Saturday, June 12, 2010

The First Wedding Pic Is In!!!

Our photographer is making his way through tons and tons of photos but has showed us a few that he really likes. Here's the first one he "released" to us :)

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Flash Me Friday- Open the Door

Today's Flash Me Friday is all about what it looks like when you enter your front door. If you'd like to participate in the Flash Me Fridays, please go to and link your blog here (

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Inspiring Story from "Jail"

A recent blog by a fellow cyster that I found to be very inspiring:

by Marina Finnell

So I've been in the hospital for 11 days now and I am finally getting to go home tomorrow! Well, that's the plan anyways, let's hope that's still the case when tomorrow comes! Oddly enough though, this hospital stay seems like it has gone by quicker than most others do. I am usually in the hospital (or as I like to sometimes refer to it, as "jail" haha) for at least 2 full weeks, but this time, i have been working my butt off like a crazy lady with all of my treatments and exercise and meds that my PFT's have gone through the roof!!!! =] I am sooo excited to be able to make this stay a short one and to get on to enjoying my last summer before I start college in August!!!

So when I was admitted to "jail" (hehe) 11 days ago, my PFT's were not so hot, they were below 50% :/ I realize that there are plenty more CFer's out there that are living their daily lives even lower than that, but everyone's story and their CF is different. So I don't want to sound "braggish" or annoying to other people reading this, which is why people write their Own blogs and what not, because it is about them. haha. Anyways, a 50% PFT is really bad for me, it's the lowest I have ever been and if you think about it, it's like only being able to breath with one lung. Blah. The Docs weren't too happy with this number oddly enough haha. So after getting yet another Reality check this year (as I am growing up and moving on in life, I have been getting a lot of reality checks with my CF this last year haha) I have been working my little heart out in here and doing my treatments and meds etc. like a crazy person and I realized, they seriously ALL make a huge difference! After just 4 days of constant treatments, IV meds, and determination, I got my PFT's up from 50% to 67% ! That's huge for me! =]

The next day, I had a bronchoscopy and my first sinus surgery done! Wow, did those two make a difference!!! I feel AWESOME! They sure did clean me out! :) After 9 days of being in the hospital and 4 days after my procedures, my PFT's were up from 50%, to 67%, to now 76% ! :) Whooo! 76% is higher than my numbers have been in at least 6 or 7 years!!! My baseline is usually only around 65% too so I've definitely made huge progress!

Are you ready for the BEST news of all?!?!?! Today, my 11th day in here, my PFT's are up to 79%!!!! So close to an amazing 80, but I will most definitely accept a 79% and my Docs will gladly take them as well! But the hard work and dedication to my CF and my body does not stop here! As I am preparing to go off to college here soon in a ocuple months, this last year and these last couple weeks alone, have been great experiences for me! I now have been able to see for myself what I am truly capable of doing on my own! =]

It's all just so exciting! I had to share this first experience of becoming an adult and dealing with CF all on my own without mommy dictating everything I do haha! Well, RT just walked in and it's time for my last evening treatment of this hospital stay!!! =] Whoo! Approximately 12 more hours and I'm FREE again!!! :)

Isn't that sooooo cool?!??!?!? It just shows that if we set our mind to it and put in the work sometimes the impossible is possible. Great job cyster and I can't wait to read about even higher PFT's next time :)

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Carry You Through Life...

...or something like that :)

This is definitely one of my favorite photos from the photo wall at our wedding. We decided to do a photo wall instead of a guest book and it turned out to be one of our better decisions. We bought a bunch of props and left the rest up to the guests at the wedding. If any of you have a wedding coming up I would HIGHLY suggest going this route. I'll be posting more pictures from the photo wall periodically :)

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

My Second Near-Death Experience

- I'm so thankful that our A/C got fixed and it didn't cost us an arm and a leg. Luckily it was just a leg this time, but we still have both arms. We're fortunate to have two A/C units but the unit that went out provides the cold air for the part of the house we actually spend our time in. It's responsible for our master bedroom, living room, kitchen and dining room. Like I said though, it certainly could have been much worse. We've been sleeping in the guest bedroom the last couple of nights but will be back in our bedroom tonight!! The guy fixed it in literally less than 10 minutes as it was just a little part that happens to run the fan. It completely gave out (in fact, it exploded). Hopefully this new one will stay intact for a VERY long time.

- We road our bikes up to Coldstone Creamery tonight as a little bit of a reward for all of our hard work in the garden today. It was incredibly hot and we were out there a good couple of hours doing everything from pruning, to cutting, to raking, to watering, to pulling, to pushing. We were both sweaty messes at the end of it, so we decided to treat ourselves. We took off up the road about a mile and a half eager to get our mouthes on the pure cold goodness. We seriously couldn't wait!! Well, not sure when it happened, but the ol' creamery went out of business. No cold goodness for us. We did our best to make up for it when we went home though with some homemade zucchini muffins and whipped cream. Mmmmm mmmmm good :)

- Mandi talked a little bit about married life on yesterday's and I've got to say, I couldn't agree more. Married. Life. Rocks. It just makes everything better. I mean, I've drank 1000000 cups of coffee, but I've never shared a cup with my wife and I never knew coffee could get even better. I've cooked with others in the past, but cooking with my wife is more enjoyable and I swear the food tastes better. In fact, Mandi and I have much of the same routine in terms of our work day and shows we watch during lunch breaks, yet the time I spend with her now just seems better. I have yet to be able to verbalize it correctly, but I think I got close the other night while trying to explain how I felt to Mandi. I told her it was much like a person who has a near death experience. Everything from that point on takes on a different meaning and all of the experiences just seem better. I think our wedding day was that near death experience for me...or did that just not sound right??

Monday, June 7, 2010

Married Life Rocks My Socks

ANNNND I'm back. Obviously not totally because you'll notice that this didn't post at 4 am like they're "supposed" to. Last night Ronnie looked at me at 10:45 pm and said, "what's Mandi Monday about?"....WHOOPS. But that's ok, some are just slower than others to get back into the saddle.

So let me fill you guys in. LIFE. IS. GOOD! I was absolutely thrilled with how the wedding turned out. Everything went smoothly (I think in large part because my mom ran around the whole day and night running the I love my momma!) Everything was beautiful. The ceremony was wonderful. We wrote our own vows and that was the best decision we made for the whole wedding. We didn't read each other's vows prior, so it was an incredible feeling, standing up there, having the love of your life tell you just what you mean to them. I tell you what, Ronnie did a BEAUTIFUL job on his vows. I've never felt so loved, so appreciated and so blessed. The only "bad" thing about the wedding is what everyone tells you, it FLEW by. There are moments that we both stopped, to just take it all in, and even those moments are fuzzy. But luckily we have it all on film, so we'll watch it back and I'm sure that'll help.

The honeymoon was great, but I won't focus on that because I know you saw pictures.

The best part about the last two weeks: Getting home and settling into life with my amazing husband. I was going to do a top 10 list of being married, but the problem is, there's far more than 10, and the best parts are VERY little things. Here are a few though: Sitting at our dining room table eating a dinner we made together in our kitchen. Setting up our closet with my stuff on the left, his stuff on the right, and walking in each day to be reminded that we get to live together. Finding out how nutty Ronnie is about having all of the labels facing out on items in the pantry. Looking over to see Ronnie kickin' it in his underwear because our A/C went out. Brushing my teeth next to Ronnie. Tag team cleaning the whole house to get ready for company. Riding our cruisers around the 'hood, coffee mugs in hand, chatting about what we want to do with our house and our yard.

Anyway, those are just a few favorites...I won't bore you by going on. Needless to say, I'm loving married life.

Sunday, June 6, 2010

An Important Purchase!!!

Mandi and I made two of the most important purchases of our young lives a couple of days ago. Any one want to guess what it is? I'll give you some clues:

- We wanted to get to know our neighborhood a little better
- We needed another way to exercise
- We love the beach
- It brought us back to our younger years

Any guesses? Well, if you didn't see the pictures I attached first and you had some guesses, please feel free to let me know what you were thinking.


Beach Cruisers!!! That's right, we bought some bikes that make it feel as if we're cruising along the beach. If you guys are interested in picking yourself up some of these tasty little treats let me give you a piece of Target or Walmart. Bike shops charge a FORTUNE for these metal frames of goodness. At the big box stores you can snag one for around 100 bucks.

So far Mandi and I have cruised different parts of our neighborhood a couple of times and used our bikes to go and get the mail everyday. I mean, walking to the mailbox is so 2009 right?? Yesterday we stepped it up a notch and decided to ride our bikes to dinner. One thing I love about our new neighborhood is that we're about 1.5 miles away from all of the action. Seriously, you name it, and it's 1.5 miles away. Super Target, Super Walmart, Home Depot, Old Navy, Hobby Lobby, Sports Chalet, Chipotle, Jamba Juice, McDonalds, Olive Garden, Red Lobster, Hi-Health and about 50 other stores, restaurants and banks that I'm forgetting or don't know the name to.

So last night we road our cruisers up to Native New Yorker which is a pizza and wing joint with franchises in Arizona and Texas. We took full advantage of their "after 8:30 half off of appetizers" special and went to town. It was nice to get out of the house for a bit and just relax with my wife :) Anyway, after devouring cheese sticks, fried zucchini, boneless wings and loaded steak fries, we hopped back on our bikes and headed home. It feels SO good to be cruising around on summer nights in Arizona. It's still a little hot, but you feel cool air beating against your body while riding the bike.

We look forward to other adventures on our bikes VERY soon....and we can't thank you enough Grammy for giving us the dough to make this purchase. Love ya!!!!