Where Has The Morales Family Been???

Wow! It has been months since we last talked. Oh my gosh. So much has happened since December! I’ll give you a brief overview…

First, I got a promotion at work! That is truly the reason I have been gone so long. I was promoted in January to the Guest Reception Manger. The first few months were a LOT of work! Not only did I have to learn an entirely new position in an entirely new department, but I had to completely adjust my way of life. Being salary is a lot different than being an hourly employee for one. Remember when I struggled to adjust to working a full 8 hours a day when I went from part time to full time? The adjustment from 8 hours to 10 sometimes 12 hours was even tougher for me. I really struggled the first couple of months. I even asked to go back to my old job because I was having such a hard time. But, I stuck it out and am now enjoying it and working to create a new routine.

Needless to say, during that time, blogging was out of the question. I was struggling to find time to cook and clean let alone put thoughts onto paper to write. I did miss it a lot though, so I am excited to be back.

Also during the last few months, my granddad passed away. He died on March 22nd exactly 7 days from the day that we went to pick him up in Nebraska. He called my sister and I one Wednesday morning and asked us to come move him back to Las Vegas. We booked the next flight out and Josh, my sister Amanda, her son Gabriel and I flew to Nebraska to pick him up and then flew back.

He was supposed to move into his new apartment the following Wednesday, but that morning he woke up and said he didn’t feel well. We took him to the hospital by ambulance. There, he stopped being able to talk and was breathing extremely heavy. They told us that over the last few months he had suffered “several strokes.” After trying to get him to stop breathing so heavily though an oxygen mask, they suggested putting him on a breathing tube. As they were doing that he went into cardiac arrest and passed away. It was the worst day of my entire life. The doctor kept telling us that there was no reason for him to have died that day, but he did. My family all thinks that he knew it was going to happen and wanted us to be there with him. He mentioned for quite awhile that he was ready to go to Heaven and be with my Grandma again, he even said it that morning. I think he just gave up, that’s the only explanation I have.

We had his funeral and my Grandma’s last week. She passed away seven years ago, but my Granddad never had a funeral for her or did anything with her ashes. It was a beautiful service. Small though, just family and one of my mom’s friends. My mom ordered beautiful flowers for them and had beautiful urns made. Since they were in the military they had a color guard and presented my mom with a flag. It was a tough day, but they would have been happy with it. They are both buried in the military cemetery in Boulder City, a town that they loved. I know they would have been happy.

On a much happier note, we also took Gabriel on our annual Disneyland trip for his 2nd birthday. I can’t believe he is 2!! It was so much fun. I love Disney and Disneyland. I wish we could go back right now! But we still have another year. It was especially fun this time because Gabriel is understanding it. He loved meeting the characters and is tall enough for some of the rides. I loved this trip.

So, that brings you up to date with what is going on in the Morales home! I plan to post more regularly, though I’m not sure that I will put it on a schedule. I never do well when I give myself specific days to post. What I can promise is that it will be at least once a week. We will talk about the same things as I used to, Bible studies, marriage, planners, couponing and saving money, fertility and of course Disney related items! I am excited to get back into the groove!