Sunday, July 31, 2011

Lions and tigers and bears, oh my!


This past Friday, our work treated the staff to a family day at the Zoo!  We were able to score a couple of extra tickets, so we brought Rudy and Devin along and they had a blast.  We enjoyed a picnic lunch in the grass where Rudy fell victim to a fly-by bird.  Yup, you heard me right… a passing bird took a HUGE crap right on Rudy’s hand and it was hilarious.  Let’s just say it’s a good thing that auntie Georgia brought some hand wipes because Rudy was so shocked I actually had to clean the poo off for him!  Ha!  Aside from the poop debacle, it was a great day!

Enjoying our lunch (pre-poop)


Devin was our tour guide for the afternoon :)






I love the flamingos! 


It was a HOT day!




This little monkey was totally creepy!  He crawled up the fence and screamed at us.




As we were admiring the beautiful giraffe he took a pee… eww.



Peek-a-boo!


I helped sculpt these buffalo!  Growing up, our neighbor Sunny was the artist that created these beauties.  Every afternoon for an entire summer, we would visit his home studio with my mom to work on the pieces.  It was such a cool experience!

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Happy Birthday Anthony

We love you!



Apparently it’s still cool to flip off the camera when you’re 30… ;)


Good times and seriously delicious cake!

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Carlota Camping Trip!


I heart camping. I really do.  Falling asleep to the sound of the river, waking up to the smell of fresh mountain air, grilling, laughing over a campfire, catching fish, not taking a shower for several days… it’s like nothing else.  When I met Georgia and found out that she too loved camping and not only loved it, but had all the coolest camping gadgets – well that sealed the deal.  I feel so blessed that our state is surrounded by the beautiful mountains and that they are all within a few hours drive.  Growing up, my family always traveled east to camp, however now with Georgia’s family being from Penasco, and Anthony having property in Pecos, we do most of our camping up north which I love.  

For this trip we were lucky enough to camp on the most AMAZING property belonging to a friend of Anthony’s family.  The land was equipped with river access, horseshoes, volleyball, a fire pit, the works!  We met up with our friends Anthony and Brandon, Chris and Leo and their son Roman.  The weekend flew by but we had such a great time.  Here are a few pics of our Pecos adventure :)

Here is our cute little campground.  Thanks for the hook-up Emily!


Anthony, G and Brandon chillin in the river (where we spent the majority of our time)


Anthony and me!


Brandon jumped in the river at the crack of dawn.  It was way too early and cold for the rest of us to dare get in pre-breakfast.


Getting the coffee brewin! 
Georgia was so excited to use her new little burner and coffee maker :)


Leo, Chris and Roman joined us Saturday morning


RIVER PLANKING… well sort of


There is nothing better than camping breakfast!



Having fun in the river.  The water was so nice :)



For volleyball, all couples had to be on opposing teams.    
Without G there to pick up the slack I pretty much suck.  My team lost… lol!



Cheers to a great weekend!

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Mango Salsa & the 4th of July


Ok, so I realize that today is the 20th and that this 4th of July post is SUPER late.  It has been a crazy couple of week and in about a month or two my blog slacking will all make sense.  Anyhow, our 4th was pretty chill this year.  For the first time in my life we didn’t go to the lake but stayed in town and went to a BBQ instead.  Our friends Deanna and Erik had a pool party at their beautiful home in the Foothills so we spent the day swimming and eating delicious BBQ with our work peeps.  Deanna insisted that we not bring anything but my ma raised me to never attend a gathering empty handed, so I decided I would try a new recipe. 

My original plan was to make some homemade salsa with shrimp.  Shrimp may sound like a random food to serve with salsa, however since I found out that my body doesn’t get along with most carbohydrates, the tortilla chips have had to go (so sad).  Georgia came up with the shrimp idea and I would to say that I think the shrimp is what made the meal!  While I was at the grocery store roaming the isles trying to remember what you put in salsa, my sis gave me a call.  She suggested that I make mango salsa and was nice enough to email me a recipe.  Thank you sister bear, you saved the day! 

I was a bit nervous to take the dish to the party because this was the first time I had made this type of salsa.  Luckily the recipe was a success!  I overheard several friends asking who made the yummy salsa and I’ve even had a few people ask for the recipe since the party – yay!  Below is my version of this dish (which I doubled to serve more people).  If you have a gathering this summer and don’t know what to bring, I would highly suggest you give it a try.  

What you’ll need: 


~ 1 bag cooked large shrimp (they usually come frozen)
~ 3 avocados – peeled and diced
~ 4 tablespoons fresh lime juice
~ 1 cup fresh cilantro – chopped
~ 3 jalapeno peppers – minced
~ 2 mangos – peeled and diced
~ 8 tomatoes – diced
~ 6 cloves of garlic – minced
~ 2 teaspoons salt
~ ½ cup chopped red onion
~ 5 tablespoons olive oil

What to do:

Place shrimp in water to thaw.  Your shrimp should be completely thawed by the time your other ingredients is ready.


Peel and dice your mangos.  Warning, peeling a mango is a bitch.  Try and find ripe mangos, as they are much easier to peel.  If you’re not sure what a ripe mango looks/feels like, ask the produce guy!



According to my sis, tomatoes on the vine are far superior to those minus the vine!  You can typically find tomatoes on the vine in most markets.


Be sure to save the pit of your avocados once they’ve been peeled and diced.  A little secret my dad taught me is to throw the pits in your finished salsa… helps the avocado to keep from browning. Tip #913 from dad :)

In a medium bowl, combine the mango, avocado, tomatoes, jalapeno, cilantro and garlic.  Stir in the salt, limejuice, red onion and olive oil.  Blend and refrigerate for 30+ minutes before serving.

Enjoy!


We hope you all had an awesome 4th of July!


Swimming with baby Sophia!  She is such a cutie :)


Deanna and her sis Demetra who is pregnant with twins!




Sunday, July 3, 2011

Baby making update AND my 100th post!

I have a feeling this is going to be a long post and it may be too much information (TMI) for some of you.  For me, there really isn’t such a thing as TMI when it comes to IUI baby making.  From the beginning, this blog has been our way of sharing our experiences (both good and bad) on this journey we are taking to motherhood.  I think we both thought it would be quick and easy to make a baby… I mean come on – we have a surplus of baby making parts!  What we’re learning is that it’s no easy feat.  But then again, nothing this important ever is.    

A couple of weeks ago I began the baby-prep process which involves a lot doctor’s appointments, ultrasounds, blood tests and a ridiculously in-depth look at family medical history.  This is something that Georgia has been going through for the past 16 months and it can get pretty exhausting.  We began to talk about trying with me a few months ago following Georgia’s 6th insemination.  She was feeling drained both physically and emotionally and was getting sick all the time.  My poor lady, every couple of weeks she had a cold or the flu, stomach issues, sudden food allergies, pink eye… I could go on and on.  We talked to our specialist about it and he said that it is something he sees when someone has been under stress for long periods of time while taking medications that they don’t normally take.  More than anything, I think we both began to recognize that her body was telling us she needed to take a break.  With this in mind, we decided that we would try twice more with her and if unsuccessful give it a go with me.  

It’s not standard practice for someone to have to do as much testing as I’ve done when preparing to inseminate.  The reason that it’s been such a process for me is that since High School I’ve been irregular (TMI, you were warned).  I’m lucky if AF comes to town 4-5 times a year.  I knew that there had to be a reason for this and I had a feeling it was going to present certain challenges.  Following a TON of blood tests, we found out that I have Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome.  PCOS is a condition in which there is an imbalance of hormones including estrogen and progesterone and insulin resistance, which are all contributors to infertility.  Although it was pretty devastating to get the news that I have a genetic disorder and that I’ll have it for the rest of my life, I was glad to finally know what’s up with my body.  For years I’ve thought that I just had stomach issues.  I had become so used to going through bottles of Pepto Bismo, popping Tums daily and drinking Maalox like it’s water that it wasn’t even a big deal.  The great news is that my symptoms are minimal and can be managed with diet and exercise, which is something I’ve been working on since March anyway!  Now that I’ve cut dairy, complex carbs and most sugars out of my diet, the weigh is coming off even faster and I feel so much better!  As of last week I’ve lost 40 pounds since March 1st and my goal is to loose 20 more by my 30th birthday in October!

All of my other tests came back great!  We found out that I do ovulate which is something people with PCOS often don’t do and after following my new diet for only a few weeks AF made an appearance!  I’m probably the only woman who actually gets excited by this ;)  Our doctor checked my fallopian tubes to make sure there were clear and they were!  The test hurt like hell but I was so happy to hear the doctor say, “they look great” that I powered through the pain. 

I’m so grateful that we decided to be pro-active in preparing me.  There was so much I didn’t know about myself and so much I now have to work on before we even think about knocking me up!  It was hard to hear that I will likely have challenges getting pregnant given the fact that we’ve already been working on starting a family and waiting for so long to be mamas – but the news could have been much worse.  My mom is a huge believer in the power of the mind and positive thinking and has been a great support to me these past couple of weeks (and every other day of my life).  Every time I’ve called her recently to cry or just feel sorry for myself, she has given me some love and talked me off the ledge.  She doesn’t allow me to loose my faith or think negative thoughts.  She is so optimistic and positive about our fertility that I sometimes get annoyed but thank GOD for her.  I’m definitely a pessimist and can be a Negative Nancy at times.  I think that’s why I’m drawn to optimistic people.  Georgia, my mom, Anthony, Elena, Dean… pretty much everyone I’m super close with are ridiculously positive, happy people.  These are the folks that keep me going!

In the meantime, we’re still working hard to get G pregnant.  Any prayers you can send our way would be greatly appreciated :)       


Fallopian tube check-up   


Because I know you all are dying to see a picture of my fallopian tubes – here you go.  I thought this picture was pretty cool… all clear! 

On a side note, this is my 100th POST!  
Apparently I have a lot to say… who knew ;) 

I love this new hobby I’ve taken on and I have Elena to thank for that.  She was the one to introduce me to the world of blogging when she started her blog Blair Affair back in 2008.  She is a very talented photographer, a great writer and a wonderful mom!  She really has been there for us on this journey to motherhood and I know she will be my go-to person for mothering advice when we have a little one.  Go check out her blog when you have a chance!
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