Monday, September 1, 2014

Summer Break

Hello! It has been a while! The past few months have been busy with lots of studying and learning and new adventures in the hospital taking care of all kinds of different patients.  I have just begun my third of four semesters in nursing school, time is flying by.  In just a few short months, I will begin applying for jobs in anticipation of graduation in May '15.  Right now, the top of my list of places to move are Asheville, NC, Charlottesville, VA, and Roanoke, VA! This list could always change but this is what I am currently thinking.  During my summer break, I spent all three weeks at my parent's home in TN and it was a wonderful break.  I spent time volunteering at a local hospital, working on projects with my mom, training for a triathlon, and spending a full week with David, Kate, Mary, Christian, and Sarah.  It was a wonderful time!

Saturday, March 8, 2014

A Few More

  Here are a few more pictures that did not download the first time around.  While I was home for Thanksgiving, I got to visit with two of my good friends from high school, Julie and Mary Kate, and their families.  They both of cute children and I was excited to get to play and hold them.
 Each year my siblings and I draw names so that we each get one sibling a gift for Christmas, this past year, Jamie had my name and his family spoiled me with the gifts that they got me.  He bought me a new pair of boots to help me push forward with my hiking of the Appalachian Trail!!!
 Over the Christmas holiday, Anotina had her 8th birthday and was baptized in Tennessee while they were here for Christmas.  We all got to be a part of her special day and we went out for lunch together as a family afterwards to celebrate her special day!!

2 Months In - 14 To Go!

It is hard to believe that two months have already come and gone since I started nursing school.  Spring Break has started for the next week and it will be nice to have a few extra minutes to breathe.  These past two months have been busy with lots of learning going on.  I have been learning so much that will help me be the best nurse possible - I even gave my first real shot a couple weeks ago to another student in my class.  In two more short months, we will be starting our clinicals in the hospital, helping other nurses take care of real patients.

Here are a few pictures to update on my comings and goings since the end of 2013! Enjoy!

 Steve and David came to visit NC and Mama and Daddy happened to be in town so we got to have David for the evening!!
 Elizabeth prepared all Fall season for her upcoming mission.  She was able to attend the Raleigh LDS Temple to receive her Endowments! It was a great day for us to all be together.  She has already been on her mission for two months!
 I was able to go home for Thanksgiving and we had the missionaries over for our Feast.
 My church congregation does a Christmas Program every year and I was able to play the dulcimer with several other friends, Uncle Bob, Lisa, and Ava came along with Mama and Elizabeth!
 This year I had the opportunity to see the Creche display in Apex, NC. There were hundreds of Nativity scenes set up for viewing along with different musical performances throughout the evening.  It was a beautiful event with many beautiful scenes from all over the world.  Here are two of my favorites - this one was from New Zealand...
 Travis, Collin, James, and Camilla came with me!!
 Every year our family goes Christmas Caroling to different families we know in our community.  My parents went for the first time when my oldest brother Jamie was a baby - 35 years ago.  This year we got to visit Anthony DeeDee Booher.  They are both great and work with my Dad at the Bill Gatton Honda store.  It was a very special visit and we loved being in their home.
 Here is the gang that got to come home for Christmas this past year!!
 One of our outings consisted of a visit to Grayson Highlands to see the wild ponies.  It was pretty chilly but the sun was out shining brightly and the ponies made a great showing!
 Before Elizabeth left on her mission, she had a chance to give a talk at church and we were all still home for the Christmas holiday.  Both of my dad's two brothers and their families were also able to come for the talk and visit afterwards together.  It was lots of fun getting to all visit together!
 Just 6 weeks after Elizabeth left for her mission, Christopher arrived home from his.  As you can see, he is sooo happy to be home. It is hard to believe that two years have already come and gone.  we are excited to have him home and see what's next for him in life!!
 Classic airport picture after he got home!!!

Saturday, January 4, 2014

University of North Caroline at Chapel Hill!

Well, it is official! I will once again be a student, but this time it will be at UNC! I begin their accelerated nursing program on Tuesday and will finish May 2015! I am very excited for this new opportunity and adventure.  I am very blessed to have parents who support me in my endless quest for a career that I feel will be a positive fit for my personality and desires.  Working at the hospital this past year, has been a great learning experience and I believe has helped me decide that nursing is what I would like to pursue! 

Final Trip of 2013!!

During the 2nd weekend of November, I went on my final backpacking trip of 2013 and we hiked 40 more AT miles to put me at 200 AT miles over the past 2 years!! I am on track to hike the entire trail over the next 20 years of my life!! =) It was another wonderful trip. The day time weather could not have been more perfect, the night time was a little on the chilly side!! =) As always, I savored the opportunity to be out in the beautiful world that our Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ created for us. 
This tree is apparently the largest tree on the entire AT!! It and I deserved a grand hug!
Jaclyn, Brenna (a friend of Jaclyn's from DC), Jake, and Daniel (not pictured) joined me on this adventure!!

Hard At Work!

Back in October, my mom and Elizabeth came to visit for a few days and while they were visiting we put ourselves to work and finally hung my window after it sat on my floor for forever! My mom was more excited about this than anything else we did those few days.  We borrowed a drill from a man in my apartment building and decided our project was a success!! Thanks Mama for your help and inspiration!
During their visit, we made a trip to the North Carolina State Fair and had a great time.  The pumpkin in the background won the prize for being the largest, it was huge!!  We had a great time, seeing the beautiful produce, eating delicious food, seeing the many different farm animals, and viewing all the different exhibits!