Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Lesson Learned


Yesterday I had an experience that I had to blog about...{it may just help you out in the future}. My Sisters and I went to see Mamma Mia and I thought that since we went to a matinée on a Tuesday at the Thanksgiving Point theater, which is never crowded, that it would be safe to take Tatum. I naively thought this would work out because A. Tatum loves musicals and B. We had plenty of popcorn and treats to keep him happy. Well after about 30 minutes Tatum decided that he wouldn't sit any longer. So I stood off to the side and let him walk around. Later Elan and Noah joined us and the boys were walking around the front rows...Not Making Any Noise! Well it only took about a minute for a random lady to yell at us saying "Can you take the kids out?" We were furious! Because of this lady we had to spend the last half of the movie out in the hall. When the show was over, everyone was exiting the theater and made sure to tell us how rude that lady was and who was she to yell at us. I mean we are in Utah in a matinée...what does she expect?? I waited anxiously outside the theater thinking that she was going to come and talk to us. I never found out who it was which is probably a good thing because I would of given her a piece of my mind, and I'm not a confrontational person at all. I was so bugged that I went and spoke to the lady at the counter and she gave me a full refund! So here is a lesson to the wise...do not take your kids to a movie, and if you do and spend most of your time in the hall, ask for a refund!

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

...Here we go...

This past week I have had my little Sister staying with me. She got here last Sunday and will be here until Tomorrow {Wednesday}, when my parents come and we all set off on our annual Bear Lake/Teton trip! I was a little worried about her being here for so long, meaning that I wouldn't know how to entertain her for such a long period of time. She has actually had a blast! We did some much needed shopping, went swimming a TON, went bowling, watched movies and just hung out. She has become really good friends with all of the kids in my neighborhood...all of her free time is spent with them, they even had a sleepover! I am so glad that she could come and stay with us.

Every year on the first weekend in August my whole family gets together for a huge family reunion. My Dad is one of 12 kids so all together there are about 100 of us that go camping! It is a highlight of my summer every year. My parents drive up from Cali and we go to Bear Lake for a few days and then hit Jackson Hole on our way up to the Grand Tetons, where we camp out for 3 days. This year I am a little bit nervous to go because Eric won't be with me. His family is doing there one and only Lake Powell trip at the same exact time as my family's trip. We decided that neither of us want to miss our family trips and the best thing to do is split up and go with our own family. Its not that big of a deal, but I am a bit nervous to deal with Tatum alone for 5 days. I know that I will have a lot help, but I just can't get over the fact that I will be CAMPING all by myself with him. So wish me luck as I depart on this scary adventure!

Monday, July 21, 2008

Book review...

So my friend's brother-in-law wrote this review for the book Twilight and I thought it was hilarious! He gave me a copy to show all of my friends{because I knew they all would want to hear it}. Warning it is a bit long, and it is written by a guy... here it is...

"It turns out we don't need Dr. John Gray to tell us that men are from Transylvania and women are from Venus. We just need to read Stephenie Meyer's books. For example, from this book we learn that the millions of women who have wolfed down the Twilight series{pun intended} want men who:
1. Talk about their feelings. Either Meyer's husband is the single-most communicative male on the planet and she doesn't realize how unusual he is, or she, like most of her female readers, is using her fiction to imagine a world where men not only have deep emotions but want to admit to having them and talk about them over and over, articulating even the most subtle of their internal dramas.
2. Make them flutter. But just being a sensitive new-age kind of guy doesn't cut it. A man has to be hard-bodied, chiseled, dashing, and have eyes that pierce the soul, if not the skin{even as they never look at your chest}. This book suggests that a real man makes you constantly stumble over your words, bite your lip to refrain from exclaiming adulations, and lose yourself in the sweet smell of his breath.
3.Are fiercely devoted. That a girl of no spectacular beauty, who lacks any trace of conversation skills--whose only virtue is that she smells really yummy--can inspire an immortal creature of godlike power and grace to alter his entire existence to serve and protect her, watching over her by night{more on that in #4}. This is a woman's ultimate fantasy-- to have the perfect man, perfectly devoted, for no good reason at all.
4. Want them so bad that they won't take them. This, alas, is the most transparent aspect of this book's appeal. It speaks volumes about the differences between men and women to have so many women toss their bodice-ripping romances aside in order to read how a feral man with otherworldly physical desires can contain his passion and lust out of his pure and perfect love for his beloved. It says that women really do wish they could have it both ways, to be an object of lust and devotion at once, to want to have even a little peek under the covers-- now that's hot fantasy for today's woman who is otherwise told on a regular basis that to be her best self she has to engage in casual and risky sexual behavior.

To see just what an indulgent fantasy this book is, just imagine the male-centric version of Twilight, in which a troubled teen boy moves to a small town to find the hottest girl in town is a vampiress. Such a book would be about 100 pages long {all the unnecessary internal dialogue would be removed}. No one would talk except to comment on the awesome size of, um, one's videogame library. The vampiress would be simple: relatively dumb, incredibly hot, wearing almost nothing, and with no expectations of her man but drawn to him only by the smell of his gym bag. She wouldn't hold herself back from trying to bite her intended, but would get so distracted with his bedroom technique that she would never get around to it.

We would laugh at such a book{in fact, we know it would never be a book since men don't read; it would be a movie, and it would be a smash summer hit called American Vam-Pie-Er, I'll start the screenplay right away}. Somehow, when this story is told in a similarly indulgent female-centric vein, we don't reject it, but sympathize with it. I believe this is because women get to indulge in their fantasies so rarely outside of Jane Austen novels while men are surrounded with theirs. So far I have yet see spam email inviting one to "read hot things devoted husbands would say to their wives" or "see pictures of hunks promising not to get nasty out of respect for their women" or "buy this purple pill so you can stay us late and share your feelings--seven times in one night!." So hats off to Stephenie Meyer for figuring out what it is that women really want and giving it to them."

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

I give up!!!

Im sorry everyone, I just need a moment to vent! I have been having the hardest time feeding Tatum...it is a chore to me! As a baby, he was always a good eater. But once he started teething, it all went downhill. I was in denial for a while thinking that it was just a stage and any day now it will pass. Now here we are months later and he still will only eat bananas and Mac n Cheese. I am so frustrated and tired of trying that I am about to give in and give him what he wants. I do have one last thing to try and thats "Deceptively Delicious" by Jessica Seinfeld. I borrowed this cook book from a neighbor and I think that it might work. If anyone has any ideas that might work, I would love to hear them...I am seriously open to try anything!


Monday, July 14, 2008

Good Charlotte

For Eric's Birthday a neighbor gave him tickets to the Good Charlotte concert. I was super excited because I have listened to Good Charlotte since I was in High School, and Eric is always up for a concert...even if he doesn't really listen to the band. They played with The Maine, Metro Station, and Boys Like Girls. All of them were so good!!

So on Saturday we drove up to Saltair for the concert. Saltair is pretty much a huge warehouse with an upstairs loft. We knew right when we walked in that the bottom floor would be a huge mosh pit, so we decided to pay the extra $5 to go upstairs and join the rest of the 21 and older people. When the opening bands came on we saw right away that we were smart for coming upstairs. Saltair really doesn't have an air conditioner, so downstairs people were fainting left and right! It was so hot! We had a really good spot upstairs. We were looking over the stage and had a great view the whole time.

On our way up Eric and I were joking around wondering if Nichole Richie would be there since she had a baby with the lead singer of Good Charlotte. Right when Good Charlotte came on someone next to us was pointing down below us and we were in shock thinking that she really was here! We soon found out that it wasn't Nichole Richie at all, but it was the one and only PaRiS HiLtOn!! I completely forgot that she was dating the other lead singer in the band! We were standing literally 20 feet away from her. She just sat on the side of the stage taking pictures and video taping the crowd. I usually bring my camera to concerts, but this time I forgot it. I was so bummed. We did take some viedoes on Eric's phone.

video

If you couldn't tell, that was a video of Paris Hilton. Sorry the quality isn't that great and I couldn't figure out how to flip the picture. But it was pretty awesome because the whole time we had a good view of her, but no one else could see her!

Towards the end of the concert we went outside and walked along the beach as the sun was setting. It was such a beautiful night! We had such a great time, thanks Clint!!

Thursday, July 10, 2008

I just had to...

Share this picture of the most awesome diaper cake you will ever see! Yesterday Shannon and I put this together for our friend Natalie's baby shower. I'll admit that it is a little ghetto, but not bad for a first time...right??

Monday, July 7, 2008

Let Freedom Ring

Wow, what a CrAzY weekend we had! We had such a blast, but we are sure happy to be home and back into our routine.

Our weekend started bright and early at 5:30am on Friday morning. Every year we stay down in Provo at a friends house and go to the BaLlOoN MeEt. They start at 6:00am and we love it so much that we sacrifice sleep for it. We have some friends that fly hot air balloons in the competition, so we are able to help them fill up the balloons and take them down. Sometimes we are even able to go up in them! We took Tatum last year, but he was only 4 months old and didn't really understand what was going on. So this year he had a blast!! He loved the balloons. When they would ShOoT fIrE into the balloon he would cry for a second and then start to clap his hands. We sat him in the balloon and he was not happy about it...maybe one year when he is older, we can take him up in one!



It was such a beautiful morning...


And it was so neat to see all of these balloons in the air at once!


After the balloon meet we went to the PrOvO PaRaDe. I can't believe how many people go to this parade! Tatum was so tired that half way trough he fall asleep. The rest of the day we went from party to party.


That night we went to Eric's Aunt's house and watched a movie outside and then did some fireworks.

I'd like to say that this was the end of our celebration, but we got up at 5:30am the next morning and did it all over again!! Over the span of 3 days we got a total of 15 HoUrS oF sLeEp!! I'm afraid it is going to take us a few days to recuperate after this LoNg weekend:)

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Happy Birthday!!

Happy Birthday Baby


I just want to wish my Hubby a HaPpY BiRtHdAy!! Today he turns a whopping 27! I was kind of bummed because I wanted him to have a really memorable fun birthday, but instead he has to work all day and then go to a planning committee meeting tonight. So I really couldn't do anything to special for him. I did make him bReAkFaSt iN bEd this morning and I dEtAiLeD hIs CaR (it was such a mess!) I love you babe, and hope that you still can have a great day!!!