Sunday, July 11, 2010

Yellowstone and Idaho!

I went on a sweet roadtrip with my roommates and friends to Yellowstone! We arrived around 11PM and realized that all of the campgrounds were full. The hotel prices were outrageously expensive so eventually we decided to pull off to the side of the road and pitch our tent on the asphalt (Afriendly sign said we would be fined $500 if we slept on the grass). My roommate began blowing up his nice little air mattress while I jealously look on in envy. Next, there began to be 'tornado like' winds collapsing the tent on top of us! My roommate and I exploded in laughter because of the adventurous night we were experiencing. Then, it started raining on us. By this time it was about 1 or 2 AM. We attempted to put on the rain fly, but some of the straps were broken, which only covered half of the tent. It was memorable, to say the least!  
On top of a little mountain overlooking Yellowstone Lake. 
The Grand Prismatic Basin.
Something? cascades.
What's a Yellowstone trip without seeing Old Faithful?!
Brandon, Erin, Megan, and me! (Not Pictured: Eric)
This had to be at least 40 feet off the ground! Maybe 50, okay, maybe only 3 feet, but still...we acted pretty brave and proud of ourselves for balancing on this log!
After hanging out in Yellowstone for a day or so, we journeyed to Idaho Falls. There, we enjoyed the most amazing fireworks I have ever seen. We met Bryce Hurst and his family at a Jack in the Box! The Hurst family will go down in the Book of Life as the nicest family EVER! I got to eat the Ultimate Bacon Cheeseburger! Random tangential thought; this burger brought back tons of memories of meeting up with my dad in Payson, AZ every other weekend growing up as a kid! It is so greasy, big, delicious and unhealthy, but ultimately amazing!  That was the thought... Anyway, Bryce and Brandon (my roommate) knew each other from their mission.
So, obviously this picture didn't quite capture the quality of the firework show we saw. It is the best firework show known to man!
The Hurst family was extremely kind and hospitable! They let us stay at their home for a couple of days. They fed us steak and potatoes( of course), and pancakes with the most delicious buttermilk syrup. We also roasted mallows and made s'mores. "Wanna s'more? How can I have more of something, if I haven't had anything yet....You're killing me smalls!" Anyway, I felt obligated to randomly interject a Sandlot quote, just for the love of the game! They also let us ride their horses!
This was a fantastic road trip. I was able to make some great friends, see some cool sites, and thoroughly enjoy Independence Day weekend. I'll forever cherish my new Idaho friends! 

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Arizona Trip!

I was fortunate to enjoy a four day weekend away from work, so I made a trip home!

I loved that my car, whitetrash, made it home in record time. I liked being ticket free all weekend. I did not like being without AC.  

I loved driving into Snowflake! I liked that I devised a plan to surprise my mom. I did not like that she was absent for my surprise arrival.

I loved that my mom bought a big screen TV with satellite. I liked that I was able to watch some world cup games on it. I don't like that it is in Snowflake and I am in Provo.

I loved eating at Golden Canyon and Bahama Bucks in Mesa. I liked the nostalgic memories accompanied with these places. I really did not like how hot it was.

I loved seeing my dad, Cindy, and Jeff in Flagstaff. I liked how we were able to meet on the freeway. I did not like that I drove 1000 in one day.

I loved playing racquetball with my dad and brother. I liked that I was able to hit the ball really hard, lots of times. I really did not like one of referees.

I loved seeing Hunter and Julie and their great kids in Snowflake. I really liked playing dodgeball on the trampoline! I did not like that our time together was soo short.

I loved that when my car broke down, we were able to make it to our very own corrals. I liked that Jeff was with me during our wait to have a rock throwing competition and to play frisbee. I did not like that whitetrash is on its last leg.

I loved being in AZ spending time with family, playing racquetball, and eating great food! I liked being away from Utah. I did not like coming home to a twin bed.

I can't wait for Travis to come home! I am excited to be in AZ in a month!

 



  

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Summer!




Summer is the best, especially when softball is incorporated! I have been playing on a city league team and a BYU intramural team. Basically, we are the Champions! 



It was tons of fun playing on a team with a lot of great players who understand the game. This was our final cheer for team Joshua Ricks. 



Intramural champions! Pretty much the best day of my life. Having two Intramural Champion t-shirts in my closet will make me happy for...FOREVER! 
 I decided to get a Gold's Gym membership. It has been a great investment. I have enjoyed playing racquetball with several new players and I like trying to get huge like Arnold. 

GIRLS

 I have enjoyed meeting new girls. It's been fun. Although, timing and external decisions that I cannot control, make things interesting. The fam is still supportive of my singleness, but continue to encourage me to figure out the whole "marriage" thing. My 'sibling' committed me to bring a girl home for our family reunion. Easy enough right?! Don't worry fam, one of these days I'll pull through! 

AZ

I miss my family! Fortunately, I get to see some of them in Flagstaff at a racquetball tournament. I get to play doubles with my dad and my brother in a tournament. We will win. It will be cool. Also, at the end of July my missionary bro Travis comes home! I miss the kid a ton and can't wait to see him. Then we will have a sweet family reunion. It will be cool too. 

That's it!  

     

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Life Update

I cannot believe that I have lived in Provo for over 4 years and that I graduated from college. I still may look like I am in high school and that these robes you see, could pass for Snowflake Lobo High school robes, but I kid you not...I actually graduated from college. Ok, so it was Recreation management...IT'S STILL A DEGREE! :) 



I was way happy to have both sets of parents come into town! My parents have always been extremely supportive. For that I will always be thankful! 


Jeremy is such a stud! He graduated from BYU Law School. He will be successful in life, 100% guaranteed. I am very lucky to have amazing siblings who are great examples for me to follow. I will sure miss Jeremy and his great family as they recently moved to Missouri. 


Since graduation, I upgraded my living situation! It's true, no more ghetto undergraduate housing! I will treat myself better as a grad student. I am living at The Crestwood Apartments. I have my own private room! 

I am working as an Account Creation Agent for Pinnacle Security and as a server for Chef's Table. I am enjoying the summer so far. Life is great! 


Tuesday, March 23, 2010

MPA Program

Great news! I got into BYU's MPA (Master's in Public Administration) program! This has provided a great relief and a solid direction on several doors that I can choose from as future career options.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Tender Mercies

There are tough times in life, but in those moments God gives tender mercies that provide strength to continue on, affirming that He is aware of us as his children("...the tender mercies of the Lord are over all those whom he hath chosen, because of their faith, to make them mighty even unto the power of deliverance." 1 Nephi 2:20). 

Today, could have been a really tough day, but God blessed me with tender mercies that helped me carry on. As I arrived at work early to get some things done, the first thing I saw was this quote by President Hinckley saying, 
"It isn't as bad as you sometimes think it is. It all works out. Don't worry. I say that to myself every morning. It will all work out. If you do your best, it will all work out. Put your trust in God, and move forward with faith and confidence in the future. The Lord will not forsake us. He will not forsake us. If we will put our trust in Him, if we will pray to Him, if we will live worthy of His blessings, He will hear our prayers." 

Also, a friend posted a link to a talk from Elder Busche that helped. 


"Embrace this day with an enthusiastic welcome, no matter how it looks… When you are physically sick, tired, or in despair, steer your thoughts away from yourself and direct them in gratitude and love, toward God.  In your life there have to be challenges.  They will either bring you closer to God and therefore make you stronger, or they can destroy you. But you make the decision of which road you take.  Put all frustrations, hurt feelings, and grumblings into the perspective of your eternal hope.  Light will flow into your soul.  Be grateful for every opportunity to serve. As you are learning this lesson right now, God wants to give you something better."  Elder F. Enzio Busche

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=snAjZ8mfoYw

Finally, I am grateful for my job and the opportunity that is mine to serve. I was able to find happiness in brightening the lives of others, by thinking about their needs before my own. 



Sunday, February 28, 2010

Project to Understand Females

This weekend has been extremely educational! I have gained instruction that apparently I sorely needed. My Friday and Saturday date nights were spent with some of the most amazing women in my life! Consisting of, my wonderful mother, my awesome sister-in-law Kendra, my niece Summer, and my nephew Isaac and I were along for the ride.

What we did:

  1. Laundry
  2. Sewed clothes
  3. Ironed clothes
  4. Baked cookies
  5. Made two delicious dinners, one night it was breakfast for dinner!
  6. Watched a Hallmark movie, "Love's Unending Dream" watched the Olympics
  7. Played with Isaac
  8. Went to the park
  9. Fed Isaac
  10. Bathed Isaac
  11. Put Isaac to sleep (scripture time, "Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear," prayers, and then I got to sing him to sleep!
  12. Deep conversations
  13. Plenty of Girl talk. I decided Men are from earth, but women really are from Venus! jk
  14. Held Summer, lots and lots

I feel that I have become thoroughly domesticated! I still don't understand women, but I have gained some insight into the thoughts and emotions that go through females' minds. I realize mistakes that I have made in the past and am ready to move forward with a new approach!