Friday, March 25, 2011


Look what I got in the mail this week...

Sweet Katie of it's in the details hosted a giveaway a few weeks ago and I won!  I never win!  Can you tell I'm excited?  I am now the proud owner of Black Heels to Tractor Wheels-signed by PW herself, I might add!-and some super cute personalized stationery.  I just finished part one of the book and it already has me totally entertained.  It's a fun and easy read.

Getting this little package in the mail put a huge smile on my face.  Thanks again Katie!

Thursday, March 24, 2011

On the Road Again

If you read my last post, you saw that Paul got a new job in Pueblo, which means...


There are certain things you just come to expect when your husband is a college football coach.  Moving is one of them.  This will be our third move in four years.  And even though we've come to expect it, that doesn't make it any easier.  You know that saying, when life hands you lemons, make lemonade? Well we're makin' some serious lemonade over here!

Ok, so maybe that's a little dramatic, but truth be told, I'm not exactly doing back flips at the thought of moving to Pueblo, Colorado.

But that's ok.  Because one thing we've learned from all this moving around is that sometimes the place you end up loving the most, is the one place you never thought you would.  It's all about your attitude and the people you surround yourself with.  I seriously think I could be happy living in Antarctica as long as I had Paul with me.  Actually, Antarctica is really cold, so I don't know about that, but you get the point.

Moving isn't all bad either.  There are lots of great things about moving, ie: meeting new people/making new friends, getting out of your comfort zone, starting over with a clean slate, etc.  It certainly keeps life interesting!

And the nice thing about Pueblo is it's only 2 hours and 25 minutes south of Boulder, which means we'll easily be able to come "home" and visit our family and friends whenever we're feeling the need.

Paul's been commuting back and forth on the weekends for the past few weeks which hasn't been bad so far.  We plan to do this until I find a job down there and we get our house rented up here, which I'm hoping will happen in the next couple of months. 

For now, we're just taking things day by day and getting excited about what this next step has in store for us!

Oh, and get ready for a lot more move-related posts because I have a feeling this is going to consume me :)  

Thursday, March 10, 2011

A Lot Going On's been a little over two weeks since I last blogged, but two major things happened in my absence:

1. My dad had open heart surgery.

A few months ago he found out he had a congenital heart defect that was creating an aneurysm in his aorta.  He had the surgery to repair the aneurysm and to replace the valve that was defective.  I'm not gonna lie, it was pretty scary.  My dad is young and healthy, so the risk of death from the surgery was only about 3 or 4 percent, but the fact that they had to cut his chest open, stop his heart, and then start it back up again had us more than a little nervous. 

Thankfully, the surgery was a success and although he has a long recovery ahead, he's doing so great!  My sister, grandparents, and aunt all flew in for the surgery and it was nice to be surrounded by family.  My mom spent every waking minute at the hospital with my dad (she probably would have slept there too if they let her). She has been a rock throughout this whole ordeal. She takes such good care of my dad and I know she's exhausted, but she would never admit it. She is amazing!

And speaking of amazing, take a look at this guy--the picture above was taken the day after surgery and the one below was taken one week after.  My dad is my hero.  He is so strong and has great faith. He never stops pushing himself to be the best he can be.  We are so thankful he is on the mend!

2. Paul was offered, accepted, and started a new job. 

He is now the defensive line coach for the CSU Pueblo (Colorado State University @ Pueblo) football team.  Yay Paul!!  As you can probably guess, this means some big changes for our little family (more on that later).

CSU Pueblo is a Division II school in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference (RMAC).  He started on Monday and is already loving it.  This is a great opportunity for Paul and I am so proud of him.  We are excited to see what this new journey brings!

These past few weeks have been some of the most stressful of my life and I'm so glad they're over..... 

But I have so much to be thankful for and I'm counting all of my many blessings tonight!