Friday, June 25, 2010

Family, birthdays and bbqs!

It has been a wonderful couple of weeks. My mom and siblings came into town last week and this week we had Caleb's parents in town. Both visits were laid back and relaxing, we slept in, ate good food, went for walks with Nathan and just had a great time with family.

I just wrapped up one of my final classes and now only have two more grad. classes to go before my student teaching! I start one on July 7th and then the last one is during fall semester. I do have two online education classes still, I'm working on one now and the other will be in the fall but I can't believe how close I am to being done! I can't wait!

Nathan, amazingly enough, is TEN MONTHS old today. I still can't believe it...I know I've said that every time I've mentioned how old he is in my past posts, but it's true. Time goes by way too fast. I've already got everything we need for his birthday. We're going to have a small family party at the lake in Oklahoma next month and then a slightly larger party at the end of August right around his actual birthday.

Speaking of birthdays, I turned 25 last week. I'm still in a bit of denial over it. Not that it's old, but I'm definitely an adult now, there is no question about that. Despite the fact that I have really stepped into an adult life in the last five years, it's still a weird concept.

Tonight we have a cook-out at some friends of ours house. Some of the young couples in church formed a small group and we try to meet every month. Usually we get a babysitter for all of the kiddos, but we're doing a family thing this month. It should be a lot of fun.

Hopefully I'll be able to update again soon. Perhaps with a few new pictures?

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Happy Father's Day to all of the wonderful daddies out there!

Sunday, June 13, 2010

As promised...

A post! Yes, I have been home for four days now and am just getting around to posting, but I have been basking in all that is stay-at-home mommy and have thankfully found little time on the computer. I was actually excited to take Nathan to the grocery store with me on Saturday, something I'm sure a lot of mommies think I'm nuts for, but I never get to do it! I'm usually going after work and don't get to bring him with me. I bought a shopping cart cover in April that I just got to use this weekend! Anyway, I'm enjoying the little things.

Over the last four days my little man has hit three milestones...he is now waving, clapping and pulling up on his own. Amazing what they can do in a small amount of time. It's also amazing how quickly they go from baby to toddler. I have to say I'm not looking forward to this part of parenting...the whole "leaving the nest" mentality is hard. Sure, we get them for a lot longer than any other species but it still hurts just thinking about it. After Nathan started doing all of these "big-boy" things this weekend it just seems so real. In two months my baby will be a one year old! Excuse me while I go cry...

Speaking of birthdays, I turn twenty-five on Friday. I'm sure my own mother is wondering how I went from a tiny little baby to a twenty-five year old so quickly. This is a hard birthday, when you're in your early twenties you're still very much a "young adult" but once you hit twenty-five you can't really claim that anymore. You're an adult, pure and simple. I keep wondering when this happened...when and how did I get to be a real live adult? Wasn't I in high school not that long ago? The years just get quicker and quicker.

I also want to use this post to thank my amazing husband. I think the poor guy has taken a seat on the back burner completely unintentionally and I'm so sorry! With my classes, work and Nathan I have had precious little time to spend with Caleb. Usually it's only an hour, maybe two after Nate has gone to bed. However since his bedtime is 8pm, and I am exhausted by 10...well, you can see that there leaves little time for Caleb and I. I hope he knows how much and love and appreciate him and I couldn't do all I do without him (and God of course)!

Well, My mom and siblings are in town and tomorrow we're going to lunch and a museum since it's supposed to rain all day. I had planned to hit the botanical gardens but the weather has caused us to re-think that idea. I've made it all the way to 11 this evening, but then again, I'm not working! Good night!

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Update, update, update!

Wow, I've fallen behind on everything. Not only have my blog posts been neglected, but so have the blogs I read. I haven't been logging into Google Reader lately. What's going on with me? ;-)

Well hopefully once school gets out (less than a week away!!) I'll be able to keep up with every one's posts and occasionally post my own. I hope I'm not spending too much time online since my goal this summer is to be a stay-at-home mama and take Nathan on walks, go to the park and the beach as well as set up play dates with our friend Ashleigh...but I'm sure I'll have a little down time to update.

Something that has been on my mind the last few days is the prospect of us moving back to Oklahoma next year. Caleb and I were talking about it and we haven't made a decision or anything...a lot of it depends on my job outlook next spring (I graduate in December and have student teaching in Jan./Feb.) but after our last trip to Oklahoma over this past weekend, I am so ready to get back there!

I am glad we moved to Chicago and got to experience  it but I'm ready to have a yard where Nathan can play, I'm ready to drive normally again, I'm ready to not have to wonder how many people got shot (and where) every week. I'm just ready for the pace of Oklahoma life again. I am also ready to be near family. Of course my family is in Denver but I know my parents aren't necessarily going to be staying in Denver once they retire and that combined with the cost of living makes Oklahoma the winner.

I don't know, I really want to move asap but I know God may have other plans for us. I'll just continue to dream about it, knowing that a year will be through before I know it and perhaps this time next year I'll be finishing up my final year at Niles West and on our way to beautiful Oklahoma!

Tuesday, June 1, 2010


Wow I've been MIA for a while now. I will update soon, we're almost done w/ work for the summer (we get out June 9th) so hopefully I'll find a bit more time then!