Saturday, March 22, 2008

I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream

This is the Plaza in the center of Ponce. Most roads all around lead directly to this. It is one of my favorite spots in the city. This fountain is at the very center and my nephews love to walk around it, sit on the teal green lions and "accidentally" fall into the water.

My love for this plaza stems from the ice cream shop across the street. (see pic below) There is always a line of people coming out, and most of them are locals, which is a sign of quality taste.
I was introduced to this place a year ago when I took my first trip to Puerto Rico. It has ruined me for all other ice cream shops.

The delectable treat that is served is just a little thicker than a Wendy's frosty, but feels and tastes so much more sophisticated. It comes in flavors ranging from classic chocolate, strawberry, peanut butter to pineapple or passion fruit. All made from scratch and naturally flavored from the fruit it self. My favorite? Coconut. Hands down, coconut. This stuff makes my head spin. Really I had been craving it for the last year.
I went at least 5 times while I was there, sometimes having more than one serving, and not feeling the least bit embarrassed or bad about it.

Are women the only ones who obsess over food like this?
In a book I read a few months ago called "Eat, Pray, Love" the author describes a pizza she had in Naples.
So Sofie and I have come to Pizzeria da Michele, and these pies we have just ordered-one for each of us-are making us lose our minds. I love my pizza so much, in fact, that I have come to believe in my delirium that my pizza might actually love me, in return. I am having a relationship with this pizza, almost an affair. Meanwhile, Sofie is practically in tears over hers....
This folks is quite similar to my experience with my ice cream.

Please tell me that some of you love certain foods this much. I am not crazy right? Share!!

This is me and the boys on one of the many ice cream trips.

Come to my Puerto Rico...

Yes, this post is a bit over due. Here is a little of my recent trip to Puerto Rico. I was out there being the nanny.... my brother and his wife went on a cruise, so I got mommy practice. I have 3 nephews out there that I adore. Jett, Luke and Tommy. Lots of work changing diapers, making hot dogs, carrying a diaper bag and driving a mini van. My mom came out later in the week to help me. If you are going to be babysitting, I recommend you do it on an island in the Carribean!We had a great time!! This is us at Crash Boat beach. It is a Beautiful beach. Had a great time. One of the highlights: Tommy peeing on me.
Jett and Luke in front of the mall after I took them to buy Pokemon figurines. That of course made me the coolest auntie ever.
Tommy was the happiest when he was "washing" the dishes.
On the board walk in Ponce.

Me, my sister in law Carolyn and my momma.
Me, my momma and the yummy Puerto Rican feast. :)

My favorite quote from the kids that week
Luke who is 3 and does not have a real concept of time said this when I was getting them ready for church; "But I don't want to go to church! We already went once this year!" hehehehehe

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

well thats just great!

Two years ago when I got home from my mission I basically had to start over again with the whole school thing. I took a job as a phlebotomist with IHC because I wanted to be in their nursing program. They pay for everything, so naturally this would be what I need. I finally finished my pre-requisites last fall and applied. For the last two months I have been waiting to hear back. I have been anxious, nervous and antsy. Really I have been a bit stressed out- some might even say I was a bit of a basket case.
So Monday when I was in the Atlanta airport waiting to catch my plane to SLC and I got a call.... I got accepted to the Nursing program!!! Happy, happy me! Finally an idea of what I will be doing with my life in the next few months/years.
I have a little peace and can breathe for a moment.

ps- pics and stories from my Puerto Rico trip to come...