Sunday, December 30, 2012
This Christmas both my sisters and their husbands/fiances came to Granite Bay! Katie and Dennis flew in on the 19th of December because they come from Florida, so they get a longer trip. Jill and Wes came in on the 23rd so they could stop by and see his family in Napa before coming here. It was so great to have my sissy's here with me! And the boys actually had a really good time together too! We had a lot of fun this year. We went over to my boss's house on sunday night for an "all white" outfit party...which was pretty fun, especially because all the boys wore their matching pj bottoms and scarves...it was entertaining. That evening we had Jill open her birthday presents because her birthday is on the 30th but she would be back in San Diego by that time. She got a few of her favorite things and was excited about them all. Then, on Christmas Eve, we lounged around, worked out, and then prepared dinner. Since Jill and Wes were leaving the afternoon of Christmas, we decided to have the big dinner on Christmas Eve. So my mom prepped Turkey, potatoes, stuffing, sweet potatoes, pies, rolls....you name it, we ate it...and it was delicious. After dinner, we decided to celebrate my dad's birthday and this one was special because he turned 60...Actually TODAY! Happy Birthday DAD!!! Love you! So on Christmas Eve, we shared his birthday present which was a book of memories that family and friends had emailed to my sister to put together. We started out with some of our's and then read other friends that had sent a memory in. It was such a good birthday present and a total cryfest! We could hardly make it through any of the memories without crying because my dad is so awesome and his friends and family love him so much! After that fun stuff, we opened our christmas pajamas...and went to look at some lights and luminaries. It is always a fun tradition to pile in the car and look at all the pretty lights. We returned home and relaxed and then went to bed. Then it was Christmas morning...and we all got up and took our places to open all the presents. Everyone got so many good things that they wanted, it was a great Christmas. After presents, Jill and Wes took off for Napa and the rest of us gathered our things and lounged a little more. We then decided to go see a movie as a family which was fun. Then we go home, ate leftovers and hit the sack. Katie and Dennis left the next morning and then it was just the four of us again! It was a great Christmas.
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
I just received my results from my WREB clinical boards in Utah...that just happened last week...I know, super fast! AND...I passed!!! I am so excited! Now...I have to wait for the results of my written National Board that I took about 3 weeks ago and then once the end of January comes, I can take my final exam which is the California Law and Ethics test. Anyway, today was a really exciting day with all these good results coming my way! Below is 4 of my 6 tests with passing grades!!! One result to wait for and one final test to take...Cant wait till February when I get my License!
Monday, December 17, 2012
Upon my return from Utah, I promptly went to sleep. I slept horrible while I was there because I was extremely nervous...and therefore needed to catch up on two nights of sleep, which I did on Saturday and Sunday. Now, that it is Monday, I am back at work and finding other things to fill my time. This includes...running/training for a half marathon in the new year...starting one puzzle, finishing it and then starting another...participating in an ugly sweater party that my parents threw and then finding lots of books that I want to read for pure enjoyment.
Just a few days ago, I returned from snowy Orem, Utah! I completed my clinical boards for dental hygiene school. And, in case you were wondering, I took my boards in Utah because it was a Western Regional Examination Board and the timing worked out that I completed school at the same time that these board examinations were available in Utah. It was out of the way, however, if I pass my boards, it is beneficial because I can begin practicing sooner than an exam becomes available in the state of California. I hope this makes sense. Anyway, I went on the 12th of December...took an anesthesia exam on the 13th at 7am...which I passed...and then had my second clinical exam on the 14th...which I don't find out the results right away. I felt pretty good about it...and it was a successful, smooth trip that accomplished what it needed to. I am glad to be home and done with full time school. I only have 30 hours of additional schooling in January, and graduation is January 26th!!! There will be more blogging about that later!
Now that I am actually done with full time school, I have time for other things, like my blog, and reading, and exercise and the list continues! As for the most recent events...Tadd and I went to Arizona for Thanksgiving with his family! It was really fun and the whole family was there for the most part. We had family visiting from Idaho, San Diego, Sacramento (us), Los Angeles, Utah...lots and lots of family. We arrived on Wednesday evening, super late...so that night we just went right to bed...and our bed was perfectly made awaiting our arrival thanks to Nick and Alyssa.
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
It all started when Tadd and I decided to hit up our local goodwill and find some scrubs for me to wear to school to be a crayon for Halloween! We definitely did not find any matching scrubs, however we did end up with a pretty awesome couple outfit for our Halloween party the Friday before the 31st. Tadd was Nacho Libre, but the casual outfit...and of course I was then encarnacion...if that is even how you spell it! I was the nun that he liked! We had so much fun altering our costumes and making them look great for the party. And the party was a blast. We danced, and we ate, and we danced! Then we watched some comedian and it was hilarious. Tadd and I were rolling with laughter...while others stared at us wondering what we were laughing at...it was seriously a really fun evening. On actual Halloween evening we decided to stay in and order pizza and hand out candy. That lasted about 1 hour for me before I was asleep on the couch and Tadd was handing out candy while I slept soundly through each doorbell ring. I woke up a few hours later and the porch lights were off, the candy was gone and Tadd said it went well. Halloween on a wednesday....apparently I can't keep up with the little ones. Anyway, it was a fun Halloween...and the holiday season begins.
Sunday, November 4, 2012
What countdown you ask...there are a few! 1. Countdown to completion of Dental Hygiene- 19 full days (a little longer if you count part time weeks in January- but graduation is scheduled for January 26, 2013) 2. Countdown to Tadd's Series 7 Exam- 29 days 3. Countdown to Thanksgiving in Arizona- 17 days 4. Countdown to Christmas with my family- 47 days 5. Countdown to New Years 2013- 55 days 6. Countdown to my sisters wedding- 432 days Now that I have a countdown for all upcoming events...I am going to enjoy the days, the hours, the minutes and soak it all up!
Tuesday, October 9, 2012
Last week in dental hygiene school we took our class photos...took me back to sixth grade, except my hair was a little better! We had to wear two different outfits, one of our gray scrubs and another with jeans and black shirt. It was fun to get out of the classroom and pretend for a minute that it was all over and we were officially hygienists...however, that is not currently the case. We have 8 weeks left, a few major exams and then one month of part time school while we wait for our licenses to come in the mail. At least we are THAT close! Here are some photos from the class shoot!
Sunday, September 2, 2012
It has been a few weeks since I have posted anything about our lives...so here it is...I know you have all been waiting (if anyone reads this). Anyway, I just started my fourth and FINAL dental hygiene term last week and it is by far going to be the hardest term yet. But that is ok...because it is the last one and then I will be officially done. Anyway, previous to starting back at this term, we did lots of fun things. 1. We went to six flags marine world with my brother and sister in law. We had such a blast. We ate lots of junk food and went on all the rides and then we had a nice dinner together. We definitely enjoyed spending time together. They are back in Arizona now, but it was great to see them. 2. Tadd was lucky enough to be able to head out to Arizona with his brother and spend about 10 days with his family while he was studying for his series 7 exam still. But he had a great time in AZ and got to see some friends and just enjoy Arizona the way he used to. 3.Once I finished my third term, we get about 10 days off to sleep and recuperate to prepare for the next term. So, while I was on that break, I saw 3 movies with my parents, I went to Portland with my mom and dad and then we all (Mom, Dad, Tadd, Kelly, Jill, Wes and Katie; missing Dennis because of baseball)headed to Anaheim and went to DISNEYLAND! It was so much fun! We went on all the rides and shared lots of junk food but didnt overdo it. We got to spend some quality family time together! It was really fun! 4. After Disneyland, we headed to Adelanto which is where Katie and Dennis currently reside for minor league baseball. We were able to spend a little time with Dennis and watch him play some ball. We all enjoyed watching him play and seeing their town. While we were there, we went dress shopping for Katie. She has not started looking because their date is not until Jan 2014, but since we were all together, we thought it would be fun to get started...and it was! She looked great in everything and now she has somewhat of an idea of the type of dress she will be looking for next time. 5. Other than that, we have been hanging out with friends, studying, and enjoying life. Updates have been made and more posts to come in the future.
Saturday, August 4, 2012
I thought things would slow down after Jill’s wedding, but then my birthday came and even more plans were made. My friend Amanda came into town from Arizona with her new boyfriend John and 6 of us headed to Mikuni to enjoy some amazing sushi and good company. We all enjoyed the evening and wrapped it up at Amanda’s parent’s house with ollali pie and ice cream. It was so great to see Amanda and to meet her great boyfriend John, whom we all approve of! Looking forward to seeing more of them!!
Monday, July 23, 2012
I just returned from a whirlwind weekend of love and fun in San Diego for my older sister, Jill's wedding! It was such a fun time and wonderful to see how happy Wes and Jill are and then of course get to see all of our family for this wonderful celebration. I arrived Thursday afternoon around 5:30pm and Tadd picked me up and took me right over to Tom Ham's Lighthouse which is where the rehearsal dinner was! All of our extended family and Wes's family was there also. It was a beautiful pre-wedding setting and it was fun to catch up and see everyone. There were some touching moments such as when Jill and Wes read the poems that they ahd written to their parents and had placed them on hankies as a keepsake. And then Wes's father gave some kind remarks as well as Elizabeth, Jill's sister in law now! The food was delicious...we all had salad and then there was three options for the main course...chicken, steak and fish. I got the steak and it was yummy. Then there was your very own creme brulee which is my favorite. After dinner we were able to chat some more with family and friends and then everyone dispersed after one big group photo! We all headed home and got organized for the next day....the BIG wedding DAY! Friday, all the girls, (Mom, Jill, Katie, and the bridesmaids and Mother of the Groom) gathered in the room my parents were staying in that had an attached hospitality suite wth chairs and couches and a large table which was perfect for getting ready! Everyone gathered around adn the hair and makeup extravaganza began. One at a time the wedding line got ready and we just hung out, listened to music, snacked and chatted. It was a very nice day...relaxing and fun...a perfect precursor to the evening ahead.
Wednesday, June 27, 2012
I got there, we played lots of fun games like Pin the Junk on the Hunk and then some other charade games and such. Jill got to open some fun gifts and we had a dance party...it was a blast. A low key Friday night but still so much fun! We all went to bed around 1:30am...and then we slept in until about 10am which made up for the late night. When we got up, we all reconvened in the main bride's room and ate breakfast and chatted some more. Then we all got our bathingsuits on to head to the beach. We got to the beach around 12 noon and found a nice spot for all of us to fit. Alexis brought hula hoops and frisbees and a bubble machine! How fun! We had such a great time on the beach. We relaxed, walked the beach, took fun photos and make Jill into a mermaid! We then headed back to the hotel to hang by the pool for a little while before getting ready for our fun filled, surprise for Jill, evening! Everyone was very timely and ready by 6pm sharp...we then had a mercedez van waiting for us outside and cowboy hats for everyone! We then headed to Harney sushi, which is Jill's favorite sushi restaurant and we all enjoyed some delicious food! After that, we headed to In Cahoots, a country line dancing bar! Jill, Katie and I got in for FREE because obviously the BRIDE and then the matron and maid of honor! We had so much fun at this bar!