Teaching to Learn and Learning to Teach

  • Adrienne and Raqel visited my family with me. My dad cleaned the house because he thought Adrienne might be a boy
  • Spent Valentine’s Day with some of my favorite peeps: Joe and Heidi, Karrie, Dave and Tricia, Lisa, and Jess Stucky and then attended the big band concert
  • Hosted Women to Women with Heidi
  • Enjoyed the Idiot Abroad Dinner Club
  • Had an informal interview on the beach for my dream job without realizing it
  • Saw West Side Story :(, Beauty and the Beast :), Bill Cosby, The Gettys, as well as Miracle on 34th St. at The Million Dollar Theater in L.A.
  • Discovered Cleo’s a trendy Middle Eastern restaurant close to the Pantages
  • Enjoyed “Game Nights” and a bacon feast with RED, Adrienne, and Phil
  • Made 500 cake pops and bars for the Ladies’ Tea at Church
  • Went to Iowa and celebrated my Grandmother’s 90th birthday with the Wilhite Clan.
  • Road Trip with Jessica Wiley Frederickson for Sarah Marquez Wiley’s Baby Shower
  • Spent Easter with RED, Adrienne, and the Dennis Family
  • Helped with Breakfast for Year End Show
  • Said goodbye to dear friends: Jones Family and RED.
  • Settled into my first apartment
  • I became an RD after Dave and Karrie sang a job offer and after Joe gave me the RD Pep Talk
  • Had my first and hopefully my last root canal
  • Attended the Grand Baby Wedding for Bel and Bella
  • I ran out of gas
  • Survived August and learned a great deal about God as my rock, my defender, and advocate who knows my concerns, my needs, my fraility and my sin and despite all of that saved me and chooses to allow me to participate in His ministry
  • RD, RA, and SLS Retreat and WOW Week
  • Became friends with Sarah, Noelle, Natalie, Kaylin, Rae, Summer, and Stacey
  • Had many house guests including Raqel, Kellie Zerlang, Laura and baby Garrett, Cynthia and Jodi
  • Played Gotcha for the first time
  • Went to the Pasadena Flea Market and became a fan of Good Will
  • My sweet niece, Isabella, was born
  • Became reacquainted with old friends
  • Went back to school
  • Completed C.E.R.T – Community Emergency Response Training
  • Introduced to Dr. Mario, the best game ever :)
  • Watched the Keller boys for a weekend when Mabel was born
  • Celebrated 3 more holidays with the Kintner/Ramirez/Allen Families
  • Started a new tradition of retreating to Mount Hermon for a few days after Christmas

So thankful for the days God ordained for me.

R&R at a B&B

Okay, so I’m not staying at a Bed and Breakfast this week, but I am staying at a friend’s home at Mount Hermon. They are gone, but I am here. The hikes, the sleep, the quiet, the reading, the pinning, the video-watching, the outdoors, the indoors, and opportunities to hear myself think have been lovely. I haven’t slept as well since I don’t know when but definitely not since moving into the dorm. On campus there is continual life and noise. Even with the students gone there are fire alarms, car alarms, tennis players, knocks on the door, grounds crew people outside making noise, a crow flying into my window over and over in the morning to wake me up…  I’m so thankful for the couple who see what God has given them as an opportunity to serve others and minister through hospitality. It makes me dream of someday being able to do the same. A retreat house up here would be nice because it’s only an hour away from the fam and because I am more of a mountain girl than a beach girl, but here they have the best of both worlds since the beach is only 30 minutes away :).

Back Home

It’s good to go away and it is good to be home. I took advantage of the NANC Conference being close to my hometown and I went to visit my family last weekend. I drove up with my brother Jason and as usual half way to the Bay we stopped at Arby’s. It doesn’t matter what time of day it is, we eat :).

It was so good to hold my little niece, once her daddy finished holding her ;) , and to have the reality sink in that J&B are parents and that we have a new member of the family to care for and love as long as she or we live. We are going to see her grow, learn to read, learn to ride a bike, have joys and sorrows, and hopefully, see her passionately love Jesus. Right now, she loves to sleep and nothing can wake her when she wants to sleep, but when she decides she doesn’t want to sleep there is not much you can do about it.

After a quick weekend with the fam, I met up with my co-workers for a quick trip to the city before the conference. It was drizzly and wonderful. We had lunch at a little cafe called Marios. It’s tiny and there really isn’t a kitchen. There is a large toaster oven and a panini grill behind the bar in which they make delicious sandwiches and pizzas. We saw the taping of a verizon commercial, had pumpkin spice lattes, road BART and busses, walked around Ghirardelli Square, climbed many a hill, and had a lot of fun together.

Some of the highlights of the conference trip were good conversations with friends. We all stayed at a large house and had times to sit, eat, laugh, and chat. The challenge with that many people staying at someone’s beautiful home is that something inevitably goes wrong or gets broken. The first mishap was putting dish soap in the dishwasher. Don’t ever make that mistake. Bubbles flowing everywhere. Yikes! If you do make that mistake, vinegar and salt help. The second mishap was the garage doors fiasco. There were two and that was our mode of leaving the house with all the doors  locked. Unfortunately, when one would go down, the other would go up and then when both would close one would close and reopen. It was a good trip, but it was nice to get home and to sleep in my own bed. The last night of the trip in the middle of the night I got really confused and yelled in the middle of the night, “Whose in here?” I woke up two of my friends. When they tried to tell me that the door was just open, I couldn’t understand them. I was still processing who they were :). When one of them finally got up to close the door, she was ready to figure out the mystery and I was already back to sleep :).

It’s good to go away and it is good to return home.

Status Updates from the Midwest

I’ve been absent from the blog, but present in rural America. I spent the last 5 days or so in Iowa for my sweet grandmother’s 90th birthday. I got to see so many family members, all of whom with the exception of my brother and mom I had not seen in four years. I love them all dearly and am so thankful for the laughter and love that is a part of our relationships.

The closest I am going to get to blogging for a while is republishing my status updates from farm country. There are many more things I love about Iowa, but here is what facebook would have to tell you about my trip (with a few added pictures). Reasons I love Iowa:

  1. Stranded at the airport because everything was closed by the time we arrived but the custodian is making sure we are ok and asking if we are thirsty.
  2.  Stayed in a hotel we didn’t plan on and ran into my mom’s cousin at the continental breakfast.
  3. The general manager at the hotel offered to give us a ride to the airport to save us $15 on the shuttle.
  4.  Every rental car comes equipped with an ice scraper.
  5. Culver’s. Need I say more?
  6. Unhurried Conversations
  7.  My amazing, faithful, beautiful 90-year-old grandmother.
  8. Playing the game In A Pickle with cousins.
  9. They say pop not soda.
  10. Cream-filled donuts that you can’t find in Cali.
  11.  Reminders and memories of Grandpa Wilhite everywhere.
  12.  Water Towers in Each Town
  13. Maximum and Minimum Speed Limits on the Highways
  14. Avis Rental Car uses the honor system. What did the odometer read? Did you fill the tank? Yes? Ok.
  15.  The residents seem to be less concerned about the cars they drive and the clothes they wear. Everything is normal, economical, and not flashy.
  16. Coat Racks in Restaurants
  17. Meeting More of the Next Generation
  18. My cousin Brian with all his energy, laughter, rhyming skills and all the joy he brings. (#17 used twice on facebook. Apparently I can’t count, but the automatic numbering on WordPress won’t let me repeat my mistake.)
  19. Ted and Joan Peak who would be on SLS at my grandma’s retirement home if they had such a thing. They are precious servants of the Lord and love the people around them.
  20. My Mom’s Aunts and Uncles

  21. The Wilhite wave goodbye even at 6:30am.

That’s all from facebook. I hope to report to you soon about some of my conversations with people who are older and wiser than me.

Links I Love

April and August are busy seasons around here. There are so many things to do, people to hang with, and conversations to be had, so blogging is not high on the priority list. That being said, I wanted to share some lovely links with you:

Vintage Fabric Garden Markers

A Handbook on Leading Christian Organizations – I think this book would be an interesting read, especially because of who is recommending it.

What is the wasted life? – This is a good reminder.

Bread and Honeyed Brown Butter Spread – Yes, please!

Adorable Items from Anthropologie

Contact Paper Flags and Bunting – Can’t wait for an event to use these at.

April Fools Bumper Sticker for the Manly Man – This made me laugh.

15 New and Forthcoming Books Deserving Your Attention

Photos of Bubbles

Preppy Little Man Baby Shower – So cute!!!!!

Mason Jar Pendant Lights

I’m sure I could post more, but my time is up.

This weekend I am making 500 desserts for a tea party, prepping for a trip to my grandmother’s for her 90th birthday, and dreaming of what to make to eat for bacon fest at our weekly game night. I love that game night has officially become about the food, and the people of course :). I’m pondering pan-de-jamon (Slightly sweet bread with ham, bacon, raisins, and olives wrapped inside. It’s Venezuelan and it is delishhhhhh!), bacon-wrapped dates with an almond inside, bacon-wrapped pineapple, chocolate drizzled bacon, BLT’s, and maple donuts with crumbled bacon on top. Oh the artery-clogging possibilities.

My Weekend

So…. I don’t have too much to share and very few photos from my whirlwind trip up North. We were only in the Bay for about 36 hours, but it was a sweet time.

Speaking of sweet, here is a delicious recipe that I got out of my weekend trip. You are welcome!

Ok. I know I should have taken a picture before it was cut into, but trust me IT IS DELISH!

The purpose: Attend the baby shower of one of my best friends from highschool

The transportation: My brother’s junior high sweetheart. She really is a sweetheart and I was so thankful to reconnect with her. I haven’t seen her for around the last 8 years, 7 of which she has been married to Tyler. I look forward to getting to know her husband better and spending more time with her. Our time in the car was a sweet encouragement to me.

Who I saw: family (of course), childhood friends, highschool friends, camping buddies, former classmates, parents of old friends, former students, wives and babies of former students, and more. There were lots of connections at one little baby shower.

How long I’ve known the mother of baby Gigi: Almost 24 years

How long I’ve known the father of baby Gigi: Almost 20 years

How long they’ve known each other: Almost 14 years (It’s a crazy world!)

Congratulations, Sarah and Rick! I love you and am so excited for you to enter this stage of life.

She'll be here soon!

Matt and Alexis, Congrats to you too! William is a doll. Even though it made me feel old because Matt was my student, it was a joy to hold baby will.

Sleeping William. It seems like just yesterday I was making your daddy read The Hobbit in Jr. High.

Peanut Butter Cups
January 6, 2011, 7:30 am
Filed under: Family, Friends, FUN!, recipes, These are a few of my favorite things..., Travel

It’s taken me a while to post this recipe. I’ve been too busy playing with a cute baby, fun kiddos, and hanging out with old friends. Here is the simple recipe that gives rave reviews:

from: My Momma

1/3 c. creamy peanut butter
1/4 c. xxx (powdered) sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
8 ounces confectioner’s coating broken up
1/2 c. creamy peanut butter

Blend first 3 ingredients. Chill. Using 1/2 tsp. mixture for each, roll into 24 balls. Place in 1 1/2 inch paper bon bon cups. Melt coating and remaining peanut butter. Stir constantly. Spook into cups to fill. Chill.