Monday, October 27, 2014


When you let a baby try your ice cream

don't expect a thank you

just crying when you don't give her anymore because its all gone.

Saturday, October 18, 2014


First 12 hour shift in a while, after a night of crying baby...so0o0o0o tired

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Conference Traditions

This weekend is the general conference for The church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, I am a member of that church, and I LOVE general conference (you can watch it here).  There are two two-hour sessions on Saturday and two on Sunday.

In between the sessions you get a two hour break.  Paul and I started a tradition of playing "saucer" better known as frisbee and catch with baseball/gloves.  Its a fun tradition, it encourages out door activity and discussion...we love it!

This weekend was our first conference in Panama City and we had the perfect place to play.  The weather was so perfect that we were outside playing even before conference started.  There was a cool breeze, but it was warm and sunny.

and the water was perfect!

we let Sylvia crawl around on the grass.

I was wearing jean pants and gym shoes but I could not resist the perfect temperature of the water and air.  So I jumped in (no pictures sorry too busy...we aren't very good at remembering to take pictures) and swam out to this sailboat.

After I swam back (its farther than it looks) Paul did the same thing.

we still played saucer and catch, but I would say we added a new tradition to conference :)

New Job

Started a new job...that's where all my time went.  I will be glad when training is over and I can be enjoying my PRN status and pick my schedule.  I am also considering going back to school!?!  Just slowly starting some online classes and working toward NP........But I am not sure that is what I want, so for now I am doing some research and reading allnurses forums.

Also Sylvia is cute and maybe teething?

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Changing my style

Yes it is.
When I was on my mission in Malaysia my whole concept of fashion changed.  I am speaking mostly of the time I spend in Borneo.  First off fashion seemed frivolous and silly while I was there. I was teaching people in some pretty dire life circumstances, and the western idea of "fashion", trends and that people pay way too much money for something that doesn't matter seemed not just silly but almost insulting.

BUT there were some things that people wore there that I started finding myself attracted to as well

For example most of the women would wear a gold or silver bracelets around each ankle, and I must admit that I almost bought a pair myself.

Or people would wear a lot of batik fabric wraps around the house...and indeed I had a dress made of the material.


and I bought one of these dresses.
and when I was transferred to KL I wore this

all of this seemed very cool and the hippest thing to be wearing at the time.

It didn't help when I returned and Ikat (which is originally from malaysia/indonesian) fabric patterns were on trend, it pretty much confirmed what I had been feeling the whole time.
                                                                           ikat fabric

So now (sorry for the looong post) I live in the south.
and I find myself wondering country music actually cool? camo print clothing "in" ?(the answer to that one is def still no)
....are southern accents charming? ( I notice I am occasionally tempted to say y'all)

Well, maybe these would be a little overboard but, don't be surprised if next time you see me I am wearing monogrammed Lily Pulizter
                                                                       you can too

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Pasta Pass Pauli

I have never eaten at Olive Garden before in my life. That didn't really bother me.  Well a few weeks ago Paul called me and was super excited because he bought....The Never Ending Pasta Pass from Olive Garden.

I gave him a pretty hard time about it.

For 7 weeks he get as much soup, salad and pasta as he can eat from Olive Garden.  The pass was a promotion they were having to drum up some publicity. They sold 1,000 of them, they were $100 each.

Luckily you can get the food to go, so Paul now bring home Olive Garden twice a day.  I was pretty skeptical, chain restaurant food in my mind is fatty, salty, and generic.

We add spinach, tomato and carrots to the salad and it turns out pretty good.  We add some steamed vegetables to the whole week pasta and its pretty healthy.  The soups split between us are delicious, neither of us have gained any weight.  And I am kind of enjoying not having to cook.

Economically we have already saved $100 on groceries, so I would say that I am enjoying being married to "Pasta Pass Paul"

and Olive Garden is better than I expected.

                                                                      pasta pass paul(i)

Baby weight

Maybe this is bragging, but its my blog SO...
I have lost all my baby weight, here are some numbers.
Got pregnant 100 lbs.
42 weeks later 140 lbs.
After giving birth 130 lbs.
Now (6.5 months later)105 lbs.

I am not really trying to get back down to 100, if it happens that's fine, but I stopped trying to loose weight when I hit 110, so its a nice surprise that it keeps coming off.

Celebrating the small things in life with  Olive Garden? more on that in the next post.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

surprise surprise

Fall is actually here in Florida.  We are not sure if the weather is different because we are in a new location or because this particular Autumn is cooler everywhere in Florida (some friends in gainesville posted about the cool weather), but either way we are embracing it.  Opening windows and door, happily turning off the a/c and wearing real clothes. hooray for seasons!
That is one or two years ago and its not this cold yet...but I need a fall related picture.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014


Paul passed the florida bar, so we are all relieved, and our prayers were answered.
Also life has been very good recently.  The weather is starting to cool down slightly and it makes everything better.  Today while Sylvia was napping I was laying on the couch in front of a open door with a nice breeze blowing in while reading some children's books I got from the library for Sylvia.  I felt more relaxed and happy in that moment than I have since what feels like since high school.  (not that college life wasn't fun)  It was just an absolutely care-free moment and I can't wait for more to come.  I think its Panama City slowing my life down and I love it.

Here are some pictures from recent days.  At the back of our complex we have a pool and below the pool is a grassy lawn and then a mini beach.  There are lots of trees and in the afternoons I bring a blanket, let Sylvia crawl around and just listen to the water gently lapping.  I wish I could describe it better but it is really wonderful.

Also we went to Destin last weekend because Paul attended a conference there.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

its my birthday!

Even though I have been accidentally telling people I am already 26 for the last few I really am.  So Happy Birthday to me, Sylvia gave me the gift of only waking up once last night, best gift ever :)

Thursday, September 4, 2014

sylvia crawls

yes she does and it is sooo cute


Let me preface this that I have never used tobacco in my life.

I feel like tobacco smokers are unfairly discriminated against.  I was recently filling out a job application  and it addressed tobacco use?!?  Is that fair.  Also CVS is getting all sorts of praise for not selling tobacco anymore.  Are they really helping anyone?  Is that really going to stop people from  They are just going to drive farther to get it, after the resources are likely already strained enough just to smoke.  Smoking is an addiction and they are going to have plenty of natural consequences for it without people making their lives more difficult.

From my observation people that smoke tend to have life circumstances that already make their lives difficult, they are just trying to cope...just like all of us.  Some people (a lot) cope with eating too much sugar, some cope by drinking etoh, some had life circumstances that made it so that smoking was the obvious and modeled way to cope.  Does not mean they are not people and do not have feelings.  Picking on people who smoke is the picking the low hanging fruit.  Its PC to say bad thing about smoking and smokers, but that does not mean its right.

I wish no one smoked, I hate to be around smoking, I hate the smell, I would be devastated if any of my children chose to smoke but, making their lives harder when each of our lives is plenty hard enough does not solve anything.  All smokers know its bad, I am sure most of them wish they never started, so lets not rub their ongoing struggles in their face.

Sunday, August 10, 2014

we moved

we moved to panama city florida and its gorgeous, more than I thought it would be!
Gulf breezes....

Thursday, June 5, 2014

the end of an era

Paul graduated from law school a few weeks ago, he had his best semester ever and graduated in the top 10% of his class (yay go Paul),  this was especially great because well we had a baby not long before finals and.....Paul was ambitious (insane) enough to take really hard tax classes this semester.  Now all he has to do is pass the Florida bar, which he is studying for right now.  In August we will be moving from Gainesville to Panama City (florida) because yay ! Paul got a job at a law firm there, we are all excited for the beaches.  
We came to UF as newlyweds from California with a degree in econ (Paul) and history (me) and now we are leaving a nurse and a lawyer  with a baby!  I have to mention that compared to University of California, University of Florida has been so good to us although very far from our families we have loved it here,  we have loved the on campus housing, the cheap(er) tuition, the culture shock, and the southern kindness of so many great people we've met here.

now to survive the summer heat!

we had a baby

Her name is Sylvia, she was 5lbs 13 oz born on 3/15 at 6:09 pm (almost shift change), everything went well, I didn't get the perfect natural birth I had hoped  (little bit o' pitocin at the end), but it worked out for the best, and it was a vaginal delivery which is all I really wanted.  Life has changed a bunch since we were joined by our cute little elf,  I can't believe that it was only 2.5 months ago...can't even imagine life before that.  So here's some pictures.