Archive for April 2009

Going to the Chapel…

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After nearly three years of courtship my brother Charles and his wonderful girlfriend, Trisha, are getting married! The wedding will be in June and I can’t wait to share this special day with them. They are great together and I am so happy to have Trish as my new sister! Congratulations!

USS Midway San Diego Dec 2008

Easter Egg Bashing

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Last year for Easter I got Savanna a cheap plastic bat that looks like a carrot. James came up with the clever idea of hitting the plastic Easter eggs with the bat, smashing them open and sending candy everywhere. He and Savanna had so much fun doing it that we decided it would become an Easter tradition to bash the eggs with the carrot bat. Among this wonderful pastime we also had baskets for the kids, an egg hunt and a lovely dinner with family. What a wonderful day!

Brendan’s B-Day Dinner

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Today was Brendan’s first birthday!  This morning I took him to Target to get his picture taken and he was such a doll.  He had a new outfit from Grandma that had a little golf hat.  He would rip that hat off as fast as I could get it on.  But, the photographer amazingly snapped a few really cute photos before he ripped it off a few times.  I will post those pictures when I get them.  But, for Brendan’s dinner, Adam bought finger food.  We had cheese sticks, chicken nuggets, tater tots and cheetos.  I know… anyway, for desert we had tiny ice cream balls, and a cupcake.  Brendan had a really good time eating at the table with all of us.  We stripped him down to his diaper for the cupcake with his initial on it.  The look on his face when Jonathan handed it to him was priceless.  Strange, we did this exact same thing with Jonathan…and now he’s the one handing Brendan the cupcake.  Needless to say, after he finished, we had to put Brendan straight into the bath and clean the kitchen!


Provo City 5K

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Saturday April 4th I ran my first 5K! I ran with Trisha, my brothers girlfriend and my good friend. About a month ago we decided we wanted to run one and we found out about this one and signed up. We trained together to get ready, going running around my neighborhood until we got up to 3 miles. It was very cold and snowing a little bit, but it was so much fun! The race started at the Provo Tabernacle, went down University Ave, around the mall, looped around to Freedom Blvd and back down Center St to the Tabernacle. This was the first time I have ever ran a 5K so I was happy about my time, 36 mins. What I am most proud of is that I did the whole run without walking. We are going to do more throughout the summer and I want to try to beat my time. I am really glad I did it, it was so much fun and I felt a great sense of accomplishment! Yay Trish! Can’t wait for the next one!

L’Aquila Earthquake

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Woke this morning to the news of the earthquake in L’Aquila, Italy. I’m having a hard time fighting back tears as I think of one of my favorite cities crumbling around its brave residents. I spent 6 months as the President of the L’Aquila branch in 1994 and I love those wonderful people and the ancient city they are so fiercely proud of. A tutti gli aquilini: che Dio sia con voi.