Eggplant

So we left D.J. Zoomba at the dealership and… wait for it…

We bought a new car!!!

It’s a Hyundai Elantra.  It’s dark purple, but T.J. thinks that a purple car is too feminine so we have to call the color eggplant (I think calling it the name of a vegetable is even more femmy).

Anyway, we’re really excited to have a car that doesn’t break down at lights, leak oil all over the driveway, and tells us how fast we are going.

11 Movies I Know Word-for-Word

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  1. What About Bob
  2. Ghost Town
  3. Mamma Mia
  4. The Lord of the Rings Trilogy
  5. Baby Mama
  6. Jaws
  7. The Parent Trap
  8. Princess Diaries
  9. High School Musical 1
  10. High School Musical 2
  11. High School Musical 3

Pixels

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Isn’t this awesome?  Apparently it’s been on YouTube forever and I’m the last person to see it, but I thought it was pretty neat.

What It’s all About: Family

The family is central to everything.  That’s why we are here on earth and that’s why it is so important for us to go to the temple as much as possible.

Today I had the experience to witness T.J.’s cousin marry and be sealed in the Mt. Timpanogos temple.  In the sealing room, the two families sat across from each other, disconnected.  But once the couple entered the room and knelt across the alter from one another, not only did the couple unite, but also the two separate families became a link in an eternal chain.

What a great blessing it is to be a part of that.  As I grew up, I always envied the big families with lots of aunts, uncles, and cousins.  It is what made me want to, one day, have a large family of my own so my kids can feel the love and happiness of a large family.

T.J. has a great-grandfather who is over 100 years old.

But now, my family and I have eternally been joined into another large family, one that keeps growing as others marry and have children.  T.J. has countless cousins, aunts, uncles, and extended family.  It is truly amazing to me that I now have all of those cousins, aunts, uncles, and extended family as well.

Before the sealer began, he asked if there were any grandparents witnessing the sealing. Both sets of the groom’s grandparents were in attendance.

Both sets.

This may not seem unusual for a lot of you.  But for me, just to have grandparents this late in life, is unbelievable, seeing that mine have all been gone for a while.  And then, to have them there with you for the most exquisite day of your life is also remarkable.  If they wouldn’t have been sealed years ago, none of this would have happened today.

To finish, I just want to communicate to you all the importance of family.  We need to make sure our family relationships are strong because those are the ones that mean the most.  It doesn’t matter who they are–parents, siblings, cousins, in-laws.  We need to continually build all of those relationships because we will have those for eternity.

Anyway, I know this post was pretty scattered, but I just had to share those thoughts.  Do all you can so you can always be worthy to enter the temple.  That’s where the family starts.

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External Hard Drive-Part 2

So if you recall, last week I wrote about how I lost my external hard drive.  I’m finally over it and my dad was sending me a new one with all of my family photos and videos from the wedding.

It came today.

When I arrived at home, there was a Post Office basket on my front step with a sign saying something like, “Package Destroyed.”

Turns out my package went for a long and thorough dip in the ocean or the mail man must have thought it was funny to put it in the sewer before he delivered it.  I don’t know what happened, but that sign that said “Package Destroyed,” apparently meant that something awful occurred in the journey from Kentucky to Utah that made it incredibly wet and we aren’t going to apologize or take any blame.

So, covering my USPS standard rate package, was a white garbage bag.  Inside the bag I found my package and it was clearly soaked.  I didn’t even have to get a knife to open it up.  It was so soggy it just fell open.

There I am sitting in the entry way, getting ready to cry, preparing for another destroyed hard-drive, preparing another speech for my Dad.  I then pulled a nasty wet t-shirt that my parents sent me.  Awesome.

Next was my hard drive package.  The outer coating was soggy.  Bad news bears.  I knew my dad had already opened up my hard drive so he could put files on it.  So question was, did he wrap the hard drive back up carefully?  Or am I going to be in a depression for another week?

Thanks to my brainy Father, he wrapped up the external hard drive perfectly.  Not a drop of water to be found.

And thus ends the story of the external hard drive.  Part 2.