Wednesday, April 30, 2008
We were able to get pregnant and the baby was growing well
The baby was growing in my fallopian tubes
The huge shot that I had to get in my butt today to abort the baby
The doctors had told us on Friday that this was a possibility but we were just hoping that everything would work out. I had another sonogram today that confirmed that the baby was growing in my fallopian tubes. I was keeping it together pretty well until my doctor started to cry, then I lost it. The next couple of days are going to be hard as everything has to take its course, but then things can only get better. We are going to take about a month off, get my strength back, and then try again. Third times a charm right?
There are a lot of other good things going on in my life right now. I have an incredible husband that has been nothing but supportive through all of this. My family has also been there every step of the way. I think that my mom cried more then I did today, I am missing my family deeply. My friends have been nothing short of amazing. A fairy came into my house today (Becca Hardie) and had decorated my home with flowers and filled my fridge with food that I needed. Miggy was nice enough to drive me to my appointment and wait in the doctors office with me while they gave me my shot. She did not even laugh at me while I was limping back to the car. My home was also decorated with more beautiful flowers from Tracy, Jeff, and Caitlin. Doug's brother Peter is here visiting us and he came home with flowers...what a man. We are very excited to have him here this week. We will have to post later about all of our adventures.
Thank you to all of you that have been so supportive, I do not say this lightly when I say that you have all given me the strength to keep moving forward. I am truly blessed.
Monday, April 28, 2008
We were discussing if we were going to take our food storage with us or get rid of it. Given how expensive it would be to replace and it won't be a ton to ship we're taking it with us. My mom is super stoked to have our stuff at her place. So much so, she even reminded about how happy she was to have a box of my mission stuff still at her house. Actually, my family has been really helpful with us moving our stuff out, even offering to pick it up at the train station. That's right, we're shipping our stuff out on the train.
The train accepts boxes up to 3'X3'X3' up to 50lbs. You can load them all on a pallet that they shrink wrap and load on the train. It costs $.50/lb. We'll move all our stuff for under $500, hopefully. Since they don't take large stuff we're selling all our furniture. Tables, bookshelves, end tables, couches, etc. It's all gone. If you want a piece of the action, let us know before it ends up on Craigslist. Some of it is already spoken for.
All this planning stuff is not as exciting as we would have hoped. Next on our agenda is to think about a car. I'm pushing for something reliable and practical like this:
Tamara wants a minivan. Sike. She's fighting something fierce (her words) against that. We'll probably end up with something in the middle but if you have any suggestions (We know you love Saturns, Dix) let us know.
Sunday, April 27, 2008
This is a one-of-a-kind event that compiles more than an hour's worth of footage from videos found at garage sales, thrift stores, warehouses, and dumpsters throughout the country. Curators Pickett and Prueher hosted the screening in-person and provided their unique observations and commentary on these found video obscurities. From the curiously-produced industrial training video to the forsaken home movie donated to Goodwill, the Found Footage Festival resurrects forgotten treasures and serves them up in a lively celebration of all things found. Among the new clips that were featured were: 17 workplace sexual harassment videos edited down to three minutes of the best reenactments, a collection of exercise videos featuring Playgirl's 1985 Man of the Year, a scantily-clad Angela Lansbury, a video cameo by Chris Elliott, an instructional video on how to toilet-train cats, and so much more.
We may have seen more skin on an old Angela Lansbury then we were hoping for. Also, I had no idea that there is actually a song about "going poop in the toilet". If this show ever comes to your town, it is worth going to see, it will certainly put a smile on your face.
Here is an idea of what we were laughing at all night.
Saturday, April 26, 2008
In honor of yesterday being Al Pacino's birthday we decided to celebrate the best way that we knew how. The Hallmark's, Hardies, Breinholt's, and the Halls went to The Bronx Little Italy and ate at Mario's on Arthur Street. The film "The Godfather" was filmed there in 1972 and of course Al Pacino played a major role in that movie. We went early and walked around with the Hallmark's. They could not stay for dinner because they had to put Luke to bed. Of course we made fun of them because they have become one of "those parents". Just kidding, we understood but we were just sad that it was an end of an era for the Hallmark's. We did see a big Italian guy wearing black pants and shirt with a white jacket and got all kinds of excited until we saw him get into his Lexis, we were expecting it to be a Cadillac. Honestly we were kind of disappointed with Arthur's Street when we saw Mexican and Chinese restaurants. We could tell that back in the day this street would have been the place to be but it was kind of worn down and not what we expected. It was still a great night out with friends and it is always fun to do something different. Dinner was good over all. Becca was not pleased with her food so we all shared ours with her. The owner was there walking around and talking to everyone in Italian. I bet he has some stories of the good old days. Carl had talked about going early and taping a gun behind the toilet but that idea fell short.
Does anyone know someone that sells Mymodbe? I think that this one is so cute.
If anyone has any other great places to look, please let me know.
Friday, April 25, 2008
NASA studies show that Peace Lilies can reduce levels of microscopic mold spores in the air by 60 percent. The flowers sop up the mold organisms through their leaves, then shuttle the spores to the roots for food. This is a boon for bathrooms since it prevents spore buildup on shower curtains and tiles. The result: less sneezing, not to mention less scrubbing, for us. The plant also absorbs atmospheric vapors like acetone and alcohol. Research confirms that routine exposure to these chemicals can lead to dry eye syndrome, dizziness, and muscle weakness-especially in a confined space like a bathroom.
I think that I might go buy some Lilies for my home.
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
Aveda is located at 100 6th Ave [between Grande and Watts] closest to either the A/C/E or 1 stop at Canal
Tues. 22nd and Wed. 23rd
The hours are 10am-5pm and there is a $2 admission
I went today and stocked up on some great things. If you get a chance to go, bring your own bag.
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
I am sure that many of you know that Bon Jovi is on tour this year. I was so excited to hear that the best group ever was going to end their tour here in NYC. On Monday morning the tickets went on sale and I was up (early) and ready to fight for those great seats. Well, Doug was not as excited as I was and he even mentioned that maybe I should buy only one ticket. I thought about asking friends to come, but every time that I brought it up, I was surprised that nobody was jumping up and down steaming "Yes, I so want to come with you." To make a long story short, I did not end up buying any tickets. The seats that I wanted were $300 each and Doug's face was enough of an answer to me when I asked if I could get them anyway. If any of you are lucky enough to go, please do a scream out for me.
This week’s appreciation goes out to Becca Hardie. Every week when I am thinking of someone she is always the first to pop in my mind but I always feel like I wont do her justice. Becca is amazing at so many things, one being a great friend. There were a group of us last week that decided to start a Becca Hardie fan club because we inspire to be more like her everyday. The shirts are being made shortly. I have made many friends through out the journey of life but I must say that Becca is one of the best friends that I have ever had. She is kind of stubborn so whenever I am not feeling well or need to take it easy she makes sure that everything is taken care of. Including making sack lunches for my husband and I can't even lift a finger to help. There is something about her that just gets me. There has been many times when she does something for me that I don't even know that I need but realize after how important it was. No questions asked; she is there. I need a favor; it is done. I need something for my business; it is done perfectly (she is a very talented graphic artist). She is sexy hot as well but never lets it go to her head. I hope that everyone in life is fortunate enough to meet or have a Becca Hardie in their lives.
Monday, April 21, 2008
Afterwards, we went to our friend Neil Whites house for lunch. Neil has become a new friend because we had to approve of him before he popped the big question to our good friend Carly Lewis. We are so excited for the two of them because they are getting married August 16th in the SLC Temple.
For dinner our new neighbors, The Bennion's, had us over to show us their new place. It looks great by the way. We are trying to get all of our friends moved into our building. The super is a big fan of our friends so now he always lets us know when there is an opening. We have our fourth friends, Ryanne and Kevin, moving in shortly. So, Jenn and Collin made some amazing enchiladas that they just whipped together, we were so impressed. Jen works for Martha Stewart and would be a top competitor on Top Chef. She has been on a Martha Stewart cookie making kick that we have been able to help her with. By helping I mean that we are great tasters of her yummy cookies. Jen did not let us down, these cookies were out of this world.
Jen is a HUGE fan of the KitchenAid and is a walking advertisement for it. She says that everything taste better when made by a KitchenAid, I happen to agree with her. The first time that I ever met Jen she said, "Hi, my name is Jen and I just got a blue KitchenAid." The second time that I met her she said the same thing. Anyway, we are happy to have her and Collin as new neighbors.
Jen added recipes to her yummy cookies on her site. Enjoy!!
On Saturday Doug and I were fortunate enough to go see Piper in Jersey with Jake and Reagan. It was so great to see her doing so well in such an adorable hospital. When you walk in there are these cool chairs and everything is so clean. The best part was that we were able to put Piper on a mat and play with her all night. She was shaking her rattle and turning on her own. Every time that she heard her fathers voice she would try to find where he was. Piper is so happy and doing so well, she inspires me more each day. I can't wait for the day that we get to play with her at home. Today Piper turns 11 months old and I am sure that Reagan has posted pictures of her new birthday dress. Piper is definitely the best dressed little girl in her new hospital. We enjoyed the time that we spent with Piper even if we were stuck on the George Washington bridge for two hours coming home.
Thursday, April 17, 2008
For those of you uninitiated, amateur night has launched the careers of several megastars-Gladys Knight and the Pips, Isley Brothers, and Ella Fitzgerald. That's just Amateur night, not people who started their careers at the Apollo. People can sing, dance, recite poetry, etc. and the audience judges them. If we like them, we cheer. If we don't, we boo and they get booted off. It's pretty ruthless.
We started off with a soul train of people selected at random from the audience. We had two Parisians who threw down what they could and it wasn't too bad. Then one guy, it looked like he had practiced, really brought the house down. The next couple people were fine, culminating in a 60 year old Australian getting funky. I don't think he ever had before. The last participant was something to behold, but I can't really go into details. But it involved supertight lime jeans, some HUGE fake nails, and a bit of poppin' and lockin'. Finally came the amateur performers who had tried out months in advance. We had a sweet beatboxer, Nasty, who really impressed us. Really impressive. I won't say it changed my life but it was really good. We then went through some okay performances-some made it and some didn't. Then the MC went through this big intro for a comedian and how we should give him a chance and we were hoping it was Jeff but it was some kid who was awful. His jokes weren't funny. You could tell what he was trying to do but even if done properly it wouldn't have been funny. So, he was booted. I was a bit worried that Jeff wouldn't be given a chance but there's not much you can do. Then an old man got booed off (he deserved it) and some less memorable performances followed. Finally Jeff came out, gave the Tree of Hope some love, and broke into his monologue. He started off strong but I don't think he had a chance from the beginning. The audience just wasn't progressive enough to be ready for a funny white guy. We cheered (there were probably sixty of us from the ward) as long and hard as we could and he got through most of his routine but got booted. We were cheering and they were booing so loudly we didn't even get to hear a lot of it. Obviously we wanted him to do well, but I think most of us were blown away he even had the chutzpah to get on stage at all. So, congrats to him. Afterwards we went to a sweet dinner and got to hear Jeff's full routine. It was a bummer he didn't get to deliver the whole thing at the Apollo because if they could have heard it I, they would have loved it.
Anyway, he took a huge chance and can always say he was at Amateur night. (Don't worry about the last pic, Tamara's taking it.) It's a select group. Congrats to him and I'm taking up his example to do something rad before I'm done with NYC. Let me know if you have any ideas. And remember I have no discernible skills.
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
I feel like it has been forever that I have been searching for cute summer dresses that are modest. Normally, if I see one, I buy it. I never knew that these stores existed that have such great stuff. I was talking to my sister-in-law, Melissa, that seemed to know all about them. She said that the quality might not be great but they last long enough. Check these sites out and if we match there might be a problem:)
Mika Rose's, Down East Basic's, and Shabby Apple
Tuesday, April 15, 2008
Our friends, the Fehlberg's moved into our ward and we were able to help them move in our neighborhood (by "we" I mean Doug and the other men from the ward...I was there for moral support).
Saturday was a beautiful day in the city, spring weather is almost here.
Our home was beautified once again with spring flowers. Thank you to the Hardie's, Boerem's, Sara, and Abbey.
Some incredible people came over to visit Saturday. Thanks Bennion's, Hardies, and Brienholt's. We are truly lucky to have all of them in our lives.
Jen brought me yummy treats that she made from Martha Stewart's new cookie cookbook. All I have to say is "Oh my goodness" they were amazing.
Hillary Hopson sent over some Key lime dessert that she had made that night for her birthday party. These ladies know what they are doing in the kitchen.
We had the Hardie's, Smoot's, and Rowe's over for dinner Sunday. The best part is that they brought most of the yummy food.
I made Strawberry Shortcake. I found this amazing sauce to pour on top that was so easy but tasty.
Here is the recipe:
3 pounds fresh strawberries, coarsely chopped
3 tablespoons dark brown sugar
Juice of two lemons (4 tablespoons)
1-Combine the strawberries, brown sugar and lemon juice in a large saucepan and bring to a simmer over medium heat, stirring until the sugar dissolves. Partially cover with a lid and simmer, stirring occasionally, until the strawberries are softened and release their juices, about 10 minutes. Let cool.
2-Pour the strawberries into a blender and blend until smooth.
3-Press the sauce through a fine-mesh strainer into a storage container. The sauce will keep for up to 10 days in the refrigerator or up to 6 months in the freezer.
I had dinner with Kim Calder Monday night and it was so great to chat girl stuff and to have an enjoying evening.
Joe Hallmark gave Doug his old X-box 360 and told Doug that he could keep if he got it working. You can bet that Doug had that thing working in no time.
I came home to Sarah and Ann visiting us for FHE.
We are thankful for so many things and I just wanted to express them.
This weeks appreciation goes out to my friend Miggy. She has been my visiting teacher since I moved into the ward and we have become very good friends. She not only checks in with me frequently, she always puts so much thought into what she says and what she offers. I have a true testimony of the Relief Society and especially visiting teaching. Some of my closest friends have been women that I visit or visit me. I enjoy the lessons that are taught and the service that is accomplished. Thank you Miggy for being there whenever I have needed you.
1. Link to your tagger and post these rules on your blog.
2. Share 7 facts about yourself on your blog, some random, some weird.
3. Tag 7 people at the end of your post by leaving their names as well as links to their blogs.
4. Let them know they are tagged by leaving a comment on their blog.
So here are my 7 facts:
1. I secretly want to be a professional dancer
2. I want Brittany and Justin to get back together
3. I love the TV Show, "So you think that you can dance?"
4. I don't like vegetables
5. My feelings do get hurt even if I try to act tough
6. I love to set people up on blind dates
7. I love the process of being pregnant even if it has only been two weeks.
There you have it. I am now going to tag Erin because I want to know more about her and she is my longest friendship (we have been friends since we were six).
Monday, April 14, 2008
Saturday, April 12, 2008
Obviously this is a better result than last time but in this situation progress doesn't mean much if it doesn't work in the end. So we hope it does work and if it doesn't the doctors have learned something so maybe it will next time. Anyways, we hope to have more news on Monday, hopefully more concrete and positive.
We are very proud to announce that Doug's brother, Adam and his wife Lisa, had a little boy last night weighing in at 7lbs 6 oz and is 19 inches long. They named him Steven Hall and he is adorable.
Welcome to the family Steven, we hope that you will have many cousins soon.
Friday, April 11, 2008
To Heal the Shattering Consequences of Abuse
Elder Richard G. Scott
"The rising tide of this vicious, abominable sin may not have touched your life personally. Yet it is pervasive enough in the world that it may have touched someone you love. It frequently causes such profound suffering—that can be overcome—that I want to speak of how healing can be attained. It will be done reverently, for my objective is to help heal and not aggravate painful memories."
"Faith in Jesus Christ and in His power to heal provides the abused with the means to overcome the terrible consequences of another’s unrighteous acts.""During your journey of recovery, accept His invitation to let Him share your burden until you have sufficient time and strength to be healed."
"If you have been abused, Satan will strive to convince you that there is no solution. Yet he knows perfectly well that there is. Satan uses your abuse to undermine your self-confidence, destroy trust in authority, create fear, and generate feelings of despair. Abuse can damage your ability to form healthy human relationships. You must have faith that all of these negative consequences can be resolved; otherwise they will keep you from full recovery. While these outcomes have powerful influence in your life, they do not define the real you."
Elder Jeffery R. Holland
"Continuing revelation does not demean or discredit existing revelation. The Old Testament does not lose its value in our eyes when we are introduced to the New Testament, and the New Testament is only enhanced when we read the Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ. In considering the additional scripture accepted by Latter-day Saints, we might ask: Were those early Christians who for decades had access only to the primitive Gospel of Mark (generally considered the first of the New Testament Gospels to be written)—were they offended to receive the more detailed accounts set forth later by Matthew and Luke, to say nothing of the unprecedented passages and revelatory emphasis offered later yet by John? Surely they must have rejoiced that ever more convincing evidence of the divinity of Christ kept coming. And so do we rejoice."
" Please do not misunderstand. We love and revere the Bible....the Bible is the word of God."
"Since it is clear there were Christians long before there was a New Testament or even an accumulation of the sayings of Jesus, it cannot therefore be maintained that the Bible is what makes one a Christian. In the words of esteemed New Testament scholar N. T. Wright, “The risen Jesus, at the end of Matthew’s Gospel, does not say, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth is given to the books you are all going to write,’ but ‘All authority in heaven and on earth is given to me."
“We believe all that God has revealed, all that He does now reveal, and we believe that He will yet reveal many great and important things pertaining to the Kingdom of God.”
Elder Dennis B. Neuenschwander
"We all have faith that just a touch will bring healing to our aching souls and relief to our innermost needs."
For information on these talks, go here.
Tuesday, April 8, 2008
Tamara Durika hosted the party
Marcus cooked the treats
Jenn and Jeff handed out awards
The winner of the bracket was between Leslie and Mike
Before the game
After the game when Mike (Kansas) won
The men were happy
Heres to another exciting college basketball season
Sunday, April 6, 2008
When we got married, Tamara knew what she was getting into. My youngest brother Jason is a big fan of our old family videos and showed her one of me when I was eight. On the video I was counting the money I got for my b-day and when I was asked what I was going to spend it on I put it in my pocket and told them I was going to save it. Not much has changed since. Recently I challenged myself to not buy lunch again before I leave my current job in July. I should be take a lunch in the first place but there is almost always food laying around from meetings so I don't have any excuses. It's not much, but considering the bills I have coming up from school it's probably a good practice. We save about 35% of our income and we'll need all we can get. Unless the school gives us some cash money which would be nice.
Anyway, conference was great but the highlight was definitely President Monson telling his story in Priesthood session aobut wiggling his ears. It was sad not to hear from Presidents Hinckley or Faust but Dieter is awesome. I'm a little bit bummed he's been working on losing his accent, but I understand. Conference is always a great motivator and invigorator. A few weeks ago the head of our group went on sabbatical for six months and we had a going away lunch. She gave everybody a bag of gifts. Mine had two candy bars from the UK (she's from there) and a CD from this British band she obsesses about named Supergrass. I also had a bottle of milk. I thought his was odd but most things are where I work and I figured there would be a story or it was to go witht he chocolate bars. Turns out everyone else got a bottle of whiskey and she was thoughtful enough to get me some milk. It's kind of a running joke everytime we go to dinner and I order lemonade-and they don't have it. Anyway, people are aware of our decisions and it'd be a travesty to dissapoint.