Friday, December 31, 2010

Plans for 2011

Figured I will post on the last day of 2010!

Wanted to share a few things I am looking forward to in 2011 :)

Vegas in March!
-Graduating with my BSN in April!
-Renting or buying a house next summer in the Alpharetta or East Cobb area
-Getting accepted into a Nurse Practitioner Program somewhere in Georgia or Alabama
-And a few other unspoken prayer requests!

I know that God has an amazing plan for each of us and I have a feeling that 2011 is going to be pretty awesome for us :)

"Your love, O LORD, reaches to the heavens, your faithfulness to the skies." - Psalm 36:5

Friday, December 24, 2010

Merry Christmas Eve!


Sorry it's been a while since our last update, I've been working dayshift now for about 2 months (LOVE IT!), David and I just finished both our semesters successfully, and I even made it to the President's list this term (this is NOT a frequent occurrence for me, so YAY!)! April 29, 2011 is my graduation date for my BSN - so mark your calendars. As soon as I have my diploma in hand, I will be applying to graduate schools all over Georgia and Alabama for my nurse practitioner degree :) Praying that God will make that an easy process for us!

Let's reflect back on yet another year that the Lord has blessed us with ...
-We started the year with a move back to Georgia into a wonderful apartment community and a great new job opportunity for me!
-My entire family is healthy! We see my maternal grandmother (Ivy) throughout the year because she is local, but we were especially blessed to spend almost a week with my paternal grandmother (Betty) and the rest of my dad's family this past November. I hadn't been up to my hometown in years, so that was fun to share with David!
-I started my online RN-BSN program this summer, and thankfully it hasn't interfered with our finances, my work, or family schedule!
-David started back to school regularly this year and has been doing very well, I'm so proud of his efforts. I would imagine at 30 after over 6 years in the military that it would be hard to go backwards. But he is doing GREAT!
-David and I have grown even closer together in our relationship with God. We have been regular participants in married couple groups with a couple churches all year, so very thankful to have found our "home" with Johnson Ferry's new group for newly married couples called "The Union". It's great to see so many other couples in the area sharing their faith together each week!
-We have some of the best friends a couple could ask for. I am so thankful to have friends that love everything about us, the good and the bad. That's all we can ask for, right!?

May the Lord continue to bless you and your family!

Psalm 106:1
Praise the Lord! Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever!

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Countdowns!

15 Days Until Day Shift (October 24)
77 Days Until Christmas
84 Days Until New Years
147 Days Until Vegas
201 Days Until I Graduate

Only a few things to look forward to :)
YAY!

Monday, September 27, 2010

Busy Busy Bee


Recently, a bunch of people have been telling me that I do too much. I've been trying to decide if I'm crazy since I enjoy doing so many different things. Here is what I'm currently involved in on a weekly basis.


Nursing - Full Time (3 - 12 hour shifts)
School - Full Time
Small group with church (every Sunday)
Doing hair (Color, cut, updo, assisting at the salon, apprenticing to get my license, you name it!)
In-Home Party Business

And the things that will never change, but should not be forgotten ...
Maintaining my relationship with Christ
Being a good wife
Keeping the house somewhat organized
Paying the bills
Running errands
Etc.

I think I like my busy schedule because everything I do it so different (and it evens me out), but what are your thoughts? When I look at this list ... I'm not willing to get rid of any of these things, really. I've done them all for so many years that I don't know how to say NO if that makes any sense.

Gimme some feedback :)

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Not Having It!

Here is an update on how are dogs are liking the feeders ...
video

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Spoiled Rotten

For the last few years I've always taunted my mom about purchasing automatic dog feeders for their golden retrievers.

With me working 12 hour shifts it's hard to make sure that my sweet dogs are getting fed twice a day. So, I recently splurged on some automatic pet feeders that are on their way in the mail as we speak :)

I'll let you know how they work! Here's a picture of them ...


They each carry 10 lbs of food which will mean that I MIGHT have to refill them once every other week :)

Happy Belated Birthdays Kiwi (June) and Mango (February)!!!

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Early Birthday Gift to Myself!

Aren't those the best gifts!? My 26th birthday is a week from tomorrow and I finally decided to splurge and get me one of these



iPod Touch - 32g 3rd Generation
7,000 songs
40 hours of video
Faster performance
Earphones with Remote and Mic
Along with Many other Features :)

I had struggled with this decision for a long time (since I've never owned an MP3 player of any sort) about whether to suck it up and do the iPhone or the iPod Touch and the decision ultimately came down to that I don't want to pay an extra $15-30 a month. The iPod Touch does EVERYTHING except phone calls, pictures/videos, and text messages (which my current cell phone does very well without any extra fees a month). A few of our friends have the iPod Touch and love them, so I can't wait to get mine :)

So, Happy Early 26th Birthday to ME!!!

Friday, June 11, 2010

Light at the end of the tunnel!


I'm finally headed to day shift, yahoo! I can't wait to have enough energy to work out regularly, work at the salon more often, and spend time with family and friends when they are awake! An answer to my prayers :)

Monday, May 24, 2010

Happy Anniversary

We just celebrated our one year anniversary (5/23/10) this weekend in Helen, Georgia (a little over an hour away) in a beautiful cabin. We saw Anna Ruby Falls, went tubing down the Chattahoochee, played mini golf, and explored the small city of Helen. Please enjoy a few of our favorite pictures from the trip ....

Our Cabin - Bella Vista


Enjoying the Back Porch


Miniature Golf


Hot tub with a waterfall in our bedroom, need I say more? :)


Getting ready to leave


One last hike to Anna Ruby Falls


Melting Pot 5/23/2010

Man, how this year has flown by!


Thursday, April 22, 2010

My New Love

So, I think I'm in LOVE ...

With IKEA, ha ha (got you worried, didn't I?)

I totally forgot how much I love that place .. here are the most recent purchases that we have added to our home ...


Hemnes - 3 Drawer Dresser $149

Hemnes - Nightstand x 2 $59.99 Each

Antonius Closet Storage - ~$40 Each (each drawer and stand purchased separately)
(We got two units that are 6 drawers tall, without the casters)

$29.99 for a set of two

Of course, I forgot to mention that all the furniture has to be assembled. It didn't bother me too much, but I'm pretty sure my neighbors didn't appreciate my hammering at 1 am, ha ha! I was motivated, and couldn't stop :) I'll post pictures of our new, organized place as soon as I get everything in it's place!

Next time you're in the Atlanta area, make sure to stop by IKEA .. or if you want to keep your money in your bank account .. maybe you shouldn't? Happy shopping!



Sunday, April 11, 2010

Thirty-One

I decided to become a consultant for a company called Thirty-One. They do in-home parties for embroidered goodies like lunch bags, purses, totes, towels, makeup bags, backpacks, etc. I think the Christian company mission is fabulous ...


I'm excited about sharing these cute new products with my friends and family. They are reasonably priced, and we all know that I like to keep myself busy with random side jobs .. so this will suffice for now :)

Please check out the catalogs if you are interested http://www.thirtyonegifts.com/catalog.htm .. I am not going to pay for the personal website monthly fee, so contact me directly for any orders or parties!

Thursday, April 1, 2010

RIP Sugar

Our family golden retriever, Sugar, passed away on her 10th birthday, 03/30/2010, while being rushed to the emergency animal clinic. She had pericardial effusion (fluid in the sac surrounding her heart). Soo happy she could enjoy her new, baby sister (Cupcake) for the last couple weeks of her life. I will miss you, Sugar! God, thank you for allowing me to enjoy your creation through Sugar. Please take care of her up there :)


Sugar (dog) and Cupcake (puppy) 03/2010

Off Orientation

I don't know whether to be nervous,


or to be excited .. I'm glad to be finally on my own .. but I hope I don't screw anything up too bad. Tonight is the first night of three in a row for me. So, stay tuned to see how it goes :)

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Working on the night train ..

Sorry I haven't updated in a while... For the last few months I've been trying to adjust to night shift at the hospital, working at the salon, finishing moving, and celebrating grandma's 92nd birthday up in Young Harris, GA.

Now that life is starting to settle down for us, of course I have to throw in a wrench and start back to school this summer. So I'm going to be a slave to school until I have N.P. behind my name (nurse practitioner for all you non-medical people out there).

David and I are both enjoying our jobs, but I do have to say that not seeing him at all when I work night shift really puts a damper on things. He works 9-5 and I work 7p - 7:30a so most days we don't even see each other for five minutes :( Oh well, it's the sacrifices that we have to do to make that money!