Friday, September 24, 2010

New! New! New!

I feel like I won the lottery!

Actually, Classic Chevrolet of Grapevine, TX probably felt like they were the winners since we bought a brand new 2010 Chevy Silverado 1500 LT (Texas Edition. does the name get ANY longer?!) truck from them! We are in love. The color is taupe gray. Even the name is fancy.

The truck is much fancier than what we wanted, but they ended giving us a screamin' good deal, so we're pleased.

I'm still sad about the Passat taking its leave in our family, but the new member is so wonderful, so I guess I don't feel too bad. Should I feel guilty that we left all 3 back seat headrests in our storage unit in Idaho? The dealership didn't seem to think it mattered (though we didn't say a word when they were evaluating the trade-in). They probably have a headrest graveyard in the warehouse or something...
I took this picture. Just kidding, I stole it from google (don't report my potential copyright infringement!)

Well, I hope everyone is doing fantastic. Remember, if you're feeling generous, head this way!

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Through the years

Can I just say that I'll be missing this guy?

I'm talking about the car. My 2003 VW Passat that I've been driving since I was 16. My parents gave it to Carl and I when we got married and what a trusty car it has been. It's driven us from coast to coast (literally. we drove from Oregon to DC in it), North to South (Idaho is kind of North... down to Texas), and really, it's driven us all over the United States (I don't even know how many times we've driven through the dreaded Nebraska). At 95,000 miles, it's losing more and more value and we're needing more and more space, so we are planning on trading this wonderful vehicle in. I'm sad. There have been so many memories attached to this car and now it's time for it to go. I guess that's life.

See, he was even at the temple when we got married

On a different note, do I hear crickets chirping? The last post about Sustain Haiti seemed to be a bit awkward for everyone since we were asking for donations. Seriously, don't feel obligated or guilty if you don't want to make a donation. FEEL HORRIBLE!

Just kidding. Hahaha I am the master of terrible jokes.

We're just trying to reach out to our friends and family who may have a few dollars laying around they decided not to use for a gas station pop and hot dog combo. We're very grateful for the donations that have been made though, so thank you very much for thinking of us!

If you happen to have that extra step in your walk and a cheerful song playing in your mind today though, click that shiny donation button below and contribute to a good cause!

ok, the button's link isn't working so go back to this post and click that pretty donation button:

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Charity 5k Run for Sustain Haiti

Hello All!

   You usually have the extreme pleasure of reading the more well written words and thoughts of my Fabulous Wife Tracey. For this entry I am making my debut on our Blog!
   I am sure you all recall the devastating earthquake that shattered the lives of so many people in Haiti earlier this year. Pinnacle Security, the company I work for, has partnered with a NGO (nongovernmental organization) called Sustain Haiti. The goal of Sustain Haiti can simply be summarized with the intro to a recent entry on their blog, "One of the most common English clich├ęs suggests that teaching a man to fish is preferable to giving that man a fish because teaching allows the individual to support himself for a lifetime." Basically, they are teaching the people of Haiti skills to rebuild their country, like gardening, in hopes of them becoming independent.
  For more information on what they are doing please see their blog at: and to see more of what Pinnacle is doing to raise funds for Sustain Haiti, you can go to Here is the story that the Utah news station KSL 5 reported on this group and what they are doing:
  On November 6th, Tracey, Ezra (via jogger stroller), and I will be running in a 5K Charity run which is being organized by Pinnacle. In fact, I am helping to organize and put it together! There will be 3 levels of entry fees depending on how much each participant is able to raise: $25, $75, and $150. Our goal is to raise as much as we can to support this program. In doing this we also want to reach out to our friends and family to help raise funds towards the entry fees. Just think, if everyone we know contributes $1, we could make such a difference already (tracey speaking now- what costs a dollar? chips, mcdonald's soda, dollar store items [and even those cost more sometimes]... back to Carl). And again all this money will go directly to helping the people of Haiti. We have created a button that will allow you to make donations into our Paypal account, each donation will be labeled "Sustain Haiti." We will donate every penny towards the charity.

We can use your help, but Haiti can use it more!

Monday, September 13, 2010

I just can't help it.

Any time Ezra takes a nap, I want to hop on the computer and do things that aren't on my "to-do list" for the day, such as looking for housing in Provo/Orem area, looking at the dream family vehicle we would like to buy some day (Volvo XC90), checking out what other people are doing on facebook or blogger, and of course, writing another blog entry.

Today, Carl and I finally got out and walked about 2 miles. We bought a jogger stroller off of craigslist in hopes of getting hot bodies. We also want to train together for a charity 5K run (more on that for another entry)- yes, we actually need to train for a 5K, especially me, because I am not a running kind of gal. I can bike miles and miles, but running even just one mile KILLS me. But my pride tells me I can do this and I should because it makes me look cool when I say, "Oh yeah, I'm going to run a 5K next week." No biggie. 

What do these pictures make you think of ? An audition, perhaps?! Well, as I was wasting my time on facebook earlier, I came across this and said, woah! That would be so fun! In case you're feeling a little lazy today and don't want to click on the link, it's a casting call from the LDS church to be part of a Bible or Book of Mormon movie! OooooOOOOOooooohhhh! So, I told Carl he needed to take a picture of me and I'd take one of him and together, we will audtion to be an extra in the movies! I could possibly be Nephite #6 or perhaps Girl Throwing Stone.  I don't know, but it sounds like fun. You don't have to be a Mormon to audition or even live in UT, though you would have to be in UT if chosen to be part of the movie. They're looking for more ethnic looking people.

Anyway, I'm going to take a quiz for my only class now. The class is actually quite a breeze compared to the ASN program. Getting my bachelors in nursing shouldn't be to hard going part-time! Hope everyone has a fantastic day!

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

I done goooood.

i love this face (not the one in the one in the bottom lefthand corner- that one is ok. i'm talking about the guy with the adorable smile and though you can't see in this picture, he also has dreamy blue eyes). ... (he also has big muscles and can fix anything.)


I was feeling that reminiscing mood I feel every so often today and looking through some old pictures of Carl and me. I really haven't known him that long- we met in September 2007, got engaged after a few weeks of dating (I think it was like 6 or 7 weeks) and then married the following spring. It's crazy to me that it's been 3 years since he barged into my apartment while I was strumming on the guitar with some roomies. Then he tried to set me up with his cousin who just came home from a mission. Then he ditched that plan and asked me out on a date and won my heart. It's been so fun and although the past 3 years seem like an eternity, I still get giddy thinking about growing old with Carl and having lots of handsome babies over the years. I can only imagine what next 10 or 20 years will be like! Pure craziness with handfuls of love and happiness :)

I'm madly in love with you, Carl Wallace Leder!!!

For your enjoyment, I've included some pictures to gaze over:

october 2007 - we just started dating a few days before

how we fell in love

the proposal

touring SF

our wedding

riding in a mustang on our way to ocean city, de

rosarito beach, mexico

somewhere in lehi, ut

snowshoeing in ririe, id

salt lake temple for devin & karina's wedding

cleaning our pores - texas


the only nice picture of all three of us (almost)


Thursday, September 2, 2010

I'm Satisfied

By the way, I love when this

becomes this

wish you had a tasty Gala apple now, don't ya?

This is my second post for the night. Here is the first.

I wish I took more pictures.

I had so much fun in CA and OR, but like I always say whenever we visit, I wish we could stay longer. It was so great to see family, especially those who I hadn't seen in awhile or hadn't met Ezra yet. I also wish I took more pictures! I brought my camera, but only managed to snap a few pictures, mostly in CA. Fortunately, someone used my camera while in OR (perhaps thinking it was theirs?) and took a few pictures at the open house for meeting the newest and only grand babies of my in-laws. Anyway, here are a few snapshots of the fun we had!

Oh, and I did pick blackberries. 7 lbs worth! And yes, I probably ate 3 lbs on my own. And no, I did not have to go potty as frequently as one may assume you would have to with that much fiber. Mmmmmmm berries!!!

Classic Daddy smile :) Ezra welcomed his Grand Daddy by burping up on him as much as possible while visiting!

Shnooks, or Yee Yee as Ezra will most likely refer to her as. Because really, who calls her Julie anyway?!

Oh Schteph, you and Ezra are such good friends already :)

In my grandpa's own words, "When I was younger, I never thought I'd live to be 50. Then I thought I'd never live to become a grandpa. Now, I'm a great-grandpa!" Grandpa is turning 87 this month!

Here's what I mean when I say I didn't take enough pictures... this is the only one that tells me my mom was present during our visit. She made a pillow barrier on her bed while Ezra was napping. But in case someone decided to jump on the bed without looking, she put a sign up so that the potential-unaware-jumper would not jump on Ezra. I love you, mama!

Cousins taking a snooze together :)

Why yes, I did just get a bath and yes, I decided to pee everywhere when you took my diaper off. And then poop when you tried to put a new one on me. And then pee again when you cleaned me off and tried to put another diaper on. I love you, Mom and Dad!

Handsome in his blessing outfit!

Happy Family!

Carl is hot :) And there is serious cuteness in Leder grand babies!

Opening some presents from family members. This is when someone used my camera and recorded this and the following pictures! Thanks!

Hey Grandma!

Hands on your hips- it's a popular stance!

My pretty sister-in-laws and handsome nephew!

I really wish I got more pictures of everyone together!!! But I'm glad I got a few good snapshots in :) So good to see everyone and November and December cannot not come quickly enough so that I can see everyone again!!!

On different note, we are in Texas now and settled in! The apartment is newer and nicer than the one in Kansas and we get to park in a garage now! Huzzah! It's still nice and warm here, though there was crazy lightning going on last night. Clear sky + lightning = pretty amazing!!! I start my online bachelor's course next week. No excitement there. Hopefully I'll be awesome and manage to balance mommyhood, school, being a wife, exercising, and maintaining spiritual endeavors!