Thursday, October 8, 2009

Happy Fall!

Hello my friends! I can not believe it has been over a month since I blogged! I am so sorry. Let me tell you what I have been up to--school. I have a very hard class load this semester. It threatened to kick my butt--no way I could let that happen, so I just dug in and worked hard and I think I have it just about conquered! Of course it is only mid-term, so it isn't over yet. But I have figured out how to study for Microbiology. I did pretty bad on the first exam so I really had to change my approach. Pretty much, I had to pound it into my brain, but it worked. I just had to spend time on it every day, and I had to read the material before the lecture, so by the lecture it was the second time I was hearing it and it sunk in better. I improved my score by 20 points! I was thrilled. Now that I figured out how to prepare, I know I can do even better on the next two exams. The next exam is in three weeks; I started studying for it today, lol!

Of course I have other classes too, and they all require work, but luckily not as much as micro. I am doing really good in everything, but it just takes all of my time in order to do it. I guess you could say it doesn't come easy to me, or maybe I am just not the sharpest tool in the shed! At least I am not afraid of hard work, and I am willing to put it in to do good. I only have three semesters left, so I see light at the end of the tunnel and I am so excited about it.

Billie is busy with school and soccer and piano. She is working so hard this year on improving her spelling, and she is doing a fantastic job! I am so proud of her. She just finished a big project for science; creating a plant. Hers was beautiful and she worked so hard on it. I will post a picture of it. She took it to school this morning. Her class will be going on a field trip soon to the AMSE in Oak Ridge. I know she will have a blast, who doesn't enjoy a field trip-no matter where it's to? She began riding the school bus in the mornings, after begging me since she started school! She loves it. I have to admit, it is helpful with our mornings. It saves me at least 30 minutes just not having to drive to and from school and wait in the long line to get her there. Matt and I both walk her to the bus stop and wait with her. It is fun now, we will see how fun it is when it gets cold outside! I am not letting her ride it in the afternoons because her schedule is different each day and I am afraid she might get confused and either get on the bus when she isn't supposed to, or forget and not get on the bus at all. Maybe next year, we will see. We did have to walk past a poor little bunny that must have bravely fought a car but lost one morning on the way to the bus stop. I saw it before she did and I covered her eyes. I was afraid it would either break her heart, she loves all animals so much, or maybe give her nightmares-it was not a site for children to see, at all. I have no idea what happened to the remains, but luckily it was gone later in the morning.

We have our condo on the market for sale. It is a terrible time to be selling a home, so wish us luck! We found a house we both really love and we really want to be in a house, not a condo. We just have to be patient and put it in God's hands. If he wants us to move, it will happen. If it isn't meant to be, we will stay here and just be thankful we have a home. There is nothing wrong with our condo, and it is nice and spacious and we really have all we need for now. If we ever get to expand our family, we will need more room eventually. But for now, we do have enough room, and we like our condo. We are just ready for a house and for a home that we pick out together and make a home for our family. I bought this condo before I ever met Matt, thinking it would be just Billie and I forever and it would be perfect for just the two of us. It will still be hard to leave Joshua and Caleb's nursery. Even though we never got to bring them home to it, it was put together for them with such love and high hopes. It is comforting to go in there and remember, and we all three do that a lot. But life goes on, and we have to live our lives, right? When it is time to build a new nursery we will use the same theme and do it as close to the same as we can. I can't help to wish the time for that will be soon, but I know better than anyone that God is totally in control of that and I have to wait for His timing, not my own. Doesn't stop me from praying about it and telling God the desires of my heart, though. I know he already knows that with out me saying a word, but it helps to get it off my chest.

Matt is still loving his job. Some days are very busy and hectic, and he is still learning some of it, but he enjoys it there and he says it is a wonderful company to work for.

So that is what we are up to. I hope everyone is enjoying this beautiful fall weather the way we are! I hope you all have a wonderful day, and a wonderful weekend, too. I am so glad it is almost Friday. We are going to celebrate my great job on my micro exam and Billie's great job on her spelling test (she got 100%!) by going to the movies to see "Where the Wild Things Are." We all three love to read that book, and have been so looking forward to the movie version. I will let you know how great it is. Love to you all and God bless.

Billiemax Floramos

This is the adorable plant Billie had to create for a school project. Her instructions said she had to creat a plant out of household items and it had to have a flower, leaf, stem and roots and all had to be visible, plus in a container. She decided to use papermache to create her flowers. She used popsticle sticks for the stem, pipe cleaners for the leaf and roots, a cut-off pop bottle for the container, pasta for the "dirt" and painted the flowers with "happy faces." It was a challenging project for her, but she worked so hard and did such a great job! She wanted a real long name, so we cameup with "Billiemax Floramos." I figured everyone would enjoy seeing it. I am so proud of how hard she has been working this school year.

She is also enjoying soccer this season. She moved up to U10 and is playing great. She tries so hard and her skills have improved so good, unfortunately her team hasn't won a game yet this year, but she doesn't let that get her down. Maybe next Saturday will be her first win!

Hope you enjoy the pics! Have a great day!