Thursday, October 23, 2008

Yes on Proposition 8 in California!

I feel so passionate about this right now. If there is anyone who has friends in California - or friends that have friends in California - please have them share this too.

YES ON PROPOSITION 8 in California
You've been tagged. PLEASE READ THIS no matter what state you live in.

Failure to pass Proposition 8 will hurt children. If gay marriage remains legal, public schools will put it on equal footing with traditional marriage. Children will likely receive “age appropriate” information about sexual relations within heterosexual and homosexual marriages.

Failure to pass Proposition 8 will hurt churches. The court’s decision will inevitably lead to conflicts with religious liberty and free speech rights. Society will become more and more hostile to traditional beliefs about marriage and family. Over time, greater acceptance of nontraditional marriage will be demanded of all people. This could impact the ability of any religion to teach and practice its beliefs. Including adoption agencies.

A YES vote will not hurt gays. In California, the law provides for marriage-related benefits to be given to civil unions and domestic partnerships. Proposition 8 does not diminish these benefits.

For your information:
On Friday, October 10th, 2008 a first-grade class took a field trip to witness a lesbian wedding in California. Click Here for the article from the San Francisco Chronicle.

A father in Massachusetts was frustrated when his twin kindergartners were taught about homosexuality at school by the teachers. He insisted he be notified in the future before such things were discussed so he could pull his boys out of school.He was taken to jail. Click Here for the story.

A Catholic adoption agency In the UK closed their doors because of the Government's new homosexual equality laws. The Equality Act forbids discrimination in the provision of goods and services on the basis of sexual orientation. The law was forced through Parliament last year despite past Prime Minister Tony Blair's recommendation that Catholic adoption agencies be exempted from the rules. Click Here for more info.

Earlier this month judges in Conneticut overturned the state law (just as the judges in California did) to legalized gay marriage. This is not just an issue in California. We voted years ago to keep traditional marriage as the only marriage recognized in the state of California, 4 judges overturned our vote…and we need to fight back. That is what this Proposition is about. This is happening everywhere and the leaders of the church and others have warned that the outcome of California’s vote will affect the way the other states vote. So PLEASE…even if you don’t live in California, put this on your blog or email this on. The internet knows no state line. You know contacts in California that I don’t…and so do your friends. Please pass this on as it could eventually have an effect on everyone!

"Occasionally discouragement may darken our pathway; frustration may be a constant companion. In our ears there may sound the sophistry of Satan as he whispers, "You cannot save the world; your small efforts are meaningless. You haven't time to be concerned for others." Trusting in the Lord, let us turn our heads from such falsehoods and make certain our feet are firmly planted in the path of service and our hearts and souls dedicated to follow the example of the Lord."
--Thomas S. Monson

Click Here for excerpts from the Broadcast given by Elders M. Russell Ballard, Quentin L. Cook and L. Whitney Clayton.

A good resource mentioned in the broadcast:

October 27th: Last day to apply for “Vote by Mail” Click Here for info.

November 4th: Election day. Polls close at 8:00pm. Vote by mail must be received by this time and can be hand delivered if necessary.

YOU'VE BEEN TAGGED...Here's what you do:
In the broadcast we were asked to "go viral on our blogs, etc" by Elder Ballard. This is my way of going viral. If you feel this is an important issue I ask that you copy and paste this post...and post it on your blog. PLEASE keep it at the top of your blog through November 4th. which you can adjust each time you post under the "edit post" option. The internet knows NO STATE LINE. You know contacts in California that I do do your friends and their friends...and so on. Please do this. If not for your own children and the effect it could have on them some day...for mine! After you have posted this to your contacts and TAG all your blogging buddies to do the same. THANK YOU!

PS: I have gone public for the next anyone can copy and paste this information.

Monday, October 20, 2008

I'd Like to Introduce you to a New Friend!!

Being that the weather is getting colder - we knew we had to bring our little lemon tree inside. So as we were placing it down in our garage - Jeff says to me - "oh, wow! Look at that - that's a big spider!!" Of course I freaked out and couldn't believe my eyes.

So I just had to share the pictures with all of you. So you could enjoy seeing our new friend!! I've since looked him up online and think he's a cat-faced spider - harmless to humans - so I guess we're okay to let him hang out for a while. Although he does give me the hee-bee-gee-bees everytime I happen to glance his way. YIKES!!!

Zac is 12!!

Zac it's really hard to believe that you have turned 12 years old!! We are so happy that you are worthy to be a Deacon - can you believe it?!! I can't wait to see you passing the sacrament. What a great example you are to your brothers. You are such a great son!!

This year Zac's birthday fell on Saturday. He told me that he had the best birthday ever. We took three of his friends to the Mummy Movie and then out to dinner - they had a blast. It was so much fun to see him goofing off with his friends and acting so much like tweens (note to self - in case I forget the term later - between 12-16 years old) - I could barely stand how old it made me feel. He is growing up so fast - teenage years here we come!!

On Sunday we invited Grandma and Grandpa Quick to church with us so they could be part of Zac's big day. Getting set apart as a deacon is a big deal and we are so happy for you.

Thanks Gma & Gpa Quick for changing around your schedule so you could be there with us - it meant to much to us.

Zachary you are growing up so fast and you have been such a great example to your younger brothers. I love you so much!!

Here are my love ABC's for you this year. You are an Artistic, Bright, Clever, Diligent, Exemplary, Friendly, Gentleman, Happy, Invaluable, Jovial, Kind, Lively, Mellow, Novelist, Optimistic, Polite, Quizzical, Respectful, Silly, Terrific, Understanding, Vigilant, Wacky, Xenial, Youthful & Zesty young man. We love you so much!!

Friday, October 10, 2008

Crazy Eights!!

Okay so I've been "tagged" to the Crazy Eights Game (thanks so much Val - it's so exciting) - so here it goes!!

8 TV Shows I Love to Watch:
1. Friends (I know-it's so sad - only re-runs now - why did they stop the show? Seriously!)
2. The Medium
3. Eli Stone
4. Desperate Housewives
5. Ghost Whisperer
6. Extreme Makeover HOME Edition
7. LOST (I know, I know - I'm lost too, but I'm still wondering what the heck is going to happen!)
8. Samantha Who?

8 Favorite Places I Love To Eat:
1. Olive Garden
2. Chili's
3. Rumbi's Grill
4. Village Baker
5. Café Rio (oh this is making me so hungry now)
6. Johnny Carino's
7. Chick-fil-A
8. Wendy's

8 Things That Happened Yesterday:
1. I discoverd a new zit - lovely
2. Started my period - even better!
3. Day started looking up when Jeff asked if I wanted to take the Porsche to work :)
4. Got a call from the kids that they missed the bus - hmmm - lovely!!
5. Got to take my kids to school and they made me smile :)
6. Decided to get a Chef Salad from Village Baker for lunch - it was a fabulous choice (oh yummm - I think I'm still hungry)
7. I heard the stock market fell another 678.91 points
8. We looked at the cutest house!! I wonder if we can afford it - so cute!!

8 Things I Look Forward To:
1. Fridays and the Friday treat
2. Going Home from Work - ahhhhhhhh!!
3. Holidays - when I don't have to work
4. Vacations in Hawaii
5. Driving the porsche with the top down :)
6. Hugs from my boys
7. Smiles from my little neices & nephew (Cali / Kali / Quinton)
8. Reading new posts from all of you

8 Things I Love About Fall:
1. The clothes
2. The crisp cool nights & mornings
3. Changing fall leaves
4. General Conference weekend
5. Thanksgiving
6. Leftover turkey sandwiches - yummm - guess I'm still hungry
7. Pumpkins!
8. Halloween

8 Things On My Wish List:
1. Trip to China
2. Vacation in Scotland
3. A passive income
4. That my boys will go on a mission
5. And that they will all be married in the temple
6. Molly Maid Service shows up at my door and tells me, "You just won free maid service for a year!!!"
7. That the maid service also cooks fabulous healthy meals every night!
8. Granddaughters

8 People I Tag:
1. Troy
2. Jen Stark
3. Kathleen
4. Rose
5. Trudi
6. Jenn Butterfield
7. Mandy
8. Maryann

Thursday, October 9, 2008

We've Adopted ! !

Wanted to introduce you to the new family addition!
Our new Boxster Porsche! Isn't she cute!!!

We've been so busy it's taken me some time to post the new pictures, but here they are finally! It's been an easier adjustment then I thought. There is definately a different feel in our home now that she's here. We've all felt it - there just a great feeling of joy. We've also felt a lot more relaxed now that she's around. She gets along with the boys so well. They just love her! They have taken such great care of her and they don't even mind it when we ask them to play with her !! I think the decision to adopt her into our family has been such a great idea - we've adjusted to her very quickly and I think she really likes us too. I must say she's quite spoiled!!

You're welcome to stop by anytime - or I'm sure we'll be out and about real soon !!

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

14 Years!

Can you believe it?!! It's been 14 Years now that Jeff and I have been married! I'm so happy and grateful to be married to such a wonderful man. We have had quite the ride and I'm sure it's just the beginning. Right now we are on the summit looking over at a beautiful view and the future looks bright!

We met nearly 16 years ago at the Singles Branch (that sounds so Cliché) President Davey was our Branch President then and he's our Stake President now. We dated for a while then we broke up, I went out with my "return missionary" figured out I wanted to be with Jeff more and so I got back together with him. Then he broke up with me, dated his "returned missionary" (a girl and many others from the singles branch I might add - we teased him that he started at the A's and almost made it to the P's). He told me that he compared every one of them to me, so we got back together and this time it stuck.

Since then, we've had three handsome and smart boys! They keep us reaching new goals and trying to stay up with what's "in" and cool! We've had two condos and currently live in Herriman. Jeff and I have made it through a lot together. Lots of jobs, self employment, school, car accident, back injury, unemployment, nearly broke, more school, Graduation, Employment again and now things seem to be going along at a steady pace and lookin' up! Yea!!

Through it all he's been the love of my life and I'm finding that I love him more and more. It's amazing how that works. He's been such a blessing to me and I don't know what I'd be without him. All I know is that I'm better with him in my life.

Happy Anniversary! Love you!!

Monday, October 6, 2008

All About Me (Cindy)

(I saw this on my sisters blog and quickly followed the rules - now that you've read it you have to follow the rules too! I look forward to seeing all of you complete the answers!)

Welcome to the 2008 edition of getting to know your friends. Copy then change all the answers so they apply to you, then post on your blog. The theory is that you will learn a lot of little things about your friends that you might not have known!

1. What time did you get up this morning? 6:45am (and it was still dark - something's so wrong about having to wake up in the dark).
2. Diamonds or pearls? Diamonds.
3. What was the last film you saw at the cinema? Cinema? Who says that? It think it was Wall-E for Hayden's b-day party
4. What is your favorite TV show? Re-runs of Friends
5. What do you usually have for breakfast? Granola bar and yogurt drink
6. What is your middle name? Marie
7. What food do you dislike? Shrimp
8. What is your favorite CD at the moment? Queen - Greatest Hits
9. What kind of car do you drive? Most recently, a Boxster Porsche (oh-ya!!)
10. Favorite sandwich? Turkey Avacado at Kneeders
11. What characteristic do you despise? Insincere(ness)
12. Favorite item of clothing? Designer Jeans
13. If you could go anywhere in the world on vacation, where would you go? Scottland
14. Favorite brand of clothing? Right now that would be American Eagle
15. Where would you retire to? Haven't stopped to think about that yet, somewhere away from the hustle and bustle
16. What was your most recent memorable birthday? 36 - it was just 5 months ago
17. Favorite sport to watch? Basketball
18. Furthest place you expect someone to look at this from? Texas
19. If you had a superpower, what would it be? Invisibility
20. When is your birthday? May 11
21. Are you a morning person or a night person? Can't I just say afternoon person?
22. What is your shoe size? 6 1/2 sometimes 7
23. Pets? Nope - too lazy
24. Any new and exciting news you'd like to share with us? I've been married for 14 years tomorrow (and Jeffrey has a Porsche)
25. What did you want to be when you were little? A Singer
26. How are you today? Fabulous
27. What is your favorite candy? Boston Baked Beans
28. What is your favorite flower? Calla Lily
29. What is a day on the calendar you are looking forward to? October 7 (tomorrow - my 14th Wedding Anniversary) 30. What is your favorite flavor of ice cream? it use to be Mint Chocolate Chip but now it would have to be Caramel Cashew
31. What are you listening to right now? Nothing (it's fabulous - and it's only 9:30 amazing!)
32. What was the last thing you ate? Shephard's Pie
33. Do you wish on stars? Yes because when you do, your dreams come true
34. If you were a crayon, what color would you be? Purple
35. How is the weather right now? 46.4 outside and 73.8 inside (pretty nice - love the fall)
36. Who was the first person you talked to on the phone today? Jeffrey
37. Favorite soft drink? Rootbeer
38. Favorite restaurant? Olive Garden sounds good right now
39. Real hair color? Brown with shades of auburn and silver
40. What was your favorite toy as a child? A Wind-up Record Player
41. Summer or winter? Summer
42. Hugs or kisses? Hugs
43. Chocolate or Vanilla? White Chocolate
44. Where was your last vacation? Orlando, Florida with Jeff's Family
45. When is the last time your cried? Sunday during General Confrence
46. What is under your bed? Dust bunnies and an old ironing board cover
47. What did you do last night? Made-out with Jeffrey in the Porsche
48. What are you afraid of losing? my family
49. Salty or sweet? both
50. How many keys on youur key ring? one more ;)
51. How many years at your current job? 3 years 10 months
52. Favorite day of the week? any day that's a holiday
53. How many towns have you lived in? 3 (Sandy, Midvale, Sandy, Herriman)
54. Do you make friends easily? I'd like to think so