Sunday, January 30, 2011

Scott and Lianne Whiteside photo shoot preview

I went out with one of my oldest friends and her husband for their first photo shoot together as husband and wife. Because he is in the Army, and they got married when he was home briefly for R&R, they never really had a chance to have engagement photo's. They never really had any time on their wedding day to take quality photo's either, so now that he's home from overseas, I was lucky enough to have the privilege of taking their pictures.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Slightly nervous

So, let me preface this blog by saying that about 6 or 7 years ago, I had a doctor tell me at my yearly womans visit that I may have Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, but that she didnt want to check or do tests until I was closer to wanting to have kids. She didnt want to test because she didnt want me to have a pre-existing condition. So here I am, years later, and I thought that if Rob and I were going to start trying in the next year, I should check that out, in case there were steps I needed to take to actually get pregnant.
I had my doctors appointment a few days ago, and the doctor I saw was really great and informative. He did say that by looking at me, he didnt think that I had PCOS, but that we'd do a complete workup just to make sure everything was alright. So my homework was: a bloodtest at day 3 of my cycle to check two hormone levels (dont remember which ones), a blood test at day 22 of my cycle for progesterone, take ovulation tests for two months, and then meet again. Well, I was able to take my progesterone blood test that same day cause I was on day 23, which he said was close enough, so I went and got poked. Ouch!
Today I got a call from the doctors, which suprised me. I wasnt expecting to talk to them until my two month mark. The nurse said that my Progesterone level was too low, and that they want me to take the blood test again just to be sure, in two weeks.
Now, I may be jumping the gun, but that phone call kinda makes me want to cry. From what I've been reading, if I do in fact have low progesterone, that is no bueno! No progesterone = no baby. Now, there is treatment, which is a plus, but maybe I should wait until all the tests are final and get an actual verdict before I freak out. Sigh. Rob thinks I'm being silly and says that there is nothing wrong with me. I sure hope he's right.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Fondue Success!

Ok, so I know that when there's something that I can't stop thinking about, I should probably write about it in my journal or blog about it. Guess which one I chose? lol

Monday night we did what we call a "Family Home Evening," or a night of the week set aside to do something special with your family, bond and have a special moment studying something from the scriptures (Bible/Book of Mormon). Most of the time that is on a Monday night. Since we don't have a family of our own yet, and we probably might be considered odd going to the singles ward FHE, we decided to have our own Young Married Adult FHE.We hope it will help us stay motivated to keep up the habit of FHE and bond and learn more about other couples in the area! So far it has been really fun!

This last Monday we did a New Years Fondue night, and we made Spinach artichoke fondue, and chocolate fondue. Let me tell you...it was SO DELICIOUS! I found this great recipe that is supposedly the exact recipe that the Melting Pot uses, and it was also alcohol free (I know, I know, the alcohol burns off...still was aiming for alcohol free though). I love the Melting Pot, so I thought I'd give it a try. I had a moment of panic when I realized we didn't have the canned artichokes in the cubbard like I thought, but I sent the hubby to the store quickly and that was fixed before everyone got here. I even hand grated the fresh garlic, and almost made myself sick with how strong that smell was. Talk about dedication! But then everyone got here, we combined all the ingredients, and once the garlic induced nasia passed, got to try the finished product. OH. MY. GOODNESS. It was just as delicious as The Melting Pots, if not more! We paired it with bread peices, apples, broccoli, and carrots. Before the evening was done, there wasn't a single drop left! The chocolate fondue was the perfect way to complete it too! Milk chocolate with strawberries, bannanas, and cakes and marshmallows! Yummy!

But not only was the food great, but everyone seemed to really enjoy themselves! I love to see people come together and enjoy an evening socializing and smiling and laughing. It really gives me a warm feeling inside! But anyway, I thought I'd share the recipe since this is a wonderful, cost friendly way to experience someplace like the Melting Pot, without paying the super high cost!

Spinach Artichoke Cheese Fondue

8 oz. Vegetable Boullion
1 teaspoon garlic, chopped
4 oz. cooked spinach
4 oz. canned artichoke, drained, chopped
1 1/2 Fontina cheese, shredded (we used smoked Fontina=) )
1 1/2 Butterkase cheese, shredded (found at Whole Foods, but we used Gouda
since I couldn't get there in time)
2 tbsp flour
3 tbsp Parmesan cheese, grated

Cubed bread, veggies and apples to dip

Directions:
1. Heat bouillon in a pan until boiling.
2. Transfer bouillon to heated fondue pot, and add the garlic, spinach and artichoke.
3. Before adding the shredded cheeses to the pot, lightly dust the cheeses with the flour.
4. Slowly add a portion of the cheese and stir in a "figure 8" with a long spoon.
5. Add the rest of the cheese in small amounts, as in step 4, until all is melted and fondue has the consistancy of warm honey.
6. Dip and eat!



I love to try new recipes (or even old ones that I love!) and so I'll try to share any recipes that I just fall in love with! Especially since it's hard for me to find recipes that I dont have to modify since I dont/wont eat onions, and a variety of other gross foods. haha. Check back often and I'll share more!
Happy Wednesday!

Friday, January 7, 2011

Special Delivery

The last day of 2010, I decided to buy this cute black dress online, since it was on sale, and I had been eying it for a while. I was hoping that it would come soon, and today it finally came in the mail. Here is a picture of the dress I ordered.



And here is a picture of the dress that actually came.




Unfortunantly I contacted the company and told them I was very dissapointed about the mistake BEFORE I tried on the dress, and before I looked at the price difference. Appearantly the dress I ordered was $45, and the dress that came was $145. And I tried the dress on and discovered that I LOVE it!!! Oh what to do, what to do? Think if they call me back, I can just tell them that I actually like it and dont want the original and they'll just say ok?

Crossing my fingers....

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

So weird...

So by weird, I mean, odd, not funny haha. I was just thinking about something, and I don't know if I can express what I'm thinking and have it make sense, by I'll try.
Sometimes, I have these memories just hit me. I'll remember a certain time or event, and all the sudden I feel like I'm there again. Not so bad, everyone has wonderful and not so wonderful memories that are brought on by a song, picture, or something or other. The tough part is the coming back to myself. The moment when I realize that no, I am not in New Mexico right now, and I feel weird all the sudden realizing that home is California. And for a split second, New Mexico still feels like home. Then I have to remember that those amazing friends I was just remembering aren't around the corner, and in fact I haven't even seen them in years. They felt so close just a moment ago. I love my life, and I love my home, but a small part of my heart completely misses New Mexico and will always consider it home.

Monday, January 3, 2011

My soapbox



I really don't get on here often enough, though it is more often than I write in my own journal. Rob and I are sitting here on the couch, each in our own respective little world. Me surfing the web, and reading my latest novel... this one is the 5th installment of the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon, which I highly recommend. I have fallen in love with the characters and story lines! I could really move to Scotland after this!

Rob is (I hope I don't embarrass him here) reading the first novel of Twilight! He has Twilight in one hand, and a thesaurus in the other hand...lol. I guess he is just trying to get his vocab up...though I don't know if I could really get into a book if I was stopping every other sentence and looking things up. I am glad he is trying though. He really does make me proud with how hard is is trying to improve his mind (or maybe just try to understand why I like the books so much...equally sweet), and get a job and provide for the little family we hope to start soon.

Now that gets me on another subject that I have thinking about. We want to start a family, and I'd like to hopefully find out that we are expecting by the beginning of 2012. I want to at the very least have our first child before I am 30, and lets face it...I'm starting to run short on time. The thing that is really frustrating me is that regardless of who you tell/don't tell, you run into two (and only two it seems like) types of people. 1)the people who are asking you every other day if you are pregnant yet, and when you are planning to become so. Oddly enough, these people bother me the least. And 2)the people who you confide to that you are actually hoping for it soon, and they look at you with that disapproving look, and tell you they think you should wait a bit before taking on something like that, and that its really a miserable thing to go through, and maybe you're not quite ready for that yet, and etc etc. Seriously, its not like I haven't had close friends/family members go through pregnancy and don't know that the entire thing has the potential to make you hate life for about 9 months (or longer depending on the child after birth). But the thing that kills me the most is that look. It is almost like, why don't you just go ahead and try to kill a couple more of my dreams, and while you're at it, there's a couple of kids over there that still believe in Santa... you should really set them straight too.
The fact is, I will have a family someday. There is never a "great" time to start. I'd be happy if I were pregnant right now, I'd be happy if I were to become pregnant later in the year. Whenever the Lord decides to bless us with a little bundle of joy (or misery, if you're one of those dream killing naysayers) is alright by me. I just don't really want your opinion on when YOU think it is right for me, cause as far as I'm concerned, that part is between me, my husband, and the Lord. No offense. Just be happy that I'm excited about the next step of life, cause it seems like less and less people in the world actually get excited about life. Let me have my joy.
Ok, I am dismounting my soapbox now, its bedtime.