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Monday, March 31, 2008

History Mystery

A friend sent this to me and I thought it was pretty cool. I hope some enjoys this and that I am not the only history nerd out there.
History Mystery
Have a history teacher explain this----- if they can.

Abraham Lincoln was elected to Congress in 1846.
John F. Kennedy was elected to Congress s in 1946.

Abraham Lincoln was elected President in 1860.
John F. Kennedy was elected President in 1960.

Both were particularly concerned with civil rights.
Both wives lost their children while living in the White House.

Both Presidents were shot on a Friday.
Both Presidents were shot in the head.

Now it gets really weird.

Lincoln 's secretary was named Kennedy.
Kennedy's Secretary was named Lincoln .

Both were assassinated by Southerners.
Both were succeeded by Southerners named Johnson.

Andrew Johnson, who succeeded Lincoln , was born in 1808.
Lyndon Johnson, who succeeded Kennedy, was born in 1908.

John Wilkes Booth, who assassinated Lincoln , was born in 1839.
Lee Harvey Oswald, who assassinated Kennedy, was born in 1939.

Both assassins were known by their three names.
Both names are composed of fifteen letters.

Now hang on to your seat.

Lincoln was shot at the theater named 'Ford.'
Kennedy was shot in a car called ' Lincoln ' made by 'Ford.'

Lincoln was shot in a theater and his assassin ran and hid in a warehouse.
Kennedy was shot from a warehouse and his assassin ran and hid in a theater.

Booth and Oswald were assassinated before their trials.

And here's the kicker....

A week before Lincoln was shot, he was in Monroe , Maryland
A week before Kennedy was shot, he was with Marilyn Monroe.

Creepy huh? Send this to as many people as you can, because: this is one history lesson most people probably will not mind reading!

Sunday, March 30, 2008

Inflammatory Breast Cancer Video


I just wanted to post this because I had never heard of IBC and I feel like every woman should know about this. It is the most aggressive form of breast cancer and the hardest to diagnose, most doctors don't even know how to diagnose it. Please follow this link and watch so that you know what to look for, monthly breast exams should be more than just checking for lumps.

Fun week

Cameron, Brian and I have had a fun week. On Monday we went over to a friend's house and taught their family how have family home evening. Cameron really enjoyed playing with their 18 mon old little boy. Cameron & I hosted this weeks AP play group. Cameron enjoyed the company and playing in buckets of water on our patio (The weather average high 70's low 80's for us). Wednesday, Brian went to a business conference to here Robert G Allen & Richard G Scott (founders of Bookwise) speak about investing while Cameron and I went to the park to have fun with our ward play group. Cameron has decided that his favorite thing to do at the park, besides try to eat sand and rock while mom isn't looking, is to climb up the slide & he does a good job of it too. Cameron can climb up the slide without any help, even if it does make me nervous. Saturday we went to the West U library to try to check out the Baby Signing Time videos for Cameron, it was the only library in the whole of the greater Houston area that said they had on of the two checked in, only to find out that in between the time we left the house and the time we got to the library they had been checked out. All was not lost though, we got to West U and discovered they were having their annual little league carnival. We strolled the carnival and Cameron enjoyed seeing all the colors and all the children. We spent the rest of the afternoon cleaning and enjoying each other's company & folding clothes while watching episodes of the Dick Van Dycke show on DVD (the West U library has a prolific amount of DVDs to choose from). We also decided to try out a new sleeping arrangement that had the previously refused to be slept in crib pulled up and secured to the bed and the mattress raised to our mattress height, kind of like the arm's reach co-sleeper. We have been co-sleeping, which I love, but lately Cameron has been kicking Brian and Brian didn't like that much. Anyway, It took twice as long to get Cameron to nurse and fall asleep the first time and 3-4 times as long to get him to nurse and fall asleep every subsequent time. Add that to the fact that we have some birds that have decided to move into our chimney and arbor and chirp all night and I didn't get any sleep until right before the alarm went of to get up and go to church. Brian couldn't rouse me so I ended up staying home while my wonderful husband took Cameron and went to church. I didn't wake up until they came home around 12:15 p.m. I feel like a complete slacker-face. The rest of the day was nice Cameron took a nap then we all played and laughed for a while when he woke up. We went for a walk and then came home and made a home-made pizza with one of the best, easiest and quickest dough recipes that I have ever had. Some other things to note about this week: besides slides, Cameron can now climb onto anything shorter than his shoulders; Cameron can also now correctly identify the location of his belly button when questioned about it; and lastly, if it is possible, I do believe that Cameron has become even cuter than he was before.

I have been tagged - again

I was tagged by Heather A.
This is what you do:
1. Pick up the nearest book (at least 123 pages).
2. Turn to page 123.
3. Find the 5th sentence
4. Post the 5th sentence on your blog.
5. Tag 5 people.

Since I am working on typing my book outline for Bradley method certification the closest book just happens to "The Bradley Method of Natural Childbirth: Husband-Coached Childbirth" by Robert A. Bradley, MD

"In the later months of pregnancy, when her uterus is quite large, it is permissable, for short periods of time, for her to sit contour-chair style with her legs sprawled comfortably apart and elevated higher than her hips."

To find out more about the Bradley Method feel free to ask me any questions. You can find this book by visiting your local library.

I tag Tiffany B, Susannah, Kaylene, Brooke & Tara B. If you've already done it, and I don't remember then sorry!

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Egg Hunt


Brian finding some jelly beans; Cameron helping Mom with her basket; Cameron's excited for the egg hunt




Cameron found an egg; some eggs in hiding

We did our egg hunt for Family Home Evening & I got a few pictures. We have decided that rather than having the focus of Easter Sunday be about candy that we would have our egg hunt either on the Saturday before or the Monday after depending on circumstances. This year because we were removing the bougainvillea on Saturday we decided to do our Egg hunt on Monday as our FHE activity.

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Sunday, March 23, 2008

Happy Easter Greetings From Cameron & Brian

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Cameron wanted to wish everyone a Happy Easter too.

Happy Easter!

Just some fun pictures from today. I am so grateful to celebrate Easter. I am grateful for the opportunity to celebrate the Atonement with a little more focus than I might on other days or even other Sundays, as I have an increased focus on the great blessing that we celebrate on this holy day. Nothing begins to compare to the great blessings of knowing that I can be resurrected and forgiven of my sins because my Savior Jesus Christ chose to sacrifice himself on my behalf. All the blessings of the gospel hinge upon the Atonement of Jesus, such as eternal families. Today has been a wonderful and pleasant day, that we have been able to enjoy with family. Sophia and I with Cameron tagging along went out to visit my parents. We talked and visited with them before, during, and after a wonderful meal. We relished in the wonderful Spirit that was there as we spent time together. Even though the rest of our families are scattered throughout the country, Dallas, Florida, Alabama, New York, Illinois, a huge chunk in Utah, and even Brazil, I couldn't help but think that this must be what it means when the home can be/have a/the piece/peace of heaven (Is that sufficiently confusing?). The joy comes from being with family. I have felt that as the three of us are at home as well and being with other members of the family intensifies those feelings especially after not seeing each other as regurlarly now that we are so spread out. As we are apt to do, we took a few photos together on this day of celebration. We hope that you enjoy them. Cameron enjoyed being able to play with Grandma and Grandpa.

Saturday, March 22, 2008

The thorns are gone

We used to have bougainvillea climbing our arbor. The flowers were beautiful.



However, the thorns were not. Now one might say, "If the bougainvillea was in your arbor you wouldn't have to worry about the thorns, right?"


Not so my blogging friends! As soon as it is done blooming it turns woody & brittle and breaks off leaving thorns all over the patio & grass, if there is wind of any sort. Brian & I hated it because if we wanted to take Cameron outside to play we had to sweep and rake and then sweep again the patio & then scan the grass for any twigs. Needless to say, Cameron didn't go outside much & that made us sad. So, we decided that we were going to take out the bougainvillea and replace it with another flowering vine less the scary 2 in thorns. After going to a nursery and speaking with someone there I have decided on Rangoon Creeper it is a fragrant flower that blooms white and over the course of its life turns pink and then lastly red.

The vine also grows fast. We were told that by the end of Summer our whole arbor would be covered which will be nice. I am really looking forward to getting it in. Today was stage one. Brian's parents came over and his dad helped him cut it, get it off the arbor and cut out the roots. Stage two will be clearing out the now massive pile of Bougainvillea behind our garage & digging out the rest of the roots (we forgot to get a shovel). Stage three will me putting in the Rangoon Creeper (Yay!). Cameron was very sad that he couldn't help & frustrated that he couldn't go out and be with the other guys. I wish I had taken pictures to show what an undertaking it really was. Oh well, you will just have to take my word for it.

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Pictures from Today

Here are a few photos from today
Cameron heading out to help Mama get outside ready

The set table

Close-up of the table settings

Close-up of the Centerpiece


Cameron and I dancing close

Oh, What A Beautiful Day

Today was gorgeous. Cameron & I spent a large amount of his awake time outside in our yard. We hosted a romantic dinner on our patio for a couple in the ward (I offered it at a Relief Society service auction), so I wanted to get the yard and patio ready for them & Cameron was a great helper. We swept the patio -Cameron really like banging the copper dustpan that we have- & put up white Christmas lights & draped tulle on the arbor. I was really excited to pull out our China for the first time. We put on a white table cloth and our China pattern is white with white flowers and a silver rim. To keep with the white on white theme, I cut some white roses from our bush and put them inside a cylindrical vase that was half full of water. I put a white pillar candle on either side of the vase & scattered rose petals around the whole thing. For a touch of color I used some pink roses in the napkins & for some of the petals around the centerpiece. I put a single white rose on each plate as finishing touch. To start off the meal I made a spring mix salad with cranberries, almonds, tomatoes & some home made Italian style dressing & garlic bread . The main course was a lasagna with meat sauce. Dessert was my favorite part. I made a strawberry & blackberry tart with a cream cheese filling on a Ritz cracker crust and right before I took it out to them I drizzled it with chocolate.
After everyone left Brian, Cameron & I headed out side for a little dancing. Cameron didn't let Brian & I dance together very much, he didn't even want to let Brian dance with me while I held him. Cameron just didn't want to share his Mom. Cameron is like that most of the time, if he sees us cuddling or hugging he has to either be in on it or break it up. After Cameron went to bed, Brian & I went outside and danced the night away to one of my favorite crooners, Frank Sinatra.
If you couldn't tell, I really like being a hostess. I love making everything look pretty and setting up the atmosphere with different touches that reach all the senses (we played Frank Sinatra love music in the back ground). We watched & fed the couple's 3 children while they got to enjoy their meal outside and have some alone couple time. Cameron really enjoyed having the company, though toward the end of the evening he was eager to have his Mama pay attention to him instead of everyone else. I really had a lot of fun getting everything ready. Brian and I have decided that we will have to host a dance on our patio sometime when it is a little warmer in the evening & that the next time we have people over for dinner we need to take advantage of our patio and eat outside.

Sunday, March 16, 2008

Rodeo Pictures

"Howdy, Mam" Doesn't he make a cute Cowboy?


I am just looking Mom.
OK, I guess I will touch this one. (It took 5 tries to get this picture)

Even Cameron knows that nothing runs like a Deere

Notice how well the adult hat fits Cameron's head.








Fun at the rodeo and that's no bull

Well, yesterday we went to the rodeo as a family. We had the privilege of bringing my sister Amy with us. We had parked and walked to the stadium, to avoid the pirates at the parking lots, besides, I hadn't run quite enough playing basketball that morning. Seriously complete with hooks, wooden legs, and talking parrots on their shoulders. We drove past carefully and parked a few blocks away, which meant that Amy was tired before we even got there. She was thrilled to have been able to get the additional exercise though. We then proceeded to see the sites and wander the grounds and what not. I believe that Amy felt that we took the long way to everything there. She informed us that she thought here legs were going to fall off shortly after we arrived. Cameron on the other hand thought things were pretty cool because he was just chilling in his stroller up to that point. We decided to take him over to the petting zoo, so we could get come fun pictures of them. He liked them from outside of their pens but not so much up close. We did get him to pet one of the baby goats that was laying down, but the other ones intimidated him because they were so much larger than him. In the petting zoo, a buffalo was there and looked like it was in advanced stages of labor. Sophia sympathized with the poor buffalo being stuck around all the screaming kids and trying to give birth. We also enjoyed seeing the various booths/stores with their various interesting goods. Cameron's favorite part was one of the rodeo events when everybody started clapping, he became very excited and also started clapping his hands and vocalizing his excitement. Sophia's favorite part was probably when she and Cameron took pictures wearing cowboy hats, that or the funnel cake that we all shared. After the funnel cake, in Amy's words we walked forever back to the van. When we got to the van, she said that her feet were going to fall off. I am happy to report that they are still properly attached and we didn't have to end the day with a trip to the ER to fix her up.

--Brian

I am not sure what Brian wrote, I was told not to read it before I posted & surprising I agreed and haven't. Sorry for the crazy lack of posting. We have had a crazy few weeks filled with waiting in LONG lines to transfer the car registration and title & my drivers licence (they don't have a DMV here and we had to go to three different place to get everything done) & lots of waiting at doctors offices. Cameron had a sinus infection and was not a happy camper. Cameron then started feeling better after a round of anit-biotics and two day later started cutting his canines on top. Needless to say, Cameron's sleep schedule has been way off kilter making getting online very tough. Cameron also had his one year check-up and he did not like that at all, they had to draw blood to get an iron count (it was a little low last visit) and I had a hard time staying in the room hearing him be so miserable and I not be able to do anything. I was also frustrated by the doctor automatically suggesting that we start weaning just because he is one now. I am strongly of the mind that nursing is far more than just physical nurishment and it should be up to the child when they are done, not some arbitrary age. Anyway, sorry for my soap box. I also have been doing some babysitting & loving it. Cameron loves it too most of the time. He really like having the company. The closer we get to nap time though the less happy he is to share his Mom. We have found and are loving an attachment parenting play group. Can I just say it is so nice to be around other people that have similar parenting philosophy and don't treat me like I am crazy for parenting the way that I do. in the last week we had the pleasure (mostly, house guest are always a little of stressful) of hosting Brian's sister Amy while his parents spent Wed.-Sun. in Utah. Friday we went to the park and Cameron had fun at the toddler section, they have separate section for 18 mon -3 year, 2-5, and 5+. Saturday we went to the Rodeo here in Houston, it is pretty much the biggest one in the World (seriously). We did a lot of walking. We took Cameron to the petting zoo & he was more excited to see the animals from behind the fence than from inside. He did pet one goat, but was pretty much done otherwise. His favorite part ended up being the spot that we stopped to find a seat to nurse him because he was tired, it was some livestock show where mule teams were pulling lots of weight (almost 5 thousand pounds!), Cameron was mildly interested until people started clapping then he got so excited he was clapping and laughing and screeching and waving and pointing, he could hardly contain himself. What might have been REALLY boring became the best part of the whole thing. We had Jared & Caitlin (pronounced Cot-lin) over and played Ticket to Ride & I got in last. We also discovered this weekend that Cameron really likes grapefruit. We had a farely quiet Sunday once church was over and have been enjoying having the house to ourselves again. Any way, sorry for the monstrously long post
~Sophia

Sunday, March 2, 2008

Cameron's Birthday & Walking Video

Cameron's actual birthday was unfortunately not as fun as the day before. He started coming down with something Saturday night. We missed church and he slept & nursed a lot all day. My Vovó, Cameron's Bisavó, called this morning to wish him Feliz aniversário. Cameron got a really neat book from Brian's best friend & his wife & he also received a tonka ride on toy that I will need to find time to remove the batteries from (at least the toy from his grandparents had an on/off switch). As promised, I got a walking video. Cameron has been doing lots better and has probably ventured the entire length of our living room. He still prefers to hold onto things and usually plans his routes accordingly, but he is getting more confident by the day.

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Saturday, March 1, 2008

Cameron's First Birthday Party

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We celebrated Cameron's first birthday a day early today by having a bath themed birthday party. We had several people from church, Brian's best friend and his wife, our neighbors, Brian's parent's & Amy, his sister, come. Cameron was unusually tired this morning and I thought the party might be a bust, but as soon as he had some cake in his system he was good to go for a few more hours. This was Cameron's first time having refined sugar, so we just gave him a very small piece of cake with a tiny bit of frosting. At first he just played with the frosting, but Brian fed him a small piece of the cake and then he went at it like ther was no tomorrow. I fed him a carrot afterwards as a healthy follow up to the cake. It made me feel better about him having so much sugar. We had a small kiddie pool in the back with about an inch of water where some of the older kids played and then when Cameron was done eating I took him back there to splash in the water and clean up a little. Cameron had a blast splashing around and didn't get phased by the older kids splashing him in the face several times with water. Cameron opened presents last. He received some really cute stuff: A onesie t-shirt with dogs on it that has snaps at the neck (Yay, it will fit over his head), some shorts & some stuffed animal dogs; a basketball, he has been throwing & bouncing it as much as possible; a touch and feel bible story book; some toy cars; a fisher-price ark with animals that make noise (bought by Grandma & Grandpa, we made the mistake of telling them that Cameron liked toys that make noise because we don't buy him any); a large bag of mega bloks (giant legos basically); a t-shirt that says "I get my good looks from my Dad" & one that says "Ladies Man"; & some Bath toys. I am sure I am forgetting something & we have decided that Cameron doesn't need anymore toys until Christmas. Cameron had a really great time at his party and thank you everyone who came. He crashed afterward and took a almost 3 hour long nap.