future in-laws.

20 06 2010

My future in-laws came up this weekend for some pre-wedding activities:
Dress shopping.
Engagement pictures.

It was such a great weekend.

Leah’s dad is an incredible photographer.

Things felt different this time.
Maybe it’s because we are engaged now but everything was much more relaxed.

They are a wonderful couple and terrific parents. I enjoyed spending quality time with them this past weekend.

We took a TON of pictures at a variety of locations.

I had so much fun (even though I was a little stressed about the whole natural smiling thing – haha).

Her dad got some amazing pictures. I was impressed at the quality of the pictures he produced. It was more than I ever could have hoped for.
I cannot wait to see the final product!

We shot for hours.
After awhile everyone started to get tired – but her dad pressed on with great ideas and wonderful compositions. And his excitement spread to us and fueled us to keep moving form location to location. We didn’t finish taking pictures till about 10:30 tonight.

You can feel the passion he has for photography.
When you are around someone who is passionate about anything you can’t help but be inspired and the excitement is contagious!

He is self-taught as well.
He is an example of someone who took a talent and turned it into something much more.

“Then he that had received the five talents went and traded with the same, and made them other five talents.” (Matthew 25:16)

I began the weekend with hesitant about the session – but ended relaxed and excited.

I finished the weekend loving Leah more than ever and with sincere feelings of friendship for her parents. (Thanks again to the Wassons for taking time out of their schedule to come up here and help us begin the planning process)

? What talent have you been given and turned into something more?

craziness of a young family

24 04 2010

What do you get when you have a 6 kid family that ranges in age from 2 to 20?

CRAZY times!

I got all packed up this morning to leave and was ready to go about an hour before we had to leave. Leah’s mom came out and made a joke about how I was ready to get away from all of the craziness from this past week!

It’s funny because several times I have had someone comment on how I’m “such a trooper” for “surviving” this week.

Parents always seem to think they have the craziest family.

There was always something going on and people awake and sometimes the two-year old was throwing a tantrum — BUT that’s about the extent of the craziness.

Let’s not forget that I’m the oldest of 6 as well. I can definitely remember the craziness of our home growing up. I still feel like our house is crazy. Haha

Ryan (her 2 year old baby brother) threw a crazy screaming fit in the car. I wasn’t bothered by it at all — and my first thought was, at least he’s not swearing at me and trying to punch me in the face (cue: my sister, who is 17)

Crazy family? Nope. They were wonderful.

Every family has crazy moments.

Technology has made things easy. When kids scream you can hand them a toy, or give them something to suck on. But what did they do for screaming kids back in the day?

I can’t imagine wandering threw the wilderness with a bunch of toddlers. Imagine taking the Sunbeams class across the desert?

Ok – I looked. I can’t find anything about young children throwing tantrums. This seems to be the typical description of a child here in the scriptures:

“And the child grew, and waxed strong in spirit, and was in the deserts till the day of his shewing unto Israel.” (Luke 1:80)

?  Can you find an example of a scripture talking about a young child’s disobedience or craziness?

You won’t be able to. Haha So here’s another question:

?  Tell me your craziest story about a young child/children?

a new ‘do…

22 04 2010

I just cut my hair last week…

BUT — not short enough.

My hair has come up a couple times during my Tour De Wasson.

It’s not long. But, it’s not really short either.

I’ve gone through a series of different hairstyles over the past few years.

My favorite? The mohawk.

One of my professors actually described it one day as “business casual” and said he approved.

Here’s the direction I’m headed with my hair right now;

This is Neil Kaffrey from the USA show White Collar. Love it. He’s the man, and his hair is awesome.

Leah and her entire familia would prefer me to head in this direction however;

Not bad. But I’m not feelin’ it right now.

But it’s not an issue I’ll push. I’m not sure anyone here is diggin’ my hair, so I’m gonna have to trim down. I should have probably played things more conservative before coming out here.

Parents love the clean-cut look. So does Leah (she’s the only one I really care about)

But, what about all of our favorite prophets from the scriptures? Most of the scripture movies I watch involve prophets with long beards and longer hair.

Did anyone ever talk to them about their hair?

The Lord prescribed a process for cleansing in Leviticus.

“And he that is to be cleansed shall wash his clothes, and shave off all his hair, and wash himself in water, that he may be clean…” (Leviticua 14:8)

I’ve done the shaved look before — eh, it was ok.

I feel like this is more applicable:

“…There hath not come a razor upon mine head; for I have been a Nazarite unto God from my mother’s womb: if I be shaven, then my strength will go from me, and I shall become weak, and be like any other man.” (Judges 16:17)

Yeah, if I lose my ability to breakdance because I cut my hair I’m going to be ticked!

?  What do you guys think I should do with my hair?

Day one…

17 04 2010

I am coming to you live… From Arizona.


I’m still alive.

It’s 11:17… So, really it’s 2:17.

It’s been a long freaking day. So long that I’m doing this from my phone because I’m too lazy to pull out my computer!

I started out at noon, Eastern time and got here at 6:15 Phoenix time… 9:15 Eastern time. Roughly a 9 hour journey.

Sooo, when Nephi and his brothers went for there wives the journey was days… And through the wilderness:

I think things are going well… But it’s still early in the game. Lots of playin time left.

Oh… I almost threw up on Leah.

I don’t want to blame nerves…. Sooo, instead I will blame the spicy chicken tenders and the Cajun fries. Oh man. Those almost killed me.

Worse yet, they almost killed Leah!

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