Monday, December 27, 2010
We spent the day there watching the kids open presents, eat dinner and just visit. Unfortunately I came down with a bad cold so I ended up taking a nap for the majority of the afternoon. Then we had to head home because we had to get ready to go to Josh’s dad’s house on Sunday to celebrate with the Elliott Family. We had a great time there as well. Gifts, food and a few riveting games “try and unwrap the gift card game”.
Monday, December 20, 2010
To celebrate we spent the weekend in Houston. We started off Saturday morning at Hermann Park. We toured the Houston Museum of Natural Science and spent some more time in the Park just around the museum. That afternoon we went to Marble Slab to get some Ice Cream – an expensive but ever so yummy treat! Then we made our way west towards the Galleria where our hotel was located. We got checked in and all cleaned up to go to dinner.
We ate dinner at Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse. I have a feeling it will become an annual tradition since we went there last year on the day after our wedding. We loved the food and atmosphere – especially the sweet potatoes!!!!! Some might say they’re “Orgasmic”.
On Sunday, we had breakfast at the hotel then checked out shortly after. We headed across the street to the Galleria where we enjoyed the afternoon just walking around and doing some last minute Christmas shopping. During the Holiday season they have an ice rink in the mall, we have always wanted to go ice skating, but on Sunday they were hosting a holiday special by kids in the community… so no skating for Josh and Jill – maybe next year! We had a late lunch with the elephants and gorillas at the Rainforest Café (Josh had never been).
That was it… not too exciting, but we did enjoy the quality time together and just getting out of the house. We didn’t exchange Anniversary gifts, but I did get my Christmas gift early, I got a camera… very helpful to document our eventful weekend.
Hanging out at Hermann Park
A duck with a mohawk, tee hee hee
Being silly at the hotel
Our complimentary dessert at Ruth's Chris Steakhouse, Mmmmmmmm
Thursday, October 28, 2010
So I am sure you are asking yourself, what could be so exciting and noteworthy that Jill finally found some time to mention it on the blog? Well I can assure it you it is very exciting news… are you ready??? Okay here it goes – JOSH PASSED ALL SECTIONS IN PART 1 OF BOARDS!!! WOOOOO HOOOOOOO!!!!
There were six sections for Part 1 and in order to pass each section he needed to receive at least a 375 or better. Josh was very anxious about taking these exams. Not only were they scheduled for the week right after we got back from our week long road trip, but he had to take six tests within a span of 36 hours! Part 1 of Boards has a reputation of being the most difficult to study for and hardest to pass. Each of the exams had 150 multiple choice questions which tests a “basic” science. Normally Josh does not excel at test in these types of subjects because he is more hands on – But this time he did! His grades for each section are below (he cut chemistry kind of close don’t you think?)
General Anatomy - 434
Spinal Anatomy - 411
Physiology - 411
Chemistry - 375
Pathology - 498
Microbiology - 470
I am so proud of him, and I know he will be a great Doctor!
Throughout the next year Josh will work towards his license by completing three more exam parts as well as Physical Therapy. Once he completes all of that, he will have a license! Part two and three are scheduled for March 2011.
Tuesday, July 6, 2010
Saturday we all worked on a top secret Christmas project. Mom and Dad will be hosting the Kuklenz Christmas at their home this year. I can’t wait, it seems like it has been many years since I have been able to attend the Kuklenz Christmas festivities.
Sunday we went to church, came home and made some brunch and the girls headed off to the Allen outlet mall, while Karl practiced driving the Mustang (he is supposed to get his Manual Camero in the next couple months) and Josh and Dad trimmed the Palm Trees. That evening we grilled some burgers and had a 4th of July feast.
Monday morning, Josh and Dad (mostly Josh) decided it would be a good idea to go rent a trailer and finally finish off the retaining wall by inserting the pea gravel. Check out Mom’s blog for pictures: www.the-kuklenz-family.blogspot.com. Once they finished, Josh got cleaned up and we hit the road back to Houston.
Monday, June 28, 2010
Saturday, just after we woke up, we headed to Old Town Spring. I have never been before so I wanted to check it out. And I didn’t want to be out in the heat of the day so we went fairly early. It is basically an old town that now is filled with little shops, restaurants, museums and art galleries. Take a look: http://www.oldtownspring.com. It was a fairly cheap trip; I only bought one thing (I can’t tell because it is a present for someone). On our way home we picked up some lunch. Later that afternoon Josh went and showed off the old Camry to a potential buyer.
That evening Jackie went and visited Karl and Audrey while Josh and I attended his Grandpa’s birthday bash in Pasadena. We had a great time! I still had not met all of Josh’s extended family so it was nice to finally put a name with a face. We came back home that evening and Jackie had met us there after her visit with Karl. She stayed one final night with us and was off to band camp bright and early the next morning.
This week I am working nightshift and then Josh and I are headed to my parent’s house on Friday for the 4th of July weekend. I am so excited; we always have such a great time together!
Monday, June 14, 2010
We purchased a 2007 Ford Edge SEL plus with only 23K miles. This car has everything you can think of… Navigation System, Vista Sunroof, Premium Leather, Tow Hitch, Parking Sensors, 6 CD Changer, Heated Seats, Memory Seats and much more! The car is in great condition for being 3 years old. We haven’t picked up the new car yet because we asked the dealership to fix a couple things first.
Pictures will be coming soon. In the mean time here is a picture of the vehicle pulled from the dealership’s website.
Sunday, June 13, 2010
To top off the exciting week, Mary got a summer job offer shortly after she got home. Congratulations Mary!
Monday, June 7, 2010
Josh made breakfast both mornings, pancakes on Saturday and breakfast burritos on Sunday. When we weren't out looking at cars, we were lounging in front of the TV or out on a walk... boy was it hot this weekend!!!! We did end up renting a couple of movies on Saturday night, Sherlock Holmes and Public Enemies. Both were ok, but neither were a "must see" in my opinion.
Monday, May 31, 2010
Josh picked me up at work Friday afternoon so I didn’t have to travel south and then back north again (traffic leaving Houston is bad on a normal afternoon, not to mention a Holiday weekend). We arrived in Dallas around 7:15pm, had a bite to eat and just lounged around awaiting the arrival of my brother, Karl, and his girlfriend, Audrey. Not much else happened on Friday night, we went to bed kind of early.
Saturday we woke up and Mom made breakfast burritos… Mmmmmm. Jackie only ate scrambled eggs because she had her wisdom teeth taken out the day before. Eggs were nice change of pace from her slushes and pudding she had been eating. Anyways, breakfast was delicious; we cleaned up the dishes and proceeded outside to assist the boys in building the retaining wall around the air conditioner units. Mom, Audrey and I made three trips to Home Depot to pick up more stones for the retaining wall, luckily we ran into some strapping young men to lift the stones… you know that what that means? no broken nails… wooo hoooo!
Once the sun had reached the side of the house the boys came inside and we all had lunch, then it was POOL TIME! The rest of the day was spent pool side… ahhhhh I love the sun! Dad had put ribs in the smoker for dinner; we could smell them all afternoon. It really left our mouths watering for the dinner bell! Right before dinner dad threw some marinated shrimp on the grill, Mom and Jackie didn’t have any shrimp so that left more for the rest of us, but there still wasn’t enough… they were so delicious!
Sunday morning, Jackie and Mom got ready to attend church while the rest of us headed to the lake before the crazies got out. We got out on the lake around 10:00am and sped across the lake to Dad’s favorite anchor spot. The boys chatted while Audrey and I soaked up some rays. Once we got a little toasty, I finally convinced Audrey to jump in the lake with me, it was disgustingly refreshing. Awhile later we traveled back across the lake only this time, it was a little different. By that time it was close to 1:00pm and the crazies were out! It took us a lot longer to get back across the lake, people were cutting you off, and there were tubers and jet skis, waves and more waves!!! Time to go! So we did! We loaded the boat, got home and put the boat in the garage in record time, we were home by 2:00pm. We spent the rest of the afternoon by the pool and enjoyed some burgers and hot dogs for dinner. That evening it was the battle of the T.V.s Karl and Audrey were watching the Twins Game while the others were watching the Nascar Race.
Monday, I got up and made Monkey Bread for breakfast. The boys finished up the retaining wall while I mowed the lawn. The rest of the day was relaxing around the house and packing for the trip home. We left The Colony around 2:30pm and arrived at home shortly after 7:00pm. Nothing particularly significant happened over the weekend, but I was extremely thankful to see my whole family. It’s not very often we are all together anymore. I hope to see them all over the 4th of July Holiday when we all work on a special project! Stay tuned for more on that story!
Monday, May 17, 2010
On Sunday, we woke up early to get ready to attend First Baptist Church in Pasadena, TX with Josh’s Grandparents. After church they treated us to brunch at Franks. After that we went back to Terry’s and watched the Nascar Race (Jimmie didn’t do so hot) and I took a nap. We packed up all of our stuff headed back to Pasadena for the Strawberry Festival. Can you believe we got a huge flat of strawberries for just $10? I am looking forward to Josh’s smoothies. After the festival we met Terry, Net and Josh’s Grandparents at Texas Roadhouse to treat them to dinner. It was delicious! We had a very relaxing weekend… now it’s back to school and work!
Sunday, May 9, 2010
Friday morning we woke up, packed and headed for San Antonio with a slight detour through Brenham, Texas. Blue Bell Creameries in Brenham, Texas has been cranking out the best ice cream in the country since 1911. Visitors share in the rich history of Blue Bell with a short film, see the ice cream making process from the time the milk is received to the time the filled ice cream cartons are sent into the blast freezer, and then end the tour with a serving of ice cream… Mmmmmm. A friend of mine from college currently works in the Marketing and Research department so we got to see him as well. Josh had been to the factory before, but it was my first time. It was pretty interesting. After the tour we grabbed some lunch and got back on track for our trip to San Antonio.
We arrived at the Courtyard Marriott on the Riverwalk around 5:30pm. We walked to Market Square to check out some shops and eat at a Mexican Restaurant/Bakery, Mi Tierra. We strolled around the riverwalk and headed back to the hotel. We planned on visiting the Planetarium at UT San Antonio on Friday night, but when we arrived they had cancelled all shows for the night. Hmmm, what do we do now? Well we headed back to the hotel, walked around the river again and just relaxed. Ahhhhhhh
The next day we did visited some museums: Ripley’s Believe it or not!, Guinness World Records, Tomb Raider 3 D Adventure and Louis Tussaud's Wax Works. We walked around the Rivercenter Mall, walked to the La Vallarta (off the riverwalk – they had small little shops). We grabbed some lunch at The County Line Bar-B-Que, it was delicious! Then we went on a boat tour of the Riverwalk. The rest of the day we just walked around either on the riverwalk or up on the streets of downtown San Antonio. Then we headed back to the hotel to freshen up. We had reservations for the IMAX theatre that evening to see Avatar in 3D. The movie was great, it was a lot better than we were expecting it to be. It was about 10pm after we finished the movie so we strolled back to the hotel and ventured down the new section of the riverwalk that extends down towards the Art District. It was very peaceful, but kind of scary at the same time. This section of the river is not as commercialized as the rest so there weren’t very many people around.
When we woke up Sunday it was misty outside. We had planned to go to the San Antonio Zoo, but I didn’t figure that would be good Zoo weather, so I told Josh let’s just head towards home… so we did. We stopped at Buckeys to get some beef jerky and Fudge… Mmmmmmmm. And then I remembered there was a big outlet mall we had passed on the way to Brenham on Friday. I asked Josh if he wanted to stop by there before we go home. He took a little convincing and then finally agreed. So we headed to the Houston Premium Outlet Center. Wooo Hooo SHOPPING!!! After we finished there we still had a 30 minute drive home. While we are exiting the Outlet Mall Josh says, “That sure was more expensive than the Zoo.” and I replied, “But it sure did make me happier than the Zoo!”
It was nice not having an agenda or a list of things to do or a budget to stay in. We did as much or as little as we wanted whenever we wanted to do it. Now that is a vacation! I am really looking forward to the many more, big and small, vacations we will take together in our lifetime.
Friday, April 23, 2010
Adjusting 4 -- A
Physical Medicine and Rehab -- B
Diagnostic Imaging 3 (X-ray Physics) -- B
X-ray Position -- B
Internal Diagnosis I -- B
Nutrition II -- C
Clinical Neurolgy -- C
Sunday, April 18, 2010
It had been raining a couple days leading up to the event, and the morning of the race it did clear up a little, but there was still a constant mist. We decided to head out to the race track and be optomistic. While we were there we walked around the track and did some souvenir shopping. We also met up with an employee from my work, Toby (he is a die-hard Nascar fan and doesn’t miss a race at Texas Motor Speedway), we grilled up some chicken and burgers while we all place dour predictions about the race. 3:30pm rolls around and still no race, race was scheduled to begin at 2:00pm. We found out they had re-scheduled the race for the next day. Well that’s just peachy!!! NOT. I had to work the next day and Josh had to complete his last two finals for the trimester, it was impossible to stay! BUMMER!
Tickets were non-refundable. BUMMER! We tried selling or giving the tickets away to family and friends, but no one was interested.
The next race isn’t until November this year and we haven’t decided if we are going to purchase tickets yet. SIGH, it’s still a sore subject. So I would suggest not mentioning it.
Monday, March 15, 2010
Gingerbread Baby buckled in for the long car ride to school (40 miles each way).
Sunday, March 7, 2010
Saturday, March 6, 2010
Friday, March 5, 2010
Sunday, February 28, 2010
Monday, February 22, 2010
- January 23-24, 2010: Mom and Dad Kuklenz visit. Mom and Dad came down to spend the night before they departed the port of Galveston for their week long cruise. Jackie and Karl also came down Saturday afternoon with Mom and Dad, we enjoyed some family time and a delicious meal. The next morning Josh and I made breakfast and then they were on their way. It was a quick visit, but they were our first over-night guests. Very Exciting!
- January 28, 2010: We finally received our Wedding album and CD with our pictures on it. It is beautiful! If you would like a copy of the CD to print off some pictures, send me an e-mail and we can make that happen!
- February 10, 2010: Jackie's visit. Jackie came down and spent the night at our place on Wednesday evening before she had to get up early on Thursday and drive to San Antonio for a music conference. We didn't get to see her much, but it was fun and she was very productive with her Crocheting... oh excuse me knitting!
- February 14, 2010: Our first Valentines Day as Husband and Wife. Josh made us breakfast and we exchanged gifts and cards. Note: there were no flowers. (Which is okay because I have always told Josh it is a waste of money because they will just die anyways)
- February 14, 2010: Nascar - Daytona 500... the never-ending race is what I like to call it and let's just leave it at that!
- February 15, 2010: The day after Valentines Day, funny story! I came home from work and there were a dozen pink roses (my favorite color) on the dining room table... awwww, how sweet! (Even if you think flowers are a waste of money, it is still a nice treat every now and again) A few minutes later, we are sitting down for dinner and I got closer look at the flowers (they are a little brown around the edges I thought to myself). So, with the open and honest communication Josh and I have together I decided to open my big fat mouth, I said, "Oh, these are a little brown... I hope you didn't pay much for these." Josh says, "Why, how much would you have paid?" and I quickly replied very sarcastically, "No more than $5.00". Well, we continued to eat our supper. And then I curiously prompted him again... "So how much did you pay for them?" He hesitated, smirked, and then he said, "$4.00", we both chuckled. Oh brother... this is only the first year of marriage!
- February 19, 2010: Marriage License. We have yet to receive our official Marriage License. I have called the County Clerk three times and visited them twice to check on the status of the License. Apparently it is either lost in the mail or someone else has received it and does not want to return it. So I went to their office Friday after work (Got there at 5:00 on the dot and almost turned me away... that would have been a whole other story) to purchase a certified copy, $6.00. I quickly ran to the bank and got my name changed there. Now Josh and i can finally deposit checks from the wedding that were made out to Mr and Mrs. Joshua Elliott.
I am sure we have done more than that in the past month, but that is all I can think of and that is all my little fingers can type for now! Hopefully there will be some more exciting updates coming in the near future.
Sunday, January 17, 2010
Click here to view pictures of our apartment. The first few pictures are from the day we moved in... a bunch of empty rooms, and then all the boxes, and finally our furniture is all in place.
Saturday, January 9, 2010
Here is the link to view the pictures from the wedding. Click on "12/19/2009 Kuklenz wedding" (why he put Kuklenz I have no idea????) and then enter the password: josh. You can order any of these photos online, however keep in mind we will have a disk with all of these pictures on it in just a few short weeks. Enjoy the pictures!!!
Tuesday, January 5, 2010
Josh and I had a great holiday! We went to Terry and Net’s (Josh’s dad and step-mom) house in Houston, Texas. We enjoyed the weekend full of family, food, and games, oh and almost forgot to mention the hot tub. It was so relaxing!
Since we spent three days at Josh’s dads, we haven’t made as much progress as I anticipated in the new apartment. It seems like everyday we get something finally put in its place, we move something else into the apartment or we buy something new to set up and put away. Josh has had the lovely task of getting the electricity, cable and internet set up… let’s just say I thought it would be really easy and not very time consuming. If you didn't get the sarcasm, that was not the case at all!!!
I have been back to work since Monday, December 28th and Josh began school today. So now it will be even harder to get things done around the house with both of us coming and going all the time. We are expecting our first guests (my mom and dad) in a couple weeks. They will be going on a cruise leaving from the Galveston port on Sunday the 24th and since our new place is only 60 miles from the shoreline they decided to stay with us the night before. The only downside to their visit is… I now have a time budget for the apartment to look PERFECT!!!
On a side note, I have set an appointment for this Saturday morning to meet with our photographer from the wedding. He said he would post the pictures online immediately following our meeting. So stay tuned for an update this weekend with the link to see pictures.
Also, Thank-you to everyone who was at the wedding, we enjoyed your company. Thank you for sending gifts and cards, we are so very appreciative! I am giving you a generic Thank-you in advance since the personal ones have yet to be completed. It’s on my list… I PROMISE! Love to all!