Sunday, November 23, 2008

Are You As Disappointed As Me?

Yes, I'm talking about the Twilight movie. I was warned by a couple of people not to get very excited about this movie for 3 different reasons.
1. Movies are NEVER as good as a book. You all know that these books were AMAZING!!! Could the movie really match up?
2. The movie wasn't going to follow the book exactly. It was only based on the book.
3. The book was about VAMPIRES!! Of course the movie is going to be a little strange.

With all this in mind, and trying not to get excited, I still was. I don't mean to offend anyone who really enjoyed this movie, but I personally thought it was a very poorly scripted and filmed movie. You could defiantly tell that it was a LOW budget movie. And of course no matter how each of us pictured this book in our minds, a movie could have never met that perfect image for any of us. We compare the movie's image to our own and of course the movie would fail. I guess I've learned that a movie based on a book always has the chance not to please us. Either way I'm glad that I went because I wouldn't have known wither the movie was good or bad. I've decided that I'm going to read the books over again to get a better picture in my mind.

On a more positive note, the night was still a BLAST!! A night with Claire and Aubri could not go bad!! :) We still had a great time making fun of the stupid parts in the movie and talking about the good parts that we agreed on. Imitating some of the stupid parts afterwards was probably the best part. ;) Thanks for the fun night girls! I would say lets get together for the NEXT Twilight movie, but I think we already know the answer to that!!

I'm interested to know what everyone else thought about Twilight!! Let me know if you were satisfied or disappointed!!

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Family Gathering

You're probably looking at this picture and thinking, "Family gathering?... It's a UNLV basketball game!" :) Hey... if it takes a UNLV basketball game to get this family together, then so be it. As I mentioned before, the people in this picture are one of the reasons why I love Vegas. Daniel and Jason are Nick's cousin. Aubri and Claire(not in this pic) are their wives. I have grown very close to these two girls and I love them to death. It has been VERY FUN to get to know them and to be able to call them when I'm in need or just to get together. :) With all of our individual busy lives it has been very hard to find time to get together for diner or just to visit lately. Jason told Nick that they had season tickets and we were pumped because we get in free and they'll always be there. I'm thinking that from now on out UNLV basketball games will mean something more than a game (well, to ME anyways... probably not the guys!) :)
This little guy is Emmett. He's Aubri and Daniel's baby boy. He's pretty dang CUTE isn't he? I met this guy on the 4th of July, but haven't seen him since. I've been WAITING and WAITING to be able to hold him and play with him. So here is our first time hanging out! :) He got to come to the game because his headphones finally came in the mail. :) He doesn't like the noise and so Aubri had to wait for the headphones to be able to bring him. He looks pretty cute in them. Emmett is extra special because he was born on the same day that Nick and I got married. ;) Happy 5 month old birthday tomorrow Emmett!!

Thanks for the fun night guys!! We had a blast! We'll see you at the next game!! :)
(and girls... I'll see you FRIDAY... TWILIGHT!!)

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Late For Work?... What To Tell Your Boss?

This is a totally random story (sorry, once again no pics) but Nick and I got a real good laugh at 7:30 this morning... maybe that's why it was so funny. ANYWAYS...
The house that we're currently living in has a ADT security system. Of course the last question I ask Nick each night is, "Did you lock all the doors and set the alram?" And of course he always say yes! Well this morning, our alarm clock went off at 6:45 am and I did NOT want to wake up. So Nick said that he'd take a shower first so that I could sleep for a few more mins. Next thing I know I'm WIDE AWAKE because the ADT alarm goes off! WOWEE! That thing is louder than a fire alarm. So I FREAKED out because I thought Nick was still in the shower and someone has broke into the house and I'm going to die! Well not knowing what to do I just sit there in our bed waiting for whoever broke in to come down the hall and kill me, I guess?!? Then I'm thinking I know Nick can hear this alarm going off so why isn't he coming out of the bathroom to safe me and beat up this person who just broke into the house. Well... don't worry... Nick just opened the window in the bathroom and neither of us were aware that the windows were actually set on the alarm. So Nick slammed the window shut, grabbed a towel, and met me in the hallway where I was prepared to KILL someone and he says, "Sorry, it was me. Don't freak out, don't freak out!!" After we got the alarm shut off we both had a good laugh about how I was prepared to kill someone.
By this time it was 7:30 and I needed to be out of the shower by now and getting ready for work (if I wanted to be on time.) But of course I couldn't just hurry from then on and get ready. Nick had a test today and it was about taking the correct steps in order to save someone who has just been hit by a car. Nick had asked my last night to help him study and I thought that meant that I would just be asking him some questions to see if he knew the answers. Well we didn't get time to study last night because I wanted to go to bed. LOL! So this morning, before I could get ready Nick asked me to help him study!?! He said "You've just been hit by a car. Lay there unconscious." Nick then proceeded to test himself by running throught the correct procedure on how to safe someone. I'm glad that I could help Nick study because he did great on his test.
Well... as you know from the title of the post I was late for work, and I was all prepared to tell my boss that someone broke into our house and then I got hit by a car!!

Monday, November 17, 2008

Pretty Laid Back...

I haven't posted anything for the last week and 1/2 because to be honest with you, there hasn't been much excitement in the Anderson's lives. :) The last two weekends have been very relaxing as Nick and I have taken each Saturday to lay around and relax and just spend time with one another. This has been very nice and fun for both of us. We're also just counting down the days until the end of this semester. It has been a very boring one for me. I register for next semesters classes this Friday, so I'm hoping that I can get some more interesting ones. :)
This semester was nick's first. He loves going to school to get his paramedic classes out of the way. It's just the first step in the right direction to becoming a professional firefighter. Along with his paramedic classes, he's also required to do 6 clinical's. Two of them were in the E.R. at one of the hospitals, one of them was in the Delivery room... yes... Nick saw 6 babies born that day. I told him by the time he was done witnessing that and being a part of it, we'd be able to have home deliveries when the time came. LOL! One was in the crazy person home... which was a pretty pointless day for Nick because he didn't really perform any medical procedures at all. It was more like babysitting? And the last two clinical's are ride-a-longs with different fire departments. His last clinical is a ride-a-long and it's Wednesday. His first ride-a-long with one of the fire departments was a blast for him. He LOVED every second of it. Even though Nick has loved his first semester at school, is has also been very competitive and demanding. He's learned a lot and is looking forward to moving onto next semester.
We also went to the first UNLV basketball game of the season. We met some of Nick's cousins there and that's always a blast. That has been one really good thing about living here in Vegas... we've gotten to know them very well and it has been really fun. Nick says that we're becoming UNLV BASKETBALL fans... LOL!... their first game was very fun to watch and we're excited to see them play more.
We also found out that we'll be moving out of the house that we're currently house-sitting in March. We've been very blessed to be able to live in this house for awhile and to be able to save a lot of money by doing so. However, I'm getting very excited about moving into our own place and making it "our home." We've been apartment/condo searching the past couple of weeks also. We've been able to find some pretty good deals... even though this economy is a very difficult time for many, it does have it's up's (lower rent prices). We've also been keeping our eyes peeled for good furniture sales. We went to Ashley Furniture on Friday as they were having a 1/2 off 1/2 the store sell. We found some GREAT deals on a love seat and ottoman. I know that we're not moving out until March, but we have the room to store it and it was a deal we could not pass up. So... as Nick puts it... "We bought our FIRST couch!! That's a pretty big deal!" :) You know Nick... he had to tell the lady at check out that too! :)
So... like I said, we've been pretty boring and quiet around here lately. With both of us always running 100 mph it has been just what we needed! :)

Thursday, November 6, 2008

One Nation Under God

This semester at UNLV, I'm enrolled in 2 Political Science classes. Yes I know, what a time to be enrolled in these kind of classes. I have learned more about our government and politics this year than I ever have. I'm glad for "having" to take these classes because of the knowledge I have obtained. However; with this years very competitive election, it can be very overwhelming at times to constantly hear about it in class, on the radio, on the tv, on billboards, and in the newspaper. I honestly have to say that it has been a very eye opening experience for me. I've also learned the level of debate that can go on when discussing this topic, so please understand right now that my intentions of this post are NOT to affend anyones beliefs or thoughts about this years election. Many of the discussions in my classes have addressed the legalization of gay marriages, abortion, and mariguana. Some topics like these are VERY heartbreaking to me and it blows my mind that people even have these thoughts.
Last weekend our stake had Stake Conference and we had the privilage of hearing from Edler Harry Coleman. His main concern was the state that our country is in and asked us to continue to do as we know is right and have faith. He also talked about being prepared for the worst... having a "shelter from the storm." This was very informative and also a comfort for me to hear. I also recieved this email from my mom today which also gave me a comforting feeling. This email and past weekends conference is the reason why I finally decided to post about this topic. Here is the email I recieved...

Commentator Paul Harvey aired this prayer on his radio program, 'The Rest of the Story,' and received a larger response to this program than any other he has ever aired.
Billy Graham's Prayer For Our Nation: 'Heavenly Father, we come before you today to ask your forgiveness and to seek your direction and guidance. We know Your Word says, 'Woe to those who call evil good,' but that is exactly what we have done. We have lost our spiritual equilibrium and reversed our values. We have exploited the poor and called it the lottery. We have rewarded laziness and called it welfare. We have killed our unborn and called it choice. We have shot abortionists and called it justifiable. We have neglected to discipline our children and called it building self esteem. We have abused power and called it p olitics. We have coveted our neighbor's possessions and called it ambition. We have polluted the air with profanity and pornography and called it freedom of expression. We have ridiculed the time-honored values of our forefathers and called it enlightenment. Search us, Oh God, and know our hearts today; cleanse us from every sin and Set us free. Amen!'
With the Lord's help, may this prayer sweep over our nation and wholeheartedly become our desire so that we again can be called 'One nation under God.'

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Halloween Happenings

Our Ward's Trunk r' Treat was Thursday night. Our ward is pretty fun and we've made a lot of great friends so it was really fun. We're also primary teachers and have a class of nine 5 year olds...SO I was super excited to see all the kids in their costumes. Along with the trunk r' treating, we also had a chili/corn bread diner. :) I made chili using my sisters recipe and it turned out pretty good. :) I was looking forward to having some left overs to take home, but it was GONE!

Nick and I had been thinking about what we should be for Halloween for the last month. We thought about Woody and Buzz, Beast and Bell, Tinker bell and Peter Pan, Wizard of Oz characters? None of them were working out so the other night after watching The Best of Will Ferrell, it hit us... THE SPARTAN CHEERLEADERS!!! :) If you have no idea what I'm talking about, this is a clip from the video. (p.s. I have NO idea why 2 of them show up? When I tried to edit them, none of them even showed up? only watch one!)

Well, we found the costumes and it was classic. We were so excited and once we got to the trunk r' treat we started to wonder if ANYONE would even know who we were? Well we were a HIT!! Everyone LOVED it!! We decorated our Trunk with streamers and candy and sayings from the video. We also had a little dvd playing of the video clip in case no one knew who we were. It was a blast.

Friday night Nick and I just wanted to hang out at home and have a quiet night together. So we watched Hocus Pocus which is absolutely the best Halloween movie EVER!! :) And then we made the BIGGEST sugar cookies and decorated them. :) It was pretty hilarious. They turned out the size of a plate. It was fun though!! We also had quite the amount of trick r' treaters come to our door too. It was fun just relaxing and getting to see all the kids' costumes.

That night Nick had to work. Of course he had to wear his uniform, but this is how he went to work! :)