Monday, October 31, 2011


We didn't have big plans for Halloween this year. We've had some close friends move away recently, so we didn't have our normal trick-or-treating crew. We also are getting close to moving back to California, so we are more focused on that than anything else. PLUS, it was raining all day, which pretty much ruined the fun.

We decided to just head down to the preschool carnival at our local children's museum. They had a little craft, a few games, and a snack for the kids. Jax had fun with his friend Adam. They played and ran around and acted like 2 and 3 year olds. After we left, we headed to Chipotle to grab some yummy dinner! I love that place and we hadn't been in a while.... definitely hit the spot. After that, we headed home and let Jax answer the door for all the trick-or-treaters that stopped by. It was a nice, relaxing day and Jax had a lot of fun. I can't wait until next year when we are back in California with our friends and family!!

Making a treat bag

 Prizes for playing games

Jax and Adam

Daddy helping with the games :)

"Good job Daddy, here you go"


Monday, October 24, 2011

Some Randoms

I'm having a hard time getting back to the blog. Ryan is off of work for a month, so I'm more distracted than normal. Plus, I'm just moody about not being pregnant yet (as always...). I figured that it's never bad to just post some pictures, so here's a few from the past 10 days.

Jax decided to be a bed thief while we were waiting for Daddy to get discharged from the hospital last week.
PS, the surgery went great! More complicated than expected but all is well!

I'm making an advent calendar for our family. It's almost done.

While I was working on the advent calendar, Ryan was making a turkey costume for our pumpkin :)

Here's Jax's pirate costume. Pretty cute, if I say so myself!

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Prayer requests

Hello dear friends.... Sorry I've been MIA. I'll be gone for a few more days, but in the meantime I have 2 prayer requests.

1-- Ryan is having surgery tomorrow to fix a hiatal hernia (where his esophagus meets his stomach). It's a pretty big procedure because it's near a lot of major organs. Pray for his safety and for the doctors to know exactly what to do. And pray for a safe and speedy recovery.

2-- We met with my OBGYN this afternoon and we will be starting Clomid for my next cycle. I've officially been diagnosed with "unexplained infertility". Super awesome. (Insert sarcastic tone). We're really hoping that Clomid will give us the help we need, but in the meantime we are also pursuing other options. My doctor is scheduling a hysteroscopy to check for scarring. He also put in a referral to a fertility doctor so that we can get started on potential IVF, if Clomid doesn't work. Please, please pray that there is no scarring and that Clomid will work!

As always, I'll keep y'all updated once I have any news.


Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Laugh your way to a better marriage

We spent this past weekend in Williamsburg, Virginia at an Army sponsored marriage retreat. This is the 3rd retreat we've been on, and it was the best one by far! We went through a marriage series by Mark Gungor called "Laugh Your Way to a Better Marriage". We thought that it would be about how to make your spouse laugh and how to laugh at yourself.... but it was actually a funny take on marriage. Mark Gungor is a pastor/comedian and he explained the differences between men and women from a very hilarious point of view. If you are married or engaged, I would HIGHLY recommend his book. Ryan and I learned some great things and were able to see our marriage from a new perspective.

We were also excited because the retreat was at The Great Wolf Lodge! We had been wanting to go there for a while, but it is on the pricey side, so we hadn't been able to save up the money. We were so happy when we found out that the Army would pay for us to go stay there! And provide us with meals and childcare! Thanks, Uncle Sam :) We took full advantage of the indoor waterpark, on-site Starbucks/treat shop, and arcade.

We also had free military tickets to Busch Gardens so we used those on Sunday. It was a little cold and overcast (and it briefly rained), but it was a really fun day. There were very few crowds so we didn't have to wait in any lines! Ryan and I were able to rider-swap on some of the roller coasters, so that made it even more fun. Jax loved all the kiddies rides, plus some of the more adult rides that he was allowed to ride with us... they had very few restrictions, which was great for my daredevil kid. I swear he would go on all the roller coasters if we would let him! I didn't get any good pictures because we were to focused on avoiding the rain enjoying our time :)

This was probably our last hoorah before we become civilians and have to start paying for fun stuff ;)
It was a great time and we definitely made memories to last a lifetime!