Sunday, September 28, 2008


Arlington Cemetery has definately been our favorite place to visit so far. The feeling there is incredible. I did not expect to feel or to see what I did. It is an amazing place. I think even my little Zenock felt the peace that was present.... he was the best he has ever been and was so quiet and good, which is totally unlike him. Maybe the squirrels, birds, and rabbits running around everywhere kept him entertained.

I was in awe how quiet it was there and there were hundreds of people walking around.

I was amazed at how many gravestones there were... It was a humbling and thankful experience to walk among them. Especially knowing that either of my Grandpa's who served in wars could have had the same fate.

We have experienced a lot of JFK history in the past year... This is where it ends. He is buried under this memorial in Arlington. (Can I just say... what a view he has from here.)

Did I mention it was raining (down pouring) during our visit. We had a lot of fun playing in the rain. I loved this tree.

The Tomb of the Unknown... "Known But To God" I love that that is written on the side of the tomb. The guys who guard the tomb take what they are doing in such high honor. At the bottom of the post, is "The Changing of the Guard." JC and I were really excited to watch this, we watched it on The History Channel (yeah, we are dorks) one night and there is so much that goes on behind the scenes for these guys to even become guards. Their uniforms are inspected before they go on guard and they have to be perfect. It is really cool how serious they take it, even when it is raining.

The ampitheater behind the tomb is all marble. Awesome!

The doorway of the ampitheater...

This is a big circle and the columns go all the way around the theater.

The USS Maines' mast that was sunk at Havana Harbor

There are thousands.... I love how this picture turned out. You can see Washington Monument in the distance. It was a really foggy, misty day.

The Women in Service Memorial

The Women in Service Memorial (again) and above it is Arlington House. (Remodeled after Robert E. Lee's house.) We absolutely loved Arlington Cemetery and can't wait to go back. It is so peaceful.

On our way home we stopped at "Cheeseburger in Paradise" for a late lunch... This is the face we got after giving Zenock a pickle. Our waitress couldn't stop laughing.

Reading his books after we got home...

Helping dad work out.... (Anyone in or near Virginia want to buy a bowflex??? It is in great condition, we just don't need it anymore. There is one in our clubhouse.)

This is the Changing of the Guard we filmed while at Arlington. (It is about twelve minutes long or so, but pretty cool to watch if you haven't ever seen it.)

100 Things

The idea is to write 100 things about yourself... JC left today for Michigan (with work), Zenock is asleep, and my mom won't answer her cell phone. So why not give it a try... I don't have much else to do. Brace yourself... here it goes. (in no particular order) :)
1. I am the 4th of six kids
2. I have 3 older brothers and 2 younger sisters
3. I have 9 (almost 10) nieces and nephews
4. If I don't know you or if I am not familiar with my surroundings, I am really shy
5. If I do know you, I could talk forever about anything
6. I love chocolate, I have to have some at least once a day
7. I love, love, love, to shop!
8. Even if I don't have money for something, I will save until I can afford it.
9. I've never had a favorite color. It changes all the time.
10. My favorite number is 7
11. I like the teen drama shows, the new 90210, the hills, greek
12. I went to college for a year and two months after which I withdrew from classes and moved home after my roommate and one of my best friends was hit by a car and killed.
13. I consider her my guardian angel, I am always wondering what she would think or say about things I do.
14. Hot pink Gerber daisies and yellow roses are my favorite flowers
15. They were the flowers in my wedding bouqet
16. I have been married for 4 years, 5 months, and 12 days
17. I have one son who will be 18 months on the first of October
18. I hate scary movies
19. I am terrified of ghosts
20. One of my favorite holidays is Halloween
21. I love all Holidays and celebrate the little ones too.
22. The second Christmas we were married, my husband bought me socks and a Chronicles of Narnia book. (That's all. :)
23. I HATE fantasy books... except the Twilight series.
24. My husband isn't "big" into holidays
25. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE my husband, he is my best friend.
26. I love law and politics...
27. I took a six month course to become a certified paralegal.
28. I love photography and one day want to own my own studio.
29. I was named after my mom (Carma Lynn) and my Aunt Karen who died when she was a baby. My name = Carin Lynn
30. My son was named after his dad's best friend
31. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE, my little boy and his cute personality
32. I love when I am the only person that can calm Zenock down.
33. I was born in Tremonton, Utah
34. I LOVE Fall
35. I am obsessed with leaves
36. My dad called me Punker when I was little, because I used to dance to "punk" music.
37. I was terrified of dogs when I was little. I would jump through a window to avoid them.
38. I love scrapbooking/digital scrapbooking, but get so frustrated doing it. There are too many embellishments and choices to make. (I am really behind.)
39. I am a very indecisive person
40. When buying cereal or ice cream, I stand in the isle forever making a decision.
41. I love the gospel and going to the temple
42. I met Marie Osmond in college while at work and helped her..
43. I worked at OshKosh B'Gosh while in college
44. I loved growing up next door to my Grandma and across the street from my cousins.
45. I have never broken a bone.
46. I never had a cavity until after I got married
47. I talk to my mom almost every day
48. My mom is my best friend next to JC
49. When I got pregnant the second time, my hair got really curly and it hasn't ever gone away. (It drives me crazy!)
50. I have had a miscarriage
51. I love having my house clean and organized
52. I hate when things are unorganized or unclean, I get really frustrated and uptight
53. I washed my hair every morning in high school.
54. I miss living close by my family and JC's family
55. I loved when my brothers would let me hang out with them and tease me when I was little
56. I wanted to be a BYU cheerleader when I grew up
57. I have major anxiety that my house will burn down.
58. I check my burners, oven, and chi a million times before I go to bed or leave the house.
59. I love chapstick, esp. Mary Kay's satin lip balm.
60. I hate talking on the phone... I would rather have a conversation in person.
61. When JC and I were dating, I ran up a $300 dollar phone bill, because of our "texting."
62. I organize my closet by type and by color according to the colors of the rainbow. (ROY G BIV... I blame OshKosh.)
63. I organize JC's closet as well.
64. I get mad at JC if he puts a shirt in the wrong place.
65. I hate clutter and I make JC pick up after himself.
66. I love whipped cream and will eat it out of the bowl/can.
67. I met JC the day he got home from his mission
68. The second time I met JC, I developed a small crush on him and secretly hoped he would ask me out.
69. I LOVE Target
70. If it wasn't necessary for me to go to wal-mart, I wouldn't.
71. I always get stuck standing in line at wal-mart.
72. I never met my Grandpa Reeder. He died while my dad was on his mission.
73. My favorite tv shows are: The office and Grey's Anatomy
74. I love pumpkin chocolate chip cookies
75. My favorite lotion/smell is Vanilla Bean Noel from Bath and Body Works. I stock up every year.
76. JC gets mad at me for wearing "christmas lotion" year round.
77. I love dancing. I want to make JC take a ballroom class with me. :)
78. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE to decorate my house and wish I had more room/rooms to decorate. (as well as more money.:)
79. I went to college to become an interior designer
80. I love summer, swimming, waterparks, etc.
81. I can't wait to go on a mission with JC when we are older.
82. I love reading anything by Jane Austen
83. JC and I knew after three months we were going to get married. We didn't get engaged for another four months.
84. This is my 96th post!!!
85. I love Relief Society... living outside of Utah, they become your family.
86. I LOVE doing crafts that I can decorate my house with.
87. One day I want to co-own and run my own home interiors store with my mom.
88. My first calling in the church after I was married was Primary Chorister...
89. I cried every Sunday because I WAS Primary Chorister. I CAN'T sing.
90. I WISH I could sing.
91. I HATE watching football.
92. I only like to watch sports if they are live... I like being near the action.
93. Mexican is my favorite food.
94. I have never been out of the country... one day.
95. I don't read books unless they are GOOD romance novels.
96. I spend way too much time blogging.
97. I can't believe I am almost done with this.
98. I can't believe you are still reading this. :)
99. I LOVE my Family!
100. I love knowing that my Family is Forever.
wow... Now it's your turn to try it.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Reflections of Christ

I was just looking at their website and if anyone is interested the art exhibit will be in Salt Lake on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 4-5 at the Joseph Smith Memorial Building on the Mezzanine level and is open from 9am-10pm. (There is no charge for admission.) It is awesome!

Again, for the slideshow of these images, click here. (Make sure to have your sound turned up.)

This Week...

Zenock is such a little monkey! He has started climbing on top of everything as well as doing pull ups to anything he can...

Our table is pretty high and I am terrified he is going to fall and break something, BUT he is so proud of himself when he finally gets on top.

We love going on walks daily. Zenock and I usually go on one during the day and then we go on one later in the evening when JC gets home. This is from one of our walks earlier this week.

We headed to downtown D.C. again to soak it all in and to see some more sights. After spending over an hour in traffic (on a SATURDAY!) we finally got there.

Our first stop was the Holocaust Memorial Museum. It was incredible and not at all what I thought it would be. You could spend hours there reading everything. I have always been so awed by what happened during the Holocaust. My first introduction to the Holocaust was by my 4th grade teacher who was from Germany (Mrs. Glasgow) and I remember her telling us about the Holocaust and about her brother who was part of the nazi army. I have been amazed by stories through out my life of people who survived and those who haven't. I am amazed at what they went through. The sign as you leave the museum says, "Remember what you saw." I don't think anyone will ever be able to forget.

JC and Zenock in front of the Smithsonian Institution building.

As we were walking around we heard these big drums and music, so we ran towards the sound and this is what we found. The African Art museum had stilt walkers doing dances around the building as well as guys playing the drums. It was pretty cool.

Mom and Zenock

We thought we would let Zenock cool off for a bit....

One of my favorite things about D.C. is to just walk around and look at all of the buildings. I have always had a love for interior design and architecture and I could seriously stare at them all day... I think I ran into at least five people as we were walking down the street and I was staring at the buildings. The building above is definately my favorite. It is the Dwight D. Eisenhower office building right next to the white house. I love the Victorian Style. It is being remodeled right now and I can't wait to see it when it is finished.

Everything is so detailed... The national archive building.

I love the arches and the big lanterns that hang down in the middle.

Our last sight for the day was The White House! I was so excited to see this, it is so awesome to see this sight in person. On our way back to the car we stopped at the mall to watch a Gold Star Reception for the military and then stopped to watch a Rugby game. I can't believe what a rough sport it is... They had to call an ambulance twice while we were watching.


We finally had a peaceful relaxing Sunday... Zenock went to nursery! He was going when we were in Texarkana, but we thought we would wait until he was 18 mths to send him here. After fighting him for a month and leaving church early a few times, we decided to give up and just take him early. They were so good to let him come. It was the first time we left him in nursery by himself and he did great! He loves playing with the kids. I can't believe how big he is. It was definately JC and I who were the ones not ready to leave him. All through Sunday school we kept looking at each other and saying we missed him.

After church we went up to the temple visitors center to see an art exhibit we heard was open. It is called Reflections of Christ and if you haven't seen it, I definately recommend viewing it. You can see it here. (Make sure to have your sound turned on.) The artist does real life photography images of Christ's life.

The Washington D.C. Temple

Pictures do not do this temple justice... it is so pretty.

I love the Temple grounds, it is engroved in trees and it is gorgeous! This is the visitors center. You can see the christus statue through the window. Senator Bennett from Utah was also speaking at the visitors center, but we were unable to listen due to a very active little boy.

Going for a walk around the Temple.

Zenock loves water

...Playing around...

I love this look. He always has to have a stick in his hand when he is outside. He is such a little boy.

Mom and Zenock at the back doors.

My family at the Washington D.C. Temple
September 22, 2008

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Randomness and Our new Home!

Do you ever have a day when you feel relaxed and content? It might just be my obsession with Fall and the fact that the weather is perfect around me, (or maybe it's because Zenock is taking a nap), but it feels like everything around me is perfect too. I can't help but look at my life right now and feel completely blessed. When Zenock was born our lives were turned upside down and we had no idea what we were doing or what was going to happen with our future. BUT, since then it feels like things have fallen perfectly into place. I feel so blessed to have such a sweet little boy who gives me loves all day long and a wonderful husband who loves me and supports and encourages all of my crazy ideas and thoughts. I'll be the first to admit it is not always like this, tough times could be around the corner - (definitely considering that I just spent $4.99 on a gallon of milk, $3.29 on a dozen eggs, and $1.79 on a can of cream of chicken soup!!! Cutting coupons and scoping out ads for the 15 different grocery stores in my area is my new hobby.) But anytime I can feel this relaxed and happy, I'll take it! It's a great day....
Some of the random things my "sweet" little boy is doing:
I walked into Zenock's room yesterday and he was sitting in his book basket with his arm around his bear, a book in his lap, pointing to the book saying, "Do you see that." It was a priceless "mommy" moment knowing that he is going to be a great big brother someday, but before I could grab the camera it was over.
A few minutes later, I walked back into his room to check on him and learned that I can't let him run around in just a diaper anymore.... he somehow learned how to take it off! There he was standing in front of his window for all to see playing with his busy ball popper toy.... I cried I laughed so hard.
I like to growl at my son... well he has started growling back and will even say "mama" in a growl voice. Well, we were sitting in church and during the sacrament he started saying it really loud, over and over.... yeah, we laughed.... and then he laughed. Not a good idea. Pretty sure we are now outcasts in our new ward for disrupting the reverence and peace.
Zenock's first full sentence: "Do you see that." It was just "See that," but he has now added the DO. His vocabulary is getting bigger everyday... he is trying so hard to say words and sentences. While watching his show today, he pointed to the cat and said "kittycat."
You can't help but love this kid!
AFTER many requests by my mom and sister here are some pictures of our new home.

We are on the Second Floor.... it's not too bad, after always being the top floor residents.
The view from our deck. I love the area we live, it is so pretty! There are tons of townhomes and lots of jogging trails, sidewalks, and parks for me to take Zenock on walks too.

Another view...

Kitchen/Hallway... (and yes, I've already decorated for Halloween. I love holidays.)

Dining Room

Family Room

Family Room

Master Bedroom

Zenock's Bathroom/Guest Bathroom

I left out the master bath as well as Zenock's room. I'm not sure if I like how Z's room turned out as well as he is asleep and I didn't want to wake him taking pictures.

This is our new Home..... Visitors are welcome!

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Sweet Virginia...

Saturday has officially become our "touring" day. We thought we would get up early last Saturday and drive TWENTY minutes... (that's right... twenty!) into D.C. to see what we could see. (It is much better than having to drive 3 hours into Dallas.) I never thought in a million years that I would live here, but I do and I love it! It is going to be so hard to leave in two years AND I have only been here for less than a month! There is so much to see and do. I don't think we even got through an eighth of it. Before we had even parked, we were passing places and I was already planning for the next month of Saturdays... such as: The pentagon, The holocaust museum, The national Archive museum, A nationals game, The capitol building, The white house... the list goes on and on.
Our first stop... Washington Monument
As we were driving into D.C. and this came into view, it seriously gave me chills. It was an awesome sight. To go from my humble "little" town of Brigham City to THIS! :)

World War II monument...

JC already knows that I am an emotional person, but I had already warned him that it could hit at any time during our "touring." As you walk around this and read all the quotes from past presidents, etc. you can feel the emotion around you and the respect for those who have served and are serving for our country quadruples.

The naval academy was taking their morning jog around the mall...

I really had to hold it in when these guys passed by singing, chanting, yelling:

"We are the U.S. Navy!"

My family in front of the Lincoln Memorial

There was an Obama Rally outside the memorial... I was amazed at how many people were there.

As we were walking back from the Lincoln Memorial, we walked passed this guy. He looked really familiar and I knew he had to be someone... I think I might have been staring at him... (He was the ONLY person dressed up in a white shirt, cuff links, and suit pants on a Saturday.) I looked over at JC and he said, "Do you know who that is?" I made the realization just as his publicist asked if we wanted a picture with "Senator Bob Dole." (Yeah... I didn't ask for the picture. I'm not one of those crazy for celebrity people.)
Yes... we got our picture with Bob Dole... not just Bob Dole, but former presidential candidate BOB DOLE! Can you believe it... That is like running into Obama or McCain in twelve or so years. CraZy! (I realize after telling a few people that this really isn't as exciting to everyone else as it was to JC and I... but seriously, how often do you go out sight seeing and run into an all most president just walking around!)
We had to run into the Smithsonian of Natural History and grab this picture for Grandpa Larson.... "The Hope Diamond." (Need I say more. :) I apologize that the quality isn't very good.
It's a good thing we live here, because we can't make the day too long.. Zenock doesn't allow for it. He did really good for about 4 hours, but then we had to leave before the "melt down" could occur.

After a long Saturday, Zenock spent Sunday just lounging around enjoying the amazing weather we are having. It is perfect... I already have an obsession with Fall, but after a year of NO season change and no Fall, I am especially excited and obsessed for Fall. I can't wait for all of the fun activites, colors, food, and LeAvEs that are associated with Fall.

The real life Calvin and Hobbes... Zenock has been carrying around this tiger all morning. They are real life partners in crime, getting into all sorts of trouble as I try to blog.