I recently went back to school to finish my dream of becoming a Registered Nurse. Since its been more than a decade since I've been back at college, I decided to take just one class. I didn't want to over do it so I went easy on myself [which I now regret because I could have taken more classes on top of psychology 101]. My professor, Mr. V, is a great teacher and I find her very interesting. When I found out about my first test, I began to panic. Night after night, I would vent to my PapiChulo about What if I fail or am I studying right, or OMG there is so much information, how in the world am I going to remember it all. So my first test was in September and I ended up with the highest grade in class. Breathe!!!!!!!!
So then our next test was scheduled for the first week of November. So I then began to stress again and ask myself "Will I survive"? I was more stressed this last time around. I think because I had already tested so well that I needed another repeat. Now let me tell you about these tests that Mr. V gives. They are not easy. They are not multiple choice or fill-in the blank. These tests are essay form tests. Our answers have to be essays. So I began to prepare myself for another test. Memorize, repeated, read outloud, study before going to bed [that helps me memorize the material better...actually I think and obsess over it all night long]. I walked into class Wednesday afternoon and began my test. Its funny because when I do these exams, its just me and the paper. I write and write and write. I think only about the material I've studied and nothing else. So I hand in my 6 pages of answers, walk to my car, and call PapiChulo and let out a scream of relief...what a relief to finish this test that has caused me to almost change my name to "Hot Mess". After the test, I go pick up the boys, come home, help them with homework, cook dinner, clean up after dinner, check my email/Facebook, then by 7:00 p.m., walk over to the couch and plop myself on it. I fell asleep within minutes. I was a Hot Mess all week that I think my body was done with the stress.
The following week, I go to class and get my test handed back to me. I got another A! So I guess I need to learn to stress less because I am obviously doing great.
This Hot Mess needs to chill a little...what do you think???
To my wonderful audience, I am truly, deeply sorry for my absence. One word describes my absence.........FACEBOOK!!!
I love facebook and all it has to offer. I love to hear people complain, whine, and be happy. Its too much fun! Oh yeah, I love Farmtown!!!!!!!
So here is what we've been up to..
* We went to the Happiest Place on Earth over the summer for a few days
* Went swimming
* Been to Cali every few weeks
*Football season is in full effect in my household
*I'm back at school to finish my nursing degree
*Kids also started school
I did one of the most amazing things ever.
I participated in the Disneyland Half Marathon on September 6, 2009. For those that don't know runners lingo, a half marathon is 13.1 miles. So my parents asked me a few months ago if I wanted to do it and I said sure. I stressed at first then let it go. I trained about 3-4 times a week and did pretty good. Like I said to everyone, I am no professional runner but I am no quitter.
So the day came and we woke up at 3:30. We got to Disneyland about 4:30. It was a cool 64'. I was so nervous that morning [just ask the toilet....sorry TMI], I couldn't wait to start it. So we lined up and the butterflies were slowly disappearing. We then started and crossed the start line with Mickey and Minnie waving us on. I turned my Ipod on and set myself up on cruise control. It was so fabulous!!! We ran through California Adventures and Disneyland during the first leg of the race. Then we ran on the streets of Anaheim. The entire time I had tons of people in front of me and behind me so I wasn't lonely. We ran through the parking lot of the Honda Center then across the street to the Angels Stadium [picture above is inside the stadium] . This was about mile 9 and my hamstrings were starting to bother me. By mile 10, I couldn't take it. I walked from mile 10 through 11. Lots of pain and stopping to massage them and stretch the muscles out. Then we approached California Adventures for the last mile and I ran it all. I was so tired and the running seemed to help abit. I saw the finish line and couldn't believe my eyes. I crossed it and said "Wow, I finished my first half marathon....Congrats me!!!!".
My time was 3 hours 8 minutes 9 seconds.
Not bad for my first 1/2 Marathon.
It was the best feeling ever!!! I promise I will do it again next year. More pictures of the day to come later.
Vinny will have surgery tomorrow morning. It came to a shock to all of us. The break is worse than we thought and the bones keep shifting outward causing them not to heal correctly. Keep him in your thoughts as the doctors place a pin on his radius bone. If I have time, I'll post something tomorrow.
Boy its been a crazy day! I know I haven't blogged in awhile. I've had lots of things going on but that's another story.
Look who made it to our families history book for being the first child to break a bone....no other than VINNY!!!
I get a call around 11 from the nurse that Vinny had hurt his wrist before lunch. He was crossing over the monkey bars and fell on his wrist. I talk to him on the phone and he sounds like a different person. His cry was unfamiliar and full of pain. So I rush down there. The nurse lets me take a peak at his wrist [it was in a sling] and I lost my marbles at that time. I look away and cried so he wouldn't see me. I then put my sunglasses so he wouldn't see the tears. I quickly sign him out of school along with Joseph. My friend gets Vinny settled in the front seat and my sweet neighbor takes Joseph.
I was very hesitant about taking him to our little towns hospital. I've heard amillion horror stories. So we get there and sign some insurance forms. We are seen within 10 minutes. They put a new sling on him and Gabriel arrives within that time. He is whisked away to x-rays where the doctor confirms the news on his injuries. He broke the 2 bones right below his wrist.
[When I look at this image, all I can say is "OUCH, poor guy"!!! The doctor also told us to wait until around 5:00p.m. so they could put Vinny to sleep so they could re-align his bones. They couldn't do it after the x-rays because I hand feed him on our way to the hospital [I know, unsafe!] So Vinny got his own private room with a T.V. and hung out until 5. I left around 2:15 to come home and tend to the other kids. According to Gabe, it took quite abit of anesthesia to knock out Vinny. He had no pain meds until before he fell asleep tonight. I'm telling you, he's so strong! I'll keep you posted on his condition.
I love this picture of our family celebrating Vinny's 7th Birthday this last weekend in California. He had 2 birthday cakes that weekend and one more this Saturday for his party here at home with his friends. What kid has 3 birthday cakes??? VINNY.
This a photoshopped picture of Christina. I found a gal on Etsy that "Twilighted" her.....meaning that she is a vampire in this picture. This was one of many birthday gifts last month. I thought it was pretty cool. She loved it!!! Click HEREif you want more info.
I don't mean to scare you so early in the morning. That is in fact me with my FANGO mask on. My sister-in-law had a skin care home party back in November. So I went and fell in love with there products. I am a home party junkie....I admit it! I've bought from Princess House, Home Interiors, Cookie Lee, Pampered Chef, Partylite Candles. Anyway, I always break out with any new moisturizers and toners I start but not these products. This one mask I have on is a seaweed mask called FANGO.
You use it once a week and boy its made a huge difference. So go on with your day....again my apologizes if I happen to frighten you.
Sandra's Cafe is getting a bit of an interesting start to 2009. Vinny was up throwing up last night. Poor guy!! Its going around and I think I gave it to him.
My sister, Maria and her boyfriend Beli [pictured above], came over to see us on Sunday. I noticed she was wearing a beautiful solitare diamond on her ring finger. She said they were engaged. Gosh....what took so long? They met in high school and have been together since then. I had to keep their engagement a secret because they officially announced it right before midnight. A date will be set for sometime in June of 2010. That's great because I am going to need to make those invitations and bridal shower invites as well. Oh and a scrapbook and thank you cards and name cards and......................the list goes on and on. CONGRATS!!! And have a Happy New Year!