Monday, December 29, 2008
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
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
Top to bottom: Sassy, Feisty, and Maize
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
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.
Friday, December 5, 2008
Tuesday, December 2, 2008
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
Friday, November 21, 2008
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
Friday, October 31, 2008
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
Thursday, October 9, 2008
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
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
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
Please Vote Yes on 8
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
The two of us
Adorable Zachary (Robert's oldest sister's son)
Monday, July 21, 2008
Thursday, July 10, 2008
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
Thursday, June 19, 2008
"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
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 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.