Sunday, April 20, 2008


I know it happens to all of us. You get some "thing" that your like or that has sentimental value to you for some reason and you hang on to it way past it's useful life. In my family it's more then just a fear of letting go - it's a downright syndrome. My Grandma Irene was the first I knew who really showed how bad this attached syndrome could be. When she died her house was stacked floor to ceiling with what must have been every paper she ever received. Magazines, Notes, Newspapers, there literally was just a path between the mess from her front door to the bathroom then another path to the kitchen. It was outrageous.

Then there is me. When Manon and I got married I had boxes and boxes of momentos. Manon was nice enough to find ways to help me overcome my problem. She even made me take pictures with my momentos before throwing them away. Everything from old Far Side Calendars to an old cast (that one really grossed Manon out).

Then there is my Grandpa. A picture says a thousand words so enjoy this picture of his daily sitter for the past 30+ years....

Monday, April 14, 2008


Jake and Dad went up to the old house in Sandy this morning (Saturday) to pick up the BBQ and remove the tree that was planted in honor of Grandpa Nye. Jake said your mom was laying the pressure on big time to ask where the tether ball because they didn’t get it when they got the poll. Both Dad and Jake felt too stupid to really ask for it back after over 2 years. Ha ha! Oh that is funny, lol. We are going to have a BBQ tonight with the newly recovered BBQ. Your Mom and Dad took Jake and I to CafĂ© Rio last night with a gift card your mom won. I finally found something I like there. So that was awesome. While we were eating your dad said that he wanted someone to plan a party for him next weekend. He said I will just do it myself if no one will take charge for me. We all asked why do think you deserve a party? And he reminded us that he is going to bike ride a marathon. I thought that was a good enough reason for a party so I volunteered.

A while ago Jenn made Leiden a little book about Leiden for Leiden and it has a photo of you in it. We read it just about every night lately and I always ask her, who is that? She says Dan and then sometimes you get a kiss. It’s super funny. Tomorrow your family is going up to grandpas again maybe we will go too.
We didn’t go to grandpas but we did have that BBQ. Dad went grocery shopping for it so we were missing a few things like cheese for the burgers, ketcup, drinks. Your dad did get a new tether ball though.

Today we went to the Icecream place to pick up 3,000 ice creams for the BYU party thing (I think I told you about that) but in case I didn’t. We got a referral from our friend that owns He was asked to do an event for BYU but was not going to be able to so he recommended us. We charged then cost for ice cream and then a flat fee on top of that to have us come out. So anyway we bought a new freezer thinking that might fit the ice cream but we were wrong. We picked up half the order and both freezers were full all the way. Jake ran to a neighbors to borrow another chest freezer to fit the rest of the spidermans.

The party is Tuesday night from 7-11:30 or something so Jake figured we are going to have to hand out 1 ice cream every 4 seconds. We are scrambling today for helpers because we don’t know if we can give out that much ice cream just the two of us. Where are you when we need you?

Sunday, April 13, 2008


For those of you who can't quite read this sign I saw at General Conference Priesthood session it reads "Official Anti-Morman Literature". Oh the irony.

Friday, April 11, 2008

Conference Weekend

The following is taken from a letter Manon wrote to Dan.

So last week we had some fun. Jake and I had part of the day off on Friday so we invited your family to go Disc Golfing. Jenn, Rob, Dad, Sarah, Leiden, Jake and I went to the Taylorsville course. Jenn didn’t want to play so she and Leiden just walked around the park. Your dad came armed with two new discs and “Special Gloves” he’s always taunting me and trying to get a rise out of my competitiveness. So I was really going to let him have it right out of the gate for this seasons golfing. I was throwing awesome. No one put their disc into the stream so that was disappointing. I guess we need you for that to happen. At the last basket we made a deal like we always do. Right after we were going to have nitty gritty dinner so I proposed that the winner of just that basket gets to change an item from the 2nd course with any one of the loosers. My goal was to get your dads second course to be water, a fork and a knife. I was really psyching your dad out I guess because he put it over that fence twice. It was so so funny.

The meal was super messy and I ended up not trading with anyone on the 2nd course because I liked what I got. Oh, I guess I forgot to say that I won the disc golf with zero handicap. I even beat Jake by a stroke. I was on fire. The meal was fun as always. Your mom tried a new recipe that no one really like called chilled blueberry soup. Sarah was in charge of bringing people their courses but she wasn’t so good at monitoring people’s silverware so I had to keep my eye out for cheaters. One of the funny things was that Sarah got to choose the order of who got their food. Jake pointed out that she was choosing the order according to who she liked, so of course Jess was at the top Jake was somewhere in the middle and I was second to last followed only by Jess’s friend Melissa. I have made it a goal to move myself up in the ranks. Jake said it was going to take at least a year, but I think I am moving up way faster than expected. It’s funny to see how quickly you can change her mind into thinking your cool.

We had a guest this weekend that was kind of fun. It was one of Jakes employees named Mike.
Conference was way fun at your parents’ house. Your dad had printed off these little kids play packets that went along with conference and one of the things was a word bingo. So all the kids listened downstairs and were really intense about the bingo. We all had cheating barriers up and little mints to mark our progress. There were prizes for the winner and of course I was the first to get bingo and then we went for black out but the dang speakers wouldn’t say Hymns or a few other words so no one won that. Jenn was in charge of handing out the prizes and she did an awesome job of finding cool prizes. I won a wind up swimming toy and a Reeses candy bar.

That’s if for now, hopefully I will have some fun things to tell you about this next week because we are going to BYU with the Pirate Bus to give out ice cream to 6,000 students.