Friday, December 21, 2007

For old time's Sake

This is us. There's no other way to put it. We are who we are. We're as cute as they come.

These are the memories I have of being little and whenever we would get soda cans on special occassions, we would drink the soda and refill the can like a hundred times, til it got holes in it and we would go outside and drink it in front of the neighbor kids, cause back in the day it was cool to have soda. I guess that would be the equivilant of kids with Rockstars these, but not good for you. Osteoporosis here we come.

My favorite is Mike with his muscle shirt on and just letting it all hang out.

We were well kept kids, with a mom who loved us very much. Mom, if you read this, I hope you know we love you. Thanks so much for taking such good care of us, even when it was hard. I love you. I hope you have a very merry Christmas. Thanks for putting up with my special haircuts i used to give myself. Always something new.

Monday, December 17, 2007

Inspiring quote by C.S. Lewis

“The load, or weight, or burden of my neighbor’s glory should be laid on my back, a load so heavy that only humility can carry it, and the backs of the proud will be broken. It is a serious thing to live in a society of possible gods and goddesses, to remember that the dullest and most uninteresting person you can talk to may one day be a creature which, if you say it now, you would be strongly tempted to worship, or else a horror and a corruption such as you now meet, if at all, only in a nightmare. All day long we are, in some degree, helping each other to one or the other destinations. It is in the light of these overwhelming possibilities, it is with the awe and the circumspection proper to them, that we should conduct all our dealings with one another, all friendships, all loves, all play, all politics. There are no ordinary people. You have never talked to a mere mortal. Nations, cultures, arts, civilizations-these are mortal, and their life is to ours as the life of a gnat. But it is immortals whom we joke with, work with, marry, snub, and exploit-immortal horrors or everlasting splendors. This does not mean that we are to be perpetually solemn. We must play. But out merriment must be of that kind (and it is, in fact, the merriest kind) which exists between people who have, from the outset, taken each other seriously-no flippancy, no superiority, no presumption. And our charity must be a real and costly love, with deep feeling for the sins in spite of which we love the sinner-no mere tolerance, or indulgence which parodies love as flippancy parodies merriment. Next to the Blessed Sacrament itself, your neighbor is the holiest object presented to your senses. If he is your Christian neighbor, he is holy in almost the same way, for in him is also Christ vere latitat- the glorifier and the glorified, Glory Himself, is truly hidden.”
What a magnificent thing to think about. I just read this quote on one of my friend's sites and I have recently been thinking about the way we treat other people. Why is it that is seems so easy get upset or to misunderstand? Today I have the blessed opportunity to read President Hinckley's Message "Slow to Anger" from the Priesthood session of conference. I saw that title peeking out of my bag today at school and I thought, "Why is it that I am so quick to be impatient? So quick to pass judgement and to point fingers?" Recently, I have noticed that a lot in my character and I am not sure exactly why that is. I've thought of a lot of reasons why, but no matter what the reason, it always goes back to eternity, each person I talk to, am impatient with, snub, go off on in my imperfectness is, in essence a potential god or goddess and I forget that. I am so grateful, that at the end of the day, when I have messed up so many times, that I can kneel down and apologize to the one who I essentially hurt each day in my actions and ask for help as I try to refine my actions. Unfortunately, I have noticed this lack of patience increasing and luckily, I have noticed so that I can put a stop to it. If any of my students read this, I am sorry for my quick to judge personality. And if my roommate reads this, I am sorry for the words that come out of my mouth with rage or so much emotion that they are hard to gather and take in...I apologize for this mouth that inevitably gets me in trouble on a daily basis. But after all is said and done, I am grateful to know that this is the reason we are here; to learn how to overcome our natural man and to be better one moment, minute, second and day at a time. So thank you, all of you who are my friends, who at one time or another I have crossed with hurtful words (and it has inevitably happened to everyone reading this, because if you know Becca, you also know her frankness...I'm working on it!), I appreciate your patience and your love. That is what keeps me striving to be better and to even try. Thank you. I am inspired by words by people like C.S. Lewis and President Hinckley, who know what is going on and why we're here and who are bold enough to say, "Hang on...can't we all just get along?" I just comes out funny sometimes! Thanks for loving me inspite of myself.

Sunday, December 16, 2007

Lights at Temple square!

Good times at temple square with the ward. Kevin and I were joking that this would be a perfect engagement photo...but um...i guess that means we have to be dating to be engaged. Kevin, you're a great friend...thanks for always making me feel good! You're so photogenic.

I love the lights at Temple square. It was really cold, but really fun. For FHE we went and listened to the singers in the different locations and had a jolley old time. Then we went and got hot chocolate and Kara thought she left her wallet, but Kevin had picked it up for her at the cash register. So it was really a good time had by all. I really enjoyed sitting in the warm buildings with the choirs. They did such a good job. It always reminds me of one of my favorite parts on Home Alone 1 when he runs into the church and sees the scary man's granddaugter singing that amazing song. I love the peaceful music of Christmas. It's a wonderful thing to have music. I almost got the Josh Groban Christmas CD for myself for Christmas, but I had to stop after I got Celine's new CD and the best of Andrea Bucelli and James Taylor...It will be a happy musical Christmas. Merry Christmas.

Sunday, December 9, 2007

Tis the Season...

Santa Clause came to town at our Cheerleader benefit breakfast we just had at school! It was fun! Let's not forget his helper reindeer ruldolf and the lovely helper int eh apron!

Clifford and friends at school to celebrate the upcoming bookfair!

I'd never met Clifford the big red dog until Friday, December 7, 2007...what a treat!

Ward Talent Show!

This is an annual event and my second year being the MC..I do this old granny character who just got back from her hawaii trip (ironic that i've never been to Hawaii) it is a blast...we have some amazing talent in this ward!
Aren't we cute! Good times

The people you meet and the things you do!

After a long day of shopping (can you see the car loaded with lots of bags!!!) I finally decorated and finished the Tree! So there i was volunteering at the festival of trees and a lady came up to me to
ask me what other trees were for sale. I showed her the ones that I knew of and said, "For 750 dollars you could pay me and i would make you a beautiful tree!" After not being able to find a tree she liked and was willing to pay that much for, she took me up on my off i went to michaels and Joann's and consulted with my sister Liz and Kelsey my decorator extraordenare friend and after we bought like 500 dollars worth of stuff at Tai Pan (that's the best place to go) we had it. So i went to their house and listened to Celine's Christmas album while i decorated this may not look like much, but there's quite a few details. Well, she loved it and needless to say...i'm going to be able to buy Christmas presents now!!! so yay for me...It was a good time and a great learning experience...p.s. you put the ribbon on first! oh, plus she's lining me up on a date with some really nice guy she says! Cool! Kill two birds with one stone!

Festival of trees time again

I loved the festival of trees this year. It was amazing. There were so many amazing trees and are a few of my favorites:

I saw so many amazing trees! They were beautiful, unique and special. Here are a few of them...

This is the peppermint one. It was done so well. i loved it. and the cute little snowmen on a different one.

Woody and Buzz at it again. I loved this tree. It was dedicated to a little boy and had tons of toys like transformers or other things. All the trees were amazing! People really put a lot of work and dedication into their donations. It makes me want to do one and give a little more!