“Where Have You Been?”

So it seems that I’ve desperately neglected the blog over the last year or so. I guess I kind of have an excuse because I’ve been a little busy. Here’s a quick recap of what has been going on in our lives.

  • December 2011 – We bought a foreclosed home, moved in, and began a complete renovation of the house with lots of help from our family and friends.
  • March 2012 – We got a puppy! Hank is a fun, sweet boy, but was lots of work for a while there. I guess that’s puppies for ya!
  • April 2012 – I left Changes Hair Design and finally fulfilled my dream of opening Salon Juleen in our new home.
  • June 2012 – We found out we were expecting a baby!!! I got my first official bout of “morning” sickness just hours after the positive pregnancy test, and it lasted well into my third trimester.
  • January 2013 – Beautiful Baby Emma Grace was born at 37 weeks via Emergency Cesarean Section, due to complications from Pre-eclampsia. I spent 5 days in the hospital and Emma stayed in the NICU for 10 days.
  • April 2013 (Today) – Emma is 14 weeks old, and is keeping us extremely busy, and very entertained! I’ve grown to love motherhood more and more every day, and in ways I never could have imagined!

So since we’ve had a few small life changes, I’m going to attempt to get caught up and elaborate on a few of these significant events over the next few weeks/months.

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2011

This last year has been quite an adventure for us. We started the year with Noob going to school and starting a whole new career. Thankfully, he loves it, because it was my idea! We also went into business with my siblings, and opened The Wireless Zone of Lansing back in July. That has really made some big changes in our family relationships, all for the good! We’ve spent almost the entirety of 2011 on a hunt for our first house. We finally closed on our new home on December 9th and have been working on fixing it up since then. It will definitely take at least the first couple of months of 2012 for us to complete our projects (with lots of help from our family and friends). And after that we look forward to starting some other adventures, like puppies and babies, not necessarily in that order (NO, I AM NOT PREGNANT!!!). We are definitely eager to see what 2012 has in store for us!

Friends

“One measure of friendship consists not in the number of things friends can discuss, but in the number of things they need no longer mention.”

– Clifton Fadiman

I heard this quote the other day, and thought it was great.  Only with some of my best friends it would read more accurately:

 

“One measure of friendship consists not in the number of things friends can discuss, but in the number of things they should no longer mention.”

– Juleen Kenney

 

Wear More Color!

http://www.cakiebelle.com/self-love/self-love-challenge-wear-colour

I read this blog by Cakie Belle recently and it really hit home for me.  My wardrobe consists of a whole lot of black, gray, and white. There is a slight smattering of color here and there, but it’s usually worn with something black, gray, or white over the top.  I totally agree with her that I feel slimmer in black, and slimming is definitely something I need right now, but I also believe that she’s right about hiding behind my black!  Bright colors, or patterns draw attention to myself, and things about myself that I don’t want people noticing!  I really liked this line from the blog:

“The truth is, black isn’t as flattering as many of us think. It is very harsh against most skin tones and can make us look washed out and drawn. Black is also pretty damn boring! There is a world of fantastic colour out there, with something to suit every eye colour, hair colour and skin tone, so do yourself a favour and go explore it!”

BTW, for those who don’t already know the show Trinny & Susannah is the British version of What Not To Wear.

Going Back To Cali…

On Saturday, May 24th, 2008 at 2:45 pm I will be boarding a plane headed for California.  My friend Breannon and I are heading off for a much needed week long vacation.  We will be staying with her cousin in Solana Beach, which is just north of San Diego. 

It has been 4.5 years since I left California and moved back to Michigan, and I have not been back there since.  I once thought that I would eventually move back, but I don’t really foresee that in my future any longer, but who knows… Over the last several years I have dreamed about California, and cried over California.  I’ve always feared that if I ever went back… that I’d never want to return.  Fortunately, now I have so many amazing things so come back for… so for anyone who is concerned that I may be doing some sudden relocating… don’t worry, I’ll be back!

Grace Is Home!

Great news! Grace was discharged from the hospital and went home on Saturday! Her white blood count, heart rate, and temperature levels returned to normal; she began eating solid foods and responding to oral pain meds, so the doctors felt it was safe to discharged her! She is relieved to be home and sleeping in her own bed. Thank you all for your support, prayer and encouragement during her 10-day stay. She is asking that you pray that her bowels continue to strengthen and heal, and that her pain  would continue to decrease. 

Communication Delivered…

“Communication delivered is not the same as communication received”

Lately I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about relationship in general and how I interact with the people in my life.  I heard the preceeding quote the other day and it really made a lot of sense to me.  I tend to believe that I am a pretty good communicator, but often times peoples response to what I say seems to indicate otherwise.  I feel like I am communicating my thoughts clearly, but the other person is not always hearing what it is that I really intend to say.  Sometimes it’s not a big deal and is an easy mistake to clear up, but other times these misunderstandings can have huge ramifications on a relationship.  The other day I off handedly said something to a friend that was taken completely in the wrong way.  This led to some tension and frustration between us until we finally talked it out and realized what had brought about the confusion.  I assumed I had communicated clearly, he assumed that he understand what I was saying.  We both were wrong!  What a mess!  How do you communicate in a way that you know without a doubt that the listener understands both your words and your intent?