Here I am, excited about running in 27 degree weather before eating a big meal!
Sunday, November 30, 2008
Here I am, excited about running in 27 degree weather before eating a big meal!
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
At this point, I've gotten married, lived in Alaska, learned how to ski, have one adorable little boy, and am getting ready to have a Master's degree. I've also traveled to Germany and Austria and went to the North Pole (a city in Alaska close to Fairbanks) where I sat on Santa's lap (even though I was 22 at the time!)
1. Buy a house with a relatively big yard
2. Have another baby
3. Run a marathon
4. Swim with sharks (nurse sharks, they can't really hurt you. I've read up on it)
5. Go on a vacation to Rome
6. Go on a vacation to Greece (I watch the Travel channel a lot)
7. Learn a new language (German or Spanish, haven't decided yet)
8. Take a road trip across the US
9. Get published in a reputable scientific journal
10. Get a PhD (or MD/ PhD~ I'm dreaming big here!)
Monday, November 24, 2008
My mom, sister, Aiden, and me
Loving one of the many reindeer
Aiden and me in front of the Christmas tree
Right before he got extremely annoyed at havin his picture taken!
Parade of Lights
More Christmas Lights
Sunday, November 23, 2008
All bundled up
Well worth it... Look at all those lollipops! (One in his mouth, 3 in his hand!)
Saturday, November 22, 2008
Friday, November 21, 2008
Aiden doesn't care that Mommy is sweaty!
This is all the snow that we got overnight, but still! Would you believe that half of the schools in our region were closed today? I'm really happy~ it just makes it feel more like the holiday season when there is snow! Now, I'm off to buy Aiden some snow boots before they sell out. LOL
Thursday, November 20, 2008
He said, "It's OK, Mommy. I'm just skateboarding!"
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Aiden has started being kinda sneaky lately and I have no idea where he learned it!
The first time: A couple of days after Halloween, Aiden and I were in the living room and his treat bag was on the desk. I was getting ready for school when he asked me for a sucker. I told him that he couldn't have one until he had eaten his breakfast. I was drying my hair when I realized he was being a little too quiet. When I found him, he was holding his treat back and he had a sucker in his mouth. "It's OK, Mommy," he said. He patted me on the shoulder, "Go dry your hair."
Another incident: We went out to dinner with my in-laws and Aiden wanted to play with the salt and pepper shakers really badly. Matt told him not to touch them. I was sitting where Matt would have to turn his head away from Aiden to look at me and Aiden told him, "Just talk to Mommy."
And then this morning... Aiden watched as I opened a drawer in the kitchen and got out a pen to write a couple of things on our grocery list and he apparently saw the scissors. When I went back into the living room, he came and sat beside me. He took my face in his hands and said, "Mommy, go night-night with Daddy." I obviously knew that he wanted to do something that he knows he's not supposed to do. When he thought that I was occupied with something, he walked into the kitchen and attempted to get the scissors out of the drawer. I told him that those were Mommy's scissors and that they were too sharp for him to play with. I took him to Target this afternoon and let him pick out some kid scissors. Aiden goes to a church preschool two days a week for half a day and they have been teaching them how to cut paper. He apparently loves to cut stuff because when I pick him up from school his activity sheet always says that he played with scissors! Tonight, he spent thirty minutes sitting at the table just cutting up our junk mail.
Who needs a shredder when you have a toddler?
Monday, November 17, 2008
Sunday, November 16, 2008
Coffee and condiments aisle: "I've got to remember that I won't be here in a couple of weeks because school gets out for Christmas break." I wait patiently for this conversation to finish so I can pick up some ketchup.
Pasta Aisle: "So-and so is going to be graduating from high school this spring. Can you believe how time flies?" I say excuse me as I try to reach for a can of pasta sauce. But no one pays any attention to me.
Cereal Aisle: "Oh! Have you heard that so-and-so had her baby last week? Yeah. She was in labor for..." I knew it was hopeless, so I just turned the cart around and decided to come back in the other direction.
Oh there was more. Many, many more! But I think you get the point. And then the line at the cash register! I think I spent more time in line than I did picking up my groceries! I just don't understand why they have 20+ cash registers and only like 3 of them are open... A lollipop can only occupy a grumpy two year old for so long! But we made it. Seven more days until we do it all again!
Saturday, November 15, 2008
I really didn't want to have to call my boss and tell her that I destroyed my cell phone. The thought of doing that kinda made me sick! But since the SIM card was ok, all I had to do was buy a new phone and I didn't have to extend the contract or anything. Thank goodness. After all of that was taken care of, we decided to go to the corn maze after all. It was the last day for it. We had a lot of fun. We went on a hay ride, saw a pig race, got to pet animals in a barn, went through a pumpkin patch, and played on the playground. We did the entire maze~ 4 miles and Aiden walked almost the entire time. I only heard, "I want to get out of here" a half dozen times! I was so proud of him! It turned out to be a great day!
A week after my boss bought this cell phone for me, it fell off the top of the car. It was barely scratched. You would think that the first time this happened, I would have learned not to do it again. Nope. This morning, I was going to take Aiden to the corn maze and my mom and 9 year old sister were going to come with us. When we were getting ready to leave their house, I put my phone and camera on top of the car so I could get Aiden in his seat. I got distracted and forget all about them. We were driving down the road and I heard a crash. My stomach dropped and I shrieked, "It's my phone and camera!" I pulled over at a restaurant and proceeded to run into the middle of a four lane to pick up my broken stuff. Luckily, there wasn't much traffic because I kept finding small pieces and was running back and forth retrieving them. My phone was completely busted but fortunately the SIM card was fine. My camera will not turn on, but I found my memory card and was able to download all of my pictures. So it definitely could have been a lot worse. At any rate, I don't think that I will be putting anything on the roof of my car for a long, long time!
Friday, November 14, 2008
Because writing in a journal makes my hand hurt! Not to mention, journals take up a lot of space (I already have 15 notebooks piled in a box in the closet right now.) Plus, I think this could be a lot of fun!
So, let me begin...
My husband (of five years now~ can't believe that!) and I grew up in the same town. We went to the same high school, but didn't know each other. I met him on my first day of college in Calculus class. We started dating pretty soon after that although, I thought we were "just friends" for the first month! Matt decided to go into the Air Force after September 11, but he didn't leave for basic training until September 2002. We had been dating for a year by that time and when I went to San Antonio for his basic training graduation, he proposed to me. Actually... he had already asked me on the phone, but that's a story for another day. Matt told me that he was able to make a wish list of places that he would like to be stationed and he asked my opinion. I really wanted to stay in the South, but I told him anywhere but Alaska. So imagine my surprise when he calls me up and tells me that he was being stationed in Anchorage. Oh, how I cried! My dad really didn't want me to leave. He printed me out all of this information on Alaska. When he handed the stack of papers to me, the first sentence I read was, "Will a polar bear eat me?" OMG! I wanted to wait until I turned 20 to get married, so I completed my sophomore year of college before joining Matt in Alaska. We got married on September 4, 2003. And to make a long story short.. After, the first winter and getting used to the lack of sunlight, I loved it there! There was just so much to do and everything was beautiful.
In September 2005, Matt took me to North Pole, AK for our anniversary. I really like dorky things like getting my picture taken with Santa in the North Pole and petting reindeer! The next week, I was sitting in class and all I could think about was how sick I was feeling. I was sitting in Anatomy Lab dissecting a shark with a lab partner when it hit me. Was it possible that I could be pregnant? Obviously, that was all I could think about for the rest of the class and I had to rush to the store for a pregnancy test. I took the test and of course it was positive. We had not planned on having a baby for several years and I was really scared, to say the least. Matt was working late that night and I was hysterical so I asked one of my friends to come over. Matt called and told me that a guy from work was going to stay at our apartment that night and all I could think about was how I needed to clean. I was running around crying and frantically cleaning. Absolute craziness! Matt wasn't very excited about the news at first, but he became more excited about the baby the further along I got into my pregnancy.
My pregnancy... I have never been more miserable in my life! When I hear someone say that they love being pregnant, I just stop and stare at them dumbfounded. Of course, I did have preeclampsia. My feet became so swollen that Matt called them elephant feet and I had to wear flip flops to school. In January. In Alaska. Not so fun! My due date was May 28, but Aiden was born on May 17, 2006 at 1:06 am. 23 hours of labor and one emergency c-section, I was finally able to hold my precious baby in my arms. Matt had been up for 36 hours and I told him to go home and get some rest. I figured the baby could stay in the nursery for a little bit while I rested. *Note* The military hospital does NOT have a nursery! I ended up having to hold Aiden all night long. I guess, I could have called for a nurse to transfer him to his bassinet, but I would have to call them every time he cried since I couldn't exactly move due to the c-section.
In July 2006 Aiden was 2 months old, we moved back to TN to be close to our family. They have been a great help. Aiden is now 2 1/2. He stays with my grandma ("Mammy") during the day while I go to school and work. I am a graduate student and work in a research lab. Matt just graduated with a Chemistry and Philosophy degree and is getting ready to start medical school next fall. He has been to 7 inteviews and has an acceptance to a school in Washington DC. I went to DC with him when he interviewed (that was the first time I had ever been there) and I loved it. I'm not sure what I will be doing once we move, but I'm sure it will be an adventure!