Wednesday, April 28, 2010

My, How Time Flies!

This past weekend marked two years since Tyler and I graduated from Simpson University. When I stop to think about that, I can't believe it! This past week I have been seeing Facebook status updates from friends at Simpson who are in their last week of college. It has been bringing back memories of my last week of my undergraduate career and the plethora of emotions I was experiencing.
I was ecstatic to be done with college. I was exhausted! I still joke to this day that I am catching up on sleep I missed out on in college! I couldn't wait to be free from papers, finals, and presentations. I knew I would be starting my credential a month later, so I knew my break was short lived, but I couldn't wait to have a month off! I was so excited to start my credentialing program but I was also incredibly nervous. My credential felt so far away.
Finals week was a blur of emotion. I couldn't wait to be done, but I also didn't want to say goodbye to all my friends. Many of them were leaving Redding and I was dreading that! I loved (and still love) the girls on my floor and many of us became lifelong friends during our college careers and I knew it was going to be hard to say goodbye. I wasn't ready to not have them living right next door to me!
It was looming over my head that Tyler and I would soon have to say goodbye. He was moving home to Riverside and I was staying in Redding. I had this terrible feeling in the pit of my stomach. I couldn't bear to think about saying goodbye to him. We had only been dating for 3 months at that point, but we were already becoming best friends. Whenever we were hanging out and started to talk about him moving away, we would quickly say, "Let's just not think about it!." Neither of us had any idea how hard saying goodbye would be. I am tearing up just thinking about it now.
Graduation was the first time I would meet Tyler's family and I remember feeling really nervous. Would they like me? Would they approve of me as their son's girlfriend? Our parents were going to meet for the first time too. Would they get along and make a good impression with each other? I was NERVOUS about everything! Haha!
I felt proud. I was done with my undergraduate career and I had made it! I had some rough times in college. It wasn't always easy to persevere. I felt like giving up numerous times. Physically, I had a rough four years. My body wasn't always kind to me, but I was determined. I had done it! I grew so much at Simpson both spiritually and emotionally and I really felt prepared to take on what was in front of me. I couldn't wait to walk across that stage.
I felt thankful. Without the support of my parents, my brother, and countless other family and close friends, I wouldn't have made it through college. I was encouraged, prayed for, mentored and loved by so many during my four years at Simpson and I felt so overwhelmingly grateful on my graduation day.
Looking back, so many things have changed. I am not in Redding anymore. Riverside is my home. I had no idea that at the end of that year I would be moving to Southern California to be near Tyler. I am Tyler's wife now and his family I was SO nervous to meet is now MY family too.I think they liked me!;) I am now a California credentialed teacher and next Monday I am starting my Masters. Who would have thought?!:) It feels like yesterday I was just graduating and soon I will have my Masters degree. Whoa. How is that possible?!
Many of my relationships look different now. With distance, relationships change. I didn't want to believe that would happen, but realistically it does. I thought I would stay close with every single friend I had in Redding and at Simpson, but that just wasn't realistic at all! It's taken me some time to not be sad that I often feel like I am the only one putting out effort to keep in touch with some of my friends. I am a relational person and I love to know how the people I care about are doing. I don't always feel like that is reciprocated and it's taken me some time to accept that this is okay. I can only do so much. Once again, with distance, relationships change. I will always love my friends no matter the distance we are from each other. They truly are life-long friends and when we do see each other it's like we haven't been apart at all. Although I miss my close college friends, I have been blessed to meet new friends in Riverside and they are truly special blessings! Had I not moved here I would not have these wonderful new friends in my life!
Two years ago I couldn't have imagined being far away from my parents or brother. For the last 17 months I have been living 11 hours away from my family and what a change that has been! I still cry sometimes because I miss going to lunch with my dad or having girls night out with my mom. I simply just miss being close to my family, but Riverside is really my home now. I never thought I would love living in Southern California, but it has truly grown on me!
I go to sleep at 10:00 now! Haha! I just thought I would throw this one in here!:) In college, late nights were a way of life!:) In-N-Out runs at midnight were totally normal! Under eye circles were a big fashion statement!;)
The last two years have flown by, but boy have they been full of blessings! College was a wonderful season of my life which I hold special memories of. I wouldn't trade those four years for anything.
My advice to those graduating this weekend: Enjoy these last few days. Make sure you tell your professors thank you for everything they have done. Hug your friends and promise each other that even when life gets busy and you are far away from each other, you will still drop them a line every now and then. Cherish your ten second walk across the stage. Smile big in all your pictures. Be proud of did it! Hold on have no idea what the next two years might bring your way!;)

Saturday, April 24, 2010


I think I jinxed myself!! A couple months ago I was telling Tyler how I was so shocked that after subbing almost all school year and tutoring I hadn't gotten sick one time. Yep, I jinxed myself! Shortly after that I came down with an AWFUL sinus infection. Three rounds of antibiotics and 6 weeks of sleepless nights later, I was finally all better. On Thursday morning, the stomach flu decided to befriend me. UGH. I really think throwing up is one of the worst feelings. I couldn't stop shaking either. It was miserable. It has been a rough few days, but I am finally feeling better. If only the body aches and fatigue would go away I think I would almost be feeling normal again. My stomach is still REALLY sensitive and my appetite hasn't decided to return yet, but I expect that to return in the next couple of days. You know I am feeling pretty yucky when even the thought of coffee or ice cream make me queasy!;) Those are my vices!

Visiting the Ducklings:)

On Monday night Tyler and I were babysitting Leila and decided to take her down to visit the baby ducks at a pond near our apartment. We frequent the pond a few times a week and take bread to feed the baby ducks. Recently we discovered turtles live in the pond too, as well as beautiful Coy fish! Leila loved feeding the ducks and kept asking Uncle Ty for more bread. It was quite precious! Here are some cute pics from our little adventure!

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Two Special Ladies:)

I have always wanted a sister. I think God likes me because he has blessed me with an awesome sister-in-law! I do not really like the "in-law" part, so I just call her MY sister. When I married Tyler, I got some amazing new family members and Christina is one of them. She holds a special place in my heart and always will. She is incredibly giving, a spectacular mommy, a loving wife, a hard worker, a great baker, and like I said awesome sister! Being away from my family and friends isn't always easy for me and Christina is always there to listen. She was there to listen when I was trying to balance 2 jobs and called her crying after a bad night at work. She is there to listen to my "highs" and "lows." She always listens and I know she always cares. She encourages me and makes me laugh! She shares my love for Disneyland and sweets! She really makes me feel like I am her sister.
Leila Kate is my adorable niece. She holds a special place in my heart too! Her smile makes me melt and I find myself just staring at her because she is just so darn cute! I cherish the time I get to spend with her and I look forward to watching her grow up! I am excited for the day when Tyler and I start our family and we can sit and watch all the cousins run around together! I love that Leila is starting to say more words now and is just fascinated with everything around her! She sure is a delight!Last Friday night Christina and I took Leila to Disneyland! We had a blast! Leila was all smiles! We had churros and ice cream (I felt my hips getting bigger by the second!). The extra calories were worth it though! Christina and I had a lot of meaningful conversation and I came home refreshed and thankful for MY sister and My niece.

Some more pics from Friday night:)

9 Months Already?

How have Tyler and I already been married 9 months?! WOW! I am not kidding...the time has flown by! Last week Tyler and I started talking about where we might like to go for our 1 year anniversary and I couldn't believe we were already talking about 1 year! I remember this time last year our wedding day seemed so far away and now we have already been married for 3/4 of a year! I guess time really does fly when you are having fun!:)

Thursday, April 15, 2010

A Day at the Aquarium!

Tyler and I ventured down to the Long Beach Aquarium last Friday! It was great way to top off Spring Break! Here are just a few of our many pictures! We even paid for nectar to feed the Lorikeets and it was so worth it!:) The birds were landing all over us and they were so cute! I can't wait to do it again! We had dinner at Bubba Gumps at the end of the day and of course some Fro-Yo from Cherry On Top (my favorite!)! It was such a fun day!:)

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Easter 2010

We started off our Easter weekend with some silly pictures before we dyed our Easter eggs.

I look so serious dying my eggs!

But I was really having fun!:) I am excited about the fun new tradition Tyler and I have started for ourselves!:)

We chose to dye our eggs the pastel colors, but maybe next year we will dye them bright!

The deviled eggs I made for Easter.

Tyler's Easter basket.:) It was fun to put together Easter baskets for each other. We decided this will be another yearly tradition.:)

I made a yummy homemade pineapple upside down cake for our Easter festivities with Tyler's family. This is me posing with the cake at about 12:30a.m. Sunday morning...I was really tired, but I had to get a picture with my cake.:) I am looking forward to making it again sometime because it got great reviews! Have I mentioned how much I love to cook and bake?!;)

Our Easter morning breakfast!:) Heart shaped pancakes with fresh strawberries and peaches and turkey bacon.:) So yummy! I am going to find a way next year to make bunny shaped pancakes...really, I am!;)

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day!:)

Our Easter baskets!:) I got Cadbury eggs (not the ones with filling, but the crispy ones with chocolate favorite Easter candy!), Recess Pieces, a Dove dark chocolate bunny, and a cute new t-shirt from Old Navy!:)

My cute Hubby with his card.:)

It feels so amazing to call him MY Husband.

Me posing with my Easter basket right before church.:)

We had an awesome Easter! After church we went out to Mimi's Cafe for lunch with Tyler's family and then they all came back to our apartment and hung out.:) We had some shaking going on from the earthquake down in Mexico...that was definitely a little scary!:) Have I mentioned I hate earthquakes?! (Well, I do!) I absolutely love holidays and just the idea of celebrating with the ones I love...Easter provided another opportunity to do so! It was a wonderful day and what made it more wonderful was celebrating what the day was really about. Jesus is Risen!