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Sunday, February 19, 2006

This Is The Dawning Of The Age Of ...... 

..... not aquarius, but high-speed internet access. Obviously I haven't done much posting at all lately, for many different reasons. First my job has occupied most of my time in the past year. Second, my only connection to the internet since my days at Blue Cross was a slow dial-up with a 20 ft cord to the phone jack that we would trip over. So a few weeks ago we got Cox high-speed cable internet, along with cable TV and a Tivo-like recorder. We have stepped into the modern era. We even have a cellular telephone now.

With all that, we really don't have much to report. My job is going better and better and I truly love what I do more and more. I feel like this was the job I was born for, or in other words, this job fits my personality best. I'm also completely completely proud of the company I work for. I love Edward Jones and I'm extremely happy to be working for them.

I've been so busy that I haven't had much time for hobbies, like this blog, or triathlons. But lately the last month I've started getting in shape again, although a lot less intensely. The one thing I think is interesting is my other new and useless hobby of watching TV. I really haven't been much of a TV watcher, but now with TiVo I do watch more TV. Hopefully after the novelty wears off, we wont watch so much, but for now, I'm into it. (We also haven't had cable TV for 5 years, so it's all new and exciting for us backwoodsy folks)

And now for a lot (and I mean A LOT of pictures of the kids). They are the studio pictures we took around Christmas:



We also took some pictures of just the kids:






Also Jeff's 6-year old pictures:



And Zach's 4-year old pictures:


Sunday, September 18, 2005

Superman, School, Birthdays, and Camping 

I am so busy that it's hard to find time to update the blog, but Sunday afternoons are a pretty good time, especially when I'm not napping, so here's the latest installment.

Zachy is all about Superman now. He even asks us to comb his hair like Superman. So we took these pictures one silly night.

He's also into anything with a sword, especially Peter Pan. Anyways, it's a fun time.

Jeff started school about a month ago. We decided to put him into a charter school instead of the local school, because the charter kindergarten is full-day, whereas the local school isn't. Plus he's getting much more attention and instruction at the school. Here's pictures of his first day, his desk, his classroom, and his silly smiles with Zach.






Tyler also had a birthday a while ago, but here's some pictures from that:


I really like these 2 pictures of Tyler and Tyler with his bros:


Finally, I took the boys camping, along with all the youth from our church. I borrowed an LCD projector, a generator, and took my DVD and we watched a movie on a big sheet strung between 2 trees. It was very cool:


The kids love camping:


At church they changed my responsibilities. I was helping with the Scout program for the 14-15 year olds. But they asked me to be in charge of our missionary work. So for the Mo-mons, I'm ward mission leader. For the rest, I help the missionaries that work in our area make sure they are being helped and supported by the members and encourage the members to be more involved the missionary work.

As for work, it's a roller-coaster at times emotionally. I've had some of the best experiences this last month that made me feel so glad that I'm doing this, being able to help people and be of service and develop great relationships. At the same time I'm essentially starting my own business and the beginning is always difficult at times, but I'm glad I'm doing it, especially with Lori helping me.

Thanks for reading,
Brian


Thursday, August 11, 2005

Tyler's One-Year Pictures 

Lori had Tyler's pictures taken again recently at the studio. Behold his 1-year pictures:



And yes, we took the obligatory bare bum pictures just to drive him nuts as a teenager and show at his wedding:


As for work everything is going awesome, I didn't imagine I would enjoy the work this much. It's very, very taxing emotionally, but I'm enjoying it. The big downside is that I'm so tired and drained that I haven't found much time at all to work out, and train for triathlons. A funny note to mention is somehow my old boss got the impression that I was struggling and hating it and wanting to come back to my old job. So if you talk to him, keep it up, let him think I'm dying and regretting it all, at least give him that idea. I think it would bother him if he knew how happy I was and how successful I'll be down the road.

Other noteworthy points, an old mission friend from Tennessee that I knew in Brazil, Kris Evans, came and visited last week for a few hours while he was in town for work. Kris is doing great as a small business owner. He's a legal broker, meaning he sells pre-paid legal plans to companies and individuals. Check it out here. Last night Mark Quillen from my mission was in town from Boise on a business trip and we spent a couple of good hours together at home with Lori. As missionaries we have a partner or companion with us, I had 12 my whole 2 years. But I was with Quillen two times for a total of 5 months, and he was my companion when Lori and I first met and became friends. It was awesome to get together, it's been a few years since we last saw each other.

I think one last noteworthy is that I flew to Salt Lake a few weeks ago to visit my family. Lori had spent 2 weeks up there while I was busy down here. A family friend of ours is Jerry Moyes the CEO from Swift transportation. He knew Lori was in SLC and I was bacheloring here, and he was flying to SLC on his private jet and invited me to come along. So I got to fly executive class, on a private jet to SLC for the weekend to see my family and friends. It was so awesome, I got to see practically everybody while I was there, some of the old friends I saw I haven't seen for 6 or 7 years. So that was pretty amazing.

Anyways, much love and thanks for reading,
Brian


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