Monday, October 10, 2011

My Review of Roku 2 XD Streaming Player

Originally submitted at Roku

Features the highest-quality HD streaming available.


By The Flower from Rexburg, Idaho on 10/10/2011


5out of 5

Pros: High quality picture, Reliability, Built in Wi-Fi, Easy to use, Compact

Cons: Hard time streaming live

Best Uses: Primary TV, Living room

Describe Yourself: Netflix fan

Great! I tried to watch the LDS General Conference on it, but it had a hard time streaming the live Conference... So that's been the only problem! THank you!!!!


Monday, September 5, 2011

Finding myself on the road to Damascus

Layla is the most gorgeous little girl I've ever seen! Of course I'm a little bias BUT really look at her, I'm sure you can agree! She is getting so big! She's 10 months old, crawling like crazy, pulling herself up, and cruising, jabbering, waving bye-bye, and hello! Loves to get into things ! Loves learning! If I ask her what a dog says she barks, if I ask what a bear says she growls, and we're trying to learn more about animals! She is a beautiful funny little girl. She does this funny breathing thing were she scrunches her nose and smiles at me. Oh I just want to melt she's so cute! 

SO now that I've talked about how wonderful and great my daughter is I've thought about my new identity as a mother and a wife, and also a new me. When I was 18 I was on top of the world and had a plan. Then I met the love of my life, and plans changed a little. Then we decided to have a sweet little baby and nine months later a sweet baby was here. Well, through all of these changes I wasn't sure how I fit into them. 

One of my favorite Apostles is President Uchtdorf. He gives such powerful talks. One he gave recently was called "Waiting on the Road to Damascus." He begins with the story of Saul and how he was up fronted by an angel asking him why thou persecutest me and Saul changed his life. This all happened on the road to Damascus. President Uchtdorf talks about how a lot of us don't make the great change Saul did to becoming Paul, a lot of us just wait on the road to Damascus. He said this: 

"The truth is, those who diligently seek to learn of Christ eventually will come to know Him. They will personally receive a divine portrait of the Master, although it most often comes in the form of a puzzle—one piece at a time. Each individual piece may not be easily recognizable by itself; it may not be clear how it relates to the whole. Each piece helps us to see the big picture a little more clearly. Eventually, after enough pieces have been put together, we recognize the grand beauty of it all. Then, looking back on our experience, we see that the Savior had indeed come to be with us—not all at once but quietly, gently, almost unnoticed.
This can be our experience if we move forward with faith and do not wait too long on the road to Damascus."
Isn't that incredible. I decided I was going to find myself! Find Christ myself! I love the Gospel! So I've been trying to read my scriptures better, and I've been writing in my journal everyday, and I found something that I'm really excited about that has given me such a confidence boost! I'm now a Mary Kay Independent Beauty Consultant! I love Mary Kay products and I love the confidence it gives me! I hope that I can give the women around me the happiness, confidence, and wonderful feelings I've gotten from becoming a Beauty Consultant and wearing makeup that's good for my skin! I've been able to boost my confidence and feel like I'm doing something again, something I like. I've also been so happy because I feel like I've been a better mother because I have somewhere to fill my bucket. 
By the way, I've been trying to figure out how to better "play" with Layla. Like I take her to the park, read her books, take her on walks, play with toys, and I've been trying to teach animal sounds, and where parts of our face is  ( ear, eyes, mouth, nose...etc.) what else do you do with ten month olds, eleven months olds? I've tried to do signs with her, but she doesn't seem interested. Anyways... what is a way that I can get her interested in signs? Anyways, Love ya'll!!! 

Monday, August 1, 2011

Like a Skyscraper

When I heard this song for the first time a few days ago, i was taken away. My heart flew with the lyrics.

When I was in late elementary school and all through middle school I was told how ugly I was.

"There is the Orchid Man!"
"She's so fat!"
"Her hair is so frizzy."
"She's so hairy!"

So mom didn't let me shave my legs until I was in late 5th grade after begging. She didn't let me use makeup or pluck my eye brows. She didn't teach me

My entire life I lived in a family that believed in beauty and money.

"No Orchid, don't wear your glasses."
" No Orchid don't leave your hair curly straighten it."
"No Orchid you must become a doctor to have lots of money."

Summer before eighth grade I spend 10 days in the hospital. Shortly after 9 grade I spend 8 days in the hospital. That december I move to Miami. 3 high schools later and I end up at my 4th in powder springs, ga

I moved to a new school my junior year of high school. I made friends with good people. I made friends with everyone. I lost the ugly names... I wasn't "Orchid Man" anymore. Then senior year, one of the most popular girls in our school befriended me. She was just my friend outside of school . She took me home after school. One day she invited me to dinner, I was amazed she wasn't embarrassed to be seen with me.

Is it weird hearing Orchid say strange things.... well every girl wants to be popular in high school,  I was in the running for FRIENDLIEST though...

Anyways, I was introduced to the Gospel of Jesus Christ. What changed my life.

A lot of time I'm afraid of talking about my conversion because I don't want to be that "convert" that acts like she's better than all of those life longers etc. But I didn't realize what my conversion did. I have been so reminded of the the change of my life.

I could've been somewhere without God, I could've been broken, but through all the trials and tribulations I have been through I rose above it.

All those words that hurt me all my life: Heavenly father saved me.

You can take everything I have,
You can break everything I am,
Like I'm made of glass,
Like I'm made of paper.
Go on and try to tear me down.
I will be rising from the ground,
Like a skyscraper,
Like a skyscraper.

This is not a post to make anyone feel bad for me, a post to tell them whatever they are going thorough, they can rise above it, like a skyscraper.

Like a Skyscraper
I am like a skyscraper 

Sunday, July 17, 2011

How could you be mad?

Layla is honestly the most beautiful baby in the whole wide world. I'm sure everyone thinks that of their own baby, and rightly so, BUT really she is just aesthetically pleasing, don't you think?

So she's getting teeth and any mother that has been through this can tell you that they are the worse thing that ever happen to mothers and babies everywhere. They're in pain so they act funny, and you're frustrated because they're in pain and you can't fix it and they act funny. Layla just doesn't like naps since this teething thing has begun, but really she has some great days and some bad days.

I always think, man our kid is so beautiful. We should exploit her good looks and pay for Alex's schooling. Don't you think?

But seriously, sometimes I get so frustrated because I need her to take a nap so I can finish up the laundry or make Alex lunch before he gets home, but when you see this face, how could you be mad?
Rockin out to music at the Farmer's Market

Flashin her beautiful eyes at the world

Smiling at mommy and daddy, isn't she sweet! How could you be mad?!

P.s. I have had really really bad post prego acne these last couple of months... i would have to say since about the end of April ( after Layla turned 6 months old, and she's turning 9 months old in 4 days.) If you have any suggestions at all of how to get rid of it I would be eternally grateful. I just get sick looking at old pictures of me without this crap on my face. thanks so much!

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Life's a Mess!

This picture describes our lives! Fun, sweet, cute, disastrous! ha ha. I know I've been out of the blogging world since Layla was a month old and now she's 8 months old!!! To be honest when Layla turned about 2 months old I kinda drifted into the baby blues and blogging became a part of my self-destruction. I kept looking at blogs and felt like I was never going to be as good as all these other moms. I felt like the worse mom is the whole world... and I just kept beating myself up. So I did myself a favor and I said goodbye to the cyber world until I could figure myself out. I talked to a friend not to long ago that really changed the way I thought about blogs though. I talked to her and asked her, how is it that she is always so positive and so happy and seems like she's got life figured out. She said, "Orchid, I have doubts and bad days too" but the way she stayed positive is by authoring a blog of positivity! I realized that I can't compare my PRIVATE LIFE to someone else's PUBLIC life. We all have hard times. We all have days where we just wish we could sleep in another hour. We also all have days where the laughing never stops and the cutest just keeps going. I love sharing my life with my friends and family and I hope they love reading about it. I have a wonderful life with my best friend and my sweet little baby girl.

See you soon!


Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Dangerous Fraud- Please read!!!

IMPORTANT: If you get a call talking about activity on your

visa hang out right away!!! It's fraud!!! I just got a call the

number will show up as 000-000-0000.... PLEASE save

yourself don't press any buttons just hang up!!!

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Laylas Birth Announcement

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