December 18, 2011

My Bachelorette Party!

Last night was my bachelorette party!! My maid of honor and sister, Caroline, did an excellent job planning everything and we had a wonderful day!

First we started off with mimosas and catch-up time. Then we all got to pick an apron that we liked. Tied to the apron was a food. We all made my favorite chicken salad for lunch and the food listed on our label was what we were in charge of while making the meal!

Then we were whisked away to Lavande for pedicures and more champagne. Later it was back to the house for treats, romantic comedies, and gifts! Caroline surprised us all with goodie bags filled with beads and light up rings for the night!


We got all dolled up and a MASSIVE party bus for 45 people arrived. They upgraded us because they gave our smaller bus away to another group. Tom was our driver and while we were at dinner he picked up his 22 year old son Casey for the ride home. We had vodka-cranberries and mango mojitos while we danced (and sang) our way to the city for dinner at Paragon! And what dinner would be complete at Paragon without a chat with Spence before he made my meal...


We danced, sang, and drank our way back to Moraga where we all knew we would feel it today. I'm glad to report that we all survived, but we're all a little achy and tired this morning.

There are hundreds of more pictures posted on facebook....

4 days until the GRIKI wedding!!!

December 16, 2011

The boys are off to Vegas...

Tonight the boys are off to Vegas for Grant's Bachelor Party!!! I hope they have a fabulous time and that no one ends up sleeping on the roof! And while we all know the Hangover references...I think it's appropriate that we think about the movie What Happens in Vegas...

Clearly Grant is Ashton...and Scott is the wannabe lawyer.

And no, I'm not worried about Grant coming back married to someone else.
We're too good of a match for me to be worried about that.

My sister's been busy being an AMAZING maid of honor planning me a secret bachelorette party for tomorrow. I don't know anything but am so excited to spend a day with the girls!!!

And Gordie was supposed to arrive home tonight from Manchester...however, his first was was delayed 3.5 hours so he missed his connection which means that he is stuck in Munich for the night. But fingers crossed he'll make it home tomorrow night!

6 days until the GRIKI wedding!

December 15, 2011

One week left!

I can't believe there's only one week left until our big day. I feel like just yesterday Grant was surprising me in my classroom and proposing...

Date of event

Thursday, March 10, 2011

An Officer (and Gentleman) Proposes!

"Congratulations to Kingsley Grafft and her new fiance, Grant Frazier, a Second Lieutenant currently stationed at Fort Benning in Columbus, Georgia. While Grant and Kingsley met during their freshman year of high school at Campolindo, they didn't become a couple until June of last year after he graduated from West Point and returned home for the summer. Grant surprised Kingsley when he showed up at the school where she teaches in uniform last Thursday, got down on one knee and popped the question in front of her sixth period class. Now there's a lesson in love! "
This was published in the March 14, 2011 Junior League of Oakland-East Bay, Inc. E-Blast.

December 12, 2011

Happy Monday and Happy Birthday Mom!

California, Beta Blockers, a Birthday and Kinect!

I am finally home in California. I had to fly from Nashville to San Diego and from San Diego to Oakland. The flights were pretty easy, but because of the altitude change by heart rate was 122 the entire time. But I made it home and have been able to start the beta blocker which has already lowered my heart rate. Yesterday my heart rate ranged from 85 to 95. My heart rate hasn't been this low in MONTHS, if not longer so this was huge progress!

Today is mom's birthday!! So happy birthday to the best mom! We're celebrating tonight and next Monday when Grant and Gordon are home too!!

I can't find the kinect tennis commercial...but every time I see one of these ones I can't help but think that someday we might come home to find our own parents doing this...



10 days until the GRIKI wedding!!!

December 9, 2011

Beat with a Baseball Bat

That's exactly what it feels like happened to my face. The recovery from this tilt table test is taking longer than I thought it would. I know I only had the test yesterday morning, but I was really under the impression that at the latesttttttt I would feel fine 24 hours later. Well we are now 30 hours into recovery and I still feel like I have been run over by a truck and that someone smashed in my face with a baseball bat. It's hard to really explain what it feels like unless you've experienced these symptoms. And the good news is that the tilt table test was able to reproduce the episodes I've been experiencing, but the unfortunate part was in order for that to happen, I had to endure another episode and am now dealing with the recovery process.

I saw my cardiologist this morning, and he has put me on a beta blocker twice a day. I'll start it tomorrow night once I have safely landed in California. The doctor says that I should start to feel better in 3 or 4 days. That is an amazing thought and I really hope he's right! But basically, the results of yesterday's test show that I do indeed have POTS and it is an autonomic nervous response (meaning we can't cure it, we can only treat the symptoms). Additionally, my test results show that at this point in time I should be standing for no longer than 15 minutes at a time (and that is the absolute max!). When I think about what that means for my life I feel overwhelmed. This means no grocery shopping (or only very quick trips), no parking far away, no walks, no working out, no standing in lines, no shopping, no teaching, and no standing anytime soon. I'm hoping my adrenaline will kick in on the wedding day so that none of this is an issue, but we'll have a back up plan in case it is.

But the bottom line is that I haven't been crazy. I haven't been making this up. And it wasn't just CFS. My CFS was being caused by POTS. I'm so glad I didn't just settle with my doctors, I listened to my gut instinct that was telling me it was something more than CFS. Now we have some answers that will actually allow me to treat my body and help it heal.

13 days until the GRIKI wedding. 24 hours until California.

December 8, 2011

2 weeks > Tilt Test

2 weeks until the GRIKI wedding. I could not be more excited. I wake up in the middle of the night and have trouble falling back asleep because I'm so excited (or because I've just had a nightmare about something horrible happening to my dress...).

This morning I had to have an echo (ultrasound of my heart) and a tilt table test. The echo was a piece of cake, no big deal, and Grant was there the whole time. The tilt table test was an entirely different story. If you want to see what one looks like, look it up on youtube.com. That's what I did last night. Unfortunately, Grant wasn't allowed to stay for this test. Basically, they move your body to different positions while monitoring your heart rate the whole time. For the first 15 minutes you lie entirely flat and they monitor your blood pressure every 3 minutes. That was no big deal. They even had a tv in the room that I could watch. Then they raise the table you are strapped to so you are at an 80 degree angle and they monitor your blood pressure every minute. Everything was going fine. My heart rate and blood pressure were doing exactly what I told the doctor they would do. But of course I jinxed myself...in the last minute and a half I had a POTS episode. I started flushing, getting dizzy and nauseous, and felt like I really needed to lie down. But since you can't lie down, I actually passed out. My heart rate dropped from 148 to 54. I actually had two non-responsive beats. It was a fairly traumatic experience. My body was desperately asking me to lie it down but because of the test you can't. The nurse and technician were wonderful, as well as the people monitoring my IV. They took excellent care of me and brought Grant back into the room as quickly as they could.

I'm under strict orders to rest for the remainder of the day, so Grant set me up on the sofa before he went to work so I can spend the day watching trashy tv until he comes home!

14 days and counting...

Whole Foods Parking Lot

Another awesome video courtesy of Allison:

December 7, 2011

GRIKI what?!?

Just recently a friend from high school (and fellow blogger!!) commented on our blog asking about the meaning behind GRIKI.

It's pretty simple.

Grant (Gr) + Kiki (iki) = GRIKI

Please don't think we really believe that we're such a big deal that we get to be put in the category of couples with only one name (ie. Bennifer...). We all know how successful those turn out to be. But the nickname started as soon as we started dating and has stuck ever since. With the wedding coming up, the nickname continues to be usesful...GRIKI wedding, Team GRIKI, and of course the twitter hashtag #teamgriki, #grikiwedding...

PS 15 days until the GRIKI wedding!

It's snowing!

Today it officially snowed in Clarksville. It was mostly slushy rain, but coming from California...it was definitely snow!

I was headed to the YMCA to do my pool workout, but when I saw it was snowing, I decided I would just sit in the hot tub instead.

Now I'm spending the day inside bundled up, pretending I live somewhere that has snow that actually sticks to the ground!

15 days until the GRIKI wedding!!

December 6, 2011

Happy Thanksmas! and Happy Cookie Eating!!

We all know I love the holidays. So Grant and I decided to throw a little Thanksgiving/Christmas party. It was the perfect excuse to get out our Christmas Spode. Grant decided we should make a trip to Goodwill to pick out some lovely Christmas sweaters. The night was filled with food, taboo, and lots of funny stories!







Monday night was our December book club. We had a cookie and an ornament exchange. Needless to say we spent the whole night catching up and eating cookies, and literally no time talking about the book. Alex left with cookies, ornaments, and a dog. Well she picked the dog up today, but thanks to the support of the book club she was able to save Holly from being sold to a rescue shelter in New York!!

16 days until the GRIKI wedding!!!!

December 4, 2011

Food Allergies

"This is the only life-threatening disease I can think of
where survival depends on the people around you."



Spread food allergy awareness along with holiday cheer.

December 2, 2011

12 Stages of Deployment

Feeling very lucky that I don't have to spend this Christmas away from Grant and very thankful for those that are spending it away from their loved ones...

December 1, 2011

When filling out your Christmas Cards this year...

Take one card and send it to:
A Recovering American Soldier
c/o Walter Reed National Military Medical Center
8901 Rockville Pike
Bethesda, MD 20889-5600

edit: My aunt did some research..."On a whim I decided to check this post on snopes and learned that the Walter Reed address does not reach wounded/recovering service people. Here's the address they recommend:
Holidays Mail for Heros
Po Box 5456
Capitol Heights, MD
20791-5456
According to snopes the mail must be post marked no later than Dec 9th or will be returned to sender. There are more guidelines on their web site.

November 30, 2011

Wisdom from Grandpa

If any of you know my Grandpa, you know how wonderful he is and how much great advice he has...if you know him really well, you might be lucky enough to get on his email list. At least once a week I can count on my Grandpa to send emails with good advice, heartwarming stories, or funny jokes that my dad is sure to tell at least five times over the holidays in what will surely be mistaken as a middle eastern accent (a trait that both he and my sister seem to have--no matter what accent they are trying to imitate, they always sound middle eastern). Today I received this email from Grandpa and felt like it was worth sharing!

PS 22 days until GRIKI wedding <3

Written by a 90 year old

This is something we should all read at least once a week!!!!! Make sure you read to the end!!!!!!

Written by Brett, 90 years old, of the Plain Dealer, , .....


"To celebrate growing older, I once wrote the 45 lessons life taught me. It is the most requested column I've ever written.

My odometer rolled over to 90 in August, so here is the column once more:



1. Life isn't fair, but it's still good.

2. When in doubt, just take the next small step.

3. Life is too short to waste time hating anyone.

4. Your job won't take care of you when you are sick. Your friends and parents will. Stay in touch.

5. Pay off your credit cards every month.

6. You don't have to win every argument. Agree to disagree.

7. Cry with someone. It's more healing than crying alone.

8. It's OK to get angry with God. He can take it.

9. Save for retirement starting with your first paycheck.

10. When it comes to chocolate, resistance is futile.

11. Make peace with your past so it won't screw up the present.

12. Don't compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey is all about.

13. If a relationship has to be a secret, you shouldn't be in it.

14. Everything can change in the blink of an eye.. But don't worry; God never blinks.

15. Take a deep breath. It calms the mind.

16. Get rid of anything that isn't useful, beautiful or joyful.

17. Whatever doesn't kill you really does make you stronger.

18. It's never too late to have a happy childhood. But the second one is up to you and no one else.

19. When it comes to going after what you love in life, don't take no for an answer.

20. Burn the candles, use the nice sheets, wear the fancy lingerie. Don't save it for a special occasion. Today is special.

21. Over prepare, then go with the flow.

22. Be eccentric now. Don't wait for old age to wear purple.

23. The most important sex organ is the brain.

24. No one is in charge of your happiness but you.

25. Frame every so-called disaster with these words 'In five years, will this matter?'

26. Always choose life.

27. Forgive everyone everything.

28. What other people think of you is none of your business.

29. Time heals almost everything. Give time time.

30. However good or bad a situation is, it will change.

31. Don't take yourself so seriously. No one else does.

32. Believe in miracles.

33. God loves you because of who God is, not because of anything you did or didn't do.

34. Don't audit life. Show up and make the most of it now.

35. Growing old beats the alternative -- dying young.

36. All that truly matters in the end is that you loved.

37. Get outside every day. Miracles are waiting everywhere.

38. If we all threw our problems in a pile and saw everyone else's, we'd grab ours back.

39. Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need.

40. The best is yet to come...

41. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.

42. Yield.

43. Life isn't tied with a bow, but it's still a gift."

November 29, 2011

One of us has a boot cast while the other has a new job...

Thanksgiving was a whirlwind back in California. It was so nice to see our families but we still feel like we didn't get to see all of our friends! We can't wait to be back in a little bit.

And finally, after thousands and thousands of miles of plane rides, we finally go to fly from Oakland to Denver to Nashville together. And let me tell you, flying with Grant is 20 bagillion times better than flying alone.

Monday we went to see a great foot doctor in Nashville who comes highly recommended. He told Grant he has to stay in a boot cast for 6 weeks to give his foot time to heal. Grant isn't thrilled about this...and maybe...just maybe, if he keeps it on long enough after work I will get a picture of him with it on. The doctor said that chances are at the end of 6 weeks all of Grant's pain will be gone! This is great news since lately there had been lots of surgery talk which we were both trying to avoid as much as possible.

Today I had an interview with a private company that does tutoring with students who have autism. And I got the job!! I am so excited. The company seems great and I can't wait to get started. The position is part time so there will still be plenty of time for my body to rest.

Health update: My allergist at home has referred me to the National Health Institute to see about the possibility of a Mast Cell Disorder. This disorder could be the cause of my POTS and food allergies. We have to go through a series of government protocols to make sure I qualify for their services.

It's almost time for the GRIKI wedding....beyond EXCITED!

xoxo

www.lifeasgriki.com

November 17, 2011

Back in California

So yesterday I made my way back to California...

Nashville to Kansas City to Oakland...without any xanax...and two aisle seats without anyone in the middle seats.

It was the best flying experience I've had in a long time and the flight attendants on Southwest were wonderful.

I am so happy to be home for a while but missing Grant who is still in TN working.

34 days until the GRIKI wedding!

November 13, 2011

born to be wild...

With the holiday season in full effect around here, my crafty Grandma from California mailed us this BEAUTIFUL wreath to add to our decorations. I LOVE it and it hangs on our bedroom door so we can see it all the time!


Grant's friend from school, and a groomsman, Ashton was in Nashville for this weekend so we met up for sushi and drinks on Saturday! Emily, Emme, Andy, Haley, and Ryan joined too so we had quite the gang at dinner. While Ashton welcomed me to team extreme, and hit on a few older ladies, Emily and I saw the potential employment opportunities Nashville has to offer. And while we did not take pictures, because everyone is someone's daughter or sister, let me assure you, that if pole dancing or barrel dancing ever start to interest either one of us...we can leave our teaching careers behind and head to Nashville...





We had a great time in Nashville listening to karaoke wannabes (including Ashton) rock out with hopes of a record deal magically appearing and making new friends.

Grant, Emily and I headed back to Clarksville at the end of our night and let's just say that things rapidly headed downhill...or to the side of the road...

Shortly after exiting the freeway and about 7 minutes from our apartment, we hit a little bump in the road. I commented that that was an odd noise but there wasn't anything that we saw in a road. Immediately following that comment, Grant chimed in that I was driving by braille...suddenly my car started drifting to the right and we knew I had a flat tire. Having a flat tire is one thing...having a flat tire when it is 50 degrees outside with a wind chill that makes it feel like you're in 30 degree weather is another. Add one intoxicated Grant, a second flat for Emily in a matter of weeks, and a very tired and not handy Kingsley and we were quite the odd couple.

I got out my manual, Grant attempted to find tools in the back, and Emily tried to twist the jack out from underneath her seat. One of Clarksville's finest/worst police officers stopped to offer help. Grant said that would be great since he had already had a lot to drink and Emily and I obviously had no idea what we were doing. The officer told Grant to be safe, walked back to his car, and drove off. After calling triple A and then deciding we would just change it ourselves, Emily and I got my spare tire, while Grant used the jack to raise my car. Emily and I were spewing a few lovely curse words about the town of Clarksville, the roads, and the lack of good samaritans as Grant attempted to change the tire as quickly as possible while we froze to death. Shortly thereafter God must have heard our prays/curses and one nice guy pulled over and helped Grant.

A few minutes later we were canceling our service request and making our way back to our apartments and finally into bed.

Lessons learned from this nice:
- Emily and I would be way better barrel/bar dancers than the girls currently employed in Nashville
- Everyone in Nashville thinks they are going to be a famous country singer
- Sushi places that look really nice on Yelp might look sketchy in person, but can still have awesome food
- Learn to change your tire before you actually have a flat. Or at least know how to access all the necessary components so your fiance can change it for you.
- And finally, always pack an extra winter coat. Because winter in Clarksville starts in October, and I get very cranky and whiny when I'm cold.

39 days until the GRIKI wedding!

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November 11, 2011

Veteran's Day...so much to be thankful for!

Last night was the 2011 Currahee Memorial Dinner to honor the fallen soldiers from the last deployment. Grant has been planning this dinner pretty much since we moved here this summer. The dinner was flawless and Grant did a fabulous job.

It was a humbling experience to see so many gold star families and watch a video remembering the lives that were lost. It seems fitting that this dinner was the day before Veteran's day.


After the dinner we were able to snap a few photos to remember the event.


Our color coordinating was kind of impressive.

I'm lucky enough to get to spend today with my favorite soldier. So thankful for all those that serve and have served in the military to protect our country and values!

November 9, 2011

November 7, 2011

It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year!

Anyone that knows me well, knows that November 1st to January 1st is my favorite time of the year. And since I am spending so much time at home these days, I decided that I could enjoy the Christmas decorations as early as I wanted!


It's really exciting to be able to decorate our own place for Christmas this year!










This past week has been really busy for Grant. His brigade has a bunch of events this week that he has been helping to plan since we arrived in TN. And last week was our very first book club. I decided that we TN girls needed so time to hang out and talk about things other than the army. We read Sarah's Key. It was a really great book...but also really sad. You should all read it!

Only 45 days left until the GRIKI wedding. RSVPs are starting to pour in...so if you haven't mailed yours back yet, try and send it in this week!

October 31, 2011

After 4.5 years....a DIAGNOSIS!

Most of you know that ever since I had my appendix taken out in February of 2007 during my second year at UC Davis, I have been pretty sick off and on. I have developed a lengthy list of life threatening food allergies and been plagued with symptoms that have knocked me off my feet, interrupted relationships, forced me to resign my job, and made me spend countless hours in doctors offices.

I've seen more doctors than I can count, and provided more vials of blood than most people do in a lifetime. I've seen specialists and a holistic healer, tried various medications, and spent countless hours on wikipedia trying to diagnose myself when all my doctors could not figure it out. The diagnosis they all seemed to settle on was Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. A very real, and debilitating disease. However, I've always felt like a piece was missing. Some of my symptoms could not be explained, and I have still been having these frightening episodes where I feel like I'm going to pass out/start to pass out. Grant has spent more time then he should have to taking care of me, and my family-specifically my mom- has spent countless hours supporting me, listening to me, and going to appointments with me.

Last week, I was on the phone with my doctor at the Vanderbilt Integrative Health Center and she said that POTS was something we should consider. When I called my primary care doctor to discuss it, the receptionist thought I was calling to ask for a marijuana test for myself. As with any new suggestion from the doctor, I had to google it. I didn't even know what POTS stood for. Thanks to wikipedia, I now know that POTS stands for Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome. If you want to read about it...click here! Basically, it's a problem with my central nervous system where my body has trouble maintaining homeostasis when changing positions or if I am standing up or sitting up for too long. My blood pressure drops and my heart rate goes up. These effects can cause a whole host of things to happen and according to the wikipedia article can even cause chronic fatigue syndrome.

There are treatments though! First, I have to drink more water than usual, and increase my salt intake. I need to keep swimming, but be careful not to overdo it. And keep taking the medicine I am already on. The mayo clinic says that a neurologist is the specialist that will help treat this syndrome, but I'll learn more about that tomorrow when I meet with my primary care doctor.

Here's a video mom found on youtube that helps explain POTS.



After 4.5 years of searching for an answer...I am so happy to finally have one!

October 30, 2011

Doctors...Halloween...Wicked...and Gordie's Birthday!!!

I've been extremely frustrated with my doctors lately. Mostly with my body, but it's easier to blame the doctors. I feel like we're making some progress with the new medication, and I've been feeling a little bit better, but then I'll have another episode and it feels like we move back to square one of the flare-up. I was feeling like my doctors had given up and just labeled me with CFS. While Chronic Fatigue Syndrome is a very real disease, I still felt like my doctors were missing something. Some of my symptoms still were not being explained and it didn't make sense why the treatments we've been trying haven't been helping me make more progress. But after talking with my doctor at the Integrative Health Center, it looks like we may have pinpointed the actual cause of my CFS. I'm seeing some more doctors this week so stay tuned for more details...

Friday mom dropped our wedding invitations in the mail. We could not be more excited for how quickly December is approaching! If your invitation hasn't arrived yet, it should be there by Tuesday at the latest!!!

Friday we went to a Halloween party. Everyone knows that Halloween is my least favorite holiday of the year. It's scary, and creepy, and pretty much just an excuse to have girls dress up with as little clothing as possible.

This year Grant and I went as Phil and Clair Dunphy while our friends Haley and Ryan went as love children...side note: Haley and Ryan our moving to our apartment complex and we are SO EXCITED to have them closer-Nashville is too far away!


Last night, Grant and I went to see Wicked at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center. Grant had never seen a musical before and has spent the past several months complaining about how he HATES musicals and how he really did not want to go...



But the show was AMAZING. The leads were fantastic and I was once again reminded why I love the Wizard of Oz and why Wicked is my favorite musical. This morning Grant rolled over and said "You were right. It was a great show." I can't think of anything else I would have rather heard.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY to GORDIE! He turns 20 today and is celebrating with a week in Italy while studying at the University of Manchester this semester. Can't believe how old you are!!

53 days until the GRIKI wedding!

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October 23, 2011

army ball + foot.

This weekend was filled with lots of army activities. I was scared about how my body would handle the schedule of events; but the new dosages seem to be helping a lot, and towards the end of this week, I finally felt an inkling of improvement. Let's hope that this busy weekend hasn't thrown me off this recent recovery course!

Friday night was the Currahee Grand Ball to celebrate the brigade's return home from their most recent deployment to Afghanistan. It was at the Gaylord Opry Hotel in Nashville. What Grant and I discovered is that this hotel is MASSIVE. MASSIVE is actually quite the understatement. Getting lost in this hotel is not uncommon. But we finally made our way to the Delta Ballroom and had lots of fun seeing everyone all dressed up!


At dinner, I asked one of the waiters if he could put my Boost drink on ice (meaning...put it in the freezer for a few minutes) and this is what happened...


Saturday Army was playing Vanderbilt so we had lunch with Ryan, Haley, Steve and Melissa before heading over to tailgate with their fellow West Point grads in the parking garage. We even managed to stay well into the third quarter before deciding to opt out of the cold for dinner at PF Changs. It was a great weekend with great friends; but Grant and I are both exhausted and had a nice lazy Sunday to recuperate.

More pictures to come...Melissa and Haley took most of the pictures on their cameras!

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October 20, 2011

Wedding Prep Whirlwind!

I finally got to go home to California for a week! The flight home was horrendous...my layover was in MSP and my flight to SFO was delayed because of fog. Not to mention I was rocking a fever, with chills, to go along with all o fmy other symptoms. Thankfully I made it home and Mom was waiting for me at the airport! After a quick hello to the fam, Mango and I promptly passed out in the B & B.

Mom and I (well, mostly Mom) got lots of wedding things finished this week! The favors were already finished before I landed, along with the table numbers. We made good progress on the programs and those were finished before I landed back in Nashville. I can't wait to share what they look like after December!!

Tuesday I got to go visit at Campolindo and see lots of my favorite coworkers and former students. It was great to be back and was definitely a little bittersweet. I'm so happy to be in TN with Grant, but I really did love my job!

Wednesday I had sushi with two of my absolute favorites! David and Bonnie!! and then almost finished our Christmas shopping (Grant and I are now officially finished shopping!). Allison and Grandma came over to celebrate my birthday, although Allison clearly did not get the brown sweatpant memo...


Mango was there all week to snuggle and give kisses! While Kato mostly snuggled...and sometimes growled...


We had lots of fun relaxing, getting SNOOZIES!, and eating cinnamon crumb cake...



Thursday it was off for my first dress fitting in the city. I still LOVE my dress. It's perfect, but very very hard to keep it a secret. And Thursday night we had the reception tasting. I was a little worried they might not remember all of the ingredients I am allergic to, but everything was great and I think people will leave very full!

Friday was spent relaxing before homemade pizza night and trashy reality television with Caroline and Allison. Thankfully, I am now able to translate what the southern people are saying...I can't decide yet if I'm proud of that or not...

Saturday, Caroline, Allison, and the Hayes ladies hosted by California themed Bridal Shower. I had such a great time seeing everyone!!







There are lots more pictures posted on facebook too!! I can't wait to be home for longer in November so I can spend more time catching up with everyone. I am so lucky to be blessed with some pretty awesome people in my life and thanks to texting, phone calls, skype, facebook, and twitter, I get to talk to them much more than I get to see them while I'm out here in TN.

Afterwards, Grandma and Grandpa stayed for dinner!


By Sunday I was exhausted...but the trip was filled with lots of resting time to balance out the working time. And my flights home on Sunday were much much easier than the flights out to CA.

Can't wait to be back in a month!!

63 days left until the GRIKI wedding!!!

October 7, 2011

sweets, puzzles, and a witch doctor!

Box mixes are my favorite form of desserts for parties. They are SO easy and people never know they are from a box. This company also makes a snickerdoodle mix that is DELICIOUS!


With this batch I just added a drop of the Hershey's perfect chocolate frosting and they were so tasty. We also love the Hershey's chocolate cupcake recipe and the only substitution I have to make is rice milk instead of regular milk.


And I finally finished the Lake Tahoe puzzle Caroline sent Grant for his birthday.


Yesterday I went to a witch doctor...really she was a holistic healer, but I had my doubts. I pretty much didn't sleep at all the night before because I was feeling so awful, so I asked Paige to ride along with me since we had to drive all the way to Franklin. (Plus she's finishing her nursing degree so her medical expertise came in handy). I went to have some bio-energetic testing done. They call it electrodermal screening. Basically, I hold an electrode in my right hand, while she taps my middle finger on my left hand with a smaller electrode that looks like a pen you would sign an electronic credit card machine with. The whole point of this screening is to find out where you body is in-balance and where your body and where your body is out of balance. They go through a series of screenings and continue to follow up in the areas that are red until they find some answers or directions. From there, they create a homeopathic treatment plan to help your body heal. She is not a doctor, so I am going to follow up on all of her results with my own doctors to see if there is potential validity to what she discovered. All of my symptoms fall into place, but they fall into place with a lot of things. Her results indicated that I may have chronic lyme disease (this is different from the acute lyme disease we usually think of). There is not a lot of research on this disease, but I found a great website and organization if you want to read about it!

California on Monday...could not be more excited for rest, relaxation, and wedding things!!!
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