August 17, 2009

White Coat Ceremony

Saturday August 8th was Josh’s white coat ceremony for dental school. In the morning there was a combined convocation for a few of the colleges where the deans of those schools spoke and the president spoke and they gave some encouraging words to the students. It was so cool to hear them talk about the future of health care and the wonderful providers that this class will become. Josh is going to be part of something huge and it is very exciting to see the beginnings of that. Then at 11:00 the individual colleges broke off and did their own white coat ceremony. This is a tradition that medical schools/dental schools do to give the students their sense of belonging so to speak in the health care community. The white lab coat is a reminder of their responsibility to the thousands of patients they will serve throughout their careers. Josh’s class has 12 different countries represented and over 14 different states. They are an extremely diverse group and I think that it is going to be a very interesting 4 years and will help us gain a tremendous amount of life experience. Doctor Bill Tenpaz was the key note speaker. He was the president of the ADA and also was part of many dental organizations including his own successful practice. He gave a very inspiring speech about being the right kind of dentist. He said that the oppurtuntity to have this quality education is one thing, but it is the responsibility of the students to get the most out of their educations and to make it mean something. He also said that how you handle dental school is a blue print of how you will handle your career. Tenpaz talked about how important the dental field is in the overall medical community. There are many diseases that manifest themselves in the mouth that a dentist can recognize and make arrangements for it to be dealt with further. It really gave us a sense of responsibility and pride for our career choice. He also urged the students to get involved in their communities and to share their abilities and talents with those around them. He gave them a word of advice to apply to their careers “ Don’t be the first and don’t be the last”. Also, he said to remember that what really matters is your family and your reputation and that it is a privelage to practice, not a right so they should be respectful of that. Where much is given, much is expected. He urged to have goals and to dream big but also to enjoy the journey. “If you have a lot in the bank but nothing in your heart, you have nothing.” I was so proud of Josh, to see him receive his White lab coat with his pin and everything was just so emotional. He has worked so hard to get to this point and I know that he is going to be a wonderful Dentist. He is already a wonderful husband and a great friend, and a good person. This is going to be a lot of hard work and require a lot of sacrifice and dedication but I know that he can and will do amazing things. I love you Josh, keep up the good work babe!!

This is Colby, Josh, and Jeff. 3 of the 4 LDS dental students at western
President Pumerantz

Dean Koelbl of the college of dental medicine

Dr. Joshua Carpenter

Dr. and Mrs Carpenter

August 14, 2009

The Down Low....

Santa Monica
Our friends Matt and Crysta came last weekend for her brothers little legue tournament. We got to play with them one day and we had so much fun. We went to santa monica beach and played in the waves. Then we went to dinner at In-n-Out Burger and ate it at our apartment. After we went to the hot tub for a while and visited. It was so nice to have them over. It makes us feel less homesick when we have company! So if anyone comes to So Cal you better give us a call!!

This is me with the Santa Monica Pierd behind me.

House Update
Everything is going really Well with our house. We got the appraisal done on time and it came in for $5,000 less than we offered but the sellers just accepted the new price no problem. Then we had the inspection done and there wasn't anything to major so that was a relief. Things are just moving along really well and I think we are on track. We are set to close on September 2. There was a lot of bugs so I am definately going to have it sprayed very well before I even start to clean! My mom and dad are so wonderful and they are nice enough to come back to help us move AGAIN. I dont' know what we would do with out them. They have been such a help to us through this move. I'm so grateful to have sunch great family. Our new ward is amazing! The people are all very very friendly and welcoming. I think every single member introduced themselves personally to us before sacrament meeting even started!!! There were several young couples in the ward and they were all so nice! There were also a few students that are going to the same school as josh so that was cool!. We are so blessed and are just overwhelmed with how perfect things are for us. All of our dreams are coming true and we are just excited to reach our next goals and see what the future has to hold for us.

This is the main Bathroom

From the side ard looking towards the back yard to the gate. Our property is the one on the right.

This is the hall closet right outside of the bathroom and this picture is from inside the 2nd bedroom. There is also one more room but it doesn't have a closet so it isn't technically a bedroom. We will use it as our office.

stairs from Kitchen to the hall. ( the laundry room is to the left of this picture and so is the 3/4 bath)

This is part of the kitchen. The purple cupboards will be painted white before I even put my stuff in them FYI. all the cupboards and appliances except the fridge go on this same wall. There is a dishwasher, a drop in stove, and a built in oven all included and we got a free fridge from Josh's army recruiter when we moved to Cali so we are all set. On the same wall as the stairs there is nothing so eventuall we will add some more cupboards and maybe some counter space.

This is the master bedroom. Both bedrooms have 1 normal door and then a small door that only has a handle on the inside. Really strange but whatever! They have pretty good size closets too so that will be nice.

This is the other bedroom.

LUCKY!!! :)

Josh has got to be one of the luckiest people alive. He is always winning prizes, giveaways, drawings, raffles, and lots of other stuff. He was listening to the radio on the way to school and they said to call in to win a prize. He called and of course got on the air with Ryan Seacrest!! Ryan sang a song and Josh had to finish the line. He didn't know the song so he just guessed a word that rhymed and it was right!!! He won 4, three day park hopper tickets to DISNELAND!!! I was soooo excited I couldn't even breath!! we have been wanting to come for so long. Every time we came to disneyland it would get worse. Now that we live here we have been itching so bad to go but just couldn't afford to buy tickets with both of our schools and the house and everything else that goes along with just living!! We are going to go tomorrow for the day. I will post lots of pictures when we get back.

August 2, 2009

Newport Beach

This weekend our friends Dallin and Krista were here visiting from Utah. They wanted to meet up saturday and go to the temple. The San Diego temple was closed for cleaning so we decided to go to Newport Beach. The temple was breath taking. It looked like an old spanish mission. The inside was glorious and beautfiul. It was so much fun to serve the lord there. Josh and I have never been to a different temple besides the St. George one so it was a treat. It was funny because when we got there, they told us we should have made a reservation. I didn't think there would be that many people there but there wasn't one parking spot and the workers told us there were 9 weddings! It was a very pleasant surprise. Then afterwards we went to lunch at a fun little local cafe called Cappy's that was right across from the beach. Then we went down to the beach and played in the water and some beach volleyball. It was very relaxing and a much needed get away before our very hectic and exciting week!

Dallin and Krista

It was really windy and we had the spray sunscreen so when i tried to spray it on his back most of it blew away instead of spreading evenly. This is the very sore result. Sorry hun :(