Showing posts from April, 2014

One of My Greatest Blessings

Today is the 16th of April - which is our 9th year wedding anniversary to the love of my life, Don Garcia! He's my biggest supporter, makes me feel beautiful all the time, brings humor and laughter to my life, has lots of patience with my needs and stubbornness (not to mention our two little boys too), and loves me more than I'll ever know. I always say a little prayer of thanks to God when my hubby gives me a hug or a kiss because I'm so grateful to having such a great husband.

This morning a beautiful card with a loving message, as well as some shopping money (yay!) greeted me at the bathroom sink as I was getting ready for work. He even planned a wonderful dinner tonight, our annual steak and seafood dinner, just us two! I'm such a lucky girl!

To my hubby, DonDon. Thank you for being a wonderful husband and an awesome dad! Happy Anniversary!

Here's today's Wayback Wednesdaym for our wedding anniversary, a snippet from our wedding video, 2005 at the Handlery …

My Visit to the University of Nevada, Reno

My colleague, Eleina, and I had the opportunity to visit the University of Nevada, Reno, last Friday! We, along with a few dozen school counselors from all over California, took advantage of their first ever counselor fly-in program where we were flown into the city for the day to learn all about the school. We had a great time and learned about the great opportunities this university has to offer your students!

Check out my entire post on our trip at!

Mother’s Against Drunk Driving (MADD) PowerTalk21

Mother’s Against Drunk Driving (MADD) is hosting PowerTalk21, on April 21, 2014, a national day for parents to start talking to teens about alcohol.  Parents, kids and communities can take positive steps to openly communicate and work together to end underage drinking. 

MADD’s free, on-line discussion is designed to empower parents on how to have to have positive conversation with their teens about drinking alcohol.  The attached flyers describe PowerTalk 21 in English and Spanish.

If you have additional questions regarding this program, please contact Becky Wood, Youth Program Specialist at MADD, by phone at 916.481.6233, ext. 6634, or by e-mail at

Day Three and Four: San Luis Obispo Family Vacation

Day One and Day two of our San Luis Obispo vacation were filled with lots of fun!

Day three had much more in store for us!

First thing in the morning we headed to Bubble Gum Alley, which was pretty gross!

The obligatory stop at the local university was a must for this high school counselor! Cal Poly San Luis Obispo is a beautiful campus!

We also had to check out the local "Cronuts" and compare to what San Diego has to offer! Cronuts at the SLO-Do-Co (San Luis Obispo Doughnut Company) were just as good and half the price!

Since it was Sunday, we decided to attend Mass at the Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa. We visited the museum, the gift shop, and the beautiful grounds before Mass began.

Hearst Castle was next for the day. I'll have to admit, this was the least exciting part of our trip for our boys! I guess they aren't impressed with opulence and extravagance!

Not too far from Hearst Castle were the Elephant Seals of San Simeon. It was cold, windy, and a bit drizzl…

Day Two: San Luis Obispo Family Vacation

After Day One: San Luis Obispo Family Vacation, we were ready to take on the day with lots of sightseeing!

We first stopped at Pismo Beach Pier for a short walk and people watching. Our kids loved watching the surfers while standing on the pier.
The Luffa Farm was a curiosity from the tourist magazines we picked up from the lobby of our hotel. Our visit was VERY informative. Our boys were very attentive during our tour of the farm. We even took a few souvenirs home to share with family!

Before lunch, we explored the Arroyo Grande Suspension Bridge. Our boys were not scared at all running back and forth on the swaying bridge. At the opposite end of the bridge was the Santa Manuela School House and The Barn Museum which was another great learning experience for our boys.

We then browsed the antique shops in Downtown Arroyo Grande, then had lunch at Old Village Grill. For dessert we headed to Doc Bernsteins Ice Cream Lab were I had the yummiest "Elvis" nice cream: banana and p…