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Why yes the Colorado trip was a month an a half ago… Why yes I am just reporting on it now… 🙂 But don’t worry, the pictures are worth the wait…(well pictures from day 2 anyway 😉 See I’m keeping you wanting more.

Anyway the Original Post:


Can I go back to Colorado… Like now? My whole life I have been a California girl. I never imagined myself moving out of California… I mean… It’s freakin’ California…. That opinion is waning now. If you offered me a job in Colorado, I would take it in a heart beat.

Our first day in Colorado started out at Santa Ana Airport at 4:30am. After our flight (which left at 6:45) we arrived in Colorado at 10am. Right away we got our rental car, had lunch and headed to a Big Cat sanctuary. It was pretty cool, they had lots of tigers and even a few white tigers!

After about an hour there, the weather started to turn and it began to rain a little. The clouds looked pretty scary and I had remembered seeing ‘tornado shelter’ in the airport so my mind went to tornados… To be clear, I have no idea what tornado weather is, nor what it looks like so I don’t know why my mind went to tornados, but it did. After the rain picked up, Greg and I decided to call it a night and head to Colorado Springs. On the way to the hotel, I kept dozing off ( I had very little sleep the week leading to Colorado) I was asleep maybe 2 minutes at a time, it sucked! Greg said it was cute to see my head bounce though, it was that startled bounce every time I woke up.

Top: Me @ the Denver airport, they had a cool map!
Middle Me @ Orange County airport at 4:45am and me at the big cat sanctuary
Bottom me and Greg 🙂


On our way to CS we stopped a few times on the side of the high way (at turn outs of course) to take pictures. We just had to, never in my life had I seen a whole state as beautiful!

When we got to Colorado Springs, we checked into our hotel and headed out to dinner. We grabbed a quick bite at Red Robin (I had this yummy chicken bruchetta sandwich and greg had a decent cheeseburger) Isn’t it funny that a burger restaurant like red robin can’t compare to fast food like In-n-out or 5 guys? After dinner we called it a night. Waking up at 4am and a 1 hour time change can make one extremely tired!

These are images from the big cat sanctuary and the side of the road… I mean isn’t it beautiful!


Looking at all of the Colorado pictures makes me so sad… I cut my hair after this trip and I miss my long hair so bad! (Oh, and because I want to go back to Colorado).


Colorado Vacation Overview

My long awaited Colorado vacation is finally upon us! Well actually as I write this it is almost over.. 😦

I have been debating weather or not to post each day of the trip, and ultimately decided to hold off until I got home for a few reasons. One, I’m on vacation and should be enjoying it! Two, we only brought Greg’s computer and his photo editing programs don’t support my 5d’s RAW files,and I really didn’t want to post with out the awesome photos I have been taking… I mean I almost NEVER post without pictures… However, I didn’t want to leave my readers completely in the dark (Hi readers!) so I decided to give a quick vacation overview 🙂

Day One (May 16th)

  • We left Orange County at 6:45 am and arrived in Denver at 10am.

Me waiting on the plane… (4:45am

  • Once we had our rental car (enterprise completely did a bate-and-switch on us) NEVER will I use them again!
  • We had lunch at Chick-fil-a (they are every where out here!)
  • We went to a Big Cat Sanctuary

  • We drove into Colorado Springs, Checked into our hotel and called it an early night

Day Two (May 17th)

  • We went to Garden of the Gods (One of my Favorite things by far)

  • We visited a replica western village
  • We visited the Cliff Dwellings (and had some yummy fudge)

  • We had dinner at Olive Garden and tried this AMAZING WINE (Roscato) I don’t like wine, but I loved it!

Day Three (May 18th)

  • We took the Cog Railway up to Pikes Peek

  • We visited Garden Of the Gods again (see I loved it!)

  • Stargazing at Garden of the Gods

Day Four (May 19th)

  • We ran a 5k (1000 ft elevation over 2 miles!) I had trouble running at high altitude

  • We went to the Zoo (Now that is 2 zoo’s off our zoo in every state list!)
  • We visited the William Rodgers Shrine

  • Went to a Historic Grave Yard
  • We packed 😦


  • Went to a comedy club

Day Five (May 20th) –Tentative–

  • One last drive around Garden of the Gods
  • Drive into Denver
  • Banjo Billy’s Denver Tour
  • Denver’s Botanical Gardens
  • Home 😦

I am in love with Colorado, we leave tomorrow at 9pm and I am honestly so sad that we are leaving… I could stay here forever. I felt at home here and I love how active of a state it is! Never in a million years could I have even seen myself leaving California… that is until now… I am really heartbroken to leave Colorado behind…

[We’re actually home now… but I thought this post was worth it. Stay tuned for updates from each day!]

9 days til’ Ohio!

Date Night| Craft time!

What is the best date night you may ask? For me the best date night is a cheap night with Greg. When ever we do something that cost a significant amount of money, I end up worrying about the money or trying to analyze if what we spent is worth what we did. This is most often the case with restaurants and day trips.

Anyway last Friday it was ‘date night’ and rather than going out we were both in the mood to stay in, so it became craft night/ Movie night! I had a few $1 picture frames that I picked up a while ago and never did anything with. So we went to Michale’s bought 3, 59 cent pain bottles and came home to craft!

Greg and I put on ‘In Time’ and started crafting.. needless to day Greg didn’t get around to crafting… 🙂 Next we watched ‘Money Ball,’ both were good movies, but I think I liked ‘In Time’ more. Money Ball was great but ehh, I’m really not an A’s fan, I love my Angles Baby… One thing I loved though the year that this movie takes place in… was the year the Angles won the world series 🙂 hehe

On to what I crafted…

The first frame I made was one for Katie’s Shower the next day. I was giving her a bath time kit, so I though a cute final touch would be a bath themed picture frame. I painted the frame white added a cute little ducky and a blue streak and tada. I think it turned out really cute!

I also made a blue and white picture frame for myself. I used a scrapbook stencil that I had to create the heart pattern. I really like it, I just have to decide if I want to hang it off a ribbon now.

The whole time Greg and I were crafting, Sheldon was moving from my lap to his. He is the cutest thing!!!

I made one final picture frame, it is for Sarah also. I am still trying to think up a way to use it during our maternity shoot this weekend…. Any tips?

I guess I could have done a mini tutorial for these… but I’m pretty sure you know how to apply paint and wood. Be creative, I can’t wait to see what you come up with!


I have to say, I love date nights like these! Yeah, Greg and I spend a lot of time together, but a lot of that time is spent on our computers doing homework and such. On nights where we shut down and just watch a movie together or craft, they really are the best!


Oh, sorry for the quality of the pictures… I didn’t want to whip out my camera so my iphone camera will have to do!

One step closer to the real world

I did it, I am now a college graduate! 🙂

As I write this post, I am no longer a CSUF undergraduate, rather a CSUF alumni.

Well, kind of sorta. I still have one last class to  complete before I receive my diploma, it is an internship class and I am taking it in the fall. But I am done with all of my classes. Despite the fact that I am going back to CSUF next semester, to finish up my internship and one graduate school pre-req, I am incomprehensively excited. All 120+ units needed to graduate have been complete, all scantrons have been bubbled, all papers turned in. For me there is no more undergraduate work left to do, and it is an unreal feeling.

Today I earned my bachelors of science in health science. I am now part of the 27% of Americans that have at least at bachelors or higher, and now it is time to focus on becoming part of the 9.2% of the population with a graduate degree.

This day was made even more momentous since I am actually the first in my immediate family to receive a bachelors degree and will be the first in my entire family–at least to my knowledge–to earn my graduate degree and eventually doctorate.

4 years ago when I started CSUF, I hated it, I saw it as a 4 year trap; however, now looking back, I am so happy with my choice to attend. I loved my health science education and I would not have traded it for the world, now.  I guess all it took was finding my niche.  I found that there is so much more to education than the basic science, math, english, and history–not that those subjects are bad at all; however, they are not for everyone.

Today as I walked across the stage to receive my “diploma*” I felt such a sense of pride, and connection with CSUF. I am now a proud titan grad. I now have my bachelors degree 🙂 I really can not wait to see what life has in store.

So it is on to the next adventure in my life, this summer I will be studying for the G.R.E and preparing my graduate school applications.
This is such an exciting time; I really can’t begin to explain. My only hope is that I do make it into a graduate program, I mean… someone has to accept me… right???? And just to better my chances I am applying to about 5 graduate schools… 🙂






& I am thinking about two more colleges, you know, better safe than sorry….

Well here is to the future.

Oh, for those wondering, “In line for the real world,” will still be my blog title for a while, since I am staying in the world of academia and out of the real world for a while at least.

Here are some of my senior portraits: That Greg took 🙂


Visit to The Getty

Unknowingly I recently killed two birds with one stone–figuratively, I’m no bird killer. For our last Art 101 assignment we were to visit a reputable museum and write an entry on it, so Greg and I decided to go to The Getty, and in reviewing and updating my 101 list, I saw that The Getty was on there! Awesome! -Winning!- haha


The Getty is an amazing piece of art in itself and I highly recommend visiting if you get a chance. The layout is like a tribute to natural light, honestly it was amazing I am so happy we went on a sunny day. Seriously so amazingly pretty!

The museum sits up on a large hill that overlooks Los Angeles, and it is so amazing. The day was so clear very little smog at all.

I don’t have very many pictures from inside the museum because even though I had my 50mm F/1.8–meaning I could take pictures without flash– I was too afraid to snap away, in a way I felt like I was stealing someone elses art.

I was inspired by the artwork, which caused me to create a lot of my own .

Once back into the museum I got a bit more of a backbone and began to shoot some. These statues, I believe they are called the 3 goddess were some of my favorite. Well pretty much all of the marble sculptures were. I love how the artist was able to take rock and make it flow like cloth.

I mean look at that detail. It is so intricate yet so small. I love it. Honestly breathtaking. Sculpture=amazing.

The glass work was pretty interesting too.

The Getty allowed me to soak in other forms of art, it inspired me as well as left me in awe. I never considered myself an art person and have never claimed to like the form however it is growing on me.

The museum showcased a lot of paintings  all amazing in their own right and they all displayed amazing light tones.

There was also a photography gallery, I was not impressed. It was not my style, not my taste and in all honesty I have taken much better.

I also did not like that they had so much furniture on display–maybe it’s me, but I just didn’t get it.

Here is The Getty from the side.

On our way out around 3pm our handy-dandy GPS took us down this weird street, which lo and behold had a cemetery!!!

I have been dying–pun here–to shoot some b&w cemetary images. I have been so busy that I have not had a chance to edit any, but here are some SOOC shot in monochrome.

Well that was my day.

I really had an amazing time at The Getty and I highly encourage you to go if you get a chace. Open up your eyes to a new perspective.

Wahoo’s Fish Tacos 5k

I am excited to announce that one more item on my 101 list
has been completed! This past Sunday I ran in my first 5k sponsored by Wahoo’s
as part of the OC marathon series. It was such an exciting feeling, being at
the starting line, running, and most importantly crossing that finish line! I
know a 5k is only 3 miles but it was a great feeling finishing a race, even if
it wasn’t the ideal time. In my defense I ran maybe once the month before the
race. With that said 35 minute and 34 second finish time isn’t all that bad.

Overall it was a fun experience. I was able to meet my goal of running most of the way, only stopping a bit on the uphill part, which ended up being very hard on my knee. I am excited to get back into running; I have always found it fun and about two years ago I was at 8:30 mile, so I hope to get back to that soon. I am so happy to have done this, because it has really motivated me to get back into shape and keep running. I was athletic all through out high school (even athlete of the year for my senior class!) and I would love to get back to that and keep it that way this time.

I can’wait for my next 5k August 7th and my first ½ marathon October 9th.
Even better is that Greg is running both with me! Check back for updates on our

101 in 1001: Hike in Big Bear

For quite some time Greg and I have been talking about going up to big bear during the spring, because it is supposed to be beautiful. Well 4 and a half years later we decided to go haha 🙂

It was a really fun day trip–yes day trip–one of the amazing benefits of living in Southern California is the closeness of what ever location you like… From beaches, to deserts, and mountains, its pretty amazing! It was also a relatively cheap trip, pretty much the only thing that cost us was gas, since they have a few free hiking trails.

The ride up to big bear wasn’t too bad, I get very antsy driving up the mountain though so we had to stop quite a few times; however, that lead to capturing some pretty pictures on the way up the mountain, so it was a win, win.

The View

The mountian tops
Theses were taken on the way up the mountain, I have about 50 more, since we stopped at least 10 times, but these were some of my favorites.

We also spent some time at big bear lake, which is super pretty.
The Lake
When we go back next spring we are going to actually kyack 🙂

Here we are during one of our hikes 🙂
For the blog

This is the climb up, it was only about a mile hike and this was the steepest part:

I actually got a huge bruise during this hike. When we were walking up the mountain there was this log that Greg climbed over, so in turn I had to climb over; however, when I stepped the ground wasn’t compacted and my leg wedged between the log and snow, the whole was about 2 feet deep, and I freaked out. It was really funny afterward through.

Here we are again after finishing a small walk around the town
For the blog


Here is that pretty stream we are posing in front of:
Follow the Streem

As the day was winding down we went to watch sunset from the opposite side of the lake, and while we were waiting Greg decided to skip stones, and I was able to capture the awesome splash!
It was so much fun, and now I am kind of addicted to shooting water!

The lighting was absolutely amazing as the sun was setting!
Reflection on the lake

But no where near as amazing as the sun set itself!
End Day

The whole day was spent walking around talking and taking pictures. It was great to get away from everything and spend some quality time together. It is something we are trying to do more often, even though we have been together so long we don’t want that spark to leave. I can not wait to go back this summer we are going to do the holcomb trail too, which should be fun!

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