Thursday, November 11, 2010

Family Pictures November 2010

We had our family pictures done recently. I asked my sister to do them because she's so awesome! She took a lot of pictures (Dexter and Delilah would not cooperate). We had a lot of fun and I'm so excited that she made us look cuter then we are ha-ha. I've also posted more pictures on my Facebook page.

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Wednesday, September 22, 2010

A Few Pictures

Since I haven't posted in a while I thought it best to do a quick update with pictures....

This is the only picture we took on our 4 day Howard Family Reunion in August. Silly!

Jared's Birthday present from me. It came with 4 free guitar lessons. Pretty cool!

Who are these weirdo's?

Jared and our nephew Finnley who was born on his brothers birthday, September 14th!

Peeping Tomette! Silly Delilah spying on the neighbors.

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Cut Down

Bar-height dining sets are quite popular right now. Six years ago when we shopped for a dining set, we thought that we'd really like one too. However, after the magic wore off and reality set in, we found out that we really don't like it. It's really impractical. Try scooting your chair in and out; can't. Have a small child sit in it; kind of dangerous. The design of the table we bought has seating for eight, but it's really impossible to do so. Fitting two chairs on one side leaves no room in between the table legs and chairs, and thus you're stuck sitting there.

So we've disliked the table for a few years now. Instead of buying another one, I told Candace that I'm just going to cut down the legs. And so I did.

(Looks like we need to do some dusting now. Usually the extra chairs are put downstairs and out of the way when they're not used.)

So initially and even still now, we are in shock. We think it looks like a table for kids, but before cutting it we went to RC Willey and measured tables and chairs, and our end result is even 1/2 inch taller. I think we are just not used to it now. So when the dust clears, I think we'll like the table again.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

The last few weeks have been a wild ride...

I'm sure Jared feels the same way as I do. I've been posting a few comments on Facebook about our In Vitro journey so far but thought it would be best to save the details for my blog.

My OB, who worked for 3 1/2 years to try and get us pregnant, referred Jared and I to Dr. Hatasaka at the Reproductive Care Center (RCC) here in Salt Lake City for our In Vitro options. I guess technically they are located in Sandy but whose checking. We met with Dr. Hatasaka in March 2010 and spoke for over an hour about our situation and options etc. We felt pretty good about trying In Vitro and decided to start saving our $$$ for the procedure. One unique feature about RCC is they have a 100% Money Back Guarantee plan. Really? A What? Yup! Its true. A Guarantee! That's music to my ears. You pay a base price of about $22,000 and get up to 4 In Vitro cycles within 2 years. This does not include the medication though. Now with every contract there will be qualifications so there are a series of tests that must be done and if the results are ideal then you can qualify and sign the contract. There is also no payment option for this plan other than once the contact is signed the money is due in full. I REALLY wanted to have that guarantee so we decided to wait. RCC wanted to see where I was at with some blood tests. Results: Sorta bad eggs but still workable for In Vitro. Awesome!

Waiting. That ranks in the top 10 of my "Hard Things To Do" list. I hear all the time "Just don't think about it". I know all those who I have heard this from only mean well and have nothing but good intensions but unless you have gone through this experience you really have no idea how hard it is to forget. To forget a dream to have a child. To forget a goal to raise good children. To forget mother natures natural instinct. Its not easy. I have a lot of love to give and I'm sure Jared is tired of being smothered.
Jared has more patients than anyone I've ever met. He is my strength and the only reason I've survived this long.
So four months later I decided we needed to take the tests to see if we would even qualify for the Money Back plan. After a baseline ultrasound, clomid challenge test and 2 blood tests we found out that I have another cyst growing on my right ovary, my estrogen level is really high and my eggs are getting worse. How is this possible you ask? Well heck if I know. But with all that, my doctor signed the ok for us to move forward with the Money Back plan. I was excited!

We were planning on waiting to sign the contact in January but with my eggs gradually getting worse and me feeling like time was running out I wanted to get it signed and get moving on the procedure. I think its a reasonable thought, don't you?

Well, finally day 1 of my cycle came around and I called the office to get things moving. I thought "FINALLY! Its actually going to happen." I started to get a little excited which I normally hold in reserve just in case something falls through. The nurse called me back and explained that there has been a miscommunication and that I did NOT qualify for the Money Back plan because of the cyst on my ovary AND my high estrogen levels. Dang that stupid cyst that caused my estrogen to rise!!!!! I'm starting to really feel the STRESS!! She asked if we would come in the office to discuss some options with the doctor who wrote the contract.
So we did...
I felt a thousand times better after talking to him! He answered our questions and laid out our options to us. Which included that pesky word. WAIT. He examined my ovaries and measured the cyst. It measured half the size from the previous month. Which means its going away on its own and quickly. What a relief. He said it should be gone in a month or two. Then we would test again. If the cyst is gone then we can sign the contract and move forward! MOVE FORWARD! Its about stinkin' time. I guess we'll see how the tests go next month! I won't be holding my breath.

Monday, July 12, 2010

Half way through July already???

I can't believe how time goes by so fast. Life is crazy! Jared and I have been busy doing all kinds of things this summer. From the chaos of everyday life to camping up at Bear Lake, getting in shape and running 5K's.
Its also that time of year again to start some small projects with the house. I decided that my office was a little too dark and dreary and needed some lightening up
a bit. I don't think we posted any pictures but we remodeled one of the bedrooms into an office in October last year. We painted it a deep reddish purple color, added new baseboards, ceiling fan and a few decorations. I loved it but lately it seemed a little too dark so the past two weeks we have added bead-board/wainscoting half way up the walls and a large mirror. I think it looks pretty good. I want to add some family pictures in the room as well but that will have to wait for when I'm skinny again :)

Please note that the horrid orange carpet was replaced before we moved in!!

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Kurt's Quilt

I think my sister Diane said it best when, after hearing that I was making a quilt, said "How domestic of you." I'm certainly not a quilt maker but just like to be creative sometimes. This is actually my third quilt. My first and second quilts come from the same pieced quilt top. I ran out of time finishing the seconds so it's only partially finished.

My brother-in-law Kurt was returning home Iraq. I thought that it would be a nice gesture and a small token of my appreciation to him and all the other men and women who serve us and our country by giving him a quilt. Hope he likes it and reminds him of our thanks.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

5 Years

Yesterday was our 5th year anniversary. We stayed overnight at The Anniversary Inn (thanks Adam and Rachel) and enjoyed the Presidential Suite. The balcony was awesome. We tried to eat breakfast out there but it was way too cold. Lunch at Pat's was delicious and dinner at The Mayan (Thanks Lee and Karyn). Thanks to Jared for being the best husband ever! Time sure flies when you're having fun :)

Monday, March 29, 2010

Arrowhead Martial Arts Seminar

This last Saturday Jared and I were able to attend a kenpo seminar for Arrowhead Martial Arts studio where we take classes. We got a special treat when Mr. Paul Mills made a surprise visit. Mr. Wheaton had us working on our free style techniques when Mr. Mills showed up. He worked with Jared and I personally for about 10 minutes and then used us as "examples" to teach the same concept to the other students. It was very exciting. Never did I imagine I would have such an awesome opportunity to work personally with Mr. Mills.

Purple Belt Test

Jared and I have been taking Kenpo classes for a little over a year now. We tested for our purple belts two Saturday's ago and I am just now making time to post some pictures. It was a lot of fun. I always get really nervous and forget some of the things we've been taught but it really shows me what I need to work on to improve myself. I've posted a few pictures of the test below. Enjoy!

Thursday, February 4, 2010

IVF Here We Come!

I've had a few people ask how our artificial insemination went. Well, the process went smoothly but unfortunately it did not produce a pregnancy. That was our 6th and final attempt with that. I am thankful for Dr. Barney and his staff who have worked with us for over 3 years. They have exhausted every avenue and helped us keep our spirits hopeful. Dr. Barney has now referred us to Dr. Harry Hatasaka who is with the Reproductive Care Center here is Sandy, Utah. They specialize in In Vitro Fertilization (IVF). Our consultation appointment is this Monday. I am pretty nervous about it. I have sent him all our previous medical records which he will view before our appointment and advice on our next move. IVF is pretty expensive so I'm sure we will be saving for a little while before we're able to have the procedure done. Thanks to all those who have offered to help us financially with this procedure. We are so thankful for you and your love for us. This has been an emotional roller coaster especially for me and we appreciate the thoughts and prayers. xoxoxoxo Candace

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Thank you!

Jared and I would like to say Thank You! to all those who fasted and prayed for us or those who still plan on fasting for us. I know the request was very last minute. The procedure, IUI (Artificial Insemination), will hopefully help us to conceive. We were able to go in yesterday and everything went smoother then normal. I wont find out for a few weeks if it actually worked but my spirits are high and I have a lot of faith. I added a link below for those who are interested in reading more about Artificial Insemination.

Thanks again for all the prayers and support!

Naughty Delilah

Naughty Delilah
Making a mess

Naughty Dexter

Naughty Dexter
Helping with the mess