Wednesday, September 24, 2008

New Apartment

Dallin wanted me to take a few pictures of our new apartment and put it on the blog...so here they are.
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Tuesday, September 23, 2008

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I have posted a few times very recently and there will be more to come. So please check back for more!

Mosaic

This is a fun mosaic I made while I was un-employed:
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I went on one of the websites that you upload photo's to (of course I can't remeber which one now) and searched each of the following items. The all had pretty interesting pictures, some didn't have anything to do with what I was searching, but I liked them so I used them anyway.
1. Name: Courtney
2. Favorite Food: Flauta's (not the dessert kind, but this is the picture it gave me)
3. Favorite Flower: Tulips
4. Favorite color: Orange
5. Favorite Actor: Shia Labeuf (sp?)
6. Favorite Drink: Water
7. Favorite Sport: Football
8. Favorite Dessert: Cheesecake
9. What you want to be when you grow up: A mom
10. Favorite Emotion: Love
11. What you are feeling right now: Tired
12. Favorite Place to be: Home, this fit because either home is really far away (Florida) or its on the road because we move a lot

Alcatraz

As soon as I found out that we were moving to Redwood City, right near San Francisco, I knew right away where I wanted to go first, Alcatraz. For those of you who know me well, would know that if I didn't want to be a mom so bad, then I would probably want to be a criminal investigator of some kind. I think that is why Alcatraz has always intrigued me a bit. Dallin and I went our second weekend here and took some pictures. If you are ever in this area I would highly recommend going.

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In this picture you can see Dallin holding a little tape player thing. As we walked through the prison area of Alcatraz we would listen to a narrator, as well as some old prisoners, talk about the prison and direct you where to go. The picture you see is the four prisoners who we listened to on the player as we walked through.
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This picture I thought was funny, because the prisoners used to crochet when they got bored. Can you imagine some of the roughest guys in America sitting in jail crocheting.
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This is just a pretty picture of the city that I took while we were on the island.
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For those of you who know a little bit about the island, would know that there were escape attempts, but as far as anyone knows no one escaped from the island and lived to tell about it. This is a picture or the heads a few prisoners made when they tried to escape. The heads were found by some guards who at first really thought that the paper/concrete head was a real prisoner.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

9/11

You have heard million of stories about where people were when they found out about the September 11th terrorist attacks. Mine isn't too different then most people my age.

I was sitting in my first period 9th grade math class when my teacher got a phone call on his cell phone. This wasn't too unusual and I didn't think anything of it until he turned on the TV to the news. There was a tall building with smoke billowing out. I had no idea what building it was or even what city it was in. Even after my teacher told us what and were it was I still had no idea the magnitude of the situation. I now feel bad that my thoughts kept thinking "what is the big deal?"

As the day wore on I went to various classes, some had the TV on some didn't. I wasn't receiving much more information and still didn't understand what was going on. My english teacher even asked us to write down out thoughts in our journal for the daily entry that day. I remember sitting there feeling dumb because I still didn't understand what was going on and feeling too stupid to ask.At lunch two girls were crying. I was told that it was because their brother was in the army. I once again thought to myself "whats the big deal, we aren't at war or anything."

This continued until I was sitting in choir and had learned a little more. It then hit me. My dad travels all the time, in fact, most of the time he leaves in the morning and is back that night. I rarely knew when or where he was going. While I was sitting in choir I realized I had no idea where my dad was that day. I began to cry and didn't even know what to do. When I got home later that day and learned that my dad was in town all day I finally calmed down. However, by then I realized that I needed to find out what the hype was all about. I remember sitting in my parents bedroom for most the afternoon and evening watching the news and learning about the World Trade Centers.
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Now as I sit here today on the 7th anniversary of this event, I am happy to set all political opinions aside. I feel so blessed to be a citizen of this free country. I pray for those soldiers who are fighting to keep that freedom and for the families of those soldiers. I want to say thank you to them and for all that they have sacrificed for this country.

Job Hunting

Not my idea of fun. Even though we are only here for a little more than 3 months I feel obligated to get a job. If I get a job, we earn more money. If we earn more money, we save more money. If we save more money, we get to have a baby.

So far...nothing and I have only applied to, oh, about a thousand places.

Ok, I shouldn't say nothing. I found the perfect job. I would go around to different schools who signed up with the company called SoccerShots and teach children between the ages of 3 and 5 the different skills that are involved in soccer for about a half hour. I am sure you are saying to yourself, "Courtney, that is the prefect job for you. You love sports, particularly soccer and you love kids even more." I nailed the interview and the pay was great. Why don't I have the job you ask...because I would only be working about 6 hours a week. It just wasn't worth the time and money I would be putting into it to drive all around.

So I am now still looking and praying that I can find a job soon, because if it doesn't happen soon it won't be worth it.

Until then I have been working out, catching up on some Christmas presents I am making and trying to be the perfect wife, i.e. have the house clean and dinner on the table when the working husband gets home from work...remember I said trying...old habits are hard to brake.

Monday, September 8, 2008

A New Day In A New Place

Dallin and I have safely made it to Redwood City, California. We have settled in to our new place and are starting to get our feet wet in the new city. Dallin loves his job as an estimater for a company called Rudolph & Sletten. I am still jobless, but I hope to find something soon.

We drove in Sunday afternoon and got the keys to our new home for the next four months. Its a cute little apartment that has been recently renevated. The next day (Labor Day) Dallin and I set out to buy a kitchen table for the first time since we have been married and enter the world of adulthood. I told him before we started out that day that I love higher and square tables. His response was "I don't like either of those!" I knew it was going to be a long day. However, you can see for yourself who won that one.
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He actually saw the table that I pointed to and actually liked it. I really just got lucky!
Saturday, we drove up to the city of San Francisco. Word of advice don't ever drive there...take the bus. After we drove around for 30 minutes trying to find parking, we got out to walk around and tour downtown. We decided to play tourists for the day and got tickets to go on a duck tour (the vehicle that takes you on land and water). It really is a beautiful place with a great history. I took some pictures...
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The Golden Gate Bridge (which we have yet to be on)
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Alcatraz...We are going this Saturday and I can't wait
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A beautiful church (no its not crooked that is just how the streets are there)
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A pretty picture of some buildings
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The city from the boat
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Cupid's Bow and Arrow with the Bay bridge behind it
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Another pretty picture

That is it for now...we will keep you all posted!