February Recap 2018

This winter has been wonderful as far as I am concerned - very little snow, very mild temperatures - but I fear that it will negatively impact our water this summer, so I'm trying to hope for some snow.  However, I going to enjoy the weather while it lasts.

Kim and I celebrated our 36th anniversary by visiting Tasha, Zane and Ish in San Diego.  It was a marvelous trip, especially since we got to play with baby Ish!  He is growing so fast!  He is just as cute as could be, with fat little thighs, gorgeous blue eyes,  and giggles that make you get all giddy and start laughing with him.

Picture overload coming up!

Tasha had just painted her wall and bought some frames to create a gallery wall.  Of course we jumped in to help her.
 And of course, Kim had to help by taping Tasha's mouth shut. 
After a wonderful trip we arrived back to the real world.  Lots of work, teaching, and day to day stuff.  Kim and I took dad down to Home Depo for a day.  We took the wheelchair for him so he …

January 2018

I usually feel a great let down after the holidays when all the world reverts back to the same-old routine of daily living.  It seems that we have a grand whirlwind of friends, family, fun, and free time that screeches to a halt suddenly with the beginning of the new year.  This year was no exception, although I didn't seem to notice as much as I jumped back into the grind with a major exam looming over me.

My employer strongly encouraged all of the faculty to take the C.N.E. (Certified Nurse Educator) exam.  I scheduled my test the end of January.  I studied, and studied, and studied!  Every spare minute this month was spent in my office studying like crazy.  ~ Side note:  during the last few months I have been seriously considering continuing my education to obtain a doctorate degree.  When you are working in the collegiate world of education there is some pressure to obtain that degree.  I had even started the application process to one school. ~  After studying for the C.N.E.…

Personal Thoughts about the Certified Nursing Educator Test

Friday I took a test.  It was, hands down, the hardest test I have ever taken (even harder than the State Nursing Board - NCLEX) test.  It is a national test for certification as a nurse educator.  Here is a description from the NLN (National League of Nurses):

Certification in any field is a mark of professionalism. For academic nurse educators, it establishes nursing education as a specialty area of practice and creates a means for faculty to demonstrate their expertise in this role. It communicates to students, peers, and the academic and health care communities that the highest standards of excellence are being met. By becoming credentialed as a Certified Nurse Educator (CNE), you serve as a leader and a role model.

The reason this test was so hard was because:
1.  They used a lot of big words that I had to learn and understand
2.  The testers wrote the test to be at a "Higher Order Thinking" or in other words a very difficult level.
           a.  Think Bloom's taxon…

December 2017

December was a GREAT month!  Marilyn Parrish flew out from Texas to stay with Maddie while she was recovering from shoulder surgery.  It was so wonderful to talk with her.  She truly is one of the most fabulous ladies I know, and I am so blessed to call her a friend.  I miss her and Mont terribly, but we had a great visit.

We took a trip up to the condo at Wolf Creek and just relaxed for a few days.  Somehow I forgot to get any pictures while we were there.  I must be getting old and senile, why else would I forget to take pictures?  Actually, we had a great surprise that may have rattled my brain just a little.  Kalel was so cute, he made Kim and I both sit down, and then puffed up his chest and announced, "my mom is pregnant"!  You could tell he was extremely excited about the prospect of being a big brother!  Shandra and Hayden are expecting a new little bundle in July.  Apparently Kalel has known for almost a month and hasn't told anyone!  That is amazing!  Kim and I…

November 2017

Dad's memory is definitely not getting any better, he often thinks that he is about 18-20 years old and he wants to go back "home" to Salt Lake to be with his mother.  Most of the time he doesn't remember who I am and he calls Robin, "that woman".  He doesn't remember that he was married for over 50 years, and he talks a lot about his friends - the ones he had when he was young.  He continuously talks about a truck that he left somewhere and he wants us to take him to it.

But yet, suddenly without warning he will be lucid and remember recent details like my husband's name.  Dementia is so strange!  There is no predicting how he will be at any given time.  Fortunately for the most part he is calm.  I have heard of some dementia patients who get very agitated and mean.  Dad isn't like that.  However he frequently gets depressed and frustrated because he "can't do anything right".  He repeatedly states that he just wants to die and o…