Sunday, January 9, 2011

Snap, Crackle, Pop... Its 2011!

I can't believe it is a new year. Where has the time gone??? Seriously?
2011 means one thing to me: One more year of med school for the hubs! Woohoo!!!

He is in the midst of his third year and currently on his OB/GYN rotation. So, we are back to great story time at dinner:)
He has two more rotations this school year: Internal Medicine and Psych. He will get a small break this summer and then start his fourth year... that's right, his LAST year of med school. I never thought we would make it this far. Not really, but the time has gone by with lightning speed and we are looking forward to a year full of growth, changes and new beginnings.
Since Chase and I are what some might call, "the ultimate planners," we have been discussing where we feel the Lord leading us next. So, far the frontrunners for residency include: Tyler, Temple, Waco, Lubbock and recently, the CrAzY idea of Alaska!!!
I would be ok with any of these places... but wouldn't Alaska be awesome!!! It sure would be cold for a few years, but who wouldn't want to come visit us:) We may have to get a house with an extra bedroom for all our guests:) Time will tell where we should go, but in the meantime, please be praying for clarity as we decide where to go next or if we should stay here.

I am still LOVING my job and look forward to what my crazy 6th graders are going to do/say each day... its an unpredictable world out there:)

Chase and I are also tackling a new goal... we are hoping to run a half marathon in March. I have some friends that did this a couple of months ago and they inspired me to do the same... thanks Dabs and Dani!!!! Since Lubbock has one half marathon a year, we are going to run the "Bloodgushers" half in Midland, TX at the end of March. Yes, Midland.... the land of flat terrain- my kind of run!!! We have made a training schedule and been following it very diligently. We bought some new kicks with some Christmas money and have been enjoying the beautiful west Texas sunsets on our evening runs. I have not reached that "runner's high" yet, nor do I think I will, but I have enjoyed being active and pushing myself to be healthier. Its also very rewarding to work out with your spouse- its a way for us to stay on top of our health.

Anyway, the holidays were crazy, but so nice to catch up with family. Wish we could of had more time home to catch up with friends, but hopefully I will get back to the metroplex soon.
I've attached some pics from the holiday season below.

Up next on our agenda is the LAST bathroom remodel. I am dreading this more than you know. This bathroom is in such bad shape, I just want to shut the door and light a bomb in there and start from scratch. I've almost contacted HGTV to see if they could come fix it. On a positive note, once we finish the project we will be done withe all remodeling. Hallelujah. Hey, then we get to enjoy the house for a bit before we move.
Here is what I have learned about buying a house that needs a little so-called "TLC":
1. Don't do it! I told Chase that wherever we go next, the ONLY thing I am doing is painting. Period.
2. All jobs seems smaller than they really are.
3. You will NEVER, repeat NEVER get rid of the dust remodeling causes.
4. Your vacuum will never work the same.
5. You finally start to enjoy actually living in your house... then its time to sell.

I'll keep you updated on the progress... but don't expect it to be quick:)

Hope this year brings brings much happiness to all and that God blesses your journeys!!!

Until next time,
Live. Love. Laugh. Pray.

Chisholm's on Christmas Eve.

Cawyer's at the Dallas Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving Day

ALL the Cawyer's that ran...please note precious granddaddy

Chase and I on Christmas Eve... Dad testing his photography skills:)

New Year's Eve in Amarilo with the Rampy's and Mason's!!!