Bloomsburg Fair 2017

First and foremost, can I just acknowledge the fact that in just a few days, it will be exactly one year since I’ve moved across the country to be with Roman? How surreal! When Roman and I started this blog, I was still living in California while he was here in Pennsylvania and we were sharing with all of you our travels together as well as how we were managing long distance! Time flies!

But to get back to the main topic of this post: Bloomsburg Fair! Roman and I went this past weekend along with his parents Mark and Doni. I had 3 days off and we thought, what better way to spend it than go to the fair?! We went on Saturday late afternoon and we could not get over how perfect the weather was. We picked the best day to go! I heard it usually rains this time of year so we were thrilled with our high 90’s weather! 

Parking was full! Lots of people!


It was Roman and I’s first time attending the fair together, which made it special but even extra special to have spent the day with his parents as well! When we got to the parking lot, I was excited to see a helicopter! I’ve never been to a fair that offered helicopter rides so that was interesting.

Watching them prepare for takeoff!


And they’re up!


We were pretty hungry by the time we got inside considering we saved our appetite and we were not disappointed! There were HUNDREDS of food vendors right from the entrance and it was pretty overwhelming but in a good way of course! The very first thing we got was edible cookie dough and I couldn’t contain my excitement because earlier that day I was telling Roman how I was craving it and when he pointed it out to me, we made sure to get some right away!

We spot the edible cookie dough truck!


Roman trying the cake batter flavor and loved it


Happiness in a little cup


After getting our cookie dough craving out of the way, we continued on our food adventure! Lol 

Can’t go to a fair without some fries!


Deep fried everything!


And you definitely can’t go without having some deep fried Oreos!!! We tried the deep fried peanut butter too but the Oreos were better


Mark & Roman having the best apple cider! All natural!


BBQ is a MUST!


Turkey BBQ! So tasty.


Teriyaki noodles; full of flavor!


By the end of the night, we were stuffed lol but all the walking around we did made up for it. We had such a great time! Truly blessed to have experienced it this year and with the loved ones ❤️ 

Cute little bunny!!!

Reaching sunset 🌅


Thanks for reading! I hope you all have a great rest of the week!

Love,

Jess 

Advertisements

Our First Novena at St. Ann’s Basilica

Hi everyone! Hope you all are doing well! A lot has happened this past month but one thing that’s very special and dear to us is being able to do the Novena this year! It’s our first one together and we are truly blessed to be able to experience it together and at one of our favorite church, St. Ann’s Basilica!

For those who are not familiar with the Novena, it’s practiced in the Roman Catholic Churches which goes on for 9 days and it’s a form of worship consisting of special prayers. It starts off with regular mass and then followed by the novena and guest speakers from all over the world!

Despite our busy work schedule, we managed to go for all the days! There were days where I worked a 12 hour shift after attending the mass and novena which lasted for at least 3 hours but the sacrifice every single day was well worth it!

Our faith has gotten so much stronger since the first day we met and we give all credit to the Lord for never leaving our side and always giving us strength to overcome anything and the best part? He has blessed us with one another to go through the trials and tribulations together.

I am thankful for my partner in Christ. There’s not a day where he does not pray for me, our faith, and our relationship. Attending this novena together renewed us spiritually, mentally, and it healed us.

Here’s a few photos from the novena! St. Ann’s Basilica is a BEAUTIFUL church and the service was outside when the weather was nice and they had food sale every single day so we ate there literally all 10 days lol!

 

19598773_10203470730285435_2428821859547662559_n19905452_10203470731165457_5830263165319763306_n20106702_10203470731005453_8954647864986460008_n20108255_10203470730405438_1670388364861433190_n20108396_10203470731925476_1741736723414158371_n20140107_10203470730325436_1472400391817854146_n20245845_10203470730365437_3172666624176742844_n20246268_10203470731045454_590691340514450778_n10340139_10203470730965452_2579856816971495962_n

20429612_10203524542310702_8886868744927912791_n20526233_10203524541630685_1914063388493416743_n

Thank you for reading and I hope you all have a great week!!

Love,

Jess

Life Update! 

Hi everyone! Roman and I have gone MIA these past few months and as much as we wanted to blog, so much has happened that we hardly had any time to sit and write! But we’re back and have plenty to share with you all! ❤️

Updated selfie with my love! I dyed my hair to brown! Lol


I came back from the Philippines to Pennsylvania first week of April. I had an amazing time there with family (I actually still have a few posts to make from the trip which will be up soon!) but it was nice coming back home to my love! 

So during my last week of vacation in the Philippines, I received an email from the Pennsylvania State Board of Medicine stating that I was officially licensed and can practice as a Respiratory Care Practitioner! I was licensed in California but when I moved to the East Coast, the process of getting my license took MONTHS and at times I was getting discouraged but God is so good because it came and after the big trip to the Philippines! When I got back to PA, I sent out ONE application to this one hospital that’s literally only 15 minutes from the house and the next day, I got an interview and the following day after, I got offered the job! 

One of the biggest blessings of 2017, thus far! I prayed for an acute care hospital job as a Registered Respiratory Therapist since I graduated and I am more than thrilled to have received an offer at a Level 3 NICU center as a full time employee and with a highly generous sign on bonus! I’m still in shock honestly and I’m already 3 weeks going on 4 into the job. Lol I love what I do– from working with babies to kids to adults and everyday is something different! From being in the ER, NICU, ICU, or on a patient transport from one hospital to another and being part of the critical care team… it’s surreal to think back to how much I’ve learned and gained as an experience these last few weeks.

First day on the job!


I’m so thankful for the support I’ve been receiving on the daily basis from Roman, his parents, my family, Nan and everyone else!!! I would not be able to go through these 8-12 hour shifts without them and their love and continuous support. 

My schedule has been all over the place with orientation and now that I’m off orientation, my shifts are from 2-10pm and 2pm-2am! Roman and I are adjusting to this schedule because we have been used to being together everyday, but it’s a constant reminder for us to give it all to God and to let Him take care of our relationship and we know that He will never fail us! 

So asides my work, these other events have taken place!

Roman always loved nature but this Spring, he’s been into planting and gardening and it’s the cutest thing ever!! He’s made the front + backyard look so colorful with all the trees and flowers he’s planted!

My little gardener


And he has been such a handy man lately… he’s been setting up new furniture for the backyard and look how pretty this solar umbrella is!


He found his new hobby! Lol and me on the other hand… I started golf lessons with my friend Olivia and Roman’s mom, Doni! And it’s at one of the most beautiful golf clubs in North East PA!

Glenmaura Golf Club


Our classes are every Thursday night and each week they provide us unlimited drinks and a different theme! lol so far we’ve had Sangria and Margarita night! How awesome is that? Although I don’t drink, I’m sure everyone else is loved it! ☺️

And the last update for today:

Mark, Roman’s father, bought us these awesome new bikes!!!!! We were beyond excited and that was so thoughtful of him.

Mark,

Thank you so much! You are the real MVP!!!

We love our new bikes!


Thanks for reading and I hope you all have a wonderful and blessed weekend! Roman and I will be back to posting regularly and keeping updated with everyone’s post again! ❤️

Love,

Jess 

A Birthday Celebration For A Very Special Woman

Dear Nan, 

Happy Birthday! Roman and I’s prayer for you is to find more peace, wisdom, guidance, and pure joy. May God continue to have His hand on your life and be your refuge. You deserve nothing but the best! We love you!

You are special, loved, unique in every single way and is a big blessing to countless people. 

You are an amazing wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, friend.

We are all truly blessed to have you in our lives and we are forever grateful to the Lord for placing you in all of our lives! 

From the bottom of our hearts, we want to emphasize our love for you and we hope you enjoyed the special celebration of your birthday. 

We love you (Nan) Audrey Page! 

On to the celebration post!

Roman and I, along with his parents Mark and Doni took a day trip out to New Jersey to celebrate his Nan’s birthday! It was not too bad of a drive; only took us about 2 & 1/2 hours without traffic!

FullSizeRender.jpg

Entering New Jersey!

img_6628

Fun fact: George Washington crossed this same exact river on December 25, 1776, during the Revolutionary War. 

We went to Vidalia’s Italian Restaurant to meet with Nan and Papa Ken. It was a beautiful place and the interior as well as the exterior designs caught my eye.

img_6630

The outside patio area had a nice ambience!

img_6631

Roman with the birthday girl!!!

It was so nice seeing Nan and Papa Ken again since the last time we saw them was early December. We were excited to catch up and enjoy a nice meal with them!

img_6634img_6635img_6636

img_6638

img_6639

img_6637

Doni enjoying her citrus salad!

img_6640img_6641

Every single one was DELICIOUS! The chef is amazing. The chef is actually the owner and if you’re ever in Lawrenceville, NJ, we HIGHLY recommend Vidalia’s if you’re craving some Italian food!

After lunch, we headed down to Princeton and had a nice time strolling around. The weather was great so it was perfect to walk around and see the little shops.

img_6643img_6644img_6645

We went to a place called the Greene Street Consignment and oh my gosh, I could stay there for hours! They had the cutest clothes, shoes, bags– everything! Mark recommended the place since he’s been there before and the deals are great. It’s high end products for a steal price. I saw many designer stuff for less than $20 in almost perfect condition!

IMG_6650.JPG

The famous Green Street

img_6648

Doni and I trying on some shoes! Roman found these beautiful, sparkly heels but unfortunately they were a size too big for me! I tried them on anyway. Lol

img_6649

If only they weren’t so big, I totally would’ve gotten them! 

img_6646

You can’t really see in this picture, but Mark found an AMAZING deal on this spiffy blazer– only $18 for this designer and it retails for $300+ how awesome is that?! And actually, Roman was the one to spot it also. He has such a good eye. Lol 

Once we were done shopping around, we did some more walking around and came across this one bookstore. We had to stop and purchase some books!

img_6652IMG_6654.JPGIMG_6655.JPG

We ended the day by going back to Nan’s house. We gave her birthday gifts and she cooked for us her famous lentil soup and hummus!!! THE BEST LENTIL SOUP AND HUMMUS I HAVE EVER TASTED. It was delicious! I’m craving some now just as I write about it.

IMG_6658.JPG

IMG_6659.JPG

Gift from Doni!!

IMG_6660.JPG

Stylish lightweight pants!

IMG_6661.JPG

Gift from Roman and I! 

Roman and I bought her an essential oil humidifier. For Christmas, I gave one to Roman and he absolutely loved it and can’t sleep at night without it so we figured she’d love it just as much! We gave her some essential oils as well and we set it up for her right there and then and she was thrilled with it!!

IMG_6662.JPG

BEST. COOK. EVER! Thank you for all the yummy food!

Nan showed me some of her painting that she’s done in the past and look at this painting!!! She is beyond talented. I wish I got a picture of the other ones she did. She’s a true artist!

IMG_6663.JPG

IMG_6664.JPG

Baby Roman with his pretty grandma!

Isn’t that baby picture the cutest?! I just want to pinch Roman’s cheeks!! Lol we went through some of Roman’s baby albums and my heart was melting the entire time. So cute!!

We ended up leaving around 8pm and got back to Pennsylvania around 10:30.

We had such a wonderful time! Loved every single moment celebrating Nan’s birthday with her in Jersey with the family.

Happy Birthday once again, Audrey Page!

Lots of love,

Roman & Jesci

 

 

 

Date night in the Poconos

Roman drove us up to the Poconos on Saturday and the weather was good to us! It was in the 50’s and usually in California, I’d be freezing and bundled up with layers of clothing but here in the East Coast, the 50’s are high and considered warm! Lol

16836019_10202826185692223_863409961105886175_o

My tour guide

The drive takes about 45 minutes but time flies whenever I’m with Roman and it only felt like 20 minutes, not even kidding! I was surprised with how fast we got there. He gave me a tour around town and showed me all the places he used to go when he worked up there. It’s a nice, quiet area! Almost every car we saw was either from Jersey or New York– definitely out of state.

16819405_10202826185652222_3472247090505280946_o

East Stroudsburg

We drove around for a while and we were so close to Jersey! Only 5 minutes away from Jersey and about an hour from New York. One of the reasons why I love the location of where Roman lives is because of how close he is to everything! It’s a nice advantage when it comes to traveling or when we’re feeling spontaneous and up for an adventure!

For dinner, we decided to go for some Japanese food. We picked a Hibachi/sushi restaurant that was packed and when we were in the parking lot, we were already thinking that the wait time must be long. When we got inside, we realized the place was HUGE. It was two story and although it was full of people, we were still seated right away. We decided to just get the sushi table and not the hibachi but next time we come back, we are most definitely going for the hibachi.

16804048_10202826186212236_884939677699293723_o

Loved the interior design and the vibrant color

 

16804039_10202826186652247_5266586541618624695_o

16797699_10202826186412241_3189127793254680738_o

Bacon wrapped scallops

16797467_10202826187092258_4568283170741949331_o

Fried rice, calamari, seaweed salad

16836065_10202826186852252_408075658255828429_o

Lobster roll + diced roll

We confess that we ordered a bit too much but we were hungry when we were ordering lol the rolls came out last and they were HUGE. The pictures does not show it but it’s about 2x bigger than the usual specialty rolls! We got overwhelmed and only ate the center and left out the rice haha but to say the least– everything was delicious. We were amazed with the quality of the food and we were talking about coming back in the near future!

It was a nice little date night and couldn’t thank Roman enough for planning a day for us to spend even more quality time together!

Hope you all enjoyed the weekend! Thanks for reading!

Love,

Jess

 

 

Love, love, love!

Happy Valentine’s Day everyone! ❤️

I hope you all had a wonderful day with your loved ones whether you spent it with your significant other or family and friends!

This years Valentine is extra special for Roman and I because even though it’s our 2nd year celebrating, it’s only our first time actually being together! This time last year we were still doing long distance, so to be able to be with each other and celebrate the day together is an amazing feeling and we are grateful!
My sweet Valentine has been surprising me all day. I told him he didn’t have to get me gifts this year because all that I cared about was the fact that we were together and his presence is more than enough but of course, Roman and his romantic and thoughtful self truly outdid himself by surprising me with these diamond earrings!

Rose gold to match my ring and necklace!

1k white gold stud

When I first opened the box, my heart dropped because I was like “what the heck did you get me!! Why is it in a jewelry box!!!” And when he opened it and showed me what was inside, I was speechless. Just the thought of him taking time finding the perfect ones and picking out these beautiful earrings gives me premature ventricular contractions lol he’s always making my heart skip a beat!

After his lovely surprise, we went out to dinner with his parents and had a wonderful evening just catching up with everything that’s been going on and it’s always nice spending time with them. We had reservations at The Cafe and the food were all delicious!

The lovely parents!

Shrimp cocktail for appetizer

Roman’s entree! Eggplant with angel hair pasta

Flourless chocolate cake for dessert

After arriving home for dinner, I came home to another sweet surprise!

Edible Arrangements!

Selfie with the balloon 🎈

Roman, when you read this… THANK YOU! Thank you for everything. Words cannot express how grateful I am for you and EVERY LITTLE THING YOU DO FOR US. Last year, we were on opposite ends of the country and you still went out of your way to make sure our first Valentine’s was special. You never fail to put a smile on my face. You never fail to make me happy! I love you! Forever thanking God for you! 

Handwritten card, Gucci cologne set, chocolate and a bear!


And these were my little Valentine gifts for Roman! He loved it so much he wants to hang the card up on his wall ASAP haha! I’m happy he’s happy. Made with nothing but love! ❤️

Thank you for reading!!

Xo,

Jess

A day in paradise: Antigua 

Hello Antigua!

We arrived at the beautiful island of Antigua on December 24, 2016. This was our pretty view from the balcony! The sun was beaming and radiated positive vibes right when we stepped out on the balcony for some fresh air. Roman and I knew we were going to have an amazing day on this beautiful island!

Roman with his yummy breakfast

My breakfast plate

Before we got off the ship and ventured off the island, we had a scrumptious breakfast that fueled us for the day! The food definitely did not disappoint on this cruise ship– every single thing was delicious and fulfilling.


When we got off the ship, we walked around and explored some local shops. They had music playing and everything was lively!


We were on our way to the beach via taxi and we were excited!



When we arrived at the beach, we were truly amazed with the color and clearness of the water. It was quiet, peaceful and very relaxing. We felt so much at peace and enjoyed every single moment. We loved the whole island feel especially when this kind gentleman offered us a fresh coconut and opened it up right in front of us! It reminded me of being in the island in the Philippines because fresh coconuts are a must when you’re by the water! 


It was so fresh and yummy!


In addition to fresh coconut, he also cut open some Aloe Vera and put it all over our skin! In this photo, he was putting some on Doni, Roman’s mom, and she loved it. Being pampered in Antigua– absolute best!

It was a blessing meeting this man. He was singing Christmas Carols and his heart was just so pure and genuine which radiated nothing but love! I wish I had a better picture but I snapped a quick photo and was completely mesmerized by his beautiful voice and enjoyed being serenaded to!

After we got done relaxing and having a blast at the beach, we headed back towards the ship and Roman wanted to stop by a few jewelry stores before boarding. I’ve mentioned countless times how much of a romantic man my boyfriend is but let me just emphasize once again because he is just the sweetest thing ever! For his Christmas present, he bought me a diamond cross necklace as a reminder of what the true meaning of Christmas is all about; the birth of Jesus! He wanted me to have the necklace because it symbolizes many things such as how we met through Christ and that as I wear it everyday, it’s a reminder that Jesus is always with me!Thank you again Roman Marcus for this beautiful, thoughtful, and heartwarming cross necklace. My very first one! Having you in my life is one of my biggest blessings but having you as my ultimate partner in Christ is the best thing that has ever happened to me. Thank you for leading us closer to God every single day and being the man of Christ that you are! You inspire me everyday, I love you!


And we boarded the ship afterwards! Our experience in Antigua was truly one for the books! We’ll never forget this memorable experience; God is so good for making this trip possible!

Thank you for reading! Roman and I are hoping to be fully caught up on our cruise posts– life has been crazy busy but praise Jesus for all the blessings!! ❤️

Hope you all have a great week ahead!

Love,

Jesci