Wednesday, September 3, 2008


For my graduation present, my Aunt Wawa bought me a plane ticket to fly out to Cali to stay at my other aunt's house in Camarillo for a little vaca, just the two of us. And it was awesome!! We got to go to the beach, Magic Mountain, and just hang out, having a total blast the whole time!! Thanks Wawa!

Wawa's Jak Jak hat

Isaac and Ami

Audrey and Aaron sleeping

Aaron being pummeled by Addie



Ben and Shek

Called To Serve

Sorry it's been so long. I've been out of town for a while. But I have some very exciting news!!

On Friday, August 15 I received my mission call! I'm going to the Sweden Stockholm mission!! (yes speaking Swedish) I leave for the Provo MTC on December 3 and cannot wait!!!! If you can' tell I'm really excited ha ha.

One reason for the excitement, especially on the day of opening, was because I had to go through so much crap to get my papers ha ha! I seriously hit every single road block possible and I didn't think my call was ever going to come! But it did and it feels so so right! I make frequent trips to

Ikea now for Swedish meatballs, candies, chocolates, etc. getting ready haha! I'm so so happy!

This is the Sword of Truth. Several of us have opened our calls with it. There's rules with it though. First, its from Pakistan so if you get called there you get to keep it lol. If you get called to the same mission as another missionary who opened their call with the Sword they must take you out to dinner. But if you get called to a rival mission, i.e. Washington D.C. South vs. Washington D.C. North, you have to take them to dinner ha ha.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

A Day of Firsts

Well yesterday was a day of firsts! And it was awesome! No the first grandchild wasn't born...BUT it was Tyler and Erin's first baby, the first time our growing family had cousins, and the first time Ai got to go to the Labor and Delivery floor of the hospital without feeling like she had just pulled a firetruck around the block a few hundred times and wasn't covered in all sorts of nasties. Little baby Luke is 7 lbs 13 oz 20 inches long (his daddy was 7 lbs 13 oz 20.5 inches...weird huh?) and was born with little complications. All in all it was a beautiful day! But I'll cut the crap and throw down some pics ok? :) (You have to forgive me I forgot my camera in the thrill of it all so all of these are off my phone so the quality isn't that great.)

Sunday, July 20, 2008

What's New?

Just thought I'd update you on my life...which is very simple and pretty boring buy hey it works for me! :)

I'm working at a landscaping company called Scenic View Landscape. This is my fourth year working there (third full-time) and I love it. Each year I've gotten a raise and slowly worked my way up the ladder. This year I received a new position (guess you could say a promotion); I am an account manager. What that basically means is this: I drive around to all of the different properties the company manages and first check out the place, make sure there aren't any problems--dead flowers, shrubs or trees, dry grass, need for pruning, things of that nature--I check all sprinklers for breaks or other problems, make sure the crews are doing a good job and using their time well, etc. Basically make sure the places look sweet :) Then I go in and talk to the property manager or whoever happens to be in charge at the property and make sure they're satisfied, let them complain to me, promise everything will be taken care of, give my report to the boss, and move on to the next place. On top of that, if the only thing we have done is some sort of installation--water feature, sprinklers, flower beds, trees, etc.--I try to sell them our weekly maintenance, tell them that Scenic View is the bomb and they should give us their business. So I get to work by myself, have full control of the radio, its easy work, and I get to practice talking to new people. I love it!

I've been attending 2 Institute classes at the Sandy Institute--Pearl of Great Price (Tues 6pm) and Themes of the Book of Mormon (Thurs 7pm). I am really enjoying it. The teachers are great and the classes go so well every week because everyone who is there really wants to be there...even though some are just trying to get a wife...and they're really really weird...but its still good :) Everyone who goes (except me and my 2 friends) are all RMs so we are quite younger than the others. But I really don't mind because they usually have some really nice things to say and can bring a lot to the class. If anyone wants to come there are 2 weeks left!

I know I said my mission papers were going to go in on the 18th...but there was a little hiccup. My stake president was gone most of last week and now he's sick so I am still waiting to have an interview with him. I spoke to my bishop today and he sent the stake president an email asking him about scheduling a meeting. The bishop and stake president are going to meet and then I can interview with the stake president. After that my papers can go in! I'll be sure to let you know when they go in. :)

I think thats really all I'm up to this summer. Well and the usually hangin out :) I'll let you know if something else comes up :)

Monday, July 7, 2008

What Happened to Little Mac?

Now that school is out, I've had quite a lot more free time. A good portion of that time has been spent playing video games, something I never get to do during the school year. A few weeks ago a wandered down to Best Buy to see if I could find any cool new games for my GameCube. You know, some I hadn't beaten 2 or 3 times already :) To my horror I found out that the store no longer carried anything that had to do with the GameCube! I was sorely disappointed. But its ok because there is a GameStop just next door, and they sell used games there. NO! Not there either! I frantically ran over to Wal-Mart only to find the same bad news. Nobody carried GameCube merchandise anymore! Am I that outdated? I felt so old...

Now I only bring this up for one reason: I chose to purchase my GameCube for a reason. I chose a GameCube over all the other available consoles for a reason-they had far less violent, rated M (mature) games than the other consoles, and a lot more Mario-type kid-friendly games. The bloody shoot-em-up games really aren't my thing. So when I found out the GameCube was completely outdated (well...I suppose I could check pawn shops...I mean I do have my hepatitis shots...) it made me sad that the more violent systems had won over and become more popular. Now it is possible Nintendo simply did away with the GameCube to make more room for their new and quite popular Wii, and I do hope that's the case, and not that Halo won. But I remember back in the day when you could find NES, Super Nintendo, N64 systems and games and all the different GameBoys and games virtually everywhere. Oh, and the other less cool stuff too. Why is that now you have to have the latest and greatest or its nothing for you old-timer!? I want my classic video games, like Mike Tyson's Punch-Out, which is still to this day the greatest video game ever made! I want to be able to walk into any electronic store and find a game I want for whatever system I have. Is it really that much to ask??

Sunday, June 29, 2008

I've Got the Power!!

On Father's Day I was ordained an Elder, by my father, and given the Melchizedek Priesthood, and man can I tell AMAZING experience. It reminded me so much of when I received my Patriarchal Blessing, that's how powerful and spiritual this was. I was so happy and it still feels so great. Its just another step for me on the path to my mission. I will be turning my papers in on July 18 and expect to receive my mission call that first week of August. I am so excited! So now I'm just working and preparing for it. It absolutely is my #1 focus, and I just can't wait to leave.

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Reflections on Graduation

Needless to say I've been busy sorry ha ha. I'm resolving to be better at updating this blog for everyone...anyone who still reads it...which is few if any. The sad thing is is I am so much better at updating this than my journal. A lot better. Pathetic I know but hey so am I. Seriously I watched all 3 X-Men movies yesterday. Oh well.


Well I graduated! I was my class's Salutatorian as well! So exciting! Ever since I found out what a Valedictorian was when I was in 8th grade I've made it a goal to become my class's Valedictorian when I graduated. Didn't quite make it but I am completely satisfied with what I did achieve. Especially since the Valedictorian, Justin Warner, has credentials coming out of his ears and is a super nice guy and a great friend of mine to boot :) Although, strange as it may sound, I'm not sure it's quite hit me yet what that means exactly, to be graduated--the whole growing up, moving on thing, the friendships that sadly end, the leaving on a mission. I didn't even cry at any final concert, end of year, senior, or graduation thing. It all feels so surreal. However, when I do realize that I am growing up the idea of moving on to bigger and better things becomes rather exciting so all in all I'm doing great!

My best friend Emily :)

This is me with the Valedictorian! Cool huh?

There is something, however, about the end that tends to make you reflect on the beginning. As you may or may not be aware, music, especially band, was an enormous part of my high school career. And by golly we were really good. High school music is judged and given a rating that works similar to school grades. A I (one) is considered a Superior Rating and is like an A. It goes down from there, I-, II+, and such to V. My entire time at Jordan, every band I participated in received straight I's, a feat not often achieved by any band, and it goes without saying that I am thrilled and extremely proud. That is a total of 48 I's given by judges at every Jazz Band, Wind Symphony, Orchestra, and A Cappella Choir competition I've been in the last 3 years. COOL!!

The other important thing in my high school life was obviously my academics. To me my Salutatorian medal is not a symbol of honor and recognition but rather a symbol of my hard work. Cuz dang it I did work hard! I managed to maintain my 4.o GPA all throughout middle school and high school, all while taking as many Honors and AP classes I could. And yes I passed all the AP tests :) Kind of a load but I managed. Between the GPA, AP tests, and a 32 ACT score the University of Utah offered me the Presidential Scholarship, a full ride tuition scholarship plus a little extra, which I accepted but deferred until after my mission. It does, however, require I maintain a 3.7 so my work isn't done yet. I don't mean to brag but rather inform about my high school experience and what I plan on doing now.

I am going to miss Jordan High a lot. I never got Senioritis at all this last year. Maybe it is just because I was too busy for it, but I really never felt like I wanted to get out. I loved high school. It was a great experience for me. As cliche as it may sound, I really did find myself in high school. I met so many wonderful people and made such good memories--memories and experiences that will last a lifetime. I do, however, recognize that all good things must end and that it is now time to move on to greater things. So really its not an end, but a beginning. A beginning to a new life, one with new adventures, experiences, trials, and maturity. So look out world here I come!