Wednesday, October 31, 2012


Like I said before, I love halloween.
This year we celebrated by staying in, eating candy and watching Hocus Pocus.

I also made a fun treat, Bacon Wrapped Wieners:

Sorry not the best picture....
Recipe I got online:

1) Cut bacon pieces into thirds
2) Wrap the bacon around the little wieners
3) Preheat oven to 325 and spread butter around pan
4) Put wieners in/on pan then sprinkle brown sugar
5) Cook for about 40 minutes, let cool then ENJOY! 

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Learning More About My Hiatus Hernia

So most of you probably know by now that I have acid reflux, also known as Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD). I was diagnosed with it when I was 16, a Junior in high school. For many years I struggled with symptoms thinking I was just sick all the time. But my doctor put everything together and put me on a great anti-acid medication. But in the middle of my sophomore year of college my new doctor decided I should get it properly diagnosed. So I got an upper endoscopy January 2011 and found that I have a hiatus (or hiatal) hernia. This isn't the reason to why I have acid reflux because not everyone with a hiatal hernia has symptoms, but it greatly contributes. (video below about how a sliding hiatal hernia forms)

I stayed on my same medication for about another year after I found out about the hernia, but about a year ago I stopped because it was too expensive and I figured I would just be careful. But I have learned it is hard to be careful. I love all the foods that make me sick. And I have a harder time with semi-acidic/fatty foods without my medicine. This means that for the last few months I have had strong symptoms at least 4 days a week. (On medication it was maybe once every two weeks). 

So because of this I'm trying to get myself better educated. I bought a cookbook written by someone who has GERD and it explains the symptoms associated with it for someone like me and things to avoid. I'm also learning more via good websites. I have yet to find someone who has the hernia like me. So if you know someone, let me know and we can chat. 

Some things I have learned about good dieting for someone with GERD, either through my experimentation or my research:
  • Avoid large meals that boosts the stomachs pressure
  • Don't eat 2-3 hours before bedtime, laying flat can worsen symptoms
  • Spicy foods (anything spicy attacks me)
  • Foods rich in fat :( (still working on this one...)
  • High calorie diet
  • Chocolate (I'm going to ignore this one)
  • Alcohol and coffee - good thing I don't drink either!
  • Carbonated beverages - which is interesting because when I was 17 I felt inspired to stop drinking caffeinated drinks and I haven't ever since, now I just need to be better with Sprite
  • Tomatos 
  • Citrus Fruits (one of the hardest for me to avoid)
  • Fast food should be avoided, or at least not eaten often

I have also learned that vigorous exercise is bad, it could cause stomach contents to splash into the esophagus (just another excuse for me to stop exercising, haha). But doing things like light jogging or walking would help my digestion. 

I have also learned a lot about the symptoms of GERD and a hiatal hernia. This is good for me because now I can recognize that something is coming from a symptom, not being sick from something else. So the symptoms I have learned I have include:
  • Heartburn / Chest pain
  • Sore throat / sore mouth
  • Vomiting or nausea
  • Belching or hiccuping (gas in general)
  • Coughing / Ear aches
  • Difficulty swallowing / Feeling of having food stuck in your throat
  • Interrupted sleep
  • Taste of acid in mouth
  • Labored breathing and/or asthma (which is interesting because my childhood asthma came back around the time I got diagnosed with GERD in high school, thinking it was sports induced but I recently learned asthma can be associated with GERD which makes more sense to me)

There are other symptoms associated with GERD, but the above are the ones that I have consistently experienced. I'm still trying to learn more in order to feel better and avoid having Barrett's esophagus or esophageal cancer. Thanks for reading this and if you know more about this I would love to hear it!

Video on how a hiatal hernia forms: 

Friday, October 26, 2012

Jay Dell Butler

On October 12th JT's grandfather passed away. Although very sad by the lost, the family is also happy because he will no longer be suffering. He was 89 years old and for most of his last decade of life he was suffering from Parkinson's. So although his lost is sad, he is now free from pain and reunited with his wife. 

He was currently living with one of his daughters on the east coast, but spent most of his life in Driggs, Idaho. So the funeral services were all held in Driggs. It was such a great opportunity to get together as a family. Most of the Butler side was able to come and celebrate his life. I enjoyed the chance to meet my mother-in-laws family and to hear about his life because I was never able to meet him. JT and I are so grateful that we live so close.

All the Grandsons that could make it

Grandpa Butler was a veteran of WW2

Mom and Dad Dewey

Dewey family, minus Paige

Cousins that came to the Funeral
Our adorable nephew Blake kept hugging Kennedy after the luncheon 

The good part about the funeral being in Idaho, all of JT's family (except Paige who's serving her LDS mission in Las Vegas right now) came to Idaho to visit for the weekend! It was so great to have his parents and heath and lyndsay stay with us, and to spend time with Lacie and her family!

Afternoon at the park in St. Anthony (Picture credit to Lyndsay, along with some of the others)

Oldest nephew, Kaden
And Heath holding Blake

Friday night at Fat Cats, bowling! I got two stikes!
Saturday before everyone left at Olive Garden for lunch

My First Rodeo

A couple weekends ago we went to a rodeo! 

I had never gone to one before and I had to go to a cultural event, different than my normal culture. 

It was fun. It was put on by the school at the local fairgrounds so students could sign up to do all the events, like bull riding, milking a wild cow, dressing goats, etc. Although it did smell horribly, the entertainment made the experience enjoyable. And it was fun to do as a double date with the Hill family!

Our friend Sebasthian Ahumada did it! 

Random guy. JT edited this one for his photography class.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Carving Pumpkins

This might be strange, but I LOVE carving pumpkins. I think it's fun to take the guts out and think of a fun way to cut it up. And I just LOVE halloween. I mean candy, scary movies, and dressing up?? Who wouldn't love that?! 

Final products. Left to right: JT, Sara, Nik, KJ

Heavy pumpkins!

Today is also our 10 month mark of being married! YAY! It's so crazy that it's already been almost a year since our special day. Time flies by when your in love! :)

{Sorry it's blurry}
We got each other CD's, JT: new Coheed and Cambria; KJ: RED by Taylor Swift

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

General Conference Weekend

This past weekend was General Conference. 

General Conference is a meeting that is broadcasted worldwide twice a year. There are five sessions, three on Saturday and two on Sunday. The leaders of the LDS church speak to us and give guidance and instruction. The meeting is located in Salt Lake City, Utah but it can be viewed both on the internet and through cable. It's a great opportunity to here from the prophet. For those of you who aren't members of the LDS church, you can find out about General Conference here.

Conference Center

This year conference was so awesome. I learned some much and felt the spirit so strongly. I'm so grateful for the opportunity to hear from the leaders of the church today.

The most shocking news was within the first ten minutes of the first session. President Monson announced two new temples (in Arizona and Peru) and they lowered the ages for missionaries! All guys can now leave for their missions at age 18-instead of 19. And girls can leave at 19! (instead of 21) That's so crazy! I was so shocked when I heard. My brother turns 18 in 6 months then graduates from high school in June, he could leave for his mission THIS SUMMER! Crazy. And some of my girls from my EFY group two summers ago are saying they will leave for missions in a couple years. It's so amazing how faithful the youth of today are.

A few of my favorite talks included:

Sister Dibb, 2nd counselor of the Young Women's spoke and declared "I'm a mormon. I know it. I live it. I love it." I loved this. This confidence is amazing and making this statement says something about your identity. After hearing her I decided I want to have the confidence to say the same.

In Elder Uchtdorf's talk I really felt his message that life is short and the choices we make are important. When we get older we don't want any regrets, especially the regret of not spending enough time with family. In this life we must do and become the person God would have us be, to be faithful.

I think Elder Perry was my top along with Elder Ballard. Elder Perry focused on marriage and family, that we make our own family culture and there are 5 things we can do to create a good family culture: pray to guide your children, do activities like FHE, scripture study and eat together, use church support, share your testimony with your children, and organize your family with clear rules, responsibilities, and wholesome activities. These things will help children live in the world but not of the world.

Elder Ballard focused on service and a love for others. He has inspired me to grow a desire in my heart to serve others to become a true disciple for Jesus Christ. And to remember that I can meet others needs and prayers by looking for any/every opportunity to serve others.

I also enjoyed Elder Hales talk about being a Christian what being a Christian entails. And Elder Gay's (of the Seventy) talk asked the question: Is a nickel really worth your salvation? We must give up all our sins for eternal life, and when we ask for the Lord's help he will give it, but it's also important to remember that eternal life is more than giving up sins, it's also acting and serving.

President Monson, the prophet, talked in the Sunday morning session about how our Heavenly Father knows and loves us perfectly. He hears and answers our prayers, so when we are serving others we are doing the Lord's work.

I'm excited for the Ensign to come out in November to reread all the talks and to learn more!

Monday, October 8, 2012


Since we got married we have been concerned with the fact that we are assigned to go to school at different times-JT is Fall/Winter and I Fall/Spring. But with school ending for both of us soon, there came a few problems. JT needs to do an internship to graduate December 2013, and all the good internships for a CIT major are during the summer, when I'm in school. And our school is very strict about sticking to your assigned track. And I didn't want to wait until next Fall to do my last semester, especially since my major is required to take a test (ETS) my last semester. And there is no way I'm not going to get my degree. 

But I only have 16 credits left after this semester, which can totally be done in one semester. So I used my connections with my job and I will now be going to school in the Winter!!! 

This means I will be graduating with my Bachelors of Science in Psychology, minoring in Marriage and Family Studies!

I finally got the official word this morning. 


But now I can't grasp what life will be like without school...since I haven't been out of school since I was 3-years-old in preschool.....

Saturday, October 6, 2012


So my favorite place in Rexburg is Porters. It's the place to go when I want to decorate or create anything. A couple months ago I was walking around and found this great idea. So here's my interpretation of it: 

I painted the frame and "D" black, glued the scrap book paper and JT screwed the hooks onto it. Making a new place to hang our keys, and right next to the door! 

Friday, October 5, 2012

Bacon Makes Life Better

Everyone should love bacon. It is so amazing. Who cares if it's fattening? We only live once. haha.

On pinterest I've found so many amazing ideas of how to make meals with bacon. But really, bacon goes with anything and everything. 

Here is my most recent experiment:

Bacon Wrapped Chicken
I found it through pinterest. The recipe included: chicken, seasoning salt, cream cheese, garlic powder, cheddar cheese, and bacon.

If you have any great recipes/ideas for things to do with bacon, please share!

Or any good cookbooks with bacon.....maybe someday I'll write my own and call it "The Art of Bacon" ..haha