Thursday, November 27, 2008
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
It is one of my family traditions, to read this story every year. I can remember many a Christmas season, spent sitting by the fire in our P.J’S and listening to the narration of “The Polar Express; while drinking hot coco and looking at the book, with Mom, Grandma and Drew. This has been one of the many traditions’ our family has had, which has meant a lot to me throughout the years. Reading this story was/is always a reminder to “hold on” to the SPIRIT of Christmas all of your life, no matter how old you become. This is something my Mother has always shared with us every Christmas season; “You should never, ever, loose the Christmas spirit…It’s what makes this season special...after all I still believe in Santa!!”
I couldn’t find our copy of “The Polar Express” to share with everyone, so I called Borders bookstore and got a new copy. This actually made me beyond excited, because now I have my own copy of the story that I can take with me; and share with my own family! Now as I embark on the new adventure with my Husband of raising family of our own, we can share with them the many seasonal traditions’ we have each taken part in and enjoyed throughout our lives; as well as create many of our own!
I am Ecstatic to share the holiday season, its many traditions’ and life and ALL it has to offer (the ups and the downs) with my future husband. (and our future sons and daughters)
Along with many other things my family has taught me, I hope to give our children a love for the holiday season and the togetherness it brings. I also hope to instill a love and understanding of the TRUE meaning of Christmas in our children. Much as my parents have given me.
Monday, November 24, 2008
Tagged Part 1: Find the 4th picture from the 4th file: This photo is from when Jonathan took me to the zoo, on my last Birthday. It was tons of fun!!
Tagged part two: It is supposed to be crazy 8's but I am just going to do crazy three's.
1. 3 Shows I watch
~Ir's me or the Dog
~Super Nanny/Nanny 911
~Take Home Chef
2. 3 Favorite Restaurants
3. 3 Things That Happened Yesterday
~Went to Church
~Got a new church calling: enrichment leader (ideas anyone???)
~Watched the fire burn in our fireplace with Jon and Grandma
4. 3 Things I'm Looking Forward Too
~Getting my ring
~Getting Sealed to Jonathan
~CHANGING MY LAST NAME!
5. 3 Things On My Wish List
~That when the time comes, Jonathan will find his dream job, stick with it, and make us good money!
~That the price of rent will go down in California
~That I will have children someday
6. 3 Things I Love
7. 3 Things I Can't Stand
~people with bad manners!!!
3 People to Tag - Your IT!
~Aly, Shannon, and Heather :)
The next thing I knew, he was standing in front of me, doing all of these hilariously funny poses and action shots!! :-D He had me in tears and gasping for breath, I was LAUGHING SO HARD!!
What do you all think of the Critiques given to my fun-loving, and a little crazy Boyfriend; on "America's next top mock model" by our very own panel of judges:
Friday, November 21, 2008
“IF YOU NEVER READ AN EMAIL, READ THIS ONE!
Subject: Remarks from CBS Sunday Morning (everyone should read!)
I can only hope we find God again before it is too late.
The following was written by Ben Stein and recited by him on CBS Sunday Morning. Commentary.My confession: I am a Jew, and every single one of my ancestors was Jewish. And it does not bother me even a little bit when people call those beautiful lit up, bejeweled trees, and ‘Christmas’ trees. I don't feel threatened. I don't feel discriminated against. That's what they are: Christmas trees. It doesn't bother me a bit when people say, 'Merry Christmas' to me. I don't think they are slighting me or getting ready to put me in a ghetto. In fact, I kind of like it. It shows that we are all brothers and sisters celebrating this happy time of year. It doesn't bother me at all that there is a manger scene on display at a key intersection near my beach house in Malibu. If people want a preacher, it's just as fine with me as is the Menorah a few hundred yards away. I don't like getting pushed around for being a Jew, and I don't think Christians like getting pushed around for being Christians. I think people who believe in God are sick and tired of getting pushed around, period. I have no idea where the concept came from that America is an explicitly atheist country. I can't find it in the Constitution and I don't like it being shoved down my throat. Or maybe I can put it another way: where did the idea come from that we should worship celebrities and we aren't allowed to worship God as we understand Him? I guess that's a sign that I'm getting old, too. But there are a lot of us who are wondering where these celebrities came from and where the America we knew went to. In light of the many jokes we send to one another for a laugh, this is a little different: This is not intended to be a joke; it’s not funny, it's intended to get you thinking. Billy Graham's daughter was interviewed on the Early Show and Jane Clayson asked her, 'How could God let something like this happen?' (Regarding Katrina). Anne Graham (Lotz) gave an extremely profound and insightful response. She said, 'I believe God is deeply saddened by this, just as we are, but for years we've been telling God to get out of our schools, to get out of our government and to get out of our lives. And being the gentleman He is, I believe He has calmly backed out. How can we expect God to give us His blessing and His protection if we demand He leave us alone?' In light of recent events... terrorists attack, school shootings, etc. I think it started when Madeleine Murray O'Hare (she was murdered, her body found a few years ago) complained she didn't want prayer in our schools, and we said OK. Then someone said you better not read the Bible in school. The Bible says thou shalt not kill, thou shalt not steal, and love your neighbor as yourself. And we said OK. Then Dr. Benjamin Spock said we shouldn't spank our children when they misbehave because their little personalities would be warped and we might damage their self-esteem (Dr Spock's son committed suicide). We said an expert should know what he's talking about. And we said OK.
Now we're asking ourselves why our children have no conscience, why they don't know right from wrong, and why it doesn't bother them to kill strangers, their classmates, and themselves.Probably, if we think about it long and hard enough, we can figure it out. I think it has a great deal to do with 'WE REAP WHAT WE SOW.' Funny how simple it is for people to trash God and then wonder why the world's going to hell. Funny how we believe what the newspapers say, but question what the Bible says. Funny how you can send 'jokes' through e-mail and they spread like wildfire but when you start sending messages regarding the Lord, people think twice about sharing. Funny how lewd, crude, vulgar and obscene articles pass freely through cyberspace, but public discussion of God is suppressed in the school and workplace. Are you laughing yet? Funny how when you forward this message, you will not send it to many on your address list because you're not sure what they believe, or what they will think of you for sending it. Funny how we can be more worried about what other people think of us than what God thinks of us.
Pass it on if you think it has merit. If not then just discard it... no one will know you did. But, if you discard this thought process, don't sit back and complain about what bad shape the world is in. My Best Regards, Honestly and respectfully, Ben Stein”
As I read this, it really got me thinking. His words rang very true in my mind and heart! How can we expect God to abide with the world (us) if we constantly push him away? Another question that came to my mind is, How can we live in a truly peaceful world, when we shun the very creator of it? WE CAN NOT AND WILL NOT SURVIVE WITHOUT HIM!
It was comforting to realize that there are others in this world who still believe as I do! We all must remain strong, and have the courage to teach our children that God is central to the reason for this earthly life; despite what the world may think.
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
I decided to get a little creative with one of my favorite songs!
Nothin' bout Love Makes Sense
by: LeAnn Rime
Like a cloud full of rain shouldn't hang in the sky
Nothin'bout love is less than confusing You can win when you're losing, stand when you're falling I can't figure it out. Nothin' bout love can make an equation nothin' short of amazing Wish I could explain it But I don't know how.Like the lights of Las Vegas going out on the sand
Oh nothin' bout love makes sense Oh nothin' bout love makes sense
Oh nothin' bout love, makes sense No no no, oh it don't make sense.
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
We got a TON of supporting honks. Cheers, and thumbs up for yes on 8. As time passed though, we got some people flipping us off and yelling. We got the “F bomb dropped on us a quite a few times. Angry people also yelled things like: Gay haters, No on 8, Looser, Bigots’, among many other things. The way I chose to respond to these types of outburst was by saying, “we love you anyway!” This one lady even got her little girl in on the action. They both started yelling obscene things out their car window; asking us, “don’t you have anything better to do with your time?!” Nothing anyone did or said really hurt any of us. I know that this is because we all knew; we were all out doing the Lord’s work. The only thing that hurt me a little was that one lady. How saddening, and unfortunate that a grown woman would stoop to that level, not to mention drag her little girl down with her! Jonathan and I both want to teach our children to learn to respect the opinions of other, much more than that!
We stayed out there from about 4:30-6:30, and then we went to dinner. As we were driving home, we drove through the intersection of Imperial and Beach blvd. There, Jon & I saw some no on 8 and yes on 8 supporters, standing on the same corners together. That is when I and Jonathan got the brilliant idea, to drive back through the intersection; (in all directions) and wave our YES signs out the car window! =) That made the Yes on 8 supporters cheer really LOUD. That made us both happy! A guy driving next to us with his family saw our signs and cheered as well. It was great! We have done all we can do. Now we must wait and see if proposition eight passes! :-/ We will soon know if all our heard work has paid off. I hope it has!
Grandma, Jonathan and I have done our part! I hope y’all have done the same. Remember, it is your duty as an American citizen, to VOTE and make your voice heard!
Monday, November 3, 2008
This year Jonathan and I passed out candy, at the stake trunk or treat party. It was actually very enjoyable. We both think it is great that the stake has that party every year! There is food, fun and games. It is an awesome way to make sure that all the little kids (and big ones too) have a fun and SAFE Halloween. We passed out candy at the car, got to see all the kids in their costumes, ate yummy hot-dogs, took fun pictures, played around, and got to talk with some friends we hadn’t seen in a while. It was lots of fun! Some of the parents get very creative with their children’s costumes. Let me tell you! There was the cutest little kid dressed up as a picnic-table, with food on it. SO adorable! I WISH I had a picture of it to show, but I don’t.
This year, Jon dressed as a “punker” along with his cousin Skyler. Spencer (Jonathan’s little brother) dressed as a vampire, and little ol’ me? Well, I was a princess of course!! (Very original costumes, I know) AWW, the punker and the princess, PERFECT MATCH! LOL!!
Okay, so I have to tell you all something. This Year we had a Candy Thief! When Grandma returned home from visiting Amy and the kids at Jill’s house; all the candy she was going to pass out was GONE! She had no candy to give to the trick or treaters in our neighborhood. Someone came in the house and took it all!
Alright!! ALRIGHT! So I admit it, the candy bowl thief was me. Grandma and I had a huge misunderstanding. I thought that because I wasn’t going to be here, she wasn’t going to pass out candy after all. I thought she was going to spend the whole evening visiting with Jill, Amy and the kids; I didn’t think she wanted to be alone. I thought that she wanted me to take it to the party, and pass it out there. We needed more candy to pass out, so we came back to my house and got it. Grandma, I TRULY am SORRY for the Halloween mishap! Next year you won’t have to turn out the lights, and pretend you are not home! We will buy our own candy to take with us. SORRY, SORRY, SORRY!
Hey, at least it went to a good cause. The candy made a lot of little kids happy and Jonathan and I had a fun night together!
Amy, Cambria, and Kiera!
Saturday, November 1, 2008
It was fun having her here. We went out to eat a few times, Libbie and Grandma got to work on some family history and stuff. All n’ all we just got to spend some quality time together. While Auntie Libbie was here, Dunddle (the dog) fell in love with her! He got so much attention, playing and loving. She was trying to fix my comforter one day, and Dunddle thought it was great fun. He would not leave it alone! He kept pushing His ball under it, then getting it out again. Later on that night, he decided he needed to lay on it to sleep. We all laughed because he thought it was all just for him and soon enough, he was out like a light. He stayed there all night!
Libbie stayed for four days. Ever since she left, the poor dog looks longingly at the front door awaiting her return. If Jonny weren’t here to pick up the play in her absence, I am certain Dunddle may die of a broken heart. :(