in our bedroom though. (no dear husband, this is not license to go purchase one)

5. Nutrition should be pretty easy, considering the textbook is the same as a lower division nutrition class I took a few years ago.

6. The ethics professor has spent far too much time developing a "Big Grid" of assignments, so everyone is turning in different work each week. I don't understand why.

7. Culture & Medicine will probably be the most interesting for me because I'm interested in natural healing and the professor lives in Mexico and spent a lot of time studying regular and medical anthropology in areas I'm familiar with. And inside I'm a Mexicana.

8. My husband rocks because on the two nights I'm at school he's shuttling kids to soccer practices, which also means they need baths after. I would be lost without his support.

9. I'm crazy. But there is one other crazy chick in my cohort. And we sat next to each other randomly. She has three kids too. There seems to be only one other person in the program with a child.

10. I've wondered why I ended up in the cohort that requires an hour drive each day, but maybe it's because this other mom and I will be great encouragement to one another.

11. I see students further into the program in their scrubs, everyone chatting and bonded and I get excited. I will be there before I know it.

12. Thursdays will still be my favorite. And when I'm most tired. I'm thankful to have a chunk of days I don't have to drive and go to class.

13. I told Lily she was going to do "school" with me this year. I need to find some preschool curriculum for her!

14. I am blessed.

15. I am trusting God.

16. I am thankful.

Monday, August 20, 2012

just write 8.21.12

Just write. {linking up}

It's not something I've done well lately. And I was reflecting on it tonight. Praying about it. I love to write. I love to record my life, my thoughts. I have ideas about things I want to write daily.

Yet I have failed to put pen to paper, or fingers to keys much lately. This summer actually. Since I resigned/retired from my pastoral job. Perhaps I needed more refreshing than I thought. Perhaps I needed to rest my brain. I have certainly done that.

I'm hoping as my nursing classes begin, as two of my three head off to school, that new routines will come and my writing will resume. Writing a book is a "bucket list" item. I don't even care if said book is published or makes money, but to write a cohesive unit on a topic is something I would love to accomplish. The development of a book is as exciting to me as writing it. Like crafting a sermon or a talk. The skeleton is as important as the flesh.

Summer is winding down. My middle baby is starting kindergarten. I'm worried about entertaining my littlest one at home without her sisters and without preschool. She's not a great independent player. But somehow I will need to teach her to be. To find ways to occupy her that are beneficial to her development. I don't want to park her in front of the TV. But I will have schoolwork to do while her sisters are gone. I'm about to familiarize myself with free preschool curriculum.

I know we will find that rhythm. But it's on my mind a lot. I'm ready for it to get here, so we can start. Yet I want to cherish these last drops of summer.

I would love to know. What are your favorite books that inspire you to write?

Sunday, August 19, 2012

wrapping up summer

The summer has flown by, but I have cherished every moment. I start school in one week and Miss Rose and Gracie start in two weeks. I can't believe it's here, but we are ready.

This time with my girls has been so wonderful. I think they have really benefitted from having me home and with them for the past three months. While they aren't perfect and still have their moments, their behavior has been good and meltdowns have been few and far between (especially for Miss Rose). I am hoping that since I will still be home more even once I start school, this will continue. Kids need a parent as much as possible and I'm thankful to be making some changes to hopefully allow me more time with them than I've had in the past. Mama's need their babies too.

We've been to the beach and bay so many times this summer. And Lily is swimming really well. This is the youngest any of my kids have actually swam, but she is quite motivated to keep up with her sisters. And plenty of opportunities in the pool helps also. Last week at the beach Lily was the bravest she's been and was in water up to her hips and would even sit down in the water in between waves.

This coming week we will be at the beach at least one more time. We have been enjoying the $1 summer movies also and the last one shows Tuesday and Wednesday. Sea World may also be in order. We are going squeeze out every last bit of summer we can.

The next two summers I will be in school, carrying a full load. I should still have time with the kids but we won't be as footloose and fancy free as we are this summer.

It's a beautiful thing to be facing the next transition and feel peace and readiness. Summer has been wonderful, but routine and working towards my goals will be fantastic too. I am so thankful for God's blessings and guidance in these decisions. There have been (and still are) plenty of moments of anxiety and questioning, but I know I am right where He wants me to be.  And that's the best place to be.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Wordless Wednesday

Tore up from the floor up.


She was awake. I was making dinner. Two other adults in the kitchen.

She is a wreck. A glorious, hilarious wreck. Which I (or maybe my sister said). She looked up and said "I'm not a wreck and I'm not a Baby Dinosaur."

Um yes, I think you are.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

disneyland: pictures are worth thousands of words

Pictures speak a thousand words, so instead of a long minute-by-minute recap of our two days at Disneyland, I think the pictures are much more fun!  Here's some highlights, with a few words.

From right to left:
the princess castle was very popular with the little girls
Canoe ride. Chosen by Miss Rose. Bean refused. Didn't want to sweat. 
Miss Rose said it was her first and last time canoeing. 
The girls & I got stuck on the river rapids ride at cali adventure. 
But we got 2 fastpasses out of it for 6 people each.
Daddy & Gracie on Small World
Daddy & girls getting ready to enter the Happiest Place On Earth
Gracie not happy that I dragged her on the river ride, then we got stuck
Going in to Cali adventure
Gracie with the gorilla at Rain Forest Cafe. Her new BFF
Lily actually enjoying it's a small world. After we dragged her on it.
The Orange County dwelling auntie got to join us at dinner 
Miss Rose mad she missed the final drop on the river ride (but she rode it 2x later)

Oh the faces of Lily. Who was a little overwhelmed by it all. 
Kept telling us "I'll wait right here".
I confess, I dragged her on rides screaming. 
Which she usually enjoyed once they got started.
She may not be coming with us for our third day.
She did like the Ladybugs and Bumper Cars in Bugs Land.
And the carousel, despite the face in the above photo.

Carsland! SO FUN. Especially at night. 
Which is when our fastpasses were for, even though Bean was in line before 8am.
Gracie rode with us.
Miss Rose rode with friends.
Lily did NOT ride.
Hey Bean, I took a really cool pic of you & the girls with Radiator Springs in the background.
Oh. You took a picture of me & the girls and the street. Awesome.

Lily, ready for some bumper car action
A great family photo. Oh wait, Miss Rose isn't smiling. It's always one.
Gracie & friends!
On the way home. Major Disneyland hangovers. Gracie watching a movie in her sunglasses. Lily almost knocked out (she fell asleep just after this photo)
And later, Miss Rose even fell asleep.
Mohawk Mickey. The perfect hat for my girl.

It really was a wonderful trip. 
We shared it with some great friends too, which Miss Rose especially loved because her best buds were there to hang with and ride the rides. And we had our family time too.
We are so grateful for the gifts that made it possible for us to have this experience as a family.

Sunday, August 5, 2012

sunday set list {8.5.12}

For months now I've wanted to share music with you on Sundays. For many, many years I made worship set lists each week, often two or three a week. Worship is one of the most important ways that I connect with God. I play worship music in our home almost every day.

I'm jumping in today. Planning to make this a weekly thing.

I've heard this song before, but a friend of mine shared "Come to Me" with me this week, as something the Lord put on her heart for me in this season of life where I am stepping out and doing something new. Whenever I am in doubt, when I am anxious, when I am facing the unknown, I will turn to this song and trust in the Lord with all my heart and lean not on my own understanding. I will acknowledge him and trust that he will make the way straight before me.

I am the Lord your God, I go before you now
I stand beside you, I'm all around you
Though you feel I'm far away, I'm closer than your breath
I am with you, more than you know

I am the Lord your peace, no evil will conquer you
Steady now your heart and mind, come into My rest
Oh, let your faith arise, lift up your weary head
I am with you wherever you go

Come to Me, I'm all you need.
Come to Me, I'm everything
Come to Me, I'm all you need.
Come to Me, I'm your everything

 am your anchor, in the wind and the waves
I am your steadfast, so don't be afraid
Though your heart and flesh may fail you, I'm your faithful strength
I am with you wherever you go

Come to Me, I'm all you need.
Come to Me, I'm your everything
Come to Me, I'm all you need.
Come to Me, I'm your everything

Don't look to the right or to the left but keep your eyes on Me
You will not be shaken, you will not be moved ooh
I am the hand to hold, I am the truth, I am the way
Just come to Me, come to Me, cause I'm all that you need

Is there a particular album or song that has spoken to you recently?

Thursday, August 2, 2012

we all have hangovers

We had so much fun at Disneyland.

Exhausting fun.

Our kids survived 16+ hour days like champs.

Which makes sleeping 2 and 3 to a hotel bed not an issue because everyone is so tired.  Except for Bean last night who got nailed a few times by LilyBug

Driving home today the girls had Disneyland Hangovers.

Gracie even had her "hangover glasses" on.  Lily wasn't asleep in this photo (just looking down) but she did fall asleep 15 minutes later. Gracie is intently watching a movie, not mad.

And then a while later, the hangover claimed Miss Rose too and she crashed out in the back seat. 

I may have even dozed off the last 30 minutes of our drive. No I wasn't driving! 

It is good to be home and everyone was in bed on time, in their own beds. Bean has tomorrow off too, so we will enjoy a slow day, getting back in the groove of things. 

We are so thankful we got to have this experience together. It was a successful vacation as a family of 5!