Headin’ down the Highway

April 21, 2011

Once we got EVERYTHING packed and loaded into the car we were ready to begin our adventure.  So we entered onto the interstate and quickly hit a wall of traffic.  Thankfully we were right next to the last exit and we were able to get off.  We went to Wal-Mart to kill some time.  We looked up on our phones and found out there had been an accident.  So we walked around Wal-Mart for 45 IMG_1047minutes and the roads were still not open. 

We were starving!  We were planning on eating at our favorite sub shop Silver Mine Subs, since we don’t have one here in town.  We knew we were not going to make, so we went to Qdoba and ate there.  After we finished eating we went home.  I scooped the snow and Michael took a nap.  Almost four hours after we first tried to leave we were finally able to hit the road.

There was far more traffic than usual on the roads but we have waited a little while to let traffic even out.  We were about five miles outside of Fort Collins when we passed a sign that let us know that there was an accident 11 miles ahead.  Not again!  So we exited and walked around American Furniture Warehouse for about half an hour.  After the accident cleared when hit the road a second time.

We were getting close to the hotel when it happened.  Mr. Benjamin got tired of being in the car seat, was hungry, and just over all grumpy…and he was starting to let us know about.  I cannot blame him both of us were hungry and pretty grumpy by this point too.  We were about 15 minutes away.  We felt so bad but we were just too close to stop.  He was upset but not seriously mad so we just kept going. 

FINALLY we arrived at the hotel.  We checked in, got our room keys, and went to the car to unload.  Michael and I loaded up everything onto a cart.  I told him to just park the car and that I would take everything up.  One of the desk staff was nice enough to help me out by pushing the cart up so I could just carry Ben.  We got up to the room and felt relieved at finally getting there. 


Thank God for miracles small and large

April 7, 2011

Michael saw an ad in the paper for a circulation assistant at our local library.  207335_10150207419985520_55551200519_8650805_5886605_nHe encouraged me to apply so I went down to the library and picked up an application, filled it out, and dropped it off with a cover letter and copy of my resume.  A few weeks later I was called in for an interview.  I was pleasantly surprised since I had been having such bad luck in the past.  So, I went in for my interview and I left feeling that the interview had gone well, but I was trying not to get my hopes up.  A few days after my interview my phone rang and Michael hollered up the stairs that it was the library.  He brought the phone up to me and I took the and was offered the job.  I was ecstatic!  One phone call had solved the greatest part of our worries…health insurance. 

I started working at the library in May.  The picture is from a display that I designed this month.  Once I started my job I learned that my health insurance would not start for three months after my start date.  So there would be two doctor’s visits that we would have to pay for out of pocket.  At that point we were looking on the bright side of not having to pay for the whole birth.  We set up a payment plan with the doctor’s office and hoped that we would not owe too much after the birth. 

Another phone call was a life saver.  The Wyoming Health office called to say that they had some extra grant money left over and they wanted to use it to help pay maternity bills for mothers who were uninsured.  They were going to pay $500 towards the money that we owed for those first couple of visits.  I was in Walmart when they called and I stated crying in the paper towel isle.   

Those two things were miracles for us.  I don’t know how we would have finically survived without them.  The gifts that we received from friends and family were miracle too.  I thank God for those miracles everyday!

Walking your problems away

April 4, 2011

Once the initial shock IMG_1231wore off Michael and I knew that we had to come up with a plan of action.  We took a lot of walks in the field next to our house and would just talk that summer.  We both knew that having a baby was expensive and we had no idea where we were going to come up with the money.  I had been applying for both full and part time jobs for around a year and I only got one interview.  Laramie has so many over qualified people that finding a good job can be be almost next to impossible. 

We tried to lay out all of our options, which were limited.  To say that we were scared was an understatement.  But, I think that just being able to get out of the house and talk to each other that summer really helped to make things better.  The best thing that we did was continue to be a team and work things out as a team.  No matter what your problem is talking about it with your spouse can help to elevate some of the stress of it.  And sometimes miracles happen just when you need them!

It Takes Two

March 25, 2011

The best person that you can rely on for help is Daddy.  My husband reminds me all the time that he is here to help.155580_122174124512407_100001594613633_154058_1798496_n  As a mother you can often think that it is up to you alone to take care of your child, well it is not.  It took two people to make a baby and it takes two people to raise a baby.  You can get over whelmed easily.  You can always ask them to get you a bottle, take the baby, or even change a diaper. 

My husband is amazing.  Michael and I often refer to ourselves as Team Stephens and parenting has made that team even stronger.  As I write this he is feeding and burping Benjamin.  He is great about taking Benjamin when I ask and when he knows that I need a break. 

Not everyone has another person by their side to help them.  If you are fortunate enough to have someone there to help you, let them. 

Nursery DONE!!!

March 21, 2011

IMG_3794Today is a momentous day in our house…the nursery is finally done!!  We had been very close to being done for a long time but now we are finally done!!  Michael’s Mom and brother came up and helped to get it all finished out.  We were able to get the planets and stars on the wall and crib.  Plus we painted his ceiling fan with stars. 

I want to thank everyone who gave us items for the room, helped us put everything together, and gave ideas.  Cheers to the coolest baby’s room in the whole world.  In my opinion anyway!  Below is a link to all of the pictures on Facebook, enjoy!!


One-thousand and one nights

March 10, 2011

When you choose a theme for your child’s room you should choose something that has meaning to you.  It will make putting together the room so much more meaningful.IMG_3758  You should make sure that both parents will feel happy being in the room.  If your theme is something that is near and dear to your heart you get to share that with your child. 

You will be spending countless hours in your child’s room, you want to make sure that you are confortable in it.  After our son was born we were waking up between two and three times a night with him.  Each time we were up for at least half an hour, sometimes longer.  Having a theme that we both enjoy makes spending time in the room great.  We both really enjoy spending time in Benjamin’s room and are proud of the way it turned out!

Some friend’s of our are huge hockey fans and love the Colorado Avalanche.  They decorated their son’s room with hockey players, pucks, and painted the Avalanche foot and A on the wall.  Space and rockets are really important to Michael and I think they are pretty cool too!  When you have a theme that you love it shows the parent’s personality. 

Anyone want to share what their nursery theme is and why they choose it? 

Space the final frontier

March 4, 2011

This is going to be the first post of a series about choosing a theme for your baby’s nursery.  For us choosing a theme for Benjamin’s room was not a very hard choice.  We chose space as his bedroom theme!


My husband, Michael has always been fascinated by space.  When he was a little boy be wanted to an astronaut.  His favorite book is October Sky (Rocket Boys amazon.com/Rocket-Boys) by Homer Hickam.  He has built and shot off rockets.  Right now he is working on the electronics for a NASA project that will go into space.  So it was an easy choice.

We had a lot of the stuff that we wanted to put in Ben’s room before we even began.  All of the rockets in Benjamin’s room Michael has shot off.  Michael also had a Lego Shuttle and International Space Station.