Sunday, January 1, 2012

2011 in review

Well I can't say it was a horrible year, yet not an overly great year either.  We sure have grown since we've moved out here together though.  Here's to hoping/praying that 2012 is an amazing year for us! 

Drove up South Mountain
Explored Lake Pleasant

Went to see the Montezuma Castle
Spent the day at the balloon fest at Lake Havasu City

Spent a week w/just my Dad here doing lots of "guy-like" activities such as showing him S. Mtn, a Nascar truck race, outdoor expo, & a spring training baseball game.

Spent a ladies week w/my Gt A. Char & her friend Sandy where we went to a wine & art fest, shopping, hiked Camelback Mtn, cooked, & walked around the Desert Botanical Garden.

Celebrated my 27th Birthday in Tucson & saw the Kartchner Caverns
Saw my first "broadway show" Billy Elliot with a great group of ladies
Went to see the Body Worlds & Brain exhibit at the AZ Science Center
Took our first flight home to PA for a week to visit fam/friends

Went to our first amusement park in AZ:  Castles & Coasters
Celebrated Mark's 26th Birthday
Celebrated our 2nd wedding anniversary
Mark totaled our car, so we had to get a new one

I started online classes full time to finish my Bachelor's degree

Camped out for a weekend in Cottonwood & Jerome

Spent a weekend in Vegas to see "The Voice" concert

Nothing exciting, just lots of school & work class stuff

Spent almost a week w/my parents visiting
I started my seasonal position at work where I'll work 7 12hr days/2 wks from Sept.-June, then have off from June to Sept. 
Found out I was pregnant with our first child
Went to see the Foo Fighters in concert w/friends
Saw our lil baby on the U/S screen for the first time!
Surprised our families with the news of the baby & started telling others

Celebrated our friends' baby girls' arrival into the world
Had our NT scan & got to see baby Smouse again
Announced preg. to work & on FB

Went to the Desert Botanical Gardens Luminaria event

Experienced one of the scariest & worst feelings/things I have had to deal with so far...hope to NEVER EVER have to go through that again!
Found out baby Smouse is a little girl!
Celebrated with a Christmas exchange/get-together with a great group of ladies
Spent a week at home w/fam. & friends by myself to celebrate Christmas
Celebrated Christmas apart from Mark for hopefully the first & last time ever

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Out with the old, in with the new!

I started a baby blog to document progress & everything.  So this one will be put to the side for a while.  Though I never use it any more anyway.  New blog is at:  So head on over there if you wanna keep updated & see progress of baby Smouse.  =)

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Me A-Z

Since I fail at the whole routinely blogging thing, I figured I'd do this so you can get to know a lil more about myself...& it's a lot easier. :)

A. Age: just turned 27, hard to believe I'm really that age

B. Bed size: Queen

C. Chore you dislike: Cleaning the bathrooms, yuck!

D. Dogs: Yes, an adorable lil Chihuahua pup named Cooper who keeps me very entertained. :)

E. Essential start to your day: Shower, not a coffee drinker or big breakfast eater.

F. Favorite color: Blue prob. still.

G. Gold or silver: White gold

H. Height: about 5' 8"

I. Instruments you play(ed): I played the baritone in HS, nothing now.

J. Job title: Registered Nurse, Wife, & puppy mommy ;)

K. Kids: Not yet!

L. Live: A beautiful one story house w/a pool & nice backyard

M. Mom’s name: Laurel

N. Nicknames: Don't think I really have any, since my parents named me that way on purpose. Mark of course has a few lovey dovey ones though, haha.

O. Overnight hospital stays: I guessed I stayed overnight when I was 5 & broke my arm. I absolutely try to stay out of hospitals when I'm not working in them.

P. Pet peeves: Drama!!! Also horrible drivers, finding no toilet paper in the bathroom, people who curse in like every sentence, people who use the phrase "You know what I mean?" or a similar one, all the time, & many more!

Q. Quote from a movie: I'm a horrible quoter

R. Righty or lefty: Righty

S. Siblings: 2 sisters, but only the one counts in my book, right now

T. Time you wake up: It's diff. every day, but when I have to work, it's 5:10AM

U. Underwear: Thongs & v-strings, most comfy!

V. Vegetables you don’t like: Brussel sprouts

W.What makes you run late: Waiting until the last minute to get ready. I usually give myself an hour to get ready & leave the house, but sometimes that's just not enough time. Plus, I hate being early!

X. X-rays you’ve had: Teeth, ankle, finger, arm, hand, not sure what else.

Y. Yummy food you make: Lots of desserts! I'm good at baking, but not so much w/the cooking.

Z. Zoo animal favorites: Typically the monkeys & the lions/tigers.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Did it again!

And of course, I haven't been able to keep up w/this darn blog! I really have great intentions, but other things just get in the way. It's been a busy 2 months.
- we checked out Lake Pleasant & saw our first donkeys in AZ (didn't know they existed here)

- shopped at the Outlets at Anthem (def. going back there if/when I get pregnant)
- went to see Montezuma Castle

- bought a Wii so I can do Zumba at home, which has been fun

- attended a balloon fest & explored Lake Havasu City (def. wanna go back there too!)

- had a fun day at another Nestie GTG

- started a horrible ritual of seeing my new dentist way too often! He's really hurting our wallets, but I've gotta get my mouth tuned up...darn old fillings!

- met a fun couple & hung out w/another Great couple at a Super Bowl Party (& actually watched my 1st super bowl)

- enjoyed a week w/my Dad here which included a hike on South Mtn, my first truck race, an outdoor expo, some shopping, lots of good food, & my first Spring Training game...lots of boy stuff for a change!

- got to celebrate w/friends at another friends' baby shower

- enjoyed another week of company right after my Dad left, of my G. Aunt Char & her friend Sandy. And Mark got called to work the day they arrived, so I got to have lots of needed girl time. We attended the Carefree Fine Arts & Wine Festival (WOW is all I have to say! I totally envy artists!), did some shopping & exploring, hiked Camelback Mtn, drove up South Mtn, devoured a delicious Caribbean-inspired meal cooked by our guests, walked around the Desert Botanical Garden, & shopped at Old Town Scottsdale.

And of course, work & the usual errands, playing w/Cooper & those kinds of things too. ;)