Thursday, February 6, 2014

2 Years

Yesterday marked 2 years since I found out I was pregnant with Joey.  Last year, at the one year mark, I was still in survival mode and I'm pretty sure that it came and went without much thought.  But this year, this year was different for me.  Yesterday was kind of a surreal day as I pondered over how much has changed in my life and the lives of those around me in just 2 short years.  The obvious change is Joey, of course, but so many other details of life shifted.

THEN: I was teaching 7th grade social studies full-time.
NOW: I hang out at home all day with Joey, have a chore list that I follow each week, cook A LOT, and design wedding albums part-time from my couch while watching shows on Netflix.

THEN: Greg was a full-time youth pastor, traveling for camps and mission trips, and working weird hours including weekends.
NOW: Greg is a mortgage loan guy who works a lot, is incredible at his job, and kicks it at home every weekend with us!

THEN: Morgan was living with us and studying for her MCAT exam while applying for Master's programs.
NOW: Morgan got her Master's degree and is living in Pennsylvania for medical school.  (She's pretty awesome!)

THEN: We had a cat.
NOW: Morgan has our cat. (It's ok...he liked her better anyways.)

THEN: On Greg's side of the family we had one beautiful niece with a nephew only a few days away.
NOW: Mady is going to turn 4 next month and Michael turns 2 in just a few days.  Craziness!!!!

I remember finding out I was for sure pregnant and did not (as I thought) have the flu.  The immediate thought was, "Oh shoot!  What if we're not really ready like we thought???  I guess it's too late now."  Then came all the excitement.  I woke Greg up from his nap to tell him and we celebrated in that way where you are excited and terrified in equal amounts.  Since then the journey of parenthood has had many ups and downs from weird sickness that could only be stopped by excessive eating to some pretty serious mood swings that to this day I stand firm "weren't that bad."  From a rough delivery, recovery, and post-partum depression to those amazing moments when Joey smiled at me, laughed after 20 minutes of me acting like a complete idiot, and kissed me back for the first time.  From scary tests at the hospital and feeding therapy to the complete and utter joy of watching my kid eat food like a normal person.  It's been such a fun, exhausting, emotional, love-filled, incredible, wouldn't-trade-it-for-anything experience!!!!!!!

I wonder what other changes I'll have to write about 2 years from now...

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Next Month...

Today I was talking on the phone with Morgan and she made the following statement:

"Can you believe that NEXT MONTH you'll have a one-year-old?"

I was immediately taken back to a year ago when Morgan said to me:

"You know, now you can officially say that NEXT MONTH you'll have a baby."

Now, thankfully that actually happened a year ago.  That kid wanted to stay in there so long that I began to think he was never coming out.  But he finally did...9 days late.

These statements got me thinking though.  First, wow, Morgan is good at remembering that September is the month before big things happen with my kid.  Second, now she will have to do this every September, otherwise it will feel weird.  But mostly, NO I CAN'T BELIEVE THAT NEXT MONTH I WILL HAVE A ONE-YEAR OLD!!!!!!!

It's so crazy how quickly time goes by when you're looking back and how slow it feels when you're watching the clock sometimes.  There have been days as a stay-at-home mom that I felt would never end.  Yet, now I'm living in the month before my child turns one and it's a little hard to grasp.  I can't wait to celebrate next month that we have all made it an entire year!

Almost exactly one year ago.

About one week ago.

Friday, August 16, 2013

#20, #22, & #84 CHECK!!!!!!

I hadn't looked at my 101 List in a while so I was surprised to see that I had accomplished 3 of my goals without even realizing it.  So here are my most recent "checks:"

20. Visit Lana and John in CA

I actually checked this bad boy off back in February when we went to Disneyland with our Suiter clan.  John & Lana live about 45 minutes away from the park so we planned a dinner one of the nights we were there.  It was great because John and Greg had never met and James and Joey had never met.  Sadly, I didn't manage to take a single picture (which means it almost didn't happen) but I know that we were there and we had an awesome time.  Great food made my Lana, lots of wonderful conversation, and lots of laughs.  I can't wait until the next time we can see them!!!

22. Take a girls’ trip with my mom (probably to their cabin)

At the end of April, my mom and I headed up to her cabin in Show Low to do some spring cleaning and relax.  We had to take Joey with us, of course, but since he's just a little boy, I'm still counting this as a girls' trip.  We completed many hours of cleaning, some reading, lots of napping, and some fun times with our Show Low family.

84. Go to the shooting range

For Greg's birthday last year, he received a new handgun.  Since then I had wanted to go to the shooting range at some point to try it out for myself.  We also had some other guns that I had never shot.  So, in March we dropped Joey off with my mom and headed out to Usury Pass Shooting Range.  It was so much fun to try out all the different guns we favorite was the .22 rifle.  (I think that's how you write it.)  I have some pictures but they are on Greg's phone so no such luck with getting them on the blog.  I'm a little bummed because I'm not going to lie, I was pretty BA.

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

"24" Lessons

I have a minor obsession with crime/spy dramas.  One of my all-time favorite shows is "Alias."  I think it all comes back to my desire to be a spy.  I don't think I'm tough enough to be a spy but I really really want to!

Since Joey's been here, I've had a lot of time to watch some good spy shows (yes...I did watch all 5 season of Alias again).  Joey's a slower eater and since I have been his only source of food until recently, I am pretty much couch bound for about 45 minutes every time he eats.  That's enough time for one complete episode of an hour long tv show on Netflix!

One show in particular has always been on my "to watch" list but I have never gotten around to seeing it all...until recently.  That show is 24, starring Kiefer Sutherland as Jack Bauer.  I had seen some of the series when Greg watched through it all, but I had never gone from start to finish.  But now...

HOLY CRAP!!!!  This show is amazing!!!!

I mean, REALLY, this show is so good!  As I've gone through the 8 seasons, not only have I decided that Jack Bauer is one of the coolest characters ever, but a number of other thoughts have been swimming around in my head.  There's the questions that people who watched the show in it's heyday had: When does anyone go to the bathroom?...When does Jack eat? (If you don't know the premise of the show, each season is one 24 hour period where Jack Bauer has to stop any number of terrorist threats to the U.S.)

More than the obvious questions though, I've had a number of deep thoughts as I've gone through the series.  So here's a little insight into the things that stand out to me when I watch tv.  Brace yourself.

1. Is our government really plagued with so many terrorist threats that we just never know about???

2. How much do the wardrobe people get paid on this show because it seems like a REALLY easy job?  I mean, with the entire season only spanning one day, people don't really change their clothes much.  Most characters wear the same thing ALL. SEASON. LONG.

3. I seriously hope that the Secret Service is much better trained than they are on this show.  These guys look like bumbling idiots when in a real protection situation...except Aaron (one of the SS guys).  He's awesome.

4. The types of illegal activities that the Presidents of the United States commit are really quite disturbing.  I would hope that in real life people wouldn't cover up those kinds of things.  Let's just stick with covering up affairs and bad money deals.

5. If ever faced with a terrorist threat that I had to help dismantle, I hope that I would tap into my inner karate kid like many of the characters on this show do with no actual training or experience.  By the end of these 24 hours each season, some of these people are serious BAs after starting as just a regular person.

6. Finally, if I ever experienced the kind of crazy crap that Jack Bauer goes through on this show, I would be hard-core-crazy-messed-up.  So glad I just live in boring Arizona.

And official word came out a couple of weeks ago that 24 is coming back for a final season!  I can't wait for May 2014!!!!!!!!