Sunday, December 14, 2008

Tagged for Christmas!

1. Wrapping paper or gift bags? Wrapping paper, but bags are fun cause I can keep them and use them next year.
2. Real tree or Artificial? Artificial. It's just cheaper and easier for us!
3. When do you put up the tree? Hopefully right after Thanksgiving!
4. When do you take the tree down? Whenever we get home from traveling, usually around New Years.
5. Do you like eggnog? LOVE IT!!!
6. Favorite gift received as a child? Cabbage Patch Kids, tanning pass when I was like 14. My boss gave me a TV and DVD player the 2nd year I was at Smart Planet. That was AWESOME!!!
7. Hardest person to buy for? My dad
8. Easiest person/people to buy for? Probably the neices, until they are about 12.
9. Do you have a nativity set? Two, one from Taiwan and one from the Philippines.
10. Mail or email Christmas cards? Neither, we have sent Christmas cards once, I am bad at that stuff.
11. Worst Christmas gift you ever received? Uh, last year Ben wrapped a box of garbage(seriously) with a note at the bottom that said "You've been naughty this year, love Santa" ya, hilarious!
12. Favorite Christmas Movie? I actually don't enjoy Christmas movies, at all.
13. When do you start shopping for Christmas? We are procrastinators, it's usually 2 weeks before Christmas and it stresses me out
15. Favorite thing to eat at Christmas? Chocolate Roll, fruit salad,..sweets
16. Lights on the tree? Clear
17. Favorite Christmas song? Oh Holy Night
18. Travel at Christmas or stay home? Travel to Oregon on off years, and previous to this year we have traveled to Utah the other years. Now we live here so it's staying home. We like both and are glad we get to switch off.
19. Can you name all of Santa's reindeer's? There's Dasher and Dancer and Prancer and Vixen, Comet and Cupid and Donner and Blitzen...and RUDOLPH! (thanks Jess, just copied and pasted)
20. Open the presents Christmas Eve or morning? Presents Christmas morning, except PJ's on Christmas Eve. Ben's family does one on Christmas Eve and I am still getting used to it.
21. Most annoying thing about this time of the year? Being away from work when stuff has to get done kind of stresses me out. AND...not having kids yet and being asked why by people that just don't know.
22. Favorite ornament theme or color? We just have red and gold ornaments, but I like it. I love my mom's tree with her Santa Clauses.
23. What do you want for Christmas this year? Clothes, a vacuum, more money, a baby...haha, don't think that's something anyone can get for me, huh?
Now I am tagging...Lindsey, Kimmie, Tiff and Rachelle

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Surgery Update

I just wanted to let everyone know that the surgery went well. Ben might take a second to put one of his funny updates on, but mine is just information. Sorry!
I went in for surgery yesterday at 1PM up at LDS Hospital in Salt Lake. They did laparscopic bi-lateral drainage of my cysts, then burned them so that they hopefully do not come back so quickly. They also did excision of what endometriosis they could, which is more than either of my other surgeons have done and makes me very happy. Oh, and then I had my appendix removed. That was at my special request. I know, I sound like one of the wierd interns on Grey's Anatomy. Who asks to have a piece of their body removed? Well, if you knew the kind of horrible tests they put me through the last time I went to the ER just to make sure it wasn't my appendix, you would understand why I asked. I don't want them to ever have a reason to question it again. So, they removed that and then were done. The doctor came out and talked to Ben when they were done. He also gave him a video, which is so awesome to have but kind of disgusting to watch. Dr.Peterson told Ben that that all went well, but he did up by dosage of the suppression medication I am on because the endometriosis was a lot worse than he originally thought. I probably could have told him that, but no one believes me until they see it:)
So, now I am just recovering, which seems to be going pretty well. I was lucky to have a wonderful surgeon that seemed to know exactly what he was doing.
I appreciate everyone's thoughts and prayers. We are hoping this is the last of these, at least for a while.

Sunday, December 7, 2008


So, I wish I had more to share, more to blog about but I really don't. But, I get so frustrated when other people don't blog and I haven't added anything for months. I will just give you a quick life update on the Crisantos:

Fun: We have been traveling and playing a lot the past month or so. We had the chance to go to L.A. for Thanksgiving and spend the week with my entire family. It was so much fun and I was glad everyone was able to be there. Some of us stayed with Kristen's family, while the rest of us stayed at a house we had rented in Tarzana. The house was a perfect fit and gave us just the room we needed. We were one block off of Ventura Blvd and had quick access to everything we needed. We went out to eat, the girls went and saw Twilight, we played the Wii, had a YUMMY Thanksgiving dinner at Kristen's, played the new Guitar Hero World Tour, and just had a good time all around. We also got family pictures taken. That ended up being quite the fiasco. We didn't have a photographer, so Tiff had to use her magic skills with a tripod. Then, the park we had planned on going to for the pictures had burned to the ground in the most recent fires. There was still smoke when we pulled up. But, the pictures turned out beautifully. my sis-in law is quite talented. The weekend did also involve lots people getting sick, but we still all had a blast and I am so THANKFUL that our THANKSGIVING turned out so great!
We spent this weekend in Afton Wyoming, and I was able to go to Jackson Hole for my first time ever. It was fun, short trip. We will also be traveling to Oregon on the 19th of December for Christmas and to see Ben's little brother, Archie (the dog was named after him), who just returned from his mission. We are so excited!

Work: Ben and I have both been keeping ourself busy with work. We have great jobs and are really so blessed to work where we do and with the people we do. I have been very sick a few times in the last couple of months and it has taken both of us away from our jobs a lot. We are blessed to be where we are and have boss's that are understanding about our situation.

Health: Since I already mentioned it, my health has not been the best. I had another stint at the Emergency Room about a month ago. It was NOT fun and I would tell you all about it, but no one wants those details. I did end up being admitted this time, which I have never had happen. For the first time in my life I spent the night in the hospital. I never want to do it again! But, they did give me the chance to vote from my hospital bed, which I thought was awesome! I am actually having another surgery on Tuesday of this week, hopefully the last one for a while.

Kids: The health always leads into this subject nicely. Ben and I met with a Reproductive Endocronologist in November. We had made the decision to move forward with IVF and thought we would have to do surgery and then have the go ahead. We weren't that lucky. The doctor felt that surgery was the right move (see above paragraph), but that my body is not ready to go straight to IVF. So, we will be on a suppression medication for 4-6 months after surgery and then see. I have been assured that the side affects of this medication are nothing like Lupron, so it shouldn't be that bad. But, it is disappointing to just have to wait again. We are still thinking and praying and deciding on what the next step is in the kids area.

School: Ben is almost done with his semester and just ready for the BREAK.

So, as you can see, life is just moving forward. I haven't been taking many pictures lately, so I don't have any to post. I hope this wasn't too much reading. We hope all is well with everyone and wish everyone HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!!