i know who wins the bachelor.

19 01 2011

Spoiler Alert!
I know who wins the current season of The Bachelor.

A woman came into the store last week and dished out some great stuff.
Her best friend is one of the women on the show this season vying for the attention of 2nd time Bachelor, Brad Womack.

The Bachelor

My wife loves this show.
I’ve watched it a couple times and just haven’t been able to get into it.
I know, I know – I typically love shows filled with drama and this show doesn’t fall short in that category.
A bunch of catty women backstabbing, rumor-mongering and slutting it up. It sounds like the perfect combination.

It’s not bad. (don’t judge me)
But I would rather sit down and watch The OC, Glee or some other teen angst filled drama. I prefer to watch shows I know are completely scripted as opposed to pseudo-reality shows where the producers step in along the way and ask certain people to up the drama.

But it’s been awesome knowing the winner and knowing some of the dirt behind the show.

I still haven’t told Leah who wins. I won’t ruin it for her.
If you’re a fan and want the spoiler then send me a message and I’ll fill you in.

I find it hard to believe that every single person on the show is there because they haven’t found love yet and are sincerely seeking to find their soulmate (while cameras track their every move).

Really?
Your goal is to seduce a man (who knows he basically gets to hook up with dozens of hot girls on TV) and prove to him you are meant to be.

Your love story will look something like this:
Arrived on show wearing hottest dress possible.
Tried to be memorable by slapping Brad in the face.
Told the cameras your great sob story and made sure to really play it up to Brad.
Made sure the cameras got a good look at bikini body.
Kissed him (after 8 other girls already kissed him)
Worked out some kind of secret combination to get other girls booted off.
Claimed to be in love after 6 weeks of fierce female competition.

Shame on me for my cynicism.
That does sound like the standard true love story.

Brad is the only winner here.
This is his 2nd time around doing this. He basically hangs out with a bunch of girls who want to “win” him. The first season he decided he didn’t want any of the girls.
Well played Brad. Well played.

This time he chose someone.
Good luck with ______________ . I’m sure you’ll be very happy with her!
(if not, you can always hold out hope for being brought back for a 3rd season)

I’m so lucky to have a great love story. I met Leah back in 2007 and she has been my best friend for years. And now? Well, now I get to spend forever with my best friend. Pretty sweet deal!
“Husbands, love your wives…” (Ephesians 5:25)

? How have you likened the scriptures to your life?





honeymoon stage.

25 10 2010

Now that I’ve been married for a couple of months I’ve noticed a distinct shift in the questions people ask me.

As a fresh newlywed you get questions like this:
How was the honeymoon?
Have you finished moving in?
Did you get some good presents?

Now, I only get one question:
So, has the honeymoon stage ended?

Interesting question.
Typically the person asks with a slight smile – almost hopeful.
Hopeful that my answer will be yes.

So, has the honeymoon stage ended?
Yes- if you consider the honeymoon stage to be the period of time where our biggest concern was avoiding sunburn while at the beach.

That stage ended when we returned to Utah.

Do I love Leah any less?
Certainly not.
If it was possible I’d love to go back to worrying about sunburn and deciding what book to read on the beach.

But beaches and books don’t pay bills.

The honeymoon stage might be over – but that doesn’t mean the crazy in love stage has to end.

“Live joyfully with the wife whom thou lovest…” (Ecclesiastes 9:9)

? What do you think it means to be in the “honeymoon stage”





gratitude.

3 10 2010

We are in between sessions of conference right now and I can’t stop thinking about President Monson’s talk.
Wow.

Isn’t it crazy how you can hear hundreds of talks about the same exact topics, yet they seem to touch you differently each time.
I love it.
I’m glad that we get reminded frequently about the basics. I need it.

President Monson’s talk reminded me of a quote I just read earlier this morning before the session started.

“The grand essentials to happiness in this life are something to do, something to love and something to hope for.” (Joseph Addison)

I have a lot to be grateful for.


I have been blessed with ALL 3 essentials to happiness.

Something to do:
I have a wonderful job that I love.
I have skills and talents that I can dedicate time to improving.

Something to love:
I have a beautiful wife who is my best friend.
I have been blessed with a truly amazing family who I owe much to.
I have friends that I love with all my heart.

Something to hope for:
I have been blessed with the Gospel in my life. The Gospel gives me the greatest hope of all. I hope to someday return to the presence of God to dwell forever with all of my friends and family.

“…eternal life, which gift is the greatest of all the gifts of God.” (D&C 14:7)

Take a quiet moment today and think about the blessings you have. Even if you are in the midst of the most difficult and trying time of your life you will be able to find that you have been blessed more than you realize.

? What’s been your favorite conference talk?





family… isn’t it about, time?

20 09 2010

Tonight was our first FHE as a married couple…
And luckily for us – we got to spend it with my family!

Kourtney is in town, with her boyfriend Jake so we all went out to eat at Malawis Pizza in the Riverwoods. (which, by the way, Jake is AWESOME!)

Sidenote: Malwais Pizza is amazing! It’s a high end pizza place that has a wonderful selection of traditional pizzas as well as dessert pizzas! And if that isn’t enough – every time you buy a pizza they feed a child in Africa!

I LOVE being with my family. Even when the circumstances aren’t the most ideal. Kory is going through a rough patch right now. I feel for him, I really do. I wish there was more I could do for him.

What do you do when one of your best friends is going through a tough breakup?

You burn everything that reminds them of the former girlfriend!
So, our FHE took us back to Aunt Val’s so that we could use the fire pit to send her up in smoke (figuratively, of course).

There is something special in the moments following a breakup. You have the opportunity to see someone unguarded. I have never seen my brother like this. If you know him, you know he is ridiculously confident (and rightfully so) and seemingly very sure of himself. The past week or two I have seen a side of my brother I have often wondered about. He has never talked about emotions for as long as I can remember.

I have looked up to him for years now (mostly since he left on his mission) but these past few weeks have brought even greater admiration and love. I would do anything for him (the same as I would for ANY of my family).

“Let his family rejoice and turn away their hearts from affliction…” (D&C 124:76)

So, how do you get over a bad breakup?
I guess there is no real answer.
You just take it day by day….

? How do you get over a breakup?





you are what you are told you are.

17 09 2010

I taught down in Payson tonight. I have 3 classes down there.
Teen class (mixed guys & girls)
Kids class (mixed guys & girls)
Boys class (Boys under 8)

My teen class is pretty unique. I’ve taught at about 8 different studios (including substitute stints)

Most classes consist of these stereotypes:
Kid who won’t try anything.
Kid who will try anything. (sometimes dangerous)
Kid who thinks he/she sucks.
Kid who actually does suck.
Kid who doesn’t even want to be there.
Kid willing to do exactly everything you ask and is mostly successful.
Kid who doesn’t stop talking(in a dance class, too much talking is typically not so good)

My teen class is filled completely with
Kid willing to do exactly everything you ask and is mostly successful.

It is incredible.
I have been there twice and it has been one of the best teaching experiences I’ve had.

Tonight when I finished my class I had an interesting experience. One of the moms came up to me with her daughter and asked me if I was going to be teaching any hip-hop?
My answer was no.

The mom then said her daughter is a klutz and that she’s worried she’s going to hurt herself.
Her daughter was standing right there and put her head down as her mom spoke. I told her mom that her daughter was excellent (she was) and that I saw no signs of klumsiness (I didn’t).

I know her mom had good intentions – but I was not too thrilled about how she presented her concern to me.
I got the vibe (which could be wrong) that this isn’t the first time ther daughter has been called a klutz in public.
I felt bad for her. She’s at a tricky age where certain mindsets and patterns are developed. The last thing I want someone telling one of my dancers is that they’re a klutz. (horrific reinforcement)

I think certain issues definitely need to be addressed and that kids should not be spoon-fed rainbows and sunshine constantly. But there is a time and a place for correction and concerns.

Wrong time and wrong place tonight.

“Reproving betimes with sharpness, when moved upon by the Holy Ghost; and then showing forth afterwards an increase of love…” (D&C 121:43)

? Have you ever been corrected in an unpleasant manner?





the wednesday letters.

22 05 2010

Confession: When I met with Jason Wright (New York Times bestselling author) I hadn’t read any of his books.

I purchased The Wednesday Letters that morning because I wanted him to sign a copy for me. (Sorry Jason!)

I finished the book yesterday.

I’m not typically into fiction books unless they involve secret codes, wizards or vampires.
The Wednesday Letters could be a Hallmark movie.

&

I LOVED it.

Now comes my very shameless plug for this incredible book.

You HAVE to read it.

I enjoyed it tremendously and have decided to do something similar to ‘the wednesday letters‘ written by Jack Cooper in the book. Jack writes a letter every Wednesday to his wife throughout their entire married life!

Imagine being married 50 years.

If you wrote a letter each week you would have 2600 letters!

A priceless personal history.
A way to show generations to come that your relationship was filled with love – a love that got you through both the good times and the hard times.

I can’t say enough good things about this book. I connected with the characters and found myself overcome with many emotions as I finished the book.
A potential Hallmark movie? Yes. But it could be much more!

I love hearing stories about love overcoming trials and difficulties.

“…if ye have not charity, ye are nothing, for charity never faileth…” (Moroni 7:46)

True love never faileth.

? What’s the last book you read?





Do unto others..

3 05 2010

Do unto others grandparents as you would have others do unto yours.

I’ve spent a lot of today helping grandma get a bunch of stuff done around the house. It’s been a pleasure working with her and helping out as much as possible. I have loved spending time with her.

I wish I could come down once a week to help and to talk and just spend time with her.

For years I have listened to President Monson give talks about the widows he has helped over the years. I never really understood the difference it makes in the life of someone who has lost a loved one.

I feel such a huge desire to do better about spending time with some of the older (not old!) people wherever I end up living.

I HATE the idea of my grandma hauling bags of mulch across the yard in 96 degree weather. And I know there are grandmothers and others in general who need help or just someone to talk to.

I want to do for them what I wish I could always do for all of my grandparents.

I know grandma is grateful to have me here, but I have gotten more from this time with her than she could ever realize.

“when ye are in the service of your fellow beings, ye are only in the service of your God…” (Mosiah 2:17)

? When was the last time you spent time with someone “older”?








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