Tuesday, December 28, 2010

2 Things happened yesterday that are worth blogging about:

1) Me and Emmy shared gmail passwords. It took me awhile (like 2 years) to convince Emmy that we were ready for this step in our relationship, but I did it. I've been reading her emails all morning.

2) We saw a picture of baby, and he looks like Emmy. He has the frown thing down that Emmy does so well.

Baby Moby is doing really well. He's weighing in for a March 9th delivery, but they kept the due date March 15th. If you've seen Emmy recently, you can see that she's not very big...that's probably why the placenta is smashing his nose (hence the frowning).

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

The Christmas Spirit

Things we're grateful for that help us get the Christmas Spirit:

-Walking on Temple Square

-Cold weather/snow

-Serving others (example- letting others stay a night or two with us...Me and Emmy are very grateful for the blessings we've gotten from that, and love visiting with friends and family when they're in town)

-Making Gingerbread Houses (or eating them before they can be assembled)

-Mr. Krueger's Christmas (would you like some Chocolate?)

-Chocolate

-Singing Christmas Hymns during Church

-Family

-Jingle All the Way

-Miracle on 34th Street

-Mickey's Christmas Carol

-Claymation Christmas

-Merry Christmas Charlie Brown!

-It's a Wonderful Life...oh ahho, It's a Wonderful Life

-Gift giving

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Some people say the original interview is funnier:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EzNhaLUT520

Saturday, December 18, 2010

BED INTRUDER SONG!!! (now on iTunes)

I can't believe I haven't seen or posted this yet.
My life is forever changed.
It gets lame after he sings.

Friday, December 17, 2010

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

My son is very talented. He and Mommy figured out a trick, where Mommy is in bed, puts the remote on her tummy and baby kicks it so it shakes up and down.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Umm, when did the spelling change from "mininum" to "minimum"? I've seriously been spelling it mininum my whole life, but recently noticed Microsoft word changes my spelling.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

BYU-UTAH!!!!

This is what it's all about sports fans! We've had some amazing game the last few years- I get goose bumps everytime I watch these videos because sitting in the stands...or R22 for 2006, I was on pins and needles- we could have won it or lost it with these three plays. Man, I sure hope BYU has it in them for some fireworks this year.

BYU vs. Utah 2006 Final Play Must See!

2006: Harline is still open

4th & 18...Collie is still open

2007: Magic Happens

Max Hall TD pass to Andrew George - BYU Beats Utah 2009 Football!!!

2009: George is still running

On the San Francisco trip this past summer, we discovered that Emmy's tay-tay loves the Laser Dance. It was always dancing, so I took a video of it for baby Moby.

video

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

River Dance


BECAUSE I FEEL LIKE IT!!

Monkey River Dance

It's only 30 seconds



Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Top 3 Operating Systems people use that visit my site:

1. Windows

2. Mac
Did I say you guys were welcome?! J/k.

3. Linux (1%)
...bless your little heart.


The top 3 browsers people use to visit my site:

1. Windows Explorer

...come on kids, windows? seriously?

2. Firefox

3. Google Chrome
The top 3 countries that visit my site:

1. United States

2. Germany

3. Netherlands


You rock USA!

Wie gehts Deutschland!

Nederland, Ik houd van jullie, a.u.b. probeer maar om ten minste tweede te zijn.
Councilbluffs.blogspot.com's most visited posts of All-Time:



Just want to give a shout out to my blog's top traffic sources, in third place we have...

Mckiemoments.blogspot.com, woohooo, thanks Amanda and Jack!

In second place is...

tonybeckfamily.blogspot.com, nice, attablog family!!!

And in first, is...

theschmec.blogspot.com!!!!! Thanks Becca! I'm editing my blog and will be putting your blog first on my link list, you've earned it.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Pumpkin Drop

Definitely cooler than dropping a pumpkin off a bridge

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

It's a...

Well I get to add another item to the list of significant events on October 25th, though the latest happened the day after I’m still going to count it.

October 25, 2001- My last football game with TJ- the best game of my short football career

October 25, 2002- Went to the Temple to receive my endowment; Opened my mission call to the Belgium Brussells/Netherlands Mission

October 25, 2008- Wedding reception in Council Bluffs

October 26, 2010- Found out the gender of the baby

So yesterday before we found out the gender of the baby, I was very nervous/anxious/excited. The only other times in my life where I had those exact feelings were before opening my mission call, on the plane coming home from my mission, proposing to Emily, right before getting married, and now right before finding out the gender of the baby. It was exciting because this meant that our baby was a him or her now, and we didn’t have to keep saying ‘it’.

So drumroll……………………………….it’s a boy!

We both knew it all along, we really did. Saturday I was saying that I was 92% sure it was a boy. It’s amazing how watching the ultrasound you just feel that you’ve always known this baby and that he really does fit in our family. I’m sure I’ll keep having those feelings, but it’s just awesome to be able to have a better image of what life will be like with him, what he’ll do in his life, him going through a lot of the same experiences I did as the oldest boy in the family, etc. Fitting his personality, he was sitting Indian-style with his legs crossed, trying to be funny and not let us know what he is. The nurse went for different angles and was too quick for him. He’s “perfectly normal” she says...that’s also very good to hear.

The part that kind of stinks now is that I have to wait 4 ½ months before I get to play catch with him. (Ha, isn’t it funny how I get teary-eyed just thinking about doing all the dad-son things?!?!) What stinks for him is that he has to wait a whole year before watching college football with his dad. He kicked for the first time Saturday during the football game. We’re not sure if he was kicking because he was mad Mom wasn’t there or because he was mad at BYU (he might be watching from above). I’m going to do a better job of telling him the final scores on Saturdays and discussing the progress of the team with him. I’m glad he was able to go jet skiing a few times in the summer, it kept him happy. On a more serious note, the first thing I thought of when I heard that he’s official a boy was giving him the Priesthood (dang it, again the teary eyes). I know we have a stud in Emmy’s tummy. Some time you’ll have to hear Emmy’s side of hearing news…no doubt she’ll be a great mom. She’s done a great job putting up with a difficult kid, now there’s two of us!

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Nice, we got some good responses, thanks kids. We'll take any others for a chance to win a prize in 10 years

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Anniversary time!

Yes that's right, I have now been married as long as I was on my mission! Crazy! It's been an awesome two years. So we wanted to do this last year but just plain didn't get around to it. My uncle and aunt, Melvin and Tammy, did this when they got married. We wanted to send this out to our friends and family and let you all make predictions on what the 2020 Beck family will look like. We'll pull out the answers in 2020 and the winner will get a prize.

In 2020:

How many kids will Emily & Kasey have?

Will the oldest be a boy or girl?
(we find out in a week)

Will their kids say BAG or BEG? FLAG or FLEG?
(sidenote: Emmy calls Bag, Beg, and Flag, Fleg...she's so cute)

Where will Kasey and Emily be living?

What will Emily's Church calling be?

How bald will Kasey be?
a) About the same
b) More hair than now (pick me)
c) A stylin' comb-over
d) Hanging in there- slightly less than 2010 Kasey
e) A shaved head

What will Kasey's current job be?

Where will the Becks latest vacation have been?

Puppy or no puppy?

How will BYU football be doing?

Republican or Democrat as president?

Will California still be connected to the mainland?

What will be the latest advancement in technology?

What will you be up to?




You can email the answers to me at kbeckdawg at hotmail.com or post the answers as a comment here.


Friday, October 15, 2010

Um, yeah...

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Dang it, baby knows I drank all the orange juice

Saturday, October 02, 2010

Danimal vs Animal

Haha, Ok Go does it again

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Baby Moby

Emmy and I are learning new things each day about Baby Moby. I was skeptical, but Emmy has convinced me Baby Moby is trying to take over the world and that Emmy’s body is its host. As Emmy says, “Each day the baby goes stronger, while I grow weaker.” Baby Moby has established a puppet regime through Emmy in a matter of 4 short months. Moby can get Mommy and Daddy to do anything it wants. Moby had us go to a super expensive baby store the other day and made us feel poor. Moby has made me buy so many things that we don’t normally buy- gushers, fruit roll-ups, Capri suns, cheetos, lots of juices, etc. Moby made Daddy buy TONS of tuna, only to reject it a few days later. Moby has requested that we replace our AC/furnace because it wants to live like a king when it comes out and always have the temperature in the house be at a comfortable 70-72…even at night, and even in the winter!!! Moby also thinks it’s funny for Daddy to cook dinner more often and do the majority of the cleaning, while making Mommy sick all the time. Moby doesn’t like Mommy or Daddy hanging out with friends or being social. Moby does not like work or Church at 8:30 in the morning! We’re not sure why Moby has altered mine and Emmy’s lifestyle so much, but we fear the worst…Moby is trying to take over the world! The plan is to first take over me and Emmy; who knows who Moby will take over next…it could be you! We’ve decided to not fight with Moby, but to give in and offer all these things to it, to try to appease it. It, I have to keep saying ‘it’, because Moby won’t even tell us if it’s a she or a he.

Right now Moby is “the cause and solution to all our problems.” Moby gives us troubles occasionally but has also made us totally dependent on it somehow so that we get super happy and excited thinking about it. Yes, it’s true, we are slaves to Baby Moby…but I have a feeling it’ll all be worth it! And if Moby does take over the world someday, like we think is its plan, at least we know Moby’s weakness…gushers.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

They jump and land at the same time!!

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Dadda, Dadda

So the other day a little girl knocked on our door and asked if our kids could come out and play. I told her to come back in a year...because Emily's pregnant!!!!!

I came home from Church meeting one day, Emmy was taking a nap, so I got on the computer and saw an email from her with an attachment:

It didn't take that long for me to figure out what was going on.
That's right sports fans, Kasey's gonna be a daddy. Emmy's due date is March 15th!

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Gosh it's been too long since I actually wrote on here. Life has been really busy with the Becks. Sometimes I feel like my head is spinning with so much going on.

August through the 2nd week of January is my favorite time of year. I love watching college football. It is just so fun for me to have a couple games going on at a time, and listen/watch as I work on something else. In college I had school work to do, now it's yard work/house work. I'm getting very excited for the upcoming season, especially because all that has gone on this offseason. Last week was sure interesting with word getting out that BYU was going to go independent in football. I won't give a summary of all the drama that happened from that, but things were just exciting last week- it was fun talking about it at work and with the fam. We talked about it for half our bishopric meeting. Anyway, life is just great right now, we're going jet skiing all day Thursday and football is here.

I hate politics. I don't really like reading current events or listening to the news anymore, it just all makes me so mad. I still do all those things, they just make me mad. BYU football has kind of filled that void. Probably what has made me the most upset is the overturning of Prop 8. It's the fact that one man's opinion has more of an effect than 7 million voters who twice showed they don't want gay marriage in their state. It just leaves you feeling really helpless. If voting against it won't stop it, then the voter is powerless. That's so undemocratic! I read a book about the whole John Edwards mess, called "The Politician." That book was very interesting and very unnerving. John Edwards was a good man, a good father, who was passionate about some things and wanted to change circumstances for the better. I didn't agree with many of his stances, but he was a good guy. When he got elected to Senator, he didn't really even like it. He didn't like being away from his family all the time. And then someone mentioned his name as a possible running mate with Al Gore. From then on, the desire for more prestige and more power drowned out his family and other important priorities. It’s sad how often things like this happen in politics. The book just amazed me at how corrupt politics/Hollywood/The REALLY Wealthy are. I guess I shouldn’t be that surprised because this is how it was in the Book of Mormon. But gosh, ambition and power is a deadly combination.

Whitney got married last week, the house the reception was at was HUGE. I think it’s the biggest house/yard I’ve ever been to. I talked it over with Emmy and we decided we’re not going to have a house like that in this life. But oh man, wait til ya’ll see our house in Heaven, trust me kids you’ll want to come. Just a little sneak peak- waverunners and dolphins will be involved.

Inception- good movie. I made it down 2 levels last night, but that’s so common for me, I’m pretty sure I hit that level 4-5 times a week. Once in awhile I’ll hit the 3rd level. I wonder if I’ve ever hit 4…it’s possible, as is being in limbo.

I’ve noticed that I’ve been happier lately than usual. It’s probably not obvious at all on the outside but I definitely feel that way on the inside. Two things that I think I can attribute it to is living in the now and not comparing myself/my situation to others. It’s funny because we’re taught to not just live for the present, but I think at the same time it’s bad to live just for the future as well. I think I’m the type of person who is always looking forward to the next step and planning that next move. That move could be anything, but I think it was distracting me from just being content and enjoying the present. Planning ahead is usually what gets me worried, stressed, unhappy. If I just think about today, and how purposely live to enjoy today- the people I’ll be with, the weather, the food I’ll eat, the different events I’ll participate in, the beauty of the world around me, etc. it really makes me grateful for everything and just content and relaxed with what’s going on now. This explanation is pretty much the same explanation for why not comparing yourself makes you happy. When I think that if we would have waited 4 months to buy our house we would have gotten it cheaper and would have been given an $8,000 tax credit I get frustrated. But at the time, it was what we wanted, we felt good about the decision and it was just a good situation for us. It’s only when we compare our situation to what we could have had that we get frustrated. That goes for pretty much anything I think. If we compare ourselves to others we’ll never be content or happy with our current situation. It’s just a vicious and nasty cycle that’s tough to get out of, but getting out of has just got to be HUGE for making you happy. Anyway, here’s to today!

Friday, August 06, 2010

I can't help it

Friday, July 16, 2010

Advice from Elder Busche

I really love this video, please check it out, it'll simplify everything for you

Monday, July 12, 2010


-So this last week was pretty much amazing, it's probably what Heaven will be like. Hung out with family all week and spent several hours on the jet ski. Gosh I love that thing.

-LeBron made too much of a deal announcing on ESPN that he was leaving Cleveland to go to Miami. It is definitely insulting to the city of Cleveland to announce it that way. But the Cavs owner has been dumb saying he guarantees the Cavs will win before the Heat...yeah right! And then Jesse Jackson has to be dumb and bring race into everything. Pretty much everybody is acting dumb with this whole situation.

-Excited for college football

-Me and Em have both been trying to figure out everything- what are we supposed to be doing. Lotsa questions. You ever heard that story where the fisherman spends his time fishing in the mornings, hanging out with the kids and wife the rest of the afternoon and evening and then plays guitar with his friends at night. A banker comes along and says how he has a Harvard MBA and can help the fisherman buy giving him a loan to purchase a fleet of boats which will make him a few million. The fisherman asks how long that will take, the banker says 15-20 years, the fisherman asks and then what, banker: then you'll have millions of dollars, fisherman: then what? banker: then you'll be able to retire and spend your time fishing in the mornings, spending time with your family in the afternoons and evenings, and play guitar with your friends at night.
Lol, it's a funny story, our elders quorum teacher told the story this last Sunday and just got me thinking about things. A few months ago in a Priesthood training, the stake president told us to always remember that your job is just that...a job, it's not your life, it's not "your work." Your work is your family and doing the Lord's work. I'm trying to figure out a lot of things right now, one difficult part about running your own business is that it becomes more of your life. It's tricky to not let that happen. But the absolute best thing, I think, about running your own business is the flexibility. I'm able to just take off and do service in the middle of the day, or do random things because of that flexibility. Tons of tradeoffs! I've read quite a few biographies about Sam Walton, Jack Welch, and Walt Disney...all good guys who worked hard and really benefitted the world with the businesses they built up, but the downside is that their job was their life. Their family lives suffered in my opinion. That's a tradeoff I'm not willing to make. Balancing life priorities is tough, especially when you add in Church service and having fun. That entrepreneurship bug is definitely in me, and I can't go back to not trying to start up things, but sometimes I envy an 8-5 job because it's a job, not your life. Anyway, just some random thoughts as we are trying to figure out things. I doubt I'll have things figured out anytime soon, but I think day by day I'm figuring it out a little bit more.

Monday, June 28, 2010


Paragraphs

Our water heater finally bit the dust the other day. We knew it would soon because it's like 15 years old. Man, even in 90 degree weather, taking cold showers just stinks. It takes me back to my good ole Uganda days. It takes guts to jump into that cold shower, it takes me a minute or two just to buildup to doing it. It definitely keeps the shower very short- 30 seconds to get wet, a minute to put on the soap and a minute and a half to get the soap off. Seriously though, if I wanted to torture someone I'd put under a cold shower like 5 times a day, that'll get em to talk.
Cold showering builds character.

College football has prevented me from getting any work done lately. Boise State to the Mtn West, Nebraska to the Big 10, Colorado to the Pac 10, and Utah to the Pac 10. That last one was kinda sad, it was like breaking up with a girlfriend. We had some good times, some rough times, some more good times and some fun times looking at their devastated faces after we beat them in a gut-wrenching thriller. You can't blame them for leaving- more money and more opportunity to do good things on the national stage. It's just tough because it won't be the same again. Yeah, we'll still play them but the rivalry will be dampened a little bit. My partner is a big Utah fan and he's been surprised at how well I've taken it. I can definitely understand how some BYU fans feel like we're left behind, because we are, there's no way around it. But this whole thing has just made me realize that BYU is different. It's different from Utah, from Texas, from Duke. Because the Church runs BYU, emphasis on sports will always take a back seat to religion and education. We're lucky BYU even has sports, I'm sure there are some among the brethren who wouldn't mind doing away with BYU sports. There are reasons BYU is where it is and why other conferences want BYU (even though it's more superior to Utah in sports and academics), and it's these same reasons that make BYU one of a kind. So I'm good, thanks for those of you who may have prayed for me in this difficult challenge. BYU is still awesome, and though we're different and may not have the same sports' opportunities as others, stuff happens, live with it, accept that BYU is different in a good way.
Having said all that, burn in heck Utah...

Emmy and I went on a great vacation, we both were just dieing to get away from it all. We spent more time together than we did on the honeymoon and any other vacation. Here are some of the highlights:

Our trip started out through Vegas where we had a fun day with Emily's sister, Becky. I wish we took pictures there, it was a lot of fun.

Then we stayed the night with Gavin and Emily. Again, I wish we would have taken pictures. It was really nice of them to let us stay with them.

Then on to Sequoia Natl Park where we went camping, did lots of hiking, and saw BIG trees.

This is a tree that fell over and was uprooted, it's HUGE!


And we saw bears, a ranger stopped us from going any further on this hike by screaming at the top of his lungs, "STOP! The bear will kill you!" The two cubs came down the tree to hang out with Momma bear.

At another point on the hike I took a picture of the bear behind Emmy and tell her there's a bear while I'm taking the picture...she didn't believe me.

On another hike, we ran into a bear and Emily believed me and got the heck out of there, I didn't catch up to her until like a quarter mile down the hike.


These pictures are in memory of Colby.


I gotta get my hero shot!

So cute
And then we went to Yosemite that tells you about bears every 10 feet.

We did a lot of cool hikes and saw beautiful scenery!


Yosemite Falls is the fifth tallest falls in the world and the tallest in the U.S.
Pork Chop came on the trip too


Then, on to San Francisco! We first just hung out in the hotel for a day, eating Jack in the Box and swimming.

We went to Six Flags for a day.

We did a lot of fun things in SF. This is where we ran into Donny and Marie.

...and Al E.
We saw what our kids are going to look like

Yes, our kids are going to be very ugly

We saw a heat-sensing mirror which confirmed what we already knew, Emmy's hands are ALWAYS cold, along with her nose.


We went on a trolley tour of the city
And saw the Golden Gate Bridge!!

But the fog covered it up two minutes later once we got off the trolley

Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm!! Our favorite thing about SF is probably the clam chowder bread bowls.

And our favorite thing about Oakland is Fenton's!!!! We met up with Becca and her parents who were so nice and treated us to the JUMBO sundae. We told the waitress to tell the chef we dared him to make something too big for us.
Again, why didn't we take pictures of the Andersons?!?!

On our way back we stopped at Sutter's Mill where James Marshall discovered gold

We drove by Lake Tahoe

And saw a Blockbuster relic

We stopped in Reno and really enjoyed it, as our smiles show



Monday, June 07, 2010

Just my luck- probably the best job I've ever done watering the yard and now it starts raining!

Thursday, June 03, 2010

Oh man, this stinks!


Wednesday, June 02, 2010

A favorite summer thing I like to do when I'm out here is just stare at the mountains in the evenings. The weather is perfect in the evenings with a great smell in the air. It's neat looking up at the mountains and just thinking how far away it really is yet it looks so close. It's cool that there's snow up there, animals and such. I dunno, I'm in a weird nostalgic mood right now.

Tuesday, June 01, 2010

Talked with Elder Beck this morning (Colby). It was cool, he was on his way to Kennewick, WA and just calling hoping to talk with some family member. He'll be there for a few weeks at least waiting for his visa to Bulgaria. He's happy and excited. He'll be a good missionary. His mission president's wife called to say that he'll be in Richland, WA with a good trainer.

Friday, May 28, 2010

Lately I've been trying to watch a good, short video in the morning to start my day off right. This one is by far my favorite. First of all I've always loved this song ever since it came out at EFY 1999, but I also like how it stays on each picture for like 10 seconds giving you more time to look and ponder each picture and how Christ's love really is perfect. There are a few pictures in there that I really really like, but right now my favorite is the guy in the purple shirt who is being held and hugged by Christ from behind. I think we all have moments like that where we just feel like the world is kicking our trash and we need Christ's help. I'm not that old, not that experienced, but I've gone through enough to know that He will always be there to hold us and hug us when we most need it.


Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Chills

I always get chills when I watch this video. It's funny yet really cool at the same time.

Friday, May 14, 2010

A gem from Moon Apartments

I came home from school one day and saw this on Kyle's bed.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

I need help.
So this picture is of Elder Bingham (right) and some other missionary in Holland from 5 years ago. First glance you'll think the guy on the left is me, but I promise it's not me. I need help finding features to prove it's not me. Emily thinks I'm joking, but I PROMISE this is not a picture of me. My last city was Arnhem, Elder Bingham replaced me. The only time I ever saw Bingham was in Dordrecht on my way out of Holland. My companion, Elder White, dropped me off at Dordrecht and picked up Bingham. Bingham was a greenie, I saw him for maybe 5 minutes.

A year later I came back to Holland- visited Willy in Arnhem and saw this picture and was really confused because it's impossible that this was a picture of me but it looks so much like me. So I took a picture of the picture and forgot about it. I was going through Europe pictures today and found it. So I facebook'd Bingham to hopefully find out who the other guy is because there's no way it's me unless Bingham edited me in there. I just don't understand how he could have edited me in there while he was on the mission or why he would have edited me in there or how he even got a picture of me. Anyway, this has been a mystery in my life which I hope to soon find an answer. There's got to be some feature in there that doesn't look like me- the eyebrows maybe?



Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Me and Emmy were thinking about going to Europe...there were a few dates we were throwing out, one of them was 4/16. It's too bad we didn't cause we could have seen this up close

Friday, April 02, 2010

So me and Emily have gone snowboarding three times now- each time getting a little better...and improving with a better resort each time. Sundance was fun but doesn't have many runs. Brighton is also fun and more runs, but not as many as Snowbird...holy cow, tons of runs!!! So yeah, it was fun, we improved some, but I think we'll stick with Sundance.

2008

2009

2010
...We don't have that many "snowboarding" clothes

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Elder Beck

Me and Dallas picked up Colby...err Elder Beck from the Airport today. We had a fun few hours where we got some food from Parker's in American Fork, he said goodbye to Emily, then to his BYU friends, then we dropped him off at the MTC. I kept on reminding him how he won't see any of the sights for a few months just before he flies to Bulgaria. Me and Dallas had fun telling him all about the MTC, missionary work, and we were just being bros.


Funny thing about this picture is that probably 15 minutes before me and Dallas told E.B. how you shouldn't put your hands in your pocket when you're a missionary, or for regular people as well. I was going to let him be the tallest, but Dallas was on his toes so me and Colby did as well. He better not be taller than me when he gets back, that's all I have to say.

Then we said goodbye to E.B. It was pretty sad saying goodbye to him, I was pretty emotionally drained from just the hour or two with him, he's had a few days of it. I tried my best to be Mom's substitute for the day, I definitely didn't take as many pics as she would. Me and Dallas sang "Together Someday" (family tradition).

Wow...2 years! See ya Elder Beck!

Friday, March 05, 2010



In Heaven, we will be enthralled by those we associate with. We will ask someone in which time period they lived and you will might hear, "I lived during the LaVell Edwards' years," or "I saw Roger Reid coach in the Marriott Center" or "I sang the Cougar Fight Song at a Gary Crowton game". And as you are standing there in amazement, someone will turn to you ask you which of the BYU coaches' period did you live in? And when you say "Bronco Mendenhall and Dave Rose" a hush will fall over every hall and corridor in Heaven, and all in attendance will bow at your presence. Guys, we were held back 6,000 years to witness the best years of BYU football and basketball. Remember who you are!









Thursday, February 11, 2010

5 years...wow!

5 years ago at this time I walked into my home after a two year absence, fell down on the floor, and then watched Return of the King. That was fun. My family quoted Napoleon Dynamite all the time, the Pope passed away a few months later, I watched Best Two Years daily, Bush was getting a lot of grief for Iraq, and I was terrified of girls. Those are some of the things going on when I get back from my mission.

It's so hard for me to believe that I've been home for 5 years. I remember when coming back out to BYU and talking with returned missionaries who had been home for like 2 years and I thought they were so old. I'm ancient now! Seriously, though, I had the greatest mission. I don't think I've talked much about it on my blog, but it lived up in every way to being called the best two years. I love the people in Holland so much. I told Emily today that I still think about my mission every day. It helps that I read out of the Dutch Book of Mormon. There's the tulips, the windmills, the wooden shoes, the vla, the typical Dutch meals, the flat flat land, green grass and trees everywhere, stores like C&A, Hema which had great ties. There was walking around the downtown area street contacting people, getting in great conversations about how there really is a God. Most important though, is that's where I really came to know the Savior and feel a portion of the love he has for the people of Holland.





When I got back, Dad told me that even though it would be hard to believe life would just get better.

He was right

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