Saturday, March 31, 2018

And I Thought This Year Was Going to Be a Great Year....

Hello, all! So much has been going on since I posted last (almost 4 months ago)! 
On December 27th, we closed on our beautiful home! We are officially Hoosiers! We even both passed the hard Indiana drivers license tests the first time! Woot-woot! I was scared to death to take that test! Here is the (almost) finished product of our home!

We are loving it! Unfortunately we did not get our concrete for our driveway/sidewalks AND our sod in the front and seed in the back yet. At least Jordan can enjoy digging in our front yard for now. 

He is going to be very upset when the sod is laid down. Our general contractor said not to expect sod/seed until around June 1st. 

On March 23rd, we had to say "see you later" to our Roxy girl.

She was 11 (almost 12). We got her when we moved into our first home together (the year we got married, 2006). She had dropped a ton of weight the last couple months. We took her in hoping that it was something simple that we could get past (like maybe she stopped eating because her teeth were bothering her). It ended up that she had a cancerous tumor on her spleen. If it had ruptured, then she would have internally bled to death. We decided to go ahead and put her down that night. We never would have wanted her to suffer. I feel awful though because we left the house with her suddenly (expecting to bring her back) and her brother, Mackey, didn't even get to say goodbye (not that he would've known or understood). It's been over a week and he still looks for her every time we come home. It breaks my heart. On top of that, Jordan keeps asking about her. He's doing it less and less though. I told him that she went to heaven and that when people and animals go to heaven, then they cannot come back. He says he's sad about her. I don't know if he quite understands that he isn't going to see her again.

After that, I was able to convince Mike to go away for a couple days since I am on spring break and he was planning on taking a couple days off to do something with us. Jordan and I picked him up from work on Wednesday and we drove to Wisconsin Dells and stayed the night at a simple water park resort. Since we booked last minute, the options were limited and we weren't about to spend $370 a night at Kalahari. Where we went was perfect for a child his age. Wednesday night we stopped at Taco Bell and then went to the resort, checked in, and went swimming. Thursday morning we went on a Duck boat, then to eat at Buffalo Phil's (where trains delivered our food), next door to Knuckleheads (gaming place), back to the resort for a nap, swimming again, and then to Bobber's (Caribbean feel) for dinner. Friday morning we woke up and checked out around 9:30am and went on our way home. Here are some pictures from our short getaway.

I am not ready to go back to work in three days. How many days until summer break?! :/

Saturday, December 9, 2017

So Many Things To Be Grateful For

I can't believe how blessed we are! So many great things have happened these last couple of weeks!

I know I don't post about them much, but our fur babies are so important to us. They were our first babies after our marriage when we couldn't get pregnant. They've been there through the struggles and the great moments. They are so great with Jordan. We couldn't ask for better dogs. Mackey had a small lump under his arm that I wasn't too worried about and then a couple months ago, he had a large lump on his arm that came out of nowhere. We took him to the vet last week and they both ended up being fatty tumors. Then, we noticed Roxy drinking a lot of water and having to pee wayyyy too often. We took her to the vet tonight and she didn't have a bladder infection, no diabetes, and her numbers are pretty good. Her gluclose and liver levels were a little high, but they are not concerned about them right now. They gave us medicine for incontinence. We're going to try that for 10 days to see if it improves. If not, they will do an xray to see if there are any lumps on any of her organs. I have been so worried about both of them. It's nice to know that they will be here for the holidays and to enjoy our new house with us. <3

Another great thing that happened. wasn't great, but the recent news was. In early October, I stopped at a gas station to fill up my tank. I started having car troubles. I took it into the Toyota dealer and a man who worked there had the same issue and had other customers who did as well. It ends up that the person who filled up the tanks at this specific gas station, filled the 87 octane tank with diesel fuel. The gas station company paid to have the fuel system flushed, all 6 spark plugs changed....essentially did a tune up on it. Then a week or two later my check engine light came on. I took it in again and it ended up being the catalytic converter and the oxygen sensor. It was going to cost us $2,800. I contacted the gas station again because I read online that the issue could be caused by incorrect fuel used. After 3 weeks of me and a lady at Toyota going back and forth with their insurance company, they finally determined that they cannot prove it was their fault and also cannot prove that it happened because it was just that time, so they are covering it. So awesome!!!!

In awesome news.....we are ALMOST Hoosiers!!! We are closing on December 27th!!! As much as I want to spend our first Christmas in our new home this year...the timing couldn't be more perfect. I have one more week of my master's class and then a two week break. I also have two weeks left of work until our two week winter break. I will have no other stresses during the time we will be moving. We are BEYOND excited and ready to live in our own home again.

That's really all I have for now. Nothing too exciting has happened lately. Well....except that we went to Monster Jam in mid-October!!!

And Trick-or-Treating for the first time...and in our soon to be neighborhood!

It's amazing how fast time is flying! I am so blessed for all that I have and for this little man! I could not have asked for a more awesome son! 

Sunday, October 15, 2017

House, Trip, and Potty Chart

Hello, all! Life has been just so busy lately. Between having a house built and driving out to see it a couple days a week, work for my master's classes, and the extreme amount of work put on us at work on top of evaluation stuff, I still haven't had much time to update this blog. I'm not even sure if my infertile friends read it anymore. If you do, please comment so I know it's worth it to still update. Lol

As for updates....our house is coming along just beautifully. It was finished being framed right before our annual trip to northern Wisconsin. 

We stopped by last night to see what else has been done in the week and a half that we didn't go see it. They are almost done with the deck, and we have one garage door (the double door) and our two showers.

Speaking of our annual trip to was last weekend. Here are some pictures. The colors were beautiful and minus a day of rain, the other two full days were terrific weather.


So, we officially started trying to potty train about a month ago. Jordan has been peeing on the potty for over a year now. I used to put him on the potty before his bath and he would pee, but that was it. I knew he was way too young, but he understood that he could pee in the potty. A month ago we started putting him in training pants and putting him on the potty every 30 minutes. He started getting really frustrated and seemed to be rebelling and having a lot of accidents. Then I made a potty chart and purchased some $5ish Blaze monster trucks and race cars as prizes that he earns. He has 7 rows and 7 columns which makes 49 little stickers he fills up and then one big sticker that has a saying such as "You're awesome," "High Five," etc. The big one is the 50th stickers. That earns him a toy.


I cannot figure out how to attach a Microsoft Word document, otherwise I would share the document. If anyone is interested, comment with your email address and I can email it to you. These are the big stickers that I use for the chart:

They don't sell the small ones anymore, but any small sticker could work.

I hope everyone is doing well. I will catch up on blogs soon.