We're Debt Free!

Two and a half years ago, my wife and I moved into our new home. After that move, we had one goal. That was to get rid of our consumer debt. We started out by paying $700 extra on the one consumer loan that we had. It was a student loan that totalled somewhere near $32,000. Yeah, I couldn’t believe it either. Somehow, I managed to ignore the fact that I was that deep in debt. I also started this process by reading Dave Ramsey‘s book “The Total Money Makeover.” While reading it I felt pretty good. I had not

Spring/Summer of Dutch Oven (SODO)

About a month and a half ago, our office had a Chili Cook Off with a $100 cash (well, Visa Gift Card) prize for first place. I decided that I would enter with a Dutch Oven Recipe that I found on the Internet thanks to the good people at Utah Association of Geocachers. I won. $100 that I still haven’t decided how to spend. But that isn’t the point of the post. Since then I have cooked one dutch oven meal every week for my family. This will be a little bit of a challenge, because as of yet, I

Eight is Enough

On Wednesday Morning, my lovely wife woke my up and said that she couldn’t sleep. She wasn’t sure if it was or wasn’t happening, but after 20 minutes of wavering back and forth, we finally decided that it was time to head to the hospital. About an hour and a half after arriving at the hospital, “Flash” Grant joined our family. He weighed 9lbs. 2.8 oz. and measured in at 19.5 in. Here are a few pictures for you to enjoy. Minutes after the birth PandaMae and Flash Miss Jo and Flash BO and Flash Miss Kay and Flash Capt.

2008 Calendar

They are done. Actually, I still have one more, but I have until Dec. 31 to finish that. Every year for the past several years, I have taken photos from my wife’s family and used them to make a personalized calendar. You have probably purchased them as gifts, and they are wonderful to hang on your wall. However, as you know I am cheap. So, I make them myself. However, in making them myself, I have also decided that I would put important dates on the calendars. Primarily, I include all of my wife’s parents children and grandchildren’s birthdays and

10-year-old Girl's Perspective on Hillary Clinton

So, I had perhaps my first real political conversation with Miss Joe (10 years old) the other day. I wanted to post this yesterday, but I really feel like 9/11 is not a day for politics. I do the same for Independence Day, Christmas, and etc. The conversation when something like this. On the way home from School, Miss Joe ask, “How many women have run for President?” I respond, “I really don’t know. If you count every candidate, I would guess somewhere between 20 and 50. However, I don’t think that there were any that made it to the

Gardening Amongst the Weeds

Many of my long time readers know that I moved to a new place almost two years ago.  And still today we love the place.  Sure there have been bumps in the home, but it has been great for many reasons.  The home is comfortable, the neighborhood is great, and we simply just feel at home. Since we moved in I wanted to use the huge (42’x22′) garden area in the back yard.  However, last year we focused on other projects.  First, we built a play fort in the back yard sand pit for the kids.  That was a lot

Summer of Camping

In the thirteen years that my wife and I have been married, I haven’t camped as much time camping as I did this summer. Oh great, this is starting to sound like the typical back to school essay “How I Spent My Summer.” But deal with it. Trip #1 The camping adventures started with a Memorial Day camp trip with my dad and his wife. It was fun. Hot, but fun. We ended up with camp site that had no shade. Seriously none. I guess that is what you get when you try and reserve a site online. I thought

Mowing the Lawn

I hate mowing the lawn. I have seriously considered xeroscaping my whole yard simply to get myself out of this mundane mostly pointless task. A task placed upon in the true spirit of Adam and Eve. It is the curse place on me because my forefathers partook of the fruit. Our ancestors started this evil practice of growing fescue, bermuda, and rye hoping to be the envy of their neighbors. All it has left us with is a yearning to walk out on lush greenness in our bare feet and the never ending burden of summer called mowing. We grow

Thirteen Years of Complete and Total Utter Marital Bliss

Today is the anniversary of the happiest day of my life. Thirteen years ago at roughly 10:00am, my wife and I met in the Jordan River Temple, and surrounded by family and friends we committed ourselves before God to live together forever. We knelt at an alter and committed to love one another, serve one another, and care for each other for time and all eternity. This weekend we celebrated by a wonderful trip to the Jordan River Temple with friends and family as well. It was just a normal trip to the temple and a nice dinner afterwards. This

And Then There Are Six

Alright, I’ll admit that my priorities are probably really messed up. I have two bits of good news to share and I chose to tell you about the work related news first. So, hate me, everyone else already does anyway. Last Friday my wife and I took a little trip to the doctors office. As I have already indicated this is good news, so no there wasn’t anything wrong. While at the doctors office though, we had confirmed that Sandy is pregnant with child number six. We were hoping for a February baby, and it looks like we will get

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