May 26, 2015

Utah Valley University Graduation

In May Zeb walked at UVU's graduation.  I was so proud of him!  After a few set backs and a lot of hard work he was finally graduating!!!  What a relief.  We had so many plans of things we wanted to do with our life but were stuck while we waited

for school to finished and here it was!  We had a fun graduation party with family and friends and had a blast celebrating!

May 18, 2015

Picking up where we left off

I took a break from blogging.  It was a nice, much needed break.  I think I didn't have much to talk about, and the things that were important to me at the time were likely not important to anyone else.  So there's that.  But we've had a beautiful life lately and I'd like to fill you in on it.  Since I'm an accountant I live my life in "quarters" so.... here are a few fun picutres from Q1 2014.  We had been having a lot of fun with family and friends.  We even took a spring trip break to Vegas to get away from the cold of Utah and cross some things off our bucket list.  We knew school would end for Zeb but sometimes it just seemed like that day would never come so our trip to Vegas was a great break from homework and the stresses of life.  Our favorite parts were visiting the grand canyon and eating at Chef Ramsey's stake house.  I still dream of the Mac & Cheese that I had there.... amazing!

Ringing in the new year... probably somewhere around 9 pm.  I"m not a night owl!

Have you ever seen a happier kid???

Zeb teaching his nephew how to fly the angry birds blimp


For Valentine's day we went to see Brian Regan at the Energy Solutions Arena

Standing on the Hoover Dam

Dinner at Chef Ramsey's - Steak

Anyone else love Pawn Stars??  It was fun to look around and watch them film

The nicest couple took this picture who were road tripping back home from picking up their newly adopted son.  It was great chatting with them

I've been thinking I need a selfie stick lately!  But I'd probably be too embarrassed to use it, either way I meet a lot of nice people while asking them to take our picture - it's a great way to break the ice and make new friends.  I'm keeping up with my photography hobby - and I think my pictures have improved a lot over the last year.  While I catch you up on our going on's see if you can see the improvement too!

Feb 27, 2014


I haven't been around much lately.  Truthfully I don't have much to say :)  But I am writing a blog still, it's just a private blog.  This year my new years resolution was to write my life history.  I decided to do it on a private blog because I know there are services that can print you blog into a book for you and that seemed like the easiest option.  I've been reading through old journals and scrapping my memory for evens that really mattered in my life and have stuck with me.

Now don't get too excited - you don't get to read it!  Maybe once I'm dead and gone someday....... But I might share bits and pieces of it with you if I feel they are compelling and aren't too embarrassing!  Here's how it starts though:

In the words of my parents:

"On April 20, 1984 Lisa raced into the world and into our lives.  She has always been on the go, just the way she started life.  Lisa was anxious to get here so the labor moved much quicker than expected and we ended up racing across Salt Lake, running red lights and darting between traffic to get to the hospital.  In the great hurry, Reed even forgot where the hospital was.  Finally there at the hospital, we raced through the hallways and minutes later she was laying in our arms gently crying as a new born baby."

I don't remember much of my childhood.  It's not that I've blocked it our per say, I've just taken living in the moment to a whole new level.  This year my new years resolution was to write my life history up to this point (2014) so I could take a hard look at the things that have helped shape and mold me into the woman I am today.  I'm pretty proud of who I am, and I don't want to forget the events that helped get me there.  Now back to my parents side of the story:

"Since then Lisa has always been moving, dancing , talking or making things better.  From the first twirl in her Dad's arms Lisa has been in love with dancing.  She would ask her dad over and over again to dance with her.  Swing dancing or waltzing she spent most of her time in the air.  When he wore out she started taking lessons, only now with her feet firmly on the ground.  Her wonderful rhythm and sense of grace were always evident and she shone in the many dance recitals we attended.  Often she was selected to be the focal point of the dance group and frequently in the audience we would hear comments of how cute she was.  All the early dance experiences helped prepare Lisa for her High School passion, the dance team.  She was especially excited when all the dads were invited to dance with their daughters at a High School football game.  I'm sure it won't be the last time she and her dad dance together."

I'm grateful that my parents wrote down these memories.  This excerpt is from my young women's "high school" graduation party before leaving for my first year of College in utah.  So I have some stories to tell to catch you up to speed.

Lets get started....

Dec 6, 2013

December?!?! What the.....

I've written this posts two times now and for some reason they haven't shown up on the blog yet!  But I'm still here, still alive and doing pretty well.  Winter hit us hard last week and we've had 5 days below 20 degrees now.  brrr..... I hate the cold.  But I know I'll make it through this winter because we're only 2 weeks away from the winter solstace!!  Maybe I'll throw a party to celebrate the days getting longer again....

Tomorrow we're decorating ginger bread houses in this joint - I couldn't be more excited!!!  I got quite the assortment of candies at WINCO tonight and remembered how much I love that place!  It was way better than grocery shopping at Walmart, and believe it or not, quite a bit cheaper as well!  I'm a believer now and you should be to - check it out, it's totally worth the drive!

Sep 25, 2013

creepy crawly things

oh... Hi there.  You're still checking back in here.  That's good to know!  Thanks!

The other night I had the most vivid dream I have EVER had.  I was laying in bed sleeping (in my dream) and as I rolled over I took my pillow with me.  That's when I saw it scurry from it's now exposed spot on my bed back under the warmth of my pillow.  A thick brown spider.  I lept from my bed, only to be held back by the sea of blankets that entrapped me.  When I was finally free and standing next to my bed I started the processes of ensuring my safety: shaking my hair out and stripping my clothes off.  I grabbed a light and started scowering the blankets for where the furry creature had gone.  I couldn't find it anywhere.  Somewhere during my striptease and shaking out of my hair I became aware that Zeb was telling me "It's OK, you're OK.  It's OK, you're OK."  As I searched our bed, I couldn't find the spider anywhere and Zeb was asking me what I was looking for.  I got back into bed, my heart beating out my chest and continued to itch all over for the next long while as I drifted back off into dreamland.  I must have given Zeb a heart attack because I didn't fully wake up and realize my sleep "walking/stripping" and scouring of the sheets was all in a deep dream state until the next morning.  My story of what happened and Zeb's version were quite different leading me to believe, there might not have actually been a spider in my bed.

But then again, I do have a tiny bug bite on the top of my left hand.... so really, who even knows?

I guess that black widow I found near our garage a few weeks ago had a greater effect on me than I originally understood.

Aug 15, 2013


After only 1 week I sold my first item in my Etsy shop!  Wahoo!!!  I was pretty excited to see the email stating I was officially up and running as a business woman.  I took the profits and headed straight to fabric store to purchase the fabric for my next sheet set.  I have them created, photographed and up for sale at the shop.  I think they are adorable.  I also have purchased the fabric for my first "set" (crib skirt, and sheets - I've decided to stay away from bumpers, too controversial right now) which I am creating right now and will post as soon as it's ready for sale.  Any ideas on nursery themes for my future sets?  Also, I have the colors are coordinated and am thinking of a name for the set - I'll post the colors for input tomorrow :)

I really am having so much fun!  I hope it keeps taking off in the right direction so I can buy some more fabric soon!  Thanks for all the support and spreading of the word, it means so much to me!

Here are the new items up for sale:

(Don't I have great taste in fabrics!)

I am also working on my shop banner and graphics....  I'll post them once they are completed.

Jul 29, 2013

For Vanessa

Here is the picture I promised you ages ago!  Sorry it took so long....

Too bad Scott's in the way ;)  J/K!!

Jul 28, 2013

Happy Birthday Kelly

While we were in Oregon we got the chance to celebrate my brother's birthday party.... it was really a lot of fun and Melissa cooked us the most yummy dinner!  Happy Birthday Kelly!  I'm so glad we were able to be there for your fun day: