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Sunday, November 23, 2008

If I was born in 1932...

when I graduated I would've looked like this...

TCU and BYU games

Needless to say, I am a Ute fan. The game was awesome!! I loved it. I had tons of fun and Im so happy that we are headed to a BCS bowl again.

Here are some photos of Carter and Kurt at the TCU blackout game (that he went to on our anniversary) and some photos of us at the game last night against BYU.

Friday, November 21, 2008

Twilight Hangover

Last night/early morning me and a few (nearly a dozen) friends went and basked in teh Twilight frenzy. I had a great time! I loved finally having a girls night out! It was really fun and I loved the movie.

I know there are a lot of opinions out there...critics...dissapointment, whatever. I loved the movie and I really dont care what others think. Loving the movie for myself is enough for me and I feel bad that people found something in it that made them not like it. But oh well, I did, and I think the more I see the more I will like it.
Things I loved
*Edward, I really thought that Rob did a really convincing job and I was in love with him by the end. (although my ultimate Edward leans more towards the Henry Cavill genre) He was amazing.
* Bella, Charlie (loved Charlie), Jacob, Alice, Jasper, Rosalie, Emmett were all dead on. Wished there was more of the Cullens, but Im sure there will be more back story in the next movie.
*Loved the "sparkles". It was not over the top, and not over done.
*Sorry, but I loved the cheesy-ness of the movie. I am sappy and love that stuff...thats why I married Kurt.
*Loved Victoria...she is soooo perfect. She was the creepiest for me. More than James.
*Loved the baseball scene.
* I just thought it was done the best way it couldve been with the budget they had.
Had a blast though!! Got home at 3am and zonked. Now Im a zombie!

Thursday, November 20, 2008

My little bro is all grown up

I think these pictures are so cute. Its Brandon and his new Bride, Becky.

My little love...

Here is one of the photos at my Bro's wedding. Lizzy was so crabby that day. But I love this pic. MOre to come.

Monday, November 17, 2008

Carter Quotes

Okay, so I have seen others do this on their blog so I will try to get these on as soon as they happen.

Yesterday Carter was drinking one of those chocolate milks you get from Wendy's and he accidentially spilled it. We tried to calm him down and let him know that it was not a big deal and he just needed to be more careful. Kurt told him he would make some more and Carter got this really upset look on his face and asked him how he could make his Wendy's Chocolate milk. Kurt said he would just use the chocolate syrup and put it in the same container. Again Carter looked confused and then he said

"But Dad, what about the calories!"

Stake Broadway Show

Here is my duet with Becky Sorenson at the stake show. Enjoy!!

Friday, November 14, 2008

Invisible Moms

My friend sent this to me. I want to share this with all who read my blog.
It all began to make sense, the blank stares, the lack of response, the way one of the kids will walk into the room while I'm on the phone and ask to be taken to the store. Inside I'm thinking, 'Can't you see I'm on the phone?'

Obviously not; no one can see if I'm on the phone, or cooking, or sweeping the floor, or even standing on my head in the corner, because no one can see me at all. I'm invisible. The invisible Mom. Some days I am only a pair of hands, nothing more! Can you fix this? Can you tie this? Can you open this??

Some days I'm not a pair of hands; I'm not even a human being. I'm a clock to ask, 'What time is it?' I'm a satellite guide to answer, 'What number is the Disney Channel?' I'm a car to order, 'Right around 5:30, please.'

I was certain that these were the hands that once held books and the eyes that studied history and the mind that graduated summa cum laude -but now, they had disappeared into the peanut butter, never to be seen again. She's going, she's going, she's gone!?

One night, a group of us were having dinner, celebrating the return of a friend from England . Janice had just gotten back from a fabulous trip, and she was going on and on about the hotel she stayed in. I was sitting there, looking around at the others all put together so well. It was hard not to compare and feel sorry for myself. I was feeling pretty pathetic, when Janice turned to me with a beautifully wrapped package, and said, 'I brought you this.' It was a book on the great cathedrals of Europe . I wasn't exactly sure why she'd given it t o me until I read her inscription: 'To Charlotte , with admiration for the greatness of what you are building when no one sees.'

In the days ahead I would read - no, devour - the book. And I would discover what would become for me, four life-changing truths, after which I could pattern my work: No one can say who built the great cathedrals - we have no record of their names. These builders gave their whole lives for a work they would never see finished. They made great sacrifices and expected no credit. The passion of their building was fueled by their faith that the eyes of God saw everything.

A legendary story in the book told of a rich man who came to visit the cathedral while it was being built, and he saw a workman carving a tiny bird on the inside of a beam. He was puzzled and asked the man, 'Why are you spending so much time carving that bird into a beam that will be covered by the roof, No one will ever see it. And the workman replied, 'Because God sees.'

I closed the book, feeling the missing piece fall into place. It was almost as if I heard God whispering to me, 'I see you, Charlotte. I see the sacrifices you make every day, even when no one around you does.

No act of kindness you've done, no sequin you've sewn on, no cupcake you've baked, is too small for me to notice and smile over. You are building a great cathedral, but you can't see right now what it will become. At times, my invisibility feels like an affliction. But it is not a disease that is erasing my life. It is the cure for the disease of my own self-centeredness. It is the antidote to my strong, stubborn pride.

I keep the right perspective when I see myself as a great builder. As one of the people who show up at a job that they will never see finished, to work on something that their name will never be on. The writer of the book went so far as to say that no cathedrals could ever be built in our lifetime because there are so few people willing to sacrifice to that degree.

When I really think about it, I don't want my son to tell the friend he's bringing home from college for Thanksgiving, 'My Mom gets up at 4 in the morning and bakes homemade pies, and then she hand bastes a turkey for 3 hours and presses all the linens for the table.' That would mean I'd built a shrine or a monument to myself. I just want him to want to come home. And then, if there is anything more to say to his friend, to add, 'You're gonna love it there.'

As mothers, we are building great cathedrals. We cannot be seen if we're doing it right. And one day, it is very possible that the world will marvel, not only at what we have built, but at the beauty that has been added to the world by the sacrifices of invisible women.

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Broadway Family Fun

A few months ago me and Kurt were involved in a Broadway show for a family reunion of a friend of ours in our ward. I finally got the recordings from them. The first one is me and Sarah Johnson singing "In His Eyes" from Jekyll and Hyde. Its not the best performance, I was a little nervious as it has been a while since I did anything like this. If you know me at allyou know how critical I am of myself and how nervous I get. My breathing is terrible and the end isnt the strongest. Anyway...I am the first voice and she is the second. I will be singing this song again in the Stake Broadway Show with Becky Sorenson and it will be much much better because we will have better equipment and I wont be so nervous. Sarah was amazing though, but we all know that!

Just follow the link and download the songs to hear them.

This next one is Kurt singing "Empty Chairs and Empty Tables" from Les Miserables.
I love it! He did such a good job.


Friday, November 7, 2008

Big week.

This week has been long and hard.

First of all, my grandpa Mac died. He was 90 years old. He was so sick, and longing to leave this life for so long. He missed my grandma so much. He had been without her for nearly 11 years. I got to say my goodbye's on Sunday. I got the call on Tuesday that he had passed. I will miss him so much and it is so hard to see him go, but I know..I KNOW..he is in a much better place, happy and safe. He is with grandma. Love you Grandpa.

Then Wednesday, we found out who our new president is. Barack Obama. I am excited and hopeful.

Then on Thursday, my little brother Brandon married the love of his life, Becky. They looked so amazing and it was even more special that I felt like my grandpa and grandma were both there to see it in the temple. The day was suprisingly gorgeous. A little chilly, but nothing too bad. I got to visit with my brother Bryan and his wife Siobhan and thier kids Ian and Cameron. They live in Montana so it was nice to have them down and they got to see Grandpa before he passed too. I also enjoyed seeing all my relatives at the reception. I love my family!!

That same day...Nov 6th. Was my 9th wedding anniversary. Alas, due to the wedding and other things which I will discuss, it slipped Kurts mind due to the "big game" :( But Thats okay. It was nice to be in the same temple we were married in 9 years ago. It was nice to remember that time and the reasons behind it all. To remember the vows we took and covenents we made. I love my husbnand.

That same night was the Ute game. Kurt took off from the reception early with Carter and went and had a blast at a game that i was envious to be able to go to. But my family was more important and I am glad I stayed. The Utes won. Now 10-0! BSC here we come....almost.

So that is my week so far. Busy busy. I will post photos of the wedding soon!

Monday, November 3, 2008


Well, the crypt was tons of fun. We scared a lot of kids, but I did get attacked at the door by a bunch of boys that pulled my wig off....I shouldve taken their candybars away!!

Kurt was hilarious as some sort of gravekeeper homeless caveman thing. It was fun. Next year will be even scarier!!

Here are some photos of us on Halloween. Unfortunately my camera died before i could get more. So those will have to wait til Kurt's bro's girlfriend sends them to me.
Carter was Capt. Rex, a clone from Star Wars

Lizzy was tinkerbell

I tried to be was somewhat successful.

Happy Halloween! Wait til you see what we do next year!