Summer Update!

Well summer came and went and I’m already into my second week of my J2 semester. How is that even possible?

The first part of the summer was hectic as I bounced around between my 3 jobs. I started working as a PCA and well… it was interesting. I am much more comfortable interacting with patients, ambulating and assisting them with ADL’s but I’d be lying if I said it didn’t make me question why I was in nursing school. But then, there would be patients or patient’s family members that touched my heart and I would realize “this is why.”

Finally, at the end of July, I got a break. Some of our favorite Texas friends got married and we had so much fun at their wedding. We visited Pagosa Springs, Colorado with K’s family. Colorado in the summer is so amazing! It was our first trip to Pagosa and it was such a cute mountain town. We did a lot of fly fishing and spent time w/ K’s family and his extended family.

Wedding Fun!
Tubing the river with the family
Parelli Ranch BBQ!
Horseback ride through the San Juan National Forest


Catching trout!

We came home from that trip for two weeks then flew to North Carolina and spent a week in Nags Head with my family and some of our friends. The Outer Banks is my favorite place in the world and it was such a relaxing week spending time with my favorite people in my favorite place and I left with my heart so full! We came back to Texas for a few days and one of my best friends flew into town. We had the best time showing her around town and literally eating our way through Texas! The day after she left was the first day of school. So the last month of summer was insanely busy but with all good things!

Seriously, how adorable are these two little men?




Eating our way through Texas! May have visited Steel City Pops more than once!

Now, it is back to reality. The first couple of weeks of the semester are always hectic and I’ve still been juggling work between it all. This semester we have 3 online classes (Aging Family, Nursing Experience with Groups, Intro to Research) and 2 clinical courses (Adult Health I (Med Surg) and Women’s Health). More coming soon! 🙂

Leaving you with a picture of this nugget because he’s just the cutest!



Fall and Winter

So much has happened since my last post… Fall and winter have been BUSY! On top of working two jobs, taking 10 credit hours and checking off my to-do list for nursing school, somehow I still managed to cram in as much fun as possible. Here’s a quick rundown of how it went:

In October we traveled to Charleston, SC to spend the weekend watching one of my best friends “officially” marry her prince charming at the beautiful Boone Hall Plantation.


Dana Jo Photography
boone hall
Dana Jo Photography

Dudley and I finished our therapy dog training and we are now officially a registered therapy team!


K had a friend in town from NC and we took him to the Cowboys vs Seahawks game.


We had K’s family in town for Thanksgiving and had a wonderful lunch at the fire station followed by a big family meal the day after at our place.

In December we spent a weekend in New Braunfels with K’s family and attended a Christmas edition of the Gospel Brunch at Gruene Hall. We also spent Christmas in NB with his family. We’ve really enjoyed having them in Texas for the winter this year!

Christmas Eve in the square

I spent the end of December and beginning on January in NC visiting my family and friends. I went shopping with my mom, hunting with my dad, spent lots of time with my Grandma, celebrated E’s 4th birthday, spent New Years with my Counterpart, had girls night with my hometown girls and the cutest new additions to our group, and visited with lots of friends and family. It was a full and wonderful visit home!

New Years Eve!


Not to be outdone January is shaping up to be pretty eventful as well! I went on my first quail hunt with K in Oklahoma. He has been hunting as much as possible and I finally got to sneak in a trip with him. We also celebrated the engagement of some of our favorite Texas friends!



Our camp site




Nursing school starts next week so I am gearing up for that and spending the rest of the weekend on assignments we already have due next week. Fingers crossed all goes well!




Many nights spent by the fire place so far this season! 🙂