1 Year & 36 Weeks Married | PhD Year 1, DONE (and how we survived it)!

We made it through Jake’s first year in his Economics PhD program at UCLA! Now just 4 more years to go… lol. He’s still got 3 comprehensive exams to take this month, so we’re not quite out of the woods yet. But he’s done with classes and finals, so we’re counting year 1 as done!! […]

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1 Year & 35 Weeks Married | A Celebrity Encounter and A Few Other Things

SO MUCH HAPPENED THIS PAST WEEK!! Cindy finished her 4th year of teaching and is officially on summer vacation! When she first started out, a few of the more experienced teachers told her that it would take about 5 years before she would start to get into a groove and feel like she really knew […]

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1 Year & 34 Weeks Married | Hanging Out with Economists

This past Monday was Memorial Day. One of Jake’s friends from high school, Dan Ceco, shared the following. It moved us deeply and gave us goosebumps. We wanted to share it: “Today we observe Memorial Day. I don’t think this holiday is a political matter, to those who shame people for barbecuing and going to […]

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1 Year & 33 Weeks Married | Date Night

After what seemed like a long and never-ending week, we both felt we really needed a date night. But we also didn’t want to spend too much money, so we decided to do bike rides and dinner on the beach (which happens to also be our favorite date activity). Friday, after Jake got back from […]

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1 Year & 32 Weeks Married | Mother’s Day pt. 2

This past week, we celebrated Mother’s Day with Jake’s family. We went to an Escape room with Jake’s mom & dad, two of his three brothers, and his brother’s girlfriend. Escape Rooms are stressful for the both of us and don’t always bring out our best qualities. We tend to bicker lol. But, we made […]

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1 Year & 31 Weeks Married | Disneyland and Mother’s Day pt. 1

The two biggest highlights of this past week were our Disneyland trip with Cindy’s sister and, of course, Mother’s Day! A couple of months ago, Cindy’s sister received a couple of free tickets, from work, to Disneyland. Cindy LOVES Disneyland, but Jake doesn’t really like the idea of paying an arm and a leg just […]

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1 Year & 29 Weeks Married | Endgame

The only highlight of this past week was Avenger’s Endgame. (just kidding…but really…) On a whim, we decided Thursday morning to go to the Thursday night showing of Avenger’s Endgame and were surprisingly able to get good seats! For the past year, Jake has been obsessing over the movie. Every morning, while making breakfast, Jake […]

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1 Year & 28 Weeks Married | Happy Easter!

This past week has been quite a social one for the both of us! On Wednesday, we visited Jake’s hometown to celebrate one of his brother’s birthday. Friday, Cindy visited a good friend from high school, who just had a baby. Saturday, Cindy went to a “House-A-Versary” party with college girlfriends while Jake went to […]

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1 Year & 27 Weeks Married | Cindy’s Birthday!

Jake surprised Cindy on her birthday with a living room full of balloons and her favorite breakfast– Eggs Benedict! That afternoon we went on a nice walk to Starbucks for a free birthday coffee and then to RedBox for a free birthday movie. (Cindy also got a free birthday gift from Ulta the day before). […]

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