a day of additions.

12 11 2010

It’s been a busy day:

Christmas decorating.
Teaching dance.
Going to the home opener for BYU.

Oh, and Kailynn had a baby.

Kourtney got engaged.

Yeah, I didn’t really do anything worth mentioning.

The real news came from my beautiful sisters.

This morning Kailynn gave birth to a beautiful baby girl; Addison Leilani Cooper.
Mom and daughter are both healthy and doing fine.

This evening Kourtney became officially engaged to Jake Millard.

“two, saith he, shall be one flesh…” (1 Corinthians 6:16)
This scripture has a variety of applications.

Man… what a day!
I’m now officially an uncle and I’m going to have a new brother-in-law!

An uncle?
Ideal because I get to be cool, without any discipline!

A brother-in-law?
Already doing it and loving it.

Congratulations to both of my wonderful sisters. I love you both and am grateful for the new additions to our family!

? What’s the best part about being an aunt/uncle?


16 09 2010

My life revolves around boxes at the moment.

Have you ever had a certain “thing” that just seemed to permeate all facets of your life?
Well, at this very moment I cannot seem to escape boxes.

And I’m not just talking about a box or two. I’m talking overwhelming, in your face, unescapable boxes.

At Blickenstaff’s our holiday order has begun to come in…
We’ve only gotten in several lines, but Frank (our loveable UPS guy) had to warn us about our shipment so that we could make room for it. We had about 150 boxes show up. The back room looks like this:

That picture captures only half of our Lego order. It’s ridiculous. I have a boxcutter permanently attached to my hand at the moment.

The boxes continue when I open my front door and see boxes, boxes and more boxes. Crockpots, waffle irons, popcorn makers etc. etc. It never ends.

Part of me is annoyed with all of the boxes – but the other more dominant part feels excited.

The boxes represent big changes.

At work they represent an incredible holiday shipment that will literally provide people a one-stop shopping outlet for the holidays.
At home they represent a new life. A fresh start with the love of my life.

It is crazy to think that less than a year ago the boxes I packed into my car as I moved home were practically a symbol of failure. I was broken and broke.

A little time can change anything.
“…for there is a time there for every purpose and for every work.” (Ecclesiastes 3:17)

? What “thing” has changed in meaning over the course of time to you?

the picture.

22 08 2010

The invitations are out and most of the planning is DONE!
Thank goodness.

I sent out invites to people I had addresses for – hopefully you got them!

If I had no address, or if our great postal service somehow misplaced it (not like that ever happens, right?), I figured I would post up the picture we decided to use!

I’m excited to be pretty much done with everything (even though Leah did most of the work) because somehow it seemed to wear on me as well.

We have interviews with Bishops and Stake Presidents this coming week and we are excited to finish up this last piece!

2 more weeks and we will be married!!!!!!

I’m sure everyone reaches a point in the planning when they feel like they are just ready to be married.
That’s exactly where I am at right now. (I’ve been there for a few weeks already now!)

“And they were married, and given in marriage, and were blessed according to the multitude of the apromises which the Lord had made unto them.” (4 Nephi 1:11)

? How long did it take you to get past the point of planning where you were just ready to be married?


7 07 2010

Leah told me last night that we are now at 59 days till we get married. I guess that means today we are at 58.

I politely reminded her that I’d rather not be reminded of the number of days till we get married until we are in the single digits.

To me, 58, 78, 49, 84, 92 – they are all the same.
They all feel like FOREVER.

I prefer the single digit countdown. It feels more doable.

58 days till we get married.
I’m just not going to think about that.

Too bad it’s hard not to.

I feel like a kid looking forward to:
The weekend
The end of the school day. (It might as well be 2:50 and I’m just staring at the second hand slowly trace circles that seem to have no affect on the minute hand)

Somehow you just have to distract yourself and stay busy so that time seems to go by faster.

“…all is as one day with God, and time only is measured unto men.” (Alma 40:8)

Ugh. Time.
I need to stop measuring time.

? What do you do to help time “move faster” as you look forward to something?

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