Saturday, May 31, 2008

Yellowstone, Part Deux

We went back to Yellowstone over Memorial Day weekend, hoping it would be sunny. It pretty much rained the whole time.

Here's the whole gang:

We stopped at Old Faithful, of course.

Yellowstone Lake was still frozen!

Angela is seriously dating a guy named Jey. He's from Sri Lanka, and I can't for the life of me ever remember how to spell his full name. He's really a great guy for Angela.


We forgot Jaydn's coat! So he had to wear Angela's:


Buffalo (I mean, ahem, "Bison") were prevalent in Yellowstone.


This bison is "bound for the promised land:"
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There's even a "Bison Lane" on the road.

Just kidding, but they did get very close. Check out the baby bison. There were a lot of them.
What does this mean? I had a hard time imagining how I could walk "slippery." Of course, I could only do so when I was "wet." Maybe it applies if you get doused by a geyser. Jaydn made his best "I Love Yellowstone" face:

Going back home, we stopped by the IMAX and watched a show. People in the car got a little crazy when I turned on Abba:
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Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Wow

http://www.defenselink.mil/dodcmsshare/BloggerAssets/2008-05/05140810405920080514_CaptHall_audio.mp3

Here's a link to a long interview of Captain Trevor Hall discussing his recent flight into Myannmar (Burma) to deliver relief supplies to the survivors of the recent storm there. I graduated high school with Trevor and was his trainer in the mission field in Seoul, Korea. He is a good friend. His adventures with the military are amazing!

Sunday, May 25, 2008

Mark and Andrea Hales' Wedding

On Friday we drove down to Utah to attend Mark and Andrea's wedding. We drove down with Jessi's high school friend, Kalana. In Centerville, we picked up Ali Pili, a friend from American Samoa.

On Saturday morning we drove down to Manti, Utah. I hadn't taken that trip for some time, and I only had a vague memory of the canyon we drove through from when I lived in Price, Utah (a LONG time ago). I didn't remember it (Spanish Fork Canyon?) being so beautiful. Manti was also very nice.

Jessi, Ali and I stopped to take pictures before the wedding ceremony.

The Manti Temple has a lot of history. It is one of the first (perhaps even the first?) Temple built by the Latter-Day Saints once the pioneers came to Utah. So it is really old, but so beautiful.

This view makes it look like a castle.After the ceremony, we all came up and congratulated and hugged Mark and Andrea. It was beautiful, and they were (are) so happy. Jessi and I are so happy for them.

Pictures aren't taken of the actual wedding ceremony inside the Temple. But I did get a whole bunch of candid shots of Mark and Andrea as they exited the Temple.


Later that afternoon we went to their barbeque in Murray, Utah.

Mark wore the "Groom" shirt with a ball and chain for the "o"s. Andrea's shirt had a whip on it.

Right before we left, we took a picture with Mark and Andrea and all of our friends from American Samoa who came to the barbeque. From left to right, (Elder) Brandon Owens, Mark and Andrea, Jessi, Ali Pili, me, (front row) Pyper Jones, Caroline Carter, Jaydn.

Mark and Andrea are now on their way to the Carribean.

I can't think of a better way to spend your weekend than to see your good friends get married.

Sunday, May 18, 2008

Do You have a Spouse Like This?

I was in court on Thursday morning. When I came back, two of the secretaries in my firm confronted me with grins on their faces and asked me if Jessi likes to call in to radio shows. I said that she did, but only if it was a contest. Their grins got bigger, and I said that if they knew something they should spill the beans.

Well, they explained that Jessi had called in on a contest where you had to "brag" on your man or otherwise explain what you wanted to change about him. The conversation must have gone something like this:

Host: "Hi, who is this?"

Jessi: "Jessi."

Host: "Jessi, where are you calling from?"

Jessi: "Ammon."

Host: "OK Jessi, now what is your husband's name?"

Jessi: "His name is Sean."

Host: "What does Sean do that you like or dislike?"

Jessi: "Well, right before he falls asleep at night, his legs start to shake and twitch really fast and the covers start moving. That's when I know he's really asleep."

Host: "That's funny. You must really love him, then. I know that would certainly be a turn-on for me. (Exhaggerating here, mind you)."

Jessi: "Yeah, I do, and it is."

OK, so while I know the general gist of what was said, I elaborated on it a little. I didn't actually HEAR it, so I don't know exactly what was said.

But this is the point to be made--there is probably only one Jessi, who lives in Ammon, who is married to Sean. That means that everyone who knew Jessi or me now knows that I shake my legs before I fall asleep.

Is it good to be known for this?

A Grand-Mother's Day

This blog entry is a little old, but I just wanted to say how much I loved Mother's Day this year. There is nothing better than being able to spend Mother's Day with all of the "mothers" in your life. Last year we treated Jessi, but this year we had Jessi, my mom, Jessi's mom, and my grandmother.
The Saturday before Mother's Day we took my grandmother out to eat and then fed the ducks at the Falls. It was a nice day, but still kind of cold.
The Falls will always have a special fondness for me. I asked Jessi to marry me here.

Jaydn's Song and Dance

Here's a vid from Jaydn's school singing class performance. Watch him boogie. I especially like the eyebrow move.


Thursday, May 08, 2008

Watch Dad Hit the Ball

He's still got it in him to play ball. Much better hitter than I ever was.

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Monday, May 05, 2008

Awesome Story

I don't know if you have seen this, but it's pretty cool. Amazing moment in sports history.