So, I really enjoy going to garage sales. SO much fun!! It is sometimes painful because you have to get up before 7:00 on Saturday, and sometimes Friday, morning, grab some coffee and then rush out the door with the possibility of throwing away an hour with nothing to show for it. Or, you can have the kind of weekend I've had, which makes it all worth it!! I'm going to be like one of those coupon shoppers and list the fun things I found at great bargains!
2 couch pillows (new)
5 outfits for T
Food Playset (new)
Grocery cart seat cover (for T)
Friday Total= $15.75
1 baby signing book
bag of yarn
1 shirt for T
Two jackets for T
1 pair of shoes (ballet style in camo print- ha!)
1 baby food cook book
1 baby food maker ($150 new- bought for $8!)
1 pair of pants
1 Truett toy
Total Spent= $46.75!!!
Time to clean out my closet ;)
Things are going well here, even though it's not always as I anticipated. I haven't started a part-time job yet, mostly due to the fact that I'm being really careful about the position I take. There are two possibilities, but both are taking forever to process. Who knows when/if one of these will work out or if I'll find something else. The good thing about this is I've gotten so much time with my sweet boy and that is the best gift :)
We went on our first vacation as a family, heading to Rockport for T's first view of the ocean. While the trip definitely had it's bumps (plenty of fussing in the car, fussing in restaurants, fussing at the beach, etc), we still had a good time. It started with a stop in the great town of Austin where we actually went thrift shopping (I was looking for some sage green shoes for a wedding, no luck). It really was fun and we found a few things to buy. We spent the night and then ate a delicious breakfast at Kirby lane cafe, where i tried the gingerbread and the whole wheat apple pancakes. Yum! After that, it was off to Rockport where we settled into our from with a beautiful view of the bay. We even saw some dolphins swimming around!
The hotel was nice and we enjoyed splashing around in the pool there before heading off to the Rockport beach. This beach is very clean and all I really missed were the big waves you find on the coast (this beach was in a bay). Truett was very observant of everything around him and enjoyed checking out the sand, which only went bad when he stuck his thumb in his mouth. Poor baby :( Other than that, we crossed the ferry into Port Aransas, drove around for a bit so I could find some big waves, and then crossed back. He also gave me the great vacation gift of sleeping through the night twice- something he hasn't done in awhile. I really enjoyed the mornings when he was still asleep and I went downstairs to grab our breakfast so we could eat it out on our balcony before he woke up!
All in all, a success and I look forward to our next trip and letting him explore the world around him :)
Well, my job was short lived- one day to be exact. I went to attend the first day of orientation, only to find out we would not be oriented. Oh, and would you please see these three patients, then we'll meet up to go over how to enter notes into the computer. Well, after a crazy day (where, luckily, I was unable to see patients because they had not completed my background check), I decided not to go back. I figure if your emphasis on making money is SO high that you don't even take a minute to train your employees (which I had explained to them countless times that I needed), then it's not the place for me. So, back to square one. Well, kind of, I've got an interview set-up with a children's home health company, whom I have heard excellent things about. I am hoping this will be a good fit. They have fun perks including reimbursement for gym membership and massage every month. I've never even had a massage, so that would be awesome! Definitely not necessary, but I think it shows they value their employees and want them to take care of themselves. Hopefully I'll get a better idea on Tuesday. It would be two days a week, but slightly less hours. We shall see ;)
Other than that, my sil and bil and their two kids are staying with us for a few weeks. They live in another state, so having them here has been really fun! The house is a lot more active, but I like it and enjoy having all the silliness that little kids bring! It also shows me how we really can fit people in our house. In fact, my other sil and bil and their two kids stayed a few nights as well and we all managed fine! Thank goodness for air mattresses and flexible people. It made me so thankful to have a house that I can share with other people and hopefully make them feel at home in.
Speaking of which, I organized a devotion and dessert night for the ladies at our church, and it was so fun! I really wanted us to get a chance to sit around and visit, and chocolate and decaf really help make that happen :) I talked a little about Elijah and how God dealt with his discouragement and how we can be and receive encouragement, but most of the time we sat around and talked, which is what I was hoping would happen. Look forward to doing it again :)
I've also done some nail-biting recently due to the close Mavericks games! Good grief. I want them to win SO bad, which makes it painful to watch them keep it close until the last second. Hopefully they'll get another win tomorrow, and grab one in Miami.
And I randomly had my first brush with a migraine today. Yuck. I had those fuzzy colors in my eyes that you get after staring at a light, but they wouldn't go away. They kept growing then flickering, and then I got pain in the center and side of my head. Luckily, T was taking a nap so I was able to completely relax and lay out on the couch, even grabbing a quick nap. By the time I woke up it was a dull headache and is barely sitting at the back of my head. Thankful it was not worse! I can see why people hate them.
And Truett is doing well! He's getting more wiggly, interactive, and strong. I could (and sometimes do) watch him all day. What a blessing children are.
And to wrap up:
"But if you try sometimes, you might just find you get what you need" :)
Well, ready or not, I'm starting my new job tomorrow. I'm already fighting stomach butterflies at the thought of trying something new, and the fear of not being good at it :P But, I keep reminding myself it is only for a short amount of time and then I get to come back home to my baby :) The plan for now is to work 6 hours on T and Th, but my orientation is tomorrow and then I'll begin that schedule. At orientation, I'll have to be their 8 hours, so that will be harder but I'll make it through (right?!?). Also, I'm a little apprehensive about leaving Truett, though he will be in the Excellent hands of my MIL. I think once I get the hang of it, it will be nice to get out for just a bit and then be back home :) The good part is that I can start my day as early as 7:00, so I will hopefully leave before he's awake, and then be back by 2:00-2:30. This is all depending on whether I get up that early... ha!
In other news, seriously great win for the Mavs last night! C had given up on watching it when they were behind 15 in the last 5 minutes, but I've sat through too many of my dad's bb games to think there couldn't be a turn around. So, just before we headed to bed, I checked the score one more time and they were only down by 2!!! Then, they tied it up and went into overtime, where they won by five!!! Yay! This pretty much secures their western conference victory, which means we are (almost) in the final two. Good grief, they're going to give my high BP!
In sad news, I had to take my cat Valentine to the vet for the first time in 10 years because she was sick :( She was seriously dehydrated. I thought she'd been throwing-up from furrballs, but I walked in and found her just lying on the floor next to her food and water and barely responding to me. So, off to the vet she went where she's stayed overnight and received IV treatments and blood tests. One of the tests showed she has moderately high sugar levels in her blood, which could be pre-diabetes I guess. Still not sure what's causing all of this. Hopefully we will find out today, and it wont be something that requires constant meds. But she was pretty pathetic yesterday :(
Oh, and T is doing well. He keeps me constantly entertained, and is So stinkin' adorable! He's also asleep right now, so I should go get something productive done ;)
I spent $25 dollars today and got a nice nightstand, 2 cute toys and a book for Truett, a couple of chocolate chip oatmeal cookies, and an Coleman oil lamp for camping. I'm loving getting back into garage saleing! Thanks to the work of a few weekends ago, I'm stocked up on great 6 month onesies for Truett, the next level of carseat, lots of fun toys for when he's moving, around more :) How nice to buy lots of almost new things for the price of one thing in the store!!
I have an interview scheduled for Monday, it's for a skilled nursing unit. It's nice, clean, and new, which is promising. When I was at the open house, many residents were up, dressed nice and neat, and moving around. That in itself was impressive. Praying that is a good fit- they seem interested in my part-time availability in spite of the fact I am a newbie to this setting and have a lot to learn. But I have enthusiasm :) The hard thing about this setting is many of these places are depressing and/or unethical in their therapy practices. I get the feeling this isn't one of those, so hopefully I'll get a better feel in Monday. This is the first step in what I'd really like to eventually do- adult home health. There is a huge need for it, the hours are flexible, and it would be even closer. I'll keep you posted :)
Mother's day is coming up- what a wonderful mom I have who has set such an example for me! She is one of the best blessings in my life, a godly example, extremely positive and determined, energetic, encouraging, always ready to listen, and full of love! She makes a pretty good Mimi too ;) Thanks Mom! It's also my first Mother's Day as a mom, there really aren't words for what a blessing this is. Truett is a wonderful gift and I am privileged to be his mom. He gives us so much joy everyday. Happy Mother's Day to everyone out there!