Wednesday, October 22, 2008


Riley has finally hit 20lbs! He is now riding in a forward facing car seat. Riley likes to watch Signing Time, a series of DVD that teaches sign language to children. He has signed his first word which is cracker.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Our new blog

Cast your eyes to the list of blogs we follow. The one titled US is a new blog we started to display our hobbies. Enjoy!

Friday, October 17, 2008

Twilight dud

So I joined the band wagon and read the first book in the Twilight series. For a whole year I heard about these books. Gripping, entertaining, best thing since Harry Potter. I searched at the library for them but they were either checked out or on hold for someone else. So I waited. Thought about buying it. Boy, am I glad I didn't. I didn't like the first book and have no desire to read the other ones. I am probably the only warm blooded female in Rexburg that didn't like the book. Mostly my dislike stems from personal preferences. Basically, it just wasn't my cup of tea.

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 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

Family Pictures

After 3 tries ,we were able to get our family pics taken. We will be sending pictures out to everyone. If there is a certain picture that you would like just let us know. We have a CD with all the pictures on them so we can print off what we want to. Riley did ok during the photo shoot. He insisted on crawling around and the silly boy would not smile until we put him in the bucket. Mostly he had a deer in the head lights look.