Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

It's getting closer...!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :)

That glorious day when I will be able to kneel with my most wonderful husband is drawing ever so near. March 7th 2009!!!! Today as I was driving to work, I was pondering about that upcoming day, and what it will be like and the things that I want to remember and the overall emotion of the day. For so long it's been in the distant future, but over the past two or so months it seems like time has completely sped up and all of a sudden we're two and a half months from that Sacred occasion. We have been so busy these last few months trying to accomplish many things and stay on task from Church callings, to work schedules, to personal schedules. Then all of a sudden two months has flown by and here we are in the home stretch almost!

I hope this is appropriate to make the following comments, if not, I won't feel bad because you people all have the right to cease reading at any point...

I believe, just as many have warned me prior to my epiphany, that Satan has sought us out individually and has gone to work extra hard to prevent our Temple Marriage from taking place. There are the obvious temptations, those of physical nature, and sometimes, those grow harder to resist, but then there are the temptations that leave the potential for an even greater desecration of a marriage... and that comes from finding fault, looking for excuses to pick apart your spouse's faults (or in my case, future spouse). We have really struggled lately to not argue and find reasons to pick one another apart. Up until this point, we have really done well to work through our individual differences. We have reasoned with one another, and even compromised on many occasion to find that we have reached the perfect conclusion or solution. Right now, at times, it seems harder to do because tempers are short, emotions are heightened, stress has set in and the adversary is ever present. The thing that I must teach myself to remember, is that the Savior is even closer, and He is there to ease the burden of emotion both Frank and myself seem to be carrying at this present time.
Now after having said this, I hope no one thinks that we hate each other, I think what we are experiencing is normal. Last night we sat and talked through alot of things that have been frustrating us, including the failing economy (especially in Riverside County) which I would say is a large reason we have been frustrated, and we seem to have a much better and more realistic grasp on how to tackle these last couple months before the wedding. I am truly grateful for Frank. He is the greatest gift I have ever been given (with the exception of the Gospel of course) and I am very humbled today and feeling the need to repent for my shortcomings (there are many) and give thanks for the wonderful man I will spend the rest of Eternity with. Marriage is great, but it takes work and I can't wait to spend forever perfecting my self with the help and guidance of my very best friend!

Sunday, December 14, 2008

I need addresses!!!!

It's gettin close to that time to start compiling the list of addresses to send out the wedding invitations... anytime someone looses a phone or somethin they enlist the help of the blogging world to get back in touch... I thought i'd do the same.
If you would be so kind as to email me your addresses so I could start getting a list together I would really appreciate it.! :)
My email is Thanks everyone!

two PEAS IN A POD... Frank and Todd!

For almost as long as we have been dating it's been just me and Frank, Frank and I. WE do everything together, obviously we've become the best of friends, but some where along the way Frank got the short end of the stick because he has pretty much lost out on all things "masculine". He's been surrounded by girl things and girl friends of mine and hasn't done too much with any guy.
Then came Todd... we love Todd, but Frank especially loves Todd 'cause he's a guy and they have lots in common, and they share the same prefession... they are both Electricians. They love to bowl, watch bang bang shoot 'em up movies, cars, food, and lots more... here are just a few shots of the two peas in a pod!

"chestnuts roasting on and open fire"

I think, (I don't know for sure) that is Franks favorite Christmas Song... He walks around singing "chestnuts roasting on an open fire" like pretty much every chance he gets... it's kind of annoying actually, he does this weird thing at the end where he like draws out the fire part and makes the pitch in his voice go weird. I always ask him to cut it out, especially because the ending gets louder each time... :(
Speaking of annoyances... especially for any of you already married people... Remember your first Christmas' together? Do you remember the bickering over which color Christmas lights to hang and how to hang them, what kind of tree to get, how the tree would be decorated, etc...? Well, fortunately for us, we survived our first Christmas decorating stage with only a few references to ended the upcoming marriage prematurely! :) just kidding, we never actually said it, but I know there were definitely some under the breath comments made about how annoyed we were with each other. The problem was, we're both stubborn. Bottom line. I like things decorated one way for Christmas, (my mom is an interior designer) my house always looks like a model home, and he has lived on his own for 11 years, so he's gotten used to things his way. We argued about everything to do with the decorations, but in the end, we somehow found the way to COMPROMISE and make it work. The funny part is, we were decorating my moms house with her permission. She told us if we could survive the decoration phase, we could probably make it in a marriage. :) All kidding aside, it worked out great and I have a nice house to enjoy, and when Frank comes over each day, he can do the same! Here are just a few pictures to highlight the weeks happenings...

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Some New Pictures!!

Don't you love these shots? A good friend of ours named Annie was nice enough to take us out on Saturday afternoon and take some great pictures... Frank is so photogenic he looks like a model in some of them... (those are reserved for the picture frames in my house)I had wild woman hair that day, but she's so great, she still managed to capture some wonderful shots. Thanks Annie, we love you!

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Holiday Traditions... What does your family do?

Today I was watching a clip on MSNBC and the had a commercial for the Christmas program from Rockefeller Plaza. As I watched, I reflected on my trip to the city a few years ago. About 5 years ago my mom and I were in New York City in between the Holiday Season (Thanksgiving and Christmas) and we had the opportunity to visit Rockefeller Plaza as they brought in the "GIANT" tree. We heard the whole story of how the tree was selected from hundreds in upstate New York and then made it's way through the mayhem known as "the big apple," to it's final destination. We watched it be erected, and then just before our visit ended we saw hundreds of workers decorate the tree. Unfortunately we missed the actual lighting of the tree by like 12 hours, but we were able to watch it on television the following evening for the annual lighting of the tree on NBC.
My family has so many Christmas traditions, the following are just a few...

*The day after Thanksgiving, I (and since I got my license, really only me) shops for the deals on Black Friday. This year I drug Frank along... poor guy! He was a champ!

*The weekend after Thanksgiving we decorate the whole house for Christmas. Lights, Tree, Our Village, Moms Santa Collection, the stockings, the "designer trees" etc...
We always listen to the same Christmas Cd's and sing our hearts out as we decorate. Followed by some good 'ol fashioned pumpkin pie. :) mmmmmmmmmmmm yummy!

*The following weekend, we drive around the city (and sometimes other ones) looking at Christmas lights and once again, blasting the Christmas music.

* The third weekend (when I was younger) I went with either parent (depending on what their schedules were like) to the Parade of Lights in either Newport Beach, or San Diego Harbor. It was always cold, but a fun experience!

*The next family tradition is still my all time favorite... MOM'S CHRISTMAS EVE SPAGHETTI FEAST! OHHHHH YEAH! pretty much everyone knows that Spaghetti is my ALL TIME FAAAAAAVVVVOOOOORRRRIIIITTTTEEEEE food! My mom goes all out, the whole family is invited, immediate family, extended family, friends, and last year, even a homeless family. I love it, we all partake of the delicious meal, then rest our tummies while catching up on the busy year coming to an end, followed by some BAD piano playing, gift exchange (which is usually home made gifts or food), picture time, and a Midnight Christmas Eve Service at my moms church. It such a beautiful night. It has so much more of the feeling that should accompany the Christmas holiday. There is no commercialization, simply time spent with our loved ones, and rejoicing in the reason for the season. At our home on Christmas eve, there is so much joy, the lights are dim, the fire is lit, the tree is glistening, it's just enough to warm the soul!

*Then the next day (obviously) is Christmas. It involves waking up to a mess of a kitchen, opening our gifts, then getting together with more family throughout the rest of the day. Just the same as everyone else! :)

Friday, November 28, 2008

Happy Holidays!!!... Happy Holidays!!!... Happy Holidays to you!!!!

Yes my friends, I am quoting the ever so popular "Happy Holidays to you"...
It's official, I'm in a chipper holiday mood! Call me crazy, but I am super excited for this coming Holiday Season. Everyone is broke, (story of my life these days) so I've turned the so called "light on" in my brain and come up with some extremely cute, extremely easy, and most importantly EXTREMELY CHEAP ways to gift give. Yep, with a little ingenuity, you can create marvelous things! :) I can't really share what they are, 'cause some of you might just be on the receiving end of my craftiness. (Just forget I mentioned it didn't cost much). This morning kicked off the season with some crowd pushin', present stealin, swift move of the hand BLACK FRIDAY SHOPPIN. Thanks to the kind man that I will be marrying soon, I was able to do just a "little" shopping, and I mean little, and get exactly what I needed. Plus, simply stated, I just got to go shopping! How could anyone be less then happy when they get to shop! I must say, we were lined up at Target at 5:45 (yes I gave him a 5:15 wake up call to be ready) and we braved the crowded "Tarjet" and then headed off to the mall for some PRE-WEDDING gifts for ourselves. :) (I.E. the most awesome goose down mattress pad thingymabobber). Then we headed "home" (my house) for some good 'ole movie watchin... it kind of turned in to a marathon/napathon! Must have been all that delicious food from yesterday! (We spent the day between both sides of the family and it turned out to be such a wonderful day)!
So with the words from the a fore mentioned Christmas tune (by Andy Williams), I sign off!! Happy Holidays, Happy Holidays, while the merry bells keep ringin', Happy Holidays to you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Our Internet Children...

Apparently the new thing to do for couples without children yet, is to create their own baby via some website... I have had several friends try it out and then tell me we should do it even though we still aren't married yet... We did, and here are two of the outcomes of our cyberspace created babies... Hope they don't turn out as funny lookin' in real life!!!

Monday, November 24, 2008

Lazy Days...

So I must apologize in advance for the negativity of this post. Today I am not posting to let you all in on the happy things going on, I'm actually just writing to write, to vent, to blow off steam, however you would like to define the following words...
Today is the second day of my week off of work (it actually started Friday). Most people would probably be more then beside themselves for a week off from work. I on the other hand am not. I am rather annoyed to be quite honest, I don't know what to do with myself. This was supposed to be my week to do my Christmas shopping and enjoy my time off by getting pampered. Instead, I'm sitting home, alone might I add, trying to come up with ways to entertain my self. The reason being, a VERY LARGE bill came in at the end of last week thanks to my lovely brother and his lack of ability to pay his own darn bills. Yes, once again, as previously stated when I was bothered about the cell phone thing, nice guys finish last! :( arrrrrr!
So I've already done the cleaning I had planned to do for the week (i.e. cleaning house, sorting, doing, and organizing laundry, cleaning the car, washing the dogs, etc...) now I've resorted to laying in bed at 5:00 in the evening playing around on the computer. Such is the life of a woman with no money and no work for a week! Don't you all wish you were as lucky as me?! :)
I promise with all my heart, my next several posts will be more uplifting. I have to make up for the two "downer"ones in a two week period!

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

I L...O...V...E... flowers!

I love flowers. What girl doesn't? They make me happy. Simple as that. I love to look, touch, and once upon a time when I could smell... smell them. :) My passion is to create what I like to call "masterpieces" with flowers. If I could do anything in the world right now, I would own a quaint little floral shop with lots and lots of smell good flowers! In the mean time, I have to stick to making arrangements of bouquets and center pieces for friends and family as they get married or bring babies in to the world...
Since I am still without entertainment in my house, I was scrolling through old pictures of flowers and the following is what I have come up with as far as my own arrangements. (Just FYI, there are a few pictures that look very similar to ones you might have seen on florists websites, I promise they are my own creations and i'm not trying to steal their pictures. They're just good replicas!) :)
(oh and thanks to all my girlfriends who passed on the pics of their bouquets for me)!

Monday, November 10, 2008

Not so "Temporarily Disconnected"

Here I sit on front of my computer, for the time being, my only form of communication, not so Temporarily Disconnected. Living at home is great when you are under the age of 18, or have not previously lived on your own for several months or years. The last thing I ever thought I would be doing at the age of 22 was living under my mothers roof succombing to her rules. Now you must know, I love my mom, she is a great mom, but at times she lives in another dimension, one far from this one.
She has decided no Tv for the time being. That is actually fine with me, I'm really not a big television watcher any way, I'd rather read books, or be outside, anything but home in front of the tv. Ironically, today, the only thing I'd like to be doing is sitting on my butt in front of the tv lost in tvland.
Sadly, that is not my luck of the draw. Instead, I find myself home alone, with only the dogs as my companions.. dinner made, staring at the wall wondering when someone, my mom or Frank, might be home to partake of this wonderful meal I have prepared. "Why, you might ask, don't I just pick up the phone and call them" well, if we had a home phone, or better even then that, if my cell phone, that I pay for each month was working, I could do just that!
But that is not the reality I face. Instead, I, the nice guy, the one wanting to the Christlike like thing and help family out in time of need have been given the "ROYAL SHAFT" from my own flesh and blood. When I say Royal, I mean ROYALLY SCREWED!!!! (please accept my apologies for the language but understand that is necessary, very necessary, for the predicament I am currently in).
So each month I make a phone call to my brother. Me: " You need to pay your bill or they are going to shut the phones off." My Brother: "Yeah Yeah whatever, I'll take care of it" shortly after that phone call, the phone provider: "You MUST make a payment by midnight tonight or youre phone will be temporarily disconnected"...
Me: "ok." (discouragement in my voice) next phone call: ring ring ring ring "I'm sorry youre phone has been temporarily disconnected" GRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR, UGHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH, AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH! Noises of frustration.
A day or so passes and the phones magically turn back on!
Today, there will be no magical turning on of phones... Instead, there is a rather large decision to be made on my behalf. Do I use my hard earned money, the money which has been set aside to pay for my wedding to pay the several, and I mean several hundred dollars in fees thanks to my brother and his wife, or do I hope and pray they will pay their part before the debt is turned over to a collection agency which then will reflect in a VERY negative way on my credit?
Either way I look at it, I'm the loser. I lose out on reserving the location I have looked long and hard for to have my special day, or do I basically give the phone company free access to turn my account over and mess up my credit? What would you do? Any thoughts would be much appreciated because at the moment, I am facing the harsh reality that I am not so Temporarily Disconnected, and left in an EXTREMELY LARGE PREDICAMENT!
Why is it "Nice guys always finish last" :(

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Monday, November 3, 2008

Me... Relief Society President? You're Joking Right?

Yep, that about sums up my reaction. Just over a month ago, I was called as the Murrieta Springs Branch Relief Society President. I told the new Branch President he was crazy for two VERY GOOD REASONS... A.) I'm getting married in 6 months(it was six months then) and B.) I DON'T LIKE RELIEF SOCIETY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
That just goes to show you when you have a rather strong dislike for something with regard to the Gospel or the Church, Heavenly Father finds a way to first slap you across the face in a rather large way, and then humble you so far as to make you drop to your knees and beg for mercy! :) Well, I don't know about the begging, but in my case, it was pretty close. The former Relief Society President was PHENOMENAL! She is one the most kind and caring women I have ever met. She is non judgemental, meek, patient, long suffering, and a million other things that I could only hope to become in this life. All I kept thinking was why on earth would I be called to serve as her successor?
Yesterday, during Fast and Testimony meeting, I think my answer came. You see, just a few days after I was called as the new President, our wonderful Stake President called me up out of the blue and guilt ed me in to speaking in Stake Conference. ( I can say that because he is a very good friend )anyway, he asked me to speak on a Chapter in the book of Matthew in the New Testament referring to "Seek ye first to build up the Kingdom of God, then all things shall be added unto you." That is paraphrasing of course, but there I stood in front of 3,000 plus members of the church proclaiming to know what it's like to seek first the Kingdom of God and having all things added unto me. Realizing now that I hadn't a clue what that meant I felt prompted to stand from that same pulpit once more and shed some different light on the subject.
Any of you who have served in this calling, or even in the Presidency itself, can fully relate. I'm certain of it. When you are set apart as the Lord's steward of the women in your ward, there immediately follows this added measure of gifts and talents that seem to appear from no where. There comes this flood of compassion and desire to do what is good and right to support and sustain your fellow sisters in Christ. There comes this added burden of cares which strangely enough is not a burden at all, rather a feeling of trust from our Father in Heaven to see fit that these wonderful women are continuing to grow and progress and become the Divine Women that they promised our Father in Heaven they would become while in mortality.
As I stood at the Pulpit yesterday looking around the chapel at different faces, more often then not Franks, I realized that the things that I would have added unto me weren't the things that I was seeking after, and certainly not of this world, they were things of a much more glorious nature. They were and are and will be every necessary thing from talents to thoughts to carry me safely home in to the arms of my loving Father in Heaven and to hear Him say in me He is well pleased. AS I woke this morning, I reflected briefly on that feeling, but more so now as I sit here in silence... I am beginning to realize the weight of my calling... by no means do I feel overwhelmed, but I do feel a sense of urgency to impress upon, especially the younger sisters in the Branch, the importance of learning and then living the Gospel Standards. Especially as we are being faced with more and more opposition to what we believe to be correct and true. I realized that the importance of our meetings just stay there in the Relief Society rooms, but that they should and must carry over in to the days and sometimes even weeks between Church meetings. The strength of the sisterhood of the Relief Society begins with the President and her Presidency and that is something I am striving to accomplish while serving in this capacity. I also taught the lesson in Relief Society yesterday and as I was standing there speaking I felt the need to focus on the fact that we each have HOLY PLACES, places where HEAVEN and EARTH come together, and it is those places that the most valuable lessons are taught and it is the Relief Society room in which I preside that I hope to bring Heaven and Earth together for the growth that is necessary for each women to solidify her testimony in the gospel of Jesus Christ and in the understanding that she is of great worth, her nature is divine, her beauty and grace is found in her virtue, and that she is of the Nobelist of birthrights. She is not only a Child of God, but a Daughter of God. What a powerful thing to come to know.
How truly grateful I am for the Lord trusting me enough to be an example to the women of my branch and how I lucky I am that my Branch President wasn't joking when extending this assignment because the amount of growth which has taken place already is insurmountable, I can only imagine what is coming throughout the rest of my time serving.

Sunday, November 2, 2008


The basic Pumpkin... the outcome of all the searching. How Lame!