Sunday, December 22, 2013

A Little Lindsley Christmas Letter

                The year two thousand and thirteen was a year some big exciting events, and a year of some...interesting less exciting events. January got things rolling with another car break-down and UVU denying Rebekah her financial aid claiming that “according to her records she is currently incarcerated”. Happy New Year, I’m in prison. We thought the car issues had been resolved, but in February it broke down a second time and the prognosis was that it needed a new transmission. Rebekah also got so ill that month that she had to call into work sick for the first time in three and a half years, but on the upside we were both in good health for Valentine’s day and celebrated at Tucanos

Both Steven and Rebekah attended school all year, and Rebekah sang first soprano in UVU masterworks chorale during Winter semester. Along with school, Rebekah still volunteers weekly in the crisis nursery at The Family Support and Treatment Center in Orem, and in April received acertificate from the state for her service. Also in April Rebekah turned twenty four, we celebrated ourthird wedding anniversary in Las Vegas, and Jennifer and Matthew, Rebekah's extremely generous and charitable older sister and her husband, offered to let us buy their old car so we traveled to California to retrieve it. 

With the unexpected and much more reliable second car, life and traveling got a lot easier, making a trip up toSmithfield and Logan for Memorial day in May possible. 

In June Steven and Rebekah marched with a group called “Mormons Building Bridges” in the Utah Pride Parade, and Rebekah’s accompanying blog post about the event received over four hundred views. Rebekah still works the graveyard audit shift at the Fairfield in Provo which has proved to never cease to be surprising. This years most memorable experience was getting flashed by a drunk naked man. That accompanying blogpost also received numerous views.

July was the most significant month of the year because it was Steven’s month long study abroad in Wales at Cardiff University. He was awarded a full scholarship to the program and was gone for the entire month of July doing what was called an "Intensive Language Study". He took Welsh language courses at the university and lived in Cardiff with other students for the month. Rebekah kept busy with work and summer classes, but also occupied her free time by renovating the apartment with new paint, new shelves, some new furniture and a make-over of some old items.

In August Fall classes started up again and Rebekah auditioned for the Utah Valley University Chamber Choir. She was accepted as a second Alto and has loved every minute since! The Chamber Choir is a professional touring choir, and in October Rebekah went with them to Charleston South Carolina. 




September had some wild ups and downs with Rebekah surviving a bought of food poisoning and recovering just in time to attend the first ever Salt Lake City Comic Con with Steven. We dressed up as Gandalf and Galadriel from The Lord of the Rings movie series and enjoyed our few hours of being comic con celebrities. 

Also in September, Steven took the GRE in preparation for grad school, and he rocked it! 

October was a busy month with Steven’s celebrating his 25th Birthday with a party at Jump on it, (Can you believe he's a quarter of a century?!? I can't!) decorating for Halloween just as extravagantly as we always do, and Rebekah going on tour. 
In November school really started to bog us down, but we got to follow traditions and celebrated two Thanksgivings with our families in Springville. 


December: It has been the hardest and most grueling semester for the both of us. Yet Steven conquered all and will graduate from Brigham Young University with two majors, Linguistics and German studies, and a minor in linguistic computing. He will "walk" in the Spring, and we would love for as many of you as possible to come and support him in this phenomenal academic achievement! Steven plans to attend grad school in the Fall, and his final destination is to be determined. Rebekah will continue working on her Music degree at Utah Valley University, and hopes to graduate herself someday. In the meantime we continue to enjoy living in our cute apartment in downtown Provo with our animal babies, Missy the cat and Claymore the turtle. 

We appreciate all the love, support and help we have received this year from kind family and new friends. We hope that this next year brings everyone the same joy and peace we received from all of you. Thank you for your interest in our lives, and a Merry Christmas to everyone! 

The following pictures were taken by our good friend Alana Dunn. To see more of her photographical amazingness, please visit: Beautifully Dunn Photography





Merry Christmas! We Love you!! 

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Fridays Fun Facts

So I've seen this little thing floating around Facebook the last few days where you are supposed to post some "unknown facts" about yourself and then if anyone "likes" your status you give them a number and they repost that many things about themselves...etc. I decided I wanted to do it too, but rather than leave the number of things up to someone else I'd go with ten things, and I'd make it a blog post because 1. I haven't blogged in a while and 2, I can add pictures. SO MUCH BETTER.

So here goes. Ten facts about me.

1. I don't like any type of pasta. Including noodles. It makes me gag. I keep trying, and I keep trying and just NOPE. No noodles for me. I just can't stomach them. It's a sad reality.

Yuck. 
2. I would rather be in the mountains than on a beach any day. I'm not a big beach person. I'm afraid of the ocean and I don't like how sand sticks all over you and never comes off. Also beaches smell bad.

Better. 






Not good. 
3. I enjoy hand washing dishes (which is lucky since we don't have a dishwasher) but I despise washing utensils! It's just so tedious. I try to get Steven to do it whenever possible.

This is not an actual picture of me or my dishes. 
4. I am terrified (like phobia worthy) of spiders and clowns.


*There will not be a picture of a clown included here, because I am afraid to google search it.*

5. My most embarrassing moment is that when I was 9 years old I walked in on my Grandpa using the bathroom.

Just let that sink in for a moment...

My second most embarrassing moment is that when I was about 14 I wanted to impress the guy I liked, who was a skater, and I tried to skateboard and I flew off and cut my foot open. He had to carry me home because I was bleeding everywhere. Score? ...? I never tried skateboarding again.


6. The history of my predicted career choices go as follows:
In the third grade I wanted to be an artist, in sixth grade I changed to wanting to be an author, in ninth grade I decided I wanted to be a psychologist and then Senior year I decided I wanted to be a choir teacher.
Haven't changed my mind about that in 8 years.

This will be me someday
7. I attended The American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York City for one semester when I was 18 because I wanted to sing and dance on Broadway and get super rich before becoming a teacher and starting a family. I'm pretty sure I will always regret not finishing the program even though it wasn't the right career choice for me.


8. I have never been skiing or snowboarding. And I live in Utah.


9. My best friend Xanthe and my cousin Kira and I made a mini-video series when we were around 13 which was called "Stealth Cats" and basically consisted of us filming cats and doing voice-overs of what they were saying.
Pretty sure I was destined to become a crazy cat lady from then on...



10. I've had a crush on Steven Lindsley since I was about 14. I think I married WAYYYY above me. I still think he's the hottest guy around and I don't know how I tricked him into wanting to marry me. ;)


Wednesday, October 30, 2013

HALLOWEEN 2013

It seems like this month has just flown by with school/work/events and we haven't had as much time to do all the Halloween things we would like to do, but here are some things we did get in this season.

On September 30th we decorated our house


We didn't put up all of our decorations this year, just most of them. ;) 








Since I'll in Charleston for choir tour on actual Halloween, I only had one weekend to get in some Halloween themed activities. My favorite, of course, Witches Night Out at Gardner Village! 


This year I took my sister in law Whitney! 

Witch sisters! 

 

We ate a yummy dinner at the "Naberhood Bakery" and enjoyed mingling and shopping with the hundreds of other witches. 



We're attractive. ;) 
 As the shops were closing up we hurried to buy some cotton candy! Because who doesn't love spun sugar??


Gardner village is all decorated for Halloween with a miriad of fun witch displays/props and paper mache witches. 




 


This "witch" was super weird and creepy and lumpy in all the wrong places...

Which witch is which? 
Witches night out is probably my favorite thing to do at Halloween and I loved sharing it with my sister Whitney!

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

"Have your cake and jump on it too!"~Steven's 25th Birthday

To celebrate Steven's quarter of a century age mark, we took a bunch of friends to "Jump on It".
Steven is in his element when he is jumping around, doing flips, being crazy...basically he's super athletic and energetic. Fortunately, so are his friends! With Eric, Austin, Breanna and Melissa and a couple of her friends in tow, we headed to Lindon and enjoyed an evening of jumping, swinging, climbing, bouncing, running and being crazy. Hooray for birthdays and being 25!!

Hooray I'm flying!
Eric leaping over a platform


Austin's epic jump

Steven flipping with ease

Taking a quick break to take off socks

Now that's a flip! 

Rock climbing wall! 

Austin's frog legs and swimming in the foam pit

Me scaling the wall

Getting higher! 

Enjoying his party

Yay!! This picture accurately describes our whole relationship. ;) hahaha. JK! 

Whee! 

ERIC CAN FLY!

Flipping and flying!

HUUUHHHHHHHGGGGHHH!

WOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!

Flying and flailing! 

Hair blowing in the breeze! 
Epic flip-roll!


"I have no idea what I'm doing! Yayyy!"
 This place was awesome! Not only is the whole floor and most of the walls covered in trampoines, but there are also balls and basketball hoops and things to jump over, to climb and to swing on! This huge rope swing was by far my favorite part!


"NAAAAAAA-SAQUENYAAAAHHHHH!!"
 There was also this slippy slide thing with a bar at the top and you had to try and run up it really fast and grab the bar.



We also played dodgeball which I hadn't played since probably Jr. High! It was so much fun!!



 More turns on the rope swing...


Everyone had a great time and I think we would all HIGHLY recommend Jump on It! A great place for high-energy fun!

Happy Birthday Steven. LOL!