Tuesday, December 30, 2008

BIG announcement...

This is long overdue. Let's start off by saying, "Emma needs a real life baby doll". So she is going to get one. . . on May 17th, 2009! Woo hoo! WE ARE HAVING ANOTHER BABY! That's right. . .and when I said long overdue I was totally serious. She is 19 weeks and 6 days! I know, I know. . . Practically the halfway mark, and just now saying that we have another baby on the way is no fun, is it? Too bad it's spoiled and EVERYONE already knows :(

But oh well! WE can still manage. So today we went and got the ultrasound to tell if it's a girl or a boy...

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This is what happened.........

We got in......

Waited for a few minutes.......

Started the ultrasound.....

and then.....

FOUND OUT........


People at the office were freaking out, since they had a mega streak of boys lately. As in, 95%. Wow. We felt pretty darn lucky! I was sure that she was having a boy- but of course I wanted a sister. And then Emma just wanted a real life baby doll. Tal and Ethan wanted a boy, of course, and my parents didn't care. We just. . . don't want another Emma (and by that we mean Emma's behaivor). Anyway, everything looks great. The heartbeat and all that is doing well. No notified problems yet. So it sounds like we are going to have a healthy baby girl due in May!

Sunday, December 28, 2008

woo hoo!!

I can't emphasize too much as to say that ever since summer, Reyna and I's modeling career has gone in every direction ;) I say it's worth the time and effort and enjoy it quite a bit. So....dun-dun-dun-DUUUUUN!!!!! Here we are! :)

Photoshoot Preview

After much reasoning, Reyna and I agree that for our Photoshoot, these two pictures were the best to show off the new Louis Vuitton wallet that I got as a birthday present from her in China. We have many more modeling pictures that we are going to share with you soon! But these two were our favorites and bound to go on the cover of "CosmoFreak". If you have any name suggestions for other magazine covers, LET US KNOW. This is way too much fun... Reyna showing off her flair. We took these pictures with my new camera then digitally edited them :) Such a fun experience! We played around for a few minutes, then got to business realizing the new effects that we had in our power. A&R no more... this time, it's Reyddie. Together, Reyddie can do ANYTHING!
Haha, yes, this picture is purposely blurry :) The picture was taken before I could smile, but it was so perfectly set that we decided to use it, and cover up my distressed look with our computer powers.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Happy Birthday to ME!

Okay so they most special day of the year came around. The holiday season opened it's doors to the newly approved teenager . . .ME! Being 13 is beyond the excitement I can bear- being in the midst of parties, cell phones, clothes, and all that cooky teenager crap (I will admit this gate opened its doors to a pretty good girl). I think that the bearing of my age is going to be a good one. But let's start off with the festivities.

When you wake up on your birthday, you are spazzing and screaming and just having the time of your life thinking about your friends at school and their reaction. That is one way to describe a day. But why walk into school waiting for the compliments when you can just run into the school with a huge grin screaming, "I GOT A CELL PHONE!!!" to everyone - even strangers - in your pathway. I like to do things that way. But... in order to run in screaming that particular sentence, you need a phone first.

So, I opened my gifts not being able to BEAR the excitement (I knew I was getting a phone . . . sort of) so I was not under control. My mom had me thinking I wasn't going to get a phone but in my mind I knew EXACTLY what I was getting. I got a cute jacket from China and this one sweat from Forever 21 that my mom got me. Thanks mom and dad! But the cell phone was the thriller. It lay charging in its charger until I started texting - part of the "unlimited" deal. Oh the thought of a phone is great, but HAVING one. . . that is even better!

So I went to school, partied hard, and had a great day with my friends and my cute new locker decor and all that crazy fun stuff. Until . . . someone spilled the beans. I am not telling WHICH beans. You will soon find out.

It was getting late and I decided to curl my hair. Why? Oh . . . because.

My friend called me and said "I have a gift for you. My mom is gone, so I can't drive over. Can you come get it?" So I agreed. We went over to her house and I heard noise - lots of noise. I opened the door, went into the basement and.......


Thanks, Ty, my dear for SPILLING THE BEANS. So I put on my bests surprised face and went on with THE BEST BIRTHDAY PARTY EVER. My whole school came - well, you know what I mean by that. And everyone was partying like crazy. we had White Elephant, good food, a chocolate fountain (which certain guests covered their faces in . . . on purpose, to prove a point: NEVER bring limitless amounts of chocolate to a party of hyper teens and tweens) it was SO FUN!!! I am so grateful for birthdays.

Thanks to all who wished me a happy birthday. Thanks! I love you!

PS my bday was on Friday :-)

Saturday, December 6, 2008

It's Holiday Time!

Please don't get mad at me for being festive about the holidays! Last year, I went all out in introducing our traditions! This year, I am just going to express some thought about Christmas!
First of all, the craziness, but absolute fun, that is involved in this holiday is...
Black Friday--in my vocabulary, Black Friday is very... black. As in sort of evil. Every year the craziness percentage gets higher and higher. And since million less people came this year, due to a crappy economy, I think that people expected to get more and more gifts and wacky Christmas stuff for less. I mean, 3 people were killed guys! Trampled! PEOPLE!!
Psycho Christmas Concerts
These are the killers, but sometimes fun. Little town resorts put on plays and cute musicals and kid-friendly shows. Your middle school has a big Christmas Concert. The town mens choir you didn't know existed is singing at the High School next Friday. Oh! And you know that little theatre downtown? Yeah, they are doing How the Grinch Stole Christmas. Can't miss that!
Lights Shows
I LOVE these! We went tonight with Scott and Suzanne and their family (along with Cami Searle, our cousin, Ali and Steve's daughter) to Thanksgiving Point to see the lights show. We hopped in the back of the truck and went through. After we were done, we skidded off to JCW's (a family favorite) and hit the road back home. It was great and our spot in line was actually pretty good (the wait was at the most, two minutes). Pretty worth it.
Shopping Deals
I don't mean Black Friday. I am talking about at the True Knit place that you go to in the middle of December because your mittens are old and torn and you need a new pair and they give you buy one pair get one pair free. You need six pairs anyway, so you pay for three! Heck ya! On with the shopping deals!
The Set-Up
I love this part. The anticipation for almost or more than 365 days and it's finally here - setup day. The tree is up, the lights go on, the ornaments fly trough the branches of your new beautiful Christmas tree, and all of your extra and truly just-so-cute-you-can't-take-it-down wooden snowman figures. Oh and the nativity set you got as a wedding present from who knows who! Don't leave that out! And, if you're cool unlike we are, the lights outside that you border your house with! If you can do that, you are WAY cool!
Family Parties/General Parties/Work Parties
The cheesey, Voice Male work parties at fancy hotels downtown that only children 18 and older are permitted at, or the neighborhood grandfather's party that just happens to have a hired and decorated Santa Clause at. Not to mention your family party that you can't miss. You are exchanging gifts, for heavens sake! Go, go, go!
Family and Friends
I can use family time around the holidays. They are way special!
Hehe. Gifts are an important part of Christmas. Mostly giving them, though. When you give, you receive. It's wonderful to recieve, but better to give. Buying gifts is a pain in the rear!
Nativity and Scripture Story
The true light of Christmas is the light that shines from inside you when you read the scripture story. Without Christ's birth, the world would be a much much much worse off place. That is the true meaning of Christmas...

Sunday, November 30, 2008

Thanksgiving (on our side of the spectrum)

the Amerian pastime (oh wait, that's baseball... well... they played that, too!)
What's Thanksgiving without a football game?

To start off, Thanksgiving was FABULOUS! With rolls, deviled eggs, slow-roasted turkey, cranberry sauce, and unlimited amount of random pies, stuffing, green bean casserole, and so much more delicious foods that made perfect sense and added wonderfully to the festivities

Great food, great family!
aka, Matt and Corie as well as Steve and Ali and Scott and Suzanne and Mitch and Nicole and their families.
Party hosters: of course, Ali and Steve


Saturday, November 29, 2008


Here's one way to spend an exciting, Twilight-adventured Friday at the movie theatre!! It all started on Tuesday night, when I was at my friends house. A bunch of us were there, planning a huge celebration. Well, a celebration. The next day (Wednesday) we decided to take on another adventure - shopping. We went to the University mall and shopped for hours, trying to decide the perfect movie apparel. We finally agreed on leg warmers (black) and some handy arm warmers. Colorful, cute, and trendy. Our shopping was done after a small meal and some chatting. When we got back to my friends house, we practiced our cheer routine on her front lawn a couple of times, then my mom picked me up. But the party doesn't end there. We had a nice Thanksgiving dinner at Ali and Steve's and got to see Matt and Corie along with Scott and Suzanne and their families. Perfect. Wait, I am NOT finished.

After some bustling of getting home, packing the extra food in the fridge, and changing into pajamas, I got a phone call from my friend Kaitlyn saying I could come over and decorate. "Decorate what? It's Thanksgiving!" "Decorate shirts for Twilight". Aw, yes. The next day was Twilight. So my dad drove me over for a late night, and we painted shirts. Mine read "I <3>

Finally, I went home, got some rest (very little though... see what excitement can do to you?) and woke up at nine. I was supposed to be over at my friends house, wearing my shirt and leg and arm warmers, with crazy makeup and my hair in a side ponytail by eight-thirty. Oh well. When I got there, I ate some crepes and we were on the road.

On our way there, my other friend called and asked if she could join the fun. Of course! So finally we got EXCELLENT SEATS - pre ordered tickets - near the middle on the theatre, in the center spot. Bingo. The lights dimmed, the movie started. I was about to SCREAM!!!!!

My final review: it was FANTASTIC. The previews I thought that the Edward couldn't be the right guy but GUESS WHAT??? I was wrong!! He was perfect - both Bella and Edward did a great job. All the characters were very well casted. I was so HAPPY!!!! I highly recommend this movie to all!!! It's so sweet and funny!!!

Thursday, November 27, 2008


1. The Gospel. I realize that not many people have this book in their lives.
It has strengthened my life SO MUCH!! I love it!! 2. Pianos. I have taught myself to play Apologize by One Republic, Love Song by Sarah Bareillas, 100 Years by Five for Fighting, Saturady from Chicago, Clocks by Coldplay, and Wintersong by Sarah McClachlan, and You're Not Sorry by Taylor Swift, all on the piano by ear. It's so fun, but can be stressful. Oh well

3. Nature. Like...beaches and stuff. I truly LOVE the beach. I like Lake Powell a little bit more. But we are some of our only family members to go to a Florida beach, since we used to live so close. I love the waves, the sand, and OH it's just all so fun!!

4. Family. I love my family so much - they have such a great spirit and are so darn funny! I actually do love coming home from school. Not just because I hate school - but also because they are kind to me (and I can always expect a nice batch of cookies almost EVERY day!)

Sunday, November 23, 2008

This picture describes Ethan's everyday fiasco life.... i just found it. He's a beauty!!!
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Thank You

Although we are missing the place we call HOME
There's no place that we'd rather BE.

But since we have ROOFTOPS over our heads,

We're grateful for all family.

Because we are GROWING and aging and such,

We've lost all our childhood FEARS.

But these past few months have been pain beyond thought,

and we've shed uncountable TEARS.

So THANK YOU to all who helped us endure,

and THANK YOU for those who helped.

and THANK YOU to people who helped us get through,

We couldn't ask for anything ELSE.
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Friday, November 7, 2008

The Tag

Let me start by saying that if you know me well you know I love tags. I don't understand it either, but I just loved being tagged. My mom says that tags are unneccessary, but I think otherwise. Liz tagged me. I love her! This is the "4" tag. You take the fourth picture from your fourth picture folder and post about it. This is an old one. When Emma was a great sleeper, terrible walker, and didn't have such a fiesty attitude :)
To me, Emma is a such a doll. I would die for her, because she is so cute, and even though she is way melodramatic and pretty hard to keep track of, I love her so so much! Some days when I am a little under the weather, she comes into my room and asks if I need anything and cheers me up with her funny laugh. Thanks, Liz, for tagging me!

now I tag...
1. Melissa
2. Alyssa LaComb (she probably wont read this...)
3. Emily Lewis (she will!)

Make me proud, girls!

Sunday, November 2, 2008


This is the 100th post. I don't know what to say about it but ... yeah, we have posted at 100 posts! Everyone is beating us by a milestone. Joy.

I have decided to do a random post

It's basically a post about the weirdest (and maybe the coolest) things about me.
1. I don't like bumps in mine or other peoples hair. It's sorta OCD-ish and very Monk-ish, but I can't help my senses.
2. I have buff legs. Like, majorly buff. My friend calls me steroid legs. But I am NOT a steroid druggie. NO NEVER. Can't stand needles. Blech.
3. CANT STAND NEEDLES. Shots are a serious pain for me. Truly, it's the last thing I would ever do.
4. Halloween. No offense, for those Halloween "party goers". . . I am an anti-fan of that crazy, bias, random, unessecary holiday. It shouldn't be celebrated. Kids running around in crazy costumes demanding candy and crowding the door, screaming, singing, acting spazzy. It's insane!
5. Sticky foods. They are the closest thing to weird, the farthest from normal. Examples: caramel, peanut butter, gum, etc. I can chew gum, but the others are blech-ish. Hopefully you all feel my pain :)
6. Crowded tents. I have chlastrofobia like my dad does. I have a hard time standing in lines. So...in conclusion, I agree that crowded tents can kill a person. Naturally, crowded spaces are murderous, but tents is different. Not a total outdoorsy person, if you catch what I am saying.
7. I love secrets. But I am bad at keeping them "secrets"-I am a terrible gate keeper. The robber always gets in my city and its terrifying everyone. But in most cases, the difference is that the secret pleases everyone but one or two or however many people the secret may involve.
8. Getting in trouble for stupid pranks like Toilet Papering, doorbell ditching, whoopey cusioning. Since I am a) gullible and b) can't stay away from a huge, giveaway-ish grin. If I fib and people say, "yeah right", I can't hold back giggles. It's too difficult. Some people do it as if they are professionals, and I surely hope they're not.
That's enough for now. I am just so random, right?? Thanks for commenting!

Monday, October 27, 2008

Movie Reviews: HSM 3

Keep in mind, this is my opinion. Maybe my opinion that I shouldn't really post for, BUT.....
It was kinda dorky. I mean, Zac Efron is still sort of gorgeous, but the music selections were somewhat dorky. Like "Boys are Back" and some of the other songs were so random, first of all, and really kind of just out there. Not well organized. But otherwise, the script was good. They didn't have as talking, though. SOOOOOO, if you are looking into seeing it, I guess you can. It's fine. But HSM 1 and 2 defeated for sure :) It was too "cheesey Broadway"...oh, well! A movie is a movie and it sounds like the last one and I am not sure if we will be owning this one. But whatever! Thanks a ton, plus.

Saturday, October 18, 2008

UEA Wonderfulls Weekend

We don't have any of our own pictures to support the event (that is, even if we did, we wouldn't be posting for another seven or so months) but we made the ever-faithful journey to break off this five-day schoolbreak to party hard at "The Canyons", which is located in Park City, UT. On Thursday and Friday, our family got in the car alongside the Neeleman family (cousins) and went down to stay at the hotels. They got a hotel located right in the front and we got a condo further back. The stay was well worth it. Except being halfway through your drive and screaming, "Mom, did you bring the camera?" turned into a tiny hysteria. Otherwise, who cares?? But while sitting there you suddenly see an AF Football shirt go by and you end up screaming your other cousins name. We saw Dallin and Cami in Park City!! It was really funny, since Audrey had called me the night before the party with her, and I ended missing the wonderful event :( but seeing Dallin and Cami and their friends was pretty funny.

Some of the events from our trip resulted in: the arcade (I personally HATE arcades...just a matter of money, time, and scary people walking around with serious looks on their faces -- blech -- it makes me sick.) But when you walk in and see your cousins AGAIN you laugh. Well, I do.

Also, we went swimming in the pool, which needs some cleaning according to Katie and I. We kept on finding peices of hair strewn about, along with nasty yellow colored bubbles in the hot tub and dead wasps. SICK!!! But it was relaxing and short-lived, but really fun and we talked about life, school, etc. The basics.

Stunting in the hallways of the hotel is just so much fun. Hallways in hotels are MEANT for running up and down. I personally love the carpet texture, quick feet....OH, I miss the days when you could run freely through and about. But two kids from Ethan and and Jon's class were there -- NOT twins, either -- those pranksters went knocking and running. I stopped them. I hate getting in trouble for stupid pranks. UGGHH!!!
So, Katie and I, with the loving support of her sister, Rachel, did stunting in the hallways. Since the ceiling isn't too low, we only went to first floor (not even that) but cradled her anyway. She is so light!!!!! Thanks, Neeleman family, for inviting us to such a party!!!

But we're not done. Afterwards, a little devasted from such a short day, we hit the Childrens Museum in downton SLC. I saw a girl from my school there and my parents saw some guy with his kids and this lady and her twin...man people come and go and then come again. While my mom took the little kids to the Childrens Museum, my dad and brother and I hopped across the street to the Planetarium. I haven't been there since I was about seven!!! It was cool to "re-see" the place and we were pretty involved. We got to wander for free. Afterwards, we hit the cafe place and went straight to shopping. Well, my mom and I did. We went to Hollister, Abercrombie, and Aeropostale. We got "some" things that are going to be Christmas gifts or maybe my birthday gifts. You never know what you'll get!

Anyway, thanks for taking the time to comment and enjoy the rest of your UEA weekend!

Friday, October 17, 2008

Lamb Family Photoshoot

This was last years Christmas card, if fimilar. It was a great photoshoot and we miss those orange Georgia leaves!! :( Anyway, here's the evidence. Proud modelers, that what we are!

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Can you believe it????!!!!!!

Here's my say to the story: I woke up on Saturday late in the day thinking it was about 9:00, because through my window, there was no sun. Assuming that it was early, I went back to sleep. About two seconds into laying there, I hear a high-pitched, "ADDIE LOOK OUTSIDE YOUR WINDOW". I turned down the offer and tried to fall asleep. But those brothers are restless and whether or not you're snoozing to your hearts content, they have no caring whatsoever because THEY NEVER SLEEP. So you might as well just go from one in the morning to, say, about 6:45.
So, long story short, they stormed in and took me to the window. Joy.
But instead of storming off in distress, I screamed. Why?? Because....when you wake up to this, you have no choice but to freak your insides out.
For me, this is just the beginning. For the boys, this is heaven.
I, for one, can wait until AFTER Halloween.
These boys say they want it now, and forever. Just go move to Alaska.
Here you are!!!!!!
Well, whatta you know?? Life has surprises.....little ones, big ones.

This is what kind of "beauty" everyone wants to wake up to on a Sunday morning, right? I am taking this pitures from the inside. There's no way I am going out there...

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Abouts: Lewis Ethan

Since Ethan's birthday is today, I thought we might as well tell you seven things about this little hunk that you may not know:

1. His life is revolved around playing baseball. Seriously. His dream, his direction, and his motive is pretty revolved around the spectacles of baseball. Of course, you can't deny his inevitable love for all sports, but if I were specifically going to pick out one, it's baseball. When we were in the South, he was trained by his brother, who is continuing to raise him in a baseball world. He ended up pitching and striking out nine-year-olds, and once a eighth-grader. He is very, VERY competitive.
2. Camping is one of his favorite activities to do. Whenever we announce a camping trip (one that we aren't hosting, because of course, we are new to the whole "camping in Utah" thing...just wait!) he is the first one in and out of the car, and is always ecstatic about fishing, riding four-wheelers, playing baseball....ANYTHING! He just loves to go camping, and is always the first to call the tent.
3. He's short. Very, very short. When he was younger, we got him tested and took him to numerous doctors because of his small size. He is still pretty short for his age, but is continually growing and isn't afraid to face people taller than him. For such a small guy, he's got a HUGE heart and competitive streak.
4. He loves Stars Wars and Indiana Jones. He's obsessed with seeing and watching the movies, getting the action figures and toys that go alongside. For Halloween, he's going to be Indiana Jones, something we aren't sure how to dress through.
5. He's really good with kids. Whenever he sees a little baby or toddler, etc, he always asks to hold them or is very nice about playing with them. He turns into such a sweet little boy whenever a kid's around. Although he is one himself, he somehow turns a light on inside his heart and becomes such a great, cute little baby-sittin' boy.
6. He is fast. When I say this, I mean just a tenth of a second behind Talmage...which is crazy insane! For his age and height, he can beat whoever you want him to. Weightlessly flying through the air. That's our E-Man!
7. He can't take a loss. So that's why he's a winner.
We love you, Lewis! Happy 7th birthday!

Saturday, October 4, 2008

Where Did Time Go?

This little studmuffin is seven years old....where on Earth did time go?
Thanks, Michele!

Happy Birthday, Lewis Ethan!

To celebrate being Seven on October 5th (tomorrow), Ethan and his cousins, Sam and Jon, partied hard at Jump-On-It along with Tal and Max. The Rose boys, the Lambs, and Jon Neeleman are three great kiddos! Afterwards, they hit McDonalds and... well, just see for yourself.

Serious Jumpers

The Slide Masters

The Wedding

This defines our group...well, that only looks like half the McGhie grandkids, but oh well. It's still a picture.
If this becomes our Christmas picture, don't be surprised :) I looked and thought, "Hey, that's a cute picture!"

The cute ladies chilling out

Nick and Heather got married....FOREVER AGO!!! But sorry I am slow. At least I posted, though!

Pedi Cure Everything

Here's our lovely footies - this is going backwards. Sorry.
Here's a small portion of our rally. It's not over, yet. Aw, I can feel my toes tingling again!!

Yes, that's my leg. I wanted a manicure, too, so I HAD to have one...I was the only one who got one, but no one can turn down a pedi!!!

Here's our group (L-R: Kristen, Liz, Me, my Mom, Melissa)
Thanks, ladies, for the wonderful mani-pedi date!

Makeover Time!

So...let's play a little game of "What to Wear...On Your Face" or "Two Years Older"....as my mom would call it. We were plucked off the streets by luck to be pretty. Hopefully that's how it'll stay. I think it probably will :) In this picture, we're standing taller, smiling more, and AHEM look way better. Why?........
The before picture...

This might have happened in August, but when Reyna and her good friend from Russia, Aleona, were in town, we went to the mall to kick off my seventh-grade makeup approval with a little Clinique makeover at the South Towne Mall. When you start someone in makeup, I totally suggest this is the way to begin. Keep that in mind!

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Sorry guys...

We've been dormant on posting. We just got all of our Georgia stuff finally back. My parents got back late last night (past one), and they are tired and so lately we haven't really been on the move. So far, it's going well though and we'll get back to what we need to do :)

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Feel the Rush...

of BYU. Or don't feel anything at all.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Go, Go, Go COUGARS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I never doubted it - the Cougars definentely have the vote of the year for me. If you call Saturday a boring game, I am officially offended by you. It was simple, characteristic, and absolutely worth the wait. Hold on, what wait? Oh, right, there wasn't one. Touchdown after touchdown after touchdown. Those refs are too good. Those players are beyond talent. Poor Norm Chao - the guy obviously doesn't have a break. Getting rid of the Cougs is now not his first choice. But the greatness of Bronco Mendenhall is surely showing! If you aren't Fully Invested in this Quest, you should be. Cougars are number one, and they will lead the team to "Sack that quarterback!" and crush Wyoming. What a stellar group! So, when they lose, come straight to our blog. Hopefully (no, surely) I won't be posting of a loss :) It's truly their destiny. They want it. Hold that thought...I want it! And about 99.9% of Utahns. Can you spell p-r-e-s-s-u-r-e correctly? Yeah, that's the definition of every nail biting game. They leave me shaking. But after Cougs took over the field on Saturday, I had all my pretty nails. Wonderful. Exactly my plan. And there you have it.

Friday, September 12, 2008

Camping at the AF

Last Friday, my parents went to Midway for a business meeting, while the rest of us had it easy chilling with Melissa and wathcing botomless hours of Psych and Monk. However, that "rest of us" was me, Emma, and her son Lucas. Thanks to the Rose family, we were able to have a sweet GNO while the boys took it to canyon for a last-minute camping trip and the last of the year. Everyone was talking about their fish, their hikes, the animals they saw - it obviously meant way too much fun. They had an awesome time. With the seasons changning, the boys said last good-byes to the American Fork canyon for a year plus. But I must say, everyone had it good. Thanks to all who helped out, watched us, and gave us a great weekend.

Congrats to Lizzy for giving birth to a healthy baby boy, Everett Christopher Rigby born 8 lbs., 7 oz. on September 9th. Way to go!

Monday, September 1, 2008

First Day of School

Here's what I can do to put in words: great, can't complain, pretty awesome. Walking into my junior is like walking into Lifetime Fitness-- granite floors, glass EVERYTHING, a great smell, and auto lockers. Coolest part - auto lockers. You heard me. Do the combo, push in the dial and WHAM out pops your locker. Unfortunately only a couple of people have these - mostly eighth and ninth graders. I DID have one, then mine got jammed, so they redid the door system...UGGHHH!! Now I have a plain locker. Sorry. It was cool while it lasted. Talmage and Ethan go to Westfield. Ethan likes his teacher, Mrs. Crumrine. A first-grade teacher...with that name?? We said, "Just don't call her Mrs. Crummy". Talmage sort of likes his teacher-- he'll survive the reamining schoolyear. Emma has Angie Murdock for her schoolteacher and she calls her Miss Andrey. It'll work out. So, well, we're set. Love you all. Have a fantastic schoolyear.

Saturday, August 23, 2008

These two girls are the light of the show. Bringing to the competition grace, flexiblity, and absolute POWER, they dominated in a tight squeeze. Might I recognize Nastia's one gold, two silver, and one bronze as a wonderful accomplishment. I watched every single event - down from the team competition to the all-around finals. Go, Nastia! Poor Alicia Sacramone, with her unfortunate misses, did not have the as-successsful empowerment as the tall, bright, and graceful Nastia Liukin, and the short, stouty, and poppy Shawn Johnson. USA won silver, but might I add they got beat by a couple of thirteen year old Olympic amateurs via the Chinese. Floor and beam were the hardest - yet the most riveting - to watch. Nastia's entirely wonderful uneven bars routine resulted to the miss of the Americans. He Kexin should not be in the games, and would not be in the games if they were in another country. What a fall.

Nastia. Oh, Nastia. Tears spring to my eyes in the last seconds of competition. So close, so tight, and yet so incredibly fascinating. Watch it again. And again. There's no stopping. She became the most prized possesion of the United States, and continues to lead that pathway. Tall, lean, muscley, and graceful. Definitely the new Nadia Comaneci and Mary Lou Retton. A masterpiece beyond comparison. There's not much you can say about it but "perfect". If the new and awful scoring system had not been redeemed, she would be recieving perfect 10s left and right. It'd be honorary, not to mention mandatory in her case.

Shawn. When you see her, you witness a wonderful event. Her stout figure gives her the ability she needs. She flies quickly and lands thuddingly. Although Nastia lands like a buttefly, you must give Shawn credit for creating a whole to competition to witness. They are complete oppisites, and each event is new, exciting, and defines them quite perfectly. Shawn's Olympics were fantastic. She did a great job, and although handed only one gold medal, just as Nastia, she obtained a perfect rememberance of the experience. Dawned under pressure due to the mistakening Chinese gymnasts, she competed quite well and met up with their height. I do believe she did a wonderful job.

As for the Phelps World Record, I am shocked. Not toally surprised, but shocked at him. He's tall, lean, muscly and eats a million pounds per day. Go, Mikey P!!!

For now, I wait in awe at what the next Olympics will be like.


These girls are, first of all, equisite and talented females. They work for their lives to win that single gold medal, and for some time, they are frazzled and unsure. Their lives must be pretty competitive. But, here's my say to the story: Nastia Liukin is my favorite gymnast. Her grace and dependibility are so unique. USA dominated in gymnastics. Thanks to Nastia and Shawn, they had Germany and Romania rooting for them. Mostly because of those lying, cheater Chinese thirteen-year-olds that struck gold as if they had struck oil. I wanted nothing more than to go hug Nastia and Shawn and say "Great job!" just like the rest of America did. Those girls have what NO ONE in the world has, and they proved it. Due to Nastia's wonderful second-place beam routine, third-place floor, and three fantastic silvers, USA has become national heroes. Not to mention Michael Phelps leading Team USA to the most amazing victories. That last race only depended on whose fingernails were longer. Nope - it's his wingspan. Thanks to gymnasts and swimmers, America is no longer the Olympic laughingstock. We are straight over that! Thanks, America!

Sorry, guys, this blog has probably been the most dormant blog in the history of blogs for quite some time. Our stupid camera is acting very defensive in its case. Here's my list of to-posts, which is all gonna be included (ouch!):

*School, day one
*Brian and Liz leaving :(
*Nick and Heather wedding

Whoa, not as big as I originally assumed, but still pretty large.

Here's the catch: GYMNASTICS.