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 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, 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

In Other News

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.

Clinical Boards

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 that night we just went right to bed...and our bed was perfectly made awaiting our arrival thanks to Nick and Alyssa.
Thursday morning...we just hung around for a little while and then headed over to Kirk and Sharon's house to see the family. Over the course of Wed, Thur, Fri, Sat, Sun and Mon we did a lot of lounging, eating, chatting and more lounging. It was great to catch up with everyone and see all the kids running around. Thanksgiving dinner turned out great and there were so many people that we ate in the backyard with three large round tables. It was the perfect weather and great company. It was overall a really great Thanksgiving. Another day on the trip, we visited Tadd's sister's house in Mesa and played basketball, soccer, volleyball and just an all around outdoor day. We also went out to dinner and breakfast a couple of times and then returned home to hang out some more. It was a very relaxing and nice trip to enjoy family and get some R&R.