Friday, April 18, 2014

Provo Home For Sale

This 5 bedroom home near the Provo Temple that I have been housesitting since October is going on the market this week. The sooner it sells, the less amount of time I have to spend keeping it spotless so I hope it sells soon! If you happen to know anyone in the market and they are interested I can get you the details!

Max & Lulu

(I have no idea why some of these look like they are sepia and some look like they are straight black and white...I edited them the same way and none of them are supposed to be in sepia. Weird. Hmmmm.)

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Casts and Veils

This is for my mom since I'm pretty sure everyone else I know is either on Facebook or Instagram where I already posted these:-) I love you mom! And I guess I'll add a few extras too that I haven't previously published.

Friday, April 11, 2014

The future Mrs. Rebecca Franson

Something very exciting happened last month on March 24th! Jared asked me to marry him! And I said yes! I am so, so happy! We will be getting married on June 9th at Thanksgiving Point and we are having an intimate ceremony followed by a dinner with our parents, siblings, our siblings children, and  our siblings children's children. Jared is the youngest of 6 children and so we will probably have about 50-60 people with just immediate family members. Of course we will invite my 99 year old grandpa and his 99 year old grandma as well.

So far I have my dress picked out and ordered with my first fitting for my custom bolero jacket done. I have my veil, and my shoes and just last night we ordered Jared's wedding band.

Jared has his wedding attire all ready and he also got the wedding attire for the three boys. We have pretty dresses and sandals for Sydney and Leah and some ideas for a coordinating dress for Andrea who is 13. Let's see, what else...yesterday we finalized the dinner menu...it will be:

Raspberry Lemonade 

Baby Spinach Salad with Caramelized Walnuts, Pears, Gorgonzola Cheese with Strawberry-Balsamic Vinaigrette

Pineapple, Strawberry and Grape Salad Tossed with Basil 

Basmatti Rice Pilaf 

Green and Yellow English Bean Sautee with Onions and Red Peppers

Airline Chicken Breast Stuffed with Spinach, Mushrooms, Spanish Onions, with a Veloute Sauce

Milk Chocolate Mousse with Orange Infused Crème Anglaise

There will also be wedding cake made by a friend from my mission who is a professional baker. We had a tasting while Jared was in town this week and we chose two flavors for our three tier cake, the bottom layer will be key lime cake with a berry filling and the top two layers will be strawberry lemonade cake also with berry filling. I feel so lucky that a bunch of my vendors were willing to trade their services for my photography services, that helps out a lot.

The dinner will be held under a grape arbor on long tables with chandeliers hanging from the grape arbor. Right out of my Pinterest dreams! Because we are getting married on a Monday we were able to get great deals on things that would normally cost a lot more for a weekend wedding.

We really want our wedding to be special for our children and also a time for both of our families to really get to know each other. Both of our families have suffered with us through both of our long and painful divorces and we want them to be able to celebrate this new happy chapter together.

While Jared was in town we also met with the florist who I got to know last year because I photographed their amazing creations for the Send Out Cards catalog. I can't wait to see what they create!

Lots of things to coordinate but I think we've really got the majority of it taken care of. We will be sending out wedding announcements after we get our wedding photos back from our photographer so we can include pictures from the wedding. (Invitations will just be sent to immediate family)

We also have a home leased in Meridian, Idaho were we will be living after we get married. (Meridian is adjacent to Boise)

On Wednesday after a loooong day in mediation with the top mediator in the county, if not the state, who is a retired judge, we came to an agreement with Tyler regarding custody arrangements once I move to Idaho. Sydney and Talmage will be racking up the frequent flyer miles! I'm so glad that that negotiation is behind us. It's something I have been stressed about for a really, really long time.

Sorry about no pics on this post...I need to edit a bunch of photos for clients that I am behind on so I will have to put some photos up next time I post!

A special thanks to all those who have kept us in their prayers throughout this process, especially our mothers. A lot has happened to get us to where we are now and things are finally falling into place and Jared and I are so grateful.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Friends, Roller Skating, Hair, and Family

Whenever I visit my cousin Natalie's blog I am inspired to blog too and record little bits and pieces of what is going on in our lives right now.

Speaking of Natalie, there she is on the far right in the picture below. A few weeks ago we had a girls weekend and it was so great to be able to get to be with these 3 women who all have super busy lives but were each able to carve out some time to get away from the every day routines and reflect on life a bit. All three of these women help me to be a better person. So grateful for them!

I went to Washington a few weeks ago, via Phoenix, don't ask, and I went roller skating with Jared and his kids.

I had never seen these cool "walker" type things that they had for the little kids...if they had them for grownups I would use one too!

I got to be a photographer at a charity hair show a few weeks ago and after I arrived and realized I needed to run home and get a backdrop I decided to bring Sydney and Talmage too since it was just so cool to be backstage and see dozens of these hair models with their creative hair-dos. 

This is Sydney with the winner...look closely and you will see that the hat, is actually hair. This model was just over the moon excited that she had a little fan in Sydney.

I think Talmage single handedly ate most of the cherry tomatoes that were in the green room.

These girls are twins and in the brief time that I spoke with them I found out that they have 19 siblings and that they were raised in foster care. They were both so, so sweet.

I don't know why, but this girls hair was one of my favorites.

This was our Valentiney table. The only trouble with these chalk markers is that the writing doesn't completely wipe away. Not such a bad thing I guess when it's love notes too each other.

The first weekend in March my nephew Fred got baptized in Cache Valley so we went up for that and had fun spending time with family. I remember well  flying to Portland to meet little Fred right after he was born. He is such a good example for my kids.
It was raining  most of the day, but it slowed to a mist just long enough for me to take some pictures of Fred at the Temple before it got dark.

Fred with his mama. He looks like he is saying something profound in the picture above.

This is the group (minus Steve and the twins who were napping) who came to celebrate Fred's baptism. We missed Kacie's parents because her dad was in the hospital. I am posting this despite the fact that I look so large and in charge. Note to self, do not stand on the outer edge of a picture when shooting wide. I totally should have had Sam scoot over and stood on the other side of him and I would have had time to still run and make it into the picture. I mean, if I am taking the picture I should at least be able to make myself look good right?

Dr. Lucy was on site in case of any emergencies. I don't know if I have ever seen Lucy so serious!

Dr. K was also on hand to write prescriptions.

I love getting the cousins together to play. Cousins were and are so important to me in my life and I hope that it will be that way for my kids too.

Me and Emily. I didn't realize how blond my hair was looking. I want it to be dark like Emily's but the hair people keep convincing me to stay a bit lighter so my grey/white hair doesn't stand out so much. I  have had grey/white hairs since I was 24 but in the last little while the amount of those grey/white hairs has increased dramatically. Sad!

We had some good food.

I love this picture of Sydney and my mom.

This boy is very excited to meet the newest addition at Grandma Jeans house...a puppy!

Finn was full of cuteness the whole day. His bowtie was killing me.

I love this pic of Emily and since she will probably never post it, I will. So pretty.

In Relief Society someone made a comment about how you should have two comfortable chairs in your home facing pretty much like these chairs in this picture. The lady making the comment said it was because it is most comfortable to have conversations like this, in comfy chairs that aren't directly facing each other. I think the lesson was on fostering good communication in our homes. As I listened to her I remembered this picture and these chairs and thought about how those chairs were always filled and people were always talking to each other while sitting in them. There were lots of other comfy couches around, but the conversations seemed to always be in the chairs. I need some chairs like this.

What to do with a whole bunch of kids on a rainy wintery day? Take them to the warehouse of course and ride around on scooters and skateboards and anything with wheels.

And make friends with your cousins cousins and decide to paint your face with dirt. Silly kids.

Have a great week!

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