Thursday, June 30, 2011


I went to my final suppression check yesterday. Since we already had the meds for this cycle we're going to see it through. I'm definitely not into it though. When she told me everything looked good I guess my reaction was a little underwhelming for her. So I told her that this is our final cycle, just to get some closure, and we're moving on to adoption. She was thrilled for us and didn't try to talk me out of it like I thought she would... I mean.... they make money if I keep coming. Anyway, she told me they needed blood. I had already decided in mind that I would let them take blood for the suppression check appt and once I had mature follicles. That's just two more times until all of this is over. So I sit in the chair and show her my vein. I slap on my arm a little to get it to raise (remember that my only good vein is on my forearm). By the time I finish getting my vein ready for the stick it's nice and plump. You could see it across the room. I did warn the lady that it's my only vein and it rolls. Of course she came in way too cocky and missed it! She dug FOREVER and I was about to tell her to stop because it was hurting so badly. That's when she muttered the words that sent fire through my entire body, "This isn't going to work, your vein blew." As if this was my vein's fault. She couldn't admit her incompetence and that she stuck the needle in one side of the vein and out the other so my arm is now swollen, squishy and blue from the blood that is leaking. NO! She blames my vein. Like my vein laughed in her face and blew just to spite her. My blood started boiling... even the blood leaking into my arm! I told her, "That's it! We're done here!" She just glared at me to see if I was kidding but I was not. I started to get up and she protested that she would have to stick me again. I told her that they didn't need the blood that badly and I'm leaving. There is no telling what these women think of me! I didn't care though. She called the nurse and she said that it was ok for me to leave. It didn't matter what that nurse said though... I was not letting them stick me again. So now my arm is still throbbing (I think maybe she tweaked the muscle or something) but I only have one more blood draw and all of this will be over! Phew! Here's to small victories!


Saturday, June 25, 2011

What's Going Down in the Z House

I've been so busy this week that I haven't had time to post. As mentioned in my last post, we've had Carly staying with us all week. I forgot how hard it is to keep a puppy. We couldn't take our eyes off of her for a minute or she would be up to something mischievous. It didn't help that the hubs had something to do almost every night this week so I was home alone with them.

This week I also threw a shower for a friend at work who's getting married. She is a junk food junky with tons of candy and chips at her desk at all times. Therefore, we decided to throw her a Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory themed shower. It was a lot of fun!
I don't know if you can tell but that is a chocolate fountain in the middle of the table with chocolate cupcakes winding down the table like a chocolate river. We had lots of goodies to dip in the chocolate... TASTY!

Last night we went to a soccer buddy of John's house for pizza night! They had every topping imaginable for a pizza. I made a Thai chicken pizza that Scott then grilled... Delicious!

John finished his 13 weeks of P90X and looks great! I can't get him to let me post an after picture but here's one of him petting the dogs in a tank so you can see those guns!Speaking of the hubs... he fixed my shower faucet this week! It started dripping last week so he tried replacing the shower head. That didn't work so he had to bust out his handyman skills to replace something within the faucet (I'm not going to pretend like I know what he was doing in there.) All I know is that it doesn't drip anymore. When we got married four years ago he was pretty intimidated by house repairs but now he is getting confident in his handymanness.

This weekend John has a soccer tournament, Tristan has a softball tournament and I have a house to clean. No rest for the weary!


Monday, June 20, 2011

Look at That

My little blog has surpassed 50,000 hits since Feb 2010... not too shabby. I don't know who all is reading but thanks for the support!

Yesterday John took Tristan to her first "teenagery" overnight stay. She's at softball camp Sunday through Wednesday and staying in a dorm room with just one other girl - No adult! Of course, there will be an adult on the hall just not in her room. So she and a friend will stay together. I can still remember my first stay in a room without an adult. I felt so grown up! I hope she's having fun!

I also stopped by my parents' house to wish my Dad a Happy Father's Day. My brother and sister were there and my mom made a tasty lunch! Then the hubs and I came home to watch a movie and cuddle for his father's day time. Overall it was a great weekend!

Happy Birthday (a day late) to Christie!


Saturday, June 18, 2011

House Guest

Do you guys know that song, "People let me tell you about my best friend..." Well I've had that song stuck in my head ever since our house guest came yesterday morning. She and Lexi have been inseparable (even when Lexi sometimes wants to separate.) Carly is still a puppy so she has way more energy than my old lady, Lexi. She is so cute though!

This is one where she's trying to entice the old lady to get down and play with her.

They're both pooped here.

Carly having her way with Lexi.


We'll have Carly until next Friday and I'm sure Lexi will be sad to see her go.

What's for dinner: I haven't posted a "What's for dinner" segment in a while. My Supper Club Thursday gave me some inspiration - Shrimp Tacos

They were so good I made them for the hubs last night. I didn't get the recipe but I figured out what was in them so here it is.

Chop the following:
Cooked and chilled shrimp
1/4 red onion (You could use more or less depending on your taste)
1/2 mango - chopped
1/2 avocado - chopped
1 jalapeno - minced
1 garlic clove - minced
Juice 3/4 of a lime
1 handful of cilantro (chopped fine)
1/2 teaspoon EVOO
Salt and Pepper to taste

Mix all ingredients together and let them marinate for 30 minutes before serving.
Serve with whole wheat tortillas, salsa and black beans as a side.

Delish! Thanks for the inspiration Jaime!


Wednesday, June 15, 2011


May I have your attention please. John and I have made a life changing decision. When we return from Canada we are going to proceed with adoption. This is a new and exciting experience for us. I can't speak for John but I have many emotions going on right now.... overwhelmed, relieved, nervous, scared, excited, and exhilarated just to name a few. Please pray that we make the right decisions and that our baby finds us soon.

I'm overwhelmed by all of the options and decisions that need to be made. I feel like I know most everything about infertility but next to nothing about adoption. I'm nervous about not passing the home study because of the lupus which, by the way, I'm going to the doctor June 21st to see if he'll take away that diagnosis. It's obvious that I don't really have it. I'm scared that it will take years for a birth mother to pick us. I'm sad for our soon-to-be-child that one day he/she will feel like his/her birth parents abandoned him/her. I'm also sad for the birth mother who is giving up her child. I'm flabbergasted by the amount of money adoption is going to cost. I'm thrilled that we'll get to realize our dream of extending our family. I'm excited to have a child of my own no matter how that child comes into our lives. I read a great quote but now can't find it so I'll have to paraphrase...

Our plans for having a child didn't change; just the method of delivery.


Sunday, June 12, 2011

Wine Tasting

This weekend John went to Tallahassee to cheer on Tristan and the Mustangs. I stayed home to do some housework and spend some time with the girls. Several months ago we planned a trip to the winery in Calera, AL. It was A LOT smaller than I expected (they definitely don't use their own grapes to make wine) but it was still fun.

I just got a call from John and he said Tristan's team won the tournament! That means they'll go to the World Series! He said it was a dramatic finish too. They were down 2-10 and came back to win it 13-12! Crazy! Way to go girls!


Wednesday, June 8, 2011


It's Lexi's THIRD birthday today! I can't believe she's been with us three years. Here are a few recent pictures of my little bunny...

This is a picture of a Lexi burrito. Every morning she crawls under the covers and snuggles next to my legs. I get up and get in the shower and leave her under there. The other morning I got out of the shower and found her like this. So cute!

This is her laying in her bed. I love that little leg hanging off the side.

And this is her today after her summer haircut. She's looking sleek and cool.


Monday, June 6, 2011

Pics from the weekend

Friday night I got to babysit Emma. We had so much fun! Look at that sweet face!

Saturday we spent all day at the softball field. Tristan's team did really well but then got creamed by a 14 year old team. It's so hard to believe Tristan will be as big as those girls next year. John was taking pictures and videos with his phone so I don't have any on mine. There's no shortage of tournaments though so I'm sure I'll have plenty of other chances to take some photos.

Sunday we went to the lake with my sister and Phillip. John and the boys rode the tube. He's just a big kid some time.
Here's a pic of me and Julie. It started raining so I sat in her lap under the awning.
And here's a video of John and Caleb wiping out. Caleb does a superman dive over John! So funny! (PS - That's Julie cackling in the background... not me) :)

This weekend was a lot of fun but tiring! I'm looking forward to some rest next weekend!


Thursday, June 2, 2011


My work offers a program over the summer where you can work 80 hours in 9 days so you get every other Friday off. It's called CWW (Compressed Work Week) and it's FABULOUS! I wish they offered the program year round. Tomorrow is my first Friday so I get another 3 day weekend! Whoop! Whoop! Saturday Tristan has a tournament in Cullman so I'm glad I get this extra day to get all of my chores done.

Tomorrow night I'm babysitting Emma! Yay! I'll try to post some pictures later in the weekend.


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