Monday, May 28, 2007

Russell's best picture

I was going through some of my old photos, and came across this one from Elayna & Richard's wedding. Russell wanted a very special picture with them, and the real photogropher kept telling him no, so I told him that I would take it.

Thursday, May 24, 2007

Kaylee's Preschool Graduation

It's official - Kaylee is now a graduate of preschool! Yesterday, I left work for a few hours to go to Kaylee's preschool graduation. Kaylee was so happy as they did their little program. They told about some of the things that they did, sang songs that they had learned, and had a short procession. Miss Sandi and Miss Kisha had made a binder for each child that was essentially a scrapbook of the year's activities. It was very well done.

Another coincidence that occurred was that as I was standing there waiting for it to start, I was looking around and saw Sam Adams. I graduated with him from West High back in 1995. I started talking to him, and it turns out he lives just up the street from Rlynn and Sandi. His son was there as well. Next year, Aaron and his son, Nathan, will be in the same preschool class with Sandi and Kisha. It was fun to talk to him.

Friday, May 18, 2007

Kaylee learning to ride a bike

Wednesday night, I asked Kaylee if she wanted to take the training wheels off of her bike and learn to ride without them. At first she was hesitant and was so worried that she would fall. I told her that I would help her and that I wouldn't let her fall. She was still a little hesitant, so I threw in the kicker: I told her that if she tried, I would buy her a candy bar. Of course, Kaylee agreed to that. So we took of the training wheels, and then went out on the sidewalk to give it a try. She was VERY nervous at first. I had to continually remind her to sit straight on her seat to balance herself. She was able to go about 20 feet without me holding her once she got going. Then, when Stacey got home from the Young Women's activity, Kaylee wanted to show her that she could ride. That time, Kaylee was probably able to go about 30 feet on her own.

When I got home from work last night, Kaylee asked if we could try it again. She sure has fun doing it, and hopefully, will be able to learn quickly. She is improving each time she tries.

Friday, May 4, 2007

Master Aaron, the Jedi Knight

The other night, Aaron came into our room very early in the morning crying. Stacey asked him what was wrong and he said, crying still, "I can't find my light saber." Stacey chuckled and asked, "what light saber?" He answered, "my light saber." Stacey sadly informed him that he did not have a light saber and that he should return to bed. I had to chuckle with a little bit of fatherly pride that my son even dreams about Star Wars and fighting the "bad guys" with his light saber.

Speaking of bad guys, yesterday, I was watching the Utah Jazz/Houston Rockets game 6. Aaron asked who was playing, and I told him. Midway through the 4th quarter, one of the Jazz players stole a bad pass. Aaron asked me, "Daddy, why did the bad guys throw the ball to the good guys?" It made me laugh that he 1)Knows who the bad guys were, and 2)Pays enough attention to the game to recognize a turnover. Nothing amazing, but it made me laugh.


Stacey and I went to LDS Hospital this morning for our baby's ultrasound. Everything is fine, and we have officially ruled out twins. I had joked around with Stacey that it was still possible. We were able to see the baby's heartbeat, arms, legs, feet, hands, head, face, and even kidneys. We told the Ultrasonographer that we did not want to know the gender of the baby. She was able to find out the gender, but she did it without us being able to tell, so it's still a surprise.

We are very excited for this baby to come on September 21st. Kaylee and Aaron are very excited as well. I think they will be very good and kind siblings to this baby.

Thursday, May 3, 2007

Pioneer Heritage

Like I mentioned in my last post, I have been doing quite a bit of research lately into my family history, particularly into those ancestors of mine that came to Utah across the plains or over the Ocean, like in the SS Brooklyn. Anyway, I have found quite a few and wanted to share some of their stories here. This document contains the stories of these pioneer ancestors.

I got these stories from a few different sources. One was The other was Both are very good sources that I would highly recommend to any of my family wanting more information.

Let me know if there is anyone that I have accidentally left out.