Friday, December 23, 2011

So its Christmas...

So it's Christmas. The season of joy and happiness has returned again, as it does ever year. Only this year is a little different. This year, Nana won't be baking any goodies, it will probably be either Daniel or Mom (or both of them) doing that. I'm also working on Christmas Day, which happens to be on a Sunday. I NEVER work Sundays, I'm busy with church nearly all day. Since Christmas is on a Sunday, we're having a combined service at 10.30am, and will probably end around 12ish. I have work shortly after that. Since there's no evening service, I can work and not miss church. A win-win, sort of, because I won't have a lot of free Christmas time.

Fortunately, we never really had a traditional activity to do on Christmas other then open the stockings in the morning, because we open all the presents the night before. The great family gathering has been moved over to New Year's Day because it works out better for them traveling wise. So now Christmas has become a glorious day to honor Christ's birth and play with the new toys.

But this year, there won't be a lot of new toys. Shasta our cat has been having a few health problems, and vet trips aren't cheap. Merry Christmas, we have a healthy cat and a new shirt. :)

After enjoying dinner at Islands, we drove around looking at the Christmas lights. Be careful around Bainbridge - awesome lights, horrible traffic. Everyone wants to see that court, but the road there is um, tight. Traffic was so backed up, we gave up on that and checked out other places. It was pretty cool. :)

My cough isn't so cool, but at least I'm getting better; thanks to prayers and a LOT of vitamin C and our friends' "Super Tonic." It's vinegar with chili pepper juice, horseradish, ginger, garlic and onion juice. It tastes as great as it sounds, but it may be working. At least I hope so. It's annoying to be sick every Christmas season.

There's quite a few presents underneath our beautifully lit Christmas tree, way more then I was honestly expecting. There's also one from my boyfriend. I'm really looking forward to opening that one. ;-)

---Flashback to the ending events of Fall 2011 semester-----

Thanksgiving break was awesome, as Keenan was able to stay down here for a few days. We got him a hotel room, so there was no curfew and we took advantage of that! He got to try a lot of "firsts" down here, like meeting my extended family. o.0 It went pretty well! Everyone got along and no one was killed.

The West Coast Festival of Music was wonderful! Everything sounded perfect! There were a lot of ensembles, bell choirs, instrumentals and choir specials - including an echo choir in the back balcony! After that, I got to run over and help with 1st grade girls with their end-of-the-year party, where they had a ton of sugar AND ice cream sundaes! Very exciting evening.

The next evening was fun as well, Keenan and I got to eat dinner OFF CAMPUS with one of our teachers, Mrs. Dunwoody. We both were in her English grammar class in freshman year. We went to Chipotle, hung out at the mall for a bit and ate mint chip ice cream at Coldstone. That was totally awesome!

The next night was the Christmas Banquet. I wore a midnight blue formal dress, and Keenan wore blue to match. This year's theme was "Toyland" so all the admin and faculty were dressed up as various toys. Such as nutcrackers, GI Joe, dominoes and others I didn't recognize. The dinner was interesting, and the concert Dr Z (aka Dr Zachary) did afterwards was good and funny! His wife came to sing a solo or two, when they had 3 5th grade girls come on stage. Dr Z asked them if they believed in Santa Claus. Like good Baptist children, they replied in unison "No, we don't believe in Santa Claus!" and that's when Mrs. Z started to sing "Santa Claus is Coming to Town" and then Dr R comes out dressed up as Santa Claus! If you've never seen him, he's tall. Son of Gath kind of tall. Perfect for the role, basically. He starts to throw candy out to all the students in the main aud. It was great! The message afterwards was a real thought provoker, about how good God is all year long. After that was a brief op for photos and then dash over to another building to watch "It's a Wonderful Life." That evening was soooooo much fun!




We got our grades back. All are A's, except for a B in a really tricky class. I'll take that. Wish I could have done a little better, but I did my best. And that's the best I can do.

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Life's good!

Right now, I'm simply in the middle of an awesome semester at West Coast Baptist College. Well, maybe not the exact middle, we just had midterms two weeks ago. It seems to be flying by so fast! My freshman seemed to drag on, but this one is just going so fast! Thanksgiving is coming up, as well as the end of the fall semester events. Didn't I just get here like a week or two ago? LOL. Seriously though, life's been good. Classes are going well, my boyfriend's birthday went *great* (future blog post, perhaps?), good friends, awesome memories, fantastic preaching, amazing semester. :-)

Monday, July 11, 2011

Birthday Summary

So my 21st birthday was about 10 days ago. As far as birthdays go, it was pretty good. I had a bunko birthday party about a week earlier. In the middle of the week, I got this box from my boyfriend. I wasn't allowed to open it until my birthday, which was in a few days. That instantly made me want to open it right there and then, but I was able to endure. It was SO funny to see how the boys reacted to it! It was about the shape of a DVD cover, but a couple of inches thicker. The boys kept shaking it, and teasingly pretend to somehow harm the package, but nothing happened to it. I waited until midnight (PST) the night before my birthday before I tore it open.

Inside was a beautiful pink heart-shaped necklace with a gold chain (that was tangled from all the shaking it went through! ;-) That got fixed quickly.) There was also a special hand-written letter. :-)

I wasn't able to go out on my birthday dinner with my family that night because I had to work. My coworkers are so perplexed as to why I would choose to work on my TWENTY-FIRST birthday. You see, another coworker had his 21st birthday the day before mine, and he got scheduled to work on his birthday (and I got scheduled to work on mine). Instead of working, he went out to "celebrate". I can see why that would confuse my coworkers. Why didn't I go out and party like how the rest of the world would have done?

I didn't go out drinking because I don't believe Christians should drink. There are SO many warnings in the Bible against drinking. If you don't believe me, read the book of Proverbs. It's in there. Besides, I know I wouldn't like the after-effects, so why bother going down that road? Plus, I've heard it tastes nasty anyway. No big loss. I know I'll be able to remember my birthday better then someone that was drunk the entire time on their birthday.

My family and I went to Roadhouse Grill on that Saturday night, the day after my birthday. It's the same location I went to for my 16th birthday. The place has changed a bit. I remember it being crazy, loud and busy in 2006, but when we went there, there weren't a lot of people. Different economy too. Things change after 5 years. Our table had an empty chair that would have been for Nana, so that was a little bit weird to deal with. Still, we enjoyed the evening and got delicious food. One of the traditions that restaurant has for the birthday person is for the waiters to sing "happy birthday" to them while the birthday person is decked with a coffee filter on their head and a toilet seat liner around their neck. So funny!

My parents got me this really awesome laptop for my birthday (which I am typing this blog post on). I'm still installing programs and moving things over, but everything will be ready when I head back to WCBC this fall. :-D

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Last Nana Kay Update

If you're friends with me or any of my family on facebook, you should already know by now that my Nana passed away last Wednesday. Apparently, she died during the night. I'm SOOOO glad that she was a Christian, and knew 1000% where she'd be going after she passed away.

My dad had called, and later texted me the news while I was starting an 8hr shift at work. That made that shift the longest, hardest and worst one ever.

We knew it was going to happen (sometime this year), but we just didn't know when. It was actually a sudden surprise when we found out.

I'm glad that she's not in pain anymore, and is safely in the arms of Jesus. We still miss her, but I wouldn't want to wish her back into all the pain and struggles she was going through here. I love and miss you Nana!



Sunday, March 27, 2011

Another Nana update

Hey all. My Nana's back in the hospital again.... the doctors put her on dialysis and combined with Friday's and todays results, they've pulled out 6 and a half liters of fluid off of her. She's able to breathe easier (always a good thing!) I'm not sure when/if she'll have heart surgery for her heart valve. She finally got moved out of ICU to somewhere else in the hospital, so that's good for her. The stress has been a bit crazy in the family, but I think we're doing okay so far.

My dad started a blog about it all, so you can read detailed descriptions of what's going on here:

Thank you for your prayers.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Nana update

Last week on March 1st, my Nana had to go back to the hospital again for fluid retention in her lungs. The doctors figured out that why she was having her breathing and leg-swelling problems was because her heart wasn't pumping effectively. They gave her an electric shock on March 3rd to get her heart to beating in a normal tempo. Then she had to have a test done on her for a leaky valve in her heart... that was done on 7am Monday (why she had to be transferred to another hospital at 2AM I'll never know). Eventually, she had her heart surgery Tuesday morning (something about a stent and angioplasty - no valve surgery as of yet) She had to rest flat on her back for hours before they let her sit up.

Today, we get a call from the nurse at ICU and after all that, she can come home today! Yay!! :-)

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Smugmug!

So, after neglecting my blog for almost a year now, I figure I should at least post something!

A really awesome friend got me a Smugmug account - you can see some floral and landscape photos in there if you would like. http://asolie.smugmug.com

In regards to college, I wasn't able to afford to go back this year. I'm looking forward to seeing how God will provide for me to go back in Fall '11!