Friday, October 24, 2008

Our Colorado Trip

On a lighter note, Bruce and I had just recently drove out to Colorado to visit his brother and sister in law. What a fun time it was! We went hiking, I got to do a craft with Laurel, we went out to eat, we went to the aquarium and got to help in the backyard a bit. It was so nice for us to get away from school and work and just relax and have fun. It was also super nice for me to get to know Tom and Laurel a little better. Since they don't live very close I haven't really had the opportunity to sit and talk with just them around to focus on. I've found on this trip that Laurel and I actually have quite a bit in common which is always a good thing=).

Anyways here are some pictures from the trip.

Prop 8

So I've been reading up on this prop 8 issue because I would like to know what exactly I am voting for and I've found it's been pretty hard to decide if it could be a good or a bad thing.
I'm not saying I agree with gay marriage or anything, but I also don't want to take someones decision away from them...
However it seems the more I read the more I come to realize this whole thing isn't about simply wanting to be married "legally" but about FORCING the rest of society to accept what they are doing. I found this note online and something similar to it on my friends facebook I think its a good indication of where society will head if prop 8 is NOT passed in California. It almost scares me to think of the issues my future children will have to face at such a young age. I guess children just aren't aloud to be children anymore.
Wow, so many important things to vote on so soon...It should be a very interesting next couple of months! Heres the note I found on my friends facebook, let me know what you think.

What same-sex "marriage" has done to Massachusetts--SCARY!!!

What same-sex "marriage" has done to Massachusetts
It's far worse than most people realize

If we think that the California Schools are safe consider the fact that the California Teacher's Union just gave 1.25 million dollars to the No on Prop 8 campaign. It's hard to believe that they will not them promote those very ideals they support with their campaign dollars.

October 20, 2008
by Brian Camenker

Anyone who thinks that same-sex “marriage” is a benign eccentricity which won't affect the average person should consider what it has done in Massachusetts. It’s become a hammer to force the acceptance and normalization of homosexuality on everyone. And this train is moving fast. What has happened so far is only the beginning.

On November 18, 2003, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court announced its Goodridge opinion, ruling that it was unconstitutional not to allow same-sex “marriage.” Six months later, homosexual marriages began to be performed.

The public schools
The homosexual “marriage” onslaught in public schools across the state started soon after the November 2003, court decision.

At my own children's high school there was a school-wide assembly to celebrate same-sex “marriage” in early December, 2003. It featured an array of speakers, including teachers at the school who announced that they would be “marrying” their same-sex partners and starting families either through adoption or artificial insemination. Literature on same-sex marriage – how it is now a normal part of society – was handed out to the students.

Within months it was brought into the middle schools. In September, 2004, an 8th-grade teacher in Brookline, MA, told National Public Radio that the marriage ruling had opened up the floodgates for teaching homosexuality. “In my mind, I know that, `OK, this is legal now.' If somebody wants to challenge me, I'll say, `Give me a break. It's legal now,'” she told NPR. She added that she now discusses gay sex with her students as explicitly as she desires. For example, she said she tells the kids that lesbians can have vaginal intercourse using sex toys.

By the following year it was in elementary school curricula. Kindergartners were given picture books telling them that same-sex couples are just another kind of family, like their own parents. In 2005, when David Parker of Lexington, MA – a parent of a kindergartner – strongly insisted on being notified when teachers were discussing homosexuality or transgenderism with his son, the school had him arrested and put in jail overnight.

Second graders at the same school were read a book, “King and King”, about two men who have a romance and marry each other, with a picture of them kissing. When parents Rob and Robin Wirthlin complained, they were told that the school had no obligation to notify them or allow them to opt-out their child.

In 2006 the Parkers and Wirthlins filed a federal Civil Rights lawsuit to force the schools to notify parents and allow them to opt-out their elementary-school children when homosexual-related subjects were taught. The federal judges dismissed the case. The judges ruled that because same-sex marriage is legal in Massachusetts, the school actually had a duty to normalize homosexual relationships to children, and that schools have no obligation to notify parents or let them opt-out their children! Acceptance of homosexuality had become a matter of good citizenship!

Think about that: Because same-sex marriage is “legal”, a federal judge has ruled that the schools now have a duty to portray homosexual relationships as normal to children, despite what parents think or believe!
In 2006, in the elementary school where my daughter went to Kindergarten, the parents of a third-grader were forced to take their child out of school because a man undergoing a sex-change operation and cross-dressing was being brought into class to teach the children that there are now “different kinds of families.” School officials told the mother that her complaints to the principal were considered “inappropriate behavior.”

Libraries have also radically changed. School libraries across the state, from elementary school to high school, now have shelves of books to normalize homosexual behavior and the lifestyle in the minds of kids, some of them quite explicit and even pornographic. Parents complaints are ignored or met with hostility.

Over the past year, homosexual groups have been using taxpayer money to distribute a large, slick hardcover book celebrating homosexual marriage titled “Courting Equality” into every school library in the state.

It’s become commonplace in Massachusetts schools for teachers to prominently display photos of their same-sex “spouses” and occasionally bring them to school functions. Both high schools in my own town now have principals who are “married” to their same-sex partners, whom they bring to school and introduce to the students.

“Gay days” in schools are considered necessary to fight “intolerance” which may exist against same-sex relationships. Hundreds of high schools and even middle schools across the state now hold “gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender appreciation days”. They “celebrate” homosexual marriage and move forward to other behaviors such as cross-dressing and transsexuality. In my own town, a school committee member recently announced that combating “homophobia” is now a top priority.

Once homosexuality has been normalized, all boundaries will come down. The schools are already moving on to normalizing transgenderism (including cross-dressing and sex changes). The state-funded Commission on Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Youth includes leaders who are transsexuals.

Public health
The Commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health is “married” to another man. In 2007 he told a crowd of kids at a state-sponsored youth event that it’s “wonderful being gay” and he wants to make sure there’s enough HIV testing available for all of them.

Since homosexual marriage became “legal” the rates of HIV / AIDS have gone up considerably in Massachusetts. This year public funding to deal with HIV/AIDS has risen by $500,000.

Citing “the right to marry” as one of the “important challenges” in a place where “it’s a great time to be gay”, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health helped produce The Little Black Book, Queer in the 21st Century, a hideous work of obscene pornography which was given to kids at Brookline High School on April 30, 2005. Among other things, it gives “tips” to boys on how to perform oral sex on other males, masturbate other males, and how to “safely” have someone urinate on you for sexual pleasure. It also included a directory of bars in Boston where young men meet for anonymous sex.

Domestic violence
Given the extreme dysfunctional nature of homosexual relationships, the Massachusetts Legislature has felt the need to spend more money every year to deal with skyrocketing homosexual domestic violence. This year $350,000 was budgeted, up $100,000 from last year.

All insurance in Massachusetts must now recognize same-sex “married” couples in their coverage. This includes auto insurance, health insurance, life insurance, etc.

Businesses must recognize same-sex “married” couples in all their benefits, activities, etc., regarding both employees and customers.

The wedding industry is required serve the homosexual community if requested. Wedding photographers, halls, caterers, etc., must do same-sex marriages or be arrested for discrimination.

Businesses are often “tested” for tolerance by homosexual activists. Groups of homosexual activists often go into restaurants or bars and publicly kiss and fondle each other to test whether the establishment demonstrates sufficient “equality” ­ now that homosexual marriage is “legal”. In fact, more and more overt displays of homosexual affection are seen in public places across the state to reinforce "marriage equality".

Legal profession
The Massachusetts Bar Exam now tests lawyers on their knowledge of same-sex "marriage" issues. In 2007, a Boston man, Stephen Dunne, failed the Massachusetts bar exam because he refused to answer the questions in it about homosexual marriage.

Issues regarding homosexual “families” are now firmly entrenched in the Massachusetts legal system. In many firms, lawyers in Massachusetts practicing family law must now attend seminars on homosexual "marriage". There are also now several homosexual judges overseeing the Massachusetts family courts.

Adoption of children to homosexual “married” couples
Homosexual “married” couples can now demand to be able to adopt children the same as normal couples. Catholic Charities decided to abandon handling adoptions rather submit to regulations requiring them to allow homosexuals to adopt the children in their care.

In 2006 the Massachusetts Department of Social Services (DSS) honored two men “married” to each other as their “Parents of the Year”. The men already adopted a baby through DSS (against the wishes of the baby’s birth parents). According to news reports, the day after that adoption was final DSS approached the men about adopting a second child. Homosexuals now appear to be put in line for adopting children ahead of heterosexual parents by state agencies in Massachusetts.

Government mandates
In 2004, the Governor ordered Justices of the Peace to perform homosexual marriages when requested or be fired. At least one Justice of the Peace decided to resign.

Also marriage licenses in Massachusetts now have “Party A and Party B” instead of “husband and wife.”

Since homosexual relationships are now officially “normal”, the Legislature now gives enormous tax money to homosexual activist groups. In particular, the Massachusetts Commission on Gay Lesbian Bisexual and Transgender Youth is made up of the most radical and militant homosexual groups which target children in the schools. This year they are getting $700,000 of taxpayer money to go into the public schools.

In 2008 Massachusetts changed the state Medicare laws to include homosexual “married” couples in the coverage.

The public square
Since gay “marriage”, annual gay pride parades have become more prominent. There are more politicians and corporations participating, and even police organizations take part. And the envelope gets pushed further and further. There is now a profane “Dyke March” through downtown Boston, and recently a “transgender” parade in Northampton that included bare-chested women who have had their breasts surgically removed so they could “become” men. Governor Patrick even marched with his “out lesbian” 17-year old daughter in the 2008 Boston Pride event, right behind a “leather” group brandishing a black & blue flag, whips and chains!

The media
Boston media, particularly the Boston Globe newspaper, regularly does feature stories and news stories portraying homosexual “married” couples where regular married couples would normally be used. It’s “equal”, they insist, so there must be no difference in the coverage. Also, the newspaper advice columns now deal with homosexual "marriage" issues, and how to properly accept it.

A growing number of news reporters and TV anchors are openly “married” homosexuals who march in the “gay pride” parades.

Is gay marriage actually legal in Massachusetts?
Like everywhere else in America, the imposition of same-sex marriage on the people of Massachusetts was a combination of radical, arrogant judges and pitifully cowardly politicians.

The Goodridge ruling resulted in a complete cave-in by politicians of both parties on this issue. Same-sex “marriage” is still illegal in Massachusetts. On November 18, 2003 the court merely ruled that it was unconstitutional not to allow it, and gave the Legislature six months to “take such action as it may deem appropriate.” Note that the Massachusetts Constitution strongly denies courts the power to make or change laws, or from ordering the other branches to take any action. The constitution effectively bans “judicial review” – a court changing or nullifying a law. Thus, the court did not order anything to happen; it simply rendered an opinion on that specific case. And the Legislature did nothing. The marriage statutes were never changed. Technically, same-sex marriages are still illegal in Massachusetts.

Nevertheless, we are having to live with it. And furthermore, this abdication of their proper constitutional roles by the Legislature and Governor has caused a domino effect as "copycat" rulings have been issued in California and Connecticut, with other states fearful it will happen there.

In conclusion
Homosexual “marriage” hangs over society like a hammer with the force of law. And it’s only just begun.

It’s pretty clear that the homosexual movement’s obsession with marriage is not because large numbers of them actually want to marry each other. Research shows that homosexual relationships are fundamentally dysfunctional on many levels, and “marriage” as we know it isn’t something they can achieve, or even desire. (In fact, over the last three months, the Sunday Boston Globe’s marriage section hasn’t had any photos of homosexual marriages. In the beginning it was full of them.) This is about putting the legal stamp of approval on homosexuality and imposing it with force throughout the various social and political institutions of a society that would never accept it otherwise. To the rest of America: You've been forewarned.

Monday, October 13, 2008

Winter, winter....go away!

Burr! Can you believe the weather this past week?! While Californians were basking in 70 degree weather at the beach, we were stomping around in 30 degree weather shooting pictures!

Anyways remember the Swensons who won the free session with Saint Laurent Studios? Well, we went out last week to take some family pictures and what a FUN family! I mean seriously these poor kids had to endure a bitter cold evening and yet the whole family was so happy (aren't Jess and Kelsi adorable though). I had a lot of fun taking these pictures, so thanks guys for giving up a warm evening at home for some bitter cold fun!

These are just a few I thought were cute.

I love this next picture! Doesn't this just exactly portray the life of "MOM"=)

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Tagged Twice in one night!

Wow before this evening I didn't even know what being tagged was, but I found it fun seeing people I know in a new light. I love getting to know people better...

ok, here's Holly's tag, 7 random or weird things about myself:

1. I literally can't go anywhere without my camera. If you see me without it, it's probably because it's in the car wainting for me to pull it out to capture a precious moment in time.

2. Bruce says it's a St.Laurent trait that my sister and I have to become completely incoherent in speech when we get too excited. I think it's funniest when my sister and I are together. We can understand each other, but everyone else will most likely hear a lot of laughing with a bit of mumble mixed in.=) All the while we are actually having quite a meaningful conversation, though you would never know it.

3. I LOVE running most people find this weird enough... I want to run a marathon before I turn 30.

4. I'm somewhat of a perfectionist. I find myself wanting everything to be clean and in it's place. I find pride in a clean and organized home, though at times this seems a daunting task (I can't imagine having children to add to the equation). Although I wouldn't consider myself to be over the top about it... I did after all grow up in a home of ten and it was almost never clean or organized for more than a couple of hours a day.

5. I love vintage anything: Clothes, shoes, purses, music home decor... you name it, if it says vintage I'll love it! My mom likes to tell me the reason for this is because "I'm an old soul".

6. I have to mention something Veronica said on her tagged post because I thought of it while reading Holly's blog (which I read first)... which is, that I hate phones and hate talking on phones. Most people I'm sure know this as I always forget to bring it with me wherever I go and no one can ever get a hold of me. Sorry guys!
Is it ironic then that this is what I loved most about Bruce while dating? The fact that he was willing to call and talk to me rather than text, was something that attracted me to him. I know, I know I'm just weird.

7. Humm this is hard... ok here's one that most people don't know about. Usually all children have some sort of comfort "thing" they have throughout there childhood years. This could range from a pacifier, blanket, playing with hair (thats for Duncan) or even a baby doll or stuffed animal. Well my "comfort thing" was none of the norm, actually I played with my ears. I know, dumb right and kind of weird, but alas it's true. Even to this day, if you find me playing with my ears it's usually becasue I'm tired or just doing it out of habbit.=)

ok this took forever so I'll do Veronicas tag tomorrow! My husbands home so I'm off for now.
Oh, I tag Naomi!

Monday, October 6, 2008

The Winner is....

Yea for free stuff!!!

So we didn’t quite get 50 comments but I had so much fun reading all the ones I got, that I want to give this free sesson away anyways.=) You guys rock thank you all for commenting.

Ok I numbered everyone in the order your comment was made. For those of you who haven't heard of you should check it out, it's kind of a cool website I think, but I'm a dork like that.
I like it because it's completely unbiased, kind of like pulling a number out of a hat.

Here are all the names I got…

1. Sheila

2. Gabriel

3. Cesar

4. Alecia

5. Danny

6. James

7. Elizabeth

8. Rebbecca

9. Crystal

10. Alex

11. Donal

12. Shauna

13. Janneke

14. Chad

15. Dorothy

16. Chris

17. Emalee

18. Aaron

19. Susie

20. Danny and Veronica

21. Cara

22. Alison

23. Ashley

24. Cheryl

Are you ready?! Drum roll please….

Mr. picks... the Swenson family, Congratulations!

Here’s the evidence=)

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Thanks again everyone for commenting and having some fun! For those of you who didn’t win don’t you worry Saint Laurent Studios will be giving away another free Christmas session! So keep checking back!

Friday, October 3, 2008

Christmas Cards- I LOVE the holidays!

So does everyone else know how cheap it is to make your own Christmas Cards?? I had no idea how fun and how inexpensive it was... I was surfing the web for a good company who had designs I liked, if you know me I like the rustic look. I didnt find exactly what I was looking for, but here are a couple I thought were cute! This is just a few of the many fun things you can do with your free session with Saint Laurent Studios! Keep those comments coming only a day an a half left!! =)

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Saint Laurent Studios- Free Give Away!

So I've been thinking that I wanted to give away a free session with Saint Laurent Studios. A package will include a one hour session at a destination of your choice (or I have a lot of places I know of), all pictures will be given on a high resolution CD to be printed where you choose and a free 18x12 canvas wrap of your favorite shot from the session. This is over a hundred dollar value and will be given away for free!
This applies to Utah sessions as well as California sessions. Pictures can range from self portraits, family, baby, maternity and even engagement shoots.

So here's the catch I need at least 50 people to leave a comment on either my blog or facebook. If you have friends who don't have either you can leave a comment on my email as well to enter. If I can get 50 or more comments I will use Mr. to announce the winner. So let all your friends and family know!!

The deadline will be Oct. 5th. I will announce the winner on the 6th. Please just comment once.

Contact Info:

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Sabrina MacDougall - Saint Laurent Studios
Salt Lake City, UT