At the commencement of the new year, a special memorial was laid out for the 26 resident we lost last year. As I walked down the table of familiar & well-loved faces, I couldn't help but think of my own death. Up until not too long ago, I could honestly say I was afraid. Despite the knowledge I had of the Plan of Salvation,  I feared temporal death.

Perhaps it was because I had never actually witnessed the denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance stages I had only read in textbooks.

Perhaps it was because I had never seen someone at their death bed wither in excruciating pain.

I had never held their hand at their bedside as they died.

I had never experienced the love permeating the walls of that room,

And had never walked out of a room with the knowledge that death is beautiful.

As beautiful as the sun rises in the east, its setting won't fail to take your breath away.
I am grateful for the knowledge that after I die, I will celebrate with my dear family & friends;
& I look forward to the day I will be reunited with my Savior, whose love permeates my heart daily;
To be reunited with my Maker, and my shoulder to cry on.

“As we humbly submit our will to the Lord’s, we find that our weaknesses can indeed become sources of strength if we put our trust in Him.”
—Anne C. Pingree, “Making Weak Things Become Strong,” Ensign, Dec. 2004, 30
When I grow up, I want to be a hospice nurse.



One of Rick's many perks involves free passes to most things he works on.
This month we had All-Access passes to...
Worked until 2:30pm
but caught the latter part of the day at the Staples Center
I always thought sportscasters were actually on a set
It was a few feet long in the center of a quad
My new hand gesture:
a hybrid between hang loose & ROCK ON
I'm still working on it.
But when it's finished, I'm trademarking
Don't get any funny ideas...
We saw Motocross racing
cool flips
I know nothing about skateboarding, motocross, BMX, etc.
it was sick.
Shaun White
 (who I'd never heard of before)
shredded like nobody's business 
& took home the Gold
after seeing someone take a fall on a bike
& hauled off in a C-spine
I deemed it time to go home though


Mormon Dodger Night

Yes Obama,
Mormons will take over the world.
but until then, we'll be settling with Dodger stadium.
No, I'm not joking kiddies. 
There really is such a thing as Mormon Dodger Night
& it was just two short weeks ago

Although it ended in an unfortunate loss by the Dodgers to the Nationals
I still got me a nummy Dodger dog

Rick's a big baseball fan.
Texas Rangers to be exact
I'm a die-hard Rangers fan by marriage inheritance
We would've worn our hats
except for I wanted to walk out of there with all four of my limbs
There was an epic firework show after the game.
Although it made me think a bankrupt stadium probably should be investing their money elsewhere...
I'm still glad we had it :-)


Cow Appreciation Day

If you didn't already know, we spend our Friday nights dressed up as cows.

So when we heard Chick-fil-A has an entire day dedicated to cows a year - and then give you a free meal if you dress up with the rest of the world....
We were all over it.
Rick thinks I'm silly because I dream about their milkshakes and wake up to drool on my pillow.
Then when I get my hands on one I don't like to share...
Who's the silly one now?
Can't wait 'til next year!

Fourth of July

We spent the Fourth watching the Thousand Oaks fireworks orchestrated to music.

...and sighting the biggest dog I've ever seen in my life
Hope your spent yours as wonderfully!


Father's Day

Bubble gum
bubble gum 
Father's Day well spent in laughter, games & delicious latin food.
To the man who gave me life, love & all the support anyone could ever ask for

We love you

Ashley's Shower

To kick off the summer, (I know I'm way late on blogging) I had the opportunity of throwing a wonderful friend's Bridal Shower. Ashley and I met in our CNA class about a year ago and have kept in touch ever since

 Our CNA clan minus Danae
And you see that pretty lady all the way to the right?
That's my high school sweetheart bff
& guess what... she's engaged to her high school sweetie
More showers/wedding/gifts to plan

Here is the beautiful bride (as of 24 hrs ago)
& Sonny stealing the spotlight as usual 

We played the toilet paper bride game - and if you don't mind me flaunting, we took the gold on this one. We made sure she had a corset back, a flower girl & all.

The groom trivia game got Ashley chewing a load of Bubble Gum with any questions she answered wrong about her hubby-to-be.
I'm telling you ladies: I don't mess around at showers. 

And of course, the whole group. 
Needless to say, we had a blast.
Ashley had the wedding in Washington & so was able to celebrate with all us Cali girls. 
More to come....