Sunday, July 29, 2007

Home Improvement Project!!

Without many friends in the area saturday's are often filled with boredom. This past saturday was no different. In the midst of our boredom I became a driving force in throwing the landlord's rules out the door and undergoing a minor paint project in our bedroom. Before Ryan knew what hit him he was standing in the middle of home depot's paint center with me in all my glory among painting tools and samples. After a dozen unsuccessful calls to Mimi, I was forced to make an executive decision on the paint color because Ryan was voting for bright blue glitter paint:) forty-eight dollars later we found ourselves moving furniture and prepping the walls for a nice new coat of paint:) The moment I rolled on the first stroke of paint there was obviously no turning back.

Clothed in the Stephenson Family Reunion 200,000 shirt I managed to paint not only the wall but every part of my body, while Ryan managed to keep the paint on the wall and not himself:) It was alot of fun and took alot less time than we thought! 2 coats of paint did the job just fine. We managed to avoid boredom for atleast one saturday:) Here are some pics of the project.

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

The life of a Farmer

Upon endless requests to see the Garden we finally decided to let you all in and see our award winning crops. It has been tons of work (we paid 8 dollars and let the neighbors do everything but watered occasionally to feel apart of the miracle) but the work has paid off in our incredible yield of crops. Ryan made some Salsa with the Cilantro and Peppers which drew crowds that were so large we were unable to count. With the 8 foot long carrots and 75 pound zucchinis we were able to replicate the best rice bowl in Provo Utah ( with the assistance of some very nice knives; Thanks Mimi!! They are used on a daily if not hourly basis). Overall a great experience, we are planning on including some fruit trees next time we set our minds to a garden.
Please see pictures at the bottom of the blog for the Garden shots.

p.s: We had Sanjaya over for dinner last night and had him sing that ridiculous song, "I'm all dressed up for you baby, I'm going out tonight." It was a good time had by all

Sunday, July 15, 2007

We are officially bloggers

At the risk of being unpopular we have joined the in crowd and are evolving into skilled bloggers. As this is the blogs first post we thought we should give a quick update to our family circumstances.

We are out in Utah living in Provo while Ryan finishes up school at BYU and are then looking to move out at the earliest opportunity! Alyssa is working full time at Pinnacle Security as the main receptionist and is currently making more money than Ryan is. Her days their seem long at times and she looks forward to the days when her employment will end but until then "It's about the Lifestyle." 1-877-PINSAFE (for those in need of a sweet system). Ryan is working at State Farm Insurance and is working towards getting his own agency. He is working on getting his licenses and we are hoping to get our own agency shortly after he graduates this upcoming April.

We really like the ward we live in and are happy to be around so many other young couples who are members of the Church. Alyssa was just released from Activity Days but still serves as the 6 year old primary teacher which requires endless amounts of Patience. Ryan has been the 11 year old scout leader for close to a year now despite the fact that he never made it past Tenderfoot in his own scouting days.

That seems like a good place to end the opening blog and as soon as we get some good pictures and find something worth posting from our lives in Provo we will be all over the Blogosphere. Enjoy!