Saturday, January 26, 2013

Happy Birthday, Matt!

----yup that's right, three family birthdays in six days!

Happy Birthday to my one and only brother, Matt!
This heart breaker is 19 today---I can't believe how grown up my little buddy is!

Matt is so awesome. He's ridiculously smart and hard working, he has a quick wit, and is just a fun guy to hang out with. He can also sing and he's great at highland dance too. He's halfway through his first year at OSU and is totally kicking butt --I can't wait to see all the cool things he goes on to do!

Happy Birthday, little brother!

Friday, January 25, 2013

Its Joey's Birthday!

Happy Birthday to the sweetest, greatest, kindest, smartest, funniest, 
happiest, ridiculously good looking-est guy there is!

Dang, I'm married to that dreamy hunk of awesomeness? Shoot. That rocks.

So in honor of his 23rd birthday, here are 23 things I love about that boy:
  1. I've never known a harder worker than Joey. I'm sure everyone's sick of me mentioning it but...Power School. Its no walk in the park. But he is kicking butt and doing so well, and is still managing to go above and beyond for me and make sure that I'm doing ok.
  2. He is a very patient person, and keeps his cool.
  3. However, the only times I ever see him fired up is when someone has hurt me or done something to put me in harm's way. You don't mess with his girl!
  4. He has the cutest smile when he wakes up in the morning, I love it.
  5. He always writes me little notes and hides them for me to find throughout the day.
  6. He has one of the strongest testimonies and the brightest faith, he helps me keep perspective when I might be feeling hopeless.
  7. He knows that when there's nothing I really want to eat, the one thing that will satisfy is a cheeseburger---and he'll get me one.
  8. No matter what life is like, he always makes sure we have a date every week and we go to the temple once a month.
  9. Even when we're dead tired, he still brushes his teeth and washes his face before bed without hesitating---something I'm, ummmm....not as good at.
  10. He does so much to make me happy.
  11. He just makes me happy, period.
  12. He is so good about playing with Marley and Remy, I love how much he loves animals.
  13. He's so diligent in his church calling and home teaching. He's going to be such a great example as a dad.
  14. I'll just say it---he's such a babe. I'm glad I get to look at that face for eternity.
  15. He makes me laugh so much, sometimes I cry. I think he's one of the funniest people I know.
  16. He's so proud of me and has so much faith in me, even when I don't understand what I do/have done to deserve it.
  17. When it comes to utensils, he likes big forks but small spoons.
  18. He dreams about our future and all of the things we can look forward to.
  19. Even after so much time together, it still amazes me sometimes how perfect he is for me. We really are two peas in a pod.
  20. He knows that any bad day of mine can be fixed with a hug, a kiss, an episode of the office, and a root beer (and its usually the same for him).
  21. In the entire 26 months that we've been together, I've never felt anything but complete love, devotion, and tenderness from him.
  22. He is my best friend. I don't know how I would've survived the move to a new, strange place without him with me.
  23. You know what? I know there are lots of other great guys out there in the world, but I really do think I snagged the greatest one. I've never met someone so selfess and loving. Joey is pretty amazing.

Happy Birthday, my darling.
Here's to many more happy birthdays together!

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Happy Birthday, Sarah!

Happy Happy Birthday to my sister, Sarah!
The little ham is now 17 years old!

I think Sarah is just the coolest. She's a total goober, but so smart. She can act like nobody's business and has some of the funniest expressions, and I love calling home and hearing about the funny things she does. She's the pickiest eater I've ever seen, but is the world's biggest mashed potato fan. She's a complete babe and always fashionable (much more so than I ever was at her age), and she's also a good friend to her little sister, Amy.

I'm so glad you're my sister, Sarah!
I hope your birthday is totally awesome :)

Friday, January 18, 2013

Meet Remy!

Hello everyone---we'd like you to meet Remy, the newest addition to our family!

We've wanted a dachshund for quite a while, and everything was just working out for us to have her, so on Saturday night we drove to Woodruff to pick her up! She's a miniature longhair red dachshund---exactly what we've wanted. Now, we did want to adopt a dog rather than buy a puppy, but after going to the shelter, it looked like that wasn't going to be the best option for us. Our apartment has breed limits and I'm really not comfortable with big dogs, which unfortunately is what you usually find in shelters. We did however skip the pet store and find a nice breeder who had this little darling.

Remy has been a lot of work so far, but she is really a sweetheart, and we're excited for her to take more to her training---and then I can get some sleep! Marley has been adjusting well to the new puppy, but you can tell she's still trying to figure out just what this oversized chew toy is doing on her turf.


Even though puppies aren't a walk in the park and there's a lot of frustration and work that goes into them, we're hoping that having Remy will help me deal with some of the stress I'm going through right now. I've debated saying anything about it (and won't say much as to not make anyone feel uncomfortable), but I've decided it might be good to talk about it a little and find others who have experienced or are experiencing the same thing in hopes of finding more support through this trial. Joey and I have been trying to start a family (sorry to all those who told us to wait; we just didn't feel that was the right decision for us), but unfortunately have run into some difficulty. I was diagnosed with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome when I was 15, so I always knew that could be a problem, but last month I was also diagnosed with a Bicornuate Uterus, a defect I've had since I was born that apparently less than .5% of women have (lucky me!), and makes carrying healthy babies to term very difficult, with a high rate of miscarriage, premature birth, and 4x the chance of a handful of birth defects. So basically, its hard for me to get pregnant, and even if it did happen, its not guaranteed that I could actually have a healthy baby. Needless to say, this has been heartbreaking for us, and I've been having a lot of trouble coping with this reality. We've begun the infertility process, and its scary and confusing and stressful (and will quickly become expensive), which only adds to the fear and frustration I feel most days. You never think that anything could stand in the way of having a family, especially when its all you've ever wanted. Joey has been so supportive, loving, and tender with all of this, but with him being gone for so long each day, I get too much time alone to sit and think about everything, which is no good for me. 

So we decided a puppy would be good for me to not only give me something to nurture and take care of, but to also help get my mind off of the trial we are facing---and for the most part, it has. Though my heart still hurts and sometimes its hard to watch so many of my friends experience something I want more than anything, Remy is helping me feel like I have a bit more purpose while we wait for our turn to have a family.

So there it is. I don't plan on talking about it often, but I think it was good for me to say it. I've felt like I can't talk about it sometimes because I feel embarrassed, like there's something wrong with me that prevents me from doing the one thing I should be able to do as a woman (which I guess you could say is true). But like I said, if mentioning it helps me to find more support, then I think its good for me to do so. 


But anyways, we hope everyone has a fun, happy weekend---friends in Virginia, enjoy the snow for us! We will be having a low key weekend with a date night in and training Remy more!

Friday, January 11, 2013

iPhonography: Marley Lately

Every time the printer starts up, she likes to investigate it and put her head in it || Fascinated by the moving spool of thread on the sewing machine, and of course has to lay all over Joey's Christmas present while I'm working on it || Watching Elf with us. She kept pawing at Buddy's face || Guess she had a tough day and needed a break || Most mornings we find her sleeping above our heads || The cheeky girl kept trying to sneak into the pizza box by chewing a hole in it and slipping her paw through the hole to lift the lid. And don't even get me started on how gross that pizza box looks in hindsight...

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Holiday Photo Mega-Post!

Hi all! 

Well its been almost a month since we've updated anything---just enjoying the break from Power School I guess! But now we're back in the swing of things, so I thought I'd share some of our photos from the past few weeks. 

For the Christmas holiday we went to Ohio (with a stop in Tennessee), Lexington VA for a day, and VA Beach. Then, We came home to Charleston for one night, and left the next morning to spend New Years Eve in Myrtle Beach with the newly married Kara and Mike Casper! So, that all adds up to staying in six cities in four different states and driving about 2,200 miles in ten days. Boy! What a trip. Oh, and did I mention that we had Marley with us the whole time? Luckily she loves the car!

Marley is quite the traveller now! 

A trip to Steak & Shake while we were in the midwest | my puppies! | Christmas with my family

Annnnd more driving | we loved seeing the Blue Ridge in Tennessee--we missed our mountains! | Joey was so excited to see White Castles in Ohio (but apparently not as excited as the kid in the poster behind him)!

Our little bit of snow this year | A stop in Lexington VA | Marley checking out the snow at VMI

So happy to see Mallory again! Marley and Piper didn't quite agree though... | We found new ways to make sure Marley was a happy, fed, kitty

New Years Eve at the Beach! | But definitely ready to go home | Homemade chocolate sorbet with our new ice cream maker from Joey's mom | "detoxing" from holiday feasts and road trip fast food with some blood oranges and english muffins

We hope everyone had a merry merry Christmas and a great New Year! 2012 was pretty great, 
but here's to an even better 2013!
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