Tuesday, May 31, 2011


.i've been real sick for the past week. ear infection (stilllll plugged) and nasty cough/congestion. ready for that to be ovvvvver.

.i'm recently addicted to pinterst. if you don't have it, you should find someone (like me) that does have it and get invited because i swear it will change your world. i MUST learn to sew ASAP because the inner crafty that was NEVER present in years past is now on a rampage. must.make.every.diy.project.possible!!!

.i want an apartment to start decorating.

.i'm obsessed with husbands ipad. he jokes that he's glad he gets to use HIS grad gift so often as i'm always on it. oh well :]

.i have too many clothes in my closet but i still want to go shopping. all the time.

.husband is almost always little spoon. but i'm ok with that.

.he also snored in his sleep last night for the first time since we've been married (i'll give him a break though because he is starting to get sick)

.i hate constant clicking/tapping sounds. our ceiling fan has a rythmic click. i hate it. husband says he can't hear it. i think he's lying because he wants to keep the fan on.

.we have been married for almost five months. whaaaat?

.i have three flashdrives with info saved on them. even when i resave important stuff onto one to consolidate, i still bring all three to the computer because it makes me nervous to get rid of the other two. thats weird.

.i think i'm mostly ready to have a job now (i won't lie, even though not having a job is stressful, it HAS been kinda nice to not have to go to work everyday...)

.all of my friends are having babies (like three in the past two weeks, with like three of four more to come soon). its making me want one (but not really because i know that everything changes and blah blah blah for good obviously) but still. i kinda want one.


.chris got a job at olive garden. while its not a dream job (clearly), he worked there years ago and had serving experience. so he got hired as a SERVER (thats like nearly impossible in CA. normally you have to be a host/hostess for like 2 years). We are happy because the pay will equal to about what he was making at Turtle Bay, maybe a little more because the tips ar better. and rent will be cheaper. woohoo!

.i have an interview in a few hours. and i need to shower.

before i go. some images via pinterest.

can i please make this NOW!

this skirt. swooooon. this baby. yes please!

uhh...can this be my laundry room?

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Thursday Thoughts...

I'm not an avid Oprah watcher, but I have been known to enjoy an episode of Oprah every now and again, because lets face it...sometimes she has some really awesome topics and guests on her show. That said, this week was her "goodbye" week, as her show is going off air after 25 years. To me, thats pretty impressive. And because thats pretty impressive I couldn't help but record the past three days of Oprah's goodbye episodes. I sat down to watch them last night and I'm especially glad that I taped the final final episode.

It wasn't a typical Oprah show. No guests. No special topics. Just Oprah and the audience while she dished about all the lessons and "aha moments" she has had over the past 25 years. Some of it kinda dragged but both my mom and I found some profound words in her last hour on television. (sidenote...there were NO men present in our house while we were watching this episode. probably why we were able to enjoy it without feeling silly).

These are the two pieces that stuck out to me (us)the most:

Oprah began telling about how each person on this earth is a form of energy. That each of us carries an energy with us and that as the sole provider of that energy, we must be aware of how it contributes and affects others around us. She quoted a dr who had had a stroke and while in the hospital had this exact revelation...that all people are energy. She was able to heal because of the engery that others (her nurses and dr's) brought into the room.

This is the part i loved. Oprah has a little picture frame with this quote from said dr, dr jill belte taylor, sitting in her dressing room for all to see. It reads:

"Please take responsiblity for the energy you bring into this space"

it's pretty simple but i found it very profound. because its so true. Our "energy" is our attitude. our spirit. our thoughts. our actions. everything we do contributes to the space around us. we NEED to take responsiblity for the space around us because others energy bounces off of our own. ever heard the saying "if mama ain't happy ain't nobody happy"? energy people. energy.

The second part that i liked was when Oprah talked about feeling worthy to reach our potential and how as humans (mostly women) we don't feel good enough to receive certain things, or we don't feel we deserve this or that. She said about this:

"Your being here...your being alive makes worthiness your birthright. You alone are enough"

I loved this! and it was definitely something that i needed to hear because how easy is it to wish for things that we don't necessarily have or think we deserve because we aren't [as pretty, or as thin, or smart or blah blah blah, insert any form of self doubt here] as the woman standing next to us.

but its not true. us being alive is grounds enough for us to receive everything we aspire to. its our birthright. we should all try to reach our full potential. something that i know as a young woman in the young women's program, i remember hearing all the time. Why do we forget how much we are worth so quickly? why do we compare ourselves to others without seeing what we have to offer? it's sad really. and its definitely somthing that i am going to work harder at NOT doing. Instead i'm going to focus on remembering my full potential and how it is my birthright to reach that potential, whatever it might be, just by being here and being alive.

Just to go along with this, I was reading my good friend Julie's blog the other day and she posted an awesome article that i feel goes hand in hand with what i have been thinking and feeling lately, especially after watching Oprah last night. If you want to read it (which you all should, its awesome). Just click HERE and enjoy!!

Saturday, May 21, 2011


I am missing this place. and having that feeling of "you don't know what you've got (or had), until you don't have it".


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(all pictures taken with my ipod)

just missing our little hawaiian life is all...

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Baseball and Summer

In hopes of not complaining about the lack of jobs (its got to work out eventually right?!) I figured i would post a few of the only pictures i have on my camera from our recent adventures.

We love baseball. CHRIS loves baseball. My family loves baseball. More specifically my family loves the A's (giants are SO overrated!!!) So when we moved to Sac (where there is also a baseball team, the minor league to the A's) it was a given that we would be spending many an evening at baseball games. which is perfectly fine with me. what is it about a baseball stadium that just screams summer and good memories. I LOVE going to games.

We decided last weekend to head to the bay area to go to the friday night a's game. It was FREEEZING but so much fun. and pretty cheap (considering tickets are like 12 bucks for bleecher seats....and then we move to closer seats :])

Chris had SO much fun that he decided to drive back into Oakland the next day to go to the afternoon game with our good family friend Casey(who also went with us the night before). I in turn took the opportunity to go shopping with the mom.

Anyways....here are some pictures. to the first of MANY baseball games this summer! CHEERS! (chris informed me that he would love to go to a game at least once a week....we better get on the whole employment train FAST!)

This is my little sister Jordyn. isn't she a doll?! we were waiting to get in at the rivercats game. she loves baseball too.

just had to throw this one up too because this girl LOOOOVES watermelon. I'm SO excited for all the yummy california fruit thats going to be in season this summer!

Monday, May 16, 2011

Brain Dump

-not a fan of resume's, cover letters, or job hunting.

-its not fun to have to alter your resume/reformat cover letter's to fit different job postings (am i the only one that does this?!)

-i'm feeling really discouraged

-looked into dental assisting school here in ca (which is something i REALLY want to do...dental assist). it costs a whopping $16,600 for a ten month program. still discouraged with a little bit of depressed mixed in on that one.

-on the up side, this weekend was pretty fun. went to an a's game (which is always a good time. love baseball!) and got to go shopping with my mom and sister on saturday. mom even bought me some new clothes. love that.

-watched the movie 127 hours about the guy that got stuck in the middle of the Moab/desert area in utah, pinned by a rock and had to cut his own arm off in order to survive. He spoke at my dad's national sales meeting this past weekend and my dad received a signed copy of this movie. It's intense. good. but intense. I'm fairly confident i would not have survived. i mean...cutting off your own arm?? with a dull pocket knife(that barely even broke his skin)...ack! not interested. (which duh, i'm sure he wasn't either, but yeah)

-you should all watch swamp people on the history channel. its awesomely addicting.

-i wish life would just come together and we would know where we need to be so we could do what we need to be doing.

Friday, May 13, 2011

The Royal Wedding

So i didn't actually watch the royal wedding (i mostly just saw little glimses on tv, pictures etc.) but out of all the little clips i saw, i did manage to see these two ladies and their crazy fascinators...(i believe one of my friends even posted on their blog that it looked like an iud on the beige girls head!! haha....kinda true)

i guess the picture really speaks for itself....

sorry...i pulled this from a facebook posting so i don't actually know the source or i would cite it!

Tuesday, May 10, 2011


Sometimes I feel like i have life figured out....

like today. when i decided that i kinda, pretty sure, possibly, might want to go back to school to become a dental assistant.

you read correctly. not a hygienist. toooo much school. thats hard. and expensive.

instead i can be a dental assistant. maybe with school. maybe without. we will just have to see.

its a ten month program. seems like it could be right up my ally.

like i said. sometimes i feel like i have life figured out. guess we'll see.

Monday, May 9, 2011

Political Thought

My good friend posted this on her blog recently. Being an education major, reading this article, I couldn't help but repost it, and then feel a little bothered, very discouraged, and then mostly sad about all the turmoil that is occuring in the world and nation that we live in....read on.

"900 teachers just got laid off from the Los Angeles Unified School District . They are $650,000 over their annual budget.

The following English teacher helps to explain one area that looms large over California 's educational crisis.



This English teacher has phrased it the best I've seen yet.

This should make everyone think, be you Democrat, Republican or Independent

From a California school teacher - - -

"As you listen to the news about the student protests over illegal immigration, there are some things that you should be aware of:

I am in charge of the English-as-a-second-language department at a large southern California high school which is designated a Title 1 school, meaning that its students average lower socioeconomic and income levels

Most of the schools you are hearing about, South Gate High, Bell Gardens , Huntington Park , etc.. where these students are protesting, are also Title 1 schools.

Title 1 schools are on the free breakfast and free lunch program. When I say free breakfast, I'm not talking a glass of milk and roll -- but a full breakfast and cereal bar with fruits and juices that would make a Marriott proud. The waste of this food is monumental, with trays and trays of it being dumped in the trash uneaten.


I estimate that well over 50% of these students are obese or at least moderately overweight. About 75% or more DO have cell phones. The school also provides day care centers for the unwed teenage pregnant girls(some as young as 13) so they can attend class without the inconvenience of having to arrange for babysitters or having family watch their kids.


I was ordered to spend $700,000 on my department or risk losing funding for the upcoming year even though there was little need for anything; my budget was already substantial. I ended up buying new computers for the computer learning center, half of which, one month later, have been carved with graffiti by the appreciative students who obviously feel humbled and grateful to have a free education in America ..


I have had to intervene several times for young and substitute teachers whose classes consist of many illegal immigrant students here in the country less than 3 months who raised so much hell with the female teachers, calling them "Putas" (whores ) and throwing things, that the teachers were in tears.

Free medical, free education, free food, day care, etc, etc, etc. Is it any wonder they feel entitled not only to be in this country but to demand rights, privileges and entitlements?

To those who want to point out how much these illegal immigrants contribute to our society because they LIKE their gardener and housekeeper and they like to pay less for tomatoes: spend some time in the real world of illegal immigration and see the TRUE costs.

Higher insurance, medical facilities closing, higher medical costs, more crime, lower standards of education in our schools, overcrowding, new diseases etc., etc, etc. For me, I'll pay more for tomatoes.

Americans, We need to wake up. The guest worker program will be adisaster because we won't have the guts to enforce it. Does anyone in their right mind really think they will voluntarily leave and return?

It does, however, have everything to do with culture: A third-world culture that does not value education, that accepts children getting pregnant and dropping out of school by 15 and that refuses to assimilate, and an American culture that has become so weak and worried about "political correctness " that we don't have the will to do anything about it.

If this makes your blood boil, as it did mine, forward this to everyone you know including your Congressmen and Senators.

CHEAP LABOR? Isn't that what the whole immigration issue is about?

Business doesn't want to pay a decent wage.

Consumers don't want expensive produce.

Government will tell you Americans don't want the jobs.

But the bottom line is cheap labor. The phrase "cheap labor" is a myth ,

a farce, and a lie. There is no such thing as "cheap labor."

Take, for example, an illegal alien with a wife and five children. He takes a job for

$5.00 or 6.00/hour. At that wage, with six dependents, he pays no

income tax, yet at the end of the year, if he files an Income Tax Return,

he gets an "earned income credit" of up to $3,200 free.

He qualifies for Section 8 housing and subsidized rent.

He qualifies for food stamps..

He qualifies for free (no deductible),

no co-pay) health care.

His children get free breakfasts and lunches at school.

He requires bilingual teachers and books.

He qualifies for relief from high energy bills...

If they are or become, aged, blind or disabled, they qualify for SSI.

Once qualified for SSI they can qualify for Medicare. All of this is at

(our) taxpayer's expense .

He doesn't worry about car insurance, life insurance, or homeowners insurance.

Taxpayers provide Spanish language signs, bulletins and printed material.

He and his family receive the equivalent of $20.00 to $30.00/hour inbenefits.

Working Americans

are lucky to have $5.00 or $6.00/hour left after paying their bills AND his.

The American taxpayers also pay for increased crime, graffiti and trash clean-up.

Cheap labor? YEAH RIGHT! Wake up people!


Sunday, May 8, 2011

Happy Mother's Day!!

We are both so lucky to have such awesome mom's! I have always been quite the home-body and i've come to realize over the years that its because i love spending time with my parents. Not a day went by while i was in college, student teaching, or in hawaii, that i wasn't in some form of communication with my mom. She is such an amazing example to me and i hope that i can be half the mother that she has been to my siblings and i.

All growing up I remember having cousins, family friends, even my friends, come and live with us or stay with us for extended periods of time. My mom was quickly dubbed "favorite aunt heidi" because she was always so loving and would do anything to help whoever it was that needed help. I always appreciated knowing how lucky I was to have a mom that told me she loved me and did everything she could to provide the world for me.

Many people know that we recently adopted two little foster babies whom we've had in our home for the past four years. Today at church, one of the speakers (who was also a foster baby) said how much he admires and appreciates women and mothers who take other's children into their homes, that might not otherwise have that love and support, and provide that love like they are one of their own. He stated that there is a "special place in heaven for mother's like that". I would have to agree with him!

Thank you mom! I love you so much!! and so do many others who have had the privledge of having your love and "mothering" heart and influence in their lives!

Not to forget my awesome mother's in law! Chris's Mom Kay is so giving and friendly! She would do anything for her children and love's to spoil everyone :] We love you Kay!

And lastly, Linda, Chris's stepmom. She is such a bundle of energy and always makes things exciting! She too takes such good care of us and we are so thankful for her!Love you Linda!!

Happy mother's day to our wonderful mothers and all the other wonderful mother figures we have had throughout our lives!! we truly appreciate all you do and have done for us over the years!!

Thursday, May 5, 2011

brain dump

-we have been living out of suitcases for the past month. i'm ready to have a home base again where i don't have to guess which clothes i have with me and then try to make an outfit out of what's there.

-i hate zits. mostly though i hate that when i get zits i only get one (i know, i'm blessed to not really break out all that much) that completely stands out. bahh...go away!

-i laid out the other day at the house we are house sitting at and my face got really burned. and now its pealing. awesome.

-i'm starting to stress about lack of income, health insurance, and money (even though we have a completely full bank account...for now). never grow up. never.

-that said, we are trying to buy our big purchases while we still have lots of wedding and graduation money. we are going to be purchasing a reaaaaal cute table from RC willey (its half off...literally) and hopefully a big screen tv (its also marked down). big purchases scare me.

-i joined a gym a few days ago and i am loving it. i got back to running (moving and vacations really mess a girls workout schedule up) and i was pleasantly surprised to discover that all of my previous running done in hawaii has paid off a little. i was able to hop back on the treadmill and run for a long time. it was awesome.

-job hunting SUCKS! so inevitably i put it off. which does nothing to improve our income/health insurance issue

-i love the real housewives series on bravo. my favorite is new jersey and i'm so excited that its going to be back on the 16th of this month. new york is growing on me and we watch the new orange county episodes most weeks (even though the old orange county cast was WAAAAY better). i'm glad my husband likes them too.

-if jacob lusk does not get kicked off of american idol tonight i seriously might stop watching the show completely. his performances last night were 100% embarrassing and he NEEDS TO GO HOME!!!