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

Easter

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.

Decisions

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!

Surgery

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.