Famous Friends

My friend, Melanie, just released her second novel last week!  It was fun to see her at her book signing last weekend!

(See this wave?  She knows me!  🙂  Okay, about 10 years ago, we used to spend at least 40 hours a week together working, talking about fashion, church, and work over too many late nights.)

You can pick up her new book “Not My Type” here, and you can pick up her other novel, “The List” here as well.

She write a witty blog here.

I have some really talented friends!


Hannah’s All Time Best Quotes. EVER.

“Mom, I know there is something very different between me and Dallin.”

(Waiting, holding my breath . . . curious to hear what is very different . . .)

“Well.  I wear big girl panties and he still wears diapers!”

Yep.  That is VERY different!  🙂

I let Hannah wear this little number to church on Sunday.

Go ahead and judge me.  I deserve it.

I let her choose her outfits Monday- Saturday, and I pick out her dress on Sunday, but I’m not sure what happened  this weekend.  I blame having too many things on my plate.  Pick your battles, right?  Please, note: this is her Halloween costume.  We bought it Saturday night, and she LOVED it so much, she begged me to let her wear it to church.

Whatever.  She wasn’t going naked.

At church, one of her little friends said, “Hannah, you’re wearing a dress up to church?”

Completely offended, Hannah replied, “No!  This is my Halloween costume!”


Please, do yourself a favor and don’t ever, ever, EVER, confuse Hannah’s “dress ups” with her “Halloween costumes.”


I’m Sorry, What is Free Time?

Well friends, we are in the full swing of things.

Not only are we both working and in school, but we are homeschooling Hannah.  (This is another post . . . were you wondering where the traditional “first day of school” pics of Hannah were?)

To top off the busy schedule, we thought we’d enroll Hannah in an art class.

She LOVES it SO MUCH.  In fact, she told her violin teacher no less than FOUR times during her lesson that she was going to art class right after her lesson.  Okay, that is an average of telling her teacher every 6 minutes!

She still takes ballet and LOVES it.

I think they like her too.  🙂

And she started taking violin lessons.

This cute little thing really, really loves her pink violin.  (I had no idea that I would have to practice the violin so much!  How soon until she can practice on her own?)

Also worth mentioning, this busy little bee likes to pretend it’s my birthday just about everyday.  She recycles her toys, wraps them in any paper product she can find (card stock was the paper of choice in the image below, topped of with pom poms for bows) and places them on my desk so I will be sure to find them FIRST thing in the morning.

She also greets me first thing in the morning with birthday surprises:

New day, new tray, same dress . . .

You all know what kind of perks come with having a birthday, right?  Songs, breakfast in bed, more presents . . .

It’s a tough job being the favorite parent, but someone has to do it!


RV Road Trip From the iPhone

I mentioned we rented an RV to drive up to David’s marathon in Logan.  We thought it would be fun, and the kids LOVED it!  (It was a lot of togetherness when Dallin started puking, but other than that it was great!)

Poor little Paris had to stay home.  No pets allowed in this RV.  (Don’t worry Paris, when we get our own RV, you CAN COME!)

A whole lotta room and the two little people chose to share a seat.

Now, this is why we rented this . . . proper naps!  What says comfort more than driving at freeway speeds, sleeping in bed?

The kids thought they were in kid heaven and were a little sad when we had to drop it off.

Look at the happy runner!  26.2 baby!

Glow sticks.  Possibly the BEST entertainment for kids.

Dallin quite liked playing with these in the RV.

One day were are going to buy an RV and we all can’t wait!


Top of Utah Marathon

Is it really the 22nd of September already?  WOW.  Where have I been?

In an attempt to bring my blog up to speed, I am randomly posting now.

Random would be the operative word here.

Unfortunately, there are not more than 24 hours in a day, and for some reason, my body likes to sleep at night, and that TOTALLY cramps my style.

Sleeping and eating.  Such pesky habits I can’t seem to kick.

Anywho, let’s talk about David’s stellar performance at the Top of Utah Marathon!

In a nutshell: we rented an RV. The kids thought we were the BEST.  PARENTS.  EVER.  Dallin puked.  I slept in every bed in that RV during that ONE night, so as you can imagine, I was just a peach after three hours of sleep that weren’t even consecutive.  You’re jealous, right?

It poured.  ALL NIGHT LONG before the big race, and ALL MORNING DURING THE RACE.

I know what you’re thinking, LUCKY DAVID!!!

It rained, it poured, it HAILED on him!  No stopping this running machine!  He crossed the finish line with a time of 3 hours and 39 minutes!  He didn’t qualify for the Boston Marathon this year, but it was a great time for his first marathon!




Biting Off More Than I Can Chew?

What have I gotten myself into?

Last week I mentioned to David that I wanted to have a booth in the January bridal shows in 2012.   After calling the bridal shows, we were surprised to hear there was room for us to participate in the show in September.  AS IN THREE WEEKS AWAY from the the time we paid for our booth.

Oh boy.

Luckily for us, we’ve done several bridal shows (remember how we used to own a wedding gown store in Dallas?) and we know how lucrative they can be (being placed in front of your target market with thousands of potential clients is awesome) so we decided to jump on it.

My time is completely tied up in preparing for this show with super short notice.  I’ve been designing albums, getting large prints made, putting together promo marketing pieces, updating my website,  and oh yeah . . . putting together a new LOGO.  (I have new business cards coming now!)

You see, my logo has never sat right with me.  Not sure what bugged me about it, but I never took the time to make it “mine” until now.  Doing this bridal show, I knew I had to brand myself and NEVER change the brand look, so David and I came up with something I was happy with.  (That meant breaking down and buying a font!)  Want to see it?  Check out my website www.emilylesher.com and/or my photo blog.

Also worth mentioning:

Hannah started Ballet again this week.

She starts violin today.

Did I mention art classes?  Yeah, she starts those today too.

David started his classes this week (he is getting his MBA right now as well).

I start classes at AAU tomorrow.

And now we’re doing a bridal show.

It may be a few days before I’m back on this blog.  🙂


The Metallic Hot Pink Violin

It feels like Christmas Eve RIGHT NOW.

Hannah is taking a nap and her new pink violin just came in the mail!


I really want to wake her up!  (Holding back . . . she got three shots today, she really needs to sleep.)

Hannah has been DYING to play the violin HER WHOLE LIFE (which we all know is not that long considering she just turned five) and she has been saving her money from jobs she gets here and there.  This is her first big purchase:

A metallic hot pink violin!  Heck, I even want to play it!  It’s adorable!

Looks like we’ll be moving on from playing the “Marker Violin” to a playing a real violin today!

I can’t wait for her to see this!