Yeah, I'm a Lil Bit Old School.

A while ago I downloaded the original Super Mario Brothers to our Wii. The Wii is really cool in that you can go online with it and download nearly any old or new Nintendo game.

I loved playing SMB back in the day on the original Nintendo game system. I used to be able to beat the game in about 5 minutes with one life.

Well, this weekend I was able to beat the game! OK, it took me about 5 lives and around 10 minutes, but I still got it baby! The princess is safe once again! I was so proud of myself that I had Aubrey take a picture of me. I'm such a dork, but oh well...it was fun!


Happy Veteran's Day

Happy Veteran's Day to all those who have served our great country...especially my Dad! We love you Dad and are so proud of you and your service. Your stories from the battlefield have strengthened my testimony as well as many others. I know the Lord and His angels kept watch over you.


Apples to Apples...Our Style

Our family loves to play the game Apples to Apples. It is a simple and fun game to play with the family. You can read about it here.

My parents are in town and we decided to play tonight. Nana won by a landslide...almost twice! We love to look at our green cards at the end of the game. We say (in jest) that the green cards describe the person who holds them. Here are the results from tonight! :o)
  • Tata: Hot, Sour, and Strange

  • Nana: Spooky, Dirty, Lumpy, Important, Rough, Helpful, and Fuzzy

  • Joey: Brave, Dark, Great, and Exciting

  • Holly: Boring and Bad

  • Aubrey: Pretty, Slow, and Warm

  • Ella: Wonderful, Hairy, and Shaggy

  • Cali: ZZZzzzz

We also played a little Hullabaloo...


My First Blog Award

Thank you Aubrey for my first Blog Award!!!

I have to answer the following questions with one word answers and one word only!

1. Where is your cell phone? pocket
2. Where is your significant other? office
3. Your hair color? black
4. Your mother? Cyndi
5. Your father? Joe
6. Your favorite thing? family
7. Your dream last night? weird
8. Your dream/goal? celestial
9. The room you're in? living
10. Your hobby? photography
11. Your fear? sharks
12. Where do you want to be in 6 years? Austin
13. Where were you last night? fireside
14. What you're not? mean
15. One of your wish-list items? car
16. Where you grew up? Laguna
17. The last thing you did? blinked
18. What are you wearing? pajamas
19. Your TV? HD
20. Your pet? fish
21. Your computer? fast
22. Your mood? OK
23. Missing someone? Dad
24. Your car? silver
25. Something you're not wearing? shoes
26. Favorite store? Frys
27. Your summer? Disneyland
28. Love someone? Holly
29. Your favorite color? brown
30. When is the last time you laughed? earlier
31. Last time you cried? testimony


My Baby is Almost Home!

We can't wait to see you!!!


Duck, Duck, GOOSE!

Home From School

Ella went on a field trip today to the Pumpkin Patch! She got to feed cows and goats too!

Aubrey had Spirit Day today. She got to play math games and eat in class!

Cali went on a field trip today to Discount Tire! She got to look cool like Dad with shades on.


Cute Pics for Mommy

Here are some pictures for my sweetheart who is away on a much deserved mini-vacation. We love you honey!

Look how cute I am....


Happy Birthday Mama!

Today is my Mom's birthday. Happy birthday Mom!

As I grow older, I realize how wonderful my parents really are; especially my Mom. She is always thinking of others and their needs. She is such an example to me of sacrifice, service, and love.

When I was in the 3rd grade I was burned really bad. My pyrotechnic apprenticeship started at a young age...pretty much once I learned how to light a match. Anyway, my shenanigans landed me in the hospital for a week with 2nd and 3rd degree burns on my face, ears, and hands.

My most vivid memory of the whole experience was having my Mom by my side during my recovery. She was my angel. In those moments with my Mom, I caught a glimpse of the love a parent has for their child. Now as a father, I can't imagine what I put her through (on more than one occasion) ;o) .

Mom, you're simply the best. I love you and thank you for ALWAYS being there for me and my sisters. It is so comforting to have the knowledge that we will be together forever.


Happy Birthday Daddy-O

Today is my Dad's (a.k.a.Tata) Birthday. He is such an example of selflessness and true love of family. I am so proud of him and all that he has accomplished in life. His simple charitable acts for others has made him great in the eyes of many. He truly magnifies his priesthood and his callings in life.

I remember so many fun times spent with my Dad. He taught me how to peal-out in car! Pretty cool eh? My favorite thing to do with my Dad is fish. I also love to jam on the ukulele with him. I remember how he used to gather us around and sing, "You Are My Sunshine" and "500 Miles". I now find myself carrying on the tradition.

He also taught me how to cook these bad boys. My Dad is famous for his ribs...they are the best!

Thanks Dad for always putting up with my shenanigans. I love you and hope that you have a wonderful Birthday.


Happy Birthday Baby? Aubrey!

Happy birthday Aubrey! I can't believe that you are 7 years old!! :o( When did this happen? I was a little sad watching you today walk to class. You looked so grown up with your camo bag and looking all stylish. I hope that you will still give me as many hugs in the future as you do today. Thank you for being such a wonderful daughter.

You are a huge blessing to us and we are so lucky to have you in our family.

We love you more than you'll ever know. You are the best big sister and so sweet to others.