"they left us something more precious than silver and gold..."

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

a journey...

*this is the first picture i took with cam (taken by my college bf lindsay!)...we'd been dating for a month or so...

*this is the shed cam built in my dad's backyard...
to actually get my dad to talk to him.

*sometimes i look back and think i was a naive little girl to get married two months before my 20th birthday (yes i was 19 & yes i was naive)...but then i think about the past 10 years of my life and i'm very grateful to have every experience shared with my very best friend and eternal companion.

and so the journey began...i knew this cute first basemen when he was majoring in radio broadcasting...

...then he thought physical therapy was the way to go so he graduated with his bachelor's & had to go back and do two more years of undergrad...worked as an "administrative assistant" (aka receptionist) at an urgent care (DOCS ON CALL)...an awesome nurse (molly) trained him to be a medical assistant...and then he decided medical school was his dream...

...so he took some semesters of 20+ credits...we both worked for pennies & sometimes struggled to pay our $250 a month rent in our little apartment in grand junction...but enjoyed those rides up on the national monument in that beauty of a black jeep...and hoped one day things would work out...

i remember i got home from work first & saw the manila envelope...i called cam, he was working at st. mary's hospital as a phlebotomist...i raced up to the hospital...we met in the parking lot & he opened the envelope & we screamed to the top of our lungs!!! and yes, i made him take this picture on his first day at Midwestern University in Glendale, AZ...

...and so the medical school adventure began...these guys still think they are bad! we made some great friends, bought our first house, i got my first job as a labor & delivery nurse at maryvale, we luved our little chihuahua daphne, luved cam's scooter he drove to school, luved our ward and learned some valuable life lessons.

...and yes, these girls still think they are bad too...
had to post this cause it's comical.

...there is alot more to the story (deciding on a residency speciality, work stories, moving, interviewing for jobs, etc) but i won't bore you with details. it hasn't always been easy but then again, most things in life that are worth it...aren't usually that easily obtained. my mom always taught me that while enjoying life's moments, it's always fun to plan things for the future...which always helped us get through hard, lonely times...little trips, our family visiting us & family reunions, cam's days off (which weren't many), going on runs together, and i think the best things were the arrivals of:

savannah jaell march 2004

lucy larae september 2006

jillian alofa may 2009
*august 2008*
so cam, here's is to the last year of your residency...remember when the girls & i made that paper chain...seemed kinda long, now it's all gone. you did it!
i'm so proud of you...truly i am.

*september 2008*

*october 2008*

*november & december 2008*

*january & february 2009*

*march 2009*

*april 2009*

*may 2009*

*june 2009*
today is cam's last day of residency (nothing like ending on a 30 hour shift!). he woke me up this morning in the wee hours to take this little pic...hence we both look like we just woke-up.

i gave this quote to cam after he graduated with his bachelor's and realized he had to go back and do more undergrad work before applying to med school...which was slightly discouraging to him at the time...
but it's theme has stuck with us both throughout the journey.
“When things go wrong and they sometimes will. When the road you’re trudging seems all uphill. When the funds are low and the debts are high and you want to smile but you have to sigh. When care is pressing you down a bit, rest if you must but never quit. Life is queer with its twist and turns as everyone of us sometimes learns. And many a failure turns about when he might have won if he’d stuck it out. Stick to your task, though the pace seems slow – You may succeed with one more blow. Success is failure turned inside out. The silver tint of the clouds of doubt. And you never can tell how close you are – it may be near when it seems afar. So stick to the fight when you are hardest hit…It’s when things seem worst that
You Mustn’t Quit!”

Saturday, June 20, 2009

"hmmmm" & "turkey"

"hmmmmm" do you luv summer as much as me? im dreaming of lots of sunshine & less thunderstorms...what is up with june?!?!

anyone up for a jog? the snoozers...a great way to put the kidso down for the count...check out jillian's "sunglasses"

vannah did her cheer camp again this summer at heritage high, go belles!

don't know what is up with the "3" in the air but she thought she was the bomb diggs.

luving the highlands ranch rec center pools...nothing better than pool days

*check out these vids...the first one is savannah doing her "jumps" but if you listen to her in the second one, she is trying to tell you all the names of the jumps...she ends with the "turkey" (for all of you cheer girls out there, the "herkie"...comical.)

Sunday, June 14, 2009

"we can do anything..."

i remember growing up, when i was faced with something challenging (ex. working at fuddruckers...let's not go there or trying to finish a hard class in school or pressed to do something i didn't particularly want to do...) my parents would always say "you can do anything for a few weeks...two months...what doesn't kill you makes you stronger...etc"
SO here we are "we can do anything for TWO WEEKS!" yep, that's right Cam is done with RESIDENCY in two weeks...so quit snoozin babe...even though you just worked 30 hours straight, we can do anything for two weeks!

Cam had his end of the year "Spring Fling" banquet...it started with a fun family bar-b-que downtown at City Park, a little too competitive softball game, and the day ended with an awesome evening at the
Phipps Mansion!

lucy "going on a run like you momma!"

little daddy's girl

savannah is obsessed with writing lately...she wants to know how to spell everything and the other day she was copying down all the writing from one of the covers of cam's medical journal magazines...which made for interesting words (depression, irritable bowl syndrome...you get the picture)

lucy lu is a early bird like her mommy...she usually comes and climbs into bed with me around 5:30 or 6...which gives her extra sister bonding time as well...she luvs her "jill-jill"

ONE month...little Jillian continues to be the highlight of our days...she is quite content, luvs to cuddle, has already gone through a bottle of lavendar lotion (thanks to her sisters), has sweet lips,cute chubby cheeks, and beautiful skin (yep im a little bias...)
ps...it's stuff like this that freaks me out...walking down my stairs and seeing the "baby" in the car seat and at first glance i think it is jillian! vannah & lucy have defiantly stepped up their mommy / baby play...like 24/7...last night lucy told us she was "going to be right back, im going to pump"! help us all.

Saturday, June 6, 2009


little jillian is three weeks today...it is a bit back to reality for me...my sister emily was here the first week after she was born...then she took Vannah & Lucy back to Utah with her for a week! I almost didn't know what to do with myself & just the baby...it was pretty awesome to get caught up on some rest, spend some extra time with cam, and just focus on the little sissy girl. then my mom flew in this past week and brought the girls back with her. we had a fun week with nanny...did a little shopping, luved on the baby, watched some movies, took the kids to the pool, and made Jillian's blessing dress...it is so sweet & adorable! mom left this morning so i am officially on my own...unless there is anyone else out there!!! cam has THREE weeks left of residency, amazing to think about!

little blondie.

sleeping...during the day, of course!

pretty in purple!

vanny & her barbies!
luvin laquish...

jillian's blessing dress...
she almost looks like she is smiling in this pic!