Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Wrapping up August

I sure have been a busy little guy the last little while.  August has been a pretty good month for me.  Daddy had to go back to school, so I don't get to see him as much as I would like, but other than that it was good.  Last weekend I even made it to an airshow.  I decided that I love airplanes... everytime I am in, on, or around them I feel pretty good.  When I was at the airshow I was so well behaved because I didn't want to leave.  Hopefully mommy and daddy took some pictures that I can post later this week.

As for my travels this week, I made another slide show.  I apologize for some of the blurry pictures.  When I download them they came through very small and I wasn't able to make them look great in the slide show.  Regardless, I had a blast whether the picture was blurry or not.

Thanks again to everyone that makes this happen for me.

Saturday, August 18, 2012

My hometown posse

I may have barely missed the chance of living in Logan Utah, but I know that its my hometown.  Here are a couple of reasons why:

1. I have the BEST friends ever back in my hometown.  Not to take anything away from all my awesome friends all over the world, but my Logan crew is pretty special.
2. I am a TRUE AGGIE  at Utah State University
3. I am a Yeti Hockey super fan
4. I have a whole dance team worth of girlfriends in Logan
(more to come on these reasons shortly)

This past week I have received multiple packages from friends of my parents in Logan.  They have had such cool stuff I don't even know where to start.

If you don't know what a True Aggie is you may have to google it because I'm not sure either.  But Mommy and Daddy said that I am an honorary True Aggie because Big Blue personally escorted me to the "A" to take pictures.  Then he autographed the picture and sent it to me in a really cool frame, along with some other Aggie gear for me and M&D to cheer them on with (I hear that watching football with Daddy is going to be awesome)

Big Blue didn't stop with the picture.  He also sent me a stuffed version of him, a children's book that he wrote (and daddy read to me), along with a super soft blankie and some USU water bottles.  Holy cow, I am totally set for the upcoming football season.  Thanks so much Jenny & Burke Hollingsworth and Linda Zimmerman you guys are so nice to make sure that my loyalty is where it should be (although M&D would never let it be anywhere else)

I am a big hockey fan.  I'm so bummed that I won't ever be able to play this awesome sport.  Daddy talks to me all the time about how he really misses playing hockey with his friends, the Yeti's, in Logan.   Last week I learned why he was so bummed.  These "Yeti's" he talks about must be really cool guys, because they sent me a team jersey so I could be a part of their team.  They told me that the Yeti's will always have my back.  Whenever I put on my new jersey I get into "hockey" mode.  That means that I put on my mad face, so I don't have any good pictures in it yet.  Regardless, here is a picture of my jersey and a pic of dad in his Jersey.  Thanks to the Yeti's, and especially Matt and Abby Erickson for having my back.

Look at my daddy GO!!

Lastly, I wanted to tell you about my latest group of girlfriends… Hubba hubba!

My mommy is best friend's with their coach, Kara Hall.  She wrote me and my mommy this letter below:

Tennille (T to me) and I have been best friends from a very young age. Many of the best memories of my youth involved her.  I would ride my bike to her house, and her to mine. She taught me how to craft, make Top Ramon, play the piano better, organize and even how to be an entrepenuer! Our bake sales and summer preschools were something to be reckoned with! She helped me audition and land a spot in the school choir. She all but forced me to tryout for the high school drill team (which we will get to later). 

I am the wife of an amazing husband, and a mom to a beautiful son. My life is very full, but I was still wanting a way to give back, and serve others, while doing something I was passionate about. In March of this year, things came full circle and I had the opportunity to apply for the drill team coaching position at Logan High School. I was fortunate enough to be able to be offered the position (thanks to a beautiful recommendation letter from T.) It has been another blessing in my life, and I and my assistant coach Haddie (also a friend of T's) are lucky to be able to coach these beautiful, talented girls! 

As any high school athlete knows, the year can be somewhat of a roller coaster. Some points are high, and some are low. Our team has experienced some challenges and growing pains over this past summer that really could have broken us down. I was trying to think of a way to teach the girls that life isn't always easy, but is about perseverance and endurance. I wanted them to know that sometimes life is hard, but that it's ok because with the right attitude, the human spirit is built to do hard things. 

While contemplating these thoughts, I was immediately reminded of my good friend and her little boy. Every time I am facing something that seems too difficult to endure, I go to Jett's blog and read about his struggles, challenges, feats, and accomplishments. My spirits are always lifted, and I know that if such a frail body can overcome these enormous physical challenges each day, that I can overcome my challenges too. 

The message I wanted to convey to the team was simple: "I can do hard things." 

Haddie and I took Jett's story to our team. After reading all about Jett, we gave each of them a custom Jett shirt (thanks to Amy Rigby for drumming up a custom shirt that would match our team clothing), and this poem (bear with my mediocre poetry skills):

Jett’s little body can’t go very far,
He can’t travel by sea, plane, bike or car.
His little legs will never know how to dance;
A passion of ours, and his moms, and his aunts.
By wearing this shirt we can take him around,
To see things through our eyes that would make him so proud.
Let’s wear it to practice, competitions and then,
He can be with us when we win!
But no matter what this Hi-Lo season brings,
Jett will help to remind us “we can do HARD THINGS!”

As a team we decided to wear our Jett shirts when we needed an extra "boost" as a team or individually. We have had the shirts for a week now, and it has been so fun to see the girls bringing Jett with them to practice! We danced a total of over 26 hours this week alone, and Jett has been there with us! We know he would love the music and the energy of the dances. We can't wait to take him with us to performances, competitions, and nationals in Florida! Thanks to Jett for providing us with something so much bigger than ourselves! 

T, you have always been an inspiration to me, and are now more than ever!!!


The 2012-2013 Logan High School Hi-Los:

Kara, Haddie, Colie, Jane, Mazey, Courtney, Courteney, Hannah, Haley, Amanda, Katie, Brooke, Katrina, Lily, Maddy, Yaneli, Mikayla, Erin, Makaylie, Misty, Darby, and Karlie. 

Am I a lucky guy or what?  My daddy says that I have to wait until I am 16 months before I can start dating so I'll have to wait to ask these cute girls out.  The Hi-Lo's are so lucky to have Kara and Haddie Harris as their coaches.  My mommy was telling me how good they are going to be this year and I believe it.  They CAN do hard things!!

Thank you to my hometown posse!!  I LOVE YOU ALL.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

The Olympics, Afghanistan, and much more

Hey Everyone,

Can you believe it?  My mommy had to help me make a video because I have been to SOOOOO many fun places.  I have absolutely loved traveling with all of you.  My mommy says that she loves seeing all of your smiling faces.  It helps her get through the tough days...wait a second?  Am I tough to take care of Mommy?  Why yes...yes I am hard to take care of!!  It's a good thing I'm so cute.

If your picture isn't on this video yet, it will make it to next week's blog post! I can't thank you enough for taking me with you on your travels.  I have been to some amazing places and have met some really caring and compassionate people.  Enjoy the video everyone!  Always remember..enjoy the small things in life.  I know that I do!

I learned how to make a slide show of my pictures, and I want to know what you guys think about it.  Let me know in the comments if you like the slide show or the other way better.

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Our little secret

Do you guys want to know a secret that not many people know???  Since my brain doesn't work the way it is supposed to, most things for me medically are opposite.  Well, this applies to my happiness too.  Most of the time I seem pissed off and have a frowny face, but thats just my way of smiling and laughing.

Here is a video of daddy tickling me with his whiskers. I love it soooo much i give him the biggest frowny face ever.

Stay tuned for more travel pics soon

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Hey guys, this is part 1 of my last couple of weeks.  Everyone is so amazing to continue to take me with you... Thank you SOOO much.  If you haven't figured it out yet, the map I post at the bottom of each of my travel logs is a map of where I have visited so far.  I have already surpassed mommy and daddy, they are pretty jealous of me.  Stay tuned for part 2 in the next few days... I have some pretty awesome places to tell you about!!!

Cousin Aubrianne Boseman took me to Kenya with her.  Wow, that was a long flight

The Levich family took me to a couple spots:  Here was the famous Wall drugs in South Dakota

The Sgt. Floyd monument in Sioux City, Iowa

And to see Mother Mary in Sioux city, Iowa

Bill & Olivia Melson took me to see Lt. Dan Band at Rockin for the troops in Wheaton IL

Emily Foster took me to Cowboy stadium in Dallas (home of my favorite football team) to volunteer for "Restoring Love"

Hector Perez took me on an extreme Mtn. bike ride in Payson Utah

Jacque Kraft and family showed me the beautiful parts of Idaho

Jason and Becky Lloyd have spent the summer showing me as many places as possible.  Here are just a few of what I have seen with them.  This trip we were in Idaho
And I got to relearn the zipline

They showed me how to potato farm
Jeanne Fiato took me to Okeechobe Florida

I got to go on the annual Jackson Hole trip with the Wilcox family

Katie was nice enough to take me to Franklin park conservatory in Columbus Ohio. Thanks Katie

Leslee Hudgens showed me around her home town of North Myrtle Beach, SC

The Zamory's took me to their church that they had decorated in Albany NY. Here is Lori in front of "Fenway Park"

Peter Zamory at "Yankee Stadium"
I had an awesome day on the lake with Maclean Wright at Candlewood Lake in Danbury CT

Marcia and John Behr took me to visit great grandpa Daniel Boone in Defiance Missouri

Mike Olsen took me wakeboarding to show me what I'm missing out on.  We were at Newton reservoir in Newton Utah

Mike and Bev Auld took me on their road trip to Dallas Texas.  Here we are in Roswell NM

Here we are at Painted Desert national park in Arizona

Winslow Arizona

Shawn, Dawn, Kiera, & Christopher Kenny took me to a Dave Matthews concert in Palm Beach Florida

I've now been to the southernmost point in the US, in Key West FL thanks to Stephaine Barr and Brain Pravada

Steve took me to Cape Coral FL

I got to go 4 wheeling with Daniel, Tammy, and Talia Hauser in their hometown of Haines Alaska

They Taylor family took me all the way to Paris France.  Here we are the the Louvre

I attended the Middle Eastern festival in Indianapolis, Indiana

Terry and Janice Turner at the WWI memorial in Kansas City Missouri

John and Karen Toennies thought it would be appropriate to take me to the birth place of aviation, Kitty Hawk NC.  AWESOME!

Jason Wilcox and team took me to World Vision visitor center in Washington

Lynne took me to see Elvis in Memphis Tennessee

Randi Carter took me all around San Francisco.  Here we are at the Golden Gate Bridge

Jenn, Paul and Zoƫ Schroeder took me to HarborWalk in Destin Florida.

Thanks again to all that continue to think of me and my family.  We definitely feel all the blessings that come from you all.  I still have many more pics from the last couple of weeks, so check back soon to see part 2 (and possibly part 3)

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

This is how I roll

I have had such an amazing load of traveling pictures in the last 10 days I haven't had time to post them.  I am working on getting them all downloaded and tagged so everyone can enjoy my travels.  So keep your eyes peeled in the next day or 2 for some amazing adventures that I am having.  I may even break it into a couple of posts.

In the mean time, while I am waiting to finish these slideshows I figured I'd show you what I have been working on.  I waited 8 months, but the day before my 8 month birthday I learned how to roll over.  I'm pretty excited because now if I get sick of laying on my back I can roll over to my tummy, its AWESOME.  I haven't quite learned how to go back the other way yet, so when I'm sick of my tummy I just scream really loud until mommy or daddy comes and rolls me over (that seems to be pretty efficient right now, so I may keep it that way for a while)

To get to the meat and potato's of the video fast forward to 45 seconds