Sunday, March 30, 2014

Breakfast of Champions

This may come as a shock but I have been getting up pretty early every day whether I have to or not. I have found that I can accomplish a lot before Madeline wakes up. Anyway, the other morning I was in our office working on stuff and I guess she woke up without me hearing her. She came into the office with a cup and a fork and told me she made her own breakfast. 

Chocolate ice cream....this kid is just like her daddy! :) 

Thursday, March 20, 2014


I start my residency program tomorrow. I will be at Community and have to work the same schedule as my preceptor (another nurse). So my schedule is about to get weird! I'm excited and scared too! 

I am not sure what I am going to do about getting a job. Shannon makes you sign a contract to work for a year or you have to reimburse them for your training. Despite telling me how military friendly they are, they really aren't. So I am going to see how it goes at Community, and maybe apply on the floor I'll be working on. They're hiring so if they like me, they may be willing to hire me even if its for less than a year. But if none of that works out, then I may just stay home with Madeline until we move, which wouldn't be the worst thing in the world! :)

I made a super easy decision on Tuesday to buy Frozen. I think it's my favorite Disney movie. Well, except for Beauty and the Beast. It's a close second. Anyway, Madeline couldn't get enough so we watched it twice. 

This was her at 9am yesterday morning...

She woke up and her hair was all kinds of crazy. She told me she looked like a lion! 

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Spring Break....

So much has happened since I last blogged. The repair people replaced our baseboards, and nailed one right into a pipe in the wall in our bedroom. So that was fun. They're almost done with the repairs from that. 

We spent Spring Break in Florida. I can't believe we're going to be living there in less than a year. It was a little overwhelming because all of the houses we thought we really liked were in neighborhoods with NO backyards or they were short sales or whatever. We drove by the last house I posted about and there was all kinds of crazy mismatched construction, and rotting wood. It was disappointing to say the least. It is crazy to me how close together new houses are there. I don't think we could have even put a swing-set in the backyard in most of them. But we did a ton of driving and did find a couple of neighborhoods that we loved. 

We found two houses that we loved but we're not quite ready to buy until our house sells. But we for sure know where we want to live, and have a couple of schools picked out for Madeline. I LOVED the zoo school, but Terry was just so-so on it. They have chapel every Monday, and Zoology day on Wednesdays where they bring over an animal from the zoo and tell the kids all about it. They also have to learn 3 Bible verses a week which I thought was so great. It is kind of out of the way though. There's one other Christian school we're considering so we'll see closer to time. Anyway, we got a lot done, but had some fun too!

 I know there are people out there who don't like the beach. I can't even wrap my mind around that. This is the beach where we'll be living - we'll probably be living in a neighborhood that sits on the bay that dumps into this so it's about a 3-5 minute drive. It is breath takingly beautiful. We grew up about 30 minutes from  here, and this is the beach we always went to but I don't think I ever really appreciated it.

These two were for sure in their happy place!!   

This kid did not stop moving the whole time we were there. She was dancing and jumping. She ended up soaking wet before we left even though it was cold. She just couldn't resist getting in, and we let her because we're cool like that!

 After we left the beach we headed out to Terry's uncle's house for a little bonfire and family time. I just love that we can go to the beach and the woods in the same day! We rode 4wheelers and just hung out around the fire. Madeline had so much fun.
 And if this isn't the sweetest picture, I don't know what is. Madeline wanted to swing so I got up to take her, and she said, "No, I want to swing with Papaw!" So sweet!
We're so grateful that God blessed us with this assignment. Not many military families get such a blessing, and we are so grateful!

Sunday, March 2, 2014

This and That...

*Our house will go on the market tomorrow...I am ready but really not ready. I don't think it will ever look good enough to me. We're hoping the real estate market here will help it sell quickly.

*I start residency the day after we get back from spring break. I'll be "working" at Community for a few weeks until I get 100 hours in. It kind of sounds like a lot but it's really only about 8 shifts. It should give me a good dose of what working 12 hour shifts will be like. 

*My doctor put me on a new medicine to help balance my hormones, and it has been kicking my butt. One of the side effects they didn't mention was nausea and vomiting. I have never really had a reaction to any medication so two negative pregnancy tests later, I called them and found out it was the medicine. haha Not fun, but I think it's working so I want to stay on it. She said it should even out in about 4-6 weeks so I'm about halfway there.

*We're headed to Florida this weekend to look at properties, schools, and make some drives. There are a few options for towns where we could live, but it's kind of difficult to decide not knowing where I will get a job. I would love to just get a beach house but Terry wants a yard. And we didn't win the lottery this week. We might increase our chances of winning if we played...

*My dream house just went under contract! Boo....but I found another one I reeeallly like and its (a lot) cheaper so we may look at it while we're there. Houses seem to sit on the market there for at least 6 months, and a lot of them closer to a year so I feel like the houses that just came on the market could still be there when we're ready to put in a contract. This one is the one I love this week... haha

 Terry said it looks like a cardboard box...he hates siding. He's all about the brick. I really don't get that - anyway, this is the view across the street...makes the siding seem totally worth it to me.

              And the backyard isn't too shabby either....

And that's basically all that matters to me! haha Not that I'm shallow but a girl in Florida really needs a pool! :) Sooo Shyanne and Briane, I am expecting y'all to back me on this! haha This could be the site of the 2015 Ladies' Retreat! 

Anyway, clearly I waste too much time on zillow!

*I think we've decided against trying to build. There are a lot of new cookie cutter homes, but we really don't want to do that again. Custom home building is really expensive, and you have to find your own lot. Since it's so close to the water, it's a lot trickier (hello, flood zones and homeowners insurance) and a lot more expensive than it sounds. 

*Madeline has been keeping me on my toes lately. She's been throwing some tantrums here and there. Overall, she is really so much fun, and makes me laugh a lot. But when the mood strikes, watch out! Time out seems to work the best for tantrums (for both of us), and she has fallen asleep a couple of times during time out so maybe some of it, is that she was tired. Everyone told me, "just wait til she turns 3!" She lives up to that some of the time! :) She really is so sweet though...most of the time! 

*Finally, I have been applying for real jobs. I am hoping to start interviewing in the next couple of weeks. I am being honest  with employers about leaving, and hoping the Lord will just open the door for the right job until we move.  The recruiter at Shannon called me Thursday about a potential position in the ER and I also applied for a position at Community in Pediatrics and in the NICU. I will honestly take any job, but I looooovvveee the ER. So we'll see! It is so crazy to think I am almost done and ready to work! I'm really excited and pretty terrified too! :) 

So that's what we've been up to...doesn't sound like much but the weeks have been flying by! Terry has really busted his butt getting the house ready - I am so thankful for him!