Thursday, November 29, 2012

A Reflection on My MBA

Today I'm one week away from graduating with my MBA.  Sounds super fancy, huh? It doesn't really feel that way right now. While this isn't my first semester juggling a job, a family, and school, it's definitely been the hardest. I don't know if it was easier when Walt was little bitty b/c there was less to entertain him with? Now he has play dates and birthday parties galore on the weekends, and he's just active in general!

The other frustrating thing is I graduate next Friday, Dec. 7, but I have finals the following week. It's really the dumbest arrangement ever. It makes me wonder if some Aggie is in charge?!  Don't get me wrong, I'm walking my happy butt across that stage, accepting my diploma, and having a party. Those things are non-negotiable. It's just tough to get REALLY excited until it's all over.

Today I picked up my cap and gown (yay!) and thought about a question a former co-worker and friend, Kyle, has asked me, "Would you do it over again?"  Meaning, was it worth it.  The short answer is yes.  The long answer is I did it all kinds of backwards. The whole journey will have taken me four years (hello, it's like a whole other undergrad degree!).  While it's been possible to do it while having a kid, I do NOT recommend that. I started my MBA when I was 29. I probably should have done it when I was 27. However, it's a fine line. I do NOT recommend an MBA without some decent work experience. There are too many "straight from undergrad" kids that just don't get it.  The work experience is a HUGE plus.

I also used to say I wish I had taken a year off and just done it in 16 months or whatever.  But, really, I've been able to apply lots of things I've learned to current jobs. So, I see value immediately. That's a good reward. So, yes, I'd probably do it all over again if I was 27 and kidless. But since I'm 33 and fully kidded, I'm dogmatically DONE with school.  Three graduations in my lifetime is plenty.

Monday, November 26, 2012

Munks the Chatterbox

Recently (in the past month or so), Walt has REALLY improved his speech. He's gone from single words to putting two, three, four words together and really has a conversation. It's really pretty awesome.  Now, Walt definitely has his own language. Chris and I are mostly fluent in "Walt-ese", but there are plenty of times we stare at each other truly questioning what our son just said (Did he just ask to watch an elephant sing?).

Sometime soon when I find more time I will post a few YouTube videos of the Munks chatting away. For now, you can enjoy this abbreviated list:

  • "Where'd (insert name) go??" -- First off, Walt is really fantastic with names. He usually catches on to people (or animal) names right away, then obsesses about asking where people are.
  • "(Insert name), where are you?" -- please refer to the above phrase. This usually follows that
  • "(Insert name ), is at home/work" -- if Chris or I turn the question back on Walt (I don't know, Walt, where DID Daddy go?), Walt usually answers "They are at home" or "They are at work". Those are your only choices.
  • "Please", "Thank you", "Bless you", "'Scuse me" -- this is Walt's glossary of manners. He is really pretty studly at sayiing Thank You without prompting. He just starting blessing us when we sneeze, and he REALLY thinks it's funny when Daddy fake burps, and promptly responds with "excuse me!"
  • "Kick the ball?" - we hear this a lot. When we go outside, he incessantly wants to kick the soccer ball
  • "Go, Aggies, Go!" "Football!" "Touchdown!" - these are my personal favorite. No matter what football game is on, Walt is rooting for the Aggies (brainwashed??). And he constantly yells at the TV. He'll say "uh oh" if guys fall down and yells "touchdown" whenever he deems a play satisfactory.
Words Walt says wrong, that I love:
  • Boppy = water (sippy cup)
  • Applesauce = Octopus
  • Soccer ball = sucker (lollipop)
In addition to these phrases, Walt has a whole string of words he says. He's definitely a parrot. Not that Chris and I have potty mouths, but random things come out and get repeated ("that guy's a tool").  What a super fun time this is! I can't wait for Walt to continue to communicate more (or can I?!) :)

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Goin' on a Hike

Per my previous post, I'm underwater with end-of-semester deadlines.  Lucky for me, our neighbors rock.  Our neighbor, Josh, offered to take his son, Austin, and Walt to a hiking trail on Sunday morning.  I saw a window of opportunity to sit on the couch and catch up on dvr'd shows start a 15-page term paper. It was really a nice gesture. Austin and Walt are about a month apart, so I knew Josh would have his hands full.  I basically handed him a little bag of snacks and said "Good luck!"

According to the pics that follow, those boys (all three of them) had a real blast. Austin and Walt are truly little buds, and it warms my heart.  They take MyGym class together and Walt knows exactly where Austin lives and always asks for him.

Here are pics of the 2 hour adventure (plus Josh took them to lunch after!)  So awesome!

Look, a tree!

Tweedledee and Tweedledum on the bridge

Walt goofing off per usual

I just LOVE this picture. Walt gets so tickled with Austin!

Sweet friends!

CHEESE!

Trying to get into the mud
 Walt had a blast and talked about their adventure for days!

Monday, November 12, 2012

My Life in Numbers

Here are my next five weeks of life:
  1. 8 more in-class sessions
  2. 4 group projects
  3. 1 term paper (15 pages)
  4. 1 final exam
  5. 1 graduation ceremony
...and a partridge in a pear tree.