Friday, May 6, 2016

Five on Friday

Woohoo, it is FRIDAY. Which doesn't mean much in my world because I'm a nurse and married to a nurse and we have days off during the week. But that's probably not your situation so YAY for your weekend! It is Mother's Day weekend and we have a lot of fun stuff planned. 

I love Five on Friday posts because I can be crazy random. It's the best.



Today started nurses week and it lasts until Thursday, the 12th. So go hug a nurse because they probably know more about you than your doctor does.

But really. I'm passionate about nursing and RN's rock and it's pretty cool we have a week devoted to celebrating the nursing profession. 

And because I know someone must want to get me a gift, I've had my eye on this badge reel for work (the one on the very left). I'm kidding. I'm kidding. 

Happy Nurses Week to my fellow nurses, especially my classmates who are celebrating their first Nurses Week along with me, and my amazing husband, who is the best nurse I know! 


This is kind of an addition to number one, but they're both so important I thought they needed their own space..

I start my new job on Monday. I'm excited and nervous and so happy to finally be doing what I've been wanting to do for YEARS.

Also. Scrubs are like the equivalent of pajamas which means I basically get to wear my pajamas to work every day. And they have to be navy blue, which means I never have to figure out what looks good together. SCORE. 

"I don't always wear scrubs ... Oh wait, yes I do.":


Next week is Linc man's LAST WEEK OF PRE-K.

Be still my heart.

This year has been so great. I've watched as Linc has gotten better at writing, started every morning with a smile, and has enjoyed extended stay SO much.

His teachers have been fantastic and I am so grateful for the influence they've had on him this year.

We sure will miss his Pre-K. He has been there since he was two and it has been such a joy to see him grow.

Friday night is graduation (cue the tears) and I am so excited to watch my handsome blue-eyed boy cross that stage. He rocks and I am so proud of him.


This is where random comes in.

We have a problem at this house.

It's called none of us know how to eat without getting a stain on our clothes. 

So in comes the most magical creation ever.

I use this on all our stains and they always come out. Always.

Thank you, Mom, for opening my eyes to this fantastic invention. This is just one of the many reasons you are the best mom on the planet. That and the fact that you didn't kill me when I was 17 and told you I was pregnant.

So really. Go buy it. You will fall in love. 


Wedding pictures. 

We should be getting them sometime in the middle of the month. 


What a good two month wedding anniversary that will be! 

That's it for this week! Happy Friday, friends! 

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

How's Married Life?

It is the middle of the week and I am actually posting a blog. Go me! 

It never fails. At least five times a week I get asked, "So how is married life?" And because I get the question so often these days sometimes I want to say something super sarcastic along the lines of, "Oh it's just terrible. No one told me how much I'd hate it. Who is this man I married?!?! And is it too late for an annulment?!?!" But I don't.. because some people just don't appreciate good sarcasm. 

So if you're someone who wants more than the typical "Oh it's great!" answer, here it is.

It is great. I've been looking forward to the three of us living together for a longggg time, and now that it's finally here I AM LOVING IT. It is more than I dreamed, and I'm so grateful.

It is a change. I moved out of my parents house for the first time ever. Linc moved out of the only home he's ever known. Michael and I have never lived together. In fact, until mid-February, we had never lived less than an hour apart. So it is a change. We are learning how to be married, and we're learning each other more deeply than we ever have. With that comes mistakes and successes.. And it's only getting sweeter. 

We are so busy. Michael works full-time and sings with the Jacksonville Symphony Chorus. Linc goes to school, just finished tball, and just started swimming lessons. I just quit my old job and I start my new job on Monday. We also are learning how to best plan our time to see family as much as we can. We love the busy days, but are also so grateful for the slow family days.

We do a lot of laundry. Only three people live in this house and I feel like we do laundry CONSTANTLY. I can only chalk that up to the fact that my husband doesn't feel like the day is complete if he doesn't change clothes at least twice. (I'm kidding but he does change clothes a lot.) 

There is an abundance of sass in this house. I knew all three of us had the potential to be all kinds of sassy, but for some reason it seems to have exponentially increased with us living in the same house. On any given day, it could be all three of us. It keeps everyone on their feet and keeps us laughing a lot.

Lincoln is thriving. Linc is a gift I wasn't aware I needed. He came in a time when I didn't know who I was, and he was the sweetest gift God could've ever surprised me with. Seeing him have the blessing of MikeHodges is so sweet - such an answered prayer. He thinks MikeHodges hung the moon. We play Skylanders and wrestle fight and swim in the pool at least every other day. Linc is so ready for Kindergarten, and he keeps us laughing all day every day. I was nervous about this change for him, but it has been so great. 

I married a good one. He is patient and always makes time for me and Lincoln. When he comes home from work, he always spends an hour wrestle-fighting Linc, despite how tired he is. He's also SO full of grace. I'm likely to try to beat a dead horse, but Michael isn't. We can have a disagreement and we'll both apologize, not even five minutes later he'll cuddle with me and tell me how great of a wife I am. I have never seen Jesus' grace in the flesh like I have these past two months in our marriage. He reminds me that Jesus sees us as a whole -how much he loves us- instead of the last thing we did wrong. Michael Hodges is such a gift. 

(He left this note on my car. How cute is he?!)

So married life is fantastic. We are loving it and settling in, and I'm grateful for the blessing of the man I married. So when you ask me how married life is, "It's awesome! We're loving it." is the short version of this blog post.