Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Answered prayers.

If you've been reading this blog for a while, you have a some idea how we've been learning a lesson in patience lately. From a long time job hunt to pregnancy loss and infertility, I have been getting a (to be honest highly needed) lesson in trusting the sovereignty of God AND his timing.

So when we decided to move to California, I started praying for job. While I knew that finding a job wouldn't be hard (primary care doctors are always in demand) I suspected that finding a job that I would be excited about would take time. Just about a month ago I sent my CV around to a few people I had some connections with. I also got on the internet and looked up a local residency to see if they needed help.

I went on an interview for a position at an urgent care - not something I was excited about, but something that would be easy to do part time to bring in a little money. They offered me the job. Then the residency director emailed me back, and, to my great surprise, said that they might have something there. I met with her and although they didn't have any listed openings, they had lots of needs to fill. She hoped we'd be able to work something out. I had a second interview there, with some of the other faculty, and before I left that day, I had a job offer.

For the most ideal job I could imagine: one that included OB, inpatient work, outpatient work, and teaching residents. If I could have written down all the things I wanted in a job, in my heart of hearts, things that I prayed for and hoped for, this would be the job. I have so grown accustomed to having to wait on God that I was surprised that this job offer fell into my lap without even having to really try. Why am I so surprised? We worship a good God, one who gives good gifts to his children. While I believe that even the trials that come our way are sent because of God's love for us, it is nice to be given what feels like an unexpected blessing. Just like our lemon tree.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Boys.

I grew up with 3 brothers, so I thought I understood boys. Two of my brothers are younger and I have vivid memories of them being toddlers, so I especially thought I understood toddler boys. (One of my brothers even stabbed me in the head with a fork when he was 3 or so - so my knowledge is of the boy-est boys around.)

What I didn't realize is how many different ways boys can find to do things that they shouldn't do - things that you could never imagine ahead of time. A few cases-in-point:

1. Judah came out of the bathroom yesterday holding one of the tiny white buttons that are on the top row of the laptop - I think it was the F2 button.
"Here, Mama, I got this out of the potty."
After immediately telling him to wash his hands AND that we NEVER reach into the potty, I tried to investigate how said key got into the potty. Although Judah acted clueless, I'm fairly certain he first dropped the key into the potty and then picked it back out again.

2. Jeff went into Judah's room the other night because he was being a too loud before falling asleep. He noticed that there was a pillow that was really wet as well as a large wet spot on the carpet. And that Judah's cup of water beside his bed was empty. Jeff asked Judah what happened and after a few (wrong) guesses, [we are working on truth-telling these days and his first guess was that maybe Naomi did it. Nice try, pal, but your sister is in bed and isn't tall enough to reach it] he finally fessed up.

"Daddy, I was waterfallin'"
Which might be my favorite Judah verb yet.

Monday, November 18, 2013

Leaf-playing!

We took a short trip home last week, a wonderful visit with friends and family. I actually flew with them by myself. [At this point I feel I should make a formal apology to Delta for the cheese, raisins, and pretzels that may have ended up ground into the carpet. Sorry. I was trying to keep my children entertained. And nothing is apparently more entertaining to a 10 month old than cheese.]




 
We seriously were almost late for our return flight because I was taking these leaf photos of the kids. I didn't realize until I got to SC how nice the fall colors there are, and how much I missed them here.

 (I have no idea why Judah wanted to wear a crown. But he did. So I rolled with it.)

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Halloween!

Yet another post without photos. And you know that the Halloween pics are cute. So here you go. 

I had two very adorable kids around here on Halloween - one super hero, and one very cute peacock. I love how both of their costumes turned out - I was especially proud of the cute peacock tutu Naomi was wearing. Naomi didn't mind her costume - mostly because it didn't impede her love for crawling. I had been meaning to make a cape for Judah for a while, so I finally got some motivation to do it. I used a freezer paper stencil on the t-shirt. Trick or treating was really fun with Judah this year. At first he was kind of nervous to say "trick or treat" at each door, but once he realized he was being given candy, he really got excited. He also loved passing out candy once we got back to the house. All in all it was a very fun night!







 

 
 
 
 

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Pumpkins, part 2.

Just realized that this post has been up all week and the photos didn't post. I often use Picasa to post photos and I can't figure out why sometimes the photos don't post. Anyway...here's a repost with actual photos. Enjoy.

Since Judah had such a good time at the pumpkin patch the first time we went AND since I forgot my camera the first time around, we went back the other week. I actually managed to get a few cute shots, although none where both kids are looking at the camera simultaneously. Oh well.






 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Monday, November 11, 2013

Pumpkin photos, part 2.

Since Judah had such a good time at the pumpkin patch the first time we went AND since I forgot my camera the first time around, we went back the other week. I actually managed to get a few cute shots, although none where both kids are looking at the camera simultaneously. Oh well.

 
 
 
 
 

Saturday, November 09, 2013

Studio Tour.

As part of my birthday present, Jeff and his parents together got us tickets to tour Warner Brothers Studios. Ever since we moved out here, I wanted to do a studio tour because the guide books say that you should. I didn't realize how much I would really enjoy it.



One of the highlights was that I got to check an item off my imaginary bucket list and visit the fictional town of Stars Hollow, CT, from one of my favorite shows, Gilmore Girls. Here is the gazebo from the town square, slightly repainted now that another show is filming on this set.

 

Here is Dosie's Market, where Rory had her first kiss. Another show (called Heart of Dixie) now films here, so the signage is all different. I'm standing in front of Luke's Diner (!!) and even got to peek inside.

 
 

In addition to Gilmore Girls, a few other famous shows filmed here including: ER - this is the El stop that was located right by the hospital where so many of the scenes were filmed. And they still have the Central Perk set from Friends, and we even got to sit on the couch.
 
 
Lots of movies were filmed here and there were lots of famous costumes and props we got to see. Here is the batmobile. Sadly, we weren't allowed to take pictures of one of the other highlights - the studio museum where they had tons of costumes from famous movies and TV shows - like batman, smallville, Big Bang Theory, and a whole floor of Harry Potter costumes and props.
 

Jeff and I also had our first celebrity sighting at the studio when "Leonard" from The Big Bang theory drove up to his studio. Although this is definitely one of the most expensive things we've done since moving here, we both had a great time!
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Halloween!

I had two very adorable kids around here on Halloween - one super hero, and one very cute peacock. I love how both of their costumes turned out - I was especially proud of the cute peacock tutu Naomi was wearing. Naomi didn't mind her costume - mostly because it didn't impede her love for crawling. I had been meaning to make a cape for Judah for a while, so I finally got some motivation to do it. I used a freezer paper stencil on the t-shirt. Trick or treating was really fun with Judah this year. At first he was kind of nervous to say "trick or treat" at each door, but once he realized he was being given candy, he really got excited. He also loved passing out candy once we got back to the house. All in all it was a very fun night!