Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Game #8: BYU 42 UNLV 35

So BYU pulled through with another win and improve to 7-1 on the season. It was kind of exciting as it came down to the last minute. All in all, it was sad to see such poor pass coverage by our defensive backs. They gave up something like 350 yards passing. It was sick. So I don't doubt that we will have wins the next two games but then the last two will be very questionable if our defense keeps going the way they are.

Friday, October 24, 2008

#21 BYU vs. UNLV

I don't really have much to say about this game. I think it will really determine how the last part of this season will end up for BYU. If they absolutely destroy UNLV then I think there is hope for them to win the rest of their games. If they just do ok then I think they will probably struggle the rest of their games. I hate to say it but, if they lose, well, then I guess there is always next year. It's hard to have any prediction of what will happen after last week's most embarassing loss.

Luncheon with scholarship donors

On Thursday I was able to attend a luncheon with the donors of one of my scholarships. I wasn't too thrilled about going but afterward I was really glad that I did. The donor is Hyrum W. Smith, the founder of Franklin Covey.

One of the things he stated that I really liked was, "You cannot think deeper than your vocabulary will allow you to." He then followed this up talking about the importance of expanding your vocabulary and continuing to learn in all aspects of life. A very valuable part of this happens from reading.

I really liked this because I have never been much of a reader apart from studying for school. It seems as though the most intelligent and most successful people are those that are always reading. I'll be searching for some good books after I graduate soon....especially because football season will be over.

Ward Halloween Party

This is Cinderella. She has been saying for a month that she wants to be Cinderella for Halloween!
Here is Winnie the Pooh. He was going to be a turtle as per Alexis' request, but I could not find a turtle outfit in his size.

And here is clan: Carter, Coen, Alexis, and Atlas

Here we were at the church eating dinner.

And this is the infamous "Trunk or Treat" where the kids go trick or treating in the church parking lot out of the trunks of cars.

Getting ready for Halloween?

After cleaning up after dinner I found the kids playing in Alexis' room as she was playing dress up

Alexis tried put on several different princess dresses within about 15 minutes!

Don't ask me what Carter was doing here. He really likes this mask though.

Alexis took a great picture of me and Carter

And here is the three of us

Last Saturday

Alexis wanted "the baby" to sit on her lap so she could read to him. ha ha ha!!

We went to the park and they had a blast climbing up everything

And they really like the slides.....

and the swings....

and more of the slides!

Friday, October 17, 2008

I love this pic!

I snagged this yesterday while the kids were outside playing

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Game #7 BYU 7 TCU 32

Let me quickly get this over with because a part of me died tonight as BYU lost. In fact, it wasn't just a loss, it was a very embarrassing slaughter. BYU looked pathetic. I couldn't believe it. TCU played an exceptionally great game and BYU played (in my opinion) the worst game I have seen while I have been in college. I am very disappointed. Goodbye BCS bowl game. Goodbye to Max Hall being a Heisman candidate. I'll just leave it at that for now.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

#9 BYU at TCU

Tomorrow is a big game at 6pm MST on Versus! It will be BYU's toughest game so far this season. TCU has only lost one game which was to the Oklahoma Sooners (who were ranked #2 at the time). TCU has the best defense in the country and BYU has one of the best offenses in the country. So it will be interesting to see what BYU can do against a high caliber defense and to see what BYU's defense can do against a good opponent. TCU definitely has the home field advantage.

I think it will be a hard fought game and will probably be a nail biter down to the end. Hopefully, though, BYU will destroy TCU. I don't think it is likely, but it is definitely possible if BYU plays a complete game like they were a few weeks ago. Max Hall will shine like the Heisman candidate he is, the receivers will have a great game, and the linebackers will tear it up.

My prediction: BYU 31 TCU 21

Game #6 BYU 21 New Mexico 3

My little post analysis of the last game is coming a little late, but hey, better late than never. Right? It was actually kind of a boring game. Again BYU didn't play that great, in my opinion. They should have done a lot better. They just seem to be going through the motions with a lot of things instead of going out and playing ball and having fun. It was a great finish though! As New Mexico was trying to work their way down field to score at the last minute, the last two plays the New Mexico QB was sacked (see the picture above). That's my BYU!

Saturday, October 11, 2008

#9 BYU vs. New Mexico (BYU's Homecoming game)

After letting Utah State score two touchdowns last week I'm sure BYU is fired up and ready to execute at a higher level. New Mexico doesn't have a passing game which is where BYU's weakness is on defense. So defense should do a great job containing New Mexico and keeping the points low or even scoreless. On the other hand, BYU's offense is strongest with the passing game. With today's weather in the 30's and a predicted 4-6 inches about the time of the game, BYU will surely be tested with their rushing strength. Cold weather is pretty tough but then add a bunch of snow to it and it should be a very interesting game.

My prediction: BYU 38 New Mexico 7

Also, just let me throw in here that I am way pumped to be going to the game today in the freezing cold weather, and hopefully it will snow a lot! I've been wanting to go to a game like that for a long time!

The stuffed animal that taunts me!

Ok, so here is the story with this. Danielle and I got this stuffed elephant for Alexis for Christmas a couple years ago (I'm pretty sure it was for her first Christmas). It has a little wind-up music box thing inside of it and not too long after getting it, the music wouldn't play anymore. It was so broke it wouldn't even wind up. The other day, Carter found it buried with a bunch of other stuffed animals and all of a sudden it was playing music as he was holding it. I took it from him and for some reason I was able to wind it up, but it still wouldn't play. As soon as I gave it back to Carter, it started playing again. I did this a few times until I gave up trying to get it to play music while I was holding it. So this morning I tried to get video of the weirdness of this event. Notice at first it will play for me but then it won't.

Especially take note that it completely stops playing music when I have it look at me (and the camera) and then it starts again as soon as Carter is holding it!

Middle of the Week

During the week, I had two midterms, both on the same day, in class, one right after the other. All through college I haven't had tests in class, they have always been in the testing center and we have to find our own time to do it. So what are the odds that I have two on the same day in class with practically no time between classes? Well it happened.

And of course, as has happened every other time that I have had tests: the night before when I most need a good night's rest, the kids wake up at least once in the middle of the night. It never fails. They always sleep peacefully throughout the night every single night. But, when I have a test the next day, they just happen to wake up and don't want to go back to sleep. Every time!! So like always, I only got about 5-6 hours of sleep Tuesday night and actually did pretty good on my tests. I wonder if it is just meant to happen because maybe I would do bad on tests if I actually got a good night's rest the night before. I guess I will never find out because it has never happened!

So here are a couple pics of the kids I took in the morning a couple days ago. While I was getting ready in the morning I found the kids helping each other out and I was lucky enough to get a couple pics.

Here is Carter helping Alexis put her shoes on

And then Alexis was helping Carter to get his socks and shoes on

General Conference at Brad and Jessie's

Here are some pics from last Sunday up at Brad and Jessie's apartment.

The kids hanging out on the balcony

Brad looks so enthusiastic

Here is a look down at the Utah Valley from their balcony. Right in the middle is BYU's campus

This was after I left their place, I drove just a little bit higher up and got a picture of the snow on Mt. Timpanogos

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Trip to Logan

I wish I would have had more pictures but the batteries in the camera died. On Friday, Brad, Jessie, and I went up to Logan for the BYU game against Utah State. The kids and I stayed with an old mission companion. Brad and Jessie stayed with his sister, Tawni. It was a quick trip, we went up Friday afternoon and came back Saturday afternoon.

This picture is my old mission comp. Justin Teuscher and his awesome wife Kristali playing with the kids

Alexis doesn't look very happy here but she was having a blast playing guitar hero (even though she couldn't quite coordinate the buttons at the right time). She looks like a natural the way she is holding the guitar!

Another of Alexis playing guitar hero

Brad snagged this picture of me while I was driving on the way back to Provo

Game #5 BYU 34 Utah State 14

So, BYU pulled off another win. At the end of the first quarter the score was 24-0. They seemed to be really content with that and then started to let up on them for a final score of 34-14. So my predictions for this game were off and came up short on all points. It was fun and now BYU is 5-0 on the season and extends the nation's longest winning streak with 15 consecutive wins.

Here is me with the kids at the beginning of the game. Next to me in the black shirt is Justin Teuscher, a mission companion that I served with down in Argentina

Here is the scoreboard at the beginning of the second quarter

Brad and Jessie with the kids

BYU (in white) on defense doing what they do best: destroying the offense

Thursday, October 2, 2008

#8 BYU vs. Utah State tomorrow

So tomorrow, BYU plays against Utah State for game #5. Byu is now ranked #8! Utah State is pretty much one of the worst teams in the country. So it should be a walk in the park for BYU. It should be another shutout with BYU scoring at least 49 points, but it is possible that they might give up one touchdown. I should also add that QB Max Hall is one of the top candidates for the Heisman award. I predict four TD passes and at least 350 passing yards.

Watching the kids tonight

Tonight I got home from school and watched Coen and Atlas for about two hours while Meagan was out and Brent is out of town. The kids had a blast!

Alexis and Coen playing with building blocks

Here's Atlas always with the yellow boots and Alexis' Elmo purse. Classic example of why Brent calls him a diva....ha ha ha

Carter always puts these little toy boxes on his head like a hat. He loves it! So I guess this picture of them watching football makes up for the pic of Atlas above.

And then they both found some books

In the meanwhile, Alexis and Coen were having fun playing in her room.

Carter video clip

Carter and I play this little game all the time where we look off to the side with just our eyes. He copies me and thinks it is the funniest thing. I would post more videos of Alexis but she always starts acting weird or really lame whenever the camera is on her.

Last weekend

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Updates coming soon

I have a big test on Friday and two more next week, along with other assignments and projects to work on. That leaves me with little time to post stuff up but I will squeeze in some time in the next day or two to do so. This last weekend was a blast with the Griffitts in town. I have a bunch of pictures to put up from it.