proud parent.

26 02 2011

I’m not a parent, but I feel like a proud parent right now.

Tonight, GroundHounds Crew threw a battle for all of the kids in the area. It was a battle for kids who don’t normally battle.

I somehow convinced seven of my kids to go up.
They were pretty nervous and hesitant to do it.

I remember my first battle.
I thought I was going to pee my pants.

Out of the 7 kids, 6 of them made it past the preliminary round!

There was over 20 kids who competed.

Keyko, one of my older students, actually won the whole thing.

Oh wow.
Watching every single one of those kids made me feel like a proud parent.
I know that they were the ones who practiced and worked hard to learn the different moves, but it was incredible to feel connected to them.

I have to admit, the youngest kid who went actually stole the show!
Jewelz KILLED it! You’ve gotta see this girl dance, she is adorable and is SO close to being able to do full-on headspins!
What a kid!

Yeah, I feel like one of those parents who gushes over how talented their kid is. I don’t even care! These kids are so talented, they deserve the credit and praise!

Can you imagine how Heavenly Father feels when he sees us succeed?

It has to be the ultimate in parental pride!
“And that he created man, male and female, after his own image and in his own likeness, created he them…” (D&C 20:18)

? Are you a proud parent?

dancers against cancer.

4 02 2011

Last week Carson (soon to be member of GroundHounds Crew and former student) asked us if we would help out with a performance organized by The Pointe Dance Studio. The benefit dance concert was done in behalf of the Brailsford Family.

Last September the family found out that the father had a brain tumor. Since then the tumor has grown at a rate much faster than anticipated. The plan is to do 5 high doses of radiation and then to meet with Dr. Watson a specialist at the Hunstman Cancer Institute.
The family is hopeful, but also understands the reality of the situation. All of this compounded by the fact that the family has a disabled son who needs constant care.

When Carson told me about the benefit I hesitated because it was on a Friday night and I wanted to clear it with Leah. (I didn’t want to mess up date night).

I totally forgot that today also happens to be my six month anniversary.
Whoops! (I’m terrible with dates-one time I forgot my mom’s birthday-brutal!)

Leah was SO great about it. She even came and watched the performance.

I have done A LOT of performances and competitions but these events are the best.
When you get to do something you LOVE and it benefits someone else it is the perfect storm of ‘good feelings‘.

It was incredible to see all of the people who gathered together to support this local family.
“let Zion rejoice, for this is Zion—the pure in heart…” (D&C 97:21)

I wish all the best to the Brailsford Family.

? Have you ever been able to combine service with a passion of yours?

the life of the party.

15 01 2011

Times have changed.
I went to a party/bboy battle tonight in Provo.
Things like this used to be our scene. The whole crew would roll out – we would dance, entertain and be the life of the party. We would show off and then search for girls to bring back to the house with us…

Well, it’s the first party I’ve been to in awhile. It seems like the last party I went to was before I was married.

And the scene?
Well, things are a little different now. As always it was fun catching up and hanging out with some of the guys. But the dancing is done because I love it. And my interest in meeting anyone new is minimal, very minimal.

I took a couple moments and thought about all of the parties I went to with the guys over the years.
All of the girls and and all of the good times.

Great memories – I will never forget them. They have played an important role in making me who I am right now.
But they are only memories.

I’m grateful for what I have right now.
I’m grateful to have someone I am sealed to forever.
It’s nice to know who I’m going home to at the end of the night.

I’m grateful for the memories and I’m grateful for what I have right now and excited for the things to come!

“When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.” (1 Corinthians 13:11)

Ok, so I’m not sure how many childish things I’ve actually put away, but it’s the most common scriptures used to describe the process of growing up.

Maybe one of these days I’ll actually put away some childish things!

? What childish things did you put away when you “grew up”?


13 11 2010

I watched the movie Grown-Ups last night.
(Leah had a girls night which means I got to watch a dumb comedy with Adam Sandler and his friends)

Overall, the move should’ve been better. They’ve got a lot of big name comedians so it could’ve been a lot funnier. But I still enjoyed it. (That’s not saying much though, I enjoy practically every movie I watch)

Grown-Ups is about a group of really close friends who grow up and go live separate lives and are brought back together to attend the funeral for their mentor.

Despite years of being apart pursuing very different lives, nothing changed.
When they were brought back together it was as if they were still 14.

Tonight I battled with the crew at the Federation Battle in SLC.
I thought about how we have all had periods of time where we have been away from each other – yet when we get back together, nothing has changed.

They’re family in every way but blood.

I thought about the movie as I drove home tonight.
We’re that group.
We are all pursuing different things in life and some of us live in different states and even countries – but one thing will never change.
The close friendship we share.

“Alma did rejoice exceedingly to see his brethren; and what added more to his joy, they were still his brethren in the Lord…” (Alma 17:2)

Twenty years from now I hope to be able to have the same experience as Alma.

? Have you guys seen Grown-Ups?

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