Thursday, August 27, 2009
So the summer whizzed by and back to school I go! I had my first week back and it was so much better than my first year of law school! I am taking three courses at school with AWESOME professors! I have never actually LOVED my professors, so I am really stoked! My evidence professors has been a prominent judge in orange county for 40 years and he is so funny and a great professor. Evidence is an extremely tough course and he makes it easier by relating every code to a sport. Today he used basketball to exemplify "full court press" in litigation strategy, baseball umpire strike zones to show the variance in judge rulings and football...not really sure what he was getting at with the football game though, it's really just not my sport. I really enjoy going to class this semester, so that is really nice.
And even more exciting....I am externing (legal word for internship) for credit at The County Counsel for Child Protection Trials Unit. The court is part of the juvenille court by The Block in Orange. I am working there 2 days a week, adding up to 12 hours per week. I started this week and really really like it so far. I got to observe in the court room the first days (in addition to doing some discovery/redacting) and it is really an interesting experience. It is very sad to see the way some people are forced/choose to live their lives and how they have total disregard of how their children are affected. I truly believe some people should not reproduce. I can not even express how sad some of the things are that I read during discovery. One 8 year old boy told the social worker how to smoke meth from a cyrstal pipe! Needless to say, the parents were selling drugs out of their Santa Ana apartment. Then there are the stories of abuse in the foster homes...enough said, I will spare you the disgusting details. Oh and of course, we can not forget the husband that tried to run over his 7 month pregnant wife with his truck because he doesnt want her to have the baby because he already has 7 children with various women. You would think he would come to the conclusion that he should keep his pecker in his pants, but apparently that is just too difficult.
The attorney that I am working with is helping me get certified so I can appear in court and actually argue cases and go on record in front of the judge. I am excited and very nervous to do this! But it is the best way to see if it is something I want to do for a career! Oh and did I mention the attorneys get every other Friday off! GREAT hours and benefits :-)
My hubby has been working crazy hours with the busy tax season, so our life consists of late night snacks when he gets home and deparately trying to drag ourselves out of bed in the morning...can't wait for October 15th!!!!!!!!! On a happier note, we think Cam has fibromialgia. Not to say that is good, but we think it is an actual diagnosis, he starts new meds and sees if they help! We shall cross our fingers!
Oh and I decided to post some pics from our trip a few weeks ago to Napa Valley...it is hands down my absolute favorite new destination. We actually went up there twice this summer! We went this time for the Cabernet release at Nickel Nickel Winery (our most favorite wine/winery). They released 13 wines and that means 13 different wines to taste! My mom only lasted like 3 and Cam made it to like 6....I proudly made it through 11 :-) They had yummy appetizers too!
It is absolutely gorgeous and I just LOVE wine and pairing it with great food. The wine caves at Far Niente are unbelieivable! They run for miles and are just unreal. The pic above shows the gate of Dulce which is the dessert wine at Far Niente. It is SOOOO good. The bottle has 24k gold on it and that gate in the pic above is real gold. I can not believe I just started going there....I have really been missing out these last 23 years :-) We are taking a family trip there the begginning of January. This was my mom's first time to the valley and I got her totally hooked too! We are members of 2 wine clubs...soon to grow. We are stoked to take my dad and alex (who will be turning 21 this December!). I know they will love it! Oh and Scout gets to come too! We got a big family cottage with a yard at The Carneros Inn (cutest darn place ever!). Can not even wait!
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
So I must admit that the last post took seriously like 2 hours! it took forever to load the pictures and I just can not figure out how to make it look better......I am blogging illiterate. I need a course in blogging for dummies! my sister designed this whole thing and now I am just trying to figure it all out! Am I the only one that feels this way, or is blogging difficult???
Saturday, August 15, 2009
So the wedding was a dream and so much fun....but after all the excitement, we needed some relaxation!!! We woke up Sunday morning in our suite at The St. Regis and could not believe we were finally Mr. and Mrs. Creer! It was such a peaceful feeling. We started our day off with our butler bringing us coffee and pastries. We spent the morning on the balcony talking all about the night before. It was so fun to hear his perspective of the day. We then checked out and jumped in the decked out Mini Cooper and took the long journey of about 2 minutes to The Ritz Carlton Lagune Niguel. I must say, I was VERY impressed with the service there! We got upgraded to an amazing ocean front room. The view was spectacular! They brought us champagne and Cam ordered a cheese plate to go with. So it is all set up on our balcony (rose petals and all!) and Cam's mom and some of the fam dropped by to give us some of our cake to enjoy from the night before. So we left our lovely arrangement to meet them in the lobby and were gone for about 20 minutes or so. When we got back all our cheese was gone. So the first thing I think is that the neighbors must have helped themselves. But then we actually got real and realized the birds enjoyed themselves to a little afternoon snack of a $30 cheese plate! We were cracking up because only Cam and I would leave food on the balcony when there is a little sign in the room that says, "Do not leave food on balcony, birds will eat!". Oh well, at least they didn't drink our champagne! We spent the whole day and night relaxing on the balcony and on the bluff in front of the room overlooking the ocean. It was the perfect start to our marriage!
Monday we woke up and checked out. We really wanted to stay longer, but we got over it real quick considering we were jetting off to Maui in just a few hours! I slipped on my "Just Married" tank and off we went! We got to Maui pretty late. It was about 11 pm and we were starving! We went through the drive through at McDonald's and there was a super long line. We waited and waited and when it was finally our turn, they turned out the lights! We were so tired that we just laughed and headed on to our hotel. We checked into The Ritz Carlton, Kapalua around 12 and got room service. We were pretty much falling asleep eating our food around 1 am!
Our days in Kapaula consisted of eating a TON (I seriously could not wait to eat again, I pretty much was starving for the 3 months prior to the wedding making sure I would fit in my dress....too bad the dress ended up being a little big!), sleeping, hanging out in the hammocks and frolicking in the waves and pool. It was fantastic! After a few days in Kapalua, we drove to Wailea and checked into the Four Seasons, Maui. This is our favorite hotel....so we were super super excited. They had just opened a new pool 3 days before we checked in! It was the most amazing Serenity Pool. It was adults only, no cell phones, no noise at all. It was a dream! They even brought us a bottle of Domaine Carneros champagne which is the same kind of champagne Cam had brought to our room in Napa! It was such a neat coincidence! We spent most of our time at the pool relaxing. One day we rented a cabana that was out of this world. It had a flat screen tv with wireless head phones, a couch, fridge, lounge chairs, internet, the works! That was one of the most relaxing days I have had in a long long time! The only real activity we were planning on doing was zip lining but we didn't get around to making a reservation until 3 days before we had to leave and of course they had no reservations left! We are such dorks! We'll just have to do it next time :-) We were also going to do the paddle boards where you stand on the long boards and paddle around. But I was worried I would fall off and get eaten by a shark....so we stayed on land :-)
We were a little sad when we had to leave but we know we will be back soon and we were super excited to get home and move into our new place as husband and wife! We are already starting to plan our 1 year anniversary trip........we are thinking maybe Tahiti.....we are just the biggest suckers for tropical getaways!!!!
Enjoy all the pics!!!!