Monthly Archives: October 2011


friday night, we drove to raleigh to check out the NC state fair.... (mainly so nick could see his beloved demolition derby!)

we made it through the midway with people hollering at nick in condescending ways because he had yet to win me an oversized winnie the pooh.

as tempting as the fireball, helter skelter, and kamikaze might have been... we stuck with the ferris wheel.

not a bad view!

our options for dinner were straight out of the biggest loser cookbook! we managed to sneak away with a cheese steak, corn on a stick, and a lemonade.

after our meal, we settled in for the main event. something i had never witnessed before... demolition derby.


the all start facing each other backwards, then after that, hilarity ensues. they basically try to drive backwards and hit each other. the crowd goes wild. the last vehicle moving wins. it was amazing.

did i mention there were three rounds... 4 cylinder, 6 cylinder, and 8 cylinder (do no ask me what this means). my conclusion: we will be going back next year.

saturday morning while i watched college gameday (DUH.) and this awesome piece on fsu alum, lee corso…

nick was awesome mr. handyman everything man and planted some rose bushes we received from a member of the congregation.




was a great weekend… and we’re excited about another week here in calypso!


Posted by on October 25, 2011 in sarah's thoughts


welcome home.

this is a tour of house (thus far.) my parents are coming in about two weeks and are bring things to further furnish the kitchen, guest room, family room, and porch! but will update more then, for now… welcome to our house!

218 second street. you KNOW you better come visit!

so you can see where we have come from!

more foyer.

to the right of the entrance way is our living room.

fire place and all!

if you walk straight through the foyer you will walk into the kitchen!

it's HUGE. i love it.

if you go to the left when you walk in the door, you will see books. which means you are in nick's office!

hey nick.


to the right of the kitchen is the laundry room.

which is where you'll find my beautiful desk!

staight through the kitchen, if you go outside, you will find the deck!

if you've talked to me on the phone, chances are i've been sitting right here!

down the hallway to the left, past the hallway bathroom and guest bedroom is the beauty. our bedroom.


we love it! we hope you’ll come and visit soon!


Posted by on October 18, 2011 in sarah's thoughts


a look back [california]

before we decided calypso is where we were supposed to be and packed up all our stuff, and unpacked all our stuff and started settling. we made a long overdue trip to california. it’s hard to believe but nick and i have many, many relatives all the way across the country, so this in-between time was such a great opportunity to visit them. we only wish we could’ve stay longer!

it started down in L.A. we flew in and saw my dear family friends john and jody dreyer. they took us straight to the rose bowl! nick did some mountain golfing with john… which included seeing some coyotes, road runners, and cactus. i did some shopping with jody. we BOTH went to an angel’s game and aunt jody hooked us up with FRONT ROW seats. which were amazing. it was such a gift to see them!

not a bad view!

we then traveled north to fresno, ca to visit nick’s aunt fay and cousin alice. this was such a fun time! we were able to see where alice goes to school as well as alice in all of her marching band glory. we also got the grand tour of clovis. nick and i met some more relatives in exeter, ca! the nielsen clan was friendly and welcoming to us and it was so great for me to meet them for the first time. our last night with fay and alice was spent in sacramento as we drove up to visit nick’s grandmother, eloise. and we have LOTS of fun pictures to show our excursions up there!

hey alice!

nick with aunt fay

with grandma eloise on our first night in sacramento, ca

on day 2, we ventured to the railroad museum!



still on the phone...

we then said goodbye to fay and alice… and continued our time in sacramento by heading to the california state fair!

the one ride we went on!

we even saw a cooking show! it was so fun!

we had some great dinners with grandma eloise, and tim and sandy, and they took us to see oliver which was such a fun treat! on our way out of town, nick’s grandma also took us down to the capital building which was beautiful…

in the foyer of the capital building

it was such a lovely visit! we then headed west, where we were met by my grandpa ruano and grandma susan in concord! i will begin by showing you our tentative schedule which was AMAZING, to say the least…

my grandpa certainly wined and dined us! we did enjoy our first EVER wine tasting at the buena vista winery…

nick with my grandfather

the wines!

than came back, turned around and took the BART to the Oakland A’s game!

great seats! we had to watch out for foul balls though...

the next morning we woke up to a GOURMET breakfast…

so lovely.

after a fun little par 3 shoot-out at a local golf course, we went to the beringer ultra classic car collection. take a look!

a cadillac for my dad

a purple car for kathy

i wish i knew what kind of car this is. all i know is i thought it was gorgeous!

a purple jag. probably my favorite! (probably would've been my mom's favorite too!

so schnazzy.

we had such an amazing time with my grandfather and grandma susan! again, the only regret is that i wish it could’ve been longer!

the last place we went was san francisco. my aunt teri and uncle tim live there. grandpa ruano and grandma susan drove us over and we went to a delicious italian restaurant for dinner. it was so fun to be with family! we then headed back to teri and tim’s house for dessert and more fun conversation before turning in.

our last day was a fun one as we tried to conquer on of the “hidden sidewalk stair walks” of san fran. it included walking in what seemed to be people’s back yards, as well in walking up hills that seemed like rock walls they were so steep! but we did it… and it was fun. we did not document this so well 😦 but it was a great end to the trip. we loved seeing all of our family, and look forward to doing it again soon.

we’ll leave you with a place we tried to eat at OFTEN!

in-n-out. YUM.

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Posted by on October 13, 2011 in sarah's thoughts



well, we are officially residents of calypso, nc. we have a p.o. box. we have a water bill. we have even gone to the local fire department fundraiser… so we’re pretty official. here are some glimpses at our first few days here…


the view driving in... i am going to greatly enjoy looking at these calypso skies.

and some people thought we just made this place up!


thankful our ikea beast furniture made it through the doorway

THIS was in the frig...

and THIS was in the pantry!


our first night in calypso was spent at the firefighter's fundraiser... a good ol' fashioned auction!

a welcoming plant from my parents!!

and last, but not least, we certainly will not go hungry. on our first sunday, the church had a covered dish lunch after the service that looked a little something like this. it was AMAZING.



Posted by on October 5, 2011 in sarah's thoughts