Sunday, May 15, 2016

The End of an Era...

Today marks the end of my time at home.  Yep, tomorrow is my first official day where I have to get up and go to work with the masses.  Gulp.  It was bound to happen eventually.

I was at home for almost two years.  The first six months I worked from home before I started nursing school.  After nursing school began, well, I was working a little from home and loving being with my hooligans.  

I am not going to lie, it was not always fun.  I am social.  I like to talk.  I crack jokes all of them time.  I need to be around people.  I really do.  All that being said, I am so incredibly grateful for the time I got to spend at home with my babies.  I will always be grateful for Oakwood allowing me to be at home, and most of all, Ken.  Without Ken, none of this would have been possible and I am forever grateful that he is such a wonderful husband and afforded me the time at home with my babies.

I am fully aware that to most people they are animals, but not to me.  The way that people feel about their children is the way I feel about Angel, Theodore, and Kya.  They are my world.  In my time at home I broke up disagreements between them, said, "we do not behave this way!" more times than I can count, and I spent many days cuddling and watching movies with my hoolies.  

On Thursday and Friday, the four of us felt a little nostalgic.  I was fully aware that many of things we were doing, were going to be for the last time before mama hits the real world.  Of course, we made each moment count and I took a few extra moments to enjoy the kitty fights, cat naps, mouse beatings, and the adorable husky sleeping in the backyard.  

My sweeties and me enjoying our Thursday night wine because when you have nowhere to be on Friday morning, you put on the PJ's and enjoy a glass or two!  Please excuse the frightening devil eyes from the hoolies.

Theodore really showed his personality while I was at home.  I know he is sleeping in this picture, but he really became my work and study buddy while I was at home.  He also mastered the need for a mid-morning nap.

These two really are the boss of me.  My life is run by two white cats.  Do they not look intimidating? 

I enjoyed watching Kya sleep in the most random places outside. We also really enjoyed our runs and walks during the day while other people were at work.

This girl and I did one of our most favorite things and walked to Starbucks together.  

The truth is, the next time Ken asks me what I have going on tomorrow, I cannot wait to reply with something more meaningful than walking to Starbucks for a latte.  I feel like I will have a purpose again, and that is something that is pretty important for this driven girl.  The biggest issue I am going to have is the reality that I have to hit the grocery store in the evenings or on the weekend.  First world problems, you know?

I am going to miss many things about being at home, but it is really time for me to take my next big girl step.  Starting tomorrow, I will be working in the operating room!  That is right, the OR right where I was hoping I would end up!  I still have one semester of school left, but after that and pending the passing of the NCLEX, I will be a Registered Nurse in the OR.  Eeeks!!!

Friday, May 13, 2016

Life Lately...

Here is a peek of what has been going on in our world.

We have had some storms lately, which means Kya is all about being close to her mom or dad.  This girl thinks she is super independent until she hears a clap of thunder.

Theodore has been studying for the NCLEX and looking quite handsome while doing it.

We have spent some time in the biergarten at KC Bier Co.

On a rainy evening, we enjoyed some time indoors at KC Bier Co.  His and Hers dunkels.

We played music bingo at one of our favorite bar and grills.  Thank goodness Mike and Katie know a lot of rock and roll.  

We have spent a lot of time in the back yard.  The three girls.

That is indeed a cat on a leash!  Ken was trying to get Angel's attention and she decided she would jump mid picture.  No cat was harmed in the taking of the picture, although Kya seems intrigued. 

March for Babies was a few weeks ago and it was a beautiful, chilly day.

That pretty much wraps up what we have been doing lately!  We are officially in vacation count down mode at this point.  :)

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Nursing School Update...

Well, well, well, it is hard to believe that I am wrapping up my third semester and only have one more to go!  I guess that makes me 3/4 of a nurse.  Even with that, please oh please do not code in front of me.  I am still a CPR virgin.  I know at some point the band-aid will be ripped off and it will be done, but for the time I am just an innocent little nursing student.

This semester was not my favorite, not at all.  I will spare you all the reasons why, but the community content just did not align with my personal beliefs.  I will say this, I am all about empowering people instead of feeling sorry for them.  End of discussion.

I was not placed in the hospital for clinical this semester, since we were in the community.  Instead, I was at a middle school, with middle school children.  It was really not as bad as I was thinking it would be.  I learned that I like middle school children far more than elementary school children.  I was fortunate enough that the nurse at my middle school was amazing.  She was basically me.  She and I talked so much and I really enjoyed spending my days with her.  All of that being said, I cannot say that I will be rushing out to be a school nurse anytime soon.  If I wanted children to complain to me about their throats hurting, I would get pregnant.  :)

On my last day of clinical at the school, there was an abstinence speaker talking to the 8th graders.  I did the whole roll my eyes, I cannot believe they are still teaching abstinence in schools.  I am more of the "wrap that shit up, I know you are having sex" party.  As it turns out, the speaker was amazing.  She brought a perspective of if you have sex, you need to think about what is on the other side of yes.  I did almost laugh out loud when she was talking about the effectiveness of condoms.  I was instantly taken back to the Friends episode where Rachel tells Ross she is pregnant.  I was suddenly imagining Ross shouting, "3%, THEY SHOULD PUT THAT ON THE BOX!!!"

I always love relating life to Friends episodes.  Anyway, the speaker was better than I imagined.  I also found myself looking around the room swearing that these kids are not old enough to babysit Kya, let alone be having sex.  I guess I am officially an old lady when I think teenagers look like 10 year olds.  

Moving on...Last semester my Evidenced-Based Practice group won our group presentations.  This basically meant that I got to add a line to my resume and attend a few different EBP presentations with other schools.

EBPing it like a boss

Our research was napping during the night shift.  Apparently, nurses used to get fired if they dozed off during their shifts.  

I have my final tomorrow and then school is our for summer!  

Sunday, April 24, 2016

A Day in the Life...

I thought it would be fun to document a day in the life of what it is like for me being at home right now.  Soon enough, it will be back to reality, so I wanted to document what a typical day is like.  I decided to document this past Tuesday.  The main reason I chose Tuesday is because I have a love hate relationship with Tuesdays.  I am always at home on Tuesdays and I am sometimes really happen about that and sometimes super sad about the fact that I do not have a place to go to on a daily basis.  What a shame, right?

Rise and shine at 7:13 am.  You can tell by my screenshot that I shamefully enjoy playing Candy Crush and other like games.  

Coffee is the most important part of my morning.  I absolutely love my Keurig 2.0!

Theodore was my buddy while I was enjoying my coffee.

Ken was at home with me in the morning because he had an early morning conference call.  The best part about the call was when Kya knew he was on the phone and started howling at the back door.  A girl has got to have attention, you know?

She got her way and decided to go back to bed for a bit.

While I enjoy my coffee, I usually watch the Today Show.  I absolutely adore Matt Lauer.  On Tuesday I happened to notice there was some purple on the plaza that looked quite familiar.

It was March for Babies day on the Plaza!  Don't forget about March for Babies Kansas City on May 1st!

Around 8:30, I took on the never ending task of laundry.  Laundry seems to be a fact of life kind of like paying taxes and dying.  

After all the fun I had folding laundry, I got dressed for a run.  It was in the 50's at the time, which means I had a partner join me.

Kya is very patiently waiting on me to put her harness on her.  She was so excited to go for a run!

After our run, Kya decided to celebrate.  Who doesn't sprint laps after running???

While Kya was celebrating, Angel was playing with mice and Theodore was taking a nap.  They obviously suffer a great deal.  

While all the hooligans were busy, I did home work and watched Grey's Anatomy reruns.  I had to work on a disaster nursing project via the American Red Cross.  

After my exciting disaster stuff, I did a little research for our upcoming vacation.  I am oh so excited about it!

To end our day alone, Kya and I went for a walk.  A run and a walk in the same day makes for a very spoiled husky!

Ken got home around 6:00 and we left to run a few errands.  We stopped at Martin City Brewery for a little dinner and a drink.

Fire, beer, and a pizza on the way is not a bad Tuesday night!

It was then off to bed to watch Friends on Nick at Nite.  Can you guess what episode this is?  

That is a basic Tuesday for me!  I enjoyed this Tuesday more than others because the weather was nice enough for Kya and me to get out and about.  The only thing I missed doing that she and I usually do is walk  to Starbucks.  :)  All and all, it was a nice little Tuesday.  I am sure I will miss these days once I am working full time again.  

Have a good week!

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Come Fly With Me...

Last week, Ken and I did something that we had not done since we were kids:  we flew a kite.  Neither of us could even remember the last time we had flown one.  I would definitely say it has been 25 years or so.  I forgot just how much fun flying a kite is!

It took a few minutes to get the hang of it.  There may have been an incident where the kite came spiraling down and I almost peed my pants from laughter.  Alas, we flew the kite 800 feet above Ironwoods Park.

Ken enjoyed being a kid again!

There is a tiny dot toward the top of the photo.  That is the kite!

I had so much fun flying the kite!  

Thanks for suggestion such a simple, fun evening Ken! I love doing things that I did as a kid.  :)

Monday, April 18, 2016

Back to Back Husky Hikes...

One of my favorite things to do on a Saturday is load up in the car, stop for a latte, and head towards Perry Lake for a hike with Ken and Kya.  Fortunately, we have had some pretty mild weather lately, so we got to do this on back to back Saturdays.

Kya never turns down a hike.  Never.

Our favorite area to hike at Perry Lake is on the Old Military trail.  You have the choice of two different trail heads at this spot.  We chose the less hilly side on this first day.  

Kya and me.  This girl sure does love to hike!

Our best attempt at a family picture.

We hiked around eight miles and then made our way into Lawrence for lunch and beers.  This and the hiking go hand in hand for us to make a day of it!

Two Alley-Oop Dunkels and some sunshine, yes please!

Ken enjoyed his day of hiking with his girls!
The sign of a successful day for a husky!  

This past Saturday we decided we could not pass up the beautiful day and drove to Perry Lake yet again.  This time we went the opposite direction, which is a hillier hike. It is my favorite trail to hike on in Kansas.  We ended up hiking around 10 miles up and down the lake.

These two had a lot of fun hiking!

The hike from Kya's point of view.  

The wild flowers have bloomed!  The blue heart flower is my favorite.

With the weather warming up, our hiking opportunities are getting more limited.  The weeds are starting to grow and the snakes are coming out.  We ended up seeing two snakes on our hike this past week.  Eew!!!  

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Life Lately...

Life the past week or so has been all about spending time with friends.  Last Monday I got to join our friend Jane at the Olive Tree for a cooking class by the famous Kansas City chef, Jasper.  The theme was Spring time in Italy and we got to taste some delicious food.  My favorites were the flat breads and of course, the gelato.

The most delicious gelato that has ever been in my mouth and you know I have had my fair share of gelato.

Jane and me full of yummy Italian food.

Last Sunday, Somerset Ridge was having their release of their rose wine.  Well, rose wine is a Jackson favorite, so it was a must to go.  Sadly, Ken had plans to play golf, so Jill joined me for an afternoon of rose drinking.  We snacked, drank, and gabbed.  It was a fabulous girls day.

Cheers for rose!

Jill and I had a great day at the winery, despite the horrible wind we were having that day.

Kya and I were happy about our Cardinals playing on opening day.  We were sad that they lost, but are glad that baseball is on.  With baseball being on, Ken will be glued to the TV.  Hopefully Ken and I will be able to catch a game in person this year.

On Tuesday we watched Katie be sworn in as the Olathe judge.  We are so very proud of her and are excited for her new position.  

Mike, Katie, and Braeson.  I just adore Mr. Braeson!

That has been our life lately.  Only three more weeks of class and then my final and school's out for Summer! Have a good week!