Thursday, February 11, 2016

Things that are "Suck it, Sally Mae!!"

Normally I don't post exciting news like this, but I felt I needed to share this:

Chase and I have been going through Dave Ramsey's Baby Steps. We are on baby step 2 and have been for several years. We have been trying for a long time to gain some traction to pay off our debts. It wasn't until last year that I really strongly felt that we needed to get out of debt. Like this really strong feeling. For a long time it seemed like every time we start trying to pay more towards debt, God decided he would give us a trial of our faith, and want to know if we really were going to pay off our debt...

Well to prove to God that we were in it for the long hall, we have now paid of 2 student loans all while going through 3-IUI's and our first IVF cycle, July 2015-present. We feel we have been so blessed by all of this. That God is saying you are doing a good job. I think once He knows that your heart is in it, great things will happen, and you will be able to pay off the debt a lot quicker than you thought.

Chase started driving for Uber last year, and now I'm going to be driving. We are hoping that will bring in some extra cash to help be able to pay more towards our debt! You gotta do what you gotta do to pay off this debt!

Though we have 2 more loans to go, Chase and I paid off his student loan tonight, thanks to getting our tax return. It probably would have taken us 1.5 months to pay it off if we hadn't gotten that extra money. This gives me such motivation to be able to pay more towards the other 2 debts, knowing that we are SO close to getting it paid off! 

I feel we have been so blessed with being able to pay for IVF as well as pay off our debts.

So in a nutshell, I'm saying "suck it!" to Sally Mae!

Friday, December 25, 2015

Merry Christmas in 2015

You know it's that time of year when you see tons of friends/family post pictures on social media of their Christmas Card or you maybe get a Christmas card in the mail (which by the way we only got 3 this year).

I decided this year that I wasn't going to spend my money on sending out a Christmas card to family, due to a reason mentioned below. I was going to write a letter in the form of an email and send it to them. Well, it's Christmas Eve, and I didn't do that. Oops...

Here's what I would say if I were sending out a Christmas card/letter:

This year has seriously flown by. I am not sure where the time went or what we did with our time. It seems that as we get older the faster the years goes by.

Chase and I celebrated our 8th Anniversary and had a "stay-cation." We went kayaking together and attended the place where we got married, the Mount Timpanogos Temple in American Fork, Utah. We went out to dinner at our favorite restaurant (Red Robin), and just enjoyed our memories together.

In June Chase and I (along with some close family) flew to Alaska to visit Chase's brother who has been working in Anchorage this past year. We spent a week hiking and seeing a ton of glaciers, unfortunately we were unable to see Mt. McKinley (Denali), as it was cloud covered (completely). We did get to visit Palmer, AK, and get a few souvenirs.

We decided it was time to work on starting our family (though we have been trying without medical help for the past 6.5 years) and went to see a Reproductive Endocrinologist who specializes in infertility. We did 3 medicated intrauterine inseminations (IUI) with no success. We are now on the path to in vitro fertilization (IVF) in January. It has been a very hard decision as most infertility related procedures are very expensive, we feel that it is time and will be worth the cost to hopefully grow our family.

Chase graduated from college in August, with his Bachelor's in Business. He also took his CISSP certification in November. He doesn't know what to do with his time now that he isn't studying. He also participated in a World Record Attempt for the most comic book characters at the Salt Lake Comic Con in September. Salt Lake Comic Con was able to get 1,784 participants, which beat the previous record. In an attempt to be healthier and live a healthier lifestyle, Chase lost 40 pounds over the course of the summer.

Tedi has been running the majority of this year, and that has taken up the bulk of her time. She signed up to run her first marathon in February, and started training for it in the beginning of May. After a knee injury from playing soccer at the end of May and not being able to run for about a month, she was still able to complete her marathon at the end of September and ran it in 5:43. She now calls herself a marathoner. She is still working full time and has a busy calling in our local church.

We are hopeful that the new year will bring us the best news (aka becoming parents). We also thank you for your love, prayers and support.

Merry Christmas!


Chase, Tedi, Hurley, Pepper

Sunday, November 01, 2015

Things that are "It's my Holiday..."

My favorite holiday comes once a year. As is every holiday. Mine just happens to be Thanksgiving. It seems every year, without fail the stores decide to bring out their holiday (Christmas) decor earlier and earlier. This year I saw it up BEFORE Halloween. Ya, it really REALLY bothers me. Well I was on facebook a few weeks ago and saw this, decided I would steal it and use it to show people that they still need to remember what they are Thankful for. Seriously....


We need to be thankful for the country that we live in to allow us all sorts of freedoms. Like freedom of religion and speech. Do you remember learning about the first Thanksgiving in school? It usually represents giving thanks of a bountiful harvest. It is one of the only holiday's that doesn't involve commercialism. I mean we get the same things, Turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy... But we don't have to buy anything, we celebrate Thanks.

I read this article from a few years ago and the articles main focus is the reason we celebrate Thanksgiving.

I also found this site that helps explain The First Thanksgiving.

Please give thanks this Thanksgiving. Let us not focus on Christmas just yet, let us not listen to Christmas music just yet.

Friday, October 16, 2015

Things That are Our Yearly Photo Shoot

Chase and I get our pictures taken every year to send to family and friends. I know it's kind of weird for us infertiles over here to be sending out Christmas cards with pictures of us, without having any kids. But ya know what?! I really don't care. We have furbabies who grow and look different as the years go by too. #dontjudge

For the past 5 years we have used our friend Alexa (Stephanie) Ogilvie to take our pictures. And by golly she outdid herself this year! I am SO impressed by her talent! She has had pictures in the Ensign (as of this month - look for Stephanie O.) and other church places. You can reach her via Facebook. You can also view her blog that she updates regularly (shows all of our pics with that link).

Here's a few that are my favorite that I HAD to share! They are adorable and it was such a fun shoot! 

 We love our family photo with the dogs

We had to bribe the dogs with little pieces of carrots to get them to pose for us

 I am always really worried that Hurley will run off (cause he has before) and so I always feel the need to hold his leash

This one is one of my favorites - the colors are just perfect!

 This is my favorite picture by far! I just love how she edited it and the colors just work

 Alex always asks us to make silly faces and of course we supply :)

 I thought it would be fun to do a few pictures with Iron Man Helmets we have, and use the shirts that we've got. This is my favorite from them.

This is my favorite close up of Chase and I

 The first blow is already the hardest ;)

 There were So. Many. Feathers. I couldn't believe how many are in 2 pillows, and we stopped hitting each other after only using half of each! Well worth it, and it was a fun idea!

P.S. Our hard drive that has all of our pictures on it, and music and our whole married life, decided it was going to die... So I can't do anymore posts about Alaska trip until we restore the drive somehow... Let's hope we can get it back...

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Things that are Alaska Family Vacation Day 1-2

So Chase and I bummed a vacation with Chase's aunt, Lora; his uncle Jason, and his parents (Mom and Raydad Palmer), up to Anchorage Alaska to visit his brother.

It was a late flight out there - we got there about 11:30pm Friday night. The first thing we saw was that it was still light outside! wtc!

Day 1 - Saturday:

The following morning the party of 5 left for Kenai to go river rafting. Chase and I have a goal to go to the temple to do a temple session where ever we go. So that was the one thing that I wanted to do. It was awesome! The temple is seriously so small - the stake center across the parking lot is bigger than the temple.

After the temple we changed and stopped at Tommy's Burger Stop for lunch. The wait was long, but it was definitely worth it.

After, Chase and I headed downtown to see the solstice celebration (they have it every year) and check out some gift shops.

Rod Perry was there with his sled and one of the Alaskan Malamutes.
 The dogs paw was as big as my hand! She was so nice and really friendly.
We saw this moose and Chase's first thought was he should be named Sven from the movie Frozen. 

Downtown Solstice!

We then went to Kencaid Park to find a geocache:
 The park is HUGE! And you have lots of chances of seeing moose.

 Lots of bushes and trees - I should have worn pants, because my legs got attacked by the brush.

 These two cute chipmunks just sat and starred at us. 

 This was the geocache - it was missing its eyes.

This is what its supposed to look like. This is from Chase's trip up to Alaska last May. 

On our way back to the BIL's house we saw this sign and had to stop and take a picture. Obviously the house is NOT haunted. awww... too bad!

Later that night we met back up with the group of 5 and went to watch Lonestar perform a free concert downtown. It was still light out after the concert. We also were all were amazed that there was no traffic after the concert.

 A cool train that Chase took a picture of. 

 This is the time and how light it was outside.

 You can see Lonestar rocking out!
 I was amazed at how light it was outside at 9:30pm!

Day 2 - Sunday:

Got up and got ready for church. We went shopping at Costco for food for the week, and I think it was definitely worse than going to Costco in Utah on a Saturday. I don't have a picture - but believe me when I say it's worse!

We had a BBQ and I tried my first ever Reindeer Sausage - not too bad.

Chase and I went on a hike near Campbell Airstrip. We were worried about bears (who isn't?!) and so I started singing songs, and then Chase had an idea to play music from his phone (duh!)
The air strip was pretty cool. It was pretty long, and it took us on quite the walk.

 We saw this sign - not sure if it's meant for just winter, or summer too?

 This is the trail we took to get back to our car.

 A selfie in the forest - and no bears sighted! phew!

We met up with the rest of the crew to go to Earthquake Park to watch the sun set:
 It was seriously so so pretty. 

 I was freezing - yet my little legs were not. 

 Chase took some pretty great pictures of the sunset, and I'm showing you the best ones!

 Panoramic of the sunset at Earthquake Park.

 I was able to put my feet in the water. It wasn't as cold as I was expecting, but it was pretty cold when it splashed up on my shorts. 

Stay tuned for the rest...