Monday, May 16, 2011


So, here it has been almost a month... again... since I last wrote.  Somehow, life is super busy with 5 kids.  :)  Who knew? Lots of laundry, lots of dishes, cooking dinner, sweeping floors, picking up toys.  I could go on, but I know you all know.

So, I've made the decision to go back to school.  I'm starting in the fall at the local community college.  I have a handful of pre-requisites I need to take, then I'll apply for the nursing program there for Fall of 2013.  I'm really excited, but also really nervous.  I took all but 1 of the pre-req's to get into the nursing program at BYU.  I tried to take the last one twice, but withdrew before I failed.  To be clear, I have always been a good student.  I got good grades in HS, and got into BYU.  At BYU, I got mostly A's and B's.  However, when I tried to take the anatomy class there, I failed every quiz for the first few weeks before I withdrew.  Granted, I was newly married and didn't want to spend every waking hour in the lab studying cadavers...  but I DID study and I was failing.  So, as I mentioned, this makes me nervous to go back.  Especially to start with Anatomy as my first class.  But, I have to believe I'm at a more mature place in my life, and I know I can do it!!!  I worked for years as a medical assistant doing most of the things the nurses did, but getting paid a fraction of what they do.  No longer!!!   I will get those magical letters to add on to the end of my name and I will LOVE IT.  :)

As for my business, I've not been doing much with it.  Every once in a while, I'll get an order off of my website or Etsy, but not very frequently.  I don't feel much push to promote it myself.  Its really a hard thing to do online.  I usually got the most sales during the craft shows I would do each fall, but with me starting school this fall, I don't think I can manage juggling shows as well.  So, I'm a bit in limbo about what to do with my business.  I suppose I can just put it on hold and see what happens with life.  It would be nice if I could figure out a way to sell my art without putting all the work into a show where I may or may not sell anything.  I'd also like to branch out a bit and try some new crafty things.  Anyway, I suppose this is just ramblings.  I'm not likely to close up business to the point of refusing a new order if I got one.  So, I guess I'll just see how things roll.

The kids are all doing well.  They are anxious for summer to show up here.  Although, weather wise, we've hardly had spring!   We had 2 days last week when it was in the upper 80's, then 2 days later the high was 45!!  I would love to have more than a fleeting 70 degree day.  Just a week or two in that range is all I'm asking. *sigh*

I'll leave you with a few pictures from the last few weeks.  I feel very blessed, life is good.

 Being three is exhausting

The trampoline is "hair-raising" fun. 
Fun for the boys at Papa's house

Tank's phonic spelling.  Someone is not allowed to touch the remote every day.  LOL.


Liz Smith said...

it'll be so great to go back to school. i've been debating that too for years! i'm excited for you to get your RN. you'll do it. and if you need help studying, call me! i don't know much about anatomy, but i am a good quizzer and study buddy! :)

Flowers said...

Congratulations on your decision. I just retired after 50 years in nursing (40 as an RN). Great profession. Your kids are so cute!

Teri said...


I know that when you put your mind to anything you succeed! Don't worry about things too much, there are always things that will stand in your way if you let them, but don't. You have a wonderful heart and a sincere drive to help those in need. Be kind to yourself and trust in your abilities; I have seen you weather more difficult things. I love ya, Cher. I am so proud of you that you would take on school on top of family responsibilities and life in general.

As for your business, one word: Groupon. Ride the wave as long and as far as it takes you. A few extra $$ would be awesome, but sharing your wonderful talent...WOW!! (And a blessing to the rest of us.) Oh and another talent you could try Metal Stamping Jewelry: I know someone who would order from you, ME!! I want a necklace and a keychain. I need, I need but have realized I am NOT creative. I had a burst around Christmas and it quickly fled. So there's an idea.

Digital Scrapbooking: If you hear of good tips and sites pass them along. I think I am ready come August to tackle some "memories".

Hang in there, Mama!!