Tuesday, June 25, 2013

FO Baby Hammocks

This past week has been busy. While finishing the kids' invitations, I also got two orders on Etsy for baby hammocks photo props. I actually really like knitting these because they take next to no time to knit and next to no thinking involved.

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Half Way to My Degree

I share so much about my kids, my crafts, and everything else, but not too much about something that takes up a lot of my time; school. I decided to go back to school around Christmas of 2011. I was tired of feeling like my dream of becoming a lawyer was never going to happen. After hearing about how I can complete my Bachelor's degree completely online at Baker, I was sold. I applied at the end of December and was almost immediately accepted. I had to take an online success course, which caused me to start my first quarter halfway through the winter quarter of 2012.

The online program at Baker that I am enrolled in has four available quarters each year. These quarters are divided into two six week periods. I began taking a full-time course load of twelve credit hours; one class during the first six week period and two during the second six week period. This was not challenging enough for me, seeing as I made the Dean's List no problem, and I certainly did not want to actually take four years to complete my degree. I upped this course load to sixteen credit hours (I was only allowed to register for a maximum of seventeen without assistance). When I made the President's List with these sixteen credits, I decided to beg ask if I could add one more class to the next quarter. It was somewhat difficult to get this approved because my advisor was skeptical about my taking my English class with another class the previous quarter. When I made the President's List while taking a class with my English class against her advisement, she was easier to convince.

So began my journey of taking twenty credit hours per quarter, a total of five classes. I just started my second summer quarter and am past my halfway point for finishing my Bachelor's degree. Yes that's right, I will finish my four year degree in a total of two years. I will be graduating with my Bachelor's in Criminal Justice next spring! I am beyond excited and can taste law school already. I have made the Dean's List every quarter so far, with the exception of one which is when I made the President's list. I don't mean to sound like I am bragging or that I think I am amazing, but I am damn proud of that accomplishment.

I have looked into law school and have decided to attend Cooley Law School in Grand Rapids. This was mostly based on the fact that I do not want to uproot my family for me to go to school for three years and I certainly do not want to live away from them for any amount of time during the week. So instead I am going to start at Cooley (pending acception) in the fall of 2014. I have also looked into their law programs and with my current GPA (and hoping I get at least a 143 on my LSATs) I can take an accelerated program. This will allow me to get my Juris Doctorate in two years rather than three. Translation? I would graduate from law school in the spring of 2016! Even further translation? I will have completed my Bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice AND my Juris Doctorate in a total of four years!!!

I am determined to get my schooling done as soon as possible and am willing to work my butt off to do so. I impress myself by doing so well in school while tending to all my other responsibilities. And the funny thing is is that I am still looking to add more to my plate! I have recently applied for a couple of office jobs that are part-time. I am hoping to get one of these jobs to help pay for my schooling as well as provide for my family while I am still in school. Anyone who knows me well knows that the more that is on my plate, the better I do. So here's to being halfway to completion of my bachelor's degree! One more year to go!

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

The Angry Birds meet Rapunzel

Angry Birds. Rapunzel. What do these two things have in common? Well, usually nothing. However, with two toddlers born 2 weeks apart and being pregnant again this summer, I decided one party for the two of them would be a lot less stressful for this momma. I'm a theme picker. I have to have a theme to the parties I throw. But how could I choose what one kid loves over the other? I couldn't.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

29 Week (and 3 Day ) Update

It seems that this last part of my pregnancy has been flying past. Maybe time knows that I don't quite feel that I have everything ready. I still have so many things that need to be finished around the house before a newborn gets here. I've eased up a bit on my "nesting mode" but still feel that I am constantly wanting to reorganize or remodel something in our house. With Nolan and Ryenn having their birthday party coming up, these things have taken a back seat.

Monday, June 17, 2013

WIP Nolan's Patchwork Blanket

With Wyatt's and Ryenn's blankets finished, Nolan just had to have his too. I decided to make his sports themed. Adam and I don't really agree on who are our favorite teams. For college football I am a Notre Dame fan and he is a U of M fan. For pro football, I am a Patriot fan and he is a Lion fan. Baseball is the only one we agree on. We both like the Tigers. Now I will say that I didn't really ever follow baseball until I met him but when I did, I followed the Yankees. However, he has converted me to a die hard Tiger's fan. So making Nolan's blanket in Tiger's colors was a no brainer.

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Nolan is 3!

3 years. It has been three years since my little guy entered this world. I feel like it was just yesterday that I was wondering if it was my water that broke or if I had peed on the floor. My labor with Nolan was no where near how the movies portray it. When counting contractions, I wasn't even sure I was having them. I thought it was a false alarm. I was 6 days early. I was happy that I was getting to meet my little guy, but I felt like it was another false alarm. I wasn't in pain. I wasn't sure if my water actually broke. I couldn't really feel contractions. That changed, though. I definitely could feel my contractions later on and begged for the epidural to get there. After 8 hours of labor (counting from the time my water broke until he was born) with 1 hour of that being pushing time. He was born at 4:11 am on June 16, 2010. He was 7 lbs 14 oz and 20.5 in long. 

Thursday, June 13, 2013

First Zoo Trip of 2013

I always love going to the zoo. I made plans to go with my sister, Jessi, and her kids to go to John Ball Zoo about a week ago. She has Wednesdays off from work and thought it would be fun to check it out. We had such a great time.

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

WIP Winter Lace Sweater

With summer having just started, the last thing people want to see is anything about winter. But knitters got to knit, and this usually includes things for the winter. I knit a similar sweater to this for my self last year but the summer version. I also knit my mom this exact version (which I have yet to share a FO post about) for Chirstmas this past year. I have had this on my to do list for a while, so I decided to knit one up quick.

I am unsure of the brand of yarn I am using because it is strictly yarn I found in my stash, but it is a worsted weight. I got like 6 boxes of yarn from my grandmother that passed away on my dad's side a while ago and have slowly been using up the yarn. This would be one of those projects. I am assuming it is a Red Heart product of some sort, because most of her yarn was Red Heart. I am not sold on the color completely yet, but am hoping that once it is knit up that the bright red is better when worn. I guess if worse comes to worse, I try dying the yarn a different color.

Monday, June 10, 2013

Remember Me for These 10 Things

Everyone wants to leave behind a legacy or at least things that they are remembered for. I saved this for last because I want it to be what is remembered most from this 30 things my kids should know about me list. I was wondering what on Earth would I want to be most remembered for. Then to come up with 9 other things of equal or similar value seemed impossible. Yet, here are 10 things that I want to be remembered for.

Sunday, June 9, 2013

28 Week (and 1 Day) Update

Third trimester! We have reached the last chapter of this pregnancy. While I am overjoyed and beyond excited for this little guy to join our family, it just makes me realize how much less time I have to get things ready for his arrival. 82 short days and he is due to be here! 12 weeks is not a long time. And with my track record, it will be more like 10 or 11 weeks. I just finished sorting Nolan's old stuff to see what we still need. While we have a ton, we still need some things. Especially in the size he will be in right away, 0-3 months! How is it that we have ZERO 0-3 month jammies left?! I didn't think I sold that many in a garage sale. AND I thought I kept some aside. Knowing that we are taking a trip down to Michigan City at the end of this week makes me feel a lot better that we will be able to get him the necessities.

28 weeks!

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Hopes and Dreams for Prosperity

This list wouldn't be complete if it didn't include my hopes and dreams for prosperity. I feel that most people wish for the same thing; to be wealthy or well off. Everyone wants success and to lack financial struggles. But what does well off really entail?

For me, I hope for success as a lawyer. Not only for my own benefit, but for that of my family. I want my husband to be able to stay home like I have had the benefit of doing for so long now or follow his dream of opening his own gym. 

I want my kids to be able to follow their dreams and ambitions. I don't want them to have to choose between one thing or the other because of money. I want them to be able to concentrate on their interests and school work, rather than the financial hardships many are faced with.

I do not want to stress over paying a mortgage, a car payment, credit card debt, college tuition, or anything else. I feel that we have been so successful this far without having to stress about money or getting into any sort of debt (other than a car payment) and I want us to continue that. I want us to continue to be successful in our budgeting, but be able to save for the numerous expenses our kids may come up with as they grow and not having to stress about how we will do that. 

All this is not to say that I need for us to be filthy rich. Don't get me wrong, that would be awesome and never discouraged. However, I just hope for our finances to be the least of our worries. So many people ruin marriages or develop problems with stress over money. I want us to be able to worry about bigger things than money. I want us to be able to focus on strengthening our family and relationships rather than if bills will get paid.

Monday, June 3, 2013

What I Want to be Most Great at

I am close to wrapping up the 30 things my kids should know about me list and am finding the subjects to be harder and harder (probably why I have saved them for last). What is the thing I most wish I was great at? This again was a difficult question. I have so many goals in life that this seems difficult to answer.

However, with that all being said, I believe it to be self explanatory that I most wish to be a great mother. Children look to their parents as their main role models. I hope to be that great role model they need. This means that I hope to be great at my job, great at loving them, showing what hard work truly means, and teach them what it means to be a great person.

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Teeny Handprints

My mother-in-law is someone I consider one of my best friends. Yes, there are times when I annoy her and she annoys me as it is with most friends, but we are really close. Most people find it strange that we actually get along so well. I guess most daughter-in-laws and mother-in-laws don't hang out and what not. Trust me when I say that I have been blessed with a fantastic mother-in-law. Knowing what is out there in the mother-in-law department, I really do think that I hit the jackpot!

Saturday, June 1, 2013

27 Week Update

So we are finishing up the second trimester this week. It's nice to know that we are getting closer and closer to meeting this little guy. I have been in nesting mode for most of my pregnancy, but I am really starting to feel the pressure to get things done. Not just things for Wyatt, but just for the house in general. I have a running list of things I still want to get before Wyatt gets here. Granted, we have everything we need. I am just wanting to get a few things new or replaced. For example, there is this baby bath that I want to get that has a shower sprayer thing attached to rinse the baby easier.