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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!!!