Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Gardener? - Maybe Not.

This is silly, but I'm still excited. My first tulip bloomed today. You may wonder why this is the cause of enough excitement to cause me to post it on my blog, so let me explain. I am not a gardener, I do not have a green thumb bone in my body. This is very much evidenced by the inept landscaping around my house. I can bearly keep hearty self-sustaining house plants alive, but I tried my luck with some tulips. I planted a bunch of bulbs last fall hoping to add some life to the front of my house (something besides the dandelions and crazy uncontrollable vines). Only about half of them sprouted because the spot doesn't get as much light as it needs, but I have excitedly watched them break through the soil, grow and spread their leaves, poke out their buds, and now, FINALLY bloom. The first one this morning. I can't wait for the rest. Here you go, in my excitement I took a couple of pictures. Isn't it beautiful!?! Enjoy!


Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Demanding Bradley



Bradley is getting quite demanding about having the rugs clean at all times! At least twice a day he DEMANDS that Lesa pull out the vacuum and vacuum the carpet. He does this by getting her to follow him and pointing at the vacuum and leading her to the rugs. He is so happy when she finishes.













He is also getting an opinion in the clothes department. On Saturday he DEMANDED that we put his shoes on and jacket over his Jammie's. No he didn't want to go outside, he just wanted to be dressed in such a stylish manner:

Sunday, April 20, 2008

"Mischief Managed!"

We haven't really read Harry Potter to Bradley, but he seems to have already taken a page out of Fred and George Weasley's book, or has come across a Maurader's Map that we are not aware of. Here are some of examples of Bradley's mischief.

Yes, that is half of the can of Pringles smashed on the floor. Oh, and did I mention that we were on our way out the door?
One of Bradley's newest favorite things to do is to pull out his drawer, empty it, and stand, sit, or hide things in it.
See, I just needed a seat so I could play with my shapes. It took me a while to find just the right one.
"He took out his wand, touched the parchment lightly, and said, 'I solemnly swear that I am up to no good.'" "Mischief managed!"

Sunday, April 13, 2008

Salt Lake Bees

Friday at work one of the salesman had some tickets to a Bees game that night. I called Lesa and she drove to Salt Lake to meet me. They were great seats. They were right behind home plate. Bradley was very interested in watching the crowd. He stayed awake the whole time.

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Flashbacks, Reunions, Revelations

My mom was in town this last week, so I spent time with her and haven't posted anything in a while. It was so nice to have her here. I visited people and made trips I probably wouldn't have otherwise. It went by fast, but it was fun.

Now, the real intent of this post. I had an event this weekend, other than General Conference, that caused all of the things in the title of this post. This year is my ten-year high school reunion. I probably won't go, but because it has been ten years, it's kind of been on my mind. Let me explain. I moved away from home about two-weeks after graduating and I have not had contact with any of my friends since that time. Yes, that means ten-years. I only attended the school I graduated from for two years, and really only made connections and had friends for one of those years, so I figured I wouldn't be that memorable. I remember people, but that's a story for another time. Well, last Friday, one of those friends found this blog, left a comment, and pointed me to a way to get in contact with some more of my friends. It was crazy. So this post doesn't get too long, here is a quick run-down of what I meant by the title.

Flashbacks:
- Brad Pitt, my homecoming date. (My friend Juliet and I went to see Seven Years in Tibet instead of going to the dance.)
- One of my craziest moments, I still can't believe they talked me into painting my face blue and orange for a football game.
- Crazy intense soccer conditioning, bus trips to games, warm-up music at home games, and overall fun times playing a sport I love.
- Journalism staff. A lot of fun, and sometimes a good time to figure out my Physics homework.
- Art class. Connecting with Whitney (prim and proper and so nice) and Mike (the definition of crazy), what a strange group.

Reunions:
Catching up with a bunch of my friends.
- Catherine went into Biology as promised.
- Jessica is finishing medical school and working on her residency. No big surprise.
- Jenny getting her PhD, working search and rescue, doing anything imaginable outdoors. Again, not surprising.
- Whitney taking her amazing eye for art and turning toward photography. Her pictures are AMAZING! She really is very talented.
- Andre graduating in Journalism.
- Sara an English professor.

Revelations:
I have two revelations. First, I under applied myself. Granted I did graduate Cum Laude from Weber State with a degree in Accounting, but that pales in comparison to my friends. Among them they've attended University of Georgia, Georgia Tech, Yale, Emory, Loyola, George Mason, Northwestern, and University of California - Santa Barbara. And are now Lawyers, Biologists, Professors, Mechanical Engineers, Doctors, Photographers, and Accountants. I was academically competitive with these people in high school, but I'm not sure now. As for my second revelation, it's a little late to learn this, but I've learned that it's okay to keep in contact with your friends. You see, I've moved several times in my life, and have made it a habit to cut ties and move on. But, now I know I don't have to do that. It's okay to stay in contact with the people you know and love. You rejoice with their triumphs, and sorrow with their pain, but most of all, you're just there for each other.

Sorry for the long post. If you've made it to the end you've probably learned more about me that you care to know, but I was excited to reconnect this weekend and now my post is long enough to make up for not saying anything in a week.

Saturday, April 5, 2008

Box Car Bradley on the Road

Playing around a little on Saturday.

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Friday, April 4, 2008

Box Car Bradley

We are working on a DVD of dance routines to sell to College and High School level dance teams. We keep getting bids from people to do the filming and editing and each time we see them we nearly pass out! I finally decided that it might be worth investing some money in a good video editing software program. If we can figure out how to edit ourselves we will save a ton of money!

As a test I took the film we made earlier called "Box Car Bradley" and made it into a complete video. I am still trying to figure out which format is best so this might take a while to download.
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