Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Picture Fun

When Ethan and I were figuring out what to do with the tax return, one thing I was adamant about was getting a new digital camera. Ethan had one, but it was over 4 years old, and had been dropped a good many times, giving it many interesting quarks that were not appreciated. We have had the new camera for a little while now and here are some results of the fun I have been having. Sorry for all the sideway shots, if someone can tell me how to rotate them on the blog that would be great.

I love this shot, he looks like an alien. Obviously the flash was little bright.
He is so cute.

Ethan does not care for this onesie. Says it makes him look like we have been doing drugs. Oh well, I like the colors.

I love his eyes, they can be really expressive sometimes.

We went down the D.C. temple last Friday. Hannah was nice enough to watch him so we could participate with the ward temple trip. Here he is making rounds on the temple grounds.
I love Alan and Mark together.
Peek-a-boo, I see you.

He just gets so happy. I love it.

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Headlines from 2029

Headlines from the Year 2029

- Ozone created by electric cars now killing millions in the seventh largest country in the world, Mexifornia ( formerly California).

- White minorities still trying to have English recognized as Mexifornia's third language.

- Spotted Owl plague threatens northwestern United States crops and livestock. - Baby conceived naturally. Scientists stumped.

- Last remaining Fundamentalist Muslim dies in the American Territory of the Middle East (formerly known as Iraq , Afghanistan , Syria and Lebanon ).

- Iran still closed off; physicists estimate it will take at least 10 more years before radioactivity decreases to safe levels.

- Postal Service raises price of first class stamp to $17.89 and reduces mail delivery to Wednesdays only.

- 85-year $75.8 billion study: Diet and Exercise is the key to weight loss.

- Supreme Court rules punishment of criminals violates their civil rights.

- New federal law requires that all nail clippers, screwdrivers, fly swatters and rolled-up newspapers must be registered by January 2036.

- IRS sets lowest tax rate at 75 percent.

- Florida voters still having trouble with voting machines.

To be a child again

I hereby tender my resignation as an adult. I have decided to accept the responsibilities of an 8 year old again. I want to go to McDonnald's and think that it's a four star restaurant. I want to sail sticks across a fresh mud puddle and make ripples with rocks.

I want to think M&Ms are better than money because you can eat them. I want to lie under a big oak tree and run a lemonade stand with my friends on a hot summer day.

I want to return to a time when life was simple. When all you knew were colors, multiplication tables, and nursery rhymes, but that didn't bother you, because you didn't know what you didn't know and you didn't care. All you knew was to be happy because you were blissfully unaware of all the things that should make you worried or upset.

I want to think the world is fair. That everyone is honest and good. I want to believe that anything is possible.

I want to be oblivious to the complexities of life and be overly excited by the little things again.

I want to live simply again. I don't want my day to consist of computer crashes, mountains of paperwork, depressing news, how to survive more days in the month than there is money in the bank, doctor bills, gossip, illness, and loss of loved ones.

I want to believe in the power of smiles, hugs, a kind word, truth, justice, peace, dreams, the imagination, mankind, and making angels in the snow.'s my checkbook and my car keys, my credit card bills and my 401K statements.

I am officially resigning from adulthood. And if you want discuss this further, you'll have to catch me first, cause, "Tag! You're It."

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Favorite Books

With Ethan's new work schedule, it means he is home during most days, so here I am taking shameful advantage of his presence. Not a whole lot is going on, but last night I had Activity Days and we were talking about our fav. books. It got me thinking about some of my favorites when I was their age. I absolutely adored "The Face on the Milk Carton" by Caroline B. Cooney, and many others by that author. "Go Ask Alice" wasn't so much one that I loved as it was one that had major influences on my decisions on never being stupid enough to ever do drugs or drink. "McIntyre Liar" by David Bly is a must read for anyone that wants to sit and enjoy an amusing book for people of any age. Now days, my favs. tend to be whatever I just finished reading. Well there have been three series that I have finished up recently, "Uglies" trilogyby Scott Westerfield, "A Great and Terrible Beauty" trilogy by Libba Bray, and "Twilight" series by Stephanie Meyers. All come highly recommended.

Well here are some random pics for anyone to enjoy!!!!
Here Mark is with my close friend Kate Eberle at the Big Band Dance at the High school, just chillin'.

Kate with her boyfriend Brian playing with Mark after the dance at my Mom's house. We went over there to wish my brother Alan a Happy 18th Birthday.

Here is Alan. We were there a couple of weeks ago, with Mom. Alan was playing with Mark and having a great time. He had put Mark on the edge of the table and was trying to make him sit up by himself. Needless to say, Mark is not able to sit up yet. P.S. Mark was not harmed during the taking of this picture.

Here I am with my new nephew Caleb Simon Eberle. Nessa had him April 4th.

And here is just a funny picture.

Friday, April 11, 2008

There was a rainbow!!!! This is in front of our apartment building.
Saturday night, Big Band Dance at the local high school. People that are going are actually going to dance, not just chit-chat, because its the first time in three months they have seen the person. Yeah!!!!! I enjoy dancing, doesn't mean I am good at it, but it is definitely a pleasure for me. I manage to convince Ethan he should go, even if it is not for any other reason but to be around the guys for a little bit, but in case Mark decides that he doesn't want to be there anymore, Ethan has the perfect excuse to leave. I love it when I make a case soo compelling there is no way around it.

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Hey there, Squeakers (a.k.a. Mark) is now falling asleep, and Ethan has just left for work. Thought I would give people some updates and pictures. On Feb. 3, 2008, we had Mark blessed and we wanted to thank everyone that was able to come out and share that special time with us.

Ethan has now officially quit working construction and is working at Armstrong (an internet, cable, and phone company for those not familiar) as an internet technician. They are still only training him, but he really seems to be enjoying it. As many of you know, he loves working with computers, and this job will give him opportunities to grow, so it is a dream come true for our family. I am still work a couple hours a week at Clearview Mall movie theater, keeps us in free entertainment. I am truly enjoying being a mom. It is hard and anyone that says it isn't, is not looking at it closely. It is easily exhausting, but keeping to schedule helps a lot. Mark is doing extremely well. He is growing fast and most people think he looks older than he is. We just started him on rice cereal and he really seems to be taking to it. I like it, because he sleeps longer at night now. He is a lucky little boy, he had two new cousin born within the last two weeks. Ethan's sister Sara, had a little girl on March 25th, Arianna, and my sister, Vanessa, had a little boy, Caleb on April 4. I was excited about it, it means cousins his own age. I hated going to family reunions where there was no one your own age. Now he has one on both sides.