Monday, May 13, 2013

Wow. its been 2 years since I last was on here, I definitely fell off of the blogger wagon. It was just hard to update when I was on Facebook so much and posting things on there it got to be pretty redundant coming back here to block what I just posted on facebook. Now facebook is quickly losing its charm with all of the ads added into the status updates and drama playing out between people.... I came here and read all of my past posts and a lot of things I had forgotten and that was a kick in the pants for me to start this back up since this is all pretty much just a journal. It took me awhile to figure out what the heck I signed in as and what my password was but after an hour of frustration I figured it out and now have my blog back. :)

the list of things that happened since I was last on was:
I finally declared a major and that is in Archaeology I'm happy and I love my very supportive professors Dr. Linda Eaton and Dr. Jeffry Eaton (husband and wife) professors up at Weber State Linda is in Anthropology and Jeffery is in Geology department. They have both gone out of their way like no other professor to help me succeed where I struggle. On the last day of school this spring semester I handed in my take home test in my Celtic studies class it also had three essay questions at the end, but when I gathered all my things and handed them into here I forgot my third 2 page essay. Later that day she emailed me wanting it ASAP and to email it to her, the problem was I had already left town for a little r&r from a difficult semester and wasn't able to get to my computer to email her the file. I apologized and told her to give me the lost 20 points for not having it since I should have known to double check my work before handing it in.....I was pretty bummed but a few minutes later she emailed me back saying due to my test quality and the other essays that I turned in she would just give the points to me as if I had turned in the missing pages....Wow she rocks!!

Nick never ended up leaving for Iraq he got to Mississippi or somewhere back east and the military  mixed up some medical information and sent him home but after seeing another military counselor person back in Utah they figured it out and said that an error was made but they just kept Nick here since they were over...stocked(?) with military people going to Iraq. No complaints here!!

I had a miscarriage when I was around 9 weeks along in January of 2012 we found out around Christmas I was pregnant and Nick and I were both so excited, I was so sick though :( I had hoped that I would have a pregnancy like Jamie's and NOT like Rahndi's. But it seemed that a pregnant me will be a very sick person for 9 months but at this point I don't care I want a little runt :(.We were so happy I have been off of birth control since 2009 :(. When I got pregnant with the baby that I lost, I had been given a fertility treatment since the doctor figured that I'm not ovulating normally, and that help obviously but after the miscarriage Rahndi asked me what the fertility drug was call and I told her (I forget it now) and she said that a lot of babies that she takes care of in the NICU up a primary children's their moms had taken that drug and it caused birth defects and health issues in new born babies. So we figured that the drug probably caused me to miscarry but we will never know. since my ectopic pregnancy the doctor watched me closely and so I had more ultra sounds than the normal pregnant lady and I think this was our third ultrasound when the doctor couldn't detect a heart beat. Nick almost broke down but I was strangely calm, though I was devastated, I couldn't seem to cry until much later when I had to break the news to my family.

Leslie got a divorce from Carry she was so sad but it was nice to see her more that once a year. It didn't take her long to find a job here in Ogden, and after a few months after she started to bounce back and didn't feel, as Leslie said it " Put all men on a boat put it in the ocean and sink it". Typically she was set up on many blind dates by friends and family all of which weren't very good, one jerk in particular ended up confessing that he just asked Leslie on a date to get (Nacie?) off his back.. I think it was Nacie or TeArie, and they were like " YOU COULD HAVE SAID NO!!" Leslie started getting really blue she was starting to thing the right guy was never out there for her, on all these dates she gave it her all and all these guys were jerks, she went on a singles ward outing with Mia and those guys were the BIGGEST JERKS!! So then I started talking to her about online dating and that she should give it a chance since that is where I met my Nick :) she did and after a few weirdos (that's to be expected with online dating) she met Shane a bike builder and it was a match and they just got married this past March:). Her colors were red, black, and white and her flower was the Gerber daisy and FOR MONTHS I looked for a medium to smaller sized hair do-dad that was a red Gerber daisy...but all I could find were these huge freaking baby head bands that had daisies the size of diner plates on them >:( so I finally gave up, but the day before the wedding I was in Target getting some groceries and right by the produce was the flower stand with a bundle of deep red SMALL Gerber daisy in among other Easter pastel artificially colored flowers I almost screamed for joy cuz I had always pictured Leslie on her wedding day with red Gerber daisies in her hair. So I bought them and they were perfect :) I did her makeup, I was so nervous that something would go wrong, but the makeup stayed in place. and Jamie did her hair. Leslie looked hella beautiful I think this will will be her happily ever after.

After Sapphires passing we had bought a couple more rats all of which never were as friendly a Sapphire :( so I gave up ever finding another playful curious rat but just last month we bought a male rat, I did some research and male rats tent to average more friendlier then the females so that's why we got a male this time around after having four female rats, three of which where not so freindly. he has light cream colored fur with a white face and he's a curly furred rat and his whiskers are all curly too. He's just like Sapphire in a lot of ways though he doesn't lick you like Sapphire would do. We haven't thought of a name besides just calling him Little Dude which was what we were going to call him until we found a name for him but I think Little Dude is going to stick :) he's very playful and he hops around his cage whenever I get him excited, I am just now teaching him tricks and he is catching on really quick :) He has one red eye and one regular black eye, and whenever he hears me around his cage and he's awake he just stares at me wanting to play :) such a cutie. I LOVE HIS WHISKERS!!!

Both TeArie and Jamie had girls this year Jamie in Febuary, she named her daughter Lori Diana Whittle and TeArie in March, she named her TaLeah Lori Stevens. they are cuties. I was able to do my first professional looking newborn photoshoot with TaLeah and it was a success though looking back I wish that I didn't take so many pictures of one pose and that I should've switched it up a bit but I was so worried she'd wake up and all the shots we wanted would not be taken so I took tons of pictures on one post with here in a cow beanie but it's all good you get better with practice :). I've always loved the name Little Moments Photography I came to think of it as a name after I told Nick that I just love to capture those little moments in my pictures :). I definitely did not do those naked baby pictures since I only had one set of each prop at my I couldn't afford it getting pooped on and she did have a couple of explosions during the photo shoot, I'm sure more well off photographers have dozens of everything for just that occasion that something got soiled but I don't have that luxury.

I hope that Nick and I will be able to go on a road trip at the end of May to his family up in Washington and then down to the redwoods afterwards but if things keep going wrong we wont be able to go :( we already need to replace a tire on Nick's car so we'll see. I want to go soooo bad since the last trip in '09 all but a few of our pictures were erased due to a dropped hard drive that we stored them on, so IF we go I am going to be extra careful and have like three places that I'll upload the pictures to so that wont happen again.

I'm currently doing a crafty project and attempting to make my own 3D aquarium background for my 36 gal bow front tank. I've got all the pieces cut out and all I need to do now is paint it but the last couple days I've been so lazy and not feeling up to doing much.

Nick just started his 3 months of nights a couple nights ago and unlike other times in the past it's harder for us to adjust to this one for some reason, maybe that's a sign of old age :). Nick scared me tonight he was supposed to work all night tonight but I heard someone coming into the apartment at midnight and it was him, he wasn't feeling well so he came home early to rest up.

A person I really admired died a few months ago, Lona Smith, she was an AMAZING wood carver artist and person. Weirdly the weeks leading up to her death I thought of her though I hadn't seen her since I was in young womens back in Burley, I was remembering her drawing tattoos on us at stake girls camp one year and that she had drawn on her an octopus with its head on her shoulder and its tentacles stretched and wrapped around her arm down to her wrist, it was amazing, and when I was struggling with my art she walked down to my house and taught me and so I was thinking of getting back in touch with her but soon after I thought that she died. She was struck by a truck while she rode her bike along a road. I went to her funeral, saw so many people I grew up with like Sage and Sara Campbell and Bishop Jackman the grief tore my heart even though I hadn't seen here in several years so I can't even begin to imagine the grief her husband and family are going through. I still think of her every now and then wishing I had talked to her sooner....

Nick and I saved up and got us a different couch we had a standard green couch for a couple of years but recently I've noticed my knees aching if they are bent too long and sitting on that couch and my legs bent my knees started aching if I wasn't laying sideways on the couch which got complicated when Nick was sharing the couch with me. So it took a few months but we got us a recliner couch and man is it comfy I love it and my I can extend my legs so my knees don't ache anymore.

This spring I've, for some reason, have become obsessed with orchids I see them in the store and I want all of them. Since the spring I have bought 5 orchids 2 of which have already died, I research how to care for them and I'm doing everything it says :( but it's not looking good for the other orchids. I'm not going to waist my money on them anymore since I can't keep them alive, but they are so freakin beautiful!!! >:( so far the only plants I'm successful with are the ones in my aquarium....since they obviously don't need to be watered.

Another obsession this spring is YouTube, I always thought for the longest time that it was were people go to watch idiots doing stupid things, and even though there's still a lot of that, I discovered actual YouTube channels and what it means to subscribe to people and follow them. I follow a lot of beauty makeup gurus like Michele Phan, beautycrush Sammy, It's Judy'sLife and It's Judy'sTime Benji and Judy are amazing people and great vloggers great inspirations on living healthier and making it look effortless and grav3yardgirl her quirkyness makes me smile. And thanks to watching their makeup tutorials I was able to know what to do with Leslie's bridal makeup. So a lot of my time now is watching their vlogs which I just found out about what vlogging is just a couple months ago....I'm really behind. Gosh nowadays you can get left behind with all the new things popping up every day, like I still don't have a clue what the heck a hashtag is it's like one day it didn't exsist and then all of the sudden it's EVERYWHERE hashtag this and hashtag that on every TV thing and magazine and I'm like Whaaaaa?

The number of horses at my parent's house has grown from just Mr.T to having 4 horses....Leslie soon after she moved back from Colorado after her divorce she bought a horse Sammy, he's cute and friendly but a complete ass under the saddle I don't trust him, he reared over backward on Chantry cuz he didn't want to do what was being asked of him and that's what he does when he's done he'll want you off I don't trust him to ever ride hime. Rahndi and Dad went in together and bought a horse to replace Roanie they got a three year old Missouri Fox Trotter that's a rare Ivory Champagne Palomino with gold eyes he's Huge standing at 17 hands tall while our other horses stand around 15 hands. Olivia named him Maximus after the Pixars Tangled move since she thinks herself as being Rapunzel :) I introduced Rahndi to Clinton Anderson's method of training and she really embraced his concepts and has been working with Maximus and he's really good. I'm just nervous to ride him cuz I've never been on a young horse before, I've only been on anciently old farts that never had the energy to act up, whereas a young horse has lots of energy.  The third horse was given to Shane by a friend who used to barrel race him so I couldn't ride him since you have to be mindful of applying pressure cuz he only knows pace 0 to 50 miles an hour. And Mr. T I just don't feel right riding him he's so old and I feel bad. So despite having more horses I have yet to ride since Roanie Died....

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Yeah with facebook being my updater its hard to blog. why repeat the same info over again....but to indulge my boredom at the moment I'll update my blog.

Since my last post I had been busy with my fall and spring semester at school and I did fairly well getting strait B's. In February I was able to go on a road trip with my husband and brother-in-law Tony as he moved to North Carolina, I had a great time...excluding the really disgusting/filthy/thrashed motel 6 in Louisville Kentucky that we stayed at. After arriving in North Carolina we had a couple extra days to explore so we drove up to DC and got to go to all of the amazing sites there like the white house, Arlington, Lincoln memorial, Smithsonian museum of natural history (my favorite). My feet were KILLING me by the end of the two days of exploring DC I literally could barley walk, never in my life had my feet ever hurt that bad.

Since February, besides finishing up with my spring semester, nothing else has happened, I'm taking a break from school for the summer. The only big thing happening this year is that Nick is going to be deploying for a year so getting pretty sad about that, but to help take my mind off of it, I really want to focus on the apartment and make it look a bit nicer, with consent of the landlord I am going to be able to paint the apartment, I'm really excited about that so when I get enough money saved up I'll be able to start painting this place up!

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Wow this summer has gone by extremely fast, with the help of school it seems like a blurr, hopefully that will be the same for this winter when I take classes this fall. This is going to mark the longest stretch of time that I am going to go to school since high school, it feels pretty weird, but I'm excited. I had a blast this summer with my classes, all of my teachers were really laid back, and relaxed (thankfully since the start of my semester was a crappy one with me getting sick and all) and they were all easy! My biological anthropology class's teacher only wanted 5 one page papers throughout the semester and if you went over one page you were docked points, and only 2 tests which were easier than high schools tests, and that's pretty much the example of how my other classes were. So hopefully I did a good job in picking out my professors for this fall and they will be just as enjoyable.
On a sad note in July my family lost a long time pet and best friend Roanie, he was in our family for 20 years, he was 30 years old and he had a tumor in his jaw. My dad was too emotional to be there when the vet came to put him down so my family asked Nick and me to be there. I'm going to miss my riding buddy................

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Okay its been awhile I started school for the summer semester and I just haven't had the time or if I had the time I was so burnt out from school to really feel like typing, but here I go.....What's happened since March, well I found out I was pregnant around the end of April, I was about 6 weeks along and was in a lot of pain and I started bleeding more than normal so I had to be taken to the ER (first time ever) and they did and ultra sound and said that it had to be aborted because was an ectopic pregnancy, which is where the fetus attached itself to the fallopian tube and was growing and tearing it and if it wasn't taken care of my tube could rupture and I could bleed internally and most likely die. They gave my two options that night; I could go into surgery immediately and either remove my whole right side of my ovaries and tube or try and save that side and go in and try to cut the fetus out of the tube in which case I would have scaring on that tube which would highten my risk of having another ectopic pregnancy again. Or they could give me a chemo therapy shot to kill it, so I opted for the shot and the doctor only okayed my choice after asking my how far from the hospital I live and when I told him that I just lived down the street he felt comfortable with giving me the shot, since I was at a high risk of my tube rupturing which if you don't pretty much live right next door to a hospital means death. Well the shot was a success and I didn't need surgery (thank heavens) on that happy note

moving on into May I took a rock climbing class at Weber which was just a PE class that was 1 credit and the whole semester class was a three day camp trip to the City of Rocks and I had a lot of fun climbed big rocks. At the time I was terrified and about to cry but now that its over I look back and am proud of myself for not backing down and facing my fears and actually doing something I would normally not do.

Now just this week at the end of May I wasn't feeling all that well and I started throwing up, now I hardley ever throw up and if on the rare occasion that I do I feel immediately better after doing it, well this time wasn't the case I woke up a four days ago Monday morning around 6 am and started throwing up so bad that my whole body was spasming and I was doing that up until 9 Nick took me to the ER ( I guess I'm trying to set a record) when I couldn't even keep water down and I started to get dehydrated. The doctors poked me and did some tests found out I have gastro intestinal infection and inflammation of my large intestine so its just something that has to run its course and so here I am now feeling a little better but I get tired very easily it sucks especially when I'm trying to focus on school and trying to do good. So here it is a new month hopefully I'm already at rock bottom and nothing could possibly get any worse so it will only be better from here on out.

Monday, March 22, 2010

Singing is for the birds

I recently got a job interview a couple weeks ago, THE FIRST ONE IN 11 MONTHS OF APPLYING PLACES!!! It was for Cold Stone Ice Cream.....ugh well it was more like an audition. I was so pumped and excited, only to have my excitement deflate rather quickly upon entering the store for the (what I thought) interview. There in the middle of the store was 14 chairs lined up and filing up quickly with awkward high school kids, "okay " I thought "No problem, they'll just take us in a backroom for a private interview".......NOPE they had us sing, that's right SING!!! Now for those of you out there that know me I don't sing and if I do......well you just don't want me to sing. Anyways sorry I'm getting ahead of myself, I have only been to cold stone one time and that was like 8 or 9 years ago when my sister Rahndi was going to school in Logan and I was there hanging out with her. SOOO back to my story since I've only been there once I had no idea that employees have to sing for their I will just tell you now that I can't just burst into song at the drop of a hat (tip) like some Disney character, to a stranger no there I was sitting amongst the nervous kids feeling rather ill myself but I was going to stick with it, I need a job and I will not let a potential job slip away just because I didn't want to do the "interview". The manager of the store gets up and states that she would like us to sing once by ourselves and then one more time in groups having 5 min to come up with a song tune but replace the original lyrics to stuff that has so do with Coldstone and Icecream. For the LIFE of me when I sat there waiting for my individual tern to come I could not think of a song, well I could think of song titles, but couldnt think of more than two words in the song or even the tune, finally my turn came and I stood up there and I finally had to ask for a request from the audience one of the people said "YMCA" okay sweet I can do that no problem.....well the only words I knew was the "IT'S FUN TO STAY AT THE YMCA......ITS FUN TO STAY AT THE YMCA-A................." and that was all...need I say more I didn't get the job but I honestly don't care, that was by far the most awkward embarrassing interview EVER... So if your ever considering a job at Coldstone be prepared to SING!!!!!

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Yay it's a new year and hopefully everyone had a great time. I had a fun Christmas though I did get sick with a sore throat Christmas eve :(. I did have a wonderful time with mine and my husbands family, I especially had a lot of fun playing wii for the very first time. My favorite is the tennis I'm not very good I just swing really fast the whole time even when the ball is not coming towards me so my person on screen is spazzing out, it's pretty entertaining though my wrist was killing me afterward. I took some family pictures of my Jamie and Chantry and their little ones here they are I'm practicing my photography skills, who knows it might be a career. Here are the pictures................

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Hey everyone been holding off blogging cuz there really hasn't been anything that's happened since I last blogged. I live a very uneventful life. I finished painting my second nativity set, a smaller one then those in the pics that I posted. I've now started painting a ceramic horse it's going to be pretty, I should be done painting it tomorrow and I'll have pics of it up soon. Other then that it's been pretty boring uneventful. It snowed today I'm excited about that!

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

I finally finished

I finally finished this nativity set that I've been painting
Yeah it's been awhile since I updated I have been avoiding it, it has been pretty boring around here. To pass the time I've sewing on some Christmas stockings for my aunt Susie's boutique. here's what they're going to look like each stocking is going to look different

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Road trip, a few bumps in the road :0)

So I'm back from my road trip and there where a few bumps in the road here they all are in pictures......
We got into camp around 1 am so we left the car lights on the campsite so we could see to put up our tent.........the next morning the cars battery was dead so we had to push it out for someone to jump us.... not easy thing to do when your on a we finally got someone to jump our car by then we were very hungry we started to get breakfast ready only to have our BRAN NEW OUT OF THE BOX!! cooking stove not work......

luckily there was a town nearby and we drove out there to get a new back to camp and got coals burning in our new stove, started to cook the eggs only to realize that we forgot a we had to use a fork..... scrambled was the order of the day
Our tiny blue tent was well...... tiny and when it came to getting dressed or moving around it was a struggle so we went and bought a bigger tent......that evening it started raining and it kept raining into the next day, we woke up to our bran new tent leaking....... we had to go to the store to get some tent sealer stuff
We had a few rough moments but in the end its something to look back on and laugh

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Getting sick

Well Nick is starting to get sick, he has a really bad cough and he woke up with the chills this morning :0( I went to the store and got a lot of medicine and juices hopefully he will pull through for our road trip
I was just thinking about how I needed to start writing in my journal, it has always been challenging for me to do......but then as I go back and review my blog I realize that blogging is similar to keeping a journal and this is the best I have ever done. I had to take a moment and pat myself on the back :0)