So now we’re in March 2010. Well, as I said, Brett was accepted as a finalist for the Nokia Push N900 competition so he had to make his idea (the Bike Dashboard) on the N900 and present it to judges in Las Vegas. He chose me as his partner (me! ha!) so I took care of the public relations part while Brett did all the hard work. Well it paid off! Brett and I won first place. I feel weird saying Brett and I because I feel like I didn’t really do any of the hard work involved in creating and developing an awesome program for a cell phone. So Brett won first place! And I was SO proud of him!
The competition took up our whole month of March. In April, we were too exhausted to do anything too extravagant so aside from a trip to Sacramento to show Grandma & Grandpa Brett’s Bike Dashboard, we stayed home. I started a new term at DeAnza and West Valley and kept working on some institute classes I was taking. At one point, I had 10 classes at the same time. I’m not sure how I really got through all of that. I was either in class or did homework from 8:30 am-6:30 pm when Brett would come home. On Thursdays, I didn’t get home until 9pm because of a late institute class I had. Brett didn’t get too many good dinners that month! haha. It was a busy, but highly productive month. But, we did find time to dye some Easter eggs.
May was a fun month for us. We got to go to Disney World with Brett’s whole family, grandparents included. It was the first time that Brett’s entire family was together since Brett returned from his mission in 2005 (we think). We had such a great time seeing all the family! Lincoln and Ellie were beyond cute. Lincoln said so many funny things like “das siiiiiiilly” or “I don’t see any cropadiles anywhere!” or “NO THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!” Brett and I quote that hilarious little boy on a daily basis. And of course, Ellie with her adorable smile can make anyone happy. We went to all the Disney parks, rode all the best rides, talked, laughed, ate lots of good food, took a lot of pictures, swam a lot and just had a wonderful time with family.
the whole gang!
Brett and I also went to MakerFaire again this year and saw the weird/interesting/cool things people make. We went with some friends and it was really fun.
Also in May, I got a chance to meet up with a friend of mine from Preschool for dinner in San Francisco. She and I went to BYU together but since I got married and moved to California, we haven’t seen each other too frequently. This was the first time in 2 years that I saw Grace and we had a great time at dinner.
Sarah & Grace Finlinson
June. In June, we made the decision to move to Walnut Creek, CA in pursuit of a recent job offer Brett had received with Verizon Wireless. We had to make the decision quickly. Brett was called on May 17th for an interview, interviewed on May 19th and offered the job on the spot. He gave his 3 weeks notice to PwC on May 21st. It was fast. But we had to make a fast decision because our apartment lease was running up at the end of June. Luckily, everything fit into our schedule perfectly. Brett started working at Verizon Wireless on June 14th, our lease ended June 29th, and the classes I needed to go to campus for ended June 24th. It could not have worked out more perfectly. Because we had a month to make the move, we realized we had some unfinished business sitting in our garage, namely the boat. Brett and I worked hard to finish it and take it on its maiden voyage before we moved. A friend of ours in our ward let us take it to their house and try it in their pool and it was really fun. It worked! We didn’t sink.
On Brett’s last day of work at PwC, I made him some cupcakes to celebrate!
Somehow, while I was doing dishes, a cupcake ended up on my face. I blame Brett.
We also had to say good-bye to our CTR 7 Primary class. We had a great time being Primary teachers. It also meant we got to spend all 3 hours at church together and we loved that!
CTR 7 Class (not pictured, 7 year old Sarah)
How they really were in class...just kidding! They were so much fun!
A sweet couple in our ward hosted an open house for us and another man who was moving out of the ward. I was so amazed that they would be so kind to do that. And people actually came! To say good-bye to us! And they brought food! We really had a wonderful ward in the Blossom Valley Ward. It was so hard so say good-bye. It didn’t really hit us that we were moving away from all that we knew as home for a year and a half until after we had all our things in the car that Sunday night and we did our last walk through in our totally empty apartment. Both of us were crying sentimental tears as we thought about the wonderful time we had in San Jose, the beautiful people we met and the memories we created. San Jose and the Blossom Valley ward will always have a special place in our hearts.
Next stop: July. We’re almost caught up!