This last week has been anything but normal...
Sunday evening, my parents called from the ER while I was at the gym to let Jason and I know that my grandma Agnes (92 years old) had had a stroke and was being admitted to the hospital for care and observation. Jason and I drove down there, and listened as the doctors informed our family that it didn't look good, and that the bleed in her brain was quite large.
Well, grandma had other plans. In fact on Tuesday when I went to spend time with her at the hospital, she was being discharged! The bleed in her brain was practically gone, and she was up walking around, talking and letting the doctors know that she certainly didn't want to be at the hospital. Kinsey called her the "Energizer Bunny," and I can't help but to agree. She is one amazing woman.
Then Wednesday came, and with that came a crazy winter weather system...it snowed the entire day, and didn't stop all night. At our house we had about 6" on powder snow when we woke up Thursday morning. Due to the weather, our spring break started a day early...can you tell we were a little excited about that?
March 16, 2012
What a day...what a week...
It amazes me how sometimes the weeks can get so filled up with activities, events, meetings, work, etc. This week was one of those weeks, where it felt like Friday would never get here, and then when it did it was a crazy roller coaster ride that I wanted to get off of the moment it started.
Some might wonder why someone would want to work with "those" kids or middle schoolers in general, but the truth is, they need adults in their life that care. I love their energy, I love their excitement for life, and the passion they bring to the things that they love doing. Sometimes it seems like they are trying to make you stop caring, but I love proving them wrong.
They are the success stories, even if that success doesn't show every day.
So for them I will not take my loving family, warm/safe home, home-cooked meals and sweet husband for granted. If anything when I am at school I will create for them a place that they can know they are loved and cared for. They may make it hard to like what they are doing, but their choices can't stop me from loving them.
March 09, 2012
It has been a couple of weeks since we got back from the middle school CAUSE Winter Retreat 2012, and I think we are recovered. :) This year we got to have retreat at Camp Tadmor, and were blessed with snow; something I could not have been happier about.
|Loved sitting by the fire.|
|Our beautiful cabin.|
|Carpet Ball: Favorite Middle School Activity|
CAUSE Retreat 2012 = Wonderful, Amazing, Memorable.
March 04, 2012
Since Jason and I didn't get to tell our parents in a creative way that we were expecting, we thought it would be fun to combine my 25th birthday party with revealing our baby's gender. We found out on February 20th and had to keep the secret until February 23rd...which was a lot harder than we thought, but so worth it.
|Julie (Jason's mom), Carrie and Cayden (our baby's cousin)|
|From the top: Aunt Nancy, Val (mom), Aunt Pat, Aunt Sue and Grandma|
I got together pink and blue decorations, pictures from when Jason and I were babies,
and some foods that I had been craving lately:
We had our guests vote if they thought the baby was a boy or a girl:
To reveal the gender of our little one, I had a cake made at a local bakery.
We told our guests that the inside of the cake would either be pink or blue...
Here is the video of the cutting :)
We are having a little boy!!! He is growing and moving all right on track, which we couldn't be more thankful for. It was so much fun to surprise our family, and make it an even more exciting birthday. His little kicks are being felt all the time now, and Jason and I even watched my tummy move when he was being really active. That is such an amazing feeling; one that I have pictured for so long, but never could have expected it to be so wonderful. This mama and daddy are feeling VERY thankful and very blessed...looking forward to meeting the newest member of our family come July! :)