Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Loonie, Toonie....What?

**This post is for my mom--she will find it interesting!

Today during a math lesson, I discovered that I do not know everything there is to know about 4th grade math. Shocking, huh? How can I be almost finished with my Masters Degree and be completely lost in a math class? Today the lesson was on estimating and counting money--sounds easy enough. My mom and dad owned a grocery store when I was younger and I got to be a cashier when I was 12 or 13, so I would consider myself good with money...American money, that is!! Today I was brought face to face....with Canadian money and I realized that I had no idea. I had never seen any Canadian money, much less got to spend any Canadian money--so I was completely lost when the topic came up. What is a 'loonie'? A loonie could be someone who is crazy and needs to go to the 'loonie bin' but what would that have to do with money?? A loonie is the Canadian dollar. It is a gold coin with a picture of a loon on the back side of it. A loon is a type of bird that resembles a duck and can be found in Canada and some parts of the United States. The loonie is worth $1.00--
The next question was what is a 'toonie'? Now, I figured out that it sounded like TWO so it must be a $2.00 coin. I arrived at the right answer all by myself....my schooling must be paying off. A toonie is a $2.00 coin that has two colors. The outer color is silver and the inner color is gold. The back side of the toonie has a polar bear on it.

The words 'loonie' and 'toonie' just sound so funny--and I had no idea that they were the names of Canadian money. I'm learning new things everyday, it just stinks that I didn't know a 4th grade lesson!

Why Do I Worry?

Since Jason is 4th semester and we have less than a year until his first day of clinicals, we've been talking about how he is going to study for the STEP 1. The higher the STEP 1 score, the more options he can have (surgery, cardiology, radiology, etc) when it comes time for his residency. He doesn't want to limit himself...so obviously he wants to score the highest score possible. We have always heard about review courses, but never really thought about them because they seemed too far away. We now have 6 months until we are off the island, so it is time we start thinking! We looked into review sessions and decided that FALCON would be something Jason would be interested in before he took his STEP 1. FALCON is a 7-week review course in Dallas, Texas that will help him review all the subjects he will be tested on. It will be May 4-June 19 and it will be a very intense couple of weeks--not to mention very expensive. He'll have to fly to Texas, pay the FALCON fee, and then fly back to Missouri. We've been tweaking our budget and trying to get as much money as we can saved so we can order the course. The only deal is--we have to buy the course by February and they want all the money up front. We will have the money after a few semesters but we don't have a few semesters....we have a few months. I know we have great parents/grandparents that would give us the money without even thinking about it, but we don't like asking.
Once again, God has provided for us! I do ICM (where I act like a patient for the student doctors to interview), service at AUC ( I give tours and work in the computer lab at Jason's school: like a work-study program), and I just got another opportunity! I was asked to be an educators aid at a local school on the island. I will go in two times a week and help the 4th grade teacher with her large class. With all the different things I will be doing, we will be able to save enough money. With ALL the opportunities we've been given--money for FALCON will no longer be such an issue. I don't know why I worry--I know God will provide...he always does and he always will.

Sunday, September 28, 2008

But Why Not?

I think something is wrong with me.... we've been married for 5 months, we live on an island, we have no steady source of income and..... I want a baby. I know how crazy this sounds but for the last few months, I have had what some might call 'baby fever'. We DEFINITELY cannot have children right now--I want Jason to be around more, we want to be able to provide financially for our family, and we need to be back in the states. I know all the reasons why now is not a good time to start adding to our family, but that just makes the situation worse. I know we are young and we have so much more of our lives ahead of us (God willing) and everything changes when a baby is born (no spur of the moment trips, less sleep, less money, etc) but I still have something inside of me that wants to be a mother. Just because I know now is not the time, doesn't mean that I can just stop wanting to start a family.
We have talked about the 'baby fever' issue many times and we've finally decided that we will start a family at the end of Jason's clinicals--which is about 2 years. We want to raise a child up in a stable home where the baby's needs can be met. I dream of decorating a nursery, picking out an outfit to bring the baby home in, first words, birthday parties, Father's Day/Mother's Day, and all the other things that come with being a parent. Right now, I will just have to keep reminding myself of how much better things will be for the baby and for our family if we are just patient! Look out though in two years--we're going be some AMAZING parents!!

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Just About There

Jason's first block exams are October 6th so this weekend he spent most of his time studying in the library. He heads to school early in the morning and comes home for lunch and dinner (just enough time to eat)and then it's back to school until bedtime. He is doing a great job preparing for his exams and I couldn't be more proud of him! Since he is studying like crazy, I have to find ways to keep myself busy. I've been doing a pretty good job of staying busy--but today I decided to just lounge around in my pajamas and watch as many episodes of Sex in the City as I could. I am loving EVERY episode!! Thanks to Jill for lending me all 6 seasons!!
I'm normally not a lazy bum that stays in her pajamas all day watching multiple episodes of Sex and the City....PROMISE. Sometimes school, work, and the stresses of the island can be overwhelming and a day like today is much needed. I feel bad for Jason--studying his tushy off for multiple hours a day and not really ever getting to have a lazy day. He'll be able to relax a little more after his block exams--but until then, I'll be rested enough to give him the support and encouragement he needs. I know I already said it but----I am so proud of my husband for giving it his all for our family. He is a hard worker and he is dedicated to reaching his goal of becoming a doctor.

Friday, September 26, 2008

Friday--The Best Day of the Week

Friday has finally arrived....and I love Fridays. Not only does Friday mean the weekend has arrived, but we allow ourselves certain privileges starting on Friday. Friday night is considered our 'date' night and we usually go out with Andy and Alissa. We usually go out to dinner, a movie, or sometimes we do both. Date night can be as simple as getting a pizza from Pizza Dans or as nice as Le Chalet, a nice fondue restaurant on the French Side. No matter where we decide to go or how much we eat...the night usually ends with us making a pit stop at McDonald's. McDonald's is our dessert stop--choco mac (chocolate dipped cone), McFlurry, or a milkshake are all perfect ways to end the night. Fridays are definitely something to look forward to, especially after a rough week!
Not only are Fridays a time for us to have a night of fun and relaxation, but it is when we allow ourselves to roll down the hurricane shutter and really crank down the air conditioner. I know how crazy we sound, but this IS a big deal. We have a hurricane shutter on our bedroom window and on Friday and Saturday nights the shutter gets rolled down. This makes our room pitch black....perfect sleeping conditions. We usually always sleep with our air conditioner on--at least here lately, but on the weekends we turn the thermostat down a few degrees. It makes our room VERY cold and VERY dark! A fun night out with my hubby and our island friends AND coming home to a dark and cold bedroom is why Fridays are wonderful!

I understand how crazy this might seem, but sometimes the week goes by much faster when we have dinner, dessert, and a dark, cold room to look forward to. Ok--now we sound like our parents and grandparents YIKES WE'RE GETTING OLD!! Sometimes the smallest things, make such the difference! If I have learned anything since living on the island of St. Maarten-- it would be to not take the small things for granted. Back in Missouri, it was nothing for us to go out to dinner/lunch/breakfast multiple times a week....but here dining out is more of a privilege and something we look forward to.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Just Pout About It!

Flys--big flys that make a lot of noise, small flys that get lost with a blink of an eye, and anything that might look like a fly will have Bazzle's attention all day. Bazzle loves chasing flys through the house....he runs full blast, jumps in the air, and bites in the direction of the fly. He was focused on a huge fly and he was running and chasing it....and the fly went outside and so did Bazzle. He ran out the door and towards the stairs. I immediately jumped up, yelled for him, and spatted him. He knows he isn't suppose to take off running out of the house, but he is a chihuahua and his brain isn't that big. He was so mad at me that he walked to the bedroom and layed in a corner under the desk. I had to get a picture of my pouting dog--too cute! He stayed in his corner for at least 20 minutes. I was giving Muzzy all my attention and I made sure that I talked loud enough for Bazzle to hear. Nothing worked---so I got out the doggy treats. Of course, he got over himself real quick! A few dog treats later and he was asleep on the couch beside me. His brain is definitely big enough to know that if he goes and pouts in the corner-- he'll get a treat. DANG DOG!

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Happy Birthday Nate!

Today was Nathaniel Oh's 3rd birthday--well it was actually last week but we helped him celebrate today. The party was at McDonald's in Simpson Bay--in the play area. All the kids were given Happy Meals and crowns to wear for the party and the adults were given drinks and ice cream. I even held off eating lunch so I could enjoy a Happy Meal myself--sometimes I still enjoy the smaller things in life.....a Happy Meal. The kids loved running around and playing in the area and with the other kids and the parents loved the temporary freedom.
Nate was so excited that today was his birthday....he walked around with a huge grin on his face the whole party. The cutest thing was that he had Hanna, his mom, fix his hair----in a mowhawk! It was the cutest thing....or better yet, he is the cutest thing. There were so many people there and even more kids. Everyone had a great day--thanks for letting us celebrate your special day with you Nate! I'm definitely going to miss those 'Oh' boys when it comes time to leave the island.

Monday, September 22, 2008

Procrastination--My Middle Name

This week I have been putting off some homework, well not just any homework....a 20-page paper on how to structure and develop capital strategies and financial advice. I know that it sounds exciting, but I couldn't get into it. I'm not sure when I took a turn down Procrastination Lane, but it is very unlike me. Usually I stay on top of my homework--if not even ahead of where I'm suppose to be, but not this week. While putting homework on the back burner, I found some things to keep me busy this weekend. Saturday evening was a potluck. The spouses organization hosted a really nice dinner for the spouses and their families--everyone brought a yummy dish and we all gathered around the picnic tables to enjoy it. We had a really good time visiting with everyone and getting to know all the new couples. We also got to know a couple from our neck of the woods (Jake and Jen)

Jason didn't get to stay too long because he had to get back to studying, but I stayed and visited with everyone for awhile. After all, I had no homework or anything to get back to so I enjoyed everyone's company. About two hours later, I found myself walking back home and too tired to do anything difficult, especially homework. I ended up watching the WHOLE first Season of Sex and the City--thanks to Jill for lending me all 6 seasons!

Sunday was a new day and I was determined that I needed to get some work done. It has been raining the past couple of days and Sunday was no exception....it rained all day. Do you know how hard it is to not nap when it is raining? After church and lunch, I couldn't keep my eyes open any longer so I gave in and napped. When I woke up, I immediately started my paper. Everyone would pleased to know that three hours later--I finished my paper. I had to make myself sit down and finish my homework because later that night the spouses were working on their cinnamon roll fundraiser.At 7:00pm, Sunday night, a group of girls all met at Jills house to roll out the dough, make the cinnamon filling, and mix together the icing. We had a large group of girls show up and we were able to make about 150 cinnamon rolls. It was more like a fun night out with the girls--we really enjoyed ourselves.

This semester has already proven to be full of fun activities so I really need to stay focused on my schoolwork so that I am able to participate. I know that I have to keep my eyes on the end goal and keep pushing towards it....no one said it was going to easy! It will be so worth it.....once I am done!

Saturday, September 20, 2008

International Beach Clean Up

This morning at 7:00am the alarm clock went off---way, way, way too early! We decided earlier in the week that we were going to participate in the beach clean up at Mullet Beach. September 20th is "International Beach Clean Up". Mullet Beach is one of the main beaches we go to because it is only a short walk away from our apartment. We started towards the beach and it started sprinkling on us. This is nothing new because it has been raining on and off for the past few days. Since we hadn't started cleaning up the beach though ....the rain was not something that we welcomed. To be honest....we were dreading picking up garbage, especially if it was going to downpour on us the whole time. We arrived at the beach (along with 100s of people), signed in, and were given trash bags, gloves, a garbage list, and a pencil. They wanted us to record the things that we picked up such as: beer bottles, cigarette butts, plastic bags, and anything else that we could find. The rain stopped just as we started and stayed away long enough for us to finish. We found so much stuff--crazy things that I couldn't believe people would just leave.

At one point we found an area where a lot of people use for get togethers because it is set back in the trees a little bit so there is a good amount of shade. There were probably 100 beer bottles (if not more) and tons of picnic style things like cups, plates, forks. We filled three full bags of garbage from just that small area. After we walked down the beach and turned back, we carried or pulled our bags through the sand back to the tents. We had to weigh each of our bags of garbage and turn in our sheet of what we found so they could record the main type of garbage found on the beach along with the total amount that was found. In our small group of 5-6 people we collected close to 150 pounds of trash! At the weigh station it was interesting to see the goodies that everyone else found on the beach. There were pallets, refrigerators, huge pieces of drift wood, and even a MATTRESS--yes, you read correctly....a MATTRESS

The day ended up in success!! It felt good to know that we were trying to keep the things we enjoy clean and useable for a lot longer. I did get a picture of the trash pile--an hour before the clean up finished. I'm sure the pile was a lot larger than this....when I get the total poundage collected today I'll make sure that I post it!

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Things You All Wanna Know

Ok so there are these crazy things floating around in the blog world where I have to answer some questions and give a little in sight into my life. I'm just going to do the two that I saw so that I can "kill two birds with one stone"
5 things I was doing 10 years ago:
1. Attending my first year of high school
2. Playing basketball
3. Walking around on crutches...broke my ankle
4. Crushing on some senior boys
5. I'm not sure...it was a long time ago

5 things on todays 'to do' list
1. Work on homework
2. Exercise
3. ICM
4. Laundry
5. Figure out what to make for dinner

5 snacks that I enjoy
1. Wasabi/soy almonds
2. cheese and crackers
3. kiwi
4. PB&J
5. chips and salsa

5 things I would do if I were a millionaire
1. Pay off medical school loans--immediately
2. Buy a nice house and car
3. Help out family members
4. Buy a plane--I don't like airlines
5. Save and Invest

5 jobs I have had
1. Tanning salon receptionist
2. Cashier
3. Karsch's front desk
4. Curves
5. PacSun

The second one is My 6 Quirks
1. I have to have LISTS...I make lists for my lists. If I know I'm going to the grocery store then I make a list to take to the store, but I'll make another list to remind me that I have a list for the grocery store. I have to feel like I am slightly prepared for the store. Lists make me feel just a little bit better....they bring a smile to my face.

2. I'm always nervous that I have lost something (keys, phone, wallet). I know that the second I lock the house--I put my keys in my purse. I walk down a few flights of stairs and I'm frantically digging in my purse looking for the keys. When we go out for dinner, Jason's responsibility is the keys and he knows how crazy I get over losing things so he will always ask "Do you have the keys?"--which gets me digging like crazy in my purse, feeling my pockets...just to have him dangle them in the air. How about this example....flying home and having to keep track of flight information, dog health certificates, passports, boarding passes and anything else that we need. I know that I packed EVERYTHING but I still have to check when we get in the car, when we arrive at the airport, on the plane, and when we get home. I'm always nervous that something fell out and I lost it--

3. I think the main purpose for bathtubs are for shaving your legs. I refuse to stand up in our tiny shower to shave my legs. I sit down on the side and it makes my experience much more enjoyable. Standing up and leaning over just causes the shampoo to run down into my eyes, missed patches of hair (annoying), and discomfort. I usually only take a bath when I want to shave my legs, but unfortunately the island does not offer this luxury so I get to maneuver myself in the shower....fun times!

4. I sleep fully clothed--sports bra, shirt, shorts (or pants and socks depending on the season). I am not able to sleep as sound or as comfortable with pajamas or night attire. I prefer to be in my clothes.

5. I tend to wash my dishes before I even eat dinner..... I like to put our meals in our plates, put the leftovers in tupperware, and wash the dishes before I sit down to eat. I cannot stand my kitchen to be dirty so I feel like I can enjoy my meal a little bit better if I have a clean kitchen.

6. I'm a celebrity stalker--no not really but I do read up on celebrities DAILY . I like people.com; usmagazine.com; okmagazine.com; x17online.com; perezhilton.com---ok so I'm a little obsessed with seeing who is dating who? and who was wearing what? I've become very addicted to the internet since moving to St. Maarten, but I'm determined to break this habit once we move back to the states. I'm sad to say that "My name is Ashley Conway and I am addicted to celebrity websites."

Hopefully by reading this--everyone can understand who I am just a little bit better. *Oh and I will be reading everyone's blog to see your responses....so get busy!

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

I Gotta Brag---Just a Little

Since Jason isn't too fond of talking about grades and status....I'm going to. We normally don't discuss grades and test scores, but I think this is an exception. My hubby made the DEANS LIST! To make the Deans List the students must maintain at least an 87% overall average He was one of the 60 students that reached this goal. He has worked so hard the past semesters and finally the hard work has paid off. Everyone works their tail off just to get to the next exam and eventually the next semester--but seeing the hard work on paper is a huge confidence booster. It is a huge accomplishment and I thought it deserved some recognition. If you look closely--you can see his name. He is number 7 on the list...with a yellow mark by his name. I am so proud of him--

Monday, September 15, 2008

Almost a Goner

Anyone that has ever been to my apartment knows that I always have my front door and my windows open so I get a good breeze blowing through. Dinner time is always a hot part of the day because I have the oven and the stove top on. The house feels like 100 degrees--so I keep the house open so the heat will push right out. We were sitting down eating dinner and we hear a very loud noise. It sounded like one of the local cats meowing downstairs...and then we hear barking. All of a sudden Jason and I look at each other and ask "Where is Bazzle?"--he was nowhere in the house. We start panicing and yelling for Bazzle. Jason runs down the stairs to find Bazzle sitting in front of the second door on the second floor. He thought he was in front of our door--and was howling because he thought he was locked out. Jason ran down to get him and Bazzle comes running up the stairs...completely tired! We don't really know how long he was downstairs, but he sure got his heartrate up. When he walked in the house, he walked right to the treat jar. He always gets a treat when we get back from a walk so I guess he thought he deserved a treat.
We aren't really sure how he got downstairs or why he decided to runaway from his perfect life--but we think that he ran downstairs to chase the cat. The cat has been aggervating the last couple of days....sitting outside our door and MEOWING at the top of his lungs. Bazzle and Muzzy would growl and bark any chance they got--they aren't too fond of cats. After he finished chasing the cat, we think he tried to find his way back home and got stuck on the second floor. Who knows what happened--but Bazzle was almost a goner. He's back in the apartment--safe and sound. This dog is so lucky....he's had a few close calls and he's still here. I'm not sure what I would do if something happened to him--

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Busy Couple of Days

The past few days we have been busy, busy, busy! Thursday night was dinner at Chuck and Geneva's new place. She cooked a traditional Louisiana meal--Cajun style and it was delicious! We decided to have a cookout at their place because they just moved and we needed to break their new house in....so we had a cookout! Crawfish fettucini and Sausage/Chicken gumbo was the menu with bread, salad, and apple crisp for dessert. I was very surprised that I enjoyed it so much because I'm not big on trying new things--especially when it has crawfish in it. Thanks guys for letting us finish off the last of your "Louisiana stash"--it sure was good!

Friday night was White Coat for the new first semester students. They have a ceremony where they get their white doctors coat and then afterwards there is a meal and a get together at a place called Bliss. We didn't go to the ceremony but we were there for the FREE DINNER, I know surprise, surprise. Dinner was good--chicken, fish, rice, potatoes, pasta, and sushi! Bliss is a fun little hangout...the restaurant/bar is right on the ocean, with white couches to sit on, a big dance floor, and a pool. White coat is always an excuse to dress up a little bit and hang out with people we haven't seen since break. We really enjoyed ourselves! By the end of the night we were dancing, laughing, and just enjoying the company. The first couple weeks are the best time to hang out with everyone before school gets too intense.

Saturday morning was the Welcome Breakfast for the Spouses Organization. It was nice because we got to get together with the older semester spouses and meet the newbies. We had a huge turnout at the breakfast--I think we are close to having 50 members. Breakfast was at Ric's Place-- a place in Simpson Bay.Ric's Place is one of the few places that offer a buffet and a large enough seating area for everyone. We had a great turnout at the breakfast and I can't wait to see all the fun things that will be planned!

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Remembering September 11th

I cannot believe it has been seven years since the towers were attacked in New York City. I can still remember where I was--I was sitting in Mr. Mapes' class my senior year of highschool. We were eating breakfast and watching the news. I can remember complaining to him because we always had to watch what he wanted. At one point we were discussing our game that night. Varsity basketball had a game that night and we were talking about plays and whatever else.....and I remember looking up and watching the second plane hit one of the towers. We were in shock--we didn't really speak! After the initial shock was over, panic was all through the school. What just happened? Who would do this? I remember everyone telling us to get gasoline in our cars, stock up on groceries, and get out some cash just so we could be prepared for the worst. Me and my friend Phoebe went to the gas station, waited close to an hour, and paid almost $10 for a gallon of gas. This was the first time that I was frightened for my life and what was to come. People were frantic--running around like crazy! That evening--our basketball game was cancelled--and the team went to a local church and we prayed for the city, the victims, and the families. I remember that day like it was yesterday and it is so hard to believe that it was 7 years ago. I hope that I never take a single day for granted and am always thankful for my life and what I have. I know that it could all be taken away in the blink of an eye. September 11, 2001 will never be forgotten.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Walking My Tushy Off

The spouses have organized an walking group which has been going on since day one of the semester. We meet at 8:30 am each morning at Cupecoy Beach Club and we walk a 5-mile path through the golf course. Our group consists of moms with strollers, and the non-moms. Our group has roughly 15 people (give or take a few) and it has been a great way to meet new spouses and get closer to the older semester spouses.

The first week of the walk--everything went smoothly. The second week of the walk--went a little rougher. We got stuck in two rain storms and got stopped by golf course security. The first rain storm happened when we were about 5 minutes away from being done. It started to sprinkle and then it started raining a little faster. We decided that the rain would go away--after all we are on an island and it rains in short spurts pretty much everyday--so we gathered under a big tree. We were wrong! The rain started coming down faster and harder and eventually flooded the golf course. We decided that we weren't going to get any wetter so we headed home. By the time I got home, I looked like a wet mess! I had to ring out my clothes...The rain was a great way to cool down. The second rain storm came on as we were just beginning the walk. Once again we gathered under a tree and then decided to just keep walking. The rain stopped and because we got wet....the walk was much cooler.

The rain storms are not going to keep us from getting in shape....but what about the golf course security guard?? We were stopped by the security guard of the golf course the other day because he was worried that us walking along the edge of the course would ruin the grass. This is coming from someone that drives their car on the golf course to tell you to get off. I think car tires are more damaging than a few feet--but what do I know I'm not a security guard. He told us to stay off the grass and when we asked him where we would walk...he replied "on the pavement." Pavement=Road=Not Safe. We have since then found another way to make the walk. I think a mixture of the heat and the walk make me sweat uncontrollably! We are determined ladies so I'm not sure there is much more that could discourage us. I'm proud of us for keeping focused and determined! Way to go ladies....at this rate we'll look like supermodels at the end of the semester .

Monday, September 8, 2008

Off To A Good Start

**I was just reading through a few of my previous posts and realized how my thoughts bounce off each other and it makes it hard to follow and even harder to read. I promise that I will try to do a better job of slowing down and making sure that each thought is complete before moving on to another random idea. **
We have made it through another week on the island and the first week of the new semester. I don't know exactly what it was but this time when we hauled our tightly packed, heavy suitcases up to the 4th floor and dropped them in the corner....something felt different. For the first time since we've been here, I finally feel like this tiny apartment in the middle of the ocean is home. I guess maybe this is the first time that I've actually thought self-sufficient and grown-up....who knows? This week was full of down time and get togethers for all the new semester students to meet everyone and get used to their new life for the next 20 months. We had a Mixer where all the students get to know each other. The mixer was on campus and there was a live band and some food. I always get excited for the first week of school because there are a few parties that have free food. The food is always a let down, but I always forget that from semester to semester. I get distracted with the "FREE" part! We had a good time hanging out with our old friends and getting accquainted with some new friends. There was also a Welcome Back Beach BBQ at Mullet Beach where bbq was provided and it gave us an excuse to hang out at the beach all day. Jason played sand volleyball, while I enjoyed the ocean. There were these little fish that would get chased to the shore by bigger fish and when the bigger fish would start feeding the fish would jump out of the water. I wish we could have had a picture because I'm not talking about 10 tiny fish, I'm talking about 100's of fish jumping out of the water and occassionally we would be standing in the way and the fish would jump into our bodies. Very gross, but we couldn't help but laugh uncontrollably! The waves were pretty big too because of all the storms around so it was fun dodging and ducking under all the waves that broke on the shore. A few people got slammed, but fortunately I was not one of them. Sunday morning we decided we would give the church at AUC a try. CMDA (Christian Medical and Dental Association) started church at the school with a live band and then a message from a pastor in California is watched on the big screen. We were hesitant at first because we didn't think that watching a preacher on TV would be informative or helpful because it is hard to keep concentrated when there isn't a real person present. We were actually very surprised and excited that we found something to fill our "church void"...the worship/praise part was great. There are some very musically talented students that go to AUC and we are glad that we finally decided to give it a try. We are feeling very good about this semester, our home, and our little Conway family.

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

August Break

We flew back home August 16th for our much needed break. Jason had finals until 1:00pm and we flew out at 4:30pm. You could say that we were a little excited to get home! The break was great. We really tried to not do anything--which is much harder than everyone thinks. We spent one of our first nights home at the race track--watching some of our friends race four wheelers. The first weekend we were home, I went to Illinois to watch Ana play on her traveling soccer team. She played 5 games in two days and at the end of the weekend, her team (Southeast Stars) won first place in the tournament. Me and Ana love doing crafts so the first thing we did was go to the craft store and buy some things to do some fun projects with... we made a messenger bag for Ana's first day of school and made tie-dye shirts. I love doing crafts so any excuse I can get to be creative and act younger than I am--I take it. I think we went out to dinner more than anyone else should do in a two week span. Here is Ana making her school bag. It turned out great!
Brock eating his ice cream cone

We also got to go to a Cardinals baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers. Neither one of us are huge baseball fans but we love the atmosphere. The chants, the food, and just sitting in the stadium doing the wave are things that we like at baseball games. We had great seats, right by the Cardinals' pitcher warm-up area. The previous night the Cardinals lost to the Brewers 12-0 so in the 8th inning we decided to leave and head for home because the Cardinals were losing. The next morning we heard on the news that the game was great in the last two innings and the Cardinals ended up winning 5-3. Even though we missed the best part, we still got to see a homerun and eat some nachos. We had a great time with our friends and it was nice to act like we were from Missouri again.

We had a great two weeks with friends and family...and the best thing was I got to spend two weeks with Jason--and no school stress! We flew back to the island August 31st to start our 4th semester on the island. Time really does fly when you are having fun--we miss our friends and family terribly, but we'll be home soon!