Friday, February 15, 2013

Our Crazy January

It has been awhile since my last post and a lot has changed.

I thought I should give everyone a quick update.

So...

1. Hawaii

The beginning of January Taylor and I were able to go to Hawaii with our friends Jake and Courtney.  We had the most amazing time!  Sometimes when I am driving to work with my hands frozen to the steering wheel, I think about Hawaii and I literally have to hold back the tears. If you want to see pictures and a video check out Facebook or Courtney's Blog (she is pretty much the cutest blogger ever).


2. Taylor's Job

The day before we left for Hawaii Taylor got called in for an interview at a company called Color Vibe.  They plan and coordinate 5K races all over the country.  The interview went amazing and they called him a couple of hours later and said they wanted to fly him to a race in California after we got back from Hawaii.  So... we got back from Hawaii on a Sunday and the following Thursday Taylor was already out of state again.

The race went well and we were hopeful that after that they would offer Taylor the job.  Sure enough, a few days later we were eating dinner with the CEO's and their wives and talking business.

The next day they offered Taylor a job as an Event Director.

He and one other guy are the main directors and they are over a team that coordinates the events.

Keep in mind, while all this was happening, we were trying to find a place to move since we had to be out of the house we were living in by January 31st.

 Taylor got offered the job in the morning and that night we were signing the lease to our new pad.

3. Surgery

A few days after all of this was going down I had surgery to correct my "gummy" smile.  Below are the before and after pics- sorry if it is gross.  Basically they did some Clinical Crown Lengthening and enhanced my smile while fixing a problem!

Left- Before, Right- After
The surgery itself wasn't bad at all, but the recovery has been a little difficult.  It was especially challenging because we were moving two days after I had the surgery and I just didn't have a lot of energy because I was hardly eating anything.  Our families were WONDERFUL.  We had so much help moving and we were so grateful.  Everyone came out in the snow and cold and helped.  We love you all so much!  THANK YOU.

I am still recovering from the surgery, I got my stitches out last week and cannot wait until I can brush with my electronic toothbrush and whiten again!


4. The Aftermath

After Hawaii, a job transition, surgery and moving we were glad when February rolled around and we were finally settling in to a more permanent situation.  I still have tons of boxes to un-pack, lots of house projects, and plenty of shopping I need to do for the new house but I am trying just to take everything a day at a time.

Thursday, Taylor left for a race in Houston.  He will be traveling every other week (Thurs.- Sun.) from here on out.  It is going to be a transition, but I am excited about all of the projects I am going to get done while he is away!

I feel so blessed that Taylor got this job. I know there is not a job out there that he is better suited for.  The guys he works for are amazing and really value family.  They are going to fly me out to wherever he is every 3 months or so- all expenses paid. I can't believe we got so lucky.


So here we are.  The new and improved Spencers. Consider yourself updated.





Monday, December 31, 2012

Our Year



I decided I needed to blog at least one more time to finish out 2012. What a year it has been!  

Family reunions in Arizona and Idaho, Vegas, camping, moving, biking, and Taylor GRADUATING have all kept us busy this year.  

We are starting 2013 out right by going to Kauai, Hawaii in less than a week with some of our friends who moved to Oklahoma over a year or so ago. We have missed them like crazy and can't wait to spend a whole week partying in Hawaii with them. I still can't believe it is actually happening.  It will be my first time going to Hawaii and I am giddy like a school girl.  

Upon our arrival home things will get pretty crazy. Turns out we have to be moved out of our house by the 30th of January.  The city is tearing it down to widen the road. blah. Curse you eminent domain.

So where does that leave us for the rest of 2013?  Your guess is as good as ours.  

My boss recently partnered with a good friend of hers and opened a second location in SLC and said I could work down there and Taylor received the ok to transfer to a SLC location as well.  Taylor is itching to get a job in his field (PR), and Salt Lake would have a lot more opportunities than Logan. 

Never before has my life been so up in the air. 

Something will work out, it always does; but I am stressed out of my mind not knowing where we are going to be in four short weeks. 

But for now, Happy New Year from the Spencers!  I hope it is filled with family, friends and joy. 







Sunday, November 4, 2012

HELLO' EEN!

Hello! It has been way too busy lately to blog, and I am just going to have to accept that!  These next few months are going to be crazy.  Lots of birthdays- including Taylor's!  We had so much fun this last month, I wish I would have kept up better on the updates because now it is just too overwhelming!

Below is a bite sized excerpt from Halloween.

1. Decorations:

I found this glass head and knew I had to do something with it!  I decided to paint it with chalkboard paint and use it as a scary Halloween centerpiece. Now that Halloween is over I will wipe the chalk off and use it as a hat/sunglass/headphones holder.  I like decorations that are useful year round!


I loved the idea of potion bottles and found some great bottles at various places around the valley.  The night of Halloween we put dry ice in each of them and it was all spooky and foaming.  I also made the framed spider anatomy picture behind the bottles.  I took the spider page out of a large, old dictionary I had and pasted a pre-made spider sticker over the top and then called out various parts on the spider.  It took me under ten minutes and I was able to use stuff around the house which is always a plus!
I draped all of our furniture with white sheets to give it a spooky, old abandoned house, feel.  It worked great for preventing party food stains, also!
Taylor set up a graveyard in our front yard.  We thought this would lure trick-or-treaters to our front door but we didn't end up getting one! Maybe it was too spooky?
2.  Costumes: We decided to be Little Red Riding Hood and the Big Bad Wolf. I went online looking for a dress only to find that they were all a bit too scandalous.  I had been wanting to try my hand at  sewing a dress for awhile and I thought this was a good opportunity!  I used the vintage Vogue pattern V8789.  It is deceptively easy to make a dress.  This dress took me roughly 3-4 hours on a Saturday afternoon.  The cape was easy, too; plus, making costumes is so much more fun than buying them!
 
The hardest part about our costumes was finding a moo-moo for Taylor to wear!  DI was so picked over and moo-moos are surprisingly expensive.  We ended up checking DI multiple times and found this one.  Quite flattering wouldn't you say?

3.  Party:



We had a blast at our party!  Thanks everyone for showing up in your great costumes and partying the night away with us!











Wednesday, October 3, 2012

1/2 Way To Fifty

Well another birthday has come and gone!  I am now officially the big 25.  Crazy.  

Taylor made sure to make my birthday super special.  Special dinner, special shopping day in SLC, special new BIKE (thanks everyone not just Taylor!), special cake, and some special classic movies on blu-ray.  It was all AMAZING.  
Last Sunday we were able to get together with my family AND Taylor's family.  Thank you so much for all of the wonderful food, cakes and famous Spencer cobbler!  It was so great to spend time with our family.

Everyone pitched in and got me this sweet new ride!  I am in love with it.  I loved biking before, but my new bike makes me love it even more! 



My birthday was slightly stressful because Taylor and I were in charge of the ward party with another couple in our ward.  You might be thinking, "Meh... ward party, not a big deal!"  But our ward makes it a big deal.  We literally got told by the bishopric to make it amazing and big and grandiose! So it was stressful.  We ended up planning a talent show, it went off with out a hitch and looked great.  I am just SO glad it is over.  I won't be agreeing to do this again :)

Taylor and his buddy Dan stole the talent show with an amazing drum duet.  All the grannies were swooning like crazy and Mckel and I had to get our men out of the gym before we lost them to some hungry cougars.  Thanks for coming up Dan and Mckel.  You two are the best!
Something CRAZY happened last night.  Taylor's brother Nathan got hit by a car on his motorcycle.  When I heard the news I thought for sure he was dead, lots of motorcycle accidents end that way and I freaked.  Sometimes (ok all the time) I forget how fragile life is.  I am so grateful that Nathan wasn't critically injured.  Cuts, bruises, and a lacerated spleen will keep Nathan in the hospital until tomorrow but he should make a full recovery!  

We drove down to SLC with my amazing in-laws and were able to visit with him in the hospital.  The whole experience left me feeling extremely grateful for the wonderful people we have in our lives.  We love you all! 
What better to cheer you up after a hospital visit than a trip to In- N- Out with these fine folks.  Loved it!

SOOO...  We are taking a poll.  What should we be for Halloween??  Are we ever going to top last year?  No, we have pretty much set ourselves up for failure.  But I want to hear your ideas.  GO!



Thursday, September 20, 2012

Birthday Wishes

Sometimes when I look at pictures taken in my house, I honestly think they were taken 30 years ago.  But I love it.  I am not going to be happy the day we have to move away from this wonderful place!  A picture tour will come!  Promise.  It has only taken me two months :)

We LOVE fall around here, and are planning on throwing a pretty sweet Halloween party.  I decided to experiment a little bit with string art and am loving it.  I think I will make a series for my wall this fall.  
My cute little sister came up and kept me company yesterday.  I love hanging out with this girl.  Her positive attitude is infectious!

On a completely unrelated note.  My birthday is in less than a week! 

What are my birthday wishes you might ask? 

1. Vacation.
2. A night out with my man.
3. To lose 10 lbs while continuing to eat a box of Junior Mints a day.
4. New mountain bike
5. New fall wardrobe

Sometimes I hate birthdays.  Too much wishing for things I don't have instead of enjoying what I've got -  which is pretty much amazing.