Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Sunday Night Football

On Sunday, Chris and I had the entire office over for Sunday Dinner.  We had 12 people crammed into our tiny apartment, but miraculously we managed to squeeze everyone in and actually enjoy the dinner of stuffed shells.  The majority of the time the guys ate and sat around and watched the latest basketball game, but soon nobody could resist the perfect weather outside and we all decided to walk down to the park and play football.  Definitely not my sort of thing, but I did enjoy sitting in the grass with the girls and watching the guys come together as an office.  They are such hard workers and it is nice to see them have a little fun.
I would commentate, but honestly I have no idea what they are doing :).
All smiles.
Twinkee wanted to play with the guys so bad.
Us girls on the side lines.  I love Mya's crazy hair.  

Monday, May 18, 2009

Here Comes the Sun

For the two weeks that we have been here we have experienced such extreme weather changes.  When we first arrived we were in the normal May showers.  I personally love rain, but it was a little weird, since the first time we lived here it was 4 months of straight sunshine.  Well, after a few straight days of rain we were embraced in the most beautiful 80 to 85 degree weather for about a week and a half.  It was perfect and I couldn't soak up enough of that Vitamin D.  And then out of nowhere, the weather sky rocketed to over 100 degrees!  Talk about HOT HOT HOT!  It weighed on you so heavily that you didn't even want to leave the comfort of your air conditioned apartment.  Honestly, I would expect this in July, but mid May!  Luckily, the weather forecast for the next week shows us back down to the high 80s/ low 90s.  I better stock up on that sunscreen because I am anticipating a sizzling summer!

Friday, May 8, 2009

Great Times with Extraordinary People

This summer, Chris and I aren't only surrounded by beautiful weather but we will also be surrounded by some pretty amazing people.  Each summer that we leave it usually means saying our goodbyes to family and friends and us going off to experience the summer, and all the fun things that come with it, on our own.  But not this summer!  Not only has my brother and his family decided to come out, but so has Chris' little brother, Ryan, and our good friends, Taylor and Vanessa.  Talk about spoiled!!!!  I am so excited to go off and experience all the things that Northern Cali has to offer with our family and friends.  It should make for some pretty unforgettable memories and experiences.
This past Sunday, my sister-in-law Ashley invited Chris and I over for Sunday Dinner at her apartment.  We had been living off of take out and fast food for the last few days, so naturally neither of us could wait for some good home cooking.  And to make it even more appealing and mouth watering, she made one of my favorite meals.  Yummy lasagna and home made bread sticks.  Totally delicious!!!  Thanks Ashley!!!

Ashley showing off her hard work.
It wouldn't quite be a Sunday for Chris and I unless there was some sort of card game to play after dinner.  We were at the store, the night before, and came across the Monopoly card game, called DEAL.  So we decided to give it a try.  So worth it!!!  It is so much more fun than the regular Monopoly and it is so addictive!  
The game in progress.  If you look closely I'm winning :)!
Chris and I enjoy this game so much that we have played a couple rounds almost every night since we have gotten it. 
My niece, Mya, and I playing with the camera.  Too Cute!  
This Sunday it is my turn to cook.  I am so excited because Ryan and his friend will be here to join us.  Talk about a "Full House"!  You gotta love it! 

Tuesday, May 5, 2009


So, I am officially all unpacked and settled in!  Yay!!!  I love the area that we live in.  We are surrounded by so much... shopping, entertainment, and of course great food!
Every summer that we leave it takes me about a week or so to get back into the swing of things.  It is a big readjusting period for Chris and I.  We go from a house that is almost too big for us, to living in a small 1 bedroom 1 bathroom apartment.  Then there is the whole issue of having one car for the two of us to use.  It is hard for me having to work my schedule around Chris' schedule just so that I can run to the grocery store or do an errand.  And the newest major issue that we have had to adapt to is going from a king size bed to a queen again.  Chris and I are not the snuggle up close all night type of people.  We have basically established in our bed that this is "My Side" and this is "Your Side" and please try not to cross it.  So needless to say the last few nights have been a little restless as we are both silently defending our small space without really trying to wake the other.
But there have been some major benefits moving back to a place where we have already lived. For instance, I remember how to get to all of the stores that I like to visit on a regular basis. All my favorite restaurants are all just a short drive away, and the ones that I had wanted to try but never had a chance to are right where I remembered them and just waiting for Chris' and my Saturday date night.   So basically, having all these little bits of knowledge has made the transition for me a little easier to cope with.  
You would think that it being my fifth summer out I would be a pro at this stuff already :).

HELLO from California!!

Well after a very long 10 hours of driving, Chris and I finally made it to the place we get to call home for the next 4 months.  We left Thursday night and got to Citrus Heights early Friday morning.  Compared to the drives to Philadelphia and New York, this drive to California was almost like a small vacation of sorts.  Besides my brother nearly hitting a couple cows that were standing on the highway (other than needing a clean pair of pants :) everything was fine), the ride went unbelievably smooth.  The first thing that Chris had to do when we got here was fill out the paperwork for the apartments.  Going on 24 hours of no sleep, this normally simple task turned into a nearly impossible feat.  The poor lady assisting us had to repeat everything on average about 4 times in order for it to sink in, and then at one point my poor husband even forgot his initials (he liked mine better, he kept putting DB instead of his).  Well with the apartment keys finally in our possession, the first thing that Chris and I did was throw a blanket on the mattress to catch up on some much needed Zzzzz's.  It was some of the best sleep imaginable.  Next up, the dreaded unpacking.
We will have more people arriving throughout the week and we are so excited to get this summer's selling season kicked off.  Chris has got a great team put together and I know that they will all be successful this summer.  Not only is Chris the most outstanding husband in the world but he is an awesome leader and manager. I have all the faith in the world that when this summer is over, that everybody that has joined us in this venture will walk away a winner and triumphant.  GOOD LUCK AXIS PROTECTION!