Thursday, December 31, 2009
We started off the year on St. Maarten-Jason was in his 5th and final semester!! April came WAY TOO FAST and the time came for us to pack up, say goodbye to our wonderful friends, and get ready for the next chapter! After we left St. Maarten, we headed back to Missouri. We were able to celebrate our first wedding anniversary back where we had gotten married. Jason had planned for us to stay in the bed and breakfast where we got married . It was perfect!
Jason had a few months of studying before he would take the STEP 1 and get placed into a clinical spot. He did wonderful on his STEP and we found out that we would be moving to California to start clinicals in September. Knowing that we would be moving so far away from home, we enjoyed our summer as much as possible.
We took a roadtrip to Tennessee to see Brian, Melinda, Megan, and Bert! We had so much fun hanging out with them for a few days! After we got back from our Nashville trip, we flew to Pennsylvania. Grandpa Conway organized a family reunion--it was pretty nice to have us all together!
Being that we were so close to our other friends Andy, Alissa, Frank, and Candice, we decided to meet in the middle! The middle for us was Sandusky, OH--home of Holiday World, one of the greates amusement parks! We had to try it out...it was so much fun acting like a kid again! Once we got back from Pennsylvania, we were asked by my sister to watch her kids for a week while they went on vacation. We love those dang kids!! We had a few fun things planned to do with them while we had them. Summer was over before we knew it and we were packing up AGAIN and moving to California. We saw so much on our drive out west...Cadillac Ranch, 4 corners, Petrified/Painted Desert, the meteorite hole, and the Grand Canyon! After a long drive, we finally made it to California. September, October, and November were a little difficult because Jason was living in LA doing a psychiatry rotation and I was living in Bakersfield. He drove home on the weekends but it wasn't the same! I found a job that I absolutely love in early October. I'm the program coordinator for a non-profit organization that helps adults learn to read. It's a very rewarding position...I'm so grateful! After living here a few months, the in-laws showed us the Sequoia National Forest. We took a weekend and explored the forest...it was amazing! The trees were bigger than I could have ever imagined! It was definitely something to see!We've been making the most out of our time! We are making the best out of the current situation and loving it! Exploring Los Angeles, snowboarding in the mountains, and taking time to enjoy each other are just a few of the things we've been up to these past few weeks!
We are trying to take the weekends and explore the area...San Fransisco, Las Vegas, and Napa Valley are a few of our future visits! 2009 was an amazing year for the Conway family and we look forward to 2010!
Wednesday, December 30, 2009
Tuesday, December 29, 2009
Having so much time off allows me to really think of a good New Years resolution.....
2010 is just around the corner!
Friday, December 25, 2009
Jason loved opening his gifts too. He got everything he asked for and more! He got a Blu-Ray player to go with his new TV and all the different movies to go along with it.
We headed down to Ventura after we opened our gifts and packed our bags. We went to a Christmas Eve service once we arrived in Ventura. That was both our first Christmas Eve service. Something about singing Christmas carols on Christmas Eve with candles, lights, and decorations all around...it really set the mood!
Our California Christmas was so nice! It was good to be around Jason's family for Christmas. I missed my family terribly, especially all our traditions, but it was nice to start making our own traditions. Merry Christmas from the Conways!
Thursday, December 24, 2009
The second he walked in the door, he had a new friend. Muzzy followed him everywhere and wouldn't leave him alone. When it came time to eat, he wouldn't get down off Timothy's bed. He didn't want Bazzle to get his spot...Timothy is HIS friend!
The next morning after we woke up we started calling around at different paintball fields. We wanted to take Timothy to play paintball...something he's been wanting to do. Because of the time of year, the paintball fields are only open on the weekends. BUMMER! We didn't let that stand in our way...we decided to head over to the shooting range. We walked in to the range and got situated with our ear muffs, shooting glasses, bullets, and the shooting target.
The boys had a good time competing and showing off their frisbee skills. Jason really enjoyed spending a few days with his brother....something he's never gotten to do. I know God put us in California for a reason! It's been nice to see our California family a little more!