Okay, so I'm going to start off by saying I'm sorry I haven't been the best at keeping this thing updated, and I promise that'll change. (By the way, I can't believe that May is already almost over.) Also, I'd like to add that marriage rocks. Adam and I enjoy our time together so much. When we're out and about, we have so much fun laughing and goofing off! And we love just hanging out at home and being lazy bums. (Adam also has this awesome habit of making me yummy treats out of the blue - like banana pancakes!) Of course, no marriage is perfect, but this one we've got going on is pretty darn swell. In other news, here are some highlights of our life lately. (Warning: this post will be longer than usual.)
Dad came to visit a few weeks back and that was amazing! We had so much fun. Our time together was pretty low-key. We spent most of our time in Safety Harbor and Dunedin and Adam and I were over at the Cook house every evening. It was so nice having the whole family together again. We're so blessed.
Adam and I went kayaking at Weeki Wachie springs with friends and that was a blast! It's been years since I climbed up trees and jumped off rope swings into a river, and I have got to say - boy, did I need it! I felt like a kid again, and it was awesome. Adam and I will be making a trip up there again soon. If you live in Florida and haven't been to Weeki Wachie, you must go!
I took advantage of my (short, but much-needed) break from school before summer classes started and spent some time painting. I tried new art mediums and techniques and gained a deeper appreciation for watercolors! I actually completed some paintings on canvas so I was proud about that. (I'm ashamed to say that these days, with work + school + business building, I don't have much time to finish much of anything that I start. :\) I'm still considering the idea of opening an Etsy shop where I can sell some original paintings and prints, but as much as I love the hobby, selling my artwork online will be one more time-consuming thing I'll have to commit to. I'll let you know if I do pursue it!
Adam and I have had the pleasure of making new friends these past few months and have been so blessed to spend time with them. We actually just got back from staying at a farm this weekend with Todd and Janae who are so fun, and this coming weekend we'll be hanging out in St. Petersburg with a couple we met at this year's Seafood Festival in Dunedin. I think we spend just as much time hanging out with new folks as we do with old friends!
Although I'm still not sure if Florida will be our home a few years from now, living in Florida definitely has its perks. I've learned to love this place despite some things about it that I wouldn't mind it doing without, but isn't that necessary to truly be happy in the here and now, wherever life leads you? I think so. No place is perfect (but oh, Florence, you might just be), but the grass isn't always greener on the other side. Like I heard once (from some source I don't recall), the grass is greener where you water it.
AND not only is the grass pretty green in Florida, but the water is also a pretty blue. I had the pleasure of getting acquainted with Cocoa Beach with Adam when he took me on a little excursion around town and showed me all the in-and-outs of places he'd been to as a kid, the beaches where he surfed, the one and only original Ron Jon Surf Shop, and Satellite Beach, where his parents lived in the 70's, when Adam's father was in the Air Force. We had so much fun walking along the shore and picking up seashells. We found a seashell with a heart shape formed into it that I'm going to make into a pendant for him to wear when he surfs. We spent the rest of our mini-staycation exploring the newly opened Disney Springs and will be back soon because it is so adorable and fun.
Summer term started back up again and I have to say, I'm excited for the most part about my classes. I'm taking Dynamics of Marriage and Family Therapy with one of my favorite teachers Dr. Henry, and Treatment of Psychopathology. In sad news, my favorite teacher Dr. Gary Dudell passed away. It's been a huge loss for the whole program and I'll never forget him as the teacher who really ignited a passion in me to pursue my therapy career.
Work has been pretty crazy for me lately, with my roles changing frequently and my workload being unpredictable, but I'll be starting my role as the children's rec therapist on the unit again and I am so happy about that. I really missed them while I was case managing and discharge planning these past few months but thank goodness that chapter has closed so that I can try some new projects with the kids. But that's not even the best news - ADAM GOT A PROMOTION! We are seriously so grateful and blessed for how life is turning out for us. It couldn't have come at a better time, because we're so excited to announce that we....well, I guess you'll just have to wait till my next post to find out :)
Until next time!
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