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Sunday, July 20, 2014

The Anniversary Gift

Chase and I don't do too many presents around here. We get each other gifts for our birthday's and for Christmas and that's about it. Sister Carolin on the other hand has given us gifts for our anniversary too, as well as birthday and Christmas gifts.

This is what she made for us:

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Then while I was taking a few pictures of it...
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Hurley decided he wanted to be in the picture too.

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So I decided to take one of him too. Isn't he just so darn cute?! He definitely makes you happy when you see his cute face! I also get jealous of his "eyeliner". Why can't I have perfect eyeliner like that too?!

P.S. This is an old post that I have had for a while (Hurley looks a lot younger and there isn't a Pepper). I thought it would be fun to post it around our anniversary.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Things that involve an anniversary...

I don't think I have ever shared the story of how Chase and I met, got engaged and then married. So I'm going to, plus it will help me remember our day.
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Chase and I met through his brother Logan. Logan and I worked together and had hung out a few times. One time he wanted me to meet his older brother at a BYU football game that he was taking him to. Logan and I both had the all sports passes from BYU which included all BYU home games, so I went down to where Logan was sitting and said hi to him and then met his brother briefly. We were on the mega screen and Chase got a picture. I said bye and went and hung out with my friends for the remainder of the game. A few months later I was complaining at work to him saying I wish I had a date. He jokingly said I can set you up with my brother, I said sure. It was at this time that I had started getting my LDS mission papers together. That Saturday night Chase picked me up for our double date - we were going with his brother, and his girlfriend. We went ice skating. I had a lot of fun. After ice skating we went and got hot chocolate and hung out at the Orem mall for a while. Chase and I hid from his brother, he got my phone number, and I told him that I was planning on going on a mission. He mentioned later that night that they always have Sunday dinner at his parents house and Logan always brings his friends, but Chase has never brought a girl, only his home teacher and friend. I said "well you could always take a girl". He asked me to go to dinner the next night. I met his parents on date number 2!
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We dated for a while, and then Chase ended up working for the same company that Logan and I worked for. He was in production and I was in quality assurance. One day in March Chase was in the bay trying to press two metal sheets together, the safety was off and Chase smashed his finger with 2500 pounds of pressure. He went to the hospital, and I went with him. I called his brother and told him to call his parents. We all met there. Later that night after all the drama had settled, Chase and I were sitting on his parents couch (and yes, he was still on drugs), when he got down on one knee and proposed. I said yes, but I wanted him to do it right with a ring (which he hadn't picked up yet). Two weeks later I'm at work, trying to plan a lunch with all the girls in the office - it's pay day and that's the only time we could all get together. Well it just so happens that ALL the girls ended up canceling on me. I had gotten a call from our accountant earlier that day asking if I would take some documents to Chase. He was staying with his parents while he was on medical leave, and I went to their house for lunch. We sat on the couch, watching a wedding video of his uncle - which I thought was so weird. He asked me to come read the documents from the accountant to him. I started reading it, and thought it was odd that what they were talking about in the documents seemed like they were related to Chase. While I was reading them and trying to understand them, he got on one knee and proposed. With a beautiful ring! I said yes of course! I didn't want to leave to go back to work - when I finally did, my cubicle was all covered in strips of paper and hearts and a sign that said congrats on your engagement! My good friend Nessa who worked there helped Chase by; canceling the girls lunch, getting the documents to the accountant who then gave them to me, and then got the rest of the girls to put up stuff in my cubicle. It was one of the best days!
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July 19, 2007 at 10am, Chase and I were sealed for time and all eternity in the Mount Timpanogos Temple. I was really nervous (mainly because this was a huge step for me) but happy, I felt like I was in a dream, and sometimes still feel like I am. Ever since then we have had some ups and downs, but it has been wonderful to be married to him!
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Happy Blissful 7 years! WOO WOO!

Friday, July 18, 2014

Things that are London Trip... Day 1 & 2

So Chase and I traveled to London for our 6th year anniversary! He was there because of business - had some meetings to attend to for his UK relations at his work. Our flight left Saturday morning at 11am. We got to London at 9am Sunday morning. Talk about a LONG flight. :) The flight from JFK to London Heathrow was exciting for me. I couldn't sleep on the plane AT ALL. I was leaving the country for the first time. What was really cool about this flight was we left JFK at night and there was a certain time during the flight where us flying in darkness turned into us flying into the light. Like the sun was rising. It was SO awesome! Too bad Chase and I were in the middle section of the plane not the window section. Anyways. I was exhausted by the time we got off the plane, and it was only 9am. We still had a whole day ahead of us. You can see in the picture how tired we both were.

On the Hoppa. The Hoppa is the bus that takes you from the airport to the hotels near the airport. First time Chase rode it. He usually went into the city and then would take a train to Leicester.
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Double decker bus from our hotel to airport terminals to get to the Tube station.
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We went all the way to Tower of London - which was a long tube ride. The grassy area used to be a moat, but it was thought it would be best used as a recreation area.
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The blue thing below the crane is called Swiss Re Tower. It's from a Doctor Who episode. That's why I took a picture of it - as well as the Beef Eaters going through a tour of the Tower of London.
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Tower Bridge. Not London Bridge. 
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Beef Eater explaining stuff about the Tower of London. I couldn't keep track of what he was talking about and I was so hot and tired. Cause lets be honest, having AC in England is what the rich people have, the more common folk don't. So basically everywhere except our hotel and bus didn't have AC.

The Shard also in another Doctor Who episode.
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One of the knights we saw. Lets just say he was protecting his own crown jewels.
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Me with a guard - guarding the Crown Jewels. Not as big as the hope diamond, but these are probably much much older too.
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Chase had to have a picture too. Cause the guards are cool.

Walking in line to the Crown Jewels. Man it was hot and humid! Plus I couldn't take any pictures once inside.
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Monday - Day Two


The Tube station - Can't remember what one though. I just loved the architecture of the station.
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221B Baker Street
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Me at 221B Baker Street - The museum cost money, but the gift shop is endless! That's where I got my sister's Deer Stalker Hat. She won't get it till Christmas - and she now knows and is upset about it...
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Chase with a guy dressed as Sherlock Holmes. I guess there was a place to eat called Holmes just up the street from this place.
 
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Baker Street Tube Station had these cool little tiles of Sherlock Holmes.
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 Cool sign in the Baker Street Tube Station
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We got off at Hyde Park Station and just happened to miss the changing of the guards.
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They were waiting for the arrival of Kate's baby. And we missed it by a week.
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Panoramic of Buckingham Palace
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This Telephone booth was for my sister
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Big Ben was AMAZING!

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The Eye of London
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We saw Westminster Abbey - which was right around the corner from Big Ben and Parliament
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A new continent deserves to have a hand stand in front of Big Ben!
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A horse guard - Beware horses may kick or bite!
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We walked around for a while and took the tube to Trafalgar Square. We found some cool souvenirs for family and friends in a shop and I bought a new bag. But I had to get a picture near Admirlty Arch (which I just happened to look up because I HAD to know the name). Because an episode of Dr. Who takes place going through the arch. I know I'm quite predictable. Though we didn't go into actual Trafalgar Square, I just wanted a picture with the arch, and to say that I've been there. 
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We went back to Kings Cross, cause I had to get a picture at Platform 9-3/4 (Hello, Harry Potter). This wasn't the "actual" Platform. It was just a plaque with a cart going into the wall. There was a Harry Potter souvenir shop just down from the platform.  We also had time to kill before we went to eat and then go see Wicked!
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We went to a fish place, cause I wanted to try their fish and chips. Chase got the haddock and I got the Cod. We weren't very hungry because it's hot, and no where in London do they have AC except in our hotel and some other shops. So this ended up being a lot of food for us, and we couldn't take it with us. But we got Fish, Chips, and Mashed Peas (recommended to us by a guy Chase works with who lives out there).
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I compared this tunnel (which I can't remember what station we were at in London) with the metro line tunnel in Wheaton, Maryland. I love how the sign above says "long way down".
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The tube stations constantly said "mind the gap", and so I HAD to get a picture of the word on the tube floor.
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Our next stop was WICKED! I have to say that aside from the theater being ridiculously hot (remember - no AC) it was the best broadway show that I have seen! I will be reading the book soon.  
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Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Things that are Team Palmer

So, Chase and I have been deciding what to do next in our lives as far as children are concerned. We have decided to do Footsteps for Fertility (read below to learn about them).

This is a way that our family and friends can help us when all you have been able to do is pray for us.
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Dear Family and Friends,

As many of you may already know, it has been a struggle for us to be able to concieve any children.  Infertility is a difficult challenge to face, but we strive everyday to be strong and continue to love each other through this trial.  The definition of infertility is the inability to get pregnant or carry to term after 12 months.  

After five years, dozens of tests, and thousands of dollars, this August, we will be participating in the Footsteps for Fertility 5k in Salt Lake City, and we are asking for your help.  

Footsteps for Fertility is a charity organization whose focus is to help those who are suffering with infertility.  The cost for infertility treatments or even adoption can quickly exceed tens of thousands of dollars.  The Footsteps for Fertility 5k is a great race to raise awareness of Infertility and the difficulties that couples face.  All money raised from the race goes towards grants of up to $5,000 to eligible couples who participate in the race.  The more people that sign up or donate to the race, the more couples that can benefit.  On top of this, several fertility specialists have generously offered to dontate full IVF cycles.

This is where you come in.

All grants and treatment donations are raffled off after the race.  For each person on your team, you get an entry into the raffle.  The more people we have on our team, the better chance we have to receive one of these great gifts to help us reach our dreams of starting our family.  We know that many of you are out of state, or are unable to participate for various reasons, so there is a “Sleep-in for Fertility” option so you can still help out.

Even if we don’t receive one of the grants or treatments, you will be helping make dreams come true!

You can sign up by visiting: https://fundraising.active.com/fundraiser/TeamPalmer










Be sure to click on "Join team and register for event".

We thank you for you love and support!

Love,

Chase and Tedi Palmer

Wednesday, December 04, 2013

Things I wasn't expecting at age 28...

Yup. You read that correctly... Things I wasn't expecting...

I don't think anyone ever expects to go through infertility. Let's be honest with that. I wouldn't put it past you to not know that we have been struggling to have children. We look like normal fertile couple, right? Well wrong, we aren't. Just so you are aware infertility is a disease. You probably wouldn't think that is true either, but it is. So now you know.. We have a disease (do I look scary?). 

Resolve.org says that 10% of the population has/is struggling with infertility. Go there to learn more about infertility and to help understand those who are struggling with it.  

I wanted to share a little bit what's been going on with us, since it's been quite a while since I last posted about this topic. 

We have now been struggling for 4 years. The "average fertile couple" takes about 6 months to conceive. Which is considered normal. Each month the average fertile couple gets about a 16% chance to conceive a baby. We get 1-2%. Please don't tell me that's not a huge difference, cause that's a huge difference. We would know. The fertility doctor said if we did an intrauterine insemination (IUI) with meds & injections for me ($1700 a pop), and would bring us up to 8% of getting pregnant. If we did in vitro fertilization ($7,000-24,000 a pop) depending on which route we took it could be from 25-40% of getting pregnant. Better, but do we really have to pay THAT MUCH to have a kid, then pay more when/if we do get pregnant?!

Chase has done 3 sperm analysis (one analysis tested to see if his guys could even penetrate the egg). And I have had a lot of tests done... Ultrasound, hysterosalpingogram (HSG), blood tests, more blood tests - different ones (progesterone test, and the test they talked about on 'new girl' to see how many eggs I have left and if they are even viable). 

Come to find out the problem resides with Chase. He's not happy about it, he's sad, and I'm sad that he's sad. Our dogs are even sad (they can sense that kind of stuff). Low sperm count, low motility, and high viscosity. So that makes it hard to have a baby, obviously. 

I guess what I'm really trying to get at is don't ask us when we are gonna have kids. Let me be perfectly clear. You ask me when we are gonna have kids = you getting a black eye. I'm not even messing around here.

 I am trying so hard to make light of this situation. BUT...Deep down inside we both feel alone, feel very depressed (it comes and goes with my cycle - oh yay an ongoing cycle of emotions), why does this happen to us and oh yeah?! How the heck are we supposed to 'afford' this?! And why can't the blasted insurance help US pay for infertility treatments?! They help pay to deliver and care for a baby!!

The big factor and how I feel lately (for me) is not having faith to believe it could actually happen. I lost all of that 2-3 years ago, it hasn't come back and I've been angry & sad ever since. I know that isn't something you want to hear coming from a Mormon girl. But let's be honest here. I'm human, God knows that, yet God still loves me, and knows without a doubt that Chase and I will overcome this. It just is really hard for us when we are 'in this' and can't see 2 feet in front of us. I decided that I am going to take one day at a time and focus on loving and being there for Chase. Cause he needs me just as much as I need him. 

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