Monday, June 15, 2009

A Little Catch Up

A little update as to what's been going on for the past few weeks...

Dan's brother Jared moved back to Mesa with his parents. The situation ended up being much more involved than we knew and it was something we just didn't have the ability to help him with. He needed to be with his parents and get the help he needs from them. I believe he re-registered for his ENG 101 class at MCC, which is good so he can still have something to occupy his free time until he gets a job.

The situation was starting to get rough on everyone and the original idea of the move had been lost track of. So it was better for everyone that he move back home and be around his parents who have the ability to help him get back on his feet and moving again, and then later on if he wants to come back and start his own life away from everything, we'll try again.

I started my 5 week summer clinic the day after Memorial Day/Our Anniversary. It's been rough. I am officially a 2nd year/Senior and therefore I work with the 2nd year instructors who think like 2nd year instructors. It's been a LOT of information and learning VERY fast, which has been good; but sometimes they forget that we haven't been second years for more than a few weeks and we're not totally familiar with how they do everything and their expectations. One of the instructors told some of the girls that if you're not going to make it through the program, this 5 weeks will be the semester that breaks you. Just to give some feeling as to how important these 5 weeks are. It is much more stressful finding patients since it's summer and there isn't a lot of time to finish them. Luckily somehow, I've pulled through. I don't want to jynx it yet because I still have 1 more day of clinic and my last patient to finish, but I think in the end it should all come together for me. Hopefully it will for all the rest of my girls too!

We're trying to save up a little money to go spend the 4th of July in St. George, UT with Wes & Tiff Webster. We owe then BIG TIME for all the times they've come to see us, and we've missed going to see them. It's WAY past our turn. We're excited for that trip, it'll be a nice little weekend getaway with some of our best friends. We miss them so much and can't wait until we live close so we can hang out all the time!

Lately it's felt like we have been in this rut that we just can't pull out of. I know I'm not being very patient, and that I want it to all be fixed just like that, but it seems like we were doing well even with having so little, and the past few weeks it just seems like we've hit a road block and can't get past it.

There are so many things we want to do in the next very short period of time (which also adds to the stress). Some of which are:

~Save for our 4th of July trip to St. George
~Sell both of our vehicles
~Buy a new vehicle that we can both drive
~Buy a house
~Save for our trip to Minneapolis in August
~Buy simple things like textbooks and school supplies

I suppose it's just discouraging because we have always been able to do the things we want to, even if it takes a little while to save up, etc. we've always been able to do the things we put our minds to. But with these things, many of them are so big that we're not able to do them right now with our financial situation.

It was rough for us when Dan dropped down to working part time to focus on school, and I wasn't working at all. So right now we're just trying to catch up on bills and everything else. But I guess the problem is that we wanted to do so much this summer, when we had time to focus on it and really work on it, and it doesn't look like we'll be able to do too much before school starts again.

Hopefully though, as long as we can get ourselves back on track this summer, we can minimize the stress of when we actually do have to some of the big things this fall.

Such is life I guess. I just need to suck it up and keep going!

I have started writing a journal recently! I always wish I would write things down, but I just never have time, and I hate handwriting everything. I always feel like I have so much to write and my hand gets tired so I start cutting things out. So, I've started typing my entries, and I will print them and add them to a 3 ring binder Journal I bought years ago. I'm trying to go back to at least when we were married and catch up, while I write about the current happenings as well. It's been a fun project and something I look forward to continuing for a long time.

I also watched the movie Twilight...finally!! It totally got me hooked back into the series again. I have fallen out of reading since I started New Moon and Edward LEFT! I was SO angry that I read a few more chapters and then quit, and that's where I've been for months. But now after watching the movie I am totally getting back into it and hope to finish it and Eclipse at least by the end of the summer. Ultimately I'd love to finish the series because once school starts again, my spare reading time is over and it's back to reading textbooks... we'll see what happens, I'll be sure to keep you updated on how far I get!


The Bunzells said...

aww, sounds like you guys are in the trial boat like we are :) I'm sorry things didn't work out with Jared, perhaps this is what he needs (to move back home). And being seperated will allow you guys more time to deal with the burdens you have on your backs at this time. When do you officially graduate from hygiene school? I'm so excited for you! What a great accomplishment!

Jill Bienz said...

Thanks! I will be completely done and graduated next May (2010). I take my anesthesia board in December, and the the written and clinical board in Phoenix next May. It's coming SO fast, I can't believe it! I just have to keep that in sight and know that we'll be on the upswing as soon as I'm graduated and working.