Last weekend I went on a hike with my sisters and brother in law.
Each weekend since starting school has consisted of me holed up in my bedroom pouring over note cards and my notes from class.
It felt great to get out of the house and enjoy some fresh air with some of my favorite people.
We drove down near Fort Knox and went on both trails at Tioga Falls.
I think in all we hiked about 6 miles. I was exhausted at the end of the day but felt great. It wasn't too sunny or too cold. I think it was a perfect day for hiking.

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School & Nice Days.

We have been having some scattered days of nice weather.
It's definitely been a welcome change to the usual frigid cold and crazy windy days.
The boys love to be able to go outside and run around in the backyard.
Could it be spring finally showing up?!
Before I get too excited, I have to remember that here in the lovely Ohio Valley she's an evil temptress that will show us some great weather before we get another horrible cold snap again.
For now...we enjoy it while we can.
I definitely want to take advantage of the nice weekends all that I can.
Since starting school about a month ago I have a different feeling about the weekends. Of course they've turned into my time to study, but they're pretty much the only time I get to see anyone or spend time with the boys and Joshua.
I'm looking forward to some sister time tomorrow.

School has been pretty great so far. In typical Rhiana fashion I worry too much, freak out and stress over everything. That's pretty much standard routine for me.
I did really good on my first exam and did pretty well (much to my dismay) on this second one we just had.
We have three weekends to study until our next exam on five chapters. This has been a whole new world for me.
I am excited at how excited the boys are for me. I love coming home and hearing them ask how my day at work and school were and ask me to hang out in my school scrubs for a while. They think I should wear they to bed since they look like pajamas.
It's been a pretty grueling schedule and I've been adjusting best I can. I try to get out of bed as early as I can seem to peel myself away to go to work and then go straight from work to school until anywhere between 8 and 9. Once I get home I hole up in my room and scatter my books, notes and notecards across the bed to get studying done.
It will all be worth it in the end. In the meantime I can't help but really feel proud of myself. I've finally followed through on something I've been wanting to do for nearly 14 years. No more excuses and I seem to be doing pretty good.
Joshua & Nana have been amazing at home taking care of the boys, cleaning, cooking, even doing my laundry! My mom comes over and spends time with the boys every week.
I'm so lucky to have the support system that I do. It wouldn't be possible without it.




Sock Hop

Our friend Kristen runs a preschool and put together an adorable Sweetheart Sock Hop this weekend.
I jumped at the opportunity to dress the boys up and take them to a sock hop with thoughts of seeing them dancing and having a great time.
Well......they did look adorable, but there was no dancing involved.
She had a great band that was playing 50s music and the kids and teachers were all dressed in poodle skirts and little greaser outfits. Everyone looked so cute!
The boys were having none of the dancing or listening to the band.
They spent the entire time screaming about how loud it was and refused to stay in the auditorium to enjoy the dance.
I should have known seeing as Josh has pretty sensitive eyes and ears and the boys definitely have the sensitive eyes and now we know for sure they have sensitive ears as well.
They did have a great time playing in one of the classrooms.
Little Isabella kept coming in and asking them to please come dance with her.
They kept saying they would wait until they got used to the noise but never felt comfortable enough to go in and partake in the dance.




Where has the time gone?!

Wasn't this only yesterday?

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This week Josh went and registered the boys for Kindergarten!
I can't believe it. The boys will be starting in "big boy" school right before their fifth birthday.
I've never been much of a crybaby mom, but this just may constitute a whole lot of tears on my part come August.