Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Home Sweet Home

Our first night back home I slept for 12 hours... it was amazing. It hasn't been difficult adjusting back to the California lifestyle, but we do miss our dorm air conditioning units. Let's just say it's a bit warmer than 64 degrees every night we go to bed... it's gonna take awhile to get use to sleeping without a comforter. It is nice to eat out on the patio (no bugs!) and run outside. And of course, the pooch... It's good to be with Jess again. She's such a sweetie pie... when I wake up and see her lying right next to my bed I can't help but smile.

 It's been really nice catching up with friends, swapping stories, and spending time together again. Most of our college friends finished school last week or will be done this week, but H.S. and below probably won't be done until the second week of June. We spent a beautiful Mother's Day with the Ruizs, spent at day at Disney's CA Adventure, saw "The Avengers" with Eric (incredible film!), and The Bachelorette has started up again, which means late Monday nights with the girls!!
Amy and I are working at Concordia University, Irvine. Amy's an assistant in Administration and I am a data inputer/aid for Financial Aid Office. My job is kind of tedious and lots of time just busy work, but a job's a job. (And as Amy likes to remind me, "our time is worth more out here!" It's nice that minimum wage is a dollar more than in Nebraska.)

Just when we were all settled in and had a week's worth of work under our belts, we got a wonderful visit from our friend Amanda. She came out to visit friends in Temecula and then stayed with us for a few days... we had a blast together. I felt so comfortable having her here, she's like part of the family now. On Saturday we went to Bethany's Fun Day, on Sunday we went to church, had brunch with Theo, and went to Chloe and Jake's recital. Then on Monday and Tuesday we went to the beach, celebrated our bday with the family at Fish Co, shopped at the Rainbow Sandals Outlet, more shopping, out to eat, and just got to hang, talk, and watch movies together - like old times :) The minute Amanda left, I got a yucky feeling in my stomach... when we said goodbye to everyone at school we knew we'd get to see Amanda in a couple weeks, but now... we won't see our Concordia friends until August. :/ But, we have many things to look forward to this summer: Sister trip to Vegas to see Brother Jon (this weekend), Memorial Day BBQ with friends, Mission Alaska Trip (end of June), Caribbean Cruise (end of July), and who knows what else might come up. Lots of time with friends and family, that's for sure. :) Oh, and Jen's moving (far away) soon :( I don't know if that's something "to look forward to," but we are definitely excited and happy for her to begin this new journey!

It was fun watching the Lakers with Jen again... for a while anyway. But after the Thunder won the series, I loved what Jake posted on Facebook: "Aw well bout' time to root for A.B.L.A.C. (Anybody But Lebron And Celtics)" 

All in all, it's good to be home... home sweet home. There's nothing like a hug from Dad, a good girls night with Jen, or lunch with Mom... 
Now, we just can't wait to see Jon... I think the last time I saw him was Christmastime! I love my family.

Well, it's 10:40pm and I have to get up at I better get to bed!
We'll post again soon :)
Friends and family far away... we miss y'all! 
Love, Anna

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