Well, I've finally done it. I've been wanting to get a blog up and going for quite some time but what can I say....life gets in the way. I have to give a big shout out to my friend Sally for inspiring me with her blog. I have also started reading many other blogs and have met some really interesting people (even if it is only through cyberspace). I think it is a fantastic way to keep friends and family informed of what's going on in our busy lives. For those of you who don't know me, here is my life story (in a nutshell). For those of you who do know me, read it anyway for a refresher!
I'm Jenn. I was born and raised in Bakersfield, California. It is a fine place to grow up and a place I still love dearly because my parents, brother, SIL and niece live there. I try to visit as often as possible but the visits have become less frequent since the arrival of my daughter...but I'm jumping ahead to quickly. I had a great childhood in Bakersfield with a tight knit group of friends (most of whom I am still in contact with). I attended Bakersfield High School and in 1991 met my future husband there...when I was 15. Little did I know at the time what was in store for us. We began dating at the end of our sophomore year and kept dating..........we went to separate colleges but saw each other almost every weekend. Shaun popped the question just a few short weeks after I graduated from college in 1998. We married on July 10, 1999. Here is where the chaos began. We got married, went on our honeymoon, came home and packed up all of our things (at the time this was only one small UHAUL trailer full of stuff...we will now need a semi to move but I digress). We packed our stuff and headed out on an adventure. We moved to Chicago. Why would two Californians move to the windy city? Well, when you get an acceptance letter to medical school, you go and so we did. Shaun started medical school in the fall of 1999. We moved into a tiny apartment near his school and I got a job and went to school part-time for my masters degree in Clinical Psychology. When I think back now on that little Uhaul trailer, the $1200 we had to our names, our tiny apartment and the fact that I didn't have a job yet when we moved I wonder how I remained so calm. I got a great job and we scrounged up the money to buy our first house, a small townhouse out in the suburbs of Chicago. We enjoyed our time in Chicago. If it wasn't for the winters, I'd move back in a second. We lived there for 5 years. After Shaun graduated from medical school in 2004, we packed up and moved again for Shaun's residency at Johns Hopkins in Baltimore. The three years we spent in Baltimore flew by in what seemed like just months. We made some terrific friends and Shaun received top notch training at one of the best hospitals in the country. Shaun finished residency in June of 2007 and we promptly packed up and moved AGAIN to Cleveland for Shaun's fellowship in cardiology. Just after settling in here in Cleveland we got the wonderful news that we were expecting a baby! We moved, found out we were expecting, Shaun started his new job, and I had to find a new job (all in a month). Boy, we were exhausted! The rest of the year flew by as I made it through all day sickness, cravings, falling asleep at my desk, a pinched nerve in my back and an early labor scare. On March 5th of this year we welcomed our daughter, Julianne Nicole into the world. She is a blessing we have waited so long for and little did we know how much love we would have for this wonderful little girl. She is our joy! It is now my privilege to be her full-time mommy (I am no longer working as of last Friday - woo hoo!) I'm so excited to have this blog now to keep memories for her for years to come. Stop by often to see what's up in our world!