Saturday, May 30, 2009

Update on Life!

Hi Everyone!
I really can't believe it's been almost two weeks since I have last posted. Life has been so crazy at the Hollinhead's that I haven't even had a moment to THINK about posted on my blog (or even look at any of yours!! I have caught up today though.) Instead of making 100 different posts about recent happenings, I am just going to do one BIG wrap up.
- First, I just finished my second week of my first fieldwork at Children's Hospital and am absolutely LOVING IT!!! I love the wide array of children that I get to see and the many aspects of pediatric OT that I have already learned. It is definitely hard (and makes me feel incompetent sometimes), but I truly think I am going to be a better therapist because of this setting. Some of the things I see/do every day include sensory integration, handwriting, constraint-induced therapy, feeding, brachial plexus injuries, fine motor skills, the Down Syndrome clinic, plus much more! One of my CI's and I had a talk on Friday about other areas of pediatric OT that I would like to see. Starting next week, I am going to observe/perform therapy in the psych unit, burn unit, inpatient rehab, SPIDER program, and hand therapy!! How great that I am able to see such a wide range of services in one fieldwork setting?!?

-Second, and really most important, Clayton got a new job!!!! AHHHH!!! I haven't really posted much about his job situation on here in fear that this blog might get into the wrong hands, but I feel like I can give a quick overview since everything is over. For the past two years, Clayton had been working with a certain brokerage firm at a financial advisor. In order to stay in production, you have to meet a certain goal of the amount of assests that you have to bring in. Well.... I am sure you can guess the end of this story.... With the market being just absolutely terrible since he began this job, he was not able to meet his goal = find a new job. We had TONS of up and down moments with the job hunt including some heartbreaking moments for Clay. However, all his effort has paid off because he is the newest employee at Sterne Agee!! Clayton's first day is Monday and he is entering into a great department and a great firm. I know he will do great things there and am soo proud of him!!

-Both Clay and I have been feeling under the weather this week. We think it's just sinuses, but it has definitely made us feel yucky. Clayton is actually up near Huntsville this weekend for a "Mans Weekend", but just called a minute ago saying he feels really sick and will probably come home later. Hopefully, we will get over this mess ASAP!

-We had an INCREDIBLE weekend last week in Enterprise for Caroline's 1st birthday party. She is by far the happiest and cutest baby I have ever seen. I will make a separate post filled with pictures coming soon so you can all agree with me, haha!

Hope everyone has a great weekend!

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Mommy WOW! I'm a big girl now!

Can you guess what event is coming up? No??? Well, here are some hints.......

What does this luscious lime bikini....

This sweet smocked dress in pink.....

And this cuddly Corduroy book and bear all mean?

That is big girl is soon to be turning 1 (and her aunt and uncle love to spoil her and her sister with all things girly!)
Next weekend is our adorable nieces first birthday! What a great weekend to have a birthday (Memorial day in case you forgot!) Clayton and I will be headed down to Enterprise to celebrate with his family for the weekend. I suspect that the weekend will be filled with lots of boat time on the lake, yummy meals from Clay and Lisa, and lots of family bonding time! I, for one, cannot wait to be there. I am very lucky that I have such fun and loving in laws. I truly have the best times with my mother and father-in-law, sisters-in-law, brother-in-law, and 2 nieces. Can't wait to celebrate your big day Caroline!!! We love you!

Monday, May 11, 2009

Picture Perfect

I am so proud to show off our latest addition to our house! My aunt began painting as a way to keep herself busy and because she is so crafty! My mom and I asked her to paint us a painting to put in our house, and we were not disappointed. She actually painted three different paintings and we got to choose one of the three. I LOVE the painting I chose so much. It incorporates a lot of different colors, which if you know me, I love lots of color in my house. I also requested for her to add a cross in to the abstract picture, which she did twice (can you find the second cross?) I am just so pleased with it and feel like it brings more color to our dining room.

I also included a picture of the new pillow that I added to our chair, which was a GREAT deal! I have been eyeing/pondering adding a zebra print into our den, put hadn't found something that was subtle enough for my taste. While I was at Bed, Bath, and Beyond last week to buy a last minute Mother's Day gift, I spotted exactly what I had envisioned for our den; however, I was not about to spend a lot of money. I noticed that there was a little pull in the fabric on the pillow and was bound and determined to get a good deal for it. After asking very nicely, the manager gave me an additional 20% discount (I already had enough coupons to get 20% off of everything I bought.) This made the grand total of the pillow to be..........$4.00!! How great of a deal is that? I was so proud of myself for getting a great deal without being rude, haha.

**Please excuse the folders on the chair. I had my orientation/HR meeting at Children's Hospital today for my fieldwork. Those folders are all of the requirements, rules, and overview information for my first rotation! It was definitely a nerve-wracking day, and I feel a little nervous (cough cough.... extremely overwhelmed.) BUUT I think it will be a great experience where I will learn a ton! Please keep me in your prayers on Monday!

Hope you all have a great week!

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Happy Mother's Day!

Happy Mother's Day, Mom! I hope that I don't show my love and appreciation for you just on this day, and that my words and actions reflect my love for you everyday. I truly feel like I am the luckiest daughter in the world. My mom is an incredible person, role model, and a my best friend. She constantly gives everything she has, emotions, love, and worldy possessions, to us all the time. She has taught me how to be a selfless person, and has definitely raised the bar of being a good mom. One day, I hope I a 1/2 the mom that she has been to me.


Celebrate good times, COME ON!!

I have officially finished the academic part of grad school! Last Wednesday was my last exam (actually, it was a practical.) It was the best feeling in the world knowing that I will never have to study for a test, write a paper, or perform a practical (well, this is a lie because I will still be taking classes for the low vision certificate).

To celebrate, my classmates and I went on a "OT Bar Crawl" throughout Birmingham. If you know me, this is not my typical scene; however, I had the best time just relaxing and socializing with my friends for the last time until December. Many of these girls have become my best friends and are, unfortunately, are doing their fieldwork in other states. I am going to miss them TERRIBLY, but I know that we are good enough friends that a little distance will never break our bond! Here are some pictures of our fun night out together.

One thing has been on my mind for the past couple of weeks and wonder if anyone in the health-care field felt this way when beginning their career. I find it extremely terrifying that in the next couple of weeks, I am supposed to have the knowledge to help people regain their function. I mean, I am supposed to combine all of the skills I have learned over the past two years and use it to improve their lives and not cause more harm. I believe I am smart enough to not hurt anyone, but what if there are better interventions than the ones that I am giving? What if I do one step wrong and they don't improve? I know that everyone who is new at a career has these fears that they won't be successful, but I can't help from thinking them!
* I hope no one is offended that I secluded this only to people who work in the healthcare field. I know ALL jobs play an important role in individuals' lives; however, healthcare jobs can really result in life, death, or inability to function! I would love to hear your thoughts!

Saturday, May 2, 2009

OT Formal

Okay, I'm not sure if I have posted about this, but I want to say that I haven't. Back in February, OT school had our annual formal at Steel, which is in the loft district of downtown Bham. The theme was Mardi Gras (which is obvious after looking at the pictures.) It was a great time that involved dressing up (what girl doesn't love getting a new dress and getting beautified?), cooking some tapas/desserts, and just having a great time with great friends. Clayton and I had a great night, and finished off the night with drinks at Blue Monkey. Enjoy the pics!

OT Class of 2009

Just wanted to put some pictures of the people I have spent the majority of my time with for the past 2 years. These girls (plus 1 guy!) have been there for me through everything!! I love you all and will miss you over fieldwork! Plus, I threw in a few beach pics (also my OT friends.)