Friday, November 21, 2008

Observing surgery on a Jaguar

Yes, that's what I did today, and all on the clock mind you! Here are some pics!

This is our Director of Animal Management holding the dart gun in case the animal wakes up during the surgery! Now wouldn't all of you want him to protect your ass? I'm not sure I trust him either! Lucero may just snap him right in half! j/k I love ya DAN!

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Gilbert vs. the Creek

O.k. I need some advice!

Chris and I had a great offer to move down to Gilbert into a rental home to be closer to work, school, and well, work and school. The house is beautiful....3,000 sq. ft. and is being offered to us for less than our current payment each month. The backyard is about an acre of grass, perfect for the boys and is in a cul-de-sac lot.

One of the biggest arguments Chris and I get into is about him getting off work right a 5 p.m. so he can get home to us at about 6 each night he doesn't have school. By moving closer, he would be able to spend more time with us while pursuing his career to become a nurse, and also save a little gas money and head ache from those long drives. So here is my list, let me know your thoughts:

closer to Chris' job
great family friendly home w/ yard and neighborhood
more room for a smaller price
saves gas money
backyard is much more relaxing and fun to play in than ours
no tile, just wood and carpet


I grew grew up in north Phoenix my whole life and it's been hard think of branching out of my comfort zone
away from grandma and grandpas house
moving in general is a pain in the neck
what if we find a house to buy? Then we'd have to move twice!
two story (air conditioning costs)
BIGGEST CON: the possibility of losing our nanny

SO, anyone who wants to help me figure this whole thing out, let me know!

Thursday, November 13, 2008

The Strait's Go HOLY!

Hi everyone,

As many of you may know, Chris and I have a crazy schedule with work, school, and managing the boys. It's very easy to forget whats important and how to manage time for each other. We are a great team together but sometimes we forget about what it as like before the boys and how to make each other smile and laugh.

So recently we bought the relationship workbook by Dr. Phil and began scheduling time to do the exercises in the book. it has really opened our eyes on how each other feels about different things we manage in our lives, the reflection we feel about ourselves, and how we interpret each other. It has been a very eye opening experience.

Along with that, I had lunch with a friend last week who also recently had her first baby, and we began talking about the time challenges and keeping the fire alive so to speak when it comes to relationships with our husbands.

She had mentioned to me that they had been experiencing some of the same things Chris and I had, and suggested we go to church. She said when her and her husband began doing that, it reconnected them. But not only that, they have been making friends, and even had more things to talk about with one another, and really keeping the topic from church alive throughout the week.

Well, since then I have put the thought of church in the back of my head, not knowing how to even go about looking for one. Chris grew up Baptist, I went to Methodist, Presbyterian, Catholic at one point, Christian, etc. ( i was never baptized but liked going to all kinds of churches) and so finding a church that would compliment both of us seemed overwhelming for me.

Well, today I was going through our weekly mail, sifting out the junk, making my usual shred piles, collecting the bills.... I stumbled upon a flyer that REALLY looked like an add to join a golf club or something, but something told me to flip it over, and it was a flyer for Christ's Church of the Valley in Scottsdale.

I was very curious and decided to check out their website. I immediately fell in love with the way they displayed themselves on the web, the modern worship services with a casual dress code. Talking about everyday issues, and even having extra curricular activities so Chris and I could join a kick ball team, engage in BBQ's, exercise classes, reasonable service times at 9:30 and 11:15,and even a day care center!

So I gave them a call and sure enough, the church is a non-denominational church and just seemed perfect for us.

Well, enough said! I guess it's God's way of calling to us! So guess what, our first family church experience is this Sunday!