Thursday, October 30, 2008
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Yaaaaay! Remember how in my previous blog I was bummed out about it still being hot? Well, today the HIGH was like 60! And tonight we're under a FREEZE WARNING!!! Hooooray! Jack Frost is coming to town!!! I mean...that's sad for everyone with gardens...but I can't help but have a little bounce in my step when I feel the cold air. It just reminds me of home and cute sweaters, hot mugs of apple cider, snow on the peaks of the mountains, and knowing that the holidays are just around the corner. Oh, and guess what I had for breakfast this morning??? Hot chocolate with peanut butter on whole wheat toast. It was fabulous! One and a half packs of reduced sugar cocoa, some amaretto creamer and a little bit of Pero all mixed together with a dab of whipped cream on top. Mmmmmm. I even got to turn the heat on because our house was so cold when we woke up. Aaron climbed in bed with me to snuggle and he had cold little feet! That was a new experience for me. Anyway...I just had to share the good news. Today I heard someone jokingly ask, "Does this mean that Hell is freezing over?" And I couldn't help but laugh.
Posted by Natalie at 7:05 PM
Thursday, October 23, 2008
My dad sent me this e-mail and I thought it was very insightful! I have been so stressed and worried about these elections for these reasons exactly! Unfortunately, it sounds like Obama is probably going to win, and this may be the future we have to look forward to. The people of America are shooting themselves in the foot out of blindness and wickedness and the issues of economy and tax cuts have overshadowed the issues that really matter. The issues that should really make us shiver and shake and stand up for what's right. Anyway...here's the article. It turned out kind of weird since I just copied and pasted it from my email and no matter what I do I can't make it look normal...so bear with me. :)
sent out an email with a few points. With the election just around the
corner I decided to complete my perspective. Those of you on my e-list
have seen some of this before but it's worth repeating... First I must say
whoever wins the election will have my prayer support. Obama needs to be
commended for his accomplishments but I need to explain why I will not be
voting for him. Many of my friends process their identity through their
blackness. I process my identity through Christ. Being a Christian (a
) means He leads I follow. I can't dictate the terms He
does because He is the leader. I can't vote black because I am black; I
have to vote Christian because that's who I am. Christian first, black
second. Neither should anyone from the other ethnic groups vote because
of ethnicity. 200 years from now I won't be asked if I was black or white.
I will be asked if I knew Jesus and accepted Him as Lord and Savior. In an
election there are many issues to consider but when a society gets
abortion, same-sex marriage, embryonic stem-cell research, human cloning
to name a few, wrong economic concerns will soon not matter. We need to
follow Martin Luther King's words -- don't judge someone by the color of
their skin but by the content of their character. I don't know Obama so
all I can go off is his voting record. His voting record earned him the
title of the most liberal senator in the US Senate in 2007. NATIONAL
JOURNAL: Obama: Most Liberal Senator in 2007 (01/31/2008) To beat Ted
Kennedy and Hillary Clinton as the most liberal senator, takes some doing.
Obama accomplished this feat in 2 short years. I wonder what would happen
to America if he had four years to work with. There is a reason Planned
Parenthood gives him a 100% rating. There is a reason the homosexual
community supports him. There is a reason Ahmadinejad, Chavez, Castro,
Hamas etc. love him. There is a reason he said he would nominate liberal
judges to the Supreme Court. There is a reason he voted against the
infanticide bill. There is a reason he voted No on the constitutional ban
of same-sex marriage. There is a reason he voted No on banning partial
birth abortion. There is a reason he voted No on confirming Justices
Roberts and Alito. These two judges are conservatives and they have since
overturned partial birth abortion. The same practice Obama wanted to
continue.God help him. There is a reason Obama opposed the parental
notification law. Think about this: You can't give a kid an aspirin
without parental notification but that same kid can have an abortion
without parental notification. This is insane. There is a reason he went
to Jeremiah Wright's church for 20 years. Obama tells us he has good
judgment but he sat under teaching for 20 years. Now he is
condemning Wright's sermons. I wonder why now? Obama said Jeremiah Wright
led him to the Lord and discipled him. A disciple is one in training.
Jesus told us in Matthew 28:19 - 20 'Go and make disciples of all
nations.' This means reproduce yourself. Teach people to think like you,
walk like you; talk like you believe what you believe etc. The question I
have is what did Jeremiah Wright teach him? Would you support a White
President who went to a church which has tenets that said they have a
...1. Commitment to the White Community 2. Commitment to the White Family
3. Adherence to the White Work Ethic 4. Pledge to make the fruits of all
developing and acquired skills available to the White Community. 5. Pledge
to Allocate Regularly, a Portion of Personal Resources for Strengthening
and Supporting White Institutions 6. Pledge allegiance to all White
leadership who espouse and embrace the White Value System 7. Personal
commitment to embracement of the White Value System. Would you support a
President who went to a church like that? Just change the word from white
to black and you have the tenets of Obama's former church. If President
Bush was a member of a church like this, he would be called a racist.
Jessie Jackson and would have been marching outside. This kind
of church is a racist church. Obama did not wake up after 20 years and
just discovered he went to a racist church. The church can't be about
race. Jesus did not come for any particular race. He came for the whole
world. A church can't have a value system based on race. The churches
value system has to be based on biblical mandate. It does not matter if it
is a white church or a it's still wrong. Anyone from either
race that attends a church like this would never get my vote. Obama's
former is a disciple of liberal theologian James
Cone, author of the 1970 book A Black Theology of Liberation. Cone once
wrote: ' refuses to accept a God who is not identified
totally with the goals of the black community. If God is not for us and
against white people, then he is a murderer, and we had better kill
him.Cone is the man Obama's mentor looks up to. Does Obama believe this?
So what does all this mean for the nation? In the past when the Lord
brought someone with the beliefs of Obama to lead a nation it meant one
thing - judgment. Read 1 Samuel 8 when Israel asked for a king. First God
says in 1 Samuel 1:9 'Now listen to them; but warn them solemnly and let
them know what the king who will reign over them will do.' Then God says,
1 Samuel 1:18 ' When that day comes, you will cry out for relief from the
king you have chosen, and the LORD will not answer you in that day.' 19
But the people refused to listen to Samuel. 'No!' they said. 'We want a
king over us. 20 Then we will be like all the other nations, with a king
to lead us and to go out before us and fight our battles.' 21 When Samuel
heard all that the people said, he repeated it before the LORD. 22 The
LORD answered, 'Listen to them and give them a king.' Here is what we know
for sure. God is not schizophrenic. He would not tell one person to vote
for Obama and one to vote for McCain. As the scripture says, a city
divided against itself cannot stand, so obviously many people are not
hearing from God. Maybe I am the one not hearing, but I know God does not
change and Obama contradicts many things I read in scripture so I doubt
it. For all my friends who are voting for Obama, can you really look God
in the face and say: Father, based on your word, I am voting for Obama
even though I know he will continue the genocidal practice of partial
birth abortion. He might have to nominate three or four Supreme Court
justices, and I am sure he will be nominating liberal judges who will be
making laws that are against You. I also know he will continue to push
for homosexual rights, even though You destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah for
this. I know I can look the other way because of the economy. I could not
see Jesus agreeing with many of Obama's positions. Finally I have two
questions for all my liberal friends. Since we know someone's value system
has to be placed on the nation, 1. Whose value system should be placed on
the nation? 2. Who should determine that this is the right value system
for the nation?
Blessings, Huntley Brown
Posted by Natalie at 3:06 PM
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
8 TV shows I watch
1. Gilmore Girls
3. Extreme Home Makeover
4. David Letterman
6. Anything on PBS Kids in the mornings
7. Myth Busters
8 things that happened yesterday
1. My visiting teacher came over (she rocks!!!)
2. Playgroup at 10 o'clock
3. Strange emotional breakdown starring Aaron...I think I waited too long to put him down for his nap and he didn't want to put underwear back on before I rocked him to sleep.
4. Play time with Whitney
5. I made 2 batches of sugar cookies for mutual
6. Made dinner. Grilled cheese and tomato soup...yummy.
7. Went to mutual
8. Had the rest of the sugar cookies stolen after mutual by some rude, unruly teenage boy. Grrrr. (I promised the kids I'd bring some home for them!)
8 things on my wish list
1. A new camera
2. A trundle bed or bunk bed for the kids so we'll have room for baby. I'm leaning towards trundle because I know Aaron would probably only stay alive for a week with a bunk bed. "To infinity and beyond!!! Wheeeeeee!" Thud. The end.
3. One of those new hdtvs so that in February we don't lose our signal and I don't have to go try to track down one of those little adapter things that are supposedly going to be impossible to find. Besides, it would be so fun to watch movies with!
4. To know what the gender of the baby is so I can start shopping and all the cute little baby clothes on clearance at Target, Old Navy and the Gap stop taunting me!
5. That my acne would go away. :(
6. An entertainment center like those nice ones in Pottery Barn catalogs with the doors that you can shut so the kids can't push the buttons and smear the tv with spit and snot and yogurt...
7. A piano bench
8. I wish I could go to the Temple more often.
8 restaurants I go to
1. Pei Wei (honey seared chicken)
2. Quiznos (tuscan turkey on rosemary parmesan bread)
3. Cheesecake Factory (chicken enchiladas)
4. Red Lobster (anything!!!)
5. Ninos (chicken and cheese enchiladas smothered in green chili)
6. Wendys (frosties)
7. Sonic (pretty much anything...love the drinks!)
8. Sams Club cafe...not really a restaurant, but they have the best pizza ever!
8 people I want to tag....Rachel, Chris, Mandy, Jessica, Diana, Marissa, Olivia and Samantha
Posted by Natalie at 7:26 PM
Wow, it's been a while. I've sat down and tried to start several different posts, but they all turn out so lame that I just delete it until I have something better to say. Plus, I still don't have a new camera so I don't have any fun pictures to put up of anything...and for some reason I have it in my head that you have to have a picture with your post. Oh well, I'd better get over it!
Things have been pretty quiet lately, not much excitement. It's still in the 80's here and I'm just counting down the days until I can wear a sweater. I hear a cold front is supposed to be coming through, and then they say it's going to get all the way down into the 70's and I just want to sob! Give me the 50's or the 40's at least! Oh, and they had these really cute maternity pea coats on sale at Motherhood Maternity and I got all excited and went to get one and the lady at the store looked at me strangely when I asked her if they had any left. Apparently this place doesn't sell winter coats. I swear it gets cold her in the winter, though...I remember it getting below freezing last year and it was sooooo cold! Michael was saying how people at work were freaking out about driving on the ice and I thought that was just so funny. Anyway, to make a long story short, I ordered one online and it should be here any day. I'll just have to wait a few months to wear it.
Remember a while ago when I said that I wasn't going to have any more kids until Aaron was potty trained? Well, I've started potty training him and I think I just might have it done by the time the baby comes! He's doing pretty well other than overshooting the toilet every time he sits down and goes and not making it to the bathroom in time. A few days ago he went all by himself and left a big puddle on the bathroom floor and Whitney came running in to congratulate him and totally slipped in the puddle and fell down. It was so sad and so funny at the same time...
Things with the Young Women are going very well right now! Our motto this year is Mosiah 5:15 "Be steadfast and immovable, always abounding in good works". So, we decided to make a challenge and asked them to try to reach the goal of doing 5, 515 acts of service (good works) by Night in Excellence. They wrote down the acts they did each week and turned them into me and I made one of those chart things where you color up to the line with the number they were at. I really didn't think we were going to make it, but last Sunay I tallied it up and we are at 5, 460 acts of service!!! I am so proud of them! We are going to write an article about it and send it to the New Era and see if they'll publish it.
This Friday I am going to Time Out For Women with a group of friends from church in San Antonio. My friend Mandy (woo-hoo! Mandy!!!!) got us a nice suite in a Mariott (I think it was Mariott) and we're going to spend the night there. I'm so excited!!! I've never been on an overnighter without the kids and husband, so this will be a new experience. I can't wait! The only thing I worry about is having to run to the ladies room every half an hour and three or four times every night...hahaha. The joys of pregnancy.
Speaking of which, I'm a few days away from being done with the first trimester! Yaaaay! I'm feeling pretty good! I'm already in maternity clothes which seems ridiculous...but what else can I do? I haven't been sick lately, so that's good. I'm just hungry every hour or so. I'm trying to stick to healthy snacks, lots of fruits and cheese sticks and stuff so I don't weigh five hundred pounds by the time this baby comes...which seems so far away....
Well, that's about all I can think of right now. I've got to go try to make sugar cookies for mutual tonight and dinner hasn't even been thought of yet and Michael will be home in about half an hour wondering where it is...eek!
Posted by Natalie at 2:28 PM
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
25 Things About My Mom
1. She dresses so cute! She has always had a great sense of style. She never showed up at my school to bring me the lunch I forgot in a pair of sweats. She always looks her best...even her P.J.'s are cute!
2. She is the one who got me addicted to Bonnie Bell Lip Smackers. It's been something she's used since she was little...I believe she said her favorite flavor was red raspberry.
3. She is an incredible musician. She plays the flute, piano, guitar and she sings like an angel. I have fond memories of listening to her play classical music on her guitar when I was little, and playing the piano after the kids were in bed.
4. She used to spend hours and hours and hours making crafts to sell at craft fairs. (She always did VERY well at those!) I have always been so amazed at the things she makes with her bare hands! My favorite Christmas presents were the ones she made us.
5. She always gets her Visiting Teaching done. Not only does she get it done, she makes these awesome treat bags or cute little knick knacks to give them every time! She's so creative!
6. I never had to wonder if my mom loved me. Even when I was absolutely horrible to her. She was always there with a hug and a tear when I needed her.
7. She is an amazing cook. Every Christmas Eve she makes this incredible feast of Chimichangas (spelling???), Posole, chili, taquitos, and all sorts of other goodies. To me, that's Christmas, right there. Christmas Eve dinner.
8. She used to make me peanut butter on bread and draw a smiley face in the peanut butter. I thought it was the coolest thing ever! And to this day I swear the sandwich didn't taste as good when I didn't get my smiley face on it.
9. She's a great movie critic. She always knows the best picks!
10. She is an incredible substitute teacher...now a secretary! I swear, claws come out when the other teachers fight over who gets her when they're going to be gone. She is one hot item in the Monte Vista school district! She's so good at what she does and the kids love her!
11. She is such an awesome grandma! Whitney, Aaron and McKayla just adore her. She has a special way of making cranky babies calm down and I wish I knew her secret! She always remembers their birthdays and knows how to make them feel special.
12. She's so funny! She's always ready with some sort of little prank to pull.
13. She used to be a nurse! I believe she was pregnant with me at the same time, too. It was very difficult for her, but she still went and did it every day. She has such neat stories about experiences she had there. And she always has good medical advice!
14. She walks miles and miles for exercise and somehow doesn't get tired! I'm ready to die after mile three, and she's like, "let's just go a few more miles." I don't know how she does it.
15. She takes good care of her family.
16. She chased down some naughty boys who stole a bunch of apples out of our apple tree. It was awesome! Those boys were sure put in their place that day, and my mom was a superhero in my eyes!
17. She used to make the coolest halloween costumes when we were little. Once she made me a paper mache trash can complete with a lid so I could be Oscar the Grouch. It looked so real! And once she sewed this HUGE snake for Josh to be some kind of a snake tamer or something. She made this cool Frankenstein hair/hat thing that was a family favorite for years. See, once again she's a crafty maniac!
18. She's really good at decorating the house. She makes our house in Monte Vista have this neat old country charm. It looks like it came out of a Better Homes and Garden magazine. It just feels like home! And it always smells so good...Yankee Candles. Mmmm.
19. Speaking of Mmmm....she makes killer brownies! Oh man, and when she makes her homemade fudge sauce to go with her brownies and ice cream, it's like heaven! Warm, oozy, chocolaty heaven.
20. She has gorgeous hair! It is so shiny and healthy and thick and I'm so jealous! She has never had a perm or dyed it or anything...so maybe that's her secret. But I've always loved her hair.
21. Whitney wants me to add that she loves it when Grandma reads her stories and sits with her on the couch. And she likes that she "shares her toys because that's a nice thing to do."
22. She makes cute kids. And she had all of us without pain killers. She's amazing! Even when she was in labor when I drove her to the hospital, she was so calm and focused...you'd never know she was in tremendous pain.
23. She is so beautiful! She always has been. She has a beautiful smile, and the prettiest brown eyes, and she has a great complexion (something else I wish I had inherited). I love my beautiful mom!
24. She always makes me feel better. She never tells me I'm crazy or to just stop whining and complaining...even when I know I am. She patiently listenes and tells me it'll be okay and usually ends up making me laugh.
25. I would never trade her for anyone else. Mary Poppins has nothing on my mom! (especially since mom never made us drink cod liver oil... magically cherry flavored or not!) I know I chose her for a reason, and every day I am reminded of why. I love you, mom! Happy Birthday!
Posted by Natalie at 10:25 AM