and then I hit the wall.

27 12 2010

All of you avid runners will appreciate the following comparison.
Marathon runners often talk about hitting “the wall“.

The wall is that point in the race (a little different for every runner) where your body and mind almost shut down. In fact many runners claim that this is no metaphorical wall, but instead a very real and quite painful literal wall. A wall that often spells doom for the runner with miles left to go.

I hit the wall last week. (a blogging wall)
I was so overwhelmed with everything going on at work/home/dance/church that I basically shut down.

I basically looked at the computer one night and said, I don’t want to touch you.
I’m burnt out.
I’m spent.
Stick a fork in me, I’m done.

After a little r&r here at the homestead for Christmas, I’m feeling much better.
In fact I’m overflowing with things I want to write about.

But I won’t make the classic runners error and push the pace too fast, too soon.

2011 is around the corner. No doubt you’ve already begun laying out goals for the coming year.

? HOW are you going to avoid the wall and make sure you accomplish what you set out to do?

*On a sidenote, I’m a ridiculously proud uncle. I cannot put the baby down. Originally I thought that because she is so young she would be no fun to play with. WRONG! I can’t get enough of this baby!
“little children are whole, for they are not capable of committing sin…” (Moroni 8:8)


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the ho down.

18 12 2010

I constantly rave about all of the cool movies or TV shows I watch. I know you’re probably sick of listening to me plug the series, “The LXD” (found on Hulu).

Well, in between shooting that series, one of the guys put together his own little short video.
It’s incredibly well shot and I love the whole concept.
Have a look:

I thought it was so clever to shoot everything with no guns.

Every now and then you come across something that is just well done and is clever enough that it doesn’t need crazy gratuitous violence or sex to help carry it.

This is one of those videos.

“If there is anything virtuous, lovely, or of good report or praiseworthy, we seek after these things.” (Article of Faith 13)

? What’s the best thing you’ve watched recently that was great without having to add in unnecessary sex/violence?





the walking dead.

16 12 2010


AMC did a series on zombies called, “The Walking Dead”.
I just picked it up and I’m excited to see it.

Anyways – “walking dead”… yeah, this is exactly how I feel right now.
“Lazarus had been dead for four days…” (John 11:17)

I’m tired, stressed and sore.

I haven’t written in days.
Sorry.

I’m ready for Christmas Break….

? Anybody else ready for Christmas?





little oliver.

13 12 2010

I’m not talking about Oliver Twist.
Oliver is a Shih Tzu – a breed of dog – a dog we do not own… yet.

My wife is really excited about the idea of having a dog right now. She’s got me a little excited as well. We looked at dogs online last night.

My vote was for a wolf/hybrid.
We would name it Koda. Sick, I know!

She wants a Shih Tzu we found named Oliver.

I still don’t think our landlord will go for it (which is partly why I’ve let the idea take wing)
But who knows, he might surprise us and then I’m in trouble!

A dog! In a basement apartment!
Recipe for disaster.

But we looked up all the little things we thought were pertinent to our situation.

Does it shed? Nope.
Does it yap? Nope. (although I’m still skeptical)

I wonder if the Nephites kept pets…
“And we began to raise flocks, and herds, and animals of every kind…” (2 Nephi 5:11)

Maybe I should rephrase that. I wonder if they had pets that they didn’t end up killing to eat or sacrifice…

? Are you a dog person/family? Why or why not?





special sacrament.

12 12 2010

We had the special needs youth group from our stake come speak and sing to us today.

The group consists of special needs youth in the area as well as youth from the wards who have been called to serve as counsellors for the group.

There were several youth speakers as well as a combined choir that sang the intermediate and closing numbers.

It was a special sacrament.

It is easy for me to get sidetracked in sacrament and think about other things and let my mind wander.

But I couldn’t take my eyes off of these youth as they sang “I Am A Child of God“.
I’m not sure how many of them fully understand the meaning of the song from a doctrinal perspective – but you could tell and feel that they understood the song at a spiritual level we can only hope for.

Physically they were disabled, but spiritually, they were:
“Children in whom was no blemish…” (Daniel 1:4)

I cannot remember the last time I was so moved by a song in church. (maybe never)

It made me think of a girl I used to date who casually said once that she would be devastated if she ever had a disabled child.

I was floored when she said it.
I can’t imagine anyone thinking like that.
*To be fair, she had never known anyone with a disabled child.
I have several cousins with special needs and there parents have been exemplary examples of what unconditional love is.

I don’t fully understand the extra work and unseen effort it takes to raise a child with a disability – but I know that if I have a child with special needs I will try the best I can to follow the examples of my aunts and uncles.

I just can’t get over how amazing sacrament was today…
It was one of those moments when you just knew the Spirit was there.

? What was the last sacrament that kept you spiritually involved?





say yes to the dress.

11 12 2010

Say Yes to the Dress is a popular bridal show on TLC (don’t ask me how I know that) about the intensity of selecting a wedding dress!

Luckily there was no intensity involved in our dress shopping for Kourtney’s dress today.

We went to about four different places and tried on about a dozen or so dresses. I filmed each one an sent the video clip to Mom so she could see (gotta love the iPhone).

Kourtney is a small girl, so a few of these dresses almost completely enveloped her and made her look like a snowman!

I’m not sure anything was officially decided on, but I think we narrowed the number down to a few. Once we’ve got a winner, I’ll post a pic!

It was great to spend some more time with Jake (the fiance) as well.
It’s hard to believe that everyone has grown up so much.

“the younger as sisters, with all purity….” (1 Timothy 5:2)

Sometimes I think it would be great if we could just all live together or near each other again.

? Do you want to live near family, or away from family?





jake.

10 12 2010


Jake is next in line to join the family.

He proposed and Kourtney accepted and they’ll be married in St. George next March.

I have spent a little bit of time with him – not as much as we got with Dallas – but I’ll take what I can get get.

Kourtney used to date a guy named Jarrett.
I loved him. He was pretty much perfect and we all thought he was going to join the family someday.

But then he went on a mission, she moved to the ranch and then started dating Josh.

Never a big fan of Josh. (I didn’t really hide it well either)
He was a cool person, but it never seemed to click right between all of us.

Now she’s on her 3rd guy with “J” name.
I never thought I’d like anybody as much as Jarrett – but I was wrong.

Jake, you’re the man.
I’m excited for you to join the family – you fit perfectly and it’s going to be great having you around at family stuff from now on.

Welcome to the tribe…
“they were divided into tribes, every man according to his family…” (3 Nephi 7:14)

? Have you ever not liked somebody that a close friend or family member was going to marry?








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