Tuesday, September 23, 2008

...baby baby...

our very own baby o is going to be on the cover of a calendar!!!!!! check out the link below!

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

my next adventures....


this may seem lame to some, but last night i was watching an episode of one tree hill and the entire episode was devoted to the passing of a 17 year old basketball star. this character had everything before him, he was a senior in high school, star of the basketball team, and had come a long way since his beginnings last season. then it was all gone. he had stopped for gas at the wrong place and at the wrong time, and lost his life.

now i know that doesn't happen every day and i understand that its a fictional story. but at the same time its a very real story. i mean no one knows when and where their life will end. anywho the episode continues on about how each character deasls

...out with the old and in with the new...?

lately i've been thinking a lot about everything that i have left behind in my move to arizona. i have really grown to miss a lot of the people, places, and things that i used to do before coming out here. i mean i guess this is all part of growing up right. i mean we move on, people come into your life, and people leave your life; maybe for a short time and maybe for forever. you have experiences that help you to grow and then they are over. some experiences may seem to come to a premature end and others may seem like they will never will. thats all part of this thing that we call life.

don't get my wrong i have enjoyed getting to know new people and stretching myself. its been fun starting anew and just going for it. my ward is great and i am having fun getting involved and doing something different than i am used to.

so now i'm just wondering how much of what and who i used to be will i still be at the end of all of this? how many people will i still talk to? who will i still consider a friend? and how many will consider me a friend? am i making enough time for both the old and the new? or am i holding on to the old so much that i can't really give an effort to the new? and how do i make sure that i don't become so engulfed with the new that i forget the old?

i have had friends that have gotten married, gone to med school, gone back to byu, moved home, never left home, and moved away for various reasons. how do you find a balance between them all? i've just really come to realize how much i miss a lot of them.

i was laying in bed the other night pondering about life and this very subject. i was going over some counsel that i had heard that had left an impression on my heart. i remember thinking, "i wonder what _____ would think about this. i would really like to hear what his thoughts are." i reached for my phone and looked up the phone number... but instead of pushing SEND i push END. i just kept thinking that he hasn't called so he must be busy... i don't want to bother him. he'll call when he isn't busy and then we can talk.... we still haven't talked. i talked myself out of it. lame. i know. but what happened to the two way street saying? me being selfish, i know. then you just sit and wonder... well what if they don't want to talk to me. what if i think of them and they don't think of me. once again... lame-o right?

it seem silly to think that a few hundred miles would put a metaphorical wall between our friendship. but that's life right. or is it? for example with this one particular friend, i have work and he has school. i have fhe here and he has fhe there... i'm busy trying to make new friends... he's probably doing the same... he is busy hanging out with the new friends he has... there's no time for the old ones and so on. i mean you can find excuse after excuse, but really what's the excuse?

then there's the whole friends of a different gender at this circumstance in our lives. i've heard the argument that there really isn't a point to developing deep relationships with members of the opposite sex unless you plan on making them your spouse. i mean i can kind of see that point, once you get married a very defined line is drawn... but what about before... i mean how are supposed to know that maybe one day this person could really become that best friend that you are looking for... or maybe help you find someone.

i have no idea if this makes any sense... theres so much more to it than this... but i can't find the right words to express what has been weighing on my mind. its somewhere between needing to find a balance between it all, timing (those friendships that developed right before leaving that i wish i could put more effort in) and getting over the fear of missing out. at the end of the day i guess it boils down to life goes on and i'm trying to not let that take away from what experiences that i had before. there comes a time to close a door and walk away... but when is that?

song for the post: for good-wicked

Thursday, September 11, 2008


here is the blog site for my classroom.. its kind of "educational" and not really for entertainment... but if you get bored... take a look.

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

...there's no place like home...

once again i found myself in california for the weekend (oh wow, feeling the pressure since amy just told me that she's looking forward to reading this... better make it good). back to the weekend... spent most of it being sick-courtesy of the wonderful germs of kindergarten.

ashley, tom , and i road tripped it out. stopping along the way at del taco and (and 1 hour later this is all i got... haha).

we went out to lunch with the grandparents, all the while i was burning up with a fever and trying not t cough up a lung... hit up the garment district in la... and i tried not to die. during the car rides i ran down the whole synopsis of wicked for the parentals. we've decided to see it again... hopefully on Broadway during our trip to new york in october... still putting the pieces together for that.sunday was sunday. went to a farewell... wow i'm getting old. andy and rebecca came over for sunday dinner and some play time. we taught 'em how to play pasoi. good times. took some ny quil and i was gone!

monday was the best day. the girls woke up early and went to get pedicures. i have the best looking set of toes known to man right now. electric blue with hand painted zebra print! yes that is right. Sweet!

after the relaxing morning we saved tom from chewing off his arm and headed out to newport to have lunch and get yummy cupcakes. the food of choice was RUBY'S! yum. gotta love burgers and milkshakes. here you can see the beautiful toes next to the classic red seats. then came the highlight of the trip.... SPRINKLES! love this place. rebecca had a point. these cupcakes are to die for! we got 18 cupcakes! yup. 18 cupcakes. they ranged from coconut, red velvet, black and white, cinnamon and sugar, lemon, banana, chocolate marshmallow, vanilla, dark chocolate, and maybe a few others. my favorite so far are the red velvet and black and whites. yummy!!!!!
that night our drive was interrupted by witnessing an accident. yes a young man fell asleep at the wheel and hit one of those yellow trash cans filled with water, which spilled all over the two lanes of I-10. he later hit the cement barrier after breaking his front right wheel completely off. we pulled over, blocked traffic, took pictures, filled out paperwork, and made videos. good times.

it was good to be home for a few days. it was good to have fun and just do basically nothing!