Thursday, November 27, 2008

My Thankfulness Count down!

Top 10 things I am most grateful for on this Thanksgiving Day =)

1) The Gospel of Jesus Christ in my life! Having The Gospel in my life, has to be the single most influential factor that has shaped the person I am today. Without it I would be lost!!

2) My life and my health! I am thankful for every day I have to live! I know all to well, that every breath I take is a gift from my Heavenly Father. I am also thankful for my health. The ability I have to lead a frailly "normal" life the way I wish; The ability I have to SPAKE and fulfill my desires. I enjoy using my voice and the power of the spirit, to influence people good!!

3) This beautiful Earth on which I live! I am So thankful to my Creator for giving me such a beautiful earth, on which I will continue to live out the days of my probation. I will do whatever I possibly can, to keep it clean and safe.
4) The atonement! It is because of the sacrifice of God's son, that his great plan of happiness is made possible! It is through the shedding of his blood, and true repentance that I am made whole. I will stand spotless before my Savior, and return to live with my Father in Heaven again someday.

5) Jonathan Robbins! He is truly my "other HALF" and the love of my life! So many opportunities lay ahead for the both of us. Together, with faith in our Father In Heaven and love we can conquer anything!! (maybe we might even take over the world! =D...Just kidding)

6) My Whole Family! We all love each other SO much. I know I can count on any of them, for everything! (some family members not included in photo)

7) My Mother! She has taught me to believe in myself and to remain strong, no matter what "storms" of life I may encounter next! She has given me the confidence in myself; that with faith and love, I can face the world and overcome any challenges life has to offer!

8) My Grandparents! Their wise words of wisdom and loving guidance throughout the years, has helped me become who I am today; a young women who is strong in my convictions and beliefs who knows right from wrong,, someone who has common sense, and who is an all around loving and caring person.

9) My Nephews! Teague, Corin, (and Cyrus too) They each bring SO much love, light, and happiness into my life. Helping care for them, has helped me gain the confidence I need. Now I KNOW that it is possible for me to care for children of my own someday. As I watch them grow every day, I look at them and think How Can Some People say there is no God?

10) My Freedom! I am thankful to live in a FREE county, in which I have the freedom to choose how I want to spend my time. I am very grateful to all the service men/women, who fight to keep my beloved country free and Safe!

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Plans to Carry on Our Polar Tradition :-D

For my first Relief Society activity as enrichment leader, we are doing a Christmas dinner and a short program. We are going to socialize as Sisters, have yummy food, a little music, and then I am going to share the story of “The Polar Express;” with a spiritual twist at the end.
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.
(the book is way better than the movie, by far!!)

Monday, November 24, 2008


I guess I am suppose to give random tidbits of info about myself, so here goes:

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
~Mexico 1900

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

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 :)

America's Next Top "Mock" Model Will be...

On Saturday morning, I was watching "America's next top model." When Jonathan came over he saw some of it too. He started commenting on how silly he thought it all was; how outrageous, funny, and overdone the whole modeling thing really is.

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:

"Always keep the Clint you are modeling for in mind. It's about what they want. Pull back on showing your Sexiness. It comes naturally to you, don't force it! Too much sexy can actually be a bad thing, high fashion modeling."

"A true MODEL always knows their angles. You nailed it in this shot!!!"

"This shot is fierce!! We can see the intensity written all over your face!"

" Ooh WAY too much backside!! We have completely lost your face in this shot! Remember, modeling is all in the face."

Friday, November 21, 2008

A Forgotten God can we complain?

Yesterday morning I received an e-mail, from my best friend’s mom. The e-mail reads as follows:


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

It's So True: Nothin' Bout Love Makes Sence!

To break up the monotony of posting about political issues,
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

Ice shouldn't burn or a bumblebee fly If you feel so happy, then why do you cry?
Oh nothin' bout love makes sense. Like an ocean liner shouldn't float on the sea A pearl in an oyster or a circus of fleas Someone so perfect can't be falling for me.
Oh nothin' bout love makes sense.
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 The way that we dance, the reason we dream
That big Italian tower, well how does it lean?
Something so strong shouldn't make me this weak
Oh nothin' bout love makes sense
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

A jumbo srimp or a baby grand How you're touching my heart
when you're holding my hand
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

Our Fight for Prop 8 Continued Before Just Election Day...

Last night Jonathan, Spencer, Skyler, and I continued to help support proposition eight. We stood on the corner, at the interception of Whittier blvd. and Colima. Each member of our stake was asked to do this at some point or another. Every ward in our stake was assigned a certain street corner to stand on, and hold YES ON 8 signs. Jonathan and I stood with other members of our stake. We each held our sign high and said PROUDLY, yes on 8; to the busy motorists and passersby. Other people from our group made sure to stand on every corner of that intersection. As they crossed, they continued to hold up their signs. We had signs that said things like: PLEASE VOTE YES ON 8, PROTECT MARRIAGE, and YES ON 8=RELIGIOUS FREEDOM, PROP 8=PARENTAL RIGHTS, and my personal favorite, HONK IF YOU SUPPORT PROP 8! (There were others too, I just can’t remember what they said) At this time, there were no, NO ON 8 supporters anywhere to be seen.
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

Who Stole the Candy from the Candy Bowl?

Halloween was quite fun for me this year. I usually stay home and help Grams pass out candy to all the little trick or treat Monsters, Goats, witches, goblins, and other fantasy characters that come in search of something sweet. I was never one for going out to trick or treat myself. I don’t like any kind of candy or sweets all that much, so when we were young my brother and I would go out trick or treating together and we would make a deal every year; as long as I got some of the Reese’s, he could have all the rest of the candy in both of our candy bags. This arrangement work out fine for all the years I can remember. Later on down the road, I became the designated candy passer outer person in our house. While my brother still tried to go trick or treating at way past 18! Some people will always be kids at heart.
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!

The "Punker" and his Princess

Skyler & Spncer

Sexy Scary man!

"What up?!"

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Suprise, Suprise!

Jonny, why did she leave me? that was so much fun!

Dunddle Sleeping on his back.
Come on Libble, play with me!
Lets burry my ball!
On Thursday October 22, Grandma, Jonathan, and I arrived home from Costco, to find luggage on our porch, and Aunt Libbie on our lawn! She came down to surprise Grandma, and have a short visit. Libbie says that when she got here, no one was home. She tried to get a hold of someone in the family, but no one answered; Surprise, surprise, the joke was on her! Poor Libbie had to spend about an hour waiting in our yard. We had a nice neighbor who was out walking his dog; he decided he needed to keep her company for a while, so she had someone to talk to for a bit. It’s lucky we got home when we did, because it usually takes us a very long time to shop at Costco. I’m glad Aunt Libbie didn’t have to wait too much longer.
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. :(