Recreating picutres

When my friends were down the other weekend, we were looking at the pictures I had actually gotten printed out. C found one and she wanted to try to recreate it.

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I think she captured the essence of what V was doing in the picture.

The girls saw what C did with the Gold Jacket and a hat and wanted to try to recreate it themselves. They were really into it – making sure they were standing in the same place, it was so funny!

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L picked the Korean pose and I think she did a marvelous job!!

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Then V killed it as well!!!

The girls had a blast and I was telling them also about how the Ramos kiddos reenacted scenes from popular Disney movies. L definitely wants to try doing something like that. I will let you know if anything is produced!

Blessings and Love,

Jodi

Visit From Friends!!!

Old friends with new friends!!
Old friends with new friends!!

Two of my best friends from up North came for a quick weekend visit!!! I have known them FOREVER, and it was sooooooo great to see them again after a few months apart.

They made good time and got to Ventura by 6:45pm on Friday evening. They met my host family for a quick second and then we were off to dinner. It was awesome of my host family to let them stay with me in my dwelling, so they didn’t have to spend extra money on a hotel room. Thanks, K Family!!!!

The kiddos had drawn them pictures to welcome them to Ventura and their home – I don’t know why but I have no pictures of that…

After dinner, we just hung out in my room – laughing and talking – about anything and everything. Then C had to bring out the Gold Jacket!!! I haven’t brought it out for my people here in Ventura yet…

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C doing her best Korean pose.
C doing her best Korean pose.

W ended up going to sleep, while C and I just talked – mostly about God and how much He truly LOVES us. We both have a hard time realizing and truly believing HOW much God loves us.

Saturday – We woke up and just ready for our day. They met more of the people in my new world. We walked down the Ave, W didn’t bring good shoes so her fests were on fire after that walk. We walked back to my house, got THEO and went to lunch. I took them to Tony’s Pizza on Thompson and Figueroa – great pizza place that’s been there FOR YEARS!!!

Wendy’s feet were really hurting, so we went back to my house to get her a change of shoes and I also wanted a cardigan, it was a bit windy that day. Then I took them up to the cross where they got an aerial view of Ventura! Then we went on Main Street and all the different Thrift shops there.

W modeling a cool lookin' backpack!
W modeling a cool lookin’ backpack!

Then we were off to the beach!!! I tried to get to the pier, but I don’t know where I thought I was, but I was wrong… So we ended up at Marina Park, but it was still a beach!!

Me, W, and C at the beach!!!
Me, W, and C at the beach!!!

C’s advent-cha friend, Bilbo, discovered the beach for the first time!! And then we took at least a 100 pictures of us on the beach… I can I say, we like to take pictures when we take any pictures… 🙂

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Here are just a few… 🙂

Before we left C really wanted to take a picture with one of the cool lamp posts…

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Then we were off to another friend’s house in Santa Paula! The Ramos Clan are a family we have known for years and they moved down to the area about 5 years ago. C and W couldn’t make a trip down here without seeing them…

The Girls!!
The Girls!!
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And added the boys!

Sunday – we all went to my new church, Bible Fellowship Church. We had Lalo’s – an AMAZING Mexican restaurant, only a few blocks down from me! Awesome and dangerous at the same time.

Then, we were headed back North…I felt a little weird not having to get in the car and drive home.

It was a whirlwind, quick visit, but it was soooo nice to see their faces!! C is moving to Seattle at the end of the year, so it was nice to get them both down here to see my new world!!

Blessings and Love,

Jodi

 

 

Those moments when you just forget…

You know those moments when you walk into a room and then promptly forget why you walked into the room to begin with…

I have those moments more than I like. When I worked at the Bux I used to walk into backroom and 8 times out of 10 would forget why I went back there. My manager called it having the backroomsies, the backroom was a black hole for me. I still have those moments – like walking into my room with such determination but then forgetting once I crossed the threshold. I even wanted to write this little blog a few times, but would always forget about it. 🙂 It’s so annoying but I have definitely just accepted it as part of me.

Or those moments when someone asks you a question and you know the answer, the answer is on the tip of your tongue, but you can’t vocalize it… How like 2 hours later you remember but the moment has definitely passed. I’m one of those people who will think about it until I REMEMBER!!!

Blessings and Love,

Jodi

Random update…

I don’t have anything to say, really… Just wanted to put an update out there. I’m finishing up my 3rd month down here in Ventura, I still can’t believe I’m down here some days…

Some days I feel like I’ll wake up, all of this will be a dream, and I’ll have to get up and go to work at Starbuck’s. But this is my life! 🙂 I get to live in an awesome town, near the beach (it’s almost November and yes, I’m still going to the beach.) I got plugged into a good church, meeting new people all the time, and trying to just soak it all in.

I miss my friends and family up north, but with technology it’s not so bad. I’m not going home for Thanksgiving, but I will see them all during Christmas!!

I just that’s it for now… Boring update, I know. They will get better, I hope. 🙂

Blessings and Love,

Jodi

Retreat 2014

I was invited on a Retreat with the director of Restore Ventura and his family and I just got back today. It was an incredible time of recharging and relaxing.

So, when I was invited they kept calling it a ‘retreat’ and when I hear the word retreat, I think of like church retreats in the woods, in like a small, rustic cabin. A place where you have to bring all your own toiletries and no cell service.

What I got was a RESORT with my OWN villa!!!

Jesus loves me!!!

I was totally okay with the cabin set-up, but God definitely gave me 10x better!! I got a queen-size bed, a fully stocked kitchen, a huge bathroom, and lounge worthy couch and chairs!!!

My comfy bed for 5 days!!
My comfy bed for 5 days!!
Not the best picture - but that's the living room.
Not the best picture – but that’s the living room.
Fully stocked kitchen
Fully stocked kitchen
A baby part of the bathroom
A baby part of the bathroom

We were at the Welk Resort San Diego in Escondido, but super close to San Diego.

Welk Resort San Diego
Welk Resort San Diego
Beautiful
Beautiful

I could have done ‘things’ but for MY vacation I chose to do a whole lot of nothing and it was amazing. I got to sleep in, I read a lot, I watched some K-dramas, and I wrote some of my story. I had every intention of going to the pool or whatever but it just never happened.

I went out for a little bit each day, just so I wasn’t a total hermit, but my dream vacation is doing a whole lot of nothing, so that’s what I did.

It was good to relax, not be on any sort of schedule, not that my life is too scheduled… But it was nice to have NO schedule. But I’m back home now, ready to do some conquering.

Here are some more pictures, before I sign off…

Baby shampoo and conditioner. I love baby things.
Baby shampoo and conditioner. I love baby things.
Random design on my curtains.
Random design on my curtains.
Wondering blue sky and white clouds.
Wondering blue sky and white clouds.
I was an adult and even folded my clothes and put them in drawers... :)
I was an adult and even folded my clothes and put them in drawers… 🙂
Me with my new floppy hat.
Me with my new floppy hat
Baby animals!!! I couldn't not buy them!
Baby animals!!! I couldn’t not buy them!

Blessings and Love,

Jodi

 

Kiddos

I don’t have any kiddos of my own, but I do hang around a lot of them. In my little community of 5 families – there are 17 kiddos!! I’m around 8 of them on a daily basis. I help watch two of the kiddos most mornings so one family can do home-schooling of multiple children. Then I live in the same house with 3 of them. So I am surrounded by kiddos a lot of my time, which I LOVE!!!

But this last week – it’s been interesting…

One of the girls I watch in the morning decided she just wasn’t liking clothes and decided to run around naked! She made this decision while jumping in an enclosed trampoline. When I finally got her out she quickly ran to the top of their play structure and would NOT get down. I finally had to call her mother because nothing was working in my favor. I felt so bad, but she wouldn’t listen to anything else. But the second she heard her mom actually coming to get her, she understood real quickly that punishment was coming.

Then with the family I live with – the kiddos like to come into my room, their converted garage, to play because I have ‘fun stuff in there’. The eldest girl wasn’t obeying and no normal punishment was working, so her mother grounded her from my room for a week. We can still play and hang out just not in my rrom. It’s weird being something to take away as punishment. But also cool because she didn’t start listening and obeying until her mother took my cool room away.

So that has been my week – trying to stay strong when the kiddos are testing their boundaries with me. I don’t ever like this level – but it has to be done.

Blessing and Love,

Jodi

Finally!!!

So I’ve been in Ventura for a little over 2 months now. I’ve been going to different churches trying to find the one that best fits me and where I can see myself getting involved. It was the last church on my list – it was one that I knew NO ONE, I found it on the internet when I searched churches in Ventura.

The place I’m calling my home church is Bible Fellowship Church!! YAY!! When I lived up North, I had gone to one church – found Jesus for the first time there, serviced there, made life-long friends, and that was it. I left that church for a couple different reasons, but I could never find another church to call home. When I moved down here, I was a little overwhelmed. Ventura is not the biggest city but do they have a LOT of churches!! But God is good and we worked through it.

I didn’t go to all of them, I could have kept going but I felt I needed to stop and really settle down. Bible Fellowship is a lot bigger than I was comfortable with at first, but after the first worship song and the message spoke – I knew this one was for me! 🙂 I doubted my decision the minute I made it, but the second Encounter I went to was even better than the first. It’s a bigger church than I’m used to, but people are down to earth and that is a lot for me.

So if you want curious and live in the Ventura area –

Bible Fellowship

6950 Ralston Street

www.encounterlife.org

Blessings and Love,

Jodi

Living SOOOO close to the beach! :)

Living in Ventura – you are literally minutes from the beach!!! Up north where I used to live – you could go to the beach but it took a few hours and then it was usually too cold to go in. But here in Ventura – it doesn’t get too hot, but it feels hot now, but the water is so refreshing!! **I don’t think my mama would agree with this statement – she likes the water to be like bath water… but that’s another story.)

You live so close, but you have to MAKE a decision to go. My friend, C, and her kiddos meet me most Monday afternoons, which has been AMAZING!!! I get to hang out with my friend and her kiddos and be at the beach!! C hasn’t been in the water in years – she is usually stationed by all the towels and food. But she wants to learn how to surf and have more opportunities to have alone with her husband. So she’s been going out into the ocean to get over what now is a fear because it’s been so long. That has been awesome to witness and be apart of her journey.

So if you know me and come visit – you can bet there will be a couple trips to the beach! 🙂

Me at the beach
Me at the beach

Blessings and Love,

Jodi

September is almost gone…

I can’t believe that the month of September is almost over and gone.

TIME FLIES!!!! – whether you’re having fun or not.

I’ve been down in Ventura for almost 2 months! Time flies but I also have a bad tendency to think too far ahead in the future. So I’ve been here for 2 months but I’m already starting to think about my life in a year when my internship is over. Will I be in Ventura still, back home, or somewhere completely different. But in thinking like, I forget about the here and now. The Present!

Please pray that I would be more present with my life here and the people in it. To be in conversations, to be in relationships – in the present. To not think about the future as something that already happened.  Also pray for a family down here – I don’t know but personally, but my heart grieves for them, they lost their 6 year old son over the weekend!!

“Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring forth.” Proverbs 27:1

“How do you know what will happen tomorrow? For your life is like the morning fog – it’s here a little while, then it’s gone.” James 4:14

Blessings and Love,

Jodi

Bubbles

Bubbles courtesy of A
Bubbles courtesy of A

I am surrounded a lot of kiddos in my daily life down here in Ventura. Definitely not a bad thing, I am finding all these childhood things again, i.e – hula hopping, jump roping, playing with Legos, and most of all BUBBLES.

There is something about bubbles that I just find magical and awesome. Whether you like to blow out the bubbles, eat the bubbles, pop the bubbles, or a little bit of all of those things. Bubbles bring out the kiddo in me. I like to collect them on my wand and see how big I can make the bubbles. I make them dance back and forth, which is endless fun for the kiddos around me.

A blowing bubbles for me and L trying to eat them. They smell and taste like grapes.
A. blowing bubbles for me and L trying to eat them. They smell and taste like grapes.

I love that I have rediscovered all these cool things.

Blessings and Love,

Jodi

 

Onward, Advent-CHA!!