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Saturday, July 24, 2010


Every year my family does a huge firework show in their Cul-De-Sac. Ever since my sister married into the family 13 years ago, we've been attending. About 8 years ago, they started getting REALLY serious about these fireworks. They started getting more and bigger fireworks, and then came the music and coordination. Stopwatches were added and the planning started earlier and earlier. This year's show was the best yet!

Brent was a pyro-tech! Here he is covering the fireworks with tin foil in order to prevent any accidental ignition by sparks.

A friend of the family brought their fire engine for safety reasons. The kids loved playing with it. The sirens were really loud, though. One of the neighbors called the police because of the noise. Oops!

Chelise and Dallin got to play with the fire hose.

All the fireworks set up pre-show.

Melissa and Annie getting ready for the show.

The show started with America the Beautiful and the National Anthem. We needed a little reminder as to why were blowing up the sidewalk.

It was LOUD!

This picture is my favorite.

Dallin feel asleep. He has a yearly tradition of falling asleep during the show.

Michelle had the two kiddos asleep on her last summer.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Photography Tips

Photography tips from Kristin Duke at the Idea Room

I just stumbled across this today! If anyone has an DSLR that they're clueless about (me) she gives lots of great tips on how to use it, and how to use photoshop.

Monday, July 19, 2010

Body Image

I'm a Social Work Major.

I got into social work because of a Psychology class I took in high school. I figured social work was like applied psycology, and it is in a lot of ways. It's a lot of other things too, but it's applied psychology.

I orginally wanted to go into adoption, but now I think I want to go a different route. I want to help girls and women combat the issues of body image in this world.

I've been reading Reviving Ophelia, a book about the problems that adolescent girls face. She's broken the problems down into different categories, indulding a category about what she calls "lookism."

However, body image comes up in every chapter of her book. It's that big.

Here are a few of my favorite lookism combating resources.

You know how Americans are obessed with being tan? We're convinced that tan is good and pale is bad.

Well, look at how the Easterners see it:

Makes you think, doesn't it?

The first time I saw these, it really opened my eyes and turned most of the concepts I'd had about beauty on it's head.

It seems to me that we all want what we don't have. It also showed me how culturally defined beauty is. Which means we could get over all this ridiculous body image stuff.

Saturday, July 10, 2010

3 Elect Ladies

I've lost a few people in the past few months. I lost a "mother," a friend, and a grandma.

Cherie and my mom at my wedding reception.

The day Brent and I moved into our new apartment, I was out shopping with my mother-in-law to get some groceries. My best friend, Wendy, sent me a text telling me that Cherie Petersen had died. Cherie had cancer and hadn't been doing well for quite some time. She was only supposed to live for a year, but she held on for 18 months. I grew up with her daughter Molly. We were born a few months apart and spent a lot of time together as children. My mom worked and Cherie babysat children, it was perfect. I went to the Petersen's everyday after school for a long time. Cherie was just an amazing lady. One of my fondest memories I have of her is giving her a birthday present. I bought a little bell from the dollar store that looked like a little boy in one piece pajamas. She was so gracious in accepting it. It made me feel so proud! Cherie was one of my "mothers" and I' m sure there are many who feel that way about her.
Brent and I moved into our apartment on April 17, and heard about Cherie's passing that same day. On the following Monday, we got a phone call from my mom telling us that my Grandma had collapsed and was in the hospital, unconscious. We went to see her the next day. I was really worried she would die before I got to see her, but she was still "alive" when we visited. She was hooked to a respirator and I could tell that even though she wasn't dead yet, it wasn't really her. I was really comforted that I got to see her one more time. I made her these flowers and felt like it was just what I needed.
Thursday we all went to see her and said our goodbyes. I was sad to see her go, but I was more excited for her than anything else. She'd lived a good, long life and had so much family waiting for her on the other side. My Grandpa passed away about 5 years ago, and it was time for them to be together again. I was able to put together a video for her funeral and sing "I Stand All Amazed" at her funeral.

Grandma at my wedding.
My grandma loved everyone in her family dearly. It always made her so happy when we came around. She was very generous and we miss her.

Liz Harris was a friend of mine from Farmington City. I counted at her funeral, and we did 10 productions together. She was just a year older than my sister and died from liver failure do to melonoma. She lived across the street from my very dear friends the Safeers. Her funeral was beautiful. She was supposed to get married today, so she was buried in her wedding dress with a beautiful engagement ring on her finger. She struggled with her health for a long time and was in a lot of pain when she died. I felt so bad for their family. We all know she's in a better place; we're the ones who need help now. But, I know that funerals always strenghten my testimony. I can really feel that the gospel plan is true and that I will get to see all these people I lost in the past few months again.

Our Piano

This is our beautiful piano we got from my parents for Christmas.

Melissa was asking for an electric guitar, and I was joking that I wanted a piano. I didn't expect to get one. Right after I had joked about it, my parents found out that someone in the ward had a piano they were giving away, and they got it! My dad and I (mostly my dad) refinshed it. We love it!

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Deceptively Delicious

I've fallen off the blogging bandwagon for awhile. Maybe when work isn't taking over my life, I'll blog a little more.

I have a copy. I haven't started making anything yet, but I'm really excited to. Everyone could use a few more vegetables, and she's really funny.

Jessica Seinfeld is the wife of Jerry Seinfeld, but she doesn't really advertise that. I'll give a better review once I try it, but I've heard a lot of good things about it.