Monday, November 3, 2008
Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Sunday, September 28, 2008
Monday, August 4, 2008
Sunday, August 3, 2008
We headed up to Bear Lake and stayed in this AMAZING house with the entire family. I was assigned to the Teenage Girl room... at that point I didn't know whether it was a compliment (because I looked so young) or that it was a punishment of sorts... Adult supervision... yay. But it was fun sharing with Lisa, Julian, Jodi and Ali. the best moments was when I would walk into the room in the middle of the afternoon and they each were reading either Host or one of the Twilight books. *sniff* They make me so proud!
Much time was spent out on the boats at the lake. First thing Tuesday morning, I mastered the tube... and walked away with a sore neck from whiplash... I blame my dad for that one. It was interesting the next couple days as changing shirts became painful and the only place that I could sleep sitting up happened to be on the couch in the most popular place for the family to be. Joy.
We also had a great time with kareokee, Luau, family dance and just overall being together. These are a few of my favorite moments:
- Grandma Gunnell winning Aloha Bingo Blackout
- Riding in the boat with Macie resting on my lap, Reid sleeping next to me, and Lizzie sitting in the front of the boat screaming.
- Macie (from the above moment) reaching up from under the towel to carress my check and say, "I love you Aunt Melissa" with a deep sigh.
- Riding with the older cousins on Horseback. Rekindled my dream to live on a ranch.
- Cops crashing our kareokee.
- "The Grand Pooh-Bah" Uncle David with his official ladle
- Watching Walker bust a move on the dance floor in he Lightening McQueen undies.
- Mary in her wonderful seashell bra at the Luau.
Afterwords, I crashed at Danny and Mary's until I came home. I saw Jules Hoehn, one of my best friends from high school (soon to be engaged... to Kimber who is a babe!). Lost horribly in Ticket to Ride. Played Horse with Reid. Enjoyed Sacrament Meeting with Macie, yet again on my lap with the occasional carress on the check and "I love you Aunt Melissa." Can being an aunt be much better than that?!
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
L: Hello, Bairds!
M: Hi, who is this?
M: Hi Lizzie! What are you doing?
L: Waiting for my uncle to come play.
M: Which uncle? Uncle Paul or Uncle John?
L: Uncle John.
M: Why is he coming over?
L: Cause my dad needs to go check on my mom.
M: Where is she?
L: At the dentist.
M: Where is you dad?
L: He's home from work.
M: Where is Katelyn?
L: On the counter.
M: Where is baby Cassidy?
L: My dad just put her down for a nap.
M: Okay. What did you do today?
L: (something about her friend that lives behind them) And guess what?
L: She wears a bikini?
M: Oh. Do we wear bikinis?
M: Why not?
L: Um... guess what Aunt Melissa...
L: I can do a cartwheel all by myself?
M: You can?! You must be almost five years old.
L: Aunt Melissa, you must not know when my birthday is. It's October 30th.
M: I know that. It right by Halloween. Macie turns 5 first and then its your turn.
L: Guess what Aunt Melissa...
L: I'm going with a friend to go ride ponies. I can go because I'm 4 but Katelyn can't. She isn't 4.
M: Oh. Do you want to know what I want to do when I grow up after I'm a mom and all my kids are grown up?
M: I want to buy a big house on lots of land and get some horses.
L: (long pause) Melissa... can you say that part again. I was watching my friend out on her lawn.
M: Um... *chuckles* okay... when I grow up after I'm a mom and all my kids are grown up I want to buy a big house on lots of land and get some horses and be a cowgirl.
L: That's what I want to do!
M: Well then, whoever gets to be a cowgirl first can let the other person come over and ride their horses... how does that sound?
L: I bet you will be first, cause guess what?
L: You are bigger.
M: Oh. Well, we'll see.
Monday, June 9, 2008
I stayed up until 1 or 2 that night reading... slept with the light on... took it to work, read it during every possible break... stayed up until 1 or 2 that night, slept with the light on, and last Sunday I finally finished it. I had thought all along that it wasn't going to be until the end of the book that she finds Jared and Jamie... low and behold... on that second page on that night 10 days ago, she sees him! Oh my goodness! Talk about intense! Plus, let's be honest... Ian is a much better catch. I TOTALLY would pick him over Jared. But that is besides the point... All I have to say is.... the first 120 pages or so are kinda hard to get through... but after that IT IS WONDERFUL! Mel... you have to read it... I will bring you my copy at the reunion!
Thursday, May 29, 2008
Honestly, since I've moved to beautiful green Oregon in September, I think that its rained only three times.... each lasting about 3 months. On rare occassions, we do get a sunny day (I have managed to get a sunburn a couple of weekends ago). But how much rain can there be? Honestly?!? I felt like I had my fair share 6 months ago. I don't care about the arguements on how clean the air is, or how green everything is... I would much rather kinda see the sun through smog than not see it at all through the gray skies. And when the pavement is green? That is a bit too much. I laugh to myself when the temperature gets above 75. EVERYONE complains about how hot it is. Mind you, I grew up in Texas and in Ohio. 78 degrees outside is nothing. Especially when there is only moderate humidity. But when the lifelong, tired and true Oregonians start complaining about the rain... it makes me wonder if I should start putting in my order for gopher wood....
Wednesday, May 28, 2008
For the majority of last summer I had a number of friends from work that were aetheists. They were great people... just confused. It was almost fascinating to me to hear the reasoning that they had behind everything around them. It was so different from what we believe in. In fact I loved having debates with them... not so much that they were yelling screaming and in your face kinda arguements... "more of why do you believe this when" debates. They were so enlightening and it strengthened my testimony as I tried to explain with reason why I believed what I believed.
Part of Elder Oaks talk reads as follows:
What do we mean when we testify and say that we know the gospel is true? Contrast that kind of knowledge with “I know it is cold outside” or “I know I love my wife.” These are three different kinds of knowledge, each learned in a different way. Knowledge of outside temperature can be verified by scientific proof. Knowledge that we love our spouse is personal and subjective. While not capable of scientific proof, it is still important. The idea that all important knowledge is based on scientific evidence is simply untrue.
While there are some “evidences” for gospel truths (for example, see Psalm 19:1; Helaman 8:24), scientific methods will not yield spiritual knowledge.
I've reflected much on last summer with this in mind and although I don't think that I could ever convince them of this simple truth, it was the downfall of them. And funny enough every single one of them had been raised in the church... but for one reason or another, they determined that it was no longer true.
But I love how Elder Oaks finishes his talk:
We all act upon or give obedience to knowledge. Whether in science or religion, our obedience is not blind when we act upon knowledge suited to the subject of our action. A scientist receives and acts upon a trusted certification of the content or conditions of a particular experiment. In matters of religion, a believer’s source of knowledge is spiritual, but the principle is the same. In the case of Latter-day Saints, when the Holy Ghost gives our souls a witness of the truth of the restored gospel and the calling of a modern prophet, our choice to follow those teachings is not blind obedience.
Its so true!
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
Monday, May 12, 2008
Melanie Stryder refuses to fade away.
Our world has been invaded by an unseen enemy. Humans become hosts for these invaders, their minds taken over while their bodies remain intact and continue their lives apparently unchanged. Most of humanity has succumbed.
When Melanie, one of the few remaining "wild" humans is captured, she is certain it is her end. Wanderer, the invading "soul" who has been given Melanie's body, was warned about the challenges of living inside a human: the overwhelming emotions, the glut of senses, the too vivid memories. But there was one difficulty Wanderer didn't expect: the former tenant of her body refusing to relinquish possession of her mind.
Wanderer probes Melanie's thoughts, hoping to discover the whereabouts of the remaining human resistance. Instead, Melanie fills Wanderer's mind with visions of the man Melanie loves—Jared, a human who still lives in hiding. Unable to separate herself from her body's desires, Wanderer begins to yearn for a man she has been tasked with exposing. When outside forces make Wanderer and Melanie unwilling allies, they set off on a dangerous and uncertain search for the man they both love.
I never would have thought that I would fall in love with a vampire romance so I thought hey, an aliene romance can't be that bad. Well, it isn't that good either. I dunno. Edward just seemed so believable. Perhaps I could relate to Bella so much better than Melanie or Wanderer. I did move from a desert to a swamp just like she did. All in all, I don't care too much about this book. I don't feel bad the next morning when I realized that a fell asleep reading again. I'll probably finish reading it because I did start it. But unless X-files are your thing... go ahead and wait for the fourth Twilight book.
Sunday, May 4, 2008
Friday, May 2, 2008
Thursday, May 1, 2008
Sunday, April 20, 2008
So I finally got a Friday night off and I went on a date! with Lisa! We went over to Bullwinkles and did the go carts (Lisa had the fastest cart there), played a round of laser tag with some of her school friends that we ran into there and goofed off with some tokens. Our prizes? A whoopie cushion that lasted 2.7 seconds and some annoying lip whistle things. We had fun though!
Saturday, April 19, 2008
Thursday, April 17, 2008
...and post haircut!
Waiting for the funeral procession with our canes.
This picture is such a sweet picture... I love the teaching moment that it captured.Me with the Baird girls at Boondocks!
Jackson and Walker in the shrits that I gave them.
And super cutie Cade!
Happy 1st Birthday Brylie!
My long lost love, Dozer... it didn't take him long to remember me and whiz everywhere...
Grandma and Grandpa Korth... and bonus Davis...
Grandma Gunnell... she rocks.
Sweet little Reidy...
Macie was so excited that I came for a visit!
I MISS YOU ALL!
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
Wednesday, January 16, 2008
So although I can't promise much with this blog, I at least hope to be able to keep my family in the loop as far as what job I'm working at and what Ask Her is doing. Happy Blogging!