Alex Baby Blessing
March 27, 2009, 10:28 am - Shauna Farrer
It's been a busy month. My little sister got married, which made me feel old since she is the youngest and last to get married. It was fun though, and I don't think I've ever seen her more beautiful and confident. It was a fabulous day. And, since the whole family was in town, we did Alex's baby blessing. He is the fattest little thing. Yesterday he cried for an hour before I pulled off his pants and he stopped crying. They were too tight. At this point jammies and one piece outfits are tons easier. Even his new church cords are 6-9 mos pants, and I have to unbutton them. He just turned 3 months this week. He's a big kid, and a very happy one. Adjusting to 3 has actually been good since he is a happy baby. Additionally, William is learning to talk which makes life easier. And lastly, Abby is amazing. She has grown up so much and she is such a good helper. She's smart and funny and I think she is beautiful. I feel bad sometimes because I don't usually do her hair with curls or put it up much. But, she is finally getting enough hair to do it, so we need to start practicing. Anyway, here are some pics from the blessing.
James, Alex, and I
My mom holding Alex
Grandma and Grandpa Slaydon
James, Jared, and his wife Basia
Abby with her cousin Tavner (his mom was here, she was the one taking the pics, thank you Christy!)
Nana and Papa
Jessica and Dave (sorry Jessica, it was the only pic we had)
Caitlin and Will
It was fun to have everyone together. Even Crystal and her now husband Zachary came. He left quickly though since he was late for his own Bachelor Party. Thanks everyone! We appreciate your support and love!
The machine is us/ing us
March 24, 2009, 4:03 pm - James Farrer
This is a pretty cool video that makes you think a little bit.
The video was made by Dr. Michael Wesch from Kansas State University.
Blessings of the Temple
March 9, 2009, 11:06 pm - James Farrer
I was informed today of something that is a little disturbing and made me stop and think about what I really believe and how I really feel. HBO reportedly advertised in TV Guide for an episode of "Big Love" that delves into the sacred events of temple ceremonies of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I have seen a number of news articles and blogs that talk a lot about what the show and specifically that episode is about. While there is some controversy and a significant lack of respect in what would be covered in the episode, instead of focusing on the negative I'd like to share some of my feelings about the sacredness of the temple and its ceremonies.
As an active Latter-day Saint, or Mormon, I have been to the temple many times and strive to live worthily to continue to visit it according to the guidelines the Church has set. I love to go to the temple to experience the peace and joy of being in a place where everyone there is striving to live according to the gospel of Jesus Christ. When I go to the temple I can escape from the weight of the world and my day to day worries. It is a place where I can focus on promises I've made to live a better life and where I can feel closer to my saviour and to my father in heaven.
I want to echo what many others have said over the years in that, it is not so much that the events inside the temple are secret, they are sacred to those who go and take part in them. They are something to be remembered and contemplated in one's heart and mind. There is much to be learned for those who seek the Lord's help in understanding the meaning and symbolism found in the temple.
Instead of turning to the sensationalism and hype of misinformed or misrepresentative tv shows or other media, try asking someone who lives the life of a Latter-day Saint. Try learning about the Mormons from the source. http://www.mormon.org is a great place to start. We have missionaries that are waiting to explain more about who we are and what we believe. That's what they do.
I love the gospel of Jesus Christ and am very grateful for the love and joy it has brought into my life. I am thankful for my Saviour's sacrifice in atoning for my sins and mistakes so I can improve, feel clean again, and eventually return to live with my Heavenly Father after this life.
As a side note, the TV Guide link that was reported to have the information about the show has been taken down and the HBO website has no reference that I could find about the show. Perhaps they have wisely pulled the show. I think most people really do want to do good things. Perhaps they have chosen to respect the desire of millions of members of the Church worldwide tokeep the events of the temple sacred.
The Bucket List
March 7, 2009, 12:15 am - James Farrer
I'm not a person who cries much, but I cried after watching "The Bucket List". It made me want to be a better person, get to know more people, and live life to the fullest. I recommend it (despite a little crude language) if you haven't seen it.
I think I want to make a bucket list (i.e. things to do before kicking the bucket). I'm not quite sure what I want to be on it yet, and I'm not sure if I'll actually write it out, but I want to at least go through the exercise of thinking what would be on it. And who knows maybe I'll get to do a few things before I die .
So now the question is, what's the first step...I'll have to think about that for a while.
Abby and deductive reasoning
March 6, 2009, 12:14 am - Shauna Farrer
So last week, Abby and I were talking about fingers and what the names of all the fingers were. Pinky and thumb were easy, but she was getting the other three mixed up. No worries though. The next day, I was getting ready and was cleaning my ears out with Q-tips. Abby came in and wanted to clean her ears too.
Mom - If you want to clean your ears, then I need to help you. We have to be careful with the Q-tips so that they don't go into your ear too far and break your ear drum.
Abby - Oh, we don't want to break my ear drum, cuz that would hurt huh mom.
Mom - Yup
Abby - That's ok mom, that's what this finger is for (holding up right pointer finger). This is my ear finger so that I don't break my ear drum.
It's amazing how much they really retain when you don't think they are really paying attention.
March 5, 2009, 12:01 pm - Shauna Farrer
It's been forever, but obviously the biggest event is that Alexander Zethan was born on Christmas Eve. I had been having timing contractions for a couple of nights previous. So when I went into labor at 2am I wasn't sure if it was for real. I called the hospital and woke James at 3am, and decided to leave for the hospital at 4am. The contractions were 10 minutes apart at 2am, and 5 minutes apart at 4am. We woke up our neighbors upstairs and gave them the baby monitor to listen for Abby and Will, scraped the ice off of the car and left. At 5am in the hospital, I was already at 7cm, and since I had tested positive for Strep B, the nurses were scrambling to get my IV in with the antibiotics. I started pushing a little after 6am. It took awhile for me to figure out how to push. I've always had an epidural before, and this time I didn't have that. The other issue was that my leg and feet muscles were cramping so badly I couldn't concentrate on pushing. I finally made up my mind that my misery wasn't going to end unless the baby came out, an epidural wasn't an option, which left it to me. It only took two more pushes and he was born at 6:58 am, weighing 8lbs 6oz, and 21 inches long.
I had been hoping I could do it without an epidural this time around. I'm so glad that I did. The other two recoveries were very difficult. This recovery was a lot easier, which was good since there are three of these little people now. The biggest blessing was that for William's birth I was so numb I couldn't push, so the doctor had to use foreceps. They broke my tailbone doing it, and it healed wrong so that it's been very painful to sit for the last 18 months. Alex rebroke it and it healed correctly so that I don't have that injury anymore. The other blessing was the fact that this time I went with a midwife and I was so pleased with that change. They were willing to let me have an epidural if I wanted it, and there was a doctor there in the hospital if something went wrong. It was awesome when she got to the hospital, she knew a lot of pressure points to relieve pain which is how I made it. All in all, it was a great experience for a change. And it was only 5 hours long which was awesome. Here's a pic of newborn Alex
We actually let Alex pick his name. So, for all of those that participated in our name vote, we had the most votes for Logan Alexander, and that was my personal favorite. James liked Alexander and Zethan, and we agreed that we couldn't decide. So, three days before Alex was born James and I conducted a kick test. The baby was moving fairly regularly, and so we asked him if he liked Logan (pause, no kick). If he liked Alexander (pause, 1 kick). If he liked Zethan (pause 2 kicks). At this point we didn't know if he wanted Alexander Zethan or Zethan Alexander. So we asked him which one and he kicked for Alexander Zethan. It's probably totally bogus, and we were laughing really hard. Mostly because a kick test had worked at all, and then because we seriously considered the results and decided that name was it. So, I think that means that Karen, Kristina, and Jess won the vote. Mostly because the baby voted :D.
Here's me and James too.
Review of The Picture of Dorian Gray
March 3, 2009, 9:59 pm - James Farrer
So I finished The Picture of Dorian Gray a little while back and found it to be an interesting work. It had some very interesting ideas regarding how our actions affect both our physical and emotional well being. I did find it to be a rather dark book with a bit of an abrupt ending. It wasn't quite what I was expecting. I don't know that I'd recommend it as a casual read but for the moral and psychological exploration it's pretty good.
Now, what to read next...