We women have a lot to learn about simplifying our lives. We have to decide what is important and then move along at a pace that is comfortable for us. We have to develop the maturity to stop trying to prove something. We have to learn to be content with what we are." ~Marjorie Pay Hinckley~

Loehrmann Family Favorite Recipes

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

To Florida and back!

I got to Florida last night! I know, I know. We just moved to California 10 days ago! My uncle is so cute and such a wonderful man. He's getting out of cancer rehab tomorrow, and then we figure out how many things he can do at home on his own! He's in great spirits, and it was so great to surprise him at the center today during his phys therapy!

University of Florida Hospital

Hank's transportation - looks like prison, eh?

Patty & Jessi

Uncle Hankers

Jess goin home after a very full week!

Life in Davis - knoedel, temple, and squirrel man

On our first real opportunity to "cook" I used the gas stove, almost burned the house down, but in the end we had yummy knoedel & sloppy sauce! Our move-in date was actually back on August 28th, so we had LOTS of mail waiting! We got to go to the temple one week after being in Sacramento, and had such a great experience there, doing a session and sealings proxy for those who've passed on from this life. HERE'S where life get's HILARIOUS!! CHECK OUT THE VIDEO & the pics! A guy collects walnuts and spreads them across a picnic table and benches to dry. His family, however, are not the only ones with interest in the little round hard objects. No no... there are LOTS of squirrels at UC-Davis... and he chases them away avidly with a stick.

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Tour of new apartment in CA!!

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Jess & Jared

Moving Day- 12 hours of moving truck memories

We left at 5am and met Joel & Amy in SLC for McGriddles. I cried most the way out of Provo and Orem (I'm really sentimental) and knew I wouldn't see this familiar place which had become home for us in a really long time. Plus, there's anxiety about a new place, and if it would ever be as great as the old one. Plus I'd not see my brother Joel for a long time, and we've been in relatively close driving distance from one another for a few years now, and it's been great to "be with family." (We love you Joel & Amy!) They sent us off equipped with Propel waters, walmart fruit smiles, crackers and chex mix, and a McDonald's gift card to get McGriddles breakfasts again! (mmmm) Our Family Home Evening group was so sweet to hook us up with fruit and yummies for the drive, and the Gardners packed us Michelle's homemade pizza (which is to die for!!). We felt surrounded by your spirits as we dove into that food bag again and again! haha :)

The trip was 12 hours. I drove only 2 - in the middle. I was really nervous driving that big honker with the car on a car-carrier behind us. Imagine driving an aircraft carrier down the freeway. That's how I felt! haha.

Comments on driving the truck:
Jared: "It's alright. It's not like I'm yelling 'hooray!' or anything"
Jessica: "My mom calls it 'white-knuckle-driving!'"

Jessica's only regret: Never getting a picture of the prison warning signs that say "No hitchhiking area- Prison area" haha!

Relief Society Power!

Thank you again to all the sisters who came over and helped with the last of the cleaning! Between Janae, Emma, Tara, Monica, Liz, and Stephanie those walls, cabinets and blinds were looking squeaky clean! I felt so much love for all of you well up in my heart that night before we fell asleep on our air mattress and sleeping bags for one last night in Provo. Thanks Michelle for letting us shower over at your house, and Emily for the offer :) I cried as I shut the door of our apartment for the last time, thinking of all of you that I would miss.

I am SO glad that there was a Relief Society activity that night. Looking at my bright pink toenails throughout the drive helped me in some weird way not feel so far away :) I love you guys! God be with you til we meet again!

Finally Finished!!

The last papers signed & turned in for binding. YAAAAAAY! For Jared- it finally felt done- for real. Now we could leave Provo- no thesis attached!

Packing up to move!

Jared was finishing his masters thesis finishing touches, & Jessi was sick with a cold. For Family Home Evening we packed boxes. Here and there we packed more, cleaned more, and this was the Wednesday before the truck-packing day! Jared organized the boxes in the living room by size, and thanks to Noah Webster Academy we had 20 boxes of all the same size with handles!

Monday, September 15, 2008

Another one bites the dust! 9-13-08

It had been a long week of being sick... where you can't smell anymore, every muscle aches and your head is swimming. But for some reason, the thought of winning the football throw for the fourth year in a row was enough to get me out of bed on a Saturday morning to go to the ol' Wymount Softball field to defend my title for the last time. It would be the fourth time I could come home with a good-smelling brand-new leather football signed by THE Bronco Mendenhall!

I made my way past the guessing jars first, where I hoped that maybe this would be the year that I would win all of those Swedish fish. Fat chance though. Jared's guess was over 800 and mine around 275. Were we even looking at the same container?? haha

Tarmy shared her cotton candy with me to get some sugar vibes going, and then I watched nervously as a few people took their turns at the football toss. Toss?? Yeah right!! These guys were throwing over 150 feet! A toss is something you do with a wad of paper into a trash can. And even then, I miss half the time!

Then... (duh duh duhnnnnn) it was my turn:

The wind up...

The shuffling...

The looooong step (whoa! I had no idea... really... it's like I have tarantula legs!)

The second cone marked the women's record before I came on Saturday.

The next picture is after I threw!

Announcing the winner! Jared was sure to tell the guy it was the fourth year in a row- to which he said, "That's either a really proud husband or a statistician!"

The REAL QUEST for victory! haha (Thanks Bronco!)

"Couldn't have done it without my coach!"

I get by with a little help from my (little) friends!

Thesis defended! 9-11-08

This blog post is under construction and will be brought to you by Jared :)

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Camping at Uinta Nat'l Forest!

Joel, Amy and little Michael came down for the weekend and we went camping together. We got so lucky to have such a beautiful campsite where Michael could wander all around, play with the rocks and dirt, and stay outta trouble! It was sweet of you guys to bring Jared Graduation balloons too! (Jared defends his thesis on Thursday- so he'll be pretty much DONE with his masters! Way to go!)

Pampered Chef Party

The Pampered Chef party was SO fun, and I had no idea that that many people could fit into my apartment! I've almost reached the goal to get me out of my DI mixing bowls and utensils, and into nice Pampered Chef ones! Check out the site for more cool stuff!


A couple days after the party, I tried to re-create the delicious Jamaican Jerk Chicken that Christine made. I don't have the real spice yet, but at least it looked cool!


...They come few and far between, but when they do, our lives are touched forever. We have the best stairwell of neighbors, and are grateful for each of their kindnesses and friendship. We will definitely miss them when we move!

Here's one of our favorite games, "Bohnanza" with the Gardners.

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

First and Last Days of School

So, our nieces, Avery and Liah had their first days of Kindergarten this past week, Friday and Wednesday, respectfully. Avery told us about her first day. Her little voice on the phone is the cutest thing. It was a little hard to understand because our cell phone is not very good, so Jana will have to fill me in on whatever we missed. Here's what I got out of it:

She's the only one who speaks English, she has her own cubby with her name on it, she played with a girl named America, she had recess three times - and it's supposed to be four times, and she liked recess a lot, but it was SO hot outside without any shade. She likes her teacher, and had to correct me on how to say her name correctly- was it said Rickenback? She also said that she wanted to know what we are sending her so I told her :)

Cool- maybe she'll learn a lot of Spanish words, eh? She sounded pretty chipper, so that's good.It's been so fun to talk to Jana and the kids.

Jared and I were up til 1am last night reading through his 111 page thesis to find typos. We got through page 75 and called it quits. He got up early this morning to finish and make the revisions. He's turning it in today, as IF it were defense day, and having a professor look at it. We took a picture of him last night with all the books he's used stacked in a tower in front of him!