Sunday, May 31, 2009

All cried out..well, maybe!

I haven't blogged for a while, not because I want to overlook the fact that my two kiddos had birthdays and I have pics to upload, or that Caitlyn finished 6th grade...I just haven't felt like turning on the water works AGAIN! I am an emotional wreck these days. Being almost 8 months preggie doesn't help matters, yet it goes waaay beyond that. Allan graduated on May 2nd...and we are still UNEMPLOYED. Thanks to the lovely economy and the battle over every job on the market, he is still at a loss. Just this past week we sent out over 30 resumes, applied for at least that many jobs (EVERYWHERE..he even anwsered an ad in Alaska). We haven't had a bite..nor a nibble. I am really not sure where my head is at anymore. Allan says I need to have more faith that things will work out in our favor, and I know in my heart he is right, my head just seems to overlook that. I don't want to say I am losing/ have lost faith...I just think that it is EXTREMELY shaken right now. I wake up in the middle of the night in a cold sweat because I have just deampt we lost everything and are out on the street...with a newborn. I wake up wipe the tears, and try to put on a brave face...but it seems I end up in bed that night, pushing back the same tears. I decided maybe writing down how I have been feeling would at least help me to start coping better. So, being the sabath (and unfortunately I am home with a very sick little Calleya), I have decided to vent my thoughts. I am also going to add a top 10 of things that I am grateful for, so when I look back at this post a few days from now I don't want to delete it because I sound like a total wasteland. Here trying my best at making lemonade with some very nasty lemons!

10. My home...I can at least say I have a roof over my head. (and when I am angry, I vent by mad cleaning)
9. Computer..and sites that allow me to blog like a nutcase
8. My health..a pretty healthy pregnancy, something I am VERY happy about.
7. Education..Allan's schooling brought us here, and I don't regret him furthering that.
6. My scrapbooks..I actually worked on them the other day, and I am blessed to have happy moments to reflect on.
5. Tithing.. the area I have struggled with, yet I pay it without even a sigh..even if it is the hardest thing to do looking at the balance afterwards.
4. Friends.. I have many close (and far away) friends that I know bless my life just by being there. It goes unsaid a lot, though you all make me smile.
3. My Family.. Both my Mom and Mom-in-law have been so wonderful at bearing the brunt of my tears and depression. Family is a gift I know continually keeps giving back.
2. My beautiful Children and Husband.. they see my tantrums and tears, and still love me. How is that possible?
1. The gospel.. I wanted to say "faith", but that doesn't seem right. I am grateful for a Heavenly Father who I know loves me, even when I don't listen or disappoint him.

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Twilight Baby Shower

Here are (finally) some pics from my Twilight baby shower. I will have to upload the ones I have of the cake and decor, Niki and Dawn out did themselves on that!! Little Cwynn is going to be one well dressed (and environmentally booty friendly--thanks to Julie and the organic huggies), stylin' baby! It was a great day, and I loved being able to hang out with the girls, and be surrounded by twilight too!!

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Pay it forward...

So, here's how this game works-the first 5 people to leave a comment on this post will receive, at some point during the year, a handmade gift from me. What it will be and when it will arrive is a total surprise! The catch is that you must participate as well. Before you leave your comment, write up a pay it forward post on your blog to keep the fun going (or be lazy and copy and paste like I did). Then come back, let me know you're going to play and sit back and anticipate the arrival of your gift!

I know a lot of us could use a little cheer during the year, what a great way to do just that. Spread the love all year long. Who knows, maybe we'll end up actually HAPPY in the process. I could use a few smiles around my place about now. :0)

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

His future's so bright...

The day finally arrived. After three years of hard work, tears (mainly from me) and lots of stress...Allan crossed the Embry Riddle stage on May 2nd. He now has a Masters Degree in Safety Science. (feel free to smother us with job offers if you know of any). The day was beautiful, even the normal ERAU Event wind blowing our carefully crafted do's into oblivion couldn't dampen our spirits. I am really proud of my darling husbands accomplishment, and I love him for being such a great example to our kids on the importance of education. Family came from San Diego to see the event, and the full house was a welcome factor to the weekend. We partied like rockstars, as Caitlyn used to tell us. :0) Wheeew!!! That is my huge sigh of relief that this chapter in our lives is closing, while another begins. Bring it on!!