Archive | October 2015

My 30 Before 30- The Results


My 30th Birthday Party


A couple weeks ago I celebrated my 30th birthday! Hard to believe I am actually 30! I still think of that as “grown up” which I don’t feel most of the time. I wanted to embrace my 30th year and make “growing up” fun and full of many memories. Here is a list of things I wanted to achieve before my 30th birthday. Some I still need a little work on, but hey- there is always a New Year’s Resolution! 😉

  • Lose 15 lbs– ok, well I lost 7 pounds! I started a workout routine that I have stuck to really well (with the exception of October, which has been a CRAZY month). I have never really been the work out type, so even 3-4 days a week on the treadmill is huge for me! I could have lost more, but I was able to have dairy again in my diet (I was restricted from nursing my son with allergies). I do not regret eating ice cream- that is for sure! J
  • Learn to Crochet– I would like to actually make something. I did learn how to do the round stitch in the beginning of a hat, so I would like to work on this more!
  • New/additional job– God is so good! I lost my job about a month after making my list and spent each week looking for the “right” job. I found THAT job and started this month- the week before my birthday. It is the perfect job for me- I am a Director for tutoring company- which is similar to an enrollment councilor. I will be working evenings and weekends (from home) so Jason will get he spend more time with the kids!
  • Paint something– This is something I have done A LOT in the past 6 month
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    My favorite of the paintings I did this year

    s! I have painted many paintings for my house, a photo prop board and T-shirts for a race we “ran”

  • Try a new food- OMG, I Tried Tempura from Kakaro in July. I was amazing!
  • Finish Aimlee’s Scrapbook and get caught up on Evan’s– This was a huge goal! I am
    all the way caught up on AImlee’s except for a few pictures I need to get printed to add in. I have not started Evan’s yet, but I do have the pictures and book ready when I am ready to start! I am
    hoping to do more scrapbooking this winter!
  • Write 5 handwritten letters– I like writing letters and this was an encourager to send cards and letters to some of my family members.
  • Take a class- I took a painting class, 5 actually! I love the Painting and Sipping industry.
  • Learn to cook something new– I am trying really hard to expand our tiny menu of dinner options with a very picky husband. I have tried to cook 2 new meals so far- chicken enchiladas- that were amazing. I got the recipe from my aunt. I also made honey, balsamic green beans and chicken- that was pretty good too. No one ate either meal except me! It was sad! I am hoping to try new meal options that my family will actually eat.
  • Sing– Does the car count? I was hoping to rejoin choir at church, but with our crazy schedule, I haven’t made that happen yet. Maybe sometime soon.
  • Do something charitable– We donated to the church garage sale, instead of our own sale we helped someone with. We also gave money to a homeless person. I need to do more!
  • Something different with my hair– So in the past 6 months I have cut about 7 inches off my hair, made layers and tapering and have made 3 Peek A Boo Kool-Aid Stripes (dyed my hair with Kool-Aid)!
  • Wear something ridicules in public– I am pretty sure I do this at least once a week, but I spent a lot of time in holey paint clothes in public in the past 3 months.
  • Host a party– I am partied out! I LOVE party planning, but am ready to take a break! I hosted a 91st birthday for my grandmother, a birthday party for my kids, my 30th birthday and a baby shower for a friend of mine.


    Evans birthday party

  • Do a Bible study– I did a Bible study on how to find joy in the day to day life.
  • Organize my pictures and scrapbooking stuff– This was a huge process, but I spent like 3 weeks sorting and organizing. All my scrapbooking, craft and stamping stuff is organized
    . It is wonderful to know where things are!
  • Do something outside my comfort zone– I currently take Aimlee to Awanas every Sunday night. This is very much something outside my comfort zone. I am always so paranoid my kids are going to get sick, so group play and learning in a Preschool type environment is a germ zone in my head! Each week, I ask God to help me focus on the amazing things she is learning. She has already learned 4 Bible verses, among great lessons! Plus loves her friends and teachers.
  • Wear my good clothes (and get rid of my old ones)- I have been really trying to do this. I always wanted to “save” my good clothes for special occasions, so I have clothes that I have never worn. I have gotten much better about wearing my good clothes.
  • Enter a contest– I entered a painting contest, didn’t win, but it was really fun!
  • Do something special for my husband– My husband is obsessed with the video game Destiny. On the night the yearly update came out, he was going to get up at 2:00am to play all “night”, I made him a kit with all his favorite foods to enjoy all night. (I also have a fu2015-07-18 17.43.10n evening planned when we can get a babysitter for something fun, instead of a need).
  • See a movie– In July we took Aimlee to see the Minions movie-her first movie, it was so fun!
  • Visit my grandmother every week– I did really great on this all summer long, and hope to more now that I have a set schedule with work. I saw her today, it was so fun!
  • Plant something– Well, we did not do any gardening or planting this year at all, however we did cut down trees and I spent a lot to time in the yard doing that. I also watered the grass like 4 times. 😉
  • Go an entire month without spending any money (on anything other then bills, food and gas)- We have not had a lot of money to spend on other things lately, but we haven’t gone completely without spending money- so I would still like to do this!
  • Sell something– Jason and I worked together to sell some equipment from my step father. We were happy the machine went to a good home. It would make Bobbie smile from Heaven.
  • 2015-07-25 19.49.56Walk a couple times a week– I have not this nearly as much as I need to. The kids love to go for a walk and it is good for me to get out! New Goal!!
  • Have a girls days out– some great friends and I took a painting class, I also went out with my cousins (“sisters”) for a craft class and lunch.
  • Get messy– I have done a lot of baking and it’s amazing what a mess frosting and food dye make! My hands were stained for a whole day!
  • Memorize 10 new Bible verses– I have been really excited learning more verses. Aimlee and I sing her verses in the car and at home, so I get to memorize all of her verses too!2015-10-10 16.44.47
  • Celebrate! That we did! J

I just want a “normal day”!

Sometimes God gives us reminders to be thankful for all the “normal” days in our lives. We got a reminder this past week.

We thought our sweet boy was teething. He was grumpy and whiney starting last Tuesday. I noticed he was sleepy and had a fever when it was time for bed. He woke several times in the night with his fever- even though I gave him Tylenol. Wednesday was a sad day- we thought he must be getting his baby molars since his fingers were in mouth and he had a fever. His fever was so warm- and I was trying to not give Tylenol around the clock so I used cool cloths to help him feel better. We were up most of the night- and he threw up for the first time in his life. It was horrible. If you know me at all, you know my phobia of my loved ones (and everyone in the world) throwing up. It is something that absolutely freaks me out and is the worst (except a life threatening illness) for me! Thursday when Evan woke up, I gave him a bath and started to clean up again when he threw up again. That was it- OH NO!!!!! It really was a tummy bug. I knew my paranoia was for a reason!

He ended up not be able to keep anything down, so I ended up in the doctor’s office so they could give his a quick check up since he had a fever for three days and was getting dehydrated. The doctor ran some tests and was a bit concerned about his hydration. She had to do a catheter to check for a bladder infection. That was traumatic.  She advised us to take him to the ER at 8:00PM in the evening if he had not had the adequate amount of wet diapers.

So at 10:00PM, there we were in the ER of Children’s Hospital. Now, the germ-a-phobe in me freaks out in a place like that. There were like 4 kids threatening to puke there- OMG! Seriously, it was a struggle to be there and felt so contaminated. Once we got to an actual room we worked on hydrating- which did not work. We eventually had to get an IV to hydrate him- and that was traumatic! It took 3 locations to find a vain that would work…

Not much progress was being made and when 4:30AM rolled around we learned we would be getting admitted and getting a room. This was a huge shock! WHAT? We came in for fluids. We were moved to a room. I was so happy we were there.

Friday and Saturdays were hardest days. Evan was so lethargic he just laid down, showing no interest in toys or anything. The most he would move would be to get away from the nurses coming to give medicine or take vitals.

On Sunday, they finally had a diagnoses, C-Diff, a bacterial infection in the gut. They were still not sure if it was a virus that led to all this, or the C-Diff that made him so sick, We started antibiotics and Evan was  feeling  much better on Monday. He ate some, and started to move around a bit. He even played for tiny minute. So, on Tuesday we came home. He is still not 100%, but is feeling much better.

I am so so thankful for the wonderful Hospital and the amazing nurses. The doctors are great too, but the nurses are amazing people. Even though I know it is “their job” to come check on my son and to help him, but I am still so so thankful! What an amazing career to chose. God made special people nurses!  I know I am so thankful!!!

A New Season

I guess it’s time for me to get back into blogging. I took a little summer hiatus and for some reason, the longer I take to write, the harder it is to get back into to it. It has been a busy summer and with the season change, I figure it is time to get back into my routines (hopefully).
I have a lot of anticipation going into this next week. I will start a new job, host a huge party and turn 30!! I’m sure I will have more on that later.
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Before moving into the season of Fall, I feel like want to reflect a little on the summer. We have had many fun outings this summer including an air show, the zoo, splash park and park with some friends, a couple movies, a few pain
ting classes and many more places.

I also (walked) a 5K- the Wipeout Run, from the TV show- ran for a 2015-05-28 10.48.09small time but mostly walked- we were exhausted from the Obstacle Course! I was pretty proud of myself for being willing to try it. It was out of my comfort zone, but ended up being really fun.
I have also organized and cleaned most of my house. I wanted to have a fresh feeling going into the dreaded cold seasons. It has been exhausting, but well worth it. Jason has been so busy playing video games for the past month. I miss him a lot, but have been quite motivated to get a lot of chores done. I’m sure he thinks of it as a “win-win”- play games and get the house cleaned. 😛
We have still had a lot of responsibilities to deal with, in the way of family deaths. Slowly but surely we have been2015-08-29 18.27.56 crossing off our TO DO list. We also started a huge project working on my mom’s basement. It was ruined in that crazy flood two years ago, and has been a construction zone every since. We are finally on the tail end of this project- although sometimes it seems to have no end. We are close though.
We also celebrated our sweet babies’ birthdays. Precious Evan is ONE now and my baby girl, Aimlee is THREE. We celebrated wIMG_3379ith a little party. It is wonderful watching them grow and learn every day. I think that phrase, “I love you more each day” is a true statement. If possible I love them more every single day!
As much
as I am disappointed that Summer is over, I am a little excited for the next season of life to come. A new job, a new kind of life. We will see how it goes, but God is good!