Wednesday, December 24, 2008

I'm in BIG Trouble.

Yes, dear readers, I'm in BIG trouble. I haven't updated this blog in forEVER! I'm sorry! Things have just been super busy.

As you may have noticed, our graduation countdown has now reached ZERO! Yeah! We've officially graduated from BYU! There was some question about one of Stephen's classes, though, because it was graded on a normal curve (meaning that, even though he earned a B, if the rest of the class earned a higher grade, he fails :( ), but the verdict is out, and he passed. The rest of the grades won't officially be out until January, but phew! That would have been awful.

Anyway, we've also moved away from Utah and are now living with my parents. While we're happy to be away from the cold and the snow, the transition has been very sad. We miss all of the good friends we've made these past years. I definitely cried a lot. But, on the other hand, I feel like I have sisters again! Yay. I've lived away from home for almost 5 years now, so it feels nice to get close to them again, plus Stephen's family is really close too, and I like them. :D

Now we're trying to survive, find (a) job(s), and find an apartment. I'll do a better job trying to keep you posted. Merry Christmas!

Saturday, November 8, 2008

I Just Couldn't Help Myself...

So, I went to the mall today. I haven't "been to the mall" to just "be at the mall" in probably over a year. You know, the kind of trip where you just walk around, buy whatever you want, maybe get a drink; that sort of thing. Anyway, at first I went just to buy tickets for Twilight in two weeks (yay!) but then, I walked past Game Stop. They have every current electronic game known to man, including:



And... and... I just couldn't help myself. I bought two- one for me and one for Stephen. Of course, we can't pick them up until Wednesday, but still! I am SO EXCITED! Ah, World of Warcraft... though thou art so expensive, I love thee.

However, the Twilight tickets were free because of some movie passes I got from work, so I don't feel that guilty about spending so much money... besides, it will be so much fun! Ah, Edward, you're so... icy. Hahaha.


Some other thoughts I've had... the news about the protests around the LA Temple sadden me so much. I didn't think the Prop 8 vote would change attitudes about gay marriage (of course it wouldn't), but I wasn't expecting such a violent backlash. I wish people really could live in a society of tolerance- not the tolerance that opponents of Prop 8 have tried to spread, but a true feeling of respect for people who don't think the same as you do. Frankly, everything going on really scares me, and I hope people can get along. I just keep singing, "I Love to See the Temple" to myself, and I know things will get better.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Halloween

Last Friday, our ward had its Halloween party. Ben dressed up as a dragon and Stephen and I were baseball players (we have matching shirts).

Ben in his costume.

With Mommy...

and Daddy!

Here are the kids in the ward- Ben's in the front on the right, trying to get away.

In other Halloween news, I had floral design this morning and made a pumpkin design. Super cute!


To be honest, I don't remember all the names of the flowers for this one, but everything in the arrangement is real- no fake flowers or leaves (there is a plastic curly-cue, though).

I am officially excited for Halloween on Friday! Yay! I love this holiday.

Sunday, October 26, 2008

My Last Semester is Wicked Awesome...

Okay, so I planned that my last semester would be relatively easy, but the classes I'm taking really take the cake- SO EASY. Here's a quick overview:

History of the English Language

This is by far my hardest class (as we're learning how to read Old English), but there are no papers involved. Here's a sample sentence we're learning how to translate, taken directly from an assignment:
Comon hi of prim folcum . . . of dam lande pe mon hated Ealdseaxan . . . Chaldeas boerndon Hierusaleme weallas and da cynelican getimbro mid fyre fornaman for does Godes folces synnum.

Yeah. I know. Still, no papers. Plus, my professor is Elder Oaks' son, and he's hilarious. It's not everyday you have a class that is difficult AND entertaining.

The Short Story

The other day I realized that we have one assignment left in the year, besides reading quizzes. Oh, and NO TESTS. AT ALL. No midterms or finals, just one analysis (which I got an A on), a short story I had to write (still waiting on the verdict) and a final paper, due the last day of class. This class is probably the one that I've learned the most in. It's a pity I didn't take it until my last semester.

Tolkien and Friends in Film

That's not the real title, but that's what we're studying. I have a midterm on Thursday, a paper, a group presentation, and a final. This class is probably the most work, but it doesn't feel that way because my paper is actually a presentation about the music in the Lord of the Rings films and the group presentation is about Harry Potter. Seriously, this class is probably harder than I think it is, simply because the content is fantasy and film. I am in literature heaven.

Floral Design

I only have two tests left; a multiple choice written test and an identification quiz. Last ID quiz I got a 96%, so nothing to worry about there. The only hard thing about this class is the time commitment for all the labs, which is counterbalanced by the fact that I get to take home pretty flowers! The last test in this class is November 13, and there's no final... ah, floral heaven. Here are some samples of my latest projects:

This is a Japanese design. The Irises represent heaven (top), the orchids represent man (left) and the heather represent earth (bottom right).

A lovely view of a cluster of chrysanthemums with asparagus leaf, carnation, spider mum, heather, statice, and orchids.

A view of "steps" that are common in asian/modern design.

A traditional rose boutonniere.

A pall-bearer's boutonniere (yes, for funerals).

A mini Calla Lily modern design using fancy wire. It's pretty, but not my thing.

A wired daisy, for hair or whatever you want.

Best for last: a wildflower boutonniere. This is by far my favorite. It's goldenrod, aster, two kinds of waxflower and leather leaf. I absolutely love it. Suddenly Cher popped into my head and sang "If I could turn back tah-ime..." Yes, these would SO have been in my wedding.

I just thought... you know, it's a good thing that I got married when I did, because I am just so much more picky now that I know what I like, at least in the floral department. Ah, sweet waxflower, my new favorite filler...

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Crawling!



I thought I'd post Ben's newest achievement- going forward! He's doing great, but now I have to vacuum everyday. Oh well. :)

Thursday, October 2, 2008

You know you don't dress up anymore when...

...You walk past a girl and think, "Oh my goodness, she looks plastic" when in fact, she's just wearing makeup, did her hair, and has money to burn on clothes. Plus, when she walks, her hair moves (even when there's no wind).

I was walking home today when I encountered such a girl. She was tan, super shiny bright blond, and was wearing heels. Granted, it's fine to wear heels should such an occasion arise for them. However, this was one of those girls. You know, the ones who wear heels everyday (after Freshman year they usually get over it). She was also wearing large designer sunglasses, a cute skirt and had a really nice bag.

Now, I'm not upset with this girl or anything, but sometimes seeing someone that fabulous makes you think, "Huh. I really don't try at all, do I?" So, I've decided to take a little more time to make myself a little more fabulous (well, at least to feel that way). Anyway, so the next time you see someone who makes you think, "Whoa," think instead, "I'm gonna pass a mirror and think 'Whoa'- and in a good way."

Happy Fabulosity!

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Floral Design and Attempts to Crawl

So, I'm signed up to take a Floral Design class at BYU for some empty credits to graduate, and it's really fun! The worst part about it, though, is that I have to memorize the common and the botanical names of flowers... yeah, HARD. Some are easy, like rose=rosa, but then you have others like sunflower=helianthus and peruvian lily=alstroemeria (???). But the class has awesome bonuses, like getting flowers every week! Here's a glass cube design we did this week:

So pretty! I'm seriously loving this class! Oh, and my other classes are okay too, I guess. Haha.

In other news, Ben is making serious progress toward crawling. He's starting to get up on his knees, but I think it still scares him a little. Here are some pictures of his efforts:



He's so close! We think he'll have it in the next week, and if/when he does, we'll take a video so you can see him in action!

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Teeth!

Ben has a brand-spanking-new tooth. It's SHARP. It really hurts when he bites, but chewing on things helps his gums feel better, so I can't complain.

However, this explains why he hasn't been sleeping through the night lately. (Oh, I know- poor us. He's been sleeping through the night since he was 2 months old). Last night, we gave him some teething medicine and he slept through the night again! Hooray! It's just hard when you get used to things being easy. :)

I'll try to get a picture of the renegade tooth (if he'll let me).

Monday, September 8, 2008

California!

We went to California last month for a week and a half. Unfortunately, I'm a dork and couldn't find the camera for the last half of the trip (duhr, I'm dumb). Anyway, first we met my parents in Parker, AZ on the Colorado River for some R&R. Then we went to their house in Redondo Beach and we hung out there for a while. We also spent one of those days with Jessica, my best friend from high school. Plus, we took Ben to the beach! So fun! :) For the last half of our vacation, we went to Stephen's parent's house. While we were there, Kirstin got her endowments and we got to see some extended family. It was so nice to see everyone! Driving with a baby sure is an adventure. So here are some pictures for you!

Stephen and I on the river.

Ben in his cute rashguard (he got hardly any sun, which is incredible! yay!)

Grandma and Grandpa Hansen holding Ben in his life jacket. He kept falling asleep whenever the boat went fast- it was hilarious.

My sisters holding a disgruntled Ben. I thought this picture was funny. ;)

Me and my sisters.

Stephen and Ben!

Redondo Pier.


Us at the Pier.

Grandma Hansen and Ben.

King Harbor in Redondo.

Hansen Family Picture

Ben's also had recent adventures with solid foods- it's hilarious! His reactions are so funny.

On a side note, my poor kitty, Mittens, was put down last week. She was blind and old, and it was time, but still. So sad.

Anyway, we're both in school this semester and looking forward to GRADUATING! WOO HOO! :)

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Mash!

I thought this was hilarious and it reminded me of elementary school. What's YOUR future? ;)





































Behold... My Future

I will marry Stephen.

After a wild honeymoon, We will settle down in Washington in our fabulous Apartment.

We will have 8 kid(s) together.

Our family will zoom around in a Pink Bug.

I will spend my days as a Mom, and live happily ever after.

whats your future


Thursday, July 31, 2008

Unrealistic Romantic Expectations

In honor of Stephenie Meyer and her new book, Breaking Dawn (which comes out this Friday at midnight!), I thought I would share this um, interesting story with you.

So, one day before class, I arrived a little early and began talking with the girl who sits behind me. We got into a discussion about our favorite books (as English majors do) when I brought up the Twilight series, my guilty pleasure. (Think... teenage girl falls in love with a hot, chaste, "vegetarian" vampire. Yeah, it's awesome.) Anyway, suddenly this girl says that it was unrealistic in its portrayal of love. I asked her to elaborate, and she said that it ruined her relationship with her ex-fiancee because it gave her unrealistic romantic expectations.

WHAT?

Basically, she compared her relationship with that portrayed in the book and found hers to be lacking in the "lovey-dovey-all-the-time" kind of love that Bella and Edward have. Now the girl has "unrealistic romantic expectations". Still, I sat there thinking, "How on EARTH someone could let A BOOK ruin their relationship!?" How could this be? I think it comes down to one of two things:
  1. This girl allowed herself to become totally immersed within the novel and lost herself along the way.
  2. Well, there is no number 2.
I think that, yes, the novel does show a very elaborate and intense love relationship, but don't chick flicks show the same thing? Why don't they set up "unrealistic romantic expectations"? I just don't think I understand how someone getting a degree in studying literature could allow themselves to blame a BOOK (a silly love story at that, though I love it) for the disintegration of their relationship- a very serious relationship, too! What do you guys think?

Does the Twilight series embody unrealistic romantic expectations to this extent?

Friday, July 25, 2008

Ben's Room

This post's for you, Mom.

I've been meaning to post pictures of Ben's "nursery" for a while now, but I just made the finishing touches to it. His room is an extra alcove-space in our living room that was once our home office (which was relocated to our bedroom). And did I mention... I love it!

View from the left...

View from the right.

Here's the gorgeous crib Grandma and Grandpa Hansen got for us.

And Grandma and Grandpa Nielsen got us this gorgeous matching changing table.

I painted this for Ben.

I painted these letters and glued the animals to it.

I think his room's pretty darn cute considering it's just some extra space in our living room. Oh, and we took his picture at Sears a while back. This is Ben at 2 1/2 months:

Sunday, July 6, 2008

Fourth of July Fun

This year we went and saw the Provo Independence Day Parade. Usually, this parade is just an annoyance because it makes a big "L" shape between us and the freeway. To get around it (to go anywhere 4th of July morning) you have to go east to the mountains, then north to get around it (the parade goes east a long way and there's basically no way around if you're trying to go south). This year, however, we decided to ignore the annoying-ness of it all and just go and watch. Boy, I was pleasantly surprised! It was so much... cooler than I was expecting.
Here's Stephen trying to keep Ben happy during the loud sirens and bands.

Looks like he did a good job. :)

There were TONS of people lining the streets- it was pretty awesome.

This was my favorite part of the whole parade- huge balloons! How cool is this monkey? I've never seen these in real life before, and I've always wanted to since I saw Batman with Jack Nicholson.

Funnest. Float. EVER. This is the institute float for the Orem Institute. Notice who's up top there? That's right- a cute little couple getting married. Hilarious! They were all singing love songs and changing the words so it would sound institute-esque.
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Also, we went to watch fireworks with our next door neighbors in their brother's neighborhood. This particular brother purchased $2500 worth of awesome, huge fireworks. They shot right above our heads- Ben loved it! He was just staring at the sky the whole time. Even today at Church he kept looking at the lights like he was expecting them to explode.
Here's Daddy with Ben and everyone set up to watch the show.

This is Tim and Annalise, our next-door neighbors who we play games with every Sunday.

This is Tom and Lovetta, who are also part of our game group on Sundays.

Ben was pretty happy through most of the show.

But really he just didn't know what to make of it. Come on, how would you interpret exploding lights in the sky?
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Okay, last set of pictures: Ben's church outfit! It's SO CUTE!



Such a cute little vest and white shirt and little khakis... sigh, it's just so adorable.