Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Nick DeSomber

Long time no see, It recently occured to me that ten years has flown by. Time to see everyone and catch up on the past 10 yrs. After graduation I moved to Chico to Attend Butte College for two years and then decided to expand my horizon and moved to San Francisco. There I got a job somehow working at a sporting good store renting skis and snowboards. I instantly fell in love with skiing and tried to figure out how to live in Tahoe full time (very hard and expensive). After my first winter in the City I moved to Hawaii for the summer to return to the ski shop for another winter. I did this for a couple more years working for th S.F. Giants in the summer as a supervisor on the AAA level for food and bev. I finally relized that the City is not where I want to live if I were to be a ski bum. So I moved to Lake tahoe. This is my 6th year here now and loving everyday. I usually ski 80 to 100 days a year and go on amazing ski trips whenever I can. Not to mention Burning Man and trips to South America. Summers I worked at a marina as the Assistant Harbor Master until last summer when I Started my company called Tahoe Basin Defensible Space. It is a forest fuel management company for residential zoning. I help protect homes in the area against the treat of wild fires. Very cool job. I look forward to seeing everyone this year so please keep in touch with updates of when and where for the reunion. I hope all is well.

Monday, May 5, 2008

Victoria Neiswanger

Almost 10 years and so many things to say, yet no place to start....Well I went to UC Davis after GHS and stuck with the band. It was with the band that I met Amber, my girlfriend. We've been together almost 7 years now and almost 2 years ago we bought our first home in Woodland. We both love Davis, but those of you that know the area, yeah, we were never going to be able to buy there (even now!). I graduated from UCD with a major in psychology, which means that I haven't really narrowed down my career path in the slightest. AT UCD I spent most of my time with the band traveling around the country to support the football and basketball teams. When I wasn't with the band I was on some sort of intramural team.

Anyway, these days I spend my free time playing sports, hanging out with friends, and enjoying time with my 3 kids, well cats. I love these guys like they're my kids! Someday we'll have actual kids to add to the photos. I have to say I feel a little odd sending in pics of my cats and girlfriend, no wedding picture or cute toddler pics. However, who else can send in pics in full football gear?! Yep, full contact, women's professional football. Now let's not get too excited there, no real money in it...yet. Currently, I work at Jamba Juice in the Roseville area. After GHS I stuck with lifeguarding and teaching swimming lessons in Davis. Someday I'll end up back in the Recreation Department instead of making smoothies, but until then I spend most of my time either at Jamba or on the football field. Other than that I'm still connected with the Red Cross and organizations like St. Bladricks and Race for the Cure. My rookie year with the Sacramento Sirens one of my teammates was diagnosed with breast cancer and since then I've been shaving my head in support of her and cancer research. So if you see me around without any hair, it's that time of year to donate!

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Erin Jackson Poole

Hi Everyone!! Wow….is our 10 year reunion really approaching? Let’s see…what have I been up to for the past 9 years…..

After graduation, I moved to Chico and swore I would never leave, however in 2001, I met my husband Rob who swore he would never stay. It was a pretty comical debate for 5 years, however in 2006 our packed u-haul headed for the bay. Chico was a place full of memories though. During my time there, I spent three years dancing for Butte College, graduated from Chico State with my BA in Child Development, got married, and had two children, who are the highlight of my life. My daughter, Sydney turned five in February, and my son, Dominic will be 2 in May.

Rob and I currently live in San Jose and even though I have a hard time admitting it, I really do like it here. In August I started teaching preschool and I love it! I had been working as a Property Director in Property Management for 5 ½ years, but with my Masters Degree coming to a close, I thought it was time to start my career in Education.
The majority of our free time is spent at one baseball field or another. Sydney just started playing T-ball, and Rob is a diehard San Francisco Giants fan, so last year we purchased season tickets and have since, spent a ton of time at AT&T Park.
I hope everyone is doing well and I am looking forward to seeing you all! Take care.

Monday, March 3, 2008

Johnny Butterfield

Oh my! I can't believe how fast the time flies! (You girls crack me up!) Well fellow Bulldogs, here's a little bit about me and what I've been doing for the past few years.
After GHS, I spent a year on the island of Oahu at BYU-Hawaii. It was the best year of college I've ever had. While I was there I met Jen Walker who I was lucky enough to marry just over three years later. I went home to Salt Lake City after school and worked construction for the summer. Then I headed down to Sao Paulo, Brasil for two years. I loved every minute of it, met some incredible people, and learned a lot. While I was gone, Jen felt very strongly that she needed to serve a mission and ended up down in Brasil too. (no, different mission.) But it was cool to be learning the same language and having similar experiences. We got back pretty close to the same time and picked up where we left off..."hot and steamy!" Hahaha. I asked the girl to marry me and she actually said yes so we didn't waste any time. February 14, 2003 was the big day. We started off just like everyone else, working, going to school, and going to Hawaii as many times as we could. Even though we're both from Cali, we decided to start out in Utah because it was cheaper. (We spent too much money going to Hawaii as much as we could, I guess.) About a year later, our first little angel Hailey Brooke came along. I didn't think life could get any better. Then 2 years after Hailey, Bella Paige came. Life keeps getting better and better. They are a handful but I wouldn't have it any other way.
I've been working a ton since day one of our marriage. I worked at The Home Depot and Marriott while going to school full time. Jen worked at Discover Card until we had Bella. Then it was time for her to stay home and raise the little ones. I went part time at Home Depot and picked up a part time job at UPS for benefits. I traded the Marriott job for a pt Delta job so I could fly everywhere for free. The "three jobs and school" thing went on for another 2 years until I realized I was an idiot and I was wasting my life working for someone else and I was missing things at home that I didn't want to miss. I decided to go out on my own and started a marketing company, Butters Marketing Group. I take people that are in the same situation as I was (putting all their hard work, talents, and skills to work for someone else and not getting nearly what they're worth in return) and teach them the beauty of business ownership. I also started investing in real estate and I am finally able to be with my family whenever I want, which is worth more than any amount of money.
"Dream Big" is the new family motto and life has never been better. If you want updated info and pics of the fam, go to Jen's blog @ http://www.butterbabes.blogspot.com/.

Thursday, February 28, 2008

Stacey (Coleman) Carroll

I’m amazed that 9 years has gone by in the blink of an eye. It seems like we just graduated and headed off on our own…it’s definitely making me feel a little old. This is what I have been up to. After graduating from Gridley High, I began attending St. Mary’s College in Moraga, CA (SMC) in the fall of 1999. It was a little scary to be away from home but after a few months I settled in and haven’t looked back. I loved my time in college, it really allowed me time to grow up and spread my wings. I met lots of great people and had many great adventures during my time at SMC. I participated on a club crew team for a semester (those early mornings were insane), studied Spanish in Costa Rica for a month and made lots of great memories during all of the campus events. I decided to study Sports Management and graduated in 2003 with a BA in Liberal Arts. But the best thing to come from my time at SMC was meeting my husband, Tom. We were introduced by a mutual friend in the fall of 2000 and after a year of being friends we have been together ever since.

After I graduated I wanted to stay in the Bay Area so I worked as a manager in retail until April of 2004 when I got a job as a Marketing/Account Coordinator for a national General Contractor in San Francisco – Fisher Development, Inc. I worked my way up through different departments in the company and now manage one of our largest accounts. Tom and I got married in November 2006. We were married in the chapel at SMC surrounded by family and friends…I wouldn’t have changed a thing. The following spring, we bought our first home in Walnut Creek. We haven’t been able to get away from SMC. Tom played baseball all through college and now works in the athletic department. We are at most sporting events and I’ve become somewhat of a Super Fan – GO GAELS! We do not have any kids yet…just a cat (baby steps).

I hope everyone is doing well and I can’t wait to catch up!

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Tatum (Smith) Bidegain

I can’t believe it’s already been 9 years since we’ve graduated. Wow, we’re OLD!!! After graduation I went to Butte College for a semester. I didn’t love it there, but I was on the Dance Team with Erin Jackson, so we had a lot of fun together. After Butte, Taryn talked me into going to school in Idaho with her. Let me just say that it was freezing, but we have so many fun memories from that place. It’s a time I’ll never forget and at least I learned how to drive in the snow! After one year there, I came back to California and attended Chico State, which I graduated from in 2005 with a degree in Business Administration with an option in Marketing. I loved Chico State and I loved living in Chico. There were many wild and crazy nights, some I remember and some I don’t.

After college, I continued to work for Wells Fargo Bank, where I’d been working since right after high school. I took a promotion to become a Service Manager at the Colusa Branch in October of 2005. That November, I also got married. I met Chad Bidegain in 2003, when my cousins Brooke and Jeff Mardesich set us up on a blind date. He was from Live Oak, of all places, where he and his dad farmed alfalfa. Our wedding was such a big, fun, beautiful time and I was happy to spend it with so many family and friends. Before the wedding, Chad had bought a house in Live Oak and that is where we are currently living.

Chad and I just had our first child on August 27, 2007. We had a little boy and we named him Deacon Thomas Bidegain. He is so adorable and I just love being a mom. It is definitely my greatest accomplishment yet. After having him, I decided not to go back to work at Wells Fargo so I could spend more time with him. I now teach dance part-time for Lynn Leishman at her studio in Gridley. Teaching dance has always been a dream of mine and I’m so happy to be able to do it now. It’s been a great 9 years so far and I’m really excited to see everyone at the reunion. Hope you all can make it!

Friday, February 8, 2008

Taryn (Leishman) Merkley

After high school graduation I spent a year at college in Hawaii. It was one of the most amazing, fun-filled years of my life, but I decided to come back to the “mainland” to finish up school. I transferred to BYU Idaho, which was miserably cold in comparison, but I convinced Tatum to come with me and we made it enjoyable. I received an Associates Degree in Graphic Design from BYU Idaho; I then transferred to BYU Provo, where I graduated with a Bachelors Degree in Sociology. I congratulated myself with a month long trip to Europe.

Following college I purchased a house in Phoenix, Arizona and had every intention of accepting a job offer I had received to work at University of Phoenix in the Software Development department. But I took a long “vacation” to visit one of my friends in Washington, DC and fell in love with the area and I have been here ever since. I spent a lot of time writing and recording music when I first moved here, and I took advantage of all the talented friends I made. I have also been privileged to do a lot of traveling while living here, since there is so much to see in such a historical area.

I met my husband, Brendon, immediately after moving to DC and we were married in May of 2006. I work in property management at a commercial real estate firm, and in my free time I work as a Realtor as well. I wish I would have paid more attention in Mr. Stiles’ Government class, because my life is inundated with politics. My husband works in speechwriting for the federal government, and we attend numerous political events at the White House. We will be moving to California this Summer, where Brendon will be attending Stanford Business School, so we are trying to take advantage of all there is to see on the East Coast before we leave.

Colleen (Richins) Speer

Since graduating from GHS I have taken my time in graduating from college, working full-time, basically "growing up". Right after high school graduation I went to school in Utah at Utah Valley State College for a year from 1999 to 2000 and then came back to Gridley spring of 2000 to December of 2001 to work for Dr. Bowling and get my California Dental Assisting license. I then left in January of 2002 on a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints to the Canary Islands of Spain. I returned from there in August of 2003 and continued working as a dental assistant for Dr. Bowling. I then started my pre-dental hygiene at Oregon Institute of Technology in Klamath Falls Oregon the fall of 2004. Then in March of 2005 I was accepted to Utah College of Dental Hygiene and started there fall of 2005. I met Mike Speer while in Oregon and we were married June of 2006 while he was attending UC Davis and I continued hygiene at UCDH we lived apart :) I graduated April of 2007 and moved back to Davis, California to work for Dr. Grote as a Dental Assistant while taking my licensing exams. Mike graduated for UC Davis in June of 2007 and Mike was accepted to Penn State for his PhD in Bio-Ag engineering so, after getting my California Hygiene license I got my Pennsylvania license. We moved to State College Pennsylvania in August of 2007 and we bought our first home! Mike is working hard on his PhD and loving Penn State and I am working full time at University Dental Care for Dr. Kulkarni and love it! I have enjoyed new nieces and nephews, lots of family fun as well as getting to see some of my friends from GHS! It has been a great 10 years and I look forward to the next 10!

Thursday, January 24, 2008

Gridley High School Class of 1999 Reunion