Friday, January 22, 2010


I recently started an Etsy store in my spare time. (It's part of my mission to becoming a domestic goddess.) I've started making wood home decor items. Eventually I'd like to add sewing creations, scrapbook stuff... anything my imagination and creativity can come up with.
So far, I've had 3 custom orders completed. And am working on another one right now. I've really enjoyed doing all of it. And with Codee doing school and homework most nights, its given me something to do in my free time.
Anyways... check it out... spread the word to your friends and family. I really want to get the word out there. Thanks for your help!

Monday, January 18, 2010


Codee and I had an amazing Christmas! The day was a little crazy trying to visit family, but that's how it always is right? Codee came to my house in the morning and we opened presents with my family and then we did our gifts for each other. My parents got us a kitchen table! I already knew that's what we were getting because we picked it out in November. But it's what I've been telling them I want all year.
Codee spolied me with new jeans from Buckle, a fossil watch, a cowgirl bracelet that I love, a new purse and gift cards to my favorite craft stores. And just when I thought he was done, he went out to his car and brought in a big heavy box... with a Kitchenaid Mixer!!! I've been saying we should get one for a while but I didn't think he'd actually suprise me with one.
After gifts we made breakfast with my family and took a nap. Later that night we headed to both of my grandparents to have 2 dinners and desserts.
Since the majority of Codee's family lives in Cache Valley we couldn't drive up for the whole day. So we went up to Wellsville/Logan the Sunday after Christmas to spend the whole day with them. His mom made a delicious Christmas dinner and we exchanged gifts with everyone. It was so nice to get away for the day and head out of Salt Lake.
Altough we had an amazing Christmas with gifts and all, the real gift and thing I was most thankful for this season was family. I feel so lucky to have Codee in my life and that's the best gift I could ever ask for. We also have AMAZING family members around us. They are so much better then any gift from Santa. It's hard sometimes being away from Codee's family and not seeing them very often, but when we do see them I feel so loved and so grateful for the time we have with them. I'm so excited to officially and legally become a part of his family. Next Christmas I will be Rachel Raymond... YAY!!!
My mixer!!!

One of Codee's new watches

Fabulous Christmas

Our cute little tree in my bedroom

Codee. Nat. Chase

Londyn (Codee's neice with her dress up box we got her)

Tuesday, January 5, 2010


This obituary was in Sunday's edition of the Salt Lake Tribune. It's a local Notebook love story. Although I didn't know these people I really hope to have a love like theirs as Codee and I start our lives together.
Neal B. Olpin 9/28/1926~12/30/2009 JoeAnn B. Olpin 5/9/1929~12/30/2009 The sweetest love, life fully lived, now complete. Neal B. Olpin, our Papa, passed away Dec. 30, 2009 just seven hours before his sweetheart of 61 years, JoeAnn Broyles Olpin, our Grammy, both passed away of natural causes. Inseparable in life; together in passing. Born September 28, 1926 to Albert W. Olpin and Katie Irene Stephenson of Salt Lake City, Neal graduated from East High School, then joined the Navy in 1944. Neal continued his education at the University of Utah in pre-med courses. He determined his life's course, personally and professionally when he met JoeAnn, a dental assistant. Born May 9, 1929 to Joseph E. Broyles and Irene Crane, JoeAnn graduated from South High, Salt Lake City, and worked as a dental assistant where she met her sweetheart, Neal. As newlyweds, Neal and JoeAnn moved to San Francisco where Neal graduated as Valedictorian from the University of Pacific School of Dentistry and began his dental practice of 42 years in Salt Lake City. Neal and JoeAnn were sealed in the Salt Lake Temple, May 6, 1976 by Elder Neal A. Maxwell. Grammy and Papa loved nothing more than spending time with their family.

Sunday, January 3, 2010


I think we may have started a new Christmas Eve tradition. We went ice skating downtown at the Galivan Center on Christmas Eve. It was so fun being downtown with all the lights and the Christmas music. It definitely put us in the Christmas mood. And surprisingly we didn't fall!!!

I took a picture of this slush because I thought it looked like a heart. AAWWWW...


Since graduating, I have so much free time. No more papers and thesis statements. No more staying in the library till 1 a.m. cramming for Mass Comm Law. No more video editing for hours. No more sleeping in the Union Buliding. And definitely no more driving all the way to the U everyday.
So with my new found extra time I have become a craft junkie. Yes, one of those girls who goes to the craft store 5 out of 7 days of the week. (I was a regular everyday in the summer, its slowed down to once a week.) I started scrapbooking over the summer... just mine and Codee's life thus far. I've also taken up wood crafts.
I never thought I'd be a craft junkie but here I am with hundreds of dollars invested to Joann's Crafts and a basement full of paper, funky scissors, stickers, stamps, paint and hundreds of ideas of projects just waiting to be done.
With the holidays out of the way I'm excited to get back into my crafty groove.

My friend Anne and I each made one of these adorable "BELIEVE" blocks for Christmas.

A cute snowman card I made.