Friday, August 27, 2010

Lucky Number 3

And what a great year it was!!! I've had this post saved to edit for a year now, and since this weekend is our 4th year anniversary, I thought I'd post it--that way on the next post, I can cover exactly 1 year! Lol. Well, 3 years ago (From last summer) on July 26th, 2007, Todd and I took the deep plunge to get married! and 4 years ago on July 24th, 2006, we had our first date at the Spanish Fork Carnival. And 4 years and 1 month before that, I thought he was a hot head return missionary, and he thought I was a brat! Funny how those things happen. Now onto year NUMBER 4! I think it's going to be epic! What do you think?? :)

Very belated: Andrews Cabin and July 24th

In July Todd and I were invited to spend the weekend up at our brother in laws, Andrews, cabin. We had a lot of fun and was sad that we had to leave early for my stupid work. Here are just some very belated pictures of it:
Apparently, Andrews cabin is a very nice place to take naps because those are the only pictures I got.

This is my nephew Charlie. He is so adorable.

And this is Todd and I out on the lake it a canoe! It was scary!

Then we ended the evening roasting some marshmallows and stuffing our faces! Yumm!

And last but not least, here is some pics of our 24th of July.

Looks exciting huh? ;)

We had a lot of fun. I LOVE July!

More very belated July posts to come!!

Friday, August 13, 2010

New Summer Movies!

Check out my movie blog and read about what movies I saw this Summer and what I thought about them.

Sunday, July 25, 2010

The cause behind all the madness

So I'm sure most people could care less that I have back pain, which is fine. But having it be apart of my life for a while now, I've been seeking for a lot of answers, and thanks to having a husband going into physical therapy, going to a physical therapist, and my 2 uncles being physical therapist, I have come to this: (Who knows, maybe this could be helpful information for someone else down the road).

This is where my pain is at.
My symptoms include pinching in the center when I extend my back, lower left pain and around the left hip, and sacrum pain.
And here is why:
Anterial Tilt
After doing some X-rays, I found out that my pelvis tips forward quite a bit, which causes my sacrum to stick out further, putting pressure on it when I sit or lay down for long periods of time.

S.I. Joint Dysfunction
After doing some test, I found that my left SI joint locks up. This could be caused by my anterior tilt, bad posture, and/or lax joints. Lax joints being my joints are more pliable- easily put out of place, because I'm "too" flexible (since when is being TOO flexable bad?) Anyway, when my SI joint locks up or is under stress (possibly due to my anterial tilt), it causes pain around my left hip as well.

Kissing Spine
All the therapist I have talked to think the pinching I am feeling, which causes the most pain, is due to Kissing Spine. That's when the Spinous processes bones touch during extension, causing a sharp pain or "pinch" in my case. This could be caused my my anterial tilt and the exaggerated curve in my lower back.
So, pretty much, all of my pain and symptoms are apart of one large crappy back pain cycle!
But now that I have come to understand what I have, I'm ready to fix it! And hopefully fix it for good! The way I will do this is by stabilization exercises, where I build muscle in my core and butt, tighten up muscles that have been elongated, and stretch muscles that have been shortened. I have been given certain exercises to do this, and I need to do them 2-3 times a day, and hopefully within time, maybe a month or so, my back will go back to it's usual self.

I feel like I have learned so much with this experience, even though it has been hard and it's not over, but it makes me realize what Todd is going into and what a great career it is. To want to help people in physical pain is a gift, a selfless gift, and I'm so glad people, like Todd, choose to do it just so they can help people live a better and happier life. :)

Friday, July 2, 2010

The annoying things that get you down...

It was the summer of 2009. I was studying for a biology test. (I HATE science!) I had been cramming the material in all morning long. Then, as I leaded to the edge of my chair to stretch with my arms way above my head, a horrible shot of pain ripped through my lower back.

And my back has never been the same since...

That was a year ago, and here I am now. In the same situation. Luckily being married to someone going into physical therapy has helped take the edge off of the pain, but it's never gone completely away. It's sad that something like "back pain" can just make everything else suck. I feel so frustrated about it. Why wont it get better? I have to admit that I haven't done EVERYTHING I can in the "physical therapy" world to fix it. Not only do I need to stretch 2-3 times A DAY- which I do, I need to build up muscle in my back, stomach, and butt! That's the hard part. I've never been good with "toning up." I prefer doing cardio. Which brings me to my next dilemma.

A couple posts back I stated that I had become unhappy with my body, and that I was finally ready to do something about it. Well, "doing something about it" to me meant, get up and go jogging. I use to jog and I LOVED it! And I was so excited to push myself and get back into it again. In fact, I told myself I wanted to be able to run the 5K for Salem days in August. I've always wanted to do it, but I never have (and I've lived her my ENTIRE life)! So I started. But to my great dismay, I found out very quickly that a bad back and jogging does NOT mix. I have never been in so much back pain in my entire life! And that's when i realized, I couldn't be a runner. Not now anyways. It's sad, now when I drive to work and see all these runners, instead of saying "I need to do that, " I think, "I wish I could do that." I believe I can get to that point again, but it just sucks feeling this way. Feeling like your so fragile and broken, watching every move you make to make sure you don't strain your back. My house is a mess because every time I try to pick up, it hurts. I feel bad for Todd. He is a better Wife than I am... in the manly husband way of course. ;) I know there's a lot more worse things out there than having back pain, so I really shouldn't complain. So now, instead of going jogging. I'm walking with my mom 3 miles 2 time a week, stretching everyday in the morning and night, doing strengthening excises 2-3 times a week (like palates or yoga), and then I'll be getting on my Elliptical 2 times a week for cardio. I haven't lost a pond since I started my exercise fix, but I'm not going to give up. Maybe this time around this new schedule will be a better one for me. For me, my body, and my back.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Our St. George Trip

After Todd's graduation and my crazy finals we needed to get away. So we decided to take a small but amazing trip down to St. George! We had been so sick of the weather tricking us here, and we wanted to go somewhere where we didn't have to drive forever, so St. George sounded like the perfect place. When we first got there we checked into our hotel, and then went to a dinner and a movie. A perfect and relaxing way to start off a vacation. Then the next day we woke up bright and early and drove down to Zion where we took most of our pictures.

Todd giving thumbs up on our first hike

The water fall to the Lower Emerald Pools

It's hard to see, but we're standing under the water fall

Moving on up...

I liked this picture

Just the two of us

I didn't realize to get to the upper pools was going to be this... rocky!

And here is my victory stance once we got past the steep rocky trail (Or I was airing out my arm pitts- I guess you'll never know) ;)
Beautiful Sights... of Todd that is! Isn't he a cutie!

And finally we reached the waterfall!
These next pictures are just some from the River Walk trail. Sooo much fun!
The River Side trail
Next we went to Weeping Rock. Here are some pictures of that:

By the end of the day I was taking more pictures of nature than of Todd and I. Ha ha!

Well, it was a fun filled perfect day at Zions, and when we got back to our hotel we fell right asleep to get ready for our next activity.

The Temple.

Isn't it beautiful! It was a great experience!

It was a short trip, but we had so much fun! Now its back to school for Todd and work for me. Even though that stinks, it makes trips like this worth the while. ;)

Todd's Graduation

On April 30th, Todd graduated from UVU with his Bachelors of Exercise Science, and I couldn't be more proud of him! He worked so hard and graduated with a 3.6 GPA! You go hun! Here is just a few pics we took of the eventful day:

Getting his diploma

It was fun because my sisters husband also graduated! Good Job Spencer!

The Graduates

The Callan Clan

The proud wives

Doesn't he look so handsome! Good job Hun! Now its off to Physical Therapy school! You'll do great! :)

Saturday, May 8, 2010

You know you're too fat when...

WARNING!!! What I wrote is pertaining to me and only me, any offense taken is not my intentions.

You know you're too fat when...

You can barely fit into your pants and you even have to unbutton them at times.

You know you're too fat when...

Your grandma asks you if you're pregnant while pointing at your belly fat.

You know you're too fat when...

You have to hike up your "G's" to your belly button to cover your new love handles.

You know you're too fat when...

You go shopping and you're suddenly looking at larges instead of mediums and the size of pants you use to wear are extremely hard to get on.

You know you're too fat when...

Every time you take a picture, you have a double chin.

You know you're too fat when...

You prefer sugar and a lot of it over more healthy foods in your fridge

You know you're too fat when...

Your pregnant sister weighs just as much as you do

You know you're too fat when...

Your mom and dad weigh less than you

And you know you're too fat when you're the biggest you've ever been in your entire life!

My average weight for most of my adult life is 125 lbs. I weighed 2 or 3 lbs lighter in High School and when I got married, and I'm currently 10-12 lbs over that. Yeah that's not a huge deal, but I don't like it. I don't feel good about myself and I don't feel comfortable in my body. My lowest weight has been 116-118 lbs but I didn't feel healthy. I was hardly eating. My best weight and new goal is between 120-122 lbs. That means I need to lose about 15 lbs. I know I can do it cause I've done it before. I just need to do it and stay committed. I use to run a lot. I want to be a runner again. I miss it and I miss the way I felt when i was healthy. So yeah, I'm starting this Monday with my new diet and exercise. I'm going to try and exercise 3 times a week starting- for 30 minutes, drink more water, reduce my sugar to 200 grams, and a full serving of fruit and vegetables every day. I know if I do these things, I can reach my goal. So wish me luck to a better, healthier, new ME! :)

Saturday, May 1, 2010

New Movies!

Check them out on my new movie blog

Saturday, April 10, 2010

New Blog

So I decided to separate my personal blog from the movies I've commented about. I've gotten a few comments and requests so I just thought it would be nice to just have a blog dedicated to the movies I went and saw and what i think about them. Its nothing special, but check it out if your interested. You might just save yourself $20 bucks!
I know i wont. ;)

Its on my side panel underneath my "artwork of the month" so...
Check it out!

Or go to

Monday, February 22, 2010

Celebrating Feb. 14th

~Valentines Day 2010~

Todd and I went to Macaroni Grill for the 2nd time to celebrate Valentines Day. It was a lot of fun! What place wouldn't be fun when you can draw on the tables?! I should be a portrait artist, don't you think? ;)

These are the Roses Todd got me, along with chocolate and a wooden doll holding a puppy. (See 1st picture above). I got Todd a bunch of SNL movies and an Itunes card.

Todd also surprised me with this funny card.

In case you can't read it, it says "I Ruv U Wit Al My Hart!" Signed Dexter. I couldn't stop laughing. Todd said he used my charcoal to rub on Dext's paw. Then after, the dog jumped all over him, causing him to have to change his pants before I saw him. It was one of the high lights of the night. Ha ha.

Then we took random pics of us before we went and got some ice cream. We did this last year trying to kill some time before a movie, so we did it again. Who knows, maybe it'll turn into a tradition. Anyways, It was a really fun Valentines!

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

More Movies Part 2

It was my Grandmas birthday the other day and one of the ways we celebrated it was by having a girls night out! Its was my Grandma, my cousin Jeni, and I. We first met up at the Provo mall where we went and saw "When in Rome."
I really liked the idea of the movie, but I feel like it could have been done a little better. I liked the beginning and where it was going and I tried really hard to get into it, but as it went on, I felt like it started to crumble. You know those "Full House" moments, when a lesson is being learned and you hear the music playing in the back round and everyone gets all sentimental?? Well, the rest of the movie was like that and you just wanted to slap the girl in the face cause she was being stupid. I think these two are good actors and dang, Josh Duhamel (from Transformers) is way hot, but maybe their not so good together... actually, them being together didn't bother me, it was more so the writing... Anyways, I give it 2 1/2 stars! :)

After seeing "When in Rome" in theaters, my Grandma, Jeni, and I went and got some food at Red Robin, then headed back to my Grandmas house to watch another movie. (Can you tell I came from a family that LOVES movies??) Anyways, Jeni had bought the movie "The Time Traveler's Wife," and Okay. Let me just tell you a little about this. When this movie first came out I wanted to see it! BAD! Call me pathetic, but I actually cried during the previews of this movie! I just knew it was going to be good! Then I found out it was a book, and I thought it would be fun to read the book first. Well, my little sister actually got a hold of it and read it before me and said it was only "okay." She said it had some not so good parts, and thought it would be better. This made me sooo sad! But I wanted to find out for myself. So I started to read it, skipping over the not so good parts of course, and while reading I kind of thought the same as my sister. I mean, it was interesting but it kind of drug on and had some really weird parts. So about 2/3rd's of the way through the book, i stopped reading it, then when the movie came out, I didn't hear much talk about it so I just assumed it wasn't good. So I never went and saw it. Well... we brought it home and watched it at my Grandmas house and I LOVED IT!!! It was everything I thought it was going to be and more! Granite, I would have preferred it to end a little differently, but I still liked it! In fact, I liked it so much I already downloaded it onto my ipod. Ha ha. I really like Rachel McAdams (from the Notebook), I think she is a good actress and really cute! and Eric Bana (From Troy) was amazing! I loved the story, and I loved their relationship. You do see a few bums in this movie because when he time travels he can't take clothes with him, so yeah. If that bothers you then... keep that in mind. But overall, I give it 4 stars!!!

Last but not least, the next movie on my movie list is "Valentine's Day." Todd and I went and saw this on Monday. I know this movie had a lot of hype... but I found that when you put too many strong actors in a movie, its sometimes doesn't turn out so good. There were too many people in it, showing their individual lives, causing it not to go deep enough. I think a good movie is when you can relate to it or you can see yourself in it at times. Kind of why a book needs charater development- so you can know the charater and have empathy for them. Anyways, I just felt like it was just scratching the surface of a love story and I found myself half way through wondering when it was going to end. (Never a good sign). It was almost too predictable and definitely too long. I even had low expectations going in, and that still didn't help. There were a few laugh out loud parts, but i wouldn't say it was a funny movie. But I don't know. Maybe I'm completely off about all these movies. Maybe you would really like it. I tend to like movies that are a little different and not the same old same old. However, I still like traditional movies as long as they are good! Looking back I don't think there were any bad parts in this movie so that was good. Anyways, I didn't think it was horrible (compared to "All About Steve"), but I didn't really like it either. So with that, I give it 2 1/2 stars!

Todd still wants to see Avatar and I want to see Sherlock Holmes, so maybe someday! To bad movies are really expensive. The only way we go and see movies is if we have a gift card to them. So if you're ever in need of gift ideas for Todd and I....

(hint hint).
See ya!