Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Tuesday, April 22, 2008


Today is the start of a new beginning if you will. I just finished my final for my first college class in 10 years. And, I have to say I think it went pretty well! This class (Psych 101) has been life changing for me. It helped me to realize what I would like to do with my future.

It still amazes me that at 18 you are suppose to decide what you want your future to be. 10 years ago I thought my future would be in Marketing. It sounded interesting enough when I was 18 and I thought I could make a good living at it. Well 10 years and dozens of life experiences later, I realize that I love working with people and listening to them and helping them with their life experiences. I am hoping to pursue my bachelors degree in psychology and then move onto getting my Masters, with the hope that I can get into counseling here at Grand View in the future!

This class was so wonderful for me. It was so interesting and there never was a time that I felt like I was in over my head. I enjoyed every minute of it. The professor - Dr. Tom Peterson was great too. He is really engaging and easy to learn from. I couldn't have asked for a better person to teach my first class after so many years!

I am just so encouraged by this past semester. I have proven to myself that I can do it, despite so many other things going on in my life - work, parenting, being a wife, soccer and basketball games, and loads of laundry – I can also manage to take control of my future go back to school.

Oh…and to all of you that were so encouraging to me regarding the research paper I was stressing about – I got my paper back this morning and I got a 96%!!!!! Thank you for your prayers and encouragement. I greatly appreciate it!

Monday, April 21, 2008

Ahhh....Fresh Air!

Yesterday was such a perfect day! Drew had the day off (the first one on a weekend in about 6 weeks), so we were able to spend some quality time together. We opened up the house, let the fresh air in and cleaned from top to bottom. Then we worked on the yard and played outside with the girls. It was so nice to just relax and be together as a family.

One of our Grad Assistants (Ross) here at Grand View came over yesterday afternoon to "interview" us for his Family Counseling class. He asked Drew and I some questions about our marriage and one of them was what are three strengths in our marriage. It was nice to reflect on that for a moment. We both said that our love and affection for each other is a really strong part, we are hugging and kissing all the time and we think it is healthy for the girls to see that too. They need to know that love and affection in a marriage is normal and perfectly acceptable. We also said that we have fun together and we are always laughing. This is so imporatant to us and our marriage. You can always find us laughing with each other and with the girls. Our third strength was our support and commitment to each other. We have been through SO much in the past 4 years (custody battles, child support issues, loss of jobs, jobs that made us miserable, a miscarriage, financial issues etc.) and we come out stronger and more in love than ever. I made the comment that "I love our life" and Ross wrote that down saying that most people don't make comments like that, but it's true. Even though we have our ups and downs and little arguments, we have a great life and I love it and I love my husband and he loves me. What could be better?

After our interview Ross wanted to see us interact with the girls and do something fun. So we all played outside. Jules rode her new trike while Ross and Mary played soccer. Did I mention that Ross plays for the
Des Moines Menace? Mary was in heaven learning from a pro! It was a fun afternoon and it was so nice to get outside and enjoy the weather. As Ross was leaving, Jules stood at the door and said "Bye Ross" and blew him kisses. It was so cute. She seemed to be pretty taken with him. :o)

After that we went for a drive around town and to get ice cream. It was such a great day and it was so nice to spend time with my wonderful hubby!

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

I've been "tagged" by my friend - the fabulous Lori Eilers to fill this out. I LOVE these type of things!!!

A- Attached or Single: Happily attached to the man who makes me a better woman - my gorgeous husband Drew.

B- Best Friend(s): My sis Lauren, Rochelle, Annette, Drew, my list could go on and on, I am blessed with so many wonderful friends!

C- Cake or Pie: Mmmm, cake - Almond or Coconut Creme cake from 'Let Them Eat Cake' in Valley Junction! Delish!

D-Day of Choice: A Saturday in the spring - I love to open up the house, get it sparkling clean and let in the fresh air (of course this has yet to happen this year....)

E-Essential Item(s): A bath everyday - I need those few minutes to myself, or I will go insane (more so, than I already am...)

F-Favorite Type of Music: Usually Christian Worship, or anything 80's

G-Gummy bears or worms: Haribo Gummy bears are my fave!

H-Hometown: Urbandale, IA - One of the best cities in the country to live according to Forbes Mag! Ah yeah!

I-Indulgences: Clearance Racks and Almond or Coconut Creme cake from 'Let Them Eat Cake'

J-January or July: Ugh! Neither - I will take May or June anyday!

K-Kids: 2 - The greatest step-daughter in the world - Mary and the cutest toddler in the world - Julianna

L-Last movie: This is bad that I have to sit here for a minute and think about this. I think it was "Fool's Gold" with Drew, Lauren and my cousins Katie and Rachel

M-Marriage Date: June 5, 2004 (almost 4 wonderful years!)

N-Number of Siblings: 2 sisters and 2 brothers and one brother-in-law

O-Oranges or Apples: Hmmm, depends on my mood, but I can usually go for a bright juicy orange any day. Especially when I am pregnant!

P-Phobias or Fears: Snakes and dying before my kids are older.

Q-Quotes: "Life is not measured by the amount of breathes we take, but by the moments that take our breath away"

R-Reasons to Smile: My husband's love for me, and my daughters laughter and excitement over everything!

S-Season: Fall - I love new sweaters and walks in the brisk air!

T-Tag: Rochelle Wallace and Jen Larsen

U-Unknown Fact About Me: I have a fascination with saying words backwards really fast. For some reason, my brain can see a word and then see it backwards and I can talk in complete sentences backwards. My family thinks it is weird and fascinating at the same time!

V-Vegetarian or Oppressor of Animals: When I am pregnant - vegetarian, the smell/thought of meat makes me want to yack, but other than that me likey my pork chicken and steak!!! (ground beef, not so much...)

W-Worst Habit: Being impatient. I am always on the go and when things slow down a bit I don't know what to do.

X-X-rays or Ultrasounds: Interesting question, I will have to go with ultrasounds. Listening to Julianna's heartbeat for the first time was one of the best memories of my life! - even if we thought it was a boy's heartbeat we were listening to! :o)

Y-Your Favorite Food: Where do I start? Drew's Alfredo, Drew's BBQ sauce, Drew's cheesecake, Drew's BBQ (steak, porkchops, talapia), oh and Almond or Coconut Creme cake from 'Let Them Eat Cake'!!!!

Z-Zodiac: Taurus - Just a reminder that my 30th (that's right 30th) birthday is only 19 days away!!!!

Monday, April 7, 2008


.....this is going to be a crazy week. Here is a list of what my week looks like:

~ Start studying for finals

~ Finish 8 page research paper on Media Violence

~Help Drew cater a banquet for 120 pp tomorrow night

~ Clean my house (I hate leaving town and not having the house clean)

~ Tackle 6 loads (at least) of laundry

~ Buy new running shoes (those of you who are moms, know how hard a simple task like this is to do)

~ Spend time with Jules

~ Pack for Jules' weekend at Grandma's

~ Pack for Chicago

~ Take 15 college students (who rock) to Chicago for an Orientation Conference

Oh, and work a normal 40 hour week!!!!

I need a vacation from life so bad!!

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Catch Up....

...Whew, what a crazy couple of weeks. Julianna and I flew down to Phoenix a couple of weeks ago. It was nice to be able to see my mom and spend time with my family. We had a beautiful memorial service for my Grandmother on Friday, March 21st. My step-dad played music and my sister Lauren spoke. It was a nice way to remember my grandmother.

Jules and I decided to drive back with Lauren, rather than fly back. It was a LONG trip on the way down and while Jules handled it well, I could not imagine trying to do it again, especially when our trip home was a midnight flight and we wouldn't get home until 10:30 a.m the next day. It would be BRUTAL. So we left last Tuesday morning and drove for 18 hours (lots of stops) to Oklahoma City. We slept in a hotel there for about 5 hours and then headed to Des Moines. It was a nice trip and other than a toddler who was sick of her car seat, it was pretty uneventful. It was so nice to be home and be back with Drew. Jules missed him like you wouldn't believe!

Now we are catching up on everyday life. I am busy at work preparing for orientation/registration, a conference, summer housing AND studying for a test that will be brutal for my psych class as well as producing an 8 page paper by Monday. I am on overload and I can't wait for this time next week!!!

The restaurant where Drew is a chef opened yesterday. The place is amazing and the food is delicious! I know that they are going to be very busy and successful! It is so nice to see Drew happy with his job once again!

Thanks to everyone for your thoughts, prayers, cards, emails and phone calls over the past couple of weeks, you don't know how much I have appreciated them!