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Oh how I love the OC

Yep thats right and I’m not ashamed of it! Alexa being the wonderful roommate that she is go me the second season of the OC for Christmas because I was missing most of the discs and the ones I did have were all scratched up and some wouldn’t play. So we were watching some OC tonight. Alexa started watching from the beginning πŸ™‚ It has been fun re-watching the episodes with her. Anyway, tonight we were watching an episode and one of my favorite scenes was in this episode, and the best part was that I forgot it was in this episode!

So without further ado, I give you one of my favorite scenes:

For some reason it won’t let me embed the video, but you can watch it here

 

Now don’t tell me that that didn’t make you laugh or want to go watch an episode of the OC??

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A few more thoughts on family…

A few weeks ago I wrote about the division of labor in the home after talking about it in my sociology of family class. Today in class my teacher briefly mentioned the changing structure of family and the woman in the work force. Somewhat causally she mentioned that the workplace was become a more desirable place to be and less stressful then the home. She said people, women specifically, are “less drawn to the home and more drawn to work”. Is this really what society has come to? Are there seriously women and men, mothers and fathers that would rather go into work or work long hours then be home with their children? I cannot even imagine feeling like I would rather be at work then home with my family. No matter how much I love my job and am passionate about it, I would always see my family as my first priority.

The divorce rate doesn’t seem so strange when you think about how a partner is more drawn to spending time at work then at home. How is a marriage supposed to thrive or even survive when one or both of the partners would rather be at the office? Much less how are parents supposed to raise children in a healthy way?

I see the family as one of, if not the core unit of society. It is where children are first socialized, learn language and other basic skills and gain social norms and values. If the structure and integrity of the family is starting to deteriorate what does that say about the rest of society?

 

Just some thoughts to ponder, now back to studying! I cannot wait until finals are over and winter break is here!!!

Thankfulness

I love Thanksgiving! I don’t know if there is an American out there who doesn’t. If there is they should probably have their sanity evaluated because they are crazy. Thanksgiving this year was nice, small but nice. It was just my parents and me, and this is the first year in a long time I can remember it being just the three of us. But it was great and I loved getting to help my mom in the kitchen cook. Then yesterday I came back to Eugene to go to the game! Oh it was such a good game. I had enough layers and hand warmers that I wasn’t cold which made the game that much more enjoyable! Next week is the civil war, which is pretty much impossible to get tickets for and if we win then we are off to the national championship!! Boy did I transfer the right year!! But I also wanted to make a little list of things I am thankful for:

  • Friends! From high school, Poly and here in Eugene! I feel so blessed to have so many great friends in many different places that I am still able to keep in contact with.
  • My parents! Honestly we don’t get along sometimes, but overall they are some of the most loving and caring parents and I am so thankful for them! I have loved getting to live closer to them since June and I am thankful for all that living closer has allowed me to do and that I get to see them a lot more frequently!
  • Gavin! Ok I am going to be supper cheesy, but really I am so thankful for him! He is always there to encourage me, comfort me and challenge me to grow. He is the best boyfriend I could have ever asked for and so much more. I am thankful that we are not only surviving, but thriving in our time apart. I think that really speaks to a relationship when you are apart for a month at a time, but are still growing in the relationship and in our relationship with God. Lastly I am so thankful that we get to spend a week together with each of our families over break! It will be the most amount of time we have spent together since I moved!
  • Lastly I am extremely thankful for my personal relationship with God through Jesus Christ. I think back to two years ago and where I was and am so thankful for where He has brought me. I am thankful for all the people that God has used in my life to bring me closer to Him. I’m thankful for an amazing God who, despite me being messed up and broken, out of his love and grace has forgiven me and loves me intimately.

Now that Thanksgiving is over it is officially Christmas time!! I love this season and everything that comes with it! Also I am excited to send out Christmas cards (to people in CA πŸ™‚ ) over the next few days!! They have been a labor of love, but I am so happy with how they turned out!

What are you most thankful for this Thanksgiving? What are you most excited for about this Christmas season?

Our security in Christ

Today in church we went over the end of Romans 8 and it is such a powerful passage. Particularly verses 37-39

“No in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that

neither death nor life,

neither angels not demons,

neither the present nor the future,

nor any powers,

neither height nor depth,

nor anything else in all creation,

will be able to separate us from theΒ love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

 

How great is is that we have a God that loves us so much that He won’t let any of those things separate us from Him. It seriously blows my mind when I stop and think about it.Β I am loving the church I am going to (Ekklesia). Going through Romans 8 has been so great. The pastor would talk on a few verses a morning and in those two verses there would be so much truth and knowledge to be learned about God.

 

On another note, I can’t believe the term is almost over! It seems like all my teachers saved the loads of work for the end! In the next two weeks I have 4 papers, a midterm, a discussion and normal homework. Then its finals week! But in less than 3 weeks I will be done and 3 weeks from today Gavin will be here!! So at least there is that to look forward to πŸ™‚

 

Is anybody else have lots of work at the end of this term?? Also I just remembered that I have homework due online on Thanksgiving!! Seriously what teacher doesn’t change the due date when the normal day the homework is due is Thanksgiving?!? Am I the only one that thinks this is a little ridiculous???

Crafts!!

So a while back I mentioned making Christmas cards. So I thought I would post about some of the fun I have had crafting and making them!

**Warning: men this might be a boring post for you. But if you enjoy crafting or think you might, then read on**

First off embossing. I had looked around online and seen this as a technique that was used. I really liked how it looked (as much as you can tell online) and was really eager to try it out. Then about a month or so after learning about this technique I got a 50% off one item coupon from Michael’s! So I headed down to Michael’s and bought a heat gun for embossing at half price making it $12. Even though I only saved $12, it was still better then full price! I also got embossing powder that is needed to create the raised image.

So onto a tutorial!

1. Gather materials: heat gun, embossing powder, ink pad, stamp, paper you want to stamp on and scratch paper folded in half.

2. Stamp image onto paper

3. While ink is still wet generously sprinkle embossing powder over the entire image. Make sure your scratch paper is underneath to catch the extra powder.

4. Turn paper over and tap off excess powder onto scratch paper. Fold paper in half and pour excess back into the embossing powder container.

5. Turn on heat gun and warm up. Hold about 2 inches above the image and you will be able to see the image start to change and become embossed. It is hard to describe, but very obvious when it has happened. Move the heat gun around so the entire image becomes embossed.

It is hard to see it online, but the image in now raised and when you run your finger over it you can feel the difference. The final product:

Embossing has been really fun, but you don’t need to have fancy tools or even stamps to make fun Christmas cards! Earlier today I was experimenting with plain ribbon that I got a Michael’s for 5 for $1. I wasn’t sure exactly how I would use it, but it was too good of a deal to pass up.

I got my super glue out (I use the gel kind so it doesn’t get everywhere) and started playing around. These were the result:

To me they are simplistic, easy and yet still seem Christmas-y. I just glued down the ends of the ribbon with super glue. I did have the ribbon longer to make gluing easier and then cut off the ends once I had glued them. These are super easy to make all you need is ribbon, super glue, scissors, blank cards and your creativity!

 

Mom if you happen to be reading this please stop, its for your benefit. Thanks πŸ™‚

 

 

I want to share this one last card that I made with you for my Mom’s birthday tomorrow! I know it is a little cheesy, but I made it and it was one of the two birthday stamps I have (both of which are slightly cheesy). The stamp is embossed and then I colored in the balloons and then mounted it on paper. Under the stamped image the paper is raised away from the pink paper and the blue is raised away from the purple. There are foam sticky adhesives that make things 3D and that is what I used to raise the layers.

 

I really want to show you other Christmas cards I have made, but those are getting sent out to people who could possibly be reading and I don’t want to ruin the surprise πŸ™‚

 

Have you ever made cards before? How did they turn out? What other crafts do you enjoy doing?

Division of Labor in the Home

Today in my sociology of family class we talked about the division of labor in the home. This summer in my theory class we learned about the division of labor theory that Durkhiem came up with. Durkhiem focuses more on the international division of labor, where as today we talked about how the labor to keep a household running is divided (usually between husband and wife).

The whole time my teacher was talking about creating an equal division of labor within the home. In other words, having a home where the man cooks, cleans, takes care of the kids, and does the same amount of housework that the woman does. Now in theory this sounds great, and why wouldn’t we want to strive towards this? But taking a closer look at what this means, and I don’t know if I would actually want an equal division of labor in my home. For instance, take cooking. I love to cook. I love to make dinner for people, it is a way that I like to show people I love them, care about them and value the relationship I have with them. I look forward to the day when I get to cook dinner (most) every night and enjoy a home cooked meal with my husband. Cooking is relaxing to me and a great way to de-stress from the day. Why would I want to have my husband cook every other night just so that our labor in the home would be equal? Not saying that I wouldn’t love to cook together or have help every now and then, but I love cooking. Why would I want to give up doing something I love?

This got me wondering, why are women so entranced by sharing everything equally? Honestly, there are somethings that I am better at than Gavin is, and things that he is better at then I am. Why would I try to do those things that he does so well, when he can do them better than me? Yes I want to take care of my kids, and hopefully be able to stay home with them. Why is that so looked down upon? Why in today’s society is being a stay-at-home mom seen as a bad thing? I found it a little funny that my teacher put a statistic up that valued the work of a stay-at-home mom around $130,000 for a year. I’m not sure what year that was for, but regardless these women are obviously doing a lot of work. Yet, there is a sense of drive towards dividing the labor within the home. I guess I see it more as my husband is going to have his job outside the home (and if he could make over $100,000 a year great) and I would do work inside the home that is just as valuable as his work. Also in class my teacher was saying how the difference in household work that men and women do has decreased in the last 50 years, but that is mainly because women are doing less work. Well who is doing the work now? Are the hiring help? That doesn’t seem like the best use of money, at least to me.

What I am not saying is that the woman/wife should do all the housework, cleaning, cooking, taking care of the kids. I definitely think the man/husband should help around the house and be involved in the kids’ daily lives.

I guess what I am getting at is why is American society so fixated on men and women sharing all tasks equally? Β Why can’t we acknowledge that (generally speaking) one gender is better at certain things then the other and be ok with that? The phrase “embrace the differences” comes to mind. Although people usually use this when talking about race, ethnicity or culture. Why wouldn’t it apply to gender?

What are your thoughts? Am I just totally out there and off the wall? What do you think about gender norms and division of labor in the home?

 

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I love pumpkins!!

I just had to write a quick post about my pumpkin because well I love it! First off Alexa and I went and got our pumpkins! The place we went was really great and it kind of reminded me of Avila Valley Barn. They had fresh produce, apple cider and delicious apple cider donuts!! A few pictures from our pumpkin patch experience

Alexa and I after riding in the horse drawn hay wagon out to the pumpkin patch

My pumpkin on the left, Alexa’s on the right

 

So now onto carving. There is a couple that goes to CCF events and stuff and they are just really great and there to talk. Last night they had a pumpkin carving party over at their house. Sidenote: their two kids are adorable! I had salsa and knew I would be a few hours late, so I carved the top and scraped out the insides before I went to salsa.

This was my face the whole time I was scraping out the insides. I HATE it and would usually make my dad do this part for me. But I was proud of myself and bucked up and got it done!

 

Now onto the carving part. I had an idea I wanted to try to do: Puddles the Oregon Duck! I mean c’mon how cute right?!

When thinking about how to do this I knew I didn’t want to do just cutting out or regular pumpkin. I had seen a kind of “etching” done before and I love it! Here is an example of what it looks like:

This pumpkin from Southern Living doesn’t even need to be scraped out to be a beautiful decor/art piece, which is a plus in my book. However I really wanted the glow for my pumpkin. I was kind of dreading having to do it how Southern Living and wasn’t very excited about trying to etch into my pumpkin with a knife. Little did I know though that the couple whose house I was going to would have one of these:

 

Its a pumpkin dremel! It is battery powered and make the “etching” or glow effect pretty easy!! So now my pumpkin!!

Ohhh Puddles Pumpkin how I love thee!

The brightest parts are where I carved all the way through. The glow effect is where I used the pumpkin dremel. I LOVE the glow effect and I think it might be using this for years to come in pumpkin carving! I am really happy that I set out to make an Oregon Ducks pumpkin and I think it looks like the Duck!

 

Now my Ducks just need to pull out a win against the Trojans tomorrow!! However, tonight I am going to the AO halloween mugger! I’m pretty excited!! Hope everyone has a fantastic weekend!!

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