Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Love



Its been a while since I've updated my blog. I've gotten pretty busy with school. The semester is almost over already. I've been very busy with all of things I have to do.
But, through the hard times come the blessings. I have fallen in love. Last May I met a wonderful woman named Stacey. These last several months of my life have been the happiest I've ever had. She means the world to me. She brings out the best parts of me. And I love her so much.

Last weekend, I asked my sweetheart to marry me. It was a wonderful day. I brought her a dozen roses, half red half white. Around lunch time, I drove her up to provo canyon, near to where we shared our first date together. We walked along a pathway that followed a small river. After a while, I found the spot where I would ask Stacey to marry me. There was a fallen tree right next to the riverside. We sat down together and began talking about our relationship. We expressed our love for each other(verbally hehe). When the time was right, I got down and asked her if she would be my wife. Right as she said yes, the sun came out from behind a cloud and silhouetted my princess. It was a perfect moment. We enjoyed a picnic lunch, minigolfing, and that evening, dinner at Olive Garden.




I love Stacey more than anything in the whole world. I look forward to spending my life with her. I can't wait till the day that I can go with her to the temple and be sealed for time and all eternity. I hope that I can always make her as happy as she has made me.

April 23rd cant come fast enough :)

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

4th of July Weekend





I had a great 4th of July weekend. Ben and my parents came up to Utah the week before on their way to Idaho. They took Stacey and I out to Olive Garden. Stacey got my meet my folks and we all had a good time.


On friday, Meridith and family were also in Utah, so they came and picked Stacey and I up and we drove to Idaho Falls to meet back up with my parents and stay at Megann's house. It was a great time. We had great food, watched my family run a 5k, played with fireworks, camped out, watched fireworks, go to church and spend quality time with the family. Stacey seemed to enjoy all of the family and it was a good trip for everyone.


On monday, we took Stacey back to Utah, and my parents and I continued on to Arizona where I spent a week at home.

Bryce Canyon and Summer Adventures




Sorry its been a while since I've updated the old blog. I've just been busy this summer. Things are going great. I'm still working full time at BYU. Its been kind of hard to get used to working this much. It's hard to do much else in my day besides work eat and sleep, but I'm still happy. I've been dating Stacey for over 2 months now. We are doing great. We've had lots of great times together and I'm excited about the future.



This last weekend was Pioneer day, so we all had Friday off of work. On Thursday afternoon, we packed up our bags and headed south towards Bryce Canyon. It was a 4 hour drive down. We camped near a reservoir in Tropic Utah. It was a nice night. We got up Friday morning, packed up camp and headed out to Bryce. We spent most of the day hiking the trails and driving to the lookout points. It was fun, but very hot. By the afternoon, we were all really tired, sunburned, and overheated.



We ended the day by going to a waterfall and cooling down. We drove over to our campsite in the middle of the desert and enjoyed a wonderful dinner of steak and potatoes. We all went to bed pretty early. A big storm rolled in over us, but lucky for us, it didnt rain much.



We woke up on saturday, broke camp and hiked around Kodachrome state park. It was alot like Bryce, but it had these really cool monolithic pillars that shot straight up out of the ground. We found some cool picture spots and fun places to explore. By the early afternoon we were exhausted yet again. We had planned to go check out some slot canyons, but we were too tired to, so we just headed home. We got back to Provo about 6pm, unpacked, ate, and went to bed.


It was a good trip. It offered beautiful scenery and challenging hikes. I was happy to spend it with good friends and a wonderful girlfriend. I'm also glad we made it back safely. Until next time...

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Monday, June 28, 2010

Donut Falls and Spanish Fork Canyon



The last two weekends I have continued my ongoing adventure to explore Utah. Last week we all drove up to Little Cottonwood Canyon just south of Salt Lake. It was a decent hike, with an awesome waterfall at the end. We all had a good time and took some good pictures.







Then this last weekend we had a ward campout. It was so much fun. We all had a great time. We had a great hike, wonderful dinner and fun games. I slept like a rock and woke up to a pancake and bacon breakfast. Stacey and I stayed afterward and pattled around the Spanish Fork Reservoir in some inflatable rafts. It was the highlight of the weekend.



Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Goblin Valley



This weekend my friends and I went to Goblin Valley. It's located about 3.5 hours south east of Provo. I got off of work around noon. Stacey and I went shopping to get everything ready for the trip. It was raining all afternoon in Provo as we got ready to leave.





We headed off to Goblin Valley about 6pm. Our campsite was perfect. It wasn't even a 'campsite' at all. We were totally by ourselves in the middle of the desert. The temperature was perfect. We all enjoyed sitting around the fire and talking. We all got to bed about 2am. It starting raining pretty hard about 3am, and one of the girl's tents filled with water. They had to spend the rest of the night in one of the cars.



Early the next morning, We drove to the STATE park. We had a great time exploring the valley, taking pictures, and spending time together. We found cool caves, huge hills, and lots of little nooks and crannies everywhere. The incoming rain kept the temperature at the perfect level and we very much enjoyed our hike.



When we got back to our cars around noon, it began to rain and hail super hard. We waited it out for a while, but it showed no sign of stopping. After a while, we headed over to another canyon and saw some ancient Indian writings. The storm caught up with us, so we decided to end the trip several hours early, and headed home.



It was a great trip, the best of the summer so far. The rain was a downer, but the company and the adventure made up for it. I love camping, and I love spending time with my best friends.


Friday, June 11, 2010

The End of an Era

When we were children, each one of had a childhood dream of what we wanted to be when we grow up. I too shared a dream of becoming an astronaut. I think it began on May 24, 1994, shortly after my 7th birthday, when I saw the last episode of Star Trek The Next Generation. Whatever the catalyst was, I began to love the idea of space travel. I watched Apollo 13 over and over. I read books about the space shuttle missions. I dreamed that I was part of the Mercury or the Gemini missions as one of the first Americans to leave our home planet.

Now to my point. As times changes and priorities shift, things like NASA and the space program begin to seem pointless. My point isn't to talk about that. My point is to simply show how an organization like NASA has played such a developmental role in my life. My dreams of working for NASA as a CAPCOM officer lead me love to design Lego ships as a child. It lead me to study how integrated circuits work. It has lead me to studying engineering at BYU in the hopes that I can someday add to the projects that will continue mans exploration into the great unknown.

I dont know where the future of space travel lies for this country, but whatever it is, I am sure that I'll continue to follow its development. I'd like to finish by sharing the picture that inspired todays post. This was taken last month on May 14th when the space shuttle Atlantis took off for the last time for a mission to the ISS. The photo was shot from a F15E flying in the airspace near the shuttle.

Monday, May 31, 2010

Cascade Springs 2.0

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One year later, I went back to Cascade Springs. It was a blast, as has been this entire weekend. It was a great drive up the mountain, and we all enjoyed a great time as we walked around and took fun pictures. Afterwords we all went to our friend Garrett Camon's house and enjoyed a Memorial Day BBQ. Everyone had a great time




I said the prayer on the food. I felt very thankful for the countless blessings I enjoy as a citzen of this nation, and the sacrifices of those that have defended the freedoms I love so much. I am thankful to my friends and family that dedicate their lives to the defense of the United States, and thank them from the bottom of my heart.

Its been a wonderful weekend, filled with new friends and adventures. I cant wait to see what happens next.







Sunday, May 9, 2010

Camping and Mount Timp Caves



Yet again I have spent the weekend outside and doing what I love most, spending time with my friends. Garrett and I had been more or less planning this trip since school got out, but due to weather, we were only able to go this weekend.

Luckily though, I have made several new friends over the last couple weeks, and most of them decided to tag along with us on our trip. We packed up and headed up American Fork Canyon friday afternoon. We set up camp and the girls made us all some really yummy tin foil dinners. We spent the evening around the fire, enjoying one anothers company and strengthening our new friendships.

I got up just after 6 and spent the morning looking for more firewood and cooking breakfast for everyone. It was alot of fun. We broke camp and headed up to the Mount Timp Cave trail-head. It was a steep hike, climbing over 1000 feet up, but not very long in distance. We all had fun as we climbed toward the entrance of the caves. Once we arrived, we were assigned a guide and we entered the caves.
The caves were truly awe inspiring. There were thousands of beautiful rock formations carved out from the rock. I headed up the rear of the group the entire day, but it was special for me to go at my own pace, and look and ponder on the things I saw. It always amazes me how when I go on these trips, my testimony grows. They lead me to more fully see the reality of an Eternal Creator and Heavenly Father.

As the tour concluded, we all headed down the mountain and returned home. It was a wonderful trip. I made new friends, and became closer to those I already knew. Oh, and like always, I brought home a little rock from the caves.














Sunday, May 2, 2010

Tulip Festival



Last saturday, my friends and I made another trip to Thanksgiving point. This time we enjoyed the spring weather and looked at the flowers. It was actally alot of fun, mostly because we took alot of crazy pictures and enjoyed being outside. Theres not too much to report about the trip other than the pictures. Enjoy


Here is all of us

Cool waterfalls below


I really like this picture. Its just a neat of one me and my best friends.

Brady Bunch?


Garrett Angela and I took a similar photo last year on one of our hikes in a lake. We thought it would be fun to do again.


This picture was photoshoped, The lake was actually a gross green color, so I changed it to mountain lake in Oregon.