Wednesday, September 24, 2008

My 3 Girls, Son and ??

I was looking through some pictures that my husband took recently and came across this one of the girls. I don't know what it is about the photo, but it tickles me. Maybe it is the hats and boots but I like it.
Our son just turned 12 last week and was ordained to the Aaronic Priesthood at church Sunday. My father-in-law came to share the weekend with us. He received his Faith in God award during Sacrament meeting and in the opening of Priesthood he recited the purposes of the Aaronic Priesthood and received a plaque for it.
We had a little bit of a surprise when we found out that we are expecting. Still early on in the pregnancy but we are excited and the kids are looking forward to having a new brother or sister or possibly twins again.

Done with the Twilight Series

I don't even know what to say about Eclipse. Back when I was reading the second book someone approached me and told me the book was the best and she was eating it up. It was torture for me. I will admit that I really like Breaking Dawn. A lot of it was redundant from previous books or didn't need to be written because it was implied fairly well. I was extremely disappointed with the end. I'm not into battles or wars, but the way this book ended just left me shaking my head. It moved quick enough and yet it wasn't as quick as one would like to have had. It was more torture for me than the characters in the book.

I'm glad I'm done with it and there aren't any more. I'm really not sure what all the hoopla was over. I guess it really comes down to what "type" of book you enjoy and this really wasn't it for me. I'm not willing to take the time to put a more positive slant on the books.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Eligibility Lawsuit

I was talking with a friend and hadn't heard of the lawsuit brought against Obama, the Democratic National Committee and the Federal Election Commission. The lawsuit claims that Barack Obama is not a natural-born American citizen and that he maintained Indonesian citizenship well into adulthood. Apparently, the lawsuit was filed the week before the DNC.

I was very surprised at the lack of coverage. When I Googled it, I came up with a lot of blog entries. One blog referenced an article in the Washington Times and I went to their site and located the article.

We would never do that . . . would we?

Ask What Change

Once upon a time , there was a young, charismatic and eloquent young leader who decided his nation needed a change and that he was the one to implement it.

The people were receptive and ready for a change.

He spoke passionately when denouncing the existing System, and the media loved him. Nobody questioned what he believed in or whom his friends were. He would help the poor and bring free medical care and education to all. He would bring justice and equality. He said: I am for hope and change and I will bring you both.

Nobody bothered to ask about the change, so by the time the executioners’ guns went silent, all personal firearms had been confiscated. When everyone was finally equal, they were equally poor, hungry and miserable. Their free education was worthless. When the change was fully implemented, the country had been reduced to a Third World status. More than a million people fled in small boats and rafts. The charismatic young leader was Fidel Castro; the nation, Cuba .

The citizens of the United States would never fall for a charismatic, eloquent young leader who promises hope and change without asking, “What change, and how much will it cost us?”—would we?

Friday, September 5, 2008

Twilight Series

I was heading to bed one night last week and I was tired and didn't think I would be able to read too long, however, I still wanted to read. All of the books I have right now seem to require some thought and I just needed something relaxing. I pulled Twilight off the shelf and started reading, somewhat hesitantly I must confess. I'm just not a vampire type of gal.

Right off I enjoyed the writing style of Stephenie Meyer. She holds your interest immediately, which, as of late, I can't say has been the case for other books I've read. I was aware that this series was geared toward young adults. A positive in my mind because it would be a quick read. It was entertaining to read of high school issues/relationships and recall my own experiences. Those memories and reminders of what it was like made the first part of the book somewhat fun to read. I was delightfully surprised at the lack of vampire escapades that I had expected to be there. It is important to keep in mind that this is fantasy/romance, at least for me, so I don't wonder what Bella is thinking when her desire to be a vampire is expressed. I can understand from a teenagers point of view wanting to be with the one you "love" but I have a hard time with the forever part of that choice.

With the book Twilight, I liked the beginning, almost to the middle of the book, then I wasn't so thrilled with it. The explaining of vampire difference and how the Cullen family was became long and mundane and the relationship itself was getting somewhat tiring with the dependence. It did pick up toward the end when a vampire was after Bella. I found it a pleasurable read at the end due to it not being drawn out in the plotting and the story went along rather quickly.

When I was less than thrilled with the book in the middle I was undecided as to whether I would continue with the series. The ending was so good that I went ahead and bought the rest of the books hoping they would be delivered by the time I finished the book.

New Moon involves more fantasy as werewolves come into the picture. I was humored that it was a vampire series and there were vampires in the first 3 chapters and then it went for 14 chapters without any. Toward the end of the 14 chapters is where the werewolves came into play though. I must admit I laughed out loud when I read October - turn the page, November - turn the page, December - turn the page, January - turn the page and the story picked up again.

It was interesting how depressed Bella became when Edward left her. It seems like she left her friends when she was with Edward and she didn't have a desire to be with them when he was gone. What was in the book that she feared her police chief father would consider reckless humored me too. I don't have a problem with cliff diving or learning to ride a motorcycle. The time she approached some men outside of a bar, now that was foolish.

In this book you have yet another vampire after Bella. It seems that her relationship with Jacob, an Indian that will become a werewolf, it quite similar to that of Edward. She doesn't gush over how perfect looking he is but he has skills that help her in her destruction mode that she has for a lot of the book so that she can hear Edward's voice in her head. The story is set up well to understand how the werewolves and vampires detest each other.

If I had to choose, I think I would admit that I preferred New Moon to Twilight. I started Eclipse yesterday. I'm short on time for reading until Sunday afternoon though.

Thursday, September 4, 2008

It has been a busy . . .

It is hard to believe we are finishing our 4th week of school already. It has been so busy with school, band, piano, scouts, church "stuff", funerals, and I don't know what else.

I was a bit grumbly about a month ago with all of the school supplies that had to be purchased to start school. I'm not talking about the clothes, shoes, backpacks, or lunchboxes, just the basic supplies requested by the schools. The night before school started, I put out everything they had to start back to school and it looked like Christmas. I took a picture to share with my husband, who was away for a month, so he could see what a few hundred dollars will get.

Which brings me to a page I did showing a section of supplies once it is packed up. His backpack was very heavy. I found it funny that he couldn't even fit his supplies in it, let alone the 6 books they gave us when we picked up his schedule.

Just for fun, I filled out the places I've lived and visited. The northern part of our country I have yet to experience. I'm hoping our next move will take us somewhere north.

visited 38 states (76%)
Create your own visited map of The United States or determine the next president
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