Saturday, August 30, 2008

A Couple O' Hair Cuts

I wouldn't normally post something about my hair because I realize that by doing so, I am somewhat forcing those of you who comment to tell me that it looks good, even if you don't believe that it does. However, I realize that sometime within the next year I will probably post a picture of myself at one point or another on this blog and I don't want someone to be like, "What the short hair?" So, here I am, blogging about how I got my hair cut this past week. Yes, I chopped it, and I chopped it good. It was really hard for me to make this decision to chop it because cutting off as much hair as I had was like losing an old friend that I wouldn't see again for a few years. I became close with that friend, and now that friend is gone for awhile. However, I am so glad that I did get it cut because I actually somewhat like the hair cut and it is WAY easier to manage. It took me like 15 minutes to do my hair this morning versus the usual hour or longer. Plus, I didn't usually do my hair during the weekdays anyway when it was long because I didn't have time. It was often in a bun or ponytail, but it will always be styled now.

Another PLUS to this hair cut is that this is the FIRST time in the past 8-9 years that I haven't had a single drop of hair dye/color in my hair. This baby is ALL NATUR-ALL!!! I plan to keep my hair short for at least a few months before I start growing it out again. I got the a-line cut so the back is much shorter than the front, which has been kind of hard for me because when I run my fingers through the back of my hair it feels like I'm running my fingers through Scott's hair. I'll get used to it, though.

Enough about me......I also gave Hannah her first hair cut this week. You probably can't tell from the picture, but the back is much shorter. Her hair was getting very stringy and mullet-like in the back, so I took a pair of scissors and went at it. Anyway, enough jibber-jabbering about our hair cuts....this post was much longer than I expected. Please don't feel obligated to tell me that it looks good. I merely just posted it to inform ya'll.

Please excuse the lazy eye.....the sun was shining bright

Jen- just got your comment and am posting this next pic for you. The back looks fluffy in this pic.

Thursday, August 28, 2008


I found this on someone else's blog and decided to try it out. Man...these yearbook pictures are hilarious to me. Scott found that some of these look like his grandparents.






The above one reminds me a tiny bit of my sister Jennifer's hair back in the day:)

This is supposed to be the year 2000, but I graduated in 2001 and didn't see too many people with big bangs like this.

Here are our real yearbook pictures:

Here are some of Hannah. Scott thinks that she looks like a Chucky doll.....especially in the one with long straight hair. I'd have to agree. I might have nightmares of these photos.

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Fun With Gwampa Spwague and Canoeing

This week we had Scott's dad come and stay with us. We hadn't seen him since last Christmas, so it was nice to get to hang out with him for a few days. We mostly just watched the Olympics while he was here (Hooray for the hottie, Michael Phelps, and all of the other gold medalists). We also went out to eat a few times and went to the mall where Grandpa bought Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck stuffed animals for Hannah. Since she loves them so much, I've decided that that is the theme that we will be doing for her birthday party this year.

Before we dropped off Scott's dad at the airport yesterday we were able to make it to the zoo. Here are a few pictures from that adventure.

We went to this bird show at the zoo that was pretty amazing. They had a bunch of different kinds of birds and some of them flew inches away from people's heads. I didn't realize that most birds could be trained. I actually wonder why some of them don't just fly away while they've got the chance.

Above is the bald eagle, our national bird, with some doves flying around it.

Of course, we had to go on the merry-go-round, which is a new attraction at the zoo. Hannah went on it 4 times.
Thanks to Grandpa Sprague for visiting with us. I know Hannah misses you and so do we.

This morning we had a ward activity that involved a pond, lunch, and canoeing. Let me tell you a little story about this pond. It should only take around 20 minutes to get there, but unfortunately the directions that we had were bogus. About an hour into driving and after Scott and I found ourselves off-roading onto what was probably private property with Hannah wining/crying in the back seat, I almost lost it. There comes a point where my puny little brain can not handle a lot of stress, and that's when I feel like I am about to snap. We were lost, and it would not have been so bad if Hannah weren't crying in my ear and wanting to get out of her carseat, but the combination of the two is really stressful for me. Finally, I called a member of our ward and he was kind enough to tell us how to get there. We made it an hour late to the activity, all 3 of us in a bad mood, but I am so glad that we didn't give up, as much as we wanted to. We were able to have lunch there and go canoeing in this beautiful pond. We couldn't stay very long because Scott had to go to work, plus we were already an hour late to the activity, but it was fun! Here are a few pictures:

I'd like to give a shout out to the Johnstons, who took these awesome pictures;)

Someday, I hope that I will learn how to deal with stessful situations without getting in a bad mood because it's really not worth it. Luckily, our bad moods quickly went away.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

A Moral Issue

** DISCLAIMER- I really hate controversy and this blog is not trying to pick a fight with anyone. If you do not believe that marriage should only be between a man and woman, then there is no reason to read the rest of this blog.

I've been meaning to blog about this for a few days now but haven't gotten around to doing it. My mom recently posted a blog about this, so check out hers if you are interested because I'm sure she can get the point across better than I can. When I went to California last week, I was informed more about propostion 8. For those of you who don't know what this is, it's a proposition stating that marriage is between a man and a woman, and it will either get passed or rejected in November. I thought that it was inevitable that this proposition would eventually get rejected (meaning homosexuals can get married), but was informed that the battle is not over yet and that I need to keep fighting. I have nothing against homosexual people and have had friends in the past who are homosexual. However, I do believe that this is more of a moral issue than a political issue, as I do believe in God and the Bible, which clearly states that acting on homosexual tendencies is wrong. I am NOT anti-gay or anything like that, but I do believe that marriage should be between a man and a woman and that that's the way it has been since the beginning. I have recently become very passionate about this subject, because even though I don't currently live in California, I did want to go back there someday and I am starting to feel like I don't ever want to live there again. If this proposition does not get passed, I feel that the rest of the nation will fall quickly behind it and I am scared for the things that my children will be learning in school, listening to on the radio, and watching on TV, etc. I am even more scared of what might happen years from now to people who are religious and are "discriminating" against homosexuals because they don't believe in marriage between homosexuals. Could it be possible that people who believe in God and the Bible are going to be considered the "evil" ones in this nation? I try not to talk about too many religious issues in my blog because I realize that not everyone who checks this has the same beliefs that I do, but this is my opinion. Anywho, check out my mom's blog if you are promarriage between a man and a woman and see what you can do to help. If you are as passionate about this as I am, feel free to blog about it yourself and let others know.

Thursday, August 14, 2008

A Walk Down Memory Lane....

Friends. I am so lucky to have such good friends that I grew up with. I went to California again (Scott had to stay here and hoo) this past week to see one of my best friends since the age of THREE get married.

From left to right: Rachel, Maren, Me, Stacy. I have been friends with these girls since I was REALLY little. We were all in the same kindergarten class. Here are a few pictures to prove to you that we have been friends for a long time.
This one was our 6th grade promotion and was the year that Stacy and I became really close. We were about 11 or 12 in this picture. All I have to say is that we all look a lot better now. That was that gross, awkward, "I'm about to go through puberty" stage. Oh, and I stole this idea from Stacy because she was thinking of posting this picture of the 4 of us as well.

This is Rachel and me around age 6.

Maren and me around age 5 (I was actually 4 in this picture; she was 5). It was fun growing up with Maren because we share the same name (spelled differently, though) and we have the same middle name as well, which happens to be Elizabeth.

For Halloween our 5th grade year, Rachel, Maren, and I were three peas in a pod. We look really goofy but it was SO fun and I think we even won a prize at school for the "most creative" costume.
Above is Stacy, Cori, Me, and Maren going to Senior Ball. I had to add my friend Cori in there as well because even though we didn't go to the same elementary school together, I still feel the same about her as I do about these other girls. I love these girls! Each one of them has been a best friend to me in the past. Every time I get together with them I feel that same giddy little school girl feeling. We have SO many memories together and I honestly believe that I will never find friends like them again. After you get married, having a best girl friend doesn't really happen (at least not for me) because my husband is my best friend. I've made some great friends since Scott and I have been married and I am grateful for them too, but I certainly feel like I have a special bond with these four girls. No matter how long it has been since I've talked to them or seen them, it's never awkward and we always have fun reminiscing. I am so grateful that I have had these friends for most of my life and I am grateful to my parents for staying in good old Elk Grove, CA my whole life so that I could keep these friends.

Anyway, I realize that a lot of you who check this have never met these girls but having lifetime friends is such an amazing thing, which is why I hope to never move after we finally get settled into a house so our kids can make lifetime friends as well.

I was very blessed to be able to go to all of these girls' weddings (or at least their receptions). Here are a few pictures from the rest of our trip, mostly from Maren's wedding for those of you who would like to see. Her reception was in my mom's backyard.

Montana (Stacy's daughter) and Hannah

Stacy and me (I spent the night at her house one night)