Sunday, January 9, 2011

I said Yes!

So I know its been awhile... ok a LONG while and for those of you who follow my life through Facebook know that things are constantly updating and changing! I'm sorry for those of you who are avid blog followers and the lack of interest I have been putting towards this... but I think you will forgive me after the story(ies) i'll be sharing. So lets get to it...

I promise that I didn't get engaged after dating someone for a little over a month (which may be what some Facebook fans are thinking since I changed my dating status the begging of Dec that I was actually in a relationship). David and I met back in the beginning of June. I was dating someone at the time and David lived in California. We met through an acquaintance at a conference that was being held for our church in California. He found me on Facebook and we started chatting but like I said, (and he will confirm it) I sort of blew him off in the beginning because i was dating someone. I told him that I was definitely up for being friends but just didn't see anything else coming from it. We continued to chat through the month of June- by phone and text messaging. The relationship I was in fizzled and David and I continued to talk more and more. By the middle of August we were talking to each other at least 3 times a day. We had grown so close to one another simply by communication. To be completely honest we didn't have anything more than just the phone. For anyone who had done a long distance relationship can attest to the challenge it is. He flew out to Colorado the beginning of November where he met my family and told me he loved me. :) This is the start of the monthly traveling back and forth... I flew out to California the first week in December and had a wonderful time meeting some of his family and closest friends. We both were bummed that we weren't going to get to spend Christmas together but we had plans for him to fly out the second week in January and were just going to suffer through. Little did I know that he and my family had been conspiring to get him out here Christmas morning. We were at my sister Mandy's house opening gifts when all of sudden he came in and sat down- it took me several minutes to register he was there but once I did I screamed out of pure excitement. We had a great time together and I was pretty sad to see him go but knew it would be just a couple of weeks until I got to see him again. Fast forward to yesterday: David and I had planned to head up to Blackhawk (a town in the mountains) and spend the day up there. We had dinner plans in Denver with my sister and brother-in-law at 7:30 so we were planning things out to the very minute. David told me he had a surprise for me- an auction he had one online and found out the day before he won but it would expire before he got back out here again (I'm flying to Cali in Feb) so we needed to use it before he left. Saturday was our only day... we decided we would leave Blackhawk about an hour earlier than planned and spend an hour at this "surprise location" We had a great time in Blackhawk and we took off around 5pm. I was driving and following my GPS to get us back into town, as we were driving I was noticing signs of cities that didn't look familiar. I kept checking the GPS and it kept reassuring me I was headed in the right direction- back to Denver. 45 minutes later I realized we were driving completely in the wrong direction. I was pretty upset because I knew we were on a tight schedule. We quickly turned around and started heading in the right direction, only to run into stopped traffic due to an accident. I started to get really upset because not only were we not going to get to this "surprise" location, there was a chance we were going to miss dinner. David was really looking forward to the restaurant we were going to eat at (Elway's) and my sister had gone out of her way to get us reservations. Needless to say I was a brat for about 30 minutes of sitting in traffic. I was frustrated at myself, the GPS and David (which wasn't necessary). All of a sudden I get a call from my sister saying the restaurant called and had to move our reservation back to 8:30pm. Traffic started to move and it looked like we were going to make it to the "surprise" location. David and I switched seats and he had me put a blindfold on. He drove us to the "mystery" location and took my blindfold off. We were standing on the driveway of the home that I grew up in. You see, I lived in the same house from the time I was 6 until I was 21. The home held more memories than any other place in my life. My parents sold it when I turned 21 and moved into a different house. The first time David came out here I took him to the house (which was up for sale). I wanted to walk him through but all the doors were locked. When he took the blindfold off I was confused at why we were here. He told me how he wanted to see the inside, made a few calls to the relators (which was A LOT of work) and was able to get a time where we could come walk through it. He wanted to hear all the stories that had happened in this home and he wanted me to show him around. Remember it was 7:45pm- it was dark inside but the stairs were lined with candlelight, roses were sitting at the bottom of the stairs. We walked up the stairs and in my bedroom it was decorated with a stream of lights, two glasses with Martinellis, cut out hearts all over the floor. IT WAS BEAUTIFUL. Now I was completely oblivious as to what was happening. He does sweet things for me all the time so when he told me that he just wanted to hear the stories about the house I totally believe him. We knew were short for time so I actually started to clean things up. I was down on the ground picking up the hearts and he was telling me about a conversation he had with my sister the other day. He leaned down and grabbed my hand and pulled me up. Here we were standing in my old bedroom, with it completely decorated and him telling me some of the most sweetest things I've ever heard. He finally said, "That is why I hope you will say yes to the question, no that is why I'm begging and pleading you will say yes". He got down on one knee and pulled out the ring and asked if I would marry him. Of course I said yes. Long story short we cleaned everything up, drove to the restaurant where not only was my sister and brother-in-law there but the ENTIRE family. Of course everything was planned... the changing of the reservation, everything.

Needless to say, I'm in utter bliss right now! We haven't picked a date yet but tentatively thinking sometime in April or May. He is such a good man and I'm so blessed! I love him and cannot wait to be Mrs Jennie Trevino. I'll post a picture of the ring as soon as I can... those of you on FB have seen it.

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Lots to share

So for starters... I know I've been away for a while and part of the reason is because I am so frustrated with my blog that I can't even stand it. I swear I get it decorated all cute and then... I log back on and everything had disappeared. So I apologize to all you amazing bloggers out there that mine is so *blah*. I know for me, I check out a lot of your blogs because they are always decorated so cute, so I hope that some of you will continue to read mine even though it is dismal and sad.

Well I'm back and boy do I have a ton to share. Probably best that you grab a snack, a drink and a chair because you're going to be reading for a while. I'll try and cut to the chase of all my fun adventures over the summer so you can fully enjoy what I've been enjoying.

Lets see... where do I begin. Well the first few weeks of summer were kind of sad for me. I was in a funk and couldn't figure out what was holding me up. I realized that I wasn't feeling as though I was doing anything with my life. I was stuck in a rut and didn't have anything to help dig me out of it. So I decided to change things a bit and am happy with the outcome. Here are a few things that have been consuming my summer...

Boating.. my new favorite past time. I am blessed to have Michael in my family. My sisters boyfriend who has a love for boats and likes others to find that same love. (The man has 6 boats for goodness sakes). I spent almost all of May and July boating with him and my sister. So much boating that I was keeping up a nice tan and finding peace relaxing in the water.

Reading... another passion of mine. I've noticed almost all the girls in my family have been on this reading frenzy. I'm the slowest of the bunch. My sisters rapidly finish two books in the time it takes me to complete one. My excuse... they aren't reading text books on top of regular fun books. I used to be obsessed with buying movies (my wonderful friend Angie can confirm that)... but I've replaced that with an obsession of books. I LOVE going to the bookstore and picking up books from authors I've never heard about. I'll buy books even though I still have 14 to read. Here is a picture of my bookcase that is slowly being consumed with books. (Not really the best photo... but imagine those are all books on there).

Hiking... I went hiking a couple of times this summer and realized how much I miss the outdoors. Everything screams peace and quiet. I love working up a good sweat in the 90 degree weather (I'm really not kidding) and seeing nature at its finest. Unfortunately I'm not all that close to the mountains like I was in Utah so it takes some planning to get to hike.

Boys... Of course this is always factored into my fun. I've been spending time with cute boys who know how to make me laugh and smile. (For the record... I'm not dating any of these boys... sad day!)

School... though I don't have a picture of school I have been truckin' along with my classes. I am pleased to say that I've been keeping a 3.7 GPA and am getting closer to graduating. I know that many of you are chuckling to yourself and maybe even thinking "wow... you're just now getting your degree." Of course you are free to think that, but a lot is built into this "degree" something none of you may understand. So I am proud of myself.

Lastly, work! I mentioned a few postings ago that my job was disappearing. Frustrated, annoyed and concerned I started to panic a little. I worked diligently with my friend at work on a resume to start looking for something else. Then I had an epiphany... Target is a really good company. I have been with them for (gulp) almost 9 years. Though things haven't always worked in my favor they have supported me. I was presented with an option to promote with them. Be a manager in one of our stores. After weighing the pros and cons... I realized that this was a great opportunity for me. So I decided to start the interview process. I've completed 3 out of the 3 1/2 interviews and have had a lot of success so far. My final 1/2 interview is speaking with my Group Vice President. Its a 15 minute conversation with him and if I do good with that... I got the job.
A lot of changes will come with this... I'll be moving up north. (An hour north of Denver). I'll be getting a place of my very own... living by myself where I know no one. I'll be starting a new job, increase my salary by $20-30,000. I'll be working back in the stores (which I'm actually excited about) and I'll be getting a puppy (YEA!!) (This is a picture of our HR team at work... we went on a fun retreat and got to really experience some interesting things. )

So this is what my life is like right now... I am nervous but also extremely excited about the opportunities that are awaiting me. I was talking to a friend and I told him that its silly to try and plan out your life, because things always work out differently. I never thought that this is where my life would be, but I'm happy with it and happy with the decisions I've made. Good or bad, they've gotten me this far and I think things have turned out pretty good.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

I've gotta have Faith...

I have to have Faith... Nothing else matters. This simple statement popped into my head while I was twittling my thumbs a few hours ago. I've been on a whirlwind of emotions as of late and can't seem to find anyone or anything that settles them. Going to the bookstore helped and spending three weeks with my nieces also covered up the unsettling feelings I've been having. But now, I sit in a quiet house, left to my thoughts that are doing circles inside my head.

As I mentioned in my previous post, I've lost that desire or motivation to do much. I fear I gave the wrong impression to many of my friends as a handful of you reached out to me, ensuring I was ok. The warm words of advise that you each gave to me or simply knowing that you care was enough to bring a smile to my face. I need to correct myself here, as I don't want to give any of you the impression that I'm depressed or thinking of moving into a dark cave for eternity. I just think I hit that very large hill, actually a mountain in my life, and all I've been given is one of those toy shovels you find in the $1 section at Target.

Heavy decisions are laying at my feet right now... Though nothing has been said, I feel that I have a good chance staying on with Target, making more money in a management position... with the catch of moving back to Utah and going back to a store (rather than the office I've been content with for the last 4 years) in order for this to happen. If I choose to forgo this, I stay in Colorado, don't have nearly as good of a chance staying on with the company (and honestly I'm not 100% positive I want too) left to look for work here.

Success and growth with a well known company that will ultimately pull me away from my family again OR stay close to the most important thing in my life (family), risk loosing my job and having that feeling of total loss for what my future holds?

That is why... I have to have Faith. Nothing else matters.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010


Its been a while since I've last visited my blog or anyone else for that matter. I feel bad that I've lost all desire to get on here and make an effort to be "involved". A lot has happened over the last several weeks, some good things and some bad things. More than anything I've lost a lot of motivation to do things. There has been a lot on my mind and it really has been trying on me. I am looking for the sun through the clouds and trying to see the good through the bad. I am hoping that over the next few weeks I won't loose complete hope and will find that fire to light underneath me. Typically I don't like to write about the negative things in my life, because I want my blog to be a place where people can laugh at the things I experience and find some peace of mind after reading what I write. Normally I would just let this blow over, pick something funny that has happened and not even bring up the frustrations in my life, but I promised my sister I would continue to write and so this is what is going on....

I found out that my current position is going to be moving up to Headquarters in Minnesota in March which is not something that I'm interested in pursuing. There has been a lot of conflicting information given to me and I'm starting to question if my time with this company is coming to an end. For the first time in a LONG time I have put my resume together and began taking a peek at what else is out there. I almost feel forced to do this, I really enjoy my job as a recruiting specialist and am sad that this is the step I have to take. I guess this is an opening door for me... as they say when one door closes another one opens. This may be a chance for me to start my life.

I've been focusing a lot on school. I have less than a year left until I will graduate with my degree. I know many people don't see this as the accomplishment but it really is. For more reasons than many of you will ever know, I have to find pride in this tiny chapter in my life. I am proud of my accomplishments thus far and can't wait until these online classes are over. They take up so much of my time that I spend about 10-15 hours a week just doing homework. I am loosing my motivation to work out and can see the effects of it. I typically try and make it a point to spend an hour at the gym but the last few weeks that hasn't been the case. I have the scale sitting in my bathroom and I'm afraid when I step on it, the thing will speak for the first time yelling "get off me fatso!" I miss writing and wish I could write about things that interest me and not on topics like "How can working in a team be a good thing"

Reading helps me move through these frustrating moments. I love to read and have been working through books left and right. (Speaking of this, I should write thank you letters to a few of my favorite authors). I've been spending a lot of time just by myself contemplating what it is that I'm supposed to do. I'm not the type of person who just expects things to happen for me. I'm a person who has to have a plan and will write that plan of my life if I have too. I don't want to wait and see what comes along. I want to make sure that I have a hand in where things go. I want to make sure that I'm ready for what God gives me.

If any of you have suggestions, places to check out for employment or other methods to find motivation I would really appreciate it.

Until next time my friends...

Sunday, June 13, 2010

My minis!

So I love my family, especially the little minis in it. For those of you who don't know I have a nephew Gunner who is 12, a niece Abbie who is 9 and a niece Taya who is 2. These three individuals make me want to pull my hair out 85% of the time I'm with them. Yet, I can't help but smile when I get to watch their baseball games, cheerleading competitions or simply when they are coloring.

So a few funny stories that I have to share with you all... (mothers you might get a little more entertainment out of these)

First my nephew Gunner.

When Gunner was younger (probably 4) he and my brother Travis were talking:

Gunner: "Travis, what is that?" (pointing to a cup)
Travis: "Poop in a glass"
Gunner: "Poop in a glass? No I don't think that is poop in a glass Travis"

Next my niece Abbie's story:

About a year ago my niece Abbie was standing outside on the playground with another little girl:

Abbie: "I dare you to pee your pants!"
Little girl: "ok" (and she pees her pants)

At this point you're not sure which one is worse... my niece for daring her or the girl who pee'd her pants on a dare.

Finally Taya's story:

Nothing that Taya has said, but she does like to put things on her head and run around (i.e. her underwear, her pants, her toilet seat cover, the usual)

Gotta love these little munchkins!

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Who can help me!?

So I need immediate attention to this blog... S.O.S

I can't figure out how to make my blog cute... Those of you who read this often and can provide your words of wisdom of how to get my MACbook to do all these exciting things, I would greatly appreciate it. I'm pretty sure that I'm the least crafty person there is and so I need step-by-step directions. Something like Blogging For Dummies!? I am looking for something like cute writing, fun backgrounds, and ways to do fun, swirls and girly things :)

Continue to let me work with this blog and we're going to end up with brown and orange and pink splats.

I need HELP! Please!

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

TV junkie!

So this is just another one of those blogs that I sit and talk about TV shows! (Eventually you would think I would get tired of it... you're silly for thinking that). I've got to say that this season was a season of amazingly good finales. Of all my favorite shows I love, each ended with a few smiles, tears and fears. Below is a recap of the dozens of shows I watch (don't judge) beware some may have spoilers so avoid the recap if you haven't watched it yet.


Dancing with the stars: I became addicted to this show after moving back home. (I'm noticing this is the case with a lot of these shows) My mom is a huge fan and I just barely started watching last season. I've got to say, it amazes me some of the dances they throw together. I love Derek and Mark. I think that they turn their partners into some of the most amazing dancers. This season (SEASON 10) I fell in love with Anna and Evan. (Yes I've heard the rumors that Evan is gay but I find him absolutely adorable). I was so sad that Evan didn't win the trophy. Nicole did deserve it and therefore I just wanted to wrap my arms around Evan and give him a hug. ;o)
(Just one little side note, if you've never watched it before, this season was worth it just to laugh at Kate Gosselin trying to learn how to dance. She is pathetic! HAHA)

TUESDAY NIGHT (Tuesday is a big night- almost as big as Thursday)

Biggest Loser: This season actually won my heart over half way through. I wasn't sold on the contests and had a hard time picking who my favorite was in the beginning. Eventually Sam on the gray team won me over with his big heart and I rooted him on. Unfortunately he got voted off, just a few weeks after my other favorite Stephanie. I hated Michael when he created the teams but eventually found it in my heart to forgive him. I was excited for the finale and excited that he won the title of Biggest Loser. I was amazed at how good they all looked. (I think I've said this every year). I've decided that this is one of my favorite reality shows and have joined our own Biggest Loser at work :o) Wish me luck!

Lost: The series finale! The show I've watched for 6 seasons. Never missing an episode. I'll be honest I got a little annoyed somewhere in the middle of this season with everything going on. I couldn't figure out how they were going to end the show this season, it seemed impossible. I felt so much was still hanging on the line. The series finale left me with a lump in my throat and a few tears running down my face. When all is said and done, I feel attached to these people and loved spending Tues/Wed nights with them. I am still "lost" in some ways but am thankful that I watched it through all these years.

THURSDAY NIGHT (Biggest night)

Project Runway: This was the first time I've ever watched this show and fell in love with it immediately. I couldn't remember any of their names until there was like 4 people left but I was eager to see what types of designs they would come up with. I was so impressed with how easy they made it look! I loved Seth Aaron from the beginning! Every piece of article he created was absolutely amazing! I had a HUGE smile on my face when he won! I am looking forward to the future seasons of Project Runway.

Survivor: This is another show that I watched like the first 4 seasons of and then totally lost interest in it until I moved home. Again, my mom is a huge fan and I found myself getting sucked into it the season before last. When they announced that they were continuing with the show and this time it was Heroes vs Villains... I knew I would end up watching it. I was easily entertained by the challenges they were faced with and the different schemes they would create to avoid being voted off. I was happy that Sandra won. I would have thrown up if for some reason Russell won and I would have been ok if Parvati had won. I thought that the hero's team were about as stupid as they come (any of you who watched it will know what I'm talking about). Don't you worry... they are having another Survivor start in the fall in case you were worried! (Yippee!)

Private Practice: Wow! So this was one of the shows that I wanted to start watching eons ago but never got the chance to. I heard it had a couple of bad seasons and then it really picked up probably two seasons ago. This was about the time I started watching it. I immediately fell in love with the characters and the story line (I even at times liked it more then Grey's Anatomy... especially this season). I was heart broken that Dell died! I bawled! I had such a crush on him and thought how awful it was for his daughter Betsy. I love the guy in the wheelchair and hope that Naomi pursues him. I was so ecstatic at the end of the episode when Addison FINALLY hooked up with Sam and Violet and Pete are working things out. LOVED IT!

Grey's Anatomy: Ok can we just say... this was one of the best season finales I have ever seen!? It is tied for best next to their 2nd season finale when Denny died. For two hours I was sitting on the edge of my seat stressed out! I could not believe how much happened within the first 15 minutes of the show! Grey's hasn't been my favorite lately (I'm not down with the lesbian love scenes) but this episode blew it out of the water! Simply fabulous! I saved it so I could watch it again in a couple of weeks. (Maybe I won't be so nervous now that i know what will happen).

So these are my shows. I watch others here and there if I'm with someone but as you can tell my list of only watching two shows has grown tremendously since I've been home! Its alright though, I enjoy watching them with my mom, and then calling my sister when they are done to get her thoughts on it all. It makes for great table conversation as I'm finding everyone in my family watches one or the other.

I'm a TV junkie... what can I say! ;o)