Sunday, December 28, 2008

December Happenings (aka the longest post ever)

Wow, it's been a busy month. Here are some updates from our little life. I'm going to try to make them brief...

The day after Thanksgiving, we started decorating for Christmas! The sooner the better :) Josh's dream is to have a house decorated like the Griswald's on Christmas Vacation. He's working on it. (And yes, that is an 8 foot inflatable Winnie the Pooh on our apartment porch).
December 3rd we had Mom and Dad Green and Ryan over for dinner for mom's birthday. It was a lot of fun to have them come by.

This month, Josh and I have both started new hobbies. Josh has been perfecting his sewing skills by making fleece hats and scarves. He even sold a couple to his co-workers. He really is a creative guy my husband.I decided to try my hand at cake decorating. Trulie, Mom and I took a cake decorating class at Michael's for 4 nights in December. It was fun to learn the basic techniques. Hopefully I'll get better over time. Here are the 3 cakes I made.


Saturday, Dec 20th, we went with the Trogdons to get hot chocolate and see Christmas lights. Here's Joe and Brooke all bundled up ready to go. Notice the scarf Joe is sporting--it's a Josh Green Original :)
Then the week of Christmas.....
We've had, lets see, I guess today will be the 5th non-stop day of Christmas get-togethers between our families. We love it!

Christmas eve we spent at Grandma Cottman's in Granite Bay:

Christmas morning Josh and I woke up super early and opened our gifts to each other:
Then we headed over to the Greens in EDH for a full day of Christmas fun. It was so nice to have everyone on Josh's side of the family home for Christmas. And we got to meet our niece Addison for the first time. She is such a cutie!

The day after Christmas we did Green family pictures and took the family out to lunch for our Christmas gift to everyone. Then Saturday (12/27/08) we made the trip to Loomis to my parents' house for family pictures and then a Christmas party with my mom's side of the fam. My grandpa Blaine dresses up as Santa for the little kids and everyone just plays games and hangs out. It was a fun, busy day.

The BEST part of the day, though, was that my little brother Drake got to open his mission call!! He is going to the Philippines, Naga mission. He reports to the MTC on March 18th!!We are so happy to live close to family and to be with them this time of year. And we are THANKFUL for the gift of God's Son, Jesus Christ and for the restored Gospel on the earth. It is our greatest blessing. Merry Christmas everyone!

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Snow



It snowed at my work today! It didn't stick but it was exciting. Sometimes I miss the snow...it's so pretty and white and quiet. But, then I think about the cold, mud and slippery-ness...and I remember why I live in California :)

Friday, December 5, 2008

Things I Have Done

Things I have done... Just copy and paste this to your blog and bold the ones that you HAVE done and make sure to put your score at the end. I saw this on Amy R's blog and thought it would be fun. It gets me thinking about setting new goals!

1. Started your own blog
2. Slept under the stars
3. Played in a band
4. Visited Hawaii
5. Watched a meteor shower
6. Given more than you can afford to charity
7. Been to Disneyland
8. Climbed a mountain
9. Held a praying mantis
10. Sang a solo
11. Bungee jumped
12. Visited Paris
13. Watched a lightning storm at sea
14. Taught yourself an art from scratch
15. Adopted a child
16. Had food poisoning
17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty
18. Grown your own vegetables
19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France
20. Slept on an overnight train
21. Had a pillow fight
22. Hitch hiked
23. Taken a sick day when you’re not ill
24. Built a snow fort
25. Held a lamb
26. Gone skinny dipping
27. Run a Marathon
28. Ridden in a gondola in Venice
29. Seen a total eclipse
30. Watched a sunrise or sunset
31. Hit a home run
32. Been on a cruise
33. Seen Niagara Falls in person
34. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors
35. Seen an Amish community
36. Taught yourself a new language
37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied
38. Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person
39. Gone rock climbing
40. Seen Michelangelo’s David
41. Sung karaoke
42. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt
43. Bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant
44. Visited Africa
45. Walked on a beach by moonlight
46. Been transported in an ambulance
47. Had your portrait painted
48. Gone deep sea fishing
49. Gone without food or water for 24 hours or longer
50. Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris
51. Gone scuba diving or snorkeling
52. Kissed in the rain
53. Played in the mud
54. Gone to a drive-in theater
55. Been in a movie
56. Visited the Great Wall of China
57. Started a business
58. Taken a martial arts class
59. Stayed up for 24 hours with NO sleep at all
60. Served at a soup kitchen
61. Sold Girl Scout Cookies
62. Gone whale watching
63. Got flowers for no reason
64. Donated blood, platelets or plasma
65. Gone sky diving
66. Visited a Nazi Concentration Camp
67. Bounced a check
68. Flown in a helicopter
69. Saved a favorite childhood toy
70. Visited the Lincoln Memorial
71. Eaten Caviar
72. Pieced a quilt
73. Stood in Times Square
74. Toured the Everglades
75. Been fired from a job
76. Changed a lightbulb
77. Broken a bone
78. Been on a speeding motorcycle
79. Seen the Grand Canyon in person
80. Published a book
81. Visited the Vatican
82. Bought a brand new car
83. Mowed the lawn
84. Had your picture in the newspaper
85. Read the entire Bible
86. Visited the White House
87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating
88. Had chickenpox
89. Saved someone’s life
90. Sat on a jury
91. Met someone famous
92. Joined a book club
93. Lost a loved one
94. Had a baby
95. Seen the Alamo in person
96. Swam in the Great Salt Lake
97. Been involved in a law suit
98. Owned a cell phone
99. Been stung by a bee

Total: 35

I'll tag anyone who wants to share (or is bored :))

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Welcome Home Elder Cottman!

Well, I have been somewhat neglectful in posting but something very exciting happened this week...My little bro Zack came home from his mission! He served in the New Zealand, Auckland mission and got home Tuesday 11.18.08. I think he's trying to adjust to post-mission life, but he looks good.

Josh and I met while Zack was on his mission, so this was the first time they were going to meet. It was really funny because when we were at the airport, my parents and all the aunts, uncles, grandparents, siblings, etc were standing around watching the electronic board waiting for his plane to say that it had "landed" and all of the sudden Josh says to me very calmly, "oh, there he is right there." Yep, there was Zack coming down the escalator and no one noticed except the only person who had never seen him before. I screamed, Zack grinned, and everyone went into picture-taking frenzy. It was a lot of fun and it is good to have him home. Welcome back Zackaweena!

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Candie and the Triathalite



Candie, joined Brooke Trogdon in Redding on Saturday November 1st for her first triathlon ever. She had been working out since Sept 22, 2008 to prepare to swim, run, and ride her bike.
Candie has this list of things that she wants to do in her lifetime, and now she can check the triathlon box off.
Candie and Josh drove up to Redding with their friends Brooke and Joe Trogdon on Halloween night, and enjoyed a stay at the La Quinta hotel.
The beds were terrible, but fortunatley Candie and Brooke were able to both finish their competition the next day.
Congrats Candie and Brooke!

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

YES on 8!

I've been mulling around what I wanted to post about this subject for a long time now...and some of you may have noticed I published a post yesterday but then quickly removed it. I just wanted to get my thoughts straight before I posted it for good.

Josh and I support Proposition 8. Many of you know this proposition will restore the traditional definition of marriage between a man and a woman in California. This is a very sensitive subject and I admit I was a little hesitant about it at first. I thought, what will it hurt to let same-sex couples get married? The more I have studied and thought about it, however, the more determined I have become to protect the traditional definition of marriage and here's why.

To me, marriage is more than a civil ceremony and title. It was established at the beginning of creation so that men and women could have CHILDREN and FAMILIES. Children cannot come into the world without both a father and mother and should be reared by both. I realize this is my personal belief and one that is definitely religious. But I wonder, isn't the idea of marriage itself a religious event? But, despite my personal beliefs, I cannot judge a person for their lifestyle (thank goodness I am not the judge!). Same-sex couples have every civil right as married couples in California and I say let them choose to live as they will. So, if they have the same rights when they are domestic partners, then this issue is not about rights. Some say this proposition is "all about love." Love everyone, let everyone do what they want. I disagree. What if a father "loved" his daughter in a romantic way? Would we allow them to marry? NO! Of course we wouldn't, the idea is appalling. My point is, there has to be some kind of limitations on marriage and obviously we're at the point where the law has to be specific about it. This is a MORAL issue, not a CIVIL one.

But these things are minor compared to my #1 worry. My number one worry is that if I teach my kids what I believe is right and wrong, it will be labeled as "hate speech." So, what choice will they have in their beliefs? They will have to believe, or at least say they do, that it's ok for same-sex couples to marry--it's the law after all and they would be considered intolerant if they said otherwise. Two days ago my brother was called a Bigot for holding a YES on 8 sign. Why does him expressing his belief make him a bigot? He never said he hated homosexuals or that he didn't respect their views, nor did he imply that he wants them to have any less rights. Besides, is she (the woman who called him a bigot) not a Bigot herself because she is not willing to accept his beliefs? Why does tolerance only go one way here? I don't understand that at all.

Some who oppose this proposition have told me to mind my own business when it comes to this issue. I submit that by voting YES I am doing exactly that. Minding my business and that of my family for generations to come. I want them to know that I gave everything I could even when it was hard to support this issue. It is that important to me.

Aren't we lucky to live in a country where we can make our voices heard? Remember to vote on November 4th!

Friday, September 26, 2008

Photo op

In order to complete this tag, you have to search the answers on an image search engine and then post a picture from the first page of results with the answer. It’s lots of fun!

My Favorite Vacation: our first cruise earlier this month--Baja Mexico on the Monarch of the Seas.


My Favorite Color: pink! I have a few favorites, but pink is definitely one of my top picks.

My Current Age: 26. This is a T-26 light soviet tank.

My Favorite Treat: that's easy...ICE CREAM!

My Favorite Food: Fajitas. Yum.

My Favorite Animal: skunks. I got Josh a little finger puppet skunk for Christmas last year.


The Place I Want to Travel The Most: Anywhere in that Beach Boys song "Cocomo". This is a picture of Montego Bay.

The Place I Grew Up: Loomis, Ca. It's a little town of around 6000 people. It's about 30 miles NE of Sacramento. Love this sign! it reminds me of going home :)

The Place I Live Now: Folsom, Ca. It's nice. Another suburb of Sacramento. This is a picture of the Rainbow Bridge, built in 1919. Folsom has a lot of cool history, bridges, bike trails, etc. It's a fabulous place to live.

Last Name: Green!! Josh and I met on March 17th, so St Patty's Day has a very special place in my heart :) also, Josh had green hair when we met


Middle Name: Louise. This is a picture of Lake Louise in Alberta, Canada. I had never heard of it before, but looks pretty, EH?

First Name: Candie. HAHAHA! I was hoping to find a picture of the brand Candie's shoes...but I saw this and couldn't resist. This donkey's name is Candie! (yes, spelled my way)

Something I Used to Love: Halloween. I used to love getting dressed up and trick-or-treating. Now I find the Holiday quite disturbing (disclaimer: I still think the cutsey fall decorations are fun).


Thanks Ashley, this was fun. Anyone who wants to share, consider yourself tagged (??Brooke, Liz, Tabitha??)

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Tagged

Ok, so Ashley tagged me with this like 3 months ago. I read her responses and neglected to do it back then, so better late than never? Anyway, here goes :)

Four places I go over and over:

  1. Work
  2. Church
  3. the Parentals
  4. Winco

Four people who e-mail me regularly:

  1. Josh
  2. co-workers
  3. Zack
  4. Trulie

Four of my favorite places to eat:

  1. Red Robin
  2. Macaroni Grill
  3. Dos Coyotes
  4. Togo's

Four places I would rather be right now:

  1. camping
  2. swimming
  3. in hawaii
  4. in bed

Four people I talk to on a daily basis:

  1. Josh
  2. Sandals (our Cat)
  3. my boss (on workdays)
  4. does email or Facebook count?

Four TV shows I watch over and over: (or would if i watched TV more)

  1. Anything on Food Network
  2. The Office
  3. The Amazing Race
  4. What not to wear

Four people I’m tagging: Anyone who wants to play along!

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Baja Cruise 9.1.08

After our weekend in the San Luis Obispo area, the second half of our vacation began! We drove down to Los Angeles with our friends Joe and Brooke Trogdon to go on a cruise! The cruise took us to San Diego, Catalina Island and Ensenada, Mexico. Can you believe it was my first time in Mexico and I grew up in California? I know, crazy. The trip was so much fun! I just wish it was longer :) Here are a few pictures...






Visit to Pismo 8.2008

We got back from our vacation a week ago. We went down to Pismo Beach to visit Haley and her family for a few days, which was so much fun! Jace and Brighton are so funny--we really enjoyed our time there. AND, Josh had arranged with Haley to give my an early birthday present--a massage! Loved it! Josh is the best.