Sunday, November 23, 2008

Sisters Galore

Many of you have met (well, virtually at least) my sister Brooke (her blog here). I've talked to quite a few of you who read her blog regularly because she is almost as entertaining as me. :)

We have two other sisters, Calee and Kristina. They have recently started a blog together, and they also fit into the "Entertaining Schroeder Sisters" category, so I figured some of you might enjoy their blog as well. Introducing Life's Short, Eat Dessert. Go check it out sometime, and you can get to know all four of us crazy, funny, happy, crazy, intelligent, crazy Schroeder girls.

Did I mention crazy?

Consider yourself warned.

Here are some pictures to enjoy...
The two who started it all:

It really is amazing we're as normal as we are, considering...well, we came from this:

Then came Nikki,

Calee Wags,

Kristina Rae,

and Brookie Cookie.
All of us single. All of us man-haters. All of us bloggers.
Woot woot Schroeder Sisters.

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Things we do...

So here's a little idea of what we do on my days off:

We put bubble wrap and stuffed animals in the kitchen and party...

We dress up our neighbor boy in girly clothes and take blackmail pictures.

We do Ryah's hair in funny pony tails and she says, "why mom, why."

We see how many pictures in a row we can take before Taylen doesn't blink.

We get suckers at the grocery store so mom doesn't kill us while she shops.

We visit Aunt Heather and baby Paisley in the hospital.

We get super excited for peaches and Nutrigrain bars.

We dress Brooke up in crazy Halloween wigs and party.

And that's it. There's a little taste of my life. Spicy, eh?

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Old news

So this happened a while ago, but I just remembered it and decided to post it for your reading pleasure.

THE SETUP: I have a little pad of paper in my kitchen where I write down funny stories that my kids say or do. Sometimes I'll write them on scrap pieces of paper, or receipts, or whatever is handy so I don't forget the story.

THE STORY: So at the beginning of the semester (September-ish) the one and only available/young guy in my class asks if he could borrow one of my books because his hasn't come yet. It bears mentioning that this available/young guy also happens to be on my "ridiculously hot" list. What? You don't have one of those? You really helps to map it all out... :) The list, I mean, not the hot young guy. Though I guess we could all use one of those...

Anyway, we are all still nervous and excited and don't know each other very well because it's the beginning of the semester. I am excited that Dude is talking to me...even if it is just to borrow my book. So, I give him the book and he promises to bring it back to our next class.

Next class comes. Dude gives me the book back. And then hands me a little piece of paper and says, "I think this belongs to you." I note the weird smirk on his face as he hands me the paper and walks out of the room.

Allow me to share what was written on the paper:

My bum's name is Harry. Sometimes he itches me, and I say, "Knock it off, Harry!"

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!! Oh my gosh! Out of all the ridiculous things Taylen says, THIS ONE happens to be the one I leave in my book and give to Hot Guy?!?! hhahah.

Man, I got a kick out of that one. Apparently the Universe believes my life is just one big joke.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

But if not...

Beautiful quote from Elder Dennis E. Simmons, exactly what I needed today:

Our God will deliver us from ridicule and persecution, but if not.…

Our God will deliver us from sickness and disease, but if not ….

He will deliver us from loneliness, depression, or fear, but if not.…

Our God will deliver us from threats, accusations, and insecurity, but if not.…

He will deliver us from death or impairment of loved ones, but if not… we will trust in the Lord.

Our God will see that we receive justice and fairness, but if not.…

He will make sure that we are loved and recognized, but if not.…

We will receive a perfect companion and righteous and obedient children, but if not … we will have faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, knowing that if we do all we can do, we will, in His time and in His way, be delivered and receive all that He has.

*I know this is true. I know that we will be delivered from our trials, in the Lord's time and in the Lord's way...which happens to be the hard part for me. I want to be delivered now! I want to be done with my trials now! The Lord does not promise to sheild us from pain and suffering. In fact, He guarantees that we will each be put through our own, individualized refiner's fire. The Lord is aware of me, He loves me, He is rooting for me :). Now if only I could start rooting for myself...

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Little Miracles

I am convinced that our lives are filled with little miracles every day. But most of the time we are too busy or too loud or too hungry or too crabby to notice them. I had two happen the other day that I would like to honor for a minute.

First, the toilet. Yes, the toilet itself could be considered a miracle, but that was not MY miracle on Thursday. My miracle on Thursday was the fact that I was in the bathroom after finishing a midterm. I was holding my brand new (and awesomely amazing) iPhone with my chin...sort of tucked into my neck (my hands were busy doing things like pulling up my pants). I turned around to face the toilet so I could flush the magnificent machine, and in doing so loosened my chin grip on my phone. In slow motion, my iPhone dropped from my neck-chin, bounced off one side of the toilet seat, flipped and spun in the air (while I am gasping for breath because I'm about to watch my brand new phone splash into the toilet water) to the other side of the toilet seat, and slammed to the floor. I have never been so freaking happy to see my phone crash to the floor. Seriously, another centimeter and it would have been in the toilet. And I would have been a very sad little girl. Thank you, Miracle #1.

Miracle #2 has to do with the number 28. This is the number of dollars it took to fill my ENTIRE tank full of gas!! $28??!?! That is amazing! I seriously double checked the numbers like 3 times. Happy day.
I am now on the lookout for more mini-miracles. And you know what? The more I look for them, the more I recognize them. Funny how it works like that...

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Oh man.

So today I busted out my running shoes for the first time in a year. One year!! Oh exercise, how I've missed you.

I started out enthusiastic. Day off work, kids with their dad, feeling pretty decent about life. The air was chilly, good old Regina Spektor la la la-ing on my ipod. I ran for a good 30 seconds before I felt the burning.

It did not go away.

A solid 20 minutes later I was done. And I mean, good and done. Legs shaking, throat burning.

Really? How pathetic am I??

Pretty darn pathetic, it turns out.

It's now been 2 hours since my intense workout, and my legs are already stiffening and my throat still hurts. haha. Tomorrow is not going to be pretty.

And to my running shoes...don't get your hopes up. This just might be a once a year rendezvous.

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Thoughts on 8


Prop 8.

Pretty big news, in case you weren't aware.

I have got to say that I have been shocked at the way people on both sides of the vote have behaved concerning this issue. I have had conversations with people on the Yes side that have left me feeling angry and embarrassed by their ignorant and condescending attitude.

I have read articles like this one that show very clearly how hate and intolerance are just as real from the No side.

I have seen protests and commercials as described in this article that show how the Mormon church is being targeted for its contribution to the Yes on 8 campaign. We have been accused of being bigots. We have been accused of hate. We have been accused of intolerance.

And it's just downright not true.

The truth of the matter is that the way Prop 8 was set up forced us (as LDS people) to make a choice between our own religious rights, and the rights of homosexuals. And in the same way, it forced homosexuals to make a choice between their rights and someone else's religious rights. There was not a way for my rights and their rights to be equally preserved. And so I voted for mine, and they voted for theirs. It was not a matter of hate or intolerance.

In fact, the LDS church made a statement on November 5 clearly stating that the church believes that gay and lesbian couples should have equal rights. The fact that we believe that the word MARRIAGE defines the relationship between a man and a woman does not mean that we believe in oppressing others. In the church's response (found here at is the following paragraph:

Allegations of bigotry or persecution made against the Church were and are simply wrong. The Church’s opposition to same-sex marriage neither
constitutes nor condones any kind of hostility toward gays and lesbians. Even more, the Church does not object to rights for same-sex couples regarding hospitalization and medical care, fair housing and employment rights, or probate rights, so long as these do not infringe on the integrity of the traditional family or the constitutional rights of churches.

Finding that balance between my rights and your rights, his rights and her rights, the rights of the mother and the rights of the unborn child, the rights of the individual and the rights of the government, has been and will continue to be a major part of democracy. I want to make sure my rights are preserved, just as you want to make sure yours are. And we all have the opportunity to make our voices heard. It is unfortunate that the voices of opposing sides tend to be silenced by ignorance and hatred.

As most of you know, I recently began a Master's program in Marital and Family Therapy. It's safe to say that I am absolutely in the minority when it comes to politics and religious beliefs. Wednesday night I sat in class listening to a roomful of students (including a gay man) and my lesbian professor talking about how despicable it was that Prop 8 passed. I did not volunteer my opinion, until my professor asked me to share my thoughts. I really can't explain how intimidating it was to sit in a room full of my peers who vehemently disagreed with Prop 8 and look my lesbian professor in the eye and tell them I voted yes. I told them that I believe that same sex couples should have equal rights, but that I believe marriage is ordained of God and is between one man and one woman. They respectfully asked me questions about my faith, about the Church's beliefs about God and modern day prophets.

And then something beautiful happened. We understood each other in a deeper way. We recognized that there could be mutual respect for each other, though our beliefs are very different. We connected on a human level, the level that in each of us really craves acceptance.

And that, my friends, is the true meaning of tolerance...

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Tricks and Treats

We had a very successful Halloween at our house. I took the kids twice--once on Thursday for our city's Safe Trick or Treat, and then on Friday night. Taylen was a bunny on Thursday, and wanted to be a bunny again on Friday, until her Dad showed up dressed up as Prince Eric, so she of course had to be Ariel. Except we had already drawn her face on, so she was Ariel with a bunny face and a crazy red wig. Haha. She looked freaking trashy. And awesome. And everyone was confused. Anyway, it was fun. And it was nice to have Brad and Nana and Emmalee come up and hang out with us.
Taylen the Bunny

Ryah the Pink Poodle

Flower, Poodle, Prince Eric, Ariel/Bunny/Crazy


Tay with her mom and dad :)

We hope you all had safe and happy Halloweens!!