Monday, May 30, 2011

The winds of change are blowing...

Right in my direction. A few weeks ago I decided, with the support of my family that I would quit my job and go to school full time. It was a scary decision, but one that I am proud of myself for. For as long as I can remember I have wanted to be a marine biologist or nurse. Since I live in the driest place in earth marine biology is out of the question so I guess I will just have to try my hand at nursing. I have so much to do before I can even start school, but I am hoping that my school on Guam doesn't put a wrench in my wheel and halt my plans.

I informally turned in my resignation Tuesday and although i could tell my boss wasn't happy, she knew it was the right thing for me. It will be hard saying goodbye to my coworkers that I love, and the 600+ kids that I have watched grow over these last 3 years. I need to fulfill my contract so that I can continue to get paid through July so, next Friday I will turn in my formal resignation. Just the thought of resigning is nauseating. I'm leaving a steady income and benefits and it is scary! I am just praying that everything works out.

Friday my girls school held their Principal's awards and both of my girls received awards. Maia earned Excellence in Reading and AB Honor Roll. She should have received A Honor Roll but she received an 89 last quarter in Science. She was bummed because this is the first time she did not receive an award for A honor roll all year. I assured her Daddy and I were proud of her either way and that helped a lot. Micaylah was awarded Citizenship for the year which was no surprise considering the girl never gets in trouble! Micaylah also found out that she passed all 3 of her TAKS tests. For those of you not in Texas, TAKS is a huge deal. It is the states standardized state assessment test and is a HUGE deal for the kids. Especially those in 5th, 8th and 12th grade. You don't pass, you don't move on to the next grade. Poor Kaylah has horrible test anxiety and since 3rd grade has never passed all of her TAKS administered until this year when it really counted. Now we can breathe a sigh of relief and watch our girl move on to the 6th grade.

We only have 3 official days of school left until summer is finally here. The kids are so ready it isn't funny. I'll be happy that I don't have to get them up at 6:45am Monday - Friday and hear them moan and groan about how tired they are. I'm sure they will be happy to not hear me yell that they will make me late to work. We don't have too many plans this summer. I need to get so much done for school and get my house in order. Eliminating clutter is my number one priority. I need to let go and just start getting rid of useless junk. My house is too small for my packrat genes. Seriously... the cycle has to end somewhere ;)

I hope everyone enjoys their Memorial Day weekend. Remember to thank a Soldier today. They fight for our freedom everyday and I pray that God keeps them safe and brings them all home soon.

Happy Memorial Day y'all!

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Where do I begin??

I swear I'm still alive and well! I promised myself that I would do good by this blog and I have failed miserably. To my few readers, I apologize profusely!

Where do I begin?? Life is hectic as usual, and with summer approaching quickly (One more week) I am bogged down. Not only am i neglecting my blog, but the to do list I have for my house is ridiculous. I have so many plans for the house this summer. Cleaning from top to bottom is number one on my list. Followed by getting rid of the clutter! I totally need to re-organize my kids room and rip their carpet out along with their ceiling fan. With bunk beds.. and ceiling fan is not the best fixture in a kids room. I have nightmares where I find Maia dangling from a moving ceiling fan because it looked fun. Yep, that sucker has got to go.

I'm making some big changes in my career. I DO NOT want to spend the rest of my life working for peanuts! So I have decided to go back to school to be a nurse. I have always had a passion for the medical field and although I know it will be hard, I also know I CAN DO IT!! I know in my heart that I will be an awesome nurse, and thankfully my family is really supportive of me going back to school. I'm hoping to start in August, so wish me luck!

Michael as usual is working his tail off. He works late, goes in early and hardly complains. He works so hard, still finds time to pick the kids up from school, spend time with us on the weekends, go to church 3 times a week and play video games. (haha) I fell very lucky to say that he is all mine. I could not have asked God for a better husband.

The girls are very ready for this school year to be over. Micaylah passed both the math and reading TAKS so she will definitely be promoted to 6th grade. I cringe at the thought of having a 6th grader! Maia qualified for the Gifted and Talented program and will begin attending a GT campus once a week for the entire school year in the fall. She is looking forward to the new adventure. She's a smart girl so I'm sure she will fit right in. The kids can't wait to go swimming, stay up late and sleep in!

My father in law has been in and out of the hospital since January when he was diagnosed with a rare cancer Angiosarcoma. The past few months have been a real trial for him and for our whole family. It has been one jacked up roller coaster ride. Right now he is at the MD Anderson cancer center in Houston and has been there since Easter. The Dr's have tried chemo and so far noting has worked on his grapefruit sized tumor. The tumor is growing in his right hip joint so he is in a tremendous amount of pain. The dr's actually have him on methadone for the pain, it's crazy! We are basically in limbo right now not knowing what the Dr's have planned from this point on. Dad goes to the Dr Monday and this appointment is crucial. This is the appointment where he finds out if the Dr's are going to continue chemo, or send him back home to Odessa. Please say a prayer for him. We need a miracle in the worst way right now.

Again, I apologize for the neglect. I will try my best to do better ;)