Sunday, November 30, 2008
We left late last night and drove until about 3 am to miss all of the holiday traffic through Vegas and California. We were successful in missing traffic, unlike last year when we had to stay in Primm, Nevada until the traffic died down. Jordan and I were given the royal treatment and were able to sleep most of the drive. We sure are grateful Benji is such a trooper and stayed awake to drive us safely home.
Speaking of things I'm grateful for, here is just a small list of the things I am especially grateful for this year.
It has been such a wonderful year raising our little basketball man. He has such a great personality! He amazes me daily with his sense of humor and intelligence. I am truly grateful that I have the beautiful, sacred, and fun opportunity to be a mother.
I am grateful for how hard Benji works for our little family. I am also grateful for what a great father he is. He is the perfect man for me!
The temple.I am so grateful I can live with my family forever. I am grateful for the peace and spirit I feel in the temple, and I'm grateful there is a temple so close to my home.
I am grateful for the knowledge I have of my Savior Jesus Christ and the Gospel. I'm grateful for a living Prophet, Joseph Smith and the scriptures.
Our growing family.We are excited to add another member to our family soon. I'm also grateful that I've had a wonderful, pain-free pregnancy thus far! (Oh, and we're grateful for Disneyland! :))
Our support system. (You)
We have wonderful family, friends, ward members, and neighbors! We are so grateful for the help we have received from all of you. I have been humbled so many times this year with the help provided to our family from our wonderful family and friends! We are grateful for those that have been willing to watch Jordan, make us meals, give a listening ear, a supportive word or two, and/or a few dollars once in awhile. Thanks to all of you...I'm sure you know who you are.
Now a few more things...
I'm also grateful for our health, our house, food, camera, dishwasher, washer and dryer, yard sales, and my swamp cooler.
We sure hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving!!!
Monday, November 24, 2008
I was looking at Stephenie Meyer's website tonight, which I don't ever do, but I had a friend that said the picture of what she thought Bella's prom dress should look like was on the website. I couldn't find that, but I did stumble across a wonderful quote from Stephenie. There is a Q&A section about Breaking Dawn, and this was one of the questions she answered. This is just something that has been on my mind, and I like how she puts it.
I kept in the first paragraph, but it's the last two that I love.
**WARNING: If you are reading the Twilight series, or you plan on reading it, skip the first paragraph, or some things will be ruined for you.
Is Bella an anti-feminist heroine?
When I hear or read theories about Bella being an anti-feminist character, those theories are usually predicated on her choices. In the beginning, she chooses romantic love over everything else. Eventually, she chooses to marry at an early age and then chooses to keep an unexpected and dangerous baby. I never meant for her fictional choices to be a model for anyone else's real life choices. She is a character in a story, nothing more or less. On top of that, this is not even realistic fiction, it's a fantasy with vampires and werewolves, so no one could ever make her exact choices. Bella chooses things differently than how I would do it if I were in her shoes, because she is a very different type of person than I am. Also, she's in a situation that none of us has ever been in, because she lives in a fantasy world. But do her choices make her a negative example of empowerment? For myself personally, I don't think so.
In my own opinion (key word), the foundation of feminism is this: being able to choose. The core of anti-feminism is, conversely, telling a woman she can't do something solely because she's a woman—taking any choice away from her specifically because of her gender. "You can't be an astronaut, because you're a woman. You can't be president because you're a woman. You can't run a company because you're a woman." All of those oppressive "can't"s.
One of the weird things about modern feminism is that some feminists seem to be putting their own limits on women's choices. That feels backward to me. It's as if you can't choose a family on your own terms and still be considered a strong woman. How is that empowering? Are there rules about if, when, and how we love or marry and if, when, and how we have kids? Are there jobs we can and can't have in order to be a "real" feminist? To me, those limitations seem anti-feminist in basic principle.
Friday, November 21, 2008
How can one movie make an entire, sold out movie theater full of women act like 13 year olds? I'm not sure....but it can happen.
Now with the story.
Lately when I want to see a movie that Benji doesn't really care about, I'll wait until Jordan is sleeping and go by myself. Tonight I went to Twilight alone. This is just to make all of my Utah friends jealous, but I bought my ticket 30 minutes before the show started and had a great seat.
I didn't expect to enjoy the movie as much as I did, but I loved it! I have read all of the books and I think they are okay, but I don't love them. I think part of the reason I enjoyed the movie so much is because I knew the personalities of the characters so well from the books. So reading the books probably does make the movie better.
Here are things I loved about the movie:
Edward, Bella, Esme, and Alice. Jasper was my favorite character though...he made me laugh out loud every time I saw him.
The things I hated about the movie:
When Edward went in the sunlight and his skin sparkled...why did it have to make a sparkly noise? The noise ruined it!
Carlisle and Rosalee (the acting and personalities were fine, but they didn't look the part).
Bella's prom dress!!! (The Alice I know would not approve!)
One more thing. There were two or three girls (women really) sitting right behind me and every time they saw Edward, Edward and Bella together, Edward and Bella kissing, Edward and Bella talking, Edward and Bella touching they would screech, "EEEEEeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!" Every time.
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Saturday, November 15, 2008
Thursday, November 13, 2008
- I don't drink the milk out of my cereal bowl.
- I can throw an NFL sized football 47 yards. Or at least I used to be able to.
- I'm afraid of garbage disposals.
- My favorite food is lobster.
- I've watched almost every episode of the new 90210. On accident.
- I have a hard time calling people by a nickname, unless I gave it to them.
- Steve Young once told me to follow him around the room.
- I own a 9mm Glock, and I have a concealed firearm permit in Utah.
- I don't like The Princess Bride. And believe me that's not a cool thing to dislike in the Mormon culture.
- 90% of the time I get ready or finish getting ready in the car.
- I know how to catch a fish AND clean it.
- I probably own 100 pairs of shoes.
- When I graduated from high school I was the last person to receive their diploma. Yes, I'm oddly proud of that.
- I've been pulled over once. I didn't have my driver's license with me, proof of insurance, and my car wasn't registered and I didn't get a ticket. (The officer got called to a domestic dispute.)
- That last fact about me is the most irresponsible I have ever been behind the wheel.
- I want to be a foster parent.
- I don't know how or why, but I have Ever After memorized.
- I'm allergic to artificial cinnamon flavor. Which is sad because I love hot tamales and chocolate covered cinnamon bears. If I eat them I get canker sores all over my tongue and down my throat!
- I took the flag football class at USU 4 times. (Not because I failed, I just loved it.)
- I have to eat multi-colored candies in a pattern.
Haha. I just realized two of the three pictures I posted of me are me pregnant...and it's not the one of me in the wedding dress. I think I've been married and pregnant longer than I've been married and not pregnant.
I have been singing the alphabet to Jordan for awhile, but didn't think he was actually paying attention, until a few days ago. We were at Jonas' house and he has a toy that sings the alphabet and Jordan sort of sang along. I was so surprised! So now we ask him to say the alphabet for us all the time. This is his version.
When my dad came and visited he brought Jordan this bear. It talks and Jordan loves it, but it has this sarcastic, evil voice that gets on my nerves. Well, I just thought that was something I would have to put up with since Jordan liked it so much. Then today it said this to Jordan. If you don't understand him he said, "You should seek professional help!" What bear says that!? An evil one.
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Jordan isn't holding a toilet brush, it's a brush to clean cups. It was pretty new when I got my dishwasher (and no longer needed it), so when he wanted to play with it I figured it wasn't very germy so I let him. I guess it's still gross, but not as bad as a toilet brush....right? For those that read my blog regularly, you know Jordan obsesses over things. Basketball and waterfalls are the big ones, but lately brushes are becoming the new fascination.
Monday, November 10, 2008
Friday, November 7, 2008
Oh, my brother Todd is bringing his girlfriend. I haven't met her, and I am excited for that too. I live in a two bedroom house, so it's been fun trying to make Jordan's room into a guest bedroom so she can sleep there.
This is such an awful, awkward picture of me. I think I had just woken up from a nap.
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
P.S. This statement loses all validity if my 2nd ammendment rights are taken away!