Thursday, November 27, 2008

The fun times

Matt captured the fun times we had this thanksgiving on our walk, and here is what we had to offer. Peace out.

Matt captured the fun times we had this thanksgiving on our walk, and here is what we had to offer. Peace out.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

HI everybody! It's Fred!

This may sound crazy, but somehow I missed (until recently) this internet video craze! Well, a while back when it was just getting started, Jeff's sister Janna stumbled upon it, and showed it to us. I had a little chuckle, but recently I saw the whole series of videos, and have never been so happy.

Basically the premise is, that this is supposed to be a 6 year old boy with anger management problems named Fred Figglehorn. He has a crush on the girl next door named Judy, who not so secretly loathes him right back, along with the neighborhood bully Kevin.

In this 2 minute episode, Fred visits the dentist... Please, take 2 minutes of your time and observe:

My favorite line: "I thought our good president George Bush made laws that kids going into operation with out being put to sleep!"

And for good measure, here is the first episode entitled "May Day":

Monday, November 17, 2008

A few funny things to note...

So Jeff and I were spending a day with Mom, Dad, and Drew to go to Eliza's wedding reception which was just lovely. We then spent the greater part of the evening shopping and hanging out with each other. But there were two occasions in the night where we laughed so hard it brought us to tears, and I thought I should document them for posterity's sake, and because they have become regular quotes in our vocab now.

The first was when we were driving away from Ross, and mom mentioned something about Old Navy, and dad, having a long standing hatred for the store began to object, saying he will never go in that store again.
"The music!" he said! "It is just horrible!" and proceeded to demonstrate by changing into a very fast paced, falsetto voice, singing, "ALL NIGHT! ALL NIGHT!" as if to sing some kind of techno song, which usually has the subject of dancing, partying, or just having fun... all night. We immediately all started laughing, as well as every 3 seconds we would start singing it again. Ha ha ha!

The second came from mom. We were back at home, doing some drawings for mom, and she started to talk about her daring kids. She then told us that Drew was so daring. I said, "Oh really? Why is Drew so daring, huh?"
And practically with out hesitation and completely serious, she said, "He always goes on the tallest slides!"
We all started laughing with tears running down our faces at this. Through our laughter, we asked if she meant, like, slides at the park? Or water slides? Or what!? Drew suggested she meant that big metal slide at the PG park, or just on the play ground, the big, plastic swirly kinds, rather than the 3 feet ones near the bottom, but mom said she meant the actual water slides, but yes, Drew was brave as a boy to go off the big slides in the park as well. I guess Drew is pretty brave. He always goes off the tallest slides.

We have hilarious parents indeed. Thanks for the good times, mom and dad.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

This will bring back the memories...

Remember when we used to play along with this? Well, this guy really can play it for reals. Bring back those good ol' memories?

If you can't quite remember where this is from, it was the demo on our old digital piano. Tee hee.

Monday, November 10, 2008

Proof of hate and intolerance...

You will not believe the treatment this lady (and the news lady) had to endure. I have one word...


Here is the link to the video. Seriously, you won't even believe... The best part is when the news says that a lot of hatred on both sides... gee, I didn't really get that from what I saw, seeing that the woman was blowing kisses, and saying she loved everyone, and praying, and having her personal belongings ripped out of her hands and trampled...

Friday, November 07, 2008

A funny thing about taking sides...

... is that there is always an opposing one. Indeed, thus is life. I have always been frustrated politics, and usually try to stay out of it (except when it involves things in accordance with my religious beliefs: same sex attraction, abortion, religious rights, etc. I usually do not blog about specific parties or candidates, as most are just blatant attacks on just how much one hates the other. I direct attention towards the issues.) Believe you me, the last thing I go looking for is a debate. Mainly because it automatically creates tension and awkwardness and heaven knows the world needs more of that.

But I will say this. Usually when I decide to DO speak out, it is a reaction, not a provocation. Sometimes I feel it is better to let something slide, because saying something would just incite confusing and misinterpreted feelings. Like mom always says, sometimes you just listen to the spirit, and it will tell you just when to just not say anything. Which I try to exercised most of the time.

I think for this election, I have chose to have a complete religious view. Obviously our church doesn't choose sides, which is mainly because they would lose their tax exempt status for using their influence to rally with a candidate (Prop. 8 is different, because it is first and foremost a moral issue, which affects religions directly) and also, imagine the divide in the church if the Prophet were to come out and say who to vote for. (I mean, look at our own brother's and sister's protesting our own temples as we speak over something we all thought was common knowledge among members... What ever happened to follow the prophet?) People are allowed sides, which I very much so understand (I would not be out protesting had we lost prop. 8. I would just say I did what I could, and the people have spoken, and it is all in the Lord's plan, as I have done so with the president election, although I wasn't too thrilled about either candidates anyway. Politics are dirty, they are.) and of course, we like to defend those views. Some people are passionate (which I guess can be interpreted as out of line, intolerant, or other various over used labels) but let us remember, both sides could very easily throw those out at each other.

So, my choice in situations is to put it behind, move on, and let it go. I guess I could analyze everything, dwell on the heat of the moment, and fuel this anger. But I think the church put out a good statement about the protesters, saying if we had been on the losing side we would not be dwelling on it, but moving on.

So here am I moving on from all politics. Let the political leaders do what they will, but I know who I ultimately answer to, although it may be the unpopular thing these days (CA protestors, mock all you want!). Men tend to be imperfect and disappoint us, but the Lord is one person who has never changed or let us down. It is said best in Joshua 24:14-15:

"Now, therefore fear the Lord, and serve him in sincerity and in truth: put away the gods which your father's served on the other side of the flood, and in Egypt and serve ye the Lord.
And if it seem evil unto you to serve the Lord, choose you this day whom ye will serve... but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord."

and some more inspiring scripture just because I am happening upon lots of little gems tonight!
Alma 34:32"For behold, this life the time for men to prepare to meet God; yeah behold the day of this life is the day for men to perform their labors."

This one I think applies a lot to today, with what is happening in CA and what not. It is nice to know that though there is wickedness running rampant, really, the ideals of man are nothing compared to God. From Helaman 12:4-8"
"O how foolish, and how vain, and how evil, and devilish, and how quick to do iniquity, and how slow to do good, are the children of men; yea, how quick to hearken unto the words of the evil one, and to set their hearts upon the vain things of the world!
5 Yea, how quick to be lifted up in pride; yea, how quick to boast, and do all manner of that which is iniquity; and how slow are they to remember the Lord their God, and to give ear unto his counsels, yea, how slow to walk in wisdom’s paths!
6 Behold, they do not desire that the Lord their God, who hath created them, should rule and reign over them; notwithstanding his great goodness and his mercy towards them, they do set at naught his counsels, and they will not that he should be their guide.
7 O how great is the nothingness of the children of men; yea, even they are less than the dust of the earth.
8 For behold, the dust of the earth moveth hither and thither, to the dividing asunder, at the command of our great and everlasting God."

Refreshing, no?

Anyway, God is great. He knows what is going on. We all have our weak moments, but let us remember, we are all his servants. I felt an amazing testimony of this as we listened to the broadcast on Prop. 8 and ended the meeting with hundreds of the Lord's army singing "We Are All Enlisted" jubilantly. The conflict is this life, and the opposition, and we are all enlisted until it is over. Or o're. Happy are we, happy are we.

Who is REALLY being intolerant now...

Seriously... this is what you get when you are WAY too emotionally charged in a debate. Loss of credibility and, dare I say it? Intolerance galore. Read on.

'Gay' threats target Christians over same-sex 'marriage' ban
'Burn their f---ing churches, then tax charred timbers'
Posted: November 05, 2008
11:00 pm Eastern

© 2008 WorldNetDaily

Decisions by voters in Florida, Arizona and California to join residents of 27 other states with constitutional protections for traditional marriage have prompted threats of violence against Christians and their churches.

"Burn their f---ing churches to the ground, and then tax the charred timbers," wrote "World O Jeff" on the JoeMyGod blogspot today within hours of California officials declaring Proposition 8 had been approved by a margin of 52 percent to 48 percent. Confirmation on voter approval of amendments in Florida and Arizona came earlier.

The amendments in all three states essentially limit marriage to one man and one woman. In California, the measure states the only marriages "valid and recognized" in the state are those between one man and one woman.

Thirty states now have adopted marriage amendments. However, in California, the vitriol appeared especially high since the state Supreme Court in May created same-sex marriage for homosexuals. Proposition 8 overruled the court decision, readopting the marriage definition California votersadopted in 2000.

On a blog website, "Tread" wrote, "I hope the No on 8 people have a long list and long knives."

Another contributor to the JoeMyGod website said, "While financially I supported the Vote No, and was vocal to everyone and anyone who would listen, I have never considered being a violent radical extremist for our equal rights. But now I think maybe I should consider becoming one. Perhaps that is the only thing that will affect the change we so desperately need and deserve."

A contributor identifying himself as "Joe" said, "I swear, I'd murder people with my bare hands this morning."

Matt Barber, director of cultural affairs for Liberty Counsel, called the statements "hate crimes" for their intent to create violence against someone based on their beliefs.

"This is not just a matter of some people blowing off steam because they're not happy with a political outcome. This is criminal activity," he said. "The homosexual lobby is always calling for 'tolerance' and 'diversity' and playing the role of victim. They claim to deplore violence and 'hate.' Here we have homosexuals inciting, and directly threatening, violence against Christians."

On the "Queerty" website, "Stenar" asked, "Can someone in CA please go burn down the Mormon temples there, PLEASE. I mean seriously. DO IT."

"I'm going to give them something to be f---ing scared of. … I'm a radical who is now on a mission to make them all pay for what they've done," wrote "Jonathan."

Liberty Counsel's Barber said, "This is not free speech; these are 'hate crimes' under the existing definition. Imagine if Christian websites were advocating such violence against homosexuals. There'd be outrage, and rightfully so. It'd be national front-page news. Federal authorities should immediately investigate these threats and prosecute the perpetrators to the fullest extent of the law."

On yet another site, "Americablog," "scottinsf" wrote, "Trust me. I've got a big list of names of mormons and catholics that were big supporters of Prop 8. … As far as mormons and catholics … I warn them to watch their backs."

"I hope they all rot in hell, those servants of a lying, corrupt devil! BAN RELIGIOUS FUNDAMENTALISM," wrote Angelo.

One contributor went so far as to threaten to take out his frustrations on his own family.

"You want me to come back to Idaho for Christmas? Oh wait, my partner and I can't share the same bed? We can't show any affection or any outward sign of our love for each other? Well sorry family ... no Uncle Adam and all his expensive gifts and delicious cooking for you. Your childrens' presents will now be donations in their name to the equal rights organization of my choosing. As will their and your birthday presents, wedding presents, graduation presents, and everything else I give going forward."

The writer continued, "Remember, I'm angry. And I'm strong from my years at the gym and really am ready to take my frustration out on someone or something."

Barber said the Human Rights Campaign, the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force and "other leaders within the homosexual lobby" should call immediately for an end to such threats.

There were suggestions of a different type of violence, too.

"Hope the gay waiters at their hotel p---ed in all the drinks they served these cretins," "Jake" wrote about protectors of traditional marriage.

"If you're planning a heterosexual wedding in California … be prepared for picketers. Designate someone to watch the parking lot … You're going to have lots of unexpected expenses. Add $500 to your budget for security. … Be prepared for the flowers not lasting to the reception or the tuxedos showing up two sizes too small or the music at the reception being a way too loud or the cake tasting a little funny," stated another threat. "Be afraid. Be very afraid. We are everywhere."

Another even listed addresses of Mormon facilities. Mormon, Catholic and other religious groups were active in supporting the marriage definition.

"I do not openly advocate firebombing or vandalism. What you do with the information is your own choice," wrote Jeremy.

Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Who is being intolerant now?

So, for their last leg of this race, no on 8 decided to hit below the belt, and now it is personal.

If you follow that link, you will see an article and a video about the no 0n 8 campaign using mormon missionaries to show how evil the yes on 8 campaign is, by having them show up at a lesbian's house, take away their rings and wedding license. It is horribly acted, and a complete misrepresentation of our church, not to mention a really sleazy ad tactic.

Just imagine now... if right now we are being persecuted for sticking up for the family, the most basic principle of our gospel and society, imagine what comes next... seriously... this is scary people. We must fight for our rights! Don't give in to society, and what the opposition thinks to be fair and right.

In other news, our very own Steve Young and his wife came out AGAINST prop 8, donating $50,000 to the cause... I pray for his eternal salvation. Be absolutely, and utterly amazed here:

Seriously... what are we HERE for!? To give in to the ways of men for temporal happiness, OR FIGHT FOR OUR LORD!?!?!? Honestly, have we lost our sight that much? Any temple worthy member could not truthfully answer in their recommend interview that they are not participating in any groups or organizations that go against the beliefs of the church by not supporting prop 8. My stars, how lost we are.

That is all.