Thursday, January 26, 2012


This may be the cutest thing to do as a father/daughter. Absolutely adorable. I love it!

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Funny Mormon Ads

In the LDS magazine for teens there is always a "Mormon Ad" that teaches some sort of principle or doctrine of the church. I found these funnys today and had to post them. Anyone who has seen the original ones will immediately recognize the hilarity. (The last one is for you Ben Burke!)

Monday, January 23, 2012

Wedding Announcement

Well our announcements have officially gone out. It's crazy that in 11 days I will be married to my best friend! I'm so excited to finally get to San Diego and get married! I figured that not everyone that reads my blog got an announcement in the mail, so I figured I would post it here so they could take a gander.

Hope you enjoy!

Thursday, January 19, 2012


I have a crazy obsession with maps. I don't know when it started or where it came from, but I love maps!

Caitlin knows this crazy weird obsession I have. So she actually made me a pencil holder for my desk that I LOVE.
Basically I could fill my house with a variety of maps. They're so cool! In Chicago, Ben and I stayed with his aunt and uncle and they had some pretty sweet vintage maps. I loved them. Definitely sparked some creative juices for when I have a house. Maps will for sure be part of my decor (again, luckily Caitlin understands this obsession).

Anyway, here are some super cool map pictures I love:

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Missionary Famous

On New Year's Eve I went to Temple Square with Caitlin's family to watch some of the musical performances on the square. Finishing up the night was the Nashville Tribute Band. I listened to their first two albums on my mission and then when they came to perform in Rexburg they announced that they would be making an album as a tribute to missionaries. I was stoked! They asked for returned missionaries to submit pictures from their mission. I decided to do this - but I never heard anything and it took nearly two years for them to produce an album.
So while I was on temple square there was a booth selling the CD's - and I knew I needed to buy one since I loved their first two albums. While walking away from the booth I opened up the album and BAM! There was my picture on the inside cover of the CD.

Pretty crazy cool, right?
Here is an enlarged version of Carter Mees and I in front of the Houston temple.

Basically I love that we're in an album. Even though people would never know it was me, I still feel like I'm a famous missionary.

Biggest Loser

We started a "Biggest Loser" competition in my office. I'm pretty excited about it. I don't have a ton of weight that I want to lose - but I definitely have a few pounds I would like to shed and get into better shape. I'm thinking about joining a gym when Caitlin gets up here which would be great.

This guy is my new motivation.

Pretty impressive. I'm excited to get there. Hopefully making it a competition will help to motivate me a little bit more. I'm ready to beat everyone in my office!

Friday, January 6, 2012

Mormon Profile

I created a profile about myself today. It was a lot of fun and I would encourage everyone to read it and browse through other elements of the website. Check out my profile here.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012


Sometimes I feel that the scriptures lay things out in a way that seems far too easy. It doesn't say here how long it will take for that door to open. Maybe God is in the shower and it's going to take him a minute to get to the door. Is there a way that we can just let ourselves in so that we're comfortable while we wait? Or is it the discomfort of standing on the doorstep that helps prepare us for what is waiting on the other side?
I'm not a big fan of waiting. Having faith in the Lord is having faith in his timing, but sometimes I'm too impatient for his timing. Sometimes I need guidance, reassurance, or help in that very instant of asking. I can have patience when it comes to a lot of things, but sometimes I need (actually need, not just want) things instantly. Is that too much to ask? Maybe it is. Maybe that is where I need to develop more faith.

New Years

I did not set any new year goals or resolutions. I didn't even think about it. There are a lot of things I want to accomplish in 2012, but I can't really decide which of those things are most important to me. I really want to be a better blogger. Not just in my usual way (which is normally not too exciting) but I want to start blogging thoughts and feelings more openly. Maybe I'll start another blog about those things. A more journal-type blog. I would love to be able to look back on that type of a blog after a year and see how my feelings/thoughts have changed regarding different topics.

So maybe a goal of mine for the new year is to be able to express my thoughts and feelings more openly. Even sharing spiritual experiences would be great. I tend to keep things in rather than express them. So... new blog here I come! (By the way, I did not know I was going to create another blog when I started writing this post. Good ideas come as I write.)


Can we not all learn something from this?

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Silly Tradition

How did the tradition of ugly sweater parties start? We spend the whole year trying to look our best. We set new years resolutions of attending the gym and getting the perfect beach body. We spend thousands of dollars on our wardrobes. Make-up counters, hair products, and other beauty products fill the stores. We (not me, but maybe you) even spend money on altering our physical appearance with surgery. Yikes!

So with all this beautification we see on a daily basis, why do we then dress ourselves in the most hideous sweaters and parade around for everyone to see? I was invited to at least 5 different ugly sweater parties this holiday season. Unfortunately I wasn't able to attend any of them except my work party (where I won the award for Best Homemade Design) but it got me thinking as to why people would sponsor such events.

I found a great article on why ugly Christmas sweaters even exist and where the tradition originated from (sort of). You can enjoy the article as well as the following pictures from my work party. Hopefully you didn't get suckered into wearing (or making) any hideous sweaters this year.
Jessica and me. Of course I'm riding a reindeer that's attached to my sweater.

Me and some of the business gals in their ugly sweaters.

What Does Graduation Make Us?

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It is not just in some of us; it is in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others. ~Marianne Williamson

As Caitlin graduated from BYU-Idaho I got to thinking about the potential that is stored in each one of us while attending that great university. We are powerful beyond measure. Receiving an education has given Caitlin (and me) the opportunity to go into the world and shine.

What a great opportunity!

We are now going into the world as adults (sort of) to give to others. May we always keep that in mind as we go about acting like adults. Remember that we are made powerful and we should act accordingly.

Caitlin graduated in December and now gets to join the ranks of responsible adults. Luckily we both received our training in one of the greatest universities. So grateful to have been able to attend BYU-Idaho.
So proud of the little grad.

The whole fam-damley that came up.