Thursday, January 31, 2008
Tuesday, January 29, 2008
Monday, January 28, 2008
President Hinckley passed away last night. He became the prophet of the church when I was 11 and I remember being intrigued by his calling. At the time I had no idea what an impact that man would have on my life. His council has guided me through my teen years, college years and early years of married life. I have had the privilege of being in the same room as him on a couple of occasions and although I have never really met him- I know him. I know of his goodness, his optimism and his spirit. I know that when he enters a room the spirit comes with him. What he said when he spoke were the words of a prophet of God.
I will forever remember his guidance to attend the temple, be a little better, love one another, the 6 B's, and so many other lessons. When I have heard him speak I do not doubt that he is God's Representative on this earth. That he was a man chosen to lead and guide us. I think we are so blessed to have a prophet here on earth. He is a guiding light in this chaotic world. I will miss hearing his council and seeing his smiling face- but I am happy too because I think of how much joy he has now that he is with his wife again. I will always remember and honor his memory and the impact he had on my life. I love our church I love that when something happens, when the world goes through crisis or when a prophet dies- we do not have to fear, the Lord will call another man to be our Prophet! His work goes on!
I found President Hinckleys testimony on a friends blog and thought I would put it on mine for us to read- What a great man!
27 January 2008 "I hope that all of you will remember that on this Sabbath day you heard me bear my witness that this is God's holy work. The vision given the Prophet Joseph in the grove of Palmyra was not an imaginary thing. It was real. It occurred in the broad light of day. Both the Father and the Son spoke to the boy. He saw Them standing in the air above him. He heard Their voices. He gave heed to Their instruction."It was the resurrected Lord who was introduced by His Father, the great God of the universe. For the first time in recorded history, both the Father and the Son appeared together to part the curtains and open this, the last and final dispensation, the dispensation of the fullness of times."The Book of Mormon is all that it purports to be—a work recorded by prophets who lived anciently and whose words have come forth "to the convincing of the Jew and Gentile that Jesus is the Christ, the Eternal God, manifesting himself unto all nations" (Book of Mormon title page)."The priesthood has been restored under the hands of John the Baptist and Peter, James, and John. All the keys and authority pertaining to eternal life are exercised in this Church."Joseph Smith was and is a prophet, the great Prophet of this dispensation. This Church, which carries the name of the Redeemer, is true."I leave you my testimony, my witness, and my love for each of you, in the name of Jesus Christ, amen."President Gordon B. Hinckley
April 1, 2006, Sunday morning session of the 176th Annual World General Conference
Saturday, January 26, 2008
Wednesday, January 23, 2008
Saturday, January 19, 2008
Friday, January 18, 2008
At book club we didn't actually spend much time talking about the book but it is always so nice getting together. Last night I carpooled and we decided not to stay to long- I think we were there til 12:30- I think we forget how much we love being around other adults with no kids until we get together. Getting up this morning was not the easiest thing but it was worth it to get together with friends!
Tonight Tyler and I are going out in honor of our five years since our first date! (we couldn't go Wednesday because I had to help with Young Women's). I am so excited to go on a nice date with Tyler!
Wednesday, January 16, 2008
Rachel and Tyler - Fall 2003
1826 days ago (5 years) Tyler and I went on our first date. I have been looking everywhere for a disc I have with both of our versions of our story on it. After we had been married for about a year we decided we needed to record our Courtship- I can't find it. So here are our new versions- I am pretty sure that Tyler's (the blue version) has changed drastically over the years- but mine is still very accurate so if there is a contradiction refer to mine (the red version)Warning to the reader- the following is likely to be lengthy and extremely corny and cheesy- but oh well it's our story all the same!
Before a dance- Tyler decorated his living room with pictures of us!
Winter semester 2003 at BYU-Idaho, Tyler and I both took a Christian history class. Tyler sat in front of me and we quickly became friends (He was such a flirt). On January 15th Tyler's roommates talked him into getting a date for a symphony the next night. When he came to class he felt like he should ask me to be his date. I tried to get out of it because at the time I had no interest in dating anyone (I was 19 so I did not want to date a RM). I told him I was busy that weekend and he said that's fine because it's tonight (Thursday January 16th). I had no excuse so I agreed to go.
Before Sweetharts Ball
When Tyler picked me up for our first date he was wearing his suit and I will admit he looked pretty good (until this point I had not realized what a catch he was)! I went into the date a little reluctant but as the concert went on I started really enjoying myself (I still remember thinking he was a little odd because he was really proud of his knock off watch). We had no trouble finding things to talk about. After the symphony we went to get ice cream (Hogi-Yogi) and I had a lot of fun teasing Tyler. He took it surprisingly well and even tried to dish it out. When we left the restaurant and headed for home, Tyler pulled the car over and turned on Josh Groban and asked me to dance right there in the parking lot (how romantic!). While we danced I looked up at him and according to him that is when he began to fall in love with me (it took me months and months to catch up- but I am glad he stuck with me).
Showing off the "Ghetto" Sweats
When I got home I told all my roommates what a good date I had been on. I did not really know where it would go but I had enjoyed myself. The next day I was not expecting a phone call but when I got home from class there was a message for me (Tyler will deny this to the grave but he called and if I could find our older version of the story he admitted to it- maybe that's why I can't find it he destroyed the evidence). So after much contemplation I called him back- and that is how our story started.
But why stop here- I will give a very abbreviated description of our dating adventures-
The semester ended all too quickly and we went our own ways for the summer. I was in Washington and Tyler was in Colorado. We left as just friends but ended up talking basically every day on the phone. In late summer Tyler came to visit me - he showed up a day early- he surprised me at work. He walked in with a huge bouquet of flowers and totally took me off guard, I could go on and on about all the sweet, romantic, thoughtful things Tyler has done while we were dating and since! (Being apart for the summer really helped us realize what we wanted and we got to know each other really well by talking all the time)Tyler hiked Mt. Eleanor when he visited me the summer we were dating (Check out how in shape he was- so hot!)
We went to Disney World for our honeymoon, then celebrated our marriage again in Colorado. We have lived in three states sine we met- we have been to many more than that. we have two beautiful boys. We have degrees and experience. We have been through some great times and some not so great times but whatever we have done and been through these last five years we have done together.
Wednesday, January 9, 2008
Sunday, January 6, 2008
Yes our living room is orange now!
Tuesday, January 1, 2008
I know, I know, you are so sick of hearing from me on "the Blog" but just one more for this year (even thought it technically is a new year). I am so thankful for the awesome things in my life, first and foremost my wonderful wife. Rachel has been my angel this year and has saved me in so many ways. It has been a tough semester for me and it didn't have all the outcomes I would have hoped for, but with the help and support of Rachel, Garret, and Spencer (yes Spencer can support me with the cutest little two toothed smile there is) I made it through. And isn't that what life is about, not being perfect at everything but getting through things and still being sane and happy. I don't know if I am the first, but then I don't know if I have ever been. I LOVE MY KIDS. They are the best thing that could have ever happened to Rachel and I. They make our life interesting and I could not imagine it without them. School is good. My opinion on dental school is that I made it in and as long as they don't kick me out before I graduate then all was a success. The friendships that I have made in the past year and a bit have been some of the best that I have ever had. I love you guys, but don't get to big a head because you never know you might not be on my A list, not, fooled you, you all are. All-in-all life has been good this year, and I am sure that this year will be nothing but better. That might sound a little too hunky dory, but I gotta be optimistic, I'm a dental student (you know the whole suicide and dentist thing).
Now on to what is really important my hottest modeling shots of the year. They are in order of hottnessest:
#5 - The googely eye (with a mohawk)
#4 - The Fatherfigure
#3 - The "Toughguy"
#2 - Blue Steel (Obviously)
#1 - The "Hotness" Well I hope this did for you what it did for me. Have a great 2008 and maybe I'll blog again soon.
A few highlights from the year;
- Baby Spencer (affectionately known as Spency) was born July 5 at 12:07 in the morning
- Garret changed from a baby to a big boy this year (He talks all the time now, he runs, he jumps, he has an opinion about everything, he says sweet and funny things all on his own)
- This summer we played together as a family soooooo much! (the pool, the Corning museum of glass, the beach, Rochester, baseball. . .)
- We worked on some projects around our house (Carport, basement, living room)
- We visited DC
- We started some traditions we hope to keep up every year
Some lessons we learned;
- Never leave a glass pan on a stove burner - It will explode
- Just because a child knows how to use the bathroom does not make them potty trained
-It is possible to have a baby without an epidural- although I don't know why people would choose to go through that much pain.
-Being married is the best (OK so I already knew that but this year was a really good year for me and Tyler- and I was reminded- like always that I am glad I married my best friend- cliche I know but true)
-Having two kids is a challenge but if you last 8 weeks you start to enjoy it
-There are things in life you can say "I will or will not do"- somethings really are black or white
-The new Jane Eyre is by far the best (this may not seem like something worth mentioning but that is because you have not seen it- watch it and you will understand why I love it)
- I love Buffalo (yes we are going to leave when we are done here but Buffalo has a certain charm I will miss- I love the history, the anticipation for summer, the fact that there is not traffic, the people)
-If I could I would spend the vast majority of my day reading (I have always loved reading but gotten into it more lately)
-There is a reason for swimmer diapers- the other kind can explode
-There is a reason you are suppose to use Sun screen (Tyler and I learned this the hard way)
-Being bumped on flights is the greatest way to fly
-Family is the most important thing! (Yes, we knew this already too but it really is)
And so many other things! I have really learned to be OK being different (I don't know if I learned this this year) as long as I believe in what I am doing I am not affected by those around me that don't agree with me (For example it used to really bother me when people would criticize me for staying home with my kids, or for my stance on social things- I can brush these things off better).
I still have so many things to learn. I have set goals for 2008 so hopefully I am able to make the changes I need to in my life. But I can honestly say that 2007 was a great year!
Since this was our first New Years without family we decided to try and come up with something fun to do. We decided that since the kids have not been perfectly healthy and because we did not want to deal with them sleeping at someone else's house we would just stay home. We thought it would be fun to make a meal from another culture since we were about to welcome in a New Year- why not do it with a new food!
We made Tomataseun ( I might have spelled that wrong- it's a onion/tomato salad), Spaetzle (seasoned homemade egg noodles) and Spicy pork (I forget the rest of its title, but it had seasoned pork, sauerkraut, cucumbers etc.) It turned out really well and we had a lot of fun making it.
Then we did a few party games with the kids and did a countdown (it was at 7:15 but they didn't know) and sent them to bed. We were excited to spend the night just hanging out, unfortunately we put in a boring movie and I fell asleep. I woke up to fireworks and we realized it was already the new year. Maybe we will pick a better movie and try to reenact it tonight.