Wednesday, December 24, 2008

The Maginots

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

We love Christmas at Disneyland!

Disneyland... the Happiest place on earth (especially at Christmas time)We met Mickey! Our first time in Toontown, and didn't even have to wait long. You know how some kids cry around cartoons in costume, I was worried Jacob would be one of those kids, but he loved Mickey! He even gave Mickey high five and blew him a kiss when we were leaving.
Jacob loves cars, everytime we saw a car he wanted to climb in and drive.

Jacob and Daddy at the Christmas tree.

We didn't go on it's a small world, the line was an hour long, but the lights were so amazing, totally loved them... so did Jacob! I tried to capture the beauty of it, but it's way better in real life.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

We Love Christmas!!

We love the lights, the music, the decorations, the spirit and we can't get enough of it. Tomorrow we are going to Disneyland, can't wait to see the Christmas decor at Disneyland.

Our family at the Grove last week...

This tree behind Jacob is even taller than the tree in Rockefeller Center.
Our family at the Grove last year...Snow in LA at the Grove, love it!
If you look in the background you can see our Christmas tree (and yes we put it up before Thanksgiving), and on the wall is a wreath I made with my parents tree scraps. My first time making a wreath- I love feeling domestic!

Helping the Evans family get their tree in Sunnyvale- Grandpa & Jacob with the perfect tree.

Sunday, December 7, 2008


Jon is 27 today! Happy Birthday to the cutest, sexiest, smartest, funniest, babalicious guy around! I love you tons Jon.... to eternity and beyond!

Last night I planned a little surprise party for Jon at the Johnson's home, it was so fun to see four grown men playing the Wii...

Jon, Specner, Brandon, Jeff

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

I am Thankful for....

First and foremost for the gospel of Jesus Christ and my testimony of the truthfulness of the gospel and my membership in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Going along with that theme, I'm grateful that I will be with my family forever.

Jon, and what a wonderful husband and father he is!

Jacob, for his smiles and laughter and love of life!

Shae, Ronnie & Jr., the greatest neighbors anyone could ever ask for!

Of course all of my extended family both on my side and on Jon's side, and most especially my parents for all they do for me and the support they are to me.

That Jon is able to go to grad school at such a great school (even if they can't win a national title while we are here) :-)

All of the friends we have made down here in LA.

All of my friends everywhere else, those who grew up with me, those I met, and especially those I lived with in Provo during my college years, plus my DC friends, and the sisters I gained at BYU-Hawaii.

That reminds me I have to be grateful for Polynesians and the Polynesian culture that I am apart of in my heart, Aloha! Ofa atu!

Here's a short list of other things that I am grateful for: The beach, waves, sand, sunshine and warmth, looking at snow from a distance, yummy food, fleece blankets, cuddling, kissing my lover, remembering happy memories, getting a good night's sleep, Hawaii, traveling, laughing, chatting with friends, seeing friends I haven't seen in ages, loving others and being loved, free babysitters, being healthy, back massages, smiling... the list could go on but I think I'll stop there before this gets too long.

I am grateful for Thanksgiving, not only because I love the dinner, but because it helps me reflect on all the things I am blessed with and all of the things I am so grateful for!

Happy Thanksgiving! And happy eating!

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

I have an unhealthy addiction...

to Twilight.
We were up in Sacramento this weekend for Jon's class, staying at Chris & Adrienne's (our uncle & aunt) with their 5 kids who are so cute and so much fun. Side tangant, I brought my camera to take pics of them with Jacob but my battery was dead, so no pics of the fun weekend with them. But we sure did have a great time, thanks Porters! Anywho back to the reason for this post: The room we were staying in had a bookshelf and I noticed the 4 books in the Twilight series (in the last month or so I have thought about reading them), so I decided to start book 1. I read that book, all 500 pages, in less than 48 hours. I don't think I've ever read that much that fast. I was obssesed I carried the book every where with me while I was taking care of Jacob. As soon as the book ended I started book 2, and continued to read like a crazy woman. I had about 50 pages left in the book when we left Sacramento so Adrienne let me borrow her copy. I finished that yesterday morning, and was planning on waiting until Thanksgiving break to read 3 and 4, but by midday I couldn't wait any longer. Those books are controlling my life. I went to the Library yesterday afternoon, but nada. I called 4 different friends, nada. I came home and I was dying. I called another friend and left a message, a few hours later she called me back, and she has book 3! I was ecstatic, but then I was bummed because she won't be able to give me the book until tonight. I've been going crazy, I haven't read it for 24 hours now, and I still have probably another 10 hours until I get the book, but then I have a meeting tonight. I have a feeling I am going to be up late tonight. :-)

*please, in no way say anything to reveal anything that happens in book 3 or 4

Friday, November 7, 2008

Halloween Fun

Jacob loved his bee costume, especially his hood. he hated wearing his hood, he probably wore that hood for a grand total of 2 minutes while we were trying to capture a cute picture of our little bee.
So I learned my lesson, never again will I make a costume that requires some sort of a hat unless the kid actually asks for the hat and tells me he wants to wear it. Thank you to my mom for her help with the costume, she made the hood, and helped with the wings. I was so proud of myself for sewing the stripes on. In case you can't tell I was flowers (bees attracted to flowers), and if you look closely at Jon he has a box around his neck full of papers with the letter "B", can you figure out what he is?

Our family trip to the pumpkin patch, Jacob loved running around and exploring!
And we loved watching him!
His two favorite things of the night were pushing around the little car they had there and riding the pony. We wish we had video footage of the pony ride, he as a little hesitant at first, but once they got going he was having the greatest time and loving it!

After the great time at the pumpkin patch (atleast the city's version of a pumpkin patch) we went to the grocery store and got a nice big pumpkin for $6 (at the pumpkin patch it would have been $25)

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Prop 8- Why I'm voting YES

I've always supported defining marriage as only between a man and a woman, however, my reasons previously were almost entirely based on my religious views/perspective. Knowing that family is essential to God's plan, and that the disintegration of the family will bring calamaties to individuals, communities, and nations (The Family: A Proclamation to the World). And I used to feel that those who supported same sex marriage had more logical arguments. I guess you could say I used to believe this was more an issue of civil rights.

In the last several months, since 4 California judges overturned California's law, and since Prop 8 got on the ballot, I have done a lot of reading and listening and studying of the issue. And, even though I still believe that those who oppose prop 8 have good points on their side of the argument, I now understand and see many more valid and good arguments for those who support defining marriage as only between one man and one woman, and I would like to share my thoughts on it.

First, this is not about civil rights. Prop 8 does not take away any rights that same sex couples have that are similar to rights of heterosexual couples. And we have no intention of trying to take away those rights. Prop 8 is a matter of morality, and an issue of keeping seperation of church and state, and of not taking away freedom of religion or freedom of speech (both of which are in the first amendment of the Constitution).

This leads me to my second point, and one of the most important to me. If Prop 8 does not pass, most of the religous people in California will lose our rights to freedom of religion and freedom of speech. I don't think it's just mere coincidence that in our first amendment to the Constitution (aka our first bill of right) it states "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances." Allowing same sex marriage will most definitely prohibit the free exercise of religion. And if you do not believe this to be true, let me share with you some examples that have already happened in our country and other places:

• “Catholic Charities in Boston and San Francisco ended adoption services altogether rather than be compelled by anti-discrimination laws to place children with same-sex couples. In the Boston case, Catholic Charities was prepared to refer same-sex couples seeking to adopt to other providers, but that was not sufficient.”
• A Christian gynecologist in San Diego County was sued when he refused to perform artificial insemination for one partner of a lesbian couple for religious reasons. The doctor referred the patient to a colleague, promised there would be no extra cost and offered to care for her during her subsequent pregnancy. The couple sued, and the California Supreme Court was hostile to the doctor’s arguments. One justice suggested that the doctor take up a different line of business.
• A photographer in Albuquerque was sued when she declined to shoot a commitment ceremony based on her beliefs. The New Mexico Human Rights Commission found the photographer guilty of discrimination. She was ordered to pay the couple’s legal fees ($6000+).
• A Methodist organization in New Jersey lost part of their tax exempt status because they refused to rent their boardwalk pavilion to a lesbian couple for their civil union ceremony. This litigation is ongoing.
• The establishment of same-sex marriage as a civil right will also inevitably require mandatory changes in school curricula. “In Quebec, a Mennonite school was informed by the Ministry of Education that it must conform to the official provincial curriculum, including teaching that homosexuality is an acceptable alternative lifestyle, or be shut down. The Mennonites say they will leave the province. A similar government position can be anticipated here.”

I would also like to add my thoughts of same sex marriage and the classroom. If Prop 8 does not pass and same-sex marriage is allowed then it would be taught in schools that same-sex marriage is good and normal. There are a couple examples from two Massachesetts schools were same sex mariage is allowed. A kindergartener was sent home a diversity bag with a book about homosexuality & same-sex marriage, and I believe it was a 1st grader who's teacher read to the class a book about two princes marrying each other. Now, from a logical and understanding point of view I can see the argument for sharing these books and this topic with the children. However I feel it is strongly hypocritical of people who say it's okay to share these books and these beliefs & ideas to children but then turn around and say, no way you can't share bible stories or religous beliefs in the classroom. You can't have one side with out the other. And in my opinion either we allow both in the classroom equally or we keep both out of the classroom. It reminds me of what Dallin H. Oaks said: This is much bigger than just a question of whether or not society should be more tolerant of the homosexual lifestyle. Over past years we have seen unrelenting pressure from advocates of that lifestyle to accept as normal what is not normal, and to characterize those who disagree as narrow-minded, bigoted and unreasonable. Such advocates are quick to demand freedom of speech and thought for themselves, but equally quick to criticize those with a different view and, if possible, to silence them by applying labels like “homophobic.”*
In conclusion, vote YES on Prop 8.

"In the same week that the No on 8 campaign launched an ad that labeled as “lies” claims that same-sex marriage would be taught in schools to young children, a first grade class took a school-sponsored trip to a gay wedding."*

One of my favorite articles written about Prop 8: Ask A Christian by Felice Austin
Prop 8 offical website:
Other great website:

Monday, October 6, 2008

Fun at the Park

Really... can you get any cuter than this?

Jacob with his buddy Andre

Babies from our ward!

Saturday, October 4, 2008

I stole a post from my sister

Only a genius could have written this post, you are amazing Linds!
Genius is Hereditary
Ryan Porter Evans is a stud muffin to the infinite power. Not only does he look super fly in this wake surfing picture, he also is an intellectual deity, a god among mortals. ryan recently took the act and scored a 33!! He owned the act. It runs in the family.

So he will for sure be coming to byu next year. The lord's university welcomes you with open arms ryan. My brother is amazing and this picture is amazing.absolutely charming.

I'm so excited for you Ryan! Keep up the great work! Love, michelle :-)

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Great Grandma's sure are Great!

Jacob with his Great Grandma Evans. We got to spend a few hours with Great Grandma Evans and cousin Sean (Sean actually stayed with us for the whole weekend, we had a great time!) when we picked them up at the LA port after their cruise. What a fun treat!

Tuesday, September 23, 2008


So, we've recently discovered that Jacob will only go to sleep for me... most nights that is totally fine. However, if I want to be gone during the hour of Jacob's bedtime... I can't! Other than crying it out I'd appreciate any suggestions, advice and help on the matter. And a tip to other parents, don't get into a routine of only one parent putting the kid to bed. Both of us use to put Jacob to bed and Jacob didn't care which person was putting him to bed, but in the last couple months I haven't been out at night much so I have always put him to bed and now we have a problem, so just a word of warning. The same can happen with other things as well, like taking a bottle.

Look, he use to sleep for anyone... what happened?

Friday, September 19, 2008

My Parents are the Cutest!

So at the family reunion we took Evans family pics, and then we convinced my parents to take some pics of the two of them. It was an for all involved (atleast those of us watching)! I just love these pics of them, I was only going to add a couple, but I loved them all so much I couldn't leave any out. Kaele (my aunt) did an amazing job...both my parents have real smiles... amazing! (especially for my Dad)

Even after 28 years of marriage you can still be happily in love and oh so cute!

Friday, September 12, 2008

Porter Family Reunion

It's been one month since our Porter Family Reunion at Lake Almanor, so I thought it's about time to finally post some pictures from that fabulous week! Lake Almanor is about 3 hours north of Sacramento in the mountains. The weather was great, the views were beautiful (our cabin was surronded by evergreens and this is just about what our view was from the house we stayed in) and the company couldn't have been better! Grandpa & Grandma Porter (Leroy & Vonda)
Thank you for making this week possible for us! Grandpa & Grandma had every single one of their descendants there (except Robbie Hulme who is serving a mission for our church in Spokane, Washington-so he gets an excused absence). They have 5 children, 21 grandchildren (5 grandchildren in-laws), and 4 great grandchildren. All of their grandsons missionary age have gone on honorable missions, and all of their descendants are active in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints! We love you Grandpa & Grandma!
We stayed in a cabin with our cousins Kristine & Dave Hanks and their three little ones.

And also our cousins Andi & Josh Bennett, recently married.

No matter where we are, Jacob loves water. In the sink at my parents cabin.

Playing in the lake with Dad.

He's so cute!
Jacob's first adventure on a boat and being towed behind the boat on a molecule. He was a little nervous at first, but after not much time at all he was laughing and having a great time out there!

The old ladies on the molecule, Cheryl, Grandma, Mom

It was so fun to watch them out there! They were like teenagers out there having a grand ole time. Must be young at heart!

Grandpa, Cheryl and I went to the house Grandpa's parents were living in when he was born in Susanville. Grandpa lived there less than 2 years and they moved back to Anabella.

Jon and I celebrated our 3rd anniversary there. Well, we didn't really do anything to celebrate except for taking these pics.

Remember the kissing picture from our Anniversary post, it took us a few tries to get a good kissing picture...

Jacob loves his Aunt Lindsay!


Alexa & Jacob
Jacob & Carter having fun on the swings

Grandpa, Grandma, Toni, Patti (my mom), Cheryl, Greg, Chris

All the cousins lined up from shortest to tallest.

Ty, Travis, Avy, Alexa, Sadie, Dane & Drake (order could be reversed), Tanner, Kambri, Jenna, Andi, Mason, Me, Michael, Lindsay, Kristine, Chris, Dan, Ryan, Randy, David