Sunday, January 11, 2009

Technology is not the same as Knowledge

The topic of our Relief Society meeting today was that Knowledge is Power. It's this power that makes us able to overcome our adversary, Satan. Our teacher talked about what happens when knowledge has been removed from the earth. Things such as the Dark Ages was mentioned, people being over taken and made slaves of their conquerors and even so far as reverting to cannibalism. When knowledge is lost people do not act civilized, therefore plummating us into a somewhat Mad Max kind of a world. I started to think about the possibility of this occuring in such a technologically advanced world, and then it dawned on me that this will actually be our crutch. Just because we have technology doesn't mean we will have the knowledge to sustain ourselves if when disaster or tragedy effects our lives. I can totally see Satan using technology as a diversion to keep us from gaining knowledge, and thereby making us vulnerable when times get hard. The more advanced our technology gets, the dumber we get and the less self-reliant we become. I live in earthquake country so being ready for a spur of the moment catastrophe is crucial, especially with a family. I guy in my Ward gave a talk on preparedness and he related a story that when he went into the bank to get out cash to add to his emergency kit, for some reason the conversation started as to why he needed the money. He told her he needed it in case of an emergency. The cashier responded, "Oh, I have my ATM card." Does she even realize she won't be able to use her card if their is no electricity, and how many more people are under this assumption?
Emergency Preparedness is one of the major concerns our church focuses on, becuase no matter where you live there is going to be disasters. Whether due to the weather; man made or economical we all have struggles we going to have to deal with sooner or later. I left that meeting anxious to get home and start researching to make sure that me and my family will be prepared in case anything detrimental should occur and we are left without that precious technology that we all have become so dependent on.

Monday, January 5, 2009

Domesticated Princess

Sure Disney movies are a little misleading for our young girls, planting in their heads of the day their prince will come and sweep them away to a castle in the clouds and live happily ever after. How many of us have the little girl that puts on the dress and dances around singing some love song she has memorized from her favorite Disney princess movie after watching it for the umptenth time. I think my little Miriam has really picked up on the reality part of these beautiful fairytale lives.

She was the perfect princess hostess for tea.
This was her princess pose.

And the most important part of all these princess movies, the hard labor! After the tea date she got busy in the kitchen cleaning all the cups and pots. I started thinking, a lot of these princesses have learned the value of hardwork before their dreams come true. Sure they still go off to live the happily ever after stuff, but they learn that life requires work. And with that you know that it will be a happily ever after because they know you have to work to make it work. I'm almost 30 and never picked up on this trend. If my girl is picking up on the fact that life is hard work as well as can be a fairytale, then I can deal with the costumes and the pretend play. Plus, she's super cute all dressed up!

Sunday, January 4, 2009

New Year's Resolutions

I'm actually not the type of person who makes resolutions. I don't see the point in waiting for the new year to try to become someone better. If there is something you would like to change their is no better time to change than today. So when I say New Year's Resolutions I am just simply stating my goals that have actually been in place for a while, I am just declaring them to the public.

Having said that, there are 2 major events going on this year.

1.) Transferring through the Coast Guard

2.) Turning 30!

Every time I have had a baby we move. Tobie was 2 months, Miriam was 2 weeks and Emma...well, we moved from one house into another while I was still in the hospital. My point being that whenever we move I am HUGE from just having a baby. So this year is a little different. Hannah was born August 28th, that gives me almost a year to get back into shape. Nursing has been my road block. For some reason my body wants to hang on to the fat while I am nursing. But now I am starting the countdown and I am determined not to move into a new location the size of a barn!
That brings me to my second point. Also this summer I am turning the big 3-0! I'll be older than my mother, since she has been 29 for about as long as I can remember. Everyone is filling my head with how things are going to be different when I turn 30, especially physically. When I speak of getting into shape and the fact that I am turning 30, there's a quick reminder that it's all goint to get a lot harder at 30. Maybe it's a little anxiety kicking in, but I'm feeling the pressure to whip myself into the figure that I want to have for the rest of my life.
So you can see where this is all leading. My goal is to lose this baby fat before we move and I turn 30 which pretty much is happening at the same time. My mantra is 30lbs. by 30! Wish me luck everyone!

That's it for my personal resolutions. I did think of some couple resolutions that I am going to work hard on accomplishing also. Theo and I are going to have a date night every week and also attend the temple together once a month. (That second one was inspired by Lainie. Thanks Lainie!) It's going to be difficult with the nursing baby and all, but I know it will be well worth it in the end.

So that's it for Kara's 2009 resolutions. I wish a good year to everyone and hope everyone else is able to achieve their goals and dreams as well!