Monday, July 14, 2014

Easter Sunday

The weekend before I started my new job was Easter. I went up to St George for the weekend to visit Monica and her family ! It was fun to just get away for a day or two.

I did a few things...
Like hold a snake for the first time, ever! ( Holy. Crap.)

And so did Austin...


Tatiana made us dessert, what a pretty cake huh?


Supervising the massive egg decorating!

Love this girl!!!

It was so good to see family . We didn't do a whole lot and we didn't have to. Just spending time together was enough. And I was a little nervous for Monday! Another thing I decided to do was as I drive home I decided I wanted to visit the cemetery in boulder city, to visit mom and dad. I decided to cut through Logandale on a "backroad" - I stopped at Wally's for directions and gas, and who do I run into? My cousins in Logandale..funny is an understatement. So after our chat at the gas pump I went on my adventure..
 And I was terrified! My biggest fear is driving on a desolate road by myself, with no one around. Scary! The funny thing was there were cars around me ahead of me... One by one they turned around and went the opposite direction. They were scared too I think because there was no signs at all. I had food water, my phone and medication ... So I initially thought I will be just fine. I can say that it was a pretty, but long ride. It landed me on Lake Mead Parkway by Lake Las Vegas , which was good. But what an adventure!


Saturday, May 3, 2014

Race for the Cure 2014

Short and Sweet. Today we did the 5k for the Race for the Cure. We did in memory of our moms. It's. A great way to celebrate our Moms.. I have been walking a mile and a half a day, so I felt prepared. It has been a few years since I last participated. I feel great, even though I'm wiped! ��


Sunday, April 27, 2014

My last week at work :(

 After months of anticipating, it's finally here . In a few days I'll start a new chapter in my life. I've been so sick about the uncertainty of it all... I had a job application floating out there somewhere, but I haven't heard anything yet so I was making my final preparations. But a lot of time spent praying for guidance, and somehow I know I will be ok . It's called having and practicing faith. And it's hard to practice that when you basically feel shattered. But you know what? You pick it up piece by piece and take a deep breath and start over. Because you can and will do this! So here are a few pictures because I wanted some pictures with my friends :)




The last week it slowed done a whole lot! But they let me work after all.. I like to say because I'm a cheap. ;) Whatever . As long as I get paid ! This is part of my hallway.

This week even though it's sad...I got good news. I finally got the job!!!  :D

Truer words were never sung !

Private joke. Tell you about that in a bit. But this is my Susie's last night. She is retiring. I helped her get her CNA job in maternity when I needed to cut my hours back for nursing school . She's such a good person. I'll miss working with her- but we will keep in touch. Miss you Susie Q!

Our last Monday we had one patient.. So what do we do after our one patient is settled?
Sssh!! Where's our popcorn? ;)


Our time had finally come. My last day was Thursday morning. As sad as I was, I really didn't cry too much. Maybe because I'm looking forward of things to come. Here's my post from Facebook -

"Reflecting today. 75,000 babies born... Thousands of patients taken care of during my 15 yrs here. I wish we could pack up and work somewhere together, but that's not how it goes.  I can truly say that I will miss my Valley family. I grew from a CNA to an LPN with a lot of laughs and bumps along the way. Thank You for your example. You have shaped me into the nurse that I am today. We have shared joys and sorrows... and you will always hold a special place in my heart. Best Wishes! "
Last, but not least..




Our goodbye party at Millers Ale House ...So back to the private joke. During one of our nightshift after it was announced we were closing, we started talking about the cuts that would need to be made .. The luxuries from our lives. Lori couldn't afford tide.. Barb couldn't afford Charmin.. And I couldn't afford albacore tuna... Cause I'm a tuna snob, LOL. Kinda disappointed I didn't get tuna, LOL!



And then came Friday. This is for real now. Time to turn in the badge and pick up my last check ��


Our first breakfast at Omlet House...Start of new traditions ☺️

I'm ending this on a happy note. I will for sure keep track of you. And it was a honor to work with you!! I'll miss my night crew... I even dedicated a song to you.. One we know very well, played at 2200. 0200. 0600. "It Michael!!" 
 Forever MJ!!! LOL I will always think of my night crew when I hear Billie Jean ;)

And.... Last but not least

I'm official now!! Woot-Woot!!
























Thursday, April 10, 2014

The final countdown


"Why can't we get all the people together in the world we really like and then just stay together? I guess that wouldn't work. Someone would leave. Someone always leaves. I hate goodbyes. I know what I need. I need more Hellos." - Charles M. Schulz



Only a few of my pics, thanks to the magic of Facebook. I'm not saying goodbye yet, I have a few more days to go... I wish we could all pack up and work somewhere together, but that's not how it goes. I can truly say I will miss my Valley family. I grew from a CNA to LPN with lots of laughs and bumps along the way. You helped me shape into the nurse that I am. I have shared Joys and Sorrows. I sometimes felt I spent more time here then anywhere else. Off to new adventures, You will always hold a special place in my heart.

Monday, March 31, 2014

Quiche Anyone?

So I'm invited next Saturday to a potluck brunch at the home of the Leflers . This has been a tradition followed up with Ladies Night that evening ☺️ We have done something for at least five years, and I love it. I love General Conference! It's time to receive counsel from Our Prophet and Apostles. We get to hear representatives of our Lord and Savior and I personally can't wait. Time to fill my lamp! You can go to www.lds.org next Saturday and Sunday and watch too. 

So I decided to make a quiche for the brunch. I love to eat quiche. But I've never made a from scratch quiche-mine usually come fromCostco or somewhere and they are pretty tasty. But I found a fairly easy recipe on Pinterest. With my own modifications.. Here we go. I am not a baker. At all. I won some Pampered Chef products  about 8 yrs ago. In it I got a beautiful cranberry stoneware pie plate. I've used it about 5 times or so.. And I've made things in it but not pie related! So here goes nothing.


Spinach Bacon Quiche- for the freezer

Ingredients

1 Pillsbury Pie Crust unrolled into pie plate (if you make awesome pie crust use yours!) unbaked
1 bag of frozen spinach thawed and drained, I sautéed w/ onion in bacon grease
1/2 pkg bacon cooked (about 5 or 6 pieces, or add a little more if you want) and crumbled
1/2 sweet onion thinly sliced cooked in bacon grease
6 eggs beaten with 1 c heavy whipping cream
1 1/2- 2 cups shredded Swiss Cheese mixed with 4 tsp flour
Dash of dry mustard
1-2 tsp of house seasoning or salt and pepper

*House Seasoing is a blend of Kosher Salt, Black Pepper and Garlic Powder*
Ratio 1 c Kosher Salt 1/4 c Black Pepper and 1/4c Garlic Powder. Store in container or quart size Baggie lasts 6 months .

Mix shredded cheese  with flour. Spray pie plate with Pam place unrolled pie crust into pie plate and pinch or flute edges. Spread a generous layer of cheese. Next layer the bacon pieces, spinach and onions. ( If onions aren't your thing leave em out) .

Next beat eggs with cream, house seasoning and dash of mustard powder . Beat well. Pour into crust and top with more cheese. To prepare for freezing, cover pie plate with plastic first and then foil. Place in freezer. When ready to bake simply pull out and bake on 400 for about an hour.                         *Again new to this, I will post my results*



Sunday, March 30, 2014

March!

March has zoomed by!! I've been getting my resume ready and sending applications out.! So scary! Last time I actually filled out an app was in 1999!! Crazy Crazy!! Filled with a lot of incertainty, fear, anxiety with a dash of doubt. But I'm holding as hard as I can. Things can't get any worse. And I've had a lot of blessings. So I will go with that. I will say though that I have been served a super sized portion of humble pie. :) Anyway Joeleene and Jacob's Wedding was March 15. So happy for them!!!

I got to the chapel long enough to dress up the bride...


The night before I arranged a family dinner at Macayos... It was so great to see so many there!


It was a girls night out... But not too late.


Did I say how much I love Macayos?? ❤️

Next after we divided the monster bill, I took the girls to Bellagio for a walk around the Conservatory







Introducing Mr. and Mrs. Leftler!!


As you can see.. I haven't figured out how to crop people out yet, LOL.

Joeleene's family- left to right- Michael, Jeneatte, bride&groom, Jimmy and Roxanne
Picture with the Moms ☺️
Leftler Family , picture of the guy is a cousin serving in the military.

Kami and Joelenne

So Happy for one of my bestfriends. Congratulations Joeleene and Jacob ❤️




















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Saturday, March 29, 2014

February

Ahhh.. February. Well... Not gonna lie. It sucked.
But first, we had the Sochi Olympics

I think that this was the best part of the Olympics. It was fun to watch. I want to put ride The Transiberian Railway on my bucket list.

And then Facebook made everyone a Video of favorite posts and pictures.. Here's what I got.

It sounds so petty, but this bothered me. Everyone and their brother got a video made but not me! It felt like school all over again. So I disconnected my Facebook ...

Yeah big protest. I think I lasted 3 days!! No willpower at all. Zero. But on the bright side , it pays to whine.  ;) I also had me some bronchitis ��

But it was a good thing to reconnect, I would need it.
I can't say that I didn't see this coming, but it hurts just the same. But as I wrote advice to me, I will take it. Believe in myself and what my future can bring.. I got a great piece of advice from a church leader, basically as bad as I think things are right now.. Heavenly Father put this plan in front of me for a reason. I need to spread my wings and fly.  And remember these words.

One of my favorite bands is Fun, there song Carry On is my current anthem. I'll try to post a clip , but here are some lyrics

Love.