About last week…

I’m busy.

When I say I’m busy I mean it. Spring and Fall is just nuts for me.

I work 36 hours per week in the ER.

I work 20 (ish) hours per week teaching nursing students on the medical surgical floor for the Spring and Fall semesters. That comes with a lot of paperwork outside of clinicals as well.

I’m also in the process of building this blog up.

Clinicals run from September to November and February to April every Tuesday and Wednesday from 6am – 2pm.

It averages out to about 56 hours a week plus a half hour commute both ways. Needless to say life can get hectic.

Not to mention, Craig is married to harvest season. This is his first harvest season as a farmer and my first season as a farmer’s wife.

I wanted to give you a glimpse into my past week to give you an idea of what life is like for me.

October 18th, 19th, 20th it was my weekend to work. That means 3 12 hour overnight shifts on Friday Saturday and Sunday and sleeping all day in between shifts. I LIKE working nights on my weekend.

On Sunday it was Craig’s birthday. Mom made us supper at her house after we picked up the boys from Craig’s parents house on Sunday afternoon (hour there and hour back). Craig turned 26 this year. I took my birthday cake to go or I was going to be late for work.

Monday I slept. Unbeknownst to me, my sister Kelli scheduled and took both of the boys to the doctor for suspected ear infection. Gannon FOR SURE had an ear infection and Carver was borderline ear infection (ugh) so both were treated. Can you believe she did that for me?? AMAZING.

I woke up at about 1 pm and ran around the house like a mad woman trying to get the house together before I had to go pick up the boys from daycare. Craig was HOME! We had a “family night” as Carver called it so all of us were under one roof.

Tuesday was clinicals from 6 am to 2 pm. Then it was home to work on the blog until 5 when I went to pick up the boys. Craig worked late and I didn’t get to see him. I picked up my niece Georgia for a few hours after childcare. Georgia and Gannon are only one week apart! We call them the cousin twins.

BY THE WAY! Gannon can sit up now! This is a recent development!

Wednesday I had clinicals from 6 am to 2 pm again and then picked up from 2 pm to 7 pm in the emergency department.

By Thursday at 8:45 am I had Gannon down to the University of Iowa for his swallow study which determined that Gannon swallows a lot of air! (duh, we knew that!) The university of Iowa is a SOLID 2 hours away which made for an early morning.

He didn’t even flinch. The pediatric radiology team is TOP KNOTCH!
All ready for his swallow study!
The black part is the contrast going down his esophagus. The white bubbles in the black outline is air. He shouldn’t be swallowing that much air.
He was my shopping buddy the rest of the day. He was so so patient with me.

I’m so in between sizes right now it is just awful. My Fall clothes that aren’t maternity clothes are now two years old and out of style. I have most of my post partum/bigger sizes floating around making it hard to find clothes that actually fit because I’ve really been losing the baby weight in the past month or so (Down almost 15 lbs since August!). I had a GREAT day and found a lot of classic pieces I really liked. More on that later.

I went to the shoe department too and ACTUALLY FOUND SHOES that fit my 12 W feet! Usually, I just go straight to the men’s section for a men’s 11.5 but today I hit the jackpot!

We finally got home around 5 and Craig was working late again. I came home and the boys and I had a “mommy night” which basically means Carver gets to sleep in my bed until Craig gets home.

Gannon has been super sick with a cough ALL WEEK. He has needed an albuterol breathing treatment now every night for a week. It’s so hard to watch him have these AWFUL coughing fits in the middle of the night.

Friday we rode along to Craig’s doctor’s appointment to follow up on his sprained ankle which had thankfully fully healed! I’m glad we all rode along because I don’t know when I’ll see him again. We are in for a lot of late nights. They are a little behind with field work just like every farmer in Northeast Iowa because of all the rain. Now it sounds like snow this week!

I got home, mom sent me home for an hour to tidy up the house quick. I got back to my mom’s and rode along with my brother Karl to an appointment. I got home and took a quick nap. Went to pick up the boys again from my mom’s, make a quick supper for the boys and then off to work Friday, Saturday and Sunday in the ER before I start the week all over.

This week doesn’t look any better – in fact it looks WORSE. Then adding an early snow storm on top of it and a goal of having a blog post every day this week, I’m pushing myself to the limits.


I’ve got a great support team.

I know this is temporary while I’m gaining traction on my financial goals.

This chapter won’t last forever.

Our housekeeper is coming this week (hallelujah).

I make my own schedule this crazy.

I’ve got friends and family keeping tabs on me making sure I’m not going overboard.

A really good friend of mine has her bridal shower and bachelorette party this weekend and I’m SO excited for it!

I have GOALS – clear goals – per day, per hour, per week, I am intentional with my time at home and with my kids.

I’m looking on the brightside and staying positive folks! I hope you can do the same. With that, HAPPY MONDAY!



  1. Tama
    October 28, 2019 / 12:19 pm

    Happy Monday to you, too!

  2. Sherri C
    October 28, 2019 / 3:47 pm

    You are one busy lady!
    Having a plan for the day/week helps get a lot accomplished. To do lists are a help to get little things done around the house–examples like change the furnace filters, change the smoke alarm batteries–things that tend to get neglected.
    I really enjoy your blog.

    • Jean
      October 28, 2019 / 7:38 pm

      Happy Monday Kalissa!
      -Jean ❤

  3. Carolyn Sullivan
    October 28, 2019 / 7:38 pm

    and you have a HOUSEKEEPER!!!

  4. Susan the Farm Quilter
    October 28, 2019 / 8:41 pm

    From the perspective of a grandmother, you are currently living the best years of your life right now with your darling boys and husband. I know I didn’t appreciate it as much as I could have when I was doing all the crazy running that comes with having young children. Enjoy and embrace the crazy, because it really is a very short time.

  5. susan eubanks
    October 28, 2019 / 8:55 pm

    Have you tried zappo’s for shoes? I am hard to fit too, and hard to please. They have quite a selection and free shipping both ways. When my daughter got married I must have returned a style 4 times to get the exact right size. I was going to spend HOURS on my feet that day and those shoes were important! Look them up, I highly recommend them.

  6. Ellie
    October 28, 2019 / 10:07 pm

    You are one busy lady! Enjoy your boys and wonderful husband.

  7. Rhonda Russell
    October 29, 2019 / 12:59 am

    I wear a 12 W shoe as well and gave up shopping in stores. I now get all my shoes from Dansko outlet online at https://outlet.dansko.com/. They are usually 50% off what you would pay in the store. I can get away with 42s in sandles that are adjustable and then 43s for fully enclosed shoes. They are very comfortable and I don’t go home with aching feet anymore! They even have shoes specifically for nurses. Since it is an outlet and only has their imperfects, you can’t always find something in your size and not every style is available in every size but I find that if I check often, I can find what I need for a year or two and they last a long time. I still have some that are 8 years old.

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