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Saturday, November 29, 2008

True Love

One night I was watching TV in my room when Wes and Payton went into the bathroom. I thought they were messing around with stuff in there and I heard the blow dryer. I got nervous that they were doing something wrong. I decided I needed to check it out and see what they were up to, so I opened the door and this is what I found:

I had to include the second video even though its sideways. What Weston says is priceless. How does he even know about highlighting?

btw, I didn't give him any lemonade, lol!

Monday, November 17, 2008

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Prop 8 and the Mormon Church

Have you read this yet?

Kevin Hamilton's Letter on Proposition 8 and the Mormon Church

Dear Friends,

In the aftermath of the recent election, we may find ourselves oddly on the defensive regarding our support for the Yes on Proposition 8 cause. Our young people have been especially subject to mean-spirited comments by high school friends and teachers. We have nothing to be ashamed of. We did nothing wrong. In fact, we did everything that a civic-minded American can and should do. I have put together a few facts that help me to appreciate our position better. For example:

1. Mormons make up less than 2 percent of the population of California. There are approximately 800,000 LDS out of a total population of approximately 34 million.Mormon voters were less than 5 percent of the yes vote.

2. If one estimates that 250,000 LDS are registered voters (the rest being children), then LDS voters made up 4.6 percent of the yes vote and 2.4 percent of the total Proposition 8 vote.

3. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons) donated no money to the Yes on 8 campaign. Individual members of the church were encouraged to support the Yes on 8 efforts and, exercising their constitutional right to free speech, donated whatever they felt like donating.

4. The No on 8 campaign raised more money than the Yes on 8 campaign. Unofficial estimates put No on 8 at $38 million and Yes on 8 at $32 million, making it the most expensive non-presidential election in the country.

5. Advertising messages for the Yes on 8 campaign are based on case law and real-life situations. The No on 8 supporters have insisted that the Yes on 8 messaging is based on lies. Every Yes on 8 claim is supported.

6. The majority of our friends and neighbors voted Yes on 8. Los Angeles County voted in favor of Yes on 8. Ventura County voted in favor of Yes on 8.

7. African-Americans overwhelmingly supported Yes on 8. Exit polls show that 70 percent of black voters chose Yes on 8. This was interesting because the majority of these voters voted for President-elect Obama. No on 8 supporters had assumed that Obama voters would vote No on 8.

8. The majority of Latino voters voted Yes on 8. Exit polls show that the majority of Latinos supported Yes on 8 and cited religious beliefs (assumed to be primarily Catholic).

9. The Yes on 8 coalition was a broad spectrum of religious organizations. Catholics, evangelicals, Protestants, Orthodox Jews, Muslims -- all supported Yes on 8. It is estimated that there are 10 million Catholics and 10 million Protestants in California. Mormons were a tiny fraction of the population represented by Yes on 8 coalition members.

10. Not all Mormons voted in favor of Proposition 8. Our faith accords that each person be allowed to choose for him or herself. Church leaders have asked members to treat other members with "civility, respect and love," despite their differing views.

11. The church did not violate the principal of separation of church and state. This principle is derived from the First Amendment to the United States' Constitution, which reads, "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof?" The phrase "separation of church and state", which does not appear in the Constitution itself, is generally traced to an 1802 letter by Thomas Jefferson, although it has since been quoted in several opinions handed down by the United States Supreme Court in recent years. The LDS Church is under no obligation to refrain from participating in the political process to the extent permitted by law. U.S. election law is very clear that churches may not endorse candidates, but may support issues. The church as always been very careful on this matter and occasionally (not often) chooses to support causes that it feels to be of a moral nature.

12. Supporters of Proposition 8 did exactly what the Constitution provides for all citizens: they exercised their First Amendment rights to speak out on an issue that concerned them, make contributions to a cause that they support and then vote in the regular electoral process. For the most part, this seems to have been done in an open, fair and civil way. Opponents of 8 have accused supporters of being bigots, liars and worse. The fact is, we simply did what Americans do -- we spoke up, we campaigned and we voted.

Hold your heads up high -- you did a great job on this most important cause. We will have more opportunities in the future to participate in our democratic process. Let's remember the lessons learned and do an even better job next time.

These are my personal opinions and thoughts; any errors are mine and in no way reflect official church policy or doctrine.

Kevin Hamilton

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Wii Hula Hoop and get Fit

Tagged Twice

First, I was tagged by one of my most favorite people ever! My super friend Angela (we were BYU roomies and I miss her more than I like to admit)

So Ang, this is for you!

I am: a wife and mother
I want: more time in my day
I have: a beautiful family
I dislike: cigarette smoke
I miss: my Utah Aunts
I fear: backing over any of my kids
I feel: tired (its 10:30 pm)
I hear: Oprah on my Tivo
I crave: nothing right now
I cry: not often enough
I usually: am up by 7 am
I search: using Google
I wonder: if my kids will have great childhood memories
I regret: not going to Angela's wedding
I love: Steve
I care: about my family
I worry: about my kids' happiness
I am not: skinny
I remember: Roman Gardens and my fun roomates!
I believe: in Santa Claus and the Tooth Fairy
I dance: to make my kids laugh
I sing: Primary songs
I don't always: clean my house as much as I should, but after watching Oprah today, I realise that I do a he** of a lot better than many people!
I argue: too often
I write: on my blog and scrapbook pages
I win: scrapbook challenges
I lose: scrapbook challenges (its the only thing I play right now)
I wish: I could overcome my weight problem
I listen: to my husband. all. the. time. (he wishes)
I don't understand: why we don't always get the desires of our hearts (me neither Ang)
I can usually be found: at the computer or in my car (ditto)
I need: to go to bed
I forget: to always be patiet
I am happy: when the ones I love are happy (and when I have a Big Gulp!)

I tag however wants to play! Its a fun list and gets you thinking.

Second, I was tagged by a good friend in my ward. We are slowly becoming better friends and I love getting to know her better.

Vivian, this is for you!

6 Random Things

The Rules:

1. Link to the person who tagged you (Vivian tagged me).

2. Post the rules on your blog (this is what you are now reading).

3. Write 6 random things about yourself (see below).

4. Tag 6 people at the end of your post and link to them.

5. Let each person know they have been tagged and leave a comment on their blog.

6. Let the tagger know when your entry is up.

Here we go with the random things:

1. I am legally blind in my left eye. I have been since I was 10. Its never been a big deal. The only time it was ever even an issue is when I was 16 and taking drivers ed. I fell under the "handicap" clause and my drivers ed training was paid for by the state. Weird! Sees to me that the state wouldn't want to encourage seeing impaired people to drive, but what do I know?

2. I've had 5 cars since I turned 16. My dad gave me my first car, it was a hand me down. Then my parents bought me a Dodge Shadow (drove through all of college). After I got married, Steve bought me my long dreamed of 4Runner. When I started having kids I moved on to a MiniVan. Now that I have 4 kids I drive a true mom car, my suburban. I can't imagine driving anything else right now.

3. I wish I could have had these digital gadgets whe nI was in college that I have now, especially my digi cam. I have forgotten so much from those days. I wish I would have documented it better. I think thats one of the main reasons I scrapbook so much now!

4. I'm excited for Christmas! I know we will be scaling back this year though (who isn't). Looking at my house shows me that we do not NEED anything!

5. My kids LOVE cleaning the toilet. I take advantage of them, and put them to work. I know someday they will see that cleaning toilets isn't FUN! For now, I enjoy their zeal.

6. I love my husband! He is wonderful, a hard worker, loves his family, and is funny. Sure he has stuff he needs to work on, but who doesn't. I'm glad he is the leader of our family.

Now, I know I'm supposed to tag 6 people, but I won't. If you read this and want to play along, great! Message me and tell me you did.

Thanks girls for the tags. I liked taking time to think and write.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Monday, November 10, 2008

My Edward In Training

He will be progressing to cars soon! hehe

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Monday, November 3, 2008