Long time no blog! I didn’t mean to take such a long break, but I’ve been very busy with things. I started my new job as an Oncology Nurse at the University of Kansas Hospital Cancer Center working on the Blood and Marrow Transplant unit. I didn’t think I would enjoy oncology nursing, but it has been an amazing experience so far. Not only has the staff been so welcoming and supportive, but the patients are truly inspiring. They have given me a new perspective on life.
We’ve also been in the process of purchasing our first home! We found one that we love, and if everything goes as planned, we will close at the end of January. I’m so flippin’ excited to have our own space to decorate and make our own.
2014 has been a whirlwind year of major changes.
I traveled to Nepal to volunteer at a children’s orthopedic hospital. It was such an eye-opening experience. I went to the most beautiful places I’ve ever seen.
I celebrated my 30th birthday in Portland with sushi and and a surprise get to together with good friends.
Our friends from KC stopped in to Portland as part of their road trip, and we had fun showing them around.
My brother and sister-in-law also came up to visit Portland for the first time. We took them to the coast!
We also took the train up to Seattle for Spring Break.
April and May
Nothing too exciting…just studied pretty much 24/7. Tis the life a a nursing student…
We went on an amazing road trip through the San Juan Islands, Victoria, B.C., and the Washington Coast. We got to kayak with whales! So cool!
Danny’s parents came in town for a family friend’s wedding (which I sadly have no pictures of).
I also had a flare up of my Crohn’s Disease and saw a naturopathic doctor for the first time. He recommended the Specific Carbohydrate Diet which I had great success with. I stuck with the diet for the next four months and switched to a gluten free diet recently which I’m doing great with.
We almost lost Frank due to a collapsed trachea that occurred after he had dental surgery. He pulled through though. I think this dog has nine lives. #catdog
We also went floating down the river with a big group of friends on July 4th.
Danny and I went hiking in the Columbia Gorge. Of all the things I miss about Portland, hiking is definitely top three (food would be numero uno).
We went to a friend’s wedding in Mount Hood. It was the most beautiful wedding I’ve ever been to with a gorgeous mountain backdrop behind the alter.
I graduated with a bachelors of science degree in nursing! I completed an accelerated program through Linfield College. It was tough with lots of papers, tests and clinicals.
My parent’s came up for my graduation, and we showed them all the Portland sights!
After a lot of long discussions, we decided to move back to Kansas City to be closer to our family. It was a tough decision, but we knew it was the right one for us.
I moved back to KC in the middle of September, and Danny joined me 6 weeks later. My parents were very gracious hosts during this time. They made our transition much easier.
I missed these faces.
Before I left, I had to do one last thing…get a tattoo! It’s a little pine tree on the back of my arm. I love it.
We cheered on the Royals as they ended their 29 year drought and made it to the World Series. Love cheering for my hometown team.
I ran my third half marathon!
My mom and I had a Halloween sleepover with my niece and older two nephews. We decorated pumpkins, made homemade pizzas and smores and watched Monsters, Inc.
We went with the entire family to the pumpkin patch and then later had the annual pumpkin carving contest (Danny won!).
Danny’s brother and his girlfriend got engaged! So happy for them.
We celebrated Thanksgiving three times! Once with each of our families and once with friends. So much turkey!
I started my first nursing job!
We began house hunting and went under contract on a house in a neighborhood we love.
We celebrated the holidays with all my favorite traditions including going to A Christmas Carol play at the KC Repertory Theater with my brother and sister and their significant others, opening presents Christmas morning at my parents and Christmas evening at Danny’s parents.
I’m so excited for what 2015 holds in store for us. Hopefully, we will be settling into our new house and looking to start our own little family.