Sunday, February 22, 2009

Basement Update #1

On Monday, we bought the lumber to frame our basement. We hired a friend from an old ward to do the framing. He started Tuesday evening, worked a few evenings during the week and finished Saturday morning.
Our electrician came out on Saturday afternoon. It's coming along. Ideally, we'll have it done before the baby is born, but that's going to be cutting it close.

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Saturday, February 21, 2009

You never know who you'll run into at the Subway

So Jamie gave me a Subway gift card for V-day. She knows that quickest way to a man's heart is through his stomach. Last evening, Jamie had to run out to Orem with the kids, and wasn't going to be home until around 7. It was the perfect opportunity to get a $5 footlong at the local Subway. I thought about going through the drive-through, but I didn't want to waste the gas and decided to wait in line in the store. Not three minutes later, who walks in? Jared from the Subway commercials. Just kidding. It was none other than President Eyring and his wife. I got to chat with him for a little and asked him how the missionary work was doing in Chile. His eyes lit up and he said, "Very well! We just got a report today." He asked me if I went to Santiago on my mission and I told him that I had two brothers go to Sanitago, but I went to the Concepcion Mission. He said, "Even better then!" That's right, Matt and Kevin, Concepcion! Mas alto, mas fuerte, mejor! :)

The whole time I was thinking, I'm at Subway standing next to a prophet of God! Only in Utah :) By the way, he ordered an Italian Sub. His wife had the sweet onion teriyaki chicken. I know you were wondering.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Why did the lawyer cross the road?

Lawyers get a bad rap, but deservedly so. Coming out of law school, I naively believed that the majority of attorneys were decent folk that were trying to make a living helping people out; only a few slimeballs give the public reason to view us no better (and maybe worse) than telemarketers and used-car salespersons. Sadly, as a result of interaction with opposing counsel over the past few days, I realize that I was mistaken. Most lawyers* are conniving sharks, while a few of us practice with integrity and respect toward our adversaries.

So, I invite you to send your best lawyer jokes. Mock us. Deride us. Make us feel like the scum-sucking leeches on society that we (mostly) are. I'm game for it. Do your worst, but keep it clean - Lisa Jones, I'm talking to you :p

*Of course, I'm referring to private practice, not those who work for a pittance in the public sector. If all lawyers were like Atticus Finch, the world would be a much better place.

The author reserves the right to change his opinion regarding his general view of the members of his profession at any time.

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Daddy - the Wonder Chef!

About a week ago, Jon was trying to help me and decided to cook a delicious meal. So what did he make? Frozen Pizza! Albertson's "special" brand to be exact. I got it a few days earlier because they had a "BOGO" deal on it. As our pickiest eater, Steven was actually eating his pizza and he was raving about how good it was. He liked it so much, that after he finished two pieces, he announced, "Daddy is a really good cook! He should have his own cooking show." While this might be just little bit of a stretch, we were very happy that Steven ate his dinner. I just love the innocence of our little children.

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Big win in Beantown

Last year, the Celtics swept the regular season series against the Lakers and went on to win the NBA Finals 4-2. With their OT win in Boston tonight, the Lakers returned the favor. Is this a sign of how the NBA Finals will turn out this year? Let's hope so.

Though he didn't have a great shooting night. Kobe did hit 3 three-pointers in the last 5 minutes of regulation to help the Lakers force overtime after trailing almost the entire 2nd half.

In other basketball news, our ward basketball team clinched a playoff spot with a win tonight. Aww yeah!

Oh - and the Mavericks are getting absolutely stomped on by the Jazz.

Sunday, February 1, 2009

A day of basketball

Yesterday morning we all went to Brandon's youth league game. Although Brandon is still learning, he's becoming quite the defensive force. Last week, he was playing such good defense on the kid he was guarding that the kid started pushing Brandon with his elbows out of frustration. This week, he played good defense once again and also made great assists.

Here are a couple of pictures from this week's game.

Later that afternoon, I took Steven, Kylie, and Kaylin to the BYU game (Brandon was at a movie with a friend). The tickets were only a buck, but they were in the nosebleeds - as you can tell from the picture below - that's as far as the camera would zoom in. BYU hammered Wyoming. We were up 20+ with about 8 minutes left so we ventured across the Marriott Center to see our friend Blair and his fiancee and her new rock and then left to beat traffic. When Steven realized we weren't going to watch the rest of the game, he got very upset. The tears were flowing. Poor kid. I'll have to take him to another one.