Monday, April 25, 2011

Kidney Stones

Yup, I have kidney stones. I started getting really sick on Monday and could not seem to feel better. Finally on Thursday I got into see my doctor. She was so nice. She did some tests and told me that, yup, its kidney stones. I was relieved at first but when she told me that the pain would probably get worse, I was not so thrilled. I was just glad it wasn't an appendicitis or something like that.  I have never had kidney stones and I haven't really been sure  what to expect. It seems like everyone has different experiences with them. I have had a lot of stomach pain especially on my right side. I have gotten really sick to my stomach and I have probably thrown up 20-30 times. My doctor told me that I was most likely throwing up because of pain- not because I was actually having stomach problems. I have been having a hard time connecting what I am feeling. I know I am hurting, but it seems like I haven't been able to identify my pain very well. Like, I will get really sick to my stomach and have really intense pain for like 30 minutes, then I'll start having less pain. I don't know if that's normal for kidney stones or if I am just weird. If anyone has suggestions for getting rid or getting through kidney stones I would really appreciate any feed back.

I also found out that I need to have a scope done. I have been having some unrelated problems that my doctor was a little concerned about. She scheduled me to go see a surgeon, Dr. Watson for Tuesday. I don't really have a lot of information yet but I hope to learn more on Tuesday. Its no big deal, just something to get checked out. I am anxious to get all my little medical issues resolved. I don't like being sick. I am very anxious for Tuesday to get here so I can move on and get back to my normal life. Hopefully time will fly by.

Monday, April 18, 2011

Body Revamp Update

I have been working pretty hard for the past couple of weeks since my harsh realty check. I have been going to the gym 4-5 times a week and I have really started changing what I eat. I never realized how much crap I actually eat until I really stopped to look at it. I knew I loved buying candy-- but I had no idea how much I actually liked eating it. A subsequent discovery in my lifestyle change was the amount of energy I have. For the past few months I have been so EXHAUSTED at work-- like literally ready to shut my office door and lay on the ground to take a nap- I literally fell asleep in a case review one time-- it was only for a second but still! Since I started eating a healthier lunch I don't feel have as tired as I did. It's amazing! I gave myself one day to eat out for lunch and I decided I wanted Cafe Rio. I got it and even took a little walk after I ate it but my goodness I was so tired the rest of the day. I had learned in one of my nutrition classes that high fat meals really do rob your energy, but I had not expected it to be so dramatic. I have found its a lot better to eat out on days I don't have to work- it doesn't seem to make me feel so awful if I can run errands and not sit at my desk.

I am not sure yet but I think I have started loosing some weight. Not that weight was really my issue- I am way more concerned with how I look and feel than what the scale says. It is nice to feel like I am making progress though. I think the other things that has really made things a lot easier is the support I have had. My mom is one of my favorite running partners and she has gone running with me after work 2-3 times a week. I always feel bad when I don't go, so it has been an added motivation to have her counting on me. Sam has started working out again too and I think that really helps. I know I have a hard time working all day- then going home only to leave again to go to the gym. Once I get to the gym I am fine- its just hard to leave home. I have been doing better at going straight to the gym after work. I am really committed to keeping my goals of getting back into shape. It feels good to work hard again.

I Love Primary!

Lately I have been hearing rumors that Sam and I may not be in primary for too much longer and I am so sad! Primary hasn't always been easy but I can honestly say it has been the most rewarding calling I have ever had. We have been so lucky to teach the 5 year olds. They are SO FUN! I think the thing I love most about kids that age is that they genuinely want to do whats right. They are excited when they have the right answers and they like to tell you how they helped their friend or wore their CTR ring.

Yesterday I think was one of  the best lessons we have had. We talked about the word of wisdom. I love talking about nutrition in general so this was really fun for me. Our primary kids were so excited and so cute telling us about all the healthy food that they like (and telling us about people they know who eat unhealthy food... :) hahaha) I think it is so fun to see how they really do learn more as the year goes on. I think primary has been more for me that for any of the kids. I love singing all the songs and reading the lessons. I feel like I am on a 5 year old's level as a far as gospel doctrine is concerned. Sometimes I forget that I am the teacher and I am following along with singing time and I forget to make sure my kids are behaving :)

The other thing I have really loved is having our old primary kids come say hi to us. I have really enjoyed getting to know them and spending time with them. I am so not ready for my own kids, so it has been fun to hang out with our primary kids every week. Every year I tell myself I need to get a picture of our primary kids and I never do. I am going to be really sad if we get released and I don't have a picture of our kids! Next week--- its photo time.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

All About Ms. Staelie

Ms. Staelie is 7 today!!  I feel so luck that I get to me her aunt!  She is such a fun girl with so much personality.
7 things I love about Staelie are:
1. She is very sweet and looks out for Stockden so well.
2. She is very much herself- and likes that she doesn't like the same things as her sisters.
3. She is always so excited to see me!
4. She loves animals and is very nurturing towards them.
5. She is always down to have fun. Every time she is at my house she will get so excited about any idea I have. 
6. She seems like she likes being a kids-- she doesn't really seem interested in growing up too fast-- even though she is.
7. She is a mama's girl through and though and I love it!!

I am so happy you are in my family Stae! I hope you have the best birthday and that you always know that I love you!!
 Here are some of my favorite Staelie pictures --- that I could find :)

Tuesday, April 5, 2011


Can I tell you how much I LOVE! It is literally my favorite website. I could spend HOURS editing and messing with photos on there. Here are some that I have been playing with lately!

This one is my favorite!

Monday, April 4, 2011

Viva Las Vegas

This weekend Ash, Kate, and I headed down to Las Vegas for a little lay-out get-a-way. It was fun to go and hang out and feel like we were on vacation without actually having to fly or do a lot of planning. We stayed at the Hard Rock and oh my their pool is FREAKIN AWESOME!! I didn't take any pictures but I found these online

The crazy thing about it is-- the pool really is that amazing... The pictures don't even show how big it is! We will for sure stay there again! It must have been spring break for someone this weekend though because there were so many DIVAS there! Hahaha is was so funny to watch all of the girls try SOOO hard! I don't think I have the energy to be like that-- it looks like a lot of work. It was very entertaining for us though-- people watching was never so fun! While we were laying out there was some people behind us that we could tell were from back east somewhere. They went and got some drinks from the bar, I overheard one of the guys say that he paid $26 for a drink! OH MY!! That's insane!!

While we were down there we did a little shopping and ate at our favorite restaurant-- Ricardo's. Ashlee found this place online that she wanted us to go to called "The Popcorn Girl" to make a really long story short we got lost for a REALLY LONG TIME!! We had to call the store and finally Ashlee looked up on her GPS how to get there. Ashlee loved what she got there and thought it was totally worth the wait :)

It was also General Conference this weekend. On Saturday we were really good and watched the morning session in our room. My mom would be so proud. On Sunday I was happier than ever to have TV in my room. It was so nice to lay in bed and turn it on- that my kinds of church.

Sam and I are pretty lucky. We have two great families to go to on Sundays and we were so happy that both of them invited us over on Sunday. We headed to Sam's family first and enjoyed some AMAZING breakfast. Everything we eat over at the Gibson/Weldin house always tastes and looks so amazing. Sometimes its fun to just look at the presentation! Sydney is one amazing cook. We love going over there and spending time with them. I think Gator may love it the most though. Rob gives him so much attention, and Gator just eats it up!!

After we ate breakfast we had to rush over to my mom's house because we had been assigned to bring buns and everyone was waiting for us to eat. We got there just in time to see everyone finish up. hahaha My mom knows to never really count on me to be on time. My Grandma and Ron were there and it was so fun to see and hang out with them. It has been a tradition that we watch the Sunday afternoon session of conference with my grandma for years- one that I personally love! I have to confess that our other tradition is sleeping through the Sunday afternoon session- and I also kept that tradition going. :)

This weekend made it pretty obvious to me how lucky I am to have SUCH a great family! I am also happy that I married into SUCH a great family! I am so lucky to have such amazing sisters and sister-in-laws! They make me feel so good about my self and they are truly my best friends! What a great weekend!

Friday, April 1, 2011


This morning my office took some new office pictures. We got up so early and met down at Town Square. The color scheme was khaki and white. I don't have any khaki pants, but I found and tan and white dress to wear. We went and took pictures and then came back at the office to weed through them. I was HORRIFIED!! I can not believe how much weight I have gained. I am literally sick to my stomach. I think that I have such a skewed perception of my body and so I literally had no clue what had happened to it. I hated seeing myself look that way. What an awful experience. So, this morning I had a little pity party for myself. But, the pity party is over and now I have to do something about the awfulness. So, although I have never been good at dieting I am going to give it a shot. I just have to do something.

So, I set a few goals for April and if I can achieve them I will buy myself a new Ipad. Pretty big motivation huh!
-No candy during the week-- I will give myself 2 pieces on Fridays only. 
- 1 soda per week
- I need to drink 75-80 ounce of water everyday
- Exercise 4 times per week for at least 1 hour and 15 minutes
- Each work out session needs to include at least 2 miles of treadmill time
- Lift 2x per week or more
- 100 crunches 6x per week
- Cut calories-- increase protein-- each smaller meals more often
- Lose at least 6 pounds

Ok so here's the the kicker-- I have to be 100% on each goal or no Ipad. If I meet every goal, then on May 2nd (May 1st is a Sunday, so that won't work)  I will head to Best Buy and buy a new Ipad. Hopefully in smaller jeans- and a looser fitting shirt and a happy Kacee. I am so sad but hopefully that picture session was just what I needed to get me back into shape. Oh the other kicker-- no new clothes until then... not that I really want to stick my chubby body into some new bigger clothes anyways, but no new clothes is still hard. I know I can do it! No luck needed.