Twin Story #1

So things happen with little kids.  Some stories are just worth writing down.  So I am going to try to start writing down more of my twin stories on the blog because well I need to remember them, and some are just too good to pass up.


So today I had to take Troy and Chad (21 months) for a check up.  I only had the two of them, Gramma had Liana.  We made it to our appointment with one minute to spare!! 🙂  So we saw the nutritionist and then we were on our merry way.  When I got to the car, Chad had gone number 2 so I decided to change him before we left.  I put Troy in the car to tinker around and play while I changed Chad on the floorboard of the car (mistake #1).  I also placed my keys within view of Troy and forgot they were there (mistake #2).  So I got Chad all ready, put him in his car seat and shut the door (mistake #3).  When I walked around to the other side of the car to put Troy in his car seat, I could not open the door!  I looked at all the locks and they were all down.  Every door had been locked.  Now I know I didn’t lock them, so Troy was the culprit, but where were my keys now!  I was searching the floor boards, the seats, his hands, etc and couldn’t find them. (mind you I am looking for them from the outside of the car)  I looked at Troy, who is now roaming freely in the car, and said Troy where are my keys?!  He could hear me and he walked right up to the ignition and pulled them out and said, “see”.  Doh!  Well now they are both locked in the car, so instead of panic I was laughing.  This seemed pretty funny to me.  I have AAA so I could have called them right away, but in my mind I said, he pushed the button on my key to lock it, so he can push the button to open it right?!  So I said, “Troy push the button!”  He looked at the key and dangled them, laughed then stuck it back in the ignition and kept on playing. Hmmmmm, “Troy, get the keys!  Troy push the button!”  He grabbed them again and dangled them for me once again and put them back in the ignition.  Welp, this is not going how I hoped at this point.  So I call my mother in law to tell her I may be late.  I had one last idea…”Troy, get the keys and give them to Chad!”  So Troy grabbed the keys and gave them to Chad, who is still strapped in his car seat at this point.  I said “Chad, push the button!”  Well what do ya know, he pushed the button and I swiftly opened the door before he managed to push the lock button again.  We were on our way with no AAA call and the twins teamwork.  They keep me on my toes needless to say.  All is well.



Ode to Kingdom 113

I have been an athlete my whole life.  I thrive on competition, working hard, doing something alongside others and seeing just how much we can push each other to do more!  I stopped playing competitive sports in 2006 when I had my last season of soccer at Cal Baptist University.  At the time, I definitely felt ok with taking a break, being done having a rigorous schedule and getting to work out as I pleased.  As time has gone on, I definitely longed to do something that would give me the competitive outlet I needed and the opportunity to stay active and push myself to do things I never thought possible.  I started playing soccer again after having my daughter Liana, which was a blast.  It was definitely what I needed at the time to get me moving and to help me remember how much I love competition and working hard toward a common goal with others.

Then I had two more babies, at the same time.  I love those twinsies to death, but they pretty much put my body through the ringer.  I felt like I had been hit by a mac truck for 3 months after I had them, and I knew my body as I knew it would never be the same.  I did have moments where I let that get to me because it was so easy to bounce back after one child, and it was not going to be so easy this time around.

I have been bound and determined that I would not let that get me down, and I never would have imagined it would be CrossFit that would whip me back into shape, but here I am.  In four months of going to Kingdom113 Crossfit 2-3 days a week, I am doing things I did only when I was in gymnastics competitively.  Now for a few reasons, my body will still never be the same, but I will be stronger and more fit than I have been since playing college sports as I continue along this journey.  So if you have ever been someone that enjoys pushing yourself, or knows you just plain need others to push you, or you need a community to join, I suggest trying this out.  It has made me feel like I can continue to be competitive and enjoy doing physical activities, and keep up with my kids.

A few things I want to say about Kingdom 113 🙂

Kevin, thanks for pushing to have the best form possible so that I can only get better, lift heavier, and get results.  Thanks for keeping my hubbie in check as he learns the ropes and for loving us in so many ways!

Nolan, I would probably not give myself any credit to lift the heavy weights if it weren’t for you saying, “You should probably be doing the Rx on this one”.  Well ok, I guess I will then!  Your calm presence in the Box gives me comfort as we work out, because you are seriously so kickin at this sport, and I don’t feel intimidated by you at all!

Jenn your smile lights up the box!!  You are so full of energy and you make people feel at home there.  You are the best cheerleader ever!

Lindsey, thanks for cheering louder than anyone I know for the whole workout, even when you are tired yourself!  That is so boss!

Nicolle, you give me numbers to shoot for and you probably don’t even realize it!  I pay attention and I am competitive, so thank you for helping me know that I can push myself even further.  You are a young mom that works it in there!!


Mama Gouveia!  You are awesome.  Can’t wait to see where you go with this.  Your determination and feistiness is so infectious!!!!!

There are so many great people in the gym and I am thankful for this season Charlie and I will have to spend with you.  Kev and Nolan thanks for taking us in and helping us to see the good, the bad, the ugly, and the totally awesome of owning your own CrossFit.


And you want me to do what?

Dr.’s Order:

4 oz. Mag Citrate

tap water enema x1 now, repeat at 2000

10 mg dulcolax at 1700.

This order should tell anyone that my patient is clogged up.  He has more poop in his GI tract that anyone cared to deal with.  Guess who had the privilege of cleaning him out, yep me.  So my preceptor and I stuck a tube up his rear end and let the tap water flow in and what do you know, poop lots of poop.  Green, formed, soft stool.  Hooray for the joys of nursing, I think my patient felt a lot better after that.

This Week

So I thought I would copy you Kim, this is kind of fun!

WHAT I’M READING:the Bible, an echo in the Darkness, and a case for Christ.

Francine Rivers is amazing, if you have no read one of her novels, I suggest you pick one up!

WHAT I’M WATCHING: Football, its the fall people.  Also welcome to the fall so you think you can dance!

WHAT I’M LISTENING TO: Spring by Jon Foreman, I just bought it from itunes.

WHAT I’M WEARING: Shorts, t-shirt, and definitely sandals.  It is too HOT!

WHAT I’M EATING: Cottage Cheese and Pineapple, very tasty and healthy too!

WHAT I’M ENJOYING: Having time off, seeing my husband more often, passing the boards, and getting a job!!!!

WHAT I’M SNIFFING: Nothing, I am inside….


The Summer

So my summer went incredibly fast.  The summer was full of weddings, bridal showers, bachelorette parties, bachelor parties, hiking, and more.  I have not blogged about any of it, and so I am going to attempt to display my summer in pictures right now!  I am finally finished with nursing school!!!!  It was a very, very difficult summer for me, but it was also a lot of fun.  Thank you to those of you who prayed for me, and encouraged me in my quest to become a nurse.  I needed that support more than you could ever know.  Also thanks to those of you who are still my friend after enduring that with me.  I will hopefully take the nursing state boards by mid-september, and I have applied for a few jobs and I am waiting to hear back!  Well here is the pictures!






























Hope you enjoyed these!

YEAH for Melissa Jolene!

We had this sneaky plan, and it totally worked out!  Kim let Sarah and I know that she was going to fly out to Wheaton for Melissa’s Graduation, and so we wanted to come along.  Kim had an awesome idea to surprise her with showing up without her knowing…well it panned out to a tea.  Not only did we manage to surprise her, but Kim and some of the girls in Wheaton threw together a surprise shower for her.  The girls all said surprise and then Sarah and I came around the corner for more surprise!  What a fun weekend we had.  We were so blessed to meet some of Melissa’s new family, and we also enjoyed being around our friend who has been away for two years now and is coming back to us next month!!  Girls you are awesome!  I am so honored to have friends like you!

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If you could…

What would be your dream job?  If you could have any job anywhere in the world, what would it be and why?  Here are a couple of pictures to explain what I would do!!  In fact, I think I am living it out…soon…




Proud owners of….


So we bought a new computer, and I am loving it.  We figured since the both of us still have much more school to go through, and we also are working off of one computer that is from ancient times (about 5 years old), that we should invest into a computer!!!  There is also much more detail for media and that is a lot of fun to get into and now we have more options.  No more slow connections, no more random disconnections, and great picture quality!!  Yea!  Anyway, we have officially entered the Mac club by buying our own!



For those of you who heart the ATL, Georgia that is, Charlie and I were able to visit my dear friend Jenny where she currently resides.  We had such a fun time!!!  I love her friendship and we were so blessed by getting to just see her life and all that she does.  She has already made such an impact on all the people around her and she is beginning to make it her home!  I was so proud of her skills at getting around the city, I think we only got turned around a few times, and when we did she got us back!  For those of you who know Atlanta, here is a list of the things we did: 

The Varsity!


Fillini’s pizza 

Waffle House

Chatahoochee River

Jefferson Ave Baptist Church

Zesto’s for dessert! 

I had more sweet tea than I have ever had in my life and I loved every minute of it!  I also enjoyed that the three of us could just be content going and driving around and looking at houses and walking around a mall!  I love you Jenny thanks for such a fun time!




Baby Bath

Yes, I got to give my very first, first baby bath!  You know on the movies when you see how the nurses take the baby and then they wash them off and give them back to mommy?  Well that is what I did.  I was not actually in the delivery room because it is done a little differently now, the mom goes through labor, the first nurse just kind of wipes off the baby a little bit, and then mom and baby come to the post partum unit.  That is where I stepped in.  I was able to clean the baby thoroughly right after he was born.  He had probably only been alive for about an hour.  CRAZY!!  He was so cute.  He got cold so his little bottom lip started to quiver, it was adorable.  I also had to give him his 2nd shot of his entire life!  He didn’t even cry, either I am good, or that sugar water works wonders! (proably the latter)  Anyway, I am so thankful for little babies and life!  It is so much fun to be with mothers who are laboring and also to see the gift they receive in the aftermath!!