The Mrs. and I

Friday, October 25, 2013

Tribute


As the date approaches for our son to be born (that sounds so cool to say), I can't help but think of how lucky I am to have met Maggie and how overjoyed I am that she's going to be the mother of our children. She will be such a fantastic little Mom, although she thinks otherwise. We both can't wait to see who he comes out looking like and if he'll have any hair--so that she can put it in a mohawk :) From the one set of 3D pictures we've gotten, he looks like he's going to come out looking just like her, which I'm totally fine with. After all, she is the beauty in this relationship. Ah anyway, not to be too mushy, but I am truly grateful for her willingness to be pregnant and to be a Mom, because this pregnancy hasn't been easy on her, but she is a strong woman and has persevered through it all so that we can have little ones of our own. Our amount of sleep will forever change but you know what, I don't care. I do better on less sleep anyway :) So bring on the kids, we're so excited for them to come to this earth, whenever the next ones decide to come. And for this little guy, we are beyond excited to meet him. I hope to set a good example for him and that he'll want to hang out with his old man even when he gets old. Kids can seem like a daunting task, but they are so worth it in the end. Anyway, I've babbled enough. Hopefully the five of you reading this haven't lost your dinner. I'll update the blog after the baby comes :)









Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Cruisin' For A...Cruise

Well hello friends, it's been a little while. We have been pretty busy, so it's been hard to find the time to blog, plus I don't have the convenience (or inconvenience) of being up all night at work to write, so anyway, here we are.

 Maggie and I had the amazing opportunity to go on a cruise last week in the Caribbean and it was, well, pretty f-ing awesome. Pardon my french. It was seriously sweet, though. I had never been on a cruise, so I wasn't totally sure of what to expect, but it was more than I could've imagined and I would go on another one in a heartbeat. I wouldn't go longer than a 7 day cruise, though. That was plenty long for me, because by Thursday, I was kinda ready to be home. I mean after four or five days on the ship, you've pretty well seen and done everything, other than visiting the different ports and seeing the nightly shows, but you catch my drift. Don't get me wrong, everything about the cruise was awesome, the food, the ice cream, the water slide, the pizza, the food, but getting back home sounded better as the weekend was approaching. There were 19 of us in our party, a lot of Maggie's cousins and their spouses, so we had several people to go hang out with, which was pretty cool. There was never a dull moment, other than maybe sleeping. Ha there were some good moments, like...

 One of the last nights, we were all sitting near the ice cream machine and the pizza line by the pool, just shooting the breeze and snagging some ice cream, which became our nightly ritual. Well, Maggie's Dad Bruce, was in the pizza line for a few minutes, then came over to us with this astonished look on his face and a story to go with it. He said he saw this lady eat about six slices of pizza while he was standing in line, then she had two whole pizzas brought to her table, as if she was worried they would run out and she wouldn't get to have any more. That's funny because that place was open all night and constantly made pizzas. Anyway, we all became intrigued with Bruce's story, so we watched this lady from afar (and some of us not so far) devour slice after slice of pizza. It was so bizarre that we all had to take a look for ourselves, one by one, to see if we could see why she was eating so much. One of the cousins noticed that she was in/out of sleeping and when she'd wake up, she'd grab for the pizza and just start eating. I noticed she was zonked out a few times, but then I'd look over a few minutes later and she'd be eating. Ultimately some of the staff came over to help her and some family members showed up to help her to her room. We came to the conclusion that she was either drunk or high, we weren't sure, but it had to be one of the two for her to be that paranoid about the pizza and to consume that much. Ha ha it was really bizarre but kinda comical.

 I was thinking about some of the benefits of a cruise, aside from the ones already mentioned, but a few of the biggest ones are how it takes you away from reality, and that includes an extremely reduced use of cell phones, computers, etc. There was no service, plus your bill would've went through the roof, but it made us forget about technology and allowed us to interact with each other without any distractions. It was quite pleasant, I must say. I wasn't worried about who just made their move in Words With Friends or who sent me a life in Candy Crush or that it was my turn in SongPop. Have I played those games since we've been home? That's not important :) What's important is that we had a full week away from them and it was glorious! Hopefully now I'll be more aware of how much I play them and spend more time with Maggie and our little boy when he comes.

Speaking of little boy, Maggie and I are BEYOND excited for him to come! We may not be saying that once he gets here, because our lives will completely change, but we just can't wait to meet him. From the pictures from the ultrasound, he looks like he's got his Mom's nose :) We hope he'll be a cute little boy with lots of hair so that Maggie can style it in a little mohawk :) Ha no matter what he looks like or how much hair he does (or doesn't) have, we'll love him no matter what. November will be here before we know it, but we're excited and are actually excited for winter for a change :)

Here are some pics of us on the cruise. Sorry I don't have more pictures, but I'll try to scrounge some up.



Saturday, June 29, 2013

Holy Heat!

 Where did all this extreme heat come from? 106 degrees in SLC on Friday? That's absurd! I don't like it. If we can't complain about the cold in the winter, we might as well complain about too much heat in the summer, right? It's only fitting. I'm hoping for cooler temperatures soon but July and August are almost always warmer than June, so I'll just have to buck up and get through it. Anyway...Things have been great these past few months since I wrote (typed) last. I started at mosquito abatement, picked up a job on Saturdays and some Mondays at a golf course and my allergies are here. Fantastic! I love nothing more than going through a box of Kleenex every day at work. My nose loves it, too, judging by the constant sores on it. I think next year will call for an allergy shot, or at least better allergy pills. Walking through all of the grasses every day, plus the wind kicking up is not conducive to allergies, that's for sure. Oh well, at least I have a job. Speaking of jobs, I currently have four of them. Yep, four. I don't work at them every day, though, thank goodness. I think I may collapse if that were the case. Even still, four jobs is far too many or my liking. I work 40 hours a week at mosquito abatement, then another 7-8 at the golf course on Saturdays, I put in a few hours more helping my Dad with his properties, and then tonight, I'm filling in at the gatehouse. I guess I shouldn't complain, because four jobs is better than none at all, but there comes a point where you have to evaluate if they're worth having, and I'm at that point now. Being away from your wife this much is not fun, for either of us. None of my jobs are too strenuous, they're just time-consuming. I guess that goes without saying, I mean that's what jobs are, but still. I'm going to do my best to hold out until the first part of August before I stop working at the golf course. I mean Saturdays are my only day to do things with Maggie and to go out to do things with her, but my shift goes from 1 PM until dark, so that shoots down any chance we have to go out. Sundays are relaxing days, but we don't go out to do anything (other than church), so yeah, I think I'll part ways with the Jeremy Golf and Country Club by mid-August at the latest. The extra cash is nice, but it's not worth being gone away so much.
 
 We were able to go out to Huntington Beach for Father's Day to visit Maggie's Grandpa and we had a blast! It was a much-needed time to get away and was sure nice to relax a bit and not worry about work stuff. We spent some good time with her Grandpa, who is a very nice and generous man. He absolutely loves Maggie and is appreciative whenever we can come visit, as are we. We hit Disneyland on Monday for a few hours, got on 6-7 rides, got our little boy some Mickey ears with his name stitched onto the back, and we watched the fireworks. It was a lot of fun! And no, I will not reveal what name we had stitched on there. Wait until he's born, then everyone else will find out. Tough noogies! :) Ha. But yeah we really enjoyed our trip out there, the weather was in the 60's, it was perfect. Hopefully we can have the chance to go back soon! Oh yeah, the flight out of the John Wayne airport was not good, not good at all. They have a noise ordinance there, so the pilots can't gradually take off or land, so the takeoffs climb very quickly and the landings are very fast and abrupt. I nearly lost my lunch on the takeoff. I was SO sick to my stomach, it was rough and a feeling I am not too fond of. I think everyone else on the plane was just fine, but I can't handle stuff like that. Heck, I get dizzy on a swing, so you can imagine how I was feeling. Ha. Maggie was so good to me, though, she took care of me really well, as did the flight attendants. I got a bag of ice to put on my tummy to help settle it, a Sprite and a cute girl sitting next to me to hold my hand for the whole flight. I could not wait to land in SLC, that's for darn sure.

 Let's see, lastly, I'll give you all an update on the baby. We found out the day before Maggie's birthday, so on May 31'st, what the gender was, then had a reveal/birthday party on Saturday at the NickelCade in Riverdale. We all had a blast, we had a lady make a cake for us with the color of the baby's gender for the filling, then had Kelly (Maggie's Mom) cut into the cake. She was so nervous, it was so funny! But, well, here, you can see for yourself how it went :)
Fun, right? Maggie and I are both VERY excited for our little guy to come along and can't wait until he gets here! She has already gotten him some cute clothes, we got his room rearranged the other night, now we just need a crib, to decorate the room and for him to come and we'll be set! November, we await your arrival! :)


Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Snapped Tibia

 Did any of the five people reading this see Kevin Ware of Louisville snap his tibia last Sunday?? I watched it live and at first, I didn't realize what had happened. But once they replayed it, oh man you knew right away. His leg just flopped there, basically. In a word, it was...freaky. Freaky what it looked like and freaky in how it happened. All he did was close out on his man, jumped, landed, and his leg did that, just snapped. It's so crazy to think that one second you're in the air, and the next second you've basically snapped your lower leg in half. Pretty gruesome but it's encouraging to see how well he's doing now and that he was out of the hospital just two days after the injury. He's a pretty strong young man and is also very inspiring.

 A few weeks ago, my family had the opportunity to go out to California for nearly a week, mainly to go to Disneyland. Maggie's parents/Grandpa have a condo in nearby Long Beach, so she and I and my parents got to stay there, while my bro and his 5 kids got to stay in the motor home that my Dad bought earlier in the month. They were quite cozy, but there wasn't enough room for all of us in the condo, so they made due in the motor home and it worked out just fine. We got to go to Disneyland on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, so three days in a row, and let me say, we were worn out by the time Thursday came. Three days of being at the parks for the entire day can really wear a person out. Thankfully it wasn't too busy there, relatively speaking. We had to wait our turn in the lines, sure, but at least we didn't have to wait for hours. I don't think we'd do that anyway, but still. Fast passes are the way to go, by far. I think at least one of us in our group went on every ride in both parks. Oh I forgot that Maggie's nephews (mine, too) and their parents were there with us, too, so we had a lot of bodies to go on rides. I'm a wimp when it comes to big rides (I get dizzy on a regular swing), but I did all the rides I could, like Indiana Jones, the Matterhorn, Splash Mountain, the Radiator Springs ride. We all had a great time, other than my little niece, Audrey. I'm pretty sure she got freaked out on every ride she went on, except for It's A Small World. Not sure what her deal was, but hopefully she won't get so affected by them and can enjoy it better. Overall, though, we had a blast. Maggie and I got to spend some time with her Grandpa Bill, who is 91 but you'd never know it. He lives in an assisted living place, which is really nice. We had lunch with him our first day there, we met his lunch mate, Phil, who is pretty young compared to everyone else there, but he's a great guy who loves sports, particularly baseball. He and I talked baseball for a good half hour or more. He's a good guy and is very, very nice. We met Bill's other pal there, who's name is Al, and Al is quite the character. I think he's close to 95 but he's as vibrant as someone more than half his age. He has a hard time hearing, so mostly everything he says is yelled, but that makes it all the more fun :) He has some pretty funny stories but I think Maggie and I mostly just like his voice and the way he says things, at least I do. He's from Connecticut, so he's got that Eastern accent and yeah it makes for some pretty fun stories. Our last day there, a Friday, we visited with the guys a little too long and nearly missed our flight home as a result. Thankfully our drive to the airport wasn't very long, then traffic wasn't bad and the airport wasn't busy at all, so we made it with about 10 minutes to spare. Whew! We were sweating it the whole way, but yeah we made it and got home safely. What a fun trip! Hopefully we can go back again soon.

 Let's see, I only have one more week of these night shifts left and then I'm on to regular day shifts at mosquito abatement! I cannot wait! I've been looking forward to this time ever since last season ended, basically. Some days I never thought it would come, as I've been working this night shift 3-4 nights a week ever since October, plus working at the golf course from mid-September until mid-November. So there were a lot of quick turnarounds, going from one job to the next, but you do what you have to do and hey, I made it through. Starting April 15th, my shifts will be from 7 AM until 3 PM, which is MUUUUCCCHHH better than 10 PM to 6 AM. I know my wife will enjoy it, too. These night shifts aren't the greatest, but I know there are far worse jobs out there and I'm just thankful for having A job, even if it is at night. The paycheck at this next job will be a very welcome sight as well.

 Shoot, I can't think of a whole lot else to jot down, other than I wish Michigan would've beaten Louisville!!! It was an incredible game, but I was really pulling for Michigan. And the whole coverage of Kevin Ware (guy with the broken leg) was a bit too much for my liking, I mean a lot of people are saying that him breaking his leg is their best moment of the whole tournament, which I don't agree with. There are WAY many better moments than that, such as Spike Albrecht racking up 17 points in the first half of the championship game and not missing a shot! Where did this kid come from? Sure, Ware's injury was something you won't forget, but that wasn't the best "moment" of the tournament. It was a game for the ages, though, that's for sure. I just hope that the stars of Michigan will really think about their decisions to go pro and come back to college next year. They can dominate if they do! Money talks, though.

 Anyway I guess I'll wrap it up there. I'm thankful for all that I have, grateful for the loving family that I have, the talents and abilities that I've been blessed with, the car that I have to drive, a place to live, clothes on my back, and great friends to converse with. If I'm ever feeling down, I just have to realize what I DO have and realize that it's a lot better than what a lot of people in this world have, and I need to be grateful for it. Life is great!

Friday, March 1, 2013

Birthday Recap and Other Things

 I couldn't think of a clever title for this entry, so this is what you get. I had a birthday a few weeks ago on February 15th, I turned 26 and I have a feeling it's gonna be a pretty great year. I hope to golf more, enter some tournaments, just practice more and hope that I can become a better player. My dream is to play golf professionally, even if it's on a small scale, but I would gladly welcome a chance at the PGA Tour. It's a pretty lofty goal, I'll admit, but if you don't have something big to shoot for, then why even set a goal? I just want to give it my all and hold nothing back, that way I know that I left it all out there and did everything I could to achieve this goal. It will take a lot of practice, a lot of practice, but I realize that and it's been a dream of mine since I started playing golf back when I was 12. Not many people know that or even know that I play golf, but yeah I hope I can get a chance to at least practice more, if nothing else. My cousins have an indoor setup where you play on a simulator, so I need to take advantage of that and help get my practices in. They live right next to my parents, too, so that's even better and won't cost me anything to go play, other than a little gas money here and there. Anyway wow, I didn't intend on saying all that, but hey. Now back to the birthday stuff... Maggie invited some people over that night, which I didn't mind. It was mostly family and a few close friends, so not anything too crazy. I just feel kinda sheepish asking people to come over to a  party for my birthday, so I just let my wife figuring things out and she could invite whoever she wanted to. We had a fun time, we had some good dinner, like mashed potatoes, stuffing and of course, dirt cake. All of my favorites :) Our nephews were there, along with my little cousin, and they all played Nintendo together, it was fun to watch them interact. Little Karson is so funny. He turns 3 on the 7th and he's starting to be quite the talker. Ha ha kids are funny. I got spoiled with way too many gifts from my family, I tell them I don't want anything, yet they always get me something. I guess that's part of the territory huh? But yeah we had a great time and I really enjoyed it :) Oh yeah, we played games that night with our close friends and Maggie's parents, we had some good laughs, some weird moments, and some memorable one-liners, ha but yeah we had fun. Kyle and Ashley Tanner came over the next night, too, to hang out and play some more games. We played this one where it's like telephone, only you draw pictures of what the clue is and you can only see what the previous person drew or what they thought the previous picture was, so you can imagine the varieties of pictures we had. Ha some of them made it through, like Noah's Ark made it, I think, but yeah it was a fun game and we had a blast. It's nice to have great friends to hang out with like that.

 Music is a pretty awesome thing. It can change your mood in a second, from bad to good, sad to happy, mellow to pumped up. It can also trigger several emotions and memories that sometimes you don't even realize. Like there are several songs that I listen to now that instantly take me back to my days at Snow College when I would clean the dorms. The whole Move Along CD by The All-American Rejects is a prime example of that. Futures by Jimmy Eat World is another, and I love that I am reminded of those days when I listen to any of those songs, because I had a great time at Snow and enjoyed every minute of it. I wish I had delayed my graduation and stayed for a second year, but at least I had that one year to enjoy and I most definitely did. I was able to make some good friends there and have stayed in touch with a lot of them through the years. I can't believe it's been 7 years since I was down there. Time seems to move by too quickly, but at least we have those memories, songs, pictures, experiences to remind us of them, otherwise I think we'd have a pretty dull life. There are even songs that I hear now that take me straight back to when I was like 9 or 10, playing video games in my room, and I can remember what game I was playing. Isn't that crazy? And conversely, there have been many songs in the past that I couldn't listen to, as it brought back some sad or unpleasant memories. Funny how songs can do that to you, right? I'm just grateful that I live in a place where I'm able to listen to music and just to have the hearing capability to do so. I saw a commercial/tv show about Helen Keller a few weeks ago and it just blows me away how she did what she did. She was deaf AND blind, so not only could she not see things, she couldn't hear them, either! Her teacher/tutor had to spell things in her hand so that she could know what was going on, but she learned how and she even learned how to write. Any thing that she's signed is done in pencil because when she writes, she uses a ruler to space out her letters, so that she's not writing on top of each one, and she found out early on that the ink from a pen would smear on her hands and she didn't like that, plus it was then hard to read what she just wrote, so that's where the signing in pencil comes in. Wow. That was a wordy sentence. Anyway yeah, things like that just blow me away and make me so grateful for what I have and to not take them for granted. It's so easy to complain, especially in this day and age, but we have so much to be grateful for. I think those things get overlooked far too often and I think that if we just stop for a minute and realize all the things that we DO have, maybe then we'll stop complaining about the often little things that we don't have. Maybe then we can be happy and more appreciative. I don't know, I'm kind of the eternal optimist. I try my very best to look at the positives and not dwell on the negatives or the bad things that may happen to you. God doesn't give us anything that we can't handle, so I think that by just knowing that, we can realize that he'll help us through it and he knows that we CAN get through it, if we simply have faith and seek his counsel. I just think that too many of us dwell on the things that don't really matter, or on the things/objects that we don't have, instead of being thankful for what we do have and realizing how truly lucky we are. There are tens of thousands, probably millions of people, who are living in poverty or in third world countries, or in the jungles, isolated from society, and yet they can find happiness. I think us as Americans are WAY spoiled and think we should have everything all right now and if we don't get it now, we throw a fit. Now I'll admit, I get a little bugged when my iPhone doesn't cooperate with me, but once I step back and realize that it's a phone, which a lot of people don't have, and it performs all these tasks, I am more grateful for it and tend to get less annoyed with it. I think if we can just do something small like that each day, realizing what we do have, then we won't be as easily bugged by things or won't take quite as many things for granted. We can find faults in everything, but let's try to limit that and be thankful for what we have and appreciate them.

Sorry, there's the end of my little rant and the end of this entry. I hope you can get something out of it...

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

February Is For Lovers

 Or for those who dislike the opposite sex, currently, as Valentine's Day is just days away now. Either way, February is filled with hearts-y stuff. Maybe that's why I'm such a loving guy? (My b-day is this month). Ha ha oh I kid, I kid. Anyhow.....so my wife and I thought we'd be proud parents this month, proud parents of a new puppy, not a child. Although we'd love to have a baby, that'd be AWFULLY quick for us. But yeah, we thought we'd get a puppy over the weekend, a Golden Retriever/Siberian Husky mix, it's the cutest thing, but we talked it over and realized that it's not time for us to have a puppy right now. For one, our rent would go up for having one, 2) we really don't have a yard for one, and 3) we would have to buy all the supplies for it and money isn't exactly a luxury for us right now, so yeah the puppy will have to wait. It really is a cute puppy, though, and I hope that that's the breed we get when we do get a dog. I think they'd be so cool and mellow, too. For the time being, though, we will remain empty-nesters.

 Next month, my family is planning a big vacation to.....Disneyland! It started out as my wife's sister-in-law and her family going, they invited us, then we invited my parents and, well, my Dad doesn't like to do go on trips alone, so he invited both my brother and sister's families, so it's going to be quite the trip. It will be way worth it, though. I'm not a huge fan of Disneyland like Maggie is, but it'll be a blast to see my nieces and nephews react to everything, except my little nephews, who haven't been yet. Karson will be 3 and Landon turns 1 this Saturday, so yeah it'll be fun to see them react to everything Disneyland has to offer. Karson absolutely loves Mickey Mouse, so I think he'll have a permanent smile the whole time he's there (hopefully). The weather won't be hot and we're going from a Monday thru Thursday, so we don't think it'll be very crowded, either. Perfect! Also along our trip, Maggie and I and her sister and brother-in-law will be attending the one and only Price Is Right!!! Maggie looked it up and they're filming while we're there, plus tickets are free, so why not?? I have loved that show ever since I was a little kid, watching it with my Grandma, and I still watch it whenever I get a chance to now. Too bad Bob Barker isn't the host anymore, that would be the ultimate to see him, but Drew Carey will do. Drew is a stud, too. Anyway, here's to hoping one of us gets on the show!!!

 Let's see, what else is going on...
-Oh, American Idol has been good so far (the two times I've watched it), but Nicki Minaj seriously bugs. Hardcore. Why do they think she'd be a good judge of singers? She's a rapper! And an annoying one, at that. I'm pretty sure Mariah Carey is bugged of her, too. Who wouldn't be?
-I'm loving how the snow is melting, at least it is in Summit County. SLC and Ogden got slammed with it, but yeah it's almost gone around our house. I wouldn't be sad at all if it doesn't snow again for this season. Sure we need the moisture, but rain is perfectly fine by me. That means an earlier golf season :)
-Beyonce performing at the Super Bowl was better than The Who or these old bands, plus she's not bad to look at, but I feel like she did more dancing than singing. Oh well, at least she didn't lip sync this time.
-The Super Bowl was pretty exciting to watch. If only the 49ers hadn't started out so poorly, they could've maybe pulled it out! Dang. It was a great game, though, and now we don't have to hear any more of Ray Lewis' lengthy rants about...whatever he talks about.
-Barter Kings is one of my new favorite shows to watch on TV. These two guys simply trade things up to get what they want. No money is exchanged, so they make a straight profit on the thing they ultimately trade up for. It's crazy what things they trade for, but man it's entertaining. I would like to do that some time, just trade somebody something for an item that's worth a little more money than your item and then sell that new item for a good profit. I'll work on it.
-Fall Out Boy should come out with more music
-I'm not a big fan of this new trend with women wearing these high boots with seemingly EVERY outfit. The pants tucked into them, the boots looking like they just came from an equestrian class, the kind with the dangly...things hanging from them, or the military-looking boots that some women wear. It might be a trend, but I am not a fan of it. 
-Lastly, these ##### freakin' things I see all over the place drives me crazy!!!! I'm pretty sure I mentioned this in the last blog, but I really am tired of it.

Friday, January 18, 2013

Should I stay or should I go?

 Is the dilemma I'm facing currently. Should I stay at the job I'm at (gatehouse attendant) until April, then go back to mosquito abatement full-time and only be here on an "as-needed" basis? Or.....should I stay here with a possible promotion coming, which would put me as the gatehouse manager, which would also put me on salary, raise my pay significantly, and also give me benefits? And in doing so, I would pretty much say goodbye to doing mosquito abatement, which I love doing. The hourly pay would be the same (if I got the upgrade at the gatehouse) but I wouldn't be working the night shift anymore, which would be a huge perk. I'm not a big fan of these shifts. Another perk would be that I'd have the 6 AM to 2 PM shift, so it'd be early in the morning, but I'd get off work early and would still have plenty of time in the day to do things. On the other hand, I'd be stuck in an office job, more or less, and the thought of that doesn't really intrigue me. I don't like to be confined to a small space when I'm working; I like to roam around, which is why I love the mosquito abatement job so much, because I'm outside every day and can pretty well do as I please. It fits me perfectly. However, that job is only temporary, lasting from April 'til September, plus it doesn't offer any insurance benefits or anything, which I really need now that I have a wife and will have a family in the future. I realize I need a stable job, one that lasts all-year round and, most importantly, has benefits, but at what cost do I get that type of job? So there's my dilemma. Get a promotion with benefits, but not be very thrilled about going to work, or go to the job that I love and enjoy doing every day, but without any benefits.
<sigh> Decisions, decisions...