For Real?!?!?!

During a particularly slow moment at work, I decided to waste time and surf the web. I came across one of THE weirdest stories I've ever seen...

How 'Bout a Double Scoop of Mama's Milk?

FOR REAL?!?!? WTF?!?!?

I'm all for the ethical treatment of animals, but this is ridiculous. Obviously PETA activists have no concept of supply and demand in nature. Cows are used to producing mass quantities of milk for human consumption. If we up and decide to stop milking cows to "reduce the suffering of cows and calves", their milk production won't INSTANTLY decrease. Nursing moms--ever been engorged? We'd have countless herds of engorged cows. Wait...isn't their suffering supposed to be DECREASED?

Don't even get me started on the idea of milking HUMANS...


I've Been Tagged!

8 TV Shows I Like to Watch:
1. The Office
2. Bones
3. House
4. So You Think You Can Dance
5. Gossip Girl (a recent and gratuitous pleasure)
6. American Idol
7. Wipeout (Have you SEEN those people bounce off those giant red balls? Hilarious!)
8. 'Til Death

8 Places I Love to Eat:
1. Carrabba's

2. PF Chang's
3. Texas Roadhouse
4. Outback Steakouse
5. Bonsai (Japanese Tepanyaki)
6. Applebee's
7. Rumbi Island Grill
8. Toaster's (a REALLY great deli in downtown SLC)

8 Things That Happened Yesterday:
1. I got a raise at work (not anything spectacular--I've just been there for 90 days and it's a standard raise)
2. I found out I've lost 6 pounds in the last 2 weeks
3. I missed Bones because I had to work
4. I snuggled Kyle back to sleep after I accidentally woke him up at 11:30 pm
5. I went to Wal-Mart with my mom
6. I exchanged 400 Canadian dollars into US dollars
7. I unwillingly received a business card from a person pushing a multi-level marketing product
8. I walked 2 1/2 miles

8 Things I Look Forward To:
1. Kyle's first birthday!
2. Christmas (and my family's crazy White Elephant party)
3. Taking Kyle to Disneyland next April
4. Spring (I really dislike winter)
5. Cole entering the management program with Hilton and us moving somewhere else in the country
6. My days off from work
7. Thanksgiving
8. Finally losing all my marriage/baby weight and (maybe) fitting into my old jeans again

8 Things I Love About Fall:
1. The color of the changing leaves
2. Wearing sweaters
3. BYU football!
4. Thanksgiving
5. Cooler weather
6. The exciting feeling that comes with knowing the holidays are around the corner
7. Roaring fires and hot chocolate
8. Cuddling with Cole under a warm blanket

8 Things On My Wish List:
1. Our car won't cost more than $500 to fix
2. Kyle will never need a trip to the emergency room (Ha! We'll see how THAT one pans out...)
3. Several new books to read

4. Lots of free time to spend with my two favorite boys
5. A LONG, relaxing day at a spa
6. To be a stay-at-home mom with my children
7. Eternity with my family
8. World peace :)

8 People I Tag:

I'm not sure there are 8 people that read my blog...so if you feel so inclined, consider yourself tagged!


Wedding and Kyle

I (Cole) would also like to acknowledge my Brother-in-law's wedding. I am very happy for them, and I have been the biggest jerk about the two of them the whole time. But, as I too sat in the temple I truly saw Chris in a new light. We have become pretty good friends since he got home from his mission, and it was like losing a brother. I am glad to have Brittany in the Kenner family, she is a sweet addition to the otherwise rough group. It is also going to be way fun not to be the only married couple in Jessica's family.

I also wanted to post this picture of Kyle, so everyone can see how incredibly handsome our little man is. I can not figure out why we were so lucky to get such a great kid. He is well on his way to walking. He will do it when no one is watching or when he doesn't even know he is. He should be walking very soon! Yikes!

For Ever and For Always

My little brother got married on Saturday! It was a really LONG day, but a really good one. I learned a very valuable lesson, too.

My siblings and I are very close. There's five of us in a six year span, so we very literally grew up together. This has made us very protective of one another. When Chris and Brittany first started dating, I was worried for a few reasons: 1-Chris had recently been horrendously dumped by the girl that wrote him all through his mission; 2-Brittany had just turned 18 and had not yet graduated from high school; 3-They got serious REALLY fast. My protective instincts kicked in like a reflex, and I was very quick to judge and dislike Brittany. I always tried to treat her nicely, because I knew Chris felt very strongly about her and I wanted to trust his judgment. Before we knew it, they were engaged and planning a wedding.
Now, I've planned a wedding myself, and I knew that emotions tend to run high, and that the tiniest things out of place can send a person careening off into insanity. Despite this knowledge, I found it so easy to criticize and poke fun and eye-roll. I mentally compiled a rather long list of reasons why Brittany was not right for Chris. But, I was either too chicken or too respectful to voice my concerns to Chris. So, the wedding plans continued...
After what seemed like years, the wedding day finally arrived, and I found myself sitting in sealing room A of the Salt Lake Temple, waiting for the bride and groom. As I watched them come in, I suddenly realized something: it didn't matter what I thought. I saw my brother's face and the happiness and love that it radiated as he looked at Brittany, and all my concerns melted away. I felt strongly that he was exactly where he needed to be, and that he had chosen a wonderful young woman to spend eternity with.
Congratulations and much love to Chris and Brittany Kenner! I'm truly so happy for you both, and I'm so excited for the chance to get to know my new sister-in-law.


Soul Mates?

Okay, this post will probably make me sound horribly unromantic and pessimistic, but it's something I've been thinking about a lot, especially with my younger brother's wedding in the immediate future.

I was at my future sister-in-law's bridal shower yesterday, and all of her friends were talking about how Chris and she were "perfect for each other" and all of that schmoopy stuff that comes out at bridal showers. I thought about that concept as I was coming home, and I realized that I think it's a bunch of bunk.

This opinion of mine was not formed without personal experience and lots of thought. There was a time when I was pretty sold on the idea of a "soul mate". When I was in high school, I dated the same guy from the time I turned 16 until he left on an LDS mission 3 years later. For the first year of his mission, I wrote him faithfully, fully anticipating our marriage when he got home. I was pretty sure that we were "meant" to be together. Then, of course, life did what it is so good at: threw me a curveball. It was a particularly attractive curveball in the form of Cole. Even though Cole and I had known each other for 10+ years, having grown up in the same LDS ward and attending all the same schools, the thought had never crossed my mind to date him. In fact, it was WEIRD. At the same time, however, the idea intrigued me for reasons I didn't understand at the time. So, when Cole got home from HIS mission, I agreed to go on a date with him. Our first date ended with a kiss, and a week and a half later, we were talking marriage.


What happened to the missionary, you ask? Well, he got Dear Johned. But, the story wouldn't be a good one unless there was another twist. Less than a month after we talked matrimony, Cole and I broke up. We both knew overwhelmingly that it was not the right time for us to be together. So, the missionary got un-Dear Johned, and, to his credit, he forgave me wholeheartedly. I spent the next six months harboring two separate dreams: 1- that missionary boy and I would work out (since it would be the quintessential fairy tale); and 2- that somehow Cole and I would find our way back to one another (at the time, it seemed wholly impossible).

***PAUSE FOR MODERN-DAY INTERJECTION*** If a "soul mate" exists for everyone, why was I simultaneously hoping for a happy ending with TWO different but equally wonderful guys?

Continuing on...Cole and I did find a way back together, and then I was forced with a painful decision: do I cut the missionary loose and try again with Cole, even though the last time ended less than desirably? Do I pass on the chance with Cole and stick with the steady, dependable missionary? Do I wait 5 months for the missionary to get home and decide then? I struggled a lot with this choice. Finally, I decided: come hell or high water, I was choosing Cole. Instantly, my entire future became clear, and I knew exactly what would happen. The missionary got Dear Johned AGAIN (which makes for a comical story, now that it's all passed--he got Dear Johned by the same girl for the same guy TWICE? Come on, that's funny!), and I never looked back again.

Spencer W. Kimball once said, "'Soul mates' are fiction and an illusion; and while every young man and young woman will seek with all diligence and prayerfulness to find a mate with whom life can be most compatible and beautiful, yet it is certain that almost any good man and any good woman can have happiness and a successful marriage if both are willing to pay the price." I fully believe this is true. I know that if I had chosen to stay with the missionary, we both would have been committed to make our marriage happy and successful. If I had chosen any number of righteous young men, we could have made a happy marriage, as long as we both worked hard to make it happy.

At the same time, I cannot discredit the extremely strong feelings I had to marry Cole. Therefore, I also believe that there are some individuals more suited to one another than others. I was fortunate enough to find someone who complements me in many ways. Is he perfect for me? No. He's becoming more and more perfect for me every day. I think that's something you grow into. It's impossible for two strangers to know each other so completely that they are perfect complements of one another. That's something that takes years and time and commitment. I don't doubt that in the years to come, Cole and I will be perfect for one another, and I look forward to the journey we will take to get there.

Personally, I think this idea is much more romantic than having a soul mate.


Feng Shui

I now have increased respect for feng shui. Not that what I've done is actual feng shui...but I believe that rearranging the furniture in a room CAN improve your mood!

Cole, Kyle, and I have been living at my parents' house since the middle of April. At the beginning, we only intended it to be for a month or two while we found an apartment. It turned into several months while we saved to possibly buy a home at the beginning of next year. Now, it seems that we'll be there for a year total. Cole has applied for the Hilton management program, which he will most likely be entering next May/June. What does this mean? Well, it means that we'll be picking up and moving somewhere in the country (Cole says Tennessee is looking like the most likely at the moment) so Cole can train as a manager at another Hilton. Ergo, we've decided it would be prudent to stay with my parents until we move, because finding an apartment for only six months would be difficult, and we'll able to save more money for the BIG move next year.

Since we didn't expect to stay in my parents' basement for so long, we left the majority of our stuff in a storage unit, including Kyle's crib. He's been sleeping in a pack n' play for the last 4 months. Yesterday Cole pulled the crib out so Kyle has a more comfortable place to sleep, so we had to figure out a way to fit it in our room. Crazy feng shui rearrangement ensued. If Cole had his way, he would rearrange the furniture in any and all of the rooms of the house every week, but I have always been reluctant to change anything like that. The furniture in our room (which was my room growing up) has been arranged the same way ever since my family moved into this house almost 14 years ago. I am surprisingly happy with the results! In fact, I feel more organized and neat. I'll never roll my eyes at Cole's spontaneous redecorating again.
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