Sunday, December 19, 2010

New Things for the New Year

Okay, so I'm not about New Year's resolutions or anything, but there will be some changes for me in the new year that I'm pretty excited  about (and one of these changes I'm very nervous about)!

More blogging!  Well, not a whole lot more, but I am starting a new blog separate from this one where I will share things with you that aren't necessarily related to the scrapbook/family thing. Basically, I love blogs (way more than I will ever love Facebook or any other social networking) and I am itching to do something a little more than my family blog.  The other blog probably won't get as much attention from me as my beloved Kimble Krew blog, but it's something I plan to contribute to every once in a while.  Go here to learn more (and go here to read my first posts).  I'll probably kick myself for introducing it so soon, but it's something I've been playing around with here and there the past few days and I just want to share it already!  So excuse any crazy talk in advance.  :)
 

Friday Flashbacks!  This is a fun component I'm adding to this blog that will allow me to do something I've been wanting to do for years: scan all of our old pictures.  I actually scanned a lot of them a couple of years ago, but I'd like for a copy of them to be somewhere else than on my computer's (already old) hard drive.  What better place than the blog? :) I'm talking mine and DK's childhood, high school, early relationship days -- all of that! Since my blog is my scrapbook and will eventually be sent for printing (whenever I get a chance to sit down and do it), I want pics here, too, in case the originals are lost or ruined in the future.  So beginning December 31, you''ll start seeing these flashback pictures.  (I've actually already scheduled the posts for the first month.)  I can't wait!  Trips down memory lane are always fun (ny)!

Going Back to School!  Okay, this is the one I'm super nervous about.  Like, I'm not even kidding.  Every day since getting that acceptance letter I have worried that I'm not making the right decision.  My  main concern about going back to school is how I'll find the time to do so.  The last time I was in school I wasn't a mother, and I don't plan for any of this "school stuff" to take time away from my family.  When I come home, that's my family time - period.  Which actually works pretty well with my program.  It's Auburn, but my classes will be distance education (online).  And that's where and how I did my masters, so I know that work can truly be done when I want it to be done.  There's not much reason for me to worry, to be honest, because the solution seems simple. I'll be doing schoolwork during the little one's naps and bed times, and our weekends may not be as busy.  The only time we have super-busy weekends is during football season, and I don't plan to take any classes in the fall (my husband coaches football, so I'm pretty much a single mom at that time.  If I want to keep my sanity, I will not be a student during that time).  And in the summers I'll be fine because I won't be working (and if I teach summer school, that's only part-time).  I guess I just have to get through this spring semester, this first semester, where I'm just anxious about the unknown.  What if I'm not as "smart" as I used to be?  What if my work ethic has changed?  What if I'm up past midnight every night doing papers?

The only thing that makes me feel better is I know I'm going to do this regardless.  So I try not to worry.  When I finished my masters, I remember saying I'd never go back to school!  Yet, I knew deep down that I probably wouldn't stop there.  And I believe that aspirations shouldn't be thrown away because you become a mom or a wife (go here to see my thoughts on what some see as a "debate" on this topic).

Anyway, please pray for me with this school thing.  I actually have two EdS classes under my belt, so I'm 1/5 of the way there.  Taking two each semester (skipping Fall), I hope to be done by Summer 2012.  That doesn't seem like very far away, but I know there's some hard work that's about to go down between now and then.  I'm strong, but not strong enough to do it without prayer.  So say one for me tonight, please. :)

I'm so happy the holiday break is here.  It came so fast -- I can't believe this school year is halfway over.  Two whole weeks to relax and spend time with family.  We're just coming off a fun and productive weekend, and it's not over.  My mom is bringing the girls and they'll all probably stay the night.  Fun!  I hope you all are enjoying your weekend!

Images:  Darren Robertson, Suat Eman, & Renjith Krishnan (FreeDigitalPhotos.net)

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