Thursday, December 27

Christmas and New Year Cheer!

Hello again! It's been a little while since I have posted anything of my own, I have been reading everyone else's blogs!

I can't believe that Christmas has already come and gone, and that New Year's is fast approaching!

As for the update from my surgery, the swelling is almost completely gone and I am breathing much much better than before! I am just still not fully able to breathe like I am supposed to just yet! Hooray for the day when I will finally be able to breathe!

For Christmas we went to Cambridge and celebrated with Brandon's parents! It was a white Christmas! It snowed a whole bunch while we were there! We drove up Friday night after B was done with work, and then on Saturday, we went Jeeping in Don and Betty's Wrangler in to the mountains around Cambridge. In some of the foothills, we were able to trespass on to someone else's property and walk around an old homestead that Don (my father in law) thinks is about 100 years old or so. It was awesome! The only thing that I didn't like is that the property is used for cattle, so there was frozen old cow poo absolutely EVERYWHERE! So one had to be totally careful not to step in some!

After we were done with the poo infested homestead, we went up and attempted to go over one of the passes, and got stuck in an area where the snow was almost 3 feet high! Luckily we were able to turn around and come back the way we came, but trying to imagine getting stuck up there without any food would have been a terrible thing for my diabetes! The snow was coming down so much and so fast, it was really hard for Don to drive through it!

Sunday was a first for me, I was asked to sing with my niece who attends Cambridge's small Baptist church! We went to our sacrament meeting first, and then walked across the street to the Baptist church and we sang Away in a Manger. Their preacher had an interesting sermon about Jesus Christ (hence it was the Sunday before Christmas) and he talked about the immaculate conception. He talked about how Christ was perfect because he was born from a Virgin mother. Then he talked about how we are sinful by nature because we were created through a sinful act (meaning sex) and I just looked at my mother in law and Brandon and said "well that's interesting!" I enjoyed the sermon, don't get me wrong, but it was just very different from what I am used to!

Monday, we laid low, and didn't do much of anything.

Christmas was a great day! We woke up early and got ready for the day, then our niece Charity came over and we all opened our presents! I mostly got money for gifts, and got some small things. Brandon really surprised me by getting me a pair of beautiful silver James Avery (my favorite kind of jewelry) hoops.

Christmas is such a special time of year for me. I love the lights, the music, the bright colors and the snow covered mountains. Most of all it helps me remember the real reason why we celebrate it, and the many blessings that I have in my life. Some of the best blessings in life are the friends that I have who have really been there, and who may still read this blog!

I really hope that y'all had a wonderful Christmas. I did. I love you all! Take care!

Thursday, December 13

Swollen Thursday!

Hey again everyone! Here I sit, listening to the 10 o'clock news, with a bandage over my still swollen nose, and in my pajamas! There's a kodak moment for you! Let's just say that the entire world is lucky that I have not entered a beauty contest of any kind whatsoever, because it is NOT a pretty picture right now. I am supposed to get some stitches and splints out on Monday, which in my book, couldn't be soon enough! I am down to only one pain pill every 4 to 5 hours instead of two. And the bandage switch I make every 2 hours or so is to help with the drainage coming out of my nose! It's disgusting! And definitely no fun! Hope all the discomfort and misery I have been through is well worth it, because it was to help me breathe better!

In other related news, my sister Jenny is probably going to have her twins sometime soon because she has had some contractions, so she is on stricter bed rest restrictions and we are excited because she is far enough along that doctors have been very optimistic is saying that even if the babies come early they will be fine! And then my sister Katie has been really sick (something that happens once every blue moon) with strep throat and ear infections! So all of the Voorhees girls have been sick this week! I don't think that this has ever happened before!

I was able to summon enough energy today to straighten up the kitchen and accomplish doing some laundry today. I am beginning to get some serious cabin fever, but there is no way in H$@% I am going to be caught dead in the condition I am in out in public! Not until I am able to stop wearing this stupid bandage!

Well this has been a boring post, but it's something!

Take care!

Sunday, December 9

Lazy Sunday!

Hey there y'all!

Today is Sunday and it's only 5:15 and I am already ready for bed! I seriously could fall asleep now. But I won't, because then I won't sleep tonight before my big day tomorrow! I am having an outpatient procedure tomorrow on my nose. I have a deviated septum, and some tissue in my nose issues that my Dr. is going to take care of. I have heard that nose surgery is not fun at all, but I just want to get this over with and get better ASAP! So keep Brandon in y'all's prayers for having to take care of me and put up with me this week as I recover!

Other than that, life has been pretty uneventful. We got some snow again, finally enabling all the ski resorts to open. They were getting pretty worried about not having that much snow for some prime skiing time.

It has been WICKED cold here in Utah lately. It seems that with each passing year, I get increasingly more sensitive to the cold. It's not fun at all! I am always cold here in the winter, and try as I might, I can not get warm! But even with all the cold, snow, and ice, I am really looking forward to the Christmas season! I love seeing all the lights and decorations everywhere I go.

Oh, last Saturday was my 3rd Anniversary since I was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes. It may sound a little nuts, but every year Brandon and I go out to dinner, or out for a fun date to mark the date. I know that some of you are probably thinking that we are off our rocker for doing that because it is not something to celebrate, but for us, it was a day that changed our lives forever. So we went to Good Wood and I ate my fave: baby back ribs, and Utah's definition of a Texas Brisket, and it was a lot of fun. Then we went down to downtown Ogden, (yes in the dark of night) and walked around and took a gander at the lights and displays that Ogden City puts up every year. It was absolutely freezing, but we had fun.

A few weeks ago when Brandon's parents were down visiting from Idaho, I bought a picture of the Houston Temple, and I finally put it into a frame, and mounted it on the wall, as well as a picture that was taken of Brandon and I on the beach in San Diego over the summer. Since we are renters we try to make our duplex's white walls look more homey with pictures.

Yesterday was fun, I was able to make the gifts I plan to send to my family for Christmas! I have never been really artsy fartsy, but I got the idea from a gathering I went to, and I had to go to a friend's house yesterday to make the gifts! They turned out really well. I liked them so much that I decided to keep one for myself!

Well, that's about it from our end! I hope that everyone who reads this is doing well. I think about many of you often and hope that you are recipients of life's greatest blessings, and that you are all happy, especially during this wonderful time of year. My love goes out to each of you!

Love all y'all!