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Monday, June 30, 2008

Get Smart!

Ryan and I went to see 'Get Smart' Friday night with his brother Aaron and his fiance Jessica. They had already seen it, and we've been wanting to since it came out. As you know, we're huge Office fans and I heard that if you like the Office you'll love this movie. We did! We were laughing so hard at times our eyes would water. I recommend it highly.

Friday, June 27, 2008

Church Seeks to Address Public Confusion Over Texas Polygamy Group

"The effort to more clearly distinguish Mormons from the Texas polygamist group follows a survey commissioned by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints that found a high level of public awareness of stories about the polygamous compound near San Angelo, Texas. Allegations of child abuse led to a raid by the state's Child Protective Services earlier this year. Some 91 percent of respondents had heard or read stories surrounding the religious compound.

However, the survey also found that:

More than a third of those surveyed (36 percent) erroneously thought that the Texas compound was part of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints or "Mormon Church" based in Salt Lake City
6 percent said the two groups were partly related.
29 percent correctly said the two groups were not connected at all
29 percent were not sure.
In addition, when asked specifically which religious organization members of the polygamous group belonged to:

30 percent said "Mormon," "LDS" or "The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints"
14 percent said "FLDS"
6 percent said "Mormon fundamentalists"
Nearly half (44 percent) were unsure
Elder Quentin L. Cook, a Church apostle, said the national survey results confirm what The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has found in the experience of its members and missionaries in Texas and elsewhere. "

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Tuesday, June 24, 2008

A weekend with family

Be prepared: The following pictures may be too cute to handle!
My brother and his family came down from Seattle for a short visit last weekend. I took full advantage and got work off so I could spend lots of time with them. Here is what I've been seeing....
Lots of smiles...

Evan and Toni
Tara and Johnny
Baby with mama at the parade.
Baby Jane
Like father like daughter
Grandma's so happy!
Crawling at the park

Miss Beverly

It was so nice to see them again. We love you!

Monday, June 23, 2008


Yay! After months and months of being overdue, i've finally cut my hair. I love it! Thanks to my friend for a great recommendation! Ha ha, I just noticed I'm wearing the same shirt as in this picture <-----------------------------...kinda embarrasing!
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Thursday, June 19, 2008


None of the pictures of us turned out. Ryan was helping Tara count to 3 in this picture. Obviously, that didn't even work. Plus he looks JUST like his twin in this picture, it's scary.
My cousin Brian got married Memorial Day Weekend. They had the reception the night before (like us) then got married in the Provo Temple. We love Aubrey and it was so nice to be a part of their special day.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Walk Score

I found this really cool website. This is for all of you who are sick of gas prices and are wondering if you can downsize or walk around town instead of driving. This site helps people see if they live in a walkable neighborhood. It shows you a map of what's nearby and calculates a Walk Score. I got 62 out of 100 which means: 'Some Walkable Locations: Some stores and amenities are within walking distance, but many everyday trips still require a bike, public transportation, or car.'

It's pretty interesting. Check it out!

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

The Foreigner

From May-June my brother-in-law performed at the Empress Theatre in Magna in 'The Foreigner." This picture is from last month, but I went with my sister and parents to see him. I later went back with Ryan to see it again. It was so good and Johnny did a great job. I love my talented family!

Monday, June 16, 2008


I watched the US Open with Ryan this weekend...and today...and today again. (Thanks to ESPN live updates..) ARE YOU KIDDING ME? I have been arguing with Ryan about Tiger Woods. Bottom line, I don't like the guy. When all you hear about is Tiger, Tiger, Tiger, it get's old. People! There are other golfers out there! With every commercial break doing a story on young Tiger and all the news sites plastering his face all over..who cares? Ryan argues: He's the best there ever will be! I say great then, let someone else have a chance. Did anyone see Rocco's face last night when Tiger stole his victory? This would've been his first major victory. At 45 years, he would become the oldest first-time major winner and the oldest man to win the U.S. Open. I cannot believe they tied again and then Tiger won. Give me a break! Just had to vent. Sorry.

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Dad's Day

"One father is more than a hundred schoolmasters."--17th Century English Proverb

Dear Readers,
Today, I've got a special message just for dads...Thank you for being there for your family!
Marvelous things occur because of you being a part of your children's lives. You are their role model, counselor, teacher and the source of strength that your family needs and enjoys. Your importance in the lives of your children can immediately be seen in their eyes and actions.
Your time and involvement with your children creates an influence that can't be measured - though sometimes we try.

Dad's Are Best - Here's Proof
For example, there is an overwhelming amount of data from social research that tells a pretty impressive story.
For one thing, if you are there and involved, those children are 50% more likely to get A's in high school and go on to college.
Not only that, but just having you around, being their friend, your children are over 60% less likely to get into trouble or see the inside of juvenile hall.
And what about your precious daughters? Well, if you are not around and involved, your daughters are twice as likely to become sexually involved at a young age and they have a 70% higher chance of getting pregnant outside of marriage.
The list of positive things that you bring into your children's life is long. It is clear... you make the difference.
As our special father's day gift to you, we've put together a list of dozens of facts and figures all proving how great it is to be a dad.
Take a look. You might be surprised at just how wonderful you are.

Days With My Dad...
Days with my dad were a pleasure and an adventure.
He taught me the value of a hard day's work, how to deal with adversity and how to handle myself in the outside world. His practical way of dealing with life made me believe that I could accomplish anything - from riding a bike to earning a college degree.
Dads, you bring blessings and balance to the lives of your boys and girls. As you'll see looking at our fact sheet, few things give your children a better chance at being happy, successful, and doing great things in life than having you there for them.
The world is a better place because of your love and commitment to your families.
Happy Father's Day!

Courtesy of United Families International

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Yo Adria!

Just wanted to make a shout out to my dear friend Adria. Her 3 year anniversary is today, wahoo! Last month I took her with me for a Mary Kay makeover. How do we look?
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Saturday, June 7, 2008


Since being married, Ryan and I have never worked the same schedule. I was working from 4:30-1:00 AM while he worked 1:00-9:30PM, then I switched to mornings while he worked nights. We moved and I got a new job, my current job 7:00-3:30 PM, and he still worked nights. Well, hallelujah! Ryan has switched to a flex schedule which basically allows him to choose the days he works. He moved to mornings, so now we get home about the same time everyday! Yesterday was our first Friday night together for a long time, it was wonderful! We went to the gym, went out to eat and then went to bed SUPER early, it was great. This morning at breakfast he said that he thinks yesterday was the most time we've spent together since we've been married! I'm in heaven right now....

Friday, June 6, 2008

Never you fear...

This post is for all ya'll David A fans out there. Don't harass me, but I actually wanted David C to win. (gasp!) Turns out David A, although finishing in second place, isn't going away. He signed a contract with "Idol's" label, 19 Recordings/Jive Records, and will also sing on the Idol tour. His album is expected later this year. He was having a concert tonight, which we thought would be fun to go to but it's been cancelled. How's that for fan loyalty, eh? Well, actually it's because Idol owns him now, BUT, you can see him in the Idol Tour July 14-15. Just thought I'd give you an update...

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

I shouldn't be blogging

I'm meeting with Le Book Club tonight. Am I ready? Have I read the book? No. I'm only 155 pages into this 662 page book. Why am I blogging? I DON'T KNOW!

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Sites I love

These are some of favorite websites as of late. The first website is Anyone can go on and submit gas prices they see. Also, every time you submit a price you get points towards free gas. It's very accurate of course, and it's a great way to find the cheapest gas in your city. It's very nice. There is also a fuel logbook where you keep track of when you fill up the tank and how much it costs along with your gas mileage. It's a great way to keep track and see how much you're spending each month or year-to-date.

The second website I love is You can create a profile for your vehicles and update the miles on them. It has service and repair reminders, and also lists any recent safety recalls. You can estimate repairs and see the trade-in value of your car. It's very, very nice.

I'd love any other suggestions for great websites! Check 'em out!

Monday, June 2, 2008

Ode to my car

My car is turning 20 this year, and I just wanted to say how much I love it! Ryan hates 'ole blue, but it has gotten me around in High School, college, and still today. It runs like a charm (under 65 mph) the cruise control and air conditioning still work, the only thing it lacks is a working radio, due to theft and the passenger shoulder strap seat belt, which I think my dad still has. It's pushing 240,000 miles, but I am just glad to have a 2nd car. Hey, it get's better gas mileage than the subi! Plus, it's paid for. We hope that it stays alive for many more years. Here's to you friend!


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