Monday, February 16, 2015

Quotes from Tonight's Game Night #2

"I forgot how to play"
"You hit A."

"They really went to town on this DLC....Hyrule Town that is!"

"Steven hates all babies."

"You hear that? You have to hit the baby."

"Eat boomerrang!"

"Stupid blooper!" "Ah! Bats!"

"A need-based grant is, 'Give us all the money you can, and then we'll pay the rest.'"
"AND your first born child."

"When you're in twelfth place you can afford to go backwards."

"He's the hero of time! He'll just go back in time and not get poisoned."
"Like Bill Nye!"
"It's like a Dr. Suess book! 'Who would Bill Nye be murdered by?'"
"Any two syllable-named person."
"He would be murdered by Brennan Dye. I'm on to something! I'm going to write a book!"
*Everyone keeps talking obliviously*
"Red shell, blue shell, lava, dead..."

"You know what I want? I want to do a brownie. I want to do a brownie in my mouth."

*A couple minutes later*

"...Bill Nye couldn't fathom nothing, so he died."
"That narrow-minded scientist."

"Fabio all over your face! can't get mad, that was everyone's fantasy."


Sunday, February 1, 2015

Lindsley Year in Review: 2014

...As told by Rebekah, who is the main author of this blog.

JANUARY 2014: Rebekah was paid to sing for a recording studio, which was a first. Our grey car broke down requiring yet another costly repair (the alternator this time). Rebekah continued to volunteer in the crisis nursery a few hours a week, and in probably the most spontaneous night of our life, we bought a new TV.
This led to us gutting the entertainment center so that the new TV would fit inside it. 
FEBRUARY 2014: Rebekah toured Santa Barbara California with the UVU Chamber Choir, including a trip to Disneyland where she wore matching shirts that her friend Candace had designed for them.

Because we love Frozen.
And while at Disneyland, Rebekah got an amazing extra bonus to the tour, which was a visit from her sisters! They brought their husbands and kids for a special visit and luncheon at Disneyland, AND brought pizza for all of her friends because they are the best family ever.

We celebrated Valentines Day at Tucanos as per our tradition, and finished off February with Rebekah singing in the worlds longest Concert of Mendelssohn's Elijah.

MARCH 2014: Rebekah was recruited to once again relive her nanny days as the Porres family came to Park City for a week of skiing.

My little munchkins
March also marked the somewhat unexpected passing of Rebekah's last living Grandpa, Robert Ashpole.

But the most significant thing to happen in March of 2014, was that the last week in March was the last shift Rebekah worked as a night auditor at the Fairfield Inn.

Last night shift ever!
Farewell Fairfield 
List of all the coworkers I had while working there....
Through a happy and quick series of events, she was officially hired to WORK FOR The Family Support and Treatment Center that she had been volunteering at for the past two years. A huge huge blessing. 

APRIL 2014: Rebekah turned 25 years old and celebrated with a "Hot Glam Girl" themed birthday party inspired by Ellen. Guests were invited to dress up (either prior to the party or with props which were provided), play Ellen's app "heads up" and participate in group karaoke which was the most fun I've ever had at a party ever.

The spread. Thank you Sams Club!
Breanna and Eric
Me and the best cat shirt ever
Joe and Taraya

Pregnant Xanthe

Next big event was Steven's graduation. He graduated cum laude from Brigham Young University with a double major in Linguistics and German Studies and a Minor in Linguistic Computing. He was also accepted to Grad School. Because he's awesome. And hot.

We finished off April by celebrating our fourth wedding anniversary. This year we did a "staycation" and spent a couple nights in Salt Lake City, visiting Tracy Aviary and The Natural History Museum of Utah.

Lunch at Siegfrieds 
Spring semester finished off with UVU's final concert in which Rebekah had a small solo.

MAY 2014: We "celebrated" Memorial Day by hiking squaw peak, which is the last time Steven will ever take me on a hike. It was horrible.
Then Rebekah started summer classes, which almost completely finished off her generals.
Google Fiber came to Provo and we got free internet! This came in especially handy for using our new Wii U that Steven purchased for himself as a graduation present.

Later in May Rebekah's best old BYU roommate Lauren Moss visited from LA. We were sad to find out our old dinner haunt "Spark" had been replaced, but found a new dinner home at Banana Leaf where they have hot food AND hot waiters.

Finally, in what turned out to be one of the most amazing experiences of her life, Rebekah was a Douala at her best friend Xanthe's second babies' home birth.

JUNE 2014: Working at The Family Support and Treatment Center has completely changed Rebekah's life. Daily she gets to witness random acts of kindness, like in June when someone walked in off the street and anonymously donated 1000 dollars to our agency. Also in June, Rebekah took a Humanities through the arts class that was the best class ever. She was allowed to sing a musical theater piece in class as a "final project".
In June Rebekah's sister Elizabeth returned from her full-time ASL mission, and Steven and Rebekah walked with Mormons Building Bridges for the second year in the Utah Pride Parade and were even featured in Yahoo news. This year we were also joined by friends from Chamber Choir, a family from the ward, and cousins!

JULY 2014: Steven celebrated Independence Day by going on a three day hiking trip through the Uintas, and Rebekah went to Vegas with some girlfriends. Later in the month Rebekah helped to host what turned out to be a very successful ward yard sale, and we both attended the 1st Nathan Jenson family reunion in Springville.

Sisters! Melissa, 17; Me, 25; Jessica 27; Jennifer 31; Elizabeth, 23.

Aren't my nephews the cutest??!? 
AUGUST 2014: Rebekah really threw herself into some church involvement near the end of the year. In August she put together a group musical number for sacrament meeting, and put together a slideshow for a Relief Society lesson that featured photos from each of the girls weddings.

When school started up again (grad school for Steven this time) Rebekah auditioned for the UVU Chamber Choir again and this time was named as a section leader for the Altos. She was also voted as Stage Manager for the second year running. Rebekah also took her first official conducting class. And if that wasn't already enough, she decided to also take on another extra curricular, a community choir called "Cantorum"...which she later dropped out of because it was just too much on the plate.

SEPTEMBER 2014: Rebekah attended the 2nd annual "Provo Pride" festival with her friend Elsa and they both got Henna.

Later in September it was time for Comic Con! Our favorite event of the year! This year Steven dressed as Spiderman and Rebekah went as his nemesis/lover black cat.

We pretty much made the entire costumes ourselves. 
A "My Little Pony" cosplay that I thought was hilarious
After the Con we went out to dinner in our costumes at The Cheesecake Factory in City Creek. It was the perfect opportunity to use a gift card someone had given Steven for graduation. We got a kick out of all the stares and approving looks that we got from Cheesecake Factory patrons. A few little kids even ran up to meet "Spiderman". One little girl brought him a flower.
"Spiderman, party of two!"
Steven kept his mask on THE ENTIRE TIME. Our waiter was like, "That's commitment!"
OCTOBER 2014: Rebekah attended a "work retreat" for her job which consisted of some mild training, a talent show and then a sing-along. Her job is awesome.

Steven turned 26 and celebrated his birthday by playing Super Smash Bros on the Wii U with his friends.

We attended the beautiful wedding celebrations of two different couples in October: Rebekah's cousin Halle and her wife Becky, and Steven's best friend Eric and his bride Breanna.

NOVEMBER 2014: The UVU Chamber Choir performed "Path of Miracles", a 45 minute, 17 part, a capella piece.

UVU Chamber Choir at Halloween
 Over Thanksgiving break the grey car died once again, and to our dismay the verdict was that the transmission had once again failed for the second time in less than two years. Having no money to repair it, we decided to finally let it go. *cue music* After several failed attempts to get a buyer, we ended up selling it to a junkyard for $200. Goodbye grey car. Goodbye thousands of dollars worth of repairs.

Our first car. 1998 Hyundai Sonata. 
DECEMBER 2014: Steven and I were put in charge of the Ward Christmas Party, which meant that our ward had the best Christmas party of all time, catered by Tucanos. Rebekah was in charge of the UVU Christmas Choir concert, which meant coordinating seven different performing groups. Rebekah and some choir friends also attended a Messiah sing-along, which will hopefully become a yearly tradition because it was a blast. Finally, Rebekah helped with pretty much every musical number for the Ward Christmas program, and we both passed all our classes and finished off Fall semester with high GPAs.

Hooray for another year of memories!


And, as always, thanks to our amazing photographer Alana Dunn. 
See more of her stunning work at: Beautifully Dunn Photography