Wednesday, October 01, 2008

top 7 stressful things

have you ever heard of the top 7 stressful things a person can do in their life? i hadn't until back in 2000 when one of mitch's co-workers pointed out to him that we were doing almost all of these things, at the time we were not yet pregnant. according to him they are (in no particular order):

  1. graduate from college
  2. start a new job/change jobs or careers
  3. get married
  4. move
  5. buy/sell a house
  6. have a baby
  7. death of a loved one

well, in the year from 1999-2000 mitch and i experienced all of those top 7 most stressful things.

  1. august 1999 i graduated from byu with my bachelors degree and went on my first date with mitch the same week.
  2. december 1999, 4 months to the day from our first date mitch and i got married
  3. february 2000 mitch's grandmother passed away
  4. march 2000 mitch graduated from byu with a masters in chemical engineering and that same week we moved to oregon
  5. march 2000 the week we moved to oregon, mitch started his first "real job" as an engineer at intel while i worked as a personal trainer
  6. july 2000 we found out that we were pregnant with our first daughter, noelani
  7. september 2000 we moved into our newly built and purchased home (the home we are currently trying to sell)

maybe, because we didn't know that these were on the top 7 most stressful things you could do list, we survived with very little stress. we were excited to graduate and move on from that stage in our lives. we were excited to get married. we were excited for a new adventure in a new place. we were excited and grateful that we had jobs. we were excited to be new homeowners. and we were most excited to be starting our family. maybe we were just to naive to really know what we were getting ourselves into. nevertheless, we survived!

 

the other day i was thinking about this exchange that mitch had with his co-worker. as i thought about it, i realized that we are back in the same boat that we were in 8 years ago. while we won't be experiencing all 7 of the above list, during the year 2008-2009 we will have experienced the following:

  1. september 14, 2008 my uncle ned passed away
  2. october 2008 mitch will start a new job
  3. october 2008 we will move several states away to new mexico
  4. sometime soon (we hope) 2008 our house will sell and we will purchase the beautiful 1 acre lot we found while in albuquerque and begin designing our new home
  5. october 2008 nani and lala will both start school in a new place with new friends
  6. early february 2009 we will welcome baby #4 into our family
  7. we already got married, so we won't be doing that again

let's hope that we can survive it this time around as easily as we did the first time around!

 

hah! that's wishful thinking! already we are way more stressed out than we were the first time around, but that really wouldn't be hard to do!

 

i can think of three things that we didn't have last time that might make things a bit more difficult...namely, nani, lala, and kawena! they'll just make the ride more enjoyable....right??

31 comments:

Sarah said...

Congrats on the new baby! Yipee! I can't wait to find out if it's a boy or girl. When is your ultra sound?

You guys will make it. And although it is more stressful with kids, they are the greatest joy too!

Amanda D said...

CONGRATS!!! I'm so excited for you. I hope that everything goes well with baby #4.

I hope that you're able to sell your house although I hate to see you leave OR. Good luck!

Danielle said...

YEAH for the exciting news about baby #4! We will cross our fingers and send some boy vibes your way--Mitch is pretty well outnumbered.

And I hope everything will go smooth for the move and that the house sells quickly.

jessica said...

YAY!!!! You are having a baby! I love how you were so sneeky just casually slipping it in there...I had to read it twice!

Congratulations to you and Mitch!

Becky said...

YAY FOR BABIES!
Congratulations!

Pineapple Princess said...

Smooth move exlax--now that was a creative way to announce a pregnancy. I have heard the saying, new house=new baby. Guess it worked for you!!!!

Congrats.

Elizabeth said...

You sneaky girl! That is a lot of stressors...but I know you can and will thrive!

We will miss you terribly, but we will be in Albuquerque next summer to see the new baby (and you, too, of course!)

Melissa-Mc said...

Okay wait!!! When did this pregnancy occur amidst your bad reaction to the fertility? If you're due in Feb your quite a ways along.

CONGRATULATIONS!

Chelle said...

Look at you sneaky girl!! Such huge news casually slipped into a long post.

That is so exciting! If it's anything like the last you can wait 6 months to tell anyone because you don't look pregnant until about a week before you have the baby!

I am so exited for you guys, what a wonderful family to come into no matter what the world has to say about stress. I can't wait to see little Maui =) hehe.

Tonya said...

Woah! That means that you're like 5 or so months along. You are so sneaky and you don't even show when you're pregnant! How do you do that? CONGRATS! That is so exciting:0)

Becca said...

Way to go, keeping the pregnancy a secret. You know I love that. Do you know what you are having. How many weeks now?

Rachel's Roost said...

Surprise! What fun! Congratulations!

Dustin and Camila said...

When I heard the list, divorce was on it too. 2 years ago, just after my divorce, I moved into a new house, new neighborhood, and a new ward, and then started a new job. No babies, but man did I feel stressed out! Talk about lonely. Then I met the Masons and you guys started inviting me over for dinners. That was awesome!

Mahina said...

dustin:

you are right; it is get married/divorced, but before we got married mitch and i decided that the "d" word wasn't to be used in our marriage. that is why in this post i just wrote "get married". but you are very right!

i'm glad we started inviting you over, too! it has been a great friendship!

Tonya said...

Hey! I tagged you on my blog. Just to let you know:0)

Scott-n-Allison said...

So at Skateworld when Scott said, "Do you think Mahina's pregnant?" and I said, "Yes, and I think she has been for awhile.", we were so hitting the nail on the head!

Congrats on a baby!...is little Makai finally coming to your family?

Stephanie said...

Okay, I was going to feel out of the loop with the whole baby thing, but it looks like it was a surprise to everyone! Congratulations!!! That's awesome! And things are only as stressful as you choose to make them. I really beleve that. I'm rarely stressed!

Erika said...

Just saw your #6 :-)
Have to join the 17 other people to wish you a congratulations!!!
How exciting!!!

Kristi said...

Congrats! You guys make cute, cute babies and I'm sure #4 will be just as adorable!

ericandjanine said...

Ahh! Congratulations! We are so thrilled for you! Hope all goes well with the pregnancy etc. and the move and everything else on the list! We're right there with you guys on the list so don't feel too alone except, oh wait, we don't HAVE another job yet! Good luck with everything!

Siouxsie said...

Sneaky, sneaky! We are SOOOOO excited for you to be adding to your wonderful brood. Best wishes with all your upcoming adjustments as well. Love & kisses from Texas!

Michal said...

i had to read that a couple of times to process, and then i wondered if i'd just forgotten that you were pregnant. congratulations! i feel like i start showing at about 12 weeks, so i could never pull off your tricky ways. :)
i hope your house sells soon and some of that stress can diminish.

Bridget said...

Yippee!!! I am so happy for you. That's so exciting. I had a year with two deaths, two moves with a sell and buying of a house, a new job and a new baby. It is a lot but you've got all exciting things to look forward to!

hoalawman said...

You guys are amazing. I am more sure than ever that there is big stuff in store for this family. Have Paula tell you Mahina about the year that we got 3 adopted kids at the same time we had one of our own. Rich

Vial said...

congrats Mahina! Good luck with the move, we will miss you and your beautiful family.

Darilyn said...

Congratulations! I'm so happy for you.

Mandy said...

Wait, I'm just as confused as everyone else, when did you get pregnant?...Super excited for you! I didn't even know when I saw you last night, Congratulations!!!!

ashley said...

#4! happy happy joy joy! congrats, that is really exciting. good luck with everything!

tutu lady said...

You carried that off quite well! Surprised almost everyone. Congrats! Love you all.

Ashley said...

You are too sneaky! Congratulations! I think lucky #4 will be Mitch's boy...

Ashley said...

You are too sneaky! Congratulations! I think lucky #4 will be Mitch's boy...