Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Productive and Creative

Alex took his first final yesterday, and has the rest of them later this week. In order to do what I can to help him I've been helping by quizzing him using his flashcards. Which I think must be more amusing for him than me, seeing as pronouncing the names of the words on his flashcards feels like learning a whole new language. Myelocyte... Hematopoiesis... Polychromatic... I have no clue what these are (Alex just informed me that they have to do with blood cell formation - like I even understand what that is.) But it's been helping him so I'll keep quizzing!

Otherwise I've been scrapbooking like crazy. I haven't seen the top of my kitchen table in over a month. I put my sewing machine away and out comes the scrapbooking papers and photos and stickers, oh my. Its a frustrating process. I do one page, hate it when its finished, and walk away leaving everything on the table. Than I come back, end up making 4 pages that are perfect and I don't want to stop. Which is probably good since I haven't scrapbooked any of the gazillion photos I've taken since 2005. I have a little catching up to do.

This week I got everything set up for me to enroll at Life Pacific College in the Fall. I'll be doing their online Degree Completion program in Ministry & Leadership. I have a few classes I have to take before next fall, so I'm working on getting those taken care of. I'm really excited about FINALLY finishing my BA and being able to do what I've felt God called me to many years ago - full time ministry. I'm waiting on God and taking things one step at a time for now.

Better get back to my scrapbook....

Friday, December 12, 2008

Mini Raspberry-Almond Swirls

One of the pastors at our church is getting married today. When she found out that I like to bake, she asked me if I could make some mini-desserts for her wedding. Of course I said I would because I LOVE to bake and 200 mini desserts sounds like a challenge! She had several people making different mini desserts, and we decided I would make mini raspberry almond swirls. They are sooooo yummy! (Just a side note: I REALLY missed my house and my beautiful big kitchen today!) I just dropped them off at the church after baking all morning but I thought I'd post pictures of my baking adventure.

Here's the recipe if you want to try it yourself. Don't be intimidated by the length of the recipe or the ingredients - its easier than it looks. If you put chocolate on them there more like a dessert but I've also put icing on them and they taste more like a breakfast pastry. Yummy!!!
One batch going in the oven and one batch coming out!

The finished product! (Yes there is chocolate on top :)

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

My Favorite Christmas Present

On December 13, 2003, I received the best Christmas present I've ever gotten. Here's how the story goes:

I had been suffering with some depression for several months and it had a lot to do with my infertility. A few of our peers were starting their families and I knew it would be years before we would have babies of our own. I started longing for a puppy thinking that it might be a good way to use my natural desire to nurture.

Alex and I were on a mission that day. We drove to all the animal shelters in the nearest towns and couldn't find a puppy for us. While we were in Visalia we decided to stop in the mall. The first store, right at the entrance to the mall was a small pet shop with puppies and kitty's in the windows.I looked in one window to see four beautiful cocker spaniel pups playing with each other. two of them were sable colored, one was black, and the other was a beautiful reddish buff colored with white freckles and white paws. She looked just like Lady from "Lady and the Tramp". Alex said that I immediately pointed at her and said "That's the one I want - that's our puppy!" Alex was instantly in love as well, reminding him of his childhood cocker spainel named Silver or "Silvey". After holding her and playing awhile we paid for her and took her to our car.

She was the smallest little thing, and very quiet. I tried to put her in the crate I had in the back seat but she stared crying, so I gave in and held her while Alex drove. Alex went into A&W to get us dinner but I was so excited that I couldn't eat. She fell asleep in my arm and we talked about what to name her as we drove home. We thought about "Freckles" or "Buffy". We finally decided on "Audrey" because she looked so classy (and we had been watching a lot of Audrey Hephburn movies at the time).

She is our little princess and the best Christmas present ever!

Monday, December 1, 2008

No Christmas Tree, No Christmas Tree, how I will miss your branches....

We decided not to decorate for Christmas this year. It's kinda depressing, but very practical. All of our Christmas stuff is in storage at our house in Fresno. If we wanted to decorate we would have to bring all that stuff up here, unpack it to decorate, than after Christmas we'd repack all of it up and drive it back to Fresno. Seeing as we're planning on staying in Fresno during Alex's 3 week break anyway, it just seems like too much work. We can enjoy our parents decorations instead!

That being said, I have always started decorating the day after Thanksgiving. Christmas is my favorite holiday so it's taking a lot of self control to hold back and not just buy new stuff. I have, however, already started on my Christmas cards. And I'm going to be baking like I've never baked before. Just because I don't have decorations doesn't me I can't make mom's famous ginger cookies :) I'm also helping decorating at our church this week, so that will help my need to be creative.

We had a nice week in Fresno. Thanksgiving was wonderful as usual, and we were both able to spend lots of time with our families. Beth dragged me out at 4:00am on Black Friday because there was a great sale at Aeropostle and Penny's. Since I'm not going to be there for her birthday in a couple weeks, I joined in on the early morning fun. (Seriously, the only reason I was up at 3:30 am is because she's my sister and I love her and I miss my shopping buddy!) Marnie even tagged along and boy was she a trooper. The best part of the whole morning was when she went up to the counter at Starbucks and order a "Tall, decaf, eggnog latte, please"(Its funny because she's nine!) The look on the cashier's face was priceless! And yes, she drank the whole thing.

I'm still recovering from Fridays sleep deprivation, so I'll be heading off to take a nap now. Toodles.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

My little Audrey Dog

I was going through all my pictures today and I found one that I had forgotten about. It's my fave pix of Audrey. It was taken back at our apartment in Fresno, before Bogey was ever around. She was in the perfect spot at the perfect time, and I had an excellent camera.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Quilting Bee

For the last few months I've been sewing like crazy. It's worked out well, since my sewing kick corresponded with my mom's urge to get rid of fabric she bought but hadn't used (seriously, don't let my mom or me in a fabric store. We always end up buying fabric for stuff we never end up making). Back in September when I went to visit, we went through everything and found quite a few nice fabrics, as well as panels for baby quilts, so I took them home and went to work. In two weeks time I had made 5 baby quilts, all fairly simple. One of the quilts I had started a few years ago and decided it was time to finish.

So here's a few of the quilts I finished a few weeks ago:

This one was my fave, the one I had started a few years ago and finally finished. It has a cute baby-blue flannel backing with fire-trucks, ambulances, & police cars:

One of my best friends, Lynae, is expecting a baby boy, Caleb, in March. The walls of the nursery are a bright yellow, and she wanted that incorporated in the quilt as well as a race car theme. I found a great flannel with race cars to use as the backing, and the other fabric's matched perfectly. Here's the quilt I just finished today!

And now that I'm feeling nostalgic, I think I'll post a pix of the quilt I did for Andrea, Lynae's daughter:

Well that was fun! I have a few "expectant mothers" in mind for the quilts I made, and I'm planning on donating the rest to a local foster care agency. It gives me joy to know that babies will be cuddled up in these quilts soon!

Saturday, November 8, 2008

My new job

Woo hoo! Yesterday was my last day at BoA. Today I started my new job as a .... drumroll please... a housewife!!! Ok, well at least for the next few months. I get to go home (to Fresno) this week, and the week of Thanksgiving, so I'm looking forward to that. I'm signed up to volunteer time with childrens minstry at our church. I can't wait to finally catch up with my friends that I haven't seen or talked to in forever. And maybe, just maybe, I'll finally get through the huge pile of clean clothes that never seems to get hung up. Do you know what I'm talking about? The pile that goes from the dryer to the basket, than pulled out of the basket the day you need to wear it and has to be ironed 3 times to get all the wrinkles out?!? I know I'm not the only one :)

No sitting on the couch eating bon bons and watching soap's for me!

Thursday, October 30, 2008

The Dream

Last night I had a dream that felt so real I woke up feeling disoriented. In my dream I was in another country, traveling to visit up the child we were apparently adopting. I was in a bus than in a taxi and then finally arrived to the area where they had the children. It was there they handed me a 18 month little girl, with light red hair a brown eyes. I just sobbed and sobbed, feeling so relieved to finally have the child I'd been longing for, my child in my arms. In the dream I held her and sang to her and played with her for a little while. When it became apparent that we would have to leave, I held her close and told her I would be back for her, and not to be sad that our home would be waiting for her. Even thinking about it now gives me chills.

I have learned that infertility is a part of who I am but it doesn't define me. The anger toward God that I struggled with, over the last few years especially, has dissipated as my dream of having children has changed. I know I will never become pregnant, be able to feel my baby move inside me, or experience child birth. But after eight years of mourning that broken dream, my dream has changed. I know someday I will have a houseful of children that probably look nothing like me or Alex, or each other for that matter. I can't wait for that day to come. I can't wait to get the referral of a waiting orphan and travel to their birth country to pick them up. I'm excited to find out more about surrogacy and see if that's a good path for us to take. I'm looking forward to become a foster mom and my home being a safe haven for children who need one.

Since Kristi & Doug are adopting from China right now I get a little taste of what the process will be like. We are getting excited as the wait is finally starting to seem not so endless. If all goes as planned she should be getting her referral by May. We are getting the baby blanket done, her bedroom furniture put together, and I went with Kris to register at Baby's 'R' Us. I'm excited for what parenthood has in store for them and waiting in anticipation for my new little niece.

I'm also feeling my "biological clock ticking". We’ve been married 6 years now, and nearly all of our close married friends have children already. We made a decision last year for Alex to pursue medical school while we are still “young” which means children are going to have to wait until the he starts residency, which is four years away. I'm aware that by making the decision to go through medical school we would be putting the dream of children on hold for a little while longer. And I'm okay with waiting. But when I wake from dreams like the one I had last night, I long for the little ones that someday will fill my aching empty arms.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Cassy and Janna do San Francisco!

I have been missing my best friend, Cassy, something terrible since we moved. And because of her work schedule and financial reasons she hasn't been able to come up and visit. So I was thrilled to find out a few weeks ago that she was coming to visit for her birthday! Of course we had to plan something big, so we decided that a day in San Francisco was the thing to do.

She came up Monday night and we went out to dinner to celebrate her birthday (10/25) and Alex's bday (10/27) as well as my quitting my job(see previous post). Tuesday I had the day off so we took the ferry from Vallejo into SF. We spent the day window shopping on Pier 39, watching the sea lions, and walking around Fisherman's Wharf. We talked so much my jaw was hurting by the time we were ready to head home. There's nothing quite like spending a day with your best friend.

Cassy & I on Pier 39 (see the sea lions behind us?)
Taking a break from shopping
Even sea lions itch!
Cass watching our fave free entertainment
Our ferry coming to take us home
"Port of an Francisco!" the "S" was burned out
Enjoying the view leaving the city on the ferry

Bye, Bye, B of A!

I put in my two weeks notice on Monday. My last day at BoA is on November. And no I do not have another job lined up. I plan on working at a temp agency because that will give me the flexibility I would like, so I can go home and visit my family much more!

And as kamikaze as this all sounds, Alex and I are both a peace with it. He is the one who encouraged me to give my notice this week. Last week was horrible (to say . the least - I came home from work on friday in tears.)I have refrained from talking about my job on here because this is a PUBLIC blog and I wouldn't want to post things that could get back to my boss. Lets just say it has been a VERY STRESSFUL position for me, to the point where I have been physically ill. So this is a much anticipated and very exciting change!

Thursday, October 23, 2008

One step forward...

I have great news that I almost forgot to tell ya!

A few weeks ago I applied for a position with Sonoma County. It's an "Project" administration position that only last 24 months, but has full county benefits a EXCELLENT pay. By excellent I mean take my current salary and double it. That's the starting pay. I applied for this job and answered some very detailed questions about my previous skills and past experience in administrative work.

I must have done well on the application because I found out today that I'm invited to take the written test. They are only doing the test one day and from what I understand, the applicants who score the highest are invited to a interview.

Now I'm asking for all your prayers that I do well on this test! If you send me an email I'll let you know the date and time.


Do you see what I see?

I went to the eye doctor last week and discovered that the reason I have been having trouble driving at night and getting headaches a work (okay, maybe not the only reason for the headaches) is because I am slightly farsighted and need glasses. Fun.

I was not looking forward to glasses. I've never worn glasses. And they made me pick out my frames after they dilated my eyes. So I picked out a pair I like the best which, the strangers at the doctors office also agreed looked the nicest(which happen to be one of the least expensive and covered by my insurance - woo hoo!) and hoped that I wouldn't look goofy.

I wore them today at work and, what do ya know, I really like them! I was complimented several times today, and best of all, no headaches! I think adjusting to glasses is going to be easier for me than I expected.

Maybe now I'll read more?!? I seem to have the librarian look down!

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Two for Tuesday

This is the last cake I did before moving. I miss doing cakes! Which leads me to missing my old kitchen (if you saw it you know why I miss it!), because it is SOOOO hard to get out all my stuff and work on cakes in this kitchen. Maybe I need to start making cupcakes.... hummm.... there is a "Sugar Marshmallow Cupcake" recipe I've been wanting to try. It's lemon chiffon cupcakes with swiss meringue buttercream frosting garnished with marshmallow and colored nonpareil "flowers". Might have to try that and then post about them!

Lately I've been dreaming and scheming of ways I could actually go to the Culinary Institute of America for the Baking and Pastry Chef program. Haven't come up with anything yet, but I'm still working on it. Sometimes it feels like I dream in colored buttercream frosting.

A picture says a thousand words

"Napa's been fun. Can we go home now?"

Friday, October 17, 2008

Wine Tasting Pictures!

Almost forgot! Mom and Aunt Jan came down two weeks ago to go wine tasting and we had a blast. Just wanted to post a few pix!

Mom and Jan in front of the Culinary Institue of America

Mom and I wine tasting on a cave tour

Mom and Jan tasting the BEST WINE EVER (I forget what it was called)

No News...

I have not been good at updating lately! Mainly because there's not much to tell. I'm still waiting to hear back from CIA about the job I applied for last week. I'll definitely update if I hear anything new about that!

So I guess I'll share my "hair story" with y'all. I went in and had my hair cut 3 weeks ago and the lady did a nice job, just not what I wanted. I wanted a cute, short cut, and I think she was afraid of cutting my hair short because I got a bob with bangs.

Here's the bob:

So I tried to live with it for the last few weeks. I received so many compliments at work on how nice it looked. I ended up having to straighten my hair everyday in order for it to have this cute piecy look I really wanted. And I had no clue what to do with the bangs. Oh, and a side note, Alex absolutely hated my haircut.

So yesterday, after finally feeling like there was no way that I wanted to keep messing with my hair like this or grow it out, I made an appointment at different salon that was recommended by a friend at work. I told her what I wanted and she made EXTRA sure that I REALLY wanted my hair THAT short. I confirmed I did and away my hair went.


I don't know if the photo does it justice but its a cute, piecy pixie cut. I makes my hair look fuller (a figment of the imagination) and flatters my face! I know the girls are all going to gasp when I walk into work tomorrow and tell me I'm crazy and I'll hear: "Your hair is so short! I would never dream of cutting my hair shorter than my shoulders!" I don't even care because I love it so much. (Its not my fault all that the girls I work with have long thick hair and I ended up with this thin mess to work with:)

Alex told me its the best haircut he's seen on me in years :)

Friday, October 10, 2008

Two more things I forgot to mention...

I cut my hair! Just in case you voted and was waiting to hear what I did. I have bangs too! I'll post a picture as soon as I can get a good one!

Mom found a posting for a job opening that I am perfect for at the CIA (Culinary Institute of America). I sent in my resume and now am just waiting to hear back. Keep me in your prayers!

Busy, Busy, Busy!

Every weekend this last month has been filled with something to keep me away from bloggerland! Sept 18-20 I went to San Jose to meet Mom, Kristi and Beth, as well as Lynae and her mom, to attend an Joyce Meyers Confrence. It was awesome and I beleive all of us left feeling refreshed and more on fire for the Lord. Than the weekend following that, Alex and I met a few of my coworkers at Great America and spent the day there. It was a lot of fun, but I don't think I was a good idea to use my only day off that week to go on another trip!
Last weekend was the highlight of my month that I've been looking forward to since we move here! Mom and Aunt Jan came up to visit and do a "girls wine tasting weekend". It worked perfectly because Alex went on a men's retreat so it was truely just us girls. We dined and wonderful restraunts, and hit a few nice wineries to sample some wonderful wines. We even went to the Culinary Institute of America in St. Helena and watched a cooking demostration. Now I know how to make a wonderful shrimp Risottio!!!
Anyway just wanted to fill ya'all in just in case you thought I dropped of the face of the earth!

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Should I cut or should I grow?

I'm in a debate with my hair. I like it short. I like it long. But I don't like it in between. So I'm trying to decide if I'm going to cut it again or keep trying to grow it out. Such a hard decision to make by myself so I'm going to post pic's of me with long and short hair below and let you vote! Let me know what you think I shoulds do! (oh and its anonymous-I"ll have no idea who votes what!) If you need to see more pictures of me with different hair lenghs you can click the link to my myspace page and look at the pictures in my albums there.


Long (not a great pix of alex though):

Saturday, September 13, 2008

5 Things I Don't Like

Here's the oh-so-obvious follow up to my last post!

1) I've gained weight. In the last 6 months I've gained a total of 20 lbs.Holy Crap Batman! The stress of moving and changing job (heck changing everything) has effected my waistline because I'm a certifiable STRESS EATER! We started eating health er last month and I've dropped 3 lbs, so I'm 17 lbs away from goal again. Still my suits I bought for work in April still don't fit, so I have a ways to go.

2) I miss EVERYONE! I call my mom almost every day on my way home from work. Some days are harder than others and its getting better, but I still wish I could just call someone to run to Target with me.

3) My job doesn't stimulate my brain. 'Nuff said.

4) I'm working so many hours that I have no motivation to do anything on my days off. Which means the dishes and laundry either don't get done or only get half done (if you ever come to visit you've heard the phrase "ignore the pile of clean clothes on the couch.)

5) There's no place like home. Have you ever tried to live in a 1000sq foot apartment after living in a 1700 sq ft house? I miss my house! I'm counting down the days until clinicals start, even though we may not be back in Fresno for clinicals, I can still hold out hope!

5 Things I Like

I've compiled a list of the 5 things I like about Alex being in med school. Here they are for your reading enjoyment.

1) We see more of each other now than we did when Alex was working EMS! Alex and I have pretty much the same schedule, so, for the first time in our 6 years of marriage, we are waking up and going to bed together at the same time.

2) Home cooked meals. Yes I'm cooking more because, if you read above, Alex is home more. It was kinda pointless before to cook every night for 1, so I use to just cook on nights he's home. Now I "get" to cook everyday!(lets see how long I stay excited about that)

3) The weather up here is gorgous! Its nice and cool in the mornings and warm in the afternoons. I definatly didn't miss Fresno's famous 113 degree July's.

4) I married to a man who LOVES to read. This may not seem a big deal, but in med school it has proved to be a HUGE advantage for him. He just reads the textbooks and somehow just absorbs the information. Which means he doesnt spend all night studying and cramming. Which means that we actually go on dates, and walks, and spend time together. And he studys while I blog :)

5) We are eating healthier. Now that Alex is learning about things like, for example, fatty liver, we are eating food that are better for us! We've both cut out liquor and coffee, and are trying to stay away from high fat foods. We're even working out together in the mornings.

Thursday, September 11, 2008


I just saw this video on a friends blog. All I can say is WOW. It's a song and video about a woman struggling with infertility. I have totally felt this way before.

*disclaimer - its a little depressing - just so you know

'Not so' hostile takeover

Yes I've changed the page. I've officially made this my blog to tell everyone about "our lives". The main reason is because I wanted to make the page "more girly". That and Alex hasn't written anything in the last 4 months since I started it so why not make it mine! He's still free to contribute :) So you'll probably be seeing some changes to the background - hope you still enjoy my blogging!

Friday, September 5, 2008

But Why, God?

(I've been struggling on waiting on God's timing for children the last few months, and found this devotion to be encouraging. This was a devotion posted on the Stepping Stones Infertility Forums that I have re posted because I thought it may be of help to others who are waiting on God's timing.)

But Why, God?
**Devotion from ninetyandnine.com**

Wait—it’s a hard word. Who is delighted at having to stop at a red light or gets excited about waiting in a long line? Waiting is especially hard when you are waiting for a prayer to be answered. We can be assured that our prayer is heard and will be answered, but the timing of the answer is in God’s hands. Waiting times are trying times. In my own experience of waiting, I have felt many questions about why the wait is so long. Weariness in waiting comes when I see desires fulfilled and prayers answered in the lives of friends. I am sincerely happy for them and rejoice with them, but I admit it makes the waiting harder. I get frustrated with myself when the questions fill my heart and I struggle to keep the vision clear. The enemy has taunted me asking, “Where is your God? What is He doing for you?” Though I grow weary, I remember the words of Isaiah,”The everlasting God…fainteth not, neither is weary…there is no searching of His understanding. He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might He increaseth strength… But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength…” (Isaiah 40:28-31). When I am discouraged and filled with questions, I pour it out before the Lord. David encouraged this, “Trust in him at all times; ye people, pour out your heart before him: God is a refuge for us. Selah” (Psalm 62:8 ). My God has infinite understanding. Pouring out to Him draws me closer to Him. In these times He speaks to me, encourages and strengthens me to continue waiting on Him. I know He is MY God, MY friend, and He is on MY side. The way to wait on the Lord is worship and the Word. “I wait for the Lord…and in His word do I hope” (Psalm 130:5). Worship takes the focus off of ourselves and places it on our faithful Savior. We see by the examples in His Word that He is faithful and this waiting time is for His higher purpose. David and Joseph experienced waiting times between a calling, a dream, and the fulfillment thereof. Their waiting times were shaping times used to prepare them for the positions God had for them. The Word assures us that those who wait on the Lord will not be ashamed. David wrote, “I waited patiently for the Lord, and He inclined unto me and heard my cry…many shall see it and fear and shall trust in the Lord”(Psalm 40:1,3). Your waiting time is a testimony of God’s faithfulness. He uses circumstances in our lives to show others He meets us where we are, He will walk with us, and He will keep His promises. Your testimony of answered prayer and fulfilled desire will cause others to fear God and put their trust in Him. Isaiah 55:8-11 is an encouraging text as it tells us God’s word never returns void. It always accomplishes His purpose. The word He spoke to you will come to pass. The vision He gave you for your life will be fulfilled! “Wait on the Lord, be of good courage and He shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the Lord” (Psalm 27:14).

Saturday, August 30, 2008

Systematic Theology 1

Ugh. I received my distance learning packets a few weeks ago with the two bible classes I elected to take. Life Pacific requires I take 4 bible classes before I start the degree completion program so this is my way to test the waters and see if I'm really going to do this. So the one I'm really enjoying is Intro to Biblical Literature. I'm learning about the bible in a much deeper way that I'm really enjoying. I'm amazed at how the little things I didn't know make so much more sense now.
So the other class I'm taking is Systematic Theology 1. Alex told me this would be a great class for me to take to understand Christian theology better. Okay, so maybe I shouldn't have listened to Alex! Just kidding. To tell you the truth, I'm intimidated. This is what the beginning of the course description says:
"Systematic Theology 1 is a study of the sources, methods, and doctrines of Christian theology. Particular attention for this study will be given in the areas of Theology Proper (study of the doctrine of God), Christology (study of the person of Christ), Anthropology (study of the doctrine of man), Hamartiology (study of the doctrine of sin)."

Christology?!? Harmartiology?!? What have I gotten myself into!

Monday, August 25, 2008

White Coat Ceremony

So last weekend was the official "White Coat Ceremony" at Touro where all the new students get their white lab coats and the official title of "student-doctor". It was a nice ceremony very similar to a graduation.

Alex's parents and grandma came up to be at the ceremony and we had a really nice time! We all had dinner at our apartment on Saturday night, than went out to ice cream for desert! Sunday was the white coat ceremony and afterward we went to Alex's favorite restaurant "Dead Fish" for and early dinner. His grandma was very generous and invited Alex's close friend from school, Max, and his sister Monica.

I'll post more when life becomes more interesting! So far life's consisted of studying (Alex) and working (Me).

Saturday, August 16, 2008

I Bagged a Coach!

I'm off on a Saturday! Can you believe it - its practically a miracle! LOL. Actually I'm only kinda off - I have to go in for a work meeting at 2:30 to 4:30. bah humbug! oh well, I'm enjoying it while its lasts :)

We had a great time with Rose and Jesse last weekend while they were staying with us. I had to work on Friday and Saturday while they were here, but we were able to fit in some quality shopping time at the outlets. And Rose and I each both got our "first" Coach purses! And before some of you gasp at the use of my clothing budget, let me explain the purchase:

I had been eyeing a certain Coach purse since i saw a customer at work with it. It had a strap so you can wear it across your body, and the bag was just big enough to fit what I needed but small enough that I wouldn't be throwing out my back by carrying it. When I went online to look at the prices, I decided I could do without. The one I had wanted was around $150 - a good price for a Coach purse, but not something I could justify for myself. Well Rose has been wanting one as well but was facing the same dilemma as me with the price, so we decided to go to the Coach Outlet in Napa. It was crazy in there! Lots of people and lots of purses! We looked at several, before we found the clearance rack (mama taught me well!). Then I saw it - a purse exactly like what I had been wanting before on the "Additional 50% off" shelf! So I did the math and purse would only be $60! I could afford that! So I used over half of my monthly clothing budget to buy this purse (Alex just rolls his eyes because he really doesn't get it). Rose found a similar deal on a bag bigger than mine but with the same fabric. I figured that that's what I would have spent on two purses at Sears so I could justify it in my own mind. I REALLY love my purse!!!

Friday, August 15, 2008


Hey Everyone! If you've noticed I've rearranged our page and added some things. One of those things is a guestbook! Please sign it to let me know you stopped by!

Thanks bunches!


Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Books and Scrubs

I went to the rental office ot pick up a package they had for us - turned out to be 3 packages - all of Alex's books! I got my strength training in today just walking back to our apartment. Turns our those 3 package held 6 textbooks!

Today was my day off and it was so nice to be able to get stuff done! I was able to run all my errands, clean the house, do the laundry, play with the dogs, and even finally put pictures in the frames that I’ve been meaning to hang up ever since we move here. Yey for productivity! Seriously though, Alex was gone from 8am to 9pm – what else was I to do?!?

Last night was our first shopping trip for scrubs.
We went to the Walmart next to our apartments but they didn’t have the light blue color that one of his classmates said they had to get (the color the residence in Grey’s Anatomy wear). So we drove to Vallejo to Costco to see if they carried scrubs still – no such luck – they discontinued selling them a few months ago. So we decided to drive out to Walmart in Fairfield and -ta da! – we found them in his size and the right color. I just had to do a little hemming to get the leangth right and they are perfect. (Found out today that he could wear any color blue so I’m going to get him the navy pair so that my “McDreamy” nickname for him really fits J)

Anatomy lab starts Friday! Its still hard to believe that after all this time, he is halfway thru his first week of MEDICAL SCHOOL!!!!

Monday, August 4, 2008

Back to School!!!

Alex started med school orientation today, and so far so good. His actually classes start on Thursday. He also has two more weeks of the summer MPH classes, so that means he's at Touro from 8am -9pm until his summer classes are out. I should become very familiar with the term "med-school widow" this week!

So July flew by for us, as I had stated in my previous post, but I'm looking forward for what August has in store. Alex's sister and her husband are visiting this weekend so we are excited about being able to spend some time with them.

The bank is finally fully staffed so I'm working between 35-40 hrs a week now, much better than the 45hr a week I was working in May and June. The even gave me all labor day weekend off so that's something I'm looking forward to.

I've also decided to finish my bachelor's degree. I've currently applied at Life Bible College's Degree Completion Program. They are located in Southern Cal but they have a program where I can complete my degree (AS to BA) in Ministry and Leadership from online one night a week. I've had an itch to finish my Bachelor's for a few years now and I think I've finally found the one major that I can't say "but what if I never use it?". For several years now I've felt a burden for women who struggle with infertility like I do. I've spoken with friends who have the same struggle and I'm amazed at how hard it is for women with this burden to find support at church - mainly because no one (especially women going through infertility) wants to talk about it. So I'm following where I feel God is leading me. And for right now that means a degree in Ministry and Leadership. I 'm really looking forward to what God has in store for us as I continue to pursue my education.

Sunday, August 3, 2008

Yum... BBQ!!!

We were craving home cooked BBQ like my dad makes and knowing that Alex starts classes tomorrow we decided to do something a little special to celebrate. So I called dad and got some good tips on how to make an excellent tri tip. First we headed over to Walmart to get a BBQ ($17 on clearance – woo hoo!), Charcoal, a charcoal chimney, and a tri tip (yes, I love having a Super Walmart* so close that we walk to buy groceries). Than Alex drove to Safeway to get seasoning (they didn’t carry the one we liked at Walmart) while I set up the BBQ. I followed the directions just as dad told me (after many phone calls throughout the process – thanks dad!) and we ended up with the best tri tip I’ve ever made!!!! So hats off to the Master of the Grill – my dad! He is defiantly the one to call if you want some seriously good BBQ eats!

(*disclaimer – I have never been a big fan of Walmart. In Fresno, I would rarely go into one. But considering the nearest Target is 8 miles away, and involves getting on three freeways, and that gas was $4.13 a gallon last time I filled up, the Super Walmart next to our Apartment that we can walk to has become one of my favorite places for economical reasons. I mean where else can you go and buy slacks for work and chicken for dinner at the same time?)

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Whoops.. July is almost gone!!!

I guess you can probably tell that July was a little busy for us!?! It seems like every weekend we had something going on. We spend fourth of July with Alex's friends from school in Benecia where we watched fireworks over the bay - that was pretty awesome. One of my coworkers had her wedding the next day so we went to the reception and Alex was able to meet many of my work friends. Than the next weekend we drove back to Fresno for my birthday. The next weekend our close friends Lynae & Andrew came up from Fresno to visit us, and we were able to get in some wine tasting together. To top that, I had a week of vacation from work (7/23 to 7/29) so I decided to go home and spend time with family which turned out to be one of my best vacations ever. Its so nice to come home from a vacation and feel well rested and ready to start again, which is exactly how I feel this week.

Alex is finishing his summer MPH classes next week and starts his regular Med School classes the next. I know its going to be a lot more work for him, but we are both really looking forward to his schedule being similar to mine starting next month.

Well, I'll just leave you with a few pictures of us during this last month of busy-ness!

Alex and I in Benicia before the fireworks started
Wine tasting with Lynae and AndrewBeth and I with her new lab Mocha at Shaver Lake

Sunday, June 29, 2008


Well, we've pretty much settled into a routine. I go to work Monday through Saturday, with usually a day off during the week as well as Sunday's. Alex has his classes Monday through Thursday from 6-9 which is usually when I am home. We have church on Sunday morning and than we spend the afternoon together before starting a new week. Not the most exciting but I feel good that we have a routine down. And, all of that will change in August when his DO classes start.

I miss having friends around. In Fresno I could call Cass up to run to Target or go get ice cream with me, or see if Beth wanted to come over and make cookies, or meet Lynae for lunch if I had some time off. Its hard meeting new people. We're both trying to get plugged into our new church, EastBay Fellowship (different than the one I had previously listed. One of Alex's classmates goes there and we decided to go and LOVE it. Its a perfect fit for us - even with a 45 min drive). Alex is involved in a Men's group, but the new women's groups don't start until fall, so I'm waiting 'til then. Everyone at work is really nice but - well, its just hard to make friends like the one's I have at home. I'm learning to be more open about myself, which is hard for me, but I think its easier to make friends when I make myself a little vulnerable as well.

Work has gotten easier and they finally filled the last open position so by the end of July we'll be fully staffed again and I'll get to every other Saturday off. Woo Hoo! Alex's classes are going good but he there is a heavy political influence in what he is learning, most of which he doesn't agree with, so that's been a hard hurdle to get over. But the summer session is half way over and time is flying fast!

We are both relying on God more than we have in a long time. Maybe it has to do with being away from everyone else but I feel like I have a better walk with the Lord since we've moved here. I'm also praying about finishing my degree, and getting my BA in Ministry and Leadership. Life Pacific Bible Collage offers a Degree completion program that I am considering enrolling in. It's kinda ironic to me that I feel lead in that direction, because I had wanted to go there right after high school, but they were not fully accredited at the time, and I was giving advice to wait. Now they are fully accredited, and I am hundreds of miles away, but I could still get the degree by completing classes online. I love modern technology!

Anyway, I guess that's all for now. My laundry needs folding and Audrey needs a bath, so I'd better get started on my chores!

Thursday, May 29, 2008

A “Memorable” Weekend

Memorial day weekend couldn’t have come soon enough! I worked 45hrs last week and I was so exhausted by the time I got off work on Saturday at 2:30pm. I was looking forward to two days off in a row. The best part - my parents came to visit!!!

So I came home to my parents already here and a clean apartment (two very great things in my bookJ) We headed out to Benicia for an early dinner and had a wonderful dinner at “Captin Blyther’s”. The food was amazing and we had a wonderful view of the ocean and the Al Zampa Memoral Bridge (which is a lot prettier than it sounds!). We spend some time wondering around downtown Benicia - can you tell it was windy? after we became tired of walking around in the wind and cold we headed over to Mare Island where Alex showed us where is school is (I still hadn’t seen it either.) Mare Island is so cool with all the old abandoned military buildings!

Sunday we drove out to Ikea and spent the morning shopping–because what’s a trip to the bay area without a stop in Napa??? After the guys took a short nap we headed out for the Napa Valley Wine Train. The food was wonderful and the wine was some of the best I’ve ever drank. It was so nice to see all the vineyards between Napa and St. Helena. We all agreed that it’s so much different in a train because when you’re driving you don’t get a chance to actually see all the vineyards as you pass them. It was fun to walk up and down through the different cars in the train.

Monday we headed to Napa for breakfast at one of Alex and my recent restaurant finds in downtown Napa, than went out to the Jelly Belly Factory in Fairfield where Dad and I were “Bamboozled”. Apparently they have these new Jelly Beans that look like normal flavors but are actually really gross ones, like baby wipes, vomit, and rotten eggs, and they call them there Bamboozled flavors. We didn’t know that, so we spun the wheel of horrors and got to taste those awful new flavors. Maybe a fun prank to play on someone but I’m not that mean! Anyway dad and I got lovely stickers to prove we were “Bamboozled”. The tour was nice but I think we’ll have to do it again on a week day instead of a holiday, so we can see everything in motion.

The weekend was wonderful. It was so nice to see my parents who I have missed so much since moving. It’s like having a little piece of home come here for a few days. A much needed piece of home. Now if I can only get a day off so I can actually go home for a few days and see everyone else that I miss so much…

Monday, May 19, 2008

Mobile blogging...

So guess where I am?!? I'm in the car on the way to orientation in San Francisco (no, I'm not driving - Alex is :) Have I told you how much I hate driving in Bay Area traffic? Also how much I really hate being in SF? And why is it that its required I go to orientation after already working one week at the branch? Interesting....

Anyway, blogging right now is helping me not be a "Nervous Nelly" and drive my husband insane by by backseat driving (is it still called 'backseat driving' if I'm sitting in the front seat? Sorry I ponder some really stupid things when I'm up this early and have massive amounts of coffee in me.)

So we found a church! Its this little Foursquare church in Napa called Napa Foursquare Church (ironic huh?). It is exactly what we were looking for! The church is like one big family. The pastor is great - not afraid to tell it the way it is and the message yesterday was awesome. Afterward we went out to lunch at this amazing restaurant with, basically, everyone from the church. Pastor John's son-in-law owns the restaurant - and it was amazing. Its even Zagat rated! I'm definitely taking anyone who comes and visits us, out to lunch there.

So, we are getting closer to SF and the traffic is getting thicker.... and since I'm blogging I'm not biting my nails - woo hoo!!! I really don't think its fair that carpool lane here is for 3 or more people. I should have brought Audrey with us... she counts right? LOL.

Its cold and foggy-ish up here today - a much needed break from all the heat we had over the weekend. (Can you tell yet that now I'm just trying to come up with things to type so that I don't have to pay attention to the traffic?)

We just went thru the toll to get on the bay bridge... okay I'm not going to have a panic attack, I'm not going to have a panic attack, I'm not going to have a panic attack...

Do I sound convincing?

Orientation starts at 8:30 and its already 8:09... I wonder if I'm going to be late... well hopefully they understand. And I need to pee!!! That was probably TMI.. sorry.

Alex is such a good driver! He handling merging traffic with no problem. Probably from his years driving an ambulance.

Ok, I guess I'll finish this post. I'm sure we'll get there in one piece. and later I'll try to post the picture of traffic I took on my phone.

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Everyday is a winding road...

Okay, so, sorry I haven't blogged for awhile. Its been a hectic week since moving and we finally have connection to the Internet again! We just got back from a funeral for my (Janna) Aunt Sis who passed away on Sunday. It was a time of saying goodbye and grieving but we also got a chance to see dear family who we don't see often. As my cousin Daven put it "She (Aunt Sis) had a way of getting everyone together".

We moved on Sunday May 4th without too may issues. The movers were excellent, exceeding my expectations, and eliminating all doubts I had of movers. The apartment is beautiful! It really does feel like a home. The whole complex is only a year old so we have all new appliances, and new carpet and nice features such as neutral beige paint (instead of boring white) and crown moulding. None of those thing are necessary in a place but it does make it feel more "homey". We we able to get everything unpacked accept my cake decoration supplies (I miss my cabinet space!) by the end of last week. Bogey and Audrey are getting use to the routine and the neighborhood. Things are feeling a little more settled now.

Alex had orientation last Thursday and started classes on Monday. He really likes the classes and has made several friends. I started work on Monday, and, well, I think I'll really like my job once I'm actually fully trained. Training is hard and they are short staffed and the branch manager is on maternity leave so its making training a little more difficult than it probably normally is. But I'll get the hang of it soon and I think I'm going to really like working in banking. The irony of our schedule is that for now I'm working from 10am - 6pm and he has classes through the summer from 6pm - 9pm. At least we have weekends together, which is still more than we had when he was working as a medic!!!

I know there is a lot more to post but its been a long day so I going to spare you all the details that I know you want so that I can rest and maybe write a "part two" later.

Monday, April 28, 2008

It's starting to feel real now...

(by Janna)

So, I've tried to start this blog several times the last week, but I seem to only get through one line before I have to do something else. So here's a quick update on what is going on with us right now:

I got a job!!! I got a call last Monday morning(4/21) from Bank of America telling me that I had a phone interview that afternoon. I did so well on that interview that they scheduled me a interview with the branch manager of the BOA in downtown Napa for Wednesday (4/23). To make a long story short, the interview went really well and they called me on Friday to offer me a full-time benefited position making $2.50 an hour more than what I expected to be making! Praise the Lord! So I start my two week training in San Francisco on May 19th, than will be working in Napa (only 7 miles from our apartment) after that. I'm so glad to know that I have a full time job waiting for me as well as two weeks off before I start so that I can get us settled into our new place.

While mom and I were in American Canyon, we stopped by the apartment complex we will be living in. I had only seen pictures online, since Alex was the one who went up last month to look for a place. Our apartment is really nice! I will have to adjust to living in an apartment again, but it is definitely the nicest apartment of any we've lived in. Its walking distance from a Walmart Super Center that is actually really nice. And its has lots of green areas to walk the dogs, so they should enjoy it as well.

Slowly but surely the boxes are getting packed and this move is starting to feel real. All the details have been figured out, and all that I've been stressing over the last few months now seems like such a waste of time. Matt & Beth will be renting our house which is such a relief knowing that things will be taken care of. And Alex and I are trying our best, between packing and running errands, to spend time with our friends and family this week. We are also planning a trip to San Francisco on Wednesday so that I can get my fingerprinting and paperwork done for my new job.

That's the update on us. We move on May 5th, one week from today!