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M and Brandon on the tube.
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August 08, 2008
Okay...so book number four. 'Wow'...'Ummm'...and 'What' are the words that pretty much summed up my thoughts about this book. I admit that I had a hard time putting it down. I heart Edward. In Eclipse, tucked under the back flap, there were two iron ons. One said, 'Team Edward'. And the other said, 'Team Jacob'. When I go see the movie...I will be wearing my team's colors.
Okay so the book...I wasn't sure about the format she chose. I didn't really like how Stephenie switched perspectives in the middle of the book. Since she's coming out with Edward's perspective in a book all it's own. So wasn't thrilled about that. Having said that...it really made me appreciate Jacob's character and empathize with him in some ways. I thought the timing was bad because I would have loved to have Edward's perspective during Bella's pregnancy with all the risks involved. And I also, would have liked Bella's perspective of how strong her motherly bond grew for this child that was killing her. I think that may have been interesting.
I really liked that Bella and Edward were able to get married right off the bat in book four. Usually in the movies...there's always something getting in the way. So I was happy with that whole event. And I will admit I thought the 'honeymoon' part was riveting. I thought it was interesting that to keep some control of himself during intimate moments...Edward had destroyed things. The down pillow! LOVED it. I thought it was cute in a way. And found myself wanting more destruction...for her. The whole Edward-having-to-keep-control was... endearing to me. Kind of like 'brideling our passions'. Interesting.
Wasn't sure about the whole baby thing. In book 3 I wondered about it briefly...one of the things that she'd have to sacrifice. And at first, I was with Edward and Jacob, that this unborn child should be killed. At this point in the story Bella was my least favorite character. She was getting everything she wanted and I thought she was being super selfish and acting like a spoiled brat. Edward had given her everything she'd ever wanted and she never once returned the favor...the marriage thing doesn't count. If you love someone enough to even think about sex...then you do it the right way. Married.
I really thought that the Volturi and the Cullens, and all with them, were going to fight. I wanted so much for the Volturi to be defeated. I wanted Bella to prove herself, more than I thought she did, with her new talent. As she was practicing with Kate...I figured Nessie would be brought into the picture to show the power a mother can possess in protecting her young. I really liked that part.
So these are some of my thoughts as I close the fourth and final book of the Twilight Saga. The movie will be interesting but at least I will be with friends. I am glad I am not the only one who is in an uproar over the casting. My sil, who lives in California, said her friends there were so angry at the casting too. So hurray. I think I will just picture Orlando Bloom as Legolas, in Lord of the Rings, as the handsome, beautiful, and dazzling Edward. Even though, technically, Edward has light brown hair. Orlando Bloom would be perfect for the role of Edward. Yum.
August 02, 2008
Thursday, we went with friends to Sand Harbor again. It is so beautiful up there I just can't get enough of it. We decided to go up right after swim lessons. So Wednesday night I got all the dry foods ready in a bag...you know like goldfish, pretzels, chips, etc. Then Thursday morning I got all the food that needed to go in the cooler packed. I made my list of things to pack...towels, sunscreen, extra swim suits, camera, cellphone, money, etc. I checked everything off my list and we were off to swim lessons. We were running a little behind and when we got there...Arianne told us that she had forgotten her cooler of food and needed to go back to get it.
So Jenni and I told her to go back and we would take care of her kids till she got back. As she was walking out the door I remembered that I didn't pack the life jackets. I caught up with her and asked if she wouldn't mind running by my house to get them. I gave her my keys and she was on her way. 30 later she calls to tell me that she could only find 2 and that she would stop on the way back from her house to look one more time. I told her that we would take her kids to Wal-Mart, Jenni and I had to buy beach umbrellas, and would meet her in the parking lot. Swim lessons get over at 9:30. And it was 9:45.
Meanwhile, I went to get cash from the ATM and was on my way back when I thought, 'Ask Kennidy if she packed the life jackets.' So when I got back to the pool, the kids were all playing on the lawn at this point, I asked Kennidy about the life jackets. 'Yeah, we packed M's and F's.' she said. Oh did I feel horrible. Arianne was on her way back to my house to have another look. It was 10:00 and Jenni and I quickly called anyone we could think of that would have Arianne's cell number. No one had it. Finally we got a hold of my neighbor, Emily, and asked her to keep an eye out for Arianne and to let her know that we had the other life jackets.
We got all the kids loaded in our two vans by 10:15 and were on our way to Wal-Mart. By the time we bought our umbrellas and found Arianne it was 11:20. Jenni kept saying, 'It's a good thing we have all day!' The day was swiftly running away from us. If any of our husbands had been there they would have been so mad at all of us. Good thing they were out of town! So then we were finally on our way.
The drive was slow up the mountain because of construction and when I thought the slow was over...all three of us got stuck behind a semi hauling asphalt. Remember that primary song about the pioneer ox carts moving 'OH HOW SLOW!' That's what came to mind as we inched our way up the mountain.
We finally reached Sand Harbor...an hour later. Connie had saved us a spot in a nice cove. Thanks so much, Connie. After getting settled, reparking the car, putting sunscreen on everyone...we could relax. The kids had so much fun playing in the water with all their friends. I think we stayed almost 5 hours. It was so nice to be there with friends.
Friday, we had our carpets cleaned, M and F played at the Evans', A played at the Workman's, K and I went to Costco and Wal-Mart, and K had a sleepover at Emma's house. They were going to sleep on the tramp until they heard coyotes. She had a good time with her friend.
Saturday, Brandon came home from Palm Springs and his Roman and Melissa came to visit on their way to the Idaho Cabin. The kids love being with their cousins. They are all such good friends.
What a week we've had. I am so happy that July is over and we can now enjoy one more week of swim lessons, one week of no commitements, feed the missionaries, enjoy having Rachel, Emilie, and Leah visit, and then it's back to school. We have had a great summer.