The happy couple

The happy couple

Wednesday, November 25, 2009


So...between facebook, e-mail, and this blog, I clearly can't keep my updates up-to-date! Since my last post (way back in March) a lot has changed. We welcomed our little son Tyler Ashton Croteau to our family on 9/29/09. He was born at 2:46 PM after a few short, painful hours of labor. He was 8 lbs. 1 oz and 20-1/4 inches long. He is absolutely beautiful and perfect! He is now 2 months old and is much bigger (we have an appt. on Monday to see how much he officially weighs now)! He is a great baby and has an easy-going temper, which we appreciate. I have recently resigned from my position as Comp. Health Planner at the Maine CDC. The commute is just WAY too long for me with a little one at home now, so I know I made the right decision. I am interviewing now for a CNA position in the Portland area as I finish nursing school. I am on track to finish in May 2011...only 2 semesters later than if I had stayed in the accelerated program. I love what I do and can't wait to be a nurse. I especially love being a mother and a wife to two of my favorite guys, Tyler and Keith. As the holidays are approaching, I am thankful for all that I have and feel blessed every day of my life. Happy Thanksgiving to all and I hope to post again sooner than in 6 months!

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

So I haven't posted in a while and have some updates. Keith and I are doing well and enjoying the first signs of spring. We have lost all of the snow on our lawn already and are already itching to put our deck furniture out!
We are also officially expecting our first child and I am due 9/22. I am 15 weeks this week and have been feeling great! I am definitely not showing at all, which I am sure makes it hard for Keith since he can't really "see" that I am pregnant, but we have seen the little spud a few times and there really is something in there! :-) We are very excited and can't wait to share our lives with a child and start our family.
Married life is fantastic as well. I am blessed to come home to my best friend every day (especially when he has dinner waiting)! I have also been busy with school taking two classes right now as I start my adventure of nursing school. Yes, for those wondering, I am still going to tackle school now that we are expecting, but might have to change my route of attack slightly. I anticipate to be done shortly after my original date and I will work hard to stick to that. Life will be busy but with the support of each other and our amazing family and friends, we will make it through this adventure and move on to our next one! Thank you to all who continue to support us and for those that are as eagerly anticipating the arrival of our little boy/girl as we are! FYI, we will not be finding out what we are having until the day the beautiful one arrives (sorry Nikki), so hold your questions and let the anticipation build! I will post some "belly" pictures once I have something more than just some "fat shifting" as my doctor currently describes it. I am still in that awkward phase of looking like I have put on a few pounds. Hopefully in a few weeks, I can have something to show for others! I will keep you all posted!

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Bon Voyage 2008

A new year is upon us again and I am so excited for what is to come in 2009. I am taking a moment to reflect back on 2008, since so much has happened.
In April, I was promoted at my job and was given more responsibility within our program, a challenge I was more than ready to take.
Most importantly, I married the love of my life in 2008 on May 25th...the best day of my life.
I was introduced to a beautiful new nephew (Julian) the week before my wedding...what a beautiful child he is. A close call for my sister not making it to the wedding, kudos to her for being there, it meant so much to me.
After our honeymoon in Mexico and settling in for our first summer as husband and wife, we were introduced to a new niece (Emily) in August...the fourth child for my oldest sister. She is going to be a spoiled girl I think...I can't wait to teach her all that Auntie Megan knows!
Fall came quickly and with it came a decision to apply to nursing school. What the heck...I was tired of the LONG commute and have wanted to pursue nursing for quite a while. This was the perfect time for me to try. Little did I know that out of 530 applicants, I was one of only 30 accepted! Whoo-hoo...but now the decision to leave a full time job in an economy that is not too promising. I had a lot to figure out.
In early December, I was introduced to yet ANOTHER niece (Lily)...that makes a grand total of 7 nieces/nephews...phew! It is so wonderful to have kids in the family now and a piece of me realized this year that children are something I definitely want in my near future...I can't wait to be a mom.
I will be posting a few photos of the children later...they are all beautiful and healthy and are a ton of fun. I love being an aunt and Keith is a fantastic uncle and will be an even better dad!
So, December has come and gone and we waved goodbye to an exciting year.
2009 has many promising adventures for us. I will be leaving my job in the end of April (that can't come one day sooner....). I will be working part time while in school full time and will graduate with a BSN in August 2010. My parents are turning 60 this year! Yikes! I think I need to plan a bender for them, but I don't even know where to begin.
Who knows what this year holds that we aren't planning on, but we will take everything in stride! I look forward to this year and will try to have more exciting blogs...I need to touch my creative side of my brain more after reading some friend's blogs.

Saturday, November 22, 2008


Another holiday season is among us and I feel the crunch of the economy more now than ever. The country is a scary place right now and I am taking a moment to appreciate the great things in my life that I have.
1. I have the best husband in the world. I wake up every morning (sometimes when he goes to work WAY too early) feeling blessed that I have him in my life. He treats me like I am the most beautiful woman in the world, something that all women know just doesn't feel so true some days. I know he would do anything for me and I thank my lucky stars every day that I have the chance to share my life with him. How did I get so lucky?
2. I have a WONDERFUL family. I have two of the best parents in the world. I was blessed with an amazing childhood growing up with 2 sisters and a brother (poor guy). They have given the family (or will be in a few weeks) 7 beautiful children, each very happy and healthy.

3. I have a job...something I need to appreciate more than ever right now. It might not be the ideal job for me and the commute might be daunting, but I am lucky to have a job to go to.
4. I have a house that is heated. Although filling the oil tank will seem like we are going broke, we appreciate the fact that we can. I can't imagine struggling to pay for heat, something we try not to take for granted.
5. I have health. Although I have been nothing short of ridiculous with my physical fitness this past year, I am blessed to be healthy. I know many are not and I will make it my goal to support myself more with my health so I can live a long life with the wonderful people around me.
6. I have AMAZING friends. We are both very lucky to have friends that would bend over backwards for each other. Although many of my close friends are not close by, they are always in my heart. I know in times of trouble I could call any of them and they would drop anything to be there for me. We both appreciate the gift of friendship that surrounds us.

As I get caught up in the holiday craziness, I am going to try and remember these wonderful things I have in my life. I know many are much less fortunate than we are and this time of year always reminds me of those that struggle each day. I thank God for my life and everything in it and hope someday to share our lives with a child...or two. NO, whomever reads this line thinking we are expecting, we are not...sorry if anyone got excited by that! Someday soon though, our time will come.

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Winter is coming

I can't believe the fall is over already. Halloween has come and gone. We didn't dress up as anything, so no fun pictures to show, but we sure saw a lot of cute kids! Our friends and family have the cutest kids! I realized today that without kids, our blog seems pretty boring. I guess we are waiting for more exciting times in life to blog about. Right now, we are pretty boring people I think. After an exciting year of building a house and planning a wedding, we are enjoying our time together and waiting for the next exciting adventure to come into our lives! I am thinking we need to go on a trip somewhere this year...maybe somewhere warm!

Friday, October 24, 2008

About Keith

I grew up in Saco Maine and graduated from Thornton Academy in 1994. From an early age, sports was always a strong influence in my life. I played football, basketball, and baseball at Thornton. Baseball led me to the University of Maine on a scholarship where I met many amazing people that I still call my great friends. After 4 years at Maine, I started working at JJ Nissan Baking Company, where I have been for the past 11 years. Things that I enjoy today are spending time with friends and family and golfing. I am a very simple person and wish my wife would have written this section for me as I have run out of things to say.

About Megan

I grew up in Farmington ME where I attended Mt. Blue High School. I played soccer, basketball, and attempted to play softball but that was more for something to do as I wasn't very good. I graduated in 1999 and went on to pursue my career goal of becomming a teacher at the University of Maine at Farmington. I played soccer and basketball for UMF and it was here that I learned of my love for health. I majored in Community Health Education but kept my options open by also completing the School Health Education concentration so I could teach/coach one day. After a successful college career and an All American award in soccer, I graduated in 2003. I realized after my final semester in college that teaching was not really what I thought it would be, so I decided to pursue the field of public health more. I hung around town for a semester to earn money and ventured off in the Spring of 2004 to West Chester University in Pennsylvania. I had a full time graduate assistant position that paid my tuition and I lived on campus with 4 inner city Philadelphia undergrad students! That was interesting and a daunting task at times, but I learned a lot about myself and managed to make it. I graduated with a Master's Degree in Public Health in 2005 and came back to Maine to live and work. I taught community health education back at UMF for one year while I lived in Portland on the weekends and spent time with Keith. After UMF, I took a job with the Maine Breast and Cervical Health Program, which is part of the Maine Center For Disease Control and Prevention. That brings me to where I am today. I have fulfilled the pre-requisites for nursing school and hope to get accepted into USM's accelerated bachelor of science in nursing degree, which begins this coming May. If I do, I will be done and hopefully will be an RN August 2010. I should also mention that I have 7 beautiful nieces/nephews and one more on the way in December! I have been blessed with so much over the years and can't wait to see what the future holds for our family!