Monthly Archives: November 2011

Anniversary Trip| Day Two

Ready for more San Diego awesomeness!  Well then here you go:

(Need to catch up on Part One? Click Here)

Oh, warning, there are LOTS of pictures!

Look at this view!!! The safari park is beautiful

Before our San Diego getaway turned into a getaway, we had originally planned on an anniversary trip to the Safari Park complete with zoo memberships (you can’t beat their membership deal)! So even after our day trip turned into a weekend trip we decided to keep our plans and turn Saturday into our ‘big’ present to ourselves. Since Greg and I have been to the Safari Park a countless number of times in the past few years, we decided to do something a little more special and booked a tour that we have wanted to go on—the Caravan Safari, formally the Photo Caravan. The interactive tour takes you and a small group into 5 different exhibits and gives you the opportunity to feed both giraffes and rhinos. The tour was just as amazing as I expected it to be—I really don’t think I stopped smiling the whole time! It is one thing to see a huge giraffe 20-50 feet away, but it is a completely different experience staring eye to eye with its’ 50 pound head!

They are such a beautiful animal!

Greg and I showing off our glass!

Since Greg and I are animal buffs we didn’t learn too much from the tour,  but I did learn a few neat facts:

Did you know that giraffes have the same number of vertebra as humans? (7 to be exact)

Rhino horns are made out of the same fiber as human hair!

A giraffes tongue is proportional to its height! ( an 18 feet giraffe will have an 18 inch tongue!)

They make the cutest expressions!

I got to be a bat, I got excited, Greg feeding a giraffe, me singing soft kitty

My only complaint about the tour is that it went by in the blink of an eye! If you ever have the means or opportunity to go on the Caravan tour, I HIGHLY recommend it! I know Greg and I would love to do the tour again and can’t wait for the zoo to offer a member discount, because while it is kind of pricey the experience is one in a million and completely worth it! Next time though, I will take my time taking shots. I was so excited that I was snapping away without keeping an eye on my settings. I also think I might shoot in the ‘P’ or ‘A’ setting next time to give me a little less to worry about. Keeping an eye on shutter, exposure, and iso while in direct sunlight, while trying to catch a split second moment = HARD

This was my favorite shot of the trip! It was even featured on the Safari Parks website!


Feeding Rhinos

The tour was amazing–I know I sound like a broke record–but it really was! Seeing the various facial expressions of animals up close was amazing. I had no idea how many expressions giraffes, rhinos, or ostriches had! There were even some giraffes that kept sticking their tongues out at us, which was hilarious, because it only happened after we ran out of food and they walked away.

Since the tour was 3 ½ hours it took a big chunk out of our day at the Safari Park, but one exhibit that was a must to visit were the Okapis—my favorite animal—because earlier that week the new okapi calf made her exhibit début and I knew I had to see the cute little thing! We also visited a few of our other favorite animals, but because of time had to cut a large part of the safari park out.


Since the tour was pretty draining, we decided to head back to Coronado and plan our night around there. We had dinner then walked around the town and Coronado beach (sorry no pictures, I had left my camera back in the room). It is such a pretty place, there were little shops (granted they were all closed, but window shopping was fun) and lots to look at, it reminded me of a Laguna Beach, Newport Beach mixture. The night life in San Diego is great!

Well that was day two… Check back soon for a post on our final day in San Diego!

As you can image day two was my favorite day of the trip by far!


Anniversary Adventure| Day One

On October 25th, Greg and I celebrated our 5 year anniversary!  It is crazy to think that I have spent 5 years with him already. However, I know it is only a small fraction, God willing, of the time that we are going to share together (forever). I think Edward Cullen said it best: “No amount of time with you will ever be enough, but let’s start with forever.”

This year we didn’t celebrate our anniversary on the actual day, rather we *drum roll* WENT TO SAN DIEGO!!!!

One of my favorite pictures from the trip!

I have to preface by saying I LOVE SAN DIEGO and always have. It is something about the towns, the attractions, the people that make it so amazing. Which is why taking a trip to San Diego was pretty much the perfect anniversary weekend getaway.

Friday started off with Greg and I heading down to Fullerton cameras to rent some AMAZING lens. Which in retrospect was a horrible idea because I loved my lens so much that now I pretty much HAVE to buy it J. We rented the Canon 24-105 f/4 IS L and the Canon 100-400 f/4-5.6 L.  Then we headed down to San Diego. Since we couldn’t check into our hotel until 4pm we stopped off at Balboa Park to walk around and enjoy the sights. I think you can spend a few days at Balboa Park alone, and we were crazy to think we could see it in a few hours!

A few shots @ Balboa Park

My 2 favorite shots from the day

Can you say 'Lens Envy'?

Balboa was amazing! We spent most of the time behind our cameras, but we also got some people watching in and it was so much fun! We visited a few gardens and walked around the park admiring the buildings–the architecture was amazing!

After leaving Balboa we checked into our hotel: Lowels Cornodao report and spa! We got an AMAZING deal from The room was amazing and the view from our balcony—yes balcony—was even better! However we had little time to soak everything in since we had dinner reservations at P.F. Chang’s. It was amazing to break away from ww and order exactly what I wanted!

Told you the view was AMAZING!

After dinner we headed to downtown San Diego to go on a ghost tour, unfortunately we arrived just a tad  late and missed it. Which I was okay with, since I was scared out of my mind of the ghost tour anyway :).

We ended up walking around old town checking out some sites and enjoying the atmosphere of down town. So all in all it was a great day.

Well that is all for day one, stay tuned for day 2. But in the mean time here is a hint:


San Diego is my ideal weekend getaway, what’s yours?

Ty, the little man who will always have my heart.

October 05, 2005

He was born.

December 03, 2005

He arrived to our house.

November 07, 2011

He went to a better place.

He was such a regal dog.

Dear Ty,

Oh my little Tyty… I knew I loved you with all of my heart, but I had no idea that such a little doggie could have this much of an effect on me. I miss you so much my little buddy. I miss the way you would incessantly want petted, and the way you would be waiting at the door every time I came home. The house is really not the same without you. You have left this huge hole in my heart. You were loved Ty and I know you knew that. You were loved by all three of us more than anyone can imagine. I am glad your not suffering, but I would give anything to have you here with me. I am sorry I couldn’t help you baby. I’m sorry your life was cut so short. You gave me the best 6 years imaginable, they went by in the blink of an eye.

I do not like the cone of shame :)-UP

If you knew Ty, you knew he wasn’t a dog. He was a person in a doggies body. Nothing about him resembled a dog. He was amazing. He knew how you felt and was right there to comfort you. He was the funniest little thing ever!

In the mornings I would get up and walk into the bathroom and my little shadow would be right behind me, so I would stop pet him for a few minutes and then keep getting ready. Ty would walk out of the bathroom and like clockwork 15 seconds later would walk back in to be pet again. It was the funniest thing, because he would act like you didn’t know you already pet him.

Every night when I got home from school he would be waiting at the front door. He would wait for all of us and was never truly content unless everyone was home with him. He gave you so much love. He cared about you and you could feel it. His love was so warm, so comforting. His love meant everything to me.

Christmas 2009, checking to see if its a real starbucks

He was kind of lazy too. It was so funny. I would take one of his toys and throw it. He would go get it, bring it back. I would do it again and then he would run inside. It was like he was saying OK, I have had enough of this game. He was the funniest little thing. He always had a toy with him too.

He was also an inside dog, and would only go outside if you were with him. He was quite funny that way. If he walked out back he would be watching over his shoulder to make sure you were following him. The second you stood up to go back inside he was right there waiting at the door to go back inside too.

His personality was one of a kind.

You never had to worry about him running away either, or leaving the door open. The door could be wide open and it didn’t matter he would sit right there in the door away, even if a person or another dog was passing. He was that good of a dog. He never did anything bad or wrong.

He loved us with all he was. He fought to stay with us, but somethings even love isn’t strong enough to overcome. We were his pack. We will always be his pack.

He always had a smile on his face

He had a million different expressions, I mean look at this, doesn't it look like he is cracking up at a joke!

Ty, the memories you gave me will last a lifetime. You were a very, very special dog and I am so thankful to have had the honor of being your companion.

He LOVED posing for pictures 🙂 He was a beautiful dog.

They say only the good die young, which is why you were taken so soon.

I miss you so much, the house is just not the same without you. Your absences is felt. You are the type of dog that comes about once in a life time. You never barked incessantly, you never went to the bathroom in the house, you never chewed anything that wasn’t yours, you loved us with everything you were. You were the perfect dog, and that is not just in retrospect. We told you everyday how perfect you were, how lucky we were to have you in our lives. I imaged you at my wedding walking down the isle with me. You were so young, you had a full life ahead of you, but in the blink of an eye you were gone. How does that happen? Why were there no symptoms? The vet said you were a fighter, you were strong and you were loved. I already knew all of that though. Ty you are amazing. Ty there will NEVER be another you.

You were the most amazing dog I have ever met.

I want you back. Please I want you back so bad. I would do anything, give up anything to have you here with us.  I want you in my life again. Happy and Healthy. I need you baby, we all do.I love you buddy. Thank you for the best 6 years of my life.

Me and Ty on my graduation day. May 2011. He was a part of everything we did.

Baby I miss you so much. I want you back here cuddled next to me. I want to pet you one last time. I wish you weren’t taken from me so soon or suddenly. A piece of my heart will always be with you Ty. I hope your okay and not scared. Please know that I am sorry this happened. I am so sorry baby. Please know you were loved and know that we know you loved us right back. Ty you will always have a place in our hearts and home.

He was my best friend

You were my best friend Ty. My buddy. I am glad you didn’t have to suffer and I am glad you are not in pain. I loved you too much to treat you like that. Ty 6 years was not enough with you, but I don’t think any number of years with you would ever be enough. You were the dog that comes around once in a lifetime. You were that special little spark. It kills me knowing that your gone. My heart breaks over and over again when I think about you. I want you to be at peace, I don’t want you to be in pain, but I want you here with me too. I don’t know why you had to leave so soon. I know it wasn’t your choice. It’s just how life works.

Your love was unconditional and unwavering. You loved all of us without reservation or hesitation and we loved you right back. You will be missed so much Ty. I never knew that the loss of a dog could make you feel like your world has just ended, but then again, you were no dog, you were one in a trillion x a billion and then some.

I had a dream about him last night: We brought him home from the vet, it turned out nothing was wrong. I sat outback holding him and petting him. He just kept looking up at me smiling his little Ty smile. The dream was nice. It was comforting. Even in death he is comforting me. It’s because he loved me that much. I loved him that much too. I wish that dream was real. I want one more day. That’s a lie, I want the rest of my life with him, but I would settle for one more day.

Ty, I have shed more tears over you than ever in my life. A little piece of me feels as if it is gone with you. Maybe you took that with you to the other side, because you miss us just as much. I keep hearing you and seeing you in the house and the tears and pain come all over again. When I think I have cried out all the tears my body has, there are more.I feel sick to my stomach thinking about you. I just want you back. I need you. Why you? Why now? WHY????

He was the cutest thing I have ever known!

Christmas 2010 Family Picture

He was a part of every thing we did. He was our life. I know that a part of me will never get over his death. You may think its stupid or silly, but think what you want. You didn’t know Ty. It’s okay to love a dog with all your heart. It’s okay to grieve this much over one too. When someone comes into your life that means as much as he did, when they are gone, your life will be different.

Ty was different. Ty was special. He was Ty.

Ty, if love could bring you back to us. All I would have to do is blink and there you would be.


Ty died from pancreatic cancer. He had no signs or symptoms, it’s a silent killer. Last Monday he was running to the door and barking every time a trick or treater came, this Monday he was gone. That is how fast it happened. There was no warning, no goodbyes. The vet said there was no way to save him. He also said it is better this way, Ty never suffered he only felt mild discomfort. It’s killing me racking my brain trying to think: is there something I could have done? Is there a symptom I just overlooked? What could I have done to make it so my baby was still here with me today. This is going to be a hard holiday season, he was such a pivotal part of our lives, just like a baby our world revolved around him. Our house is a lot emptier and quieter now.

Goodbye my dear friend. Until we meet again.

I love you Ty. I miss you more than I ever though imaginable. I hope your in a good place and I hope your happy and safe. Until I see you again my friend I love you.

Ty, I love you now, forever, and always. You will never be forgotten.

In line for the real world

I it has been a while since I last posted but I have had a lot on my plate in past few months and unfortunately in things to neglect, my blog is on the list. I have been busy with a public health internship and preparing myself for graduate school. I know last time I posted on the topic of school I was gunho on becoming an occupational therapist, however, after I reevaluated what my goals were in life and what I really was passionate about during my undergraduate degree I realized I wanted to continue with public health. I love the process of creating community wide programs that serve for the betterment of all. So with that being said I have begun my search for entry level public health careers and I am about ½ done with my MPH applications.

I know, you’re probably thinking OT VS MPH there is a HUGE difference; however, even with OT my ultimate goal was to either become an administrator or professor and after realizing that I could do that more effectively while following my public health passion, I decided that an MPH would suit me better. I am a huge advocate for community health and prevention strategies that focus on healthy bodies and minds rather than treatment only approaches. For too long our society has fallen to the idea that if we are sick we should go to the DR.’s where we will get some pills to pop and then be all better. Rather than subscribe to the idea that there are preventative strategies that will help us be healthier overall and thus less likely to become sick in the first place. Now, before anyone goes into reading this wrong, I don’t advocate for the idea to throw the Dr.’s to the way side, nor to the idea that pills as a treatment method are bad, rather to the idea that prevention strategies have a strong role in our health as well. The healthier our minds and bodies are the less likely we are to need BP medication, cholesterol medication and such. If you are wondering about the minds part, many researchers suggest that mentally is the first place to start when getting healthy, our brain controls our thoughts and our thoughts control our actions thus if you begin with a healthy mind, healthy actions will follow.

I am ready to be out in the real world with a real career. Despite how comfy the educational system is, I realize that I need to get some real world experience. I love the world of academia and I know that I will return to it sooner rather than later.


 What you can expect coming up in the blog world:

Recap on mine and Greg’s 5 year anniversary

Here is a sneek peek:

Lots and Lots of pictures!

Graduate school & Job Hunting progress

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