Random Friday (I Know It’s Been A While)

Tonight we get to go to a fundraiser at church for the Young Women and Young Men.  They are raising money for Girl’s Camp and for Scout Camp.  There will be a burrito bar for dinner, followed by a dessert auction.  I signed up to make a dessert because I really don’t think we can afford to bid on one, so I can contribute this way.  I hear the people in our ward are very generous in their bids.  They’ll pay upwards of $80 for a cake!!  I even heard of one guy (who recently passed away) who enjoyed this fundraiser so much every year and he wouldn’t hesitate to drop a couple hundred dollars.  Wow!!

What dessert am I making, you ask?  Well, that’s the tricky part.  At first I was going to make Nanaimo Bars, because who around here (besides our Stake President, who is from Calgary) has actually ever heard of them, much less tried them??  But I don’t have the time to make those.  I’m trying to keep my house clean, after all!  My second idea was to make Lemonade Ice Cream, which is really Ches’ specialty.  It’s basically a graham cracker crust with pink lemonade mixed with vanilla ice cream, topped with some scattered graham cracker crumbs.  It’s really, really good.  I think I have the time to make that… I just need to get some ice cream and let it soften a bit.  Not a problem in our weather! 😉

My third idea was just make a cake and decorate it kinda cool.  So I made two round cakes, and I have to go to the store to get some  milk so I can have pudding instead of frosting in the middle.  For decorating… I was thinking of putting little bees all over and President Hinckley’s “Be’s”.  I was debating whether to just frost it or try this yummy marshamallow fondant that I found a recipe for.  I think I’m still going to go for frosting because it’s easier.  Maybe I’ll make the cake (since it’s already baked) AND the lemonade ice cream.  Mmmmmm.

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The first people to view the house came yesterday.  Their realtor told me the house shows well and I did well staging it and stuff.  Yay!  I just got a call today and another realtor is bringing over some people this afternoon.  Yay!  I really, really want my friends to be able to sell their house easily and quickly.  As long as we still get to stay until school is out (which, apparantly, is going to be part of the contract.  Our friends told us we can stay until June 1st).  It’s so nice having a clean house and being proud to show it off!! 🙂

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I’ve been reading some opinions on the matter and have pondered the issue a lot recently and I have decided that on the issue of abortion, I am Pro-Choice.  I know.  Shocked, aren’t ya?  Let me explain.

I am against abortion and I would never encourage anyone to ever have one.  I believe there are way too many other options out there for an unwanted pregnancy.  HOWEVER I do not think it is a good idea for the federal government to come in and make laws on something that is much more of a moral issue than a social issue.  A woman has to have the right to make choices for herself.  She must accept the consequences (good or bad) of that choice.  I believe that there should be restrictions of different sorts (such as not allowing third trimester abortions, etc.) placed on abortion, and that it should be a state’s decision, not a federal decision.

Again, I am not “for” abortion.  I am still Pro-Life in that I believe that it is not just a fetus inside a woman’s body, but a human being that can feel pain and should be given every chance at life, but I really don’t like the idea of the federal government stepping in and making that decision for everyone.

By outlawing abortion and saying it is only legal in certain circumstances just means there will always be loopholes and fraudulent cases brought about.  I believe that kids should be taught about birth control AND abstinance in school.  Not just one or the other.  Kids need to understand that having sex means there is a very real possiblity of getting pregnant.  Oh, and that birth control and whatever forms of protection you use doesn’t mean you won’t get pregnant, either.  The only 100% sure-fire way of not getting pregnant is to NOT have sex.  That needs to be seriously pushed.  And yes, I understand that kids will still have sex, and for that I whole-heartedly want them taught to use protection.  They need to be taught both.

Well, I have more opinions on this matter, but I’m not very good at making my points clear.  I just wanted to throw some of that out there.

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We have some new favorite websites in our family.  Aiden is really enjoying Rebel Friends because it’s all Star Wars stuff for kids.  He has taken the Jedi training test and is an official Padawan.  He really tries to use The Force here at home, too.  It’s really funny.

I am enjoying Hulu.  You can watch full episodes of TV shows and can watch full movies.  Now, they don’t have everything, but they do have classics, so you can watch the most recent episode of The Simpsons or How I Met Your Mother, then watch something from The Cosby Show.  Good stuff!  Check that out.

Dallin and Parker enjoy Kneebouncers.  If you have really young kids that want to play on the computer, check this out.  It’s got different activities with cool sounds and visuals.  The kids press the keys and stuff happens.  At the age of a kid like Parker, isn’t that what they want?  To see a reaction?  So anyway, it’s fun for them.

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Ches had an orchestra concert last night.  First the middle school orchestras played, then Ches’ high school group.  It’s really fun to watch this little kids and know that in a few years they will be Ches’ students.  They’re so cute.

The instructor for the beginning groups had the kids stand up by rows so that parents could take their pictures.  She said in one group, “Okay, back row, stand up.  Smile nice.  Your parents want to see you looking happy!”  One kid was so short he looked like he was still sitting down, so he stuck his bow straight up in the air so his mom could see him.  It was so cute!  I was laughing.

Another kid, as his group was getting on stage, walked confidently across the front of the stage with that cool strut that teenagers often use.  Oh, and he used his bow as a cane.  That cracked me up.  Probably not the best thing to do with a bow, but still.  It was like he was saying, “I’m in orchestra and I am cooooool.  I make this look good.”  (Think of that in a very Will Smith sort of confidence.)

Ches said after the concert one little girl came up to him and, in the sweetest little voice, said, “You’re a really good conductor!”  She was like worshipping him.  He loved that! 🙂

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I heard Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit” on the radio last night.  That song makes me all warm inside.  Reminds me of being in high school.  Am I wierd?  About that, I mean.

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If you could only have ONE book to read for the rest of your life, what would it be?