Sunday, September 19, 2010

Life as of late.

Life is still pretty much the same, I got a calling in the ward. I got called to the enrichment activities board. Nothing too special but I love it! I love my ward, Aj and I have made friends with another couple who we love. Tyler and Corinne Craig and there lab toby. We love it because were all newly weds kind of and we have dogs who love to play together. They are hilarious and we love there friendship.

Aj's brother Cooper left on his mission on the first. It was hard. I think I cried more with him then my brothers ( sorry guys ) we sure do love and miss him but we know that what he is doing is right and that the people of Bolivia need him. Were so proud of our coop, and I know this is a great sacrifice on his part but were so proud of him!

Hunting season is coming : ) its Clydes first season and were excited for him, he is a great retriever and an awesome dog. He loves the water and loves the birds. He is a quirky bugger that keeps us laughing, but we know he will do great.

Aj is still at Doug Smith Autoplex so if anyone needs a car you send them to him! He can do some pretty great deals. He still isn't sure what he wants to do but Cooper made him promise that he would be in school when he came back. Lets hope he is done with school at this point in time lol. Aj finally finished the beast, she is beautiful and he loves the thing. Im not gonna lie so do I, I secretly curse him as he drives away in it. Jk but its alot of fun I love driving the thing and she wheels great!

My brother Parker and his wife Brooke just welcomed there first baby Benjiman Parker Holladay on Sept 12th he was so small! Only five lbs! My other brother Cameron and his wife Annie welcomed there first baby CJ ( Cooper James Holladay ) in May and he is such a smiley guy I sure do love him. Next is my brother Kelly and his wife Monique in November. They will be having a girl!

Summer was too short and had very few vacations, I take that back it had NONE! We are so busy but hopefully we will be heading out on one soon.

Well thats all for now but I will try and update sooner!

Very long uuuuupdate.

Hello guys! Sorry its been so long again, we dont have the internet so im doing this on what spare time I do have. I apologize but im sure you're all used to it : ) So here it starts


I was working two jobs at this time and Aj putting as usual about a 100 hrs per paycheck. As you know we got this new puppy clyde. Well I hated having him cooped up in a kennel or corner for eight hours strait and I work twenty minutes away so it wasn't exactly convenient to run home on lunch. So we devised a plan. I had my neighbor walk him twice a week on our long days. Every Saturday and Thursday. I remember on Wednesday sitting home and I got this random thought in my head of certain scenarios that could happen to clyde. I thought what if she doesnt hold the leash right and he runs off, or gets hit by a car, or gets attacked by another dog, but I of course shrugged it off as me just being a worry wart. Thursday rolls around and I go to work as usual. I come home and walk in expecting to see Clyde and a note from this girl saying how long she walked him that day, but neither was the case. I thought maybe she came and grabbed clyde late. I then went upstairs to my extra bedroom to start hanging curtains. I was standing on the stool when I saw this girl walking up to my porch and no Clyde..... At that point I was a little worried. What in the world was going on? I ran downstairs and opened the door right as she was going to knock. As soon as I opened the door and saw her crying my stomach clenched and my heart dropped. " Where is Clyde?" she then told me how she took him to the park and he started to chase a bird and the leash slipped out of her hand. He ran into a moving car and it scared him so bad that he darted. She told me she chased him for about half a block and went home to have her parents help look, but they couldn't find him. (I am not sure how the whole traumatic stress sequency goes but I think its like this. ) Ok I said, I then grabbed my car keys and said dont worry we will find him. I then said a silent prayer and went looking. I called Aj and he left work right away to come help. We looked non stop until midnight. ( this was on a Thursday ) And still no Clyde. We assumed that someone had grabbed him and we would just call the pound in the morning and he would be there. So at this point I was still in denial I believe but very worried and confident that we would find him. The next morning I dont think Aj and I spoke to each other until we said goodbye. It was sooo silent and its hard to think about what we were feeling at that point in time. ( lol im fighting back tears at this moment writing this, dumb I know ) So we came home friday night, and Saturday night and went strait into "look for Clyde mode" and not ONE sign of the bugger. Our neighbors helped us look for about two hrs the first night he was gone and then it came down to us. Our families were so amazing as well they all at some point helped us and we appreciated it so much. We went and printed up some fliers and posted them on every single sign and corner we could find ( im not kidding I think it took the city weeks to take them all down ) On Saturday Aj and I both decided that we would fast all day to find our little bugger and we prayed constantly, that same day a teared up Aj called me saying a girl in the neighborhood below us had spotted Clyde. She described him perfectly it seemed, finally some hope! We looked until about two in the morning that night. On Sunday we recruited Aj's brother zach to help us find Clyde, and Aj borrowed a scooter from a friend. It was the only humor I got out of the whole thing seeing zach ( who isn't petite one bit ) riding on the back and Aj with his camo gear on driving. The two of them covered alot of ground from streets to the walking path and back on the streets again. We then came home still without our Clyde. Monday came and Aj and I both had pretty much began to accept that we would probabley never see him again. We both went about our business. It was about four when Aj walked into my work and the first thing he said to me was " they found Clyde, I need your keys" I just sat there staring at him! I couldn't even believe it. I had finally accepted that our lives had to move on and we found him? The relief that washed over me was nothing I had ever felt before. Aj then told me that he got a call from a phone number he didnt recognize, he wasn't going to answer it but he did. He said hello and the voice on the other end said " Aj, I've got Clyde " His name is Art, and he breeds German Shorthaired Pointers which is Clydes breed. Clyde had wandered into his construction site about five miles from our house. ( we live west of the lake and so where clyde traveled was all desert fields and hills ) he told Aj that his rear left foot was ripped open by a hunters snare. Which if you dont know what that is, its like a noose that wraps around the leg of an animal. It usually breaks the leg or does what they call degloving the leg, ie. taking all of the skin off. And that Clyde was extremely skinny. So I bet you're wondering how he found us. About an hr before that I had reposted my lost add on and Art knew that Clyde was someones pet ( maybe it was from the leash still attached to his collar?.... No we didnt put tags on him, were dumb I know ) and he told his bird dog buddies to find a way of tracking down the owners. Art had dog kennels in the back of his truck with dog food and water, he fed and watered Clyde and then put him in the kennel to wait for Aj. So Aj grabbed him and rushed him to our vet where I met him there. When the vet brought Clyde in and we first saw each other Clyde barely able to walk because he was so malnourished made his way to me, put his head on my leg and cried he saddest cry I had ever seen. I could not believe my little man was still alive, and in this room with us! The vet told us that the wound on Clyde's leg was extremely infected and she was afraid that it got into the bone. If it did then they would amputate it. She didnt want to close it, with him being a working dog, she was afraid that she didnt have the expertise...? So she sent us up to a surgeon in Salt Lake. At this point were very worried about the cost, but I told Aj I dont care how much it costs with what he has been through we owe it to him. 2,000 dollars and 10 lbs later Clyde is well and chasing birds.

Clyde's foot was wripped open to the bone and he went from 40 lbs to 29 lbs. But he is a fighter and he survived five nights at six months old in the wilderness. I can only attribute that to the many people praying for us and his return ( he kind of had a fan club ), Clyde's will to keep looking for us, our constant searching, Art Clyde's rescuer, and of course my Father in heaven. I know this sounds so cheesy but I dont care, my testimony of prayer was strengthened and so was my faith. With the lord all things are possible and this furthered proved that for us, I know for a fact that without all of these things combined that Clyde wouldn't have made it home, and I know for a fact that father in heaven was watching out for my little guy and keeping those coyotes away. Every vet we saw said he was lucky to be alive and that they were surprised with his injuries that he made it as far as he had. I am so grateful to family and friends, my sweet husband who stayed so strong for me through it all, and my heavenly father who no matter what trial we are going through in our lives whether the outcome is good or bad will be there unwavering to comfort and love us.

Friday, April 30, 2010

Happy birthday AJ my love!!! I'm so thankful that you were born! I cannot tell you how thankful I am for you, everytime you smile it makes me feel like everything in the world will always be ok even if it were falling apart. Thank you everything you do for me. I'm so grateful that the lord brought us together.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Been awhile....

Hey guys can I just say im sorry? Im sure I dont have awhole lot of readers, but to those of you who do read, thank you and im sorry. Lol its been soooo long! So I guess I will catch you up as quick as I can....

Last August we bought a house in the ranches, I absolutely love it! Its 3000 sq ft, 3 bedrooms and 2 1/2 baths. It doesnt exactly feel like a home yet. I think its mostly because I havent really filled it, but thats ok its a slow process and im ok with that. Except for the fact that I pass my loft everyday and I loath it, why? Because its empty! Ha ha I put a few things in there, they consist of the decorations that I havent really gotten to hanging. I still havent figured out where to put them. But I have painted a few walls, ill post pictures soon : ) Right now were trying to get our backyard finished. I would explain that but this post would get real heated real quick. Lets just say that our builder is supposed to build the back portion of our fence and they havent come through on that promise yet. They even told us we had to do it when we first moved in the little buggers, they forgot to mention that that was there responibility.

In December we got my little hunting buddy clyde! ( yes its a red neck name, youll get over it ; ) but he is a hunting pup what do you expect? ) jk but the whole meaning behind the name is that aj's parents dog annie had puppies about ten years ago and they gave away this puppy to there neighbors. He ended up being an amazing dog and his name was clyde. He died I think at the age of 3 from some sickness and so aj's family has a soft spot for him, but I love the name so like I said you will get over it ; ) im totally kidding. Ok so we got him right before x-mas and he has grown so much! He is about 39 lbs and he is 6 months old. I hope he is big! If any of you have seen german shorthaired pointers there a medium size dog. Our kenzie is about 50 lbs, so im hoping that he ends up being alot bigger. Mostly because I have little man syndrom and so my dog would be making up for that ; ) No seriously I just want him to be a big old hunting machine. He already is showing awhole lot of potential. The day we got him we threw a toy and he brought it right back to us, without fail every time. He loves to carry things in his mouth, so to us that signals that he will be a great retriever ( one thing our kenzie struggles with ) He is always bringing you a gift when he sees you, he will pick up the most random things from a shoe to a screw driver etc.... Oh you wont believe what he did two days ago, ok bare with me for a second. So im at home and I take him out to go potty. Usually you just open the door and he goes and does his business then comes right back inside. So I open the door and right when he reaches the end of the steps he has these little turbos kick in and flies around the corner. So I go over to investigate and I look over my railing to see him chasing something ( oh by the way its dark ) I thought it was a cat so im out there yelling at him when he stops and comes up the steps inside. Im still looking over the railing trying to figure out what he was chasing when I hear a squeek squeek. So in my mind im like wait was it a squeeky toy he was chasing?! I go inside right as he comes to me and drops a VOLE!!! Do any of you know what a vole is? there like a mole, they ruin your yard and they tunnel under your grass and make those mounds that are so uneven. So he drops it and so I grab him so he will stop trying to eat the dang thing. I call aj and ask him what I should do?! the things sitting in my corner traumatized and bleeding. Aj's response.... " take it in the garage and squish it with a shovel" are you serious?! I can shoot a bird no problem but I couldnt squish this dang vole. So I chucked him in the weeds in the back yard. I figured I might as well keep the local food population happy.
Anyway he also swam for the first time on sunday. He just hopped right in. He definitely is skeptical of the water but not afraid of it. I was so proud of him. Im pathetic I know. Ill post some pictures soon.

So at the moment Aj is in the middle of building this way sick jeep tj. They just painted it, and they have the front axle done as well as the suspension. Right now there working on the rear coil overs and the rear dana 60 axle. Were pretty excited but im mostly just excited to have it done. Aj is still working at Doug Smith Autoplex ( if anyone needs a car please send them to aj he will give you such an awesome deal! ) And I am working 40 hrs a week at Peerless Beauty Supply and also about 20-30 weeks at Sunkissd tan ( no E in sunkissd, just making sure you know im not retarded all of the time ) So basically we dont ever see anyone or eachother lol. But it will be worth it in the end. I figure I might as well bust my butt right now and pay off debt and put more towards my house payment so that later on im not stressing. Im also thinking about going through the police academy or being a state trooper. Ive wanted to for a LOOOOONNNNGG time, im just getting to the point to where im like ok we need to get this show on the road. I know its weird imagining me doing that, but with the way I grew up not having parents because of drugs and what not it makes me want to try and make a difference in the world the best way I know how. Im still looking into it, but im pretty positive im going to do it. Its just a matter of time : ) Sorry y post is so long! thanks for reading, ill have pictures up soon and more posts!