Thursday, April 22, 2010

What's in a Name?

In sixth grade, my class was given the assignment to memorize 12-20 lines of a Shakespearean monologue. There were 5 choices, from Romeo and Juliet, A Midsummer Night's Dream, or Hamlet, to name a few. One of these selections was Juliet's speech from the balcony ("O Romeo"). To my dismay, I was not assigned to this lovely girly speech and was, instead, given the Prince's monologue at the end of Romeo and Juliet ("never was a story of such woe").

I was mad. No, not mad. Livid. So, I decided to memorize both but to this day, I cannot remember the Prince's speech. However, I do remember Juliet's. Muah haha (that shows you, Miss Sloat).

It is inevitable that when you're pregnant, people ask if you know what you're having and if you have a name yet. This was an easy question to answer with Ben- we had a few chosen, but nothing set in stone (none of which was the name Benjamin). However, with this baby, we know what her name is to about a 99% certainty. And we really like it. But I'm paranoid that when this little one pops out, I will have an "Oh no! That's not her name!" moment and panic. Because we have no other ideas we like. We have agreed on the one name we like, and cannot find another (at least not right now- we are planning on having more than 2 kids).

This is where Juliet comes in. I can't decide if one of her lines holds truth in it or not. I know, Juliet? A source of wisdom? Pah, the girl went stupid crazy over a boy who loved someone else the week before. Still, here's the line:

"What's in a name? That which we call a rose / By any other name would smell as sweet" (II.2.45-46).

Will my baby be as sweet as she would be if I named her something terrible? Will she be just as precious if her name is Beavis or Butthead? Most likely, yes. However, there's just something to naming a baby that is exciting and so nerve wracking at the same time. We're deciding a huge part of her future.

At least I still have some time to think about it, right?

In the meantime, we'll just call her Ethel. Ben's in-utero name was Wilson, and I think Wilson and Ethel just sound cute together.

Friday, April 16, 2010


Today is a big day for me. I turn 24 years old.

This seems really old to me.

I know it's not very old, but it still feels that way.

Stephen and I met when I was 19 and he was 24. At the time, that seemed REALLY old and nearly kept me from dating him. My logic was: he's already 24 and a lot more comfortable with the idea of getting married than I am and if I date him, we'll get married. As a matter of fact, I did break up with him once for this very reason. But I couldn't stay away. And, well, I was right. Not that that was a bad thing at all. :)

So, now I'm 24, and it feels a little weird. But I realize that I'm not the same as I was when I was 19, and that's a very good thing. When I think about where I am in my life and what I'm doing, 24 seems just right, and I couldn't be happier with where life has taken me.

Besides, 24 is NOT that old.


P.S. Happy Birthday to Grandpa Torgeson, too! We love you!

Sunday, April 11, 2010

A Ton of Pictures

Sorry I've been MIA for a while, but we've been a little busy. Ben turned two and we celebrated at Travel Town, an outdoor train museum:

Ben, Grandma Nielsen and I went to Disneyland for the last time (for a while) since our passes expired:
And we had a lovely egg hunt at Great Grandma and Grandpa Torgeson's house. Ben doesn't say, "egg." He says, "Egg-y." Stephen changed Ben out of his Easter Sunday clothes and into play clothes before I could get any pictures (grr). But here he is anyway:

We also went to the beach on Friday with Grandma Nielsen, Aunt Liz, and Aunt Rachel. It was such a beautiful day! There were tide pools on one side of the beach.
Grandma Nielsen with Ben.

Cuddling after being chased by the waves.

Aunt Liz.

Aunt Rachel.

Ben asking to be rescued from the water and sand.

Sorry for the picture overload, but we were way overdue. We are excited for April and are planning on going camping sometime in the next few weekends. Anyone want to join us?