Thursday, October 4, 2012

Happy Birthday Lisa

My sister Lisa mourned celebrated her 40th Birthday on September 19th. We made plans as a family to head down to SLC to dinner and Keys on Main. It should be known this is a extremely significant event as Lisa never leaves home. When she does leave home, heading into Ogden is an ordeal. Now, she's not a hermit, just the idea of lots of people, driving and no parking leaves her a little tense. :)

I talked her into celebrating the event with something other than Olive Garden. We settled on Bucca Di Bepo in downtown. Great Italian food for a good price. We had planned Keys on Main, but with Cory's leg still healing and a unexpected event that left me at work until 7:15 pm that night, we called it good with dinner.
My parents, us girls and our spouses all shared a fun filled night with laughs, drinks and yummy food. We don't do it very often, but am I so glad we live so close that we can get together when schedules permit. 

As for the birthday girl, Lisa..where do I begin? You are such a wonderful wife, mother, sister, daughter and friend. Although, we may not always see eye to eye on things like fashion, politics and music..one thing I know for sure is that you ALWAYS have my back. I remember going through rough years in my teens and you were always there for my reality check. You never treated me like a baby, but you also never let me off the hook. Thank you for teaching me to stick up for myself, that's its alright if people don't like me or approve of what I do. I love that you are a take it or leave it kind of girl. You speak your mind, no matter whose listening. I wish I had that quality some days. You have the best come backs, I'd like you to write a list of them down, so the next time I'm in a argument I can check the list!

I love our morning talks, you make my drive to work a lot less boring. Thank you for always listening to me and never ever judging me. You're probably one of the only people I know that I could tell my deepest, darkest secret too and you wouldn't even think to judge. 

I love how you are so fair with your kids, no matter what.. if they don't all get to do it..then we better figure out something else! You're kids will appreciate that one day and be glad their mom had their back too. I can't believe how fast the years go by. I can't believe you have a daughter in JR High and that you're kids are all in school all day!

Thank you for loving my boys, they are so lucky to have an Aunt Wee-sa!! You are so good with Jayden and he loves to be around you and see the birds. Casey baby loves you too..realllllyyy!!! My kids love to visit your house, play with your boys and help with the animals. 

You are so dedicated to animals, I can't believe the sacrifices you make for your birds, puppies, guinea pigs, frogs, worms, geckos and whatever else is in your Szumita Zoo. The time you take to research and all the hours spent hand feeding birds so people can have affectionate pets is amazing. It's clear in your comments and responses from customers, that you truly have found your niche in life. 

Lisa,
I wanted to take the time to drop you a line and let you know how thankful I am to have found you. You care for your clients just as good as you take care of your birds. Your birds are beautiful healthy and friendly due to all of your efforts. I would give my highest recommendation to anyone thinking of buying one of Lisa's beautiful pets. 
Thank You for all you did. 
Dane and Stephanie Baxter 
(Adopted two cockatiel babies from West Point Aviary)

Hi Lisa,
Where do we begin to thank you for such a wonderful experience?!  We are SO happy with our new baby linnie, Starly. She is beautiful, adorable, sweet, curious, playful, and just a great little bird.  Shipping was NO problem for her....she seems to have taken the journey in stride and stepped out of her carrier with confidence, and curiosity. Didn't seem stressed at all! She had lots of food, fruit, millet, and a comfy perch, and seemed very happy and relaxed in her carrier.  She has been a joy already to us, with her endearing personality, little beeping noises, and friendly little nature.  You did an awesome job of raising her...she seems so confident and comfortable and ready to explore her new home!  And, we so appreciate all you did to get her to us...you went above and beyond, to get her across the country to us as quickly, safely, and smoothly as possible.  Also, we LOVED all the emails, photos and updates about our baby as we waited for her to be ready to come home. You were AWESOME about communicating, and making us feel a part of her life, before we even met her.  This whole experience has been a wonderful, exciting, and thrilling one for us, and we cant thank you enough for helping us to bring our dream birdie into our family.  She will be loved and cherished here for her whole life.  And, I will not hesitate to recommend you to anyone I know who is looking for a friendly, healthy, well socialized companion bird to join their family.  Thanks again...you are the best!!

Judi Livingston & family, in NH.  July 2011- Creamino Linnie

We've been through so much together, lots of highs and lows. I want you to know that you've made a difference in my life. To me and my family, your support means more than you will ever know. I love you like Thelma loves Louise, like Todd loves Copper. Thank you for being you! 

Happy Birthday Lisa Jo



and thank you for letting me eat your birthday desserts with a gigantic fatty girl spoon

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