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Sunday, December 23, 2007

Temple Lights

Tonight Joe and I went to see the Christmas lights at the Mesa, AZ temple. It was so beautiful and also very crowded. Every year they have such a spectacular light display that draws thousands of visitors! Luckily it wasn't too cold tonight. Even though we were married in the Columbus, OH temple we still have a special place in our hearts for Mesa! It was a little over 4 years ago that Joe took me there for a "walk" in September, got down on one knee, and proposed to me!

Sunday, December 16, 2007

Sun Devil Wedding

Last weekend we went to a wedding for a guy that Joe has worked with for the past 3 years, Lou Sanchez. He is a HUGE Sun Devil fan and was actually the one that got Joe to buy his Sun Devil Season tickets. So Lou's wife surprised him by inviting the ASU cheerleaders and Sparky the mascot to come the reception for a few cheers!! It was very cool!!!



Wednesday, December 12, 2007

It really does snow in AZ

Yesterday Joe, Sterling, and Chris took the quads out for a wintery ride! This picture is Joe and Sterling all bundled up at the top of the mountain. They rode up 4 Peaks which is one of the mountain ranges here in the valley. The picture below is one that I found online of 4 Peaks. There isn't that much snow now but this just proves that it does snow here sometimes:) I don't think I have actually ever seen snow in the valley which is fine with me. I don't mind looking a far to see it. Snow is nice if you don't have to live in it. Being able to drive to it appeases any winter time nostalgia that I might have from time to time.



Sunday, December 9, 2007

Home Sweet Home

I wanted to show some updated pictures of the house we are building. For those that have built a house before you know how life consuming the process is! Our friends, the Bradshaw's have moved into their new house that they built so they give us hope that there is an end in sight:)
Here is a pic of our barrel vaulted kitchen ceiling. Our friend and contractor, Sterling, is on the ladder and our other friend Dallin is looking up admiring his handy work! The rounded ceiling is above the breakfast nook.
Here is a pic of the entry way. The 3 windows to the right of the entry overlook the basement stairs. The 2 windows to the left are the dining room windows.
Here is a close up of the front door which you can see through to the back patio

Sterling is amazing and we obviously couldn't do this without him! So anyone that is looking for a general contractor let me know because you won't find someone better than him. Not only does he do excellent work he has such an artistic eye and take a regular set of blueprints and turn your house into a masterpiece!!!!


Thursday, December 6, 2007

I'm Dreaming of a White Christmas

Well, this year marks the 1st year in 28 that I will not be spending Christmas in Ohio. I knew this day would come but it is still hard to accept. With all the decisions left in building our house there is no way we could leave out of town for an extended period of time. We still have so much to do and our deadline is fast approaching. We are anticipating moving in by February 1st, 2008. While I am beyond sad that I don't get to be with my family this year I know that it is virtually impossible for us to leave. So I will try to think of the positives about staying in AZ for Christmas.

1. I won't freeze to death!! My body is now acclimated to AZ weather and the cold is always so shocking!

2. I won't have to pay for plane tickets for Maddox and Fiona. As little as they are you have to pay for them to sit under your seat!!! They are a basically a carry-on you have to pay for:(

3. I will get to attend holiday parties with friends and co-workers. This is a stretch but I'm sure there will be some fun get togethers that we would otherwise be missing?!?!?!

4. We will get to spend time with Joe's relatives. Hopefully they will enjoy having us around! We'll get to see some of Joe's nieces and nephews we don't see as often!

5. I can't think of anything else...

Well 5 things are better than nothing I suppose.

So to Mom, Sara, Brian, Chris, David, Grandma, Grandpa, Tah, Bill, Delaney and Jordan I love you and I'm sorry we can't be there this year! And to Dad, Glenna, Anna and Bradley I'm sorry I never see you at Christmas:(

I do have to say Thank Goodness for Online shopping! I'm just hoping it all gets there in time:) That doesn't mean I'm done with my shopping though. Tick tock I don't have that much time left.....aghhh!!!! I'm not the best at making decisions so I often procrastinate my purchasing.

I've Been Dreaming of True Love's Kiss....

Last night some of the women and Young Women from church had a girls night and went to see one of the cutest movies ever....Enchanted!!!!! Literally my face hurt from smiling the whole time!!! If you grew up watching Disney Movies, love romance, enjoy songs, or like Patrick Dempsey (Dr. McDreamy) then this a movie for you!!!!! It really was so fun from the animation portion, the songs, the humor, and the twitterpation of course! Disney made this movie and they pulled components from so many of their movies to add to the charm of this one. I'm sure I missed some of the references but the ones I noticed were The Little Mermaid, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, King Kong, Bambi, and Snow White. If you haven't seen it yet you are missing out! I can't wait until it comes out on DVD!!!

Saturday, November 24, 2007

I Am Thankful For

What a week!!! Thursday was a very long and stressful day! I did realize some things that I am very grateful for!
1. A husband to un-clog the disposal when his wife put too many potato peels down the drain (thanks Joe)
2. Brothers who help clean up the tornado of a kitchen after a day of cooking and eating (thanks Chris and Austin)
3. Sisters who run to the store to get Stove Top when you realize you don't have the time or energy to make homemade stuffing (thanks Sara)
4. Friends who drive 10 hours to spend Thanksgiving with friend (thanks Watson's)

Yesterday Amber and I rewarded ourselves with a shopping spree. How can you say no to boots when you get a scratcher for 50% off your purchase!!!! I have been searching for the perfect brown boots for months and yesterday the heavens parted and angels sang as I tried on these beauties!!!We also went to Sephora which is the mecca of all beauty products. I was telling Amber about this amazing product by Urban Decay called Primer Potion. For all eye shadow wearers it is a must!!! If you have problems with creasing or with eye shadow that looks vibrant in the package and blah on your eyes then this potion will rock your make up world! As we were perusing the Urban Decay girl came up to us and offered to do Amber's make up. She did such a great job that we just had to buy some new products!

Here are some pics of our fun week with the Watson's!

Chris and Austin pumped to go to the Suns vs. Clippers game

Joe carving the turkey

Right before the feast, thanks Austin for the pretty napkins. And FYI those bottles are sparking juice:)

Thursday, November 22, 2007

Happy Thanksgiving!

Well so far Thanksgiving 2007 has been a great one! Our friends Amber and Jeff, their kids Elaina and Carter, and Amber's brother Austin, came down from Utah on Tuesday. We decided the best way to show them an Arizona good time was to go wake boarding!! The water was like glass!!
Amber and Elaina lookin' prettyJustin wakeboarding, Austin chillin on the boat

Elaina and her 2 best friends, Maddox and Fiona

Friday, November 16, 2007

La Casa

The house we are building is going to be beautiful and we are so excited!!! It took a while to get all the approvals and permits. So in the meantime, the framers put the walls together so that once the slab was poured they could simply put up the walls. Well I shouldn't say simply because I know it takes a lot of work. We are lucky enough to have one of our best friends as our general contractor!!! He owns a framing company and we are friends with a lot of the guys on his crew. In fact a lot of them play on the same soccer team as Joe. You can see them in the 1st pic:)

Here is a pic of the outside of the house. This view shows the front of the house. The far left is the garage, then there is the entry way and the right side is the den and master bedroom, etc.










Our house is kind of shaped like a U. So here is a pic of the curved foyer wall. Walls like this takes a lot of precision and skill so thank you guys!!










This is half of our front door! I am so excited for the door! I have always wanted a door like this!!!










Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Off the Hook!


Joe made a very dangerous purchase last night.....Guitar Hero!!!!! He has been talking about this game forever and how cool it is and how much I will love it. Come on...how cool can it be??? Welllllll.....between me, Joe, and my brother Chris I think we played non-stop for 5 hours last night!!!!

I promise I do more than play video games in my spare time! In fact tonight I joined some friends for our monthly game of Bunco. It is a dice game that takes no skill but it is a good excuse to leave the men at home and get our game on:)


When I got home the boys were jamming out to Guitar Hero and had advanced to the point of buying new guitars and adding more exciting songs. It looked pretty fun so I gave it a try. They are much further a long than me but I have to say it is very addicting and very frustrating at the same time!!! Your brain starts to over think it and then your whole rhythm is off. It definitely takes hand eye coordination and the ability to keep a beat. This is sometimes easier said than done.

Ohhhh, Eclipse, the 3rd Stephenie Meyer book, FINALLY arrived and I have been reading it almost every minute I can!!!! If any of you are fans go to this website to check out a great article on the author: http://www.azcentral.com/arizonarepublic/arizonaliving/articles/1110stepheniemeyer1110.html

Monday, November 12, 2007

Hmmmmm

Well, it has been over a week since my last post. Why?? Well my excuse is that our camera is broke. We have another camera but the one that fits nicely in a pocket or purse is broken therefore no pics are being taken. SAD! I had a feeling this would happen and this is why I debated starting a blog. So despite my lack of pictures I am going to ramble aimlessly so you have something to read.

Ok, last week...we had nutrition night for the Young Women at church. It was actually very interesting. But now I have to decide if I am going to take action. One thing she talked about was how bad aspartame is for you. That means no diet soda!! Aghhhhhhh!!!! That is a big step for me. I'm not out of control but I at least have one can a day...if not more. I know this is something I'll have to do when I'm pregnant but for now hand me another Diet Coke!

Friday night I went out to dinner with some girl friends to celebrate Jaimi Belinski's 29th birthday!!!! (I will post pics when Hilarry sends them to me:) ) 29 wow...that will be me next year. I like to remind Jaimi that she'll always reach those big milestone birthdays before me. It gives me some consolation at least! The food was ehhhh but the company was great! It is always fun to go out with the ladies and have good old fashioned girl talk!

Saturday morning Joe and I went out to look for counter tops and flooring with our contractor. As a lot of you know we are building a house in Gilbert. This project has seemed to take a life time but we are projected to move in the beginning of the year. Building a house on your own takes a lot longer but we are saving money in the long run. The real estate market isn't the greatest right now so we'll be renting our Phoenix house once we move to Gilbert. As excited as I am to move to a our new beautiful home I will be soooo sad to leave this house!!! I love the location....3 minutes from work, super close to downtown and central to everywhere we need to go. I will also be so sad to leave our ward. We have made such good friends at church. Hopefully we'll stay in touch with most of them but when you don't see people every week it is harder to get together.

Saturday was also a very sad day for the Buckeye nation. We actually lost a regular season game to Illinois????? Who knew it was possible. C'est la vie.

Sunday was a special day because Joe cooked Breakfast and Dinner!!!!!!!!! He did such a good job I told him he is welcome to cook more often. Not sure if that we'll happen but I'll DEFINITELY take what I can get!

Sunday, November 4, 2007

How to kill time...

Well, I have finished the 2nd book in the Twilight saga, New Moon. LOVED IT!!! Don't worry I won't give away any surprises though. I am anxiously awaiting my delivery from amazon.com which contains the 3rd book, Eclipse. It can't come soon enough!!!! Why I didn't order all 3 at the same time I'll never know. So in the mean time I find myself finding other things to do in my spare time. For those that know me well know that my tivo is always fully loaded. Currently my favorite shows are Men in Trees, Gray's Anatomy, Desperate Housewives, Brothers and Sisters, Dirty Sexy Money, Big Shots, and Ugly Betty. AND THOSE ARE JUST THE SHOWS ON ABC. I know...I have a problem. Some other programs that I can't help but watch are Chuck on NBC and America's Next Top Model on the CW network. But come on, a girl can only watch so much tv. Sometimes I choose a much more "mind stimulating" activity.... going to the gym you ask, maybe learning how to make a gourment entree?? No unfortunately none of the above but more like playing my Nintendo DS. Joe bought this for me for my birthday after seeing me borrow my Aunt's when we were home in September. The first thing that drew me to it was the color...bubble gum pink. The second was a favorite game from my child hood, Mario Brothers. How could a girl resist??? I have accumulated a few other games from friends and family so I have options when I get bored or can move on to a different game when I get stuck or can't beat a level. For those of you out there that think a handheld video game would be fun but would actually prefer a mind stimulating activity you can buy a program called Brain Age where you challenge your mind with simple math probmlems and concentration type activities to name a few.




Thursday, November 1, 2007

Trick-Or-Treat

October is a phenomenal month!!! My birthday, college football, cooling weather, and Halloween are a few events that make this month one of my favorites!!! Who can say no to candy corn, caramel apples, ghosts and goblins. Every year when Halloween comes along I have high hopes for dressing up and going to a costume party....or better yet, throwing a party myself. But since I've been married Halloween comes and goes and we say "well maybe next year." So last night the only costumes in our house were worn by the dogs. They are so cute I wonder how I got so lucky with 2 darling dogs!!!

After we ran out of candy we decided to watch a "scary" movie. I'm kind of a wimp so I didn't want to watch anything too gruesome. We decided on The Ring which had me on the edge of my seat and screaming out loud when I saw it in the theater in 2002. This time....not so much. I kept waiting for the scary part...still waiting...



My Little Punkin






Joe, Maddox and Fiona....so cute!!!




Patiently waiting for trick-or-treaters


Why are my antenna's under my chin?? :)


Monday, October 29, 2007

Twilight


I know I am the umpteenth person to blog about the book Twilight by Stephenie Meyer but I would be remiss if I didn't publicly recommend this series. Somehow I wonder how this little gem evaded me for 2 years as the book came out in 2005. Not only is the author a fellow alumni of Brigham Young University but she is also from Scottsdale, Arizona!!!! There are currently 3 published books in the saga...Twilight, New Moon, and Eclipse. The 4th installment, Breaking Dawn, will be available in May 2008. At the rate I am tearing through these books I will be finished before Thanksgiving and dying to find out what happens next.
So what makes the Twilight saga so captivating? Well it is the typical story of boy meets girl, teenage drama, secrets and midnight rendevous.....well....not quite, in fact anything BUT typical. Girl moves from sunny Arizona to rainy and gray Washington, meets painfully handsome boy, falls in love and realizes he is a VAMPIRE!!!!! Can a vampire live in human society and be in love with a mortal who has tantalizing blood? I can't tell you so go to amazon.com or drive to your favorite book store and get these books TODAY!!!! I guarantee you won't regret it!

Friday, October 26, 2007

Things that REALLY matter in life

Why is it that something like football can be something that can bond people for life and also something to tear relationships a part? I mean when you think about it, sweaty guys are manhandling each other trying to get an oddly shaped ball from one end of the field to the next. Nevertheless when football season comes I get those butterflies in my stomach. I really love everything about it!! The tail gating, the hot dogs, the pre-game rallying, the "heated" banter of the sports reporters. I love the face tattoos, beads, jerseys, and t-shirts. I love seeing the passion and creativity when it comes to representing YOUR team! I love the anticipation, the close calls, the interceptions, the victories, the tradition, the crunch of helmets crashing into one another. I can honestly say I LOVE everything about being a Buckeye!!!! While I did not attend THE Ohio State University for my college education I have a connection with this team as if it was my Alma Mater. Currently the Buckeyes are rated #1. Last season was a dream season for us....until the National Championship. It was an absolute blunder, a nightmare, a travesty. Truly the only explanation I can think is that aliens came down and invaded our players bodies! So to be ranked #1 again this season is a small miracle. I have faith in these guys that we can have another dream season. But the true test is the last game of the season vs the Michigan Wolverines. I hate them, I despise them and I honestly feel animosity when I even think of "that state up north."

But tomorrow I will be donning Maroon and Gold. My loyalty is not shifting I am not a traitor. I merely am supporting my husband and his love of the Arizona State Sun Devils. I love a good college football game and since we have season tickets I figure the least I can do is put on a t-shirt and enjoy a hot dog and chili.

So good luck tomorrow to the Buckeyes. Beating Penn State is something they can do in their sleep.

And also good luck to the Sun Devils. The more games then win the closer they come to playing the Buckeyes in a Bowl Game.

While this might cause a strain in the precious relationship between husband and wife.....we will cross that bridge when we come to it. One of us will need to be the bigger person and I can assure you that I will be there to comfort my husband when his team gets aannihilated:) (Shhhh...don't tell Joe I posted that)

1st Time Blogger

Well I have come to realize that I am behind the times on a growing trend. Everyone and I mean EVERYONE is blogging these days. Celebrities, politicians, wanna-be's, mom's, entrepreneurs, musicians, people with GREAT recipes, socialites, artists....everyone has something to say. I spend a lot of time on the Internet and find myself bookmarking these captivating websites. I'm curious as to what they have to say and what has sparked their interest enought to publish it for the world to see. I love hearing the latest gossip, fashion trends, doggy stories, the latest and greatest home decorating tips, etc. Now I'm not necessarily one to go jumping on band wagons....but....this one seems like something worthwhile. Hopefully our family and friends across the country might like to know what we are up to from time to time. I am not the best at calling or even emailing so here is my attempt to keep everyone up to date on the exciting adventures of the Vega family! Plus who knows, maybe someone out there might think what I have to say is interesting:)