Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Inbetween Life and Death

This week a niece of mine tried to take her own life. Thankfully without success. She has been in the hospital in critical condition. The doctors are still not sure if she will pull threw, and if she does there is the high possibility of brain damage.

This has been very hard on our family, and I am not handling it very well. She is only 15. Suffering from depression and negative attention if any attention at all from her parents. We all are going through the feelings of what could we have done to prevent this. Well what it comes down to is maybe we couldn't have.

I don't know what the outcome will be. I pray to Heavenly Father that his will be done. I want what's best for my niece. I pray our family will be strong and get through this together. If she doesn't make it at all, I am thank that Heavenly Father is giving us the time that we have right now to be able to come to terms with her situation rather than taking her right away leaving the rest of us hysterical.

I didn't sleep at all last night. I didn't go to work today. I stayed in my room and in my pajamas until 2. I have been lifeless and depressed. I love my neice as if she were my own sibling. We were close until her parents took away her only way to connect with the rest of the family.

Please keep my family in your prayers. And to the parent's out there, please pay attention when your child is crying out for your love, attention, and hope, so they don't result to this.

I'll will keep everyone posted.

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Roommate Reunion

Another Saturday came and I was excited to take Robert down to where I used to live one of the best years of my life. Earlier that week I got a text from Pam, one of my previous roomates from the OC. She informed me that Bayba (Emily, another one of the roomies) was in town from Utah with her husband and their daughter. They wanted to get together and have a roommate reunion. I was so stoked on the joy that this text from Pam brought to me. I told Robert our Satuday eveing plans to go to Buena Park to hang with my roomies, and that before we were to meet them I was going to take him on a fun filled excursion to Seal Beach, and Long Beach. We first ate at the amazing Taco Surf, then walked to the Seal Beach pier, walked up and down Main Street, saw some senior citizens playing in a brass band, Then proceeded up to Long Beach to take up some time before the reunion. We decided to check out the Queen Mary, but only walked on the outside of it cause you have to pay to go in and we didn't have a ton of time or money to take the tours. After getting lost on the 710 we made it to Buena Park. I was so happy to see my girls. We caught up on life and our joys and struggles of it. These girls were my foundation for becoming active again, and finding my voice and confidence. Everyday I am thankful for the positive influences they had brought into my life. I love my roomies with all my heart. Being with them that night didn't even feel like we had been separated from eachother all that long. We kinda picked up where we left off. Thats the true meaning of awesome friends.

All (well almost all) the roomies together with their families


The Queen Mary in Long Beach. Yeah, It's haunted

Robert and Me at Seal Beach Pier
We had lunch at Taco Surf in Seal Beach. One of my fave places to eat

Monday, August 18, 2008

Our Saturday at Ventura








Robert and I went up to Ventura last Saturday so he could do a project for his photography class. We first went downtown on Main and California St. We went to City Hall of Ventura and Robert took some pics. In front of City Hall there is a statue of Father Juniper. He is important to Ventura(Buenaventura as we used to be called, in regards of "good fortune of land") Because he found 8 local California Missions. Southern California is loaded with Missions and I hope to take Robert to see every single one.

After pictures at City Hall, we walked down Main St and went into many antique stores, Robert took some great pictures of interesting antiques. Then I took him to Ventura Theatre, which is on Chestnut and Main. It's a really old building that used to hold plays, then movies, now it holds concerts(band shows). Across the street we saw a man walking his cute Bassett Hound so Rob asked if he could take their picture for school. The owner was way cool about it and him and his dog sat for Robert. The pic turned out great.

After Robert got enough pictures we headed down to Ventura Beach on C street. We walked along the boardwalk and then up to the pier. And that's where we ended our adventure in Ventura. Hopefully next Saturday I can take Robert to see other sites he hasn't been to.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Ode to Ro-ber-to

Lately I have noticed I am the only one in our little family that is blogging. I asked Robert why he hasn't made a post about anything. He said something along the lines of his life isn't exciting at the moment. Well, I disagree with him so I'll blog about Robert.

  • Robert made a few new friends(they were my friends first, but I decided to share because he needs them more than I do)
  • He went and saw the Beach Boys with them, and has made future plans to see more concerts with them.
  • Robert has done a lot of work with my dad so we are able to pay our bills.
  • He survived a conversation with a crips gang member.
  • He started school and has done really well so far in his studies. Robert has more talent than he thinks he does.
  • Robert has been supportive in my schooling and my volunteer work, he has also volunteered at the animal rescue a few times with me.
  • He has been subbing in Elders Quorm and most likely will get the calling.
  • He has been to DisneyLand more times this summer than he ever has in his life.
  • Robert also continues to take really good care of me no matter the situation we are in.
  • He became a recent Dodgers fan despite the gang colors
  • He has also accomplished the greatest test of all - my girlfreinds accept and love him.

Sunday, August 3, 2008

Dodgers Game











So I love the Dodgers. I'm a support your local team type person, or the team from your original home base.

Well, anyways, Robert and I went to the Dogers vs Diamondbacks game. Dad and Shelly went with us and David and his family were suppossed to go but skipped out and gave their tickets to some people that happen to be our 60th cousins and Diamondback fans. Oh man I was pissed. Not only did the Dodgers loose that night, but I had to listen to some annoying 11 year sitting behind me cheering for the Diamondbacks. First of all, I don't care if your my first cousin or my 60th cousin - I'm still going to find you annoying if you do this to me. If he wasn't a kid I would have stood up, turned around and told him to shut up and go sit in the DiamondBack seats, since there was plenty of open ones. But he was a kid and I had to take it. I don't want a kid like him. Children like him are meant to be seen not heard. I'll listen to pleasant respectful children. And not to mention I hate the DiamondBacks with a passion. They are the only team I truly hate. So hence the reason I was ticked off by this.

So that's our story and my brother, David is going to get an earful from me.

Pet Sitting - My New Side Job?







So the day after I found Duncan, his owner called me and asked if I would like to pet sit for them while they would be gone for 2 days. I tought why not, I like dogs and we need the extra dough. I told I would be happy to. Robert and I met with them that evening. They gave me the run down about Duncan's vet visit and his 4 wrapped paws and I met their other dog, Jessie.

The day they left I came over after work to be with the dogs. I walked in the door to only find Jessie in the back yard. Where the crap was Duncan. No this can't be happening to me! I run out front and there he is in the front yard shaking to death and peeing himself. He runs under the R.V. and stays there shaking and messing himself. I have no idea whats wrong, I try to call him out but he wont budge. I called Robert and made him come help me. I was able to grab his tail and Robert grabbed his collar, and we had to just pull. We got him in the house, cleaned him up and gave him his meds.

That night I slept with both dogs, and woke up the next morning with flea bites everywhere. I went to work and when I came home I brought them to my house and I gave them a flea bath. Robert had flea bites only on his legs. Lucky...my whole back was covered in red bites. After the bath I took them back to their home and I washed everything. I was there until 9pm washing the blankets, towels, and dog beds.
Despite the fleas and Duncan messing himself I had a good time with them.