Wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas!!!
Thursday, December 17, 2009
Wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas!!!
Friday, November 27, 2009
On another note, last week was Rusty's last week at Cubic Defense. He was laid off with all of the other contract workers. We are hoping for an offer for full time work from the company in the new year. In the meantime, he is back at Greenway Ford managing the Quick Lube on Friday and Saturdays. Thank goodness for nursing!!
We hope everyone had a Happy Thanksgiving!!
Friday, October 30, 2009
Flowers from my Dad and Jim after surgery!
Thursday, October 1, 2009
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
This weekend we plan to FINALLY start on the laminate. It seems the leaks are fixed...cross your fingers! I put so much caulk on those stupid windows. I'm learning houses are literally held together with nothing other than caulk...who knew?
Other than that..nothing much going on. Rusty is busy with this new work/school schedule. He is finally understanding the fatigue and exhaustion that comes with rising before 5am : )
Keep your fingers crossed for us for a smooth laminate laying weekend!!!
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Friday, August 7, 2009
Second, I have, once again gotten a wild hair and decided that now is the time to replace our carpet with laminate. It is such a good thing that Rusty understands my madness....or puts up with the insanity is more like it. In any case, the carpet is gone...yay! I spent the last 2 days tearing up carpet, pad, tack strips and baseboards from our main living area and entry way. It was strangely therapeutic...somehow I don't think the install will be as easy! Besides 2 huge piles of dirt and sunflower seeds behind the walls, I also discovered 3 areas of rotted tack strips from water leaks. We think some of these were repaired from painting the house and re-caulking the windows but didn't really expect to find all that : ( Good thing we started early.
Our 50 boxes of laminate have arrived and install should start next Sunday. In the meantime we are touching up our paint job (finally) from when we moved in last year, cutting back the drywall and trying to repair the areas that might leak and ruin our new floors! Keep checking back for updates : )
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
View of a water spout from our campsite!
I started on night shift last week and so far, I've survived! It's going to take some time to adjust to the creative sleeping pattern but it's definitely going to work out for the next few years. It has been nice in a way, giving me more time at home with my family. Mostly, I am able to exercise Layla a lot more and be home with her in the daytime, even though I am usually asleep.
One thing I have been able to enjoy is my mini-garden. While my bean plant didn't make it, my tomato plant is doing well and is producing yummy cherry tomatoes! It is so nice to go outside and pick them fresh for dinner! Also thriving are the basil and oregano plants. Along with the extra "me" time, I've also decided to give back a little. I toured the shelter that brought Layla to us in preparation for volunteering with them a few days per month. I'll be helping out with the dogs, bathing, walking and whatever else needs doing!
This summer we are learning the joys of home ownership! This winter we painted the house and thought that would be all the home improvement we'd be doing for awhile. Last month we came home from the Keys to a sauna, inside the house! Luckily, Dannis works with an AC company on the side and they were able to help temporarily fix the air. Unfortunately, we need to replace the outdoor unit this summer. Not to mention the hell Layla has put our carpet though in the last few months she's been a part of our family! Replacing the carpet is a close second our our list of home repairs this summer! Yikes! Looks like that extra cash from night shift will be put to use sooner than later!!
This weekend we are looking forward to a vacation with Rusty's parents. We are taking a 3 night cruise to the Bahamas!
Monday, June 15, 2009
Saturday, May 16, 2009
Here I am in Key West!
We celebrated our third anniversary with a special dinner at Palo.
Sunset on the boat.
Rusty's birthday is coming up the first of next month! Looking forward to that!
Sunday, April 26, 2009
Monday, April 20, 2009
Saturday, April 4, 2009
Friday night was nice and we enjoyed some time at the spring Saturday. We also went hiking and as always, enjoyed great food! Saturday night we awoke to a storm with thunder and lightning! The campsite was drenched by morning and we headed home. All in all it was a pretty typical camping adventure! When we got home we discovered Layla was covered in ticks (and I had 2 on me too!) Gross!
Last week we learned that Jim's father passed away after a battle with cancer. Nolan, Paige and I attended the funeral and enjoyed hearing stories about his life. Although it was a sad day, it was nice to see our family.
Random thoughts: Today I spent some time in the backyard planting basil, oregano, tomatoes and green beans. I have them in little starter trays and haven't quite decided what to do with them when they are grown yet! I am excited to see some green sprouts on my pineapple plant I thought I surely killed in a frost this winter! Today is truly the perfect Florida day. There is sunshine, blue skies and a nice cool breeze!
That's all for now. As of today, less than 1 month until the cruise! (26 days, but who's counting?)
Sunday, March 22, 2009
Other than that, not much has been going on with us. Layla is a challenge and a joy at the same time! She is a very high energy dog that requires lots of exercise, more than most I'm pretty sure! But I never knew how nice it would be to have someone waiting for you when you come home (besides a wonderful husband : )! She is getting better with her training and has really turned into quite the swimmer! She goes crazy for the tennis balls at the dog park and would run for hours if we let her!
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
Rusty's grandfather was recently hospitalized for a heart attack. He was flight lifted to ORMC, not Florida Hospital where I work. Working in a cardiac ICU, of course I was right up there nosing my way into things making sure he was getting the best care. After repairing the blockages with several stents, he suffered a small stroke! The nurses at ORMC were great and his care was excellent there. He is home now and doing well. It was nice to see how everyone came together during his week in the hospital.
Each Sunday night Rusty and I are attending FPU (Financial Peace University) at a local church. Our friends Mike and Michelle urged us to come to this 13 week course on financial management. The class discusses basic concepts of paying off and staying out of debt, building an emergency fund and building long term wealth. Some things we knew and were doing, some things we knew and weren't doing and others things we have learned have helped us tremendously. It has been great for not only our finances but also our marriage. Opening the lines of communication about money has really decreased stress and increased our feelings of teamwork!
During the past few months the economy was worrisome but not overly so. It was always just a news story on TV. This week Rusty had a mandatory meeting at work and we were almost certain he would be laid off. Luckily, Rusty still has a job but has had to take a 10% pay cut from an already decreased income. Later that day there were many people that did lose their job. Everyday, I am more and more thankful for my job. No matter how hard of a day I had, I can rest knowing I HAVE a job that many do not.
Lastly, we attended a wedding of a friend of mine from nursing school, Erika. It was a beautiful wedding and we had a great time. I was also glad to have the company of my friend Boni and her husband otherwise we wouldn't have known anyone there! Here is a picture of us at the reception near the beach!
Friday, January 16, 2009
Also of importance, my dad came for a visit early this month and stayed for a week. We had a great time and it was kind of fun to play grown up and have a place to offer your dad to stay! We spent a lot of time visiting family while he was here and really just relaxing! In March we will be visiting him!
Rusty is eagerly awaiting next week since he will be taking some vacation time. It's one of those, use it or lose it deals. He plans to clean up the garage but I have some time off next week too so I think we'll end up just goofing off! Kara comes into town at the end of next week so that should also be a lot of fun. That's all for now!