Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Updates and Stuff

So I haven't posted in a while... Quinn is doing great. She still loves being outside with either her ball or her bucket and shovel. She picks up rocks and collects them in the bucket and then takes the shovel and moves them all around to see how many she has. LOVE IT!
Dan will be starting his new job officially on next Monday! I am sure that there will be some transition time when he will be working a little extra long hours and such at first but I don't think that he could be happier with the new company.

I am SO happy that I took the semester off from school. It is nice to be able to relax and enjoy Quinn more. I got 4 As (Accounting, Economics, Business Law, and Organizational Behavior) and 1 B+ (Operations Management) this last semester. Yippy!

I hope that everyone had a great Memorial Day!

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

one step closer

So this semester is FINALLY over. I took 5 classes. What was I thinking?!?! Last semester I took 4 classes and I got a 4.0 . So I figured that I could handle a little more. WRONG! This semester has been completely taxing. I took accounting, economics, business law, organizational behavior, and operations management. I had such a heavy workload and even had to work during some of my precious weekends. Lesson learned, 4 classes OK, 5 not so much. Anyway, hallelujah this semester is DONE!

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Ok, so I thought I would update this a tad. I am currently a junior at University of Baltimore. My degree will be in Business Management. I have been going to school since 2001! crazy huh? I did take a year or two off and switch majors like 3 or 4 times. Lets see... I had early elementary education, special education and psychology all from Towson. Then in 2005ish I transferred to University of Baltimore and switched my major to business. So when I went to UB I already had like 70 or 80 credits and a good portion of upper level psych. classes, which all turned into just electives. I think that I will be happier working in the business field. I am too emotional to do psych. I have been lucky enough so far that I have been able to take most of my classes (from UB) online. Some of them I just have to go to campus to take the exams. It has really worked out well since I can plan my reading/studying/ and homework assignments around Quinn. I think that I have about 11 classes left or something like that. I was going to try and take a class this summer and then 5 classes the other two semesters but...
1. I am not going to put myself through the 5 class stress anymore
2. I am watching my friend's infant son until late August (when her daughter's daycare has an opening for him)

So I guess maybe a year and a half left? Who knows. but by that time... Quinn should be caught up and hopefully out of all of her therapy classes and maybe into a preschool thing of some sort.

Thursday, May 8, 2008

second hand looks first class!

Quinn got one of her 2nd cousin Elsie's old sun dresses. Look how adorable she is.
Thanks Elsie and Laura!




that's a... sentence?!?!?!?!

video

"that's a ball"

Monday, May 5, 2008

some of the reasons















“Infatuation takes your breath away; love takes your fears away.”—anonymous

Tomorrow is Dan and my 2nd Anniversary. I have been so completely blessed to have him as my husband, my partner. It is so hard to think about what to get the perfect husband as a gift. I can’t think of any gadget or article of clothing that would express how much I truly love him. I decided to make a list, a list of the top 10 reasons that I adore him.

1. Dan is my best friend. I get sad when he leaves to go to work in the morning and I spend the rest of the day waiting until he can come back home. Now, I am not saying that I sit around and “wait”, but I find myself looking at the clock and I count down the hours until he will be back.
2. Dan is super funny. He seriously has the best sense of humor. I know that whenever I am down, he will say something that will have me rolling hysterically.
3. Dan is a rock. He has this great calming affect on me. He is constant and secure, loyal and strong. I know that I can always rely on him. This means for emotional support, physical support, mental support, or even just to help with Quinn.
4. Dan is hot! Ok, now you know that I am making a list of things that I love about him and well, if I do say so myself, he is quite a looker!
5. Dan is a GREAT DAD! He is so sweet with Quinn. He loves her and treats her with such respect. He never is too busy to read her a book for the 50th time in an hour. He never complains about how much money I spend on her clothes or how I sometimes pay more attention to her than to him. He plays with Quinn in a way that only dads can and she adores him for it.
6. Dan is a GREAT HUSBAND! I am not trying to brag but I seriously got a keeper! He is so good to me and I honestly feel so lucky to get to spend my life with him. Dan makes me feel beautiful, smart, witty, and loved everyday.
7. Dan puts me in my place. Now, I know what you are thinking, how is this a good thing? Well, I will tell you. I have a tendency to get overwhelmed and worked-up from time to time. I get angry and maybe take things a little over the top. Dan doesn’t let me get too carried away. Not that he is mean to me but he always lets me know when I might be making a bigger deal over things than they really are.
8. Dan supports me. He works 50+ hours a week at an overly stressful job. He does it so that I can stay home with Quinn. He does it so we have a little house to call our own. He does it so I can finish my education and then eventually return to work. Dan had gone through so much recently with his job and well, he is my hero for dealing with it and having such a positive attitude.
9. Dan LOVES me! Yes, this is super important in a marriage. We share such a special love and understanding for each other. It is like we were meant for each other. I think that we are extremely lucky. I appreciate him for who he is and what he does.
10. Dan saved my life and my daughter’s life. Ok, so this one maybe should be number one because it is kind of a big deal, but I would love him just as much if this situation didn’t happen. He is the one that made me go to the hospital when I was just having mild cramps. He is the one that even packed an overnight bag and brought the camera. He is the one that drove us in the pouring rain to the emergency room. He is the one that stayed at the hospital, by my side and sleeping on a bench night after night. He is the one that took a video clip of Quinn the first night for me so I could see my daughter. He is the one that yelled at a nurse after she had been rude to me. He is the one that drove me every night after work to the hospital for a month to get a chance to feed and hold Quinn. He is the one who yelled at another nurse for not responding quickly enough to Quinn’s monitors alarming.
Dan and I were living in a super small apartment in Baltimore city. We knew that it wasn’t super safe or even big enough for a baby, but we planned on moving before she came. Well, she came before she was supposed to and we HAD to find a new place. While I was in the hospital for a week, Dan was with me all night and most of the day. The rest of the time he was finding a new apartment for us and moving our stuff. He did this all while his daughter was in the NICU and his wife was getting a blood transfusion. He knew that I would be stressing out about the logistics of everything and he took care of them before I even could. This one situation sums up how incredible Dan is. It sums up how much I need him and love him.

I could go on forever about how much I honestly, truthful, and deeply love this man.