Sunday, September 11, 2011

9-11-01

I feel like I cant let this day go by without honoring it.  I keep thinking about how the world, the country, me... how we have all changed in 10 years.  I was talking to my young women about 9/11 today and its weird to think that they were 4-7 years old then... I feel old!

Ten years ago I was a freshman in College.  When the towers fell I remember feeling afraid.  We had been talking not long before that about how there were boys we knew who had patriarchal blessings that stated that they would be serving their country instead of a mission.  Emergency preparedness, last days prophesies... it was all so abstract until that day.  You feel invincible when you are 18, but not that day.  I felt very far away from the people I loved and very scared. 

Classes were canceled and I don't remember exactly what I did.  I know I donated blood and spent time with my dorm mates. The strongest memory I have is that I remember that at a devotional we sang "Be still my soul."  And at pretty much every meeting for the next couple of weeks actually. 

To this day I love that song and it always makes me remember 9/11.  Strangely it doesn't bring back the tragedy... But instead the love, patriotism, faith and peace I felt in the aftermath.  The realization that no matter what happened in the world around me, I could be at peace and be whole.  I feel blessed to be a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.  I know my Father loves me and if I live my life worthily, he will bless me and never leave me comfortless...

I remember...
I remember we are stronger than we think
I remember that ordinary people can do extraordinary things for people they don't know
I remember that patriotism is not dead
I remember that our faith is stronger than our fear
I remember that God loves me and this great nation and will not leave us...

I hope this has been a great day for everyone and that we have all remembered the lessons we learned that day.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Thought of another one!

I thought of another one!  I have been wanting a really great picture of the San Diego Temple.  And I found one I LOVE!  So this is what I want... but without the printing in the top left corner
You can get the JPG
And have it printed on 16X20 at costso or something.

Friday, September 9, 2011

Christmas List 2011

Its that time of year... This year I have some big items on my list, which means I will probably have to get them for myself or hope my hubby cues in.  Which is why I have the list on the blog!

#1
Cannon Rebal Xti
I have been wanting this camera for a while... and now I am putting it out there!  GIMME IT!  :)

#2
Photoshop
CS3 or better
My photoshop was lost when the computer died.  I had CS3 and really loved it so I would be happy with that version.

#3
Fun animal rings like the ones HERE
My kids at school LOVE the turtle one I got there!

#4
Willow Tree "Gentle Animals of the Stable"
(If no hints are dropped I will be obtaining this for myself.  :)
Thats all I can think of right now.  But If I think of anything else, Ill let ya know!  :)

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

8 Years and Counting

Warning...  This is a long one

So... once upon a time, A girl and a boy decided they liked each other enough to spend eternity together.  So they got themselves hitched.  Somehow, 8 years later, I am still married to my very best friend.  Our anniversary was actually a month ago, but I am just now getting around to blogging about our trip.

We decided, probably about 6 years ago, that every other year we wanted to do something really special for our anniversary.  Its so easy to get caught up in life and forget about each other, so we try to really make it a priority.  This year we lucked out because Daddy had to do an audit, so that pretty much paid for our trip out to San Fransisco!!!

Doing an audit meant that we spent the first two nights in Vaccaville, Ca.  Which was fine because they had some awesome outlets there and I got some school shopping done for this kids. I also found this little piece of home...

After I dropped off James at the audit I saw these in the air, so I stopped to check things out and got to see them take them down.  I thought about taking a ride until I checked it out and found out the price tag!  WHEW!!!  Its pretty pricy!
On the way back from the audit we discovered this little Gem... The JELLY BELLY FACTORY!!!  Daddy wanted to take a tour but the line was crazy!

That night we headed to Napa for dinner and a little sight seeing.  It was so beautiful and peaceful there!  We ate at this swanky resturaunt and the food was AWESOME... mmmmmmm  I have never had a pork pasta... but i wish I could figure it out.

The next morning we decided to hit the Jelly Belly factory one more time to get some jellybeans for our home teacher.  Lo and behold.... no line for the tour!  So we went...

Here we are looking sexy in our hats!

Then we headed to SF.  This is the bridge we got a 29 dollar ticket on because we didn't know about the toll!  DOH!

The next day we went to the WInchester mansion.  No one seemed to understand why this lady did all this weird stuff in her house... but I totally get her!  If I had all the money and time in the world I would totally do all this weird stuff to my house!

On the way back we decided to take the road less traveled.  We saw these beautiful mountains off to the side, so we got off the freeway and explored!  We ended up driving into the clouds!  It was amazing.

For dinner, we had an earthquake sunday at Ghirridelli Square.  I secretly only had two scoops and made Daddy eat the rest.  ;)

Side note... this guy has been around for a long time scaring people.  A couple of years ago when we were in SF for my brothers wedding he scared the PEE out of me and look... he is still there!

The next day we did alcatraz and peir 39 and fishermans wharf and the golden gate bridge and chinatown... I didnt get a lot of pictures though of those.  But it was great!  Here is the Golden Gate herself...
The next day we met Daddys aunt in Sonoma for brunch.  It was so great to see her and it was such a cute little town!  My hot chocolate was seriously just melted dark chocolate though!  SOOOO thick!  We also picked up fruit from a stand.  I forget how AMAZING the fruit in California is... This cherry is like a plum!!!

When we got home it was pretty obvious that our kids missed us!  A had to reintroduce Daddy to all her toys.  ;)
We had an amazing time!  I feel so blessed to be married to such a great man.  We had so much fun together and I am so glad we have the ability to get away like this just the two of us.  We didnt get a lot of time together before we started our family and so its fun to just be a couple again sometimes.  I seriously cant believe it has been 8 years already!!!  Only two more years to save for  our caribean cruise!!!

(and a SPECIAL thanks to the in-laws who made this all possible by babysitting!)

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Birthday Pictures 2011

I have tried, not always with success, to have pictures of my kids taken every year.  Not always on their birthday, but sometime in the last half of the year.  Since the weather has been great, i decided today was the day!

Last year we had a good friend do our family pictures and since they were so amazing!!!  I didnt want to do new ones.  That being said, and our budget being nonexistent, I took matters into my own hands.

My sweet friend loned me her excellent camera and we went to work.  I wanted to do some bright fun pictures this year and I think I got them!  Here are my favs.  If you want to see the rest you will have to head to facebook.