27 May 2008
On Wednesday Paula, James and I went to California Adventure. The lines over there were definitely short and it made for a good day. We were exhausted from Tuesday but it was fun. Hopefully pictures to follow. We didn't take our camera but our friends got some good shots.
On Saturday, Matt and I braved driving the Los Angeles. The drive took about 40 mins with no traffic, so not too bad. We went down to see the fashion district. We had heard about this from friends in our ward in Gilbert and couldn't wait to go. We got enough fabric to cover 3 windows with curtains, a table runner, re-cover our head board and a duvet cover. I am so excited. My Mom is coming tonight and staying till Friday so we can get sewing. It is going to be such a blast!
Here is a sneak peak.....
P.S. The Fashion district has all these fabrics on ultra sale...There are about 20 stores with all their fabrics for $5 or less a yard and one store we went into looked like a 2 store Joann's full of fabric! It was INSANE! Anyone need fabric? I bet I could find exactly what you want even if you send me a picture of it!
24 May 2008
This was Monday, we rode around on the city bus for a little bit, I guess enough time to take a kissing picture!
These guys were at pier, them and all their friends hang out an yell at each other! It was so cold and stinky but for some reason we stayed around looking at them for a while.
I think you can tell where we went here!
So right in the middle of all these tall buildings we see this sign! I was so excited, too bad we had already eaten other wise I would have eaten there for sure! I am an All American Girl. Anytime I can get my hands on a burger and fries I am pretty much the happiest girl! I don't know if a lot of you know that about me!
Just a fun shot of the city so you can see how packed it was!
We went to see the San Francisco bridge, but it was so foggy you couldn't see it. It was actually in the background there. Notice I am wrapped in a blanket, You wouldn't believe how cold it was!
Anyone recognize this guy?
Yes we got to go visit Pixar. It's in a city called Emmeryville (sp?). Matt's friend, the groom works there. It was so fun to see all the cool displays they had. There was lots of restricted areas like where the people actually create. We did get to go see office's and they were pretty cool. Some people had a tuff shed as their office, everyone had walls painted all sorts of color. They could do what ever they wanted. One office had a shark going through the wall. We could see the tail and in the office was the head! It was WILD!
Wall.E is the next movie coming out. Matt's friend did a lot of work on it so we are pretty excited to go see it!
Sorry for the picture overload but the weekend was packed!
23 May 2008
The Happy Couple! Mr & Mrs Speirs!
This is James and Jacob Speirs and Matt. Their parents went to BYU together. Thats how long these families have been friends!
James and Paula Speirs. They got married 1 week before Matt and I. We love hanging out with them but times are rare because they are in Provo. They spent Tuesday and Wednesday with us though, we went to DISNEYLAND!!!
You know who we are. The reception was at the Zoo and the room had such an amazing view of the city! We helped set up so we both were kind of tired and didn't look so hot! We had a blast though and we are so happy we drove up there!
14 May 2008
We went to Pizzeria Biancos! It was delicious! I was impressed with how inexpensive it was. We got a salad (spinach with strawberries) and a cheese pizza all under $20. we got bread with vinegar to start that was to die for! If you are looking for a little place to eat go for it. The ONLY problem is that they are open from 5 - 10 and we had to wait an hour at 9 o'clock. Other then that is GREAT!
06 May 2008
Its an awesome job that takes Matt and the Giant Peach!!!
So, now I will conclude my previous post with :
Part II: The amazingness
So our first year has been pretty amazing. We have been on many trips. We went on a cruise, went to Oklahoma, to Boston, to Florida, to Utah, to Tucson (Christi was chasing after Tiger Woods), Christi's first Suns game, went camping, baby sat Grace and all the other 59 things we blogged about already. Don't forget Disneyland - hopefully we'll go there 10 more times so expect a some serious blogging from that.
So here are a few of my favorite Christi moments.
10. When she would have no patience with the kids in nursery who liked me better.
9. How she asked every single kid what they were for Halloween, and how she managed to act surprised and excited no matter what their response.
8. When we were in her parents ward for church and some how swooped two babies and we ended up holding a set of twins during Sunday school
7. How she lets out this super frustrated grunt and gets me super worried and its usually over something silly like she accidentally clicked on the wrong link.
6. That she expects organized behavior from school districts.
5. How she smiles when she runs.
4. When we were playing soccer and she completely shoulder tackled another girl.
3. Whenever she makes mac 'n cheese or beef stroganoff.
2. Whenever she helps me to get something done approx. 10 times sooner than if I were left to do it on my own.
1. She was getting totally excited to run at the golf tournament to stay up with Tiger, and how she crept up to the ropes to see Tiger nail a 40 ft put.
I love Christi and am so excited for year 2!!!!
04 May 2008
To those who say that I say nah. Come with me, this is Matt posting (sidenote: it is often difficult for me to figure out until half way through the post who is the poster), on an exciting journey to recap our first year of marriage.
PART I: The Hardship
May 5, aka Cinco de Mayo - We chose the biggest party day of the year because that is what we intended to throw. So for all in attendance they know that the party started at like 9:00 am and by about 9:00 pm everyone was all crashed out and so it was early to bed.
Honeymoon: Cruise to Mexico (please see post)
May 19- Scott and Alicia's wedding in Oklahoma, a state located near Texas, the big state that wishes it was its own country and so do I (just playin Mason).
June - Trip to Boston - very fun trip see previous post.
Then sometime in June we found out that I was going to get laid off again previously laid off in Feb). The first time it had an emotional toll on me. I loved the company, had many friends there and intended on being there a long time. This time I had taken the necessary steps to avoid such heart break.
Aug - It was a week before the big day came and I didn't have anything lined up for work. My boss received an email that he forwarded to me and it was a job opportunity. I responded, had an interview on Monday and was offered the job on Wednesday, to start the following Monday.
October - The new job was with a company that manufactures and installs wrought iron doors. I was to be the manager of the iron installs and customer service. Then about 6 weeks later rumors started to float that the company was going to declare bankruptcy. Then within two weeks they did and I'm out a job again.
At this point I could only laugh and think things are starting to get ridiculous. I’m calling shenanigans on life.
So due to some phone calls and quick thinking I set up a little business partnership and am and finishing out some iron door installs for one of our biggest clients, which happened to be the same company I got laid off from in August. Pretty coincidental huh!?
So that is working fairly well for a couple months while I am trying to decide a better route to go. I had a conversation with one of my friends and he asked me if he thought the Lord was trying to tell me something. I decided that, you know what I think he just might be. So I decided that I needed to make an appropriate career course correction. I started to feel that if I had begun to head down a path and that if I continued I was going to be thousands of miles away from where I want to be when I set out on my journey.
The course correction stage was a very important one, and one id did not want to go wrong on. However, when you have bills that need to be paid and a wife to support, time is definitely of the essence.
January - So now we are past the wonderful Christmas holiday time and things are not looking promising yet, you could say we were flying through some turbulent clouds. A bumpy ride and we couldn’t see in front of us. My jobs are pretty much coming to a close, I have a few thousand dollars of work to do still but after that I am not sure what to do to get me back on track. To our dismay, we found out that both the company I was in a partnership with, and the company we were working for were declaring bankruptcy. Talk about a double wammy. Now we have no more work coming in, lost out on a few thousand dollars and now all of a sudden everything feels pretty urgent. I was already feeling like I was slightly off course in my career and now it’s like the plane was struck by lightning.
Luckily, thanks to a wonderful blessing, Christi was promoted at work. It was a financial raise as well as an increased work load so she was probably making about four times as much as she was before.
I decide that it is definitely time to return to my roots. I start talking with an old college buddy and he is telling me about his company that does consulting work and it is 100% doing what our degree was in. To me it sounds good, almost too good to be true. The job is basically the exact course correction we need to make. It would get us back to our bearing, even down to one second of a degree (1/3600th of a degree) that I feel we need to be heading.
Feb - Fly out for an interview. The offered me the job and we had to compare that to several other options in AZ and we felt that moving to California was the right thing to do.
March - Leave my wife in AZ and head out to California in search of gold, or at least to start my job.
May - Happy one year and moving out to Cali. We are very fortunate to be making this trip via Uhaul and not Handcart.
So that is a recap of some of the events of our one year. Some might say that was hard, some might say it was eventful, I say at least now I have something to bear my testimony about next month to my new ward.
Afterthought: This message goes out to anyone who reads the Thompson's Blog. In a post Stacy made the comment - Sometime in February, he finally found a new job. -
I found, and or was offered nearly 10 jobs in that time period. None of them were quite what I wanted for they would not have made the course correction that I felt we so dearly needed. So I feel that if anyone was entitled to say that I finally found a new job it was my sweet wife who had to endure through so much.
So now I’m gonna try and steal that comment back. To do so I will continue to piggy back off of Pres. Uchtdorf's talk A Matter of a Few Degrees, at the Priesthood session - I would like to say that I FINALLY have a new job and we’ve made the course corrections necessary to get us back on track and I am no longer drifting a few degrees of my career destination.
01 May 2008
RaDean is Matts Mother and she is an Amazing Women! She is always serving others and of course has ALWAYS been willing to help us out! She pretty much cleaned our whole house when we moved! She also cutes my hair and waxes my eye brows!