Dec 31, 2010

Reflecting on 2010

This year has been pretty good to me.
  • I was able to move out of my mother-in-law's house into an apartment with brother-in-law and his girlfriend.
  • Was able to get my own apartment this summer.
  • I got a promotion at work.
  • Aaron got a job.
  • My brother kicked his drug habit.
  • My sister had a baby so I got a new niece.
  • I started working out.
  • Started watching what I eat
  • Lost 10lbs.
  • Was able to afford to see my family after being away from them for 8 years.
Now this is what I plan on working on in 2011:
  • Continuing to stay healthy.
  • Starting school
  • Lose more weight
  • Quit smoking
  • Get back into reading. I've been so busy this past year, I want to be able to sit back and read a few pages each night.
  • Get through the entire Bible. I set out to do it this past year and got to the halfway mark, then once again I got busy and fell out of the routine.
What are some of the things you want to accomplish in the coming year?

    Dec 30, 2010

    Have yourself a merry little Christmas

    Since I had to work on Christmas Eve AND Christmas Day, we decided to have our family Christmas on Tuesday when I was off.
    I was lucky enough to have this little guy with me.

    My nephew

    His mom let him come in Monday morning and he spent that night and Tuesday night at my house. I was so excited for him to open his gifts over at my mother-in-law's house. She got him a few presents too. He had the hook up!

    When I was visiting family back in Ohio, they asked all about my nephew and my niece and asked for pictures, so I told everyone all about them. 
    My aunt sent the best present of all!

    My nephew LOVES to be read stories before he goes to bed and this book has it ALL. He was very impressed with it.
    After looking it over, we started flipping the pages and we found this inside:

    How awesome is that?!?
    I loved the note that was taped inside.
    So was he!

    Here are some random family pictures of everyone opening their gifts.

    Hope you all had a great holiday!!!
    I can't believe 2011 is in a few days!

    Dec 27, 2010

    It just doesn't get any easier

    This day two years ago, I was supposed to give birth to a beautiful baby girl that we named Katelynn Rose-Michelle Brown.
    I've come to terms with the loss, I've healed physically from the loss, but I have yet to heal emotionally from the loss.
    I thought time would heal, but it has not.
    It still stings every time I see a baby
    It stings every time I hear a pregnancy announcement.
    It stings every time I see a pregnant woman.
    It stings every time I see an ultrasound picture.
    It stings every time I get an invite to a baby shower.
    It stings every time I go to work and deal with a woman that just gave birth to a baby.
    It stings every time I see birth announcements.
    I hate that she was taken away from me!
    I hate that my body is betraying me!
    I hate that all of this shit is happening!
    It's not fair.

    Dec 25, 2010

    Merry Christmas

    I'm currently spending my Christmas at work today.
    The entire day.
    7am to 7pm.
    I don't get to spend the day with my hubs.
    I don't get to see my nephew.
    I don't get to see my niece.
    I don't get to see my mom before she leaves on another five week hitch to work (I haven't seen her in two months already).
    I don't get to see the enjoyment and excitement on my niece and nephew's face when they open their gifts.
    I get to watch through most holidays.
    I'm thankful for that much.
    I guess I'm in a crappy mood because I don't get to be near loved ones.'s going to be a long day.

    Besides my "Bah Humbug" mood, I want to wish all of my dear Bloggers a very Merry Christmas.
    I look forward to seeing all of your pictures and hearing all of your stories!

    - Posted from my iPhone
    Dec 24, 2010

    Merry Christmas Eve!

    So what does everyone have planned for today and for Christmas?
    I will be working 7am to 7pm all weekend. 
    Lucky me.
    Santa must not have gotten my letter when I asked for Christmas weekend off from work. 
    Oh well. 
    Holiday pay makes up for it. =]
    Drink some hot cocoa for me!

    Dec 23, 2010

    Vacation [Day 2]

    After going to bed at 2am the night before, I was really surprised I was wide awake at 8am.
    Grampa had some coffee brewing and my favorite coffee creamer.
    Aaron was up and showered and was amazed at the wildlife that was outside of my Grampa's house.
    The birds that were flying around and landing on the porch to eat just amazed him.
    We have ravens and seagulls mostly in Anchorage, so when he saw a blue jay and cardinal, he was out there taking pictures of them!

    After taking a bunch of pictures, we decided to go a few towns over to go to the grocery store and pick up a few things.
    That was when Aaron got to see some farm land and some big barns.

    He was in awe the whole time. It was kind of funny.
    We looked even more weird when we went into the store and was shocked with the prices of their produce!

    Here, you can't get a green pepper for less than $2 EACH.
    Everyone looked at us funny as we were in the store freaking out about how cheap things were. They thought the prices were really expensive. We told them they have it because it was almost free compared to prices in Alaska!

    After we were done shopping, Aaron and I drove around a few small towns acting like tourists.
    It was nothing major.
    Mostly farm town with old barns and the occasional cow and cemetery.

    It was such a peaceful time out there. I absolutely loved driving around.
    When we got back to my Grampa's house, I made dinner while my Grampa and Aaron conversed over a few beers. They got to talking about guns and what kind of guns they liked. That's like talking my Grampa's own language! He absolutely loves guns.
    That's when my Grampa pulled out all of his guns to show Aaron. Needless to say, Aaron was pretty much speechless.

    Nothing like getting a bunch of guns out when you're drinking. Ha!
    Thank goodness they weren't loaded!

    After looking through all of m photos, I noticed one particular photo.
    Now my Grampa loved Aaron. They got along and they have a lot in common.
    I saw one particular photo and it was hilarious.

    My Grampa's face is HILARIOUS in this photo and I don't think Aaron realized it.
    It looks like he's going to shoot off his face!

    It was by far a great night!

    Dec 22, 2010

    Lunar Eclipse 2010

    Last night was pretty awesome.
    My "hood" got together outside and watched the lunar eclipse.
    It was pretty amazing.

    Growing up, my Grampa got me into the sky, moon, and stars. He did a lot of engineering on space crafts and airplanes, so it's a great passion of mine.
    Somewhere along the way I lost it, but when I visited him last week, he reminded me about my childhood and why I loved the sky.
    So I documented the ENTIRE 72 minutes of the eclipse on my camera.
    I'm still learning my camera and the different settings. It has a million different settings on it and I'm still learning about the F-setting, aperture, and the different kinds of flash.
    Now I know for next time!

    So did you stay awake to watch?

    Dec 17, 2010

    Vacation [Day 1]

    Our first day of vacation was mostly spent flying.
    We had to make 2 stops before reaching Ohio.
    We went from:
    • Anchorage to Seattle
    • Seattle to Salt Lake City
    • Salt Lake City to Cincinnati
    It was pure hell!!!!
    We had so much turbulence in every flight (which freaks me out) and every plan had a screaming and crying baby on it....right behind our seats.
    I had a migraine by the time we touched down in Seattle.
    Aaron waiting around in Ted Steven's International Airport (Anchorage)

    Me goofing off with the camera while waiting for our flight.

    We left at 12:30am AKST on Wednesday and arrived at 3:30pm EST so we had been traveling for 11 hours.
    We got our rental car which was BEAUTIFUL!
    A 2010 Dodge Charger.
    It was a beast of a car.
    Aaron noticed the front end was shimmying and started freaking out. I asked him how fast he was going and he laughed. He was going 110 MPH!!!
    After that, he stayed pretty conscious about how fast he was going.
    It didn't feel like we were going 110 MPH. When we went 60, it felt like it was 35.

    After we left the airport, we went around the corner and Aaron saw the most beautiful sight he had ever seen.

    He hasn't seen a big city. He's born and raised in Anchorage.
    He was shocked. His reaction: "Whoa!! We're in Cincinnati??"
    I told him technically we're still in Kentucky (for some reason the Cincinnati Airport is in Kentucky).
    He thought I was crazy until he saw this:

    We ended up getting lost because they decided to remove a bunch of the freeways and relocate them elsewhere in the eight years that I was away.
    We finally got on the right track and drove the hour to my Grampa's house.
    When we arrived, Grampa had stew waiting for us...and a beer!
    We gobbled up the stew and drank a beer with our meal and Aaron was out like a light.
    I stayed up and had a few more beers with my Grampa while we caught up on life.
    It was a great night. We both didn't want to go to bed because it had been so long since we saw each other, but we forced ourselves to bed by 2am.
    He had moved while I was away, but he had the exact same things in his house and it smelled the same.
    I don't think I slept so good since the day I left his house!


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