Graduation X2

The end finally came, I finished my Masters degree and graduated for my second time from the University of Utah.

Graduation twoThis time I hope it feels more final. Last year after I graduated with my Bachelors degree I returned to school to begin my Masters only two weeks later. This time I’m not planning on going to back to school, at least not for a while. Joe knew how hard this last year was for me and made a medal to commemorate my efforts.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI was excited to have lots of family at my College’s convocation. I even got my sister, my niece and nephew, and one of my brothers all of whom had to travel quite a distance to be there. I know there were other people who wanted be there but couldn’t, I felt of your support too.

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I don’t know what I would have done with out such a loving and supportive husband.

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It was a great day. It was especially great to gather after the convocation with many of the 20+ people from my domain who I spent so much time with this past year.

My nephew Cooper and his family came all the way from Colorado to celebrate with me.
My nephew Cooper and his family came all the way from Colorado to celebrate with me.

Later that day even more friends and family gathered for more celebration. I was especially grateful to some of my good friends from high school who traveled about an hour to be there. They stayed the entire length of the party and helped put everything away when it was over.

Jenny, Camille, Jennica, and Mikaela, you are the best!
Jenny, Camille, Jennica, and Mikaela, you are the best!

Thank you to all the friends and family who have supported me in my education and helped celebrate with me this last weekend. I couldn’t have done it without you!

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Sea Kayaking on a Lake

When we were looking for things to do this summer Joe found an article about sea kayaking on the Great Salt Lake. We instantly wanted to try it out, but it took us a few months before we actually did it. We finally had a full day off together for the Fourth of July and we decided to take advantage of it. We rented some sea kayaks, primitively strapped them to our car, and brought some friends along.

We drove out to the marina by Saltair and got our boats into the water. Once we paddled past the bugs it was quite enjoyable. What I enjoyed most was the peaceful tranquility of the water, and getting past the bugs.

The water was refreshing.

We even jumped in to get the full experience of being submerged in salt water. Later when we dried off we had salt patterns all over our arms and legs and our clothes felt as though they had been starched.

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We paused for a midday picnic and then paddled out some more. By the end of the hours we spent there we were tired, but also felt restored from the beautiful views.

All of us in our sea kayaks.

Exploring our state’s natural resources was a great way to celebrate the birth of our country.

Missing Friends, Seeing Cycles

When I am having a rough time I miss the way things were. I miss old friends and the places we hung out in. Specifically, I miss summers in Jackson with no responsibility. I miss the times where I laughed my head off for no good reason other than I was having a good time.

I have had friends from different times of my life. I have my Jackson friends; I have my friends from my freshman year at Utah State University; I have my friends from my LDS mission in Mexico; Although small in number I have close friends from living here in Salt Lake City. Now I have my wife as a friend. The Lord has blessed me with good friends for different stages of life.

To sum it all up, I want you to know that of all the things that truly makes me really happy, spending quality time with old friends I have not seen in a while, is at the top of the list, if not close to it.