Friday, October 31, 2008

Tagged by Sommer

Rules:Ladies, grab your cameras & take a photo of the following things AS IS. Don't clean or move anything, just snap a picture & let us all see how messy or clean you really are! :)

The Sink: Not too bad...

The Fridge: Well, who's fridge is organized anyway?

A Bathroom: This is the upstairs bathroom that isn't ours...we'll call it the "guest bath" ha

Favorite Room: Truth be told my favorite room is whichever I have most recently painted or decorated which would be the bedroom except that I've been Halloween decorating for a small little get together we're having tonight so I think the kitchen wins right now.

A Closet: This is my side of our closet. I'm not going to lie, I did remove the dirty hamper before I took the picture but no one wants to see my dirty underwear right?

Laundry Room: Nothing special here. Had this picture been taken before Labor Day you probably wouldn't even be able to see the machines. Sad to admit.

Favorite Shoes: As soon as I asked myself this question out loud I knew, I KNEW which ones would win. Isn't it funny how often our favorite things are the oldest least glamours things we own? Well I love these Vans, I love how they look, I love how they feel, I love that I can just throw them on AND I love that I STILL get compliments on them even though the bottoms are wearing so thin I might be touching the ground soon.

Self Portrait: I started to take one myself but Shawn wanted to help. So here you go, a picture of me and the girls. LOL.

Kids/Pets: Ain't got no, Suckas.

Dream Vacation: Yes mom, I know it's not in the most ideal part of the world but I have longed to go to Egypt since I did a huge project on its history in 7th grade. I really, really want to go. Bad.

Oh yeah, and I tag, Mandi and Chynna.

Thursday, October 30, 2008

More Punkins

Ok, so that wolf pumpkin Kaden (my nephew, Shawn's sister's son) and I did was about 2 weeks ago and wilted beyond recognition already (don't be fooled by the intricacy of the wolf pumpkin either, it was done using a pattern and a kit). We have also lost other pumpkins due to squirrel uprisings and rebellions in our area. are some more, that we have taken inside and will only be put out on All Hallows Eve. Yeah, we're stickin' it to the rodents. Please take special note of the pumpkin in the middle. The mouth was done by a squirrel which Shawn caught in action, he opened the door and shouted "ooga booga" to frighten the thing away. Then he sprinkled pop rocks where the squirrel had been chewing because he thought it would be funny. It really kind of is when you try to imagine what a squirrel who has just lapped up some pop rocks would be thinking. Oh wow, tangent...yeah, so the one in the middle the squirrel carved a big round whole in and ate the guts out of so, I gave it creepy death eyes and there you have it, a relatively effortless jack-o-lantern. Now that's turning the squirrel problem into something useful, is it not?

(I'm just puting up this picture because you can't really tell what it is in the top picture.)
The witch in flight is mine, the evil eye one is Shawn's. Enjoy.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Laziness Brings About Lotsa Pictures

The pumpkin Kaden and I carved. Awesome, eh?

I won I won I won. Awesome, eh?

Fall where I work. Awesome, eh?

Free Jazz tickets. Awesome, eh?

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Squirrels of the Castle Hill Subdivision...

...I shall not rest until I find you.

A few days after getting pumpkins:

Oh, how cute...hee hee, something nibbled on our pumpkin.

A few days later:

Oh, wow...some body's really hungry!

A few days after that:

Holy Freaking CRAP!!! Lay off my FREAKING pumpkins you rabid mongrels.

And that is the story of why I'll kill any squirrel who steps foot on my porch. You hear that squirrels? We're on a shoot first apologize later policy now friends!!!

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

I Sung in David Archuletta's Microphone

(Shawn and Whitney, Cinderella Style)
Last night was the Thanksgiving Point employee party. There was dinner, there were prizes and then there was Corn Maze madness. Kind of.

(Whitney, Shawn and Chynna looking awesome)
Being on the party planning committee is always fun except for when they make you basically be the MC at the last second. I drew out the names for the prizes and called out, "the $70 spa treatment gift certificate is, me." Felt a little silly in front of 600 people but whatever.

(Shawn, Whitney, Chynna and Todd on the Hayride)
We had fun running through Cornbelly's corn maze which is in the shape of David Archuletta this year. How ridiculous! Chynna (that's sheena not china) and her husband Todd wandered around with us and we really had a good time. Todd enlisted the help of a poor corn maze employee to give us a VIP tour of Archuletta's anatomy. We were in his ear (which Todd thought was hilarious, ear of corn...get it?) and we caressed his hand and then we stood in his microphone and sang our hearts out. Thus, the title of the post.

(Our awesome tour guide showing us around Utah's Idol)
This place is pretty much a Halloween carnival, there is a hay ride, a giant monster you walk through and he literally farts you out, a big pit of corn kernels to play in, a princess area, a giant jumping pillow, pig races, the list goes on. There were all kinds of photo ops and I didn't want to miss any (because that's just the kind of person I am) so that's why you get all of the random pictures.

(Shawn and Whitney on a giant rocking chair that has nothing to do with anything)

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

A Long Time Coming

I've had a little debate with myself over what to say or how to write this post or if I should ever write it at all. I've never wanted to get political or religious on my blog because I know that many people who read this, people who I care about, have very different ideas and opinions from mine. Alas, here it is so I guess I've decided to write it.

Anyone who knows me knows that I am LDS, a Latter-Day Saint or a Mormon. I'm aware that among many there is great misunderstanding about what that means and what I do and don't believe. For those searching to know more I beg of you to not "google" Mormon and go on believing anything you see because many of the people writing those things don't know anymore than you do about it. Here is an honest and reliable site for information.

I don't want to go into great, boring detail but I just have a few personal beliefs I'd like to share:

I believe in Heavenly Father, Jesus Christ, Heaven and repentance.

I believe that there is a living Prophet of God on the earth today.

I believe that families are central to God's plan as well as to a successful, moral and well functioning society.

I believe that the Book of Mormon is just as true as the Bible and that "...the Book of Mormon is the most correct of any book on earth, and the keystone of our religion, and a man would get nearer to God by abiding by its precepts, than by any other book."

Why am I blogging all of this you might ask? Well, that answer goes along with the 2nd belief I have listed above. Because I believe that there is a prophet on earth today, I listen to his counsel and the counsel of the living apostles. Members of my church have been urged to speak out about what we believe, including using blogs specifically, to expose people to the Gospel and to aid in understanding.

I also blog about it because of the example that others have set for me. Friends who have said what they believe and have been chastised for being closed minded, prejudice or mean spirited.

I ask you, how am I any more prejudice for thinking your act is a sin than you are for thinking my faith is silly?

I don't want to be embarrassed or timid to tell people how I feel. I believe that homosexuality is a sin. I've stated that families are central to God's plan and I know that to be true. I'm fortunate to live in a state where marriage will likely always be defined as being between a man and a woman. However, I'm not fortunate enough to live in a country where the same will always be true.

Don't get me wrong, I would never treat someone poorly for being homosexual just as I would never deny someone friendship for being a smoker or a drinker or doing anything that I abstain from. I understand that not everyone believes as I do. I will however stand up for what I believe in and urge others to do the same. If you have a chance this election day, help save the purity of families.

Monday, October 13, 2008

Saturday Was a Special Day and Then We Made Cookies on Sunday

On Saturday we went to CaLon's baptism. CaLon is the son of Aaron and JaKie Toner and Aaron is Shawn's cousin. They are a very fun family and we love to hang out with them. We were really excited to be a part of CaLon's special day. (I think it speaks to what a good, humble person I am that I put this picture of myself up.)

On Sunday I made us some sugar cookies and frosting and we had the Timothy's over to help decorate. It was very fun, the Timothy children Carver and Makenna definitely had a good time sticking their fingers in the frosting. They went home with a plate full of fingered up cookies. I think my favorite cookie is Shawn's alien-faced bat.

Friday, October 10, 2008

Extreme Makeover: Bedroom Edition

Shawn went out of town this week, from Sunday to today. He was gone for work and in order to keep myself busy and to try and surprise him I gave our room a makeover that he still has no idea about. (he's still driving back)

I forgot to take before pictures until I had already taken all of the "art" out of the room. (2 8x10's of snapshots and a half sheet of yellow paper in a frame, no lie)I also had started to take the bed apart but really, these pictures pretty accurately portray what our room looked like before.

Basically everything is new except for the bedding, the dresser and the tables. I got some great deals from stuff at work, Walmart and Ikea AND my awesome boss took the mirror that I had in my room and made a the frame for it you'll see in the below pictures, I painted it black and I think it looks so great. And let's be honest, paint changes EVERYTHING.

The only thing missing from the after pictures is the chandelier that my neighbor George is nice enough to be hanging probably as I type. I hope you like it because I LOVE it. And I really hope Shawn likes it.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008


Here is a headline I read on today:

IMF predicts US recession

IMF, I don't know who you are or what you do but come on, really? Did you really fund a study to find that out? Maybe that's part of the problem.

This just in:

Whitney Lindseth Predicts this Winter it will Snow in Canada

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Hiking by Our House

Last week we bought a used treadmill in an effort to be more physically fit. On Friday morning we went for a hike since Shawn had the day off and I had the morning off, and again, we're trying to be fit. I guess one of the benefits of living on a mountain is you're already half way up when you start the hike.
That being said, I was still winded when we were going up the steepest part to the tip top and definitely felt like I was going to be blown off of the mountain by the hurricane force winds that define the "point of the mountain."
Not much to say except that we had a good time and lived to tell about it. Hope you enjoy the pictures.

Saturday, October 4, 2008

Blessed Day

It's been raining all day. I realize to most of you in the East it doesn't sound that thrilling but here it is a rarity. I'm really enjoying the cleansing affect rain has on the whole outdoors. I don't remember it ever raining straight through for as long as it has today here. I like it.