Cocoa Beach--Thanksgiving 2010

Cocoa Beach--Thanksgiving 2010

Thursday, January 5, 2012

2011--Thank God that's over!!!

I keep thinking if I read other people's blogs everyday, I might be inspired to blog more. I check blogger.com and Pioneer Woman everyday, but I just can't seem to manage to keep up with this one. As was my resolution last year, I plan to write on here more.

Other resolutions? I am also serious about my health. I got "serious" about my health about a year and half ago when I got my Lapband. I plateaued (spelling???) in my weightloss in September of this year. I haven't had a real fill since my ill-fated Lapband catastrophe of 2011. Okay, so it wasn't that big of a deal...but I feel as if it has set me WAYYYY back. I wanted to be down 100 pounds by now, I'm only down 45 (well, okay let's be honest, 38--I mean, Christmas was just here.) I plan to be down 60 more pounds by the time school starts next year. Mom and I are joining the fitness center next week. I think she is just doing it so I'll have someone to go with and Danny won't be able to go all the time.

I'm also going to start trying new, healthy recipes that I'm going to cook. I'm a pretty good cook--no lie, it's one of the few things I can actually do well without trying. I've been looking at tons of recipes online and trying to figure out ways to make them healthier. The big grocery list is piling up and I must make the dreaded trip to Wal-Mart sometime before Monday. I've been putting it off for a week. Since we're down to ramen and mac and cheese, it's probably time.

I'm going to use this blog as an accountability tool. My plan is to post once a week with what I've eaten and how much exercise I have done. Don't hold me to it...or do. I need anything to get me past this hump.

Back to the title of the post, I'm glad it's 2012. The last 2 weeks of 2011 were very tough for me. We had some issues that ended up in several trips to the doctor for me. I'll let you know if great detail at some point. I just don't have it in me tonight. Other than a stressful beginning to this school year and the crappy end to the year, 2011 was pretty good. Here are some randoms of 2011:
*Won some money at the casino
*Lost some money at the casino
*Deep cleaned our house for the first time since we moved in (oh, I know, I'm pathetic)
*Realized I'm married to the biggest nerd on earth who was severely angry when he made his first B (in college I might add)
*Realized I have a niece who is a close second in nerd-dom with a 19 on her ACT as a 12 year old (I know, right?)
*Fell in love with my husband again
*Came to terms with the fact that although I make VERY LITTLE MONEY, I absolutely love my job and most importantly, the kids and people there.

There are so many more, I don't know where to begin! I will add a picture next time because my computer crashed last fall and I lost TONS of pictures. I must get on with taking some more.

Love to all and God bless!

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Lapband update

Sooooooo, I've got good and bad news about my lapband this week. First off, I have lost 24 pounds since March 23rd, the last time I was at the doctor! Yahoo! I'm starting to finally feel like this is coming together and maybe I've finally found out how to regulate my fills. Sadly, I'm wrong....(more about that later).

My gynecologist changed my birth control in January because even on birth control, my periods were irregular. I was bleeding between cycles and the horrible cramping had come back. This is not normal for birth control takers and the main reason I was on birth control until I got married. Now, I need it as a contraceptive AND to alleviate those dang menstrual symptoms! In February, my weightloss stopped. I went to the doctor in March and had gained 2 pounds. I. WAS. DEVASTATED. I mean, I have a stomach the size of a fist. I'm eating less than 1 cup of food per meal and barely raking in 1200 calories a day. I was even getting my recommended protein (60-80 grams per day). I couldn't figure out what was going on. I got another fill and that sucker worked. I was so tight I couldn't eat anything but soft foods for a week! I thought for sure I would start dropping pounds. I weighed in May and again, I had lost the 2 pounds I had put on. I almost had a panic attack. This is not what I expected!

My mom and I were eating dinner at La Huerta's one night and talking about my weightloss. She said, "Didn't you get on new birth control this spring?" Boom. It hit me like a ton of rocks..........DUH!!!! Birth control, the very same one you were on, helped get you to the massive amount of weight you were in January of 2010. I immediately called the doctor, left a message, and they changed my birth control. I started my new pack at the end of May and the weight started falling off. Literally, my pants began to get saggy butt and I lost a cup size in my bra. Yay!!!!

On Monday of this week, I went in for a small fill before school started. I figured if I could get that fill, I wouldn't have to take a day off during the school year and could get back during Christmas break. He gave me my fill, I felt fine. I drank some water. It was a little hard to go down but I got it down. I got home that afternoon and wasn't really hungry. About 3:00, I made myself a bowl of chicken noodle soup. Two bites in, I was in the bathroom, puking my guts out. I drank some water, puked it up. Tried jello, same thing. I knew my band was too tight so off to Jacksonville to get an "unfill" the next day.

He ended up having to take out all the saline he had put in the previous day because my band was irritated. I still had some restriction prior to that fill so hopefully I can make it a month or more without having to take a sick day and go get it filled.

Lapband drama---it's intense, but I'm so thankful the Lord saw a way for it to all fall together and it could happen for me. He alone knew my struggles and made a way for me to be healthy and happy. I can proudly say I am 32 pounds down since surgery and 50 pounds even down from January of 2010. I chalk this up to a "God thing"....and I just love "God things."

Sorry this is so long, I know I'm rambling! God bless!

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Hello world.

World of blogger that is....all 3 or 4 who read this anyway. What a short, strange summer it has been! I had tons of plans this summer--go on vacation, hang out with my parents, spend time outdoors with my husband, the list could go on. The only thing I have gotten to do is hang out with Mom and Danny.

I worked a few weeks at the clinic to help them out while some people were on vacation. Hey--we could use the extra cash! It was fun and made me miss them so much. I loved that job. Actually--if I could make teacher salary, I'd quit and go back!!! In all reality, that's not going to happen. I love the doctors. They are 2 people who care about 2 of my favorite things-animals and people. What's not to love?

About 3 weeks ago, Mom fell of her back steps. She was taking her trash out and since she rarely functions at anything below warp speed, she missed a step and fell about 5 feet to the ground. She landed directly on her right shoulder. She told me she lay there for about 5 minutes and really thought she'd be able to roll over and get up, but that wouldn't work. Because of where the break in her arm was, she could not roll over without being in excruciating pain. She just happened to have her cell phone in her pocket (Thank you Lord) and was able to call Ben. He got to her house about 5 minutes later and they discovered there was no way he could move her. She called the ambulance and Ben said her exact words were, "I'm okay, but I need an ambulance." LOL--typical Mom. She told them, "Don't send the first responders, just send the ambulance to get me up and to the hospital." She then called me, the worry wart. When I answered the phone, her first words were, "Hey babe, I'm okay but.........." I knew then that something was wrong. I told her I would meet her at the hospital. I texted Ben and asked how much pain she was in. His reply was, "Enough." I thought, Great.

We ended up at St. Mary's and had the best care. Alot of people dog that hospital but Mom was there for 3 nights after having surgery. Every single employee we encountered was helpful and polite. Everything was immaculate and the food wasn't bad!

Mom has been home for 2 weeks today. I stayed with her for the first week at night because she could hardly do anything for herself. Mom is not that kind of person. She is independent and a work horse. Needless to say, it has been an interesting couple of weeks!!! She's doing much better. The rod Dr. Brown placed in her arm has settled some and unfortunately, it may hinder her range of motion. If it does so, he will have to go in and remove the rod. We're hoping no more surgery!!!

Everything else around the Heinzen ranch is functioning. I've cleaned house, sorted through crap, lost some more crap while I was sorting....etc. We will be having house guests for several weeks this fall for the outage so we're trying to get sleeping arrangements sorted out.

I'll be back sooner than later. I'm terrible at keeping this thing updated!

God bless.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Wedding weekend

So, my 30 day photo challenge has gone down the toilet. I promise to finish it. My goal is to complete it by the end of summer...LOL.

Shasta and Jeremy's beautiful wedding was this weekend. Shasta's family did an AWESOME job. Every detail was perfectly planned and everything went off without a hitch. I seriously think they could make some money. Shasta's dad built this beautiful arch in a field on their property. ABSOLUTELY gorgeous. Not even kidding a little bit. Look at this.I mean, who wouldn't want to get married here? It makes me want a re-do on my wedding. Don't get me wrong....I loved the simplicity of my wedding. I wanted to get married at the Russellville CP church but my dad's ONLY request was that I be married in the church I grew up in. He and mom were married in that church so it seemed fitting. I was very concerned about everyone fitting. We ended up opening up the fellowship hall and everyone fit!!!

Shasta looked gorgeous as always and I have never seen Jeremy happier! We're so happy for them and are soooooo glad that Shasta is officially part of our family. I know they're having a great time at the beach.

For some reason, blogger won't let me add any more photos. I think my computer is on the verge of crashing so I'll cut this short.

Please say a BIG prayer for me for the coming week. I have my Praxis III assessment on the 31st. It's going to be intense. An assessor will sit in on my class for 1 period and watch me teach. There is a 1 hour pre-observation interview and 1 hour post-observation interview. I usually don't have any trouble talking to people but I'm so afraid that I'm going to freeze. I keep telling myself I can do this!!! Thanks for your prayers and hope everyone is grand!

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Day 3--A picture of you and your friends

Let me tell ya bout' my best friend.........(in a sing song voice.) Danny's my best friend. I've had lots of friends come and go in my life, he's one I think I'll keep around for a long, long time. He makes me laugh all the time and loves me completely.
And I can't forget about Sarah. Sarah is Jessi's little sister and has lived with us for the last couple of years. She has honestly become one of my closest friends. We share everything and she will sit and listen to me whine or rant for hours on end. She always makes me laugh, even when I don't want to. Living with her and Danny is like living at the Looney Bin. We laugh all the time. I love her to pieces. This past summer we went to the grand opening of Harry Potter world in Orlando and this year we're going to the beach!

This is my group of friends from high school. We were inseparable! From left to right: Bethany Caldwell Powell, Jessica Wygal, Nicole Caldwell Williams, Shasta Cole (almost Nichols), Jessica Nichols Carr, Lori Beth Gray Kirtley, Brandi Chandler Lee, me, and Chelsea Crouch Barnhouse. Such a fun, fun day! I've always wanted to re-create this photo but we've never been able to get all 9 of us together again!

This is my closest knit group of friends. They were my bridesmaids and even though 3 of them are family, they are still some of my best friends. From left to right: Whitney Watson, my sister Shelly, Jessica Carr, me, my cousin Allison, Andrea Copeland, and my sister Sherry. I figured I might as well say a little something about each since they are my closest friends!

Whitney--Whitney has literally been one of my best friends for as long as I can remember. Her mom was my mom's birth coach and my mom's best friend. I can remember being little girls and playing house or playing in my mom's van (I really don't know why that was so cool). We were together all the time. She lives in Little Rock now so I don't see her nearly as often as I like but I still know if I needed anything, she'd be there in a minute!

Shelly--Oh Shel. She moved in with us around the time Ben was born I think. She was a staple in my life for as long as I can remember. Part care-taker/part sister. Although she has always liked Ben the most, I think she might be starting to like me more now. LOL. I always thought she was so mean when I was little, but now when I think about it, I was a little turd. If I have a child like me.........well, I don't even want to think about it. My favorite story is this. Shelly was watching me when I was little and we lived in the manse next door to Rita's. Then, it was called the Bear's Den and Buddy Coffman owned it. His daughter Megan and I used to play together. Evidently, I ran off from Shelly and she couldn't find me. By the time she realized I had just gone next door, she was furious. Shelly always had these long, beautiful fingernails. I can remember her grabbing me by my arm, all the while I was yelling, "Shewwy, you're hurtin' me." She locked me in the TV room and left me there until Mom and Dad got home. She really did love me deep, deep, deep down. After all, how many sisters would watch Rudolph in July...just because I wanted to! Love you Shel.

Jessi-Jessi and I have been inseperable since 2nd/3rd grade. We were a really tight group of girls growing up. Jessi has always been my best friend. She has stuck by me through thick and thin and is the only friend from high school that I speak with often. I love her kids like they are my own and can't imagine having her...or them in my life!

Allison--Oh, Allison Mae. Allison is my cousin but the closest thing to a 3rd sister that I have. She lived with us off and on while she was in high school because her and Shelly were so close. She has been my rock so many times...I don't even know where to start. She taught me about all the things I was too embarrassed to ask my mom about. My sister's had both moved away by the time I was in junior high so she kind of filled that void. I can remember taking a list of "dirty words" to her when I was in 7th grade. They were words I would hear people say but I knew they had to be really bad words because those people always got in trouble for saying them. She was very honest with me about what each meant and let me know I should NEVER EVER use them or my daddy would spank my butt. I love her dearly as well.

Andrea-Andrea was a few years older than me in high school. When I was in college, we had a few classes in the same building at UACCM and worked together at Rita's. She helped me through some really rough times in my life. Although I don't see her more than once or twice a year, she is still one of my very best friends. If I needed her, she would be here in a minute.

Sherry-My other sister, Sherry, is well, Sherry. She and her husband Chris were always a part of mine and my brother's childhood. They got married when I was in kindergarten and I remember being soooooo excited to find out I would be an aunt when I was 15. Sherry and Chris were always so good to me. Whether it was playing sports or taking us on random trips to Branson, we had fun. I hope I can have that kind of fun with my nieces and nephews. My New Year's Resolution was to spend more time with my nieces and nephews this year. I'm not doing great so far...but I'll make it eventually!

Monday, February 14, 2011

Day 02--Photo Challenge

Day 02 - The meaning behind your Facebook name/status.

Hmmm, this is a real shocker. The name behind my facebook name is exactly that, wait for it............it's my name. Real genius question if you ask me. It does have my maiden name so people can "find" me if they wish to do so.

My current status is about a cute little dog that wa
ndered up to my sister's house this weekend. He was just too cute not to share. They have a TON of animals....goats, chickens, cows, dogs, and cats, so they really don't need another one. We're going to try to find the little guy a home if his owners don't surface very soon. Here he is, just look at that face!

Friday, February 11, 2011

Day 1: 30 Day Photo Challenge

Day 01 - A picture of you from today and 15 interesting facts about yourself.

I don't know that I have 15 INTERESTING facts about myself, but I do have some pretty weird random things I can put here. Here goes...

Oh, and by the way--it says picture from today so I posted a pic from today. Seriously...school counts t-shirt, sweat pants, and Cardinals hat. That's the real me!

1. I have unbelievably thick hair even though I lose a handful every time I'm in the shower. Weird.

2. I have a soul mate--his name is Daniel Heinzen and he is the BEST thing that has ever happened to me. I didn't believe in soul mates until I met Danny. I love him so very much. On May 5 of this year, we will have been married for 4 years.

3. I have a 3 1/2 year old Border Collie named Jersey that is the closest to a child that I have. She is spoiled rotten but such a good dog. We love her very much.

4. I'm a teacher. At times, I feel I am the worst one out there, but I love what I do. The kids are constantly cracking me up and reminding me why I love my job.

5. I love coffee. It's an absolute must when I roll out of bed.

6. I can count on one hands the number of times I have consumed an alcoholic beverage in the last 10 years, yet I married a German-Catholic boy who is a beer connoisseur.

7. My parents are 2 of the most wonderful people I know. I have never doubted how much they love me and how proud they are of me.

8. I want to have children someday...just not any time soon.

9. I love to travel, but I hate to fly. We're planning on going to Europe in the summer of 2012 and I see alot of Valium in my future because the flight to Frankfurt is 11.5 hours.

10. I have had the same best friend for almost 20 years. Her name is Jessica. She moved to Hector when we were in 2nd grade and we've been inseparable ever since.

11. Our house was originally supposed to be 2200 square feet. My father-in-law kept finding places we could "add a few feet" and ended up with 3350 square feet. It's a real turd to clean.

12. In addition to #11, we built our house for a little less than $30 per square foot.

13. I have 2 pairs of pajama pants that I've owned since junior high. I interchange them every other night and WILL NOT allow Danny to throw them away. They are getting to be too big now, but I will wear them until they won't stay up anymore...or put a new waistband in them!

14. I wanted to be a veterinarian when I was growing up. When I got in college, I realized I struggled to much with math and science to achieve that dream. Thanks Tech for stomping on my heart.

15. I love books--all books. I love the way they smell, feel, and look.