Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Bed Rest....

I'm supposed to be resting.
But I've been resting on the couch for 5 days now....
I'm not the type of person to just sit still.
I had my surgery last week Thursday and it went really good.
I have my follow up with the doctor this Friday so I'll find out the real truth.
So since last Thursday I've been on the couch watching tv, movies, my DVR whatever I can find on tv.
On Sunday I felt a lil better and Kevin was outside working so I decided to get up and clean around the house, just a lil and it was a bad mistake. Kevin came in and told me to get back on the couch and not get up...booo!
So I went back to work today, felt good but once I got to work I got chills, which I've been experiencing the past few nights, not really sure why. And my stomach was just a mess. Pains all over the place. So I left and came home and slept for 3 hours. I needed it. So I just wanted to update real quick and now I have to get back on the couch and relax.
We also went to the doctor last night for Kevin and it's not looking real good. The doctor can put him on medication but can take up to 6 mths to work. But we've been waiting 10 yrs so what's another 6 mths!

But I have a feeling 2011 is going to be a fantastic year!

Saturday, December 4, 2010

I'm So Thankful....

A lil late than never right.....

So much to be thankful for...
a hubby who deeply cares and loves me oh so much
a roof over my head, clothes on my back and food in my tummy.
a job, a car and family that will do anything for me and hubby.

I love having things to be thankful for....

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Dreaming

I want to tell a little story because I want to be able to look back on this post one day.

Kevin and I have been married for 9 years (will be 10 in May 2011) and for the past 9 years we have been trying to get pregnant. Growing up I always wanted to be a mother and be pregnant and feel that little baby growing inside of me. In 2004, I found out I had endometriosis and had laproscopic surgery to clean it out. The dr found more than he thought was in there but he said he got it all. I'm not out of the clear though. My dr said there's a chance it could come back. But 6 years later I don't have the pain I used to and I'm pretty sure it's gone now. So the dr put me on fertility meds for 1 year and still nothing. So in 2005-2006 we decided to just let nature take its course and if it happens, it will happen. And since then we just let nature take its course and now in November 2010 still no baby. I love when my friends get pregnant and I'm so happy for them but it breaks my heart. I've cried myself to sleep some nights or just went into the bathroom and broke out bawling because it hasn't happened. Its supposed to be me announcing I'm pregnant and let me tell you when I do find out I'm pregnant the whole wide world will know. I've been waiting almost my whole life to announce something like that, well besides the day I was getting married :)

So fast forward to current day November 2010 I just turned 29 (its kinda scary, haha) and after talking to my dr we decided to start the process again. I could never be more excited. This time I want to do everything I can to get pregnant. So if you can please send prayers my way I would appreciate it :) And this week at church the pastor is going to start a series called The Blessed Life. How appropriate is that?

Thursday, November 4, 2010

L.O.V.E.

I've been feeling a lot of emotions lately.
But with Halloween right around the corner I was getting anxious. I love Halloween.
I have always loved Halloween growing up because that meant my birthday was next
I love celebrating birthdays, whether its mine or Kevin's or someone in my family.
So of course like every year we start celebrating a few weeks early up until the day.
We went out a couple weekends ago with Kevin's family and we had a great time. The next day though not so great.
Then on Halloween night my mother in law made dinner and we had ice cream cake and the kiddos went off trick or treating while we stayed behind and passed out candy.
And let me tell you trick or treating in Michigan is colddd....normally it rains on Halloween night but this year it was just darn right cold.
Then on my birthday Monday Nov 1st I turned 29. Holy cow!
I know 29 isn't old but I'm going to be 30 next year.
And then you go through the "my life isn't what I thought it would be when I'm this age" sort of phase.
Yup, that's what I'm going through right now.
I knew I would be married at 29 but I also thought I would have 2-3 kids by now and have a successful career and so on.
But after taking a step back, I love my life and wouldn't have it any other way.
I have an amazing husband who loves me for me and will do anything for me.
And whether we have kids or not is not a big deal to him.
So on my birthday he took me to dinner and off to the mall :)
But I was sad at the end of the night when I couldn't find 1 thing to buy. That is so unlike me.
So last night I went out shopping with a girlfriend and ended up spending $150. So now I'm a happy girl!
I love celebrating birthdays!

Friday, September 24, 2010

untitled...

I wrote this a few days ago but never published the post...

I have to many emotions right now
I haven't had a good nights sleep in 2 wks
I'm a light sleeper as it is, just now I have anything and everything running through my mind
I am not a fan of naps, but everyday for the past week I've gone home after work and taken a nap.
Yesterday I fell asleep at 7:30pm and slept all night until 6am this morning.
I so needed that.
I'm not sure where life's going to take us but I'm excited and ready for the challenge.
Kevin and I have been through this before and lived through it, so I know we'll be fine.

Until today, Friday I look in my bank account and there's no unemployment money :(
We have a tiny little bit saved that we can use for bills right now until it hits our account but not sure how long we can survive
Thankfully it's the weekend and I have a lot to look forward too.

Happy Friday!

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

This roller coaster of a ride called Life...

I just don't even know where to begin.
Last week I was super excited that Kevin and I booked a trip for our anniversary next year.
Then Friday rolls around and BAM....Kevin gets fired.
It's partially his own fault, which he is taking full responsibility for but it's devastating.
Don't even know if he can collect unemployment (we applied for it on Monday, just waiting)
Not sure how were going to pay our bills :( My check won't cover everything.
And to top it off I'm really, really slow in my photography that I'm thinking about pulling the plug entirely.
I am just stuck in the midle and have nowhere to turn.
I don't like to talk to people face to face. Well to talk in general I don't like.
So I keep everything inside until one day I just blow up and let it all out.
I know I need to stop doing that I just don't know how.
I need help...

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Exciting News...

Well it's not what your thinking of but it's still exciting.
Next year Kevin and I will be celebrating 10 yrs of marriage.
Holy Cow!
And if you know us, we are just as surprised as everyone else. Just kidding. But seriously we never would have thought we would make it that far.
And to be honest I love rubbing it in people's faces that told us we will never make it.
Especially since we got married at 19.
So to celebrate and since we never went on a honeymoon, I booked us a fabulous trip.
5 nights, 6 days at this awesome resort!
I am so excited....and just counting down!

And a couple of weekends ago I went to the local university because they were having fan day.
My college football phenomenon started a few yrs ago when my dad and I started going to games together.
And now it's become an annual thing-just the 2 of us until last year Kevin joined us and he had a blast.
So a few weekends ago we attended fan day where we could walk on the field, meet the players and so on. But the lines were to long to meet the players so we just walked the field.
You can check out my photos here.

And last but not least.
I've been doing my weight loss challenge and since I'm taking that fabulous vacation in less than 9 mths I need to get in shape.
So since doing my diet I've lost 2.1 lbs going on 3 wks now.
I'm going to the gym a lot more and following Weight Watchers.
It's been a little rough but nothing I can't handle.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Busy

Oh man...time flies when your having fun.
Well I last posted that I was going to be doing a weight loss challenge and man let me tell you doing it by yourself is very hard. You try to inspire yourself but it's very difficult. So I talked to some girls I work with and were doing it together. Having a little friendly competition. We are starting on Tuesday of next week, we are weighing each other at work so no one cheats. I really don't mind having other people see what I weigh as long as it's the girls and not the guys. So we are going to lock the scale as well as our weights up so no one sees them. And we are doing this for 8 wks. I have a wedding to attend to Labor Day weekend and I want to look good....what else can a girl ask for ;)

Kevin and I are going to try date nights again to help us in our relationship. Everything's going great but we need to get out of this house. I've been working full time as well as my photography full time, things have quieted down a bit on that front but I'm still busy. Thankfully I'm finishing up a wedding now and don't have any sessions planned until another wedding in October. So we should have some free time together, which we need :)

I hope everyone has a great weekend!

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Weight Loss Thursdays

I have decided to do a new challenge for myself. 2008 I lost all this weight and slowly last year I gained some of it back. I'm starting to not fit into my pants anymore and I'm sick of buying new ones to only lose weight and not be able to wear the new pants after a few months. So starting today for the next 12 weeks I am on a Weight Watchers lifestyle change. I did Weight Watchers previously and lost 30 lbs so I know I can do it again, If I just put my mind to it.

So....here are my stats:

Today: 7/8/10        Weight 163
Goal by Oct 1.       Weight 130 (12 wks)

I want to be held accountable for my actions and I plan to post on a weekly basis my weight loss and hopefully not but my weight gain.

Thanks for all your support!

Thursday, July 1, 2010

I love change...

There's been a few changes around the Young household lately.
I am so very proud of my husband. He has been contemplating a few things lately and finally made a decision. I have complete and total faith in him.
We've had some ups and downs in our relationship lately and both sat down and talked about our issues and we are getting over them slowly. I can't wait to see where this leads us.
We stopped going to church a few mths back but have decided to start going again. And very proud that my husband has decided to make that change.
Last weekend we went to the movies to see Grown Ups with Adam Sandler, Chris Rock, Kevin James and other people. We had the best time ever. It was nice to get away even if it was only for a few hours.
We are going to try to do date night once a week again...let's see how that goes.

Our house is in shambles again. We put a deck on the front of the house, had a waterfall put in the back of the house and now we are doing some remodeling to our backyard driveway. We are adding a sidewalk to the garage off the back deck and more cement in a couple other places. I will add some before/after pictures once it's completed.

I have a 3 day weekend coming up for the 4th and can't wait! I hope everyone has a great weekend :)

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Holy Moly....

My life has been so busy these past few months. We have had project after project and family events everywhere.
I am posting pictures of the biggest projects we have done this past month and that's built a new deck in the front of our house and my mother in law built us a waterfall in the back. It is awesome. And just yesterday my hubby put it on a remote control to turn it on and off, its so cool.

Check it out...


Don't pay attention to the christmas lights and it's dark I forgot to get a before picture before all the big bushes were ripped out of my front yard. But this is before...
After the bushes being ripped out...
Taking all the dirt away...

And the finished product....


My waterfall before...
My waterfall after...


And of course I had to get some of my puppies
I can never get them to sit like this for me...EVER!
Aren't they so darn cute.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

9 Happy, Wonderful Years

So sad I've been slacking on updating my blog.
Yesterday May 5th, aka Cinco de Mayo was my 9th wedding anniversary.
I remember the day I married Kevin.
I was 19, totally head over heels in love.
I was nervous, giddy, excited, nervous, happy, emotional and did I mention nervous.
I hate being the center of attention.
But my wedding day was all about me and I kind of liked that.
Kevin and I were dating since my junior year of high school and 2 years later we were married.
We've had our ups and downs, flips and somersaults but without lots of prayer we wouldn't be where we are today.
We both have jobs, a house we own, cars to drive, food on the table and clothes on our back.
The only thing missing is children. But I know someday, somehow that will happen. I always said when God is ready to give me children, he will make it happen. I have faith!
I am more in love with him today than the day we walked down that aisle together.
Everyone told us getting married so young, we wouldn't last. Well right about now I want to say...boo ya! Haha....
We celebrated last night by going out to an awesome dinner and just loved being together.
Next year is our 10th anniversary and I plan on making it huge. Well I hope to at least renew our vows and have another great party like our 1st wedding.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

{Blessed}

I have never felt so blessed like this....well in a long time.
We just got back from Orlando, Florida
Even though it wasn't in our budget to go, I saved our tax money and used that for our funds.
Why save for a rainy day? In my opinion you can't spend your money in heaven so you might as well spend it while your here on Earth. People might disagree with me but I'm ok with that.
My in laws won a free vacation so we didn't have to spend money on a hotel except for 1 night, and that was a huge savings for us.
We used friends of ours who had airline miles to fly down there and got our tickets half off, so that was another huge savings for us.
I finally had a week off of work in a very, very long time. It was a well needed vacation.
Sun was shining, I got to wear capris, sun dresses and it was very relaxing.
The day our in laws left to drive back home Kevin and I stayed an extra night and went to SeaWorld for the day.
It was the same SeaWorld where that trainer was killed by the killer whale. And it happened to be the same weekend they were having a funeral ceremony for her. Right before the show started they showed a little montage and when it was over the crowd cheered so loud, it was so awesome to hear such a great response to someone that cared so much about animals and not one single person in the audience knew her.

Kevin touching a stingray. I thought this was so cool. I of course kept freaking out about touching it and when I saw all these kid doing it I had to try it. They are so slimey, it's gross!

Monday, April 12, 2010

It's been a long time coming

A vacation that is. Kevin and I will be leaving on Wednesday for a long awaited vacation. It's been 4 yrs since we've actually been on a vacation. We've gone on little weekend trips here and there but a long awaited vacation here we come! We are going to Orlando, Florida and we might go and see Mickey and Minnie, not sure yet. But we are definitely going here and here  I am so excited. Not sure if the 2nd one if that's the exact one were going to but I'm beyond thrilled. I can't wait to get back and tell you all about it :)

Have a blessed week :)

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Easter

Easter weekend was not only busy for me but it was enjoyable. Normally holiday weekends were scrambling from house to house to see as much family as we can but this year was so much different. Saturday morning I went with my momma, sister, brother, sis in law, 2 nephews and my niece to an easter egg hunt. I used to love easter egg hunts as a kid. So my niece whose 5 I took her hand and we went right to the middle where most of the eggs where and we grabbed as many as we could. We filled her bucket about halfway and she was so proud of herself. Her brother didn't get as much as she did but he was just happy to be there :)

I have realized these past few months that spending time with family is very important. You never know what tomorrow's going to bring. I posted this in the beginning of the year on my Facebook page and I'm trying to let it sink in:

Health:



1. Drink plenty of water.


2. Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a beggar.


3. Eat more foods that grow on trees and plants and eat less food that is manufactured in plants..


4. Live with the 3 E's -- Energy, Enthusiasm and Empathy


5. Make time to pray.


6. Play more games


7. Read more books than you did in 2009 .


8. Sit in silence for at least 10 minutes each day


9. Sleep for 7 hours.


10. Take a 10-30 minutes walk daily. And while you walk, smile.






Personality:


11. Don't compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey is all about.


12. Don't have negative thoughts or things you cannot control. Instead invest your energy in the positive present moment.


13. Don't over do. Keep your limits.


14. Don't take yourself so seriously. No one else does.


15. Don't waste your precious energy on gossip.


16. Dream more while you are awake


17. Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need..


18. Forget issues of the past. Don't remind your partner with His/her mistakes of the past. That will ruin your present happiness.


19. Life is too short to waste time hating anyone. Don't hate others.


20. Make peace with your past so it won't spoil the present.


21. No one is in charge of your happiness except you.


22. Realize that life is a school and you are here to learn. Problems are simply part of the curriculum that appear and fade away like algebra class but the lessons you learn will last a lifetime.


23. Smile and laugh more.


24. You don't have to win every argument. Agree to disagree...






Society:


25. Call your family often.


26. Each day give something good to others.


27. Forgive everyone for everything.


28. Spend time w/ people over the age of 70 & under the age of 6.


29. Try to make at least three people smile each day.


30. What other people think of you is none of your business.


31. Your job won't take care of you when you are sick. Your friends will. Stay in touch.






Life:


32. Do the right thing!


33. Get rid of anything that isn't useful, beautiful or joyful.


34. Time heals everything.


35. However good or bad a situation is, it will change..


36. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.


37. The best is yet to come..


38. When you awake alive in the morning, be thankful for it.


39. Your Inner most is always happy. So, be happy
 
I agree with so many things on here. #5-Make time to pray, #11-Don't compare yourself to others. And as a photographer I do this quite often, #19-Life is to short to waste time hating anyone. So, so true. #30-What other people think of you is none of your business, I need to keep telling myself this everyday. #17-Envy is a waste of time, your already have all you need. #18-Forget issues of the past. I could keep going and going. But I have this printed up and I keep a copy with me at all times and I also have a copy on my board at my desk at work.
 
So here's a few images from our Easter egg hunt on Saturday.
 

My 2 nephews and niece.

My niece and her proud basket full of eggs :)

She's afraid of all characters including the easter bunny :(

My nephew Stefan. Look at all his teeth.

Here he is again right before we started.

Friday, April 2, 2010

Time for Change

I am starting fresh with this . I want to write about things that make me happy and happenings going on in my life.

My life is very complicated. I work full time and work part time as a photographer. I absolutely love both of my jobs. I wouldn't have it any other way.

Kevin and I have been together for 11 yrs, since I was a junior in high school to be exact. I had plenty of previous boyfriends and only knew Kevin for a short time before we started dating. But once we started dating, I just knew. I knew he was the one that I was going to marry. My senior year of high school I turned 18 and a few short months following that I moved out of my mom's house and moved in with Kevin and his parents. I got up and went to school everyday and had a part time job after school. I supported myself as well as help from his parents. I appreciated them both very much. I graduated high school that year and was so proud of myself. Out of everyone in my family I was the only one who graduated high school with a diploma. A year after high school I married my best friend and soulmate. I was 19 and everyone told me that I was making a mistake, that I was to young and blah, blah, blah. After hearing all the negative comments I wanted to prove them wrong. My parents were married 14 yrs before getting a divorce but Kevin's parents have been married for 33 yrs. (I think). so I know we can do it. This year May 2010 Kevin and I will be married for 9 yrs. We have had our ups and downs but honestly he is my soulmate. I can't picture my life without him and we even each other out.

That's enough taking you down memory lane.

Have a great weekend and Happy Easter!