Sunday, January 12, 2014

Palo Alto

This city is AMAZING!  I thought we were culturally very advance until we move here and discovered that pretty much we are hillbillies.. Yes. I think the only thing we are is foodies. Thank goodness I have learned to eat a more diverse diet.
1.This city is all I ever dream of :)This city is like an utopian society with so many cultures, it pushes you to learn about other cultures and stop being culturally insensitive.
1.5First different thing is that in California they don't have plastic bags and if you want bags, any paper bags are sold to you for 10 cents.
2. Safeway are the common grocery store here. The first few days I didn't care very much for this store because I thought it was kind of pricey but later I found out that it wasn't and that things are just that "affordable" here.  Another option is to Go to another city and fight the crow at Walmart.
3. The city of Palo Alto picks up once a year all the garbage you have. We are still struggling with garbage. This city makes us recycle we like it or not. Our garbage container is the size of a hamper. Thank goodness Mario got me started into recycling in Santa Fe. 
4. Besides our huge rent ( justify because we live in downtown right across Stanford university and Stanford mall) our utility's and everything else is 130 dollars at month.
5.Our church ward is amazing. Me and the boys have been there for just two weeks and everyone treat us like family. I feel very love, like really love. Many of my Santa Fe friends told me about how wonderful the people from church in this area normally are. I feel a very good spirit here. 
Since I became a mother, every night I pray for my children to have a better life than I did and I know that now they will have that. I also know that in here they won't grow with influences of small minded people. Education here is the best in the United States and the church here is so strong. I feel relief. I am so glad we are out of New Mexico. I am sure will miss Santa Fe life but this is an improvement. 
6.There is not competition at least for us. Most of these people are multi millionaires, scientist, famous athletes, and very educated. I noticed how they speak, how they treat each other, they don't use the passive aggressive way I noticed many people using in the church before. I don't see them also using the gospel to bully but I see them building each other with love, acceptance. There is a feeling of truthfulness and they do want to serve the Lord because they love Him. Not because they want to impress others. Maybe it is too soon to say this but I think I finally found my home for my family. I think here we are going to become the family we were meant to be. 
I also feel happier since I move here. I have less stress.
6. To enroll in any Palo Alto school Mario had a TB test. On Monday Mario got his test, he also got three other test and the last set of his immunization shots (for the second time) because the people at his pediatrician office forgot to record it. Sooo, Mario also got x-rays on his wrist as my request to see his growth and his bone age is of a 4 years old. He is going to be a late bloomer. He is 6 years old and still has all his baby teeth.  His pediatrician think he is going to be around 5'11. 

Mario went to school on Thursday for the fist time to Walter Hayes elementary school. He was so excited and when he got there all the children knew his name. They welcomed him like a super star. His class is full of children from different countries. China, Israel, France, Spain. This is the newsletter from his class. 

All his class materials.

7. We live in downtown, all the restaurants deliver for free! My diet has pretty much suffer since we move here. Hopefully someday Mario and Milo will start trying different types of foods. I am not complaining because they restaurants bills with them are really cheap. Fries are very cheap.
8. I enrolled in a 5 week communication class at STANFORD university!!! starting on the 15th. I am so excited! This course will help me in so many ways. I also will be able to meet so many people.


When we took Mario to get his tuberculosis test, Milo picked up a cold or something weird. Thursday at noon he had a fever of 103.  I took him to emergency care and  he was diagnosed with the ninja cold or with croup. He still not over it.

 Today Jared is really sick. I think it is karma, because yesterday when we were all sick Jared left with his work's friends to have dinner instead of taking care of us, and now he is sick... I guess he is learning a lesson...by me taking care of him...




Sunday, January 05, 2014

Our move to California, Christmas and so on.



And we made it to California. These pictures were taken today January 5th after church. I really didn't want to like this place but everyone is so nice. We live two blocks away from downtown Palo Alto. Every time we go out for dinner, we walk to the restaurant. I dreamed on living in downtown but after having kids and the big house, and Jared pretty much refusing the idea, I forgot about it. Well, I love our living location.
 Let me mention our ward, which is amazing. I have never been in a place where people made me feel so welcome and the spiritual level here feels so high. I didn't want to leave NM, specially Santa Fe because I was so happy with my life and friends, but this is an amazing place. We are paying $3,100 for a two bedroom apartment but it is worth it.  I feel so happy and free. 

Also, I am waiting to become a CA resident so I can finish my bachelors. Jared and I were speaking about my options with school. He wants me to go to Stanford but I don't want to get into that much debt, my other option will be Palo Alto university and get a bachelors in Business Psychology.  It doesn't sound bad at all and I can do it. What Do I need a bachelors for? Well, I think it is very important for women to be educate and financially independent from their partners.  I can be a good mother, have a job and still do it all. It is possible. We don't live in the 1950s anymore and I am glad that I have my own opinion and strong will to do what feels right to me. Many women love to stay at home, like I do, but I also want to exercise another part of my life and develop my identity besides being a mother and a wife.



Our cute dinning room.



I refuse to let go of my elliptical. I will be bury with that machine :)

This is our cute kitchen.  I am not crazy about the counter tops but the beautiful cabinets and the crown molding around the whole apartment makes everything so beautiful.

                  



We also got a water filter for our kitchen. The water doesn't taste bad but filter water is so much better for you, in my opinion.

Our beautiful bedroom. I am so glad that we are living in such a nice place. I was so worried about living in the ghetto or a place that didn't look like our house in Santa Fe.

My new desk that we got in Ikea.  

Jared gave me the whole closet, now I just need to take a day and organize everything.



The boys room. 
I added some more decorations but I can't take pictures right now. Tomorrow is going to be Mario's first day of school. I hope he does well.

Our front door.  

The backyard. We haven't use this area yet but we will pretty soon.

And our laundry room which we share with 4 other tenants. It cost $1.75 for a load of clothes so doing laundry is expensive but doable.

We went to Half Moon Bay our first week here. The water is freezing. Mario and Milo though it was going to be warm like in Puerto Rico. We were there for a few hours, had lunch and enjoy each others company. We live around 20 miles from that beach.

This was my christmas eve dinner. We went to Palo Alto Creamery, a restaurant with an old dinner style.


I was a really good girl. Look what Santa got me :)

We didn't have our stuff in the apartment yet, and we needed a Christmas tree, so we bought one at target. Isn't this the most adorable tree you have ever seen? The boys had the best Christmas ever. I am so glad that we moved here and let all the negativity behind. I had to donate half of my stuff and I must tell you, I feel great. Now, the only thing I am missing is to sell my house and I will be done for now.


This is Josh. He is one of Jared's friend from work. After the people from Church came and help us to unload the truck Josh showed up with Korean pastries. Josh is so adorable.

Mario was dressed as the wise man and Milo was a shepherd for the Santa Fe nativity scene.


My friend Karen Sheffer took these pictures of the boys. How cute are they? 





I have a few simple new year goals, but I had this feeling that everything is going to be okay and I am finally were I am suppose to be.  It is hard for me to leave the past behind, but I can embrace a better future by forgiving not because certain people deserve it but because I am better than that. Focusing on the best in my life, the blessing and the beautiful people who really care for me and my children :)

Jennifer.