Monday, December 29, 2008

Family Photos

Robert's very wonderful talented brother took some family photos on Christmas Day. We had so much fun. It has been a a year and a half sine our family was last photographed, since then things have changed a bit, so an update was well overdue. Here are just the few he sent me today. I will have lots more to post on Wednesday.



All of us


Courtney, McKenzie, & Carli

Siblings

Our little family

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

How time flies

I cannot believe 6 years ago today my husband asked me to marry him. It was one of the BEST moments of my life. It was totally unexpected. Here is the story, for those of you who haven't already heard it...

It was Christmas Eve and he wanted to give me my Christmas gift early. He took me to a park down the street from my parents house. We always sat on this one bench and it was here that he first told me he loved me. I opened the car glove box and inside was a wrapped small box. We walked out to "our bench", I opened the box and inside was.... diamond earrings. I was sad. I think I said something like, "Oh, um thanks." No enthusiasm. It was cold, so he suggested we walk back to the car. As we did he said, "Oh wait I forgot something." I turned back to see what the guy who gave me earrings and not a ring had forgotten, and there he was down on one knee with a ring in a box in his hand. I was SHOCKED! I said yes! I think he was relived to finally have it all over with. He designed my custom made ring and it took 4 attempts to get it perfect. Then he had it in his possession for two weeks before he asked me. The poor guy was a nervous wreck by the time it was all over with. Partially because I kept telling him I was going to move to Utah to find myself a husband because he was never going to ask me to marry him. (Yes I did say it and now I think I am an idiot. Thank you.) I am so grateful he asked and I said yes. Happy Anniversary my love!

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Update on the puppies

Our puppies are getting so cute! They are 4 weeks old now. I could just sit and play with them all day long! Nothing would get done, but I would be very happy. :) If you know anyone who would like a sweet Yorkie pup let me know. We will be selling Sassy and Feisty. (You have to see them to understand their names.) Here are some pictures...

Top to bottom: Sassy, Feisty, and Maize

Sassy

Maize

Feisty

It is going to be really hard to get rid of them, but one dog is enough for us! Luckily my good friend Elaine is keeping Maize, that is why she has a normal name, so we will get to watch her grow up.



Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Holiday Eating Guide

1. Avoid carrot sticks. Anyone who puts carrots on a holiday buffet table knows nothing of the Christmas spirit. In fact, if you see carrots, leave immediately. Go next door, where they're serving rum balls.

2. Drink as much eggnog as you can. And quickly. It's rare.. You cannot find it any other time of year but now. So drink up! Who cares that it has 10,000 calories in every sip? It's not as if you're going to turn into an eggnog-alcoholic or something. It's a treat. Enjoy it. Have one for me. Have two. It's later than you think. It's Christmas!

3. If something comes with gravy, use it. That's the whole point of gravy. Gravy does not stand alone. Pour it on. Make a volcano out of your mashed potatoes. Fill it with gravy. Eat the volcano. Repeat.

4. As for mashed potatoes, always ask if they're made with skim milk or whole milk. If it's skim, pass. Why bother? It's like buying a sports car with an automatic transmission.

5. Do not have a snack before going to a party in an effort to control your eating. The whole point of going to a Christmas party is to eat other people's food for free. Lots of it. Hello?

6. Under no circumstances should you exercise between now and New Year's. You can do that in January when you have nothing else to do. This is the time for long naps, which you'll need after circling the buffet table while carrying a 10-pound plate of food and that vat of eggnog.

7. If you come across something really good at a buffet table, like frosted Christmas cookies in the shape and size of Santa, position yourself near them and don't budge. Have as many as you can before becoming the center of attention. They're like a beautiful pair of shoes. If you leave them behind, you're never going to see them again.

8. Same for pies. Apple, Pumpkin, Mincemeat. Have a slice of each. Or if you don't like mincemeat, have two apples and one pumpkin. Always have three. When else do you get to have more than one dessert? Labor Day?

9. Did someone mention fruitcake? Granted, it's loaded with the mandatory celebratory calories, but avoid it at all cost. I mean, have some standards.

10. One final tip: If you don't feel terrible when you leave the party or get up from the table, you haven't been paying attention. Re-read tips; start over, but hurry, January is just around the corner.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Friday, December 5, 2008

Joy to Everyone

A simply beautiful website put together to wish joy to everyone this Christmas. Check it out...

http://www.joytoeveryone.com/

Enjoy! Tell me what you think.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Bored at work....

Saw this on Cortney's Blog and thought it was kinda fun!

Copy the list and highlight the ones (mine are blue) that are true about you!

1. Started your own blog

2. Slept under the stars

3. Played in a band

4. Visited Hawaii

5. Watched a meteor shower

6. Given more than you can afford to charity

7. Been to Disneyland

8. Climbed a mountain

9. Held a Praying Mantis

10. Sang a solo

11. Bungee jumped

12. Visited Paris

13. Watched a lightning storm at sea

14. Taught yourself an art from scratch

15. Adopted a child

16. Had food poisoning

17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty

18. Grown your own vegetables

19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France

20. Slept on an overnight train

21.Had a pillow fight

22. Hitch hiked

23. Taken a sick day when you’re not ill

24. Built a snow fort

25. Held a lamb

26. Gone skinny dipping

27. Run a Marathon

28. Ridden in a gondola in Venice

29. Seen a total eclipse

30. Watched a sunrise or sunset

31. Hit a home run

32. Been on a cruise

33. Seen Niagara Falls in person

34. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors

35. Seen an Amish community

36. Taught yourself a new language

37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied

38. Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person

39. Gone rock climbing

40. Seen Michelangelo’s David

41. Sung karaoke

42. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt

43. Bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant

44. Visited Africa

45. Walked on a beach by moonlight

46. Been transported in an ambulance

47. Had your portrait painted

48. Gone deep sea fishing

49. Seen the Sistine Chapel in person

50. Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris

51. Gone scuba diving or snorkeling

52. Kissed in the rain

53. Played in the mud

54. Gone to a drive-in theater

55. Been in a movie

56. Visited the Great Wall of China

57. Started a business

58. Taken a martial arts class

59. Visited Russia

60. Served at a soup kitchen

61. Sold Girl Scout Cookies

62. Gone whale watching

63. Got flowers for no reason

64. Donated blood, platelets or plasma

65. Gone sky diving

66. Visited a Nazi Concentration Camp

67. Bounced a check

68. Flown in a helicopter

69. Saved a favorite childhood toy

70. Visited the Lincoln Memorial

71. Eaten Caviar

72. Pieced a quilt

73. Stood in Times Square

74. Toured the Everglades

75. Been fired from a job

76. Seen the Changing of the Guards in London

77. Broken a bone

78. Been on a speeding motorcycle

79. Seen the Grand Canyon in person

80. Published a book

81. Visited the Vatican

82. Bought a brand new car

83. Walked in Jerusalem

84. Had your picture in the newspaper

85. Read the entire Bible

86. Visited the White House

87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating

88. Had chickenpox

89. Saved someone’s life

90. Sat on a jury

91. Met someone famous

92. Joined a book club

93. Lost a loved one

94. Had a baby

95. Seen the Alamo in person

96. Swam in the Great Salt Lake

97. Been involved in a law suit

98. Bought a house

99. Been stung by a bee

100. Talked your way out of a ticket

Monday, December 1, 2008

Twilight Review

I was so excited to go and finally see the movie. There were a lot of things I had pictured very differently. It made me wonder how much Stephanie was involved in the creative development of the movie. Maybe she didn't have a say in it at all. I'm not sure. It was good overall. The actors that played Bella, Esme, Emmett, and Jessica were my favorite! They did a fabulous job. They were just what I had pictured. Edward was more awkward than what I feel was developed in the book. He seemed so sure of himself and savvy. The movie did not do him justice. Now I want to go back and read Twilight again to refresh my memory about all the things I saw in the movie!

Friday, November 21, 2008

Twilight

The Twilight movie comes out today! At first I didn't really want to see it; Edward is WAY cuter in my head! I loved the books so much! I know the movie will not be nearly as good, but my curiosity got the best of me and I have decided I better see it. So I changed my profile for the next little bit to celebrate the movie opening. I think it looks pretty neat. I want to hear what all you Twilight fans thought of the movie.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Puppies


Remi gave birth to three little puppies on Monday at 3 am. She had 2 girls and 1 boy. They are so adorable. Robert and I are enjoying them so much. Remi is such a good little mommy. They are so tiny. I will post more pictures as they grow.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Next Top Model...


Nedd I say more.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

We did it!!




Prop 8 Passed! All of our hard work has paid off. We held signs out on the corners of Atwater for days in the cold rain and in the hot sun we had earlier in October. We also made numerous phone calls and walked door-to-door to place door signs on every doorknob. Not to mention all the prayer and fasting that went into getting this measure passed. I am so grateful we have restored marriage in California. What a blessing.

Friday, October 31, 2008

Fun at the office

A co-worker, Ann Marie, and I decided it would be fun to buy shirts for Halloween. It was kind of like opposite day since she is the bad one and I am the good one. We got a little "camera-happy". By the end of the day we had quite a few pictures. Here are just a few.


What we really look like all day...


Wanted to be sure you could read what our shirts say...

Ann Marie's cube.


This is what happens when you leave Ann Marie alone with your camera...


Friday, October 10, 2008

Can't get enough!

My sister-in-law posted more pictures of my adorable niece. So here are some more for you to enjoy...








Thursday, October 9, 2008

Vote NO on Prop 2

I am usually not this politically involved, but I really feel that the sate of California is going down hill. It makes me scared and angry all at the same time. Prop 8 is my #1 priority, but Prop 2 is a very close second. I cannot believe they would let the voters of a state make this kind of a decision when it puts both our health and economic well being at such a high risk! Please read and tell your friends.

Key Reasons To Oppose Prop 2


Prop 2 is misleading. It places emphasis on veal calves and swine which are not viable industries in California.

Prop 2 will cost California $600 million and 4,500 jobs by virtually eliminating the local egg producer industry. It will not eliminate cage raised eggs, which are expected to be shipped in from out-of state and Mexico.

Prop 2 will double the cost of a locally produced egg, at a time when more than 25% of California families are finding it difficult to afford basic groceries

Prop 2 will expose Californians to a significant risk of egg related salmonella for the first time in decades. Prop 2 also increases the potential for avian bird flu, a deadly virus that can be communicated to human beings, and which has claimed more than 300 lives worldwide since 2003

Prop 2 is part of a broader campaign by the Humane Society of the United States to pursue a vegan agenda, and end agribusiness. Whether you are a dairyman, large scale produce processor, chicken processor or cattleman, you should consider yourself a target that is at risk. Our nation was founded on the right to choose; but HSUS and its war on agriculture would eliminate that choice, particularly for people that can least afford it

Prop 2 does not distinguish between animal welfare and human welfare, placing each on an equal moral ground. Notre Dame University, studied the ethics of cage raised and free range hen, and found cage raised to be of acceptable standards.

Prop 2 is opposed by Californians for Safe Food, a coalition of egg producers, health officials, veterinarians and elected officials.

Prop 2 is an attempt to alter a proven part of the California food supply chain. Our experience with diverting corn to ethanol, suggests that even with the best of intentions altering the food supply chain can have drastic consequences. Diverting corn to ethanol resulted in skyrocketing grocery prices, passage of Prop 2, has the potential to unleash disease, and this is a risk we cannot afford to take.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Sweet Reagan

My lame brother never updates his blog, so I thought I would post a few current pictures of my beautiful niece Reagan. She is getting so big.





She looks so much like Justin, it's crazy! She will be 3 months old on October 16th. Time has gone by way too fast. I am sad they moved all the way to Utah. Robert and I hope we can make it out there to visit them soon. Love you and miss you Lyra, Justin and Reagan.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Yes on Prop 8

Six Consequences If Proposition 8 Fails

1. Children in public schools will be taught that both traditional marriage and same-sex marriage are okay.The California Education Code already requires that health education classes instruct children about marriage. (§51890)Therefore, if the definition of marriage is changed, children will be taught that marriage is a relation between any two adults. There will be serious clashes between the secular school system and the right of parents to teach their children their own values and beliefs.

2. Churches will be sued if they refuse to allow same-sex marriage ceremonies in their religious buildings that are open to the public. Ask whether your pastor, priest, minister, bishop, or rabbi is ready to perform such marriages in your chapels and sanctuaries.

3. Religious adoption agencies will be challenged by government agencies to give up their long-held right to place children only in homes with both a mother and a father. Catholic Charities in Boston has already closed its doors because of the legalization of same-sex marriage in Massachusetts.

4. Religions that sponsor private schools and which provide housing for married students will be required to provide housing for same-sex couples, even if it runs counter to church doctrine, or lose tax exemptions and benefits.

5. Ministers who preach against same-sex marriages will be sued for hate speech and could be fined by the government. It has already happened in Canada, one of six countries that have legalized gay marriage.

6. It will cost you money. A change in the definition of marriage will bring a cascade of lawsuits. Even if courts eventually find in favor of a defender of traditional marriage (highly improbable given today’s activist judges), think of the money – your money, your church contributions – that will have to be spent on legal fees.

And think of all the unintended consequences that we cannot even foresee at this time. Where will it end?It’s your children, your grandchildren, your money, and your liberties.Lets work together to protect them.There is a website iProtectMarriage.com

http://iprotectmarriage.com/facts/


Please Vote Yes on 8

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Happy Birthday Chantelle

I wanted to wish my wife a happy birthday. Thank you for making life so wonderful. I love you.
Love,
Robert

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Pismo


We had so much fun in Pismo with the Haynie side of the family. We rented ATV, kayaked, fished, built cool stuff in the sand, and boogie boarded in the freezing ocean. I am so blessed that I married into such a wonderful family. And since his siblings are spread across California and Arizona, we rarely get to all be together. Here are some fun photos from the trip.


The ATV's

Kayaking


The two of us

The grandkids
Devin, Jarrett, Hunter
McKay, Zachary, Paige, Chloe, Avery


Adorable Zachary (Robert's oldest sister's son)

Monday, July 21, 2008

Welcome Baby Reagan


Justin and Lyra welcomed their first little one into the family. Reagan Ruth Hosford was born at 4:34 pm on July 16th. She weighed 8 lbs 1 ounce and was 21 inches long. We had the opportunity to visit little Reagan yesterday on our way home from Pismo. She is a doll. We are so excited to finally have a baby on my side of the family.

Thursday, July 10, 2008

My New Addiction



Yep, I am hooked. My sisters have been begging me to read this series for the last few months. I really didn't think would like a book about vampires. It just didn't sound interesting. Now I can't put it down. So if you haven't given in, do! I am so in love.

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Gotta Love Those Bulldogs

Robert was so proud of his Alma Mater as they won the CWS last night 6-1 over GU. I was pretty excited too. It was so much fun to watch the game together. (And I am NOT a baseball fan.) I must admit I was on the edge of my seat watching every play. So good job Bulldogs! We knew you could do it.



Thursday, June 19, 2008

Food prices... Take action!

So most of you know I work for Foster Farms. Today the President of our company sent out an email about the cost of grain and the impact it is having on the food industry. I would like to share some of it with you...

"A bushel of corn cost about $2.25 in 2006 and today that same bushel cost $7.26. The production of ethanol for fuel from corn has been a primary reason for this dramatic increase in corn cost. The Energy Policy Act of 2005 created the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) that mandated the use of 4 billion gallons of ethanol in 2006 increasing to 7.5 billion gallons in 2012. The RFS was modified in 2007 increasing the use of ethanol to 9 billion gallons in 2008. Approximately 34% of this year’s corn crop will be used for ethanol production.

We all recognize the need for a National Energy Policy that frees the US from our dependence on imported oil. Wind energy, solar, nuclear and drilling in our own untapped oil reserves are all alternatives we must explore. Ethanol from corn is not a part of the solution. It is subsidized by the government at $0.51 per gallon to the benefit of the producers. It is mandated to be used regardless of price by the RFS. It is protected from competition by a $0.56 per gallon tariff on imported ethanol. It is a major contributor to the 9% food inflation we now are suffering. It threatens our success both individually and as a company."

I am asking all of you fellow bloggers to take action to let our government know how you feel about the cost of food going up. It is bad enough that fuel is up to $4.50/gallon here in California, we need to try to keep food prices down. What will we do when chicken is $7/lb?!? It looks like without a change that may be coming sooner than we think.

Here is the web page to take action www.nationalchickencouncil.org. On the right-hand side you will see a logo for "Food Before Fuel; Ethanol Fueling Crisis". Please join us in the fight to keep our food affordable.



Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Carmel

We had a wonderful time in Carmel two weekends ago. It was really neat that our anniversary happened to fall on Memorial Day weekend, just like in 2003 when we were married. The weather was perfect. We stayed in a beautiful B&B I would HIGHLY recommend to anyone who would like to visit the area. It was only a short walk to downtown Carmel, steps to the beach, and about a 10 min drive to Monterey. So here are some pics from our trip.



We ate lunch in Monterey before going to check-in at our hotel. The very first thing I did when we got there was use the bathroom. It was very small, as you can see, and the pocket door didn't close all the way, so I locked the door to keep it closed. The unfortunate thing is you cannot unlock it once it is locked. So I called Robert over for some assistance, no luck. He had to go down the hall and ask the cleaning lady, who spoke no English if she could help. (I would just like to thank our Heavenly Father for sending Robert to Brazil on his mission. He still speaks fluent Portuguese and can communicate in Spanish quite well.) So after some work she busted the door open. Lesson learned, the door was not locked again!



The beautiful Carmel Mission.




17 Mile Drive...

The Lone Cypress Tree.


One of the many beautiful golf courses.


The young buck that jumped in front of our car.

One of the many reasons we love the beach.


A cool little BMW we saw walking in downtown on Monday.


Lunch at a yummy little resturant before we said farwell to the city by the sea.