Growth Hormone

Thought I would deviate from the 30 day thing for a minute...

I have twin brothers...
They were born Dec. 1, 1992, but were not supposed to be born until Feb. 12, 1993. Yeah...wow. That is a whopping 11 weeks early. eleven.
Needless to say it was a super scary time for my parents. I was eight at the time and didn't understand the severity of it. Since having a child and carrying him the full 40 weeks (plus one more week, yup 41 weeks), I can't even imagine having him at 29 weeks. Terrifying.

But it happened. And they both survived. They were 3 pounds each at birth which was huge for twins at their stage of development.

Fast forward 8 years...we are living in Ohio and the twins are smaller than everyone their age. everyone. They were growing about a half an inch a year when they should have been growing 2 inches.

Short version: they had lots of testing and it was determined they were not producing enough growth hormone. They received shots of growth hormone (that is another long, costly, yet amazing story in itself) and eventually caught up with their friends.

They had shots 6 days a week for 9 years. yep, lots of shots. About 2,817+ shots..each. Ugh. Poor kids.

Well, last week they went to their doctor visit and NO MORE SHOTS!!! Yeah.
I am so happy for them. They are just using up the last of the medicine and then it's over.
So great.

If they never had growth hormone, best case scenario they would have be 5'3"...my height. short. With the growth hormone they projected and best case scenario was 5' 9"...average.

Their current height? 5' 11.5" and 5' 11" ! Bow chick-wow-wow. Congrats boys.

Day 15...

Something you don’t leave the house without.

Diaper bag for Chubbs...with a car stashed in there somewhere for Munchkin
Cell phone
Shoes (duh!)

Day 14...

A TV show you’re currently addicted to.

Wow. I don't know if I am ready to let everyone know how much time I waste watching tv...

In my defense, I rarely watch live tv, it's normally shows that I have recorded on my dvr thus not watching any commercials (unless they look really interesting).

Biggest Loser
Grey's Anatomy
Private Practice (however, I have a little beef with PP. The show is a spin off from Grey's anatomy, yet they have had SO many characters on PP that have been killed or totally different characters on Greys. Super annoying.)
Tabatha's Salon Takeover
The Office

Whew...guess that wasn't so bad.

Day 13...

Your favorite musician and why?

Another semi-stupid question

Some of my favorite artists/bands...

Michael Jackson (who doesn't like him?)
Amber Pacific
Carrie Underwood

Blah, blah...I don't have anyone original on this list I know, what can I say?


Day 12...

A photograph of the town you live in.
Yeah, this is a stupid one so I'm going to change it to....

Something that you miss...
(got this off of my cousin's blog for her 30 day challenge)

my mom. and my dad.
because they pretty much rock and are amazing parents. they are the kind you wish you had. but i'm the lucky one who actually has them as parents.
parents live in ohio. boo. too far away.

they live with these two.
my twin brothers.
miss them too.
and I can't believe they are graduating high school this year!! so crazy.

my dog willie. such a great dog as I mentioned here.
he also lives in Ohio.
and lastly, my munchkin. I miss him because legally he isn't mine. He is my stepson. I hate using that word because as far as I am concerned he is my kid. I love him like he is mine. He calls me mom and the list goes on and on.
so the short version...we (hubster and i) share custody of porter with hubster's ex-wife so we only get him every few days.

Day 11...

What’s in your makeup bag?

What a fun question....but probably not as exciting as it should be. Maybe I can get a picture up here shortly.

Basically, tons of eye shadow, a bunch of brushes, about a dozen eye liners and two shades of blush and one old thing of powder.

All of my makeup is MAC except for some eyeliner and brushes from Sephora. That old powder I use on occassion is CoverGirl or Maybelline, can't remember.

The colors above are just some of my favorites. I didn't list the other colors I have, but these are the ones I tend to use most.


Day 10...

A photo of your favorite place to eat.

I am really irritated by this post because my favorite places are not in Utah (and this is just rubbing it in my face). Go figure.
Maybe they are my favorites because I can only have them every so often...hmmmm...

Best. Wings. Ever.

Best. Salad. Ever. (and I am not a salad girl)


Day 9...

A photo of the item you last purchased.

This is pretty exciting.

Socks...and a bunch of other things from Old Navy because my four month old baby boy wears about 9month sized clothes. And I wasn't planning on that.

Day 8...

A song to match your mood.

Is it bad that I keep changing what I am supposed to be writing? Oh well...

Obviously I forgot to post yesterday, so a song to match my mood. I don't know. But...a did have a song stuck in my head all day...ugh...it was...

Sorry. I'm not ready to admit it yet. Give me a minute.

Okay. (big breath)

baby by justin beiber.

I'm so ashamed.

Please don't judge me.

Day 7...

Your dream wedding.

I think this is going to be a waste of time to talk about my dream wedding. Why? Because I don't have one...well, sort of. I have one that I envisioned when I was twenty, then it probably changed when I was 22, and now that I am several years beyond that it wouldn't be the same as it was way back then.

So...I will just show you some (or almost all of them) pictures from my wedding. Oh how I loved it...
(sidenote: I made these collages for my brother & sister who went on missions shortly after I got married so they could see all the wonderful pictures.)

Wedding Dinner



Wedding Day





Wedding Reception




Sorry for the picture overload...


Day 6...

A photo of an animal you’d love to keep as a pet.

Honestly...the one I already have.

This is Stella. (go ahead and wave if you like)


Hubster doesn't like Stella.
Not sure why.
I like her.
I hope she knows because I am terrible about walking her.

Just a story as to why...

I grew up in Ohio (O..H....you say I...O...in case you didn't know). We had a dog (he's still around) Willie. He is pretty much the perfect dog. He has never been chained up in his life. Stays in the yard, and around the house. Barks and looks really mean when strangers come to the house. But would never actually hurt a soul (well, unless you are a small animal that will run. you don't have a chance). We never really trained him to do any of this it just happened. He is a great dog.

I thought my lab would do the same as Willie did. Well I was sorely let down. Stella doesn't have acres to roam like Willie does. Oh yeah...and we have neighbors. And neighbors don't like my Stella. Especially when she goes in their backyard and snoops around. Can't really blame her, but it's a no-no. I have tried to explain this to her, but she doesn't get it. Anyway, blah-blah-blah, she is in a big fenced in area in the backyard. She doesn't get near the attention she should, and she can't just roam free like she be able to. I truly feel bad, but I don't think Hubster does. He always tells people they can have her. I know he won't give her away...I think.


Day 5...

A photo of yourself two years ago.

Finally some snow...


Just one picture? puh-lease...


I still can't believe how little Munchkin was...


Day 4...

Your favorite photograph of your best friend.

I can't pick. So, let's go with best friends, and pictures.

This is the first time I saw Abby after 1.5 years..she served a mission for our church.

At my baby shower

Abby and Me boating on our trip to Flaming Gorge right after I got engaged to this handsome fellow (see next pic)...
Day our baby boy, Chubbs (name changed for privacy...obviously), was born.

Wedding Day - 9.18.2008


Day 3...

Your idea of the perfect first date.

Easy. A lunch date. Simple, and if it goes well, you have something to look forward to. If not, you got a free lunch. Win-Win (-win). props to you if you get the 'win' in parentheses.


Day 2...

A photo of something you ate today.

I ate leftovers of this...
Louisianna Chicken Pasta from the Cheesecake Factory.


Day 1...

A photo of yourself and a description of how your day was...

My day has been a very decent one thus far. (I was saying that with an English accent in my head)
Started out by waking up about 5am to kiss the Hubster goodbye, then again at 6:15am to get the Chubbs out of his crib to feed him.
That kid can't miss a meal.

Then, the least favorite part of my day, dropping Chubbs off the babysitters. Then to work. Ugh. I hate working. I don't hate my job, I hate working.

But...my sweet hubster surprised me at work and took me out to lunch. So great.

Then back to work I went, and am still here for another hour+. Blah.

Oh, and a picture...

Chubbs and Me. Christmas 2010

the start...

I am Mackenzie, and for thirty days I'm doing this nifty little idea.

sidenote: this is probably like the upteenth blog i have started. hopefully this one pans out.

The whole idea behind the blog challenge is to learn a little more about yourself and let others know some things about you too. If you do this too, please comment and let me know. There is nothing more (well, ok, there are a few things...) that I enjoy more than blog stalking.

Here's the list!

30 Day Blog Challenge:
Day 1 – A photo of yourself and a description of how your day was.
Day 2 – A photo of something you ate today.
Day 3 – Your idea of the perfect first date.
Day 4 – Your favorite photograph of your best friend.
Day 5 – A photo of yourself two years ago.
Day 6 – A photo of an animal you’d love to keep as a pet.
Day 7 – Your dream wedding.
Day 8 – A song to match your mood.
Day 9 – A photo of the item you last purchased.
Day 10 – A photo of your favorite place to eat.
Day 11 – What’s in your makeup bag?
Day 12 – A photograph of the town you live in.
Day 13 – Your favorite musician and why?
Day 14 – A TV show you’re currently addicted to.
Day 15 – Something you don’t leave the house without.
Day 16 – Your celebrity crush.
Day 17 – A photo of you and your family.
Day 18 – Something you crave a lot.
Day 19 – Another picture of yourself.
Day 20 – The meaning behind your blog name.
Day 21 – A photo of something that makes you happy.
Day 22 – A letter to someone who has hurt you recently.
Day 23 – 15 facts about you.
Day 24 – A photo of something that means a lot to you.
Day 25 – What’s in your purse?
Day 26 – A photo of somewhere you’ve been to.
Day 27 – A picture of you last year and now and how have you changed since then?
Day 28 – Your favorite movie.
Day 29 – Something you could never get tired of doing.
Day 30 – A photograph of yourself today + three good things that have happened in the past.