Tuesday, January 26, 2010


Well so much for spring being on its way... this morning is 18 degrees with a windchill bringing it to a high 0. Hello winter.  For being January, that actually isn't too cold, but still.. I would prefer it to be a little bit warmer.  Oh well, the many blessings of Upper Michigan.

So lastnight our friend Mike came over for dinner & we had turkey tacos! Yum. They were so good. I have been so good on my healthy eating habits, until this morning. :)  I brought a grapefruit to work to eat for breakfast & then about 1/2 hour ago one of our patients came in and brought me a Chocolate Yooper Candy Bar. (MY FAVORITE).  So at 8:00 in the morning... I ate it.. every bite of it, and it was soooo good. But now I am punishing myself, and eating the rest of my grapefruit & will continue to eat good food the rest of the day.  Don't get me wrong, I have snacks once in awhile, and I am not this ONLY healthfood nut, but it was only 8AM. I felt that made it a little worse.

I finally got around to running some errands yesterday morning and went to the Secretary of State office so that I could change my name on my license, and send out to get a new passport. I am kind of sad that I will lose my old one with the stamps from the different countries we have been to. ( Listen to me, talking like I have been to soooo many countries, when really.. I have been to Mexico & Jamaica) I haven't even been to Canada and I live 3 hours away from it.

So the other day my friend Leah was here visiting and her little munchkin of a son, Oscar, also came with... oh and Dad too. haha, but as soon as Leah walks in, he is all mine... and he was bouncy and smiley as always.  He usually is all about his bottle, but for some reason when he could still see Leah, he wouldn't take it. I think he was thinking "this usually doesn't happen this way.. usually when I eat I am right next to mom, and what the heck is this bottle thing"  so anyway, Leah left the room and I finally was able to get him to eat a little.  After which, he decided he wanted to spit up.. about 10 minutes after, hence I didn't have the burp rag up anymore, his dad was holding it.  So all over my shoulder it went. I think that was the moment I knew that I couldn't wait to be a mom! I wasn't even grossed out a bit, his dad, Kris, felt bad and apologized and I just kept saying no no its ok, I really don't mind, it happens, don't worry about it. Its just a shirt.  I love that little boy.  Between him and another little princess in my life, Zemirah, I get my baby fix once or twice a week.  Zemi was born last July, and Oscar was born the end of September. And I have watched them grow up to little squirmy worms the last few months.  I tease, that I am going to set them up when they get older.

My husband and I are really hoping and praying that this is the month that we are blessed. How weird is it that I am so excited to have morning sickness, gain weight, and lose sleep.  But isn't that what life is all about.. family.  Another exciting piece of news is that I think my baby on the brain rubbed off on my husband.. he bought some little baby things for my hope chest. He wants to be a dad too. It is so ironic. If you would have asked him 2 years ago, he would have said Kids? Now? Are you crazy.. maybe in 10 years.  And then all of a sudden it was like something just changed for him, and he is as excited as I am! I on the other hand have always wanted children. I have had names picked out since I was in the 5th grade. Granted we are not going with those names, but I have always dreamed of having a family.  When I graduated college and got a good, stable job, and met the love of my life, I knew that next was to start a family.. just as I had always thought it would happen.  Ok enough mushy stuff for now.

I have a hair appointment in two weeks.. and since the wedding is over.. I have decided to go for beachy highlights. At worst I can always go back.. but my hair has been one color for so long that I think I need some dynamic, something to make me excited for summer. So what better than to add some lighter highlights to my hair! I think I am going 3 other colors. My hair is dark brown right now, and I am thinking a medium brown and a light brown... and maybe a sandy blonde? Or maybe just the medium and light brown, haha. I do this everytime. I say that I am going to do something drastic, but when I get there and look in the books, I just can't bring myself to do it! I will keep you posted, and post pictures.. but that isn't for a few weeks yet anyway.

Well I should probably get back to doing some online work. I am currently trying to find my bestfriend, Sarah's parents and brother plane ticket deals out to Oregon, where she lives. Her mom still has dial-up on her computer at home so they really can't find anything quickly. And this will be the first time her parents ever fly, so they want minimal stops and have really no idea how to book anything. Good thing I am such an expert on flying! haha. I am heading out to Oregon to see Sarah over Memorial Day Weekend, I can't wait. She just moved there in October and then was home for my wedding, so this will be the first time I go out there! Can't wait. Then we are also trying to find some time to fly out to Colorado this summer to visit Brianne and Ross when they are there, we will see what I can find and work out in their schedule!!

Happy Tuesday!

Sunday, January 24, 2010

weekend update. nothing really exciting.

I love weekends where I get to do nothing! Well not really nothing, but I can do whatever I want, I don't have to go anywhere.  I finally got all of our thank-you cards done for the wedidng so I can get them out on Monday.  Now that I think of it, we spent the weekend wrapped up in movies. Friday night while I was writing thank-yous we watched The Gamer AND 500 days of Summer. I didn't like either.  Then Saturday we went snowshoeing and let the dogs run, they LOVED it! We have two of the most active dogs.  Then we watched a little bit of The Unvited before dinner. We went to dinner with Andy's parents and grandma at Elizabeths, which is ALWAYS a good time. Then after dinner Jill and I went and watched Lovely Bones. Creepy movie. Thankfully I didn't have nightmmares, but it was definitely a possibility.

Now onto today.. I am not sure what I am going to do. Andy is planning to spend the day watching football with the boys, so maybe I should go shopping?? That seems like a nice trade.

On a different note, As of tomorrow we get to try for a baby :) I am so excited haha. Hopefully this year will be good to us, and we will become parents. Keeping my fingers crossed! :)

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Thursdays are great aren't they?

I think Thursdays may be one of my favorite days. It is so close to the end of the week but it is also my late day at work. I don't go in until noon! How nice is it to lay around in the morning with our zoo of animals before having to get ready and go to work? I think it is pretty great. I get to do a little research online before work & I get to enjoy my tea in the morning instead of taking it to go! :)  Trust me, tea isn't as good as coffee to go. And by the way, dinner lastnight was delicious again! We had sliced cheese & a turkey burger. Yummmm.

DH and I went to see Leap Year lastnight and it was great! I loved every bit of it. I must buy it when it comes out.  Like that is any surprise, buying movies is a slight obsession of mine. Some girls have buying shoes frenzies but for me, I have to buy every movie that I liked in theaters and even some that I haven't seen. I am always thinking ahead to the next rainy day! :) Anyway, Leap Year is a movie I recommend girls to go see :) even Andy liked it!

Well that is all I have this morning for you. I better start getting ready, I have a few errands to run before work.  Happy Thursday everyone!

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

food, my favorite ingredient of the day.

Well DH and I have taken on the task of eating 99% of the time, organic food. And balancing our calorie intake to what we should be having everyday. Health is very important to us, and I believe to live your life to the fullest, you need to start by being the healthiest you can. It just makes you feel better. So far this week has been great! And the food is surprisingly better than food we had made before. Don't get me wrong, I have always bought organic food & tried to have it as often as I could, but we still had other food in the house. Last week we went through the cupboards and fridge and replaced regular foods with organic when we could. We are taking it to the extreme. Our checking account is not happy with us. I thought I would share what we have been doing to balance our diets & stay satisfied at the same time. We went shopping after work on Monday, so my day is going to start a little later haha.

Dinner: Whole wheat spaghetti with heart to heart prego sauce on the side and skinless chicken.

Breakfast: Honey Cinnamon Kashi cereal with rice milk and apple juice
Snack: Power Bagel with grilled turkey and tomato
Lunch: Cobb Salad with grilled chicken & roasted root vegetable soup (1/2 pint)
Snack: Raw Almonds
Dinner: Grilled Steak 4oz steak and steamed asparagus and broccoli.

Breakfast: Banana, skim milk
Snack: snap peas, fruit leather (my fav snack) and a handful of toasted chip crips
Lunch: Thai Chicken and noodle Lean Cuisine (Which is surprisingly amazing)
Tonight we are going to make Turkey Burgers and a salad.

Some of you may have thought me writing my food down was a waste of your time to read, haha sorry about that. But I also like to write it down so that I can see what I am taking in and what I am not taking in. I want to get this healthy food thing down so when I do have a baby someday, I can both practice this while pregnant and also relay it onto my children. I want everyone to be as healthy as they can and be as happy as they can.  Plus, lets face it, everyone loves food, and I love to cook! I am going to take a class through the Co-op actually coming up. They sometimes host a couple-week class to teach cooking different types of food. I missed out on the vegan mediterranean class 2 months ago, so I have to play catch up!  Maybe while I wait to have a baby to talk about in my blogs, I will bore all of you with my recipes and foods I make. Maybe I will even inspire someone to try one of them sometime. If I remember to, I will even try to take pictures of my favorite dishes and share!

I'd also like to welcome my good friend, Kristen to the world of blogging :)

Well back to work for me!  Have a great day everyone!

Monday, January 18, 2010

a little update

Well... no baby yet.  We will try again next month in hopes that it works this time. I am so ansy to be pregnant. All I do in my spare time is read other women's stories and I can't wait to have an experience of my own. I will keep you posted as we try for month two, but for now, I am going to focus on other things.  My boss is home sick today.. well for most of the day anyway. He is coming in at 5:00 to take care of a new patient, but that is all. I have all day to post payments, work on the bulletin boards & call insurance companies on unpaid claims. Hopefully it will be a very productive day!
DH and I spent our weekend with family. It was so nice to finally be able to have a relaxing weekend and not have to worry about planning a wedding! yipee! Friday night we went to dinner at the Landmark, which is a really nice hotel here in town that has 3 different restaurants.  We usually alternate which ones we go to, as all are yummy! Every weekend there is atleast one night we usually go to dinner with Andy's parents, sister, and grandmother. Then on Saturday, DH worked until 3 and I cleaned the house... and when I say cleaned, I REALLY cleaned. I dusted everything, arranged our cupboards, went through closets, rearranged our dining room and the spare room, swept, mopped, vaccuumed, scrubbed. Thats a lot for me, since we have a girl that cleans our house once a week for us. I just felt that after the wedding, I wanted to really downsize in the amount of stuff we were storing. We may be borderline packrats. Then Saturday night my mom came over along with my sister and brother-in-law and we played board games and ate pizza. It was a wonderful Saturday night!  Sunday we brought the dogs out to my in-laws and let them run loose as we lounged around on the couch, him watching the football game, me finishing my book! Andy's parents just moved into their new house last week! They had it built where their camp used to be, out on a basin.  The view is amazing! I can't wait until the basin thaws and we can see the water to go along with the view.  The dog's LOVE going to camp (now "grandma & grandpa's house) because they get to run free and there is really nothing they can get into.. its a long dirt road so we don't have to worry about them getting the the highway, all of the neighbors around there have dogs who also run free, and not to mention they have all the forest they could ever want, along with the water in the summer to swim to their hearts content! It is truly a fun and wonderful place to be and we are so happy for them! Other than that, there isn't much going on in our lives! Which is really nice for a change. I love being able to come home and not have to worry about tomorrow, but instead enjoy things about today. Hopefully, I can get back into cooking, which I was beginning to really enjoy, and just be with my husband.  I can't tell you how excited I was to just relax all day Sunday and spend time with him. :)  Ok, enough for now, my lunch is over so its back to work I go!

Friday, January 15, 2010

waiting impatiently.

Who knew I would grow impatient so fast. This is the first month that DH and I are trying for a baby and I am just praying & hoping that I come back with a YES.  I won't be able to take a test for another week, but I just want to know. I hate that there is such a small window of when you can get pregnant anyway. With it being our first month and we just got married last month (We have been together for a few years though) we didn't really do a lot of research to help our chances, I guess we are just relying on luck and love.  I have been reading now though. I am ready for month 2 if we didn't get pregnant with this try. :)  I just wish I could know.. I hate the wait. At the end of the day though, regardless of what happens, I am just thankful to have a wonderful husband & family.  Everything happens for a reason and I have faith that God has a plan for us. There seems to always be something going on in our life. Something always changing.  I can't elaborate on it much now, but I should be able to talk about it next week. Stay tuned for an update! :)

Thursday, January 14, 2010

big day

wish me luck today! (no it isn't test day)... I'll blog later to fill everyone in!

Tuesday, January 12, 2010


well I know it may be jumping the gun.. but I want to buy a PT. I know that odds are that I am not pregnant, but Andy and I tried this first month & one can only wish that it happens the first month.  Andy's dad jokes with him and says "well if you are anything like my and your mother it will take one time".... who knew we would actually be hoping for that.  I won't be able to know for about another week (with the 5 days earlier test).. but ahhh. I just really hope.  I won't lose hope though.. if it doesn't happen the first month, we will just try next month and thereafter until it does work. Until I see those beautiful 2 lines.. our pets will do just fine. Trust me, two dogs and two cats keep you busy. Thank God our house is big enough for all of us to co-exist when a baby comes. I don't know if you call it anxious and excited, or compulsive and obsessive (is there a difference?) , but we already have names picked out.  I am a name person though, always have been. The first thing I used to say to people when I would meet them is "what is your middle name?" What can I say, I am intrigued and I really think that you have to know a name fits a face. And I do like unique names.. I like to put a lot of thought and soul into picking names... but trust me, you won't see me talking about naming my child Apple or Moses. Though they are very neat names.. they just don't seem like they would go with Grundstrom as a lastname :)  Ok enough about names... lets talk about the even better stuff... SHOPPING FOR BABIES.  Who doesn't think it is fun to shop for babies. Boy or Girl, they have the cutest outfits, accessories and even towels.  I go into any department store, usually Target and I just gush. I want to buy it all. DH keeps telling me to wait until we know for sure that we are pregnant, but I rationalize with myself that if I shop now for unisex stuff, no matter when we do get pregnant, that I will have that much more stuff taken care of! Less money down the road. :)  I think it is a perfect solution.  There have been a few things here and there that DH has let me buy.  For example, a local bookstore was closing and they were having a HUGE sale... so I bought a handful of kid's books & bath toys. We saved a ton of money than if we would have bought them down the road.. and my mom also bought a little fleece blanket and a giraffe that plays lullabies (you wonder where I get it from).  I keep thinking.. if for some reason we can never have children, we will adopt, or there are always my friends' children that could use them.  Well now that I am talking about it, I think I might venture on TheBump and see what other kind of information I can come across.  Have a good day everyone!

Monday, January 11, 2010


our first dance as husband and wife...<3


We did it! Wow, what an amazing feeling.  I can't begin to describe how great it feels to be Mrs. Andrew Grundstrom.  Well let me just start off at the beginning of events!

Tuesday, the 29th was our rehearsal and dinner. It went really smooth, although I was already beginning to get nervous & feel anxious about being up in front of everyone.  Andy started crying when he saw me walk up the aisle with my mom. After seeing that, I thought for sure that I was going face first at our wedding.  We had an amazing day and finished it with great friends at the Casa Calabria. (my favorite..it must be the Italian in me) The next day we had just to relax and finish any last minute details that we needed to do for the wedding. If you are planning a wedding, I could really consider doing this, having the day off in between rehearsal and the actual wedding day was a HUGE HELP.
Then came the most magical day of my life. After getting our hair done, all of us girls went over to Andy's parents and just hung around. We had the ceremony at 5pm.  The place was amazing!! Our venue had a wall of windows which is where we said our vows in front of, and it was snowing out and beginning to get dark. We had big silver branches at the back of the seating. Each seat tied with a black silk sash and the aisles lined with candles. The walls, draped white, were uplit with a beautiful white glow. It was truly beautiful and everything I had imagined. I am so thankful to all of the people that helped me pull it off and were there to get me through everything.  We made it through the ceremony just fine (phew) and went in the Hummer Limo to drive around in until the reception. The reception was amazing as well(I may be biased with it being my wedding) but the walls were uplit different colors, we saw the same branches as center pieces & we had a monogram on the wall that said Jody and Andy, December 31, 2009.  We rang in the New Year with friends and family, champagne, noise makers, a countdown and confetti. Ahhh, so so fun! Everyone was telling the truth when they said it flies by though.. before we knew it, the night was over.. and off to bed we went.  New Years day we got up and went to breakfast with Val and Mike to figure out our plan to leave for Jamaica.  Then... we were whisked away for a week to wonderful Ocho Rios, Jamaica. It was a great time. We saw so many beautiful places and people.

Now it is back to reality and we are home to begin our life as husband and wife, and hopefully... drumroll please....  get pregnant! We can't wait to have a baby together & be parents. It is a dream for the both of us, and we are just so excited. We began our "trying" process in Jamaica, since that is when I was Ov. so we are crossing our fingers that in the next couple months we will get a BFP test result. Any words of encouragement out there?? I could use any help that I can get. I think I have become a regular on TheBump website and have already begun to fill a hope chest. :) What an exciting adventure we are going to embark on and I just can't wait!!!