Friday, June 29, 2012


For those who have been following my journey through nursing school, I am officially finished. I received word yesterday that I passed my NCLEX (licensing boards) and am now waiting for the Board of Nursing (BON) to agree with the results, post it on their website, and send me a hard copy.

It has been an incredible journey. For those that cheered me on, Thank you. Your support meant everything to me. For the haters (yes, I had a few lol) Thank you too, for giving me an example of what I didn't want to be ;).

My biggest thanks however goes to my husband & children. Without them I would not have had the impetus to begin, much less finish. You provided me an office, sanity, and laughter. All things I didn't realize I needed to get through this journey.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Bucket list possibilities

This morning I was perusing fellow Blogger Charlie Grosso's page Spy Travelogue that details her 10,000 mile journey across Europe & Asia for the Mongol Rally and it hit me. I should let Kyle know about this. This sounds like a lot of fun. 

For the origins and a run down of what it entails you can read the wiki on it here: Now that the info part is over (yes, I expect you to be curious about what it entails), I'll tell you why this sounds like fun.

I've mentioned before that both of us tend to be gearheads. Cars are our thing. Case in point, the Miata. Yes the car was bought for me to drive back & forth to school, but it was Kyle who found a Miata club (  for us to really enjoy the car. We've been all over the place with this club and seen many awesome things including the Biltmore, the Decatur, AL hot air balloonfest, Dallas, TX 20 yr Miata Anniversary party, and Sewanee College of the South to name a few.  For a while there we had a custody agreement over the car. I drove it during the week to school & he drove it on the weekends for club's worked out well. 

So when I told him about the Mongol Rally, you could see the wheels turning in his head. "We should do that, as sort of a bucket list thing".  What better way to really & truly experience a country (or countries as the case may be) than to drive through them? 

Granted, this will be a few years down the road when I can make enough money for the entry fees & travel, and the kids more than likely will be out of the house. But, it sounds like a blast. International travel, cars, and charity. Can't wait to get to that point in our lives. 

So with all that being said here are a few more of our bucket list items:
1. Kyle really really wants to drive on the Ice Roads. 
2. I want to live & work in Europe for at least a year.
3. We want to build a Monster Miata 

What are some of your bucket list possibilities? 

Monday, June 18, 2012

Time to catch up!

Oh my... where to start.

It has been 2+ very busy months since last posted on here. I have officially graduated and am now waiting to take my boards at the end of this month. For those of you who have set yourselves a goal and pursued it to the exclusion or should I say in spite of everything else, you know the wonderful feeling of triumph and pride I experienced walking across the stage on May 5th. I also got to see my little sister which was great since I hadn't seen her in several years. My mom was up here as well in addition to Kyle's uncle and the rest of the crew that is normally here. The Miata club was also there cheering me on as I crossed the stage and then at dinner later that night. Needless to say I was very happy and very exhausted by the time I went to bed that night!

Mom & I after the pinning ceremony Friday night

Mom, Mandy, Pat & I on Saturday morning before graduation at IHOP

In the Line of March going to our seats 

Receiving my diploma from University President Mcfee 

Both girls have their drivers permits now (please pay attention over there on the sidewalk...their lane control is not a pretty thing yet lol). They are growing up quickly. They've been working on the farm with Kyle setting tobacco. It's hot dirty work and they usually come home covered in dust and sweat. Good thing I keep plenty of towels clean, because it's usually a fight for the shower when they all get home!

They spent the spoils of their labor this weekend on electronics. One got herself an Ipad & the other bought herself her own laptop. They are rightfully proud of themselves and so are we. Physical labor is nothing to sneeze at, especially when it's really hot & humid outside. They have stuck with it through bug bites & sunburns.

Father's day yesterday was a blast. We finally got Kyle. For those not in the know, there is a tradition in this family relating to presents. More specifically, how they're wrapped. Tanith decided to buy Kyle his own Ipad. Harlee & I split the cost with her, and Mysti was our buying agent. Mysti & Tanith wrapped it but good. False bottom in the box covered in Hello Kitty duct tape, wrapped in pink saran wrap, tissue paper, and regular paper. Needless to say he had a huge grin on his face for the rest of the day.
Last but not least Regatta & Detroit are coming up & I will have pictures soon =)

Mrs. Martin