Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Monday, May 18, 2009
Wow! You would think we have been to Hawaii and back with my blogging absence as of late, but we don't leave until Thursday. Nope... we've just been enjoying life around here as it starts to warm up. I do have plenty of pictures to catch you up... Brian and Eden took a special trip to Washington for Mother's Day while I went on my family "girl's" trip. Eden had a blast with Brian's friends and family - and we are hoping it was a nice prep for being away from the both of us for seven days.
I am soooo nervous to leave Eden for a week! This is a girl who hasn't been away from us longer than a day or so since we counted her age in months. I want her to be happy. I want her to be safe. I want her stay healthy. I want her to sleep and eat well. And mostly, I want her forget we even exist (just for a week). I know most parents would want to be missed and therefore feel loved or needed, but truthfully, this vacation is about being needed a little less and allowing for some independence (for both her and I!).
We are leaving Eden here in Denver with her nanny, Nicole. It was a hard decision to make as it seems so obvious we should be leaving her with family. Unfortunately, our reality doesn't include grandparents nearby. And fortunately, Nicole and her family (who are nearby) are wonderful people who love Eden very much. They have known her for two years, seen her through health struggles and a heart transplant, sleep overs and swim dates, birthday parties and lunch dates. They have opened their doors to her many times and now are allowing her to stay for a week. We are grateful to have them.... and yet, still a little nervous to say goodbye. She'll be fine, right? Please say Yes!
Tuesday, May 5, 2009
Saturday, May 2, 2009
I successfully defended my thesis last Thursday! Yeah! After five years - 2 yrs of course work, 2 years repaso ('break' in Spanish), and 1 year of thesis writing- I finally finished my master's of science in Public Health. I can not take all of the credit, however, as I was definitely not alone. Many family members, friends, classmates, and former teachers were by my side the entire way. After presenting my paper and sweating bullets through the questions, I stepped out of the room for my committee to decide my fate. To my surprise, Brian was outside waiting (even though he was specifically asked not to come) and I was SO happy to see him. I fell into his arms and would have cried if I didn't have to go back into the room again. Instead... Dora came to mind. If you have watched Dora the Explorer as much as I have lately, you will understand how I could parallel her adventures with my last 5 years. Here's my own version of her celebratory song...
We Did It! We Did It! We Did It! Hooray!
We made it through the classes even after Eden's birth...
We did it, we did it, we did it, hooray!
We found some data and wrote until her transplant....
We did it, we did, it, we did it, hooray!
We started again and defended in the end...
We did it, we did it, we did it...