Sunday, May 17, 2015

It happened!

I am finally no longer a graduate student or doctoral candidate. I am now a full-fledged PhD! 

It has been a long road and I am glad to see it draw to a close. I successfully defended my dissertation in March and participated in the graduation ceremony at the beginning of May, where I was hooded. My final dissertation edits are awaiting approval and then I will be able to close the book on my time as a grad student (for now at least. Who knows what will happen in the future?). 

Saturday, February 21, 2015

A week of snow days

Things have been very busy around here since I last posted for me and my schooling goals -- dissertation finishing and preparing for the defense. This past week, we had a combination of snow and cold temperatures that resulted in cancelled classes for the boys' preschool AND the two universities were my husband and I work, respectively.

Chaos is ruling, but it's a good kind of chaos.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Almost er

We thought he had bitten through his lip. By the time we got to the er parking lot, he was giving us this face. So we turned around and went home. 

Monday, May 12, 2014

Almost done

Almost done with the semester and looking forward to a summer of dissertating and hanging out with these guys.

Monday, April 28, 2014


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 My little buddy turned 2 years old yesterday! We celebrated by having lasagna dinner for around 22 (my mom's side of the family, Hal's parents, and Luke's godfather's family). He got lots of presents (including a sandbox) and really enjoyed his cake, which he has been asking for for days.

Nathan is so sweet. He's talking more and more and he loves to run, climb, and jump. He and his big brother have such fun together (most of the time). Nathan is a finicky eater -- we never know if he's going to eat everything or nothing on his plate. He especially likes anything sweet, bread, hot dogs, cheese, raisins, and pizza (what terrible nutrition). We work on veggies and fruits, but he has always been very stubborn about food. If he doesn't want it, he's not going to eat it (and the reverse is true -- there is no quicker way to get a crying/tantrum than to take away something he wants to eat).

He loves lions and making animal noises. He enjoys Sesame Street, Thomas the Tank Engine, and he gets excited when he sees airplanes. He gives hugs and kisses a lot and really enjoys seeing Gammy (my mom) and "The Pa" (my dad). He likes his book Moon Mater the best, but he loves to read and sing, especially before bed. He enjoys the bathtub and loves to say "potty," particularly when his big brother leaves a table at a restaurant to go to the potty. He likes to draw and dance and is just a joy.

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

My body rebels against the 5K

So I announced right around Christmas that my goal in the new year was to run a 5K.

And my body immediately went ballistic.

Since the new year, I have had: 1. a fall on the ice that cause bruised ribs. 2. a hernia (in my stomach, doesn't hurt, so just something to keep an eye on) 3. the flu 4. pleurisy (by far the worst thing on this list) 5. sinus infection.

Added to my normal hurting knees and heals and tight sides of calves, I am a MESS.

Do I abandon the 5k? Do I just walk a 5k? My body was furious that I even came up with the idea.

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

The wedding

We are pleased to announce that Eff married Clarabell in a lavish yet spur of the moment ceremony.