Tuesday, December 29, 2009

My Gun

Why does a person choose to own a gun? Is it because they want to feel Protected? Safe? or Cool? While these are not always some of my reasons, they are reasons that someone would choose to become a gun owner and with much consideration and contemplation I have decided to become one. Its a big deal deciding what you want to have. I had my heart set on a cute tiny little Micro Desert Eagle .380. I was lucky enough to shoot it as well. It handles great and because its heavier then the average small handgun it handled the recoil pretty well. I also tried a Ruger LCP which is a .380 as well. I didn't mind it but it hurt my hand when I shot it and I felt like I was going to drop it. It just didn't feel sturdy enough in my hands. But it is a great little gun and a popular choice among those who like to carry. In the end, I purchased a Ruger LCR .38 special and I love it. Its a revolver so there is no messing with a slide. Once its loaded its ready to go (and I don't need Jared to load it for me). I still shoot better with Jared's gun but with some practice I think I will get pretty good with it.



Micro Desert Eagle



Ruger LCP



Ruger LCR

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Happy Birthday!!

Our little Dexterpants is 3 years old today. He mostly slept and snuggled with me on the bed. What a life! He got a bone to eat and loved it. Here are a few pictures of our little stinker through the years. Boy did he grow up fast!















The last two photos (the other is Delilah) are courtesy of Sweet Honey Photography. http://www.sweethoneyphoto.com/
Thanks Brandy for taking such beautiful pictures of our babies. We were left with over 600 pictures to choose from.

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Where is the light at the end of the tunnel?

So ... I have bad news. Our last IUI did not work. If you are not aware, Jared and I have been trying to get pregnant for the past 3 1/2 years. We have gone through so many various tests and procedures to discover and/or remedy any issues that may have an effect on why we have not conceived yet. I have been open to talking about our situation with close friends and family but have held off on writing anything down. Which now I regret. I need to get my feelings out. I have a bad habit of holding them in.
With all the tests that our doctor has done we have discovered that I have endometriosis as well as endometriomas on both of my ovaries. The first Laparoscopy I had in August of 2008 my doctor removed any endometriosis he could find and drained the endometriomas. The second time around in September 2009 there was a small amount of endometriosis which he removed and he completely removed the endometriomas. My Endometriomas grew inside my ovaries so when he cut them out I lost almost half of my ovary on one side and about a fourth on the other. My doctor assures me that this will not decrease my chances of getting pregnant but increase them. After the surgery in September I felt optimistic. I first needed to heal for 6 weeks before we could try again. It was suggested that we do another IUI to increase our chances instead of trying "the old fashioned way". This was our fourth. It did not work and I am crushed. Now our options are: a procedure called GnRH-a which will cause the endometriosis (not necessarily a factor of infertility) to go into recession. Here is a link if you want more information.

http://women.webmd.com/endometriosis/gonadotropin-releasing-hormone-agonist-gnrh-a-therapy-for-endometriosis

Our other options are In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) and adoption. I do not have a problem with adoption and will consider if needed but I still want to try for my own. So for now that’s not something we are considering. I personally don’t feel that the GnRH-a is going to help us. Sure it’s always beneficial but with the second Laparoscopy there was very little endometriosis and the endometriomas are gone. I can also save the money that would be spent on the GnRH-a for IVF. I feel like it is going to be our best chance to have our own kids.
All I've ever wanted was to have a family. I don't know why I chose this challenge. I wouldn't wish this pain on my worst enemy so why would I choose it for myself and Jared? I know that we will have children eventually. God has promised me that. It's just hard to keep that in mind and keep my faith high when every month I'm holding back the tears.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Jared Delivers a Baby!

This little (or big, depending on how you look at it) guy is what has been giving Jared (me) so much grief lately.

About two months ago, I woke Candace and told her that I needed to go to the hospital. Alarmed, she asked why, not knowing what was going on. I had already been up for about an hour and a half with a lot of pain on my left side, pacing around the house. By the time we made it to the ER most of the pain had already gone away. By the time I saw a doctor, all the pain was gone. I gave a sample of urine which was checked and came back positive for blood. The doctor said that 99% chance it was a kidney stone and it'll just pass through. He sent me on my way with some Lortab and Flomax and two strainers. I used up the Flomax and only took the Lortab when there was a lot of pain which wasn't often. Nothing passed through.

Today, I decided that I should have a Urologist take a look and see if something more was needed to be done. I've had a few more pain episodes throughout the last two months, a lot of discomfort and visible blood in my urine. The problem with talking to a Urologist is that they need to look at an x-ray to see if there really is a stone. Well we didn't do that when we went to the ER. So I set up an appointment anyway and knew that I'd just be sent out to get an x-ray. But in the meantime, they said, if I had a lot of pain that I should go to the ER. Well, just after getting off the phone with them, the pain increased. We went to the ER. Might as well get the x-ray done now and save some time with the Urologist. This time the ER was much more thorough. They checked my blood, my urine and we did a CT Scan (which was a new experience). After the results came back, there sure enough was a kidney stone, a fairly large one. It had made it's way into my bladder. The doctor said that it has just probably been circling around in there and causing the discomfort that I had recently been having. They gave me the x-ray and paperwork that I'd take over with me to the Urologist. I felt need to go to the bathroom one more time and POP, it came out.

RELIEF!

Monday, August 17, 2009

Belt Test

I'm not sure if I have mentioned this before or not but Jared and I have been taking Kenpo classes since November 2008. This past Saturday we were tested for our Orange belt. We had a great time showing off what we have learned so far. Check out Arrowhead Martial Arts website for more pictures.

Josh (last name?), Mr. Leonard, Mr. Wheaton, Mr. Gough,
Me, Jared

Me and Jared with our new belts




A Few Doggy Pictures

Just posting a few pictures of our little dogs.

They'd spend all day on our bed if they could. In fact, Delilah tries to when we're home.


Delilah loves playing with other dogs, but sometimes they're just too small.


Dexter got caught yet again playing with a blanket.


Delilah's arm rest. She'll stay seated here but stretch out to the window so she can look out.


Dexter the watch dog. We caught him like this when we got home one day.


Dexter all tuckered out on their new pillows.

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Rock Band 2 Videos

Jared was able to get the videos to play for me. Thanks Babe! I never noticed this before but apparently I play with my mouth open. Kinda funny!




Friday, June 5, 2009

Rock Band 2

I know this is hard to believe but I, yes I, was in a Rock Band competition at my work.  Yesterday we had 6 bands compete to be in the finals and my band was one of them.  We call ourselves 'The Inbreds' and boy can we rock.  In the back is our bodacious singer Buddy, to the right is our smashing guitarist Erin, in front is the infamous slicing drummer Kimmy, and my humble self on the Bass Guitar.  Here we are posing after our slamming performance.  We had the biggest crowd show up to support us.  It was awesome! 

   



Needless to say, we made it to the finals today.  We were stoked.  It was going to be difficult to "one-up" ourselves from the "white trash" attire we were sporting for our performance.  What do you think?  Did we do it?



Here we are dressed in 80's GLAM and we had our best performance EVER!  We ROCKED THE HOUSE with music 'Round and Round' by "The Rat".  We were ecstatic to find out that we won 2nd place and yours truly got the MVP award.  Woo Hoo!  I will post some video's as soon as I can get them from some co-workers.  They are worth your time to watch.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Bye Bye Trees

We've always wanted to change up the yard, but decided to concentrate mostly on the inside of the house first. Well, then we got dogs.. two big ones. With fall, winter and spring to destroy as much as they could, there wasn't much left of the backyard when the ground finally dried up. We had to do something better for the dogs, us, the yard and the house. We decided to start new with everything that was in the backyard. The huge pine trees were the biggest pain. The peach tree was completely in two of the neighbors yards and potentially could harm the brick wall and green power box. The other trees were (kind of) alright but just not really what we wanted. So we got rid of all of them.

We are floored at how much bigger our backyard is. That will, of course, change when we start re-planting and add in a dog run. It is very bare now, kind of weird.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

End of the Cruise

Not to just end the cruise blogs on a low, but sorry we didn't take too many pictures. The last day was all at sea heading back to San Juan, Puerto Rico. It was a lot of fun because, since we were at sea all day, they had lots of activities going on. We tried to hit a few of the dance lessons. Candace and I went country swing dancing almost every week when we dated. We enjoy doing the tricks the most. We've forgotten a lot of it. Here's a little video of us trying to steal the show.



There was actually two songs that we danced to and this was the second. We had already done most of our tricks during the first song and didn't want to repeat too much. So that's why we're just talking most of the time trying to remember what to do next.

Anyway, the cruise was lots of fun. Thanks to the Johnsons and McKays for pressuring us to go.

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Barbados

In Barbados we swam with turtles and a sunken ship and hung out at a beach.
Swimming with turtles was pretty cool. There was toooooo many people, though, and really crowded your swimming space.

Friday, May 1, 2009

Saint Lucia

Saint Lucia was very pretty. We had a long bus ride and went to an old plantation and waterfall.

The good thing about the bus ride is that we were able to see some great sites. This next picture was at a lookout that the tour was sure to stop at. There are little vendors that sell jewelry and stuff at every lookout. I think the tour and the vendors have some sort of deal worked out.

This next picture is the sign for the waterfall that we visited. I made sure that we played in it. Sorry, I'm not posting those pictures; I'm waaaay too out of shape.

The cruise ship circled around the island on our way out so that we could get some great views.

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Antigua snorkeling

We went snorkeling, kayaking and hiking in Antigua. Beautiful clear waters to play in.

Lobster Legs

Candace said that her legs never get burnt. No need to put sun block on them.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Saint Martin/Maarten

We can see that we're not finishing up very quickly with the rest of our cruise pics. So I'll just quickly post a few more to get us going again and hopefully finish.

Saint Martin was an adventurous day; we went zip-lining. Zip-lining really turned out to be a high ropes course. It reminded me of high adventure activities with the Boy Scouts.

This is a random pic (I did this a lot throughout the trip) of the the bus ride to the course.

Friday, March 27, 2009

Saint Thomas Harbor

This is taken from the boat looking out into the bay. Which yacht is mine?

Thursday, March 26, 2009

First Stop: St. Thomas

Our first stop was Megans Bay! I cant even begin to describe how beautiful it is. There are no words. I will let the pictures speak for themselves.


It was a fun filled day of swimming and soaking up the sun. I was completely entertained by Randall and Jeremy's "sand castle". Lets see if you can guess what they are making in the sand.

They got a few comments about the mountainous peaks being "fake". "Real peaks lay to the side" one lady said. It was pretty funny.

On our way back to the boat we were able to get some more beautiful pictures. The views here are pretty amazing. That is our cruise ship. Its huge!

The whole gang!



So here we are all dressed up and ready for dinner. I enjoy dressing up and going out so this was an extra treat.


My face it totally burned. Well, pretty much my whole body got burned. I haven't seen sun in a while and it didn't help that I have red hair and fair skin. Jared is the same way but he was smart and reapplied the sunscreen often but I think he still got a little burn on his face.


Here we are relaxing to some music and goofing off while waiting for the nightly entertainment to start.


Why are there pictures of my nose!? Jared!!

Naughty Delilah

Naughty Delilah
Making a mess

Naughty Dexter

Naughty Dexter
Helping with the mess