Thursday, November 29, 2007

Cutest picture of my life

(p.s. For a brief recap of our visit with Elder Lund and more visit Eric's Dig and Discover blog)

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Let Christmas Begin!

For our FHE yesterday we invited Charina to join us in Provo's First Light ceremony. It was so magical and fun!! It was an intimate gathering of Provo residents and their families at the Covey Center for Arts on Center St. A group of 200 3rd graders caroled us in with a few songs, and then Santa showed up, and with the help of some magic elf dust and the city council members, they turned on the Christmas lights in Provo. It was so magical!! If you are planning on being in Provo next Christmas, I would highly recommend attending this yearly tradition, they even handed out treats to all who were there! Here's the photo's capturing the night.

Us Family waiting in the dark cold.
The 3rd grade choir.
When Santa came Viana got so excited! You can see Santa in the middle left there, and Viana is pointing saying, "Santa! Santa!"
This is us light and warmed in our hearts :) Viana was obviously in love with the lights.
For the rest of the night Viana said over and over and over and over, "Santa, turn light on! Santa, turn light on! Merrrrrry, Tismas!" Indeed, I echo her, Merrrrry Tismas!

Monday, November 26, 2007

Note to self

Tell Eric to get a substitute for his classes on Wednesday, because we have been invited to SLC for an interview with Elder Gerald N. Lund at 2pm.

Thursday, November 22, 2007

Our Thankful ABC's

A-Afternoon Naps…especially when both babies take one at the same time!
B-Brooke Talei Carter. She has such a cheerful countenance and has brought so many blessings to our family!C-Carters, the extended version! We love our Carter family and wish we could see them more, More, MORE! D-DT. We are so thankful for the three years of WONDERFUL experiences we had at DT.E-Enchanted. BEST holiday movie of the season! GO TO THIS MOVIE!!!F-Friends!! We have so so so so many friends that are lifesavers and exemplars.
G-Gift cards! Who wouldn’t be thankful for winning a $1000 BYU bookstore giftcard (and a $10 one too!)
H-Heating! Our apartment has the world’s best heater, and there is nothing more scrumptious than coming inside to a toasty home!
I-‘Ilove you’s’ that float around our house every day.
J-Jobs. Cliché’, I know, but we really are very thankful for our jobs.
K-Kids! All kinds! Ours, the residents, the seminary students, our friend’s kids, the list goes on…
L-Lindes! Boy are we thankful that we live so close and can spend so much fun time together!M-Mikel Meals. Every third Sunday of the month we are blessed to go to the Mikel’s house and enjoy food, family and friendship
N-New Van! Can’t describe how much we love our new van! We are SO thankful for it!O-Observations. We’re thankful for the hard humbling ones and the great rewarding ones!
P-Power Point. Eric has made the neatest presentations for his seminary class that has helped bring the spirit into our home as he works on them.
Q-Quests to find the perfect park R-Roys. Nothin’ like those crazy Roys! We are thankful that they get to share Thanksgiving with us! S-Seminary! We are so thankful for the opportunity Eric has had to teach these past two semesters, and pray that it can be a continued career.
T-Thanksgiving!! How can you not love a day full of eating!!
U-Utah Hair! I’m so thankful for Viana’s morning hair, we love being Utah residents!V-Viana Jo Carter. She is our tall, big-footed, long-haired funny girl. We love her more than we thought we ever could love. W-Wyview. We are thankful for the GROWING experience Wyview has provided us. And Charina lives right across the street! X-piXar (cheap, I know) But without it, we wouldn’t be us!!
Y-YOU! Whoever you may be!
Z-Zurg! Because then we can have cute pictures like this!

Monday, November 19, 2007


The last word Eric heard fromViana before he found her like this was, "Deb!" (her combination of bed and crib)

Saturday, November 17, 2007

Movie Quotes

So, some movie lines I (Eric) just think are completely hilarious; although not always intended to be funny. Some of these were intended to be funny, but probably not as funny as I've found them. Here are some of my favorite ones to watch over and over.

#6- "Jack Frost. You have been charged for attempting to upstage Santa Claus in ways that were both willful and malicious."

-"Excuse me. Did you just accuse me of being skillful and delicious."

See, like I said; probably not intended to be hilarious, but it cracks me up. This one, from Santa Clause 3 is at number 6 mainly because it's not even out yet. Tues Nov. 20th we'll get to see this gem on the racks. So, yes, I've been watching it over and over on the Previews for "Pixar Short Films Volume 1"

#5- "You mean to tell me that you spent 3 days, lying on the beach, drinking rum!"

A favorite in the Roy household (my in-laws!). We laugh it up anytime we're together. That's of course from Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl.

#4- Another great quote from the Pirates movies. This one, though is from Jack while haggling with Davy Jones.

-"And did I mention, he's in love.....With a girl!"

I love this one! Jack's expression is hilarious! Not to mention he doesn't really say the "th" in "with"; instead it comes out more like "wiv". He says it again near the end for "Yep, I'm good wiv it!"

#3- "It was pretty obvious what you were going to do."

I may have actually butchered this quote from Gilderoy Lockhart in The Chamber of Secrets, but that's because the word-for-word quote is irrelevant! Just notice how he says "pretty!" It's hilarious. Oh, and it's during his duel with Professor Snape. This one claims number 3 status because it's with me anytime I say the word "pretty"!

#2- "Chinese Fireball. Ooohhh!!!"

Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire. This is actually the original. Introduced to me, by Michael Fong. It's classic and simply hilarious to watch Barty Crouch as he says this line when the champions choose their dragon for the first task. Only one stands above it.

#1- The all-time (so far) hilarious clip to watch over and over actually comes from bonus features. This was introduced to me by my silly-s.i.l.s (sister-in-law). It's on the Meet the Characters feature on Shrek 2 and Mike Meyers is explaining the jealous relationship that ensues between Donkey and Puss in Boots and he then asks this question.

-"All I have to say is, 'Who's the green one now?' Who's the green one...The ogre is green!!"

You've gotta watch it, it's too funny for words to describe.

These quotations don't do the true lines justice. If you have any of these movies, it's worth watching them!

Friday, November 16, 2007

Art City

For my day off yesterday, the girls ands I had an outing to Art City (aka Springville). But before we made it out there Baby Brooke had her 4 month well-baby check. She's healthy as a horse! She's growing nicely, but I really didn't need to hear that she was 15lbs 6 oz and 25 inches long to know that her diapers just don't fit anymore.

Once that was finished, we headed to the Springville Arts Park. Which to us just meant a great playground.
It was the safest, yet still very fun, park for a toddler that we've yet found.
After we played our little hearts out there, we headed to the Springville Museum of art.
I would highly recommend it! Free and fun, and educational and cultural. Viana loved all the "huge pishurs!" We will definitely be going back for future adventures.
To end our day, we returned once again to Swagat's. So yummy and such a crack-up of an experience! I love little family owned businesses!! Does anyone know of any other purely enjoyable (both food and experience) whole-in-the-wall restaurants around Provo??

Wednesday, November 14, 2007


Today Eric was observed by Bro. Vellinga. He is the boss's boss's boss kinda guy when it comes to getting hired for CES (I don't know his real title, otherwise I would use that). If Bro. Vellinga doesn't approve, your hiring process stops there. He has already come once to observe Eric, and we were very thankful for that HUMBLING experience. On round 2, however, you've already had your dose of humble pie, so you're hoping for something a little different when it comes to feedback time. Well, Eric just called me from work, and this is what he said...

"Bro. Vellinga said, "Tell your wife you did good!"

I am so thankful to hear those words! Thank you for all the prayers that I know are helping Eric as he grows through this seminary teaching experience! We appreciate it and can feel those blessings in our life! Even if Eric is not hired, it is comforting to know that these students that he is teaching right now are having the kind of seminary expereince that CES likes to see them have!

Sunday, November 11, 2007

Our Weekend

Friday morning the girls and I continued our search for the perfect park. We ended up at Scera Park on State in Orem. (98% sure that is the perfect park, but I can't end my search this early in life.) Before we even got out of the car Viana spotted this friend far off in the distance. She started rehearsing her new favorite book immediately, "Brown bear, brown bear, what dee-ye see? I see, Bird, wookin' um me."(Smart girl, I know). So, I wanted to film her saying this next to the bear. Here's what I got instead...

Go ahead, watch it again, it's funnier the second time when you know what to expect.
Friday night we got to hang out with our friend Baby Benjamin and our friend Jen. First we went to Circuit City to visit Michael.

Viana is urging these baby's to follow her lead.
Then we headed to the mall. We looked longingly into the new Disney Story, but were excited that they are at least making progress on it.Then we discovered the University Mall's new arcade! It was sweet! The kids loved this carousel and this little Mike Mulligan steam shovel.Saturday afternoon we dropped a hundo at the BYU bookstore, then we met up with the Duersch's and had Costa Vida (yum, yum, yum) and then squeezed into our van and headed up to Cabela's. We had a magical Christmas experience. We walked into the store, and there standing at the service counter was Santa Claus. The real deal. Not a fakey. He was just standing at the counter fillin' out some sort of application. I think it was a credit application, because he was starting his stocking stuffer shopping (elves make most things, but some people just ask for things straight from Cabela's, what's the man with the bowl full of jelly supposed to do?) It was so magical, and I 100% believe in Santa. He was really him. It was amazing. The kids really like the fish and the animal mountain. Paul and Eric got to do some archery. Paul dominated Eric. He would have come home with 3 delicious deer. Eric would have come home empty handed. But it was still fun! We had such a fun weekend, and are looking forward to the coming week! Eric is most likely going to be observed by Bro. Vellinga on Wed. or Thur. and then it's the down hill run to THANKSGIVING!!!

Friday, November 9, 2007

Dig and Discover

I have the cutest husband. As evidenced by these, his cutest kids (taken at the park on part of our day-off adventure yesterday)
He is also the cutest husband because he loves his new blog, Dig and Discover. He wants it to be a place where people can go to be edified, and edify one another. In other words, he is taking principles and stories and lessons and analogies, etc. that he is experiencing this year teaching seminary, posting them, and then HOPING that people can read it, and comment, add on to it, and take his message even further, and apply it to themselves. Just look at it like an Old Testament book club.

He is the cutest, because thus far, he has not received a lot of commenting traffic on his blog--which is his true aim, to get others sharing and testifying--and it makes him sad and wishful.

He is the cutest because he is very hopeful that people have at least been reading it and gaining something out of his thoughts.

He is the cutest because who else do you know that is SO excited about the Old Testament?

Anyway, I am hoping to be the cutest wife, and invite anyone in their spare moments to visit and comment on Eric's blog. Even if you don't ever read it, or comment on it, you can link to it: Then the random people that find your blog will see the link, and he'll have random people visit his blog. Oh, and maybe the normal people that see your blog will see the link too. :)

He really is the cutest husband. With or without his new pet blog. :)

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Anything French=Gooooooooooood

Yesterday was a great day for the Carter Family. Ratatouille came out on DVD.
Between the 4 of us, we're already seen it 4 times since we bought it yesterday morning. Not a waste of time, I guarantee! Watching it, loving it, and supporting it by wearing this chef's hat and apron that came with the movie (when bought at Circuit City) all day.
Today also marks the 1 year anniversary of when Eric and I returned home from our first trip to France together. To ease our pining, Ratatouille came out just in time to take us back there through animated French cuisine. We had the best time, and are so thankful our friends the Rasmussens allowed us to tag along after them!
It was in there in France, in line for Space Mountain: Mission 2 at Disneyland Paris, that I got my first motherly instinctive thoughts of, "I think I might be pregnant." Don't worry, the 0-60mph in 2 sec and 3 inversion loops in the ride didn't harm the future Baby Brooke at all. :) And it was true, upon returning home one year ago today, we found out little Brooke definitely was on her way! And true to Carter form, she too has enjoyed this most recent Pixar release. Have you seen Ratatouille yet? Did you like it? What has been your favorite Pixar movie? (Just so you remember, Pixar movies include Toy Story, Toy Story 2, A Bug's Life, Monster's Inc., Finding Nemo, The Incredibles, Cars, and Ratatouille.)

Monday, November 5, 2007

To Be or Not To Be

In sixth grade we made and sold pizzas as a fundraiser so that we could go to Camp Golden Bell. Each student had to call around to friends and family to see if they would buy a pizza or two to help support our cause. I did my best, until I made my first phone call to our dentist (and ward member). When I asked to speak to Bro. Fitzwater, and the person on the other end of the line said," I'm sorry, you must have the wrong number," it turned me off of phones for the rest of my life.
I am still not a phone talker to this day. How many pizzas have I ordered in my life? 2. And those are within the last 3 years. I can handle talking to my mom, or my best friend, and sometimes even my husband (*wink, wink*) but to have to pick up the phone and call someone? NOT my bowl of cherries.
Now, two case studies: #1) Scott Rasmussen--like unto myself. He won't volunteer to make any calls, or talk to unknown agents on the phone. Stay strong Scott. #2) My daughter Viana. Well, let's just say, not so much the same as myself.

Here's her yakking away to her Daddy. When she talks on the phone, it's serious business. She will always take the phone away from me and do it by herself. Whenever she talks to Meemaw or Charina, she even has to take the phone back to her room and sit on her couch to talk. She loves making calls, and talking to anyone. We'll see how that works out into her teenage years. My questions to all of you...Are you phone talkers? Do you place the pizza orders in your household? Is your cell phone bill out the window 'cause you love to catch up with everyone over the phone? Or are you a little more like me and Scott?