Tuesday, November 30, 2010

I'm finding myself completely in love with the song "So Obvious" by Runner Runner. I know it's totally a radio hit, but let's face it, I'm a music person- whether it's super popular or completely underground- so I LOVE IT! It makes me think of Jay and how much I love him! I just wanted to spotlight my wonderful husband today! Jay and I knew each other in high school down in little old Manti. We didn't speak a single word to each other then, but he claims he thought I was hot...lol. I graduated in 2004 and was working at Western Wats call center in Ephraim as a supervisor. Jason started working there in 2005 and we talked a little bit. Then, I started taking guitar lessons from his little brother, who is very musically talented. They didn't last long, because I am musically UN talented(yes, I'm aware that is not perfect grammar). So, I suppose I felt some sort of entitlement to be able to start talking to Jay and ended up hanging out with him. Now, at this time, I was going through a divorce and Jay had a sort-of girlfriend...yes, we were bad! So, Jay broke off things with his "friend" and I kept trying to rush my divorce so we could just be together. We made things more official on Halloween and it's been 5 years since then. Jay is my rock! He is the best dad in the world, he puts up with my nasty mood swings, and he works harder than anyone I know. Jay has been a helicopter pilot/flight instructor for 2 years now and is so dedicated to his career! It's feast or famine right now, but his hard work will pay off very well in about a year. Once he hits 1,000 flight hours, he has his eye on two jobs. 1.) Las Vegas doing Grand Canyon tours... yes, we'd pick up and move. 2.) Saudi Arabia working 6 weeks on/6 weeks off flying the big "birds" for I think an oil company... sadly, we would not pick up and move. I would live somewhere of my choice and Jay would come back every 6 weeks to see us! Kind of crappy but it's very good money and we could take nice vacations every 6 weeks! HECK YES! lol. So, anyhow, I'm very proud of my amazing husband and all that he's accomplished! He's come a long way from the still in high school, has a pregnant girlfriend, and had no plans for the future... he is very responsible and the perfect man! Jason has changed me in so many ways and I love him to the end of the earth and back!
On another note, we put up our tree and although Christmas will be slim this year, I am very excited about the Holiday season- more so than other years! I love the lights, the music, and hot chocolate with marshmallows!
And, then there's my cute little Kingers... He has recently gotten into babbling on the phone. He carries my phone around everywhere he goes and holds it up and babbles. He also likes to have the music turned on- although it is very old stuff on my phone- and he dances and laughs. He is such a cute boy. His smile is priceless and he has such an innocent, unconditional love for all of us that we just die for! Ashton is the same way, but he is starting to reach a stage in his life where he recognizes mean kids at work and says he doesn't like them and stuff. He has always been so good to turn the other cheek, but lately he is fighting back and it breaks my heart when he gets in trouble. He is my big sweetheart though for sure and I love him so much!

Monday, November 29, 2010

Golds Gym and Zumba!

I have decided to do 2 posts in one day! Crazy, maybe? I don't really know how this blogging works anyways, so I'll make my own rules... I feel a need to spotlight my favorite hobby~working out~
Yes, that's a strange hobby to call my favorite, but I have fallen in love with the gym! Up until after I had Ashton, I didn't workout a day in my life-aside from PE in school- and I didn't really need to. Now, I'm not trying to brag or anything, but I just didn't. After my little angel was born, I started working out like once a week or something. That is where I got the idea to work at the gym. I needed somewhere to work where I could take my then 1 year old boy and Golds Gym playroom offered that! YAY! I have worked there 3 years now and couldn't be happier.

However that is beside the point! My point here is that since I've had Kingston, I have grown to LOVE working out! At Golds they offer the most amazing classes! I have literally developed an obsession with zumba and pilates is quickly turning into one as well! It started with 4 weeks after my little Kingers came along... I began going to a Power Pump class about twice a week and decided to try my hand at this whole zumba thing... Honestly, I wasn't all too impressed with my first experience, due to being in the wrong frame of mind and feeling absolutely ridiculous! However, I decided to give it another try and went into it making sure to stay serious and try to get some good cardio in! I fell in love! I literally was hooked! I began going to about 4 classes a week along with my 2 power pumps. At one point, I became obsessed with working out, to the point of doing 2-3 classes a day. I tried pump, zumba, spin(which is amazing but kicks my trash so hard I just can't bring myself to do it anymore), and sometimes just ran for the fun of it. I would go to 6am spin, 5:45pm pump, and 8:15pm zumba almost every single day.
Well, you can imagine this became a little bit much! I felt like I was turning into a crazy person that couldn't even focus on my kids or husband! So, I toned it down a notch and started working out once a day-sometimes twice. This is where I changed my workout times and became obsessed (yes, I admit) with Allison's zumba classes! I love her energy and choreography and the fact that I can keep up with her, rather than fall a little behind like I was doing before. And, she is SO nice to everyone in class! Knows you by name, takes a second to chit chat with you, etc. She is the most amazing zumba instructor! So, from zumba came pilates. She teaches pilates too so I thought "if she is this great here, I need to try pilates". And, I fell in love with it the 1st time I tried it! It kicked my butt, yes, however it was an amazing feeling when I left!
My typical day includes a zumba class, or a mix of zumba and pilates. I have also recently gotten into R.I.P.P.E.D which is a "one stop body shop" and is AMAZING! I only wish they had more than one class a week for it!
To sum up this huge post, I would just like to tell you that I love working out! I love the feeling I get dancing around or crunching my core so hard I can barely breathe! I LOVE ZUMBA! I LOVE PILATES and I LOVE GOLDS GYM for making them possible for me! On the downside, if I really choose to have another baby, there goes all my hard work LOL! xoxo


Okay, okay, so I clearly failed at the blog thing! My last post was September last year!!!! lol... I told people this would not be something I could keep up, but nobody listened! Anyhow, I will update you all on life- even though you probably know everything due to facebook!

Since September last year, our little Kingers was born! Probably around the time we made this
blog, we had found out in-utero that Kingston had a dilated left kidney. They call this hydronephrosis. There wasn't anything that could be done or even more details on it until he was born at least. So, at 3 days old, King had an ultrasound to determine if the kidney was the same. It was actually worse! They referred us to Primary Children's Medical Center Urology and we went from there. On January 12, Kingers underwent a few tests to find out what the problem was and what could be done to fix it. We were told he needed surgery to drain his kidney. SO, at only 7 weeks old, my little man went in for surgery. I actually ended up using that day to write a pap
er for English. It was a terrible, nerve-racking experience to see your tiny little baby who can't even hold his head steady go into surgery! The recovery was even worse and more sad! Surgery went well though and after 2 weeks with a stent, Kingers was a lot better. His kidney will never fully function(only about 45% actually), but they say as long as it doesn't get worse, they aren't concerned with the dilation it still has. He goes back every year now for a check up! Whew!

There was also a minor surgery involved with Ashton this year! He went to his very first dentist's visit and had 8 cavities! (yes, terrible parents here lol)... So, he had to be put under to fix them. That experience was hard as well, but mostly funny! Ashton was a crack up on his anesthesia! He was saying all sorts of funny things, so it kept the mood light :)
As you can see, they are both totally fine! Ashton loves his little brother! He does get a little rough with him from time to time, but Kingers laughs and follows his around all day! I couldn't be happier to have my two little angels in my life!
One more big thing that went on in our life was getting rid of Harley! We came to the decision after a good friend of ours offered to babysit him while we went on a week vacation and ended up falling in love with him! His dog also loved the company. We were getting stressed with him and he wasn't getting the love and attention we used to be able to give him, so after a lot of deliberation and sadness, we took him to the Rabans house in Am Fork for their little girl's birthday! The smile on her face was priceless and it eased our sadness a lot! We have definitely missed him but life is a lot easier without having to worry about letting him out all the time, keeping him happy and playing with him, and trying to juggle him and the 2 boys. I think of him from time to time and get extremely sad but I know he is very happy with his other friend and his little girl to play with him all the time!

Lastly, a somewhat new announcement that even facebook doesn't know about, although I was completely against any more kids after the ordeal we went through with Kingston, Jay and I have talked it over and we actually would like to try and have another one sometime next year, so please stay tuned to my blog and I promise I will try a lot harder to update it often!!!