Thursday, September 27, 2012

Officially Announcing......

 Jacob got into PA school and we are moving to West Virginia right after Christmas!!! Jacob starts school in January! Wow! It was a long journey getting there, and it is going to be a rough 28 months, but it will be so worth it. I'm so excited. So I know a couple of different couples that have 1 spouse in med school, and the other is in PA school, and both spouses will agree that PA school is a lot more intense than med school. So I think I'm in for quite the treat. It's okay though, we will get through it. We are so excited to move and have a place to call our own again. We are excited to do some exploring on the other side of the country. The furthest east I have ever been is Missouri, so I'm really really excited. We are going to make a road trip out of our journey over there (the southern route, since obviously it will be at the end of December and who wants to drive in snow all across the country?? Not us!) and are excited to see the sights. Any must-sees fairly close to I-40? Let me know!! Here are some updates about each of us--
Jacob- started working in the ER. He LOVES it. A lot more than his old position as an RNA working with the elderly. His hours stink though and mean that we spend a lot of time apart. Most of the time we get together, we are with our kids- we have very little alone time. Thankfully, his shift changes next week and we will get to see more of each other. He is a Sunday school teacher for the 12-13 year olds, and a scout leader for the 11 year olds. (a lot of people here have more than 1 calling- at least in our ward). He is constantly working on something around the house, working on stuff in preparation for moving/school. He is a busy guy.
Me- One of my close friends started working and I watch her kids 2 & 3 days a week (every other week) and it keeps me busy. Right now I have two 3 year olds, and two 1 year olds. But there are 2 birthdays in October, so after October it will be a 1 year old, a 2 yr old, a 3 yr old, and a 4 yr old! It's been good. True, sometimes I want to pull my hair out.. Like on a day when all 4 of them are ALL being whiney.. 2 kids being whiney at the same time is plenty, and 4 is crazy. lol. But really, they are sweet kids and I'm lucky they all play so well together. Between that, taking care of household duties and trying to find us a place to live in West Virginia, I stay busy. I am also on the Relief Society activities committee, which has been fun, we have done some pretty big activities and have super saturday coming up! So fun. I'm also a Sunday School teacher for the 14-18 year olds. I actually really enjoy it, even though it's hard because they are teenagers and don't care what I say and are just interested in socializing :) it's fun though.
Sammi- loooves getting to play with her friends allll day long 2-3 times a week! I can't believe she is going to turn 4 next month. So crazy. She has been wanting to go do Disneyland and we want to take her, so we had a talk with her about how disneyland costs a lot of money and if she wanted to go, she would have to make some sacrifices. She wouldn't get a birthday party, and would only get one present from Mommy and Daddy for birthday and Christmas. She chose Disneyland and I'm very proud of her, she definitely understands her decision. Jacob's mom was showing me a present she had gotten for Sammi, and when Sammi found out she had gotten her a present, she started panicking saying "No, I don't want presents, I want to go do Disneyland instead" And when I asked her what she wanted for her cake, she started panicking about how she didn't want a party, but wants to go to Disneyland. I had to explain to her we would still have cake and open presents with family, but it wouldn't be a party with friends and games and prizes. Maybe I'm mean to make her choose and not let her have a party, but I really feel like she is learning about sacrificing something she wants, for something she wants more.
Jase- Jase is just Jase. He is still such a funny kid, and content to do his own thing. He is still soooo sweet and cuddly. He loves cuddling and playing and especially exploring. He likes trying to figure out how things come apart then get put back together again. He still loves going Godzilla on anything Sammi does. He loves destroying anything and everything. He is still a little garbage picker, but hasn't thrown money away in awhile (at least that we know of, ha) He will pull a wrapper out of the trash and dig out the crumbs from it. If he is still doing it when we move, we will put our trash somewhere out of reach!! He LOVES his dog. Keela is his favorite. And she is soo tolerant of all the obnoxious things he does to her. He lays on her, pokes her in the eye, sits on her, hugs her, kisses her (okay, she loves getting kissed by him :)) and she just deals with it. He adores her.
 For those wondering what is going on with my mother in law and her cancer, she finished chemo in late July, and we threw her a surprise party! It was so much fun! She is cancer free for the time being and mostly recovered from chemo. She is still suffering from neuropathy, but otherwise doing well.
So there it is, our crazy life!  I love it!  And it's just so fun, I'm so excited for our plans ahead.   Sometimes I still can't believe that we are actually moving clear across the country.  I just have to add in a thanks to my Heavenly Father, because He really did guide us and direct us so much in this process.  Lots of lessons learned, and growth, but never in my life has it been as evident that Heavenly Father is watching over me and guiding me as it has been the last year.  He had to humble me to get me to see it, but oh do I see it!  I'm so grateful for His guidance and His plan for our little family. 


Lacey.costner said...

Nicole, so excited for you and your family! By the way, if ever loneliness kicks in, and you need a getaway, we are just 5 hours away from charleston and its a beautiful drive, and you can stay with us! good luck, and soak up that one on one time together on the drive out here, because, well, you just won't see Jacob much after that, but it isn't that bad, and it's all worth it in the end! Yay for blessings and change!

MeganandClaudy said...

How exciting! Good things come to those who wait. You will love the east coast. Congratulations :)

Tara said...

Yay! And update! It's all so exciting :)

Tara said...

Yay! An Update! It's all so exciting :)

Katrina said...

I'm SO happy to hear from you!!! We miss you! Glad things are going well. SO excited for you to go to school again and start your next adventure. SO sad we'll really be coast to coast from each other! :(. Although...maybe we could come visit?!! ;) wink wink! Lol

I LOVE that Sammi is that excited to go to Dosneyland. I don't think you're mean at all! What a neat way to teach her how to sacrifice something good for something better. (and it would be the same lesson if she chose the other way too.) ;). Now...the question is, WHEN are you taking her?!! :)

Can't wait to see more pictures. I'm sure your kids are just huge now! :) but really--thanks so much for blogging! I wish we talked more. I still text if you ever want to get that back up and going again. :)

Melanie said...

Hurray! Congratulations on PA school -- that's exciting. And we live 6 hours away in SC, and can recommend the winter weather here, if you get bored. No snow, but still so nice to play outside!
I completely agree with Katrina about the Disneyland lesson. That is a wonderful way to teach her sacrifice, and also responsibility for her choices. It's not a punishment, keeping her from having a party, it's allowing her a decision in how/where she has fun. Good work, mama!

cara said...

Nicole! That is so awesome! I'm so excited for you guys and glad things are working out!! I miss you tons! I loved when you stayed with us! :) Hope to see you soonish! :) Cara