Friday, May 11, 2012

We're not in Kansas anymore...

It's been about 2 months since we moved to Arizona now, and so far we are loving it here. However, I have definately realized a few things since we've been here. Just to name a few....

1. We would be completely lost without the GPS. Seriously! I don't know how people survived moving before GPS.

2. Purchasing Rosetta Stone may be inevitable. I swear there are more spanish radio stations than there are English. I'm definately considering taking some sort of class....because the 3 years of spanish I took at Battery Creek just aren't cutting it. I do love those Mexicans and their food though!!

3. It's no longer socially acceptable to go places looking like a bum. It onc cared if you went to the store or to grab something to eat after you worked out or just didn't feel like doing your hair and putting on make-up that day. Well...reality check! Normal people in other places don't do that. haha

4. The desert isn't as bad as I thought it would be. I remember Kenny's mom telling me that the desert is really beautiful in it's own way, but growing up surrounded by water and trees I thought it would be a major adjustment for me to become a desert girl. As we were driving into Arizona and over bridges that went over "rivers" that were completely dried up I thought I was doomed. But since we've been here I have found so many things that I love about the desert. One of my favorites are all of the flowers and other weird plants. Who knew there could be so many flowers growing out of a bunch of rocks and sand? My favorite flowers are called bougainvillea ( I know right...say that 10 times fast) and they are growing everywhere on the sides of the road. They remind me of azaleas. I love them.

5. Eating dinner outside on the patio may become one of my new favorite pastimes. The weather was so nice when Kenny and I moved here (no bugs or humidity) that we ate dinner outside everynight. I love it. Apparently it isn't quite as nice during the hot Summer months, but we will definately be taking advantage of it the rest of the year!

6. Last but not least....I have been reminded of all of the reasons I married Kenny. Not that I forgot, but 2 months of moving and traveling with no job and TONS of time together (literally we spent almost every second of every day together before we both got jobs) most people would have probably gotten sick of each other by now. For me though, it was a reminder of how lucky I am to be married to my best friend. In a way I'm glad it took so long for us to find jobs so we had that extra time to spend together before he starts school, we have a brand new baby, and life gets crazy!

Here are a few more pictures from our new home :)

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Back in the game.... it's been a long, long time since I've posted anything. Honestly-I'm not really the blogging type. However, since we recently picked up and moved (again) far away from most of our family I decided to give it another try so we can keep friends and family up to date on all of the exciting things happening in our lives right now. I'll do my best....but not making any promises ;) So here are just a few things that have happened in the last few months. This is probably going to be a long post, so bear with me!
In December I finally accomplished one of my long-time goals and graduated from nursing school! I am so excited to be finished with 2 years of craziness and can't wait to start my career doing something that I love so much! I will always be grateful for the amazing support I had from my family and friends so that I could reach this goal. Whether it was being patient with me when I was freaking out about something or friends who were just understanding when they hadn't heard from me for months....I appreciate it all. I feel blessed to have made it through such a strenuous program.
About a week after I graduated, we found out I am pregnant. We were pretty much ecstatic because we had been trying for a while with no luck. But I really believe it was meant to happen when it did. Today I am 22 weeks exactly and our litte girl is expected to arrive on August 18th. She already has Kenny wrapped around her finger. We can't wait to meet her :)
His first order of business when he found out it was a girl.
21 wks, 1 day
Starting in January, Kenny started to hear from and interview at several different schools for their Doctorate of Physical Therapy(DPT) programs. It was a long and stressful 2 months as we waited to find out if he had been accepted and where we would be spending the next 3 years of our lives. He ended up getting into 5 different schools....which we've been told is pretty much unheard of these days because it's such a competitive field right now. He decided on the program at Franklin Pierce University in Arizona. I am so proud of all of the hard work he had done to get to this point and so excited he is finally going to start doing what he loves!
So....when he decided on Arizona we started packing. Kenny doesn't start school until August but we wanted to find a doctor and get settled sooner rather than later. Before we headed out our roomate (and one of our favorite people) Kristina threw a going-away party for us. It was really fun to get one last chance to see everyone before we left but bittersweet to have to say goodbye. We have so many good friends and memories there. It will always be home to me, but we are so excited for everything that is ahead of us though and can't wait to see what our future has in store for us.