Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Rocky Mountain High....Colorado! How I miss you!

Wow I miss Colorado! I would really like to get back here over the summer somehow. I'm off work, but I have to take classes this summer so I'm not sure we'll be able to make it out, especially since we're going to the lake in mid-July.

I will be coming out with Nathan (still not sure if Caleb will be coming) in mid-May for a few days for my sister's graduation. I'll have to take two of my 2-1/2 personal days that I have left. Meaning, I can't get sick from now until the end of the year! I am excited to come out in the middle of May, the weather should be pretty nice.

Right after Colorado we've got to make it to Oklahoma for Memorial Day weekend for Caleb's 10-year high school reunion. Amazing that we've been out of high school this long. I'll have been out for 7 years this May...I can't believe it, time flies!

Christmas went very well, Nathan was so cute...I have taken a TON of pictures (something I'm usually horrible at) and I can't wait to post them on facebook. I'll do a short picture post on here as well once I get them uploaded. It'll probably be after we get home. I don't think I'm able to get them on my parent's computers without our Kodak EasyShare program.

We're headed up to Cheyenne, WY for New Year's. My parents always go up to our family friend's house and it's been a few years since we've been able to get up there so I'm pretty excited about it. Plus, their oldest daughter is in from North Carolina with her almost 6 month old, so I can't wait to get Nathan and her together.

Right now my sister, cousin and I are watching "Say Yes to the Dress" on TLC. I can't wait until Katie and her boyfriend get engaged (should be happening VERY soon) so I can go with her to pick out her dress. So exciting!! Anyway, later today we're taking family portraits with everyone. It'll be nice to have so many new pictures (we have the ones we took of just us and Nathan also).

Well, off to spend some more family-time!

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Skiatook and Christmas Carolling

Yesterday we headed up to Stillwater and spent a few hours eating lunch and driving around "showing" Nathan where we spent 4 years of our lives before heading up to Morris, OK for family portraits.

Caleb's sister Heather gave us a portrait session as well as a photo package as our Christmas present. I'm very grateful since portraits are one of those things you need once you have kids, but we aren't really in a place where we can afford them.

So after we got those taken - Nathan did really well, no screaming, just had a hard time getting him to smile after a while - we at dinner at Mazzio's and then headed up to Skiatook where Caleb's extended family live.

Next year we'll be up in this area just north of Tulsa the entire time since his parents are moving from a little town south east of OKC to Bartlesville which isn't too far from Skiatook. It'll make our drive from Chicago about two hours shorter.

Anyway, tonight is the annual Neighbors Family Carolling. It's pretty special event for us this year since we have Nathan. We go around to the same houses every year so any new additions get special attention. It'll be fun!

I'll make sure to take a lot of pictures tonight and tomorrow (we have the big family Christmas tomorrow on Christmas Eve) and I'll post them when we get back to Chicago. I don't think I can post them on a computer that doesn't have Kodak Easy Share on it already.

Have a wonderful Christmas!

Sunday, December 20, 2009


After 15 hours in the car we're finally in Oklahoma. We got in about 7pm last night after leaving around 4am. It didn't seem like we were in the car for 15 hours, but it was sure good to get here! Nathan was amazing. He hardly got fussy about being in the car at all. We did take an hour break at lunch so he had a little more time to stretch but he slept his normal naps and I fed him bottles as we went.

I did nurse him in Joplin when we stopped for gas, so we lost some time there as well. Overall it went very well though. I'll be interested to see how he does on the airplane.

On Tuesday we're heading up to Stillwater to eat lunch, see the stadium and just hang out. I miss that place! After Stillwater, we'll continue on up to Skiatook. Carolling is Wednesday night and we'll have the big family Christmas on Thursday and then Friday will just be a relaxing sleep-in day. Perhaps we'll go see a movie.

We fly into Colorado early Saturday (our flight is at 6:45 or so) and will be there until the end of the week. Then we fly back to Tulsa and drive home on the 2nd. It's a whirlwind, but it's good to see family!

Thursday, December 10, 2009

The calm before the storm..

Life is about to get REALLY busy. In a little over a month I am going to not only be working full time, but my classes will pick back up with a vengeance. I will be taking two classes at Dominican which apply to my actual degree and then one class at a local community college that will apply to my teaching certification. My goal is to be finished with classes by this time next year. So spring semester next year is full of student teaching...meaning that the 2011-2012 school year will hopefully be my first as an actual school librarian!

I will only be going down to school once a week (Monday nights) for my YA Lit class. My other Dominican class is a weekend class. Three weekends during the semester...all day long. It is an elective called Libraries 2.0 and Social Networking. Should be interesting (and easy I hope!), plus I thought it would be better than two classes a week. Being out until 10pm twice a week is NOT my idea of fun.

The education class I'll be taking is "Exceptional Child" which deals with disabilities in the classroom. It's an internet class with some required observation hours. I'm hoping this will fit in okay and I will do okay in the three classes.

It's funny, when I don't really think about it, I don't feel like I'll be taking on that much. However, once I start to lay it all out and look at it, I start to get nervous. How am I going to do this? Working full time, three classes AND a baby at home? I'm sad because my free time will be gone. My biggest fear is that I'll be working so hard that I'll have a lot less time to just snuggle with Nathan and he'll be grown up before I know it. Am I going to miss out on his "babyhood" because I'm so busy?

Eh, anyway...break is coming up and I'm excited to see our families again. We leave Saturday the 19th and don't get back until after New Years. We'll be going to Oklahoma first, then Colorado. Not sure how Nathan will do with the sleeping arrangements, but right now he's so messed up anyway. Ever since his growth spurt over Thanksgiving, he's been a mess.

I've decided to stop getting excited anytime Nathan's sleep routine seems to even out. Every time he's seemed to come up with a pattern (down at a certain time and falling asleep by himself for a week, sleeping through the night for a few days, etc.) it always goes out the window for no real reason. We don't change his bedtime routine and yet something causes him to change completely...right after I've started to relax, thinking he's settling into something.

Right now I feel like we're dealing with a newborn again. He doesn't want to sleep anywhere but our arms (which might be because he's got a bit of a cold), he's definitely not sleeping through the night, and he hasn't fallen asleep on his own since the week before Thanksgiving. This, a month and a half after he started sleeping on his own, falling asleep by himself and even getting to a point (when I thought Babywise was working) were he only woke up once a night.

I give up. I'm going to stick with his same "routine" (9pm bath, book, song, etc.) and if he sleeps well...great! But I'm not going to get hopeful that it'll last.

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Oh growth spurt...

Well it was a tiring week back at work. Guess that happens when you have five days in a row off. By Friday I was physically exhausted...to the point where my legs and knees ACHED. Today has been a perfect "do absolutely nothing" day. Well, I can't say I didn't do anything, I did scoop the cat litter, sweep the kitchen floor and do some dishes, but that's it. The only thing else I've done is hang out online and listen to Christmas music w/ Nathan. We even started packing a little bit for Christmas! I can't believe it's only two weeks away and we only have one weekend left until we leave. Exciting!

I'm going to start a list of all the things I need for Nathan so I make sure I don't forget anything. Yes, Walmart exists, but it'll be cheaper if I bring it with!

I probably mentioned Nathan's growth spurt in my last post, but I'll mention again how thrilled I am that it's over (for now)! I have my sweet happy baby back...poor guy's bones must of really been aching last weekend, he was a mess. His sleep schedule got very screwed up due to the growth spurt and family coming to town. We're getting back into it but we still have a ways to go. While he is back to going to bed at a decent hour, he is now waking up around 2am again as well as not being able to fall asleep on his own. He got into this great routine of being able to fall asleep by himself a few weeks ago (I know I wrote about it) but it's all gone out the window since Thanksgiving...oh well, I'm sure we'll get there again eventually!

Scentsy is going okay still. I need to start finding people who want to have parties so I can keep it going. November went well sales-wise, but I wont see my commission until late this month. I'm a little frustrated by that, I was hoping to see it before our trip so we'd have a little buffer, but oh well.

Well, I hope the next two weeks fly by. I'm excited to see family again!