Sunday, September 17, 2006

It's Official

Good News! It finally came, Nellie's diploma arrived in the mail on Friday afternoon. We both reflected on how expensive that piece of paper was, but I think we're excited for it to be done. I'm proud of Nell, that is quite an accomplishment. Speaking of the artist herself, I've decided to no longer refer to her as a "photographer."
My Reasons?:
  • Anyone who enjoys photography automatically considers themselves a photographer
  • In Utah county if you mention photography, everyone automatically asks if she'll do a wedding
  • In Utah county If you do a wedding for someone you "know," you automatically must discount your rates and deal with ornery mothers
So now when people ask me what she does I reply "she's a PFAP," to which the reply comes: "What's a PFAP?" "Well, it's a professional fine-art photographer." To which I have not yet had the reply "Can she do pictures for my cousins wedding?" Thus, making it successful.

Nell is busy, busy, busy completing
her show that runs for two weeks beginning October 2. If anyone reading this is interested the reception will be October 6 from 7-9 in the Harris Fine Arts Center (HFAC) at BYU. Her show is really neat (yeah, I'm biased) and is entitled "Missing," come and see what it's all about.

This week I decided to dye my hair a darkish brown, it's always fun to have a change and both Nell and I really like it. Although it was not the pure motive, it is pretty fun to tell people that it is to prevent people from asking where Jaden got his dark hair from. My website is also growing day to day with new products being added.
I'm working on my marketing, but there is still a long way to go. I'm going to add a link on the right side of the page for anyone who wants to help someone get a quality ring! (15% Discount for Utah residents!)

Jaden is still the cutest kid in the ward to us, and we think it's cool to watch him. We have noticed a few kids in the ward have tried the "faux hawk"(his hair-do) with varying degrees of success. Fortunately, as the originator of the trend, credit is always given to Jaden, hence we hear "you did your hair like Jaden." I don't know how 17 year olds feel about having their hairstyle compared to a 4 year olds, but that's alright. Speaking of hair, last week after a quick run out the door, Jaden realized that instead of creating his usual hair-do, Nell and I had kept it down with a quick part. As we approached the glass doors to the church, he began to grab at his hair and pull it up "Mommy, my hair is broken," he said, we just laughed.

Nellie and I both have new callings since last I updated anything to do with that. Nellie is an advisor in the Beehives (the 12 and 13 girls in church) and loves it. She takes multiple hours getting her ornate lessons ready, and I know the girls love it. I on the other hand am serving as a counselor in the Elder's Quorum. I enjoy it, and the President is really on the ball, so it makes it fun to do our job. Nell has been supportive which is good because it means a bit more time away from the house.

The house should soon be moving along a lot better, I leveled a mound in our front yard on Saturday, but didn't get much else done. We're going to have some guys cut some holes in our basement and that should get us off to a good pace again.

That's about life for now, in parting I will mention that Jaden's new favorite phrases right now are "oh, DANGIT!"(and he really isn't mad when he uses this), "Honey..." and "oh my gosh!" (ditto on anger not being present at its use).

Thursday, September 07, 2006

Another Try

If anyone still checks this blog, they will realize that I struggle trying to keep everything up to date. Instead of lamenting that fact, I am trying to resolve to do better. Lately our family has been busy, which is the usual.

Nellie just graduated from BYU in August! That was really exciting, that means she is an official stay-at-home mom, and Jaden keeps her busy. In addition to graduating, we finally got her a nice, new computer! She spent the first day with it out of the box working on her upcoming show. It is an awesome computer, a 20 inch apple imac with intel duo-core processor. Mostly, it just looks awesome.

I finally launched my businesses website: where I sell titanium wedding rings, tungsten wedding rings, even celtic rings and wedding ring sets. Feel free to check it out and pass it on to anyone you know in need of a ring. For the first six months I figure I will give a great deal to anyone in need of a ring, so tell them to e-mail me at my site to ask for details. As you can tell, I am working on my marketing and advertising. It will be interesting to see what comes of this work.

Jaden is as awesome as ever. We just got back from visiting Nana and Papa in Arizona, where he was spoiled and coddled. Imagine our surprise when he has been a little on the bratty side the last couple of days. I guess it is hard to go from being waited on, to be required to do things like pick up a toy! Last night Daddy and Jaden were horsing around and J-man smacked his head into the wall and got a bump. Naughty daddy!