Saturday, February 28, 2009

Could it be??

More snow?? Seriously??!!?? I swear, Friday, I dressed the kids in shorts and tanks and today I had to pull their winter coats back out! No need to worry, if it does happen to snow, it shouldn't last too long...looks like the temp will be close to 70 by Wednesday!

Oh, how I love Mississippi weather!

Another test. Another week. Another year older. Another favorite

Another test.

I successfully passed another test! It may not seem important, but with only 5 tests the entire semester, there's no failing a test or it could ruin the whole semester!

Oh yeah, I made an A!!

Another week.

7 weeks down, 9 to go until the end of the semester! Time flies when you're having fun being forced to spend almost every waking minute with your head in a book studying!!

Next week: my first care plan

Another year older.

Yes, one year closer to thirty. I feel so old...and I have proof...

Went to get my eyes checked this week because my sight has been rapidly decreasing and I have migraines almost daily...I indeed needed glasses. to wear all the time. and my doc told me to give them a week or so to get adjusted to them and if I've still having problems to come back and he will change my prescription to a bifocal....WHAT! a bifocal...if that's not being told you're getting old, then I don't know what is!!

Another favorite.

I just love coffee. Caramel Macchiatos to be exact. Or so I thought....

I have become hooked on Caramel Frappuccinos all of a sudden! I was craving one tonight so I decided to google and make my own. I found this recipe and did a little's what I came up with...

Hazelnut Caramel Cream Frappucino

Prepare triple strength coffee. I filled my coffee maker to 10 with water and used 1 1/2 C of coffee. After it brews, you will need to chill it. About 30-45 minutes in the freezer works great if you're impatient like me!

Combine the following in the blender:

2 C ice
2/3 C triple strength coffee
2/3 C milk
1/3 C caramel sauce
1/3 C Hazelnut coffemate creamer (I like hazelnut so I added. Also could try french vanilla or mocha, yummy!)

Top with whipped cream and a little drizzle of caramel sauce! Tastes pretty darn good! Hope you enjoy it as much as I am right now!!

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

In case you were wondering...

I'm still alive!! Stressed beyond belief, but here!
Nursing school is absolutely wonderful!! Ask me the same question during finals week and I may have a different answer!! No, really, it's going so good!

I have passed two tests (an A and a B), learned to do vitals, assessments, giving a bath, changing bed linens, and have read so much! I was told not to get behind on the reading and that is so true. With 2-4 chapters each lecture, it would be so easy to get behind and they don't stop for you...they will take off and leave you behind so I have learned to be prepared!

I started clinicals today. I have been dreading the first day of clinicals because this semester we are in a nursing home. I am not the best with smells and have been warned the nursing home has a very "unusual" smell. I prayed for my sense of smell to be decreased as I walked in the door this morning.

I found my group, we had orientation, and I got my patient assignment. As I got on the elevator to go to the third floor, I started to panic. I got off the elevator and suddenly forgot everything I had learned....what do I do first, what if my patient starts yelling at me, or what if he/she doesn't want me there....I seriously stood at the door, frozen, for what seemed like eternity. I had to go in; we only had 20 minutes to get everything done. So I knocked...

And suddenly, as I walked into the room, the fear and anxiety subsided and everything came back to me! I did what I needed to do and did it well, I thought. When I left the room, I was shocked how natural it came. I was relieved it was over, yet so excited I wanted to go back!!!
The kids are doing great! Hannah turned 5 last month! Emma Kate is growing like a weed! Morgan and Bella are still enjoying school! And Ethan is still Ethan! Getting into everything and refusing to be potty-trained!

I will leave you with some pictures from the last few weeks...Pictures that I took with my new camera!!! I was so happy to finally get a new camera! Not that I have time to take a lot of pictures, but the ones I do take turn out so beautiful!!

Speaking of beautiful...isn't she just the cutest!!??

A day in the park! This is the only time Ethan will let me get pictures of him!

Bowling Fun!! The kids LOVE bowling!!

The picture on the left of Emma Kate...can you see how bad she wants to get out there and play with everyone! She will be crawling before we know it!