Saturday, July 20, 2013

Videos that made me laugh really hard

I hope you are having an awesome Saturday. I wanted to share some videos with you, because they're awesome and they'll brighten your day.

First of all, Studio C's weather report:

Then this video that made me laugh so hard I almost cried:

And finally, some goats yelling like humans:

Enjoy! And have a good Saturday. :) Our plans for today are going to our stake's pioneer picnic, which should be fun. The weather is nice and cool here right now, and hopefully it stays that way for the picnic. :)

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Need Answers? Go to the Source.

I was browsing the website this week (the official website for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints), and I came across this cool section with resources for youth. They had some inspirational videos, and I watched this one first and loved it.

It's basic message is, if you're hearing a lot of different opinions and thoughts and theories about God and aren't sure which is correct, ask him. And he'll tell you.

I just really liked it, and like the way they showed it. :) The passages they're quoting are from here, Joseph Smith History.

I hope you have a great Sunday!

Saturday, July 6, 2013

Our 4th of July

Happy (belated) Independence Day! I hope you had an awesome 4th of July this week. Ellie, Jason, and I did some fun things.

In the morning, Ellie and I went to our stake 5k/flag ceremony/pancake breakfast. (Jason had to sleep since he worked the night before). We got there as they were handing out the medals for the 5k, and then joined everyone in the long line for breakfast. Ellie played in the flowers during the whole time we waited, and made some friends with the little girls right ahead of us.

When we got our breakfast and got inside to sit down, we were pleasantly surprised to find Shelley (my sister-in-law) and Emily inside. We weren't expecting to see them until later in the afternoon, and Ellie was really excited to both of them. She says "Shewwey" for Shelley and calls Emily "E," and when we saw them was just like, "Shewwey! E! Shewwey!" over and over.

I brought this stroller with us because Ellie's been obsessed with it this week. She'll sit in it at home and want us to push her around the house.
She was hiding. I couldn't see her.
Her "cheese!" face
Later in the day (about 6 o'clock) we went over to Jason's grandma's house. The roll call of people who were there: us, Jason's grandparents, Jason's parents, Shelley and Emily, Shelley's parents, Tyler and Sarah, Sarah's parents, and Sarah's brother Thomas. (Who Ellie took a real shine to. She kept saying "Thomas!" over and over, and pointing to him.)

We played in the pool, had a yummy dinner, and just had fun hanging out with everyone.

Jason and Ellie. Ellie really clung to him for the first while we were in the pool; she was having fun but was a bit nervous about the water. She eventually relaxed, though.
Shelley and Emily
Mimi, Jason's grandma
Sarah and Tyler
Emily practicing kicking her feet
We tried to teach her to kick her feet. She didn't really get it, but she had fun.
Ellie on her boogie board
We brought some baby gates and made a pen for the girls to play in after getting out of the swimming pool.

Oh, and a skunk joined us:

It came into the yard to eat from a cat food bowl.

And then a second one:

They were kind of fighting over the food, but not too badly, and luckily they didn't get close to any of us.

Ellie and Emily had a very nutritious dinner composed mostly of cheese puffs.

Everybody (except for Jason, who was taking these pictures):

Shelley, me, Sarah, Tyler, and Thomas
Jason's mom and Ellie and Emily
Shelley's parents, Jason's dad, and Jason's grandpa
Sarah's parents and Jason's grandma
We went home before the fireworks because Jason had to get ready for work and we had to put Ellie to bed. (Jason's grandparent's house looks out over a large area, and you can see most of the fireworks in our part of Orange County from their backyard.) We didn't mind, though. We had a great day. :)

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

July - The Happiness Project Returns

Most likely, you've forgotten about the "happiness project" that I started at the beginning of the year. I worked on it consistently for the first three months, posted my April's resolutions, and then...I got sick. Really sick. And I abandoned the happiness project, and pretty much everything else.

When I got sick this time, I developed one of those symptoms they tell you to watch for in depression - loss of interest in things that formerly interested you. I didn't want to blog. I didn't want to take pictures.  I didn't want to go on pinterest, or make photobooks, or go on the internet pretty much at all. I didn't even want to watch anything on TV. I didn't want to do, well, anything. I developed an aversion to all these activities almost like the aversion I felt for most food.

In addition to what I didn't want to do, there were all the things I just couldn't do. I couldn't wash dishes. I couldn't stand up for more than a few minutes. I couldn't walk very far. I couldn't sit up for long periods of time. I couldn't brush my teeth too hard. I couldn't breath through my nose a lot (or the smells would make me throw up).

So, I was pretty much constrained to lying on the floor (or couch, or bed), keeping Ellie as close to me as possible, and trying not to think about how nauseous I felt.

As you can see, something like the happiness project would fall to a very low priority during a time like this.

But - things are improving greatly. In the last four weeks, my medicine has finally got my nausea under control. I still have to take it twice a day (missing it in the morning means I'll be throwing up at night), but when I'm on it, I feel awesome! And by awesome I mean normal. And that's awesome! So, I'm finally working on picking back up the things I've ignored and getting back into the life I'd abandoned.

So, the happiness project is back! Since I'm still taking things easy as I'm getting back into the swing of things, I've decided to condense all my goals into one list (rather than try to do every resolution I've made for each month so far).

Month 7 (or 5? I skipped May and June. Well say 7.): July
Theme: I'm alive again.

Main goal: To get back on track with my most important resolutions.

Individual goals:

Again, yay for feeling better and having more energy! I can't wait to start doing lots more things.