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Lisa & Bryan - Volume 2

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S: The Story of Lisa and Bryan - Vol. 2 by Lisa Schader


FC: Vol 2 | The Story of Lisa and Bryan | by Lisa Schader

1: 2010 | This was a big year for us. We started the year as an apartment-dwelling young couple, still fresh out of college. Without much responsibility, we were just enjoying life and getting used to our new jobs at Big Four accounting firms. 12 short months later--we now have a mortgage, lots of demands on our time, and a baby boy on the way. And we couldn't be happier about it. This book is a celebration of this amazing year. We took a lot of big steps. But there's no one in the world I'd rather be taking them with.


4: Blog Entry: Sunday, May 9, 2010 They Don't Make 'Em Like This Anymore We are officially moved-in, though not really unpacked. I'll give a full photo tour someday. But for now, let me just give a little teaser of the 1975 glory of our home. Try not to be jealous or upset, just because new homes don't come with these features anymore. | OUR GROOVY FIRST HOME BUILT 1975


7: Bryan learned a lot during the summer of 2010. With his patient dad as his teacher, Bryan learned everything it takes to build a new bathroom--from installing a new window, subfloor, and plumbing all the way to the tile and everything in between. It was a huge undertaking, but the results were worth it. Everyone at the housewarming party "ooh-ed" and "aah-ed" over everything--hardly believing Bryan had done the work with no one but his dad to help him. | AFTER


9: Blog Entry: Friday, August 27, 2010 Two nights ago, 10:00pm. I'm exhausted from a long day at work. Bryan was working on some stuff in the office. Just as I fall asleep, Bryan wakes me up. "Did you hear that crack?" "No..." "Yeah . . . our tree fell down." "WHAT?!?!?!" You see, I knew exactly which tree he was talking about. The one in our front yard that was way overgrown, but couldn't be trimmed until the fall because it's too fragile. It's not a small tree. And cars love to park under it because it provides such ample amounts of shade. And we're liable for the damage to whatever and whomever it falls on. But would you believe only half of it fell and it all fell right onto our front lawn?! Our entire front lawn, actually. Because it is that huge. Here's a picture we took the next morning on our way to work. Thank goodness for great neighbors, Bryan's 6'6" "little" brother Ben and Ben's friends. By Thursday night, the fallen tree was chopped up and piled nicely next to the curb for pick-up. Tree disaster in your front yard = Lemon. Our shed stocked with this winter's firewood = Lemonade. :)

10: November 4, 2010 Housewarming Party

11: We threw a belated housewarming party and had a great turnout of friends, neighbors, co-workers, and ward members. My friend Lauren Purcell made an awesome cake with a picture of Roo that we cut into to reveal the gender of our baby. Blue!


14: It's The Little Things In Life That Matter | May 30, 2010 Woah. How time flies. So behind. Summary: (1) Bought a house (4962 Chiles Drive) (2) Can't start a family because I accepted a call to girls camp. Didn't find out until too late that you can't be pregnant @ camp. June 30, 2010 (3) Decided I don't care if I'm pregnant at camp. I'm so over work. Bring on the baby! July 25, 2010 I'm at camp... a little sick because I'm pregnant. :) | JOURNAL ENTRIES

15: Thursday, August 5, 2010 Tuesday was such a special day. I got my first sneak peek at my little baby. I feel bad that Bryan couldn't be there--he's at camp. But I think he's excited. I can't stop looking at the pictures. I wish the baby would grow up so I can have it and hold it. I think it's the cutest little blob I've ever seen. I got to see its heart beating. I can't believe it's alive already! I'm definitely not loving the sick part. I'm nauseous all the time. I stayed home from work today. It's hard being so sick and not being able to explain to people. Well, I am so ready to have Bryan home. I miss him. The church is true--Go forth with faith! Lisa

16: Roo's first trip to Disneyland | November 8-9, 2010 | 22 weeks pregnant

17: Blog Entry: Friday, September 17, 2010 Heard the Heartbeat Today . . . best sound ever. I was going to be content with just that, but the ultrasound machine was already on when the doctor came in our exam room, so we got a bonus peek at our Little Roo. If you think giving fetuses a nickname is dumb, feel free to mock me. Regardless, we call it our Roo, mostly so we don't have to call it "it" until the end of next month when we find out what "it" is. I'd post a picture of the ultrasound, but it's pretty unintelligible. Roo is really squished right now. So imagine a black and white Rorschach ink blot test and you'd be pretty close. Did I mention how excited I am to be 14 weeks pregnant? Bryan has had to deal with watching my random bouts of jumping up and down and screaming, "I'm so excited!!" So weird... I just now figured out how the Kangaroo nickname developed. | October 28, 2010 20 Weeks

18: It's a BOY! | I always thought I wanted to have a baby girl first. But once I found out I was pregnant, I started to think I was having a boy and got very excited about it. I even made our desktop background a picture of a cute baby boy with a puppy (pictured right). As per usual, Bryan and I took opposite sides to make it more interesting. I bet that we were having a little boy and Bryan bet we were having a girl. Almost every day, I would insist that Little Roo was a boy. Bryan wouldn't budge. I was so upset when I found out Bryan had to be in Reno on business the week of my ultrasound. I really wanted him to be at the doctor's with me when we found out the gender of our baby. I tried rescheduling, but the doctor's office was booked. The morning of the big day, I got a text from Bryan. "Is it too late to change my vote to boy?" I called and told him yes, but asked what made him change his mind. Turns out, he had a dream the night before. It was a crazy dream, but one thing in the dream was clear--we were having a boy. At my appointment that afternoon, I had Bryan on speaker phone so he could hear everything the ultrasound technician was telling me as she showed me how healthy and beautiful our baby was. I don't think either of us was at all surprised when the technician said those magic words...

19: Oct 28, 2010 20 weeks

20: (1) He can build a computer and an entire network—I think he can figure out how to change a diaper. | TOP 10 REASONS WHY BRYAN WILL BE A GREAT DAD | (2) He has learned how to deal with even the moodiest of people (You’re welcome, Bryan). | (3) He knows his way around LEGO blocks. | (5) He can easily relate to kids' food choices. | (4) His weeks at Zion's Camp have proved his ability to function well on little to no sleep.

21: (6) He is well aware of the importance of naptime. | (7) He would do anything to provide for the happiness of his family. | (8) He is a great listener--his kids will often turn to him to share their problems and successes. | (9) He is dedicated to the Lord and responds to promptings of the Spirit. | (10) He has the kindest heart of anyone I've ever met.

23: CAMP

24: Camp 2010 July 23-July 30 - Lisa goes to Girl's Camp As a Level 4 Leader, I started camp with the 10 mile overnight hike at Kibbie Lake. The theme was "Be Strong and Remember." The week was definitely tougher because of the nausea and exhaustion, but I was so happy to be pregnant, I didn't care. I had amazing experiences working with my girls and was so grateful for the opportunity. July 31-August 7 - Bryan goes to Zion's Camp As a member of the Stake Young Men's presidency, Bryan had a lot of responsibility to organize camp. He worked hard and the week was a huge success, especially the Half Dome Hike in Yosemite (minus Bryan's run-in with a bear). Bryan came back from camp tan, unshaven, and about ten pounds lighter--he was too busy to eat! But he was energized by the incredible experiences he had at camp, already planning for the next year.


28: Fun 2010 Dates: (clockwise from top left) Stake Dance, Boogie Boarding in Santa Cruz, Half Dome in Yosemite, Bike riding in San Francisco

29: { | { | LOVE | Growing up in the church, I learned about eternal marriages. I couldn't fathom how I'd make that seemingly impossible decision of choosing someone I could not only spend my life with, but all of eternity--forever. Now that Bryan and I have been married for a few years, I'm beginning to understand the wisdom of Heavenly Father's plan of eternal marriages and families. I can't imagine ever being without Bryan. I get nervous when he leaves on business trips because I worry about him coming home safely. But thanks to our temple sealing, I know that we can be together forever. And that's how long I need with Bryan to be completely satisfied: FOREVER.

30: "The only way to get through life is to laugh your way through it. You either have to laugh or cry. I prefer to laugh. Crying gives me a headache." Marjorie Pay Hinckley


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