Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Latest happenings

Twice a year my work does an awesome movie festival for all the employees and their families. We've seen lots of good movies for free thanks to them: all the Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter movies, Spiderman movies, Star Wars, etc. This year they decided to show Twilight as one of the movie options, and they did it the night before it opened (something I'm sure several women/teenage girls/tweens would've killed for). Here are my thoughts on the event:

First of all, we were not allowed to take any cell phones/cameras into the theater. However, people were not informed of this until everyone was lined up to go get there seats. Nice. They actually used metal detectors (!) and searched your pockets and purses to make sure no one was violating the rule. Seriously? They think I'm going to use my crappy Razr phone to take a whopping 15 seconds of fuzzy video and post it on YouTube 2 hours before the movie is released? (Let me just say this is not my work's fault, so I am not bashing on them. I think they're fabulous for doing something fun for the employees.)

Anyway, as far as the movie went....meh....sorry y'all, I did not love it. To be honest though, I didn't really expect to. I have read the books and I enjoy them. I thought the story was entertaining and interesting and I, well, enjoyed it. However, I did not love, LOVE, LOVE the book (I know, go ahead and hate me...). I love to read and I'm sorry, but in my humble opinion there are much better books out there. Call me crazy, but there you have it.

Anyhoo, the movie was ok, but it could've been way better. It was obviously low budget. I have nothing against low budget films, unless it's really really obvious that they are. For some reason the music in it drove me bonkers. I didn't like how it seemed like one day Edward and Bella met, and then BAM, the next week they were hopelessly in love. Lame. I liked the girl that played Bella, but oh my heavens, the choice for Edward? Sorry dude, you may be decent looking in normal life, but in fancy vampire life, no bueno. At the very least he could've made the effort to work out a little bit before they started filming. And he didn't come off as sweet and intense and intelligent, just weird and kind of stupid sometimes. The whole time Brady (yes he came with me :) thought he was creepy instead of charming. All in all, there was a whole lot of hype for very little substance. Ugh.

Speaking of disappointments (wow, sorry to be such a downer!), BYU lost to the U of U. Oh well, next year we'll come back! Brady got to put his new "man cave" in the basement to use, projection system and all, and had a bunch of friends over along with lots of manly food. Little Claire joined in as well:
And speaking of little Claire, she has been suffering from her first cold this last week. It makes me so sad! That first day she was completely miserable. She was so congested and it seemed to be draining down her throat, which would make her choke and gag and gasp for air, to the point where she'd actually throw up (not just spit up, but vomit). It scared the heck out of me. No one trains you to handle this kind of stuff! She's doing slightly better now, but is still pretty stuffy and uncomfortable. It also looks like she is possibly cutting a tooth, which is crazy because I didn't expect that to happen already. So all in all she is one unhappy little girl. It's so hard because there is just nothing I can do to help her. I try to comfort her as much as I can, but all I can do is hope and pray she will get over this soon. She's a little trooper though. Even though she feels awful, she'll still give me a big grin when I talk to her. Oh how I love that little smile!

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Birthday boy

Brady's birthday was this last Sunday and we went out to good ol' G-Ville to celebrate. I feel bad I didn't really plan anything super fun (this year kinda got away from me...) but I think he still had fun going to dinner with friends and hanging with the fam. So, to honor his 28th birthday, here's 28 things about my man:

1- He's an awesome tennis player.
2- He loves to travel, especially to the beach.
3- He would probably DIE without sports- especially Jazz basketball, BYU football, and Yankee baseball.
4-He doesn't like snorkeling because he's afraid a fish will touch him.
5- He's a really nice dresser.
6- He has great taste in women's clothes too. All the clothes he's picked out for me are the ones I get the most compliments on. Go figure.
7- He's a really good cook and often makes up his own recipes.
8- He's sold pretty much everything under the sun. Vacuums, security systems, knives, cell phones...the list goes on and on.
9- His customers love him (especially the older ones) and often give him gifts. Don't ask me how they got on the subject, but he started talking about gardening with some guy. A few hours later the guy returned to the store with 20 onion bulbs for him to plant!
10-He's actually a little shy and rarely likes to be the center of attention.
11- He loves teaching primary.
12- Even though he drives like a maniac he's never gotten in a car accident.
13- He loves sushi.
14- He is thoughful. For example, when my headaches start getting bad he schedules a massage for me.
15-He doesn't like horror movies (which is great for me, I hate them!)
16- He was quite the ladies' man growing up.
17- He really likes stand-up comedy, especially Jim Gaffigan.
18- He HATES being cold.
19- He rarely listens to music on the radio, he always listens to sports radio instead.
20- He's always thinking of ways to do service. He loves taking meals to people in the ward who are sick, or doing Sub-4-Santa.
21- He hates spending money and almost always packs a lunch to take to work.
22- He's a good golfer.
23- He loves to cuddle.
24- He's rather forgetful. Every time we go to a family function we have to review the names of my aunts, uncles, and cousins before we go in.
25- He's a VERY hard worker.
26- He's romantic.
27-He has a lot of faith. I've learned a lot from his example.
28- He is honestly one of the best fathers I have ever seen. I feel so lucky that my kids have a dad like him. He gets up in the night with Claire, is gentle and patient and involved. He loves being a dad.

Happy birthday babe, I love you!
Sorry ladies, he's TAKEN!

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Cute as a button

I was so excited the other day, I finally got some pics of Claire smiling! She's always so happy in the morning when she first wakes up. (Definitely something she did not inherit from me!)

Enjoying some tummy time:


The other night we went out to dinner with Brady's family to celebrate his birthday a little early. It was the first time we'd had sushi in about a year. Yum! I'd heard all about these Bumbo chairs and decided to buy one for her that day. Here she is at the restaurant sitting on her little throne:


Hanging with cousin Cruze. I don't think either of them were particularly interested in what was happening:


I know, I know, I've become obsessed with my baby! Can't help it though, she's just so darn cute :)

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Gratitude

November is the month to give thanks, and I'm getting started early. Today I can't help but feel so thankful for a Heavenly Father that knows me better than I know myself, who has never and never will abandon me, and who is always trying to teach me and help me grow. As I have recently gone through some personal trials, there were times I didn't know where to turn. I'm so grateful for prayer. I'm so glad that when I feel alone and confused I can get on my knees, and feel like I am talking to a friend. There were times this last week as I prayed that I had distinct impressions that my Heavenly Father was aware of my situation, and he would be there to support me. I know that trials are given to us not to punish or to make us sad, but to help us grow and become better. I feel like I have learned more patience, learned how to trust myself, and realized the blessings I have. Last week in Primary during singing time we were singing my favorite Primary song, "A Child's Prayer", and the words hit me like a ton of bricks:

Heavenly Father, are you really there?
And do you hear and answer every child's prayer?
Some say that heaven is far away,
But I feel it close around me as I pray...

...Pray, he is there.
Speak, he is listening.
You are his child.
His love now surrounds you...

I felt overwhelmed as I listened to those sweet and innocent kids sing these words, and I couldn't have been more grateful for the message. I'm grateful for the Atonement and that not only can we be forgiven, but it enables us to forgive others and to heal. My hope is that I can teach my children of this wonderful blessing, and that when they come across challenges they can know that their Heavenly Father loves them just as much if not more than their earthly parents, and they are never alone. I am grateful to have learned that myself.