Friday, December 21, 2007
Tuesday, December 18, 2007
Wednesday, December 12, 2007
These pictures where from November (no snow), but they're still cute. I like Sheryl's idea having a day where you put older pictures (ahh, memories). However, I don't post everyday so they'll be a little more sporadic.
Sunday, December 09, 2007
Monday, December 03, 2007
Friday, November 16, 2007
Wednesday, November 14, 2007
Thursday, October 25, 2007
Hows it going?
I have spoken to a couple of people that are reacting to the Harry Potter book gay announcement. You read those books did u get the impression that Dumbldor (?) was gay? and if u did, did it make reading the book/s any less enjoyable? Was just curious as to ur take.
Thursday, October 04, 2007
Monday, October 01, 2007
Monday, September 17, 2007
Friday, September 07, 2007
Tuesday, September 04, 2007
Thursday, August 30, 2007
Wednesday, August 29, 2007
Tuesday, August 28, 2007
Friday, August 24, 2007
Wednesday, August 22, 2007
Tuesday, July 03, 2007
I'll have to write more about it in the future, because I gotta go. And I'll post some pictures too. We took a gb worth (and my mother-in-law too more!).
Sunday, June 10, 2007
My brother, Nate (aka Chuck) told me yesterday that instead of playing WoW (World of Warcraft, an online game that a few of us are obsessed with) he was obsessed with Harry Potter. He spent a good part of the day looking up conspiracy theories on the Internet about what might happen in book 7. Well, Nate, you inspired me to do the same (I better be quick cause I gotta get ready for church).
Harry Potter book 7 is coming out soon. And we're very very excited. Any there are thousands of theories out there guessing at this or that. There are several going theories. Apparently there are several people (including Lindy's grandmother) who can't bare the thought that Dumbledore isn't actually dead (See Dumbledoreisnotdead.com). I personally think he is. At another website, the writer says:
Often in heroic stories the mentor of the lead character dies before the hero has the final confrontation with the ultimate evil. This is seen time and time again, famously in films like Star Wars (Obi Won killed by Vader - “Strike me down and I will become more powerful than you can possibly imagine”), and the Lord of the Rings (Gandalf dies - resurrected, but the hero doesn’t realise this after the quest is complete). There are reasons for this as well. If Dumbledore isn’t dead then he will feel compelled to help Harry in the final battle, likewise Harry will feel he has to protect Dumbledore. The death of the mentor is generally the turning point, the catalyst, it turns the reluctant hero into the ‘enthusiastic’ hero. The death of the mentor is also the signal that the hero has learned everything he needs to, Harry now knows how to defeat Voldemort - he just doesn’t realise it.
This makes sense to me. Harry has to defeat Voldemort alone, he can't have help from his mentor. The question that has been by many conspiracy theorists is the following: Did Dumbledore plead for Snape to save or kill him??
This of course raises the question, is Snape really evil? Well he killed Dumbledore didn't he? Dave Kopel gets a pretty good argument in an article entitled Severus Snape: The Unlikely Hero of Harry Potter book 7. You just have to read the article. They also mention in this article why he thinks Harry has to die at the end of the 7th book. My sister-in-law, Lindy, and I really hope this isn't the case. The whole messianic ending of the 3rd Matrix movie was kind of annoying. I can see how it could happen. I just hate to see the hero die in the end. Errr.
Oh, and here is some commentary on the book cover art for the new book: Judging a book by its cover by David Haber. Interesting.
Anyway, what do you guys think?
Tuesday, June 05, 2007
Saturday, June 02, 2007
about being outside. She wants to be outside every second of every day. She's bang on the door and shout outside, outside. The problem is that we don't have our own back yard with our apartment (its shared and there is not fence from the street). Sydney has the tendency to make a bee line straight for the street. Often times she will point out cars and trees (over and over again), but mostly she just likes to run around. Oh, she's also So, anyway, Sydney has been obsessedobsessed with swings and slides. She wants to be on them all day (literally). When we take her off of the playground equipment or we take her inside, we become the most horrible parents in the world (in her eyes). We're not really that outdoorsy (I wish we were more, but what can you do). Perhaps we'll have to change our life style to accommodate our daughters outside fetish.
Wednesday, May 30, 2007
Thursday, May 24, 2007
Okay, this is another LOST posting, so again, if you aren’t interested in the TV show LOST, then you are welcome to read older posts about other random subjects.
Okay, so… What did you think about the season finale? This episode (as most do) brings up several questions:
Who the heck are the people that have a boat off the coast? Apparently, they aren’t friendly to the island.
How is Walt tied into this? You were right Danny, Lock wasn’t dead. The island wouldn’t let that happen. I was shocked to see Walt helping him.
What was up with the flash-forward of Jack??? Wow, that was crazy ending!
Whose funeral did Jack attend in the flash-forward? We at least know it was a girl and apparently Jack didn’t necessarily consider her a friend. It was kind of a scary neighborhood where the funeral parlor was at.
Who are the good guys? After watch how mercilessly Sawyer killed that guy, I wonder who the good guys are? Those others that were holding the hostages didn’t follow Ben’s orders and just shot into the sand instead. Sawyer didn’t have to kill Tom. I wasn’t too happy with what Sawyer did.
Where do we go from here? I wonder if Ben and Lock will be able to convince the survivors that these people are bad and maybe they’ll join tribes?? I don’t know. It’s going to be interesting. Apparently, Jack’s life will be more fulfilling if he stays on the island, and there are several people that would rather stay there.
And, we were very upset about Charlie dying. We know that it had to happen with Desmond’s predictions and all, but I think we were being hopeful. He’s been annoying most of the show, but there were moments when we really like Charlie. We like how he became a surrogate father for Clair’s baby.
Oh, and Hurly rocks!!
Wednesday, May 23, 2007
I saw a news report about a movie that's coming out on June 22 called September Dawn (click here to go to September Dawn's official website), a supposed "historical fiction" that appears to be more fiction than historical. Its about the mountain meadows massacre that happened on September 11, 1857. According to Wikipedia it is directed by Christopher Cain, is described by a press release as fictionalizing the "point of view held [by] direct descendants ... that the iconic Brigham Young had complicity in the massacre, a view denied by the Mormon Church." [Press release (2007-03-26)]
Here is a link to the Wikipedia article about it: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mountain_Meadows_Massacre. There is no evidence that Brigham Young ordered the attack, on the contrary, there is evidence that he order the local Mormon settlers to do nothing. The problem was that the local militia didn't wait for a reply from Salt Lake. By the time the reply came the massacre already happened. No, there is still a lot of controversy over this, especially with a TV movie coming up. If you look at the Wikipedia discussion and history on this article you'll notice there has been a lot of debate. Some believe that the LDS church did a cover up. People are entitled to their opinions, as am I.
What bothers me the most about September Dawn, is that they make some pretty big claims about Brigham Young's involvement that aren't provable. On the website for September Dawn it says, "On June 22, the truth will be revealed". This infuriates me to no end! When you have no evidence for the assumptions you are making then you cannot claim the truth! Just because Christopher Cain is sure Brigham Young was behind this doesn't mean he is! Can Christopher Cain write history??? This movie makes Brigham Young look like an 19th century Osama bin Laden. I'm not saying the massacre didn't happen. It was a sad dark day, but it wasn't directed by Brigham Young. I hope people will realize this movie is not what happened, but what someone believed happened. They say they did their research, but they sure have filled in the holes with some anti-Mormon propaganda.
It is true that the massacre occurred. Yes, these Mormon settlers did this. But I wouldn't say the Mormon church did this. On the Wikipedia discussion page under "Pretty Good Article" this comment is made:
In Iraq, members of the US Military raped a woman and killed her whole family. It was, in fact, an official squad of the US Army. However, they did not operate upon that unit's rules of engagement and did not take orders from the military directing this action. So, I would not say that the US Army raped that woman and killed her family. I would say it was the individuals who did that.This was a horrible thing that happened, but don't blame the LDS church, especially when the evidence is incomplete or missing.
I also wonder about the timing of the production of this movie. This is going to have a great effect on Mit Romney's presidential campaign. The movie was written and filmed before Romney declared his intentions to run for office, but it seems convenient if you want to put a barrier in front of his way. People are really looking at his religion, which is stupid. Just because Mit Romney is a Mormon is no reason he shouldn't be elected into office. People should decide to vote for or against him on the political issues. Yet, how he handles this film will be very important for his candidacy.
Sunday, May 20, 2007
Right now I'm waiting for a DVD to finish burning. Lindy and I recently bought Vegas Movie Studio + DVD. Basically, it is video editing software and DVD creation software. We've had a DVD burner for about 2 years, but we had no idea how to use it so it acted as our CD-ROM the whole time. Finally we are starting to create family videos. I would put them on here, but with a dial-up connection it would be ridiculous. (Sorry Jim, none of my new neighbors have wireless networks.
Anyway, so we made a photomontage for our mothers for mother’s day. We made ourselves a copy. Apparently,
When I went to get
Thursday, May 17, 2007
So, what's up with Ben killing off Lock???? Lock was one of my favorite characters in the episode. I missed the episode where Lock killed his father. I guess I assume that he solves his problem. It seems like the only way people can die is if they figure things out and the resolve their main conflict.
I can't believe that they are actually going to get off the island. They are going to want to drag it out for another season at least. We still don't know the origins of the others (apparently Ben isn't really from here), we don't know all the details of the island. And that big black cloud that attacks people.
So, remember the episode (I'm assuming you actually know what I'm talking about , LOL) the episode where Mr. Echo stares down one of those black clouds. Well, if you pay real close attention you seen faint scenes from Echo's past. So, I'm thinking maybe those black clouds are really the characters' past coming back to get them. Of course there is always the theory that all of these guys are dead and in purgatory ( I don't believe that personally). I'm rambeling now. Meh...
Next Wednesday is the season finally. I wonder what questions they are going answer. I assume they are going to bring up some new questions. Is another hatch going to blow? Is Charlie actually going to drown like Desmond said? Err, I can't wait till next Wednesday....
Tuesday, May 15, 2007
I'm going to attempt at becoming a runner. I'm on day two of my new running schedule. My sister-in-law, Kelsey, had a schedule that is suppose to gradually get you to the point where you can run for 30-45 min straight. I guess a combination of running and walking is the way to go. At anyrate we'll see how that goes.
So, mother's day. We had a dinner for Lindy, her mother (Alice) and my mother. My brother Brad and his wife Heidi came too. We had a good old time. Lindy's dad and I were cooking for everybody. That basically meant I was watching Lindy's dad grill. He's the master and I, the apprentice.
Anyway, I ought to get going.
Friday, May 11, 2007
Little Savannah, our new edition to the family. She's our little angle.
Here' Sydney! She's our little ball of fire. She has enough energy to power several midwestern towns. It has been a joy watching her develop and learn. She's always surprising us.
Savannah kept slowly falling to the left. This was a particularly difficult shot to get. Sydney has decided to call Savannah "Nana". She often asks to "hold her". She does get a little jeolous. When we're holding Savannah, Sydney wants to be held to, by the same person.
This is Savy's blessing picture. The deer-in-the-headlights look is a signature of Savy's.
We spent way too much time trying to get this simple picture of our family. I think this one turned out pretty good.
Getting both children to look good in the picture is unbeliveably difficult. Savannah's falling asleep while Sydney's having a melt down. Errr.
Thursday, May 10, 2007
Well, I finally did it. I graduated. I walked last Friday. I took Sydney with me as I walked, she was awesome. I'm done with school altogether. It is nice to be done. I have accepted an offer from Davis School District that won't start until August. I'm trying to find some temp work for the summer. I've been in school my whole life, I can't believe that I'm finally done. Kind of feels weird. Now I get to work for something better than $7/hr. I haven't made that in a while, but it's all good.
Monday, April 30, 2007
At any rate, I am done with anything involved with school, except the graduation bit. Now I can spend my full attention on trying to find an income. Hopefully sooner than later.
Tuesday, April 24, 2007
Sydney is starting to show signs of jealousy of her sister (just a little bit). When one of us are holding Savannah, Sydney will want to be held at the same time. However, Sydney is starting to say "hold her" because we'll always ask her if she wants to "hold her". We'll let Sydney hold little Savannah for a few moments before they both start crying. It's better than before though. Sydney calls Savannah, "Nana". We weren't sure if we wanted to encourage that because of the dog in Peter Pan. Anyway, this is enough rambling about our two daughters. Next time I'll try to be a little more cohesive with my postings.
Monday, April 23, 2007
So, are any of you excited about the new Harry Potter book coming in July? Who do you think will die in this book. She's been pretty consistent with killing at least one good guy per book for the last 3 books. I'm afraid its going to be someone as important as the last one ( I won't say who in case you haven't read book 6 - I don't want to give away any spoilers here). My sister-in-law, Kelsey, said she hopes they don't kill off Harry himself at the end of the book. Some kind of Matrix messianic thing. (But then I never thought they would have done what they did in the last book - again, I'm really teasing those who haven't read book 6). I assume that they can't kill off Ron or Herminie (they have to get together or everybody will be mad). But it could be a Weasley, like maybe the dad or one of the twins or something. Maybe Neville will save the day. What do you guys think?
Thursday, March 29, 2007
Today I completed my master's defense and I passed! It was a success. Later on in the day I had my first job interview (which was equally scary). I don't know how well that went. We'll see in the near future. All I have left is my praxis test which I take on April 28, then I'll be done with my masters degree in speech-language pathology. It has been a very long two years.
Now comes the next scary part, finding work and doing what I went to class for. I really do love the field because I love working with people, but I feel inadequate. I still feel like I need a lot more training. Hopefully, I won't feel like a charlatan 5 years from now. Only time will tell.
To those downhearted folks still in school. There is a light at the end of the tunnel and it really isn't a train! Keep it up, it will eventually end.
Sunday, March 11, 2007
Well, we blessed
Baby Blessing and More
By the way, it has been a joy taking our children to church.
I’m almost done with school. Just 2 more weeks of my externship, my defense in 3 weeks, and the SLP praxis test in 7 weeks. Then I get to start to work for the rest of my life. But it will be nice to be able to have a real income for once in my life (and before 30 at that – but not much before 30).
Monday, January 29, 2007
If you are not a Star Wars fan then ignore this message and wait for more cute pictures of Sydney and/or Savannah. Apparently, with the prequels we have to re-evaluate the original movies. My sister-in-law Heidi sent me an email that explores these issues (an acknowledgement of my geekiness, I'm sure). So, here it is, a discussion of why Chewie almost killed Luke.
A New Sith, or Revenge of the Hope
Reconsidering Star Wars IV in the light of I-III
Sunday, January 28, 2007
For as long as I can remember, I've been hearing stories about the time I emptied several boxes of cereal on the floor and danced on them. I don't ever remember doing this, but its my parents favorite story to tell. I began to believe that nothing else happened in my whole childhood. My one and only defining moment was spent stomping on cereal.
Even as I have children of my own, I continue to hear about the infamous day. Then today, something happened that will bring a smile to my parents face and a cringe to my own. My daughter, Sydney, took off with a box of Cheerios and decided to empty it onto her bedroom floor. Instead of getting upset, I grabbed the camera. I'm not sure if that was a good idea cause my parents will enjoy rubbing it in. However, when I tell stories to my daughter I'll at least have evidence instead of hearsay.
Wednesday, January 24, 2007
Savannah, still only a week old, is a little cutie. She likes to sleep all the time, even when we're trying to feed her. Her weight dropped a little and we're still waiting to hear about her bilirubin count. Hopefully it will go down so we don't have to have her under a bili-light. Sydney had to do that and she hated it. We'll hear about it tomorrow, but I'm sure things are going to be okay.
We'll try to be better about leaving stories about our daughters on here in the future(that and pictures).
Saturday, January 20, 2007
Monday, January 01, 2007
Good bye Logan, Its been fun.
We're now completely (we're still working on it) into our new home in Layton. We were really sad to leave Logan, we've spent our whole married lives up there. Its bitter sweet to leave (finishing school and all). Here are some parting pictures.
We do plan on posting some pics and stories of christmas, soon.