Monday, January 19, 2009

The Past Few Months

We're still alive and doing well fellow bloggers!!! Sarah hasn't had the Baby yet, if she had you'd have a million little photos of tiny feet and fingers to look at. So, instead here's a smiggin of what we've been up to for the last 3 months.

Every Christmas the Fam goes to see "The Forgotten Carols" It's fun every year, and for some reason I understand one more thing in the story. I swear they reveal something new though every year.....

Sar is ready for the Baby to get out of her tummy now. This is her with my Sis Alexis. She's having a little boy in a week or so. I think it's going to be fun that they'll be having kids just a week apart.
I got a new camera. The D-90. It's been a hoot! I've be having a blast with it.

So cute.

For Christmas and birthday presents I took Family photos for a few siblings. It was a lot of fun.
Above is Talin, Brian and my Sis Chelsey.

Chels and Brian.

I love this photo. This is Sar's Sis Erika and her rockin hubby Steve with they're two cute little adopted kiddos, Kalli and Zeik. We just love em.

I can't wait to have little kiddos of our own. I love pics like this.

This is Rachelle and Jeff. Rachelle is the one that dove in the Olympics. She and Jeff live up in Washington and we don't get to see them too often. We love when they come to visit though.

Lastly. I wanted to make sure that you guys had some sort of humor during this blog post, so I thought I'd share why Sarah got pregnant (per my mother) after two and half years of trying.
I'll start by saying my Mom is Buddhist. She is a Reiki Master as well. She's gone on a couple "pilgrimage's" to Tibet, Nepal, the Himalayas area and she's hit Buhtan a couple of times as well.
So.......This last time she went out there she told us about these fertility blessing you can get from the Karmapa. A guy that's kinda like Buddha or the Dali Lama. (Best way to explain a Karmapa)
Well, this Karmapa dude can give blessings and if you want to get one vicariously for someone else, you can. Great. So, there's this fertility blessing you can get and is done with one of two instruments. A wooden penis or a stone penis. The person kneels at the altar, the Karmapa chants a few things and bops you on the head and next thing you know you get pregnant. !!
My Mom asked us which instrument we thought she should have the Karmapa use. The wooden, or stone. We thought it was only natural to use "wood".
So, here we are. Prego. Technically Sar got pregnant two weeks after the bop on my mothers head in Tibet. coincidence? Who knows.... All I know is that it makes a great laugh. The picture above is a typical sign seen on most homes out there. It is a sign for the blessing of fertility or something of the sort. A shlong or penis, whatever you call it tagged on the side of a building is what it looks like to me though. The original photo hangs on our refrigerator with a small heart magnet over the ...... thing. Next time you stop by and say hi, move the magnet to the right or left revealing the graffiti..
Stay tuned for Baby!!!!! She'll be popping out in the next 2-3 weeks!!


Cheryl said...

can't wait to see pics of the little guys are going to have one beautiful baby!

guess i need a penis symbol on the outside of my house or go back to high school and get drunk. jk 'normal' practicing doesn't do the trick with my body :)

just remember to let the little one see your face sometimes in between all the picture taking with your new camera!!

The Funky Bunch said...

You look so dang cute Sara!

Brian & Chelsey said...

You are so funny that you told that story colb! I love it! Cant wait for my new little Niece!!!!!! :D

Jess is excited for SNOW said...

A bop on the head with a penis... now that's a good mother-in-law! Good luck with the next couple of weeks :)

Kristin said...

Can't wait for the picture show :)

The Hancuff's said...

i too would have chosen the wood:) sar, you look great! i'm so excited for you both, and I hope all goes well over the next couple of weeks.

Booth and Tiffany Jenson said...

AWESOME story. you'll def. have to put that in the baby book/scrapbook!! good luck hope all goes well.

lil hurst fam said...

Yes, I am so done! I forgot how much the last month sucks. This is when I double in size and every time I have to move I want to cry. But I'm also nesting so I want to do everything. It's very annoying. You're almost there! I can't wait to see pics. Miss you guys! - em

Katie Cook Oborn said...

Hilarious fertility story! Wow. I got the D80 for Christmas and I've been in Heaven! I looked at the 90... what a great camera. Have fun with it. We'll have to swap photo tips.

Carol Wilson said...

Too hilarious. You got a couple of the details right but here's the story:
Drukpa Kunley was known in Bhutan as “The Divine Madman”, an enlightened Master who was recognized as the reincarnation of the great Mahasiddha, Saraha, and from my own Kagyu Buddhist lineage of Tilopa, Niropa, Marpa and Milarepa. I believed in the power of Bhutan’s beloved Drukpa Kunley (1455-1570) fertility wang (blessing or empowerment), which is now transmitted through the resident Lama at Drukpa Kunley’s monastery, Chimi Lhkhang, near the town of Punakha, Bhutan in the valley below Metshina. The yellow roofed monastery was built by Drukpa Kunley’s cousin in 1499 and dedicated to fertility in order to honor Drupka Kunley; thus, each year hundreds of childless couples come from Bhutan (and now from around the world) to pray for children and receive a fertility blessing, which includes having the Lama bless the couple on the head with a large wooden and bone phallus!
While on pilgrimage in Bhutan in 2005, I visited Chimi Lhkhang monastery and asked for a fertility blessing from the Lama for a student of mine who had just experienced her 5th miscarriage. I believed that this blessing would result in a child, and 11 months later she delivered a healthy baby boy. Of course, a couple of years later, when my own son and daughter-in-law remained childless after nearly four years of marriage and were beginning to accumulate some costly medical expenses for infertility work-ups and a possible surgery, I wanted to return to Bhutan to ask for a fertility blessing for them, also.
Born in Tibet, Drukpa Kunley had a full memory of previous incarnations even as a child; however, after his father was killed in a family feud, he became disillusioned with the world and became a monk, dedicating himself to a spiritual life. In his early 20’s he discarded his robes and became an ascetic wanderer or neljorpa (yogi) who discovered and developed his personal power. His behavior, exploits, songs and humor were outrageous, wild, and often obscene--an example of the Tibetan tradition of “crazy wisdom”; however, his behavior was never for personal gain or self-aggrandizement, but rather, with a spontaneous desire to benefit and Enlighten others, characterized by “care-free renunciation, an excess of compassion, total lack of inhibition, skillful use of shock-therapy, and tears and laughter. An itinerant mode of life, practiced by a vast variety of people, is socially acceptable throughout the East. If insanity is defined as deviation from a psychological norm, the divine madman is truly crazy; but if a spiritual ideal is used as a yardstick, undoubtedly, it is the vast majority of us who are insane” (Dowman, 2000, p. 28-29).
Often viewed as irreverent when he mocked “the establishment” and man-made rules and prescriptions, he developed an unorthodox teaching style that shocked people out of hypocrisy, greed, stiff and rigid ideas, religious dogmatism, attachment, and egoistic self-possession—things which he felt kept people from learning the Buddha’s true teachings. His miracles were undeniable; i.e. turning a small quantity of tea into amounts for thousands to drink; exorcising evil spirits, transforming demons, and instantaneously transporting himself to far away locations. He never killed an animal for meat without restoring the animal back to life. He is even credited for the creation of a species of animal, the takin, by putting together the remains of two different animals (a goat’s head and a cow’s body) (Dowman, 2000).
Thus, I once again returned to Bhutan on pilgrimage in March of 2008. I hiked for 25 minutes across rice fields, past many modest, Bhutanese homes in Pana with a white flag on the roof swaying in the breeze—an indication that their home had been blessed by their lama, past a white chorten with prayer wheels, following a tiny stream downhill to Yoaka (“in the drain”), across an archery field, past more wind tattered prayer flags jutting more than 40 feet into the air, and finally ---finally—a short climb up the hill to Chimi Lhkhang monastery. Young monks were playing volleyball in the yard without a care in the world. Once inside, we were able to view a central statue of Drukpa Kunley with his beloved black dog, Sachi. As I knelt down in front of the Lama to receive his blessing for my son and daughter-in-law, I gave him a piece of paper with their written names. Not once did I “hope” or “wish” that this fertility blessing would be effective, nor did I want to “try” to see what happens. I never even considered that it might seem quite absurd that I would once again go to such lengths and travel thousands of miles without concern for any one’s opinion. I simply believed in what I was doing---totally---100%-----not even half a bubble off. And, once again, 11 months after my trek to Chimi Lhkhang monastery in the far away land of Bhutan, my granddaughter will be born. Yes, our lives are blessed with miracles; however, we need to believe and act in order for them to manifest.
Love, MOM