Although summertime in Texas has been pretty sweet, it has not been as carefree as Kenny Chesney describes it. So far, I’ve clocked in not enough hours by the pool (still pale as a ghost) and zero trips to get frozen yogurt. Instead, my days off from the hospital have been spent at a children’s clinic where I am learning all about how to be a pediatric nurse practitioner. Four and a half years ago, I started my first grown-up job as a Registered Nurse. Back then, I had trouble believing that moms and dads were actually trusting a barely 22 year old (me!) with their sick child. Now, they are looking to me for advice on parenting and asking me how to deal with picky eaters. I get to be the one doing the checkups, diagnosing illnesses, and educating parents with anything you can think of. From stapling a busted head closed to counseling a mom with postpartum depression…it’s kind of crazy, yet also kind of amazing.
Otherwise, June has been filled with the usual—putting love in motion and living love. Lots of dinners with friends, long walks with my puppy buddy, and trying to keep life balanced. I recently had the opportunity to visit with a good friend who is on her 3rd year of travel nursing. She has lived all over the country, and has a certain spunk and zest for life that I admire.
Chronicles from the past couple weeks:
A coworker’s husbands surprise birthday dinner. We made him a checkerboard cake that turned out amazing. I had my doubts, but was pleasantly surprised by the result. We used a cake mold from Michael’s and a recipe from Pinterest.
A trip to Louisiana to celebrate…
Aaron’s 22nd birthday. He has been a busy fella. From starting his first “big kid” job, applying to “big kid” school (Yay. Grad. School.), and going on road trips with friends, we saw each other for a few hours before he had to head out again. My mom and I made him a Pioneer Woman Chocolate Nutella Strawberry cake.
A sweet friend getting married in August. Lots of wedding cake for me to eat this fall… 🙂