Saturday, June 27, 2009

"This is home"

So, yesterday was the big, anticipated Switchfoot concert!!! It was definitely something that I felt was getting difficult to manage because at first I planned to go to the concert in San Diego and stay there with a friend (Jen) for the weekend. We were going to go to the Switchfoot all day surf competition (which benefits the local organization "Stand Up for Kids") and then after they had a concert with Fiction Family, Molly Jenson, Tim Curran and much much more. A really amazing weekend! Then, silly me got asked to babysit and didn't realize it was the same weekend. Problem. So, I was going to stay until the latest possible time in San Diego to be able to take part in as much of the festivities that I could and then come back home. I compromise I accepted. Then, about 3 days ago I'm driving my car and it starts to make a not-so-good grinding type of noise and it felt like it drove kind of weird. Problem. Take my car to two different mechanics because it turns out it required a transmission specialist. The transmission guy says I need a new transmission that's a minimum of $1200! What! Oh, and I shouldn't drive the car or it will cause more damage which will cost more money. So, needless to say I didn't have a car to get me to do all the fun things in San Diego. However, my very very good friend Stephanie was going to the concert with me and generously picked me up to go to the concert and drove me back home late in the evening. (Because she wasn't able to stay overnight in San Diego or go to the Bro-AM surf contest).
However, the concert itself was amazing!!! Before the concert Steph & I met up with Jen. It was a blast. Jen is just awesome! (And if you all could keep her in your prayers. She and her boyfriend are going on a missions trip to the Congo in 2 weeks and are having trouble raising money.) And at the concert we had stinking amazing seats! Right level with the stage (because the general admission area that was standing only was actually below us. Nice!) And we met wonderful people at our same table at the concert who flew in from Florida for the weeks Switchfoot festivities. They are even sending me a DVD of the concert that they recorded! And we also sat next to Tim & Jon Foreman's grandparents (who, at the last song, stood up and clapped). Then I had passes to the meet and greet and got to meet with the guys!!! So exciting! They're so cool! There are going to be pictures to follow once I get the transferred. Just thought I'd share. After a pretty long and challenging couple of weeks, it's been nice to feel like blood is flowing through my veins "my heart's still beating" (in the words of Switchfoot). Rock on!

Sunday, June 21, 2009


I have a pretty awesome dad (or fasha as I call him...this Austin Powers for that one). Anyway, I am so thankful to have a great dad, on top of a great Heavenly Father! Love you!!!!!! (basically, I don't think I have any pics of just me and my dad, so I'm just posting a couple pictures of my dad in action as a father instead--one of the pictures is with his own dad too, so that's fitting :) ...will have to change the fact that we don't have any pictures on my computer of the two of us).

June-tastic (June crazyness, that's all I got for a title..boring I know)

Lots has been going on around here...I've had quite a week. I've worked this whole week at the temp job and had my last day Friday. I worked a total of 56 hours simply alphabetizing, filing and making labels. But I am so thankful to have had the work. Everything continued to be fine after that first day. lol. On top of that, I've been babysitting a few days after work; I also took my brother to California Advenuture after work to utilize his birthday ticket! And, I've also been blessed to have time to drive Suresh (the pastor who I stayed with in India) and his wife around a little bit. They are quite an amazing couple, as well as individuals. My dad also had lunch with us and has been able to help Suresh get plugged in to several men prayer group to speak and spread the word about Harvest India. They are becoming sweet friends. Needless to say it's been a crazy week. I'm having difficulties dealing with managing that schedule and being in between taking in as much babysitting as well as managing temp jobs. However, this upcoming week has no temp job thus far, but a few extra babysitting gigs and hopes of a permanent part time job (which would be quite nice). The big news is that my baby sister has now graduated high school!!! I am so proud of her!!! Next stop, Chico State!!! It was great to be with family to celebrate with her! Kori, I pray that the next four years are full of focus, protection and blessings and that you would have a safe and great college experience in an environment where you excel to the fullest!!! Other big news is that my older sis is moving to Sacramento on Monday!!! It's crazy!!! I'm going to miss her being so close but I know that she will visit and I'm determined to make trips to visit her as often as possible. We are all growing up! (here's' me and my mama, Kori and Chantelle, Kori & Grammie & Susie, Kori with the cake I made her; yeah, I also somehow had time to make her a cake!)

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Go Steph, it's your burfday, we're gonna party like it's your burfday!

This post goes out to one of my best friends, Stephanie. Thank you for your friendship and many fun and memorable times together! You are an amazing person! I'm so proud of you for the strives that you've made personally. I pray that this year has many more blessings, closeness with our Father, and personal growth! Love ya!

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

An already eventful week

This week has definitely been interesting to say the least. I don't know where to begin...Well, a praise is that I have been able to get a lot of resume's in to several companies and have also been in contact with several of my former employers and things are moving. This is a great thing! Another thing is that I have managed (or rather my body has managed) to get sick with some sort of sinus thing (and I have a very raspy/sexy jk. I always have to put some Friends reference in, right?). It's been a few days and it hasn't gone away but it is getting better. Another thing is that I have a temp job for 4 days this week! And I'm getting in more babysitting! But, something very bizarre happened on my first day at the job. I had reported to the job at 9, so I was going to stay later. When the person I report to left she informed me that two people would also be staying to work. I had to go to the bathroom and the guy and girl who were also "staying late" were kissing in the guys office. They were deep into the kiss and the way they were facing I don't particularly think they thought I saw them but the guys office is close to the door so I made sure to let it shut loud. I am walking to the bathroom and thinking "WHAT THE HECK, did that really just happen???!!! Are you kidding me???!!! Am I imagining things???!!!" I get back from the bathroom and the guy is working and the girl left. Thank goodness it was just a few minutes before I was going to leave. Can you say awkward? Needless to say I came back the next day to work and I think that the two of them were embarrassed and ashamed to have gotten caught so I think they are going to be a little more cautious about there make out sessions...which is I guess is all I ask. Anyway, more news is that Suresh from Harvest India & his wife (Christina) are coming into town Saturday and I am so excited to get to see them! They are having a welcome get together Saturday night; and I was asked to drive Suresh & Christina to a scheduled meeting on Monday, which I am so excited about! I get to drive them like they did for me & I get to hang with them more! YAY! Anyway, that's all I can think of right now. Love you all!

Friday, June 5, 2009

Baby Lily!!!! (and Disneyland again!)

Some exciting news is that my bff Lauren is now an aunt to a beautiful 7 lb. 11 oz baby girl as of last Friday! Laur's sis was a trooper and after 25 hours of labor ended up needed a C-section. But I am so excited she's here and she really is the cutest baby!
Now I have to say, thank goodness for my Disneyland pass. I just love Disenyland! And this week I was able to go two days in a row with two different friends (we didn't go until later on each day so I was able to get my job searching done and all the things a person needs to accomplish in a day). I had a good time...except for when the ride "Tower of Terror" stopped in the middle of our plunge because of someones cell-phone; but you can definitely tell that it's summer because "D-land" is getting much more crowded. Anyway, my bro & I have plans to go to California Adventure to finish off the last day of his birthday ticket. I'm excited for that! Well, other updates are that I am working hard trying to find full-time employment because babysitting has pretty much come close to a stand still. I think it will be a great opportunity for me though to have a steady job, and be able to save and have more structure. So, if you all could be praying that God aligns me with the right job and the people reviewing my applications see my strengths. Anyway, that's really all that's been going on.

(Here's a picture of me and Steph on the Astro Blaster ride...notice the score anyone? lol.)