Saturday, November 22, 2014

Thanksgiving Break!

It's here, it's here, it's here!!!

Oh thank you!!!!

The time has come for a quick break. Nursing school is over for a whole week. Can I get an AMEN!?

Thursday was our last day of class for a week and it couldn't have come soon enough.  We came together as a group to have a Thanksgiving meal just for the nursing group and teachers. It was fun to just take some time to relax, eat, and enjoy each other's company.

Thursday evening was also my first "clinical" experience in working a local clinic. After class, myself and a classmate went to work for 4 hours at the Live Oak Clinic here in town and it was a fantastic experience.

I worked with the "triage" nurse to take vitals, blood glucose, and A1C's on the patients we saw before they were sent to see the doctors. I was also able to watch the nurse educator teach some patients how to give themselves insulin as they would be receiving it for the very first time.

It wasn't really surprising to see that almost every patient we saw either had diabetes or COPD. It was a really great experience and was a low key way to get my feet wet directly with patients.

Our professors are also going to be hosting a Christmas party for the nursing students and their families after Thanksgiving. They challenged us to decorate our classroom. Um, challenge accepted. They told us they are expecting big things and that we have our work cut out for us. Well.....let's do this.

So I am currently working on a few things and several of us are meeting at the school on Monday (our day off) to start decorating. It should be really cute :)

On a not-so-happy front, my husband's grandmother is currently on hospice. While we are completely saddened by this, I am so glad that I am in nursing school so that I can be of some help to her and my family during this time. We were there tonight, and I will be going back tomorrow morning to help her with some of her personal care. It's made me a little bit mellow the last few days. Having seen several of my family members on hospice, I know what to expect. This is definitely an area of medicine that I want to pursue eventually once I graduate and get my license.

So that is my family in a nutshell over the last few weeks. A break for me, a break for my kids, family sadness, and the holidays are almost upon us. :) Hope you all have a blessed weekend!

Monday, November 3, 2014


Halloween for us was a bit different this year. We tried to go with some of our friends to a local church's festival. It was nice...but it seemed like it was catering more to the little children as opposed to kids my boys' age.

The boys quickly said, "I'm ready to go. Can we just go trick or treat?"

So we drove back home, even though it was already dark, and got about 45 minutes worth of trick or treating in. They don't need buckets full of candy.

Then our friends came back over to our house with their kids and we all enjoyed some 50 cent corn dogs from Sonic. It's a tradition.

Friday, October 31, 2014

Red Ribbon Week...Intermediate School Edition

This week was my oldest son, Caleb's Red Ribbon Week at his school.

Jr. High is so weird. They are all in this in between phase of still wanting to do things that the little kids do, but being too cool to actually show that they want to, and are not yet willing to embrace what they want.

The third day is missing because it was "dress like twins" and that just wasn't happening for Caleb. "I don't want to dress like someone else, Mom". Ok whatever...less I have to worry about, right?!

So Day 1...

Day 2...

Skip Day 3

Day 4...

And finally Day 5...

Caleb was wanting to participate, but only wanted to do so if other people were going to do it too. I guess I should be happier about that because that is a very "normal" thing for kids and is not something that children with Autism really think about. Own bubble and all...

It was easy enough this year. I didn't have to make some crazy outfit, because I really don't have tons of time. I need to stop saying that because my kids are important to me and even though I am swamped in nursing school, I will always make time for them and for things they think are important. But it's nice when I don't have to make anything. Just saying...

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Halloween...Nursing school style

I know, Halloween is tomorrow. But we have tomorrow off from school so our professors let us dress up today for class.

It was a good day! We had a pharm quiz, (I got 100), we had a take home exam for health assessment (which I went ahead and finished at school to get it over with), and we practiced listening to breath sounds.

About half of the group dressed up...and it was fun :)

I went as an 80's chick, because who doesn't love the 80's?!

For my costume, I went to a local thrift store and purchased a pair of earrings, a bracelet, a rainbow tank top, and neon green rhinestone slippers. Then I went to a costume shop and bought a headband/bow, some lime green fingerless gloves, and a chunky necklace. I had a plain lime green t shirt that I got from Hobby Lobby for $3, so I put everything together with a pair of jeans, some bright red lipstick, blue eyeshadow, and a ton of hairspray and went to school.

This is my awesome mentor....super adorable flapper girl...

And like I said, we practiced breath sounds...

And then took a group picture...

I am so glad it is the weekend! Now to study for two more tests and two more quizzes next week. 4 and a half weeks left of the semester!!!!

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Red Ribbon Week-Final Elementary School Edition

Oh boy! The final elementary school year Red Ribbon Week for the Powell family has come to a close. My youngest, Jansen is in his final year at our local elementary school and will be headed to intermediate school next year.

Ugh, I cannot believe that they are growing so fast. I am begging for my school time to fly by and theirs to slow down. Can't have it both ways.

So, Jansen's Red Ribbon Week was as follows:

Monday: Team up against Drugs day

and they had a school rally that day as well....

Tuesday: Sock it to drugs

Wednesday: Shade out drugs (wear neon and sunglasses)

Thursday: Put drugs to sleep (although this was the day of his dress rehearsal for his school program, so he went to school in his western wear and then changed into his pj's)

Friday: Camo drugs

He's such a cute kid...I just love him so!

Thursday, October 23, 2014

4th Grade Musical

Tonight was my youngest son, Jansen's 4th grade musical.

This is his music teacher's first year teaching at our school and it proved to be challenging. BUT! It was very cute.

So, I present, Texas....The Musical....

Cutest kiddo, right?!

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Pumpkin decorating

Pumpkin decorating 2014 was fun. The boys were very clear on what they wanted to do for each of their pumpkins.

Caleb is in a hard core Pokémon phase, so his plan was to cover his pumpkin in hand made drawings of his favorite characters.

Jansen wanted a Sonic the Hedgehog profile and just HAD to cut it out.


I couldn't decide if I wanted to do an Aggie one or a Texans one. Since I am an Aggie fan on Saturdays and a Texans fan on Sunday, I made two

And in true Amber fashion, they had to be blingy.

We are definitely getting ready for Halloween in this house. Even though it is still pretty hot here in South Texas, I am feeling the Fall. Oh yes, I am feeling the Fall.