Sunday, October 31, 2010
Friday, October 29, 2010
1. I AM madly in love with my husband, super excited for the holidays, excited for March 14th to get here, a mamas girl, obsessed with candles and a crazy clean freak.
2. I WISH I was skinnier, had more patience, enjoyed exercising and had super powers
3. I LIKE to sleep in on Saturdays, spend hours in a craft store, jump on the bed and laugh
4. I CAN be very stubborn, go days without watching TV and be very encouraging
5. I HOPE I am a good example and witness of God's love to people I encounter, I am a good mom and I'm able to see the 7 wonders of the world
6. I THINK my pups are so sweet, my husband is such a hottie and I am so fortunate
7. I WAS praying all morning for Jason's interview, planning on getting a mani/pedi this weekend and getting everything ready for Halloween this morning.
Thursday, October 28, 2010
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
We are expecting to hear positive feedback from a few more places but here are the places that Jason will be visiting in the next few months.
It's so nice to know that we have our future home narrowed down to a handful of states. Even though the next few months will be stressful, it's nice to know that we are coming to the end of this chapter. The next chapter will be full of exciting and new adventures! If you happen to think of the Conway family as you are saying your prayers, we would be extremely grateful!!
Monday, October 25, 2010
Jason's favorite pose of pumpkin carving....I seriously think I have one like this from every year!
Is he really about to be a doctor?? Oh, if his patients only knew of his craziness! I can't help but love that silly man!
After a few hours, our pumpkins were finally finished! Jason oiled them all up, put a candle inside them and sat them on the back porch for all to see.
I'm hoping our pumpkin masterpieces make it till Halloween...it's still kind of warm here in Bakersfield. Happy Halloween from the Conway gang!!
Sunday, October 24, 2010
Last night after the pumpkin patch was the Halloween party. A group of medical students/spouses from the island are now living in Bakersfield for their clinical rotations. It was nice to see everyone again...it's been awhile since we've seen a few of the couples. We had a costume party...it was so much fun seeing everyone and their creative outfits. We decided to be Princess Peach and Mario. Here are a few pictures of us and our family of four before we headed out to the party.
We had such a fun night with everyone...Princess Peach was swept off her feet by Mario. Pretty successful night if I must say so myself!!
Thursday, October 21, 2010
Well, the good news is that my costume came in the mail today. I ripped the box open and tried it on the second I got home and I'm a little bit bummed. The costume is HUGE...I easily could have gotten a smaller size. I'm on a mission tomorrow to buy some thread so I can try and fix my outfit.
Needless to say, I'm a little stressed! The party is in two days and I had all these expectations for our super cute outfits! Wish me luck on my search to find thread and to be able to successfully alter the outfit without making a mess of the costume. If I'm not as "sew savy" as I think, then I'm off to Goodwill to find and build a homemade version of my outfit.
We'll see how everything goes...wish me luck!!
Monday, October 18, 2010
After we grabbed a few goodies from some of the vendors, then we headed over to medical student component of the conference. Of course we were early, so we grabbed some tea and took advangtage of the comfy couches on the roof!! The presentations that filled our afternoon were surprisingly interesting. They were packed with information about the upcoming residency match, how to dress, what sort of things different programs look for in a candidate and this list goes on and on. I snuck a picture of where my booty was planted for 5 hours listening to all the speakers.
All in all, our weekend was successful. We found out so many tips and suggestions that will definitely benefit Jason in the interview/match process.
Something must have worked in our favor from attending the conference because this morning Jason got an anesthesiology interview at Ohio!! We are so excited!!
Friday, October 15, 2010
--We are having a Halloween/costume party with a group of our friends on Halloween weekend. We've been debating what we should go as and we've finally decided on the perfect costumes! I'm not going to ruin the surprise but trust me, it's going to be great!
--Our besties, Andy and Alissa, are making a trip from Michigan to California to visit us. When she sent us their itinerary for 5 WHOLE DAYS in California we were estatic. We are so excited to reconnect with our friends. I got to see them in March (I snuck away to see them) but Jason hasn't seen them for over a year...a definite fun time is in store!!
--Thanksgiving with 'California' family. We won't be living in California for too many more months so spending the holidays with the family out here is something we are both really looking forward to. It's so easy to take the convenience of having them close for granted so we are ready to spend another holiday with them!!
--Jason scheduled a few interviews close to home so we will get to enjoy 10 WHOLE DAYS in Missouri. We will be back in Missouri for Christmas and New Years...woo hoo!! I've been fortunate enough to have gotten to visit since we moved to California but Jason hasn't been so fortunate. He's looking forward to a good time, after his interviews, of course!
Thursday, October 14, 2010
I didn't consider the lifestyle or the expenses, I just knew that they were given money all day long. Isn't it funny how we think when we are young?
I didn't consider life and all the small, yet HUGE, details. I just dreamed up a life for me that I felt would be perfect in every way. Oh to be 5 years old again, without a care in the world and dreaming of becoming a taxi cab driver.
Well all I can say is thank goodness that I grew up and considered all the other different opportunities. I still have the desire to help others, just not help them with their transportation. Life as an adult isn't quite how I imagined it when I was a young tike. The responsibilities are an area that I seemed to skip over completely when I would think about getting older. Even though it seems that the responsibilities double with each passing year, I love the fact that I have responsibilities(as crazy as that sounds). Part of me wishes that a few of those "younger" characteristics would have stuck with me a little longer.....day dreaming huge dreams without scaring me half to death and causing me to break out in hives and living life to the fullest everyday without freaking out about the future. I feel like I'm constantly working to live life out to the best of my ability, while trying to be as mature as possible. I feel like, in a lot of ways, I'm still a kid at heart. I still get excited when I hear the ice cream truck come down the street, still fret over what to be for Halloween and still love getting tickled and laughing until I'm about to pee my pants. Life is great right now. I couldn't ask for anything better...we've been extremely blessed. I'm just thankful that I grew out of the young stage and on to the adult stage.
When I was young life was good, but with each passing day it gets a little better and better!!
Monday, October 11, 2010
Jason had to try out his throwing arm at the dunk tank when Nutri-girl climbed in...We had such a fun day at the marina with the family. I'm so glad that we were able to support such a good cause and to support such an important person in our lives.
We didn't stay very long in Ventura after the walk because that evening we had a surprise birthday party to go to. Thane turned another year older and we all helped him celebrate with a BBQ and a night of poker. We aren't the greatest poker players but it was just nice getting everyone together!! I didn't have my camera out for any of the night but I did manage to take a picture of the two different poker tables.
It definitely was an action-packed Saturday but we wouldn't have had it any other way.
Wednesday, October 6, 2010
We are 26 years old and still not able to settle down in a house of our own. Because of the constant moving with school, we've been living in apartments and probably will be living in apartments for awhile longer. We'll probably be in apartments until we get to an area where we could see ourselves living long-term.
We are 26 years old and have more debt than most people TWICE our age. I'm might have exaggerated a little on the "TWICE our age" part but the large amount of debt is no exaggeration. It's so difficult to save up for the house and the baby when the interest rates are barely 1% and the interest rates on our loans are 8.6%. We can't see trying to really save when we have so much debt. We are both grateful for our educations but goodness were they expensive to get!! I'm so grateful for a wonderful job...it's helped decrease our loans significantly in the past year.
I've debated back and forth...should I submit this post or delete it? I don't want this post to feel like I'm ungrateful for everything we've been given. It's so hard for me to really allow myself to share my true feelings and be so vulnerable. There are so many people that have such difficult struggles that they deal with on a daily basis that my real thoughts seem so minute. So, there you have it...Ashley Conway being real!
Looks like Bakersfield will be one happening place this weekend!!
Source for all the pictures.
Tuesday, October 5, 2010
**I got to work determined to not let my burnt hand get the best of me and I had not one, not two but three students that didn't show for their sessions with their tutors. They didn't even feel the need to call in to let us know...GRRR! Their tutors didn't seem to mind as much as I dreaded telling them that their dedicated students decided not to show.
**Then to put the icing on the cake, I got this text from Jason. I blacked out the location..don't need to broadcast every little detail to the blog world. HA! I know that we applied to over 100 positions and he isn't going to be able to interview at all of them BUT it still breaks my heart when we hear back from a hospital and they don't want to invite him for an interview. Jason handles these "turndown" situations so much better than I do. He's a little more classy and professional. I want to send them an anonymous email about the HUGE mistake that they made when they turned the best dang student doctor down for an interview. As Vivian Ward from Pretty Woman would say..."Big Mistake. Big. Huge."
In all seriousness--I know Jason will be a perfect fit in whatever hospital he ends up at. God has a plan for our future and it just so happened that ________ wasn't the hospital in God's plan.
Sortof glad today is almost over...excited to see what tomorrow brings!!
Monday, October 4, 2010
I've had my fall decorations up for about a week but it's hard to get into the fall mood when it's still so dang hot outside. This week's high is only 79 degrees so hopefully with the cooler temperatures we'll be able to officially put summer behind us.
Once I got to work this morning, I lit my spiced pumpkin candle and blared the Halloween station with Halloween's Greatest Hits on Pandora.The Addams Family, Monster Mash, Love Potion #9, The Purple People Eater, Munster's Theme and all the other songs that Pandora felt had spooky, Halloween lyrics could be heard coming from my office.I'm so excited to go buy pumpkins, set our carved pumpkins out on our porch, shop for TONS of Halloween candy to pass out to the neighborhood kids and find the perfect costumes for a Halloween party.
It's crazy to think that it's already October...not too much longer and we'll be celebrating Thanksgiving and Christmas.