November 27, 2008

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November 4, 2008

Prop 8 = Religious Freedom

Today i stood on a corner and waved my sign saying Prop 8 = Religious Freedom. Tonight The NO on Prop 8 campaign came out with an add that stomped on my religious freedom. I pretty much wanted to kill every person who was voting for no on 8. I'm not going to lie, i was pissed, what am i saying, i still am! BUT, I realized, they're SCARED!!! They are at a point where they have to go to an all time low and persecute my religion. My LDS religion. They are SCARED they are going to lose this battle! They are so SCARED they have to put down the biggest threat they have. All i have to say is I am GLAD that i am a member of THE CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST OF LATTERDAY SAINTS! I know the truth, Which not all members of the church do. but yeah. I have to Say Thanks to my MOM and my DAD for teaching me the truth!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q28UwAyzUkE

http://www.mantecabulletin.com/main.asp?SectionID=24&SubSectionID=54&ArticleID=59976

October 30, 2008

Questions... Concerns....?

What are your questions about prop 8? Here is a link that might help answer your questions or you may find some people with the same questions as you.

http://hubpages.com/hub/My-Questions-About-Prop-8-In-California

October 28, 2008

bigot.. huh?

Bigot- One who is strongly partial to one's own group, religion, race, or politics and is intolerant of those who differ.

My question is what makes me a bigot and not you?

I have my beliefs about my religion and you have your beliefs about yours. What makes you not a bigot? Because you are more open to homosexuals getting married? You don't want to respect my beliefs, why should i respect yours? So what makes us different? I've been told that I'm forcing my opinion on people for 'voicing' my beliefs, Why should i feel bad when you're doing the exact same thing? I am tired of people calling me a bigot or my religion a bigot, take a look at yourself maybe you're the bigot.

I am Andrea Dowden and I am voting Yes on Proposition 8 to Protect the Marriage. My beliefs will not be persuaded, no matter how hard the adversary tries. I would lay my life down for my Family, which includes a Mother and Father. I am voting Yes because it's what i want to do, not because my religious beliefs have led me to vote yes. I am Mormon, which is Christian. I believe in heavenly father and Jesus Christ. I know for a fact that Thomas S. Monson is the Prophet on the earth today and he is the mouthpiece for the lord. I know that if President Monson has come out and told us how to vote, we should. I know that this is a trial that we are going to fight forever and i am ready. Bring it on.


October 22, 2008

its... hard.

I am trying really hard to accept people even when i don't like them. But they're not making it easy at all. I wonder if other people know what I'm talking about or feel the way i do. It's hard to be nice when all you want to do is be meaner. Its hard to ignore when they're always in your face. Its hard to be the bigger person when they are always calling you names and putting not only you down but your beliefs down. Its hard not to call them out when they are being hypocritical. Its hard to keep friendships with people who treat you like scum. Its hard to watch people tear you apart. Its hard to obey. It's hard to be nice to them. It's hard to keep your anger under control. Its hard not to fight. Its hard to not to do the things they are doing right back. Its hard to understand them. Its hard to feel sorry for them. Its hard to love them. Its hard to call them your friend. Its hard to not attack them like they've done to me. Its hard to respond to them when your voice doesn't matter. Its hard not to tell them they're gonna regret this. Its hard to love the sinner and hate the sin. Its hard.... but i am trying. hard.

October 16, 2008

My Family is Forever...

My family is the best family in the world. I have the greatest mom on earth, the greatest dad on earth, the greatest brother on earth, and even the greatest dog on earth. I'm not even kidding.

My dad is the most kind, gentle, loving person that I have ever met. I am so blessed to have him as my father. He is not only my pop, but he is my best friend. We have a lot in common. In fact I am the one who everyone says looks like him, which to me should be the other way around. haha. But my dad has beautiful thick blond hair, as do I, he has a great passion for the UCLA Bruins, I'm his buddy when it comes to that. My dad is completely anal about keeping things clean, which i am not, but he is especially anal about keeping his boat nice and clean, and that is the only thing that i am anal about. He is the more laid back let the others talk and get their feelings out but I'll put my two cents in kind of guy, as am I. My dad loves to tease and kid around and make people laugh, which I also think is a talent I have. When other teenagers were embarrassed to be around their parents, I was the one going to the movies with them and hanging out with them. I didn't care what others thought, which brings me to my mother...

My mom has always been the type to not care about what others think or say about her, a trait that i have been working on. She is known as the funky one in the family, or until I came along. She used to have the funky hair styles and now i have them and I can't get her to change her hair at all. She has always been the "smart" one, and what i mean is, she always knows whats going to happen before it does. She rationalizes things, she makes you think and she can give a mean guilt trip. But no matter what, She is the best mom a girl can have. She is so knowledgeable about everything, maybe except when it comes to the remote but, she has more courage than anyone i know, and she is so beautiful on the inside and out. She is the type of woman that i can only hope and wish i can become. She is the rock in my life, besides Christ, and my inspiration. She is my other half, my light, my best friend and she is an incredible role model, which brings me to my brother....

When i was a younger child i always wanted to be just like my big brother, who am i kidding i still want to be like my big brother. haha. But when i was really little i can remember always asking my dad to comb my hair just like Gregory's when i had gotten out of the tub. I can remember the couple times he had run away and i was devastated. I can remember always wanting to be around my cool older brother when he was in high school. Now that we are older he actually likes to hang out with me. Which makes me incredibly happy, because all my life i had just wanted to hang out with my brother, and now he wants to. I mean he wasn't that bad of a brother, we just didn't get along. But i can remember some of the good times when we had gotten along. Like when we were real young he would play barbies with me and i loved it. Another time, we had bonded at a really really boring family reunion up in northern Utah, we actually had fun together. Time has gone by and my big bro is gone and living in Hawaii and i love to talk to him on the phone, he may not call at the best times but i do love talking to him. I still want to be like my big brother, but now in different ways. He is very knowledgeable, like my mom, he stands up for what he believes in, which i am staring to do, (vote yes on prop 8) hehe... but really..... He is funny and loving and social which are things i am trying to get better at, and he is opinionated. His opinion may get me heated some times, but i admire his opinions and his willingness to express them. My brother is great, and i love that we have become such good friends and i cant wait until he comes home so we can enjoy more fun times together.

Nick the Dog, what can i say he is a dog. We may not get along all the time, but i still love him. This might sound weird to other people but Nick is like a human in our family. He is loved just as much as me and my brother are. Nick is a very obedient dog, but we definitely have a brother sister relationship, he never listens to me. Sometimes i imagine him talking crap on me or thinking that he doesn't have to listen to me because I'm not the mom or the dad. ha. I'm the one who feeds him! I could starve him! ha. But i wouldn't because I love him, even though he can be a pain sometimes.
Family is an extremely important thing. I am so blessed and grateful to have a mom and dad who love me and have raised me with such high standards and morals. They are truly wonderful and loving and they are just perfect for me. I know that i made the right decision when we were picking families in heaven!

September 26, 2008

Family.


September 14, 2008

Down to one, but NEVER alone.

Gregory, Josh, and Shelly. Those are the 3 that have been living with me for the past well lets just say years, besides my mom and dad. :) ...Gregory the Real "we've got the same blood" brother who I've lived with my whole life... Josh the Best Friend Brother who has been living with us since i don't know seems like forever... And Shelly the Sister from another mother who i can love and hate at the same time, who has lived with us for awhile now. Those 3 have decided to fly the coup. Gregory Flew on out to Hawaii to pursue a Job with the government. Josh Flew on out to Idaho to become a potato farmer, no I'm kidding, he's going to Boise State University, but that would be funny. haha. And Shelly flew on up to the Utah to get her MRS. haha, we hope, But she's also going to school at Utah Valley University. So here i am, little Ole Andrea, already done with her schooling, and may I add the first college graduate out of the 4 of us, living in murrieta with the parents. Dont get me wrong i love living with my mom and dad they are radical! But as we dropped off the brother at the airport, I was feeling a little down. I've never been the only child before! What was i going to do??? My title says, down to one, but never alone, Its so true. Ever since the 3 flew the coupe i haven't been "alone". Thankfully I have my 2 best friends always around to keep me company, and when they're not, I'm at work or sleeping. Also i know I'm never "alone" in my house because i do have a wonderful family and that's why we get these "stray dogs" coming over all the time. They Love us. I don't mean that in like a bragging prideful way but in a humble one. They love us and I love them, I love them because they keep me company and love me for me. That's why in my house you're never alone.

September 10, 2008

Contributing to Society.

So I got my cosmetology license May 30, 2008, and basically have been sitting on my booty ever since. The summer is pretty much over and my vacation time has pretty much come to an end, so its about time i got a job. This would be my first job in my life, well besides going to work with my dad, but that doesn't count. I started a job at a salon called Belleza in Murrieta. I pretty much was scared crap less my first day. I was afraid to cut hair, answer the phone, and let down the boss. I was incredibly scared, but as the days went by I got a little bit more confident. I now answer phones and cut anybody who wants their hair done. I now have gained more confidence with the work i have done. And I am proud to say that I am contributing to society. So if anybody wants their hair done give me a call and i would love to do your hair. I work wednesdays and saturdays so far and love new clients. :)

August 28, 2008

The 3 Fake Blondes, The Trio, Tri-pod, BAM.... A True Friendship.

Growing up I was a "Tom Boy". I didn't really have girl friends, I was better friends with the boys and could relate to the boys better than the girls. I wasn't a "girlie" girl, and I still am not a "girlie" girl. I mean, I wear make up and wear jewelry and perfume but i still would rather pick a pair of jeans to wear rather than a dress or a skirt. I don't like to wear high heels, I much prefer flats and when most girls love to "match their clothing", I really don't care. haha.

Now as I get older I see myself hanging around with the girls. My two best friends are girls. Who would have thought?!? I mean we're like day and night but we seem to balance each other out.

Example: Mandi is the "girliest" girl I know, she wears pink all the time and always has to have her purse match her outfit. She is really, lets just say, "Blonde", and bubbly. Everyone loves to be around her because she is so nice, beautiful, and funny. She says the funniest things like, "Sushi like from Ireland?" She has a way of making everything funny. Mandi is gorgeous, she has this beautiful class to her. She brightens the room when she walks in. She is, like me, a Hairdresser. She is an amazing hairstylist, she is so good at Up-do's (unlike me). haha

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her hand, there is my friend Brooke, or as everyone calls her Brooktini, or Brookelynne, or Brookie or my all time favorite Brookie Bear. She is an amazingly beautiful girl who everyone wants to date. She is a lot like Mandi, meaning she "matches" her clothes and always has her hair done neatly and "girlie", and she wears dresses for fun. On the other hand she is like me too, she is spontaneous and fun and is a crazy moody driver. She is getting into this "Bohemian style" and always has cute clothes. She is a little more stand off-ish though. She is not really "touchy feelie" like Mandi, she has to know you before she can give you a hug, but thats not a bad thing. She is a convert to the church and loves to learn more and more everyday. She loves kids, where as I could pretty much do without them. She is a great person with a wonderful heart and I love her. She, in fact, is perfect for our friendship, she is half like me and half like Mandi.

I, on the other hand, am a wild and moody person. I like to do fun and crazy stuff without really thinking. I am down for anything. I am a relaxed person. I am typically the driver when it comes to going places, I love to drive, and I happen to be a tailgater. haha. I don't even realize I'm doing it either. haha. I have the crazy hairstyles and the crazy dress style. I would rather eat junk food than anything else while Brooke at least tries to eat more healthy foods. My two friends like to play sports while I would rather watch, well it depends. I am a moodier person, and sometimes cant help but say what I feel which gets me in trouble sometimes. hehe. But really I like to have fun and be really goofy...

I love my family with all my heart and would lay my life down for them and when I say family I include my friends.
Our friendship is wonderful and beautiful and we "get" each other so perfectly, we rarely fight and we always include each other. We rarely ever get jealous of each other which is even more perfect. I love my friends with all my heart and they have become family to me and my family. Its funny how three "different girls" can become such good friends.



"A friend is a gift you give yourself." - <333

Brooke.Mandi.Andrea

August 26, 2008

He's Just Not That Into You.

Why is it that guys never ask girls on dates?

My friend and I have come to the realization that guys don't ask girls on dates. At least thats what i thought. I just finished this book called, He's Just Not That Into You, by Greg Behrendt.

This book basically tells you everything you need to know about every excuse a man gives about a women and every excuse a woman gives about a man. Greg, has a way of telling the reader what not to do, with class. You would think this book is about putting the woman down, when really it is a book to lift her up and tell her that she should not settle for a man who doesn't appreciate her, and that she deserves more. This book was a New York Best Seller and I completely agree. I would recommend this book to anyone who has questions about men, or what they think they are doing wrong in their relationship. Its funny and easy to read.

A little excerpt from "He's Just Not That Into You":
Chapter One: he's just not that into you if he's not asking you out
Because if he likes you, trust me, he will ask you out.
Many women have said to me, "Greg, men run the world." Wow. That makes us sound pretty capable. So tell me, why would you think we could be incapable of something as simple as picking up the phone and asking you out? You seem to think at times that we're "too shy" or we "just got out of something." Let me remind you: Men find it very satisfying to get what they want. (Particularly after a difficult day of running the world.) If we want you, we will find you. If you don't think you gave him enough time to notice you, take the time it took you to notice him and divide it by half.
Now you begin the life-changing experience of reading our book. We have put the stories we have heard and questions we've been asked in a simple question-and-answer format. If you're lucky, you'll read the following questions and know what they are: Excuses that women have made for their unsatisfying situations.

Imagine right now that I'm leaping up and down and shaking my fist at the sky. I'm on my knees pleading with you. I'm saying this in a loud voice: "Please, if you can trust one thing I say in this book, let it be this: When it comes to men, deal with us as we are, not how you'd like us to be." I know it's an infuriating concept — that men like to chase and you have to let us chase you. I know. It's insulting. It's frustrating. It's unfortunately the truth. My belief is that if you have to be the aggressor, if you have to pursue, if you have to do the asking out, nine times out of ten, he's just not that into you. (And we want you to believe you're one of the nine, ladies!) I can't say it loud enough: You, the super fox reading this book, are worth asking out.

-Andrea