Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Ethan Oliver Elmgren, born May 26th, 2009 8:57am. 9lbs 7oz. 22 3/4" to Tyler and Amanda.

We got to snuggle the little dude last night- more pics to come! He's so chill - he just hung out while we passed him around. And he has long fingers and toes! I'm so glad he's finally here - Congrats guys!!! We love you!

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Good Site

My friend Erin forwarded this site to me the other day and it is hilarious. Seriously. Check it out...

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Britain's Got Talent - Susan Boyle

The rest of the world may have heard about this lady some time ago, but I've just heard of her now. I was reading an article about her in People Magazine and looked her up in YouTube...what I heard was totally amazing. Check it for yourselves.

Of course, it doesn't hurt that she's singing one of my favorite songs from Les Miserables, "I Dreamed a Dream".

Friday, May 15, 2009

May Long - please don't freeze me out...

So we're camping at Elk Island this weekend...I'm praying that there is no snow. That's all I ask for. No snow. I like to keep my expectations low so as not to be dissapointed...

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Green Day

Every year I commemorate the first day that all the trees start to visibly turn green - "Green Day" as I like to call it. It signifies that yes, in fact, summer might come some day, and we aren't doomed to an endless existence of cold wind and snow. This year, Green Day happened on May 11.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Twilight - the Series

Okay. So I've completely become addicted to the four-book series by Stephanie Meyer. Twilight, New Moon, Eclipse, and Breaking Dawn are the four books in this series, and unless you've been living under a rock for the last three years I can't imagine not having heard of them.
I put off reading these teen novels because I didn't particularly care about a Vampire/Human/Werewolf love triangle. But the quality of the character development in these books is astounding. While the reading level is very easy, the plot is actually quite grown up. So much so that I don't know how I would feel about having my young teenager reading the series.
Death, sex, abortion, and many other very grown-up topics come into focus throughout the books. Stephanie Meyer is a Mormon and skillfully weaves her values into the fabric of these novels. After reading them no one could doubt her views on premarital sex, sanctity of life, and hope for the afterlife and the existence of our souls. While I may not agree with the Mormon church's beliefs, I applaud Stephanie Meyer for upholding values that are counter cultural in our current world. (And I do happen to agree with her on the above-mentioned values, for the record.) Wonderful books - well worth your time!