Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Who's Hotter?

Go to this website and look at the picture of the winner of the UK show Make Me a Supermodel. Then scroll down a little and look at the runner-up. Tell me who you think is more attractive: the radiant, confident, size-12 winner or the skeletal size 00 runner-up?

I agree!!

So tell me, why was the winner scrutinized for being "too fat"? I know, I know models are supposed to be "hangers" for the designer's clothes, but I think Ms. Size 12 said it all: "Boys, who would you rather snuggle up to?"

I have a lot of problems with the fashion industry, and this is one of them. It's gone way too far - being severly overweight is not healthy, but neither is being a walking skeleton.

I applaud people like Jen Hunter who are courageous enough to stand up to the fashion industry's unrealistic standards. I honestly don't know if I would be able to do the same.

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Stiching Day

Today I hosted our stitching group. Everyone brought their cross-stitch and other assorted craft projects and we chatted and crafted to our hearts' content!

The drink table with blueberry coffee cake (and a very naughty kitty!) I love this serving cart!

Left to right: Dee, Lynn, Donna, Pat, and my mom, Vicky.

Lynn trying to make friends with the kitties. Brooklyn was just NOT sure....

Morgan was fine after we brought out the treats :)

Eventually Lynn won Brooklyn over with her unflappable niceness....not an easy feat where Brooke is concerned!

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Who needs Cable Television When You Have Morgan?

My in-laws came to visit this weekend, and of course we had a gift for my father-in-law. Once he opened it, Morgan immediately jumped inside the gift bag, and this happened:

That's Mike's dad on the left and Mike on the right. Notice the cup that she knocks over rolling around in the background. I also love Mike's face in the last few seconds. I only caught the first "zoom," but many more ensue. We laughed about this one for the rest of the night.

In other news, this is my 300th post!! Go me!!!

Monday, June 09, 2008

My Journey
I've been reflecting a lot lately on my journey. Over the past year, I've made a lot of changes in my life with the goal of living more naturally. For me, it started very gradually and has grown into something I can be proud of. I didn't start out with the goal of getting to where I am today - there was a time when doing things like using cloth shopping bags and paying more for responsibly-grown food would have sounded crazy to me. Leading a more natural lifestyle has been surprising as well - there have been many benefits that I wasn't expecting:

  1. I am more proud of who I am as a person. I am the type of person who wants to please others, and making my own decisions regarding the way I live has helped me see that no matter the way I live, SOMEONE will find a way to wag their tongue about it. I've gotten closer to my personal goal to not be concerned about how people see me. I'm not sure why, but the reason I held off on some choices was because I wasn't sure how those closest to me would react - namely, my family. But I needn't have worried. My own grandmother now uses cloth shopping bags - I am so proud of her! My mom has made amazing strides in preparing simple, healthful meals and has taught me a lot in that department. I was blown away recently when my mother-in-law visited and told me of her plan to put a bucket in her shower to catch extra water - an idea I just had to steal! My baby cousin (shaddup, she'll always be my baby cousin, no matter how old she gets!) wants to major in organic farming. My brother just wrote an amazing thesis on the subject. My family never ceases to amaze me. So it's brought me closer to my family as well!
  2. Growing my own food has been one of the most amazing experiences of my life. I had no idea how much it would affect me as a person. This year we started small: just a few tomatoes, some carrots, peppers, and herbs. But I just can't describe the feeling I get when I step outside to pull off a few ripe tomatoes, then head to the kitchen to make an amazing salsa. It's helped me take pride in being a first-time homeowner. It's empowered me to take steps to reduce our grocery bill in the future
  3. Perhaps the most surprising benefits has been the fellowship with the Lord I feel when I am outside. I have always felt closest to God when I'm outside admiring a sunset or standing at the top of a snow-covererd cliff, but to honor Him by conducting myself in a responsible manner has taken it to a whole new level. I've realized that what I do can be a form of worship by taking care of God's Creation.

I still have a LONG way to go as far as reducing my carbon footprint goes. But I am proud of the steps I have taken and look forward to the journey in front of me!

Thursday, June 05, 2008

Something Caught My Eye...

I was sitting in the living room this afternoon, trying to recover from chasing after 15 preschoolers for "Water Day," when I saw this guy fly into our neighbor's tree:

I know it's a hawk of some sort. Please share with me if you know!

"Did you hear something?!?"

You'll have to click on this one to see him flying off into the sunset...
June Calendar Page

This is my entry for Lynn's blogiversary contest. My calendar for this year is pig-o-the-month!! I've always liked pigs for some reason...their cute little noses. Even wallowing in mud, I just love pigs!! Maybe someday I'll have some of my own...until then, I'm happy with my calendar!!

Mike's calendar is called Outhouses Across America...if I post a picture of his, do I get two entries? :)

Tuesday, June 03, 2008

This is Not a Joke...

I was glad I made it to church on Sunday there because I've been sick for so long I've missed the last two weeks. I was even more glad when I read through the bulletin and found this gem on the back:

clickity for biggity

Can you imagine being this Roxanne lady and finding out that your church thinks you're dead?

Good stuff.

Sunday, June 01, 2008

The Squirrels Have Discovered the Bird Feeder...

...and the cats have discovered the squirrels.

"move over, Sister!"

"I prefer hanging with mommy!"