Grad School – Part 2

So, part 1 was applying and getting in.

Part 2 is finishing my first semester and living to tell about it. There are a lot of emotions that go along with this and the sad part is, this is only the beginning of this journey. Three more semesters await me, along with the creation and submission of a thesis or project.

Even with so much more ahead of me, I  feel like I have accomplished something. We started with 25 people in our first cohort meeting. We now have 21 people. I feel accomplished because not only did I stick it out, I did so knowing this was the right choice for be from the beginning. The content, the work, the people: it’s all a good fit for me. This is what I need to grow as a person and an educational leader.

So, what have I learned so far?

First, I’ve learned that busy has a new meaning when you are juggling family, work, and school. Not just school though: graduate school. It is a different level of suffocation. You aren’t just working for the grade, you’re working to learn. You’re applying what you learn personally and professionally. Daily. It’s all encompassing.

Next, I have learned a new kind of patience. Being a parent gave me selective patience. Working in a cohort is teaching me professional patience. The kind I need to be a good leader.

That I’m not an imposter. I deserve all that I work for and all that I have accomplished professionally and educationally. No one can take those things away from me and they are what drive me forward. Those this and my family.

Now, for six weeks off to recoup, renew, and refresh. Oh and organize my life haha. 

Happy holidays to all and to all a good night!

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The final submission for Fall 2014

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How it’s Going

Howdy peeps and long time no post. As usual, life gets in the way and I have to remember to return to this blogging thing. We are in the full holiday swing, having just finished with Thanksgiving. We had a small little gathering at our house, consisting of my father stopping by to eat and share. The most important part of the holiday for me is having time off to spend with my favorite people.

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Being silly, as usual

Also, I love to eat and hubby and I did an awesome job with Thanksgiving dinner this year. Super yummy!

Looks at this goodness

Looks at this goodness

Other fun updates: I’m trying a new beauty regimen. I’ve heard and read a lot about coconut oil and all of its amazing benefits, so I’ve decided to jump on. So far, I’m using it to remove my makeup and clean my face. I will say that though it seems counterintuitive, cleaning my oily/combo face with oil seems to calm it down. I feel like my pores are getting small and my face actually feels tight and clean when I’m done at the end of the day. I take off my makeup in the evening with it and wash in the morning with it. So far so good. I’ve slathered myself in it before showering and shaving my legs, and I’m even putting it on the little one to soothe his dry skin. Apparently, this little jar will take me far in life!

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this is everything

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i’m wearing makeup in this pic but my skin is looking fly…oh and this is the end of the day!

Also, I’m incorporating more makeup/beauty products into my life. There is a lot to be said for feeling a little pretty everyday ūüôā

date night...feeling pretty

date night…feeling pretty

Till I post again, my friends! xoxo

 

 

Happy Birthday America!

What are holidays other than an excuse to spend time with family? We were pretty low-key this year for the 4th of July. We went to the Aerospace Museum of California and let G run around like a madman looking at planes, helicopters, and anything with an engine. He loves it there.

 

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Then, instead of the traditional hot dogs and potato salad, I wanted to try something healthier for dinner. We had the most delicious “healthy” chicken pitas. I was quite proud of myself for making it all. They were pretty easy too. Prepping the chicken was the most time-intensive part. Can’t wait to make these again. Maybe I’ll post my make-shirt recipe one day too.

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And because we still have a toddler on a pretty set schedule, no fireworks for us this year.¬†My thinking and hoping with all of these “when he is older” moments is that he has his whole life to enjoy them. Maybe next 4th of July he’ll be ready to stay up and watch the fireworks. Most importantly, while I heard fireworks for about 3 hours straight, he barely flinched. I’m always worried the raucous would wake him up but he slept like a champ.

I hope everyone had a happy and safe 4th of July!

 

 

The Land of Misfit Toys

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As some of you may know, I did not grow up with Christmas. I was raised with my mother, who is a Jehovah’s Witness. We did not celebrate Christmas, Thanksgiving, or any other holidays. We also did not celebrate birthdays. So many of these occasions are new to me.¬†

Often times when I am celebrating these occasions with my little family, I feel the child-like wonderment that my son is experiencing too. This puts extra pressure on my husband to teach us his family traditions, as I don’t have any to call back on and G is just doing what we do.

This has and will continue to allow us to create some of our own traditions. This year, I made a beef stew on Christmas Eve. Granted it was just prep and throwing everything in the crockpot, it still feels like something I could make a family tradition. As G gets older, I am sure we will continue to add traditions. 

For me, it is exciting to share these things with him from my unique prospective. The holidays we celebrate don’t come from a sense of religion, but for me, it is more a sense of togetherness and family bonding. There is something special about celebrating with the three of us (five if you count that cats; for Christmas I do, since they have stockings too). I hope to continue to foster that feeling in my son. Not that the holidays are about obligation or just about gifts, but about time spent with the ones you love. Happy Holidays all!

Always Thankful

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Happy holidays all!

The pictures from above are just a glimpse of my wonderful time off for the Thanksgiving holiday. I have always loved the holiday season because of the time off to relax and renew. Now, with my growing little family, I just love the opportunity to spend time with them. Being a full-time working mom who is also taking classes full-time, the break from school and work gives me a chance to spend all of my free time with my husband and son. I know I’m not cut out to be a stay-at-home mom but what a blessing it is to see him all day, every day.

Thanksgiving was great. We had the opportunity to host, cook, and had my father over. We did Skype with my mother-in-law so Gabe got to see almost of all of his grandparents. We avoided the Black Friday madness by heading out late in the afternoon to see what deals were left. The rest of the weekend seemed to fly by. Visiting my mom, movie/date night with the hubby to see Thor in 3D. Saturday and Sunday to relax.

Tomorrow it’s back to the grind. What I do have to look forward to is three more weeks of school and work until another break. A light at the end of the tunnel….and one of the many things I am thankful for!

Resolved!

Wow, 2012….where do I even begin. To say this was a difficult year would be an understatement. To say that I have grown tremendously as a person would hit the nail right on the head. Here’s a short recap of the highlights and low lights of 2012 for me: Continue reading

Simply Having a Wonderful Christmas Time

My favorite Christmas song by far is Wonder Christmas ¬†Time¬†by Paul McCartney and Wings. And that songs sums up the way it felt to watch my son open his very first Christmas gifts on his very first Christmas. My husband and I were all smiles. He was so excited and so overwhelmed by the gifts. I think he loved the wrapping as much as the actual toys. Here’s a sneak peek of the excitement of Christmas morning:

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year!

The holidays that is! I love them because it means lots and lots of time off work. Others love them because they mean family and all that jazz. This year I am certainly thankful for my little¬†immediately¬†family. My husband made a fabulous Thanksgiving feast for us and I got to spend the day appreciating how truly blessed I am to have him and marvel at how far we have come as a family. It doesn’t seem possible but I love my son more each day and enjoyed the days off I had to just spend playing, laughing, and taking care of him. Work, school, and family are challenging in equal measures but just seeing his little smile makes it leaps and bounds more worth it! Continue reading

Halloweenie

I will be the first to admit that Halloween is not my favorite holiday. In fact, my contrarian style is matched only by my husband who shares the same lukewarm feelings for old Hallow’s eve. I know that our future is full of costumes, trick-or-treating, parties, and treats but I enjoyed my mellow Halloween this year and will enjoy the next few years of not having to do too much because little man just won’t care yet. We kept it simple this year but still managed to capture the moment.

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My little pumpkin!

My favorite thing about Halloween? The start of the holiday season, which to me means lots of time off to relax and see friends and family. I’m excited to share the next few months with my new little family. ‚̧