Movie Buffs

Brody and I share a love of movies, or at least a desire to love movies, (I especially am becoming more and more hard to please..) and there are a lot of promising movies to look forward to this fall so I'm trying to keep my expectations in check while still allowing a good amount of excitement. But look how long that list is! Yay!  Plus all our TV shows will be back on in the fall...

  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens - I think everyone wants to see this one. And will.
  • Spectre - I really liked Skyfall and can't wait to see Christophe Waltz as a Bond villain. Absolutely!
  • The Martian - The cast. The concept. Based on a good book. I'm there. (I also want to read the book so if you have a copy...)
  • Steve Jobs - I loved The Social Network and am really curious to see what Aaron Sorkin has done with Steve Jobs' story. Plus Danny Boyle intrigues me so it should be good, right?
  • Bridge of Spies - Spielberg and Hanks in a Cold War drama about an attorney? Yes please.
  • The Intern - I just kind of love Nancy Meyers movies (Father of the Bride, Somethings Gotta Give, It's Complicated) even though it's usually more for the homes and interiors than anything else ;)
  • Hateful 8 - Tarantino is a violent nut job, but that nut job knows how to make a good movie.
  • Spotlight - Michael Keaton, Mark Ruffalo, Rachel McAdams and Stanley Tucci uncovering the massive Catholic Church scandal? Yeah. I'd watch that. Plus I feel like Michael Keaton only comes out of the woodwork to do a really good movie so....we'll see.
  • The Revenant - I liked Birdman a lot so I'm really curious to see this one, plus it has Leo and he doesn't really make a bad movie....Leo*whispered*
  • Sisters - Tina Fey and Amy Pohler, you betcha.
  • Black Mass - This just looks creepy as all get out, I'll have to read the parental guidance before committing to this one but I do love me some Cumberbatch, Bacon and Depp
  • Snowden - I just find him and his story fascinating so I'd be curious to see this one if it gets good reviews.
  • The Walk - Man on Wire was a surprisingly great documentary so I'm definitely intrigued by this one. Plus it will be weirdly nice but also sad to see the twin towers again, if only through computer graphics.
  • Suffragette - In honor of all those amazing women that have gone before, movies like this need to be made. Plus is has Meryl Streep and Helena Bonham Carter so...yeah.


Baby Girl #2

She was a little shy but we finally got to see her face

We had my 20-week ultrasound this week and found out that Cadence is going to have a little sister!

We are so thrilled and excited to meet this little goose, volume two.  My sisters are my best and closest friends and I'm so excited for Cadie and Baby Girl #2 to have that as well.  Sibling relationships are the longest of our lives--more than parents, more than spouses--and we don't take this amazing little being for granted. Everything looked healthy on the scans and I can't believe this pregnancy is already halfway over, I feel like it has flown by!  We hadn't really even started to pick names so if you have some suggestions, let us know :)

20 weeks and finally hitting that second trimester sweet spot


4th of July

It was such a nice, long holiday weekend. The 4th of July is easily creeping up the ranks of my favorite holidays.  It's fireworks, family barbecues, and fun in the sun. It was so great to just relax and watch the Sugar House fireworks from our front yard like I did as a child.  Cadie had so much fun playing with her cute cousins who just can't seem to get enough of her (I can't blame them).

The kids had a hard time staying in their seats for the whole show....Grammy was the only one left :)

It was also so fun to meet Cadie's newest cousin, Kinsley McCall Shoff. She finally got to come home after a week in the NICU, but she's doing great and we were so happy to get to hold her :)


Summer Fun 2015

...and Cadence couldn't be more thrilled!
Oh my goodness June is almost over.  It's 100 degrees outside and I think it's safe to say that summer is in full swing. I wanted to get at least one more post in before the month was over and I've been meaning to at least post some pictures from Cadie's 1st birthday party.

It was so fun to have everyone over for Cadie's birthday, she seemed to have a pretty good time if I do say so myself :)  We had both families over for a bbq complete with home-made ice cream (the best), and Cadie got her obligatory smash cake which was fun until we had to wash her off. She was not a fan of that part.

She is full-on walking now, she started walking basically on her first birthday and she is getting faster everyday. She's talking lots of gibberish but she's pretty sure she's saying real words. She is finally getting her teeth! (13 months later) and we are hoping that her recent proclivity for throwing tantrums is part of the teething process. And her hair is finally starting to come along (kinda) and looks like it will be a light honey brownish blonde.

I took Brody to Market street for a delicious Father's day dinner.  He recently got a position for a firm downtown, Pia Anderson, and is actually working in the same building as me, exactly one floor up. Such a small world but we are beyond thrilled by this great opportunity.  We made another small little announcement on Father's day, we are expecting baby #2 this December and are so excited to meet this little one.  We find out the sex in July so stay tuned!

Also, Salt Lake is getting Google Fiber and crews were in front of my parent's house all week working on the installation. Wahoo!


Cadie is One!

I can't believe my baby girl is a year old!  She is just the light of our life and is so full of personality we can't get enough. And. those. rolls. She's just so yummy! She is walking now, still a little unsure of herself but she's making so much progress!

We took a bunch of photos for her invitations and some of the faces she pulled, it was really entertaining :)


Beautiful Feminism

I remember it had been a long, exhausting Monday. I'd had to stay an hour late for work, I was pregnant, and my cankles were out in full force, and I was just so happy to be going home.

I gratefully got on the elevator with an older gentleman. I must have had a somewhat subdued and less-than-thrilled expression on my face, because he turned to me, a complete stranger, and said something along the lines of, "Oh come one, you can smile, it can't be that bad."

I must have given a courteous half-smile, which was probably all I could muster, and we both went our separate ways when we got to the lobby.

Now, I know this guy was completely well-intentioned. I know he was probably just trying to make me feel better....somehow. But the more I thought about it, the more sure I became that if I had been a man, he wouldn't have said anything at all.  He would have just let me be.  He probably would have assumed I'd had an important business deal that had gone south, maybe I'd just gotten off a long conference call. I don't think he would have told Brody to cheer up and smile.  But being a young woman, I'm supposed to be perky and cheerful. I'm supposed to give him a big, bright smile when I get on the elevator.

I know that's me being extra sensitive. I know he meant well, really I do. But stuff like this happens all the time and after a while it's just grating.  At my first full-time job after college I had this one co-worker, a much older married man with lots of kids and a wife at home.  He would linger at my desk way longer than was welcome. He would make comments about my appearance that he wouldn't have said in front of his wife in a million years.  And I never said anything. I always played it off as a joke, not wanting to stir the pot. I never reported him to HR and by my inaction, I taught this perv that it was okay to treat women that way. And I still haven't forgiven myself for it. I hate this man.  To this day, I use the word hate with as much venom as I can ascribe to describe my feelings towards him. My skin would crawl when he was near me. I was actually uncomfortable in the workplace because of him and I let him get away with it. So yes, because of that experience, I'm probably extra sensitive to sexism. But never again. The other day when a different male co-worker described a couple of the guys in the office as "...working with a bunch of girls". I quickly reprimanded him "You say that as though it's a bad thing!" I absolutely put him in his place, and he probably thinks I'm a real word-that-rhymes-with-witch now.  And I'm more than okay with that if it means he stops using that completely sexist expression. At my last job there was a creeper guy that used to address a bunch of the girls in the office as My ____, like my Mary or my Suzie but every guy in the office was Mr. _______.  Really!?  Not to mention he did things and said things to some of the girls that was absolutely sexual harassment, so we reported him to HR.  Recently, I applied for a job that I was more than qualified for, and even according to the guy that interviewed me I was, and I quote, "...practically perfect in every way." Just like Mary Poppins. But because I have a one-year-old at home, and I'm a woman, I didn't get the job. He basically told me that in so many words when he explained to me that they were going with someone else.  I doubt Brody will ever get passed up for a job because he has a child at home.

Don't get me wrong, I am so grateful I live in a place like the US and at a time when women have such incredible opportunities.  Thanks to amazing women in the past, like my own mother, I have so much at my fingertips and have enjoyed a life full of amazing experiences and opportunities. But that doesn't mean we can't do better.

I am a feminist.  That doesn't mean I burn bras on the weekend and hate men, really it doesn't. It means that I believe women should be free to choose for themselves.  If you choose to be a stay-at-home mom, more power to you. If you choose to start your own company, go for it.  It means I believe that I should get payed just as much as a man for doing the same job.  It doesn't mean I don't love it when a guy opens the door for me.  It just means I believe in equality...that's about it.  So I don't understand when and why the word feminist got such a negative connotation.  But I feel like it's finally starting to come back around and people are becoming more educated on what it actually means to be a feminist and it's exciting.


Pretty Good

I'm not that big of a Star Wars nerd but I thought this was pretty funny for those who are super into it. Plus I loved Interstellar so it works on multiple levels.  I am really excited for the reboot though!