On the Road Again… Just Can’t wait to get on the Road again

1 06 2009

Tomorrow marks the first of many days to travel. First stop… Cali! Here is the run down of our schedule:

June 2nd: Head out to CaliBeach


June 4th: Beach Day with Laura and Toni


June 6-7: Shannon’s Bachelorette Party in San Diego


June 12: Ronnie and Shannon’s Wedding Rehearsal and Dinner at Rubies on the Pier 


June 13: Ronnie and Shannon’s Wedding… HOLLA!

              Dad’s Birthday


June 14: Celebrating Dad’s Birthday after Church


June 17: Head out to Vegas to visit the In-Lawsimages


June 21: Our One-Year Anniversary! 


June 22: Head back to AZ and stop by the Grand Canyon


June 23: Ronnie and Shannon come out to AZ


June 24: All of us pile up in a car and head to Glen Wood Springs, Colorado


June 25: Sarah’s Bachelorette Party


June 26th: Matt and Sarah’s Wedding Rehearsal


June 27: Matt and Sarah Get Married!!!!!Sarah and Matt


June 28: Pile back up in the car and head out to Denver Colorado


June 29: Hang out with Billy Foote in Denver


June 30: Home Sweet Home… well, kind off


July 1: Start packing up the entire apartment and move it 3 feet over to the dorms


July 4: Watch Fireworks


July 20: James goes to work and I will see him in September sometime

             (not really, but you reslife people know what I mean)


End of July/beginning of Aug: Brother and Sister Road trip to Texas to visit Nana and the family

August 21-22: Jenni Price comes out to visit… yay!!!!s666770113_6687125_2816065



                   . . . and I start my 3rd semester of Nursing… 2 down, 3 more to go


Any one up for hanging out while I am in Cali… you know where to find me

… no, not Golden Spoons… in Chino with the fam!


Aspartame… I think I am killing myself

28 05 2009

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… I think I am killing myself.

 I drink and eat aspartame like it’s water. My sweet tooth just can’t get enough of this stuff and sugar has never cut it for me.

 Aspartame is defined as “an artificial sweetener made from aspartic acid; used as a calorie-free sweetener.” In 1976 FDA approved aspartame in the use of foods, and later discovered that the researcher who submitted the work, “had cut out tumors in animals that had been fed aspartame and neglected to report all of them or check for cancer. Also, animals that were “reported as dead, were later reported alive again” In fact, I have discovered that people can get aspartame toxicity from this deadly chemical… not just from several cans of diet coke. Reports have shown that people have gotten aspartame toxicity through one single piece of sugar-free gum.

Symptoms include:


– blindness in one or both eyes
decreased vision and/or other eye problems such as: blurring, bright flashes, squiggly lines, tunnel vision, decreased night vision
pain in one or both eyes
decreased tears
trouble with contact lenses
bulging eyes


– tinnitus: ringing or buzzing sound
severe intolerance of noise
marked hearing impairment


epileptic seizures
headaches, migraines and (some severe)
dizziness, unsteadiness, both
confusion, memory loss, both
severe drowsiness and sleepiness
paresthesia or numbness of the limbs
severe slurring of speech
severe hyperactivity and restless legs
atypical facial pain
severe tremors


– severe depression
personality changes

palpitations, tachycardia
shortness of breath
recent high blood pressure


– nausea
diarrhea, sometimes with blood in stools
abdominal pain
pain when swallowing

Skin and Allergies
itching without a rash
lip and mouth reactions
aggravated respiratory allergies such as asthma

Endocrine and Metabolic

loss of control of diabetes
menstrual changes
marked thinning or loss of hair
marked weight loss
gradual weight gain
aggravated low blood sugar (hypoglycemia)
severe PMS

frequency of voiding and burning during urination
excessive thirst, fluid retention, leg swelling, and bloating
increased susceptibility to infection

Aspartame may trigger, mimic, or cause the following illnesses:

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Post-Polio Syndrome
Lyme Disease
Grave’s Disease
Meniere’s Disease
Alzheimer’s Disease
Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
Mercury sensitivity from Amalgam fillings
Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)


So today has marked the first day of giving up aspartame. No more diet coke, crystal light, and sweet n’ low. There are thousands of other foods out there that contain this deadly chemical, but these are the few things I use constantly throughout my day.

For now I am attempting to stick to tea and splenda, although I have heard that splenda is just as bad. Maybe I should just cut out all artificial sweeteners together and replace my sweet drinks with water. 

Obviously life is just too short to do that, so like all things, I will stick to moderation.

Good-bye to you. Good-bye to everything I knew. You were the one I loved, the one thing that I tried to hold onto


Have you ever. . .

28 05 2009

Instructions: Copy & Paste. Then bold the things you have done. That’s it. 🙂

1.Started your own blog (James and I started one together but now its turned into just mine… James was too cool and decided to start his own)

2.Slept under the stars (Awh, I miss Pine Summit too!)

3.Played in a band (I played the clarinet growing up solely because my brother played it and I wanted to be just like him)

4.Visited Hawaii (Senior in High School Cheer competition… don’t judge… yes, I was a cheerleader!)

5.Watched a meteor shower (Best night ever with James! One of our first nights alone at pine summit was watching the stars out on the field… who would have thought it was going to be the same night a meteor shower hit. We just thought there were hundreds of shooting stars.)

6.Given more than you can afford to charity

7.Been to Disneyland (I miss that place!)

8.Climbed a mountain (Yep!)

9.Held a praying mantis (My bro and I were always finding/collecting weird insects growing up!)

10.Sang a solo (Oh the joys of grade school church plays… what happened to my voice now?)

11.Bungee jumped

12.Visited Paris

13.Watched a lightning storm at sea (Does the Amazon count?)

14.Taught yourself an art from scratch 

15.Adopted a child (We adopted a child on my hall when I was an RA)

16.Had food poisoning (NO BUENO!)

17.Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty

18.Seen the Mona Lisa in France

19.Slept on an overnight train

20.Had a pillow fight (I miss those days!)


22.Taken a sick day when you’re not ill

23.Built a snow fort

24.Held a lamb

25.Gone skinny dipping (No comment)

26.Run a Marathon

27.Ridden in a gondola in Venice

28.Seen a total eclipse (Yep)

29.Watched a sunrise or sunset (All time favorites were while in Brazil, traveling through the Amazon. Pictures could never capture the beauty of it all!)

30.Been on a cruise (10 of my best girl friends went after college graduation to Ensenada and for my honeymoon to Puerto Vallarta)

31.Seen Niagara Falls in person

32.Visited the birthplace of your ancestors

33.Seen an Amish community (A clan of about 75 of them were at Sweet Tomatoes (aka- Soupplantation) they took up all the tables)

34.Taught yourself a new language

35.Had enough money to be truly satisfied (No lie, I’m perfectly content!)

36.Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person

37.Gone rock climbing (RA training while a GA… so much fun!)

38.Seen Michelangelo’s David.

39.Sung karaoke 

40.Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt (It was breath taking!)

41.Bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant ( Does buying McDonalds for a homeless person count?)

42.Visited Africa (I Loved Rewanda… maybe one day I will go back?)

43.Walked on a beach by moonlight (My favorite moments with God… maybe someday I will with my husband!)

44.Been transported in an ambulance

45.Had your portrait painted (At Knotts… I got the guy to do it for free)

46.Gone deep sea fishing

47.Seen the Sistine Chapel in person

48.Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris

49.Gone scuba diving or snorkeling (Cancun baby!)

50.Kissed in the rain (I’m sure I have… just don’t remember when exactly)

51.Played in the mud (best childhood moments!)

52.Gone to a drive-in theatre 

53.Been in a movie

54.Visited the Great Wall of China

55.Started a business

56.Taken a martial arts class

57.Visited Russia

58.Served at a soup kitchen (One Christmas my parents forced my brother and I to do this before gifts and everything… we were so bitter goin into it and so grateful after!)

59.Sold Girl Scout Cookies (Never sold them… just bought them!)

60.Gone whale watching (and never saw one… what a waste of money!)

61.Donated blood, platelets or plasma (I loved giving blood)

62.Gone sky diving

63.Visited a Nazi Concentration Camp

64.Bounced a check

65.Flown in a helicopter

66.Saved a favorite childhood toy (I still have MonkMonk and Teddy)

67.Visited the Lincoln Memorial (So pretty at night with the lights!)

68.Eaten Caviar (It was a dare while on the cruise with all the girls my senior year… gross!)

69.Pieced a quilt

70.Stood in Times Square

71.Toured the Everglades

72.Been fired from a job

73.Seen the Changing of the Guards in London

74.Broken a bone. (I broke my ankle screwing around before gymnastics lesions started doing handstands on the bar… my coach told us to never screw around before practice so I had to lie about it when it happened. My best excuse was that I was walking and tripped… GOOD ONE!)

75.Been on a speeding motorcycle (My dad use to ride a motorcycle. Highly doubt we were speeding though)

76.Seen the Grand Canyon in person (When I was 3. Hoping to go this summer since we live in AZ now)

77.Published a book

78.Visited the Vatican

79.Bought a brand new car 

80.Walked in Jerusalem

81.Had your picture in the newspaper (There were a few from high school and when James and I got married in the Chino Champion… got to love small towns)

82.Kissed a stranger at midnight on New Year’s Eve

83.Visited the White House (8th Grade!)

84.Killed and prepared an animal for eating (Fish!)

85.Had chickenpox 

86.Saved someone’s life

87.Sat on a jury

88.Met someone famous (My brother use to be a radio DJ and interview tons of famous people. My all time favorite was going to D-land with the brady bunch!)

89.Joined a book club

90.Lost a loved one

91.Had a baby

92.Seen the Alamo in person

93.Swam in the Great Salt Lake

94.Been involved in a law suit

95.Owned a cell phone (several)

96.Been stung by a bee ( When I was little I just thought this little bee was so cute sitting in the palm of my hand… till it BITE ME!)

97.Hit a home run

98.Got flowers for no reason (Take note James that this is not highlighted)

99.Grown your own vegetables (Are pumpkins a veggie?)


– Thanks Lanaya!

Masked and Anonymous

27 05 2009

Everyone has some sore of mask they wear to cover up who they really are. These past few weeks I have been learning to take down those masks and be real and vulnerable with myself, others, and God. The whole, “I’m Fine” phrase has gone out the window and I am facing how I truly am or feel. It’s something most Christians struggle with because they have to look like they have it all together and they never sin or struggle in different areas… we are suppose to perfect, right?

This is one area that I have always appreciated in James. He wears his thoughts, feelings, and down falls on his sleeve, whether others accept them or not. What you see is what you get with James!



I saw this pic on postsecret.com and realized that most people live out their entire lives in a mask, hiding parts of themselves in fear of rejection, shame, or persecution. What if everyone stripped away their masks and worked together to bring restoration and freedom, instead of bondage and shame?


Ecclesiastes 4:10 – If one falls down, his friend can help him up. But pity the man who falls and has no one to help him up!


Pleasing or Trusting

25 05 2009


If you had the option, would you rather live to please God or live to trust God? For all my life I have lived a life trying to please God, and find myself daily falling short, discouraged, and in bondage of the sin that defined me. It has not been till recently that my way of thinking has begun to change. I remember in college at one point throwing up my hands up in the air, wondering why should I get up and try again, “I am only going to fall short tomorrow.” No wonder so many Christians give up on Christianity through this viewpoint. Currently I am reading this book called “TrueFaced: Trust God and Others With Who You Really Are” by Bill Thrall, John Lynch, and Bruce McNicol. It’s challenged my way of thinking and the way most Christians view Christ and how we should live out our lives. So many Christians live life trying to please God and because we are human, at the end of the night, they find themselves falling short from their sinful nature. This book is helping me discover the difference between striving to please God and trusting God for who I am in Christ. As I live a life trusting in God, I will ultimately please Him. As I read through this book, I struggle and wrestle with living a life to please God or living a life trusting God.


Hebrews 11:6 “And without faith it is impossible to please God”


15 05 2009

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Today I thought I would introduce you to the place I have been working at for the past year… Lattah Dah, a small coffee shop on campus. It’s been a huge blessing being able to work while still being able to do homework and study when it is slow. I have finally mastered the skill and art of making lattes and frappuccinos. Who would have thought that coffee was a skill and form of art! I have had a few people say that it’s better than Starbucks… now that is impressive!

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I wish I could say that with being in nursing school and working in a coffee shop that I have learned to enjoy coffee, but sadly enough I have not come fallen into the coffee lover realm. At times I can get in the mood for a snicker’s latte (which is chocolate, caramel, and hazelnut) but I think the sweetness out rides the coffee so I don’t really think this one counts. For those of you coffee lovers out there, what is your favorite drink?

Biggest Loser Winner

7 05 2009


FYI… Tara is going to win next Tuesday and Mike is not!