the newest aldous.

22 03 2011

Well, it finally happened. We added a new member to the family Monday night…
Apple! Our new pet bunny! haha We named him Apple because, right now I really want an iPad and I think I only have Apple on my mind! haha

It’s only day 2, but I’ve decided that a bunny is a ridiculously easy pet to take care of. He doesn’t eat much food and doesn’t need a lot of space. It’s awesome!

Welcome Apple!

This is the first pet I’ve really ever had. My family had six kids and I think my parents were busy enough with all of us!

“And they also had horses, and asses, and there were elephants and cureloms and cumoms; all of which were useful unto man, and more especially the elephants and cureloms and cumoms.” (Ether 9:19)

I wonder if they kept some of these as pets? haha

? Have you ever had a pet before?

bright lights.

2 02 2011

Leah and I went to the temple tonight.
As usual it was a wonderful experience. I love the feeling of peace I have on temple night.

The Celestial room is a bright room, practically glowing.

As I sat there I thought about another place with bright lights, Las Vegas!

“And I, God, said: Let there be light; and there was light.” (Moses 2:3)

Both places glow and filled with light – but the similarities end there.
The lights of Las Vegas are harsh and distracting, meant to feed our A.D.D minds.
The lights of the temple uplift, calm and help promote focused meditation.

I love Las Vegas (well, at least for a weekend) but it’s a completely different experience than the temple.

Man, I feel good right now.

? What’s your favorite temple?

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?


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?

add friend.

9 12 2010

Ok, I had a post planned yesterday that I didn’t get to write because I got home really late last night from practice and today has been SO busy.

And now, I’ve read something so great I have to change my entire post.

This was on Mashable today:

After completing the flow chart I decided that YES, it is acceptable that Mom and I are Facebook friends!

You’re welcome Mom!

Not to mention the fact that I’m Facebook friends with tons of other family members and church leaders from the past and present.

It’s a good thing I try to stay on my best behavior!

I can think of lots of families from the scriptures where the kids might not be so keen on being Facebook friends with their parents…

“And not many days after the younger son gathered all together, and took his journey into a far country, and there wasted his substance with riotous living.” (Luke 15:13)

? Are you Facebook friends with your parents?


4 12 2010

I love any place I can get:

a hot dog.
piece of pizza.

all for less than $3.

Costco has everything.

Did you know they sell caskets?

My personal finance teacher at BYU said Costco caskets are the best deal on the market!

If only Nephi had access to a Costco, he would’ve been alright when his bow broke. (yeah that’s right, you can buy a bow at Costco)

Although, if he had a Costco I doubt he would have been concerned with a bow. He’d probably just stock up on hamburger meat!

“And it came to pass that as I, Nephi, went forth to slay food, behold, I did break my bow…” (1 Nephi 16:18)

? What’s your favorite thing about Costco?

it happened.

2 12 2010

Missionaries come home with some of the craziest stories.
My favorites are usually the “I crapped my pants” stories.

Pretty much every elder who serves in South America has one of those…. But this isn’t something reserved for just the foreign missionaries.

My brother served in Nebraska and he’s got some good stories.

I never had that problem on my mission. The worst thing that happened to me was food poisoning. (I threw up right in front of a little girl and her mom.) I always wondered how anyone could ever be in a situation where they simply couldn’t make it to the bathroom.

I no longer wonder.

I must have eaten something bad (no, it wasn’t Leah’s cooking). It was a reheated burrito from awhile ago.

Well, let’s just say it didn’t sit so well. In fact I had a close call just sitting here on the couch.

Then I left to go judge a bboy competition.
Right as I pulled up to the venue….

It was simply beyond control.

“and come together again, that Satan tempt you not for your incontinency…” (1 Corinthians 7:5)

I turned the car around – headed back home.
But then came the awkward struggle to decide how to handle the cleanup. A variety of thoughts came to mind, but I finally decided on:

taking my shoes off and rolling my pants up like capris to help avoid any spillage.
So, I trudged through the snow in socks and capris and opened the door and headed straight to the shower.

Anyways, I made it back to the jam…. still feeling not so good, but able to judge. It was a fun night with some good battles – but the craziest battle of the night was the one I had with my bowels…

I lost.

Maybe next time I should try these.

? Any good stories out there?



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