Dog Beach Day

Yesterday February 26th, was 72degrees here in beautiful san Diego. I wanted to do something with the pups as I don’t take them out nearly as much as I should, so I thought a day at the dog beach would be a fun event for them. I was hesitant to take Bella because she is a little whimpy around other dogs. She hates them, she constantly barks when another dog comes close to her, especially the ones that like to chase her and possibly eat her. Coco on the other hand is a dogs dog, he loves to play with smaller dogs and follow Charlie (my friend Matt’s dog) everywhere she goes. So I called my friend Matt and off we went with our five doggies to the beach. One of the many highlights of living in southern california is the many dog beaches they have, the one we went to, Solana Dog Beach, is a beach just for people with dogs which is especially great because it’s an off leash beach so they can run wherever they want too. I also took this oppurtunity to get some good pics, so I brought along my camera.

First let me introduce you to the pack:

Here is Coco

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This is Charlie, Matt got her from a shelter and she is such a sweet dog, I love her allot
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This is little Bella
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Matt’s dog Floppy, my little lover πŸ™‚ He follows me everywhere I go
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And last but not least Matt’s 3rd dog Goliath.
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They are all wonderful, sweet dog’s and they get along great together which is marvelous.
When we were walking down to the Beach from the car, I was a little hesitant to take Bella off the leash as she has a tendency to run far away and not listen to me when I want her to come back. I kept her on it until we were far enough away from the busy road and we were in an area where there weren’t so many hyper dogs. Coco came off leash right away and he ofcourse ran up to the first people he saw that were running and barked at them whilst jumping at their feet, now, Coco is a sweet little dog he has a great temperament, BUT, if you are running away from him he will chase you down and bark at you, I’m not really sure why he does that, but he is my little psychopath. As funny as it is, it’s not a good habit and I need to find a way to stop him from doing that, but I yelled at him a few times and he came running back, I did get a dirty look from the people he was barking at, even after I apologised. Whoops.
Whilst Matt went running with Charlie, I climbed onto a rock and people watched, admiring all the different doggies and enjoying the sunshine, in the meantime,
Coco and Bella made some friends
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These guys were a little big, but they were only passing by, but then this little one showed up….
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This little girl called princess is an 8 year old pom, she was a little scared of all the dogs, but Bella and Coco were great with her so she was ok after a while.
Matt and Charlie returned, so Coco hung out with her for a bit
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I even got Coco to smile for the camera πŸ˜‰
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IMG_8741Pretty sure coco was peeing right there
Bella had been off the leash for about 10minutes and she made sure to say hello to all the people at the beach,
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They all loved her and she spent a good amount of time with every person she met.
We also saw some puppies
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This was a 6 month old German shepherd, so beautiful and BIG
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We also met a very nice man, with two huskys, they were really playful and loved to play with Charlie, one of the huskys had a little obsession with Bella and every time he went near her she would yelp, and it would just egg him on, eventually he got the message and left her alone. He couldn’t understand what the problem was, he was just trying to sniff her butt πŸ˜‰
The husky’s owner got brave and decided it would be a smart idea to bring dog treats out of the bag….
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After the treats were out the bag and the nice man and his dogs had left, I decided to try a photoshoot with Coco and Bella… The best I got was this
cocobellaconvoThis one I think looks like bella and coco are having a conversation and coco is just like ‘whatever’ haha, captions for this picture are welcome
cocoposeThis one is precious, after Bella had run off to greet somebody else I was left with my side kick, I thought this was a really sweet photo.
After this was taken, coco got restless and bored then ran off to play with the others, so I took a couple snap shots of my views…
This was to my left…
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This was to my right
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I decided to take a little walk down here, it was so pretty and it was nice and enclosed for the pups,
IMG_8771There they all are watching me leave, when coco notices Im leaving he rushes over, that fluff ball is always at my feet, I like to think of it as love, but I’m sure it’s from coddling him as a puppy and I’ve given him an anxiety disorder.
cocobelsThey all came running over and ran around like lunatics, hyper lunatics. It’s always entertaining to watch.
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Now this picture is GREAT, Charlie was getting riled up and chasing Floppy around, all with good intentions, but if you look at this picture it looks like Floppy is running for his life haha… I Love this picture, All captions are welcome πŸ™‚
So after being at the beach for a good 2 hours, we leashed up all the dogs, took them back to the car and then headed for home. After 2 minutes of driving they were all asleep, so we knew they had a great time. I was feeling the high from all that sun, but I was excited to get home and finish all the cleaning haha NOT. Beach days are the best, I got to talk to a lot of people whilst I was there and it felt good to be around people and know that the dogs were wearing themselves out. California is the GREATEST.
I hope you enjoyed reading about our beach day πŸ˜‰
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Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead!

James and I had a relaxing sunday today, James is still sick, and I felt like I was coming down with whatever he has, so we decided to stay home and rest. We played games on our phones, I made some soup and did the other hoousewifey stuff that needed doing., then we watched New Girl, which by the way is our favorite show πŸ™‚ We no longer have cable, instead we pay $7.99 for Hulu plus and $7.99 for Netflix, the only downside is that I don’t get to record ‘The Big Bang Theory’ anymore which makes me very sad, nor can I watch a random episode of friends, but I own the dvd series anyway so it’s not a big deal haha.

After we had caught up with every episode of New Girl, I was looking for a movie to watch and something titled ‘Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead’ Β caught my eye, the description said:

‘Focusing on two men whose bodies have been trashed by steroids, obesity and illness, this documentary chronicles the rigorous healing path — including a two-month diet of fruits and vegetables — that both attempt in a bid to rescue their health.’

The basic story is about a 41 year old australian man with a rare autoimmune disease, who comes to the states to start a 2 month juice fast in an attempt to save his health, he travels across the states talking with all kinds of people about their lifestyles, if they are happy, and their thoughts on the juice fast he is doing. It gives great insight to how terrible our everyday diets are and the important nutrients that we are missing. It’s amazing to see the results he achieves and the difference it makes to his life. Along his journey he meets another man who asks for his help, of course his advice is, to do what he has done. Some of the benefits from his juice fast and health changes were, a decrease in heart disease, stroke, cancer etc….. We all want to be healthy and we all hear about these diets and pills we should take, I particularly loved this because this actually shows us what this does as we follow his journey, we can see for ourselves the change we can create and the achievement we can achieve.

It is a highly uplifting and positive documentary that I loved so much, I wanted to tell everybody about it,

check out the trailer: http://www.fatsickandnearlydead.com/

Then watch it πŸ˜‰

p..s. James and I will be investing in a juicer in the very near future πŸ˜‰

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Hot Topics

I am still adjusting to this whole blog thing, I hope you have found my posts somewhat entertaining/interesting. I have been thinking about how I can make this blog more fun for everyone, I was thinking I should start blogging about certain topics on certain days, For example; I could blog about different recipes I have tried out on Mondays, then Fertility/Acupuncture another day, Photography etc…. My question is, what are some things that interest you most about mine and James’ life? How can I make this more interesting for you? Is there anything specific you want me to write about?

Let me know your thoughts, if any, then I can start blogging with a purpose, rather then just random things here and there πŸ˜€

Peace out Dudeys

Stacey: The Hopeless Chef

They say that there is nothing quite like your mums cooking. Sometimes I wonder if this is one of the reasons that I have not been blessed with children, πŸ˜‰ James woke up this morning with a stuffy nose and a headache. So, me being the wonderful wife that I am, decided it would be a great idea to make my family’s Homemade Chicken soup πŸ˜€ I have never made this before, so I had my uncle and sister send me the recipes.

From Uncle Jim:Β 

Boil 4 chicken thighs with chicken stock cubes to taste

plus, 2 carrots, one onion, celery stalk, 6 peppercorns, one large potato cut into 4 and a tomato

Should take about 40 mins in a litre of water.

From Lucy:

The way to do it is, 4/5 chicken thighs

1 potato, 2 carrots, 10 cloves, 4 cardomoms, chicken stock cubes, 1 tomato,

Bring to boil and cook on low heat for half an hour.

I am not a smarty pants when it comes to cooking, so this wasn’t the greatest recipe I had ever received, to me, it was more like, take these ingredients and shove them in some water then boil it., there was no step by step guide, which, if you know me, you know I need that in order to be able to create anything edible. I am already taking a big risk. So I went to the local grocery store, I wondered up and down the aisles looking for cloves and cardomom, all they had was ground cloves, or ground cardamom, and that was $10 a jar, that is much too expensive, so I put it back, then right when I was about to give up, and after lots of picture messages of what a whole clove looks like from my sister. I found them, hooray AND cardomom seeds, they smell the same as regular cardamoms but look different so I figured they would work.

Stacey’s ingredients:

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Alright, so we have, 2 chicken thighs, 2 chicken drumsticks, 1 potato, 2 carrots, jasmine white rice, Chicken Boulion, cloves, peppercorn, cardomom seeds, an onion (which I didn’t use) and Kale.

So from my great step by step guide, I began to chop up the veggies and potato, boil some water and then I threw everything in there.

To my horror this is what it looked like…….

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This does not look like how I remember it, so I sent Lucy a picture and she reprimands me for leaving the skin on, so I ofcourse felt like an idiot. I like the skin, it makes it more flavorful, But I wasn’t sure if I was giving myself food poisoning or doing something terrible to my health. Β I left it on anyway. I then started to worry I had done something incorrect, i could not understand why it looked like this green water with giant pieces of chicken. There was nothing I could do about it, Lucy refused to facetime me as she was trying to sleep and mum and dad did not respond to my text. So I was all alone, in my kitchen, with nobody to tell me how to make this soup I had never made before, and I was so frustrated at myself that I had already screwed it up.

Then after it had been boiling for about 20mins, I looked at lucys text only to see it say cook on LOW heat for half an hour, so I rush over and turn the heat down. By now the soup was starting to smell just like nanny’s and Lucys, I knew I had got something right. I set the timer to 15 minutes and threw in some Kale about 5 minutes before the timer went off and I was surprised to see it didn’t look totally disgusting…

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I was so happy that it now looked appetizing and not like I had thrown a dead chicken into a bowl of green puke. The smell brought back all the memories of being at nanny’s house or being with Lucy at her flat, it’s amazing what the smell of home cooking can do to your brain. Β I was beginning to get really excited. BUT then…. I put everything in a bowl, and it looked like this……

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This does not look like Lucy or Nan’s chicken soup. The chicken fills the entire bowl, how are you supposed eat that with a spoon, let alone call it a soup. I am extremely confused, it smells great, I used all the correct ingredients, I begin to wonder if there is such a thing as obese chickens over here , english chicken thighs are minuscule in comparison. So I come to that conclusion (that in america we have obese chickens) and pull the chicken out the bowl. I cut it up and stick it back in the bowl and VOILA……

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This is what I remember πŸ™‚ No big fat chicken taking up the entire bowl. Β It was incredibly yummy and delicious and I especially loved it with the kale. I hate celery, so I used the kale instead of that. Thank you for all your help Jim and Lucy, it really was that easy and I had all that worrying over nothing. It turned out marvelously.

I got there in the end guys πŸ˜€ We all know I was not blessed with the gift of cooking, but with a little bit of practice I’ll be sending you all my recipes in no time πŸ˜‰

Now everyone has the recipe, so if you want to try a new chicken soup, this is by far my favorite.

Love to you all xoxoxoox

The Journey so far…

We have been married now, for 4.5 years, we have travelled the country, been fortunate enough to have had many many vacations and share most of our time together. I am very grateful for James and the luxuries we have been able to enjoy, I am grateful for all the friends we have made together, and all the amazing people that have been put into our lives. I’m sure that by reading up to this point you must all think I have this wonderful life filled with nothing but happiness. Well, as most of you already know, it’s not all roses and the green is definitely not greener on the other side. I get lonely and miss my family so much, and there is nothing that can replace family and true friends. I am grateful for Β James’ family, I am so blessed to have such a great family through my marriage and I am truly thankful for that.

In september 2010 James and I decided it was time to start popping out some kiddos, so we decided to start trying. February came and I knew something wasn’t right, I would go into detail but I don’t want to gross out the men reading this, lol, so I went to my OBGYN (gynecologist) everything was fine according to her, so she put me on clomid and progesterone supplements and I was still having the same problem. I was not pregnant, so we tried another round of clomid and a different form of progesterone. My problem was fixed that month but I was not pregnant. I knew that there was a bigger issue so I decided to schedule an appointment with a fertility endocrinologist. The appointment went well, I had all the tests done to make sure everything was how it should be and I was fine, EXCEPT I was not ovulating properly on my own, he described it as a half ovulation. So now we knew what the problem was we could start moving on to the next cycle and trying again. So we went on another round of clomid, when we started the clomid, James had a semen analysis done that came back TERRIBLE, he had a strep infection that was killing all of his sperm, so of course we did not get pregnant that month, and James had to take antibiotics for Β 30 days to kill that mother*. Every month that I was not pregnant I fell into a pit of depression, I cried, I panicked and I was in such despair it was miserable, and now not only was I the one with the issue, it was both of us. Once James was cured, we decided to try stronger meds. The clomid had given me ovarian cysts, so my doctor switched me to Femara (a less offensive drug on the body), and I would give myself 3 injections in my tummy over a period of 3 days, then give myself a 4th injection to ovulate, then timed baby dance πŸ˜‰ then the progesterone. We had to cancel that cycle as I got a virus and was too sick. I was also so depressed from not being pregnant that I took a well needed break from worrying about anything to do with pregnancy. We would try without the drugs every month just incase, but it never happened. A year later we decided to do the last protocol but with iui (intra uterine insemination) this is where they inject sperm directly into my uterus along with taking all the other drugs. On our first attempt at this the sperm count was only 5million, that is considered the lowest number for a possible pregnancy, so not only were our numbers low, they were the lowest, so our chances were pretty dim. I was not pregnant that month, all the anxiety and depression and frustration came back and we decided to try again. This time the sperm was TWO million. 2 million is not a number you want to hear. Also that morning my sister had just informed me that my nan had had a stroke, so I was overwhelmed with sadness and dissapointment. We went ahead with it as they didn’t charge us as the count was so low, then we jumped on a flight to England and I spent some time there trying not to think about it. I was not pregnant that month and it was heartbreaking as usual. The doctor suggested IVF as with low sperm counts that is the best option. I hate western medicine and all the drugs and hormones they pump into your body, so I am trying the homeopathic route and testing out acupuncture. I have had one session so far and it was interesting. I will post more info about that another time. I am also looking into adoption, I want to be prepared and know what my options are. I am praying everyday and having faith that it will happen. ‘Good things come to those who wait’

Aside from trying to get pregnant, I have considered getting a job, moving around so much makes things very difficult. I am still unsure what I would like to do job wise but I will figure it out soon.

I love taking pictures and editing them. I recently took some pictures of Amaya, my beautiful little niece, and my friend Cassie and her beautiful girls, I will post some of their pictures up here soon. I would love to one day make a living from photography, it’s creative, it’s fun and I think I’m good at it. I am taking a one time photography class soon, so I will keep you updated on how it goes.

My little puppies, Coco and Bella, are my little companions, I love just having them here and the love they give. They make me very happy πŸ˜€

We are all moved in and ready to start this new chapter in our lives here in San Diego. I will try to update you as much as I can. I will post my photography pictures and find many other interesting things for you guys to read. I hope this didn’t bore you to death,

Thanks for reading, leave me a comment to let me know you were here

Love to you all xoxox

p.s. What do you think of this layout?

Moving and The GRAMMY’s

whilst I’m figuring out all this blogging business, I figured I would give you a brief update on whats been happening in the land of Stace and James.

On Sunday the 10th feb, James and I were selected to attend the Grammy’s as seatfillers, seatfiller you ask? well what we do is sit in the seats in the camera view so that you can’t tell when people leave or get up, they don’t want empty seats, looks bad. So we got to attend the Grammy’s for free AND sit next to all the stars. If you want to sign up and become a seatfiller just go to http://www.seatfillersandmore.com, it’s free and easy.

I had an awkward moment with Neil Patrick Harris (How I met your mother), thats for another time. I got to sit next to fun, Trey songs and David Grohl was infront of me, we were right in there, was really awesome being so close to so many successful and talented people. Of course no phones or cameras were allowed, so I have little proof, but it happened…. I promise ;-D.

We have just moved into our new apartment in San Diego, it is very small, and let me tell you, moving from 3700sqft to 837sqft is a BIG change and absolutely no fun at all. Luckily this apartment has an attached oversized Garage, so we have plenty of storage space for all the things we don’t need. We are 20 minutes to the beach, and about 25minutes to downtown San Diego. Β So visitors are more then welcome, we have lots of hotels nearby if you don’t feel like sleeping on the floor. We have signed a 7month lease, so we will be here for at least that long, I’m hoping longer. But all depends on James and his job.

James is now working for Vivint Solar, he is doing great and loves not having to ‘sell’ people something, It’s more giving people something that saves them money. you can check it out at http://www.vivintsolar.com

Sorry this was so rushed, just wanted to give an update so you had something to read

Will write soon

Love to all

Welcome to my new blog

Hello to anyone that is reading this post,

I have decided to create a blog, that keeps me and all my wonderful friends and family in touch, this way you can see what we have been up to and anything that I just want to share with you all. I hope you find this blog more personal then facebook πŸ™‚

I’m in the process of setting this all up, so once i have got everything ready to go, I will start posting more entries along with pictures etc….

Love to you all