Friday, December 29, 2006
Friday, December 22, 2006
one cool thing.
My friend heather told me out this website that plays the type of music you like called PANDORA.
So, I have been using it all morning......my current playlist is the JONI MITCHELL playlist. I have been listening to such good tunes....Vashti, Judy Collins, Joni, Window, Carly Simon.......yummers!
Quite a good way to spend my morning!!
Posted by Amy Souza at 12:29 PM
Thursday, December 21, 2006
Monday, December 18, 2006
Friday, December 15, 2006
Wednesday, December 13, 2006
I have become the baby "stuff" queen!!
Seriously, I feel like I spend most of my time on the internet researching cloth diapers and other sundry items.
Anyways, found the cutest baby shoes ever!!
I have always bought these shoes as gifts at showers, I think I may switch the new find!!
Posted by Amy Souza at 1:46 PM
Monday, December 04, 2006
Saturday, December 02, 2006
Thursday, November 30, 2006
I am sorry I have fallin' off the blogging waggon in the past weeks.
Lots going on. Some good, some bad. Baby seems to be doing well.
I couldn't be more thrilled that tomorrow is December 1st.
I can admit that I am such a sucker for the Spirit of Christmas, it gets me everytime.
Justin and I received our family for our adopt-a-family from our church today.
I can't wait to be apart of Christmas for this family!!! YIPEE!!!
We will also get getting a tree this weekend and decorating it.
I feel thankful as we approach the end of 2006.
Yeah, really thankful.
Posted by Amy Souza at 3:53 PM
Sunday, November 19, 2006
Thursday, November 16, 2006
Wednesday, November 15, 2006
Thursday, November 09, 2006
so, who has heard the rumor that when you are pregnant your hair is more beautiful and your skin is like totally clear??
LIES I TELL YOU! ALL LIES!
I woke up this morning with THE largest white head EVER on my nose. Not to mention all the pimples that have nestled already on my poor face.
I suppose it is a small price to pay for getting to see my daughter kick me like the dickens almost everyday...which is pretty cool!! Pimples I can deal with.
Posted by Amy Souza at 8:36 AM
Tuesday, November 07, 2006
Friday, November 03, 2006
Wednesday, November 01, 2006
I came up with two brillant thoughts yesterday.....here they are.
Idea #1 Movie Idea
Someone should make a movie where like there is a secret island or something and all that goes on there is like 100 women who just give birth to babies, like 50 or 60 each. That is their job...and then these babies end up being the babies that all the test are done on. Yeah, I know its a rough outline....but it could be interesting.
Idea #2 Souza Family Idea
So, once the baby is born I will stop working and become a stay-at-home mom. This is very exciting and also very scary since we will be living off on one salary. The one salary that we will be living off will just cover our rent and about $100 extra dollars for bills and stuff....yeah I know....scary! Anyways......so our lifestyle will be changing quite a bit at that point. Eating out with friend which we love to do will be one of the first things to go. BUT my idea was....in the next couple months we could go buy gift certificates to different places to eat, Taco Bell, In and Out, Macaroni Grill, BJ's....you know places we like to eat and just buy some cards so that once the baby comes we will have some flexibility in going out to eat!! GOOD IDEA right?!!! I'm gonna get right on that today.
Posted by Amy Souza at 9:28 AM
Monday, October 30, 2006
no halloween costume or party this year....kinda sad.
I have also noticed that a lot of death happens right around this week.
Posted by Amy Souza at 3:51 PM
Saturday, October 21, 2006
we had our 20 weeks ultrasound yesterday. Everything looks very healthy for our baby daughter!! Isn't that so crazy!
We saw her move and everything.
Posted by Amy Souza at 9:18 AM
Wednesday, October 18, 2006
Saturday, October 14, 2006
Wednesday, October 11, 2006
Tuesday, October 10, 2006
Sunday, October 08, 2006
Thursday, October 05, 2006
Friday, September 29, 2006
Tuesday, September 26, 2006
Wednesday, September 20, 2006
Monday, September 18, 2006
thought i would give a quick baby update.
as far as we know all is well inside! I heard the heartbeat last Thursday and that was quite comforting. We have our UltraSound scheduled in October to find out the sex of the babe. We will, if we can find out.
Being pregnant is so interesting. So much crazy stuff goes on in your body.....it's really quite a miracle.
I feel good for the most part. The worst part of the day for me happens to be the evening. I start feeling tierd and sick to my stomach around 8pm and on. It's weird. It's also interesting how my stomach feels so much heavier in the evening than in the morning. It also looks a lot bigger.
I am indeed starting to show. As well as grow out of my normal clothes (yucky feeling!). I should be thankful because I know it only goes down hill from here.
Well, there you have it. Baby update.
Posted by Amy Souza at 8:41 AM
Wednesday, September 13, 2006
I think it is really rude to not write a thank you note when you receive a gift from someone.
Especially when its a wedding gift or a baby shower gift or bridal shower gift. I think thank you cards are important.
I know that a lot of folks disagree with me but I think it's a big deal.
They are a big deal to write (any one who has ever gotten married can give me props on that one!!!) and that makes them special.
so, yeah. Thought for the day.
Posted by Amy Souza at 4:44 PM
Monday, September 11, 2006
I was in the mood to read something interesting today.
So, I went to yahoo.com and typed in "something interesting"
here are some of the findings.......
None were all that interesting.
Just on a side note.......I really do not like it when people assume. I also don't like it when people say nasty, horrible, hateful things about people they don't really know the truth about!
I just feel like saying......Shut the hell up people!!!!
Posted by Amy Souza at 5:43 PM
Friday, September 08, 2006
Wednesday, September 06, 2006
Tuesday, September 05, 2006
Thursday, August 31, 2006
things i could have blogged about today........
a) grocery stores putting TV's in the shopping carts to distract kids.
b) pregnancy farts
c) my vacation this upcoming weekend
d) how I am kinda tierd of myspace
e) how I kinda wish I lived where it snowed (not a lot, just sometimes)
but I didn't.....boy am i lazy.
Posted by Amy Souza at 4:50 PM
Friday, August 25, 2006
Yesterday I learned the word "nesting." apparently this is when you start to get the hankering for decorating the baby's room and getting everything ready. I was asked if I had the nesting desire. The answer is no. I mean honestly that seems so far away at this point.
We have a spare bedroom that will be for the babe but since we rent the apartment we won't be painting the walls or anything creative like that :(
As I think about it baby rooms are the same.......if it's a boys its like fire trucks, animals, dinosaurs....and for a girl its like pink, purple, frilly......
So, no I haven't had the urge to nest......mostly just to sleep.
TGIF people......enjoy the weekend.
Posted by Amy Souza at 9:59 AM
Monday, August 21, 2006
Sunday, August 13, 2006
Tuesday, August 08, 2006
Friday, August 04, 2006
don't really have any great blogging fodder.
Days just keep on passing by.
I enjoyed my college days.
For some reason I have been thinking about that time a lot lately.
I enjoy life now.....but I think what I miss most is community.
yes, i miss community.
talk to me people.
enjoy the weekend
Posted by Amy Souza at 10:08 AM
Thursday, July 27, 2006
Tuesday, July 25, 2006
Justin and I for the first time and without choice (it comes with the apartment) have basic cable...and now I have a few new favorite shows!!
oh yeah, and Real World/Road Rules Challenge: Fresh Meat
So, there you have it.
I'm a couch potato!!!
Posted by Amy Souza at 4:59 PM
Tuesday, July 18, 2006
Thursday, July 06, 2006
we have settled in to the new place.
I leave tomorrow for a 4 day road trip to Eureka, Ca with my friend Gretchen.
Then Monday she will drop me off for a weeks vacation at the coast in Cayucos!!!
So, I will be outta here for a bit.
Posted by Amy Souza at 2:55 PM
Friday, June 30, 2006
Tuesday, June 27, 2006
I really want to love the people in my life that are harder for me to love.
You know, what the Bible calls my "enemies."
Enemies makes it sound so extreme but I do have people that I don't get on with as well as others. People who are annoying. People who say they will do something and don't do it. People who cut me off on the road.
Work it IN me O God so that I can work it OUT of me. I realize this kind of love doesn't come from me mustering it up within myself. I do not love them because I want to be a good person, but because I believe the kind of love that you talk about could turn this culture upside down.
What credit is it to me?
Change my heart O Lord from the nasty dirty dark hole that it often is and infuse my heart with bright red Jesus love.
Posted by Amy Souza at 9:02 AM
Friday, June 23, 2006
Wednesday, June 21, 2006
Monday, June 19, 2006
Friday, June 16, 2006
Tuesday, June 13, 2006
Wednesday, June 07, 2006
well, we got the new place offically.
We'll be moving in July 1st-July 5th..........can't wait.
right now I am sicker than a dog (what does this really mean anyways).....so hopefully I will start feeling better so that we can pack this place up in a jiffy.
Posted by Amy Souza at 4:54 PM
Tuesday, June 06, 2006
So the next step in the Souza Journey will be for us to move into this lovely 2 bedroom apartment in Canoga Park July 1st. We will find out tomorrow if we have been approved.
We are very excited about this new step. The new apartment has a TON of space with 3 linen closets, space for a stackable washer/dryer and a balcony (that can house my worm composting bin--yipee!!!!), and will take about 20 minutes off Justins drive to and from work. Justin and I have spent a lot of time looking in areas far and wide and just decided that this space is a good deal and still close enough to our friends and church. And who knows maybe sometime soon we'll be able to fill that second bedroom.
We will be sad to leave our current apartment. We have had some great times in this simple little place. Not to mention it's the first place we lived in together. We look forward to hosting more BBQ's with this bigger space....plus there is air conditioning!!!
Alright....we'll let you know what happens.
Posted by Amy Souza at 12:02 PM
Wednesday, May 31, 2006
so, I have cellulite.
This is a horrible truth that I hate even to admit.
But since it is about 90 degrees outside today i am forced to begin thinking about the summer and pools, parties, the beach, and bathing suits.
I always get nervous right before summer starts because I know in a few weeks I will have to bare the back of my legs in front of strangers and friends and just hope that they are not totally repulsed.
Last night as I was laying in my bed, dreading the BBQ/swim party Justin and I have planned for this Saturday I began to get really nervous about getting into my suit. The fear is that my friends will look at my legs and go, "man, that is really gross how could anyone love her," or they will say "amy is such a nice girl but man the back of her legs are FUNK NASTY," or what about "poor justin."
now, would any of my friends think that??? I don't know if they would or wouldn't ( i bet they would) but when I think about it....my cellulite may be gross but it doesn't change who I am. I am a really cool friend and I throw awesome parties....who really cares that my legs are a bit chunky.
So, this summer it is my resolve to really try NOT to care what people are thinking about my legs. I can still run, jump, play frisbee with the best of them, work out, swim and walk and for all of those things I am thankful.
and there you have it......
Posted by Amy Souza at 12:49 PM
Thursday, May 25, 2006
Wednesday, May 17, 2006
Tuesday, May 16, 2006
Three Words for you........
ZACH AND MANDY....
yup, last night...Over the Rhine concert...justin and I shook hands with the fabulous couple and spent a few mintues shooting the breeze with Mr. Braff and Miss. Moore...
welcome to l.a.
Posted by Amy Souza at 4:54 PM
Thursday, May 11, 2006
so, there is a top secret show that i love watching but that i kinda keep off the radar.
Its one of those shows that no one would guess that I (and justin-i might add) watch.
so, what is your top secret tv show that you watch??
I am dying to know!!!
Posted by Amy Souza at 7:37 PM
Wednesday, May 10, 2006
Would you believe that in this past year and a half I have had 5 of my very close friends parents die of cancer, 1 that is currently dying, 1 grandma, and 1 dad & 1 grandpa currently fighting this disease.......
Makes me so angry.
Makes me so sad.
Posted by Amy Souza at 5:07 PM
Tuesday, May 09, 2006
i watched a very interesting OPRAH show today.
It was about the mirage of marriage.
I will be interested in reading this book...."LIES AT THE ALTAR"
Part of having a successful marriage is both people showing up as their true selves.
Marriage is not two halves making a whole.
It is two whole people coming together being/accepting the other for their true selves.
and I think in the first couple months of our marriage we really had to work through some of these thoughts.........it wasn't about us losing a part of ourselves to become one, but rather accepting all of who the other is.
Justin Souza does not complete me (nor will he ever), but rather he complements me and the plan is that we continue to do so as we both evolve and grow and change.
Posted by Amy Souza at 3:34 PM
Monday, May 08, 2006
Friday, April 28, 2006
Justin and I will be seeing Willy Mason and Nina Violet tonight at the Tangier!!
I am so excited for this show.
Check them out on myspace..........
enjoy the weekend folks!!
P.S. okay we went and saw the show last night.........WOAH DOGGIES are they great or what!!
gotta get their new CDs!!!
Posted by Amy Souza at 1:08 PM
Thursday, April 27, 2006
Invisible Children, Inc. is dedicated to providing financial resources to invisible children by documenting their true, untold stories in a creative and relevant way, resulting in positive change. On April 29th in more than 130 cities across the country, thousands will participate in The Global Night Commute to put an end to child abduction, the need for night commuting, and war in northern Uganda.
we should all be apart of this event in our own cities!!
I am really thinking about doing it in either L.A. or Westlake Village................
Posted by Amy Souza at 12:16 PM
Monday, April 24, 2006
Saturday, April 22, 2006
In honor of Earth Day, Justin and I and Justins mom will be going to these 2 events..........
Fundraiser for Olive Crest Homes for Abused Children
and after that one.........
Posted by Amy Souza at 10:12 AM
Thursday, April 20, 2006
Wednesday, April 19, 2006
Tuesday, April 18, 2006
Thursday, April 13, 2006
okay here's the scoop:
Read this last night........"Then Jesus said to his host, "When you give a luncheon or dinner, do not invite your friends, your brothers or relatives, or your rich neighbors; if you do, they may invite you back and so you will be repaid. But when you give a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind, and you will be blessed. Although they cannot repay you, you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous." Luke 14:12-14
Which in turn reminded me of this...."Then he said to his servants, 'The wedding banquet is ready, but those I invited did not deserve to come. Go to the street corners and invite to the banquet anyone you find.' So the servants went out into the streets and gathered all the people they could find, both good and bad, and the wedding hall was filled with guests. " Matthew 22
Well, Justin and I have decided to take these (at least the first one) really seriously. We love to host BBQ's and dinners at our apartment. Instead of hosting one at our apartment (which is so small and couldn't hold ANYONE) we will be hosting a BBQ at the park across the street and invite the homeless and anyone who wants to come. We are even going to make up fancy invitations and pass them out to the homeless folks that we see/know. We of course will also be inviting our friends to come and help plan, welcome, and bring some eats.
This is VERY VERY VERY exciting to me and i can not wait!!
Posted by Amy Souza at 10:35 AM
Tuesday, April 11, 2006
i seriously have a great new idea for a Reality TV Show.
It has not been done before, I don't even think anything like it.
How the heck to I get someone to know about it??
I have no clue how to pitch something to anyone.
Oh well..........it is such a great idea!!
Posted by Amy Souza at 9:24 AM
Friday, April 07, 2006
Thursday, April 06, 2006
Tuesday, April 04, 2006
okay some random thoughts.
I noticed that I don't really like writing long blogs. I think it is because I am really not that great of a writer. I don't even REALLY like to write. Sometimes I think I like to write but I mostly don't. and another thing is that I write like I speak and I hear that isn't the way one is supposed to write.
I have noticed and been thinking about power lately.
not super powers, although I do think about those sometimes but mostly I have been thinking about a fellow I know who doesn't even know how obsessed he is with positioning himself in a powerful place. He is the type of guy that wants to hang out with certain people because he thinks they hold some sort of 'cool key.' He talks a big game but I don't see much action.
This kinda turns me off to him. I mean, I do like him and we get on well but this attribute is really annoying. It's like....hey man, just be you. You're pretty cool.
Another thought.....something crazy is happening to the church. I don't know what it is but it worries me. I am noticing people who are just flippantly walking through life making things up as they go cause thats how they want them to be. I mean, do we really believe what the Bible says about things? Yeah, I think that lots of stuff across the board have gotten damaged and dumped but man, I gotta believe that the words in the bible mean something for our lives today.
May the love of Christ compel me today.................
Posted by Amy Souza at 10:07 AM
Monday, April 03, 2006
Thursday, March 30, 2006
Monday, March 27, 2006
Friday, March 24, 2006
a journal entry from my friend George Reitz's website:
"After a Monday’s 30 minute X-ray planning session, the daily radiation treatments started Tuesday afternoon. Treatments are to last for ten days.
At our meeting with Dr. Chachoua on Tuesday, he tossed my 3 inch file on his desk, turned on his stool to face me, Judy and Scott and asked, “What questions do you have for me?” I immediately asked about chemo options after radiation. He responded pessimistically, admitting there were few options left. My body had been severely beaten up by chemo to this point. Would we want to continue? I had sensed for a week or so that Dr Chachoua was trying to diplomatically tell us that “it was over.” From the medical point of view, nothing could be done; we had to move toward a pain-management approach. The push for radiation the week before had been the tip off for me.
My follow-up question addressed a time-line ― if my earthly journey is concluding, how long do I have to live? Within seconds, reverberating in that small examination room, came the words, “Up to six months.”
Now, to handle this news through our Christian grid. Our prior mullings have and future musings will address our desire to contextualize our journey."
Posted by Amy Souza at 7:45 AM
Thursday, March 23, 2006
Wednesday, March 22, 2006
i was chatting on the phone the other day with a good friend and she said to me, "you were always the brave one, amy."
oh man, if she onlys knew what a little coward i really am.
This comment has really gotten me thinking about bravery.
i am not sure that i am very brave.
justins vo is dying.
cancer is killing him.
he has decided to stop all treatment and just take the pain medicine.
life without vo around will be very different.
we are sad.
Posted by Amy Souza at 5:25 PM
Tuesday, March 14, 2006
Friday, March 10, 2006
Monday, March 06, 2006
Thursday, March 02, 2006
Wednesday, March 01, 2006
Thursday, February 23, 2006
Wednesday, February 22, 2006
We, christians often talk about how God will never ask us to do what we can't. Have you heard that?
And as I have spent some time thinking about that.........I do not think that is true.
All over the place in Scripture Jesus is asking people to do what they can not.
"I tell you, get up, take your mat and go home."
Jesus tells the paralytic to get up.....which he can't
"He told her, "Go, call your husband and come back."
Jesus tells the woman at the well to go get her husband.......which she can't
"he said. "Go, sell everything you have and give to the poor..."
Jesus tells the rich young ruler to sell off all his riches.......which he can't
"he answered: " 'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind'; and, 'Love your neighbor as yourself."
Jesus tells the expert in the law to love God and his neighbor.........which he can't
Jesus told alot of folks to do what they couldn't do. Why?
I am thinking so that they recognized their NEED.
I am in desperate NEED.
I can not........but the beautiful mystery of Christ is that He can.
Because of Him and through him, the paralytic gets up, the woman at the well stops thirsting, the rich young ruler could sell all that he had, and everyday we are enabled to love God and our neighbors abundantly.
SOLI DEO GLORIA
Posted by Amy Souza at 9:17 AM
Tuesday, February 21, 2006
waiting........sometimes its fun. sometimes its torture.
I would like to clarify that I am not actually being tortured but it is just an expression of sorts.
Posted by Amy Souza at 6:00 PM
Wednesday, February 15, 2006
Thursday, February 09, 2006
guess what I found at my grocery store!!
When I was a child I used to eat these ALL the dang time.
I also remember that they had this like point system on the stick and if you collected a certain amount of points you could trade them in for stuff. It was so cool.
Anyways, I am stoked!!
Posted by Amy Souza at 1:31 PM
Friday, February 03, 2006
Thursday, February 02, 2006
Sunday, January 29, 2006
Here you go Ryan:
Four jobs that I've had:
worked at REI
Junior High Youth Director
worked at CW Communications for 1 day
Four movies that I can watch over and over again:
Anne of Green Gables & Anne of Avonlea
The Shawshank Redemption
Four places I've lived:
Lake Balboa, CA
Four TV shows I love to watch:
My Name is Earl
Four websites I read daily:
and for now Entertainment Careers
Four places I've been on vacation:
Four favorite foods:
Bean & Cheese Burrito
Garlic Cheese Bread
Potato Soup from Tony Romas
Four places I'd rather be:
at the Ester Drang concert with my husband
sleeping outside under the stars of a distant country
in my tub
eating at Socorro's
If you read this, consider yourself tagged! Copy the text and list your own four. Get on it!
Posted by Amy Souza at 5:52 PM
Wednesday, January 25, 2006
Monday, January 23, 2006
So....I was watching Oprah today.
Great show.....WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW was the title.
It got me thinking.....so how do we deal with terrorism?
What are your thoughts?
Seriously, I am interested.
Folks who are against having gone to war over this (take Bush's stuff out of it).....how else should we have gone about doing something.
I don't know what we should do.
Posted by Amy Souza at 3:19 PM
Sunday, January 22, 2006
We are back from our adventure up north in Santa Cruz.
We had a blast minus Justin getting his THIRD ticket (speeding of corse) in a year.
I am trying to post some pictures but it is not letting me, I will keep trying.
The Indigo Girls are amazing live, I can't believe it has taken me this long to see them live!
We had a blast and can not wait to see them again.
We added more postcards to our collection. I know that it is dorky but I really love collecting these postcards. Don't forget we'd love for you to send us some.......
Posted by Amy Souza at 7:58 AM
Monday, January 16, 2006
Saturday, January 14, 2006
Last night we watched The Constant Gardener.............i dug this movie hard core!! It is excellent.
I love it when I see a good film.
This afternoon we are just hanging out.....justin is playing his video games and then will watch the football game. For lunch we ate bean dip, spiniach/artichoke dip with White Tortilla Chips and Garlic Fries..........as you can tell it was a really healthy lunch!! Hahaha.......
Have a great long weekend friends.
Posted by Amy Souza at 12:54 PM
Friday, January 13, 2006
Wednesday, January 11, 2006
MOVIES THAT I AM WANTING TO SEE:
(mostly writting this list so I can remember :))
End of the Spear
Memoirs of a Geisha (just finished the book)
RENT (yes, still haven't seen it)
The Constant Gardener
Syriana (will wait for video)
Pride & Prejudice
Posted by Amy Souza at 2:49 PM
Tuesday, January 10, 2006
I am digging this scripture........
"Keep falsehood and lies far from me;
give me neither poverty nor riches,
but give me only my daily bread.
Otherwise, I may have too much and disown you and say, 'Who is the LORD ?'
Or I may become poor and steal, and so dishonor the name of my God. "
Posted by Amy Souza at 2:25 PM
Friday, January 06, 2006
Thursday, January 05, 2006
welcome 2006!! I couldn't be more ready for a New Year!!
Last year proved to be a year filled with tragedy (personal and universal) laced with some huge joy!! Let's see what this year holds.
NYC was a major blast.
Maybe I will figure out how to post some pictures so that you can get a glimpse.
We truly did all that was on our list plus hang out with some of the greatest people ever.
Readers of my blog.....thanks for reading. I like it.
I am just a simple girl, living a simple life, not trying to figure out anything new....just trying to stay connected, live justly, and love mercy. Thanks for checking in now and then.
Enjoy the day people, enjoy the day!!
Posted by Amy Souza at 3:50 PM