Monthly Archives: October 2011

12 Weeks…

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Perhaps at one point in our lives, a blog will start out with a similar name and be about a different subject altogether, but for now, that is not the case 🙂

I’ve counted it up and have realized I have been back in Texas for 12 weeks as of today.  WHEW – how time flies!!  (Josiah joined me about a week later, so he’s just short of being out here 12 weeks…but, I’ll tell you what, those first five days made a difference because of the UNBEARABLE heat that was out here…)

So, I’m going to try to sum it up (which is laughable for anybody who knows me).  I arrived just in time to receive a call asking me to show up to work in an hour.  After jumping off the plane, renting a car, and finding my way to Oak Cliff, I made it in time for a coach’s orientation.  I might have looked a hot mess, but they were impressed I got there that fast.  And that about sums up my 12 weeks: it’s been fast and furious!!  I stayed with a former teammate the first five days that I was here (thanks, Karen!) and got to see a few Lady Eagles (Angel, Bobo, and Roz) as well.  That first week I was back was also my little sister, Alisha’s, birthday.  The first one we’ve gotten to spend together in quite some time!  Unfortunately, I was exhausted and had plans at 7 the next morning, so we couldn’t do anything too exciting – but it was nice just to know we are back in the same vicinity (although we have not seen each other since…)

Josiah arrived and we stayed with his dad and stepmom (what a blessing to have them close by!) before making our trek out to Oak Cliff.  Some of you know about the debaucle and for those of you that don’t – our stuff arrived 2 1/2 weeks late so we got to spend our first anniversary on an air mattress (Josiah) and a couch (Karolyn) in an apartment with a non-functioning air conditioner (think 92 humid degrees) but thankfully enjoyed a delicious dinner of sushi and some Marble Slab beforehand (both at air conditioned facilities)!  (I suppose I should do another blog altogether on our anniversary….note to self).

The first two weeks, I spent at training for my new job.  Fun to get acclimated and meet all the new faces and get a better idea of what was expected of me.  My students came back to school on August 15th – the first day Josiah embarked on his new endeavor!  It’s been fun going through a semester together 🙂  Josiah is LOVING school and meeting lots of great friends, learning lots of great information, and enjoying a unique college experience!

Also in that first week began volleyball try-outs.  A sport of which I know nothing about.  Nada.  The Athletic Director assured me this was okay due to the fact I probably knew more than most 7th graders.  I’ll give him that – but what a learning curve!  We just wrapped up our season last week and didn’t even win a match 😦  (for the record, there will be no more information or further blogs on that topic…).  We got to spend a weekend helping Ginny and Kingsley move to their new home in Krum before spending the next weekend in San Antonio!!  This was our actual celebration of our one year – and although I didn’t realize it before, getting married in August is definitely conducive to a 3 day weekend getaway over Labor Day, so hopefully we’ll continue that tradition.  We had a great time exploring the city, eating too much, enjoying each other’s company and even getting to see a few of my friends.  We had such a great time!! I do love that husband of mine.

We joined The Oaks Fellowship (a church we LOVE) and started attending a Marriage Class they offered – it’s been fun to spend some time with other couples learning more about our roles in marriage.  Of course, I’m struggling with the implementation part – but I’m a work in progress!!  We were blessed with the arrival of my mom on September 16th!!  She flew into town to check out our new digs and to get some QT girl time in – what a fun weekend we had!!  We spend Saturday at a grape festival (read: wine) in Grapevine and then my mom and I headed out to Monica’s that night for an evening of carbs, sugar, and conversation!  (We LOVE those girls!!).  Sunday, we went to church at the aforementioned and enjoyed a great service and mom even got to meet some co-workers, bosses, and students while we were there 🙂  We spent the afternoon shopping whilst my mother thoroughly spoiled me and then met up with Randy and Mari for a delicious dinner at Pappadeaux’s.  YUMMY.  Monday was very sad as Josiah dropped me off at work and then took my Mama back to the airport 😦  It was so great to have her out here and I can’t wait to see her again in less than two months.  We were so spoiled getting to live within 100 miles of each other before.  (this weekend should also receive its own post…)

Thursday, September 28th, my husband joined me up at school in the morning where we were a part of ‘See You At The Pole’ with about 30 students.  It was a great way to start our day 🙂  My husband in the meantime has also become ‘The Voice of the Lions’ aka the Announcer at our high school football games.  It’s so fun having him involved on my campus and naturally, he’s a fan favorite 🙂  And a personal favorite of mine…

We’ve spent some time having couples over for my husband’s amazing cooking (seriously the best alfredo sauce I’ve ever had.  Could have eaten that healthy concoction by its lonesome.), working out (the couples don’t do this with us – this is usually an individual activity or I’m at a bootcamp – I think we’d really scare people off), organizing our home (always a work in progress as well), hanging out with family, meeting new people, living, laughing and learning.  A lovely season indeed.

Basketball practice got underway this week and Josiah keeps busy with work, school, more work, and some play.  (I’m kinda feeling like I’m writing a Christmas letter here…sorry!  For those who haven’t received the disclaimer, this is more for me to keep track of my life than for your viewing pleasure).  We wrapped up our marriage class and boot camp comes to an end this week.  That should open up some time for our newest addition…..

KALYB IS COMING BACK!!  I am flying out to Germany to pick him up on Nov. 19th.  It will quite possibly be the longest 80 hours of my life but is sure to be well worth it!  He has had a challenging time over there and his mother has decided it would be best for him at this time to be back with us.  Please pray for Kalyb during the transition back to us, for Maggie (his mom) to have comfort and peace in her decision, and for us to glorify the Lord in all that we do.

So, needless to say, our life will be changing quite drastically over the next four weeks.  Hence the reason I decided to update now.  And before he arrives, I better go find that camera of mine again – you know I love snapping some family fotos!  Can’t wait to see what the next 12 weeks has in store….we have been blessed.

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A-Z all about ME!

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All the kind of stuff you were just dying to know… (sorry about the spacing…I copied and pasted and can’t quite figure it out)

A. age :: 29 – a few more months in my 20’s!!

B. bed size :: queen (I know, we’re large people and this is surprising…but plenty of room!)
C. chore you hate :: dusting.  UGH!  Thankfully we have a monthly inspection in our apartment since we live on campus, so this forces one of us to do it once a month – and this is my month L
D. dogs :: I could live without.  I know, I know.  My husband and I made a commitment to one year without dogs – and where we live doesn’t allow dogs, so I’ve got another three years of freedom!
E. essential start to your day :: get dressed, read my Bible, and make my lunch – then out the door
F. favorite color :: green, green, and more green!

G. gold or silver :: depends on what color I am wearing that day
H. height :: 6’3’’ – a self-proclaimed beast!
I. instruments you play :: Fail.  None!

J. job title :: Special Education Teacher/Junior High Coach

K. kids :: my wonderful Kalyb who – for those of you that haven’t heard – I get to go pick up in five weeks!!!  Perhaps more to come in the next few years?
L. live :: in Dallas, TX for at least the next three years – we’ll see where the Lord leads

M. maiden name :: Haskin (no ‘s’) to Dicken (no ‘s’)

N. nicknames :: Kar, Kar Bear, Special K

O. overnight hospital stays :: none for me.  Stayed overnight in the hospital for a week before Kisha passed away
P. pet peeve :: people licking their fingers, volleyball girls not hustling, and people not following through
Q. quote ::  

That one that goes something along the lines of ‘Dance like nobody’s watching, Love like you’ve never been hurt, Sing like nobody’s listening, and live like Heaven’s on earth’  

R. righty or lefty :: right, but I’ve always been impressed but lefties
S. siblings :: my amazing sister, Becca ❤

T. time you wake up :: 5:45am- yuck!  About to be even earlier in basketball season (who signed me up for this?)
U. university attended :: University of North Texas, Trinity, and CSU Dominguez Hills

V. vegetables you dislike: peppers – yuck!

W. what makes you run late :: life in general.  I’m usually not that late, though.
X. x-rays you’ve had :: chiro stuff and dental stuff
Y. yummy food :: is there such thing as an ‘unyummy’ food?
Z. zoo animal favorite :: monkeys are cute.  So was that baby hippo at the San Diego zoo.

 

Come on, blogging friends!  You know you want to do this too….

Are you my friend?

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So, we’ve been in Dallas just about two months exactly.  I know, I know – I haven’t blogged in almost three and you are just desperate to know what’s been going on these last two months!  😉  We’ll save that for another post…

A few weeks ago, while at a training, I was in the bathroom and saw a girl that looked like someone I could be friends with.  I started laughing thinking about the book, ‘Are you my mother?’ and thought maybe I should start asking people, ‘Do you want to be my friend?’ in the same sense.

Having lived with a plethora of friends the last few years of my life and my sister (aka built in friend) before that, it has been a somewhat difficult transition out to Texas.  Yes, I have former teammates in the area.  But, we’re kind of all over the metroplex and we’ve only been able to get together once since I’ve been here.  And, yes, I have some college friends – but they’re an hour away, and when you want to meet up for a quick cup of coffee or daily debrief, that is a challenge.

I was spoiled getting to live with, work with, going to church with, working out with, and doing life with friends.  And, not just any friends – some creme de la creme (is that a phrase?) – some God-fearing women that challenged me, encouraged me, knew me and loved me.  So, I think we all know that I don’t necessarily have a lacking of solid friendships in my live, I am just in a season where I am lacking solid friends who live in my vicinity.  Woe is me, I know.

All this to say, I have had the sweetest last few days of the Lord reminding me that I do, in fact, have friends.  After being slightly depressed Thursday night as my husband left for a ‘men’s night’ and I was left by my lonesome.  I really didn’t want to go to my bootcamp, but chose to go and had the sweetest time talking to two different women there.  Just what my heart needed.
On the way home, I made a phone call and got to spend an hour

and a half talking with Susan, affectionately dubbed my ‘work mom’ –

what a blessing 🙂  Afterwards, I got to talk

to my Pops for a little bit which is always enjoyable!

Friday, I drove out to Ft. Worth because the one and only Jamie Friesen was in town with SDSU’s soccer team since they were playing TCU.  We got to spend some time in the lobby and then I tagged along for their pre-game meal and got called something along the lines of a ‘fat sausage’ – always the joy giver, that Jamie.  😉

Afterwards, I got to connect with Erin Sepp Hanson aka the Birthday girl for quite a while via phone!  Made me wish I was close by to share in a glass of wine and some of her cake, but it was great nonetheless!  Being friendless, you take what you can get!

Before working the football game, I got to spend time chatting with Lyndsey Huff – another personal favorite and friend since middle school.

Saturday, I spent two hours on Skype with the amazing Maria!  Just awesome and encouraging to hear all the things the Lord is doing in and through her and I’m just blessed to be a part of it!

I spent Saturday afternoon running errands and debating whether I wanted to go to my Pastor’s house for dinner for the new small group leaders.  After all, I have no friends and my husband couldn’t come with me since he was working.  I decided to go.  I spent the drive there talking to the fabulous Natalie – what a busy and emotional rollercoaster of a month she has had, and got the courage to enter in by my lonesome.

I probably looked hilarious surveying the crowd.  In my mind, I’m thinking, I need a friend and a mentor – who could you be?  I found a small group talking that included a girl about my age and a woman about my mom’s age and thought – jackpot!  This could be friend and mentor.  Although I didn’t end up exchanging information with them, I did befriend the girl who was sitting next to me at dinner and we had a great time chatting – a bonus is that she’s a hairdresser willing to barter for a massage 🙂  And, when I was going to leave, a girl followed me out and said she overheard me saying that we lived at CFNI and she does too!  So, we exchanged numbers so now I have a potential neighbor friend as well.  A blessed evening overall!

Spent the ride home chatting, catching up, venting to, and laughing with Jamie.  Oh my.  I miss that girl.  Rather than Sleepless in Seattle – we’re more along the lines of ‘Friendless in two different cities’.

Today, we spent the day with family – had a Skype date with Kalyb before church then to Grandma Kiki’s after church.  Then, over to Randy and Mari’s so that Josiah could help his dad work and Mari spoiled her daughter and I with pedicures before I headed home to ‘work’.

Well, the work idea has quickly gone out the window since I realized that my friend Sarah Hennes from my UNT Eagle Ambassador days is actually going to swing by any minute now!  YAH!  (She just departed…a quick trip, but so fun to laugh and get great hugs!!)

And, I’m hoping to connect with Mistie on a phone date tonight since we’ve unsuccessfully played phone tag for two months now (would the be considered successful since it’s been going on that long?  Just unsuccessful in the talking time, but successful in the tag time?)

Anyways, no need to worry, friends – I do, in fact, have some friends!  And, most importantly – I’ve been learning lots in my time with the Lord and get to live with my best friend, that amazing Hubs of mine!