The Dorm Life

23 08 2009

Late night runs to #2 Donuts, hanging out in the halls with all the girls, dance parties, hanging out with the roomie, sharing a bathroom with 40 other girls, and wondering why I was so tired for my 8am classes when I went to bed at 4am. . . oh how I miss my freshmen year!
The dorm life is where it’s at… and James and I have somehow found our way back to it.
Yep, that’s right, we have moved into the dorms. James has bravely taken on the job of Resident Director for the Co-Ed dorm here at Grand Canyon University… and I will forgo my sleep and quiet time.

Actually, I’m beyond excited for this move. I love the dorm life! I think my favorite year was working in the dorms as a Grad Assistant at California Baptist University. Freshmen are so much fun and full of life. Even though I had to come out to the hall every night around 2am to tell them to shut up, it was all worth it.

So here we go! We have moved in and ready to go. The RAs are going strong with training and James and I have fallen in love with each and every one of them. I can’t wait for this year and all that it Brings. God has blessed James and I in where we are at and has given us more than we could ever had wanted or needed.

Here are a few pics of our apartment. We are down in the lobby… sharing walls with freshmen boys! And can I just tell you, the smell seeps through the walls. SICK!

Here is the apartment after we moved everything in:

Oh the joys of moving!

Oh the joys of moving!

James is putting together our bed in the bedroom:

And I made the bed… Great team work!

Here is the living room! The door is out to the lobby, which I am very grateful for… anything to avoid walking through the guys hall 🙂

Pic was taken by standing in the opening to the kitchen.

Pic was taken by standing in the opening to the kitchen.

Here is our kitchen! It’s huge but no counter space. Got to get creative when cooking!

The office / study room is connected to the kitchen… sorry for the bad pic. I took it with my camera

Again, this pic was taken with my phone. But here is the bathroom that is connected to the office, which leads to our bedroom.

If you haven’t noticed, our apartment is a long maze. To get the our bedroom we have to go into our living room, through the kitchen, into the office, walk through the bathroom and then we have our bedroom.
So, there you have it… our new home 🙂


The McGee and Roger Family Vaca to Colorado

8 07 2009

After spending a long day at Sarah and Matt’s wedding, SOMEONE had the greatest idea to drive out that night to Denver. Completely exhausted we headed back to the house we stayed at, threw our clothes in our bags and headed off to see Billy and Naomi Foote.
Our time there went by so fast! “Time flies when you are having fun!”
We only stayed one full day, so that day we went to downtown Denver and at Rock Bottom and walked around. After several blocks we realized that we made it to Denver just in time for the Gay Pride Festival. Can I just tell you, there were some weird people there! I know a few gay people and they are nothing like the people we saw that day!


Billy Foote is currently the chef at Bar Louie so that night he shared with us his most God gifted talent… Cooking!
The five course meal including:

Bruschetta with a Mango salsa

Ahi Tuna
… please be seated for this one fokes- James Rogers ate it and liked it!!!!!

Chicken wrapped in bacon… James and I opted for Parmesan Chicken

Ribs that literally fell off the bone

And for dessert: Grilled Pineapple marinated in brown sugar with ice cream

Thank you God for Billy Foote! The McGee and Roger’s Family gave him two thumbs up ☺

The McGee and Roger’s Family gave him two thumbs up ☺

Glenwood Springs, Colorado

6 07 2009

James and I had a great time in Glenwood Springs, CO as two of our wonderful friends got married. It was a jam-packed week full of bachelor and bachelorette parties, decorating, the rehearsal dinner, softball games, and of course the wedding. Here are a few pics from the week:

Here is beautiful Glenwood Springs!


The wedding!




Just did a remarkable job playing his guitar and singing at the wedding!


I now pronounce you Mr. and Mrs. Sarah and Matt Clayton!


One Year Anniversary

6 07 2009

I can’t believe James and I have been married for over a year! It feels like just yesterday James and I were planning the wedding. I guess the saying is true, “time flies when you are having fun!” This year has been a great experience, full of new and exciting adventures.

Now a year later we have created our own home in Arizona with our own friends and community. It’s the best year of my life and I can’t wait to experience more with James by my side. My love for him only grows stronger each and every day.

For our one-year anniversary we were in Vegas visiting James’ family, so the day of our anniversary he surprised me by getting a hotel room at the new Encore hotel on the strip. It’s one of few hotels that has a five star, five diamond rating with waterfalls outside ice cream shops and garden walkways throughout the entrance. I walked in awh at the beauty within the hotel, and not to mention our glass wall view overlooking the entire strip. It was perfect night… even though I lost all our money on the slot machines. Who would have thought that you don’t win every time?

Here are some pics of our anniversary:
Welcome to our room on the 51st floor!


This is the view from our room!

James and I explored the hotel and found waterfalls and of course… the pool!

We also had the pleasure of hanging out with the Paulus family while we were there… I think this is going to be an annual tradition! James and I had a blast taking the girls through the lazy river


And last but not least, our anniversary weekend wouldn’t be complete without visiting a live filming of the World Series Poker Tournament. It was actually quiet interesting!

Ralph Webster Neighbour III

23 06 2009


A husband, father, counselor, teacher, pastor, friend, and follower of Christ. Whatever he may be to you, I am proud to call him my father. He is selfless, passionate, kind hearted, and a servant. As a pastor, starting his own church, we didn’t have much money, but as a child I would never have known it. He did everything he could to find things for us to do that didn’t cost money. My favorite Saturday outings as a kid started with Burger King. My Dad would get us a croissant to split but Nate and I were so busy decorating our BK crowns. Next we headed over to Sams club for samples and next door was a furniture place that gave away gummy bears. As I got older, my love for gymnastics grew and my dad sacrificed every weekday, driving me 45 minutes to and from gymnastics. It was one of my favorite times of the day as my dad and I had heart to heart talks. Through college my dad and I went through some of the toughest times together. While he was dealing with extreme turmoil in his own life, he faced the fact that he might lose his daughter to an unknown illness. It was in these times that I saw God through my dad more than I ever had before. He taught me so much during these times and I’m sure for so many other people. I thank God for blessing me with such an amazing father!

Happy Fathers Day Dad!

Fitness and Exercise Blog

17 06 2009

As most people know, I started my journey this past year to becoming a nurse but it’s been a little frustrating in the sense that I have this degree in Kinesiology and will never use it. So, this past weekend I had this idea that I would start up a fitness blog with tips on nutrition and exercise. I would love to hear your feedback on posts and even subjects that you would like to know more of, so check it out!


P.S.- I will still be updating this blog on my life, for those of you that actually read it

Our Surroundings

17 06 2009

Why is it that when people go overseas on mission trips such as ISP that our focus on God increases, we live with a purpose and find beauty in our surroundings?

These past few weeks I have had the privilege of spending every morning at 6am with my brother at Extreme Bootcamp (Ok, maybe not a privilege since it’s extreme torture on one’s body, but at least my brother and I are in torture together). Extreme Bootcamp is an exercise and weight loss program that my brother has been going through. They make us do everything from mountain climbers, sprints up and down hills, to push-ups till you can’t feel your arms any more.
Last Friday we went for a run through the hills of Chino. Now, for me, I get anxiety with just the thought of running, but today I found it quiet enjoyable. As we started the run my focus was on how far we were running and where the end was, but that focus soon shifted. I found my thoughts focused on God.

I thought it would be a great time to spend talking with God and enjoying the beauty he had surrounded me with. As my thoughts ran through my head, I was reminded of the beauty I have experienced in Brazil, Turkey, and Rwanda, all which were from ISP trips. At that moment God pointed to the beauty that had been surrounding me all these years and yet I never stopped to notice it. Isn’t it so true that the hectic American lifestyle takes away so much of the beauty surrounding us. Not just creation, but the beauty in life, such as dancing, laughing, creating, and dreaming. I hope that I not overlook God’s beauty in my daily life through the busyness of nursing school, work, friends, and being with my husband.

Here is the pic of my run