The Story of Us

The Story of Us

Friday, April 19, 2013

Spring Break Road Trip

So a few days after Easter and a week after my surgery, it was my spring break at work so I wanted to at least take a day and go visit my nieces since I hadn't seen them since Christmas. Since I was feeling pretty good it ended up working out where I could take a few days off.  So on Tuesday, Dad and I traveled to my brothers house and got there in the late morning. I was so excited that we made it there before Rylie got off the bus and I got to run out and meet her. It was so awesome to have her step off the bus and run into my arms so excited! I love that feeling.  Dad and I took the girls on a walk to the playground and we spent a while playing there with them. We spent the day hanging out with the girls and after putting them down for a nap I definitely needed one for myself.  The long drive and playing with them was a lot more then I had done for over a week so I was exhausted.  That evening we went to dinner and Rylie went with us to Bass Pro for a quick errand. We got to look at all the fish in the big fish tank again. It was a fun little time just the two of us. 
The next morning we got up early and I got to walk Rylie to her bus stop again and said goodbye to her and sent her off to school. Dad and I got ready to leave and when we were leaving Ellie got really sad because she wanted to go with us to see her Uncle Ben. She loves her uncle Ben and carries around pictures of him with her and she was so sad that we came without him and then that we were leaving to go see him.
So dad and I headed out and drove up to Wisconsin to visit maranatha Deb.  I haven't seen her and her baby Wes since summer right after he was born, so I was so excited to go visit them! Deb always talks about her town and their house and so it was really fun to visit her there and see her new home and now I can picture it when they talk about boating out on their lake! It was really fun seeing little Wes again too and just sitting down and catching up and talking to one of my best friends ever. I love that no matter how much time has passed since we have seen each other or talked we always just pick up where we left off and its completely normal. I cherish my friends like that and she has been one of my longest friendships and its truly wonderful to know it will be lifelong. Little Wes completely took my dad and it was really funny watching him just stare at dad the whole time.  I was really glad we got to visit and the whole day was a lot of fun. 
After we left Deb we headed north to Green Bay to make a stop by Lambeau field of course! Dad and I hadn't seen it years and so it was a special moment revisiting it together and walking around. We didn't get in to see the field but the whole new stadium and shops and restaurants is really cool and we just spent a little time exploring.  From there we continued on into the UP and made it to Escanaba. The next morning we got up early and did a quick drive around Escanaba and then continued on the way across the UP. Not too long after we started driving we hit a massive snow storm! Seriously! It was like 55 degrees down in Muskegon and yet we were driving through pouring snow! We made it Tahquamenon Falls and the snow almost stopped for us thankfully. Dad and I trekked down the paths with like 3 feet of snow on the ground and finally made it and what a breathtaking picture it was! I have never seen waterfalls in the winter where they are partially frozen and with humongous icicles handing. There really are no words to describe it. I am so glad I got to experience that and hopefully I will see something like it again. Dad and I made it across a snow blowing Mackinaw Bridge and into the city for a bite to eat. The snow didn't stop till almost to Cadillac and then we finally saw some sunshine.
It was a wonderful mini break and another fun, spontaneous trip with my dad.  So many more great pictures to add to the collection!

Rylie and I at Bass Pro

At the fish aquarium 

 Can you see all the icicles?

 A snowy blizzard on the bridge


So since I was in recovery from my surgery I did have all my family up here for the weekend.  On Friday Grandma and I made some Easter sugar cookies with carrots, bunnies, flowers and egg shaped cut outs.  The weekend before we did colored eggs with Bens family. So we got into the Easter spirit this year with fun activities. On Sunday my family joined us at church and then we came back home and had a Easter brunch with my family and then went to Bens parents house for Easter dinner that evening.  Here is some pictures of Grandma and my cookies.


Part of the reason I have been lacking in my recent posts and am now just catching up is because I feel everything going on lately has caught up with me and for the first time since my surgery.  I came home last night with a fever, sore throat and strong ear ache. I immediately came in and took a bath and then had some soup and went to bed to rest up. I have a huge important day tomorrow shooting a dance studio and I really want to feel good. I think the past few weeks have been a blur and stressful in our personal life and also working hard at work for our home meet.  Last weekend we hosted another home gymnastics meet and it was a bug success for us again.  It is really awesome for my girls to perform for a full gym of their parents, grandparents, friends and community. It was a lot of work but I am glad it turned out so well. 
At home Ben and I have had a eventful few weeks of interviews and deciding whats best for him and for us for the future. He has been working on applying for jobs to further his career and it has been a lot of decisions and long, lengthy discussions about what is best for us. So of course it has been weighing on my shoulders heavily what to do. I find myself praying constantly through out the day for guidance and trust and for a sign to know what is the right decision.  I know that no matter what happens we will work through it and I couldn't do anything without Ben by my side and I just want him to be happy with his career. No one enjoys a job where your not happy or satisfied and that is really important to me for him to have. So prayers for us that everything happens for a reason and that we trust that we are on the right path. Hopefully everything smooths out soon and we know what our plans are.
As for photography it is now officially my busy season! Tomorrow is the first of the big 3 big jobs I have until mid May. Not only the day of shooting but all the after work of editing, sorting, ordering, packaging and everything else. I always say a big Goodbye to everyone even my Husband during this time because every spare minute is spent on my computer. I tell people I don't have a life from April to June and its so true.  So here goes to another season, hopefully its very successful and less stressful!


I realize I really need to stop starting off with the same line everytime that "I am really late in writing this post".  I feel that the last few weeks have been a blur of choas.  So there is definitely a lot to catch up on. I will start with my surgery.

So Tuesday morning the 26th of March, Ben and I went into the hospital at about 10:00 am. ( I think) and we got registered and our Pastor came and met with us and talked for a bit and had some prayer time, which we really appreciated. After that I went into pre-surgery and had to change into the lovely gown and get hooked up to the IV. Ben's mom and dad got there shortly after that to visit for awhile and stay with Ben while I was in surgery, which really meant a lot to Ben and I. Then my doctor and the anesthesiologist came in to go over everything.  Then I said my goodbyes and got wheeled away into surgery. Once I got into the surgical room it was really cold and the nurse was sticking those circle things which were even colder onto my skin and the anesthesiologist was talking to me but didn't give me a countdown or anything just talking and so the next thing I knew I was waking up a little confused in a room. I was in there just a nurse and I for a little bit while she asked me a few questions to make sure I was coherent. I was asked about how much pain I was in and if they gave me the pain medication in there ( I think through the IV) then I would need to stay there a while longer but if I wanted to see Ben I could wait and take pain medication later. Of course I wanted to see Ben as soon as possible so I said I would wait. So they took me to the outpatient room where I met Ben and my mother in law. They had gone to get some lunch from the cafeteria and then wait for the doctor to let them know how the surgery went. Ben said it was really nice having his mom there with him and just spending time just the two of them together and it meant a lot to him. So I was really glad for that that she was there for both of us. Once there in outpatient I was given some juice and crackers and they showed Ben how to change my mustache bandages so the drainage and bleeding catches on the gauze. I definitely still felt a little out of it and was starting to feel a little more pain so I got some medicine in me and then they pulled the big, long packing out of nose and that was the worse part. I seriously thought they were pulling my brains out, it was so painful. After that I definitely felt the pain a lot more.
Next Ben and I headed home and I stayed in bed resting while he went to the pharmacy to pick up my meds. The rest of the day I was still pretty groggy and out of it but the pain was bearable. I also had my mustache gauze on and changed it a few times and by late evening I was feeling better and hungry so I had some soup and crackers.  I had to sleep propped up a lot but I slept better then I expected so that felt better.  I was glad to have Ben home with me for another day and it was fun just to be together even though I wasn't at my best obviously. But we just laid on the couch all day watching tv and movies.
On Thursday my mom, dad and grandma came up to spend the long weekend and Ben returned to work, so that way I had someone with me for the first few days. It had been awhile since I had spent time with them so it was nice to have them there.
Basically the next few days was just spent resting and taking it easy. I definitely did better then I or anyone else expected. I thought I would be in more pain and more bleeding but it was much better then that. Of course it wasn't a fun experience but I think with all the prayers that got sent my way it was a faster healing process and I am so thankful for that. With all the love and support and endless amount or prayer angels I had, I am really grateful for every ones help and prayer I had over the whole process.

Monday, March 25, 2013

Guns and Dye

Yes I purposefully spelled the title that way. This was definitely an eventful weekend! Saturday morning was another important step in our lives. Not sure again what direction we are heading with it but the morning was a little chaotic and nerve wracking. After that I had a Gymnastics meet in Zeeland with my girls. It was a really great meet, everyone did well again and we had about 20 girls competing this time. 
Once the meet was over I headed to GR where I met Ben and my in laws at the NEW CABELA'S!! So excited there is one close by. Of course it was packed but it was still cool to see it and be there opening weekend. Then we stopped at the mall and did some quick shopping and found Ben some tennis shoes and then headed over to Gander Mountain. Well that turned into an unexpected extra long trip. I ended up buying my very first GUN! Like officially mine! It was definitely spur of the moment and we had talked about getting one for me that I am more comfortable with. Well we found one perfect for me and we couldn't pass it up because of the incredible price! So we got it and now I have my own gun. Officially. Its a big exciting step for me! Yesterday we went out in the afternoon and shot it a few times. Not a lot cuz we can't find ammo anywhere but enough for us to just try it out. I can't wait to practice more!
So the other end of the title is cuz we spent last night with the Easter Egg dye. Ben, Michael and I did a dozen eggs and had fun dyeing and decorating them. I haven't done that in years or longer so it was a lot of fun. I am hoping we can try it again later this week with Grandma. At the end I decided to dip my hair in the dye and see if I could turn up with some purple or pink strands but apparently egg dye doesn't work the same way cuz it didn't turn out. Oh well. I was just wanting some pastel tips for the Easter Holiday :) 
In other news, tomorrow is my sinus surgery and now that it is almost here I am anxious.I am just hoping and praying that it actually works and makes a difference and I don't have to spend 8months of the year on antibiotics and no more dealing with all these sinus infections.I hope its a least a little better and not worth the surgery for nothing. We have to be there at 10 tomorrow and the surgery is at 12. So I probably won't be updating for a few days but I will have some facebook updates and probably a post by the weekend to write down everything that happened!
Wish me luck and keep me in your prayers tomorrow! It will be a long day! 

Friday, March 22, 2013

March Madness

That seems an appropriate title for how I am feeling. Honestly I am through with March and am looking very much forward to April. Not that anything bad happened just that it was so crazy, I had quite a few gymnastics meets on weekends and then of course being sick again. I got another infection and its like an endless cycle.
Let's see, Ben and I did have quite a few fun dates since my last post and I love our weekends we get to spend together. Sometimes it is only one full day we get together but its what I look forward to every week. We went to the circus, skiing, dinners out, movies and video games.Even if its staying in those are the best moments of the week. Its been hectic to say the least but we both have personal stuff going on and we are working together to figure out future plans, jobs,our lives and its at one of those times where things are happening we are just not sure what yet. I feel my spare moments like when I wake up, driving in the truck, in the shower, cooking, has all been spent in prayers just for guidance on what path our lives need to take. Its exciting and stinks at the same time being a grown up!  Also on the agenda, next week I am having surgery on my sinuses so I will be down and out for a week or two. We are hoping that this makes things better in the long run because lets be honest no one likes being on antibiotics 8 months out of the year. Definitely not me. That is happening on Tuesday and Ben will be home with me for a few days and then my family is coming up for the rest of the week and for Easter. Then the following week is my spring break at work which is why I am having the surgery now but hopefully if I am feeling better by the end of that second week I can go visit my nieces and some friends near Chicago. But we will just see how the surgery goes.  So that is our upcoming plans. Even though having the surgery will be very painful and miserable, I am looking forward to a few days of nothing and just being home alone with my husband. Hopefully I am can enjoy that a little bit.
Guess thats all thats going on and nothing else exciting. I will post when we have more news or maybe on my down time in the next few weeks.

Thursday, February 21, 2013

A Blog of Mess

There has been so much to say these last few weeks and I have been waiting for the time to sit down and get them all out. Well now seems to be the best time since my computer is currently being broken a part again in the computer shop while I sit at home stressing about it and missing days of editing work and falling more behind in work. AGHH!! It's as if my computer knows when I have big editing projects to work on and it seems to crash on me. I am having storage issues, apparently I take too many pictures or something and it then it clogs up computer. Or something I guess. Well even my back up hard drive got fried this time so I spent the last few days stressing if I am going to lose certain projects. Well so far its looking good but I still won't get it back till at the earlier tomorrow. So next week will be spent trying to hard to catch up on picture editing.
On other news I am most likely heading into surgery the end of March. I saw an ENT about all my sinus infections and looks like nasal surgery is in my future. So there is that to look for forward too. Not.

Now onto February news. The first weekend I headed to MSU with my girls to coach. It was a super fun weekend! We went over on Friday night and stayed in a hotel and went to the Women's MSU gymnastics meet and cheered them on. It was really fun and reminded me of when my girls from highschool and I used to go to UofM on the weekends and watch the gymnastics teams. After the meet I sat poolside with some moms and watched all of our girls having a blast in the pool. The next day we got up early and headed to Jenison Fieldhouse for the competition. I was so proud of them as I always am but it was really cool to watch their excitement at competeing at Michigan State and the other awesome thing was they all got new pink leotards. I like seeing them wearing them all around the gym. Those pictures are definitely on the list of things I need to go through when my computer gets back. The weekend only slightly got ruined by being around all those kids too much by getting a bit of the flu for a few days. Been a very long time since I threw up that much.

I think the following weekend we didn't do much, Ben and I went to a movie and hung out together. Always like our weekends and quality time spent together.

Then there was Valentines Day, my parents and Grandma came up to see us for a few days and it was nice since they haven't been up and spent time together since Christmas.  I came home to pink roses from my husband and chocalates from my family.  They stayed until Saturday morning so Ben and I could celebrate our own Valentines day since we both worked all day on Thursday. So even though it was a blizzard outside we decided to head out on our own adventure. We drove to Holland and decided to visit a few gun and archery shops that Ben had been wanting to go too. Just looked around and spent time together and then ate an early dinner at the New Holland Brewing Company right downtown. We always love trying new places together and its another town and place to definitely go back to again.  We got back early and just hung out at home and watched a movie and played games and it was another wonderful day to spend together.
I feel like so much is going on with our lives during the week and sometimes weekends that when we do get to spend full days together, we create a lot of new memories and gives us moments to look forward to for the next day we get to do that again.  Like this weekend we are going to meet up with friends at Crystal Mountan and spend the day together. I will once again try my hand at skiing and hope it goes better then snowboarding. I desperately want to be good at one of them so I don't hold people back and everyone can enjoy themselves. I just want to be normal and stop falling down all the time!! Well hopefully I will have my computer back and get caught up so I can blog about that. And surely have a few pictures as well. I can't take so long in between blogs especially with so much information to share.

Friday, January 25, 2013


I need to blog! My life has been nothing but gymnastics for like 3 weeks though!  The first week back from break I had 4 meets in a week. Last week I had another 2 meets during the week and then on Saturday I had an invite and took some of my girls withe me to watch and get motivated! They are my little helpers running score sheets and flashing scores. Then on Sunday we had our own meet where I had 16 girls compete and they did so good! I think the best meet of the season I was so proud! So for two days in a row I did over 10 hours at Lowell and then I drove back there in the blizzard on Monday! Lots of driving and lots of snow! Finally we are getting snow I am so happy even though the roads are sucky. Ben and I definitely need to get out and on a hill or something before it all leaves again. Today I had a day to myself and I am missing my husband right about now, he has been putting in long hours this week since the roads have been so bad and even worse up north that all the driving has set them back. So I can't wait till he gets back home. Tomorrow I am once again back at a gymnastics meet. I can't complain though it is a short season. I will definitely have to write more about next weekend when we are competing at MSU!!  Just heard the garage door open so thats my cue to go!

Friday, January 4, 2013

Welcome 2013!

Here we are 2013!  To ring in the new year Ben and I have been sharing our home with are cousins Jerrad and Molly. They live out in Washington and are home for the holidays for a week and staying with us. So we have been spending time together every night with them and for New Years we just hung out with them and the boys had fun blasting off fireworks! I of course (no surprise here) rang in the new year with a slight fever and sinus infection. Which I might of made a comment about in the last post but I am not on the second round of antibiotics for this one and this week I ended up going in for a Cat Scan of my sinuses so hopefully figure out if something is going on since they seem to be so frequent for me.
Well 2012 was a wonderful year to say the least. I look back at this year and think about hoe extremely blessed Ben and I are. We have two wonderful families and supporting parents who stand by us and love us through all the crazy changes that happen. We are so thankful for them and don't know where we would be without all they have given us.  This year we experienced so many things from Ben's graduation and job changes. We took a fun anniversary trip to the UP that we will always remember. I got a promotion at work. We both love our jobs. We had many cousins and friends that had babies for us to enjoy and watch grow. Grandma turned 85 and still has spunk! We both were in weddings and attended a few more of our friends we got to celebrate with. Our fishing trip to Grayling turned out much more successful this year.  Just to name a few, I am sure there are many more I am forgetting but those are the ones that stick out right now. I look back with many happy memories from the year and I am beyond grateful that I had my best friend and Husband of over 2 years now to share that with. He is so amazing and everyday I can't imagine where we would be without each other, I definitely wouldn't want to go through life's up and downs with anyone else. I am so looking forward to 2013 and the new adventures life brings our way. We have a few exciting things in the works and when we figure them out I will share. Bring it on 2013!

Here we are ringing in the New Year with some fireworks and a Kiss :) 

On Sunday Ben and I went on a winter date to the ice skating rink at the Muskegon State Park Winter Complex and spent a little time skating around. It had been years and I mean many years since I put on skates so it took awhile to get used to it. There were no falls amazingly and it was so wonderful spending time together and doing something fun and outside. I hope it stays cold enough that we get to go again and do the skating trail through the woods and also I am crossing my fingers that we get enough snow to go snowboarding and skiing at least once! Here is Ben and I on the skating rink all bundled up.