Growing up I had the privilege of living withing walking distance of both of my grandparents. I remember walking to Grandpa's house on Sunday afternoons for a visit. I realize now looking back that the walk was a way to channel my energy so I would be calmer at the grandparent's houses. I remember helping my grandfather, or father, with yard work or "fix it" jobs around the house. Often it was my job to "hold this". What I was holding was not important but that I was helping was.
I graduated from Bonneville High in 1999. I was then able to serve a two year mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in the Tucson Arizona. The mission covered the southern parts of Arizona and New Mexico and El Paso Texas. I had the opportunity to serve in all three states.
|As a missionary in Roswell, New Mexico|
After returning home I was able to attend and graduate from Weber State University with a degree in Economics and minoring in Math. This combination, I have been told, makes me a nerd. However, I feel that I am more of a geek; as I have social skills.
|From left to right: Brother in law, Niece, Me, Nephew, and my Sister at my college graduation|
|Tulips and a Wedding.|
Often, after being married for a little while, a couple has a surprise for everyone else. We did this as well when after just six short weeks we adopted a dog. Her name is Lacy and she is one of the kindest, gentlest dogs I have ever met. A year later we adopted a second dog named Winston. While Winston can often be sweet he has the terrier spirit and is often a spitfire.
|Lacy is in back and Winston is in front.|
|Friends enjoying a Fondue party|
While living in China I was able to make new friends and learn about different cultures. We made friends we hope to stay in contact with for the rest of our lives. And seeing a panda up close in person was amazing.
|A Panda I saw in Chengdu, China. One of the greatest experiences I had in China.|