Friday, December 19, 2008
Saturday, December 13, 2008
Friday, November 21, 2008
I like this video because of Donny Osmond's dance moves.
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Friday, October 17, 2008
First, I don't like paperback romance novels. This book read like one for more then half of it. I like love stories like Pride and Prejudice were there is conflict in the relationship and you learn about the main characters' personality.
Second, I like to imagine Craig in the role of the main love interest. I couldn't do it. This was due to the fact of so many cheesy lines. Now I like a little cheese now and then but not for 17 chapters. This was so annoying I couldn't disgrace Craig by placing him in the lead role.
Third, I like conflict in a story. Emotional, physical or mental. Usually conflict brings people together. Conflict played a major role in this book. Vampire loves human. Vampire's family doesn't approve of human. Community doesn't approve of the vampire family. Vampire and human defy the status quo. I don't think it was developed very effectively. The only major conflict in the book that was developed at all occurred in the last 5 chapters but by that time I was so disgusted by the romance novel aspect that the action was a complete bore. I am hoping the movie is much better.
I hate picking up a book that is a disappointment. That bothers me more then anything.
On the positive side this quote from Stephine Meyer's Twilight that I did find interesting.
Edward being a vampire does not feed on humans. Bella asked why.
"But you see, just because we've been...delt a certain hand...it doesn't mean that we can't choose to rise above--to conquer the boundaries of a destiny that none of us wanted."(307) Has a bit of a Gospel ring to it.
If you like paper back romance novels then read it, you won't be disappointed.
Monday, October 13, 2008
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Craig said I should put a better picture of Nikki on the Blog. In the other picture she is the one holding the camera. People always look funny when they take pictures of themselves. This one is much better.
Monday, September 15, 2008
Riley and his best friend Adam celebrated his first birthday was on August 23rd. It's hard to believe this lil spud is already 1. Our friends Desiree, Rob & Lindsay Coleman, Travis & Tasha Poulson, and Cameron & Mana Riedel came to party with us too. Riley has been the greatest blessing in our lives. He is bursting with personality. Mana says his obsession with holding Nina's hair while nursing will lead him to a long-haired bride. He loves little people - he's always "chatting" with other children his age and crawls out of his way to befriend them. Nina complains about Riley's habit of ramming his head into her leg over and over again while making "Aaaaahhhhhhhhhh" noises as she's trying to make dinner. I think he'll probably be a trumpet player like Uncle Todd b/c he's always taking anything funnel-like and making noises through them. If there's one thing this birthday boy likes the most (besides his way-hip parents) it's music! He loves to dance like a disco star like right out of the Jackson Five.
Because we can, and b/c Riley doesn't know what you can really buy with money, we took full advantage of the opportunity - and went cheap. .75 cents bought a little drum from the local D.I. and he fell in love with it immediately.
Friday, September 12, 2008
The black spots on Riley's face are bugs. I forgot how bad the bugs are in WV.
Nikki, Amber and Riley
Riley liked to try and catch the water as it came out of the faucet.
Sunday, August 24, 2008
Thursday, August 21, 2008
I remember being so tired during the labor and delivery, that is an understatement. However, Craig was more tired then me. He dozed off while I rested between contractions. Craig got a little teary eyed after all was said and done. That was a special moment.
I also remember the mid wives shooting the breeze b/t each other or with Craig. Here I was working the hardest I have ever worked and the mid-wives were talking about getting pictures taken after I finished. They judged I would be finished in time for there photo shoot. Glad I could be so thoughtful.
I was so tired that I didn't want to do it any more. I just wanted Riley to come on his own. But the finial push finialy came with me griping Craig's shirt with one hand and focusing only on him. I was determined to be finished. I had had a enough. I don't remember any pain during the delivery, too tired to care.
During the first four months I would prefer labor to nursing Riley. It was so hard to nurse him every 3 hrs. and then hold him so he would sleep. Now I choose nursing to delivery.
Riley loves to hold my hair for comfort.
After the first four months, time began to fly by fast. Rolling over, talking, and crawling. So much in so little time. He insists on crawling through our legs by ramming his head over and over again against our legs until we spread them. Riley loves to dance. He dances to the radio, TV or when Craig and I sing to him at night. He will even dance while I am nursing him.
When I was still pregnant, I craved dirt and chalk. Living in dry hot Idaho didn't help. I never ate dirt or chalk instead I collected rocks. Almost every day I went outside to the railroad tracks and collected rocks.
When I take Riley outside he refuses to crawl in the grass. Instead he stays only on the side walks and playes in the rock beds that surround our apartment. He does love the slide and swing. He likes to eat broccoli.
We love him very much!
Who does Riley look like more?
Monday, August 11, 2008
Tuesday, August 5, 2008
Does anybody recognize the farmer in the picture. Yep! He shot the cow. Dale (I think its his name) absolutely loved Riley. In fact he just about grabbed Riley out of my arms.
Thursday, July 31, 2008
Craig walking up a cinder cone.
At the top of the cinder cone. Can you guess which way the wind is blowing.
Young lava flows with splatter cones.
Splatter cone and miles and miles of lava rock.
Walking the cinder cone.