Thursday, December 18, 2008

Orgeon Tuna Classic

I thought I'd post a link to this. My dad loves to fish, and this event is a charity Tuna tournament that benefits a food bank and is hosted every year for the last few years. They are always in need of sponsors, and my Dad in particular can always use a sponsor, so if any one knows someone who'd like to help let him know. If you don't want to sponsor, but would like to donate, you can always talk to him too. You can email him at or visit his website

(The tournaments are in the summer so donations would not need to be made right away.)

Skiing Kids

I thought these pictures of my neices skiing were cute. They have like 3 feet of snow at their house in the California mountains. We will be there for Christmas, so I guess we'll probably have a white Christmas!

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Pine Cones and Christmas Trees

While in California I collected pine cones to do an art project with. I spray painted them either silver or a light copper color. I then used a spray on glue, and glitter to make them sparkle. They are my table centerpiece right now, and I have a few on the front porch. There's still a bunch in the backyard, but I ran out of glitter so I might just leave them as they are.
This year we got a fake tree. Everyone says it's more economical than buying a real one every year. I like how the real ones smell, but I like how this one is pre-lit and I can move the branches around to make the ornaments fit. I love Christmas, and Christmas ornaments. They are just such happy things.

Mountain Hike

Cameron, Ali, Ashling, Tony and I went for a hike on November 29th. The place to hike is not too far from their house. You can see Big Bear lake in the background of some of the photos. Loud chilly winds were blowing at the top, but for most of the hike the temperature was really nice. It was a fun hike, and kept us from gaining any Thanksgiving weight. Cameron would have liked to hike a little longer but the rest of us were happy with heading back.

Sunset Pictures from the Car Window

These are just some pretty sunset pictures I took out the car window after we picked out the Christmas tree.

Thanksgiving 2008

For Thanksgiving we went to California to my sister's house. It's really nice to be able to drive there and not have to pay for plane tickets. Prior to dinner on Thanksgiving day, we started a game of Risk. Dinner was ready before we finished the game so a plan was devised using a piano bench to postpone the game. It was pretty funny. Melissa ended up winning.
The next day we went for a drive to some neighboring mountains. (None of the Black Friday specials seemed worth getting up early for.) The clouds were really pretty along the way.
Later that same day, we went to Gunther's Tree farm up in the mountains to find Melissa's family their Christmas tree. Gunther's is a secluded mountain property with tons of some what wild trees growing. Gunther doesn't trim or prune the trees so it's a little harder finding the right "one," but it was so pretty, and such a change from Arizona that I enjoyed it. Plus his prices are much better than any where else. Ali and Ashling had probably the most fun trying to pick late apples from the apple trees that are also mixed in on the property.

Bryce Thompson Arboretum

We went to the Arboretum back in early November. They have plants and trees from desert climates all over the world. It's a nice walk and finally in November it had started to cool off.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Ragsdale Pleads Guilty

David Ragsdale plead guilty today to capital murder. His formal sentencing will be January 29th. However, the minimum sentence is 20 years to life with the possibility of parole.

I'm trying my hardest, even though it's difficult, to not let the events of the last eleven months control my life, so I'll try me best to trust the prosecutor's judgment and move on with my life rather than be caught up in the details of a few years here and there.


Thursday, November 13, 2008

Ann's Home!

Al flew down to Utah on Monday to drive Ann and the boys home. They got in last night and are happy to be there. Ann has a lot of work ahead of her getting the house set up for the boys (moving furniture, etc.) so I'm sure she'd appreciate any helping hands from those of you nearby.


Saturday, November 8, 2008

Newspaper Articles Nov. 2008

Here are a few links to a couple of articles from the Utah papers on the custody issue.,5143,705261176,00.html

Wednesday, November 5, 2008


Here are the answers to the questions:

Number of apartments/houses we have lived in: 10

Number of States we've lived in: 6

Countries outside of the US we have visited together:2 Venezuela and Ireland

Countries we've been to without the other(during the time we were married):2 China for Tony & Canada for me.

Number of Nieces and Nephews we have: Eight total- Ali, Ashling, Bryant, Ashley, Brandon, Carter, Julian, and Gabe

State we were married in: Washington

Store that we both worked at: Dillard's, I worked the Men's and he worked in Women's Shoes

Where we first met: In a single's ward, and yes he was my home teacher.

What color was my hair in our engagement photo, and what color was it at our wedding: I had reddish blond in the engagment photo, and almost Black hair at the wedding. Someone asked Tony if it was the same girl.

2 Foods Tony hates, but that I like: He hates mushrooms and peppers, so we never order a pizza with everything on it. He's a plain old Pepperoni guy.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

6 Years

Tony and I have been married for 6 years as of Sunday. Rather than post how much I love him, (which I do, or we wouldn't be married,) I thought I would post a trivia challenge, to see who knows the most about us. Below are the questions:

Number of apartments/houses we have lived in:

Number of States we've lived in:

Countries outside of the US we have visited together:

Countries we've been to without the other(during the time we were married):

Number of Nieces and Nephews we have:

State we were married in:

Store that we both worked at:

Where we first met:

What color was my hair in our engagement photo, and what color was it at our wedding:

2 Foods Tony hates, but that I like:

Post your responses, and I'll give the correct answers in a few days. (Some of the answers can be found on the blog.) Have fun!

Friday, October 31, 2008

Great News!

Today Ann and Al went to mediation to settle the custody dispute for Kristy's boys. They have full guardianship and Ann can return to Washington with the boys immediately. She will probably take a week or two to figure out what to move back with her, but she'll be home soon!

As part of the agreement, John Ragsdale and his wife will get two visits per year with the kids but will have no parental decision-making authority.

Our entire family thanks everyone for their thoughts and prayers during this trying time. It's not all over yet, but now Ann can get home and hopefully speed up the healing process.


Thursday, October 30, 2008

Maybe a little nuts...

About two weekends ago, I was out for a walk before work when I passed a yard sale. I kind of looked at it and saw these little ceramic Christmas houses that you paint yourself. There were several boxes of them and I thought I'd maybe buy 1 or 2 for my niece to paint. When I asked the lady how much, she said "$5.00." Five bucks each? Nope five for all of them. Now the bargain hunter in me kicked in and I said, why not? There ended up being 27 little houses, and only one was a duplicate. (Plus a little penguin statue to paint.)So I thought, well maybe I will paint them and have a little Christmas village. (We already have several houses, but they are a bit bigger than these.)

I've since come to the conclusion that I must have been nuts that day. What do I need 27 little houses for? I've painted only 2 and a half of them since and it would probably take me until Christmas to finish them. My mom thinks it will take me a few years. Tony is pretty sure it was a waste of five bucks. I bet I could get more than $5 dollars for the bunch. Each one usually costs $5 to $10 retail. The question now is do I keep them and dawdle through painting, or try to sell the lot on Craigslist?

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Letters to Santa

I found this little tidbit on the webtoday. Thought I'd post it for anyone who's interested.

Since 1914, children have had the joy of receiving letters from Santa Claus for free. Every letter mailed to Santa Claus before December 21st, will receive a letter back from Santa Claus himself! The earlier you can send in your letter the better.

Click here to write your letter now via internet!

Or you may send a letter to:

Santa Claus
PO Box 1
Santa Claus, IN 47579

Friday, October 17, 2008

Where are they now?

For those of you who loved the movie "Goonies" as a kid, you might find this interesting.

Chunk is an entertainment lawyer in Beverly Hills. Good for him.

Friday, October 10, 2008

Update on Case

Tony wanted me to update the blog with the link to an article on the case in the paper this week.,5143,700265100,00.html

If the link won't pull it up just google "Attorney Fighting Foreclosure on Ragsdale Home."

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Verde Canyon

It's starting to cool down here in Phoenix. By that I mean that it's been in the 90's instead of the 100's, and maybe 70's at night. We even tried to go to the pool the other night, and it was too chilly to be much fun. I'm happy to be able to go outside and not feel oppressive air practically baking my skin.

Even with the lighter weather, I felt the need to escape a little to a place that is a bit cooler than Phoenix. This weekend we went north to a place called Verde Canyon.
It's still a very arid desert climate, but since it is at a higher elevation, the temperatures were cooler, no more than 70 or so. We took a popular train ride, which takes you past the winding river and red rock structures. We could sit inside the train, or walk out to the open air car. There are a lot of twisted mesquite trees and prickly cactus. Sometimes you can see eagles, but we didn't during this ride. They don't move very fast on the train so you can take pictures, but it does make for slow going. The ride lasts about 4 hours. It was pretty fun at first, but towards the end I was tired, and admittedly a little dizzy from the rocking motion. Still I would probably recommend it, although Tony and I talked about if you bring kids it's probably a good idea to have a game or something else for them to do, since it is so long.
Overall, a beautiful, out of the ordinary day, albeit long. Nice to get out of the house once in a while.

Saturday, October 4, 2008



It's who I am...

I am... Stacey
I travel the world.
I Have.... trouble sitting still.
I Wish..... to always be a size 6 or 8, even when I eat all the chocolate in the world.
I Hate... folding laundry, and cleaning in general.
I Fear... spiders and being really poor.
I Hear.... my ceiling fan spinning round and round and a neighbor vacuuming their car. Or maybe it's Tony. wouldn't that be nice?
I Search... for good bargains and free things.
I Always... get bored. Also I spoil my nieces. Ask them, they'll tell you.
I Usually... watch too much TV.
I Am Not... friendly enough.
I miss... being a size 4 like I was at my wedding. Oh and I guess I miss my sister Melissa, little sister Amanada, and my nieces. Maybe my brother once in a while. (I can't miss my mom, she lives with me.)
I love... the ocean, chocolate, and Tony. (Not necessarily in that order.)
I Never.... feel like I have enough money.
I Rarely... do things with other women who aren't family. Seems like I'm always working, when they are home with the kids.
I Cry... when I'm angry. Not so much when I'm sad, but make me mad and you better pull out the umbrella.
I am Not Always... nice. I can be too judgemental.
I Lose... words and names. I never remember peoples names, and I can't always think of the right word, even though it's on the tip of my tongue.
I'm Confused... when it comes to logical things. I don't think the same way other people do.
I Need... activities outside of the house.
I Should... clean more. Maybe.
I Dream... about owning a house close to a beach that is somewhat private, decorating it with imported furniture and things from places I've been to, having friends and family come for visits, walking along the beach and finding neat things that have washed up there, and of course travelling.

I tag... Amber, and anyone else who wants to.

Friday, September 26, 2008

Economic Fix

Some economic genius sent out the following email with his plan for the $85B the government loaned to AIG. See if you can find any flaws with his plan.

Hi Pals,

I'm against the $85,000,000,000.00 bailout of AIG.

Instead, I'm in favor of giving $85,000,000,000 to America in a We
Deserve It Dividend.

To make the math simple, let's assume there are 200,000,000 bonafide
U.S. Citizens 18+.

Our population is about 301,000,000 +/- counting every man, woman and
child. So 200,000,000 might be a fair stab at adults 18 and up..

So divide 200 million adults 18+ into $85 billon that equals

My plan is to give $425,000 to every person 18+ as a We Deserve It

Of course, it would NOT be tax free. So let's assume a tax rate of

Every individual 18+ has to pay $127,500.00 in taxes. That sends
$25,500,000,000 right back to Uncle Sam.

But it means that every adult 18+ has $297,500.00 in their pocket. A
husband and wife has $595,000.00.

What would you do with $297,500.00 to $595,000.00 in your family?

Pay off your mortgage - housing crisis solved.
Repay college loans - what a great boost to new grads Put away money
for college - it'll be there Save in a bank - create money to loan to
Buy a new car - create jobs
Invest in the market - capital drives growth Pay for your parent's
medical insurance - health care improves Enable Deadbeat Dads to come
clean - or else

Remember this is for every adult U S Citizen 18+ including the folks
who lost their jobs at Lehman Brothers and every other company that is
cutting back. And of course, for those serving in our Armed Forces.

If we're going to re-distribute wealth let's really do it...instead of
trickling out a puny $1000.00 ( "vote buy" ) economic incentive that
is being proposed by one of our candidates for President.

If we're going to do an $85 billion bailout, let's bail out every
adult U S Citizen 18+!

As for AIG - liquidate it. Sell off its parts. Let American General go
back to being American General. Sell off the real estate. Let the
private sector bargain hunters cut it up and clean it up.

Here's my rationale. We deserve it and AIG doesn't.

Sure it's a crazy idea that can "never work."

But can you imagine the Coast-To-Coast Block Party!

How do you spell Economic Boom?

I trust my fellow adult Americans to know how to use the $85 Billion

We Deserve It Dividend more than I do the geniuses at AIG or in
Washington DC.

And remember, The Family plan only really costs $59.5 Billion because
$25.5 Billion is returned instantly in taxes to Uncle Sam.

Ahhh...I feel so much better getting that off my chest. Kindest
personal regards, A Creative Guy & Citizen of the Republic; & nbsp;

PS: Feel free to pass this along to your pals as it's either good for
a laugh, a tear, or a very sobering thought on how to best use $85


Thursday, September 25, 2008

Another continuance

The court was supposed to set a trial date today but Ragsdale's attorneys asked for another continuance and got two more months. The next hearing is November 26th. I've heard that he is out of continuances so they will definitely set a trial date on that day.


Tuesday, September 23, 2008

A Very Happy Husband

Tony got very very lucky today! No, I'm not talking about that. Where's your mind? J/K.

Anyway, Tony and I had planned to go to the Costco Home Store after he got out of work today. The idea was to test out the beds they have for sell. Costco home actually has the beds, and other furniture, set up so you can try them out. I think we tried out all 10 beds they have, with the exception of the kids twin. We figured out which would be the best one. (It's so nice! It's a king of course, and when Tony gets in and out of the bed I can't even feel it. I am a light sleeper and more than once have grouched at Tony for moving too much or making too much noise. Poor guy!)

Before buying the bed, we decided to run over to the Costco next to the Costco Home and take a look at the TVs. Tony knew which one he wanted to show me. At first I said no. It's huge! But right next to the TV he was showing me was an identical one, for a lot less. Hmm... wrong tag? Nope, they had a floor model for sell. Still I was hesitant. So we looked at the other TVs. With the discount they were offering, this bigger TV was the same price as a smaller TV of equal quality.

Now I'm warming up to the idea, but not really convinced. Then a couple walks down the aisle and stops at our TV. (Ok, so we hadn't bought it yet, but we were standing there looking at it. Doesn't that make it ours?) The wife was actually trying to talk the husband into it. She told us that her friend had just bought that same one and loved it. (Yes, I did consider the possibility that Tony or Costco had paid people to walk down the aisle and convince would be buyers, but decided it was probably unlikely. Not definitely, but probably.)

Well I still debated it... but in the end I gave in, with the promise that we'd get the bed as the next big purchase. Tony went to get the sales guy while I stood guard. In the meantime another couple came down the aisle and stopped in front of the TV. (Hello, I'm standing right here?) This couple was comparing price too, but they just asked why it was such a better price? I explained that WE were buying the floor model. "Ohhh..."

Which is why Tony is a very happy husband. He has a new TV, more suited to his beloved BYU football games. I keep saying, "It's huge!" His solution,

"Get a bigger room!"

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Have you noticed the commercial recently where the wife tells the husband "You're right. We need a new TV, just don't go overboard." Then you see the husband rush out the door with his credit card and keys. Or how about the lesser shown one where a man and woman are walking past an electronic store and the man stops to look forlornly through the window at the big screen TVs, and the woman must drag the guy away?

Well lately I feel like every time Tony comes home from Costco, he'll be figuring out how to get the Big screen into the house without my noticing. I'm mostly kidding about that, but still...

We do need, or will soon need a new TV. Our current one, (a Walmart special), has a few issues with certain shades of red. Plus it's a measly 27 or so inches. We've pretty much decided not to do a big vacation right now. We kind of agreed that even though I can get really good prices on cruises, that when we have time to go (Thanksgiving or Christmas) is at the high season and still more than we want to spend on a trip at this point.

In talking we figured it out that we could get both a new mattress set(which would mean new sheets and quilt, etc) and a TV for the same price as the vacation. I've been wanting a king size bed, and Tony has been wanting a king size TV. The question right now is how big to go. 40, 50, 60 inches...

Basically I just need to give the word and Tony has a couple choices ready to go. I even caught a peek at his phone the other day and he has snapped pictures of the possibles.

I love TV. I admit it, so I'm not sure what's holding me back. Maybe a bigger TV just seems too "man-caveish", or something like that. Guess I'll have to give in sooner or later. I'd really like that new bed...

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Free Disney Tickets

I saw this on a website today and thought other people might like to know about it.

"Next year everyone will be able to come to a Walt Disney World theme park on their birthdays and get in free.

That's the cornerstone of the 2009 national promotional campaign, "What will you celebrate?" announced today by Walt Disney Parks and Resorts. Anyone showing up with a valid ID including proof of birthdate will get a free ticket on that day in 2009 for one of the theme parks at Disney World or at Disneyland in California."

Kind of cool...


For work Tony is going to Orlando November 18-19. So now that opens up the idea of a vacation to the Orlando area after that meeting. I hadn't really thought of doing that, but it could be fun. My first thought was it would be more fun with a kid to see it all, but Tony said he's heard it is even better when you are without children. So what do you think? Has anyone been to Orlando in November? See the plans with us change every day. I'm a very indecisive person, but I like options, so it can get tricky settling on anything in particular.

Friday, September 12, 2008

Any one wanna cruise?

I sit here and talk about vacations all day long. So naturally, I want to go on one. A cruise or a regular vacation. There is always something more responsible to do with money, i.e student loans, but that doesn't seem to stop me from wanting it any way. I would love to cruise, but I'm not sure where to go. I would like to try the caribbean, but I am so much closer to Mexico. Also we have some skymiles that we could use to fly to a resort. What do you who have cruised before think about the two? Anyone have a family house on a beach somewhere? (J/K)
We have to go either after the 14th of November, or before January. I can't take time off from Jan.-April, and Tony can't before the 15th of November.
Probably we won't really go any where. It's still fun to talk about though.

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Current happenings in Palizzi Land...

So I never post any more because really what do I do? Summer in Arizona is like winter for most people. The temperatures are too extreme to go out in with out the risk of dying. The difference is that in cold weather at least you can dress accordingly. In hot weather there is only so much you can take off. Plus with the new job, I really haven't been up to much. I basically stay at home most of the time, and on my day off, (other than Sunday, because lets face it, not much gets done on Sunday) I try to invent things to do.

Like some may have heard recently, I have made many a foray into the baby clothes aisle. Always a fun place to go shopping for me, and as my sister's current children will tell you, I do spoil them, so I figure this up and coming Brown baby shouldn't be neglected. By the way I got the best outfit today at Gap for the baby... but Melissa will have to wait.

Tony and I did do a little weekend get away trip over the holiday. We've been wanting to take a trip down to Mexico to see some of the furniture stores since we are so close, but haven't had time/money. Not that we have money now, but we thought we would just get an idea. We left after sacrament meeting on Sunday and drove to the border town of Nogales. You can just walk across the border from there, into Nogales Mexico.
It was a lot greener on the drive than I was expecting, and not nearly as hot as it has been at home. It's kind of in this valley with little mountains around the city and tons of houses crammed up the hills.
We just looked around on Sunday and then spent the night back in the US. Today we went back to a few stores where we had seen things we'd liked previously. I should mention that the furniture stores we had gone to see were no longer there, and we didn't see any others really. But I found a cool hand hammered copper pitcher, a glass blown pitcher, and Tony picked out a wavy tin mirror with Geckos on it. It was kind of funny because I was looking at this copper pitcher thinking the price was in pesos, but turns out it was dollars. I felt bad because I had spent quite a while deciding on it, and I was going to have to put it back because there was NO WAY I was going to pay what was listed, but I ended up getting it for a little less than half of the price, and Tony did say copper is expensive, so I was happy with my purchase. I liked getting to spend time with Tony. My days off are Sundays and Monday, and he's off Saturday and Sunday, so we don't always get to do fun stuff together.
I will say that visiting countries like Mexico, Venezuela or some of the other places I've been give me an appreciation for what we have. I don't get all sappy, but I notice. We've got it stinkin' good here in the US. We have air conditioning, clean water and voning laws. We have the Humane Society, which I thought of when I saw a dog that was quite literally starving to death walk down the street and no one seemed to blink. Anyway just happy to have what I do have.

Well it's pretty late. I should go to bed. I tend to never want to go to bed, because then I have to get up in the morning, which makes no sense, but that's the case. Anyway I'll try to post more. Maybe I'll invent stuff....

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Wrongful death lawsuit news.

Although we are not involved in the wrongful death lawsuit, Ann wanted me to post this link.

Deseret News Article


Friday, August 1, 2008

My dissatisfied foot goes where?

This week's bar exam made about as much sense as this. . .


Monday, July 28, 2008

Off to take the bar exam.

I'm headed to Tucson to take the Arizona bar exam Tuesday and Wednesday. A week ago I was feeling quite good, but in the last few days the limitations of my mortal existence have been weighing on my brain. Oh well, I can always retake it if necessary. Besides, my job isn't contingent on passing, so I'll at least have a paycheck coming in.

Maybe I should change my hotel reservation and stay at the Holiday Inn Express. . . couldn't hurt.


Friday, July 25, 2008

Trial update

Two more month continuation. . .

Daily Herald

In other words, nothing new.


Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Today's Hearing

Today the court was supposed to set the trial date. However, due to David firing his attorney it has been postponed one month, which is what we expected.

KSL Story

Pool water like a nice bath!

Since I have been working during the day, Tony and I have occasionally gone to the pool at night around 8 or 9pm. I thought I would post that we were just over there and I think the water was at least 92 degrees! There's not a thermometer that I know of, but it felt warmer than the air and it's 94 right now. At night I like the warm water. When it's 115 outside, not so much.

Also I just want to say that at work we talk about and research cruises every day, so I am really wanting to go on one now! I'm thinking November or December, since that is the slowest time supposedly, for my job. Guess people don't tend to book cruises around Christmas. It will all depend. There's always something else to do with our money, as I'm sure it is with anyone.

Well night all!

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Ann's going home (for a month)

Ann and the boys are headed to Washington. They'll be there July 11th through August 11th. She hasn't been back in six months, so she's really looking forward to going home.


Saturday, July 5, 2008

Message from Ann

My mom just called and said David Ragsdale fired his attorney. We were supposed to get a trial date next week, but it looks like we won't know for at least another month.

Deseret News Story


Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Nothing to Report

Life's pretty boring right now. I'm busy studying for the Arizona bar exam at the end of July and I'm not looking forward to it -- but then who is? Stacey's in training for her new job as a travel agent. She's be a cruise expert so feel free to contact her if you want to book a cruise! We can't wait to be able to use some of her travel benefits.


Friday, June 20, 2008


So I almost never get "tagged", and then I don't usually do them because lets just face it, I can't make decisions easily, but my sister tagged me, and I'm bored, so....

A- Attached or single: Attached (somewhat permanently)
B- Best Friend: Tony
C- Cake or Pie: Hmm.. do I have to choose? Strawberry cake or blueberry pie
D- Day: Saturdays and Christmas Day.
E- Essential item: Well my first instinct was to say chocolate, but I'm also truly greatful for airconditioning.
F- Favorite color: Purple or turquoise
G- Gummi bears or worms: gummi worms, the sugary-sour kind
H- Home town: I don't know what my hometown is. I've been kind of a gypsy mover the last decade or so.
I- Indulgences: shopping, ice cream, getting my hair highlighted
J- January or July: In Phoenix, I'd have to say January, since July means being stuck inside with the AC cranked.
K- Kids: Spouses don't count, right? Well then I have no kids, but I do have a bunch of houseplants, and a garden that I have to check on everyday.
L- Life is incomplete without: A passion for something, anything.
M- Marriage date: November 2, 2002
N- Number of siblings: 3
O- Oranges or apples: I like both, so it would just depend on my mood.
P- Phobias or fears: Spiders, propane tanks, parking garages, and I have to admit that I am terrified of getting really really fat. Like take up three seats at the movie theater fat.
Q- Quote: Not really a quote, but after living in New Hampshire I still catch myself saying "Wicked"
R- Reason to smile: Vacations, bonus checks, losing five pounds, and having the pool open on a day where it is 115 outside!
S- Season: Fall or spring. I'm not a fan of extremes.
T- Tag: Umm... any takers?
U- Unknown fact about me: I couldn't come up with one for this. Sorry.
V- Very favorite store: Banana Republic Outlet store (which I am sad to say they have not a single one in all of Arizona!) and a new favorite would be a furniture store Tony and I found in Phoenix called Passport Imports. Love the furniture made of old doors imported from India. Probably where I will get my next furniture item.
W- Worst habit: I'm kind of messy. Not dirty messy, just clutter messy.
X-rays or ultrasounds: Umm.. neither. I hate forking over the dough to the doctor.
Y- Your favorite foods: ice cream, fresh strawberries, chocolate, pretty much anything but Eggplant. Nasty stuff, that eggplant.
Z- Zodiac sign: Cancer

Friday, June 13, 2008

My New Job

Tony told me I should post something, but since I haven't really been up to much, it was hard to come up with something. He suggested I mention that I have a new job. (It doesn't start until June 23rd, which is why I haven't been up to much.) I will be working for a company, I.C.E, which is a vacation company. After a few weeks of training at the office, I will get to work from home, which I think is kind of nice. It should save on gas, and we won't have to get another car right away. What the job entails is the company will forward incoming calls to my house from people who are wanting to plan their vacations, and I will help them make the reservations. I think it kind of sounds like fun, at least I'm hoping it will be. Plus I will get vacation discounts and the possibility of free trips. I'll basically be a travel agent. I just hope I like the job because I really don't like job hunting!

Thursday, June 5, 2008

Court Order

Since I've been posting so much lately about court proceedings, I thought you all might like this. You don't have to be a lawyer to appreciate it.



Tuesday, June 3, 2008

News Update

Today the attorney who is acting as both the guardian ad litem for the children and the personal representative for Kristy's estate filed a $1,000,000 wrongful death lawsuit against David Ragsdale. The Palizzi family is not part of that lawsuit.


Deseret News

Monday, June 2, 2008

After today's preliminary hearing David Ragsdale pled not guilty to all three charges and asked for bail. The judge denied bail. Since he pled not guilty this is going to full trial.

KSL Story

Deseret News Story

Hearing Update

Ann just called and said that the hearing for today is still on.

Friday, May 30, 2008

Carter's Birthday

On a happier note, last Saturday Carter had a huge birthday party with 17 kids and 14 adults present. He had a big chocolate cake with a "bug" theme. Carter had a great time playing with everyone.

Ann would like to give a special thanks to Dippidee Bakery in Lehi for making and donating the cake. Kristy was one of their first customers and so after she died they offered to make cakes for the boys' birthdays. She said the cake was incredible and would encourage anyone in the area to support the business.

New Message from Ann

The June 2nd hearing is at 1:30 in the 4th District Court in Provo. Al and Ann would really appreciate it if those who are available can come and support her. However, the prosecution and coroner will reveal details that might be hard to deal with, so if you want to go feel free to leave if you aren't ready to handle it. We'll update if anything changes between now and then.

Monday, May 26, 2008

Memorial Day Weekend 2008

This weekend my sister, Melissa and her family came for a visit. We went hiking on Saturday in the hills/mountains just south of Phoenix. It was a fairly easy hike, but that could have been because the weather was very nice, only around the low 70's and we were going at the pace of two small kids. The view from the top was pretty cool. You could see on both sides of the mountain to Phoenix, and whatever city was on the other side.

Sunday was Ali's birthday. She got presents before church in the morning, and then we decided to go for a drive north to Montezuma's Well and since we were so close at that point, we went to Sedona. It really is too far to drive in one day, but the Well was pretty and the rocks around Sedona are red and uniquely shaped, so worth visiting again at some point. We ended up having to take the long way back because the road we were on was backed up for miles and miles on the other side, so if we had tried to turn around and go back, we would have been caught in a snail's pace traffic jam. People were even getting out of their cars in some spots. It could be nice to go back and camp there some time, but not on a holiday weekend.

Today's entertainment was to go swimming twice. Once in the morning and again after lunch and Ali's belated birthday cake. The water wasn't super warm as the weather was perfect and only around 85 degrees, but even coldish water didn't stop us from having fun. Now my sister is back home and Tony and I again have a quiet house. It's nice to have the quiet, but I have a short memory. Before long, I'll be missing them again and asking when they'll be visiting.


The hearing is on June 2nd, not June 7th. Not that it makes much difference.

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Trial Update

Due to scheduling conflicts, the preliminary hearing set for next Tuesday has been bumped to June 7th. Ann will testify in that hearing.


Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Tony's Law School Graduation

Saturday was Tony's Law school graduation. (The bottom picture is Tony and three of his friends) The sun came out and there were a couple of student speakers that were quick and funny so overall not a bad day. Tony and I will miss the beauty of New Hampshire and the many things to do during the summer,(Can't say we'll miss the winters) but after years of hard work we are both happy to report that it is over! Well, Law school is over. Next up for Tony, the Bar! That is two months of intense studying and test anxiety, which probably means I'll get woken up in the middle of the night by Tony freaking out, thinking he has missed the test, or forgot to go to a class. he tends to do that when he has high school related stress. It's kind of funny since after I tell him he hasn't missed anything, he goes right back to sleep. I think Tony will do fine with bar since he's pretty smart, but you never know. It's a really tough test.

After graduation and the reception that followed, we went with Tony's parents, (pictured in the top picture) to my favorite antique shop in Franklin. I found an interesting metal wall hanging and bought it. Ann, Tony's mom, really liked it too, and she wanted it, but I didn't want to give it up. As we were leaving, we found the matching one on another wall of the building, so now we are both happy with our finds.

We are now back in Phoenix, otherwise known as the sweltering pit of sand. Can I really call it sweltering? That seems like a term used for humid areas, and it is definitely dry heat that is scorching even the sand. It was so hot today, that the air conditioning in our car couldn't keep up with cooling us. I bound to blog about the heat in the future, so forgive me now for that.