Monday, December 1, 2008

Thanksgiving and Temple


For some reason my pictures loaded in opposite order, so you get the best news first. That's right, last Saturday Arwen went to the temple! I can't really put into words how happy and excited I was for her. She has truly changed. She looked so beautiful in her temple dress, and it all just felt so right. I love her, and I am so happy that she has chosen this path. She is a beautiful person, inside and out, and I love how close we have become lately!



Thanksgiving was great. I didn't take too many pictures though. Last year David and Julie had us over for dinner a couple of nights before thanksgiving, and Julie made hats for us. This year she made them again. She's so clever and fun. Of course Noah looked adorable in his. I loved being able to spend the whole weekend with my family. Unfortunately Lisa went with Brian's family, but she had a great time, and I got to spend some time with her Friday night. I love my family, and I love how wonderful everything has been lately.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

I am Thankful For...


Happy Thanksgiving! I have been wanting to do a separate blog for each one of my family members, but I procrastinate, so that never happened. I am so very thankful for my family, and I want everyone to know how much I love them. My Dad is without a doubt the most intelligent person I know. I love that I can ask him about anything. I also love that he has such a strong testimony of the church. And, I love that me and him have so much in common. My Mom and Dad both have a great sense of humor, they crack me up all the time. Everyone that knows my mom knows that she is very sweet, but many people don't know that she is so funny. She is also very artistic.
Lisa has always been a role model to me. I used to love going shopping with her when I was younger, and I still do! She always takes care of everyone, and I know she is going to be a great mother. David is another role model for me. He is smart, spiritual, and creative. Everyone that meets him loves him, because he is so good-natured.
Arwen and I were very close growing up. We are only about 18 months apart. Arwen has always watched out for me. She stuck up for me in school, and made sure that I always had a friend. I loved that we were able to go to school together. Breana will always be my "little sister." The two of us became very close when I was in high school. When I went out with my friends, we often invited her along. She was always very mature for her age, and she is a ton of fun. I wish I could be as outgoing as her.
Now that we are all getting older, I have been blessed with great in-laws. Brian is hilarious. He is pretty witty, and very outgoing. He is one of those people that seems to know about everything. Julie has become as much a sister as all my others. I loved having her living so close to us. She constantly inspires me be a better person, and she is very creative. Jordan, is the laid back person I wish I was. He is funny, and smart, and very caring. I love that he has a strong testimony, and that he takes such good care of Bre.
Last, but certainly not least, is my wonderful husband Mike. Mike is so smart and loving. He is a talented artist, but also an amazing cook. He works very hard to support us, and then still comes home and pampers me. He has taught me so much since we have been married.
I love my family more than anything, and they are my best friends!
I haven't forgotten the family that I married in to, but that is for my next blog. :)


Sunday, November 23, 2008

Bolt



A couple of weeks ago Mike and I got to go to the wrap party for Bolt. The movie came out Friday, and I highly recommend it. This was the best Disney movie that I have seen in a long time. We even went to see it again with our friends and neighbors on Saturday, and it was just as good.
Not only was the movie great, but we got to see it in the Kodak Theatre, and it was followed by a party in the grand ballroom at Hollywood and Highland. I can't wait to go to a wrap party for the first movie that Mike gets to work on!

Friday, November 21, 2008

Congratulations Kevin and Monique!


Sunday November 16, Mike's brother got married. It was great to see Kevin and Monique so happy. I'm glad that we were able to be there, and to spend the day with them and the rest of the family.
Monique looked beautiful, (unfortunately I can't get all the pictures to upload) and we are so excited to have her as a part of the family.
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Monday, November 10, 2008

Noah's Blessing

Sunday November 2, was Noah's blessing. David did a wonderful job giving the blessing. It was very touching, and everyone there felt the Spirit. Here are the many faces of Noah.



Yes, we are "those" Aunts... The four of us jump at every chance we get to hold this handsome boy. Despite the look he is giving me here, he fell asleep in my arms for the first time that day. There is something so beautiful about a baby falling asleep in your arms. I love it, and I love my nephew!

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Politics


All this week, Mike and I have been able to go out in the morning and hold signs for Prop.8. This has been the first time that I have really been active in a political issue, and for the most part it has been really fun. In the evenings I get to go out and rally again while Mike is at work. The evenings are probably the most fun, because a lot of people go. Tonight some of the opposition came over too. I wasn't too happy that they had some signs calling us bigots. That is a strong word, and I think it is a scare tactic, no one wants to be seen as a bigot. Anyway, back to the point tonight really showcased political freedom, and I loved it. Everyone talked to the "no on 8" crowd, and hopefully they saw the kind of people we are. There was no tension there. That is what America should be. During election time, people tend to forget just how much we have in common.
If only everyone could be so civil. I have been flipped off and called names so many times this week. Not fun, I'm still a pretty sensitive person. Others out there with me this week have had things thrown at them, and been mooned. The worst part is, that there are kids out there, and they shouldn't have to see and hear those things. A car full actually flipped our group off right in front of a cop, and were immediately pulled over. If only they could catch everyone.

I was fortunate enough to stand by this man tonight. He is at all the evening rallies. He is our congressman Buck McKeon. I love this guy! He is so kind, and funny, and I love that he chooses to hold this sign every night.

This last picture is what one corner looked like tonight, but we covered all 4. On Monday night, we had a great rally. CNN came and filmed. It was amazing to see how crowded it was; at least 10 times more crowded than tonight.
I hope that everyone will come to understand the importance of this issue before Tuesday.

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Another Round of Birthdays!


Brian, Arwen, Julie and Mike W. all have October birthdays so once again the family got together. I love the pictures of them blowing out the candles, but I will probably get some pay back when my birthday comes around.
Yes, the cake is on a chair again...It's just easier that way. :)
So, Happy Birthday again to my amazing family. And Mike, because really he's pretty much an honorary member.

Monday, October 13, 2008

Noah and the Whale


No, despite the name, this is not another post about my "oh-so-cute" nephew. Last Monday Mike and I went to see a band Noah and the Whale. We discovered this band some time ago on the myspace friend list of an amazing band Slow Club. Anyways, since then Noah and the Whale has popped up everywhere. You have probably heard their song 5 Years Time on the Saturn commercial, or I believe on a Sun Chips commercial. Some people criticize bands for being on commercials, I say the commercial needs music, might as well be a song you like.
Okay, getting back to Monday night. We went to this little place called Spaceland. It was completely free, and we were able to be about a foot away from the band. I love places like that! Sometimes it just feels so good to be in a small place hearing music you love so loudly that you don't have to think, you become completely absorbed into each song. It has been a few years since we were able to go to a show like this, and I loved every second of it. If you haven't heard them, I suggest you check them out although probably not everyone will like them. (I did take pictures, but honestly they aren't that great.)

Friday, October 10, 2008

Yes on Prop.8!

This will probably be my only post without pictures, but the most important one to date. Wednesday night there was a broadcast talking about Prop.8. I was in class, but thakfully Mike went, andthey said to blog about this issue. Although I'm pretty sure everyone that reads my blog has the same views as me, you never know. Also, maybe this will help to open some discussions on how we can better communicate the importance of this Proposition.
I can't say I am very impressed with the commercial I have seen supporting Prop.8. I hope we are not missing the very important effects of this. Marriage by definition is between man and woman. A girl in my ward put it best by stating that Marriage is an eternal law, as eternal as any law of the universe. It was in effect when God himself was married. We do not have the right nor the authority to change that law.
Some people may think that we are denying rights to others by passing this. We are not, same sex couples still have all the rights of married couples. Those will not be taken away. David told me a conversation between him and a co-worker. (I'm not quoting people exactly, just what I can remember from the conversation). The man David was speaking to is gay. He asked David, "so you are saying that I shouldn't be allowed to get married?" David replied "I am all for you getting married. If you want to go out and find a girl and get married, I completely support you, and I hope that you do, because that's what marriage is; the union of a man and woman." (David has a way with words, so I'm sure he worded this better.) So, anyone can get married. We are not taking this right away, you just need to understand that marriage is between a man and woman, and we can not change that definition.
There are so many other reasons why we should vote Prop.8. If it does not pass, churches could be sued for not marrying gay couples, and for not letting them adopt. Churches in Massachusetts where gay marriage is legal, have already stopped adoption services. Children growing up in homes of same-sex couples will be denied the very important attributes that only Fathers and Mothers can provide. Each child needs a Father and a Mother. Neither can replace the other.
I'm not very good at organizing my thoughts, but I hope that this will make sense to all those that read it, and that it will help you to be motivated to take action to preserve marriage.

Thursday, October 9, 2008

HalloweenTime


Mike got his silver pass a couple of weeks ago, so last weekend we headed to Disneyland. Is it wrong that this pass was one of the main reasons I wanted Mike to get this job? I love Halloween, and Disneyland, so it was fun to go while the decorations are up.


Although Julie isn't supposed to go on rides, David and her came with us. We didn't have too much to worry about anyway. We got there late in the evening, and it was still crowded!

I took this picture in line for the Haunted Mansion. I love the way it turned out, very spooky.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Tag-Four


Rachel tagged me (my first tag ever). You go to your pictures, and post the fourth picture in the fourth file. This is one of my favorite pictures of Bre from a little "photo shoot" that we did earlier this year. Wish I had taken it with a better camera, but it's fun to look back at these.
I tag Breana, Barbara, Carrie, and Amy.

Friday, October 3, 2008

Free Kitten


If anyone knows of someone who wants a kitten, the gray and white one pictured above is available. We are giving them away, but he is the only one that hasn't found a home yet. Let us know.

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Just Because


The other day I was walking by our back door and saw this. I couldn't resist taking a picture.

Friday, September 19, 2008

My Favorite Nephew


Last weekend at our family birthday party, I finally got a chance to take some pictures of David and Julie with Noah. I just love any chance I get to be with that sweet baby!



It amazes me how natural parenthood seems to be with these two.



I know David and Julie were pretty exhausted that night, but I really don't think you can tell from the pictures; they always manage to look great!

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Happy Birthday!


Last weekend we got together to celebrate Mike, David and Breana's birthdays. Everyone has been so busy lately, that we weren't able to really celebrate until then, but it was fun anyways. I love when my family is able to get together! So, Happy birthday Mike, David and Breana! I love the picture below, of them all pointing at each other while we sing happy birthday. :)



Sunday, September 7, 2008

Baby Noah!

Friday afternoon David and Julie were off to the hospital for Noah's birth, and early this morning he came! I won't go into too many of the details, because I'm sure they want to tell everyone, but I couldn't resist putting up some pictures.
8lbs 14oz. and 22 in. long, he is so adorable! I could hardly take my eyes off of him!
Mike and I are now Uncle and Aunt for the first time, and we already have so much love for our perfect little nephew!
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Friday, September 5, 2008

3 Little Kittens



Our little cat Mei, had kittens about 5 weeks ago, and I have promised to post pictures of them.



Having kittens again has been really fun, they are so cute and playful; I love it! In fact, I'm pretty sure that Mike now wants to keep the black and white one. Still not sure where the other two are going, but we have some possibilities.
Anyway, just a cute little post till something more interesting happens...

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Goodbye Simpsons.....



After only 2 years of working at The Simpsons, Mike is moving on to something different...
Disney!
Having Mike working at The Simpsons has been really fun though. It has been a great opportunity for Mike to grow and learn in animation. Also, we have had the chance to go to alot of fun parties and events.
Disney will be just as great I am sure. They offer many learning experiences as well, and Mike won't have to worry about the morality of the work he is asked to do. Not that Simpsons is that bad, but it would be nice for him to do something that he knows won't offend anyone.
Congratulations Mike! You are so very talented, and I am very proud of all the effort you put forth in your work. I know this is just the beginning of your success!

Julie's Baby Shower


The always beautiful and fun Mommy-to-be Julie posing with Breana.



Last weekend was Julie's baby shower. Her Mom did an amazing job decorating the house and cupcakes; they were so cute, and tasty too!
Once again, all of my sisters were able to get together for the day. It has been really fun being able to see each other so much lately.
Also, Thanks to Mike for the cute invitations (he is so talented!)


Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Lisa's Engagement

8-8-08 was a very exciting day for my family as well. Lisa and Brian got engaged that night. I'm very happy for them, as they have been dating for awhile now. I'm sure I will have a lot more to write about this as wedding plans begin to develop, but for now Congratulations!

Breana and Jordan's Wedding


Well, I should have done this sooner, but I am finally getting around to posting Breana's wedding. August 9, 2008 Breana and Jordan were sealed for eternity in the Los Angeles temple. It was such a beautiful wedding and reception, and I am so thankful that I was able to be there.




Breana and Jordan looked so happy all day. I am very glad that she has found such a good man to be her husband. They are both great people, and I love and admire them.






Congratulations you two, we love you very much!

Sorry some of the pictures aren't that great, but I wanted to post them anyways! :)

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Our New(ish) Home

Now that we have officially been moved into our new home for about 2 months, it is time that we put up some pictures.



We were so excited to actually buy furniture that reflected our taste. Thank you stimulus check!




I still haven't figured out where we are going to put all of our pictures, so our walls are very bare. These birds from Blik are the only things up so far, but I love them. I have been holding on to them for a few years, so it was fun to finally use them.