Monday, February 1, 2010

Busy Busy Busy

I was on a role blogging the first part of the year, but I haven't had a chance since I started my new job and school. Life has been incredibly crazy the last few weeks. I started my first shift at the hospital last weekend. I learned so much in my first two nights it was exciting. I think I made a good decision by working at the hospital during school, because I think it's really going to help me in school. We have our first test this week and most of the material we are covering is stuff I have already learned in the hospital. I also start my clinicals this week at a nursing home, so that should be interesting.
I work the night shift, 7 pm to 7 am, on Friday, Saturday and Sunday (for now). The first few times I really didn't get tired, but after the fourth shift I start to crash about 3am, and coffee doesn't do the trick so now I have started drinking a sugar free redbull around 3 and it keeps me going until 7. Hopefully my body will adjust to my new schedule. So needless to say I'm ready for summer break already ;) I feel like I have been separated from the world the past few weeks, I don't have time or energy for anything outside of family/work/school, but I know it will all be worth it soon.

Monday, January 11, 2010

Christmas x5

I know it's a little backwards posting NYE before Christmas, but because of the weather our last Christmas gathering wasn't until January 3rd, which was also the twin's 3rd birthday. We usually spend Christmas Eve at my parents and my brother's and sister's families. My parents go crazy every year getting everyone gifts so it's always a blast. Unfortunately because of the Blizzard of 2009, we were forced to stay at home and reschedule for Christmas morning. We usually do Santa and the kids Christmas morning, so this year we flipped it around so Christmas Eve was still special to them.

I procrastinated too long and when I went to order our stockings they were out of 2/5 of the ones I wanted, so this years stockings are temporary.

Mikah was so excited he jumped down from the dinner table and bumped his head, this happened immediately after. 

 They must have been some good kids this year because Santa brought them this
Raelyn's first time playing in the snow. 


Christmas Day we went to my parents house in the morning. The roads were still HORRIBLE, a drive which usually takes 5 minutes took 30 minutes there and over an hour home.

The 26th we got to finally have Christmas with Roc's family. First we went to Poppy's house for lunch then to Nana's house for dinner.

Since we had to have the twin's birthday party on the 9th, Aunt Kathy and Uncle Clay wouldn't be able to make it and gave them their birthday presents early.

On Christmas Eve Roc's extended family usually gets together but lucky for us that was postponed so we were able to attend this year.


And finally our last Christmas with the Barker's. Aunt Judy always has some crazy idea, so this year she got a bunch of those claw grabber things that make noise. She bought 10 of them and gave them to the adults, then the kids had to go to an adult that had one and say something nice to receive the grabber.


It's wonderful to be blessed with such large families, but it makes for a very hectic holiday season!

Sunday, January 10, 2010

New Years Eve

Last year we were fortunate enough to have built in babysitters (because we were living with my parents while building our house) on NYE so we got to go hang out with friends. This year I had a very bad double ear infection the week before and didn't know if we would feel like doing much, but we decided to have some people over to our house so we could put the kids to bed and still enjoy our night without having to bother either of the the grandparents with babysitting.

We wanted our friends to bring their kids so ours would have someone to play with. It turned out to be quite a sleepover for them!

Mikah absolutely loves Roman, who he calls "Cecil" (no clue why). When Roman walked in the door he said "I want a jacket like Cecil". Kaylie has one, so I found it and put Roc's hat on him and he was a happy little boy.

With Peyton and X-Man being there, we didn't have to entertain the kids much because they were off in all the bedrooms playing with their Christmas presents, so we got to have fun and mingle.


Nothing like a great night with great friends. Happy 2010!!

Tuesday, January 5, 2010


Well, I finally told my boss I am quitting my job to go to nursing school. I was so nervous before that I couldn't sleep or eat for days. I have never had to quit a job before and I didn't know how to do it. I knew at some point I would cry, but I didn't know that some point would be 5 feet inside my boss' door before I could even say anything! It was very emotional and even he cried, which made me feel horrible. He only cried because we sort of have a father/daughter work connection and I am the only person he has truly been able to trust his 20+ years working there. But all that didn't make me change my mind, because I truly believe my heart belongs in the medical field. The only down side to quitting my job is I won't be able to see Roc anymore all day, every day...or is that a good thing?

I also got a new job as a nurse tech. It will be interesting, and I'm sure I will be doing things I don't want to do, but ultimately I believe it will help me respect the techs when I become an RN.
Two weeks from now my life will be COMPLETELY different than it is now. I will have a new job working different hours (night shift) and be back in school. It's a little scary but extremely exciting.

Let the journey begin...

Saturday, January 2, 2010

3 Years

It's hard to believe that 3 years have already gone by since the twins were born.

Their "birth"day

2 weeks old

3 1/2 weeks

 6 months
 1 year
 1 1/2 years
3 years

We have had some fun times, with many, many more to come!

Monday, December 28, 2009

Santa is coming to Town

Every year in my sister's neighborhood (which is also the hood I grew up in) Santa comes around in a Pink Mustang. The kids were so excited to see him. His elves passed out candy to the kids.

Now how often do YOU get to see Santa in a pink Mustang?? Another thing our family does every year is ride the Polar Express train with Santa. We get hot chocolate and sing Christmas carols then Santa comes around and passes out candy canes while the conductor reads Polar Express over the intercom. We do this every year with my parents, brother and sister's families, and my sister-in-law's family. The kids always have a blast.









Raelyn would not take her picture with Santa, but she didn't mind taking candy from him. Luckily this year wasn't as cold as it has been in the past which made it more  enjoyable.