Sunday, May 30, 2010
These pictures turned out pretty funny. One even looks like Abs is being choked, although she isn't. Denali was just trying to turn her head so that she was facing the camera. Thanks grandma for the cute outfit and Robyn for the bows. :)
Saturday, May 29, 2010
The only thing that I would change was to use WHITE frosting in between the layers instead of the multicolored frosting from the freezer that I had left over from making this cake for a baby shower last month.
Friday, May 28, 2010
I still can’t decide whether I’m barely satisfied or simply ticked off. Lost was a great show and one of the few “intelligent” programs out there. I loved that you had to do some serious thinking to fully appreciate it. I dutifully watched the entire series. I especially appreciated the faith vs. reason themes and conflict that were present throughout. And I loved the frequent references and tie-ins to political philosophers (Locke, Bentham, Rousseau, Burke, Hume, etc…).
I saw myself as like John Locke (the original). I had FAITH that the answers would all eventually be revealed to the faithful who stuck it out to the end. I REALLY wanted answers for stuff like 1) what really is the smoke monster and where did it come from?, 2) what is the light in the island, really…? 3) where did the original island guardians come from?, 4) why do pregnant women on the island die?, 5) what does the island have to do with the world at large and the bigger question of good/evil in the world?
But the finale disappointed. Not a single answer on any of the show’s “big” questions. We never really learned what Jack – and everyone else – ultimately died for. Did he save only the island or the entire world and all mankind? How is the island connected to the rest of the planet? What really would have happened if Smokey/Locke was able to escape? Why was it so important that Smokey/Locke not be allowed to leave? Like the original Locke, I kept faith up until the final five minutes when I realized that these answers would not be forthcoming. My faith was not rewarded.
And I’m sorry, I think it’s lame to end a show/movie with “oh, it was all just a dream” or “oh, they were really all just dead”. It’s a cop-out which relieves them of responsibility for pulling the threads together. That just my own humble opinion.
However… I do appreciate that on the faith vs. reason theme of the whole series, it eventually sided with faith. I appreciated that the finale gave us an emotional reward for all the characters that were brutally killed off time and again – we got to see them all “alive” and happy again. And I suppose that, by coming down on the side of faith, the show’s writers are obligated to leave some questions unanswered… in effect, asking us to “have faith” in whatever interpretation of the island/the light/Smokey, etc. we choose to believe in, without having proof or a final explanation, or an ultimate “answer.”
But that doesn’t mean that I’m happy about it. I mean, I spent the last four years of my life investing a lot of time into that show! Whenever the naysayers said “all they ever do is bring up more questions without answering any” I disagreed and said that “no, all the answers will be given before the end.” But I was wrong. And now I’ll never know. The show was the ultimate tease. Cruel, cruel, cruel. Boo.
Wednesday, May 26, 2010
We loved having grandma (wa-ma) here for a week. Abby really misses her (and her computer) and walks through the house calling for her.
We had fun taking pictures up on campus.
We played in the pool and sprinklers. Abigail was fearless. Also, I successfully got warm water to the pool by hooking the hose up to my kitchen sink. I was pretty proud.
We painted with pudding. D. was fairly creative and A. was fairly hungry. Most of her pudding made it into her mouth. We had to grab her hand and drag it on the paper for her.
We went to Nauvoo but didn't take very many pictures. D. and I had fun trying out all the games that the pioneers used to play. We both tried the stilts but were unsuccessful.
We go to the park at least once a day and sometimes twice. Abs loves the slides. Denali found an elementary school playground that she wants to call her own. I love watching her play on the equipment and use her imagination.
Here is a picture of Gigi. We sneakily took her and her mom to the park while the husbands planned a surprise birthday party for S.
We also went to the "beach" near Lake MacBride. Abigail loved loved loved it and wanted to throw herself into the water. It took all my strength to keep her safe. Denali had fun too, until we saw lightning close by. Then we had to end our beach trip short. We'll have to go back.
Friday, May 21, 2010
Now, I certainly don't mean to assert that anyone who supports the AZ law is opposing the Church's missionary efforts. However, at the very least I think that it should give us reason to reflect on how our actions, words, and opinions all reflect on the Church's reputation to the non-members around us.
Monday, May 17, 2010
Below is a link to a Picasa album with pictures from our graduation. Here's a quick preview. This is Denali's graduation outfit that her Grandma made for her:
More pictures here:
UPDATE: I obviously meant "Abigail's graduation outfit" above. Thanks to Jennifer for pointing that out to me.
Sunday, May 9, 2010
Wednesday, May 5, 2010
In this second video she sings some of the abc's, says lots of words, and cries. You can hear her froggy little voice really well in this one. You can also see how sad her eyes were.
Today she woke up happy and is actually feeling better. I am so glad to have my happy baby back. She is talking more and more every day and even puts two works together. Yesterday she pointed to my shoes and said 'mommy patos' which stands for 'zapatos' which means shoes. Cute. She is also really good at saying bye bye to things. Bye bye gorilla. Bye bye patos. Bye bye mommy. Etc. Try not to make fun of me for my mistakes in the song. Apparently I need to relearn it too.
Only a few more days until Grandma and Aunt Nali arrive. We're excited!
Monday, May 3, 2010
Abigail has been fighting a cold for the last week. She has been miserable and cries and whimpers every time she coughs. This breaks my heart. She's been sick before, but I've never seen her so sad and in pain. Poor poor baby. The only thing that would help out was taking her outside. She loves being outside. These pictures of her are from Sunday. We stayed home from church due to the fever, the cough, and the sneezing. We played outside for over an hour. She would carry the pails around and move the pebbles from pail to pail and from pail to sidewalk. She was happy most the time we were outside.
I love how the ruffles on this dress flounce up when she sits down. So cute.
Sunday, May 2, 2010
Anyways, I took several more pictures, which are available here: