Monday, January 19, 2009

baby d

Shane and Lauren Dyer our good friends here in Provo. They had their baby last night and whenever I think about it I start to cry... I am not equipped for motherhood.

James Kelly Dyer was born at 2:30 a.m. this morning. Here are some pictures of the baby boy and his very proud parents.

Doesn't Lauren look good after childbirth?

Brian... Don't you want one??

Brian started to get a little dizzy and overwhelmed with all of the delivery talk. He got very quiet and stood in the corner for a minute trying to catch his breath, I seriously thought he might faint. I think the whole reality of baby making got to him. Here he is rebelling against fatherhood.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

come on baby light my fire

this week in class we were assigned to read the novel in english "like water for chocolate". i thoroughly enjoyed the book and think many of you will too. the book is primarily about true love and food.

here is one of my favorite lines: "one last chile in walnut sauce left on a platter after a fancy dinner couldn't feel any worse than she did."

one of the many reasons why i love latin women (aside from the way they cook, dance, and get snappy) is because their idea of feminism differs from ours in the united states. the feminist movement in latin america was house wives breaking free from the bonds placed on them by machismo and tradition. they found their freedom through coming further into their role as women, and not trying to take on male attributes.

being a woman in many ways is a balancing act. equally distributing time to family, work, school, church, friends, and a personal life, does not seem possible. so far this year this year looks pretty grim as far as 100% dedication goes in a few areas of my life (for example: i didn't quite get to my 8:00 am class...) but! "like for water for chocolate teacher us,

"Each of us is born with a box of matches inside us but we can't strike them all by ourselves; just as in the experiment, we need oxygen and a candle to help. In this case, the oxygen, for example, would come from the breath of the person you love; the candle could be any kind of food, music, caress, word, or sound that engenders the explosion that lights one of the matches."

so in 2009 i hope that you will be my oxygen (but i don't like people who breath heavy when they talk... so figuratively speaking i guess) and that i will spend my time with things and people who ignite joy in my life.

go and read the book, and then we'll talk some more. andrea

Friday, January 9, 2009

the milkshaker

Meet Elizabeth Posey Jones

Liz is one of my closest friends. She has many names and great qualities. I thought I would share some of them with you today.

Miss North Augusta- Liz won the North Augusta Beauty Pageant in 2003. Yes, yes she really did.
Our Southern Bell-Liz does everything a good Southern girl should do. Makes grits, has hot rollers, wears pearls, etc.
Elder Posey's daughter- Liz's family owns a funeral home in South Carolina that has survived for generation. They are seriously a big deal in South Carolina, for good reason.
The Milkshaker- Liz loves to dance. She has been known to "drop it" on the dance floor, BYU campus, her car, even on tables occasionally.
Mrs. Jones- Liz and Rob are so cute! Rob limits Liz's accessories to five each day, like any good husband would.
Lizard- Liz is an incredible friend. She calls you back, will always go to Bajios with you, listens to your troubles, and always writes her friends notes.
The Pilates Guru, Yoga Queen, Fitness Inspiration- Liz teaches over 30 hours of exercise classes a week.

She has recently started a new blog with information, tips, and fitness advice:
Go and read some of Liz's tips. I went to her pilates class this morning. I am having a difficult time sitting up straight because my abs are so sore.
What do you love about Liz? Do share...

Saturday, January 3, 2009

remember when we got married?

I know you might have already forgotten, but Brian and I were married on the 11th of October in San Diego. Today one of my favorite wedding blogs featured our wedding:
Naturally I am a little excited. I have been reading Brian comments that have been left all day long. I love you who were able to be there in San Diego with us, and I want to share the joy we had with those of you who weren't able to make it. I love you all.