Monday, December 5, 2011

It’s My Birthday

Addalynn has turned ONE! I cannot believe how fast time goes by.  We had a little birthday party for her on her birthday. It turned out great, it was nice to just spend time with family and friends.  She has so much personality and is such a busy little girl.  This age is so much fun because she is learning new things every day.  She is not walking yet but that is okay because I’m not going to push her on this one! She stands up on her own so it will only be a matter of time now. 
We have been busy these last couple months.  We moved, sold our car, bought a new one, Jake and I are both in school.  Jake has been working a lot of hours and I also started working about 10 hours a week.  Other than that nothing much has changed.  I always think to myself I need to update my blog but then I can never think of anything new sometimes I think that is a good thing though. Here are some pictures over the last couple months.



Life has been crazy! Jake and I are both in school and are almost done for the semester.   We both went through the EMT program over the summer.  We both loved this class. The teachers were all so amazing and we all became very close as a class.  We had both always wanted to take this class so we thought it would be really cool if we took it together.  When we first started we really just wanted to take it to learn the basics for everyday life.  Before you can certified on a state level you are required to do ten clinical hours.  Jake and I went and did a ten hour shift with the Orem Ambulance.  We were not able to go to the same station so we were at different stations on the same day.  We would always joke around that one of us would have an awesome day and the other one would have nothing and just have to sit there for ten hours. We were asked to show up at ten in the morning and stay until eight o’clock that night.  When I arrived at my station they were not there so I was just supposed to wait until they came back. Well needless to say I had to wait almost two hours before the came back. It was a long hot two hours.  I just kept thinking to myself well I hope this is not a sign of how my day is going to go.  I was sitting outside waiting while Jake was sitting indoors with some nice AC waiting…..   Jake and I kind of had a competition going on, on who would have the better day.   I was thinking at this point that he was definitely going to win this one.  After my crew showed back up I found out I had missed delivering a baby and a pretty good car wreck! I was so sad because I had missed both of these by about ten minutes.  I thought I was going to lose for sure now!  Throughout the day I had a few calls but nothing really special.  Jake had one all day! They ended up sending him home early because they had a training to go to.  I was just thinking lucky him. I did not want to sit there for another two hours.  It was now seven o’clock, I had one hour and was counting down the time.  All of the sudden we get a call to a male in his mid twenties who was not conscious or breathing.  As we were headed to his house I was going over everything in my mind that I had learned  but I had no idea what was really about to happen.  When we arrived at his house they told me to grab the heart monitor and head inside.  When I went in his mother directed us to the room he was in.  When I went down the stairs and saw him lying on the ground completely lifeless it broke my heart. I wanted nothing more than to leave that house and never look back.  But then everything I had learned kicked in. The other medics were gathering information, opening his airway, doing what they needed to, to bring this guy back to life. After talking to his parents we learned he was a recovering drug addict and had just come home from a rehab a couple weeks before. The police began searching the house trying to find any evidence of drug use.  After they were able to get a good airway we immediately loaded him up to get him to the hospital.  When we got outside I asked where they wanted me to ride and one of the medics told me to get in the front seat.  So I got in and was ready to go to the hospital, then out of nowhere the medic started yelling for me to get in the back with them.  When I climbed in he told me to start doing CPR.  I was in total shock. I have had lots of practice doing this on manikins but never on real person.  I was scared out of my mind.  I had to do CPR all the way to the hospital.  For some reason one thing that really stood out in my mind was when we went around a corner and his arm fell off of his chest and hit the floor. I think it was at that moment when it hit me… he is dead.  I continued CPR until we reached the hospital.  When we pulled up we stopped to check his pulse and his chest started rising on its own.  We count not believe it.  We rushed him in and they started working on him in the ER. I was standing outside the room with the other medic cleaning off the stretcher listening to this guy I had witnessed completely lifeless screaming at the nurses for water.  I was so overwhelmed I could not wrap my mind around this. When the medic turned to me and said “You do know he was dead, right?” It was at that moment it hit me.  We were able to save this guys life.  They say only 2% of people that have to have CPR end up living. And those who do usually are in a vegetable state the rest of their life.  I was able to witness this and not only witness it but was able to take part in saving his life.  This was one of the most remarkable experiences I have ever had.  This was the deciding factor in making the decision of that question you always ask yourself “What do I want to be when I grow up?”  

Friday, June 10, 2011

Life is perfect! :)

I have had sinus problems for the last couple years.  I went to a specialist a few years ago and he did some testing and discovered I had problems with my sinus and we would eventually have to do surgery to go in and open them up.  At the time I was too young and my sinus were to close together to do anything with them so I had a standing prescription with him.  I was on a prescription at least once a month for the last few years.  But it just kept getting worse.  I had this last infection for about six months and had been on about four prescriptions but it was not going away.  So after a few months of misery I made an appointment with him again to discuss getting the surgery done.  After another CT scan he discovered one side of my sinus's were clogged and the other side had a cyst. He decided it was time to do the surgery and open them up to help me feel better.  My surgery was set for June 9th.  I was so ready to start feeling better.  I had been so drained and felt like crap for the last six months I was just ready to get back to normal and have energy again.  I was not nervous at all I just wanted it to all be over.  The day before I had the surgery I started to think about everything which in return made me really nervous and very emotional.  Jake was able to give me a blessing that night which really helped me calm down.  We had Addalynn sleepover at my parent’s house that night so we did not have to drag her out early in the morning.  I had no idea that would be so hard for me to be away from her for a night.  When we came home I had to close the door to her room and could not look at anything of hers because I would just start crying.  I was just emotionally and physically drained.  That night I only slept about an hour and a half I was so nervous and had so much on my mind.   
            That night it hit me…. I am so blessed and so lucky.  I have the best husband in the entire world.  He has put up with so much and he never complains.  The last few weeks he has worked at least 65 hours and after a long day at work he comes home and the first thing he does is take Addalynn and asks what can he do to help me out. He always goes above and beyond.  He is willing to work as much as he has to so I am able to stay at home with our daughter and I don’t have to work.  The last few weeks he goes to work in the morning he leaves we go to school then he goes back to work.  It was really hard for me to have him gone that much I had to keep reminding myself he is doing this for us and not only me and Addalynn but my dad as well.  My dad is so busy and Jake has been working this much to help him out.  I don’t know very many men out there that would do that.  Jake and I had definitely had our struggles the last few years.  We have had a lot of good times as well as the hard times.  When I look back at all of the struggles and trials we have had it makes me realize why we are as strong as we are.  I love this man so much.  I love him more and more each day.  I am so lucky to have married such a wonderful man that cares and loves his family as much as he does.       
            The biggest blessing I have is our baby girl Addalynn.  My mom always said when I was pregnant I would have a hard baby because I had such an easy pregnancy well… she was wrong! I have the best baby in the entire world.  She is the sweetest little thing.  She is so easy going and always has a sweet little smile on her face.  At one point in time she had a double ear infection and was getting in her first two teeth at the same time and the only reason we knew she was sick was because she had a really high fever.  She sleeps about twelve hours a night and takes at least two sometimes three naps during the day.  She is that dream baby that everyone wants and I am lucky enough to have.  I love this little girl so much she has stolen my heart. 
            I want to thank my parents for helping me out the last few days.  They have taken Addalynn for me so I could rest.  They are the best parents I could ever ask for!! So thank you and I love you so much!!
            Everything is going so good in my life right now.  I am so blessed and so lucky!!

Monday, May 16, 2011

Count your blessings..

                I have not updated my blog for awhile.  We have had a lot happen in the last month.  Jake and I had found a house we wanted to buy in Springville, we felt really good about it so we decided to put in an offer and just see what happened.  We had set up a meeting with the realtor for Tuesday morning to work on an offer.   When we met with him he informed us that someone had put in an offer the night before.  We were still able to put in our offer however the other offer would be taken before ours.  Well they went under contract so we thought that was it we had no chance to get that house.  About a week later we found out the other couple had backed out so the house was back on the marked and we would be able to place another offer.   We placed our offer on the low end the bank came back and counter offered our offer, theirs was on the high end.  So we decided to go ahead and counter offer again we only offered $1,000 more than our first offer.  When we told the realtor what we wanted to counter offer we told us he did not think the bank would accept it and because we were going to counter offer it would open the doors to any other offers on the table.  Well Jake and I talked about it and we decided if someone came in and offered more than it was not meant to be.  So after a few days of waiting we received a call and they told us the bank had accepted our offer!  We were so excited we were getting the house we had fallen in love with and better yet for the price we had wanted!  So we put down our earnest money and then two days later Jake was laid off from his job.  This was so hard for us.  We could have still gone through with everything but we decided we did not want to get in over our heads. I have to admit I was so heartbroken, to this day I still get a little choked up when I drive by the house and see the for sell sign . 
                Jake is now working for my dad.  We are so blessed he is busy!  This has been a blessing not only to us but to my dad as well.  My dad’s full time employee left for his mission a few weeks ago so Jake is able to work as many hours as he could ever want to. My dad is so good about working around Jakes school schedule.  I have always said everything happens for a reason.  After Jake lost his job it defiantly tested our faith.  I am still not sure why all of this happened however all I do know is we are so blessed to have work and a job that we can rely on.    Jake and I started school again last night.  I had not taken classed about a year however Jake only had two weeks off before he had to start back up.  We are taking the same classes which is fun because we get to spend more time together. 
                Addalynn had her first surgery on her six month birthday.  She had to get tubes in her ears.  We were actually looking forward to this day.  She had two ear infections before she had her surgery.  She did so good and we are so happy she is no longer in pain! On a much happier note (well somewhat) Addalynn turned six months old on the 5th! I have so many mixed emotions about this, I hate to see my little baby girl grow up but on the other hand she is so fun! She is now rolling over, talking, she is trying so hard to crawl but just cannot figure it out so she scoots… backwards! You can just see the frustration in her face when she is trying to go forward but only goes in the wrong direction.  She is growing up so fast and we are so excited to watch her grow up. 
                We are so excited for summer and what else we have to come.  We have a lot planned and could not be more excited!!

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Green Beans!

We gave Addalynn green beans today for the first time.  We don’t think she liked them… Enjoy the video!!  

Friday, April 8, 2011

My father gave me the greatest gift anyone could give another person… he believed in me.

Yesterday April 7th 2011 was Scott’s birthday (Jake’s dad).  This was really the first year we had to chance to do something for his birthday.  I didn’t know what was the best way to handle this special day.  Part of me just did not want to mention it because I know it is really hard on Jake.  After thinking for a while I decided this is a special day and just because he is not here with us does not mean we should not celebrate it and keep his sprit in our lives.  So I made him some cupcakes and a card.  I went to the store and bought a few of his favorite items.  I also picked up a pizza and movie to watch.  Every year on his birthday him and Jake would order pizza and just watch movies that night, so I decided we would keep this tradition going.  I had my mom watch Addalynn for a little while and I took him over to the cemetery and left a cupcake and the card we made.
          Unfortunately I never had the chance to meet Scott.  Jake has told me so many wonderful stories about him.  I wish I would have been able to meet him.  But I would just like to thank him for making Jake the man he is today.  Jake was able to learn so much from him in such a short amount of time.  Jake lost his dad at the age of 16.  It is horrible to have to say goodbye to your dad at such a young age.  However I have never met someone so strong.  I don’t think he would be so strong or where he is today if he wouldn’t have gone through all the trials in his life!
Here are a few pictures from the cemetery. 

A Christmas present I gave Jake a few years ago.   
This was taken right after his dad passed away. 

“No Regrets”

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Valentine’s Day!

We had a good Valentine’s Day.  Jake had school that night and also had to work at 3:00 the next morning so we didn’t make any big plans.  I went out to dinner with my family and when Jake was done with school he met us at the restaurant.   I bought Jake some chocolate covered strawberries from Shaybee’s (SO SO delicious!) and also bought him some of his favorite treats.  Jake is so sweet and ordered me some flowers and the best gift of all he organized our laundry room!! I feel so blessed to have such a wonderful husband and daughter.  I hope you all had a great Valentine’s Day!!

Addalynn Bele

Thursday, February 10, 2011

A little about the Jepson family!

Jake and I went to high school together.  We were both in the FFA and met when we took a trip down to Las Vegas to watch the PBR.  We later become closer friends when we went in the same group to a high school dance.  Six months later we started dating, and now have been together for over two years and have the most beautiful baby girl. 
            We currently live in Spanish Fork. Jake is working at Stouffers full time, going to school full time and whenever he has free time he is also working for my dad.  Because my husband is so selfless I am able to be a stay at home mom to our wonderful daughter.  I feel so blessed everyday because I have such a wonderful husband.  He would do anything for me or Addalynn no matter what it required out of him.  Jake has to work every morning between 2 and 5 a.m. he only gets a few hours of sleep every night because he says he would rather spend time with us then sleep. After he gets home from work he helps me around the house, does his homework, goes to school, then comes home and helps some more before going to bed.  I feel so blessed to have such a great husband who I love so much!!
            Addalynn is three months old.  Everyone has always said enjoy kids when they are little because they never stay like that for long.  Well I am here to agree with every person who has ever said that.  My mom always joked that because I had such an easy pregnancy I would have a hard baby… well she was wrong!!!! I have the best baby any mother could ever ask for.  She started sleeping through the night at two months old.  She currently sleeps anywhere from ten to twelve hours a night.  She is the happiest little baby you will ever meet.  My family doesn’t think she can even cry.  The only time she gets mad is when she is hungry, then you have about two minutes tops to get her food or she gets mad.  She has so much personality for someone so young! She thinks she is a big girl and needs to be sitting up at all time and be involved with anything going on.  When someone is holding her and they try to rock her she will start crying, we simply tell them to sit her up and she will stop right away.  She has been the biggest blessing in my life.  It is so hard to think back and wonder how you ever did it without her!! I am so sad that she is growing up so fast but at the same time I am so excited for everything that we still have to come!
            Jake and I have some big plans for the future.  We are in the process of looking for a house to buy.  We will hopefully find one we love and be moved in by August.  Jake is going to UVU and is majoring in exercise science.  Once he receives his bachelors he will start the PA program at Weber University.  I will start school in the fall semester at UVU and major in Criminal Justice.  Jake and I have been so blessed.  We have had so much family help, encouragement and guidance in the past year.  I look back and wonder why we have been so blessed.  I don’t even like to think about where we would be if we did not have such wonderful families which we love so much and could never thank them for everything they have and do for us!!


Monday, February 7, 2011

First Post!

This is the first post of our blog.  My FAVORITE Aunt Mary helped me set it up so I am dedicating this post to her!