a Christmas to remember

12:36:00 PM Jaclyn Armstrong 0 Comments

As Nick and I sit down tomorrow morning to exchange gifts, we will be cherishing our last Christmas as just the two of us.  We will embrace the quietness of the moment, and our last year to focus on each other instead of our growing little family.  We will share silent gazes and smiles between two people truly in love.  Two people meant to be together and share the triumphs and challenges of life hand in hand.  I look forward to the chaos, laughter, and excitement next year will bring with our growing little boy as he is mesmerized by the sights and sounds of the season, but for now I will cherish our last moments as a family of two.  So much is about to change.


iPhone weeks 3 & 4: slow down, December!

9:17:00 PM Jaclyn Armstrong 0 Comments

This month has been such a whirlwind!  As I sit here only 3 days before Christmas, I'm amazed at how fast time has flown and how soon our baby boy will be here.  Only 36 days left! (and I'm still hoping he comes just a little bit early).

So rewinding a bit, here are weeks 3 & 4 in iPhone pics:

Most of week 3 was spent working, Christmas shopping, and growing a baby (I kid, I kid!).  Somehow I still managed to attend a Christmas party with my favorite nurses, a baby shower (my 4th!) thrown by these awesome coworkers of mine (of course I forgot to take pictures), and my first pro hockey game in a fancy suite with the husband thanks to HCA (go Preds!).  It was an awesome, exhausting week that I wouldn't have traded for the world.

Reality hit me hard during week 4... Christmas was right around the corner, and I had a baby with no nursery!  Nick and I got to work quickly painting the nursery, buying, picking up, and assembling furniture, and getting the room ready for our sweet little boy.  There is still decorating and work to be done, but if Logan came tomorrow I would be ready.  A huge weight was lifted off my shoulders.  I also finished my Christmas shopping, wrapped all of our presents, assembled Nick's stockings (he gets 2 this year!), and washed, folded, and sorted all of Logan's clothes... and still managed to work my usual 50-hr work week.  I'm looking forward to slowing down in January and only working 3 12-hr shifts a week!  Floor nursing is hard on my 9 month pregnant body.  

So there you have it, weeks 3 and 4 in iPhone pics.  There is still so much to look forward to in the last week of December!

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iPhone week 2: a golden birthday

8:59:00 AM Jaclyn Armstrong 0 Comments

Our amazing Thanksgiving in NC ended with the best start to a new week- my golden birthday.  We didn't arrive home from our trip until 5am on my birthday, so as Nick showered and dressed for work I got cozy on the couch for a much needed nap.  My day was spent Christmas shopping around town... a few new decorations, a few things for myself, and gifts for my 2 favorite boys.  Nick left work early to take me out to buy our Christmas tree (my only real birthday request this year), after a Starbucks break for my free birthday drink of choice (a caramel brulee latte... so good!).  We braved the rain and cold to pick the perfect Frasier Fur, and returned home to eat, decorate, and celebrate.  Nick grilled an amazing filet mignon, accompanied by a baked potato, salad, and a garlic/parmesan baguette.  He presented me with the most amazing cheesecake for dessert.... the entire meal was perfect and much better than anything we would have found in a restaurant.  As the hours grew later we began trimming the tree and finishing our decorations around the house while dancing to  the greatest Christmas album of all- Frank Sinatra.

our christmas tree all trimmed and pretty, the beautiful handmade birthday card I received from my very talented mother, and my new "hohoho" blocks courtesy of Target

As cheesy as it may sound, I truly feel that my life is nothing short of golden right now.  I have an amazing husband that lives to make me happy, a healthy miracle baby growing and bouncing safe inside of me, a fulfilling career that makes me feel proud and accomplished, and everything in life that I need.  Of course I will always wish for more... a bigger house, more money, less stress, etc... but I have nothing to complain about the way my life is right now.  I am blessed and fortunate to have achieved so much, and the best years of my life with our new little joy are yet to come.  The last 28 years will become a distant memory once this little boy enters the world and makes my life better in every way possible.  

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