Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Free Taco Day!

Well it was a brisk morning with a touch of frost on the windshield.

I spent the day at a seminar for first year special education teachers... which was a pretty overwhelming day. There was a lot of information handed out, and not nearly as much explanation for it. I go back tomorrow all day for even more information. I sat between a girl from Wisconsin and a girl from Lansing, MI. It seems as though none of the teachers in this area are from NC.

Emily is still at work but she should be home soon.

The highlight of the day... Free taco from Taco Bell. Today from 2-5 pm Taco Bell was giving everyone who came in (and asked for a free taco) a free taco because there was a stolen base in the world series. The promotion was for a free taco if any player in the World Series stole a base. Well Mr. Jacoby Ellsburg did just that in Game 2. There are rumors going around that his new nickname is Tacoby Bellsbury. Funny??? I think so!


I hope you all took advantage of this wonderful promotion as I know Alan and I did.

Have a good one.

jim

Monday, October 29, 2007

Happy Birthday Gram!

HAPPY 75TH BIRTHDAY GRANDMA! lOVE YOU!

The weekend flew by...and it's hard it is Monday once again! We've enjoyed the relaxation of the past few days. Yesterday we visited another new church and met up with a teacher Jim works with and her husband for bagels and coffee afterwards
. Jim played football with some of the guys yesterday afternoon, as I enjoyed a Sunday nap. The weather has been great... 60-70's during the day and down in the 40's at night. That's about it...life is beginning to become a little more routine.
We'll write more later (hopefully something exciting will happen between now and then!) thanks for checking in. em

Friday, October 26, 2007

rain, rain stay & play, sun come out another day


Rain, at last! The sky is gray, the air is cool, and finally...it is raining. It's beginning to feel a little more like the weather that we are accustomed to. Some of the leaves have started to change as well. It has been a quiet week, and we really don't have anything to report on...but, I just wanted to pop in to say hello...have a good weekend. em

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

gobble.

We're coming home for THANKSGIVING! ...and we're quite excited about it. Just wanted to spread the word. Work has been quite hectic lately...babies are popping out everywhere (there was a LOT of good will towards men during the winter holidays down here!) But, it's been a lot of fun. Jim's back to work and life is taking on a new "norm". All is well and life is good!

e.

Sunday, October 21, 2007

The place they call Little Pee Dee

Change of plans...again
The ban on campfires in North Carolina continues and now Virginia has joined the band-wagon. So, we didn't go camping in the mountains as originally planned, OR in Virginia...but all is well because we had a magnificent campfire in South Carolina!

We arrived at Little Pee Dee State Park after driving through cotton fields and a poor, poor area (we began to think this was going to be an interesting camping trip). The fields however finally subsided and we were in a very nice wooded area, which was in the middle of nowhere.
We found the perfect campsite (Emily said) and so we went to the ranger's office and registered for a couple of nights. We set up camp and then relaxed until dinner time. We roasted hotdogs and marshmallows over the fire, which were amazing.

Saturday was a relaxing day. It started off with hot apple cider and honey-nut cheerios. We spent the majority of the afternoon reading. We also took a walk around the park and Lake Horton in the afternoon. We stopped to admire the lake a little too close to some red ant hills, and we both figured it out at about the same time. We escaped the monsters with only a few bites, but I think they got the best of us (although I wrecked the next red ant hill I saw with a stick).
(OK, Emily is taking over from here...)
We had hobo pies for supper (pizza AND grilled cheese) and indulged in the marshmallows once more. We reminisced/laughed/cried...around the campfire for hours before turning in for the night. The air was crisp and it was perfect sleeping weather.

We woke up this morning and enjoyed another campfire and a cup of coffee. All is well when you're sitting beneath a canopy of trees watching the sun rise, with a fire before you, your best friend beside you, and a cup of coffee in your hand. For those split seconds the world seems so right.

We left SC around noon and drove back. The 2 1/2 hour drive went by fast and now we're back home, our gear is packed away and we're ready for the week that lies ahead. We hope you had a relaxing weekend as well. Take care, Jim and Em

Here are a few of our favorite pictures from this weekend...enjoy!

ONLY if you're from the north do you carry 2 heavy duty snow scrapers in your car AT ALL TIMES. and, ONLY in the south do you use them as a multi-purpose tools instead! (We didn't have a broom...but we made do)
our MUCH anticipated campFIRE!
It doesn't quite feel like fall yet...
this was all Jim's idea...i just happened to have the camera

our campsite

Jim's artistic angle we were in the middle of nowhere
Lake Horton
if this picture doesn't look familar, scroll back to an earlier blog entry...:)

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

a fair kind of day

Today we went to the state fair, (a special thanks to Rex hospital for the free tickets!)...it was slightly chaotic, but all in all a good time. We spent the majority of our time looking at the animals and attending the cow and goat shows. What a crazy event! They also had the "State Fair Ark" which consisted of a variety of farm animals (pictures below).

a donkey...

The champion steer, which was bought by Harris Teeter (a local grocery store) for $25,000The champion turkey, which was sold for $5,000
the goats...playing king of the hill

We also finished gathering up some much needed items for our camping excursion this weekend. We've have changed our destination...we're going camping in Virginia instead of North Carolina because NC has a state ban on campfires...and camping just isn't the same without a fire & s'mores.

Jim is going in to school tomorrow to prepare for the next 9 weeks, which begins on Monday. I'm working tomorrow, which is my last shift for the week...and then thankfully, its the weekend!

Hope all is well with you, our faithful readers! Thanks for checking in. Love, Em

Monday, October 15, 2007

just another day in... morrisville

Well, another day on L & D is over and my love for my job continues...It's crazy how Jim and I have switched roles.. I came home tonight to a freshly dusted and vacuumed apartment AND dinner on the table...simply amazing! After working 12 hours, it was heavenly...just what I needed.
I was just going through some pictures online and came across this video that we took of the goose we met exactly one month ago...hopefully it will make you laugh too. I tried to feed it the cheese off my pizza....it just didn't go down too well, but it kept us laughing....

have a good night. love, em

Sunday, October 14, 2007

being conTENT.

We're off to the mountains next weekend...
(if anyone is interested in joining us, just let me know. have a good week. much love, em)

Saturday, October 13, 2007

Bocce Ball... and call outs

Well hello all,

First and foremost... today the 13th of October is the birthday of our faithful reader and friend Mr. Alan Musch. So you should all call him, email him, or facebook him a special message. Have a good one Al.

I'm (Jim) writing to you all today because Emily has this new goal in life to be a better blogger... and somehow I fit into that as well.


Well, let me say that I'm not quite as nice as Emily is when she write on here, and that being the case, I am going to make a couple call outs right now.


When we were back in GR we received some comments about why we don't update our blog!?!? Well let me tell you, when we write on the blog we are doing it to update those who care about what is going on in our lives. However, we had no idea so many people were actually reading it. How could we possibly not know, you might ask? It is quite simple you see...... at the end of every blog there is a link that says COMMENT (this is where our readers can leave us a comment like "Hey, I just read the blog, I think it is great that you are doing a blog and it sounds like things are going well). So when we look at those comments we think we are getting a pretty clear estimation of the amount of people reading our blog.


Those people are to be commended for their valiant effort in letting us know they are faithful readers of our blog. Heres to you!

We have received comments from the following people:

Grandma D
Aunt Mickey
Kristin
Dad
The Sikma family
Alan
Some anonymous person that thinks Val and Alan are really cool people
Sarah... because she has actually helped in composing a blog update
Becky Winkle - she figured out the duck mystery (thanks again buddy)

Those people have left actual written comments regarding our blog which makes it clear to us that they are reading up on us.

To the rest of you, shame on you!!

You expect us to continually write what is going on in our lives but we can't even get a simple one sentence response from you--- this blogging relationship is not a one way street.

Now I hope you know I was laughing while writing all of the above, but hopefully it will increase the number of comments we receive (because that is our excitement in the whole blogging experience).


NOW, on to the happening of yesterday.

Emily had class all day for new nurses, and I stayed at home did some laundry and I also did some school work trying to get ahead of the game so I don't get flooded when I walk back into school (and a couple of very intense sessions on AsoBrain took some time from my day).

However, we were able to spend the evening together (after a short nap by Emily to restore her energy). We took off for Lake Crabtree with the Bocce Ball set in hand (and by "in hand" I mean in the back seat of Emily's car).

For those of you who know about our Bocce Ball games..... you know that Emily is a fierce competitor and I have yet to beat her (or her and Sarah on the same team), but there was a new wind blowing last night.

I took off to an amazing 6-0 lead (playing to 15 of course) and I was feeling pretty good, but Emily wanted to quit. She decided there was no way she was going to win when I was almost halfway to winning without her having one point. Then the wind changed direction. The next I knew, the score was 9-7 with me barely holding onto that 2 point lead. But alas... the wind changed once again and I rolled out a big 15-9 victory. Now Emily is still a little bitter about the loss, but she is a great sport and congratulated me on the victory. She would never go on an online blog and brag about a victory like I do, but hey thats her! I have included some pictures at the end of this blog from our Bocce Ball game at the park.


After Bocce Ball we decided to go looking at tents because we are hoping to go camping next weekend. We were hoping to find a good deal because it is very late in the camping season, while we did find a couple of good deals, they were on tents we didn't really want. We left Dick's Sporting Goods a little disappointed and even more excited for camping (not a good combination).

Today Emily is working and I went out on a search for great deals on tents (tents that we actually wanted), and lo and behold I think I found it!! (at another Dick's Sporting Goods location). I put it on hold though because I want to make sure that is a tent that Emily, too, will like. Perhaps tomorrow you will hear about our amazing new tent.

Alright well I'm gonna go, here are those pictures!


Emily and I having a picturesque moment before the competition.


What you are seeing here is the form of the previous Bocce champ!
With the sun at my back I score another 2 points.
This is when Emily scored two points and started her frightening comeback. I was not too happy.

Emily still had it in her heart to give me a kiss on the check (for a shadow picture that didn't really turn out that great) after it was all said and done.


The sun setting on another beautiful evening in the park.
Mucho Amor!

Friday, October 12, 2007

Sunny Side Up

Yesterdays highlights:

...the farmer's market...and their amazing pumpkins (pictured below)
...free samples at Costco for lunch!
...grocery shopping at Trader Joe's...and good deals at Walmart
...watching The Office with Brit & Steve (our friends from GR) at UNC



Today I had 8 hours of class at Rex, but I'm home now...the sun is shining and we're headed out to enjoy the weather. Hope all is well y'all and you're staying warm in the north! Love from the sunny south...em

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Loving L&D!

We're back in North Carolina...and part of us feels like we never left. The last week and a half was amazing. It was so refreshing to catch up with family and friends in Michigan. I know there are some people we didn't see, and to that I apologize...we could have used an extra week to reunite with everyone we wanted to...but, unfortunately time was not on our side! Hopefully we'll be back in GR soon (maybe Thanksgiving?...and/or around the end of the year). But, now its back to life here....

I started my new job yesterday, bright and early and it was an incredible day! We induced our patient around 10 am. By 4 I was holding her hand and coaching her through pushing and at 5:22 her baby girl was born! I almost cried tears of joy right along with my patient, her husband and the grandmas! I've never been so giddy at work...what a refreshing feeling, especially after the last year.

Jim still has another week off from teaching and he could finally empathize with me about how boring it is to stay at home....alone! Hopefully during the next 3 week break in January he will be able to substitute teach the days I work.

We both have today off...so we're heading to the Farmer's market to stock up on some fresh produce. The sun is shining here and its suppose to a high of 75....perfect "fall" weather! I'll post some pictures later...it's my personal goal to keep this blog updated more frequently...since we realized people DO read this and weren't too happy that we were slacking with the updates. A personal apology to all those affected (particularly BEN, and RACHAEL). Love to all!

Em

Monday, October 8, 2007

Back in GR!

So we're back in Grand Rapids, but our time here is just about over. Crazy, how time flies and all good things must come to an end! We depart from Detroit tomorrow at 1 and bright and early Wednesday morning I begin as a labor and delivery nurse...ah! I'll keep you posted...
I promise to write again soon...with more details of our time here, but...it's now off to reunite with more friends. Love to all. Em



Here are a few pics from this past weekend...

The girl cousins at the family get together... love them! Beautiful! fall flowers from Val & Alan's wedding....(more to come!)