Thursday, November 19, 2009
A few of the bumps:
- We missed the IT people with the projector and had to call them back up to the room (11th floor tower overlooking the stadium). They were late.
- Two of Josh's committee members were late. One eventually responded to a phone call and made it but the other had made a schedualing error and couldn't come.
- Josh didn't have a laser pointer and ended up using a fire poker (a lot heavier and more menacing than a little lazer, to say the least).
- Because of the late start they got kicked out of the room before they were done questioning Josh and they had to all squeeze in an ancient small elevator and go to a different room.
- The whole process took longer than expected so Josh and I didn't get to go celebrate like we had planned. I had to run home and get the boys from my friend and Josh had a group meeting at work. We still haven't been able to properly celebrate but are very relieved and excited that he passed.
Thank you for your support and prayers. We have felt of your love and greatly appreciate it.
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
I will admit it was VERY stressful trying to get everything finished. It didn't help that I was really missing my husband too. It was all worth it though to be there for my sister. I am so happy for her and Bryce.
Well, now we can focus on the other things that are stressing us right now...
Josh has officially submitted his discertation to his defence committee members. He's working on setting up his defence for the 18th (in TWO weeks!). He is stressed trying to make final changes and get all the paperwork in order to graduate. It's created a lot of tention having us be so stressed about it. We will be SO glad when it is all done.
On top of that Northrup Grumman has hooked us up with the relocation company that will be taking care of our move to Maryland. They have been emailing and calling trying to get us set up with the moving company, temporary housing, a trip to MD to look for housing, etc. Apparently I don't have to pack a single box, they'll do it all for us, but it is stressful getting everything coordinated and I still have to go through everything and get rid of what we don't want/need. I'm feeling a bit overwhelmed. I will be very grateful when January rolls around and all of this will be behind us, but then there will be more adventures in store for us, to be sure.
(oh I do have a lot of pictures on my camera but the camera cord hasn't turned up yet from our trip to Utah... I'm still trying to dig us out of mounds of laundry etc... I'll get them up eventually!)
Monday, October 19, 2009
Last night a strom blew through and this morning the whole scene was changed with the ground coated with crunchy golden leaves, the dark bare branches silloetted agaisnt the gold of the remaining leaves, and the wind churning the leaves into the air around you. I am jealous of those who get to live here all the time and are able to view the changing of the seasons is such an intimate way. (Granted there is the leaf clean up that does come with it. My dad is not looking forward to the hours it's going to take him to collect all the leaves.)
My mom, Anna, and I are all feeling overwhelmed with the wedding plans right now. I'm confident that things will all come together though. I'm excited to see it all come together. It's a beautiful time of year to get married though it comes with more than its share of stresses. I'm not sure Anna would recommend getting married in the middle of a school semester and marching band commitements. She is stressed enough without the stresses that come with getting married. Well, we each have our lists and slowly we are working through the final details. We get excited everytime we get to cross something off our list! Tomorrows another day with much to do!
(I have cute pictures of the boys on my camera. I'll get them up when I get a chance!)
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
Saturday, October 3, 2009
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Sam has been SO ready to go to school and this week we got word that there was grant funding to pay for him to go. He just went trotting into class today so excited to be there. He was tripping over himself being shy for a minute or so but as soon as he got over to the sensory table he was all in. My baby is all grown up! [BIG SIGH]
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
Some of the websites that I have found very helpful include:
http://www.zillow.com/ is a real estate website that gives you the values of surrounding houses and lets you search a map for homes for sale in your price range. It also gives a simple overveiw of the area. It is a very user friendly site.
http://www.homefair.com/ I have yet to explore all that this website has but today I used their salary calculator which showed me what the median salary was for a job nationwide compared with a specific area. (I was able to compare salaries between here and baltimore). They also have a cost of living calculator and school reports.
http://www.city-data.com/ has a webpage for most every city in the country. Includes statistics about the residents, cost of living, income, schools, etc. There are a lot of graphs and charts. They also have a helpful forum.
Are there any resources you have used and would suggest to hlelp with buying your first home, relocation, etc?
Friday, September 4, 2009
Sunday, August 30, 2009
I have made contact with a fellow genealogist who is breaking down walls and filling in holes for me on a line that has long been my "problem child". I am so grateful that she is willing to share her information, scan her documents and pictures and email them to me. I am so grateful that we have made contact and that the Spirit of Elijah is touching both of us.
Yesterday morning (at 5:30am to be precise) I was able to go to the temple with a group from my ward to do baptisms for the dead. We were on the road before the sun came up and it was just beginning to shine as we entered the temple. With my recent research I have been able to fill in some holes and had prepared names to take to the temple. (If you have new.familysearch.org active in your area look at it, use it, it is an amazing tool to see what work has been done for your ancestors and what work still needs to be done. It makes it so simple to then take their names to the temple.) I chose to do the work for my great aunt and saved the other cards to take to Utah so that my family can share in the blessing of doing the work. As I was doing the work for my great aunt and names for a friend in the ward the sun started to shine through the stained glass windows into the baptistry. ... The Spirit of temple work is so real! The Spirit of Elijah is real and guides us and urges us as we search out our ancestors.
Things are starting to work out for where we will be after graduation. I still don't have details but things are beginning to solidfy amid the haze that is currently our future. Hopefully we will know in the near future.
I am grateful for a Heavenly Father who is mindful of me, who loves me, who knows my future and has a plan for me, who gives me strength inspite my complaining. I really am so blessed.
Thursday, August 27, 2009
(and yes, we still haven't had word from the job at Northrup Grumman he interviewed for back in July :S )
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Elijah is having a lot of fun learning to read. He has a chart that he puts stickers on as he finishes a book. I went out and got him a prize for when he finishes the chart. He wanted Star Wars Legos. It is so hard to believe that he is bridging into Star Wars and Legos. Those are things for big boys. I guess my little boy is growing up. He can't open the box until he finishes his reading chart but that doesn't stop him from playing with them. He will play with the box making shooting noises and fly it around the house. He's a pretty silly kid with a good imagination.
Potty training Sam has been a night and day difference than Elijah. There hasn't been any fighting, crying, screaming, etc. that was part of the LONG potty training saga of Elijah (oh the nightmares!). Part of it is that I have learned to be more patient and part of it is just Sam. He's doing pretty well though we are still a ways from declaring him potty trained. His big triamph was going poops in the potty last night! The thought of no more diapers is so exciting!
Thats a good question and the answer is nothing much. If you follow me on facebook you probably know that I really hurt my back (probably a herniated disk) and was in a world of pain for a couple weeks. It pretty much knocked me out and everything was back burnered. I'm finally feeling a lot better now, though not quite back to normal yet.
The boys have been troopers keeping themselves occupied and making a disaster of the house, which I have finally caught back up on. Elijah started preschool yesterday and gets to go four days a week this year. He is super excited to be back and see his friends from last year and make new ones. The challenge is that Sam is DYING to go to school too and melts every time we have to drop off Elijah. I hope he gets over that soon or its going to be a L-O-N-G year.
Still no word about jobs for Josh. He has contacted a dozen or so groups doing quantum computing and has gotten a few maybes back but nothing solid. AHHHH! I'm going a bit nuts! I want something, anything, anywhere (within the US), and I want to know yesterday. It has been a true test of my patience and faith. I know things will work themselves out but I'm having a hard time with the timing. Deep breath... things will work out. Meanwhile Josh is steadily working on his dissertation and he will be graduating in December (Hallelujah!). We just don't know where we will be after that. :)
I've been keeping myself busy with crochet projects, family history and long distance wedding planning. I've actually made contact with some distant cousins working on the same line (all three of us)! I am very excited to collaborate with them. I'm hoping to break through on the Daniel and Daniels lines soon. I've also been posting pictures and information from my trip to my grandma's on my family history blog.
Well, I think that catches us up. I have a few pictures on the camera to upload, but that will have to be later. Sam is craving some attention.
Have a happy day!
Monday, August 10, 2009
After the fun and games it was time to light the VOLCANO Cake. This was a big part of Elijah's initial plans. I have seen many pictures of volcanos over the past few months. Grammie and Elijah made it together with some help from Sam. It was a white cake with pineapple added, cooked in a bunt cake pan. Chocolate frosting turned it into a dirty mountain and white frosting dyed red and orange became the lava. A bunch of candles in the middle and we had an erupting volcano cake. Elijah was very proud of the end result.
Elijah is already throwing around ideas for the next party. He hasn't settled on a paticular theme yet but I'm sure he will soon enough. My kid knows how to PARTY!
Sunday, August 2, 2009
Thursday, July 30, 2009
So what's happened since my last post? Goodness... where do I begin?
I FINALLY, after 5 years of talking about it and trying to figure it out, made it to Minnesota to visit my Grandma and my Aunt and her family. It was long overdue and I am so grateful that it worked out that I could go. It was a very worthwhile trip. It was so good to see my grandma and to be her guest and get the royal treatment (which ment being offered hostess cakes and pop every couple of hours). My grandma is a sweet, kind and self-sacrificing woman. She will be 84 on her birthday next month. It was also wonderful to see my aunt and uncle who I haven't seen since my wedding and my cousins who I haven't seen in just about as long or longer. My aunt and I stayed up too late most nights just talking.
I went out there with a goal to take note of and steps to preserve the family heirlooms, photos, and documents in my grandma's hands. It turned out to be a bit more work than I thought it would be. It was literally buried. I went through just about every nook and cranny of her basement apartment, 27 years worth of stuff, looking for family photos and turning up all sorts of interesting things (along with a lot of garbage like bank statements from the 80's). In the end it was very rewarding. I was able to pull together a lot of her original photos some from the mid 1800's, as well as funeral cards, obituaries, my grandpa's honorable discarge, marriage certificates and notices, birth records, and much more. A GOLD MINE! I then set to work to scan it all and then put it in a binder so it will all be in one place. My goal is to share the stuff I found on my family history blog in the months to come. It's going to take me awhile, I came away with about 600 images between scans and photos I took of heirlooms that my aunt and grandma have as well as a stack of old family group sheets to go through. I was also able to take along a digital recorder and record some of our conversations.
In addition to family history items I found a stash of personal history items for myself. My grandma had a lot of my family photos that my mother doesn't have copies of (including ones of my brother Daniel) as well as original art work from when I was 2 years old on up.
If any of you have older relatives I would strongly encourage going through their stuff with them. I came across a few items that only have meaning when you know their history and that history will be lost unless someone takes the steps to preserve it. It was also nice to talk to my aunt who knew her grandparents and was able to tell me stories too. It is a very rewarding thing to do (though I might be a bit biased being a family history buff).
Picture is of my grandma at my grandpa's grave.
I wasn't out their nearly long enough. I could have stayed a few more days. As it was I was working down to the end trying to get this recorded. I hope to make it out there again soon. I hope with my boys in tow.
After my Minnesota trip I had an evening to do laundry and then Josh and I were off to Utah to pick up our boys the next day. We got to see Josh's family for Pioneer Day and then had the long awaited beach party at my parents before driving home again. More posts on that to come!
Sunday, July 19, 2009
Josh with a full head of hair complete with highlights. Isn't he handsome!