This year started out with a lot of change for me. Or at least it felt like a lot of change happening at once. The Spring Semester classes were starting and for the first time I was taking them all on campus instead of online. My daughter was starting preschool/daycare full-time. And I know that it might not seem like much, but it was – because previously I took most of my classes online and when I did have a class on campus a babysitter watched her only while I was in class.
And to top it off my sister had just been stationed at Fort Bliss Texas and my closest friend would be going with her husband to Fort Hood Texas in a few weeks – my two best friends were suddenly going to be very far away from me.
It basically took me the entire month of January to feel like things were some form of normal. That my schedule and life had balanced out.
One day after I picked my daughter up from daycare, we stopped at a park area along the way. We found out that it was the site of an old mill that had used the river for power. The wheel was even still preserved there:
My friend was also able to come and see me on her journey down to Texas. It was great getting to spend that time with her. I only wish there could have been more time:
On a humorous note, I also found out that my 6′ 2″ husband can fit into my car trunk with room to spare. I now know how many people I can fit into my trunk – ya know, in case I need to perform a kidnapping:
We went to an awesome Hello Kitty birthday party for my friend’s daughter. I think my own daughter had a lot of fun…and cake:
My brother rode the Amtrak train for the first time and came to visit during his spring break, and was here for Easter. We took a fun hike up a trail that led to some beautiful cascades. It was too cold then, but when the weather is warm enough I want to go back and play in the water:
My daughter participated in the neighborhood Easter egg hunt and found a winning egg! Her prize was this rock n’ roll themed basket. She loved it:
I finally became enough of a fan of something to buy a t-shirt! I absolutely love ABC’s “Once Upon a Time” and was excited when I heard Hot Topic had come out with shirts for it! I wanted one of the other styles, but this one was the only one in my size by the time I got to the store:
I signed up to do the Color Run 5k coming to my city! Although I hear that most people do not actually run, it has given me great motivation to become more active and I have taken to running a few miles a week. In honor, I got some new bright and comfy running sneakers and a pedicure to match:
A couple of weekends ago my parents and brother came to visit to celebrate my birthday with me:
The morning of my birthday my daughter gave me a surprising gift. She decided she wanted hair like daddy’s and tried to cut it herself. Her attempt looked something like a mullet/rat-tail combo and I wish I had taken a picture of it. This is the cut she has now after the salon stylist fixed her up:
For Mother’s Day my daughter had a sleepover at my mother-in-law’s. She ‘helped’ her grandma frost some cupcakes. And she helped her great-grandmother collect eggs from the chickens:
Now I am enjoying the last few days before my Summer Semester classes start. I did well last semester and made the President’s Honor Roll, so I am hoping to do just as well with these classes! Wish me luck!